February 22, 2024

The world premiere of Jade Circle this March 6-17, at Gateway Theatre

The world premiere of Jade Circle is this March 6-17, at Gateway Theatre. This beautiful story will inspire you to rediscover and reclaim your mother tongue.


As a second-generation immigrant, Jasmine’s personal journey and background greatly inform her artistic expression. Her experiences and heritage shape the stories she tells, adding depth and authenticity to her creative performances. With extensive experience as a Theatre, Film/TV, and Voiceover performer, Jasmine’s artistic endeavours go beyond acting and directing. She invites audiences to explore the complexities of identity, belonging, and cultural heritage through her work. She also delves into the creation of multilingual, interdisciplinary pieces that aim to bring linguistic and formal diversity to our stages while bridging cultural and linguistic barriers through the power of play and theatre.

February 2, 2024

"Journeys to the Bandstand" by Chris Wong

Journeys to the Bandstand: Thirty Jazz Lives in Vancouver chronicles the creative lives and musical journeys of thirty extraordinary artists who have helped shape the jazz scene in the west coast Canadian city, and further afield. Each chapter focuses on one remarkable artist, or a small group of impactful musicians, mostly based in Vancouver (Al Neil, Dave Quarin, Brad Turner, Cory Weeds, Jodi Proznick, Natasha D’Agostino, and others). The book also highlights some American musicians (Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Coleman, and others) who have made an indelible impression on the city’s jazz community.


1 / Living the Jazz Life: John Dawe
2 / The Electrical Guitarist and his Only Son: Jim and Rick Kilburn
3 / The Man with the Plastic Saxophone: Ornette Coleman
4 / Far Out: Al Neil
5 / Father and Son: Barry and Dylan Cramer
6 / Mind of Mingus: Charles Mingus
7 / Fisherman’s Jazz: Dave Quarin
8 / The Road from Avonlea to the Cellar: Bobby Hales
9 / Total Honesty: PJ Perry
10 / Jazz Dreamer: Carol Fox
11 / The Voice: Ron Small
12 / Deep Connection: Bob Murphy
13 / Let Your Voice Be Heard: Hugh Fraser
14 / Thankfully: Ross Taggart
15 / Here Now: Brad Turner
16 / Life of Bruno: Bruno Hubert
17 / How My Heart Sings: Kate Hammett-Vaughan
18 / Hardest Working Man in Jazz Business Cory Weeds / Part 1: How to Succeed as a Jazz Club Owner / Part 2: Fin de l’Affaire, Living the Jazz Dream
19 / The Doctor and the Ambassador: Dr. Lonnie Smith and Seleno Clarke
20 / Big G: George Coleman
21 / The Rhythm Section: Tilden Webb, Jodi Proznick, and Jesse Cahill
22 / Keeping It Real: Roy McCurdy
23 / Sense and Sensibility: Amanda Tosoff
24 / Love Walked In: Mike Allen
25 / Endings Rarely Are: Natasha D’Agostino

I self-published Journeys to the Bandstand with support from more than 130 musicians and others who kindly agreed to be interviewed (multiple times in some cases), editor David Ferman, FriesenPress, a volunteer community of generous souls, a wonderful benefactor/jazz fan, and my family and friends. I’m very grateful.

The book includes the 25 chapters listed above, a Foreword by Nou Dadoun, a chronology of key events in Vancouver’s jazz history, a discography, more than 140 black and white images, and other elements on 605 pages.

-- Chris Wong

January 13, 2024

Our Journey Continues with Paul Yee at Vancouver's Chinatown Storytelling Centre

An intimate evening of storytelling with beloved Chinese Canadian author Paul Yee. In this program, we traveled back in time with Paul to hear about his origins in Spalding, Saskatchewan and his childhood in Vancouver’s Chinatown. We are grateful to have had special guest, Scott McIntyre, founding partner of Douglas & McIntyre - publisher of Paul’s award-winning book Saltwater City - to guide us through Paul's remarkable journey as a prolific writer.

December 5, 2023

December 2023 Joy Kogawa Writer-in-Residence events featuring Wiley Ho

Dec 9 at VPL Central Branch 350 W Georgia St @2-3pm - FREE

Dec 10 at WV Memorial Library Marine Drive and 21 Street @3-4pm - FREE

Dec 14 at Historic Joy Kogawa House as the writer-in-residence @7-8:30pm - Registration includes a copy of the anthology: Eventbrite

October 30, 2023

168 Magazine Launch Party

Join the Chinatown Storytelling Centre and re:Naissance Opera for the launch of ‘168’ – a new youth-led magazine that spotlights diverse perspectives shaping the future of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Marking 100 years since the passage of the Chinese Immigration Act, this unique publication explores the community’s creative aspirations for the century to come.

Spearheaded by Blake Abbie, an acclaimed Chinese-Scottish Canadian artist and editor based in Vancouver and New York Chinatowns, and in collaboration with a talented team of high school students from across the lower Mainland, '168' empowers youth-driven storytelling and community engagement.

The launch will feature live music, refreshments, and readings from the magazine’s “Letters to the Future” with Blake Abbie and Chinese Canadian author Madeleine Thien.

Come celebrate with us!

When: Sunday, November 26, 2023 | 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Chinatown Storytelling Centre
Cost: $15-35 per person

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nov-26-168-magazine-launch-party-tickets-711507356657