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Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze Celebrating 30 Years and Still Taking Risks

In Arts, Culture & Style, Newsby Laura

In his office at the BMO Theatre Centre, Artistic Director, Christopher Gaze is waxing poetic about the 30th anniversary of Bard on the Beach. He’s surrounded by a lifetime of theatrical ephemera, autographed photographs, and an uncanny look-alike ventriloquist’s dummy perched on the corner of his desk.  The former Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival actor had envisioned a niche in …

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Resilience: Through Laughter The Versatile Canadian Designer, Corrine Hunt Surmounted Adversity To Celebrate Life With A New Exhibition

In Arts, Culture & Style, Design, Newsby Laura

Da’lalan – I laugh. Overseeing and tweaking the mounting of her art panels in Gastown’s Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, Corrine Hunt, a Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit jewelry designer and mixed media artist, exudes both confidence and gentleness. She’s a survivor of some of life’s most brutal crises and doesn’t sugarcoat the anger and grief she experienced working through them. Coping with tragedy …

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Making A Layover As Much Fun As A Stayover At Fairmont Vancouver Airport

In Arts, Culture & Style, Design, News, Travelby Laura

Travelling the globe is exciting until weather or other unforeseen circumstances puts your schedule in a tailspin. But whoever said ‘it’s the journey not the destination’ must have experienced a layover at YVR and  the Fairmont Vancouver Airport! Whether you need to catch up on much-needed sleep, workout in the gym, relax in a spa setting for an hour-long facial …

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Flying Dutchman, Maestro Otto Tausk, Takes the VSO Helm

In Arts, Newsby Laura

If frequent flyer miles were any indication of a conductor’s popularity, Maestro Otto Tausk, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director is about to become a household name. Following his exuberant September kick-off of the VSO’s 100th season at the Orpheum with the beloved American soprano, Renée Fleming and in subsequent weeks, The Masterworks Gold complete ballet score of Stravinsky’s …

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Made From Scraps: When Leftovers Become A Feast For the Eyes

In Arts, Design, Newsby Laura

The Pacific Northwest is not just a playground for tourists but has become a mecca for makers and artists environmentally attuned to creating without destroying the landscape.  Made From Scraps is a new collection of art and sculpture by four Vancouver artists collaborating at SPACE Gallery. Curated by maker, Pat Christie, the pieces evolved from or incorporate wood detritus scavenged from …

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Canada’s Olympic Gold Ice Dancing Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Ignite the Ice

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Chanting and screaming their appreciation and excitement, thousands of mobile phone flashlights lit-up Vancouver’s Rogers Arena like swarms of fireflies swaying to a beat. Rock stars usually receive that kind of veneration although on that night, the stars happen to be wearing skates. “It’s always fun when we tackle a tour because the pressure is off,” says the bubbly Tessa …

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Spirit Messenger: Japanese-Canadian Glassblower, Naoko Takenouchi Breathes Loss And Rebirth Into Her Abstract Sculptures

In Arts, Newsby Laura

The blue translucent wings of Flightare in repose, as if wrapped around itself for warmth or seeking comfort; Winged Aspirationextend their life-affirming ruffled wing tips to the sky from nautilus-like heads. Glassblower, Naoko Takenouchi breathes loss and rebirth into her abstract creations of migratory birds and flowers, instilling them with her own life experiences in which coincidence (or fate) has …

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Chan Hon Goh – Vancouver Ballet Dynasty Raises The Barre For Dance Training And Education In Canada

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Perhaps her breathless exuberance is partially a consequence of a grande jeté (that’s ballet parlance for ‘big leap’) into a Toronto cab, but Vancouver’s Chan Hon Goh, director of the Goh Ballet Academy is always a force of nature. She’s about halfway through her annual, albeit frenetic, outreach programme giving masterclasses to ballet students across Canada and Seattle. “I keep …

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David Foster, Music Man, Philanthropist

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After Celebrating his 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, David Foster the multi-talented Canadian takes a big bite out of Broadway Renaissance man, musician-composer-producer, philanthropist and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, David Foster is holding court in the panoramic 6th floor D6 lobby lounge of the DOUGLAS, Parq Vancouver’s new luxury downtown hotel. Dapper and fit, (he’s claustrophobic and never uses elevators …

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Once In The Blue Moon of Toruk, Kym Barrett Costume and Make-Up Designer; Time-Traveller

In Arts, Newsby Laura

As a child growing up on tropical Christmas Island, an isolated and rugged Australian territory dotting the Indian Ocean, Kym Barrett was surrounded by a kaleidoscope of exquisite sunsets, spectacular flowers, lush coral reefs and exotic birds. In fact, it is so far away from other archipelagos geographically, that many species are indigenous to only that island. That sounds uncannily …