Strong lines still mark Art Deco display in Langley

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Strong lines still mark Art Deco

A celebration of vintage women’s fashion comes to the Langley Centennial Museum.

by Ronda Payne

Fashion historians Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers return to the Langley Centennial Museum in a celebration of fashion with “Art Deco Chic: Women’s Fashions of the 1920s & 1930s.”  

After all the pre- First World War corsets and tailored curves, post war garments were loose, even sack-like.

With the 1930s a sense of natural figures returned, but with geometric styling echoing the Art Deco movement.

These styles saw modernism, cubism, and simplicity.  

Witness the transition at “Art Deco Chic” running from May 10 to Aug 4 at the Langley Centennial Museum at 9135 Fort St.

Items on display will blend a reflection of the time’s social and political change as well as differing  fashion observations in centres like Paris or Berlin versus those on the streets of Langley.

 Join in the opening reception on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.  

Special vintage fashion shows will be held on June 1 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

For details contact the Langley Centennial Museum at 604.532.3536 or


The Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is hosting a children’s variety show for its annual community day and open house.

Take part in the free, fun-filled family event from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The variety show is at noon.

Learn about LCMS programs, meet the faculty, enjoy refreshements, even try out instruments.

The school also presents the LCMS Fiddlers in concert at the Rose Gellert Hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Andrea Taylor, Vancouver Canucks official fiddler, LCMS faculty member, and leader of the LCMS Fiddlers invites people to celebrate the violin’s cousin at the evening event.

“They will be reeling and jigging their way through a selection of Old Time, Celtic, Country and Slavic music,” she said.

The Fiddlers will be backed-up by Dan Ross on guitar, Tim Stacey on bass,  and Mike Michalkow on drums.

Admission to the LCMS Fiddlers concert is by donation and both events will be at 4899 207 St.

New choral director at TWU

Trinity Western Univesrity (TWU) has appointed Joel Tranquilla, DMA as the new director of choral activities for the School of the Arts, Media and Culture.

Coming from the University of Windsor, Tranquilla is an award-winning conductor and music educator with a focus on creativity.

“Creativity is a joy-filled experience at SAMC, and I look forward to working with TWU’s talented and purpose-driven students,” said Tranquilla.

He performs regularly with the Canadian Chamber Choir and has worked with many choirs in various capacities.

Beginning in September, Tranquilla will conduct TWU’s student choral ensembles as well as the 60-voice Masterworks choir, consisting of TWU alumni and other community musicians.

Outdoor art for all

Opus Art Supplies is hosting its third annual province-wide outdoor painting challenge on Saturday.

It’s a free community celebration about making art outdoors and getting involved with the community. There will be a designated art space set up at the Langley story designated as a “painting zone”.

All ages and levels of skill are invited to participate and prizes will also be awarded in three different age categories.

Opus has set a goal of having 1,000 people around the province participate. Registration and more information is available in store or online at

Wine paired with painting lesson

Even those who don’t think of themselves as artists can appreciate the fact that painting might be easier with a glass of wine beforehand.

Backyard Vineyards hosts their painting party entitled A Palette of Fun with Gail, tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Organizers note the evening is a low-stress, non-judgemental environment to create. There is no painting experience required and art supplies are included in the $40 registration.

Reservations are required. Call Backyard Vineyards at 604-539-9463 to see if there is still room available.

Partial proceeds will be donated to a shelter for the homeless in the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

Annual Celtic night

Saturday marks the annual Ceilidh/Celtic Night to be hosted by Tartan Pride at the Cloverdale Catholic Parish Hall.

A popular event, the evening of entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. with a Highland dance performance. Along with music, dancing, and dancing demonstrations there will be door prizes and lots of fun.

The Vancouver Police Pipe Band will be on hand performing as will Celtic Folk group, Blackthorn.

The Joan Murray Dancers will also perform and the evening will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tartan Pride Highland Dance Team.

Tartan Pride is a team of premier Highland dancers from the Joan Murray School of dance and has performed around the world in place such as: France, Holland, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Japan, and even in Disneyland.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for children under 12 and can be arranged by phone at 604-576-1619 or by email at

Laughter lingers

The Yuk Yuks On Tour comedy show at the Cascades Casino has been extended through to June.

The next show is on April 17 and features Vancouver native Sam Easton. With several comedy awards under his belt, Easton’s routine is always a fun night out.

The Summit Theatre at Cascades has been home to monthly performances by the Yuk Yuks show since 2010 with some of Canada’s best comedians.

Tickets are $10 plus tax. To arrange tickets, or for more information, contact Cascades guest services at 604-530-2211 or visit

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

The students alone aren’t enough for a concert of this size.

Alumni, parents, and teachers of Langley Fine Arts School will be joining students on stage as they present selections from Elijah, by Mendelssohn, at the Chan Shun Concert Hall (The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts) at UBC on May 15.

Grade 12 student and concert band member, Alyssa Carlsen, explained there will be about 150 people performing.

“The concert band will be doing separate pieces, not from Elijah,” she explained and added it is a bit less demanding for her than for her fellow students in the Elijah portions of the event.

This slightly reduced role gave Carlsen the ability to take on organization of some of the details involved in the vast performance.

“Chan Centre has an amazing acoustic,” she said as to why the school would perform the show at UBC. “We’re a high school, so we don’t often get an opportunity to perform in such a great acoustic… It’s such a great opportunity for us.”

Along with the concert band, the chamber choir, concert choir, and orchestra will also take the stage. Pieces from Elijah are the main focus of the evening, but other performances by the concert band, orchestra, senior wind ensemble and chamber choir will be featured as well.

Practices are ongoing for the various groups involved and while Carlsen noted the students are always pushed to do their best, there is a difference in preparing for this performance.

“Our teachers always press us to do better. They are always pushing us, but I think this particular one [performance] does add extra pressure,” she said. “It’s a world-wide [recognized] concert hall. That adds extra pressure.”

Another aspect that turns up the heat is the guest conductor, Dr. Dale Lonis, who will be directing the selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

“The orchestra has worked with him before,” Carlsen noted. “But certainly it adds extra pressure.”

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind, all-ages show on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. are $27 and are available through Ticketmaster. Chan Centre is at 6265 Crescent Road at UBC.


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