Virtual Humanity: a Two Spirit & Indigiqueer online experience

During this pandemic, people have had to stick to their own little bubbles, but deep-rooted issues of colonization may have been causing people to do this for much longer than they realize. With their online event, Virtual Humanity, which focuses on the Two Spirit & Indigiqueer experience, Zee Zee Theatre Company is aiming for people…

Where an artist ought to be: a community festival for creative togetherness

Each November, for the past 25 years the Eastside Arts Society has produced the Eastside Culture Crawl Festival where artists from different backgrounds and practices open their studios to public appreciation. The society, a registered charity, aims to inspire, educate, and engage Vancouver’s community in contemporary visual arts. From Nov.12–21 this year, artists will be…

Paddle song – The story of indigenous existence and triumph

Paddle Song, a one-woman musical theatre production directed by Dinah Christie, follows Pauline Johnson, an iconic visionary Mohawk performer during the late 1700s. Co-written by Dinah Christie and Tom Hill and performed by Cheri Maracle, Paddle Song will be presented at the Firehall Theatre from Nov. 9–21. Johnson was the daughter of an English woman and a…

MemoryGami: unfolding barriers

Keiko Honda’s Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS), a non-profit organization with a passion to connect people through the means of art, invites all to enjoy the unique stories of six women through storytelling and paper-folding with MemoryGami, a short documentary series. “I strongly believe in art as a means of change. Art evokes empathy, and empathy…

Karishma Deo: an upcoming artist

Karishma Deo, an Indo-Canadian singer-songwriter with more than 85,000 followers on TikTok, has captured many hearts through her soulful renditions of classic Bollywood songs as well as mashups of Hindi and English songs. The artist will perform as part of the 5X Fest Blockparty at the Beaumont Studios, which runs from Sept. 17–19. “[The festival]…

What would it be like to live in the ocean?

Compassion for nature and self, and enjoyment of the underwater culture to bring out questions and discussions is what artist Paula Nishikawara hopes visitors will consider walking through her current exhibition at the Vancouver Maritime Museum titled, If I Lived in the Ocean. Running until Oct. 24, Nishikawara’s exhibition is an immersive underwater experience right within…

Audio Metaphor – soundscape at your fingertips

Ever had any interest in hearing a birdsong, or perhaps the summer rain, or how about the ocean waves? Users can type in anything that comes to mind, and Audio Metaphor will generate a soundscape based on that query. The soundscape generation system, developed by Philippe Pasquier and Miles Thorogood, is currently on exhibit as…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

Leena Manro: transforming a corporate and community culture through arts

The YWCA has released the inspiring nominees for the Women of Distinction Awards and will announce the winners on June 7 at their virtual gala. One of this year’s nominees, Leena Manro, truly embodies the essence of the Arts, Culture and Design category, by making a corporate and social difference through her media endeavours and…