The Tyee has been running "People's Podium" awards during the Olympic Games, and today Qiu Xia and Andre were on the podium! Excerpt:
GOLD to Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault, who embody the multicultural hustle Vancouver bragged about to help snag the Olympics.
The husband-wife team, who run Silk Road Music and Jou Tou, perform in a range of genres, from Chinese folk tunes to Spanish flamenco, and their usual schedule puts them everywhere from folk festivals in the Yukon to concerts in Guangzhou and gigs in the Saskatchewan public schools.
They've worked with the Cultural Olympiad in the past, but are plenty good at finding gigs on their own during the Games, and after. "The Olympiad only helped us to get the David Lam Park Live City Vancouver performance," Qiu Xia said, explaining that her groups' other performances had all been obtained by their own contacts.Qiu Xia's reponse: OOOOOOO Canada!!!!!!! We are so moved to receive this Gold! Thanks for encouraging us to do what we love!