VIFF 2017 kicks off September 28

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) returns to screens around the city from September 28 – October 3, 2017.

For over 35 years, VIFF has brought us hundreds of films from around the world and this year continues to build on that legacy.  Screening international films from over 70 countries, alongside Canadian and BC films VIFF is amongst the top five film festivals in North America.  Keeping up with the times, VIFF restructured last year to showcase new media and include interactive experiences, talks, sessions and other events.
VIFF LIVE is live music, showcasing established and emerging BC artists as well as live score presentations of selected films.
Creator Talks bring the audience face to face for a glimpse behind the scenes with those who create the magic on screen.
Virtual Reality Day transports viewers into the new world of VR and AR.
Buffer Festival collaborates with VIFF for a full day for those who are or want to be YouTube Creators.

Not to be forgotten the array of films presented by VIFF bring the globe to Vancouver.

The 2017 VIFF programming includes the following categories:

Panorama – The world’s boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year’s most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.

Sea to Sky – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.

True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.

Next – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.

Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia’s most adventurous artists.

M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that’s enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.

ALT – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits

VIFF opens September 28 and continues until October 3, 2017.
Memberships, festival passes and single tickets are available now online at viff.org

Culture Days BC 2017

 

 

On September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017, be prepared to create, participate and share during the Culture Days in British Columbia.  A collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement, Culture Days aims to raise awareness, accessibility, and participation of all Canadians in the arts and cultural programs within their communities.

The eighth annual Culture Days will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Whistler’s Audain Gallery will host the Culture Days kick off on September 28th. Then the following three days will be filled with free arts and culture events in all corners of the province, including;

The 2nd Annual Port Moody Scavenger Hunt – a hunt to explore and discover the city’s public art and historical sites.

Canada 150 Geocache Project in Maple Ridge – the Community Heritage Commission and City of Maple Ridge have established seven geocaches around town.

Squanderer Mural Festival – the large scale mural festival in Squamish wraps up it’s two month run during Culture Days.

Cannery Collections Storage Tours – a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique and rare finds hidden in the archives of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Barclay Heritage Square & Roedde House Walking Tours – explore the urban oasis in the midst of Vancouver’s West End highlighted by the historic Roedde House Museum.

Behind the Scenes at Ballet BC – take a look behind the curtain to see what goes into the development of a new program

Try on the Gateway – visit Richmond’s Gateway Theatre to experience the magic of theatre; tour backstage, try on or buy costumes from past productions, perfect for your Halloween planning

These are just a tiny sampling of some of the local events, visit the Culture Days website to explore all that’s on offer in your community and set up your own custom My Culture Days itinerary.

 

 

Polaris Prize Reveals the 2017 Winner – Lido Pimienta

Monday night at The Carlu in Toronto the Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Lido Pimienta (left) for the album La Papessa.

The annual prize awards $50,000 to the Canadian Album of the Year, based solely on merit, regardless of genre, or sales numbers.  A Grand Jury of independent music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers determine a long list of albums,  released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 before narrowing it down to the short list of 10 albums.

To determine the Album of the Year, the Grand Jury is also reduced to a short list of 11 jurists who then award the Polaris Prize.
In addition to the $50,000 awarded to the winner, the remaining 9 finalists each receive $3000 from Slaight Music.

The 2017 runners-up include;
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves

The Polaris Gala was hosted by CBC Radio 2 morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris and featured performances from 6 of the Top 10 finalists; including include Lido Pimienta, Weaves, Leif Vollebekk, Tanya Tagaq, Feist and Lisa Leblanc.  The evening also featured the exclusive worldwide debut of Leonard Cohen’s new video for “Leaving the Table,” directed by Christopher Mills.  To watch highlights and more music from the Polaris Prize Gala visit cbcmusic.ca/polarisprize

Lido Pimienta joins the illustrious list of Polaris Prize Winners; Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).

 

 

 

CONTEST: Win a Night at Oktoberfest Vancouver

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Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest Munich starts tomorrow, September 16th bringing thousands of visitors to another edition of the world’s largest volksfest.   If you can’t make it to Germany, the Vancouver Alpen Club is the place to celebrate Oktoberfest right here at home.

OktoberfestFor over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been the city’s main Oktoberfest celebration.   Starting Friday, October 6th, 2017, festivities take place every Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends.   Live music from The Continentals as well as a DJ mixing tunes encourages the masses to kick up their heels.
OktoberfoodTraditional Bavarian cuisine, like spätzle, schnitzel, and sausage fills bellies while mugs are filled with German ale.  Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and for the first year Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen bringing centuries of brewing history to the kegs in Vancouver.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ daily visitors.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club is giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the October 6th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including two classic Schnitzel Meals to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter:

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, October 2, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

 

Artist David Wilson draws inspiration from Instagram

Vancouver painter David Wilson’s latest exhibition, Interrupting the Interface, opening Thursday at Kimoto Gallery, takes inspiration from today’s most prolific source of images, Instagram.

Wilson’s new series of paintings demonstrates the subtle interface between reality and filtered reality. It’s an important distinction in the age of fake news and doctored images, but also a deeper comment on how the filters of memory or mood inform our everyday perceptions.

Wilson, best known for depicting Vancouver, has turned to Instagram – and to other cities — in building this body of work. “I pulled thousands of wet street scenes from places like New York, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and London. I was trying to connect that rainy Vancouver aesthetic with these other places, and to focus on commonalities rather than the iconic landmarks of each place.” Similarly Instagram curates diverse images from around the world, bringing places together in the online depository. 

Users of Instagram edit their images by adding filters, in contract to the traditional meaning of a filter, to remove part of it – like when you filter coffee grounds. Wilson says he does “a little of each” when he works up an image. His process is both reductive and expansive, removing elements of realism by adding brushstrokes of paint.  “I’m essentially re-interpreting. It’s my own perception – based on my life experience.”  

See for yourself how the artists interprets the landscape with inspiration of Instagram.
David Wilson “Interrupting the Interface” opens Thursday September 7th and runs until September 30, 2017 at Kimoto Gallery,  1525 West 6th (at Granville).

Graham Clark’s The Quiz Show comes to The Fox Cabaret

Laughter is the answer when Canadian comedian, Graham Clark, and co-producer Chris Bentzen bring “The Quiz Show” to The Fox Cabaret this Saturday September 9th at 8:00pm. 

A live hybrid of American game show and British panel show, “The Quiz Show” grew from Clark’s love of game shows, and originally debuted in 2016 at the now defunct Hot Art Wet City. “The Quiz Show” has grown from a spoof on segments from game shows past into all original segments, and features local comedians as contestants doing their best to make audience members laugh – and win prizes, of course!

The Quiz Show host, three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Graham Clark Clark is also a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and has appeared at Just for Laughs, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival (where he won best stand up in 2016), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a winner of the Yuk Yuks “Great Canadian Laugh Off” and has appeared on HBO’s Funny As Hell.
As the host of “The Quiz Show”, Graham “Sparky” Clark says, “What’s more fun than being in the audience at Quiz Show? A party at Elton John’s probably…but this is something YOU are invited to!”

This Thursday’s performance of “The Quiz Show” is the kick off of a monthly edition of the evening at The Fox Cabaret.  Tickets for the September 9th edition of “The Quiz Show” at The Fox Cabaret are on sale now and available online on Eventbrite.

Find out who will be Canada’s Best Sommelier?

For the first time ever, oenophiles, vintners, other wine industry, and friends from all across Canada will descend upon Vancouver to find out who is Best Sommelier of Canada.

Presented by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers the day long competition takes place at Rogers Arena starting at 9am on September 5, 2017.  The live competition is open to industry and public, and finds the top three sommeliers from across the country testing their skills against each other to who will be uncorked as #BestSommCanada.  Preliminary, closed-door competitions the day prior will select the top three from the regional winners;

British Columbia
Shane Taylor, wine director,  Cin Cin Ristorante + Bar
Alistair Veen, chef & owner, Tap Restaurant
Jason Yamasaki, group sommelier, Joey Wine Group 

The Prairies
Domar Rafael, food & beverage manager, The Manitoba Club 

Ontario
Emily Pearce Bibona, sommelier, The York Club
Steven Robinson, sommelier, Atelier Restaurant

Quebec
Carl LePage Villeneuve, sommelier, Restaurant Toque
Pier Alexis Souliere, sommelier, Manresa Restaurant

Atlantic Canada
Lesley Quinn, sommelier, Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

Lunch for all guests will follow the Live Competition then the day continues with educational and interesting sponsor seminars from Nova Scotia’s Benjamin Bridge and Wines of Ontario

Dinner, at Victoria Chinese Restaurant will be preceded by a cocktail reception sponsored by Lifford Wines and Spirits and presented by the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association.  The Best Sommelier of Canada winner will be announced later in the evening. The Grand Prize will be presented to the winner by Gallo along with other prizes, including: trips to Argentina, flights around the world presented by the Vancouver International Wine Festival, a special trip arranged by Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, premium wines, spirits, fine Crystal from Nova Scotian Crystal, and more.

Winner of Best Sommelier of Canada earns the right to compete in Best Sommelier of The Americas in hopes of competing at Best Sommelier of the World.

Tickets and a full schedule are bc.sommelierscanada.ca/events