A little bit of Ireland in Vancouver

Vancouver has the luck of the Irish! This year Irish dancing is coming! It’s been a long time, and Deirdre Penk O’Donnell says it’s worth the wait. “This is the first time in 22 years that this event has been in Western Canada,” says Penk O’Donnell, chairperson for the 2019 North American Irish Dance Championships,…

The disciplined geek

Geektopia will grace the Vancouver Harbour Convention Centre on July 6. Among the many notable cosplayers, writers, actors and fans will be Vancouver’s Eric Chu, a concept artist best known for his work in Battlestar Galactica as well as his storyboards for various animated shows including Beetlejuice. During a break from his studio, Paranoid Delusions, Chu took…

A museum of authentic fakes

Is truth really stranger than fiction? The upcoming exhibit at the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) central branch questions the role of the patron as well as the authenticity of artists. Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme – A Rare Collection of Fakes is a mash-up of fiction and reality. A true story with a…

Sunnie James D’Souza: a portrait

A move to the mountains! Coming to Vancouver brought some life lessons for Sunnie James D’Souza, a 31-year-old actor of Indian descent born and raised in Toronto. The actor, known for the films Calcutta Taxi (2012), Zoo (2015), and Shadowhunters (2016), has been living in Vancouver for the past three years, having moved here because he saw a greater amount of opportunity…

Mamma Mia – stepping into a new role

The sky’s the limit for Joshua Lalisan, a 20-year-old actor and dancer living in Surrey, British Columbia. He will be playing the role of Sky Rymand in Theatre Under the Stars’ (TUTS) rendition of Mamma Mia. The character of Sky Rymand is the love interest of Sophie Sheridan, a woman trying to find her father. Sky…

All’s Well That Ends Well: A new take on a Shakespeare classic

All’s Well That Ends Well is one of four offerings from this year’s Bard on the Beach, but this production has a brand new perspective. With a fresh staging that aims to shine a different spotlight onto this Shakespearian text, the performance will run from June 26 to Aug. 11. A collaborative piece While the original…

Worlds in watercolour

Artist Sara Khan evokes magical realism, East and West influences, and an abundance of everyday narratives within her vibrant watercolour paintings. Khan, born in Birmingham, England and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, will be displaying her newest collection Suraj Kinare, an exhibition focused on migration and movement, at The Surrey Art Gallery from June 29 to August…

Generating ‘Air’ in film

Chinese aesthetics, Daoism and the concept of incorporating ‘air’ in film will be deconstructed in the talk How to Generate Air in a Film: Lessons from Fei Mu’s Chinese Aesthetics by Siying Duan, a Ph.D. in Art Theory. Generating “air” is a unique concept developed by one of China’s greatest film Directors, Fei Mu, which Duan will…

Aria: A universal story from a not-so-far-away land

A sweeping tale of perseverance and the strength of the human, especially female, spirit is the journey readers experience as Nazanine Hozar tells a story about her homeland of Iran in her debut novel Aria. Hozar, a UBC Alum, has been published in The Vancouver Observer and Prairie Fire magazine; and June 25, at the Central Library,…

Laila Biali – the new jazz queen in town

According to many reviews, a beautiful voice, dynamic melodies and a high energy seem to capture pianist, lyricist and singer Laila Biali’s music and spirit well. The multi-talented Vancouver native just won this year’s JUNO award for Vocal Jazz Album of the year, marking a new milestone in her music career. As part of the…

A back-alley and a chicken shop inspire playwright

A fantastical show with a setting that is both otherworldly and very personal, Chicken Girl is the newest production from rice & beans theatre. The show will run from May 24–June 7 at the Orpheum Annex. A personal connection Chicken Girl is written and directed by Derek Chan, co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre. It contains three different…

The theatrical world of puppets

In Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets, visitors will be able to explore a series of elaborate stages that have been created especially for the puppets exhibition. Curator Nicola Levell believes that visitors will be surprised by how the gallery has been transformed in order to accommodate the exhibition. “It is incredibly…

A devotion to paper

The exhibition On the Same Page: Transforming Paper runs May 10 to June 15 at Cityscape Community Art Space. It showcases 12 artists working with paper, a material most people use every day. “This exhibition features artists who are using paper obsessively and are interested in the materiality and versatility of the material,” says George…