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February 21, 2020

BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL

Location: Harbour Event Center

Guests: 2,000

Partner: Brazilian Community Association and Sambacouver

Artists: Sambacouver, Shotsambado, Cabral’s Fault

 

For the third time, the Vancouverite version of Brazil’s most famous celebration took place in the city at Harbour Event Centre in February. This carnival party had live performances and DJ sets from top local Brazilian acts, food, drinks, costumes and decor bringing you the best Carnaval do Brasil experience in Vancouver!

February 21, 2020
April-May 2020

Zumba + Rumba

Location: Zoom

Time: Fridays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Instructor: Anna Paula Viveros

 

This is a cardio dance fitness class for all ages that combines the elements of muscle toning, balance and flexibility to boost your energy and feel awesome. We partied while exercising!

April-May 2020
May 9, 2020

Concierto-taller-ritual with Paloma del Cerro (in Spanish)

Location: Zoom

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Performer: Paloma del Cerro

We prepared something very special to celebrate Mother’s Day with the acclaimed Paloma del Cerro, a very talented Argentine artist and therapist whose most recent single features the participation of Rubén Albarrán from Café Tacvba Oficial.

Paloma del Cerro gave an exclusive concert-ritual completely live from her current residence on the beautiful beaches of Mexico. Attendees had an opportunity to connect with the deepest part of your being in this unique experience.

May 9, 2020
June 20, 2020

Online Cooking party with Linda Purcell

Location: Zoom
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Cook: Linda Purcell

Breakfast in Spanish is called “desayuno”, and we prepared a good one. Typically, in Mexico eggs and beans are a good way to start the day, but we decided to opt out of eggs and opt in rice instead. Filled with protein and nutrients, it is a wonderful way to start your day. Variety is the spice of life!

June 20, 2020
July 15 to August 8, 2020

CARNAVAL DEL SOL: ACROSS THE AMERICAS

Platforms: Youtube and Facebook Watch

Hosts: Daniela Carmona and Pablo Zacarias

Carnaval del Sol: Across the Americas emerged as a resilience strategy put in place by Latincouver with expansion in mind. Thanks to this online series, we expanded from Vancouver to Patagonia and featured some of the most renowned talents from Latin America as well as some amazing Latino talents from Vancouver and the rest of Canada, along with recipes, destinations, social innovation projects, comedy and more.

Carnaval del Sol: Across the Americas-Season 1 was an online series of 6 episodes featuring outstanding artists, projects, and people from BC, Canada, and all Latin America.  It was the first time Latincouver ventured into such an ambitious project but we were able to feature some of Latin America’s most renowned artists along with a fine selection of local and Canadian Latin American acts as stated in the list below.

July 15 to August 8, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020

LATIN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Art Experience and Blockchain

Venue: Zoom platform provided by Latincouver

Performers: Jessica Angel

 

In partnership with Vancouver Biennale, this interactive Zoom Workshop showcased how Jessica Angel, a Colombian-born artist living in New York uses technology to create art. Jessica showed how she uses her art to connect people and different cultures.

Saturday, July 18, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Discovering Latin American Indigenous Territories

Venue: Zoom platform provided by Latincouver.

We travelled to the Indigenous world to discover new beliefs and the richness of the local culture and to learn more about Indigenous entrepreneurs. This was possible in partnership with Red de Empresarias y Emprendedoras Indígenas de las Américas and Red Global de Empresarios Indígenas as part of the World Indigenous Business Network, and Fundación Chipiri, and in collaboration with Indiarts Collective and Florezca.

Saturday, July 25, 2020
August 4, 2020

Flamenco Night!

In partnership with Mozaico Flamenco, Flamenco Night was a fun night with information about the dance and performances, and a great dance class.

August 4, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Latin American Women Flourishing in Canada

Venue: Zoom platform provided by Latincouver

 

A beautiful afternoon on Zoom where Latin American Women shared their inspiring stories and secrets of success to motivate and encourage a new generation of women to step up and reach for their goals in a new country.

 

We had an amazing panel about “Feminism and Leadership matters” and closed with a multiculturalism workshop to share our ideas and thoughts!

Thursday, August 6, 2020
August 7, 8 and 9, 2020

CARNAVAL DEL SOL IN RESTAURANTS

On August 7, 8 and 9, 2020, the dates originally planned for Carnaval del Sol, we celebrated in a selection of Latino restaurants around the city with live music, Latin American food, and exclusive discounts.

August 7, 8 and 9, 2020
October 2, 2020, 1 to 2 p.m.

LATIN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ACTIVITIES Opening

Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver

Artists: Kin Balam

Latin American Heritage Month started with great music. Kin Balam (Alan Ruiz, Jesus Hierrezuelos, and Antonio Balam) played a collection of native clay instruments providing unique nature sounds in their music.

October 2, 2020, 1 to 2 p.m.
October 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Venue: Zoom

Guest speakers: Paloma Morales, Dr Don McKenzie, Adriana Bartolli, Michele Trask, Beatriz Metzner and Cathy Marr

Artist: Gabriela Melo

Partner: BC Cancer Foundation

 

Latincouver is committed to increasing breast cancer awareness and educating the community to improve screening practices. We brought together real stories of women who survived breast cancer and shared their advice and experiences with us. In addition, our guest speaker was Dr. Don McKenzie, a global leader in the science of cancer and exercise and whose research has had a significant impact on improving the lives of women with breast cancer. Dr. McKenzie answered questions from the event attendees.

October 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

How to Deal with Racism During COVID-19

Venue: Zoom

Guest speaker: Manpreet Dhillon

Partner: Veza Global

 

Ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list, Manpreet Dhillon is an equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist with a unique lens as a leadership coach. In a forum, we discussed the following:

  • What does it mean to be an ally?
  • What does inclusive communication look like?
  • How can we use emotion to create change?
  • What are the best ways to educate yourself while learning from underrepresented groups?
October 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Artist Series with Carmen Keitsh

Venue: Online

Artist: Carmen Keitsch

 

In this online workshop, Carmen showed us how to decorate a Catrina Skull, what it represents in the Mexican culture, and how it relates to the Dia de Muertos celebration. We had the opportunity to learn about this tradition while expressing ourselves through the creation of a beautiful piece of art.

October 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 15, 2020

Altar de Muertos

Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market

Artist: Paloma Morales

Sponsors: Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver

 

Día de Muertos is a remembrance celebration of our dearly departed, and Altar de Muertos is its most important element.

 

For this activity, we teamed up with the Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver to set up a beautiful altar commemorating this tradition celebrated in some Latin American countries such as Mexico, Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Peru. The public was able to appreciate it for a month.

October 15, 2020
August 6, 2020

Unity Comedy Night

Venue: Zoom

Performers: Jaques Lalonde and Bill Santiago as the comedians and Janet Law as a host

 

We presented Unity host Janet Law for an evening of carefree laughter. Two gifted comedians, Jaques Lalonde and Bill Santiago, helped us appreciate the lighter side of life.

August 6, 2020
October 20, 21 and 22, 2020

Exploring Ancestral Knowledge for Water Stewardship

Venue: Zoom

Sponsor: FlowH2O

 

As there are many ways in which ancestral knowledge is being and could be preserved and transmitted, this hackathon aimed to shed light on the ancestral wisdom carried out through generations of First Nations and Indigenous groups from around the world. This wisdom can now be transferred to digital platforms that could assist in tackling the many problems we face with our global water resources in the 21st century.

Participants had the chance to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams from around the world and to work on creating and prototyping their ideas. These ideas were pitched to a panel of experts for a chance to win prizes sponsored by Microsoft; the selected idea will be implemented in the real world through the FlowH2O water resource platform sponsored by Canada’s Digital Supercluster.

October 20, 21 and 22, 2020
October 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Female Writers

Venue: Zoom

Guest speakers: Silvana Goldemberg, Davina Agudelo, Claudia Salazar, Lidice Magla and Esther Frid

 

During this amazing event, five Latin American female writers read a chapter, poem or short story for the audience of Latincouver’s channels and social media while also telling a brief story of their work, challenges and accomplishments as a female writer abroad.

October 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Friday October 23, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Coping as a New Immigrant in Canada

Venue: Zoom platform provided by Latincouver

Guest speakers: Maria Fernanda Medrano, registered Clinical Counsellor, and Vanessa Fiabane, NYIT

Partners: Vast Vancouver and New York Institute

In this workshop, Maria Fernanda Medrano offered a trauma-informed, non-judgmental, anti-oppression, social just and strength-based approach that highlights capacity and resilience in individuals and community as a whole. Vanessa Fiabane guided us on how education can help newcomers integrate into the Canadian society.

Friday October 23, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Artist Series with Paloma Morales

Venue: Zoom

Artist: Paloma Morales

Sponsor: Lonsdale Quay Market

 

During this exciting online webinar, Paloma Morales showed us how to create our own Altar De Muertos for our homes, so that we could celebrate the tradition of Día de Muertos and commemorate our lost loved ones. Since last year, Paloma by the hand of Latincouver have exhibited the altar of the dead in Vancouver for the general public inviting them to witness that this Mexican tradition is more alive than ever.

October 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Artists Series with Clarissa Banos

Venue: Zoom

Artist: Clarissa Banos

 

Clarissa guided us through the creation of a mixed media painting showcasing imagery and symbolism representative of this celebration, showcasing either a Catrina or a Sugar Skull inspired by her own artwork. This was a family friendly art project that required no previous experience and which could be completed within a 1-to-2-hour time frame. She gave us step-by-step instructions throughout the production of this piece. In addition, she talked about the meaning of the celebration, including its visual symbolism, as attendees added their creative and artistic contribution to their unique paintings.

October 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 28, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Let’s talk about diversity!

Venue: Zoom

Guest speakers: Cpt Rey, Sgt Guillermo, MP Chiu and the main speaker Ari De La Mora

 

As part of the celebrations of the Latin American Heritage Month, we decided to create this space where our three guest speakers shared with us their ideas and experience, and reminded us about the importance of diversity in Latin America, Canada and the world.

  • Mexican artist Ari De La Mora took us on a ride across Latin America while sharing the creative process of the commemorative mural and the meaning and inspiration behind the art which includes elements from all over Latin America.
  • MP Kenny Chiu, member of the Philippine Canada Trade Council, encouraged entrepreneurship for new immigrants and shared his experience and thoughts on diversity.
  • Sgt Guillermo Garza-Risueño and Capt Rey Garcia-Salas talked about their experience fitting into the multicultural institution of the Canadian Armed Forces.
October 28, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 29, 2020, 9 a.m.

Cumbre de Sanadoras: La sanación espiritual desde las mujeres afro e indígenas en Colombia

Venue: Zoom

Partners: Universidad Católica, EIDI, Universidad del Rosario, UR Intercultural, DailyHive.


Indigenous, Afro and Palenquera women safeguard their ancestral legacy of management, use and control of the territory. This legacy serves as a process of bodily self-care, and as the future of the community. On this occasion, the women contributed their point of view and knowledge so that participants could see their healing and protection practices as an alternative to Western health. The language of this event was held in Spanish.

October 29, 2020, 9 a.m.
October 29, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Artist Series with Antonio Balam

Venue: Zoom

Performers: Antonio Balam S

 

Born in El Salvador, Antonio and his family moved to North America as political refugees when he was a child. Antonio says he had a difficult youth surrounded by poverty, violence and racism. As he got older he became more interested in playing music and traveled to Madrid, Spain, to study under the great flamenco musician, Jeronimo Maya. In 2016 he began writing and composing his own music, pulling inspirations from a multitude of different genres that spoke to him, and with a few other musicians, he later created the musical project now known as Kin Balam.

 

This workshop presented the opportunity to sharpen up one’s guitar skills by teaching how to play some Latin American songs. The workshop included a brief history of the guitar, a brief overview of the most prominent rhythms with guitar accompaniment of Latin America, 1-to-3 basic guitar techniques, and 1 popular Latin American song to learn.

October 29, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Artist Series “El Dee Espinosa”

Venue: Zoom

Performers: David “El Dee” Espinosa.

David Espinosa, also known as El Dee, is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Cholula, México. He has published several comics in México and his work appeared in artworks and art shows all over the world. He won the “Best graphic novel” at Mexico’s Tierra Adentro Awards in 2018. Right now, he is working on his new graphic novel that will be published by Editorial Planeta in 2021.

 

In this workshop, participants learned to draw Catrinas, a Mexican tradition for Día de Muertos, following the style of their original creator José Guadalupe Posada.  Participants were taught to draw skulls the Mexican way with basic shapes, some lines and a lot of humor! This activity was a fun way of celebrating being alive and learning why skulls are widespread in Mexican art.

 

At the end of the workshop, attendees were introduced to additional techniques that allowed them to draw different skulls and represent themselves, their friends and families.

October 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
October 31, 2020

Commemorative Mural

Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market North Vancouver

Artist: Ari De La Mora

Sponsors: Lonsdale Quay Market and Dulux Paint

 

Ari De La Mora is a self-taught figurative painter born and raised in Mexico. Ari holds a degree in Advertising with a specialization in Creative Visualization from the University of Communications in Mexico City. After moving to Canada, she began collaborating with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Ari’s artwork had been exhibited in group and individual exhibitions in Vancouver, the United States and Mexico.

For this project, we worked with Ari to create a colourful and beautiful mural that portrays the most heartwarming memories and experiences of Latin American immigrants.

The mural is exhibited at the Lonsdale Quay Market until October 31, 2021.

October 31, 2020
October 2020

LAHM Video-podcasts

Venue: Online on several podcast platforms

 

The Latinos in Canadá series of podcasts was created to provide valuable information around COVID-19 updates and highlight successful stories of Latin American people. We had 8 video-podcasts with interviews to artists and community members during Latin American Heritage Month.

October 2020

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