Learn more about it at blackstrathcona.com.
Learn more about it at blackstrathcona.com.
A friend of mine recently passed along a link to the Northern Army Preservation Society of Canada. Essentially the Ottawa-based design firm Northern Army has decided to celebrate a ton of the most awesomest logos ever produced in and for brands in our country. They state that “Canadian designers have translated thousands of qualities across a hundred and fifty years into beautifully restrained, unforgettable icons that now make up our visual landscape”, and what they’ve put together is quick to digest, but truly inspiring. HERE. I’ve isolated a few of my personal favourite logos from the collection below. Dig in to their site and find yours.
From the early 1900s to the late 1960s, the East Side neighborhood of Strathcona was home to Vancouver’s first and only black community. The ten video stories of the web and signage project, Black Strathcona, celebrate some of the people and places that made the community vibrant and unique. Below is one of them.
Visit blackstrathcona.com to watch all of the videos and to learn more of the history of this Vancouver community.
|If you were to create a Venn diagram where one circle was labeled “cheap” and the other labeled “awesome”, the middle point where they cross over could be labeled “Vancouver on the Cheap”. In other words, this is a weekly series on things to do and places to go in Vancouver that fall into that magical category of being both cheap and awesome.
Got a cheap-living tip you’d like to share? Send it in here or tweet it to @andreaxuaxua (#cheapthing)!
Unbeknownst to most, there is a really vibrant and active dance scene in Vancouver. One culprit in the conspiracy to fill this city with dancing is the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Every year they bring local and international dance companies to the stage in venues all over the city. Now, most of the time tickets to see dance are pretty expensive, but the VIDF has you covered. They have a host of FREE dance shows running throughout the festival from March 7-29. All you have to do is buy a $3 VIDF membership (standard fare at any arts festival) and you’re good to go.
Here’s the line up of free shows:
Kokoro Dance – Site Specific Works (March 2 at Lonsdale Quay, March 9 at Woodwards Atrium, March 16 at Roundhouse Turntable Plaza)
Vancouver’s beloved Butoh dance company is joined by the band Spring in presenting unpredictable, unique, and of the moment performances inspired by their settings.
Modus Operandi – New Work (March 13-15 at The Roundhouse)
Quirky, athletic, and full of endless character- Modus Operandi is a training initiative that grew our of Vancouver’s rapidly rising Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. For VIDF, the company will be unveiling a brand new work.
Michael Sakamoto & Rennie Harris -Flash (March 19 & 20 at The Roundhouse)
A conversation in movement between two remarkable artists, Flash brings together Michael Sakamoto, a transdisciplinary creator best known for his innovative and philosophical approach to butoh, and Rennie Harris, an award winning, critically acclaimed hip hop choreographer who has served as USA cultural ambassador to Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel.
605 Collective – Leftovers/Cella (March 21 & 22 at The Roundhouse)
Members of the wildly popular Vancouver company present a pair of solo works: Leftovers, created and performed by Josh Martin, and Cella, created and performed by Lisa Gelley with a live accompaniment by Gabriel Saloman.
10 Gates Dancing Inc. in partnership with Public Recordings – Room with Sticks (March 27-29 at The Roundhouse)
Drawing upon decades of experience as a performer, choreographer and educator, and influenced by his six years of study as a monk in the Hakukaze soto zen monastery, 10 Gates’ Tedd Robinson is well known for his idiosyncratic and unique creations. Collaborating with Ame Henderson and Charles Quevillon, the company returns to the VIDF with a site specific work that will transform the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall.
While I love reading Grant’s stories, listening to him read them and share his thoughts on them is a rare treat, and when I got back from the island I was reminded that I’ve been meaning to share this video below. It’s of Grant introducing his most recent book, The Lonely End of the Rink, and sharing some of his personal story on stage at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon, and it is awesome. Former-Vancouver-Mayor-turned-MLA Sam and his partner Lynn put together these wonderful nights that V.I.A. is a sponsor of and it really came as no surprise to me when I found out that Grant was going to be speaking; they have a knack for putting great people doing great things up on their stage. I always leave inspired, looking forward to the next one and the speakers they bring in as well as the diverse crowd that it draws.
The next Public Salon is coming up on Wednesday May 15th and, again, I hope to see you there!
La Vida Local is a feature aimed at connecting you with some of the best foods and goods within Vancouver while raising awareness of how buying local benefits everyone involved. When you buy local, you’re not just supporting these individuals but helping to grow and sustain the local community.
I first came across Fable Naturals at a casual visit to Harvest Community Foods. All I saw were the words “Lemon Lavender Body Balm” and next thing I knew I was dousing myself with it at home. We’ve all started paying more attention to what we put in our body, but the same should be paid to what’s being put on our bodies. Fable Naturals decided they wanted to make products that people could feel good putting on and have incorporated organic and fair trade ingredients into everything they make. Founders Gwen and Chris gave me a peek into how those luscious balms are produced at their studio in Mount Pleasant, as well as answered some questions about their products and buying local. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>