Talks

Wide-ranging conversations with artists and experts, programmed to accompany Chan Centre presentations.

The Power of Song Pre-show Talk with Shari Ulrich

The Power of Song

Shari Ulrich, an award winning Canadian songwriter and former associate professor of Lyric and Libretto in UBC’s Creative Writing department, discusses all of the various elements that work together to make a truly powerful song. This pre-show talk took place on November 8, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Texas Troubadours featuring singer songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ruthie Foster, and Carrie Rodriguez.

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A Cross-Continental Musical Kinship Pre-show Talk with Dr. Fred Stride

A Cross-Continental Musical Kinship

Dr. Fred Stride, UBC School of Music faculty member and Director of the UBC Jazz Ensemble, talks about the rich history of cross-cultural connections between jazz and the music of India. This pre-show talk took place on October 28, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland: Crosscurrents.

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An Opera Superstar Looks Back Pre-show Artist Talk with Ben Heppner

An Opera Superstar Looks Back

Ben Heppner, a world-renowned opera singer who got his start at UBC, chats with CBC’s Michael Juk about his early days singing gospel, his education at the University of British Columbia, and what has been an incredibly varied and illustrious career in music that has taken him around the world. This pre-show talk took place on September 23, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of The Blind Boys of Alabama with Ben Heppner.

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Exploring the Weimar Republic Pre-show Talk with Dr. Kyle Frackman and Dr. Ilinca Iurascu

Exploring the Weimar Republic

Dr. Kyle Frackman and Dr. Ilinca Iurascu, assistant professors of Germanic studies at the University of British Columbia, dive deep into the culture and historical significance of the Weimar Republic. This pre-show talk took place on April 9, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester.

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From the Steppes of Mongolia to the World Stage Pre-show Talk with Tim Pearce

From the Steppes of Mongolia to the World Stage

Anda Union’s manager Tim Pearce discusses the past, present and future of the acclaimed Mongolian ensemble, as well as his own international career in film, music and theatre that spans over 40 years. This pre-show talk took place on March 26, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Anda Union.

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Death in Thebes: From Oedipus to Antigone Pre-show Talk with Dr. Hallie Marshall

Death in Thebes: From Oedipus to Antigone

Dr. Hallie Marshall, an assistant professor at UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film and a Wall Scholar with the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, provides a contextual back story for Noche Flamenca’s Antigona, exploring the story of the house of Oedipus, the flexibility of Greek myth and the ancient performance tradition. This pre-show talk took place on March 12, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Noche Flamenca’s Antigona.

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The Path to Jazz Royalty Pre-show Talk with Nou Dadoun

The Path to Jazz Royalty

Nou Dadoun, host of Vancouver Co-op Radio’s A-Trane program, discusses the legacy of jazz queen Dianne Reeves and the artists she worked with along her journey to becoming the award-winning performer she is today. This pre-show talk took place on February 22, 2017 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Dianne Reeves.

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A Little OCD: Understanding Compulsions and Intrusive Thoughts A Panel Discussion with Brendan McLeod and Community Partners

A Little OCD: Understanding Compulsions and Intrusive Thoughts

The Chan Centre partners with UBC’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and AnxietyBC for a candid, informative panel discussion about obsessive compulsive disorder featuring writer and slam poet Brendan McLeod; co-founder of OCDbc Lynn Furlotte and her daughter Leah John; and registered psychologists Dr. Melisa Robichaud and Dr. Juliana Negreiros. This panel discussion took place in conjunction with the Chan Centre presentation of Brendan McLeod’s Brain on November 17, 2016.

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Hip Hop, Storytelling, and Empowering Youth Pre-show Talk with Kia Kadiri

Hip Hop, Storytelling, and Empowering Youth

Kia Kadiri, hip hop artist, educator and mentor, talks about her role with Vancouver’s Streetrich Hip Hop Society where she works with marginalized youth to help them find their voices through poetry, music, dance, and performing arts. This pre-show talk took place prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on September 25, 2016.

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Woody Guthrie, People's Songs, and Canadian Folk Music Pre-show Talk with Gary Cristall

Woody Guthrie, People’s Songs, and Canadian Folk Music

Gary Cristall, co-founder of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and long time folk music listener, producer and historian, discusses the impact of Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds, and a dozen other members of People’s Songs and how their work was fundamental to the development of the folk music scene in Canada. This pre-show talk took place prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Arlo Guthrie with special guest Sarah Lee Guthrie on April 21, 2016, a special 50th anniversary celebration of Alice’s Restaurant.

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Komagata Maru and the New Refugee Crisis Pre-show Talk with Renisa Mawani

Komagata Maru and the New Refugee Crisis

Dr. Renisa Mawani, associate professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, discusses the impact of the SS Komagata Maru event in light of Anoushka Shankar’s latest album, Land of Gold, and its focus on the current refugee crisis. This pre-show talk took place prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Anoushka Shankar on April 8, 2016.

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A Life, Choreographed Pre-show Talk with Pierre-Paul Savoie

A Life, Choreographed

Pierre-Paul Savoie, acclaimed choreographer and Founder/Artistic Director of PPS Danse, in conversation with CBC Radio-Canada’s Yolaine Mottet about his poignant tribute piece Danse Lhasa Danse, based on the life and legacy of Montreal folk musician Lhasa de Sela. This pre-show talk took place prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Danse Lhasa Danse on January 18, 2014.

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Portugal's Double Gaze Pre-show Talk with Dr. Anthony Shelton

Portugal’s Double Gaze

Dr. Anthony Shelton, director of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, discusses how Portugal’s identity as a nation that borders both the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas has created a unique lansdcape of arts and culture there. This pre-show talk took place prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Mariza on October 27, 2013.

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How Flamenco Was Formed Pre-show Talk with Martin Santangelo

How Flamenco Was Formed

Martín Santangelo, Artistic Director of Noche Flamenca, speaks on the roots of flamenco and the historical and political aspects of the society which created the art form, including how flamenco evolved under conditions of oppression. This pre-show talk took place on January 21, 2012 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca.

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The Past and Present of Cuban Music Pre-show Talk with Sal Ferreras

The Past and Present of Cuban Music

Sal Ferreras, renowned percussionist and educator, discusses the diverse influences behind Chucho Valdes’ music – from afro jazz traditions to be bop to Cuban son – and traces them back to their origins in the island nation. This pre-show talk took place on November 2, 2012 prior to the Chan Centre presentation of the Chucho Valdes Quartet.

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