5th Annual Capture Photography Festival captures April

This week, the 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival opens another month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art forms.  Until April 30th, a hundred-plus free and ticketed exhibits cover the city like the spring blossoms, bringing colour, and sometimes black & white, images to public spaces and galleries.

Capture Photography Festival is devoted to exhibiting challenging and thought-provoking photography from local and international artists.  Since 2013, the not-for-profit Festival nurtures emerging artists and engages the public with tours, films, talks, events and exhibitions at dozens of galleries and community spaces throughout Greater Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs.

Festival Opening

Some of the public installations have been popping up at Transit stations already, but the official kick-off, takes place this Thursday, April 5th with the festival launch and Featured Exhibition, The Blue Hour, opening at Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street.  In addition to the Metro Vancouver based installations, Capture Photography Festival also reaches throughout BC with three television features on Knowledge Network; Jeff Wall: In Order to Make a Picture, and The Salt of the Earth on Tuesday April 3rd, and Annie Leibowitz: Life Through a Lens on April 5th.

I Was a Teenage Skateboarder in the 90s

Capture Photography Festival runs throughout the month of April 2018, for the full calendar of events visit capturephotofest.com


30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival

The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (VIWF) opened this week for the 30th edition of the renowned festival of the written word.  In this age of quick and instant media the full house at Performance Works on opening night proved that readers and writers are still going strong.

While the Writer’s Festival holds events all year around, the marquis program runs from October 16th to 22nd, 2017, when more than 110 authors takepart in over 95 events. all over Granville Island.  The Festival has events for all walks of life and all ages.  Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Children, Youth literature and more all take the leap from the page to the stage.

Past writers in attendance have included; Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, John Irving, Robbie Robertson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Frank McCourt.  Every year readers find new discoveries to add to their libraries and share with their book clubs, families and friends. Who will you find this year? Find out which events still have tickets online at writersfest.bc.ca

Beyond the festival special events continue through the fall, including Waiting For First Light, an Evening with Romeo Dallaire on November 16th, and A Newfoundlander in Canada, musician and writer Alan Doyle discusses his new book on November 20th.



Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Gains Perspectives

As The Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre reaches middle age, the landmark has partnered with Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a collaboration series; Perspectives.

In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Perspectives, is a series of talks that explores Vancouver’s thought-provoking history that has shaped the city’s present.  Inspired by the rich history surrounding the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Heritage Foundation planned five unique speakers to present on the diverse history of Vancouver.  From the unique vantagepoint offered by the Lookout, guests will enjoy fascinating talks on Indigenous stories and context, South Asian history and immigration, architectural development and change, Vancouver music scene and nightlife, and the city’s seedy criminal history.

Four Perspective events in the series remain;

Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community –
Saturday October 7th 9:45 – 11:30am

Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations –
Thursday October 19th 6:15 – 8pm

Heritage From Up High –
Sunday October 29th 9:45 – 11:30am

Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene
Thursday November 16th 6:15 – 8pm

Tickets for all talks are available online at vancouverperspectives.com

All talks take place at the Vancouver Lookout, located at 555 West Hastings Street.  Arrive 15 minutes early to take the elevator up to the Lookout.

PuSh Festival 2017 opens January 16

January 16th, the 2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival gets underway delivering three weeks of groundbreaking performing arts. The 13th edition of PuSh Festival, January 16 – February 5, 2017, brings cutting edge and creative performances to venues all around the city.

Opening with Macbeth by Third World Bunfight, from South Africa, at Vancouver Playhouse and closing with The City and The City from Up In The Air Theatre & The Only Animal. In between, 123 performances range from the operatic Macbeth, sexually charged dance in South Korea’s Oil Pressure Vibrator or Belgium’s Sweat Baby Sweat, the dramatic Arts Club Theatre coproduction of As I Lay Dying.  It’s not just stage productions at PuSh Festival either, take in the film series, learn with Industry talks and networking sessions, there’s plenty of talkback sessions and lecture. The caravan showcase is a collaboration with England’s Caravan Festival, bringing the best of British to PuSh.  There’s plenty of free sessions as well from all aspects of the festival too.

Single tickets are available now or to fully experience PuSh Festival get a four-show or six-show PuSh Pass

Check out pushfestival.ca now to find out more about the amazing shows coming to Vancouver soon.

Food Talks Vol 12 – April 27

Food TalksSpring is here and with the coming growing season it’s time for a new season of Food Talks.

Food Talks Volume 12 hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak, is coming up next week, bringing a new cycle of great speakers to discuss their food based businesses and relation to the local food chain.

This edition of Food Talks welcomes;

Peter Van Stolk, CEO – SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), online grocery store. 

Dominique and Cindy Duby – Chefs and Co-Owners Wild Sweets, Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker

Takayuki Omi – Chef at The Raw Bar, sushi restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Barbara-jo McIntosh – Author and Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks located in Vancouver’s Armoury District

Loren Taves – Owner, Taves Family Farms and Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford based artisan vegetable growers and Apple Cidery 

Join other foodies and friends at Momento Coffee House, 577 Great Northern Way, on April 27, 2015 and listen to the distinguished panel discuss Perfectionism in our Food CommunityFood Talks Volume 12 begins at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling over light refreshments before the speaker’s talks at 7:15 followed by a Q&A session.  Tickets are on sale for $20 online now at Eventbrite

Food Talks Vol. 11 – September 16

Food TalksVancouver Foodster’s Food Talks season 3 kicks off September 16th with Food Talks Vol. 11 at Lost & Found Cafe.

Like past seasons, expect an evening of socializing with like-minded foodies while learning about the food industry.  Food Talks Vol. 11 focuses on the theme, “Innovation in our Food Industry”.

The night’s speakers will be:

Ken Beattie, Beer Educator at Eureka Beer Guide
Steven Hodge, Pastry Chef and Owner of Temper Pastry
Rosie Priest, Kombucha Purveyor at O5 Tea
Lauren Elbe, Founder of Nuez Milk
Yashar Nijati, Founder of Yummus Organics

The speakers will discuss the points; innovating when they started their business, how they achieved their goals and if failing is a concern to being innovative.

Food Talks Vol. 11 takes place September 16, 2014 at 6:30pm at Lost & Found Cafe, 33 West Hastings Street.

$15 Early Bird Ticket Sales end tonight, $25 Tickets after, on Eventbrite

Food Talks : Volume 9

Food TalksLet’s talk about Food baby!  Food Talks Volume 9 is coming up on September 24th. Gather with your fellow foodies and come together to mix and mingle at Lost + Found Cafe before hearing from another group of inspired individuals discuss their roles in the local food and sustainability movement.  As always there will be great conversation, education, food and prizes as well as an opportunity to ask the panel questions after their talks.

The panel for Food Talks: Vol 9 is:

Chef Andrea Carlson:  Chef and Owner Burdock & Co Restaurant and Harvest Community Foods.

Felix Schellenberg: Owner of Chilcotin Harvest and Pasture to Plate

Peter Ladner: Former City Councillor, Author of The Urban Food Revolution

Jenice Yu: Owner of Fresh Ideas Start Here Market Ltd. [F.I.S.H. Market]

Susan Davidson: Glorious Organics Co-op

There’s still time to get discount advance tickets (on Eventbrite), just $15/person before September 21 (regular price $21/person after September 21)

Tickets includes Food Talks, appetizers and desserts by Lost + Found Cafe. Beverages are available for a fee.

As usual a donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs,  the Food Talks designated charity, a local organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.