20 Nov 2016

Nutcrackers Aplenty

Two hours of walking, not a minute less. Every day – rain, shine or snow – Russian composer Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky would walk outside for at least two hours. As his brother Modest explained: ‘Somewhere at sometime he had discovered that a man needs a two-hour walk for his health, and his

18 Nov 2016

Holiday Artist Weekend

You will need a good breakfast. The holiday season is here and, if you’re feeling ambitious, you could spend a full day or two, driving around the city and checking out the work of local artists. The Eastside Culture Crawl 1000 Parker Street houses 110 studios and more than 220 artists.

11 Nov 2016

Back To The Seventies

The good ol’ days were not that good. Not so glittery good for the good ol’ gang. Nothing like good for those being denied their dignity and pushed to the edges. It is tempting to bathe in nostalgia and gild that which is gone. This delusion becomes dangerous when we decide that we

08 Nov 2016

VPL Movie Night

In the face of all these election fears and energizer pundits, you might be seeking some fictional relief. Amidst a growing list of recent innovations – free recording studios, music instrument lending program – the Vancouver Public Library offers free access to nearly 300 ‘groundbreaking and influential films going back to the earliest days of cinema and

06 Nov 2016

Murakami’s Picks

We are just back from an exciting show at the Vancouver Art Gallery: Juxtapoz x Superflat. Celebrated Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, dreamed up this show that aims to burn the barriers between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art. Murakami co-curated Juxtapoz x Superflat with Evan Pricco, Editor in Chief of the influential San Francisco magazine

23 Oct 2016

Halloween Horror

‘Take my hand and come with me, You’ll see things you can’t unsee. Screaming crying you will be, when these dolls say play with me’ If you suffer from pediophobia, you will want to avoid Keepers Doll Factory at Fright Nights. If you do like a good doll scare, then

14 Oct 2016

Magic Flute Flamenco

It was Mozart’s last opera. Die Zauberflöte premiered on September 30, 1791, just three months before Mozart died. At that first performance, the brilliant composer mustered the strength to conduct. His librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder, took on the role of Papageno. Wouldn’t Wolfgang Amadeus be surprised if he dropped into the Vancouver Playhouse this weekend. There, he

02 Oct 2016

Psycho

When an expert panel at The Guardian rated the Top Film Soundtracks of all time, Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho came in at number two. 1. The Wizard of Oz Composer: Herbert Stothart. Songs by Harold Arlen / EY Harburg (1939) 2. Psycho Bernard Herrmann (1959) 3. Star Wars John Williams (1977)

23 Sep 2016

Made in Canada 2016

Can you guess which company this is?   The company is Etsy – the ‘marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods’ – and they are holding their Made in Canada markets this weekend. Locally, the Etsy Market has expanded

20 Sep 2016

Splash Pendulum

Arts Umbrella has always been a vibrant meeting place for talented BC artists. When artist Carol Henriquez and dancer Gloria Schwartz opened this not-for-profit arts education centre in 1979, they were determined to engage its young students in high quality arts classes. “No macaroni, no string,” said Henriquez. Sure enough, many of the