They donate ingredients; You donate work/time

Gingerbread HouseGrouse Mountain and SOS Children’s Village BC are partnering during Peak of Christmas to create a special SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village. They are looking for professional and aspiring bakers and pastry chefs to help build unique gingerbread houses that will be on display in the Grouse Mountain Chalet from November 26-December 31, 2015. Each baker will be paired with a sponsor and collaborate on the gingerbread house design.

Each gingerbread house will be judged and the top three will be awarded the following prizes:

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $300

Bakers will also receive potential exposure through a variety of different channels:

  • Grouse Mountain Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites
  • Media partners; Global TV, Peak FM, North Shore News
  • Grouse Mountain public relations promotion
  • Signage promoting participants name or institution

Spaces are limited! Here are some more details and more will be posted as soon as I get them:

The Perks:

  •  Opportunity to showcase your talents and chance to win a Grouse Mountain Gift Card or cash
  • Gain exposure to visitors to the Peak of Christmas, November 26 to December 31
  • Social media exposure through Grouse Mountain’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and public relations
  • Onsite signage promoting the participants name and/or institution
  • Chance to win prizes based on votes by the general public
  • Connection with corporate partner of the SOS Children’s Village BC
  • Complimentary Skyride access November 2015 for each registered team member several days in advance so sponsors can finish decorating their work of art on site.

    Entry Free:

    Free to enter. Teams will be provided with basic ingredients outlined below. All additional costs are the responsibility of the teams.


    Open to professional and amateur pastry chefs and bakers. There will be one category of entrants and entries will be judged on the same criteria. Teams will be paired with a corporate sponsor of SOS Children’s Village BC Parade of Christmas. Sponsor will provide feedback on theme, however, creative development will rest with the pastry design team.

    Criteria will include:

    •  Originality and creativity
    • Overall appearance
    • Integration of corporate sponsor branding in an authentic manner, and not overtly commercial

Cornet: Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt

Oct 16: 8PM Historic Theatre, The Cultch
Oct 17: 8PM VSO School, Pyatt Hall
Oct 18: 3PM Roedde House Museum, by invitation

Michael Lahr, opening lecture, Dan Franklin Smith, piano, Gregorij von Leïtis, recitation
Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Sonata No. 6, and Cornet (piano and recitation)
Tickets $30/$20

Victor Ullman'sBACKGROUND: Cornet is the last composition that Ullmann was able to finish in Theresienstadt before he was deported to Auschwitz on October 16, 1944. He and his wife, Elisabeth, were killed there two days later. His music was rescued by a friend who survived the camps. Ullmann chose to set twelve excerpts from The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke to music, a haunting tale of a young soldier who experiences love and death in a single night. Ullmann’s composition features the rare combination of recitation and piano. Cornet provides the title for the concert and is preceded by an opening lecture and Ullmann’s Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49, written in Theresienstadt in 1943.

“While it isn’t possible to rewrite history, this project functions as a kind of musical “rescue mission,” bringing recognition to a brilliant composer whose work was nearly lost to us. His story and his music allow us to make a more personal connection to a time that is almost too overwhelming to contemplate. This connection is essential as it helps us not only mourn but learn,” says producer Catherine Laub.
The adamant will to live, the unshakable hope that good will prevail no matter how horrible the attempt to crush it-this is the message of Ullmann’s music from Theresienstadt. Elysium offers Ullmann’s music as a powerful symbol of hope. More info >

Songs of War and Remembrance
November 8: 3PM Roedde House Museum
William George, tenor, Corey Hamm, piano
Music by Gurney, Ives and Weill, plus songs from Les Miserables and popular songs of World War II.
Tickets $15/$12

Elysium- Between Two Continents
Fostering artistic and creative dialogue and mutual friendship between the United States of America and Europe. Fighting against discrimination, racism and antisemitism by means of art.

Since the middle of the 1990’s, Elysium has presented and performed Viktor Ullmann’s music from Theresienstadt in more than forty cities throughout Europe and the United States. Elysium was the first and (at that time) only organization in New York which dedicated all its efforts to the presentation of music by composers who were banned, silenced, or persecuted by the Nazis. The many concerts and musical-literary collages presenting works of mostly forgotten artists–works Elysium had found in archives in the US and Europe–had a trailblazing effect. Other organizations and individuals soon followed in Elysium’s footsteps. Some of these composers, who were unknown a few years ago, are now regularly featured in concert and onstage around the world.

We proudly welcome the artists of Elysium to Canada for the first time, and we trust that it will not be the last.

14 Oct 2015
October 14, 2015

Wagner’s Tannhaeuser October 17th!

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Sarah Templeton wants you to know about an exciting show that she is both producing and singing in. Next Saturday, October 17th, they will be performing a sumptuous evening of Excerpts from Wagner’s Tannhauser, and I will play the role of Elisabeth. VBCC’s Raphael Sandoval-Ewen will play the Shepherd! I hope to see you there.

Join acclaimed and award-winning performers from across the Lower Mainland for a singular one-night-only event as Wagner’s uniquely dramatic music comes to life!
Presented in German with English subtitles and narration, this rare evening of some of the most epic and exhilarating music composed for the human voice also supports the Canadian Memorial United Church’s In From the Cold program, which works to provide help to Vancouver’s homeless.

For more information, and for tickets, please visit Immortal Passion

Tannhaeuser Event Poster

25 Sep 2015
September 25, 2015

Second Sunday Concert Series!

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Second Sunday Concert Series – Wanderlieder: Catherine Laub, soprano and Rita Attrot, piano, music of Viktor Ullmann and Bernd Graf von Schwerin

Tickets. $12 students/seniors, $15 adults
Buy tickets online here:

roeddehouse1250x850-with-72dpiJoin us on October 11th at 3PM for a very special concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Featuring music by Bernd Graf von Schwerin, Viktor Ullmann, and Ilse Weber, soprano Catherine Laub and pianist Rita Attrot perform Wanderlieder: Rediscovered Treasures from WWII.

This concert marks the first Canadian performance of von Schwerin’s song cyle, Wanderlieder and is one of three concerts being performed at the Roedde House Museum in October and November to celebrate this anniversary. Bernhard, Graf von Schwerin was a German nobleman, musician and avid anti-Nazi who was displaced during the war years and died in 1945, a year after his family’s participation in the assassination attempt on Hitler.

Viktor Ullmann was a highly regarded Jewish composer who was deported to Theresienstadt and killed in Auschwitz in 1944. Ilse Weber was interned with Ullmann in Theresienstadt and also perished in Auschwitz in 1944 when she voluntarily joined one of the children’s transports to the extermination camp.

The October 11th concert is important because it is the first time this particular song cycle will be performed in Canada, and the composer’s daughter lives here in New Westminster. Her father’s story is quite amazing.

About the Second Sunday Concert Series:

This concert is part of a monthly concert series, taking place on the 2nd Sunday of each month, in the afternoon. Come at 1pm, for Tea and Tour before the concert (included in the price of the ticket), or show up right before 3pm for the concert, at your convenience.

Options include the parking lot at the Empire Landmark Hotel (Robson & Broughton) or street parking on Robson and in the West End.

Parking spots are scarce in the neighbourhood, so give yourself some extra time or use public transportation. (Closest Skytrain station: Burrard. We are on the #5 Robson bus route)

**This concert series would not be possible without the generous support of private donors and the McGrane Pearson Endowment Fund**

Roedde House Museum
1415 Barclay St
Vancouver BC V6G 1J6
Location : Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver. BC
Contact : 604-684-7040


19 Sep 2015
September 19, 2015

Another German Store Here

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Have you ever wanted a German book, game, video, product or Fussball-related item? You can now click on the link in my handy dandy Amazon Store on my website and then you can pay directly with your credit card.

18 Sep 2015
September 18, 2015

Where to Read Westcoast German News

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Now that I am publishing again, I realized it is important to let my intended readers know where to find my Magazine.

There are various sites that I keep them on:

1. MagCloud


3. Joomag

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01 Aug 2015
August 1, 2015

Innovative German Language Sale

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August Campaign: Too Cool For School Sale

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Brand New, Free Lessons Now Publishing for the 2nd Half of 2015
Brand new audio and video lesson series started on July 6th. As always, several new lessons are published every single week, non-stop, for free (for 3 weeks after publishing). What kind of lessons? Where can you grab them? To learn with the newest lessons for free, check out the “Newest Lessons” page on the site! – The Fastest Way to Learn German Guaranteed

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New German Foreign Mission Abroad App

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of GermanyLike many people today, I spend a considerable amount of time on my mobile smartphone.  I just downloaded the new app, created by The Federal Foreign Office, who runs a global network of more than 230 missions abroad. This app is interactive and informative and it provides quick, easy access to the latest information from the FFO and its embassies and consulates.

You may have to download the App Store for your mobile device here:

And then search for “Auswärtiges Amt”.  When it shows up, you will need your Apple ID (e-mail and password you signed up with).  Once it downloads, you can immediately start using it.

Once I selected Vancouver, it brought me to a page that says:  “Herzlich Willkommen auf der Startseite des deutschen Generalkonsulates Vancouver.” On the same page, they offer a “Reise (Travel) App”, Hinweis der Vertretung (Tips from Representatives) which was empty and then a video and photo gallery. The videos and photos  all seem to show Germany-related content, rather than local Vancouver content, but it is still convenient to have this all in one place.

The funny thing is that it allowed me to see the introduction to the new Consul General, Josef Beck, through the app much sooner than me checking it out online.

There is also a Facebook Page now.


30 Jul 2015
July 30, 2015

Deutscher Platz Now Has Blog!

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Some Updates for 2015

Last year, Deutscher Platz received its first Facebook Page, seen here:

Deutscher Platz Facebook PageSo far, we only have 44 likes, but we are hoping to have at least 500 by October 3rd, 2015.  If you are on Facebook, please like this page, and share it on your wall, so your friends can like it, as well.

The GERMAN CANADIAN  HERITAGE PLAZA COMMITTEE is an independent, non-prof­it society, which, on behalf of the German-speaking public, assumes the responsibility of maintaining the space and carries out these responsibilities based on jointly established regulations. Every year, a different association of the Board takes over as Chair, in order to keep the distribution of duties dynamic and up-to-date.

Each year, the Board of Directors invites VIP’s, honoured guests, members of the German Community and the general public to the Anniversary of the German Canadian Heritage Plaza on Sunday, closest to October 3rd (Tag Der Deutschen Einheit) at 2.00 PM to an Official Celebration followed by a traditional Reception at the Vancouver Alpen Club.

Blog of Deutscher PlatzNext year, there will be a very special year, as the Deutscher Platz turns 30!  In honour of this, I have created a blog, that I will keep updating to not only invite people to our event in 2015, but also to start getting ready to contribute to our event in 2016!  If you are an artist or know of any artist who would like to be involved, we would welcome you to step forward to contribute in some way. More information about this will be available soon. You can click on the picture of my blog to take you to it.

Some of the content I am hoping to provide soon are biographies of committee members, as well as more information about the sponsors who have so faithfully given annually to keep the Deutscher Platz going.  We are very grateful for their support.

A Little History

In honour of EXPO ’86, GRACE McCARTHY, the Minister of Transport at the time, contacted all multicultural groups in Vancouver, to construct park-like areas along the new Sky Train  route. Immediately, the GERMAN-CANADIAN CONGRESS founded a working  group known as the “Parkway Committee”, which pursued the idea with a great deal of initiative and enthusiasm. The next step was fundraising. Through the intense commitment of all  committee members, they were able to collect very generous dona­tions.  in  BC as well as in Germany in a very short period of time. Thanks to the German-speaking population in Vancouver, associa­tions, corporations, churches, schools and the media, this space could be created.
The Place was build after a model that adapted ideas of the design provided by landscape architect G. Edel. The GERMAN CANADIAN HERITAGE PLAZA was born. Once the construction was complete, Axel Hoyer began laying out the garden. Ebco, Eppich brothers” made the plaques and had the donor names engraved at no charge.In 1953, Helmut Eppich emigrated to Canada from Yugoslavia and together with his twin brother, Hugo, established EBCO Industries Limited, of which he is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Eppich recently received the order of BC: Goetz Lange-Michels donated the log; Mr. Martin Hammerl from Armstrong carved the logo free of charge. Here is the website of the company that used to belong to Mr. Hammerl : that still exists today, although he has retired and now Steve Reimer owns it.
Sign with original donors of Deutscher Platz

The opening ceremonies took place on June 29, 1986. Reputable representatives from public life and about 2,000 enthusiastic partici­pants attended.

Here is a plaque listing some of the original donors, which includes my parents, my grandmother and my great-grandfather.

If you have any interesting pictures, stories, news items about Deutscher Platz, please forward them to me, and I will publicize them on my blog or on my next edition of Westcoast German News Magazine.