Picks of the Week – September 4, 2019

Many think of the Labour Day weekend as the end of summer, but we still have weeks until summer’s official end. Plenty of time for more entertaining picks…

@giselle featuring Catherine Hurlin
photo: Craig Foster.

Dance: Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY presents @giselle is a technology-driven, contemporary reimagining of the beloved classic ballet, at the Vancouver Playhouse September 5-7.  

FlipFlopsThe Waste to Wonder exhibit at the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown, runs until September 8th, consisting of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each made from more than 6,500 recycled flip flops by Ocean Sole Africa.

Coriolanus -Moya O’Connell photo: Emily Cooper

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach runs until September 21 at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage and Coriolanus on the Howard Family Stage.

North: The Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure August 29th, until October 20

Puppets: Museum of Anthropology’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Festival: Vancouver Fringe Festival brings 10 days of arts, theatre and experiences to Vancouver stages September 5 – 15.

Avalon: English singer-songwriter, Bryan Ferry performs his solo hits and those from his Roxy Music years on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage on Thursday

VTS Back to School

School: Hit the books and laughs as Back to School Theatresports comes to The Improv Centre on Granville Island, Tuesdays to Saturdays from September 3 to October 12.

Rock: Death Cab For Cutie takes the music outside to the stage at Malkin Bowl on Thursday evening.

Trio: Friday night, Malkin Bowl is filled with more music, as local group Said The Whale take the outdoor stage in Stanley Park

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

Blooms: The second Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs until September 15th, with a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing colour to the Fraser Valley community

Folk: Indie-Folk outfit Bon Iver play the Pacific Coliseum at PNE on Saturday September 7th.

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Picks of the Week – August 21, 2019

For kids, the last half of August is always the time to squeeze in as much fun as you can before heading back to school. As adults we can to take in as much fun as we want from these picks of the week.

Cinema: Vancouver Civic Theatres are presenting the last of the free outdoor Wednesday evening cinema screenings at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, tonight explore a whole new world, as Aladdin (2019) starts at dusk.

Movie: Downtown Vancouver presents the final free Wednesday night film of the summer tonight, see how the other half lives when Crazy Rich Asians is on at at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (formerly, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)

Waterfront: Thursday evenings, head to the North Point at Canada Place for Waterfront Cinema, this week watch Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse starting around 8:45pm

Poe: Until August 25th, Third Wheel Productions takes over The Cultch with a completely immersive theatre experience “Deep Into Darkness”, all 3 floors, 20 rooms, and 30,000 square feet of The Cultch will be transformed into a 19th-century Victorian world inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.

Stars: Catch the last few performances of the 2019 season of Theatre Under The Stars presenting the entertaining musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies on alternating nights

PNE Summer Nights Concerts

Fair: Summer’s biggest party, The Fair at The PNE bringing amusement, entertainment and fun for the whole family, and great Summer Night Concerts, until September 2nd.

Films: The 31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) runs until August 25th filling theatres with LGBTQ cinema from around the globe.

FlipFlopsThe Waste to Wonder exhibit at the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown, runs until September 8th, consisting of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each made from more than 6,500 recycled flip flops by Ocean Sole Africa.

Shakespeare In Love l-r: Chirag Naik, Jennifer Lines & Paul Moniz de Sá | Photo: Tim Matheson

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage and Coriolanus joins the line-up on the Howard Family Stage this week.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropology’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Pitches: The Vancouver Canadians host Salem-Kaizer for a 3 game home stand this weekend, including another fireworks extravaganza on Saturday

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

Blooms: The second Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs until September 15th, with a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing colour to the Fraser Valley community

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Orange: Saturday, Hamilton Tiger-Cats make a trip West to take on BC Lions at BC Place

22nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is coming

From November 15 to 18, 2018 the 22nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl brings art lovers from all around Metro Vancouver to East Vancouver.  For four days, studios will be opened, garages exposed, and artworks displayed for  Vancouver’s favourite celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts.

Credit: Grace Lee

An expected 35,000 art fans, cultural patrons, curious tourists and locals alike will marvel at more than 500 of Vancouver’s exceptionally talented art makers. The Eastside Culture Crawl invites visitors to immerse themselves in the neighbourhood from Columbia Street to Victoria Drive and from 1st Avenue to the Waterfront, with on-site visits, live demonstrations, probing presentations, and intriguing installations.

“More than just the home to Vancouver’s popular, four-day celebration of visual arts, the Eastside community contains the largest ratio of artists per capita in the country and serves as the nucleus for hundreds of visual artists and their studios,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl. “Unsurprisingly, the current economic climate in Vancouver is making it difficult for people to survive the rapid pace of development in this city, and many artists are struggling to retain their studio spaces.”

Credit: Desireé Patterson

Rausenberg continues, “Our mission is not only to celebrate our visual artists during the Crawl, but also support their growth and vibrancy all year long. We are committed to working together with the artistic community towards the goal of retaining a zero loss of studio space by coming up with sustainable creative solutions and assisting artists to find suitable studio replacements so they can continue to thrive.”

This year the Crawl is helping to increase artists’ profiles and enhance visitors’ experience with the launch of a brand new festival app. Available for free download on November 15, the Eastside Culture Crawl app will help festival goers better navigate the neighbourhood, favourite preferred artists, and locate nearby refreshments, bike parking, and car-sharing vehicles.
This year’s event will include a series of workshops and demonstrations for those passionate followers looking to learn about the inner workings of their favourite art form such as pottery, live chainsaw carving, natural textile dyeing, and glassblowing.

Credit: Judson Beaumont

The Eastside Culture Crawl gets underway November 15 – 18, 2018 but before the main event, check out

Spaces, Places, and Traces: Eastside Culture Crawl Preview Exhibit
A juried exhibition of works, featuring 70 artists from the 2018 Culture Crawl, on from October 27 – November 18, 2018, taking place at Arts Factory,  Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch, Alternative Creations Gallery.

To learn more about the workshops and events offered throughout Eastside Culture Crawl, visit culturecrawl.ca/events

4th Annual Capture Photography Festival Returns

The Capture Photography Festival returns to Metro Vancouver April 1 – 28, 2017 for the fourth year.  Celebrating photography and lens-based art Capture Festival features over 100 free exhibitions, public art projects and events throughout the lower mainland. All events are open to the public with an aim of increasing awareness of the cultural importance of photography in all of its forms.

The non-profit, Capture Photography Festival, is the largest in Western Canada and the first of its kind in British Columbia.

This year’s Feature Exhibition, opening Capture on April 1st, Song of an Open Road, is presented in partnership with Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) running at the CAG until May 15). Taking its title from a poem by Walt Whitman, the group exhibition is presented across multiple platforms, both inside and outside of the gallery.

Robert Arndt, Pursuit, Plunder & Fleece, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver.

Capture also presents major public art projects again this year. Works include a large scale, site-­specific piece installed on the facade of the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation by artist Alex Morrison.

Capture Canada Line Project – 2016

The Capture Canada Line Project, in partnership with Canada Line InTransit BC, will show photo-­based artworks from multiple artists on the theme On and Off the Road installed on the exteriors of seven Canada Line stations, from Waterfront to Marine Drive.

The Capture Billboard Project, presented in partnership with Pattison Outdoor, is a series of large-scale public art installations by Barb Choit, Anne Collier, Annette Kelm, and Evan Lee placed on 17 billboards throughout Vancouver.

If the public art projects and Feature Exhibition aren’t enough, Capture Photography Festival also presents photography at 70+ venues throughout the city, including over 100 different exhibitions, tours, films.  Other events include the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair (in partnership with Vancouver Art Book Fair), a weekly Speaker Series with artist talks and panel discussions each Tuesday in April at Inform Interiors, as well 2017 Capture also introduces the new Open Program, an unjuried, open-call opportunity for photographers and lens-based artists to exhibit in the Festival in venues throughout the community

Capture Photography Festival runs April 1 – 28, 2017, visit capturephotofest.com to plan your itinerary and see what’s on during the Festival.

20th Anniversary Eastside Culture Crawl

EastsideCultureCrawl16From November 17 to 20, 2016, the Eastside Culture Crawl invites art lovers to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  East Vancouver comes alive for four-days of visual arts, design, and crafts, filling 78+ open studios, homes, galleries and garages from Columbia Street, to 1st Avenue, to Victoria Drive, and the waterfront. Expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from across Metro Vancouver and beyond, the Crawl introduces visitors to more than 475 participating visual artists in this year’s monumental event.

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Tangible Interaction – Marshmallow Clouds

“This year’s festival represents a remarkable accomplishment; not just for the hundreds of vibrant and creative visual artists who have participated in the Crawl over the past two decades, but for our city as a whole,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director. “For the past 20 years, the Crawl has served as a vital and meaningful intersection between artistic creation and discovery, sparking impactful dialogue and sustaining a passionate engagement in the arts within Vancouver.”

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Richard Retrault – Wall Woodcut

Created in 1997 as a place for artists to gather together, bond, and showcase their work, the Crawl has grown each year, becoming an iconic staple of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.

“This is an opportunity for people to glimpse behind the scenes,” Rausenberg adds. “To witness the creation of new works, understand the inspiration and process behind a piece, and to experience firsthand the methods used to bring works of art to life. Now in its 20th year, the Crawl is a tremendous melding of the resilient and determined artists who have been with us since the beginning, and the youthful and vibrant new artists who shed an exhilarating light on our city’s great future.”

For art fans from across the Pacific Northwest, the Eastside Culture Crawl showcases an ever-expanding selection of determined and inspired painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers, furniture designers, and much more. Featuring the biggest line-up of artists, venues, and events in its decades-long history, the 20th anniversary edition of the Crawl will offer guests an expanded list of insightful juried exhibitions, evocative contemporary films, and engaging artist presentations.

For a full listing of the open venues plus the event listings of featured presentations, installations, and talks visit culturecrawl.ca

Capture Photography Festival – April 1 – 28, 2016

capturephotofestTomorrow, the 2016 edition of the Capture Photography Festival gets underway.  For the third year, the annual not-for-profit festival celebrates local and international artists producing challenging and thought-provoking photographic works.  The festival also works to encourage new artist, engage the public with stimulating dialogue.

This year, over 75 artists’s exhibitions, tours, talks, public installations and events at 50 Vancouver galleries and venues welcome the public.
With a camera in the hand of nearly every citizen, photography has become the go-to art form of today, but how do we distinguish between the professional and the amateur. This is one of the questions that Capture Photography Festival brings forward for discussion and thought.

Vancouver has a history of producing some of the best contemporary photographic artists.  The Vancouver School of photo-conceptualism began in the 1980s and has produced artists like Stan Douglas, Jeff Wall, Ken Lum and more. Capture Photography Festival aims to inspire and inform the next generation of photographers.

Capture Photography Festival runs April 1 – 28, 2016, in galleries and spaces all over Vancouver, starting with the Festival Launch and Lind Prize presentation at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre tomorrow, April 1st at 7pm.
For the full list of events and locations visit capturephotofest.com

 

Art Eat Sip on Granville Island – recap

ArtEatSip_2016-01-20, 22 57 39Wednesday evening, the weather cooperated to make a perfect evening for roaming around Granville Island for Art Eat Sip.  The unique Dine Out Vancouver Festival event presented by Vancouver
Foodster, brought together the culture of Granville Island with Artists, Eateries and Drinking establishments collaborating on the evening.

Starting at Granville Island Hotel, for registration and a bite of Dockside Restaurants Signature Chili Squid; a spicy, thick cut calamari.

The next stop was the first showcase of the Artist that call Granville Island home; Studio 13 Fine Art is a studio shared by artists; Liza Montgomery and Alice Rich and Skai Fowler who offered us a glass of wine and some cheese while we browsed their works.

A few doors down, we had a look at the artist at work in Dalbergia Wood + Fine Object before making our way into Artisan Sake Maker for a sip of their signature Junmai Nama sake, made with local rice from Abbotsford, paired with a SakeKasu (the concentrated paste left from the process of making the sake) Chocolate Bon Bon and Goat Cheese.

Next at Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro, the coffee bar + cafe oasis hidden in the middle of Railspur Alley, they served a rich and zesty, Slow-Cooked Chorizo & Yam Taco and Carrot Cake with Espresso.

On the corner of Railspur Alley and Old Bridge Street, Liberty Distillery welcomed us with a sip of our choice of Truth Vodka, Endeavour Gin and Railspur No. 1 White Whiskey, served alongside a sample of The Basford Cocktail, a blend of Endeavour Gin, Rosemary-Grapefruit Cordial, Fresh Lemon Juice.

Around the corner at New Edition Creative, a print maker studio we found Bon Macaron sharing a selection of their beautiful macarons. Usually situated within the Granville Island Public Market where the location serves many flavours unique to the market using only ingredients sourced from Granville Island merchants.

Over at a bustling Granville Island Brewery, another collaboration with a sweet Public Market vendor. Chocolatas presented a balances sweet and savoury Salted Caramel Chocolate, which the Brewery paired with an Infamous IPA. But first, the brewery served a hearty Cremini Mushroom & Flank Steak Taco topped with Cilantro Slaw & Tomato Jalapeno Salsa which was paired with Hey Day Hefeweizen.

Liberty Wine Merchants presented a pair of French Wines; Red and White from their large inventory of wines of the world. The savoury selection of Terra Breads paired nicely with the sips.

Nearby, a trip upstairs to the Barbara Arnold, Artist studio/gallery we found the Artist and The Lemon Square serving their namesake sweet, tart Lemon Squares.  A nice way to wrap up Art Eat Sip on Granville Island.

If this sounds good to you, there’s plenty more Dine Out Vancouver Festival restaurants and events to choose from over the remainder of the Festival, like Downtown Brunch Crawl tomorrow and North Vancouver Brunch Crawl on Sunday morning.

See you out there!