Photo by Denis Bouvien

Komagata Maru

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident. The Komagata Maru was a Japanese owned freighter chartered out of Hong Kong in April of 1914 by 376 Punjabis, mostly Sikhs, bound from Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Vancouver, BC. The first Punjabi Sikhs arrived in Canada around 1903 working in industries such as…

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Reconciliation

The construction beneath the photo-mural at the Georgia and Granville Canada Line Station is a messy, complex and many-layered project which will mark the new entrance to Nordstrom’s fashion retail store. The photo-mural depicted is part of many art works honouring and celebrating the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation which acknowledges “the negative cultural…

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Freezing Water has melted

Freezing Water #7 had become a familiar and loved sculpture in Vanier Park, just east of the Maritime Museum. It was an installation for Vancouver’s 2009–2011 Biennale, erected in 2009 just prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics. In September 2014, apparently eroded beyond repair, workers cut it into pieces, and loaded it on a flat…

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Happy Hornby

Driftwood has been placed together to form the word HAPPY on this rocky beach viewed from the cliffs of Helliwell Provincial Park on Hornby Island, BC. It was Thanksgiving weekend and maybe this was the purpose for the word or there may be other reasons, which you’ll find by reading further. It’s an ecologically sensitive…

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Reconnection

Québécoise artist Danaé Brissonnet is in front of her mural, Reconnection. She’s painting it on the Moss St. side of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV). The mural was part of the Puppets for Peace Celebration, the first of its kind, taking place in Victoria September 19–21, 2014. It was a collaboration between the…

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Alexandra Park

Sunset at Alexandra Park is indeed beautiful. Located along Beach Ave. at Bidwell St. across from Vancouver’s English Bay, this charming little park has been part of Vancouver’s history since the early 1900’s. The sun is shining through the Hayward Bandstand, built in 1914 and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Concerts at Hayward Bandstand…

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On the wrong side of the tracks

Here’s one of the beautiful community gardens along the Arbutus rail corridor. Many have sheds, green houses, water lines and sitting areas. Owned by Canadian Pacific since 1886, this valuable property consists of a 66-foot wide right of way, 11 kilometres in length, from the Fraser River nearly to False Creek. Currently there is a…

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25 years of Bard on the Beach

Here’s the beautiful stage set of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park. The beloved magical comedy was the first performance at Bard on the Beach at its inception in 1990 and this summer it will begin the celebration of 25 years of this popular Shakespeare festival. You can also celebrate the 450th…

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Gumhead

Come to the Howe St. side of the Vancouver Art gallery and celebrate Gumhead. It’s the 7-foot steel-reinforced fiberglass sculpture of West Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland’s head. It’s meant to be an interactive installation with the public participating by sticking gum all over it. The public becomes an artist participating in a transformative experience, changing…