Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Online Series

Art is what has the power to connect us all right now; whether it’s a documentary about a Lisa Frank-styling tiger-exploiting man from Florida that captivates a generation for a hot minute, or performances that are translated to multiple languages for hundreds of years or mosaics preserved through millennia. These varied and reflective moments, put together by artists, are what make us feel, collectively, as people, across space and time.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has launched a series where we can connect with art and each other every Tuesday and Friday. Through live, interactive talks with guests from local and international arts communities, our living rooms become a space of discussion, discovery, and inspiration.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Online Series

#VirtuallyVancouver – Travel-Worthy Experiences from Our City to Wherever You May Be

When the world is ready to travel again, you can count on Vancouver to be ready to welcome travel enthusiasts and adventurers from near and far! We know that right now is not the time to travel and we must all do our part to stay home to keep yourself and others safe. While you can’t be here today, we have created  #VirtuallyVancouver to bring travel-worthy experiences from our city to wherever you may be. We hope that you enjoy exploring our destination virtually and that you discover inspiration for your future travels! Continue reading:
#VirtuallyVancouver – Travel-Worthy Experiences from Our City to Wherever You May Be

In trying times, Vancouver singer/songwriter Frazey Ford turns to Aretha Franklin and gospel music

Frazey Ford’s new album is out today. Alana Paterson photo.

U kin B the Sun, Frazey Ford‘s new album, is officially released today (March 27). It marks the third solo release from the East Vancouver-based singer/songwriter, who first came to international attention as one-third of the local folk trio Be Good Tanyas, and her first since 2014’s Indian Ocean.

The soulful, rootsy album features the molasses-lie vocals and intimate, defiant lyrics of Ford backed by her band of local musicians, including Darren Parris, Leon Power, Craig McCaul, Caroline Ballhorn and Phil Cook. In a four-star review, the Guardian says that U kin B the Sun is “an album that doesn’t grab your attention with pyrotechnic displays, opting instead for a slow-burning, unassuming kind of power: a low-key delight, but a delight all the same”.

We talked to Ford about finding comfort in creativity and solace in Aretha Franklin.

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In trying times, Vancouver singer/songwriter Frazey Ford turns to Aretha Franklin and gospel music

Vancouver musician Ashleigh Ball on her new song ‘Vultures’

Ashleigh Ball. Jeremy Cox photo.

Ashleigh Ball is a founding member of Juno-nominated Vancouver indie-pop trio, Hey Ocean!, a voice actor (My Little Pony), and solo artist. Recently, she released a new single/video. Recorded with local Grammy-winning producer Chin Injeti (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake), “Vultures” is said to be about “the intimate connection of lifelong friendships and the importance of women strengthening each other.”

We talked to Ball about the single, what else she has been up to, and her plans.

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Vancouver musician Ashleigh Ball on her new song ‘Vultures’

Vancouver Productions to Binge While You’re Self-Isolating

As we adjust to our “new normal” of social distancing and self-isolation, take solace that technology allows us to maintain a semblance of normality – particularly with such a rich collection of artistic expression to keep us grounded, whether music, virtual art exhibits and plays, or movies and TV shows.

As days stretch into weeks, we’ve compiled a list of feel-good, binge-worthy and borderline addictive productions filmed in Vancouver to keep everyone in the household entertained. From our family to yours, we’re in this together. Continue reading:
Vancouver Productions to Binge While You’re Self-Isolating

Watch a livestream of the Cultch’s MINE tonight and tomorrow!

Maiko Yamamoto and her son Hokuto. Tim Matheson photo.

 

While theatre has effectively shut down, the Cultch is going on with the show—or at least, a live stream of the show.

Originally scheduled for March 18-22 at the Cultch Historic Theatre in East Vancouver, MINE is an exploration of gaming from the perspective of mother/son relationships. The Cultch is streaming the show again (the first live stream was last night, March 19) tonight and tomorrow. Find out more about the show and how/where to watch below.

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Watch a livestream of the Cultch’s MINE tonight and tomorrow!

Community-led Initiatives to Take Part in From Home

Vancouver is powered by people, and this week we’ve lived up to our collaborative reputation with an amazing show of creative community-led initiatives, from within the city, and even from across Canada as a whole. As we practice social distancing, here are some community-based actions to get you through this time, whether you need groceries, a work-out or just a daily dose of cuteness, we’ve got you covered.

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Community-led Initiatives to Take Part in From Home