Make an appointment and head to Richmond for your favourite Oktoberfest supplies before they are all gone.
Wolfgang Christl, aka Mr. Oktoberfest, is now finally ready to part with his “warehouse” full of items you might find yourself needing in September. Banners, flags, posters and pennants – straight from Bavaria, are now all for sale. Please call him at 604 277-4300 to ensure that somebody is there to greet you. Cash only.
Pass this on to people who might be interested!
Oktoberfest is less than 4 months away. Some people start celebrating in September, which is 3 months away! Or you might want to celebrate this in summer!
Call 604 277-4300 to get started.
Did you know Ballet dance has its origin in the Italian Renaissance courts of 15th and 16th centuries? Ballet developed as a performance-focused art form in France during the reign of Louis XIV, who was passionate about dance! Eventually it spread through the rest of Europe, including Germany. Westcoast German News is pleased to share the announcement about the upcoming ballet masterpiece performance in Vancouver.
Enhance your Swan Lake performance with VIP Experience – NEW!
Available at all Swan Lake performances, VIP Tickets offer your family the ultimate night at the ballet. Add on VIP Experience to your performance tickets and you’ll receive:
- An exclusive invitation to the VIP reception after the performance which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and treats
- A meet-and-greet with cast members and the Artistic Director after the show
- A red carpet photo opportunity with a Swan Lake theme where you have the chance to get your photo taken with cast members and/or your family
- Upon your entrance to the theatre, A VIP swag bag full of gifts from local boutiques and businesses
- An autographed performance program
- A Limited Edition collectible photograph of a principal cast member
- Collectibles and treats to enjoy throughout the performance
- *additional benefits may be added as we approach the performance date*
-May 18th at 7:30 pm at The Playhouse in Vancouver.
-June 15th at 7:30 pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey
Swan Lake, the incomparable full length masterpiece, returns to Vancouver
From $19.95 – $59.95 with discounts for Groups of 10 or more, students and seniors
🕺VANCOUVER, BC – Coastal City Ballet @coastalcityballet performs the highlight of the 2018-2019 season with its critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake. Back by popular demand, Irene Schneider’s illustrious and beloved ballet presents a modern twist on the timeless classic. Schneider’s Swan Lake explores the human emotion of a romantic love contrasted against a realistic and practical love of an arranged marriage.
🎼Choreographer: Irene Schneider
Several years ago, we were delighted to attend the Swan Lake Performance and have a few delightful pictures from that time:
About Irene Schneider
Irene Schneider is an independent choreographer who has created over 60 ballets presented in numerous Opera houses in Germany and throughout the world. After finishing her professional ballet career, primarily with
Stuttgart Ballet, Ms. Schneider began teaching and choreographing. Her career led her to Magdeburg Ballet where she was Artistic Director for fifteen years.
About Coastal City Ballet
Coastal City Ballet is a repertory ballet company, based in Vancouver, that provides performance opportunities for dancers, both Canadian and international. Coastal City Ballet’s repertoire ranges from original story ballets to classical and commissioned contemporary works by established international choreographers.
Since its conception in September 2011, Coastal City Ballet has successfully presented numerous productions to audiences in greater Vancouver and Regina, Saskatchewan. Productions performed include Coastal City Ballet’s
first original story ballet Hansel and Gretel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Giselle as well as the staging of classical excerpts and commissioned world premieres by Wen Wei Wang,
Joshua Beamish, Erica Trivett, Farley Johansson, and Li Yaming, among others.
About Swan Lake
Schneider’s Swan Lake explores the human emotion of a romantic love contrasted against a realistic and practical love of an arranged marriage. The White Swan comes to Siegfried in his dream, embodying the ideal
of true love, while Odile (Black Swan) is presented by the evil Rothbarth as the woman Siegfried is to wed.
Schneider is able to give us a story that is more relatable to modern day while maintaining the tradition and essence of the Swan Lake we all expect to see. Audiences will not be disappointed to experience the classic
second Act with the beautiful swans in unison and the tragic ending of Act 4. The diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet along with the beautiful score of Pytor Tchaikovsky, glorious costumes and imaginative sets brings this
heart wrenching love story to life.
Newly appointed Artistic Director, Katrina Bois, is excited to stage the iconic ballet with its brilliant principal cast in her first season leading the company. “Swan Lake is one of the only ballets that you can see again and
again. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth, the experience is truly magical,” says Bois. She further believes Schneider’s rendition adds something to the experience. “Schneider’s Swan Lake was designed to be
seen over and over again because you find little details in it each time that make it exciting and fresh,” says Bois. “The story itself is magical as it is but with the addition of Schneider’s subtle yet realistic plot twists
you’ll discover something new every year.” Choreographer Irene Schneider returns to Vancouver to continue her partnership with Coastal City Ballet. “A long friendship has kept me in touch with Li Yaming, founder of
Coastal City Ballet, and Katrina Bois. Coming back to Coastal City Ballet to remount Swan Lake is like coming home,” says Schneider.
Coastal City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake features a professional principal cast with close connections to the company. Dancing the title roles are Ana Paula Oioli, former dancer with Thueringen Ballett and current
Company Director, as Odette; Yoko Kanomata, former dancer with Atlanta Ballet and current company member, as Odile; Diego Ramalho, current dancer with Ballet Edmonton and former company member, as Siegfried;
Kostyantyn Keshyshev, former soloist with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and current Ballet Master, as Rothbarth; and Marcio Teixeira, current dancer with Ballet Jorgen and current company member, as Benno.
We have just successfully published the first ever European News Magazine on the Magcloud platform (www.magcloud.com).
It replaces “Das Schwarze Brett” magazine and is focussing more on business, success, PR and sales.
Here is a handy link to our “magazine platform (www.magcloud.com):
What is the difference between “European News” and “Das Schwarze Brett”? The main difference is that the European News is a professional publication that focusses on Europeans in Western Canada and helping them thrive in business by sharing articles in promotions, public relations, digital marketing, as well as success stories to inspire readers. It will be part of a 3-pronged approach to marketing. 1. Is the new www.europeannews.ca website with paid business listing & job listings, 2. The new Youtube Channel “elkepr”. and 3. The magazine with its many advertising opportunities.
What are the ad prices for the magazine in January 2019?
- Full page is $600
- 1/2 page is $300
- 1/3 page is $175
- 1/4 page is $125
You can also advertise on Westcoast German News, European News and if you want to have help with your Facebook or Instagram Advertising, it will be $2,000 a month – $1,000 is for me to manage your ads and $1,000 is for the ads themselves. Facebook is great, as they can bring you many targeted leads and potential sales.
I look forwarding to working from you. If you support me, then I can help support the building of a European Community in Western Canada that will support you!
Ocean View – 4 Adjacent Burial Plots in Heaven’s Gate – $79,000 each (cash)
Beautiful area in a highly desirable location in Ocean View Cemetery, Heaven’s Gate section at the top of a small hill, with ocean view, south facing, flat area, uniquely suitable for a family: 4 adjacent spaces are available, each holding 2 caskets and 2 urns.
No new burial plots are available in Heaven’s Gate; a nearby plot sold recently for $89,000.
Please contact Ms. Porter (604) 647-0951 (home) or 604 828-8788 (cell).
The Ocean View Funeral Home and Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby has grown to be inclusive and serves all faiths and traditions.
Through the 1950s, work at Ocean View was designed by local architects Sharp and Thompson. George Sharp and Charles Thompson formed Vancouver’s longest surviving architectural firm in 1908. This later expansion included the stone-faced Garden Chapel, built in 1936 as a replica of a Norman church. Prominent stone gates also replaced the original gates at the corner entrance. The cemetery offers a range of burial options among trees, flowers and gentle hills.
Their chapel, funeral home and offices were constructed in 1988. These facilities allow families to complete funeral and cemetery arrangements in one location, offering convenience and peace of mind.
Address of Ocean View Funeral Home & Ocean View Burial Park: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca
4000 Imperial Street
Burnaby, BC V5J1A4
For more information, or to purchase two or four burial sites, please contact Ms. Porter (604) 647-0951 (home) or at 604 828-8788 (cell).
The Vancouver Chamber Choir Presents a Joyful Christmas Concert!
A joyful Christmas presents Nicol Matt, Conductor, from Germany
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Location: Pacific Spirit United Church (formerly Ryerson United Church)
2205 West 45th, Vancouver at Yew Street
German Canadian Benefit Concert
Did you know that the German Canadian Care Home GCCH) is organizing their final benefit concert at the Vancouver Alpen Club on Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at 2 pm. Additional donations are also welcome! The Alpen Club is located at 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC in East Vancouver. The doors open at 1:30 pm and the Edelweiss Musikanten will be there to greet you. This is the #39th Benefit Concert held since 1979! See poster below!
German Canadian Business Association Christmas Gala
This date may seem familiar, as it is also the day that the German Canadian Business Association is hosting their Christmas Gala at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at 5:30 pm. Some people are going to both events.
Vancouver International Film Festival 2018
If you don’t mind coming late to the Christmas Gala, and you don’t want to miss out, you can attend the 5:20 pm movie showing of the German/French movie “Transit” is playing at the:
Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour Street 604.683.3456
Discover more at viff.org
Trust the director of Phoenix and Barbara to re-imagine a WWII romantic intrigue into something unsettlingly contemporary and resonant. With occupying forces closing in, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski) assumes a dead writer’s identity and flees to Marseille in hopes of sailing to safety. However, entanglements with the writer’s widow (Paula Beer) and a young boy disrupt his plans. Drawing equally from Casablanca and current affairs, Transit is a fascinating, enigmatic, utterly captivating movie.
Vancouver Bach Choir brings Handel’s Messiah to Surrey
New partnerships with the Surrey City Orchestra and fantastic local soloists mark this holiday event.
Vancouver, BC, 2018:
Every December for nearly 90 years, the Vancouver Bach Choir has taken to the stage to perform one of the world’s most famous choral masterpieces, Handel’s Messiah. This December is no exception, as the choir brings its celebrated production to the Bell Performing Arts Centre for the first time on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm. Under the baton of Music Director Leslie Dala, an ensemble of celebrated local soloists and the newly founded Surrey City Orchestra join the choir to bring to life this time honoured and celebrated musical masterpiece – capped off by the iconic Hallelujah chorus.
“In the lengthy history of the Vancouver Bach Choir, no single work has been more performed – or more well-loved – than Handel’s Messiah,” says Leslie Dala, Music Director of the choir. “This masterpiece is the very embodiment of holiday spirit; sharing the story of Christ’s life and death through joyful, profound music that transcends time and faith – touching the hearts of all who hear it.”
Since its debut in 1742, Handel’s Messiah has been a resounding success, popular all over the world in celebration of both the Christmas and Easter holidays. It is said that Handel composed the entire work in a three week frenzy, upon which he remarked, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.” Whatever his inspiration, the work has stood the test of the time and contains some of the most memorable moments in music, including the famous Hallelujah chorus.
The evening will feature four local soloists that demonstrate the incredible depth of talent present in the lower Mainland. Soloists like Vancouver based Tyler Simpson who sang for seven seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, or local favourite, counter-tenor Shane Hanson, fresh off winning the local Metropolitan Council Auditions for the second year in a row. These soloists will share the stage with the Surrey City Orchestra; a new organization that aims to build a professional orchestra comprised of Surrey area musicians, including members of the Borealis String Quartet.
Tickets begin at just $18 for this holiday concert and can be found by visiting the Bach Choir website at vancouverbachchoir.com or contact the Bell Centre office directly.
About the Vancouver Bach Choir: The Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC), celebrating its 88th season, is an award-winning symphonic choir committed to offering vibrant and culturally diverse choral experiences to its audiences.
As one of the largest choral organizations in Canada, the Vancouver Bach Choir explores a wide range of repertoire from the past to the present with passion and commitment. With eight choirs ranging in age from 5 to 80, the VBC continues to pursue choral excellence at all levels and presents numerous concerts each year through the metro Vancouver region.
Over the past eight decades, the choir has performed with numerous world-class musicians. Currently under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala, the VBC continues its mission and tradition to share the beauty of new and traditional choral music with as wide an audience as possible.
Vancouver Bach Choir presents Handel’s Messiah
Conductor: Leslie Dala
Featuring: Vancouver Bach Choir and Surrey City Orchestra
- Soprano: Elaina Moreau (Surrey BC)
- Counter Tenor: Shane Hanson (Chilliwack BC)
- Tenor: Martin Renner Wallace (Delta BC)
- Bass Baritone: Tyler Simpson (Vancouver BC)
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2018 | 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $18
Address: Bell Performing Arts Centre
6250 144 St, Surrey, BC V3X 1A2
Box Office: purchase tickets online at vancouverbachchoir.com, by phone at (604) 507-6355 or in person at the Bell Centre Box Office, 6250 144 St. Surrey BC.
Did you know that there is a Civic Election coming up in October?
Vancouver will be electing a new mayor and:
- 10 councillors for Vancouver City Council
- 7 commissioners for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
- 9 school trustees for the Vancouver School Board
I have decided to run in this election as a Vancouver City Councillor.
My campaign slogan is “Clean, green, with an accessible scene.”
My new website is www.elkeporter.com
I am hoping to tackle affordable housing, like everyone else, but my ideas are to use creative space ideas, such as modular housing, laneway housing, tiny housing, wood houses, shipping crate homes, wood pallet homes, hemp concrete homes, co-op housing, prefabricated housing or micro homes like those found in Japan.
Solving housing & homelessness challenges around the world:
How about this idea from Hawaii: Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 153 one and two bedroom homes to be built on 11.3 acres of land located between Nimitz Highway, Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island. Kahauiki Village will provide long term, permanent, affordable housing for approximately 153 currently homeless families with children on Oahu. When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children.
Or flex-housing: housing that could be easily adapted to meet the present and future needs of the occupants. Adaptability will become increasingly important as our population ages. As lifestyle changes, and as we witness an increase in home-based activities and new technologies.”
Solving homelessness: (various countries, such as Finland tried this). The optimal solution, a group of four experts appointed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland found, was Housing First. “Solving social and health problems is not a prerequisite for arranging housing,” they observed. “Instead, housing is a prerequisite that will also enable solving a homeless person’s other problems.” One of those goals was to cut the number of long-term homeless in half by producing 1,250 new homes, including supported housing units for tenants with their own leases, and around-the-clock presence of trained caring staff for residents who needed help.
Germany solves homelessness in Munich: Munich, Germany’s third largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, conditions are comparatively good; public support, partly in co-operation with charities, helps to alleviate the plight of the homeless. Among the numerous general facilities for the homeless are centres and overnight accommodation specifically for women (with or without children); residential establishments for ex-prisoners and those in danger of committing offenses; live-in communities with supervision; rehabilitation centres; tea houses; advisory centres; short-term sleeping accommodation and employment offers; therapy centres for addicts etc.
Helping homeless in Korea: The Korean Homeless Team is managed by the street paper Big Issue South Korea, a social enterprise that is part of international street paper network The Big Issue. One of the enterprise’s permanent activities is street football, titled The Homeless Healthy Football League. Its impact is two-fold. It encourages homeless people to regularly exercise and therefore lead a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness about homelessness and shows people in Korea that homeless people can play football, and consequently work and live just like any ordinary person.
Allowing homeless to shower daily: Project WeHOPE, a homeless non-profit in San Mateo, California, is crowdfunding a new type of facility for its clients: a customized trailer that comes with showers, a washer/dryer, and bathrooms. The trailer has an accessible ramp, a small hydraulic lift for wheelchairs, and its own tank for grey water collection. Once it’s built, WeHOPE plans to take the trailer to encampments in the San Mateo area, including in Half Moon Bay where many homeless migrant workers live on the beach.
Several months ago, Eric Spoeth from Edmonton contacted me to let me know that he had written and filmed a movie and would be showing it in Vancouver on April 8th, 2018. I agreed to promote the film in my “Das Schwarze Brett” magazine and on this blog. We even traded ad space. He received a half-page ad and I was able to see my 30-second advertising spot on the big screen.
Here is a picture of film director Erich Spoeth, with one of the “stars” of the show. His mother, Erika, was the youngest of 4 children, born towards the end of the war. She had two older sisters (Alwine & Altertine aka Tina) and one brother (Wiegand). This movie was the story of them being forced to flee the USSR in 1944 and end up staying in a house in a small village along the way. That is the last time the children saw their father alive. Baby Erika was only 1 year old.
Here are two of the young people waiting out front in the line up and the three teenagers sitting together in the theatre. One of these girls was born in Germany, one was born in Vancouver to a German father and one was born to a German mother. Each of them had a reason to attend this film. To learn about their heritage. To learn historical facts from a German-citizen-born-outside Germany perspective (Volksdeutsche) and to be a part of the German Community here in Vancouver.
Here is one of the young ladies raising her hand to ask a question in the Q & A season after the film was over. The questions were typical ones you might expect: How did you end up in Canada? What made you decide to make the film? Where was the story filmed?
The main thing when talking it over with some of the youngest audience members was hearing how this story was all new to them. Only one out of 3 had heard a little bit about this turbulent time in history, when Germans living in the USSR and other territories were caught up in the violence of war and forced to leave their homes, sometimes in the dead of winter, forever.
The girl who knew about Russian Germans had an Oma (grandmother) who came from Bessarabia, a place where Germans had been invited to live by Katarina the Great and had built prosperous farms and villages over 150 years. World War II changed everything. First, they had been forced to leave their homes in 1941, and had been relocated to West Prussia. Then, they had been overrun by Soviets and again, where forced to leave a place they had just gotten used to. But at least, the Bessarabians had been relocated as one group and had even arranged to stay in the same relocation camps as one united group during the war.
Unlike having woman and children, as well as entire families, separated as men were either fighting in the war, working for the war effort or supporting their families with long-distance work. The women, the children, the elderly were the ones who made the escapes in the big so-called “Trek”. That is what happened to the Zernickel family. Just as the father left, the mother and her four young children were forced to leave. Helene tried everything she could to stall, to wait, so that Waldemar could catch up with her, but alas.
Waiting for Waldemar never does come up with an answer to the question: Where is Waldemar? Instead, he has been missing since 1944. Nobody ever found out where he went or what happened to him. There is nothing they would like better than to see him one more time. Talk to him one more time. Spend some time with him, listening to his music, his piano, his singing… If Waldemar Zernickel was alive today, he would be 105 years old, but that wouldn’t matter. The movie did its part by pulling in the audience and letting us feel the anguish, the loss, the pain, as well as the hope and belief that kept them going.
I can recommend everyone to watch this movie and be transformed by the story. As ordinary Germans who just wanted to be together, to enjoy family life, to play piano, and eat farm fresh food and who were caught up in events beyond their control. Yet they still came out of it with the knowledge that “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Waiting for Waldemar is a moving 45-minute film about a family that escaped to Germany from Russia during the Second World War. Erika and her brother Wiegand, who were only babies when their father Waldemar disappeared during the escape and are now in their 70’s, combine fragments of memories and third-hand testimonies to paint a picture of the man that meant – and means – so much to them. Waiting for Waldemar is a bittersweet affirmation that love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Eric Spoeth has directed two full length documentaries and a dozen short films. His work includes working as an Assistant Director on The Matrix, Cut Bank, Blackstone, and other film and TV productions across Alberta.
You can buy the movie on the website: http://www.spoeth.com/wfw.html
February 17, 8 pm at the Orpheum – tickets still available
2. Buildex Vancouver – One German Company representing Wednesday at 3:30pm
February 14 and 15, 2018
BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. With over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attracts over 14,000 attendees annually.
Friday, February 16, 2018
LunarFest and Ballet Productions Canada Society Present – “The Butterfly Lovers” – a romance that is older than Romeo and Juliet. Also showcasing “The Love Stories” by German Choreographer Irene Schneider
4. Multicultural Fair – http://www.
5. Living, Building, Thinking: art & expressionism –
March 3 to May 21, 2018
Living, Building, Thinking: art & expressionism uses the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art to explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to the present day.
The term Expressionism is invariably associated with the period of art and social activism in Germany between 1905 and 1937, encompassing visual art, literature, philosophy, theatre, film, photography and architecture. In the context of an expanded view on the subject, Living, Building, Thinking offers a rich and thought-provoking perspective on the relationships between artists and societies, and the ever-changing responses and visual expressions that circulate through shared hopes and aspirations for social awareness and change.
During World War 2, a family of Germans flee Ukraine to escape persecution. Halfway during their journey, their father disappears. Seventy years later, a brother and sister try to put together the pieces of who he was with their imaginations and third hand stories.
They are also looking for sponsors, so if you are interested, please let them know! Imagine your business up on the big screen in front of hundreds of members of the German community
April – Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 4 pm to 6 pm
BCIT’s Dr. Maureen Connelly will discuss and host a tour of the living architecture and acoustics labs, the current research projects underway, and the latest findings which provide real-world relevance for Metro Vancouver’s residential housing industry. From green roofs and living walls, to sound transmission of cavity walls and reducing impact noise on decks and laneway homes, this session will provide with an insider look into the current research projects and how their findings could impact the future of housing.
Key learning objectives:
1. Review strategies using living architecture in residential spaces; models using material components, and reviewing performance data.
2. Examine noise propagation in laneway homes, building envelope requirements for laneways, and possible solutions for noise transmission.
3. Learn about the Centre of Architectural Ecology and its research. Connect with faculty and students leading the projects.
8. European Festival in Burnaby – http://www.europeanfestival.ca
Bring friends and family and travel Europe for the weekend. Visit the annual European Festival! Last weekend of May, at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend of cultural and culinary delights and rich entertainment! The European Festival highlights the best of European, culture and tradition – giving you a taste of that great “Old Continent” right in your own backyard! Come savour it all, from German Pork Hock and Hungarian Lángos to Balkan Ćevapi and Turkish Kofte! Come and experience Europe, from east to west, as seen through the eyes of Europeans. On The last weekend of May, EuroFest BC Society brings unity through diversity to the Lower Mainland with the colours, music and food of Europe!
The German Table needs at least 8 volunteers – two for parking, two for the table in 4-hour shifts and two for set up and two for clean up. Contact Elke at 604 828 8788 if you want to help!
Saturday May 26th, Sunday May 27th 2018
Germany plays The Korean Republic June 27, 2018 at 5 pm local time
Usually the Vancouver Alpen Club also offers game time