SAD Mag is looking for pitches and submissions (from 400 to 1,000 words) for our next issue. This time, the theme is GREEN, and we are asking for writing (poetry and prose) that engages with this theme in an unexpected way.Read More
Helen Wong speaks with textile artist Julia Mior about how she came to rug-making, as well as her work's influences and intentions. We love her work, and it's a treat to get a peek behind the curtain! Enjoy!Read More
As June comes to a close, we’d like to welcome you into the mystery and comedy of artist Holly Pilot’s extraordinary work via our latest Featured Artist mix. Don’t shy away from the weirdness!Read More
There were desks and desks for me
to put the crowbar through, just so no one
else could possibly have a use for them.
Beside the green garbage bin in the loading bay
of the business supplies department store, I destroyed
the smooth surfaces that mocked maple
and mahogany, oak and pine, until they
showed themselves for who they really were,
wood chips and sawdust pressed into
the semblance of a solid sheet, the real thing.
I was a quiet kind of afraid, paid to break
apart the useless shit that surrounded me.
I tapped my wisdom teeth together, still seething
just below my gums, along to the beat
of an imaginary drum like I was watching
my favourite band play live for the first time
in the basement of a church or the backroom
of a place I was still too young to be in.
I killed time with kids who dumpster dived
at the bankrupt Burger King across the street,
crawled through the colourful plastic tubes
of the dismantled playroom. We bought
fluorescent light bulbs just to smash them
on each other’s backs. White powdered ghosts
haunted our black cotton crew neck sweaters.
And all I ever really wanted was to feel
at peace in the company of others.
Had you told me it could be years, that for some
that calm may never come, I might have never left
the loading bay, satisfied to destroy
the write-offs that my weekend supervisor
placed, like a gift, in front of me.
The new kids at SAD Mag are stoked to present their trashiest issue yet at WASTELAND! Join us for bands, beers, stick n pokes, and the unveiling of the TRASH issue. Featuring the musical genius of Kim Gray and Garbage Dreams, local Vancouver bands that will make you want to crush a PBR on your forehead.Read More
“The importance of providing a dedicated space for queer art is manifold and has always been the centre of the [Queer Arts Festival] vision. As [QAF Artistic Director SD] Holman shares, ‘We believe that art changes people and people change the world. Art is really the first step to revolution.’”Read More
The 2018 Capture Photography Festival ran from April 3 to 30, and featured an outstanding mix of both local and international artists in varying photographic disciplines. We're sad it's over, but we're also glad to have this delightful re-cap! If you didn't manage to make it to these four exhibitions, at least you can now read all about them and their innovation—and watch out for future work from these artists.Read More
Web Editor Sarah Thompson chatted with multi-faceted artist, Celeste Snowber, about her upcoming collaborative show Perfect Imperfections. Celeste joined forces with JUNO nominated bassist Jodi Proznick and harpist Alexa Reimer to create a show about embracing messiness. Perfect Imperfections will run from June 14th to 16th at the Cultch.Read More
SAD Contributor Katherine Chan writes about Vancouver dance company MascallDance's upcoming production OW, running July 4th - 14th, including an exploration of both the choreography and the choreographer, Jennifer Mascall herself.Read More
Voilà our interview with Shawn Hunt, our Featured Artist for May! You may have seen our short-and-sweet post about Shawn last week, but here you'll find a fuller discussion of Shawn's day-to-day, his family of artists, and the nexus of his cultural identities. Check it out!Read More
Here's a sneak peek at our May Featured Artist, Shawn Hunt! Shawn is a Vancouver-born artist of Heiltsuk, French, and Scottish ancestry. Over the course of May we'll see more of Shawn's work—in the meantime, enjoy this icebreaker interview!Read More
Our last two DOXA previews are here, just in time! But the Virtually Absurd shorts program and Those Who Come, Will Hear don’t have to be the final titles added to your list; there are so many more excellent film experiences waiting to be had! We hope you’ve enjoyed these early-bird festival reviews, and can now enter DOXA’s viewing ranks with confidence and expertise.Read More
Becki Chan is a Vancouver-based spatial and jewelry designer with a background in sculpture and architecture. She also happens to be the producer of the Vancouver PechaKucha Night on May 8th, part of Vancouver Design Week! We chatted with Becki about the event, about her relationship to her creative practices, and the necessity of grid paper.Read More