RECAP: Modo Member Night
Below a canopy of twinkling lights, Modo members and non-members, Community Partners and friends gathered for our first-ever member appreciation night. Transforming a parking lot adjacent to the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, the Modo crew created a comfortable outdoor living and dining space for socializing among the atmosphere of the bustling market. It was a beautiful affair.
While music from the stage wafted on the breeze, we gathered around a long table to enjoy a few local delights from the market stalls, traditional Chinese rose pu-erh tea, and to share some delicious pie from The Pie Shoppe.
Performing that night were the St. James Music Academy, with its delightful choirs of young singers, and City Opera Vancouver, featuring baritone William Lu and pianist David Boothroyd performing Chinese and Western classical music.
Nearby, an outdoor living room space was set up with couches, small tables, board games, kids’ activities and “family photos” featuring scenes from Modo events earlier this summer.
In The House Festival‘s Myriam Steinberg contributed an array of re-figured traffic signs, directing folks to “Dream” and advising of “No Parking – Life Happening”.
Myriam also introduced us to performance artist Chris Ross, who played the role of the ultimate Modo member, interacting with every person – young and old – who joined us. He was fantastic at using every square inch of the space to make everyone at the party feel like old friends (and may have snagged a bite of pie or two from some unguarded plates).
Thanks to the work by a battery of volunteers, Modo staff and contractors like Fiona Marion and Tommy Laflamme, the evening was a resounding success, with folks feeling welcomed into the space and very much appreciated.
We’d like to especially thank Ken Tsui and his team at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market for inviting Modo to participate in their weekly event, as well as providing a space for us to celebrate our members. As transportation sponsors of the market, Modo is excited to see streets being transformed into space for people to interact, experience aspects of traditional culture and share visions of shared futures amidst the hubbub of commerce, music, and food. Bravo to the Night Market team for the fantastic work this season!