Conversation with Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC: Amplifying Vancouver’s Vibrant and Diverse Music Industry

Image from Public Disco of artist Yu Su by Gabriel Martins

Michael Bublé. Carly Rae Jepsen. Sarah McLachlan. Nettwerk Music Group. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Vancouver is known for some of the top music artists, companies, and events in the world. In 2018, the Province of British Columbia launched the Amplify BC fund, which devoted $7.5 million to furthering the growth of B.C.’s phenomenal music industry. Based on the overwhelming success of the initiative, on April 13, 2021, the government renewed the fund, with $22.5 million to be invested over three years.

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Conversation with Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC: Amplifying Vancouver’s Vibrant and Diverse Music Industry

A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

Photo: Tara Lee

For Carol Lee, the new Chinatown Storytelling Centre embodies the narratives of the Chinese Canadians who worked, played, ate, and built strong community ties in the vibrant historical neighbourhood. “Chinatown holds a place in the hearts of so many Vancouverites,” she says. Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, has her own personal connections to the area. Her grandfather opened a dry goods and furnishing store there in 1921, she went to Chinese school in Chinatown as a child, and she and her family celebrated countless family occasions over delicious food at nearby restaurants.

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A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

Spotlighting Accessibility Initiatives at the Arts Club Theatre Company and The Cultch

“Theatre and Accessibility in a Digital World Symposium” (2019); Photo Credit: Moonrider Productions

Before the non-profit society VocalEye launched in Vancouver in 2009, Amy Amantea, who lives with legal blindness, felt lost when she went out to enjoy live theatre. “I was having a very expensive two-hour nap. I’d buy a ticket, I’d sit in the nice, dark, comfy theatre, and I couldn’t follow the plotline to save my life. So, it got boring. I would hear people laugh or ooh or aah, and I would have no idea what we were engaged with, so I couldn’t be a part of that,” she says. Now, thanks to VocalEye’s live descriptions at performances, she can feel belonging at a theatre experience.

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Spotlighting Accessibility Initiatives at the Arts Club Theatre Company and The Cultch

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2022 Presents a Vibrant and Dynamic Line-up of Innovative Artists

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh) presents its 18th annual edition from January 20 to February 6, 2022 at various venues across the Lower Mainland and select programming online. PuSh is Vancouver’s signature, mid-winter cultural event, taking place each January in theatres and venues across the city. PuSh delivers groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music, and multimedia by acclaimed local, national, and international artists. Continue reading:
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2022 Presents a Vibrant and Dynamic Line-up of Innovative Artists

All-time Cirque du Soleil classic Alegría returns to Vancouver

Cirque du Soleil is proud to announce its return to Vancouver with its internationally acclaimed production Alegría. Starting March 25, 2022, Vancouverites are invited under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place to experience the pure theatrical magic of Alegría; an entirely redesigned fan favourite presented by Sun Life Global Investments. Continue reading:
All-time Cirque du Soleil classic Alegría returns to Vancouver

Vancouver Drag Artists Are Back on Stage – and Bolder Than Ever

Photo of Rogue; Photo Credit: Fernando Cysneiros @thedragseries

After over a year of barely performing, Rogue made their return as a performer during Pride this summer when they felt comfortable and ready to hit the stage. “I was just so excited to come back and so mentally prepared because I had been thinking about it for so long,” they say.

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Vancouver Drag Artists Are Back on Stage – and Bolder Than Ever

DanceHouse and 149 Arts Society Present NEXT: New Dance in Development

DanceHouse and 149 Arts Society, with support from the National Arts Centre (NAC), have come together to envision a project in direct support of the dance community. On December 15, 2021, that vision will be presented virtually as NEXT: New Dance in Development – a residency and live stream sharing of works in progress from five emerging Canadian choreographers. Continue reading:
DanceHouse and 149 Arts Society Present NEXT: New Dance in Development