Italian Brewing Students Discover Vancouver Craft Brewing

A group of brewing students from Italy has come to Kwantlen Polytechnic University to learn the art of craft brewing the Canadian way. The 25 students arrived in Vancouver in early February and will be receiving 12 weeks of training at KPU’s brew lab in Langley. During their training they will also be touring the... Continue Reading

KPU Langley Hosts Third Annual Brewing Career Fair

The third annual Brewing Career Fair was held at the KPU Langley campus on Feb. 26. Representatives from 22 breweries across the province were in attendance, including Four Winds Brewing, Parallel 49, Moody Ales, and Faculty Brewing. The fair was hosted by Ken Beatty, a brewing instructor in the program. The Helles Lager and Dubbel,... Continue Reading

Public Relations Cohort Holds Gala for “Forgotten Children”

This year’s graduating cohort from KPU’s public relations program has spent the past five months preparing an event to support the children of people who are incarcerated. The group’s work culminated in a gala held at Surrey City Hall on March 1, with all funds from the event going to support charitable organization JustKids. “I... Continue Reading

Chelsea Johnson Brings “Old Soul Rock & Roll from the Heart” to Grassroots Cafe

Students, KPIRG directors, and curious passersby listened as Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Chelsea Johnson belted out her songs during a Feb. 28 performance at the Grassroots Cafe. The event was held by the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group as part of a string of events celebrating Black History Month. KPIRG Outreach and Communications Coordinator Idil Isse says... Continue Reading

Podcasting Workshop Inspires KPU Students To Become Creators

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group hosted a seminar based on the work and podcasting expertise of Peter McCartney, a climate campaigner for Wilderness Committee On Feb. 22. Wilderness Committee is a charity and “wilderness protection group” that boasts more than 60,000 volunteers nationwide, according to its website. One of Peter McCartney’s projects with the... Continue Reading

KPU Shows its Colours for Pink Shirt Day

If you saw more people than usual wearing pink on Feb. 28, it wasn’t a new fashion trend or an elaborate reference to Mean Girls, but rather an awareness campaign that aims to address bullying in everyday life. Pink Shirt Day has been occurring every February for the past 10 years. Its founders created the... Continue Reading

Could Trump Happen Here?

KPU criminology instructor Dr. Jeff Shantz recently published an article on Rabble, an online progressive magazine, concerning the possibility of a Trump-like figure ascending to power in Canada. In the article, Shantz describes the presence of two Canadas: the superficial Canada which celebrates its multiculturalism, and the “other” Canada, which has had a long history... Continue Reading

Summoning (No Words) is an Interactive Soundscape that Reflects Violence Committed Against Women

KPU creative writing professor Nicola Harwood has created a safe space to feel and interact with artwork based on violence against women. Her project, Summoning (No Words), is an interactive and immersive installation created by recordings of the female voice. Summoning (No Words) premiered last August at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, B.C. The... Continue Reading

Indigenous Dance Festival Comes to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology

For the many distinct Indigenous groups of the Pacific Northwest, dance is more than just an art form. It is a medium through which history has been passed down over generations. It preserves the stories, both past and present, of Indigenous people. From Feb. 27 to March 4, the 11th annual Coastal First Nations Dance... Continue Reading

Surrey’s Interfaith Pilgrimage Brings Different Believers Together

A small congregation of pilgrims walked 16 kilometres through Surrey on Feb. 4, visiting Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh places of worship as part of the KPU Multi-Faith Centre’s celebration of 2018 UN World Interfaith and Harmony Week. The Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage, made up of about 20 people of various ages, stopped at six... Continue Reading

Activists, Artists, and Attendees Gather at KPU in Solidarity with One Billion Rising

One in three women will be beaten or raped within their lifetime. This frightening statistic is what motivates the organizers of the One Billion Rising campaign, an initiative that has been calling for awareness and prevention of violence against women since it was launched in 2012. The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR), a... Continue Reading

For Black History Month, a KPU Lecture Series is Examining Issues in the Black Community

KPU philosophy professor Leland Harper hopes to encourage discourse and collaboration through his new speaker series for Black History Month. The first event was held on the first day of February. Throughout the rest of the month, the series will feature discussions of issues relating to the Black community in the Lower Mainland and beyond.... Continue Reading

Surrey Author Makes Her Debut with Historical Fiction

Once a full-time small business owner in Surrey, Tanya E. Williams is now a published author, marking her fiction debut with a period piece called Becoming Mrs Smith. The novella follows the life of a woman growing up in smalltown America before the second World War, beginning with her fight to survive scarlet fever as... Continue Reading

KPU Music Department Offers Course in Music Video Production

For the first time, a course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is giving students the tools they need to express their music visually. Music Video Production (MUSI 4602) is the only video production course in Canada aimed at music students, and is being taught through KPU’s music department this semester. “What the music video does for... Continue Reading

Bhangra Music and Dance Brings Rhythm to KPU Classes

Aspects of Punjabi culture are all around us at KPU Surrey, from restaurants serving delicious food to events like the annual Vaisakhi parade. A central part of this culture is Bhangra, a type of dance and music characterized by exuberance, high-energy movements, and hard work. Within the Punjabi community, Bhangra is an opportunity to connect... Continue Reading