Vancouver - ARTS & CULTURE
May 30th, 2012
Sharing books with friends and family is common practice, but what about sharing them with neighbours and passers-by?
This is the concept behind Little Free Library, a project founded in Wisconsin to encourage reading as libraries were closing down. Build a little wood hut (they sell kits or give you instructions on how to make your own), place it in your front yard, and fill it with books (the huts usually fit 20.) Then, allow anyone and everyone to borrow! So far Vancouver is home to one on East 26th, but look out for more as the idea gains momentum.
And we think it might be a good idea to stick a bookmark in every book. That way, there's no excuse to return the books dog-eared. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Visit a Little Free Library at 550 East 26th Ave., Vancouver, or even better, build your own. Find instructions at www.littlefreelibrary.org.
May 23rd, 2012
Indoors or outdoors, in venues big or small, music is always best served live. Packed with artists coming soon to our pretty city, this playlist will put you in the mood to groove. –Kelsey Dundon
“When I’m with You” -- Best Coast, May 23 at Biltmore
“Minnesota, WI” -- Bon Iver, May 25 at Deer Lake Park
“Disparate Youth” – Santigold, May 26 at the Commodore
“Thank You Space Expert” – Mogwai, May 29 at the Commodore
“Main Street” – Deer Tick, May 30 at the Commodore
“Love Lost” – Temper Trap, June 19 at Malkin Bowl
“Kiara” – Bonobo (DJ set), July 26 at Fortune Sound Club
“Shake it Out” -- Florence and the Machine, July 20 at Deer Lake
“Feel Love” – Ben Harper, July 4 at PNE Amphitheatre
“Elephant Gun” – Beirut, July 28 at the Orpheum
May 16th, 2012
The subconscious is the darnedest thing. Just ask Nicolette Eus.
The Vancouver-based hynotherapist helps people overcome pesky roadblocks like golfers’ yips, fear of public speaking, writers’ block, and the like. She took this editor through a session that felt a bit like guided meditation and a bit like shavasana, the very best part of yoga class. Noticeably absent? Stage magicians and pendulums. “I’m just a co-pilot,” Eus says. “I believe we know what’s best for ourselves and when we’re really quiet the answers show up.” —Kelsey Dundon
Nicolette Eus Hypnotherapist, 604-649-5108, www.nicoletteeus.com
April 25th, 2012
A lot of us use emoticons in our communications these days, a crown, bishop, or skull is way more fun than a ☺. That’s why fashion editor Alexandra Suhner Isenberg is obsessed with CopyPasteCharacter.com: they’ve got all sorts of fun ic❄ns you can stick into your emails, although I don’t suggest sending them to your boss. Unless you are ♘☠✏☂ off!
Calgary editor Jaelyn Molyneux likes to peep into the closets of the rich and stylish and read the stories behind how they came to own such covetable items.
I don’t know if people were actually cooler back in the day or if black-and-white photos just make them look that way, but I can’t get enough of the attitude on The Impossible Cool. theimpossiblecool.
tumblr.com says lifestyle editor Kelsey Dundon. While beauty editor Anya Georgijevic chimes in agreement, "this Tumblr has Françoise Hardy rubbing elbows with Mark Twain. I could scroll for hours."
April 11th, 2012
Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Madeleine Vionnet are all in Vancouver and ready for you to take notice.
Well, their couture creations are on display as part of “Museum of Vancouver’s Art Deco: Extravagant Glamour Between the Wars” exhibition. The 66 featured garments transport the viewer to fashion’s most decadent era. Among the glitzy European frocks are a few notable Vancouverites: a silk and silver lame evening gown marked “Donaldson’s,” and charmingly sweet navy polka dot dress from the Aurora Dress Company. It seems that our city was just as roaring as the more fashionably favoured metropolises. —Anya Georgijevic
Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street (Vanier Park), Vancouver, 604-736-4431, www.museumofvancouver.ca
March 30th, 2012
What does the future hold?
Angela Grossmann has a few ideas. It’s been seven years since the Emily Carr grad-turned-instructor held her last solo exhibit in Vancouver. On April 4th, she’ll unveil her latest works in an exhibit entitled The Future is Female at South Granville’s Winsor Gallery. “It takes being female to articulate what it’s like,” says Grossmann. “As though I’m dealing with glass, but I can still see through it.” Using paint and collage in a manner that has earned Grossmann a place amongst Canada’s greatest artists, the exhibit explores the feminine struggle for empowerment amidst prescribed notions of beauty and behaviour (read: girl power).
We predict it’s going to be a powerhouse of a show. —Kelsey Dundon
Angela Grossmann – The Future is Female runs April 4 to May 6, 2012, Winsor Gallery, 3025 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-681-4870, www.winsorgallery.com
March 14th, 2012
The sounds of spring couldn’t be more varied. Or refreshing.
Wednesday, March 14th at Fortune Sound Club
Slam poet, musician, actor – there’s little this award-winning artist isn’t. With performances as highly charged as his lyrics, Saul Williams puts on one heckuva show. Tickets $18.00, Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender St., Vancouver, 604-569-1758, www.fortunesoundclub.com
Saturday, April 21 at the Biltmore
Following last month’s release of his newest album Maraqopa, prolific singer/songwriter Damien Jurado brings his folk rock from one rainy city (Seattle) to another. Tickets $13.00, Biltmore, 2755 Prince Edward, Vancouver, 604-676-0541, www.biltmorecabaret.com
Tuesday, May 8th at Venue
Though they’re from Brooklyn, with songs like “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Days” the Drums couldn’t sound more California. Tickets $17, Venue, 881 Granville St. Vancouver, 604-646-0064, www.venuelive.ca
Active Child and Tycho
Friday, May 25th at the Electric Owl
Co-headlined by Tycho, whose sound is synth-fully sweet, and ActiveChild, whose vocal range is reminiscent of Bon Iver and The Weeknd, this show is an electronica-lover’s dream. Tickets $16, Electric Owl,928 Main St., Vancouver, 604-558-0928, www.electricowl.ca
Coeur de Pirate
Sunday, May 27th at Venue,
This Montreal songstress may have the heart of a buccaneer, but Coeur de Pirate’s piano-based sound is enchanting. Tickets $20.00, Venue, 881 Granville St. Vancouver, 604-646-0064, www.venuelive.ca —Kelsey Dundon
February 13th, 2012
How do you make whoopee West Coast-style? Well, you could leave on your socks and Birkenstocks. Or you could put these local artists’ tunes on your playlist. Either way you’ll have a very Vancouver V-Day.
Teen Daze – Brooklyn Sunburn
Gang Signs – Prequel
Brasstronaut – Opportunity (No Gold Remix)
Cyclist and Pat Lok’s remix of The Rapture’s "How Deep is Your Love"
Humans – Clothespins
Bryan Adams – All for Love
No Sinner – Call My Name
Dan Mangan – Daffodil
Sarah McLachlan – Ice Cream
Said the Whale – Goodnight Moon
February 9th, 2012
It’s time to take a dip in the city’s past, take a visual history lesson, and imagine Vancouver life as it once was.
No other artist has captured the evolution of our city like Fred Herzog. The beloved photographer’s work is the subject of Equinox Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in it's new 12,000 square foot Project Space. With over one hundred works on display, most mesmerizing ones capture Vancouver vibrant street life in the late 1950s and early ’60. Vivid locales like Hastings, Robson and Main are forever encapsulated in a time—much like the semblance of the streets themselves—that is long past. Fred Herzog, Vancouver’s time capsule. — Anya Georgijevic
Equinox Gallery’s Project Space, 525 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, 604-736-2405, www.equinoxgallery.com
February 1st, 2012
They’re new but you’d never know it.
No Sinner hasn’t even release their EP yet (it’ll drop in March) and already they seem poised for great things. Led by a husky-voiced powerhouse of a lead singer, their sound is big, blues-y, and Janis Joplin-esque. In fact, you’d never guess No Sinner was from Vancouver, until you watched the video for “Boo Hoo Hoo” which features one of the city’s most famous landmarks: the Waldorf Hotel. And speaking ofVancouver’s iconic landmarks, No Sinner is playing the Biltmore on Friday.
Can’t say no to that. —Kelsey Dundon
No Sinner, Friday, February 3rd at the Biltmore, tickets ($10) at www.ticketweb.ca