Growing Pains: regular rules of childhood simply do not exist

A child going the opposite direction of their parents is not a new theme in storytelling, and Quebec filmmaker Miryam Bouchard draws from her own life experience with her debut film My Very Own Circus (Mon Cirque à Moi). My Very Own Circus, a French-language film with English subtitles, is one of many Canadian films…

Red Sky Performance: 20 years of innovative works

Sandra Laronde wanted to make a difference in Canada. She created the Toronto-based Red Sky Performance with Indigenous art and stories for the stage, rejuvenating a community as a result of their performances. “[There was] somewhat of a vacuum of Indigenous performance in Canada at the time as it relates to interdisciplinary or dance works,”…

Hong Kong pro-democracy movement through an artist’s lens

“As the Chinese government puts more measures and efforts into silencing its people in Hong Kong or elsewhere, we over here have the privilege to speak up and with this privilege we have a responsibility to keep the story alive,” says Derek Chan, writer and director of yellow objects, a play inspired by the pro-democracy movement…

Farahnaz Samari, artist taking inspiration from the city

It has been more than 25 years since Iranian-Canadian artist Farahnaz Samari began painting. She has showcased her art in more than 80 solo and group exhibitions in both Iran and Canada. Having participated in several ‘art battles’ alongside other artists, she won the ‘Battle of the Brush’ position at two of such art competitions.…

Home Within: an audio-visual tribute to Syria

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC will present an emotional audio-visual performance Home Within by Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad as a tribute to the Syrian tragedy as part of the Spring 2021 Dot Com Series. Home Within is a reflection of the duo’s feelings during different moments…

Joy as an act of defiance

Hidden in her whimsical and colourful digital illustrations, artist Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe’s goal is simple: for Black people to feel seen, beautiful and loved just as they are. Edge, a Nigerian-Canadian illustrator, is passionate about uplifting Black people in her artwork. In her most recent project, Edge collaborated with Coquitlam Heritage to create a workbook…

Let’s go: Skoden Indigenous Film Festival

Carr Sappier, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) film grad, says the Skoden Film Festival revolves around the Truth and Reconciliation Act but that there are also a variety of themes beyond that. “What is special about the Indigenous cinema is that there is no boundary, there is no such thing as genre; it…

Violation: Seamless blend of genres

Violation is a suspenseful revenge film that never strays too far from its emotional core and centers around how difficult it can be to talk with those who you are supposed to be the most intimate, be it siblings or life partners. Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s debut feature film has been available to watch…

Plastic orchid factory –reimagining the artistic process

Plastic orchid factory is a place for artists to support each other and advocate for art works that are “pluralistic in practice and in form,” says dance artist James Gnam. Gnam and dance artist Natalie LeFebvre Gnam, who have been collaborating since 2003, established plastic orchid factory (PoF) in 2008, as a non-profit society. The…

From violin to viola and beyond

Marina Thibeault, a UBC School of Music professor and Juno Award-nominated violist, will be performing a selection of pieces from Canadian-based women and non-binary composers Ana Sokolović, Dorothy Chang and Melody McKiver. Presented by the Chan Centre, Thibeault’s solo performance will take place on April 9. “This program very much emerged from my second album…

Celebrating resilience through performing arts

Dancers of Damelahamid will be holding the 14th annual Coastal Dance Festival online in celebration of Indigenous arts. The virtual video program will feature the world premiere of a short dance in honour of the late Elder Margaret Harris by Dancers of Damelahamid. Performances and stories by the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Git Hayetsk Dancers, Git…

Angst, but the show must go on: a digital production

Shane Koyczan will share his passionate and empathetic observations of humankind in an online performance via the Chan Centre on March 12. Backed by his band during the show, the Penticton-based author and spoken word poet will lead a heartfelt and earnest performance around topics of social isolation, depression, social media and other challenging themes.…