2020 Lineup for Vancouver Queer Film Festival Announced!

The films that I was viewing all explored in one way or another transformation, resilience, and survival. These themes continued to reverberate through all the content I was seeing; in films from Turtle Island, Switzerland, India, Vietnam, and Georgia; in documentaries, narratives, and experimental work. I could feel how deeply queer filmmakers were determined to depict our lives as worth living, worth fighting for, worth celebrating, worth mourning – that we are worthy of seeing and being seen because we are necessary, beautiful, and complex. And that is what you will see at this year’s VQFF.” – Artistic Director Anoushka Ratnarajah on the theme ‘Still here’

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2020 Lineup for Vancouver Queer Film Festival Announced!

9 Free e-Volver Festival Performances To Watch This June

Upintheair Theatre company will present its first e-Volver Festival, a live digital performance series developed to replace the cancelled rEvolver Festival, from Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 27, 2020. Continue reading:
9 Free e-Volver Festival Performances To Watch This June

#VirtuallyVancouver – Wellness at Home with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Situated in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an oasis of tranquility, reflection, and culture amid the bustle of urban life. While the garden may be closed, we can now access a moment of pause at home with virtual meditation, yoga, and art talks.

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#VirtuallyVancouver – Wellness at Home with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

#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

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

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’