Hi reader, Birthdays are kind of arbitrary. And unless there’s a plan I don’t know about, we’re not even celebrating ours with cake. But I do feel it’s important to recognize our milestones: to lay out where we’ve been and where we’re going. Raspberry was created a year ago after a lot of […]
Youth is glorified as a time of great mobility, energy, and blissful ignorance. This has long been the case; our views of youth extend from the mythological (the fountain of youth, the philosopher’s stone) to the technological (alleged age-repelling products and Photoshop flattery). When we imagine the quintessential young person, some of us see her […]
Nearly 500 local residents attended the Fraser Valley’s first Open Mosque Day on February 11. The community was invited to visit the Abbotsford Islamic Centre, meet our Muslim neighbours, and learn. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shoes of all sizes were piled around and crammed into the shelves at the front door. On the […]
While you are at the Reach supporting local emerging artists and viewing their work, you can explore two more exhibits which opened on the 22nd: Get There From Here featuring Yukon artist Nicole Bauberger, and Inside the Outside featuring the three-dimensional creations of Deborah Morriss. Get There From Here is a collection of over 200 […]
Weed-whacking Knee-deep in the yard full of weeds, I contemplate familial obligation; even months after those weeds are dormant, roots sleeping underground, the sound of whirring, the wet green fleck of stems furring my legs resists forgetting. Beheading the dandelions requires a firm grip holding the spin and slice at arm’s length. Those tiny plastic […]
In anticipation of the first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards, I sat down with FVMA Coordinator James Kasper to talk about the awards and the local music scene. As well as being a musician and a founder of Mighty Speck Records, Kasper started and organized the Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMAs) for 11 years.
Carolina Arai is a graphic designer and photographer whose watercolour prints stood out at the recent Spring Artists’ Café hosted by Central Heights Church. Originally from Cuernavarca, in Mexico, Arai is widely travelled, having lived the longest in Canada and Japan, and visited, among other places, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia.
At first glance, Central Heights appeared to be empty. Many of the doors facing McCallum Rd. were locked and lightless. Then, after being let in at the Nikkel Hall entrance, I discovered roughly 200 people, the vast majority of them under 30, mingling and pursuing art as they waited for the performances to start at […]
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden It is easy to drive past a garden. It’s easy to go to the library, peruse shelves, borrow books, without really looking out the window at it, or poking around the eastern side […]