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Fall Arts Preview 2019 visual arts critics' picks: Striking shows to see across the region – Straight.com

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There’s a wealth of new-media, photographic, and video art on view this season as the Surrey Art Gallery celebrates the 20th anniversary of its groundbreaking TechLab. It and other galleries continue to embrace all that is digital while examining what remains of the natural. Again, art poses questions about who we are and where we come from. Visiting artists from New Zealand and Australia take up residencies here as local artist-run centres move to less costly digs. Look for the Or Gallery—founded in 1983 by artist Laiwan and based for the past decade in the iconic space at 555 Hamilton Street—to reopen this month in a smaller venue on East Pender Street. Although the Or will be joining an energetic visual-arts community in Chinatown, the move isn’t all celebration and delight: rising rents in this outrageously overpriced city are putting the squeeze on artists and gallerists alike. But still, here’s to new and renewed commitments to keeping on keeping on.

Garden in the Machine

At the Surrey Art Gallery from September 21 to December 15

Leading digital artists from across Canada contemplate ways in which the natural world intersects with, parallels, or is mediated by the digital realm. Or is it the other way around? From computer-composited photographs that draw comparisons between organic waste and digital garbage to a monumentally scaled, interactive video that evokes the ornate geometry of a Persian garden, the show shakes up our relationship with nature. Other artworks include a stereoscopic 3-D video of West Coast rainforest, a computer program that translates garden imagery into coloured light sequences, and an ominous virtual-reality game that brings us face to simulated face with the disastrous impact of humanity upon our fragile environment.

The Draw: This exhibition consolidates the gallery’s continued leadership role in the development and exhibition of digital art. And then there’s the lineup: Faisal Anwar, Helma Sawatzky, Leila Sujir, Robert Youds, and culture hero Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun collaborating with Paisley Smith.

Cindy Mochizuki: Cave to Dream/Jon Sasaki: We First Need a Boat for the Rising Tide to Lift Us

At the Richmond Art Gallery from September 29 to November 17

Two distinctive, performance-based installations enliven the Richmond Art Gallery this fall. Vancouver artist Cindy Mochizuki evokes folkloric and ritual traditions of Japan’s Akita prefecture with hand-drawn animation, sound, and live-action video. Her focus is on the metaphor of the cave and rituals that signify the passage of time, the cycle of life and death, and the possibility of new beginnings within apparent endings. Toronto artist Jon Sasaki uses his videotaped performance—vainly attempting to build a traditional Japanese fishing boat while standing waist-deep in the Fraser River near Steveston—to mark the losses of freedom, property, and livelihoods suffered by Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War.

The Draw: Both artists create moving narratives as a way of evoking past lives and traditional cultures that continue to resonate today.

Ingrid Koenig: Navigating the Uncertainty Principle

At the Contemporary Art Gallery façade and off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station from October 11 to March 22

As artist in residence at TRIUMF, the particle-accelerator centre at UBC, Ingrid Koenig has been exploring what she calls diverse “ways of knowing”—that is, approaches to understanding the world that are quite different from those familiar to most visual artists. To most Vancouverites, for that matter. Through her large-scale graphite drawings, she braids scientific diagrams that attempt to articulate complex physical phenomena together with depictions of daily domestic tasks, such as cooking and washing the dishes.

The Draw: If you haven’t contemplated black holes while putting leftovers into the refrigerator, here is the occasion to do so. More poetically, let’s say that Koenig asks us to visit the place where the quotidian meets the wondrous workings of the universe.

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna

At the Polygon Gallery from October 18 to January 12

Employing a video installation together with related drawings and sculptures, Egyptian artist Wael Shawky turns conventional narrative and filmic techniques on their heads, challenging cultural memory, historical documents, and prevailing mythologies. Curator Helga Pakasaar says that Shawky “brings into dialogue real and imagined histories of the Arab world”. Shot in and near the ancient city of Abydos in Upper Egypt, today known as the village of Al Araba Al Madfuna, his work, Pakasaar continues, “evokes Egypt’s struggle with its immense history, as a modern-day country trying to excavate and give meaning to its storied past”.

The Draw: Although Shawky is internationally acclaimed and collected, this is the first exhibition of his art in Western Canada.

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Cindy Sherman

At the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 26 to March 8

One of the world’s most admired and acclaimed visual artists, Cindy Sherman has established a long, intriguing, and chameleonlike career by altering her appearance for the camera. Employing an ever-changing assortment of wigs, clothing, makeup, and accessories, she has assumed hundreds of different roles through a range of time periods, geographical settings, and social situations. As the VAG media release tells us, “her fictional portraits both highlight and confront notions of beauty, aging, sexuality, and the gaze.” In addition to her major photographic series, this comprehensive retrospective, organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the VAG, includes rarely seen early works, images of her New York studio, and a digital version of A Cindy Book.

The Draw: It’s Cindy Sherman!

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Mayor's Art Awards ceremony set for Dec. 2 – The Kingston Whig-Standard

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Local artists are to be recognized at the third annual Mayor’s Arts Awards event on Monday, Dec. 2.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony and reception will start at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St., and is open to the public.

The event will be hosted by Mayor Bryan Paterson and will unveil the five recipients of the 2019 program and celebrate their contributions to the arts in Kingston. A post-reception event will follow at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall with a performance by local pianist Ian Wong.

The goal of the Mayor’s Arts Awards is to recognize and celebrate artistic achievement and extraordinary contributions in and to the local arts by “increasing the profile and appreciation of the arts, the awards enhance the cultural vitality and civic identity of Kingston,” according to a news release.

Through this program, the city affirms the value of the arts in city life, and nurtures and inspires sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens.

“This program aims to build the profile of the arts community across the city and increase awareness of the arts among its citizens,” Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development, said. “Each of the 2019 recipients has contributed to establishing Kingston as a place where creative life is valued and innovation is embraced and we’re looking forward to celebrating their work and legacies.”

This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be open during the reception. ASL translation will be offered during the ceremony.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards winners will also be formally recognized by city council at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Mayor’s Arts Awards categories:

Creator Award: Recognizes living artists, artistic collectives, or arts organizations. Three Creator Awards will be given each year to honour artistic merit and/or innovation that advances the arts in the city, contributes to the development of the art form and expresses the cultural vitality of Kingston.

Arts Champion Award: Recognizes a living individual, organization or corporation making an extraordinary, leading contribution to the arts in Kingston as a volunteer, advocate, supporter, sponsor and/or philanthropist.

Limestone Arts Legacy Award: Recognizes individuals from the past whose sustained and substantial contributions have built the artistic vitality of the city, nurturing and enabling forms of creation, participation, presentation and enjoyment, whose leadership has inspired others, and whose influence has been felt in the region and beyond.

To learn more about the Mayor’s Arts Awards and view past recipients, go online at cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/kingston-awards/mayors-arts-awards/.

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Eight arts events to check out in Vancouver this winter – Business in Vancouver

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The Dancers of Damelahamid perform Mînowin at the Cultch Nov. 20 to 24 | Photo: Anna Springate Floch

There’s no shortage of arts events to keep you warm this winter. So bundle up and get out there.

Exploring Indigenous identity through dance

Indigenous dance gets a contemporary twist Nov. 20 to 24 via a performance dubbed Mînowin. Performed by the Dancers of Damelahamid, the show is described as “an innovative multimedia dance work about rebirth and transformation.” The performance piece marries narration, movement, song and projections as the dancers connect coastal landscapes with contemporary perspectives on Indigenous dance and culture.
Nov. 20 to 24 at the Cultch, 1895 Venables St.
Tickets: thecultch.com

East Van Panto returns with Pinocchio

East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov. 20 to Jan. 5 at the York Theatre.

Every journey into adulthood inevitably includes run-ins with a fox, a cricket and an orca, and this year’s East Van Panto reflects that timeless truth. East Van Panto: Pinocchio follows an old ice cream seller named Gelato, the “mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive” and a potential cappuccino war. Very Vancouver. Back for its seventh year, this rendition of the East Van Panto is written by Marcus Youssef and directed by Stephen Drover.
Nov. 20 to Jan. 5 at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.
Tickets: thecultch.com

Nutcracker remounts for holiday season

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Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker runs Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Photo Darren Makoivichuk

If a production of the Nutcracker isn’t happening somewhere in Vancouver, can it truly be the holiday season or are we living in an alternate reality? You have until Dec. 28 to ponder this existential question, when Alberta Ballet’s production kicks off at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The choreography comes courtesy of Edmund Stripe, while Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown takes care of the costumes. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra takes care of Tchaikovsky’s musical score. Expect all the other bells and whistles as well: the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Mouse King and Russian princesses.
Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.
Tickets: ticketmaster.com

Look busy, the Messiah is coming

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The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers perform Handel’s Messiah Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre.

Fun fact: it took George Frideric Handel just 24 days to write the Messiah back in the 18th Century.
Fast forward almost 300 years, and the three-part performance about all things Jesus lands Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre. Early Music Vancouver brings the show to town alongside guest conductor Ivars Taurins, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. Guest soloists include Joanne Lunn, Krisztina Szabó, Thomas Hobbs and Peter Harvey.
Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd.
Tickets: earlymusic.bc.ca

Make the angels dance

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The Chor Leoni men’s choir perform their Angels Dance program Dec. 21 at the Orpheum.

The Chor Leoni men’s choir is going to make the angels dance on Dec. 21. The evening’s program for Angels Dance includes traditional holiday music from across Europe, Canada, the southwest and Appalachia, along with dancers from the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Musicians getting in on the act include Tina Chang (piano), Vivian Chen (harp), Ed Henderson (guitar) and Katie Rife (percussion).
Dec. 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.
Tickets: ticketstonight.ticketforce.com.

Sadness reigns in FADO

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The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, running Nov. 21 to Dec. 14.

Ghosts and the holiday season go together like two peas in a pod. The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, beginning Nov. 21 and the show is described as a “tale of love and ghosts” set against the “saddest music in the world.” Billed as part concert and part theatre, FADO follows the story of a young Portuguese woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity. In a related plot twist, Fado is the national music of Portugal and translates to the English word for “fate.”
Nov. 21 to Dec. 14 at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St.
Tickets: firehallartscentre.ca.

Europe in 10 days

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Winters Brothers screens at the Cinematheque as part of the European Union Film Festival Nov. 22 to Dec. 2.

You can enjoy all the culture of Europe without the 10-hour flight through the Cinematheque’s 22nd annual European Union Film Festival. Films from 25 countries will be featured during the festival’s run, including heartwarming titles such as Metal Heart, Me, Myself and My Dead Wife and Eternal Winter.
Lovely.
Nov. 22 to Dec. 2 at the Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St.
Tickets: thecinematheque.ca

Disney on Ice gives it 110 per cent

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Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party skates across Pacific Coliseum Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

There was a time when the mere appearance of Mickey and Minnie on a sheet of ice alone would bring the crowd to its feet. But in 2019, Disney’s go-tos simply won’t do in isolation. And so, Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party is now a multi-level performance piece including acrobats, aerial stunts, video projections, skeletons and even stilts. The storyline for Mickey’s Search Party features Mickey and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Clever cross-promotion dictates that the whole slate of Disney-Pixar characters be involved somehow, so be prepared for guest spots from the likes of Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and the Little Mermaid.
Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at Pacific Coliseum, 2901 East Hastings St.
Tickets: TicketLeader.ca

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Over $857000 in grants for 24 Delta sport, arts and culture organizations – Surrey Now-Leader

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Twenty-four sport, arts and culture organizations in Delta are receiving a share of $857,850 in funding from the provincial government’s community gaming grants program.

In 2019-2020, more than 700 not-for-profit organizations throughout the province are receiving approximately $18.3 million in community gaming grant funding to support participation in visual and performing arts, literature, festivals, and Indigenous and cultural programs, according to a government press release.

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare said in a press release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

The province is also providing approximately $27 million to more than 800 community-based sports organizations for programs such as soccer, swimming, hockey, biking, martial arts, skiing and Special Olympics.

“These organizations strengthen the fabric of our community and I’m proud our government is able to support them,” Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, said in a press release.

Five arts and culture organizations and 19 community sports organizations in Delta are receiving community gaming grants. They are:

• Wesburn Wranglers of Burnaby Teen and PreTeen Square Dance Club: $3,750

• Young People’s Opera Society of BC: $6,500

• Delta Community Band Society: $4,500

• Delta Community Music School Society: $9,000

• Sidekick Players Club: $15,000

• British Columbia Ball Hockey Association: $40,000

• Delta Minor Ball Hockey Association: $35,000

• Delta Sungod Swim Club: $62,000

• Delta Thistle Curling Club: $13,900

• North Delta Football Association: $17,000

• North Delta Minor Hockey Association: $95,000

• North Delta Soccer Club: $55,000

• Sungod Skating Club: $64,000

• West Coast Junior Lacrosse League: $77,000

• Boundary Bay Bluebacks Swim Club: $32,500

• Delta Deas Rowing Club: $13,500

• Delta Gymnastics Society: $90,000

• Delta Skating Club: $23,700

• Ex-Britannia Red Lions Athletic Association: $7,500

• Ladner Minor Baseball Association: $25,000

• South Delta Minor Hockey Association: $119,000

• Tunnel Town Curling Club: $18,000

• Winskill Dolphin Swim Club: $20,000

• Winskill Otters Masters Swim Club: $11,000

RELATED: More than $208,000 in grants for North Delta PACs



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