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February 17, 2017

Barrier Free Canada Cup Race to kick off 2017 festival 

Last year, the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival began with an exciting race between breast and prostate cancer survivor dragon boat teams. The Friday afternoon Breasts / Butts in a Boat Race was a great start to the 2016 festival.

CPVDBF organizers plan to host the race again this year, highlighting disabled paddlers and teams with a Barrier Free Canada Cup Race. The event is currently being considered for funding as part of the Barrier Buster Awareness Event, which recognizes accessibility infrastructure improvements, and is supported by the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Canadian federal government.

The Barrier Free Canada Cup Race will be competitive, possibly combining 200m and 500m races or one 2,000m race with the best overall time winning the Cup. This event helps raise awareness of ability and the need for removing barriers so all Canadians can participate equally.

Please email David Brun, Para Dragon Boat Paddling Programs, at davidbrun@dragonboatbc.ca with your feedback on how the races could be structured or if you would like to volunteer to help organize this fun, competitive event.

Eye of the Dragon 2000m Gold Medal IDBF World Championship Ravenna Italy 2014 IMG_0737
Eye of the Dragon team wins the Gold Medal in the 2,000m Adaptive (Para Dragon) Partially Sighted Racing Division at the 2014 IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy. Teams raced with a minimum 10 partially sighted paddlers and a maximum of 10 sighted paddlers; the steersperson and drummer are sighted. Dragon Boat BC’s David Brun is next to Parker, his guide dog.

January 16, 2017

Colour and Patterns to Mix in Iconic Poster

London artists Katie and Paul Morris were selling their colourful art screen prints, T-shirts and silk scarves on Granville Island, when Ann Phelps, general manager for the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, spotted their vibrant designs.

She quickly signed the talented artistic duo to create a new poster for the 2017 festival. “It was exciting to see existing artwork that I thought is exactly the style I want to see for the festival this year.”  She adds that the designs are as striking in black and white as they are in colour.  

While living in London, Katie and Paul focused on creating hand-screened printed textiles for fashion designers. After moving to Vancouver in 2011, the pair were inspired by the city’s blend of urban and natural beauty. At markets around Vancouver, they began selling sweatshirts and T-shirts that blend brilliant colours, bold shapes and iconic artistry influenced by their West Coast surroundings.

“When we moved to a new place, we looked at it with fresh eyes and our prints are a translation of the patterns and colours we see around us,” Katie explains. “We aren’t too literal,” notes Paul, who laughingly adds, “I think I’m a cubist at heart.”

For the festival poster, Paul explains, “We’ll blend popular elements of our designs with dragon boat influences and images from around the False Creek area.” The two have completed a black and white outline and Katie will begin work next on colouring the design.

Ann is enthusiastic about the project. “I can’t wait to see their vision.” The finished poster design will be unveiled in February.

For more on KT & Paul print studio, visit http://www.ktandpaul.com/gallery.   

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