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Hadani Ditmars

Author, Multi-platform Journalist, Editor

Hadani Ditmars is the author of Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman’s Journey Through Iraq and the Vancouver Wallpaper City Guide.

A former editor at New Internationalist, her cultural and political commentaries have been published in the Guardian, the New York Times and Vogue and broadcast on the CBC and BBC.

Hadani’s next book Ancient Heart is a political travelogue of ancient sites in Iraq.

Music Soothes The Savage Sound Bite

Can music still soothe the savage sound bite? That was my quest this last fortnight, as I sought solace from non-stop Trumpapocalypse onslaught on "social" (why do they call it that when it's so decid...
02/07/2017 07:57 EST
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Singing Leonard Cohen Songs Keeps The Darkness At Bay

It was Ramadan, May 1988, and I was even more spaced out than usual, subsisting on a strange student diet of fig cakes and arroz y garbanzo. After an afternoon at the Prado, I found myself wandering one evening near the palacio de deportes and magically happened upon a Leonard Cohen en concierto esta noche sign. But what would I do? How would I ever afford a ticket?
11/17/2016 08:11 EST

Party Like It's 1799 At Vancouver's Bach Festival

The 18th century was a dangerous time to dance. I learned this along with other invaluable life lessons, at Early Music Vancouver's inaugural Bach Festival, now in its final glorious week. During a s...
08/12/2016 12:21 EDT

Love In A Time Of Terror

The Western world was not a safe place recently. At least not on most major news channels. The familiar became menacing: dancing at a nightclub with friends, deadly; a member of Parliament killed on t...
06/24/2016 04:45 EDT
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Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?
10/09/2015 05:27 EDT

We are All Albert Herring

In this centenary year of composer Benjamin Britten, I recall my first exposure to his complex, beautiful and technically challenging music. I was a 13-year-old alto - taller and darker than almost ev...
12/06/2013 04:33 EST

Bulletins From Immortality: Freeing Emily Dickinson

The body of Margie Gillis is an interpretive canvas. Emotions spill out like colours as she quivers through her dance, alive with joy and sorrow, pain and power, imbued with the full palette of life....
10/25/2013 04:40 EDT

Foster Eastman's Great Leap Forward: The Cultural Revolution Revisited

1958 was the beginning of the economic and social campaign by the Communist Party of China that aimed to transform a largely agrarian economy into a communist society through rapid industrialization and collectivization. The campaign led to the Great Chinese Famine, tens of millions of deaths and was followed by Chairman Mao's cultural revolution in 1966.
08/14/2013 05:56 EDT

Oh Canada: A Fabulist's Guide to Patriotic Dating

This is a story that begins at an absinthe tasting, and ends with bad hippy dancing, halfhearted fireworks and an absent national anthem. It is not for the faint of heart and contains many middle-aged...
07/12/2013 11:58 EDT