A Conversation with Brenda Kamino

October 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

In the last few years, I’ve submerged my directing activities in favour of teaching activities. It turns out I’ve got a good eye, and I can see what an actor needs to correct or change. At Theatre Ontario’s Summer Intensive, I’m able to show them different things they can do, and, I can explain why I’m making my suggestions. I use theatre games, but only if it supports the work in the actors’ scenes. First thing in the morning, we do physical work, group exercises, monologues. Then lunch. After lunch, the actors are partnered with another actor in scenes that allow them to make adjustments in their acting. The idea’s to take the lessons and do better work.


October 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

The National Association of Japanese Canadians was invited three years ago by the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) to participate in an innovative program entitled the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI). The primary aim of this program is to nurture future leaders within the Muslim communities. It was recognized that an important aspect in developing leadership in the Muslim communities was a commitment to engage other communities that held similar values of diversity, social harmony and human rights.

A chorus of Nikkei voices on 25 years ahead

August 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

A Sansei tells me, “I must confess that I have not always been a faithful reader.” Although Toronto-based and in her 40s, she takes a familiar tone to Sansei and Yonsei of all ages and locations when it comes to the Nikkei Voice. Despite it being the only national Japanese Canadian community publication, Nikkei Voice has trouble attracting and maintaining post-Nisei audiences. I took it on myself to find out why.


August 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Along the Toronto to Niagara Falls corridor are names like Beamsville, Grimsby, Vineland and St. Catharines, names unfamiliar to tourists and even to many Ontarians. For decades the experiences and fortunes of Japanese Canadians who settled there remained untold. In 1998, their stories were captured on tape and in a book: Exiles in Our Own Country: Japanese Canadians in Niagara, a poignant reminder that the newcomers arrived not by choice or by immigration but were exiles from their home province of British Columbia.

Bryce Kanbara

August 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I discovered early on that community involvement is an important part of what I do — it‘s context for who I am as a JC and as an artist. The solitude of the studio is important, but it became increasingly clear that the community could provide answers to questions I wasn’t even asking at the time. Community-based art demands that I get out of the studio and spend time with many other people — and this can be both exhilarating and challenging.

2012: A Year of Celebration and Change

August 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Terry Watada

December 12, 2012, an important date to anticipate. The Mayan calendar indicates it is the end-date for a particular cycle. Many true-believers think it is the end of days, the apocalypse is nigh. Absurd of course, but I see 2012 as an ending of a sort and definitely a beginning. The year recognizes many anniversaries, both trivial and important. 2012 in truth is a convergence of celebration and change.

Sunday Baseball 2012

August 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

League standings at the end of July point to big upsets and possibly a new champion, primarily because of the influence and rise of shin ijusha (new immigrant) teams. The former cellar-dwellers, the Whales, have become the season leaders, going undefeated due to the leadership of their manager/owner, Taro Akiyama. The Tigers, champions the last two years, are in 2nd place, but only because it has the league’s best pitcher and MVP, Tsukasa Murakoso, former star pitcher with Meiji University in Japan. The Giants, league champs just three years ago, now linger near the cellar. And the Warriors, who used to be the perennial champions up until four years ago, now struggle in 4th place.