Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC

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Annual Fall Dance – November 6, 2010

The Guyanese Canadian
Cultural Association Of BC

Invites You To Their

Annual Fall Dance – November 6, 2010

Place: South Arm Community Centre, 9020 Williams Road, Richmond

Time: 7 PM to 1.00 AM

Music: Carl Sound Vibes

TICKETS $15.00

Clyde Duncan 604-317-1771
Roweena Bacchus 604-879-0441
Mike Barrington 778-397-9039
Meharam Sugrim 604-986-5016
Everton Weeks 778-834-3197
Sylvia Jemmott 604-589-1852
Wayne Jemmott 604-592-2539
Tanuja LaFleur 604-777-1875

See attached Flyer: Annual Fall Dance Nov 2010

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Book and Blog on James Douglas

Julie H. Ferguson’s book on James Douglas

James Douglas: Father of BC

Julie H. Ferguson has linked the blog of the Guyanese Cultural Association of British Columbia to her Blog, and we have now linked her Blog to ours to feature her two sites in our”Partner Links” category.  Here are the two sites:

Please check  out these very interesting links.

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Annual Bus trip to Seattle – Sept 11-12.

Annual Bus trip to Seattle – Sept 11-12

Hi Friends!                      

The Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC is going on its annual Bus Trip to Seattle on Sat Sept 11, 2010 for the “Annual Guyana Family Fun Day Picnic”.

By popular demand this year is an overnight trip, Sept 11-12. We will be celebrating the 10th year Anniversary with our friends in Seattle “The Guyana Friendship Group” on Sept 11th and returning Sept 12th.

An after picnic Lime with music and dancing is planned for the evening (Sept 11) at a location TBA later. Our Bus will transport us to and from our locations. On our way back home on Sunday Sept 12 we will stop at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall for some shopping.

The cost for all of this is only $65.00 Can.

*Price includes a delicious Guyanese-food lunch on Sat, admission to the evening lime and transportation for the weekend.

There will be two pick-up and drop-off locations:
1. River Rock Casino in Richmond  at 7.15 am and
2. Sears Guilford Mall in Surrey at 8 am.

Drop offs will be between 6-7pm at the 2 locations border conditions permitting

Accommodation arrangements have been made with the Travelodge at Sea Tac Airport North on International Blvd. Everyone is responsible to phone to make their own room reservations. We’ve booked a block for our group so that we can get a special rate:

$51.99 plus tax for 2 queen size bed per room or
$43.99 plus tax for 1 queen size bed per room

August 11th is the deadline date for booking your seat on the Bus and the Travelodge. Your bus seating and accommodation is not guaranteed unless you pay. Note that space is limited as spaces fill up fast.

We’ve booked 1 Bus for this trip and it’s likely to full up before Aug 11th so to book your room at the Travelodge hotel call 1-877-361-2499. Provide our Group name “GCCA 0F BC” for the special rates. – The confirmation number for our group booking at the Hotel is 52290036. To pay for your bus trip or for more info you may contact any of the names below:

Sylvia Jemmott     604-589-1852
Diana John      604-469-3777
Sabrina Hawthorne      604 944-6556.

Again we thank all of you who were on the Bus with us last year. So come again, bring your family, friends, and love ones. Make this a mini vacation.  For those who missed it last year and later heard all of the buzz, come join us this year and let’s have a good time!

*Remember: Valid Canadian Passports are needed!

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Picnic – August 15, 2010

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC

Picnic August 2010 < download flyer here





TICKETS ARE $65.00. DETAILS AT 604-589-1852,
Sylvia; 604-469-3777, Diana; 604-944-6556, Sabrina. Deadline to purchase tickets is August 15, 2010.

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Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee meet again

Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee meet again in Barbados after over 40 years

Isabelle and Vivian Lee with ¡ “Auntie” Olga Lopes Seale in Barbados

Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee re-connected again after many years when Vivian visited Barbados with his wife, Isabelle, for a short vacation in June. While in Barbados they were interviewed by Cyril Bryan of Guyanese Online.
They are now both 91 years old now, and were glad to meet again and reminisce about early broadcasting and entertainment in Guyana, in the 1950s, when they were at Radio Demerara, and he ran a successful advertising and music business.
Vivian has been residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1985 after spending seven years in France. In Vancouver he was one of the founders of the Guyanese Cultural Association of BC in 1986, after a visit there by then President Hoyte brought out the Guyanese and started the process. He believes in continuous learning and action, and earned a degree in English from the University of British Columbia. He wrote and edited a book entitled Super Seniors in 2004, which chronicles inspiring life stories of people over 65 achieving their goals.
Dame Olga Lopes Seale is still doing her charity work in Barbados, driving her little SUV around helping kids and families in need. She recently collected $50,000 (US$25,000) in her annual Fun Run sponsored by companies, schools and individuals in Barbados.
Olga Lopes Seale was a pioneer of radio broadcasting and responsible for exposing musical talent in Berbice. She was equally successful as a broadcaster in Barbados after emigrating there in 1964 with her Barbadian husband. As a broadcaster in Guyana, Olga Lopes-Seale was responsible for programs like Birthday Requests; The Ovaltine show; Yours Truly Olga, the Radio Demerara Needy Children’s Fund. She was inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame in August 1997.
In 2002, she, as well as Vivian Lee, received the Guyana Folk Festival 2002 Wordsworth McAndrew Award. These awards, named after the distinguished Guyanese folklorist Wordsworth McAndrew, are awarded to recipients for their contributions to Guyanese folk and popular culture.
From 1957 to 1979 Vivian Lee had a Record Store, Advertising company, as well as a recording company ACE Records at Robb and King Streets. He was a broadcaster, public relations specialist, songwriter, and cultural promoter.
A very creative man he was, writing the famous radio character Mrs. Snodgrass; creating the lyrics for ¨Down at the bottom floor”, popularized by Lord Canary and promoting national and international musicians like Johnny Braff, who was a very popular local artist with many hits in the 1960’s. He also produced one of the early Guyanese films, the musical comedy, ” If Wishes Were Horses”.
–(By: Guyanese Online – Published in July 2010 Newsletter).
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Party by the Pier – July 24-25, 2010

Caribbean Days Festival  – July 24-25, 2010

Party by the Pier, and save $8

If you are planning to celebrate Caribbean Days weekend by enjoying the spectacular Waterfront Party, now is the time to act.

The early bird deadline is fast approaching. Tickets are currently $35, but after July 11 will be sold at $39. If you will be attending with a friend, you can save $8 by getting your order in now. Why not keep that $8 in your pocket?

Tickets can be found using these links:

Click  for Larger ImageWaterfront Party 2010

presents Caribbean Recording Artists


Exclusive Vancouver Engagement

Canada’s premier Caribbean act makes a rare West Coast appearance. Do NOT miss this event.

Check out their recording of “It’s Carnival” and other hot tunes here:

Date Saturday July 24 , 2010
Time 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Special guests: Phase III Steel Band
DJ Carl Sound Vibes • DJ Kizum
Tickets $35 Early Bird
$39 after July 11

Looking forward to seeing you at the party.

See you at the Flag Party Boat Cruise on July 18th as well:

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Join us at Caribbean Days Festival

Volunteers Needed!

Join us at Caribbean Days Festival

The countdown to this year’s Caribbean Days Festival is on! The 23rd annual Caribbean Days Festival takes place the weekend of July 24th and 25th.

The Festival is going to be BIGGER than ever and we could use your help. Volunteers are needed all day both days. We are looking for minimum 4 hour participation.

If you are available, please contact

If you have already contacted us this year, we thank you for that. Your 2010 Volunteer Coordinator is Morgen Andoff, who can be reached via

If applicable, please indicate to Morgen your availability schedule and your areas of interest, such as

Festival Ambassadors/Festival Booth
Children’s Parade
Environment Crew
Hospitality Tent
Information Tent
Main Stage Help
Mas Kids or Arts & Crafts Area
Outdoor Dance
Parking Patrol
Raffle Ticket Sales
Security & Crowd Management
Set up & Take Down
Usher at the Stairs
Volunteer Relief
Youth Booth/Food Tent

If you cannot volunteer, we still hope to see you at the Festival. Come on out and enjoy the spectacle!

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10th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Reggae Royalty Coming to Town for 10th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Download Event Schedule here < click here

MAPLE RIDGE, BC – Ole, ole, ole, ole, feeling hot, hot, hot…on Saturday, July 10th & Sunday, July 11th, the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival Society will be celebrating its 10th annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival at Memorial Peace Park and 224th Street in Downtown Maple Ridge and is promising the best and biggest festival yet featuring a debut Canadian performance by Tosh 1, son of legendary Peter Tosh.

What started as an admission-free, one day festival in 2000 attracting 1,500 festival-goers of all ages has grown to between 18,000 and 20,000 over two days and remains an admission-free festival with people coming from all over Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Washington State.

The two day party in the park transcends cultural and musical boundaries with a galaxy of performances including Reggae, Calypso, Ska, Salsa, and African beats, authentic Caribbean cuisine,  an open air market with 70+ art & craft vendors, dancing, beer garden, youth dance and fun for the little ones. Rain or shine, organizers are committed to delivering a high-energy festival with a phenomenal entertainment line-up.

Entertainment Schedule for Saturday, July 10, 2010

Time Entertainment Location
1:00pm-2:00pm Festival kick-off with CARL’S SOUNDVIBES DJ extraordinaire Bandstand
200pm-3:00pm FASHION SHOW – Vogue Alley Store

Caribbean artists rock the stage while models rip the runway in Def Fashizzle Clothing

3:00pm-4:00pm OUT OF MANY

Collection of professional reggae musicians

4:00pm-5:00pm TROPITONICS  STEEL BAND Bandstand
5:00pm-6:00pm THE FIREBAND Bandstand
6:00pm-6:30pm CARL’S SOUNDVIBES DJ extraordinaire Bandstand
6:30pm- 8:00pm LOS FURIOS

Ska-Reggae night in the park – start of YOUTH DANCE in Memorial Peace Park partnered with the Greg Moore Centre


Entertainment Schedule for Sunday, July 11, 2010

Time Entertainment Location
12:00pm-1:00pm BOUNTY HUNTA (aka Jamaican Pizza Jerk)

Vancouver’s first-ever Reggae recording artist

1:00pm-2:00pm TROPICAL HEAT

BC’s hottest steel drum band

Festival Stage
2:00pm- 3:00pm TAMASHA

Afro-Caribbean dance troupe


ABBOTSFORD CARIBBEAN DANCE CREW – children’s dance crew presented by Out of Many

224th St to


3:00pm-4:00pm LA CANDELA

Bringing Salsa to the West Coast

Festival Stage
4:00pm-5:00pm MAFFIE AND CREW

A high energy performance including a mix of dancehall, Reggae and Soca

5:00pm-6:00pm PHASE III STEELBAND Festival Stage
6:00pm-7:00pm NATURAL FLAVORS Festival Stage
7:00pm-8:00pm CARL’S SOUDVIBES Festival Stage
8:00pm-9:00pm TOSH 1

son of legendary Peter Tosh (co-founder of the Wailing Whailers)

Festival Stage
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TTCS of BC – July 2010 Events

Please see attached the events for the :

Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of B.C.

Of course, July is the hottest month in your calendar. That goes without saying. So the events listing below will be brief and to the point.

First, for Society members: the TTCS General Meeting format worked well in June, so we will do the same thing again in July. Mark your calendar as follows:

TTCS of BC – July Calendar < Download Calendar by clicking here
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—– Nearly a century later, a symbol of the Haida returns to its people

Justine Hunter Victoria From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Sunday, Jun. 20, 2010

Last week, the Haida marked another milestone when they formally returned the name Queen Charlotte Islands to the Crown and restored the name Haida Gwaii to the cluster of islands off B.C.’s North Coast.

Premier Gordon Campbell officially accepted the returned name, Queen Charlotte Islands, in an empty Haida bentwood box. The change will be reflected on maps and official government correspondence.

Ninety-five years after it was taken from Haida Gwaii to adorn a railway station in Alberta, the Raven totem pole is back in Old Massett.

Restoration experts have spent months trying to remove lead paint bright white, red and aqua that had been added to help make the 12-metre-long pole a tourist icon in Jasper. It arrived on a ferry Friday and on Monday, Haida leaders will formally restore the pole’s name, Stihlda.

Traces of paint remain, a reminder of the cedar pole’s travels. It was painted some grisly colours over the years,” said Vince Collison, the Haida co-ordinator of the event. So we re grateful to get it, as close as possible, back to the original condition.”

Mr. Collison has been part of the Haida repatriation committee for more than a dozen years, working to bring back cultural items that have been collected by museums around the globe. The work focused first on ancestral remains. It is only in recent years, with the remains of 500 of their people returned, that the Haida have turned their attention to works of art.

The memorial pole, believed to be 140 years old, is now too weatherbeaten to be raised again. Instead, it will be laid out in a protective display crate until a new longhouse is ready to house the artifact.

The details of how the pole was removed are murky, but Mr. Collison said it is unlikely that it was freely sold or given away. You can’t sugar-coat that; they thought they were taking these things away from a dying people.”

For decades, the pole’s provenance was unsung. It came to be a symbol of the Rockies and a promotional emblem for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which brought the pole to Jasper to mark its new northern route across the mountains to Prince Rupert in 1914.

It’s an incredible Canadian story that needed to be told,” Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Sunday.

I can still remember seeing it for the first time,” he recalled. Mr. Prentice first visited Jasper as a 13-year-old boy, in 1969. Like many visitors, Mr. Prentice assumed the totem pole represented a local aboriginal community.

It wasn’t until last year, as Minister of the Environment, that he learned otherwise. I was appalled this treasure had been taken from the Haida,” he said. As a former minister for Indian Affairs, he had come to know the Haida and understood the Jasper landmark would have to go home.

The Haida are now carving a new pole, commissioned by Parks Canada, that will be raised in Jasper. Mr. Prentice said the swap highlights a spirit of reconciliation.

The federal Conservative government’s relationship with first nations has not been unblemished. The Harper government tore up the Kelowna Accord, which would have invested $5-billion over the space of a decade into improved education and living conditions for first nations communities. Mr. Prentice defended his government’s record Sunday, citing the apology and cash settlement of claims for residential schools, as well as investments in clean water and housing on reserves.

The totem pole is a tangible display of good intentions, he said. This is a symbol of what we have achieved,” he said.

Last week, the Haida marked another milestone when they formally returned the name Queen Charlotte Islands to the Crown and restored the name Haida Gwaii to the cluster of islands off B.C.’s North Coast.

Premier Gordon Campbell officially accepted the returned name, Queen Charlotte Islands, in an empty Haida bentwood box. The change will be reflected on maps and official government correspondence.

This website for Queen Charlotte Islands would eventually change to Haida Gwaii. Click here to view site >

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