Sunday, July 30, 2006

Only 3 days left to register for Wednesday's Big Event!

We have a Scottish Fiddler coming to the West Vancouver Museum this Wednesday, August 2nd! Angus MacKinnon (pictured left) has entertained audiences accross the continent with his fiddle music, and now he's playing right here in West Vancouver. Tickets are only 6.50 per adult, or 5.20 per senior/student. Register early to avoid the rush!

This event is part of our summer Tea & Tour program. For program and registration information click here. To learn more about Angus MacKinnon click here.

Questions? Contact Darren Penner at 604.925.7295 or by email at

See you there!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Home & Garden Tour: A Great Success!

On Saturday, July 22, the West Vancouver Museum hosted a home and garden tour, which accompanies our current exhibit, Living on the Edge: West Vancouver Modernist Homes 1940-1970. Both tours were sold out and we had a fabulous time touring two houses: The Grinnell residence and the Plommer residences.

There was a lot of enthusiasm for this event and we would like to thank the current owners of the Grinnell residence and Plommer residence for opening up their homes and acting as tour guides!

Click on the information boxes for a bigger version, as well as other pictures we took of these beautiful homes during the tour!

Thanks again to the home owners, particpants, volunteers, and staff who made the Home & Garden Tour a success! We enjoyed it so much, we would like to do it again. We haven't planned anything yet, but when we do you'll find everything you need to know right here on the West Vancouver Museum blog!

Living on the Edge in the North Shore Outlook

Click here to read a review of our current exhibit, Living on the Edge: West Coast Modernist Homes 1940-1970, published in the North Shore Outlook on July 27!

Have you been in to see it yet? This exhibit runs through the summer and wraps up on September 17th - Don't miss it!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Scottish Fiddler to Play in Museum Garden

On Wednesday, August 2nd, Angus MacKinnon will perform with his Scottish fiddle at the West Vancouver Museum, as part of our summer Tea & Tour Program. For more information on the event click here, or continue reading below to learn more about Mr. MacKinnon and some of the events he has played at!

The following information comes to us courtesy of Angus J. MacKinnon Consultants Limited:

Angus MacKinnon was raised on a sheep farm in the north of Scotland and in the forties and fifties with TV still in its infancy, the long winter nights were taken up with school work and music with the whole family involved.

Angus and his two sisters, Helen and Betty, were endowed with a musical family background as were most families of this time. The village hall was the bug of activities in most communities. In smaller areas the school house would be used as the ahll and most Friday and Saturday nights there would be a function somewhere. Whole families would attend and the entire evening would be for music, singing and dancing. This was a culture of music, song and dance with lowland Highland and Island influences - it told a story.

Some of this music had been adapted and influenced by France and Scandinavia. Due mainly to Scotland's close association with this area, both in commerce and long ago battles fought between the countries.

Historically, Ireland has been very involved over the centuries and the two cultures are very much entwined. Both have strong Celtic ties.

From this background of music and culture, Angus and his two sisters broadcast Scottish music from BBC Glasgow on radio, while still in their early teens.

Since coming to Canada in 1954 Angus has found that the music that he grew up with has stood the test of time and has allowed him to forge new friendships with people from all over the world. He has played Scottish music for Scottish Country Dancing Clubs throughout the United States and Canada, and toured extensively with his Scottish Variety Show, including singers, dancers, and pipers.

Angus has played with Killarney at the Blarney Stone in Gastown for the past twelve years. Any given night, especially on the weekend, one can bump into patrons who frequent this club from all around the world. They come for one thing - the music. As evidenced by continually large crowds, Killarney is truly one of the world's great folk bands with the emphasis or course, on the Irish and Scottish Cultures. Angus says it's a privilege to play with this band.

Members of the group are John Lynch, John Cronin, Mari Cronin, Mike Cronin, Terry Boyce, Stevie Ford, and John Knill.

The Campbell's - CBC-TV Syndicated Series (Toronto)
Morningside - CBC-Radio with Harry Brown (Toronto)
The Bob Mclean Show - CBC-TV Noon Hour Talk Show (Toronto)
The Robbie Burns Story - Massey Hall Theatre (Toronto)
The Andy Stewart Show - Massey Hall Theatre (Toronto)
Mariposa Folk Festival - Shared the main stage with Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Murray McLaughlin
Montreal Cultural Olympics (1976)
Canadian National Exhibition - Grandstand and Bandshell shows including the Scottish World Festival in 1972
Metro Caravan - Toronto - A two-week cultural extravaganza portraying music, song and dance by countries from around the world
Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta - Cultural festival
New York World's Fair - Cultural festival
The Far Shore - Award winning Canadian Movie - Based on the life story of Canadian artist Tom Tomson (a member of the legendary Group of Seven). Movie Premiere held at the Royal Ontario Art Galleries

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Scottish Fiddler Coming to the West Vancouver Museum!

Angus MacKinnon will perform at the West Vancouver Museum as part of our Tea & Tour program on Wednesday, August 2nd. Mr. MacKinnon is an accomplished musician who has entertained audiences across the country with his music. We are delighted to have him play for us here at the West Vancouver Museum! During an interlude Mr. MacKinnon will also discuss the cultural significance of Scottish fiddle music and his own thoughts on preserving and maintaining the music in its traditional form.

The Tea & Tour will be held at the museum, which is located in the Gertrude Lawson House at 680 17th Street. Gertrude Lawson built the house in 1939 and intended that it would resemble a Scottish castle. The livingroom, which is now the museum gallery, was built big enough for three sets of Scottish dancers. This is an excellent opportunity to come out and hear traditional Scottish music in a setting that is reminiscent of Scotland!

The event also features a guided tour of the museum and its current exhibition, Living on the Edge: West Vancouver Modernist Homes 1940-1970. The cost for the event is 6.50 per adult and 5.20 per senior/student. For more information on the tea and tour program click here. To register call Darren Penner at 604.925.7295 or send him an email at

You can also use the Telereg or Webreg system to register for this event! Simply call 604.925.7475 or click here and enter tour code 310869.

So mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 2nd, and we'll see you at the West Vancouver Museum!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Great Turnout for Wearing Tradition: Kimono!

We would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who helped make Wearing Tradition - Kimono a great success!

We ran two sessions, at 1pm and 4pm, in which Mineko Tanaka demonstrated the proper wearing of a kimono, as well as other Japanese traditions and customs. Sachi Rummel, one of our volunteers at the West Vancouver Museum, hosted a Japanese tea ceremony directly following the demonstration.

The event was a great success, and we would like to thank all of the participants, the volunteers, and our sponsors. Wearing Tradition - Kimono is the first in a series of events that will showcase traditional costumes worn in different cultures. We have not began planning the next installment of Wearing Tradition as of yet, but when we do you will be able to get all the information right here on the West Vancouver Museum blog!

The event began with a video and kimono wearing demonstration.

Mineko Tanaka instructed the audience in the proper wearing of a kimono while Kiriko Watanabe took questions from the audience and translated.

Tying the obi is an important part of the process, full of cultural significance. Mineko Tanaka's skill can be seen both front and back.

After the kimono demonstration participants were invited outside to the museum garden to take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, hosted by museum volunteer Sachi Rummel.

Sachi was assisted by many people, including West Vancouver Museum staff member and event organizer Kiriko Watanabe.

In following with Japanese tradition, participants drank Matcha tea from a bowl, with one hand placed on the bottom and the other hand placed on the side of the bowl.

Tickets were handed out at registration, and following the tea ceremony there was a prize draw.

Lucky winners received gifts from Mineko Tanaka, which she brought with her all the way from Japan.

Sorry you missed it? Today's kimono demonstration was a one time only event, but there is still plenty of time to register for one of the Japanese Tea Ceremonies, hosted by Sachi Rummel, that will be held at the West Vancouver Museum throughout the summer. Click here for more information!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

What's Happening at the Museum This Week!

The West Vancouver Museum is hosting a variety of programs over the summer, and many of them are in full swing!

Wearing Tradition: Kimono is coming up this Saturday, and there is limited space available for the newly-added 4pm session. Come and see Mineko Tanaka demonstrate the wearing of a kimono while introducing the wisdom of her ancestors through traditional Japanese customs!

We are using the TeleReg registration system for this event. Register by phone at 604.925.7475 or by clicking here. You will need to use code 363017 to register.

Education Coordinator Isaac Vanderhorst is running three summer camps this year, the first of which began this week for children aged 6 to 8 years. If you wish to register for one of the other two, you still have time. The next one begins Monday, July 17, for children aged 6 to 8 years, and the last one will begin next Monday, June 24, for children aged 9 to 12 years. Register using the TeleReg information above. The code for the July 17 camp is 310933 and the code for the July 24 camp is 310948.

Stay tuned for many more exciting events happening at the museum this summer. We have a Home and Garden Tour coming up next Saturday, July 22 (see page 39 of the Leisure Guide for more information), we have Japanese Tea Ceremonies, as well as the summer Tea & Tour Program. Check back for more information on what's happening this summer at the West Vancouver Museum!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Wearing Tradition - Kimono - Second Session Added!

Due to popular demand, we have added a second session of Wearing Tradition - Kimono! Mineko Tanaka (pictured left), who operates a Meiji period kimono storehouse and national historic site in Japan, is coming to the West Vancouver Museum to demonstrate the wearing of a kimono and introduce the wisdom of her ancestors through traditional Japanese customs. Don't miss this opportunity to increase your cultural awareness and take part in a presentation never seen outside of Japan!

Both sessions are coming up this Saturday, July 15, at the West Vancouver Museum. Click here for more information, and to reserve a space call 604.925.7179. Be sure to book soon before the second session fills up!

For Museum information and directions click here.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Living on the Edge Lecture Series Concludes!

Thank you to Barry Downs, whose lecture, West Coast Modernism: Influence of Japan, drew a full house on Tuesday, June 27. The Tuesday evening lecture was the last in our series, which accompanies our current museum exhibit, Living on the Edge: West Vancouver Modernist Homes 1940-1970.

The series began on April 25 and has featured lectures on a variety of architecture-related topics. It has drawn on the knowledge of lecturers who are leaders in thier fields. All lectures were very well attended and we have received great feedback from the public!

We are very appreciative to the following lecturers:

Adele Weder, Writer (April 25)
B.C. Binning House: A Design Revolution

Donald Luxton, MRAIC (May 9)
As Modern as Television: West Coast Architecture on the North Shore

Allan Collier, Writer and Curator (May 20)
Post War Design and Craft in BC

Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, Professor and Head, UBC Dept. of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory (May 30)
Architectural Debates of the 50s

Barry Downs, MAIBC (June 27)
West Coast Modernism: Influence of Japan