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Online Presentations, Podcasts & Workshops

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Western Gold presents a series of FREE online presentations, podcasts, and creative workshops to help keep you engaged and entertained during these challenging times.

See below for our most recent Virtual Gold offerings!


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Western Gold: The Ballad of Georges Boivin Development Reading #2
Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Via ZOOM; one performance only

Please join us for the most recent development reading (exploring the idea of four choral voices) as we prepare for the live November presentation of WESTERN GOLD: THE BALLAD OF GEORGES BOIVIN!

You’re invited to stay on after the reading for a conversation with the playwright and translator.

Written by Martin Bellemare – Siminovitch Prize nominee (image above)
Translated by Jack Paterson from LE CHANT DE GEORGES BOIVIN (Quebec, Canada)
Director – Jack Paterson
Assistant Director – Hannah Siden
Dramaturge – Johanna Nutter
Featuring Paul Beckett, Jay Brazeau, John Innes and Allan Morgan*
Presented by Western Gold Theatre in association with Bouche Theatre Collective and The Canadian Play Thing

*Artists appear courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the Dance Opera Theatre Agreement and the UBCP/ACTRA ULB Agreement.

“…a theatrical road-movie brimming with vulnerability…the play destroys any prejudice that older people are devoid of passion. Even after great loss, love is possible.” – Alix Forgeot,

“Admirably well-constructed, Le chant de Georges Boivin intimately reveals the experiences of an elderly person with great finesse and delicacy.” – Jury of Prix Gratien-Gélinas 2009

At 77, Georges Boivin decides to “give the dice a roll.” Georges just lost his wife, you see, the “centre of his universe.” He’s terrified “he no longer exists for anyone.” But there is life after 70, and it must continue even after great loss. With his three friends, all of them the same age, he sets out on a road trip from Québec to Vancouver in search of his first love whom he hasn’t seen in 50 years.

CLICK HERE at showtime to access the presentation on Zoom

Online venue opens 5 minutes prior to start. Capacity 100. Latecomers welcome – audience does not appear on screen.


1 hr 20 mins including Intermission with talk back to follow.

90 Days
By Salim Rahemtulla
Directed by Melissa Oei

90 Days is about the expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1972 by then president Idi Amin. This play aims to bring awareness to/remembrance of the experiences of the Ugandan-Asian diaspora so profoundly affected by Idi Amin’s reign of terror.

This presentation was originally aired in May as part of Asian Heritage Month. Now, you can view it anytime on our YouTube channel or by clicking on the video link above.

Cast List – read artist bios here

Yusuf Rahim ———————————————— Dhirendra
Parin Rahim ————————————————- Nimet Kanji
Shamira Rahim ——————————————— Sabrina Vellani
Nasser Rahim ———————————————– Karthik Kadam
Munir Kassam ———————————————- Munish Sharma

90 Days is set in 1972 Kampala, Uganda. Idi Amin has had a dream that he should expel all Asians from the country. He implements a plan and gives all Ugandan-Asians 90 days to leave the country.

Yusuf Rahim, a Kampala shopkeeper, doesn’t take the order seriously and refuses to uproot his wife and two children. As the family navigates the uncertainties of the 90 days that follow, and come into conflict with each other about what to do next, the dangers of staying in Kampala become too clear to ignore.

As the family makes hard choices about whether to seek asylum in countries that do not want them, one of the largest expulsions of the 20th Century is brought to life through the lens of a modest Ismaili family grappling with the pains of separation, surrendering their lifestyle, and tearing themselves away from a country they thought was home.


The Hitchhikers at Home!
Presented in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Featuring Jamie Thomson and Dennis Joseph

Join the Hitchhikers – Jamie Thomson (Haida Nation) and Dennis Joseph (Squamish Nation), two of the coolest cats we know – on YouTube, as they, along with special guest Brent Joseph, jam some stories with music and mix it up with some laughter. Kick back, relax and get your groove on!

Watch past presentations on our YouTube channel here


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Hope Matters Podcast
Presented in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Featuring Lee Maracle, Columpa Bobb, and Tania Carter

Listen to multiple award-winner Lee Maracle and her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter as they read from their book Hope Matters, which takes us on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation. Traditional welcome and song shared by Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph.

Maracle states that the book “is also about the journey of myself and my two daughters.” During their youth, Bobb and Carter wrote poetry with their mother, and eventually they all decided that one day they would write a book together. This book is the result of that dream.

Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation.

LISTEN on Buzzsprout here:


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Tune in to past Virtual Gold podcasts here.


Plays In Vancouver

Plant Walk with Cease Wyss
Watch now on YouTube 

Presented in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Take a virtual plant walk with T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, ethnobotanist, media artist, educator and activist of Skwxwu7mesh/Stó:lō/Hawaiian/Swiss ancestry. On a sunny spring day, she led Talking Stick Festival Artistic Managing Director Margo Kane on a journey of botanical discovery through Xway Xway (Stanley Park). The legacy of that walk is this compelling, informative video in which Cease shares her extensive plant and forest knowledge, talks about medicines, traditional teachings, and the interconnectedness of nature and the forest.

Creativity has no expiry date! ™

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