Review: The Daisy Theatre

Review: The Daisy Theatre

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.”

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Job Posting: Digital Art Curator

Job Posting: Digital Art Curator

We are looking for an art curator to help elevate the quality of artwork and photography we use online to accompany posts on sadmag.ca.

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.

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In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

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.”

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Review: Cuisine & Confessions

Review: Cuisine & Confessions

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.

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Review: Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken’s Mouthpiece

Review: Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken’s Mouthpiece

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!”

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Eating Matters by Kara-lee MacDonald

Eating Matters by Kara-lee MacDonald

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.”

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Poem: First Time Right After

Poem: First Time Right After

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."

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In Conversation with Patrick Stark

In Conversation with Patrick Stark

“I learned that I have no control over what other people think.” Patrick shares of his takeaway. “What am I afraid of? What people will say about me or not like me, but is that any of my business?”

Patrick asks me if I’ve ever watched a variety show where contestants are put in booths full of bills of money flying around. I have. 

“That’s what my life feels like right now. I love jumping out of bed in the morning because I’m excited to work on so many things. My career is not work—it’s my art, and that’s one and the same.”

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In Conversation with Melanie Murray

In Conversation with Melanie Murray

"So began my search for Jean Armour. Over the next couple of years I read many biographies about Burns as well as his extensive collections of letters, poems, and songs, trying to piece together a picture of Jean from the fragments written about her. She emerged as a footnote in the life of the poet, a blurry image that wouldn’t come into focus, a stereotype of the devoted, long-suffering wife."

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