Kimberly Ho – An artist embracing a world of possibilities

A constant questioning, a desire to explore what’s beyond the status quo, to push the boundaries and share their vision with the rest of the world. That is the work of artists, and nobody embodies that questioning and boundary-pushing better than Kimberly Ho, one of eight young artists participating in the inaugural Emerging Creators Incubator,…

The Pat Chessell Band – An eclectic mix of Celtic Maritime tunes

The Pat Chessell Band brings its blend of Celtic and Maritime music to the Glades Gardens in South Surrey on July 10, 2021. Employing a mix of upbeat jigs and pensive balladry, the band’s performances are comprised of mostly original material, both inspired by and supplemented with classics and Celtic favourites. “Sometimes people tell me…

Shapeshifters: the intersection between art and identity

“For the last 37 years, I’ve shapeshifted in many ways and am finally, for the first time, acting on those strengths,” says Jag Nagra. Nagra is the featured artist for the Indian Summer Festival running online from June 17 to July 17. Her piece entitled Shapeshifter explores the merging of identities into the different social…

Ripple effect: Mental wellness during COVID-19 lockdown

Breakwater, written by playwright Valerie Methot and a youth group from Some Assembly Theatre Company, follows six youth who face the effects of isolation and mental health struggles from a symbolic world-wide flood. This worldwide flood was something that was added to the narrative. “The flood wasn’t always the story, it was discovered at the…

Vox.Infold – music as a 4D experience of space and dimension

Co-presented by the Coastal Jazz Festival, the Indian Summer Festival and Lobe Studio, Vox.Infold is a special music project that transforms enchanting vocals into an immersive sound experience with the latest sound technology. “It is called 4D spatial sound. The studio [at Lobe] is equipped with speakers in the ceiling and under the floor. The…

Stories of agricultural workers in songs and podcasts

Pedro Chamale’s new album, Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle, is now available to download, stream on Spotify or purchase on vinyl. The album is composed of 10 songs written by Chamale and Rice and Beans Theatre co-founder Mishelle Cuttler. The songs explore issues surrounding Canada’s seasonal temporary foreign workers. There is also an…

Why We Fight – A journey to the soul

Even though Capoeira is an ancient art form, it is the glue for a 21st-century Brazilian family. Maya Annik Bedward’s documentary Why We Fight portrays the power of culture, family, and resilience by following the evolution of Capoeira’s use in the family from innocent fun to a way to cope with the daily challenges of their son’s…

DJ O Show: pushing boundaries and subverting expectations, DJ style

Orene Askew, known professionally as DJ O Show, is an Afro-Indigenous two-spirit DJ from North Vancouver’s Squamish Nation Reserves. As she wraps up her four-year term on said Nation’s band council as well, Askew says that she’s excited to get back to DJing full-time, performing a diverse array of live music, as social gathering restrictions…

A sense of connection through a breath of light

There is a Chinese saying for camaraderie: ‘those who share the same breath share a common destiny.’ In a time when none of us can find the safety and comfort to breathe freely in public spaces, a sense of connection to others is also missing. Breath of Light, an interactive art installation by Pinyao Liu,…

Avant garde comic book taps into the question of identity

Exploring the meaning of identity in every sense – individual, cultural, moral and national – allows Sami Alwani to delve into the personal reflection of other issues in his life. “We’re Canadians. What does that mean? I think of Canada as a made-up country that doesn’t really exist. It’s like if I come to somebody’s…

New endings to old paradigms – Queer art as resistance against colonial-patriarchal ideas of success

Queer Filipino photographer Rydel Cerezo invites audiences to fail. He sees failure as a means to open new possibilities for queer and marginalized bodies to thrive. His exhibition at the Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery (BAF), entitled New Ending, investigates the space between sexuality, religion, and race, and how these disparate themes coalesce metaphorically and visually. As…