Hoy! Merienda Meet & Eat

Gathering in community on the unceded, ancestral, occupied territories of the  xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

Celebrate the diversity of Filipinx artists in the city. Meet and greet the movers, shakers and leaders making waves in the artist community. Enjoy classic food favourites and treats inspired by the flavours of the motherland.

Imagined and hosted by Joyce Rosario and Anjela Magpantay, the event is Filipino style: drop-in at some point of the day, complement Tita’s cooking and head out to do your thing or stay the whole time – make a new friend and maybe hog the Karaoke machine! Open to everyone and all ages welcome.

About Joyce & Anj

Joyce Rosario is the first generation of her Pangasinan family to be born on this territory. As a performing arts curator, her practice is guided by values of collaboration, rigour and care. Over her career, she has gained broad exposure in interdisciplinary, experimental and community-based performance. Joyce is a certified facilitator of the Critical Response Process and is currently a Cultural Planner at the City of Vancouver. Early in the pandemic she was a freelancer with organizations such as The Cultch, Museum of Vancouver, Canada Dance Festival, and Fascinator Management. Previously, Joyce spent over 15 years in programming and senior leadership positions in Canada, including PuSh Festival, New Works and Made in BC – Dance on Tour. She studied Theatre Production/Design at UBC following her first foray in performance as a teenage participant in a ‘new genre’ public art project by Suzanne Lacy. 

Anjela Magpantay is an immigrant originating from the Philippines and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She has worked nationally across Canada and internationally in Hong Kong and various parts of the UK as a performer and collaborator in devised theatre productions. She freelances as an actor, director, and producer. Anjela is the Co-founder of New(to)Town Collective, a company believing that physical performance training should be economically accessible. She is currently the Programming and Outreach associate at Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.


Here is some general accessibility info, please contact us with questions or requests.

  • There are 2 common area entrances to the building. The front entrance has one flight of stairs. The back entrance provides access to the elevator. If you require elevator access, please contact us once you’ve purchased your ticket and we will meet you at the door to let you in and support. The back entrance is in the parking lot behind 910 Richards, cornering Smithe.
  • There is one wheelchair accessible and one gender neutral washroom.
  • During events, we request that people do not wear scents and we provide scent free soap in washrooms.

Photo credits

  • Joyce Rosario courtesy of artist
  • Anjela Magpantay by Franziska Wernsing
  • Event Banner: Alger Ji-Liang photographed by Beau Bonez / Graphics: Kelly McInnes