Public art and music at this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival

Hannah Georgas and The Belle Game headline a concert that is part of the Vancouver Mural Festival. Meanwhile, curators have selected 28  new artists to paint this summer at as part of the festival.

The festival begins Aug 6 and culminates with the Mount Pleasant Street Party and a ticketed concert on Saturday August 11.

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Public art and music at this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival

April Showers, Public Art & the Spirit Trail

Photo: R. Weiss

April showers may bring spring flowers, but for many Vancouverites, this is the time of year when the dull, rainy days can sometimes feel endless. With bated breath, we wake up every morning and collectively watch the weather forecast, desperately wishing for sunshine and warmth. Although sensing our mood, Mother Nature teases us by painting the City with splashes of colour in the form of daffodils, tulips and our beloved, vibrant cherry blossoms. Her artwork is like an invitation to leave our winter hibernation dens and venture forth outside.

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April Showers, Public Art & the Spirit Trail

Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Mosquito Creek Trail, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

When art and nature intersect, the result is almost always thought-provoking and inspiring. Recently, while hiking along North Vancouver’s Mosquito Creek Trail, I stumbled upon Adam Kuby’s Earthwork sculpture. From a distance, near a little footbridge, slabs of granite dominated the landscape. They appeared out of place. Curious, I approached the rock wondering why such large blocks would be located in such a prominent place on the trail. Fascinated, I discovered this installation was one of three pieces, a triptych, situated on the North Shore.

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Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Yaletown False Creek Art Walk

Time Top Photo: Rob Weiss

I adore the rain! Perhaps it is rooted in my deep infatuation and respect for our Coastal Rain Forest. Perhaps, it stems from my love of play. After all, who can resist the urge to splash and puddle jump? Despite my adoration for rainfall warnings and low-pressure weather patterns, even I can find a dull, rainy winter day a little gloomy. It was on one of those funky wet, grey days I decided to head outdoors for an invigorating walk. Wanting a blend of cosmopolitan and ocean, I determined that Yaletown would be my destination of choice.

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Yaletown False Creek Art Walk

Explore Vancouver’s Coal Harbour: The 9 Best Attractions

photo: Jenn Chan Photography

photo: Jenn Chan Photography

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

A picturesque residential area that boasts a multitude of high-rise condos and seemingly endless stretches of walkway and greenery, Coal Harbour. We may not all be able to afford to live in Coal Harbour, but luckily it doesn’t cost much to walk around and explore this luxury neighborhood where urban development intertwines with the beauty of nature.

Here’s our pick of must-see and do attractions in the area:

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Explore Vancouver’s Coal Harbour: The 9 Best Attractions

Public Art in the Great Outdoors – Downtown Vancouver’s Best Walking Tours

Liam-Gillick-Vancouver-Art-Walk

Photo: R. Weiss

Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street – Liam Gillick

Passionate about art? Love being outside?

Grab your umbrella and lace up your walking shoes! With Vancouver’s self-guided Public Art Walking Tours you can have the best of both worlds.  Great art isn’t just in our museums and galleries and fall is the perfect time to get outside and discover public art throughout the City. As the leaves change the splashes of red, orange and yellow create a natural backdrop to the many public art installations located in the downtown core.

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Public Art in the Great Outdoors – Downtown Vancouver’s Best Walking Tours

Public Art: $450,000 “Nosebleed Seats” Proposed for Vancouver’s Empire Fields

A Park Board rendering of the proposed public art

A Park Board rendering of the proposed public art

A new piece of public art planned for Vancouver’s Empire Fields may give the term “nosebleed seats” a whole new meaning.

The unique sculpture consists of two slivers of stadium-style seating, rising to a dizzying height of 14 metres (nearly 4 storeys). One section of the bleachers is labeled “home” and the other section “away.” The tiny, precarious-looking slice of upper-deck seating – in what’s otherwise an ordinary city park with a few soccer fields – makes for a bold contrast: an eye-popping piece of interactive art that’s impossible to miss.

The sculpture, which has a $450,000 price tag and would be funded by the city, is being considered by the Vancouver Park Board on Sept. 28. It was initially proposed back in May, but a decision was deferred to allow time for public consultation.   Continue reading:
Public Art: $450,000 “Nosebleed Seats” Proposed for Vancouver’s Empire Fields