MOV Happy Hour Choir Series

This week, Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents the Happy Hour Choir Series on Thursday April 25th.

Explore feature exhibitions and enjoy live music performed in our auditorium. Two of Vancouver’s dynamic choirs share an evening of singing and engagement.

The West End Chamber Choir performs classical and contemporary music under the inspirational direction of Natalia Manolov. In its 10 year history WECC has performed in as many languages, during its 3-5 concerts each year.

Rhythm ‘n’ Roots is a community choir, with roots in East Vancouver, under the direction of Karla Mundy. The upbeat, adventurous and soulful ensemble performs powerful songs drawn from diverse vocal traditions throughout the world.

MOV : Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver

Admission to MOV Happy Hour Choir Series is pay what you can at the door (suggested donation $10, regular adult admission is $20.50). The auditorium only seat 200, seating is on a first come first seated basis. The performance runs 7pm to 9pm, doors open for pay what you can admissions at 5pm.

Arrive early and take in all of MOV’s permanent exhibitions plus the current feature exhibits; There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools; Wild Things: The Power of Nature In Our Lives and Haida Now: A Visual Feast Of Innovation And Tradition.

Picks of the Week – October 4, 2017

Shine on Harvest Moon…we have a bright full moon to light our nights as we explore these picks of the week

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s  Angels In America: Perestroika closes at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this weekend, October 8th.

Circus: The Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe swings into action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Keys: The Piano Guys tickle the ivories at Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight, Oct 4th.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Vancouver Alpen Club.

R&B: Rogers Arena will be filled on Thursday night when The Weeknd takes the stage.

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Musical: Bring On Tomorrow Theatre Company presents 13: The Musical, a musical take on adolescence at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island Oct 4th – 8th

Comedy: Funnyman Nick Offerman brings his brand of comedy to the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday night.

Films: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues on screens around the city from until Oct 13th

Talk: This Saturday afternoon gain some perspective on the city’s history at The Vancouver Lookout’s Perspectives Lecture Series.

Rock: Venerable local rock act 54-40 holds their yearly audience for their fans at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night.

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition display at MOV running to February 18, 2018.

Dance: Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien Miscellaneous Productions presents Monsters at the Vancouver Dance Centre Oct 6 – 7

Punt: The BC Lions play host to Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place on Saturday afternoon

Pucks: At Rogers Arena on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers take the ice to open their 2017/18 season.

DJ: Electronic legend DIPLO will keep the fans dancing when he plays the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday

Indie: Fans of indie/alt-pop will be giving thanks when Imagine Dragons take over Rogers Arena on Sunday night

MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

Haney Students
1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

Museum of Vancouver brings an Unbelievable new exhibition

After digging through their vaults, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is ready to unveil a new and “Unbelievable” exhibition. Unbelievable is a quirky new exhibition curated from the Museum’s own collections, on display at MOV June 24 – September 24, 2017.

Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, Unbelievable assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for an exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. “Stories are how we create our community and nation. They are literally a matter of life and death, possessing the power to bring us together or tear us apart,” explained Gregory Dreicer, MOV’s Director of Curatorial and Engagement and the creative mind behind Unbelievable. “A shockingly diverse collection of objects will provoke laughter, nostalgia, and fear. What unifies them is not the physical objects themselves – but the contradictory and unbelievable stories that surround each of the treasures on display. We are taking people deep behind the scenes – in order to explore the creation of stories and how they define our past, present, and future.”

A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator.
A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under
Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator. (MOV Collection)

The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters. The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow.

Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.

Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr. Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals.
Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce
Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr.
Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and
the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store
Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals. (MOV collection)

The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.

Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, such as a side table crafted from an elephant foot, a chair cobbled together from cattle horns, and favourite pieces of garbage salvaged by the City of Vancouver’s sanitation workers. This interactive component of the exhibition will encourage visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.

Inspiration for Unbelievable originated last fall in the wake of the American election, which highlighted an astonishing aspect of human nature: people reject facts that don’t fit their story, even if the information is true. MOV concluded an exhibition exploring the notion of truth – including the museum’s role as one of Canada’s most trusted institutions – could not be more timely or relevant. Essentially, lack of trust, the reach of the web, the crisis in journalism and democracy have sparked Dreicer to embark on a quest for stories to believe in. “We live in an age of information where alternative facts and absolute falsehoods have run rampant.” continued Dreicer, “In an era where nothing can be taken at face value, MOV wanted to create an exhibition that raises questions. With Unbelievable, we ultimately hope visitors will walk away awed by the power of story – with a different understanding and possibly skepticism – about the tales they encounter and the stories they tell themselves.”

Unbelievable run June 24 – September 24, 2017 at Museum of Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street.  Visit for more information on Unbelievable and the rest of the exhibits at the MOV on now.

Honda HR-V Helps Be A Hometown Tourist

With a long weekend coming up, why not stick around the city and explore it. After the long winter has kept us cocooned at home, it’s time to get out and see blooming in the city.  To help make zipping around to check out the attraction, I recently had the chance to test out a Honda HR-V.  The compact crossover SUV was a perfect sized vehicle to make getting around town easy and comfortable.

Visiting Bloedel Conservatory in Honda HR-V

Now is a great time to visit some of the city’s acclaimed and popular attractions, before the school holidays and summer high-season visitors descend upon them.  The variety of locations offer opportunities for every weather, Bloedel Conservatory is a tropical oasis on a grey and dreary day. Filled with tropical foliage and birds, the conservatory takes visitors away from the usual Vancouver spring rain.  If it’s nice out, step outside and explore Queen Elizabeth Park’s paths and gardens. For more gardens, visit the Bloedel Conservatory’s sister VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  Roam the world through the Garden’s varies garden exhibition, pick up some lunch and picnic on the great lawn or overlooking the ponds and fountains.

The Museums at Kits Point offer variety for all ages and are just a stones through from the parks and beaches.

Honda HR-V with Kits Point glowing behind.

Museum of Vancouver shines bright with its signature Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver collection of neon signs from the city’s brightly lit heydays.  A look back at the photos in Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition are a glimpse back at the city’s evolution.  c??sna??m, the city before the city look even further back to enlighten about the Coast Salish First Nations who settled the city before us. Upcoming The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century looks at the hot topic of housing.
The Maritime Museum’s current exhibition The Lost Fleet, looks at the causes and effect of the War Measures Act on the Japanese-Canadian fishing fleet. Children love to play and learn about our maritime history and today’s working harbour in the hands-on area in the museum or to board the historic St Roch and relive its famed sailings.

The Honda HR-V feels like a full sized SUV but handles like a Civic.  The short length makes street parking easy, and the extra height and right-side view camera helps reduce blind spots. The right-side camera is a dream in downtown Vancouver to make sure the bike lanes are clear before turning. The vehicle may be smaller but the cargo space definitely isn’t lacking, although I didn’t need much at Costco, I certainly could have stocked up and carried all of my visiting family’s luggage at the same time.  Even after a week of driving all around the city; commuting, visiting attraction, and running errands the HR-V still hadn’t even used a close to a full tank of gas.  My friend who’s looking for a new family vehicle has now added the Honda HR-V to her list, but you don’t need to be a family to have one, it’s a handy vehicle for everyone.

What’s On Weekend – January 19 – 22, 2012

What is up this weekend?

– ongoing until Jan 21st at The Cultch, Blackbird Theatre are presenting Waiting For Godot
– ongoing at Vancouver Art Gallery until Jan 22nd is “Distance Between You & Me” works from 3 contemporary artists from Vancouver, LA and Guadalajara. Plus until Jan 29th, “Shore, Forest & Beyond: art from the Audain Collection”, one of the most important private holdings of BC artists
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
Vancouver Playhouse’s production of the Tony Award winning play Red runs until February 4th.
– Canadian, First Nations & international arts and music performances fill the city as PuSh Festival takes over until Feb 4th

Thursday Jan 19th
– opening tonight as part of PuSh Festival Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantana runs until Feb 11th
City & Colour opens the first of two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
– LA soul outfit Fitz & the Tantrums rock the Commodore Ballroom
– get a little naughty (or at least learn how to be) at the Taboo, Naughty…but Nice Show on at the Vancouver Convention Centre from tonight until Jan 22nd
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Jan 20th:

– Disney pop group Allstar Weekend brings their teen pop to the Vogue Theatre
– Comedian Bob Saget brings his blue humour to River Rock Show Theatre
– start your evening with some entertainment from the great Joan-E and Raye Sunshine at SnapDRAGon at Oasis Ultra Lounge on Davie.
– stay later or return to Oasis for the new Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael
Five-Sixty plays host to the Taboo After Party “A Lingerie Affair”

Saturday Jan 21th:

– legend Tony Bennett swings into the River Rock Show Theatre
– the Biltmore Cabaret presents Hard Drugs, Weather Pines & Johny Wakeham

Museum of Vancouver

Sometimes overshadowed by the more famous and visible cultural institutions, like the Vancouver Art Gallery and Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Vancouver is definitely worth a visit.

Colourful costumes of visiting exhibition

Located in picturesque Kits Point, adjacent to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and nearby Maritime Museum, the MOV is a hidden gem.  The museum is divided into two spaces, the east wing catering to visiting exhibitions and the west wing, the permanent collection.

Currently the east wing is featuring “ : Vancouver’s Bhangra Story” in

Bhangra Instuments

collaboration with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society the exhibition runs until October 23, 2011.  A collection of oral recollections, personal artifacts, instruments, costumes, posters, pictures and music it tells the history of South Asians in Vancouver and how Bhangra is integral to their local and international cultural identity.

In the west wing you wind your way through the permanent collections as they tell the story of Vancouver, from it’s humble, logging village beginnings to the tumultuous 60’s through to the modern day. Great artifacts and memories abound as you peak into each vignette and display.

Sign from Vancouver's neon heyday

Although a smaller scale than some of it’s larger competitors the Museum of Vancouver isn’t any less packed with history and information. It should be on everyone’s list to check out and learn a bit more about Vancouver.

The Museum of Vancouver is located at 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC
Winter (Sept – June) : Tues-Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 8pm, Mon Closed
Summer (July – Aug) : Mon-Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 8pm