Pictures of Persia in North Vancouver

A new exhibit from the dawn of photography also tells of the history of Iran, says Pantea Haghighi. Looking at Persepolis shows old photographs depicting excavations of Persia’s past glories, photographs that were once used as promotional tools in turn-of-the-century Iran. “It’s something that happens around the world: an ailing monarchy would want to be affiliated…

An evening with Kai Cheng Thom opens doors

The Central Vancouver Public Library is celebrating works written by and about trans, gender-variant and Two-Spirit people in an engaging group discussion on Dec. 6. The event features writer and performer Kai Cheng Thom with facilitators Molly Billows, Ivan Leonce and jaye simpson in partnership with PeerNetBC, Qmunity and Vancouver Park Board. “After growing up…

Pierre Vassura: New Work 1983–2018

After an artistic career spanning several decades and continents, Italian-born artist Pierre Vassura will have his first major solo exhibition on Canadian soil at Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) this December. Vassura has been creating artwork since the mid 1950s and arrived in Richmond in the early 1980s. After one small show at the Italian Cultural…

Kin Balam: a multidimensional musical project

Balam S. Antonio is a multi-stylistic music artist of group Kin Balam. At the age of 22, Antonio searched to find a musical style that truly spoke to him. After struggling to find his corner in the music scene, he decided to incorporate all the styles that spoke to him into a new combined, revolutionary…

21st century poets

What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a collection of conversations between well-established and budding poets, focuses on the role of poetry and poets in the 21st century. It serves as a follow up to 2002’s interview collection Where the Words Come From. The book launch will be hosted by author Rob Taylor at Vancouver…

Uprooted – A journey of self-discovery

Uprooted – A Journey of Self-Discovery is an upcoming art exhibition hosted by Coquitlam’s Place des Arts from Nov. 16 to Dec. 20, featuring 16 pieces of Chinese ink artworks by artists Suchen Wu and Teresa Chow. The series of artworks use driftwood and roots as symbols to explore the immigrant experience – the initial excitement…

The Med’Cine all properties of a dance

Med’Cine is a performance that reaches out to the soul of the viewer. O.Dela Arts, featuring Olivia C. Davies, has brought together two current feature dance pieces Gateways and Rematriate for a Nov. 17 performance at the Presentation House Theatre (PHT). “For the audience, Med’Cine is a description that represents the healing that can be obtained through the arts,” says Davies, a…

Band draws inspiration from ghosts of the past

The Vancouver-based band Only A Visitor pays homage to ghost Chinatowns through their songs. The art collective Publik Secrets presents some of their songs in a concert of new music, featuring the art pop quintet Only A Visitor in collaboration with the Kingsgate Chorus, Nov. 16 at Yaletown Roundhouse. Family ghost stories Robyn Jacob, the…

Artist Sorour Abdollahi celebrates culture and identity

With the 2018 Eastside Culture Crawl fast approaching, artists across the city are preparing for this important annual event, including Iranian-born artist Sorour Abdollahi. Abdollahi, an established artist back in Tehran, made the move from Iran to Vancouver 18 years ago. She quickly immersed herself in the local arts scene and has exhibited in numerous…

Festival of lights and culture

This year’s Diwali Festival in B.C. promises to both entertain and educate. Founded by Rohit Chokhani, Diwali in B.C. is an artistic platform and a celebration of the festival of lights during the Indian New Year. A multi-cultural festival, Diwali promises to engage artists and people from different backgrounds and specialties. Raised in Mumbai, Chokhani…

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary aboriginal women artists from Australia

Marking the Infinite will make its Canadian debut at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in November. The show seeks to celebrate and preserve Indigenous knowledge, languages and traditions through the eyes of nine Aboriginal women’s artworks. “It is a series of firsts for us,” explains Carol E. Mayer, curator of the Pacific at MOA. “It is…

Speaking volumes with one act

In the upcoming theatre production The Ones We Leave Behind viewers are immersed in a character play that subtly addresses one of society’s major issues: social isolation, abandonment and loneliness. With the support of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), the seminal MSG Lab play will be making its debut from Oct. 24–Nov. 3 at The Cultch’s…

Art with an alternative perspective

Javaad Alipoor, writer, co-director and lead performer, brings The Believers Are But Brothers to centre stage at the Culture Lab Oct. 30–Nov 10. The one-actor play deals with identity, insecurity and fantasy while taking on the topics of toxic masculinity and far-right extremism in the online world. A representation of masculinity and extremism With just a few…