By Jesse Donaldson
Fool's Gold: The Life and Legacy of Vancouver's Official Town Fool is the second release in Jesse Donaldson's 49. 2: Tales from the Off Beat, an ongoing series dedicated to celebrating the eccentric and unusual aspects of Vancouver. In Fool's Gold, Donaldson explores the legacy ... Read more
Fool's Gold: The Life and Legacy of Vancouver's Official Town Fool is the second release in Jesse Donaldson's 49. 2: Tales from the Off Beat, an ongoing series dedicated to celebrating the eccentric and unusual aspects of Vancouver. In Fool's Gold, Donaldson explores the legacy of Joachim Foikis. On April 1, 1968, a tall, bespectacled, 35-year-old former social worker named Joachim Foikis received $3,500 from the Canada Council for the Arts in order to finance a unique, self-imposed mission unseen since Elizabethan England: reinvent the vanished tradition of "Town Fool. "The 35-year-old Foikis, who held two university degrees (one in economics from the University of Berlin, and the other in literature from the University of British Columbia), was already well known throughout the city for his off-kilter antics. His aim, according to interviews with The Sun and The Province, was "to spread joy and confusion" while at the same time "mock the four pillars of society: money, status, respectability, and conformity. "Praise for Donaldson's previous book, This Day in Vancouver: "Donaldson combed through archives all around the city and consulted with experts of all stripes to put together the book. The result is a fascinating read - it's everything you never knew about Vancouver and didn't think to ask. Once you flip through this book, you'll never look at the city the same way again. " (The Province)
Jesse Donaldson is a writer, editor, journalist, and playwright in the Vancouver area. His work has appeared in BeatRoute magazine, The Dependent (where he is a regular contributor and editor), and he has also written on contract for Tourism British Columbia. His plays have been produced by various companies throughout the Lower Mainland, in such venues as Performance Works, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, The Cultch, and Presentation House Theatre.