SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art, and design. Founded in 2009, we publish the best of contemporary and emerging artists with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views, exceptional design, and film photography.
Canadian design wiz and newly minted documentary filmmaker Greg Durrell talks inspiration and process. “Instead of going to film school, making this documentary was my film school,” Greg says, laughing as he adds,” the whole thing was really fucking hard. Making a documentary feels like you’re aimlessly wandering through the dark.” Bet it's worth it, though. We can't wait to check out Design Canada and learn more about home-spun design history!
The search for an entirely unique theatrical experience is a worthy one, and we just may have found it in Ronnie Burkett's The Daisy Theatre, marionette masterpiece and musical delight. “The true value of any performance comes after the audience has been convinced to buy a ticket and show up; it’s how they feel in the moments after the lights fill the stage. I know instantly that I’m in good hands—literally—with Burkett.”
Twitter, Facebook and Grindr conspire to build and break relationships in this collection. The hand of technology is ever-present, mirroring the ghostly specters of relationship baggage and dead loved ones, but Zomparelli’s take on modern love is far from cheesy.
Writers Layla Mrozowski and Brendan Yandt go to a video art exhibition while tripping out on 2C-B. Yeah, that's right. We're not going to explain any further, you'll just have to read about it yourselves—it's that good.
Canadian-made short film Counter Act would have screened at the Rendez-Vous Festival earlier last month, had it not been for some last minute festival rescheduling. No matter, writer Sagal Kahin got her hands on a screening copy and reviewed it anyway! She takes a hard look at bias, representation, and the white saviour complex. Not all reviews can be shining.
If you've ever been to Vancouver's iconic Elbow Room Café, you're already familiar with Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky's Elbow Room Café: The Musical. Vivacious and engaging in its presence on stage, Elbow Room tells the story of one of this city's most recognizable fixtures, and speaks to the contemporary issues surrounding it with a clear voice.
“Moonlodge can bring both tears of sadness and tears of laughter. It boldly shows, as Margo Kane desired, the resilience, strength and humour shown by indigenous communities in the face of numerous challenges.” Writer Emma Phillips reviews.
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The successful candidate will be able to find diverse and talented emerging artists, prioritizing work by underrepresented groups including POC, First Nations, and LGBTQ*, to feature on sadmag.ca. Priority should be given to artists from Greater Vancouver, though we also occasionally feature artists from elsewhere in Canada.
Writer Paloma Pacheco speaks with the inimitable Barbara Chirinos, programmer of the Black History Month film series at Vancity Theatre, and touches on the vitality of film as story-telling medium and the importance of diverse experience in art. “What I try to do with all Black History events is to promote them in the broader community. It is very important for the black community to show up because we need to be reminded of what we’ve accomplished, to recognize all of the people that have made contributions, to see people who look like us and to be reminded: We are worthy, we are fantastic, and we contribute to society.”
The final demonstration was a gleeful and downright genius romp through flour. Clad in black, several of the female contortionists danced and leapt through clouds of flour: every child’s dream. Cuisine & Confessions was an exquisite performance that called the audience to listen to their stomachs and in turn, connect with themselves and the people around them.
I was not prepared for the intuitive, almost instinctual wash of familiarity as I watched Mouthpiece. Admittedly, I'm sometimes intimidated by contemporary theatre because I'm afraid I won't “get it”, but this show was so profoundly relatable because of it's unique use of sound, physicality, and artful allusions to overwhelmingly intricate themes. Never before have I wanted to stand up from my seat and yell, “Yes! That's exactly it! The feeling of being hot and itchy and hate-filled because you feel wrong in everything you're wearing - that's what it looks like!”
"He didn’t even expect the boy to make it as far as he did, the thing was pretty damn heavy after all, but the boy plucked it off of the floor without even a grimace, like he had actually been inspired by the little speech-thing he’d been given and was now imbued with some sort of power."
The poem beginning “the hardest part is knowing,” reveals the shame of all educated feminists who remain victims of themselves: that struggle between the intellect knowing better and the body self-destructing at the hands of learned behaviors. She writes “at the end of the day / ––theory fails / to account for disjunction / between bodily urges and / rational thought.”
If you attended our Secrets launch you may have indulged our call for confessions and left a secret or two behind for us to peruse. Some secrets appeared on our Instagram before we passed them on to Curtis AuCoin, who turned them into a poem. Here's the result, accompanied by images from AuCoin's series "What's Personal, What's Secret."