227 Photos from China’s Most Famous Dissident on Display in Vancouver

Bleeding Protestor. Tompkins Square Park Riots, 1988. Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

Bleeding Protestor. Tompkins Square Park Riots, 1988. Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

Hundreds of photographs from internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei are on display now in Vancouver.

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs showcases some 227 photos that the artist took during a formative decade spent in New York, well before he became the global icon known equally for his artistic achievements – like inspiring Beijing’s distinctive Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium – and his harsh critiques of the Chinese regime.

The black-and-white photos, on display until Nov. 30 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at UBC, capture scenes of everyday life among Weiwei’s circle of friends and acquaintances in the tumultuous ’80s and early ’90s in New York City.  Weiwei was still finding himself at the time, enrolling briefly in art schools while making a living drawing street portraits.

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227 Photos from China’s Most Famous Dissident on Display in Vancouver

A free festival of reading and writing at WORD Vancouver 2014

Word Vancouver 2013 Festival

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As more and more people focus on the LOL and TTYL txt kind of life, it’s refreshing to have a festival based entirely on the beauty of the written word. What some may say to be a dying art, comes alive once again during Word Vancouver–Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading.

Through writing workshops, free readings, and panel discussions, the written word is pulled to the centre stage throughout the Word Festival. Held during the last week of September, starting on September 24th, the festival takes place at various venues throughout the city including at bookshops and the Vancouver Public Library.

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A free festival of reading and writing at WORD Vancouver 2014

RECORD-BREAKING CARMEN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER OPERA (Ticket Giveaway!)

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Five years ago, box office records were shattered when Carmen became the fastest selling production in Vancouver Opera history. Vancouverites will be seduced again when the fiery gypsy returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage this September/October. The passion, the colour, the sensuality and, of course, the unforgettable music of the world’s sexiest opera will come alive for 6 performances only.

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RECORD-BREAKING CARMEN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER OPERA (Ticket Giveaway!)

Polaris winner Tanya Tagaq coming to Vancouver

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Last night (Sept 22), Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq stunned the audience at the annual Polaris Music Prize gala. The annual event, which awards the best Canadian album of they year from a jury of music critics, featured performances by a number of the shortlisted artists, including Mac DeMarco and Jessy Lanza. Tagaq’s appearance received a standing ovation; she also took home the top prize, for her album Animism. She is the ninth artist to do so since the inauguration of the prize in 2005.

The good news for Vancouver is that Tagaq is coming to town for two shows at the Chan Centre at UBC, on Oct. 16 & 17. However, the shows aren’t simply concerts – they’re a mix of activism and music.  Continue reading:
Polaris winner Tanya Tagaq coming to Vancouver

Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

It’s a great time to be a shopper in Vancouver.  Retailers from around the world are scheduled to open new flagships stores in the city in the coming months and years.  New malls are under construction and old ones are under renovation.

Here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming changes in Vancouver’s retail landscape:

Park Royal Mall RedevelopmentThe venerable North Shore mall is in the midst of a $150-million improvement and expansion project that will add an additional 300,000 square feet of retail space.  New tenants like Anthropologie and Zara will soon be joined by Vancouver’s first La Maison Simons.  The Quebec-based specialty fashion retailer is slated to open a 100,000-square-foot store in 2015.   Continue reading:
Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver