Blood on the Dance Floor unapologetically shares an emotionally honest story of gay, Blak, and poz identities; and explores the struggle, heartache, and enduring spirit of someone living at the intersection of Aboriginal, queer, and HIV-positive communities.
SAD COMEDY is back for Vol. 7! Join us for independent publishing’s hottest comedy night with a nerd chic line-up of some of Vancouver’s funniest folks. Featuring:
Sean Yap Sei-Been Devlin
& more to come!
Hosted by Jackie Hoffart!
The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) proudly announces its sweeping 2019 festival season: a diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists and local favourites, presenting three weeks of endlessly enriching performances, workshops, and a host of dance activities at various venues throughout Vancouver.
In Index, Avenue, Skylight, Nicolas Sassoon evokes the culture and communities surrounding these spaces using idiomatic visual elements from his practice: pixelated patterns, digital moirés and isometric perspective. Stemming from his accounts of operating within these venues, Sassoon recalls his memories — the infrastructure, the objects, the events and the energies that unfolded over a period of time.
It’s time to introduce the newest issue of SAD! This one is dedicated to all things GREEN and we are celebrating with a viridescent evening of drinks, drag, music, and magazines. The launch will double as an art show featuring the work of SAD artists featured in the issue. We will be screen printing live and in person, so BYO tote bags to freshen up those SAD sacks. Expect house plants, green Jell-O shooters, a mystery photo booth, and mini gherkins.
Experience a passionate evening of red-hot performances celebrating the profound impact Brazilian music has on the international music scene.
Inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival Launches November 8-10 Featuring National and International Shows
The Vancouver Podcast Festival is dedicated to highlighting the power and potential of podcasts, and bringing together local podcast creators with national and international series. Presented by DOXA, the festival aims to foster new podcast creation in British Columbia and Canada, bring new audiences to podcasting, and deepen the discussion around audio documentary and its potential for education and community building.
The festival of zine culture and independent arts!
Join fellow zinesters, artists, and supporters at the first stop of Canada's biggest zine festival! We've got tons of cool events planned, and lots of overall fun!
To learn more about the event, how to promote, volunteer, or table, then visit www.canzine.ca
Registration opens at 7am PST on August 15th at Canzine.ca
An evening curated by Hanna Sefidpour.
Run by No Fun Radio, this event is focused on showcasing a selection of Vancouver’s talented artists. This is a one night pop-up shop that will take place amongst the shelves of Massy Books and feature music from GLOOM and tattoos by Nina Chebt and Maxwell Babiuk alongside a gallery exhibition by Lydia Kwa.
Doors open from 8pm - 11pm
Sliding cover of $5 - $10
A portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Urban Native Youth Association whose mission is to support Indigenous Youth, so they may embrace life with confidence, leadership skills, and a spirit of independence, as active participants in their community.
This event will take place in Vancouver on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Artists Elisa Ferrari and Casey Wei present the mixtape and publication resulting from the excavation of the audio cassette collection of artist and activist Lenore Herb.
Former escort and subject of Canadian Documentary Sugar Sisters, Andrea Werhun launches Sex-Art book on her experiences. Co-created/illustrated by photographer Nicole Bazuin, Modern Whore offering tid-bits of satirical humour while providing poignant insight into a woman’s complex journey with sexuality, empowerment, freedom and whoredom
The 2018 Festival is set to highlight darkly creative work from storytellers all over the world. Fresh as a Daisy Films, formed in 2016 by Lloyd Darling and Connor J. Campbell, is a Vancouver-based production company specializing in short films that explore the fragility of the human condition, and the consequences of neglecting the things we require to truly be alive. The company has an interest in dark drama, thrillers and horror.
We aim to produce a cultural event for the city of Vancouver, specifically for those who share our love of the macabre and are fascinated by what terrifies us as well as what unites us. Our goal is to celebrate the power of storytelling and provide a platform for emerging talent in the world of independent filmmaking.
The Festival is curated by the programming team including Director of Programming David Taylor, Artistic Director Lloyd Darling; VP of Shorts Connor J. Campbell, Executive Producers Jon McIntyre, Majd Qutob and Meghan Hemingway.
SAD Mag presents a host of talented souls sharing haunting stories at the Vancouver Art Book Fair*
Join us for readings by some of Vancouver’s most notable emerging writers in an exploration of the things that haunt us, the ghosts of our ancestors, and the creeping feelings we can’t seem to shake.
Free and open to the public, VABF is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada. In 2018 the event is anticipated to attract over 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.
Visit VANCOUVERARTBOOKFAIR.COM for full exhibitors list, programming and other information.
VABF is a multi-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations. Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.
Join us on October 18th at the Vancouver Playhouse for a night of ideas, images and sounds from creatives across the film industry.
PechaKucha Vancouver and Vancouver International Film Festivalhave teamed up this year to celebrate inspiration, particularly the sort that comes from live events with a shared audience. We have many exciting events planned for you. Here are a few key announcements, more details to come next week.
Kealoha, an Indigenous spoken word artist and Hawaii’s first official poet laureate, will kick off this season’s Beyond Words series at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 3. Headlining an evening of slam poetry, Kealoha will explore themes of social consciousness and unity, all while drawing from his scientific background as an MIT graduate.
Grammy Award-winning folk trio I'm With Her kicks off the Canadian leg of their international tour at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7pm.
Celebrating the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album, See You Around, the acoustic trio have earned accolades as collaborators as well as individual musicians in the folk and progressive bluegrass genres. Sara Watkins (fiddle) was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz (mandolin) recently won Best Folk Album at the 2016 Grammys, and Aoife O'Donovan (guitar) was the lead singer of the Boston-based bluegrass band Crooked Still.
Vancouver's well-known architect and writer Tony Robins, recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome and Western Living's "Architect of the Year," has gained international recognition for his creative ventures. Tony's body of art can be viewed as an extension not only of his architecture, but also his passion towards investigation in screenwriting, fiction and art. His works, often minimalist, portray poignant psychological and historical juncture, paralleled with monumental contextual significance.
Tony's exhibition Transmediation, opens at Elan Fine Art on September 29th. Transmediation is the process of translating a work into a different medium, revealing new significance, reception, and meaning brought to light by this unexpected narrative process.
Inspired by his experience with Ad Reinhardt's black paintings, Tony explores the purity and captivating nature of black, taking advantage of the void and stillness to create many of his works that examine the duality of stasis and motion, desolation and saturation, artificial and natural. In other works, Tony's investigation often delves into historical writings, his narrative approach revealing the delicate essence of the ethereal and constant, of camouflage, and the formation and deformation of integrity in a materialistic, psychological, and sociohistorical context. Tony's works are innovative yet familiar, and place him alongside a number of important contemporary artists for his bold referential approach to everything from art history, literature, and cinema, to psychoanalysis.
Exhibition continues through Saturday, November 3rd.
Elan Fine Art
258 East 1st Ave, Unit 4 (Second Floor), Vancouver
Exhibition from Saturday, September 29th - Saturday, November 3rd
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday Noon - 5 pm
Be witness to a new theatrical matriarchal-ceremony, from Kim Senklip Harvey, that begs the question—how do you discover yourself when Columbus already did that?!
(Vancouver, BC) – The Cultch is thrilled to open its 2018/19 Season with Kamloopa, a high-energy Indigenous matriarchal play by Kim Senklip Harvey. Following its world premiere at Kamloop’s Western Canada Theatre, Kamloopa will make its Vancouver debut on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre, Sept 25 – Oct 6, 2018. The ceremony will begin on Sept 26,2018 with the unveiling of an art show, featuring the work of Indigenous women, in The Cultch’s Gallery, and a traditional welcome from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) host nation representative, Quelemia Sparrow.
A Vancouver art market featuring some of the best contemporary illustrators, comic, and concept artists in North America.
Many of the attending artists will be debuting and selling original prints, books, shirts, bags and enamel pins.
To see our lineup, please visit http://artbreakers.ca
The event is open to the public and admission is free for all ages.
The Disposable Camera Project is back! We gave disposable cameras to some of our favourite creatives in the city, and we’ll be sharing the best photos along with beers and tunes at the Remington Gallery August 24th, join us.
This event is FREE!
What do trash and disposable cameras have in common? They are objects of a single use—designed to be discardable and easily forgotten. In this year’s Disposable Camera Project, Vancouver artists engage both the multifaceted concept of trash and the equally trashy medium of the disposable camera. Re-thinking modes of perception and value, each artist has played with form and content to capture a thing of beauty through and with a garbage lens.
35mm photographs by Ho Tam, Reema Ismail , Dylan Maranda , Katie Stewart , and Joon Lee and Jin Yoon .
All print sale proceeds go straight to the artists!
Co-curated by Helen Wong and Megan Jenkins.
With special thanks to the Remington, the Lab, East Van Graphics, Okanagan Spring and Pabst Canada!
Presented in partnership with Vancouver’s first comedy and zine fest: Unibrow Arts Festival. Make this an evening by also checking out The HERO SHOW with Brain Gravy, a VABF Zine Zone, Moniker Press Open Studio and a Dance Party with music by Devours at China Cloud Gallery and All You Can Eat Laundry with Maddy Kelly + guests at Little Mountain Gallery!
Darkwave experimental artist Ora Cogan has returned home to the West Coast from Montreal! This Saturday, August 18th, she will be bringing her band to the new Red Gate to play some new works and songs from her recent release, Crickets. Tickets are $10 at the door, show at 8pm!
Photo by Kristina Pedersen c/o Ora Cogan
As of today, 75 killer whales remain the Pacific Ocean. Would you consider joining me in writing 75 letters, folded in the shape of an orca, so that we may send it to the new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard? Don't worry, we'll provide the paper, writing prompts, and the volunteers to help you fold your orca. Your message can be short, long, and can reference recent news and other articles. Come to the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia St) Alice McKay Room on Saturday, August 11, anytime from 2 - 4 PM.
During this time, we'll also have live music, poetry, storytelling by Pauline Le Bel, singer and author of "Whale in the Door" and Squamish Nation storyteller Rebecca Campbell Duncan/Tsitsayxemaat perform, and contributors to the poetry collection "Refugium", among other fine performances.
The Facebook event can be found here!
Looking to refine your skills as a live performer, clown, or human being? In the Clown Psyche Workshop we will combine I Am One Who presence work with Clowning and witness the playfulness of how these worlds (e)merge. We will dive into the exploration of one's impulses (both physical and mental) and work with them as assistants to guiding the flow of our awareness. We will focus on being present while presenting the presence of these multifaceted sides of our psyche. This Clown Psyche Workshop will offer tools for strengthening an experience, thought or character as "one that can be played with", for ourselves and for others.
Avyen von Waldenburg is inspired by the technical tools that enable a playful extension or exaggeration of personas. Through Play and exploration, these personas can become gateways of connection, rather than an inhibition of perceived judges.
We will be accompanied by two highly valuable and profound teachers; Zuma Puma and Raina von Waldenburg.
What is Rent Cheque?! It's an amateur $trip night @ the A$toria
Rent Cheque is turning 5 years old! For our birthday party we're starting the party super early (doors at 8:30!) and have a couple special guests before the competition starts.
First up around 9:30pm we'll have Baloney Sandwich playing all of Dookie.
After a sweet little intermission we will be blessed around 10:30 with the stage presences of Tommi Horror! and Cinnamon Winters.
Competition to start somewhere around 11pm
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.
Bring a friend, bring your skateboard, bring your love for local art, artists, and writers.
KIM GRAY is Trevor Kim Gray, Joon Baek, Thomas Schmidt, and Geoff Thompson
GARBAGE DREAMS is Jay Arner, Jessica Delisle, Adrienne Labelle, and Kuba Wiatrak
STICK N POKES by ALEX JOUKOV
SBC is located at the former Smiling Buddha Cabaret complete with a sweet-ass skate ramp. The Smilin Buddha Cabaret has hosted many greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, DOA, Art Bergman and the young Canadians. SBC is equipped with an accessible washroom and ramps.
$15 at the door or $12 in advance