From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 22, more than 100 local and indie vendors will crowd Last Chance Craft Fair, selling handmade crafts amid seasonal festivities at the Croatian Cultural Center. Last-minute buyers can browse seemingly endless rows of vendors showcasing jewelry, housewares, children’s items, and clothing.
A founding member of pioneer prog-rock outfits King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake thrills audiences with impeccable guitar artistry and improvisational skills honed across more than four decades. Supporting the upcoming release of his autobiography, his Songs of a Lifetime tour mixes iconic tunes from across his career with stories about his life in music. Audience questions will let fans probe his brain for interesting anecdotes, insightful observations, and biographical details needed to complete an android replica. At the concert, the first third of his autobiography will be available for purchase in audiobook format, letting fans aurally absorb Lake’s saga as told in his own voice.
The multi-talented siblings of the famous Oklahoma trio Hanson shower the Vogue Theatre in their skillful and exuberantly soulful pop-rock music for one night. Guitarist Isaac, keyboardist Taylor, and drummer Zac burst onto the scene like the missing three of the Jackson 8 with their 1997 smash “MMMBop,” which garnered three Grammy nominations and infiltrated nationwide DNA. Escaping the clichés of adolescent fame, the trio spent the last decade developing a loyal following with its dynamic performances and subsequent albums of rootsy and funky rock and roll. Touting their fifth release Shout it Out, the band treats longtime fans to an energetic marathon of dance hits that alleviate the plague known as standing still.
Palme’s Performing Society was founded in 1996 with the aim of preserving the culture of ex-Soviet Union countries. Well, preserve might not be the right word. The societies doesn’t try to immobilize history behind glass or in sterile displays, but rather breathes life into it through performances in those countries’ native tongues. They put on works by Russian and Ukrainian playwrights while projecting live English subtitles so that everyone can bond by sharing the experience of live theater or by shunning people who only speak pig latin.
The company typically takes the stage in Vancouver’s Russian Community Center, but every so often performances spill onto the streets. During summer festivals, such as Russian Day held in the heart of the Olympic Village, the society brings together artists, musicians, and chefs.
Rustic wood cabins interconnected by wooden walkways stand amid a network of fountains, mountain streams, and small waterfalls. Dense forest and blooms of emerald ferns spread out in all directions. The train whistle and drum beats echo through the trees. At Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, natural scenery opens up to authentic representations of British Columbia's First Nations and Métis cultures through its attractions, performances, and artisan marketplace. As guests arrive, knowledgeable First Nations guides in native dress usher guests into the park, where they can start by taking in the sights or boarding the miniature covered Spirit Catcher train for storytelling journeys past forest tableaus.
Young dancers and actors in traditional dress stage cultural performances every Friday through Sunday throughout the summer, and coffee by Spirit Bear Coffee Company keeps visitors warm year-round. In the indoor marketplace, First Nations and Métis artisans proffer pieces of handmade visual art, jewellery, apparel, and other crafts. The nonprofit Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia operates the park as part of its aim to create a sustainable and educational showcase of Aboriginal culture for visitors and local residents.