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Wanderers' Whispers Lantern Art Festival

Workshop / Exhibition / Photography / Performance

Feb 24 & 25 2024

11:00am - 08:00pm

Address: 68B Leek Crescent Unit 200B, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1H1

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Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, Sunday, 11am-8pm, Full-Day Workshops:

  1. Paint and Dye Workshop

  2. Beadwork and Color Matching Workshop

  3. Tea Doctor's Tasting Session

Saturday Special Program Schedule:

  • 11:00 am - 8:00 pm: Calligraphy Engraving + Seal Tattoo Engraving

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Art Performance by Jinyan Zhao, "Hanging but Falling"

  • 3:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion on Artistic Innovation and Cultural Entrepreneurship

  • 4:00 pm: Kunqu Opera "Dreaming in the Peony Pavilion" by Ella Shi

  • 4:30 pm: Two-Person Play "The Dilapidated Villa"

  • 6:00 pm: Lotus Dance - Qipao Beauty

Sunday Special Program Schedule:

  • 3:00 pm: Two-Person Play "The Dilapidated Villa"

  • 4:00 pm: Immersive Drama "Ruan Lingyu"


Brubey Hu


Brubey (Wanzhi) Hu (b. 1994) is a Chinese artist, graphic designer, and educator. She holds MFA from the University of Waterloo and BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In her practice, she explores the mundane, architectural space, translation, memory, and colour theory through poetics as well as transcultural feminist perspective.

Brubey’s work has been exhibited at Art Mur in Montreal; Winchester Galleries in Victoria; Art Museum at U of T, Red Head Gallery, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Cambridge Galleries, and Art Gallery of Mississauga all in Ontario. She has participated in numerous artist residencies, including BAiR Emerging at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, and Tao Hua Tan International Artist Residency in Anhui, China. In 2019, Brubey was awarded Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) graduate scholarship and Shantz International Research Scholarship.

Guo Dezhiyi

Guo Dezhiyi, a post-90s emerging lyricist, formed his own band "We Are Here to Make Noise and Have Fun" during his study tour in India. His humorous and uninhibited style has been well received among international students. During his study tour, he also signed a copyright contract with Dasheng Music, a subsidiary of HIM International Music, becoming an exclusive lyricist. Later, he became an independent musician.

Guo Dezhiyi's writing style is diverse, and his motto is "Write, damn it, whether it makes money or not."

《破茧》won the Top 10 Songs of the Year award at the 2nd Tencent Music Entertainment Awards. "Sighing Clouds" won the Golden Song award at the 26th Dongfeng Yun Music Awards in 2018. On May 1, 2016, Hua Chenyu was nominated for the Most Popular Male Singer award at the 9th City Music Chart Awards with his song "I Don't Care About You." On November 17, 2020, "Jiang Ziya" won the Best Original Music award at the 8th ELLEMEN Film Heroes Awards.

Cissy Shi

Painting, Drawing

Cissy Shi is a Toronto-based contemporary artist specializing in drawing and acrylic painting.  Her art usually conveys strong emotions and ideologies, and often includes elements like texture or even 3D objects in her practice.  Sex, personal experiences, dreams, memories,and mental health are the common themes of her works.

She graduated from Dawson college’s visual arts program in 2020, and she graduated from OCAD University drawing and painting program in 2023.

Through her art, she dedicates to express emotions through a mixture of abstract and realistic images in the paintings. She uses color and composition to render the atmosphere and create psychological spaces representing dreams and memories.

Karen Kar Yen Law

Karen Kar Yen Law is a second-generation Chinese settler living, working, painting, and printmaking on William’s Treaties land in Unionville, ON. Through the process of hybridizing printmaking and painting mediums, Law explores her connection to the Chinese diaspora using cooking, food, and family recipes. Law holds a BFA (Honours) and BEd from Queen’s University. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Andre Bieler Prize for achievement of the highest performance in studio work. She was the 2022 Emerging Printmaker Residency Scholarship holder at Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre in Toronto, ON. Most recently, Law was awarded the 2023 Untapped People’s Choice Award at Toronto's independent artists fair, Artist Project. Law’s work has been exhibited throughout Kingston and Toronto, ON including Union Gallery, the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Gallery 1313, Myseum Toronto, and Open Studio.

Zhan Zhang

Zhan Zhang is an independent designer, who utilizes handcut paper art and collage to design, produce, and manage digital assets for multimedia and graphics projects, including illustrations, paper jewelry, animations, digital advertising, social media content, and wearable arts.

Man Wai Lee

Abraham Lee, born in 1992 in Hong Kong and currently residing in Toronto, is a painter known for his captivating portrayals of religious figures, delving into biblical narratives and abstractions. Through intertextuality, he appropriates images from historical art relevant to the Bible, transforming color, texture, and composition to craft a unique style and original pictorial inventions. Lee, passionate about pushing the boundaries of contemporary religious painting, explores the tension between cross-cultural influences and Christianity. Raised in two distant civilizations – Western and Eastern – his identity shapes unconventional, conflicted figurative paintings. Despite not yet gaining widespread recognition, Lee remains dedicated to his craft, eager to share his work with the world. He studied Fine Art at Hong Kong Art School and aspires to exhibit his creations in the future, connecting with the local and international art community.

Kejie Lin

Kejie is an artist, photographer, landscape designer. She studied under the renowned Chinese gongbi artist Hui Yu and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

“In the realm of human emotions, joy and sorrow seldom find complete resonance, and I have never harbored the expectation of being universally understood. However, I firmly believe that somewhere in this world, there are individuals who share a similar journey with me. Though modest in size, it serves as a sanctuary where when I face the tumultuous and intricate nature of existence can find solace for my soul. It is also a space where I have captured, through my brushstrokes, the moments of awe, joy, sadness, and inspiration that have unfolded within the confines of my inner world.”

Yuefeng Li

Li Yuefeng is an emerging multidisciplinary artist researching ecological anthropology. Born in Chengdu, she has been based in Tkaronto/Toronto since 2018. Her practice spans drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and film, always fuelled by indexical imprints in a perceptual manner. Her works are informed by the environmental flux that stimulates her metaphorical translation through the potential of materiality. Her responses to introspection and the evolutions of coexistent assemblages are mainly displayed in entangled visions between bodies and landscapes.

Kathy Zhou

Kathy Hong Zhou was born in Chongqing, China. Her soft sculpture BananaSkin made of Italian leather has shown internationally, and Zhou is reorganized as Bananatomy on Instagram.

She has showcased her work globally in Canada, the United States, Italy, and China. Her interdisciplinary approach to art encompasses various forms, including drawing, painting, animation, illustration, graphic design, and user experience design. 

In her work, Ban Anatomy employs craft materials and techniques to question the concept of "taste" as a form of learned stratification that undermines individual identity and the worth of personal expression. She is a firm believer in the power of humor as a tool for awakening the unconscious and sparking meaningful dialogue around oppressive attitudes, practices, and boundaries that are deeply ingrained in our everyday lives.

Anran Guo

Anran Guo is a queer female artist currently based in Hamilton and Toronto. She grew up in China and came to Canada in 2014. Guo holds a Master of Visual Studies in Studio Art, HBA in Art and Art History (a joint program with Sheridan College), and a Certificate in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto.

Olivia Siu

I am a first-generation Asian Canadian born and raised in Markham. In the early 1990s, my father's family immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong, while my mother immigrated from Japan. Similarly to many first-generation Asian children, I often struggled to accept my heritage. I turned on my Asian side within my home, then switched to my Canadian side when interacting with the rest of the world. This often led to tensions and misunderstandings between my parents and me. It was a dichotomy of being ethnically Asian while never truly growing up in my motherland. The strange, unfamiliar cultural hybrid we as first-generation children become consistently permeates throughout our lives, whether it be through rejection or embrace. Beginning in my adolescence and into my early adulthood, I delved into exploring the delicate balance of my cultural identity. I slowly started to embrace my heritage and often find influence and reference in Asian imagery. I use my art to both document my exploration of my heritage and express the beauty and realities of it.

Yuna Zou

jewellery designer/ Maker/ Gemologist

Yuna Zou graduated from NSCAD University in Canada with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. During her time at school, Yuna demonstrated exceptional creative talent, and her uniquely styled jewelry designs gained favor among both teachers and classmates.

After graduating in 2013, she promptly held her first solo jewelry exhibition in Halifax, which proved to be successful. Her works were selected for the SNAG conference organized by the Society of North American Goldsmiths in 2013 and exhibited at the 'Opine' show and 'Transformation' show in Toronto.

In 2014, Yuna Zou was invited to participate in the 'Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition,' where her selected works were featured as the exhibition's cover, banners, and promotional materials in Beijing.

After achieving notable success in the field of design, Yuna decided to further her studies in the United States, focusing on research in gemstones and diamonds. In 2015, she enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), specializing in the identification and appraisal of diamonds and colored gemstones. In 2016, she obtained the GIA Diamond Grading Certificate and GIA Colored Stone Grading Certificate. In 2017, she received the GIAGG Gemologist Certificate.

Yiu Chung Lee

Self-taught painter, calligrapher and tattoo artist.

I started studying traditional Lingnan School painting from Mr Lo Ching Yuan since 2021, “Balancing Chinese and foreign, blending ancient and modern” The motive of Lingnan School is deeply influencing my vision in art.

I am motivated to continuously explore the boundless possibilities that emerge when Eastern and Western art worlds converge. By combining ancient and modern techniques, I strive to unveil the inherent beauty and interconnectedness between nature and humanity.

Ella Shi

Ella is a current undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, she is also a Jingju and Kunqu performer. Nurtured by Chinese culture from an early age, she has engaged in various traditional arts and sports such as Guzheng, Go, calligraphy, and martial arts, and has achieved outstanding results in competitions. With guidance from esteemed Top Tier Artists, Ella has dedicated nearly a decade in studying Jingju. In 2020, she expanded her skills to Kunqu, excelling in performing both literary and martial roles. Her most performed Jingju roles include Lady Yang Yuhuan in "Drunken Concubine", Lady Yu Ji in "Farewell My Concubine", the Heavenly Maiden in "Heavenly Maiden Scattering Flowers", Mu Guiying in “Mu Ke Fortress” and Kunqu roles include Du Liniang in "The Peony Pavilion", Lady Yang Yuhuan in “The Palace of Eternal Youth”, Wang Zhaojun in “The Green Mound", Princess Jinzhi in "Dream under the Southern Bough'' and Fei Shi in "The Iron Crown"

Jinyan Zhao

Hanging but Falling: Threading pomegranate seeds is an act that manifests the pain against violence. I pierced the pomegranate seeds and threaded them onto a white cotton line.  As I threaded, some seeds fell off, and the juice slowly dripped to the floor, bleeding between the fiber of the cotton thread and dying the white color into dark red.  Hanging the two ends of the thread onto a wall, the pomegranate “beads” are suspended across the corner of the room and keep bleeding.

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