Non-Verbal Communication An Asset For Deaf Curlers

Hearing a rock hit another, the squeaking of the brooms, and shoes sliding across the ice are sounds that are all present at this provincial curling playdown, one that’s missing is the teams shouting commands to one another.

For the BC Deaf Curling Playdown, the teams were communicating using American Sign Language. Two all-men’s teams were playing for a spot in the Canadian Deaf Games 2018. B.C. only has one all-female team, which advanced automatically to the tournament.

In this video Ronald Fee, the acting president of the BC Deaf Sports Federation, the coach of one of the teams, as well as two curlers explain the difference between hearing and deaf curling.

Vancouver Group Is Tackling Male Privilege One Necktie A Day

Tynan Rollo is using a necktie to raise awareness for male privilege, and to raise money for Women Against Violence Against Women.

Rollo heard about “Octieber” last year, and used it to raise awareness about the difference in standards for women and men’s fashion.

Every day Rollo ties a different knot, and posts about new things he learns while doing the campaign.

This year there are workshops taking place every Wednesday in October to help facilitate discussion about the cause.

In this video we see Rollo explaining the origin of Octieber, as well as some attendees of the workshops explaining how they feel clothes change how they’re perceived.

Langara rapper getting ready to release new EP

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Tobias Ramage during the Guilt&Co. open mic night on Mar. 26. Photo by LAURA BROUGHAM

Social work and rapping may seem like polar opposites, but it’s all part of one Langara student’s life.

Tobias Ramage is a second-year social work student by day, and rapper by night. His artist name is NamedTobias. and is currently looking to release his next EP by the end of summer, and it will consist of three songs.

“The theme is, I wanna say strength,” said Ramage. “The title is the Blood Work, so I believe that like the blood of Jesus, in terms of him dying for our sins, can, cover us, make us pure, and we can shoot for the stars.”

Religion

Although God is an inspiration for his songs, Ramage tries to make his music mostly positive, rather than just religious.

“I try my best not to make my music preachy,” Ramage said. “It’s more so my belief and my stance and all my music is more so positive motivating type music.”

Collaborations

Eyren Uggenti, a rapper by the name of Somethin’ Like That, performed with Ramage on Sunday at Guilt and Co. during Emotions open mic night, and has collaborated with Ramage previously. He said Ramage brings a lot to a team, and is his favourite collaboration to date.

“To date, he’s my favourite collaboration that I’ve experienced as an artist,” Uggenti said. “His focus and his eye and ear for music and the pursuit of music has been really really constructive, on the part of us progressing through both the Vancouver hiphop scene, and the even broader scene outside of the city.”

Different approach to rap

Sarah-Audrey Mome, a freelance stylist, is a fan of Ramage, and said he has a different way of approaching hip-hop, which is one of the things that draws her to his music.

“I like Tobias’ music because he takes a fresh take on what it means to be hip-hop and what it means to rap about struggles,” said Mome. “He just tries to sound like himself, and I really appreciate that about him.”