Metamorphosis: a new hope

Directed by Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami, the documentary Metamorphosis is being called a “poem for the planet” by the National Film Board of Canada. It looks at the true scale of the global environmental crisis. From forest fires that consume communities, species vanishing at an astounding rate and entire ecosystems collapsing, Metamorphosis covers it all. Metamorphosis also delves into…

A suitcase and a story

Vancouver-based portrait photographer, Kayla Isomura grew up with a passion for  storytelling. Between working three different jobs, Isomura made a name for herself in photography and now has her own gallery exhibit about Japanese internment in Canada during World War II. The Suitcase Project opens June 16 and runs till September 2 at the Nikkei National Museum…

Romani music with an international flair

A group of musicians, with various cultural backgrounds, share their distinct and unique music to a perhaps less aware North American audience. Parno Drom, a band influenced by the Eastern European Romani style of music will be performing at the Heritage Grill in New Westminster on June 19. A musical smorgasbord Parno Drom was formed in…

The Artist’s Garden: A connection to Frida Kahlo

Artist Diana Zoe Coop will be exhibiting her latest works, The Artist’s Garden, at Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. Her newest botanical paintings tell about her creative process and inspirations from her journey to Mexico. The gallery, which is in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCCGV), will host several exhibitions and events May 15–July…

Asian Canadian theatre: a study long overdue

Eury Colin Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is writing his dissertation on the impact that Canadians of Asian descent have made on professional theatre in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. The performing arts have played a significant role in one form or another for most of Chang’s life. Now, his…

Victim Impact unveils real-life B.C. Ponzi scheme stories

What would you do if a trusted neighbour, friend or even family member convinced you to invest your life savings into what turned out to be a complete scam? Theatre Conspiracy’s newest show, Victim Impact, relays the story of Rashida Samji’s $110-million Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of people in B.C. and focuses on the impact…

Justice and equality: sound and song

The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will be performing Jazz Meets Gospel on June 2 at the Christ Church Cathedral. The choir will explore connections between the two inextricably linked genres in their many forms, with songs made popular by Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. For former lawyer, social justice advocate, active community…

Author Michelle Kim runs through time

Born and raised in Surrey,B.C., Michelle Kim didn’t envision herself writing a book when she was pursuing a career in film. Unable to ignore the little scenes she kept scribbling in notebooks, she finally sat down and took the time to write her first fiction novel, Running Through Sprinklers. Kim, who took inspiration from her film…

VANCAF showcases local comic creator community

VANCAF, the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, is a free two-day celebration of comic and graphic arts held at the Roundhouse Community Centre May 19–20. With a line-up full of Vancouver artists, as well as international artists, the festival shines a light on the growing comic book community here in Vancouver. This year’s festival features local…

Putting the light on inequalities

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) introduces Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America in May. “It’s going to be an uncomfortable show,” says the curator, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, PhD, who believes that this is an exhibition that will turn heads and shed light on something that the community, nation and world need to start…

Story in a suitcase

The Evergreen Cultural Centre will host Suitcase Stories, a one-woman show about the journey of Maki Yi who immigrated to Canada from South Korea with nothing but a single suitcase, May 17–19. Suitcase Stories is a story of identity and of finding her way in a foreign land, which Yi relays with both humorous and thought-provoking anecdotes.…

Chichaklar Dance Company: tradition meets innovation

Chichaklar Dance Company will be performing their own variations on Azerbaijani folk dances at the Turkic Festival on May 27 at the North Vancouver Shipyards. “One of the first [goals] has always been to share the culture with the audience… we really wanted [to try] to be a little more innovative and outside of the…

Persian artist Azadeh Emadi is being haunted by pixels

Working in conjunction with the SFU School for Contemporary Arts and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, grunt gallery is presenting Azadeh Emadi: Motion Within Motion, the first Canadian exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Azadeh Emadi from May 2–12. The unique vision of the Persian artist and visiting scholar unveils the hidden depths of pixels. “We were…