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

See below for our most recent Virtual Gold offerings!


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A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Emily Grace Brook

Set in 2021, with Scrooge as a curmudgeonly Amazon vendor and using the golden age of radio as inspiration, Charles Dickens’ classic family favourite is presented with an updated contemporary twist. Sit back while you watch the voice actors, musicians, and sound effect artists give life to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and dear old Fezziwig.

(click on the names in gold text to read bios)

Michael Vairo: Fred and Jacob Marley

Jennifer Burgmann: Bob Cratchit and Ghost of Christmas Present

Bernard Cuffling: Ebenezer Scrooge

Cadence Quibell: Narrator

Helen Volkow: Kate and Ghost of Christmas Past

Coquitlam Youth Theatre Ensemble: Sound effect artists/walla and as cast
Jared Batac Co, Tasha Barham, Norah Rachel Benjamin, Karen (K) Castro, Ryan Coghill, Indah Del Bianco, Yvette Dunham, Mackenzie Hurd and Jaitan Malhotra

Produced in partnership with Place des Arts

Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz
Watch now on YouTube!

This Hanukkah, Western Gold presented a series of online readings from the multi-award-winning translation of of Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz. Written originally in Yiddish, the book has been translated into English by Vancouver writer Helen Mintz, published by Syracuse University Press.

These delicious stories capture the trials and dreams of marginalized Jews — pickpockets, prostitutes, folklorists, fishwives — in Vilna (today’s Vilnius, Lithuania) during the years before their thriving, bustling, colourful community, known for centuries as a centre of Jewish learning and culture, was annihilated by the Nazis.

Performers will include actors Stephen Aberle and Nicola Lipman and singer-songwriter Geoff Berner, who will frame each story with his scintillating klezmer-punk renditions of great Yiddish music.


Story #1: Vilna Without Vilna: A Vilna native (a pickpocket in his youth, now grown up and respectable) comes back to visit his home city and finds that not a trace of what he remembers remains.

Story #2: The Folklorist: An avid researcher into Yiddish folklore finds himself professionally drawn to the Vilna fish market — and personally drawn to one particularly expressive fishwife.

Story #3: Chana-Merka the Fishwife: Takes up where The Folklorist left off, continuing the adventures of the Vilna fishwife and the school of Yiddish Institute scholars who swim after her.

Story #4: Tall Tamara: A Vilna prostitute and her friend find their way out of the brothel and into very different lives.


Book cover image of "Vilna My Vilna," stories by Abraham Karpinowitz, translated by Helen Mintz

Watch past presentations on our YouTube channel here


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Interview with Helen Mintz
Facilitated by Stephen Aberle
Watch now on YouTube!

View a video interview with Vancouver-based Helen Mintz  who provided the multi-award-winning English translation from Yiddish of Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitzpublished by Syracuse University Press.

The interview, conducted by actor Stephen Aberle, will explore the Jewish experience in the thriving city of Vilna (now known as Vilnius, Lithuania) on the eve of its destruction by the Nazis, the relevance of Yiddish literature to today’s world, and the trials and rewards of the translator’s craft.

Book cover image of "Vilna My Vilna," stories by Abraham Karpinowitz, translated by Helen Mintz

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