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    Thursday
    Jul032014

    POWELL STREET FESTIVAL PRESENTS SPATIAL POETICS XIII WE MIX

    Spatial Poetics is an evening of experimental performance pieces in which artists are invited to create new performance-based work together and encouraged to work beyond their usual disciplines.


    In Spatial Poetics XIII: WeMix, curators Yactac assemble an eclectic mix of emerging Asian Canadian artists working in a variety of different forms. Among the collaborating artists are visual artist Kuh Del Rosario and graphic designer Ryan Romero, who will converge to explore the grey area between contemporary art and design through performance. The concept of collectivity will be examined in a live performance by interdisciplinary artist Patrick Cruz with musicians Franco Maravilla, Miguel Maravilla and Charity Cruz and dancer Michelle Lui. Award-winning filmmaker, published author and spoken word artist Kagan Goh, dancer/choreographer Salome Nieto and cellist/composer Nicholas Epperson will pay homage to Japanese Canadians through poems, music and dance. 

    WHERE: Western Front, Luxe Hall. 303 East 8th Avenue.


    WHEN: Thursday 3rd July.  Doors open 7.30 pm.  Show starts 8 pm.


    Entry by suggested donation: $5 - $20

    Monday
    May192014

    MISFIT LIT MAGAZINE LAUNCH PRESENTS SURVIVING SAMSARA

    MISFIT LIT MAGAZINE LAUNCH

    presents

    spoken word artist

    KAGAN GOH

    performing  

    SURVIVING SAMSARA

    Also featuring

    Butoh dancer MARIA SALOME NIETO

    Cellist composer NICHOLAS EPPERSON

    Singer-Songwriter FRASER MACKENZIE

     

    Cafe Deux Soleils. 2096 Commercial Drive (at 5th Avenue), Saturday 24th May at 9 pm.  $7 at door.  Magazines for sale.

     

    “Samsara is defined as the ‘round of rebirth’ or ‘perpetual wandering’, the sea of life ever restlessly heaving up and down, the symbol of this continuous process of ever again and again being born, growing old, suffering and dying.”

    -                       The Buddhist Dictionary

     

    Misfit Lit Magazine is proud to feature Kagan Goh as its profile author in its latest issue.

     

    SURVIVNG SAMSARA is a collection of poems and short stories, recounting the author Kagan Goh’s struggles with manic depression as he tries to survive the highs of mania and the lows of depression, tossed up and down upon the restless seas of Samsara.  As a survivor, Kagan gives us insight into an ‘insider’s’ experience of madness as he wanders through the Dark Night of the Soul.  He exposes the damaging effects of the stigma of mental illness, and explores manic depression not only as a mental illness but as a spiritual emergence which can be a vehicle for personal growth, healing and spiritual transcendence.  Kagan’s deeply personal stories illustrate his transformation from victim to survivor to activist.

     

    Kagan Goh is a published author, award-winning filmmaker and an established spoken word artist who has performed at open mics, readings, festivals and radio.  His personal mission is to educate people about mental health issues and fight the stigma against the mentally ill.

     

    Maria Salome Nieto is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor based out of Vancouver, BC. She was born and raised in Mexico City where she received her early dance training in ballet and modern dance and graduated from the National Institute for Fine Arts in 1984.  In 1993 Salome began training in modern dance and Butoh with Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, founders of Kokoro Dance and has danced in the company since.  Salome is currently exploring how the depth and the scope of her culture, her personal history and her past experience as both a contemporary and Butoh dancer meet and integrate.  Salome Nieto is the founder of paraSola dance, a Butoh company that bases its work on the marvelous reality of Latin America.

     

    Nicholas Epperson is an accomplished cellist and composer.  He studied music at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.  He has worked at Ye Olde Music Scoo’ on Granville Island.  He resides in Vancouver, BC.

     

    Fraser Mackenzie is a local singer-songwriter who has recorded and toured with Thurston 5, Thurston Revival and The Blue Alarm. He is involved with the Arts at large and continues to paint, write and record music. Fraser is currently employed by Coast Mental Health. Fraser is also an active member of the BC Mood Disorders Association and is a founding member of The Kaleidoscope, a peer-support initiative at UBC for students/faculty/community members helping to provide resources and support for those challenged with mental health and addiction issues. It is with great pleasure that Fraser takes part in this evening’s explorations. 

     

    Sunday
    May112014

    FEATURE ARTICLE IN THE ARTS SECTION OF THE VANCOUVER SUN NEWSPAPER: KAGAN GOH'S BREAKOUT SEASON

     

    Kagan Goh posting a feature article written by journalist Tom Sandborn on my artistic career in the Arts Section of the Vancouver Sun newspaper.  Check out this article if you would like to find out more about my artistic process, aspirations and endeavors.  Here is the link:

     

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Kagan+breakout+season/9824392/story.html

     

    Vancouver artist reaches through film, spoken word and prose to ‘inspire excitement’

    Sunday
    May042014

    THE MARK OF A MAVERICK: KAGAN GOH'S ARTISTIC CONFRONTATION OF STIGMAS AND STEREOTYPES

     

    Kagan Goh notifying you of an article that has been published in an e-magazine called the Kerrisdale Playbook: The Mark of a Maverick: Kagan Goh's Artistic Confrontation of Stigmas and Stereotypes.  I would like to thank Keiko Honda, journalist Haley Cameron and photographer Noriko Nasu Tidball for this article.  Here is the link:

    http://www.kccplaybook.org/2014/05/03/the-mark-of-a-maverick-kagan-gohs-artistic-confrontation-of-stigmas-and-stereotypes/

     

     

    Monday
    Apr282014

    Kagan Goh's Performances and Film Screenings

    1) Festival Accès Asie in collaboration with the Gesù presents a screening of Kagan Goh’s documentary film “Stolen Memories.” Held at the Salle d’Auteuil of the Gesù on Thursday, May 15th starting at 5:30 pm. 1200 Bleury Street (Place-des-Arts subway station) Montreal, Quebec.

    2) Special screening of “Stolen Memories” (and screening of a special surprise film) at Brittania Shipyards National Historic Site. 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, BC.  Saturday 17th May, 1 to 3 pm.  Info Line: (604) 718-8050.   Director Kagan Goh and Producer Imtiaz Popat will be in attendance for a Q & A session after the screening. 

    3) Misfit Lit magazine launch presents spoken word artist Kagan Goh; also featuring Butoh dancer Maria Salome Nieto, cellist composer Nicholas Epperson and singer songwriter Fraser Mackenzie.  Cafe Deux Soleils. 2096 Commercial Drive (at 5th Avenue), Saturday 24th May at 9 pm.  $7 at door.  Magazines for sale.

    4) Yactac Gallery presents Spatial Poetics at the Western Front. 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.  Thursday 3rd July at 8 pm.  Featuring spoken word artist Kagan Goh, cellist composer Nicholas Epperson and Butoh dancer Maria Salome Nieto.   Info Line: (604) 876-9343.

    5) World Poetry Film Festival, featuring a screening of “Stolen Memories”.  UBC Learning Exchange. 612 Main Street (at Keefer).  25th October.  Info Line: (604) 408-5164.