Meet the Vancouver poet up for this year’s Griffin Prize

Each year, the Griffin Poetry Prize awards cash prizes to authors of what it selects as the best poetry books of the year.

This year, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry has selected seven books for its shortlist. All finalists attending the Shortlist Readings in Toronto on June 6 will receive $10,000. The two winners, to be announced the following day, receive $65k.

Among the finalists is Donato Mancini. Originally from Hamilton, Mancini moved to Vancouver in 2000. He’s currently in Baltimore, where he’s on scholarship as a post-doctoral fellow at John Hopkins University.

We talked to Mancini about his shortlisted book, Same Diff (published by local imprint Talonbooks) about the prize.

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Meet the Vancouver poet up for this year’s Griffin Prize

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

Province’s labour struggles laid bare in new book

The sisterhood at the canteen. Five shop stewards with the Marine Workers and Boilermarkers Union share a happy moment during lunch at Burrard Dry Dock, 1942. North Vancouver Museum and Archives, 8073.

On the Line is a new history of B.C’s labour movement from pre-Confederation to today.

Written by former Vancouver Sun labour reporter Rod Mickleburgh, the book offers plenty of historical analysis as well as archival photos. Find out more about On the Line (official publication date: April 28) below.

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Province’s labour struggles laid bare in new book

Tony Award-winning family drama comes to Vancouver

The cast of The Humans. David Cooper photo.

A Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about a family at odds is coming to Vancouver.

Stephen Karam’s The Humans won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016 and was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In a review, The Guardian called The Humans “… funny, mournful, richly detailed, and deeply humane.”According to the media release, the play is “both bitingly funny and poignant… [and] a richly detailed, compassionate portrait of an ordinary family at odds, with itself and with the uncertainties of life, amidst a changing America.”

The Arts Club Theatre Company is mounting The Humans at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St.) March 22-April 22. See below for more details.

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Heritage theatre brings back acclaimed Leonard Cohen tribute

Steve Charles and Lauren Bowler in Chelsea Hotel. David Cooper photo.

One of East Vancouver’s most treasured heritage theatres is celebrating its 35th anniversary season this year by bringing back one of its most popular productions.

From March 17-April 21, the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St.) presents the return of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. In the award-winning tribute, a group of actors/musicians presents a dramatic scenario that offers live performances of many of the late singer’s best-known, most-loved songs: “Everybody Knows,” “I’m Your Man,” “Hallelujah” and many more.

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Here come the JUNOS! What to expect on (and before) March 25.

Burnaby-raised singer Michael Bublé hosts this year’s JUNO Awards March 25. For the first time since 2009, the Canadian music industry awards show is being held in Vancouver.

For the first time since 2009, the JUNO Awards are coming to Vancouver.

Presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the annual celebration of the Canadian music industry takes place March 25 at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). A number of JUNO-related events are also planned as part of JUNO Week (March 19-25).

But the main event is the March 25 broadcast/live presentation. Host Michael Bublé and guest presenters will hand out a number of awards from 42 categories. Here’s a look at some of this year’s nominees and performers.

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Here come the JUNOS! What to expect on (and before) March 25.

Get in Shape Fast with the 2018 Urban Grind at the Harbour Centre

Vancouver Lookout urban grind

Sourced from the Vancouver Lookout website

Hoping to get your butt into shape before the fast approaching summer season? The annual Urban Grind is happening again this March, giving you the change to climb the Harbour Centre stairs to the iconic Vancouver Lookout observation deck.

It’s one heck of a workout and you can do it rain or shine! The Urban Grind will take place between 4:30 – 6:30pm every Tuesday in March (6, 13, 20 & 27) and will include entertainment and a free beer!

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Get in Shape Fast with the 2018 Urban Grind at the Harbour Centre