Archive | April, 2015

The Cultch – Call To Artists For 2015/2016 Season

17 Apr


The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, has put out a call to visual artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2015/2016 gallery season. Each exhibition will run for 4 to 5 weeks between August 2015 and July 2016. Submissions can be single or multiple artists’ proposals.

The Cultch has built a reputation over the past 40 years as one of Western Canada’s most innovative and exciting presenting venues. The mandate of The Cultch is to contribute to the enrichment of the city and community’s social and cultural life through the presentation of innovative programs of contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual arts by established and emerging artists.

The Cultch Gallery is a multi-use space and not a traditional art gallery as it also serves as the lobby for performances and is occasionally used for meetings and other small events. Due to the diverse nature of this space, submissions that include sculptures or free standing art will not be accepted.

Submission Criteria for Artists:

  1. An artist statement
  2. Artist bio(s)
  3. Resume/CV
  4. A complete list of images you are submitting, which should include title, size, medium. These images do not have to be the work you will be showing. They want to get a good overview of your work.
  5. You can submit up to 10 images. Image files should be in .jpeg format. File names must include the artist name, title of artwork and size of the work when framed: (example: Yuri Arajs – Sunny Day -18 in x 30 in. jpg)

Deadline for applications is Monday, May 15, 2015. It is preferred that you email your submissions to, but you can also mail a CD with your application to:

Attention: Yuri Arajs / Gallery Coordinator
c/o The Cultch 1895 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

20th Annual Stone Soup Festival At Britannia Community Centre May 9

16 Apr

StoneSoupFestivalBritannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, is hosting the 20th Anniversary of the Stone Soup Festival on Saturday, May 9th. This annual event is a celebration of food, art, environment and community. You can expect to find a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and much more. The Stone Soup Festival aims to bring awareness to the issues of food security, the benefits of sharing resources and eating ‘local’ and celebrating the diversity of food in our neighbourhood, the environment and its importance to the culture of our community.

Some of the highlights from this year’s festival include:

The Food Connection: Spice Blending Demonstration/Workshop
12:00 pm
Family Activity Room

Hives For Humanity: A Bee Behavior Workshop
2:00 pm
Family Activity Room

Re-indigenizing The Land & Food System: Talk by Dawn Morrison, Secwepemc First Nation
3:30 pm
Britannia Library

There will be live music on the Commercial Drive Stage starting at Noon with the Carnival Band kicking things off, then at 1:00 pm Backspin takes the stage followed by the Tim Sars Duo at 2:00 pm. After that Russell Shumsky and Bud Kurz keep things moving about 3:00 pm and they are followed by Rio Samaya at 4:00 p.m. The Stone Soup Festival kicks off at Noon and runs till 5:00 pm. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids including face painting, storytelling and a kids activity area.  For more information, contact the Britannia Community Centre at T: 604.718.5800.

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical At The Cultch April 21 – May 2

14 Apr

StationaryTheCultchThe Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, invites you to see Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical which begins on April 21st.  This is an indie-rock musical created by Delinquent Theatre about six young employees of a floundering advertising agency.   Under the fluorescent lights of real life, where obligations loom and social niceties loom large, they learn quickly where big dreams meet reality.  You can expect to be entertained with some rap, authentic indie rock and the cast will tackle post-recession existence with ukulele in hand.  Playwright, actor and Artistic Producer, Christine Quintana says “Stationary isn’t just a think-piece about hopeless millennials, it asks the question – what happens now?”  Very good question, we are looking forward to seeing the answer.  Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical previews on April 21st with opening night on April 22nd. The show continues its run until May 2nd.  Tickets are available online at The Cultch or by telephone 604.251.1363 starting from $19.

Rescue Me: Toby and Zoe Looking For Their Forever Home

13 Apr

SPCAToby&ZoeWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a lovely bonded pair of dogs, Toby and Zoe.  This sweet pair are 9 (Toby) and 8 (Zoe) years of age and each are a Chihuahua cross. As it is harder to place two dogs together, these too have been in foster care for some time and would REALLY like a forever home to call their own.  Toby is a friendly, social guy. His foster family says that he may show a bit of fear in new situations, but it doesn’t take him long to warm up and become your new best friend. Zoe on the other hand is a quiet girl. She is a bit shy at first, but her foster family says once she knows you, your lap will be her favourite place.   Toby and Zoe are currently living with other cats and dogs and are happy in that environment. They are both accustomed to having people around the most of the time. Thus, an adult-only home with people who are retired or people that work from home would be best for this pair. If you are interested in meeting Toby and Zoe, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you.  The staff is more than happy to make the arrangements. You can reach them by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at As always, we thank you in advance for sharing this information to help Toby and Zoe find their forever home.

UPDATED June 8, 2015 – We are pleased to report Zoe & Toby have found their forever home.

Creating Curiosity – Curiosity Collider Event at Café Deux Soleils April 15

10 Apr

Creating-Curiosity-Event-TitleYou are invited to Creating Curiosity hosted by Curiosity Collider on Wednesday, April 15th.  What is Curiosity Collider? It is a grassroots organization that is an inclusive community hub for curious innovators from any discipline. Their aim is to foster participatory partnerships between science and technology, art and culture, business communities and educational foundations to inspire new ways to experience science.  Their intention is to be a catalyst for collaborations that seed and grow engaging science communication projects. This coming Wednesday, they are hosting their first event which will include speakers doing a Pecha Kucha-esque show and tell says co-founder, Theresa Liao. Each speaker will provide a show and tell for approximately 7 minutes. The speakers they have lined up for next week’s event include:

Dominique & Cindy Duby who create award-winning chocolate masterpieces using food science + food architecture at their cutting edge atelier, Wild Sweets®.

Chris Waltham who merges experimental lutherie (crafting string instruments) with the physics of acoustics.

Erik Zepka examines the space between art and science: What can they learn from each other?

Adam Barlev from Vancouver’s Symmetry Group explores dodecahedral space as both art and science.

Joy Kirkby will speak on alien ecosystems and how they inspired her to encourage youths to take an artistic view of science.

Char Hoyt will share how a curiosity for understanding the shape of the universe took her oil painting into several new dimensions.

“Creating Curiosity – come meet curious people, and explore new ways to experience science together.”

You are invited to come out and learn how curiosity can lead to creativity and innovation. Collide with and meet other curious people so you can explore new ways to experience science together.  The event takes place at Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, on Wednesday, April 15th and gets under way at 8:00 pm doors open at 7:30 pm. Cost is $5.00 at the door.  For more information, you can email Curiosity Collider directly at  You can also follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @ccollider.  What makes you curious?

Vaisakhi Parade Saturday April 11th SE Vancouver

9 Apr

Vaisakhi2015Vaisakhi is a festival celebrated every April by millions of Sikhs around the world. It is a day that marks the New Year and is also the anniversary of one of the most important events in Sikhisim, that being Khalsa. It also marks the beginning of the Harvest Season. This Saturday, April 11th, come celebrate Vaisakhi. A parade will start its procession at 11:00 am from the Ross Street Temple, 8000 Ross Street (at 64th Avenue) in SE Vancouver and will travel south on Ross Street to SE Marine Drive, then west on Main Street, North to 49th Avenue and east to Fraser Street, south to 57th Avenue, east to Ross Street before returning to the Ross Street Temple. In addition to the parade, there will be Nagar Kirtan hymns, floats, live music, rides and free food prepared by local residents and businesses. The event runs until 4:00 pm.

Coming Soon … An EastVan Community Kitchen Space – The Uncommissary

8 Apr

TheUncomissaryLogoComing soon an East Van community kitchen space at 477 Powell Street The Uncommissary.  From what we are hearing this will be an amazing creative space.  Organizers of this space, Luc and Lisa Leimanis, are on the hunt for local food companies wanting to join a community kitchen that provides some of the usual items including stoves, ovens, prep tables, walk-in coolers and freezers, storage, dishwasher and parking. That call went out and the response was swift being there is a lack of community kitchen space in Vancouver.  Their plan is to have three stations within the community kitchen that is well stocked for foodie professionals to make their wares. They will also have space for two food carts and other food production companies. Also on the drawing board is a store and café called The Uncommon which will be open Monday to Friday. The store will sell the products that are made in house and where possible they will work those products into the menu in the café.  The aim is to be open some Saturdays for community BBQs.  The Uncommon will also be available for rent in the evenings for pop-up events as well as some in store events that they plan to host.  At present, they are working through the regulatory process and renovations, but plan to be up and running (provided all goes smoothly) in June. We look forward to welcoming this new venture to East Vancouver.  Watch this space for updates.TheUnCommonSpices

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