16th New West Cultural Crawl

Now in its 16th year, the New West Cultural Crawl is an annual arts & culture festival that celebrates and exhibits the vast creative talents across New Westminster. For two days, August 10th and 11th, New West artist studios and venues open their doors to welcome thousands of visitors from across Metro Vancouver.

This family-friendly event invites young and old to explore the city’s neighbourhoods; Downtown, Uptown, West End, Sapperton and Queensborough. Map guides allow visitors to explore at their leisure while checking out works by the city’s professional and emerging artists. Sixty + venues, from Galleries, and Community Centres, to Theatres and even a Brewery open the doors to welcome the exploration of the Arts. 

In 2018, the Cultural Crawl welcomed over 4000 visitors, learning about 150 artists. Find out what’s new and up coming in 2019 by exploring New West Cultural Crawl August 10 – 11, 2019. Visit newwestculturalcrawl.com to download the weekend’s brochure and map guides to the five neighbourhoods. 

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

CBC Musical Nooners 2017 start today!

Returning for their 8th year, the CBC Musical Nooners are a great way to spend a summer lunch hour. The outdoor plaza at CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street comes to life with music acts performing live, each weekday from noon – 1pm starting today July 7th, running until August 25th.

For opening day, today, a special extra long nooner kicks off the season with electronic art-pop act Fake Shark onstage from 12pm until 12:30pm, then Juno Award winners Said The Whale take over from 12:45pm until 1:45pm.

The CBC Musical Nooners cover all genres of music from Blues, Pop, Jazz, Reggae, Folk and more.  A special CBC Kids Day on August 2nd is a special two hour nooner with CBC Kids performer Will Stroet and plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep your little ones entertained.

The line up for the rest of the season is;

July 10 – Murray Porter
July 11 – Buckman Coe
July 12 – Jon and Roy
July 13 – Wesli
July 14 – Melisande
July 17 – Old Soul Rebel
July 18 – Khari Wendell McClelland
July 19 – Desiree Dawson
July 20 – Brishen
July 21 – Locarno
July 24 – Paul Lambert
July 25 – Cassandra Maze
July 26 – Raquel Cole
July 27 – The Long War
July 28 – The Velveteins
July 31 – The Ruffled Feathers
August 1 – Steph Cameron
August 2 – Will Stroet – Kids Day: Bring your kids from noon – 2pm for special kid-friendly activities
August 3 – Miss Quincy
August 4 – Warren Dean Flandez
August 8 – BC Day, no concert
August 9 – David Sinclair & Keith Bennett
August 10 – Sister Speak
August 11 – Jesse Roper
August 14 – Mainstreet Muze ft. Babe Gurr
August 15 – Aché Brazil
August 16 – Mazacote
August 17 – Wooden Horseman
August 18 – Derrival
August 21 – Leah Barley
August 22 – Dave Bawa
August 23 – Fionn
August 24 – Roy Forbes
August 25 – Coco Jafro

For details about each of the acts and more information, like weather interruptions, about the CBC Musical Nooners visit the CBC British Columbia website.

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

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.

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.”

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

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!