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February 28, 2010

Paua (Haliotis spp) – edible univalve mollusks of rocky shores that have flattened, ear-shaped shells with a row of small holes for breathing. They have a strong grip on rocks but move about at night grazing on seaweed. It is an important traditional food source for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people and it is now considered a scarce delicacy throughout New Zealand and the world.

New Zealand based Soul Paua are currently in Vancouver playing at events running alongside the XXI Winter Olympic Games. This Music Award nominated group was founded in 2001 and its compositions are strongly influenced by Maori and Polynesian culture. In fact, the band sings a contemporary mix of English and Maori language. Soul Paua is also well known for performing some of the best contemporary Polynesian music. read more »

February 22, 2010

Fact: Montreal hosted the Summer Olympics in 1976, but most of the staff at the Icebreaker Montreal Touch_Lab_ weren’t alive long enough to remember that, and even if we had been, Summer Olympics aren’t nearly as exciting for a snow-obsessed nation as the Winter games are! Montreal might be on the other side of the country, but we’re very excited about the Vancouver Olympics! read more »

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