Gung Haggis Fat Choy!2 min read

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When: January 22, 2012
Time: 5pm Reception | 6pm Dinner to 9:15pm (end time)
Where: #400 – 180 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC (Chinatown)
Cost: $65 + service charge | Table of Ten is $625+ service charge. Contact Firehall Arts Centre 604-689-0926 or visit the Gung Haggis website for more information.

Bonus: A Ricepaper Magazine subscription is included with every dinner ticket purchase!

Upon entering its 15 year anniversary, Gung Haggis  is shaping into another memorable event! The event will be hosted by Tetsuro Shigematsu and Toddish McWong, and will feature many performers in celebration of Gung Haggis (coupled with some tasty treats!).

From the website:

In 1998, “Toddish McWong” held a small private dinner for 16 friends with food, haggis, poetry and songs – from both Scottish and Chinese cultures and thus was born – Gung Haggis Fat Choy  Now it is a dinner for 400 people!

More than  a traditional dinner with music and poetry.  Gung Haggis Fat Choy re-imagines a traditional Robert Burns Dinner format, within a BC or Canadian historical context that puts Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian pioneers on an inclusive and equal platform, while acknowledging historical racism and how we move beyond it. This event has grown to also  celebrate contemporary Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian artists and poets and their innovations to create something uniquely Canadian.

This event is gaining quite the attention as featured in the  Globe and Mail:

At this very moment, I bet you’re not thinking about deep-fried haggis wonton for dinner. But then, you’re not Toddish McWong. That’s the famous persona of Todd Wong, a 51-year-old Chinese-Canadian who works as a library assistant in Vancouver. His annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner marks its 15th year next Sunday. An amalgam of traditions for Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Night, the dinner is a celebration of Canadian multiculturalism that has grown in popularity every year. (There’s a spin-off Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner in Seattle and ambitions to roll them out across Canada.)

The event will host some amazing performances:

  • Fred Wah – Parliamentary Poet Laureate
  • Jan Walls – Chinese clapper tales and Chinese scholar
  • Harry McGrath – Robbie Burns Immortal Memory
  • Black Bear Rebels Celtic Ceilidh ensemble
  • Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pipes & Drums
  • Lots of dragons + surprises!

As mentioned, a Ricepaper Magazine subscription is included with every purchased dinner ticket! Come and enjoy some haggis wontons!
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Todd Wong 18 January, 2012 - 8:17 pm

More media coming….
Check out the Georgia Straight on Thursday
then 8pm on OMNI TV News – Mandarin Edition.
Wake up Friday to Global Morning TV News at 8am…
to see how we integrate haggis into Chinese breakfast
Turn your radio to CBC Radio One for the Early Edition
– win 2 tickets to Gung Haggis Fat Choy + Ricepaper Magazine subscription


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