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Arts That Uplift; celebrate self: celebrate community

In Adinkra, Black History Month, community, cultural event, Holidays, Lunar New Year, Mandela, PERFORMANCE, soap making, Stories on January 24, 2016 by sioso

We are looking for permanent residents, newcomers and other Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) eligible clients interested in an amazing Community Arts program coming up Feb 10-March 16 at Kiwassa.
The program is not exclusive to these clients but they have priority. Participants must pre-register and receive confirmation of enrollment12493812_10153149706572030_926304558273577636_o.

Please help to share this information. Thanks

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A night of revelry and fundraising merriment for Britannia Garden/Tanzania Girls School

In Stories on May 21, 2015 by sioso

GWFC leads efforts all year long in the Grandview Woodland area to increase student awareness and interest in gardening and food growing. Please join us at our annual fundraiser to support this effort!

The fundraiser will feature some very special food storytellers (w/ “Mama Says”- Siobhan B.), a full dinner, an open bar and a fantastic silent auction.

100% of the funds raised will go toward paying for gardening materials and tools, seeds, plants, as well as teaching programs that support youth and children learning of food growing and healthy eating issues. Proceeds will also go to support the Eastside Family Center Little Sprouts garden program, and the Sega Girls School in Tanzania!
tickets $25 (include dinner), available at the door, through eventbright.ca or by calling to purchase 604-718-5895

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Another Round of SWAPORAMA at Hastings Farmer Market

In Stories on April 16, 2015 by sioso

Mama says Put a Hat On will be at this Sunday’s, April 19th, food swap at Hastings Park Farmers Market at the PNE (2901 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC V5K Canada) with new Put a Hat On collection additions of ‘Food/& Non-food’ homemade items. Softy Sugar Scrub, Aromatherapy oils: Minty ‘Headache Helper’ and Citrusy ‘Energy Lift’ (retail $10ea) and INTRODUCING Caribbean Sorrel; Vita-Drink (retail $5ea).  Adinkra bookmarks & Mandala Wishmark message cards available. Contact me for pre-orders.

Paypal and E-transfer payments available.

What’s a food swap??? – http://foodswapnetwork.com/what-is-a-food-swap/

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-food-swap-at-the-hastings-park-farmers-market-registration-16477622011

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February is Black History Month – let’s celebrate

In Black History Month, community, cultural event, Get Hats, Latest News, The Multi-Slouch on February 5, 2015 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

ONE SHOW ONLY- this Saturday February 28th at 2:00pm, 2520 Ontario St Vancouver Come see Siobhan of ‘Mama says’ storytelling one of the Legendary Aesop’s Tales- The Story of The Wind and The Sun. Food Bank Fundraiser admission by non-perishable donations.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a bottle as a present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of Sorrel.

The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

click here–FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Family Day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday and Lunar New Year (2015 Ram).

Some things around town: BHM Collection at Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver BHM details, Black Dot Collective events, and films at VIFF BHM films

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5v1_SYXsGg

Black Pioneers of BC

A Storytelling Moment- BC Blacks in History; one story at a time

2015 featured Canada Post stamp set is Nelson Mandela.

“An icon of tolerance and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela was the first living person to receive honourary Canadian citizenship in 2001. The first president of South Africa to be elected in a free vote by persons of every race, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.”

In 2014  Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Halifax’s Africville. Dismantled in the 60s to make way for new construction, these small but vibrant neighbourhoods are gone but not forgotten.

Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, “a vibrant destination…”

     

The stamp features images of Fielding Spotts, a cooper by trade and the first Baptist in Western Canada, and Nora Hendrix, cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House and grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix:http://cbc.ca/1.2516741

2013 Stamp:

2013 BHM stamp- Joe Fortes, Vancouver BC

  • Mark the proud tradition of Black History Month with a stamp featuring early Vancouver’s beloved lifeguard, Joe Fortes.
  • With period images of the watery playground at English Bay and photos of Joe swimming and interacting with the community, this OFDC depicts a man who carved a niche for himself in his adopted home.



some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders ready 2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Tis the season for holiday SWAPORAMAS

In Stories on December 1, 2014 by sioso

Mama says was at the recent food swap with new collection additions ‘non-food’ homemade items. Eat U Up- sugar scrub, Wisdom Knot bracelets, Aromatherapy oils: Minty ‘Headache Helper’ and Citrusy ‘Energy Lift’ (available for each $10). each giftable items comes with a customised Adinkra message card. contact me for orders. Paypal available and E-transfer invoicing available.

What’s a food swap??? – http://foodswapnetwork.com/what-is-a-food-swap/

food swap http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winter-food-swap-at-the-hastings-park-farmers-market-registration-14003708469?aff=eorg

food swap network

tis the season of many office and family SWAPORAMAS Here is a fun way to branch out to more than that first circle. Check it out- and start swapping.

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Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival Oct 3-5, 2014

In community, cultural event, music, PERFORMANCE, public speaking, special event, spoken word, storytelling on October 2, 2014 by sioso

HOGAN’S ALLEY FESTIVAL

A Celebration of Diverse Communities in Vancouver through literary performance, spoken word poetry, storytelling and music and community.

Mama says “Siobhan” will be performing and speaking at Sunday Oct 5 #10 event WAXING POETIC; community chat, 3pm at Hogan’s Alley Cafe, 789 Gore Ave

 

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EVENT 1: POETRY & MUSIC THERAPY

Featuring DEVON “Mr. Metro” MARTIN

EVENT 2: HOGAN’S ALLEY CIVIC & CULTURAL LEGACY

Featuring SHANNON BAUMAN, BeDRoCC Poetry & A SHORT FILM BY RUBY SMITH DIAZ

EVENT 3: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? SPOKEN DUB JAM
Featuring SCRUFFMOUTH & DJ ORGANIC

EVENT 4: BeDRoCC POETRY, MUSIC, SPOKENWORD

Featuring SOUL 2 LIFE, RISA & SCRUFFMOUTH

EVENT 5: BLACK STRATHCONA HERITAGE WALK & TALK

Featuring DANA “I.D.” MATTHEWS & KEVAN “SCRUFFMOUTH” CAMERON

EVENT 6: HOGAN’S ALLEY HIP-HOP JAM
Featuring NDIDI CASCADE, MANNAMEWHO & OBCDN (CEREBRAL CORE TEXT), ZENOBIA, Ostwelve, Rupert Common, Cander, DJ Organic, Speeches Beyond

EVENT 7: CHICKEN SESSION #10
Featuring BERTHA “ADELENE DA SOUL POET” CLARK, LATE NIGHT RUCKUS

EVENT 8: EAST VAN GHETTO POETRY

Featuring A video tribute to Zaccheus Jackson Nyce at the Chicken Session House

EVENT 9: BLACK STRATHCONA HERITAGE WALK & TALK
Featuring DANA “I.D.” MATTHEWS & KEVAN “SCRUFFMOUTH” CAMERON

EVENT 10: WAXING POETIC: HOGAN’S ALLEY COMMUNITY CHAT

Featuring Adelene Da Soul Poet, Siobhan Barker, Scruffmouth

EVENT 11: HOGAN’S ALLEY CIVIC & CULTURAL LEGACY

Featuring SCRUFFMOUTH, BeDRoCC Poetry & LEWIS MIESSEN

EVENT 12: HOGAN’S ALLEY CALABASHMENT
Featuring Osaze Dolaibaille, Kwanza Msingwana, Alessandra Naccarato, Sean O’Gorman, Sebastien Wen, Crystal Williams, Scruffmouth, DJ Organic.

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— & MUCH MORE!

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A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES- 20th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival

In Stories on June 12, 2014 by sioso

I’m performing at the OPENING on Friday June 13th, 8pm — oooh Friadaay the 13th…

definitely be afraid, Afraid to miss it!!

Storytelling festival line-up

 

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