Artist Nomi Chi Shares their Inspiration for Vancouver Opera’s La Traviata Poster

By Nomi Chi

If you’ve ever asked around about talented tattoo artists in Vancouver, Nomi Chi is almost certain to have come up. The other-worldly storybook creature meets organic yet alien style of their work brings an endearing gentleness to sometimes grotesque forms. A tattoo by Nomi, to say it simply, is distinct. It’s no surprise that the Vancouver Opera, who has chosen boldly non-traditional art for the past several years, contacted Nomi to design posters for their 2019/20 season, which opens on Thursday October 17th.

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Artist Nomi Chi Shares their Inspiration for Vancouver Opera’s La Traviata Poster

Façade Festival to Illuminate Vancouver Art Gallery in September

Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Façade Festival 2019, a free, outdoor public art and cultural event featuring commissioned works by contemporary artists, both established and emerging, taking place from sunset to midnight each night September 8th to 14th, 2019.

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Façade Festival to Illuminate Vancouver Art Gallery in September

Vancouver’s Italian Day Is Back – Sunday, June 12th

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Commercial Drive (aka Little Italy) hosts its annual street festival for the 7th year, this Sunday, June 12th. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Italian Day Is Back – Sunday, June 12th

Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

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A scene from Romeo and Juliet

The familiar red and white tents set up in Vanier Park mean only one thing – that one of the city’s favorite summer festivals is well under way. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

Rhiannon Giddens w/ Guests at the Rio Theatre, May 21st (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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It was toward the end of the T Bone Burnett–curated September 2013 Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall—a celebration of the early ’60s folk revival that had inspired the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis—when singer Rhiannon Giddens indisputably stole the show. Performing Odetta’s “Water Boy” with, as the New York Times put it, “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues,” Giddens brought the star-studded audience to its feet. She was the talk of the lobby during intermission as those attendees unfamiliar with her Grammy Award–winning work as a member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops wondered who exactly Rhiannon Giddens was, with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit.

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Rhiannon Giddens w/ Guests at the Rio Theatre, May 21st (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

One of Canada’s biggest celebrations of Aboriginal music, art and theatre is coming to Vancouver.

The 14th Talking Stick Festival is on Feb. 17-March 1. Dozens of events and performances throughout the city highlight everything from traditional dancing and drumming to contemporary spoken word and multimedia performances.

Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at the 2015 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver:

Throat singing on Commercial DriveThroat singing is a unique Inuit tradition which combines low growling and husky chanting.  It’s absolutely mesmerizing and you can catch the undisputed star of throat singing, Tanya Tagaq, doing a solo performance at Talking Stick. Tagaq’s recent hit album, Animism, was named the second best Canadian album of the year by the CBC. York Theatre; Feb. 28; $35 Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest

Free Classes to Learn First Nations Singing in Vancouver

Free classes offer anyone a chance to learn First Nations song.  Pictured here: A First Nations  performance at Thompson Rivers University.  Photo credit: Thompson Rivers | Flickr

Free classes in Vancouver offer anyone a chance to learn First Nations song. Pictured here: A First Nations performance at Thompson Rivers University. Photo credit: Thompson Rivers | Flickr

Ready to belt out a few songs in Kwak’wala?

That’s the language spoken by the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation people of northern Vancouver Island and Alert Bay.  Through June, free workshops in Kwak’ wala are being offered at community centres across the city, giving anyone a chance to brush up on First Nations song and dance.

The workshops are being taught by a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation as part of the Indigenous Artist in Communities Project, which marks the year of reconciliation over the dark legacy of residential schools.  Attendees have the chance to learn nine songs and a chant in the Kwak’wala language, then perform the routine at Trout Lake Community Centre on National Aboriginal Day, June 21.

Each of the songs would have been learned by a child in Kwakwaka’wakw culture, according to a fascinating article by the Vancouver Sun’s Kevin Griffin.   Continue reading:
Free Classes to Learn First Nations Singing in Vancouver