12 Christmas Craft Markets & Holiday Fairs for 2017 Gift Shopping

We’ve only just put away our Halloween costumers but the Holiday season is racing towards us. Along with the Holiday season, comes shopping.  Skip the malls, experience one of the fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Here’s Twelve Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 8 – 12 – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $15

Christmas at Hycroft : November 16th – 19th – For 45 years the annual fair at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

VCM at Jack Poole
Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22nd – December 24th – The popular Holiday Market moves to a new and larger waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2017 season. Admission $10

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair : November 25th – 26th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 35th edition, on November 25th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 25th – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 25 & 26 – Portobello’s annual market  returns to Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village with live music, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, 17 – expanded to 4 weekends, visit vendors at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Toque: December 1st to 3rd – The Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has great options for shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: December 7th – 10th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free ($1 off coupon online)

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 9th – 10th – At the Maritime Labour Centre is the place to be for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 with coupon

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 9 – 10, 2017 – The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show fills Heritage Hall on Main Street with vendors. Admission $3

Get out and get shopping, have fun! Happy Holidays

Live Nation Canada is Giving Away 150 Pairs of Tickets

Canada has a rich and diverse history of making and welcoming great music. In celebration of Canada 150 and to celebrate the country’s vibrant music scene, Live Nation Canada is rewarding the country’s  live music fans by offering a chance to win tickets to the most incredible concerts of 2017, including Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Coldplay, Guns n’ Roses, Halsey, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Miranda Lambert, Nickelback, One Republic, The Weeknd, and more.

From now until September 24th, fans can enter each day for a chance to win a pair of tickets to select shows across the nation by visiting LiveNation150.com. Winners will be drawn on a weekly basis until the final draw, Sunday, September 24

Participating Artists Included in #LiveNation150 Giveaway
For a full list of participating shows, please visit LiveNation150.com

A Perfect Circle
Arcade Fire
Blue Rodeo
Chris Hadfield
Chris Rock
Coldplay
Daniel O’Donnell
Dean Brody
Depeche Mode
Enrique Iglesias
Fall Out Boy
Family Channel’s Big Ticket Concert
Guns N’ Roses
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Janet Jackson
Jay-Z
Jimmy Buffett
John Mayer
Kendrick Lamar
Kings of Leon
LCD Soundsystem
Lionel Richie
Logic
Matchbox Twenty
Midnight Oil
Miranda Lambert
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Nas
Nickelback
OneRepublic
Paul Weller
Queens of the Stone Age
Rise Against
Scorpions
The Weeknd
Zac Brown Band
Zedd

For full contest details and to enter daily visit livenation150.com  and visit livenation.com for the list of other upcoming concerts and festivals.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival starts August 10, 2017

Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), the city’s second largest film fest gets under way in one week.  Running August 10 to 20, 2017, VQFF brings 11 days of award winning films, talkbacks, performances and parties.

I Dream In Another Language

The Festival opens at the Vancouver Playhouse with the 2017 Sundance Award-winning film, I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma). Following the screening the Festival’s Opening Gala Party, a celebration under the stars at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

The VQFF Artist in Residence for 2017 is the prolific and multi-talented Vivek Shraya. The filmmaker, visual artist, musician, and author will spend the Festival’s opening weekend with audiences at events featuring a breadth of work from her diverse portfolio.

VQFF Artistic Directors Amber Dawn & Anoushka Ratnarajah

“We’re thrilled to be bringing audiences and artists together for once in a lifetime connections at our Festival,” said Artistic Directors Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn. “The caliber of talent and diverse perspectives of our visiting and local filmmakers are sure to challenge and delight our highly intelligent and invested audiences. We look forward to the time we will share together.”

 


Some of the artists in attendance at VQFF include;

Taxi Stories

– Doris Yeung, writer, director and executive producer of Taxi Stories, the most ambitious film of the Festival, filmed in three countries and featuring a mostly non-actor cast.
– Philippines filmmaker Samantha Lee, whose film, Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas), won the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila.
– New York City poet and author, t’ai freedom ford, whose work is featured in The Revival: Women and the Word.
– Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer and producer, Fawzia Mirza, for the screening of Signature Move.
– Emerging filmmaker Francis Luta, will speak with audiences after his film Project Gelb.
– Award-winning writer, playwright, performer and filmmaker, Steen Starr, whose short documentary Older than What? tells the story of twelve queer and trans elders responding to ten questions about aging, visibility, and social change.

One of the festival’s fan favourite events, The Coast is Queer, an evening dedicated to local talent, will screen on Friday, August 18 at the York Theatre. Featuring nine stellar short films from some of BC’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers, our annual local programming covers documentaries, romance, fantasy, and drama.

Handsome Devil

The Festival closes August 20th at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Closing Gala screening of 2016 Dublin Film Critics Circle Award winner Handsome Devil by Irish director John Butler.  Following the  screening the annual Closing Party at The Junction wraps another VQFF.

For full Vancouver Queer Film Festival line-up and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.com

40th Vancouver Folk Music Festival plays July 13 – 16, 2017

For the 40th season, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival will once again take over Jericho Beach Park. From July 13th to 16th folk fans, friends and families, will find another remarkable line-up of the best of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the globe.

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Canada 150+, and Canada’s diverse songbook, the Folk Music Festival kicks off Thursday July 13th with a free concert; Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprit.   Today’s artists interpret and perform iconic Canadian songs by the Anglo, Francophone, and Indigenous artists who paved the way for them.  Carolyn Marks performs Spirit of the West’s Home For A Rest, Katie Moore plays Gordon Lightfoot’s Song For A Winter’s Night, Jim Byrnes, a legend in his own right, interprets River by Joni Mitchell.  Buffy Sainte Marie’s Universal Soldier is brought to the stage by Cris Derksen while Women In The Round perform Susan Aglukark’s O Siem, and Kastin’s Tshinau (what we all are) is remade by Mélisande (électrotrad), Cris Derksen and The Funk Hunters.

After an amazing opening night, the Folk Music Festival really gets moving with 50+ artists taking to the stages all day, Friday (1pm – 11pm), Saturday and Sunday (9am – 11pm).  To highlight just a few, Englishman Billy Bragg and American Joe Henry duet on Friday’s stage, Canadians Kathleen Edwards and Barenaked Ladies feature on Saturday while Shawn Colvin and The Revivalists bring their Southern roots to Sunday’s Main Stage.

There’s more than just music at the Folk Music Festival too, Little Folks Village has activities and entertainment for the young fans. The Artisan Market and Folk Bazaar brings dozens of merchants and their offerings to the shores of Jericho Beach.  Of course, no modern festival would be complete without a plethora of food trucks and dining options.

For the full line-up of Vancouver Folk Music Festival artists, merchants and ticketing information visit thefestival.bc.ca online

2017 PNE Summer Night Concerts Line-Up

Another Summer, another spectacular line-up of Summer Night Concerts are coming to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Each year the PNE outdoes itself bringing in top notch entertainment that will appeal to all ages during the course of The Fair.

Pop, rock, country and R&B all come to the stage at the PNE Amphitheatre throughout the 15 Concerts.  The 2017 Summer Night Concerts are included free with admission but be aware that seating is first come-first seated so you’ll want to make sure you arrive early.  Beer Gardens around the PNE also show the concerts on big screens so you can still enjoy the shows even if the Amphitheatre is already at capacity.  If you don’t want to wait, limited reserved seating is available for $20. Reserved seats go on sale tomorrow, May 31st 2017.
New this year, private party suites are available for groups of 12 or 14 including private suite, gate passes, concert tickets, food & beverage service, plus parking passes.

The 2017 Summer Night Concerts line-up includes:

August 19 – Mother Mother
August 20 – Billy Currington
August 22 – The Pointer Sisters
August 23 – High Valley
August 24 – ZZ Top
August 25 – Chicago
August 26 – Colin James
August 27 – Huey Lewis & The News
August 29 – Tom Cochraine with Red Rider
August 30 – The B-52s
August 31 – The Doobie Brothers
September 1 – Rick Springfield
September 2 – The Gypsy Kings
September 3 – iHeartRadio Beach Ball (artists TBA)
September 4 –  iHeartRadio Beach Ball (artists TBA)

Note: iHeartRadio Beach Ball is a two-day ticketed event, not included with gate admission.

 

West of Main Art Walk Celebrates 25 Years

The West of Main Art Walk presented by Artists in our Midst is celebrating 25 years of open-door artistic explorations May 27 & 28, 2017.

Erin Perry in studio I Have Secrets, I Can Tell Ink and acrylic paint on paper, 11′ x 11′, 2016

Celebrating with its largest-ever event, the Art Walk stretches from Point
Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st  Avenue, with more than 50 vibrant and diverse artists sharing their works in garden studios, cafés, shops, and community centres all across the area.

“I can think of no finer way to welcome the warmer months than stretching ones legs or getting back on the bike and discovering some of the amazing artists who are a part of Vancouver’s lively art scene,” says Judy Osburn, President of Artists In Our Midst. “More than simply taking in beautiful paintings, textiles, ceramics, and the like, the Art Walk offers an opportunity to form meaningful connections with individuals who enliven and enrich our community. It is an invaluable chance to discover the stories behind the art, and celebrate visual art’s capacity to transform people”

Catch a preview of the festivities this week, May 18th, 10am-9pm in The Roundhouse Exhibit at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Offering early glimpses of the discoveries to-be-made on the Art Walk, the day-long event highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photography.

Mary Downe : “Bengal”
Silk and Natural Dyes

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary , special partnerships have been created to establish the West of Main Art Walk Legacy Scholarship Fund for Arts Umbrella and the Lord Byng Secondary School Arts Program. During the Art Walk weekend you can also take home some unique items of your own from the silent auction, with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund.  Scholarships will be presented to young and emerging artists from Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School as they continue to develop their skills in the visual arts. In addition to the silent auction, Artist In Our Midst will also support Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School visual arts students by displaying their works during the Art Walk.

Roundhouse Exhibit runs May 18, 2017, 10am – 9pm at The Roundhouse Exhibit at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

The West of Main Art Walk presented by Artists in our Midst takes place May 27 & 28, 2017, 11am – 5pm from Point Grey to Main Street & from Granville Island to 41st Ave. in Vancouver. For route map and details visit artistsinourmidst.com

Traces of Words coming to MOA

Traces of Words : Art and Calligraphy from Asia is a new exhibit opening May 11th at Museum of Anthropology (MOA).

From Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions and Qu’ranic manuscripts, to Afghan graffiti and digital creations from Japan, Traces of Words: Arts and Calligraphy from Asia honours the special significance that written forms hold across many diverse cultures in Asia.

The multimedia exhibition will examine how artists have reinterpreted written words as visual expressions.  Texts in many styles represent physical traces of time and space, evoking the ephemeral and eternal.

traces of words at MOA
Hisao Yugami, Mikazuki???, Crescent, 2015Sumi ink on gasen paper mounted on wood panel, 14 x 18cm ·3186/4

“All creatures leave traces of themselves as they move through life; but words, whether spoken, written, imagined, or visualized, are traces unique to humans,” explains Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia. “Some words disappear, while others remain only in memory or leave physical traces as writing or text. These traces are the theme of the exhibition.  In it we explore the powerful duality that emerges when the written word becomes a medium or canvas.”

The exhibition represents an enormous diversity of calligraphy, painting, digital and mixed media works.  

traces of words at MOA
Leaf from a Qur’an manuscript in Kufic scriptPossibly Iraq, Iran or Syria, 9th centuryVellum and ink, 23.5 x 32.5 cm ·2988/1

Through paper, silk, clay, woodblock and digital projections, Traces of Words invites visitors to experience and sense the works, and gain an appreciation for the cultural significance of Asian writing beyond reading and writing.

Works on display within the Traces of Words exhibition come from across the continent; including Thailand, Afghanistan, Tibet, Japan and more.

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at MOA runs May 11 to October 9, 2017. Visit moa.ubc.ca/traces for more information on the art and artists in the exhibition.