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Firehall Arts Centre Presents Music In The Courtyard

19 Jul

The Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre present the 2021 Music in the Courtyard series from Friday, July 30th to Sunday, September 5th. The performances for the second edition of this series will take place outdoors in the courtyard at The Firehall Arts Centre at 280 East Cordova Street. The shows will mainly take place Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets range from $20 to $40. It is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance as tickets are expected to go quickly. The line up of talent is all over the map. You can expect to hear solo, duo and group performances. The sounds range from a string quartet to rock & roll to artists you might expect to find at the Vancouver Folk Festival to soulful blues.  We invite you to check out the full rundown of talent and grab your tickets by visiting the Firehall Arts Centre.

Note: Each performance will be limited to 50 patrons. Patrons will be required to wear masks in public areas within the building, but may remove their masks once seated in the outdoor courtyard area.

The Smoke Show Comes To Havana Theatre July 27 – August 7 (SOLD OUT)

15 Jul

The Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive will play host to a jaw dropping dance cabaret July 27 – August 7. Under the direction of creator and choreographer, Jen Oleksiuk, you can expect an evening of splendid awkwardness, joyous sexuality and wild seduction. The Smoke Show combines enticement and humour in the form of an interactive dance cabaret inspired by modern and classic genres. You can expect to see influences from Motown, fosse, jazz, rock and burlesque. We are hearing this cabaret is one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets. To purchase your ticket, visit Showpass.com. Note, this show is 18+ years of age.

Artists, Musicians & Performers Wanted For Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

3 Jul

The Still Moon Arts Society is planning the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. This is an amazing community event that celebrates the full moon, Autumnal Equinox as well as Renfrew-Collingwood’s diverse community and natural environment through interdisciplinary arts events. They are now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for their Harvest Fair and installation artists for their Streamside Lantern Installation. They are on the hunt for performers with a variety of backgrounds including visible minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers, BIPOC, and LGBTQAI2s+ folks. Diversity of artists is very important to them. Artists will be paid industry-standard rates for their work ranging from $200-$500 depending on work provided. To learn more, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society. Deadline to apply is July 18th.

Photo Credit: Still Moon Arts Society

Noche Flamenca Comes To Havana Theatre

28 Jun

If you have not experienced flamenco dance, you are truly missing out on an amazing experience. The music, the raw emotion, the dance, the storytelling, it’s like being transported to another world. If you wish to check it out, you are in luck as you don’t have to travel far. This July you can catch Noche Flamenca at Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. The show will feature the most established Flamenco artists in the city who are continuing the legacy of Vancouver’s Flamenco scene that began at the legendary Kino almost 30 years ago. You are invited to come experience the rhythm, passion and power of this Spanish music and dance tradition. There are several upcoming shows with the first one kicking things off on July 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve your table and tickets, visit Havana Theatre.

The Vancouver Mural Festival Is On The Hunt For A Director of Development

24 Jun

The Vancouver Mural Festival is a local non-profit that is dedicated to artistic development. Their mission is to create meaningful experiences that bring art and people together while also highlighting local culture. They create permanent, large scale public murals and public events. Vancouver Mural Festival is now on the hunt for a Director of Development which sounds like a pretty good gig. If you wish to learn more about the job posting, visit Jobs at Vancouver Mural Festival.

Mural by Jocelyn Wong

Pandora Park Summer Market June 30

20 Jun

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and Vines Art Festival invite you to the Pandora Park Summer Market happening Wednesday, June 30th. You can find fresh produce, local art as well as some creative workshops. The market happens in the southeast corner of Pandora Park, 2325 Franklin Street, between 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Looking For Friends: Something Like The Antiques Roadshow – June 26

19 Jun

Well if you are in need of some laughs, some good company and some new friends, check out Something Like The Antiques Roadshow on June 26th at Havana Theatre. Hosts Jake and Carson are doing their own Covid safe interactive improv show that is their take on the Antique Roadshow. They will be evaluating your items on stage so feel free to bring something fun. This is an all ages event that kicks off Friday, June 26th at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

Havana Theatre Hosts Funday In The Neighbourhood: A Night At The Museum June 17

12 Jun

It’s back baby! Live theatre that is at Havana Theatre located within Havana Vancouver, 1212 Commercial Drive. This is a great spot that features a variety of live performances including comedy, dance, drag, trivia and live podcasting. On June 17th they are officially back with an in person performance. The first performance in their line up is Fundays in the Neighbourhood: A Night at the Museum!

What is Funday in the Neighbourhood? If you ever wanted to see a show described as “Mr. Rogers after dark”? then this is the show for you. The show features local actor and comedian John Hannah who explores the ins, outs, peoples, places, vibes, moods and talents from around our neighbourhood, hint Commercial Drive. The show is co-hosted by a skeleton puppet named Slappy and musical director Julien Amar. Each performance is a little different and could feature a musical guest, a game show, epic music videos, stand up comedy, an introduction to bird watching, or even improv. Havana Theatre invites you to come on down and put a little FUN in your day. And honestly after the last year and a half, I think we could all use a little more fun. Tickets are $10 for a table for 2 and available through Showpass.

Still Moon Arts Society Looking For Youth Emerging Artists

6 Jun

The Still Moon Arts Society is looking for youth artists between the ages of 16-24 that are looking to deepen their artistic development. Still Moon Arts Society is currently recruiting for their Emerging Artist Program, SMOLT (translation Still Moon Opportunities for Luminary Development). This is a pilot project program that runs from July 12th to August 22nd for artists in Renfrew-Collingwood. The program will provide youth with mentorship, resources and studio space to create works of luminary art to showcase during the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Festival. For more information and on how to register, visit Still Moon Arts Society. Applications close at 9:00 pm on June 20th. Have questions? Contact the Moon Festival Production Manager, Madelyn Read at madelyn@stillmoonarts.ca.

Mary Fowles – East Van Portrait Photographer Draws On Documentary Storytelling

24 May

We recently had the opportunity to connect with Mary Fowles, a local photographer, who although originally from Salt Spring Island has made her home in East Van.   We recently caught sight of a deal she’s offering for her photography services. We’ll get to that shortly, but first we learnt Mary has quite a back story.  

Not only does Mary take some unique photos, she’s an award winning documentary storyteller.  When Mary graduated with her degree in journalism in 2004, she turned to documentary filmmaking and founded her own company Safran Films Inc. in 2008. The documentary that followed is called Taxi Casablanca and features the story of the first female taxi driver in Casblanca, Morocco. As an artist, her mission is, in her words, “to shed light on dark corners, lend strength to quiet voices and illuminate beauty”. 

In Mary’s view, so many stories don’t see the light of day and are over powered by conventional stories. She wanted to share those untold lesser known stories.  Although Mary is not currently making films, she continues to tell stories with her photography and she’s a little obsessed with street photography which is what drew us in. Mary has a distinct visual style and is currently offering a great deal if you are looking for a headshot portrait for your LinkedIn profile or website bio for $125. Note this offer is open only till the end of May.   If you are looking for other packages, Mary also offers branding sessions for businesses and also loves to do engagement and family shoots.  We have included a few of her photos here, but invite you to check out more of her photos at Vancouver Portrait and Style, or give her a follow on Instagram.

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