SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art, and design. Founded in 2009, we publish contemporary and emerging artists AND WRITERS with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views.
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.
“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.’”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Vancouver Story Slam (VSS) took the stage at East Van’s Wise Hall on Wednesday, April 25th as part of Verses Festival of Words. This year marked the 8th annual festival for Verses, who stakes claim to Canada’s largest alternative literary festival. The program which ran from April 19-29 offered a range of events, like poetry readings, story slams, workshops, and live music mingled with literature.
“Welcome to the witching hour,” said Verses festival director Jillian Christmas on Tuesday, April 24th. Gathered in the dark room of The Wise Hall, tea-lights twinkling, and moon phase flags strung along a table at the front, it certainly felt like we had all gathered for some witchy rituals. The sun blazed outside, the air was warm, but we were hidden away from the outside world, ready to breathe words of passion, and evoke the mystic.