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Flying Dutchman, Maestro Otto Tausk, Takes the VSO Helm

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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, News by Laura Goldstein

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, News by Laura Goldstein

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, News by Laura Goldstein

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, News by Laura Goldstein

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

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

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, News by Laura Goldstein

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 …

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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The Chutzpah! Festival

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the Annual Chutzpah! Festival that runs February …

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Coco Chanel – Timeless Visionary: Fashion Changes But Style Endures

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Hers truly was a rags to riches story. Born in 1883 and raised in an orphanage in Saumur, France where the nuns taught her to sew, Gabrielle (Coco) Bonheur Chanel took up work with a local tailor as soon as she turned eighteen. Though fiercely independent, rebelling against the male fashion designers of the day who sought to bind women …