First Nations body art showcased in new exhibit

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest by
Aaron Leonen.

In 1885, the government of the Dominion of Canada initiated its now infamous potlatch ban. The legislation forbade the practice of such indigenous customs as the potlatch. (The legislation lasted until 1951.)

Prior to the ban, the art of tattooing and piercing was integral to Northwest Indigenous ceremony and social rank. Today, these traditions are re-emerging not only as decoration, but also to provide healing, protection and a meaningful sense of belonging.

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (639 Hornby St.) celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new exhibit honouring contemporary artist’s work in these traditions. Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest features five Northwest Indigenous tattoo artists. The work is on display June 8-Jan 13, 2019.

Find out more about the artists below.

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First Nations body art showcased in new exhibit

Vancouver’s MOA Launches a New Exhibition on Latin American Artistic Resistance

This image is a fragment from a devil tunic worn for Christmas plays in Michoacan, Mexico. Made by Felipe Horta, Tocuaro, Mexico. Photo by Alina Ilyasova. Courtesy of Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

When many people think of Latin American art, joyously vibrant colours often come to mind. However, beneath this celebratory aesthetic lies an undercurrent of resistance woven into the fabric of these creations.

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC is launching a new exhibition that explores the tensions and possibilities in the spaces between Latin American art and politics. It is bound to educate visitors about the power of art to express, resist, and transform.

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Vancouver’s MOA Launches a New Exhibition on Latin American Artistic Resistance

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Ballet, classic cars, magic, political resistance art and tiny topiaries are all on display in Vancouver on this long weekend. In honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, let us remember Her Majesty’s life with quotes such as “a marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one” and “an ugly baby is a very nasty object”. Or, forget that and just go out and enjoy the city.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Cheers! Adults-Only Evenings at Playland will return for 2018

playland nights 2018

Image from the Pacific National Exhibition | Flickr

Last year, Playland at the PNE introduced their new “Playland Nights” adults-only evenings. Back by popular demand, the event will be returning for 2018 and will run every Friday night from 7:00pm to midnight from June 22 to July 27.

These fun, kid-free events are for those 19 and older and feature endless amusement with food, drinks, games, and of course, exhilarating rides. Bonus: the entire grounds will be fully licensed, so attendees can enjoy their favourite adult beverage while wandering around the park.

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Cheers! Adults-Only Evenings at Playland will return for 2018

New Food and Beer Tours to Check Out in Vancouver this Summer!

Home to award-winning restaurants and chefs, there’s always something new and delicious to try in Vancouver. Check off multiple boxes on your foodie bucket list this summer with these new food and beer tours:  Continue reading:
New Food and Beer Tours to Check Out in Vancouver this Summer!

SCIENCE MEETS ART MEETS OCEAN: DOUGLAS COUPLAND’S VORTEX OPENS AT THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM ON MAY 18

Internationally renowned for his work in contemporary thought, literature, visual, and public art, Douglas Coupland now adds environmental art to his remarkable portfolio. Vortex – the first-ever full-scale artistic imagining of the Pacific Trash Vortex or Great Pacific Garbage Patch – opens May 18, 2018 at the Vancouver Aquarium®, an Ocean Wise® initiative.

Vortex is an exploration of the escalating global ocean plastic pollution crisis and the evolving human relationship with this ubiquitous material in an emotive, provocative, and inspirational way.

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SCIENCE MEETS ART MEETS OCEAN: DOUGLAS COUPLAND’S VORTEX OPENS AT THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM ON MAY 18

Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dirty Projectors. Jason Frank Rothenberg photo.

Robert Plant is among the headliners at the 33rd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The former Led Zeppelin lead singer is performing with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. Other headliners include Macy Gray, Kamasi Washington, Bonobo, and St.Paul and the Broken Bones.

This year’s festival takes place June 22-July 1 at various venues in Vancouver. For a look at a few more of the more than 1800 artists who will perform at over 300 indoor and outdoor events, scroll below.

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Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival