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Canada Day 2017

Hola Amigos!

Before I begin writing this blog post, I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we live in is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. This, is by far the first thing we should all remember as Canada Day approaches.

Canada Day is an occasion that primarily celebrates, being Canadian.

Nevertheless, some might see it as the day to celebrate their new-beginning. I say this because, it has been the case for most – to not say all- of us Latin Americans or Immigrants from any nationality. For some of us, Canada is our only home where we learnt how to talk, walk and act. For others, this is our second home. We were raised in our first homes and we proceeded to learning that we can live in a place thats better suited or has better opportunities for us.

In whatever case you consider yourself in, Canada plays a big part in who you are as a person. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, this is where the word – DIVERSITY – comes in. This is our new beginning and with it we have to make ourselves aware of who has lived in this land way longer before us. We have to learn and respect our surroundings so that the true meaning of diversity can be brought through. We have the need to showcase our identities, roots and culture so that Canada and our society can become more rich and tolerable to what is considered different or unknown.

We are proud of who we are, we are grateful for being here and we need to educate and be more aware of what makes Canada so special to each and everyone of us.

Come and support your roots, country and/or yourself at Canada Day 2017! If you want to walk with us you’re more than welcome to! Register here : www.carnavaldelsol.ca/latin-american-week-events__trashed/canada-day-parade/

Maria Fe Velasquez 

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Jun 26, 2017
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Latin Week

Hola Amigos!

These weeks leading up to Carnaval del Sol are going to be filled with activities and events! We want you to enjoy Latin America as much as you can! We have Fiesta’s, Wine Night’s , Music Bands all over the city and amazing Latin American Films being played!

Although we’re only here for a certain time of the year, we want to make sure we are representing and showcasing our culture in its true manner and form. That’s why we encourage you to come by and check us out!

We will begin our Latin Week with “Music on Wheels” this Monday 12th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Queen Elizabeth Park. Following that, we will have specific dates and times where we will have a music bands playing at Vancouver’s many “Hot Spots”. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see where our Latin American bands are playing these weeks! Tag us at #csol17!

Starting June 30th we will have a series of celebrations that are worth coming to! Our 150 Years of Canadian and Latin American History present a Photo Exhibition, Latin American Story Tellers and the winner of our Latin Youth Video Contest with a showcase of his or her video!

On July 2nd we will be participating in the Canada Day Parade with our many Latin Communities and to top the day off, we will be celebrating that night at the Fiesta Blanca Cruise! Tickets are on sale now and will go fast! Make sure to out on your nicest white attire for the party!

July 4th is our Latin American Film Night at Vanity Theatre. The two movies chosen for this years Latin Weeks is Brazilian documentary ” Samba & Jazz” and the Costa Rican film “Viaje”. Tickets are also on sale at our webpage!

Finally, July 5th we are presenting our “Flamenco, Tango and Wine in One Night” . Flamenco Rosario and Argentinian Tango Lab  will be present at the event giving us an introduction of the amazing Flamenco and Tango flavour, accompanied of course, with wine.

We hope you can all make it!

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 11, 2017
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Sports Plaza

Hola Amigos!,

Carnaval del Sol is right around the corner! And as you may have noticed, these weeks leading up to it,  we have been trying our best to keep you, as up to date, as possible of our activities and events!

Last week we mentioned our fun and up beat Kid’s Plaza and this week we are presenting our Street World Soccer Tournament!

Soccer is a huge thing in Latin America, people regularly play it, watch it and argue about it in family dinners. We are all passionate about our city’s team, nevertheless, when it’s World Cup season our many teams, come together to form one and make our country proud!

Our Tournament will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of July.  If you like to play soccer or have your Sunday “Pichangita” with your team, come and register to win a $1000 prize!  Your team has to, at least, be made up of 4 ,and must have no more than 8 players.

For more information check out our website: http://www.carnavaldelsol.ca/sportplaza/

 

 

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

 

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Jun 05, 2017
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Kids Plaza

Hola Amigos!

It’s only six weeks till Carnaval del Sol! And we’re all SUPER excited! We have such fantastic activities planned out and we’re sure you will have lots of fun!

Kids Plaza is of course one of our favourites! It’s a place were kids can be kids and parents can enjoy themselves watching their little ones have the time of their life! We will have awesome entertainment, a lot of fun activities and  tons of space, so that the family can enjoy a day outside! And not to worry moms & dads! We got you covered; Carnaval del Sol has different plazas that will get your attention, including Family Plaza; where our yearly fashion show takes place, Sports Plaza; where we will have our Mini World Cup Competition and of course our Food Plaza, where you will have different food booths to give you a taste of Latin America! This is only some Plazas that might catch your eye!

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

 

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May 28, 2017
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Latin America Music on Wheels

You know how in the movies, we are shown scenes were people walk into Latin American communities and there’s a ton of colour, excitement and most importantly music playing on the streets?

Well….  the City of Vancouver has given us the ability to put out Music Bands all over the city! , Youth music bands, from different nationalities, will have the opportunity to perform Latin music on the streets. Latin Music on Wheels offers a unique opportunity for young people from different cultures to actively engage with music and to gain experience performing in different, fun, and exciting environments.

It will go from  June 10- June 24, all over Vancouver! So make sure to share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Snapchat by tagging or mentioning us by #carnavaldelsolyvr .

This is one of the many activities we have planned out for you! So make sure to follow and suscribe to our channels!

 

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

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May 22, 2017
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Urban Latin Plaza

Hola Amigos,

What would the world be without Art or Culture? It’s somewhat easy to imagine nowadays; we are constantly looking at our phones and not noticing the beautiful and exciting world we have outside. From taking a run through Stanley Park and disregarding iHearts Street Art to ignoring the amazing diverse festivals we have around the city.

Nevertheless, we do have new forms of creativity that a few years back we wouldn’t have even thought about. People are creating new structures, designs, machines etc, and we are in awe of their brilliant minds. Art can come in different forms and Vancouver is one of the few cities that allows these new forms of art to exist and prosper.

This year, one of our many plaza’s at Carnaval del Sol will focus on art and culture. The Urban Latin Plaza will take place on both the 8th and 9th of July and we’re excited to show the huge amount of creativity that our artists have for all of you! From abstract paintings to fantastically documented photography; there will be everything to entertain and challenge your artistic interpretations.

In the meantime, show us what you’d hope to see! Some Latin flavour perhaps? Photographs of Latin American cities? Maybe Street Art interpreting Latin culture? Comment below and tell us more about your ideas!

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

 

 

 

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May 14, 2017
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A Latin Plaza

Everyday, we are constantly at work into making our communities better. No matter who we are, where we come from, we are always using our roots to fortify and showcase our culture  to the world. Especially, when our culture is very much different from the one we are living in.

As  visitors, tourists, immigrants, residents and citizens it our duty to respect the place we live in, educate people about our history and together, work to form a fusion of knowledge and culture, so that we can have a diverse and developed society.

Latincouver, the Plaza where Latinos and Vancouverite’s meet, was created in 2008 by Paola Murillo and a group of friends. Which then, brought us the joy of having our very own Carnaval del Sol!.  The first Carnaval was launched in 2009 in Vancouver at the Hellenic Community. Since then our Events have been getting bigger and better and we have all of you to thank!

We can’t wait for July and we sure hope that all of you can come and join the fun! We will be having a whole week full of amazing events including (but not only!) , Fiesta Blanca, Flamenco Tango and Wine and Carnaval del Sol!

Have a fantastic week everyone!

Maria Fe Velasquez 

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May 01, 2017
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Musica

Hola Amigos!

Last week we talked about dances around Latin America and the history behind Flamenco and Tango in particular. This week we’re talking about music.

As we all know, Latin music is full of rhythm, sensuality and character. We have different types of music like “Boléros” and “Salsa” as well as “Festejo” and “Lambada”. They are all from different parts of Latin America, and have no doubt, they will have you dancing, in no time!

This time, let’s focus on Cuba. This country in the Caribbean has a varied amount of music; singers ranging from the amazing and well known Celia Cruz to the famous compilation of Cuban musicians making up Buena Vista Social Club. Also, for all you #Daleisthewayoflife fans, yes Pitbull is also in the notorious Cuban singers list!

Cubans have an enormous amount of talent in their hands. There is a whole lot of history making up their beautiful music and whats interesting is, that a big part of it comes from a gathering of cultures, including African, European and Spanish.

It’s amazing what diversity does to a country! Not only making it a more joyful place but also raising talent and music to its highest point!

Have a good week everyone!

Maria Fe Velasquez

 

 

 

 

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Apr 24, 2017
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Flamenco, Tango and Wine

Hola Amigos!,

Dancing is an expression of our emotions, it can show happiness and calmness, joy and passion and surprisingly enough sadness as well.

Us Latino’s, are known to have rhythm running through our veins. From Luis Miguel’s “Cuando Calienta el Sol” to ChiChi Peralta’s “Procura”, we’ve heard and danced it all. Doesn’t matter where we are, what we are doing, if we are in the middle of the road, it doesn’t matter! As soon as “Suavemente” comes up on our playlist, our inner Drake comes out, and sooner, rather than later you realize you’re in the condiment aisle at the supermarket and your using the salt and pepper as shakers…

Our traditional dances hold a lot of joy to them, but most importantly, they hold history and culture.

Flamenco is a dance estimated to be 200 years’ old. It is known to be a form of art, made up by the distinct and different cultures present in Andalucía, especially the Romanian population and Spanish culture. Flamenco is composed by “cante”, which is singing, “toque” the playing of the guitar, “baile”, dance, “jaleo”, known as the vocalizations used during the performances, “palmas”, handclapping and finally “pitos” which is the finger snapping. This is a beautiful dance that contributes to Spain’s history, culture and traditions.

In Argentina and Uruguay, we have Tango, a passionate and sensual dance originally from Rio de Plata. There are different types of tango that exist; Tango Vals, Tango Liso etc. It is said to have been created around the 1880s and was known to be a type of fusion of African and European culture.

These are only two examples of the varied number of dances in Latin culture.

On July 5th 2017 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, there will be a “Flamenco, Tango and Wine” Night. Be sure to come celebrate and dance with us then!!

Maria Fe Velasquez

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Apr 12, 2017
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Latin American Food

Hola Amigos!,

This week we’re talking about food! YES! Amazing, delicious and good for the soul, food!

It’s amazing how popular gastronomy has grown to be. We have food channels, cooking competitions and shows, that not only demonstrate the endless of options we can eat, but also the fantastic approach chefs try, by using every component of their dishes in order to produce a beautiful canvas.

Nowadays, we’re constantly on the lookout for new restaurants and secret little hubs that will grasp our appetite and leave us wanting for more.

Nevertheless, we do have a problem. There is this idea that Latin American food is only margaritas, nachos and guacamole.

Now, don’t get me wrong #guacamoleislife and nachos are amazing BUT, Latin America is so much more than that.

We have so much history and culture that go into out dishes! An example of this is, “Pachamanca”, the food of the Incas. The word comes from Quechua, “pacha”, meaning earth and “manka” meaning pot. This is a Peruvian dish consisting of using the earth as a hot oven.

This dish existed since the beginning of the Inca Empire and the Inca’s used food in important religious ceremonies. Something to keep in mind is that “Pachamama” is the name given to mother earth and it represents fertility and life. By cooking under the earth, this represents the interaction between “mother” which is the earth, and “son” which is the produce. This type of cooking is known in other Latin American countries like Ecuador. In Chile and Argentina, on the other hand, its known as “Curanto”.

If you’re more of a sweet tooth, then you’ll enjoy Guatemala’s traditional desserts. In the 1500s the use of cane sugar become popular in Guatemala. These sweets were mainly made by Capuchin Nuns in the Convent of Santa Clara in Antigua, just 40 min from the capital city. They would make the candies behind the church walls and sell them to the people in the town. The would use their revolving doors as they were not allowed to be seen inside or even outside of the convent by anyone. Candies like “Canillas de Leche”(milk legs), “Colochos de Guayaba” (guava curls), “Huevos Chimbo” (candied eggs) are some of the many popular ones.

Maria Fe Velasquez

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Mar 29, 2017
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