HEADS UP | “Centre A” Set To Offer New Cantonese “Chinatown Survival” Lessons

April 24, 2014 

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Chinatown remains one of the more interesting neighbourhoods in Vancouver partly on account of the language barrier it often presents to those who don’t speak Cantonese. If you’ve ever wanted to attempt to scale that barrier, Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) is now offering a ‘quick & dirty’ series of classes that will not only school participants on the basics of how to communicate with shop owners, but also provides some cultural and historical context for the neighbourhood. “The streets, shops and spaces of Chinatown will be our classroom and its people will be our textbooks. Classes will include: basic Cantonese greetings, numbers, getting around, how to order food in a restaurant, and grocery shopping. We will do short field trips around the neighbourhood and hear stories about Chinatown history, community organizing, and historic and current relationships with the diverse cultural communities who share the space. Our final exam will be a grocery shopping expedition and collaboratively created meal.” How awesome is that? The seven classes will run you $60 ($9 drop-in). Super deal!

Saturdays | 10am-12pm | April 26 – June 7 | Centre A (229 East Georgia St.) | DETAILS

HEADS UP | “The Postcard Show” Set To Open At The Remington Gallery On April 5th

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by Grady Mitchell | Just over a year ago, Curator Paulina De La Paz organized the first Postcard Show after noticing the lack of platforms for emerging artists and curators in Vancouver. On Saturday, April 5 the show’s fourth volume will open at The Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) at 7 PM, granting young artists, especially recent graduates, a chance to exhibit their work in Vancouver and internationally. For this edition, the artists will be creating their postcard-size pieces within the greater theme of “Transformation.”

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Works by Frazer Adams, Tony Yin Tak Chu, Mia Dungeon, Andrea Hooge, James Knight, Guillem Rovira, Carley Stadelmann

Most of the forty-five artists have contributed multiple postcards, which means there will be plenty to look at – and bid on. Every piece is for sale, starting at $10 in auction-style bidding. As you’d expect with such a stacked roster, the styles are eclectic, spanning photography, painting, illustration, textiles, origami, and even more unique mediums. Andea Hooge, for instance, specializes in scratch boarding; she coats a surface in paint and scratches away layers to create an image. Another artist in the show, Carley Stadlemann, has built her own Harmonograph, a device that takes sound waves and translates them visually into spiralling, precise, and hypnotizing patterns.

If young talent and affordable original artwork aren’t enough to draw you to the show, then consider this: the fourth volume will be Vancouver’s last Postcard Show for some time. After this, Paulina plans to take the exhibition international, starting with Mexico City.

Learn more about the Postcard Show and keep up to date with their TumblrTwitter, and on Facebook.

HEADS UP | Heritage Vancouver Society To Give Iconic ‘Marine Building’ Tour March 12

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Standing proudly at the north end of Burrard Street, Vancouver’s Marine Building, which opened in 1930, is certainly one of the most iconic and stunningly beautiful heritage buildings in the city. If the doorway is any indication of the level of craftsmanship and style of the offices inside, just imagine how impressive it must be to set foot in the art deco-styled penthouse!

Next week you will have an opportunity to do just that. On the night of Wednesday, March 12th, the Heritage Vancouver Society will lead an informative tour of the building’s jaw-dropping lobby and gorgeous penthouse. Tickets aren’t cheap, but this will be money well spent, particularly because your 100 beans counts as a donation to the Heritage Vancouver Society (tax receipts will be issued) and there will be a reception that includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

We went last year and it was such a fantastic experience that we want to go again. Click on any of the photos below to get a feel for the magic of the place…

Wed, Mar. 12 | 5:30-8pm | Marine Building (355 Burrard) | $100 | DETAILS

HEADS UP | Local Artist Sophia Ahamed Showing At Catalog Gallery This Saturday

February 19, 2014 

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You should know about this opening that’s going down at Catalog Gallery this Saturday at 7:00pm…

Sophia Ahamed is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist living in Vancouver BC Canada. She is a young creative who has worked internationally on a wide rage of projects and has had her work featured in various publications such as Color Magazine, Semi-Permanent and Design is Kinky just to name a few. Her illustrative work is a balance between hand drawn, digital renditions which creates beautiful contrasts of colour and depth through out each piece.

Her current collection of illustrative works demonstrates a valuable connection between the conscious and unconscious mind. No matter who we are or what we are, we as human beings are built the same. We have all gone through moments of happiness, of loss, of despair and of triumph. It is said that what we truly desire in life in happiness. But only through pain can we begin to understand what happiness really is and allow our selves to feel it without hesitation.

Science has given us the ability to understand our own minds and bodies. Art has given us the ability to communicate these findings with others. The goal is to create a different kind of healing process, one that stems from the artist and to the viewer.”

Catalog Gallery is on the 2nd floor of Tinseltown Mall. In addition to Ahamed’s work, you can expect music, beer and fun times.

HEADS UP | “Happy Little Clouds” Art Show Now Collecting Works Inspired By Bob Ross

January 27, 2014 

From the creators of Bill You Murray Me?, Drop it Like it’s Art, the Steven Seagallery, and Zig – a – Zigallery comes the one, the only, Happy Little Clouds. It’s a new art exhibition celebrating the artistic style and unique spirit of the man famous for saying “we don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents”: Bob Ross!

The show itself goes down Saturday, February 22, at the Fall Tattoo & Art Gallery (644 Seymour Street), but if you have a bit of time on your hands and some Bob Ross-fuelled inspiration to channel, you can still get involved. To submit a piece to this show, check out their Facebook page for details. Basically, as with their past ventures, organizers are looking for some quick and dirty art work. They aren’t stuck up about it; they will accept anything from painting and drawing to short stories or papier mâché sculpture, as long as it is Bob Ross-centric.

Mark your calendars now for opening night. Not only will there be some good people, amusing art and cheap booze (a good time if it stopped right there), but you can also expect a show of remixed excerpts from Bob Ross’s show the Joy of Painting AND this may be your only opportunity to ever see a live perm that will be painted by a Bob Ross look a like. Door donations will be going to the Positive Women’s Network, an organization for women with HIV in BC.

VOTE | Whose Architectural Vision Do You Want For The New Vancouver Art Gallery?

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After wading through a pool of some 75 architectural firms from 16 countries following and open request for qualifications, The Vancouver Art Gallery has just named five of them as finalists for the design of its highly anticipated new home at West Georgia and Cambie. They are New York giants Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects of Toronto, and our fave of the lot, SANAA of Tokyo. According to the release that the VAG sent out this morning, they will be conducting “in-person interviews with each of the finalists in the coming months” and they expect to announce a final decision before the start of summer:

“The new museum building will allow the Vancouver Art Gallery to better serve its visitors, more fully realize the international reach and range of its mission and program, and will provide an international platform for local and regional artists. The new building will offer dedicated space for the Gallery’s growing collections, expanded indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces for its dynamic exhibitions, and new educational facilities that will allow the museum to dramatically increase its educational and public programs.”

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Granted there are no designs to get excited about yet, but after salivating over our keyboards going through the portfolios of each firm all morning l0ng, we’ve ranked them in the order of our preference below (accompanying text via the VAG). It’s a pretty kickass short list. Once you’ve finished your own perusing, be sure to add your two cents in the poll at the bottom of the post.

1. SANAA is a Tokyo-based collaborative office, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. With all projects based on careful study of the context, program, and client objectives, their works range in scale from master planning, to educational and cultural facilities, to product and furniture design. Recent and notable projects include: Louvre-Lens Museum in France; the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland; New Museum in New York; the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan. SANAA has been awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Golden Lion, and the Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan, among other awards. [image credit: Iwan Baan]

2. Herzog & de Meuron are known for designs that are sensitive to the site, geography, and cultural context creating projects that are highly specific to their place and program brief, from small-scale private projects to large-scale public and cultural facilities. Recent and notable projects include: the Tate Modern in London; the Schaulager in Basel; the de Young Museum in San Francisco; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; and M+ in Hong Kong. Led by five Senior Partners—Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, and Stefan Marbach—and based in Basel, Switzerland, the firm has been awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, and the Praemium Imperiale.

3. Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, DS+R is led by three partners: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro. Completed projects include: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign and expansion of the Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, and the School of American Ballet; the High Line, an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles long through New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, the first new museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. Projects in progress include: the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles; the Museum of Image & Sound in Rio de Janeiro; the MoMA Expansion in New York City; and Culture Shed in New York’s Hudson Yards Development. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were the first architects to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, awarded for their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture.

4. KPMB Architects is considered one of Canada’s leading architectural studios and has led the design for major cultural public projects throughout the country, including Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto, as well as the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Its work has been honoured with twelve Governor General Medals, Canada’s highest honour for architecture, and has been recognized internationally by the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Urban Land Institute.

5. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects is a New York-based firm providing architectural, master planning, urban design, and interior design services to municipal, institutional, and private clients in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on buildings for museums, schools, and non-profits. Notable projects include: the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; the American Folk Art Museum in New York; The Phoenix Art Museum; the Asia Society in Hong Kong; and the new US Embassy Compound in Mexico City. Williams and Tsien are recipients of awards such as the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Brunner Award, and the New York City AIA Medal of Honor, among others.

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HEADS UP | Score Tickets & Check Out The Killer Crew Speaking At Pecha Kucha Night

January 8, 2014 

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The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 31 on January 30th, as well as the opening musical act, and it all amounts to a doozy of an evening. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, so be quick with your mouse, trackpad, or fingers because they sell out faster than the pies at Pizzeria Farina (for serious). The opening band is Gold and Youth, and the speakers are…

Malcolm Parry - Columnist at Vancouver Sun
Judith Marcuse - Founder and Co-Director of International Centre of Art for Social Change
Mia Kohout - CEO & Editor-in-Chief at Momentum Mag
Arno Kopecky - Environmental Journalist Oil Man and the Sea
Jenna Herbut - Co-Producer of Make It Vancouver
Navida Nuraney - Executive Director of ArtStarts in Schools
Dane Brown & Clinton McDougall - Owners of Bestie
Ken Tsui - Program Director at Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed like this guy for your chance to win!

HEADS UP | “Hey Jude” Pairing Up With The Found And The Freed For A Main St. Pop-Up

December 5, 2013 

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Our friends over at The Found & The Freed are pairing up with vintage clothing store Hey Jude for a holiday season pop-up of curated antiques and sweet duds at 3088 Main Street. The collaborative awesomeness starts December 7th and runs everyday through to December 21st from 11am to 7pm.

HEADS UP | Legendary Ken Diamond Doing Custom Work At “The Shop” This Thursday

December 2, 2013 

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The one and only leather maestro, Ken Diamond, will be at The Shop Vancouver in Chinatown on Thursday December 5th to put custom belts together starting at 4pm. His wallets, belts, key fobs, key chains, moccasins, beer cozies, and a new collab wallet will also be available for purchase until 8pm. “Come down and take a look at Ken’s fantastic leather goods and enjoy a beer provided our friends by Pabst.” says owner Brett Beadle. Don’t mind if we do! Watch the video above from the last time these two hooked up. Good times.

The Shop Vancouver | 432 Columbia Street | Vancouver, BC | DETAILS

HEADS UP | New Edition Of The Always Odd “Miracle And Connelly Calendar” Released

November 28, 2013 

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If you have the 2013 edition of the locally produced and always odd Miracle & Connelly Calendar on your wall, you’re likely making arrangements to secure the new one. If you’ve seen a copy of one of these hand-inscribed calendars hanging on a friend’s wall, you’ve probably wanted one. If you’ve never seen or heard of it, trust us, you want one! 2013′s legendary calendar – the strangest yet – came complete with 12 months stuffed with all manner of horrible and wonderful days (eg. October 22nd was Silverfish Awareness Day), and we don’t doubt that 2014′s will be just as weirdly memorable. 

They’re $20.14 each, 3 for $50, or 5 for $80. Email us [at] miracleandconnellypresents.com to lock down a copy. The calendars will be available at two launches this week: Thursday, November 28 (7pm – late) at the Dunlevy Snackbar in Strathcona and Friday, November 29 (9:30pm) at Solders & Sons (247 Main Street).

HEADS UP | Le Marché St George Turned 3 Today & Launched A Sweet Winter Pop-Up

November 23, 2013 

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Le Marché St George turns three years old today. The good folks behind the excellent corner store and cafe are celebrating by sharing treats, offering 20% off of all their stock and launching their annual Winter pop-up shop. Poke your head into the garage at the rear of the property and check out all the gorgeous textiles – think Mexican wools, beautiful cashmere and linen scarves, chunky knit sweaters, pillows, throws and blankets – as well as a fresh batch of ceramics by Janaki Larsen, art work by Klee Larsen, sturdy leather satchels, Scatter/Gather pendant lights and some great jewellery. The 20% off sale is for today (Saturday) only, but the pop-up continues through December.

Saturday, November 23 | 9am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS

BE PREPARED | Everything That You Need To Know About The Eastside Culture Crawl

November 14, 2013 

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by Michelle Sproule | The Eastside Culture Crawl (November 15, 16, 17) is now upon us.  The annual three day event sees over 425 East Side artists (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) open their studios to the public.

There is no schedule per se; only the one you choose to structure for yourself. There’s no pressure to buy, either. Treat it as a chance to float from one studio to the next, talking to artists about their processes while enjoying the diversity of creativity that the East Side has to offer.

The Crawl covers the area between Terminal Avenue to Burrard Inlet between Main Street and Victoria Drive (handy map). This year there will be over 425 artists participating and it’s estimated that over 15,000 crawlers will be out to take in what they have to offer. This is precisely the kind of event that calls for a game plan. Here’s ours…

FRIDAY NIGHT

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This is the opening of the Crawl and the only opportunity you have for “evening” studio visits (Saturday and Sunday seeing only day-time visits). If you only have one chance to take in the Crawl, let this be it. Wandering around the neighbourhood on a cold, possibly wet night in Fall with thousands of other people looking to squeeze in as much art as they possibly can makes for soaring spirits. Make sure you dress appropriately (forecast suggests it’ll be a few degrees above zero), and do your utmost to be respectful of those who’ve opened their doors to you. If you own a flask, bring it.

Parker Street Studios | 125 Artists

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The massive building at 1000 Parker St. is the densest collection of artist studios on the map every year and starting your crawl experience here is essential. Not only is there is something magical about this building on the opening night of the Crawl – the crowds are thick and fast with energy, the studios are full and the artists are ready to chat – but you want to cover as much ground as you can this weekend and Parker Street will give you the solid start that you’re looking for.

Eating & Drinking Before, During, and Afterwards

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The intensity of Parker Street makes it difficult to just head out or head home afterwards without sustenance. Chances are you’ll be pumped before, in the midst, and after, and that will make you hungry and thirsty. Chinatown is wise and close by. If there’s room at The Parker, sip on a New Strathcona and snack on something healthy, grab a burger and an Old Fashioned at Mamie Taylor’s on East Georgia between Main and Gore, or slurp up some candied bacon ramen at Harvest Community Foods. Nearby, Ask for Luigi just opened up last night, and Cuchillo recently added a few things to their menu. Plus there’s Campagnolo, Pizzeria Farina, East of Main, The Emerald, The Dunlevy Snackbar, Phnom Penh, and Bao Bei. Just don’t go overboard, as you’ve got a lot of ground to cover tomorrow, too!

SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON

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If you thought Parker Street on Friday night was a mad and exhausting labyrinth, it’s good to remember that the Eastside Culture Crawl is an endurance game, and that it’s only just begun…

Multi-Artist Studios

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Hit the pavement with your trusty Crawl map and explore mid-sized buildings that house several studios at once. Your main targets are The Arc (1701 Powell St., 23 studios), 339 Railway Street (9 studios), Portside Studios (150 McLean Dr, 19 studios), The William Clark Studios (1310 William Street, 31 Studios) and  The Mergatroid (975 Vernon, 55 Studios). As you move between buildings and neighbourhoods, look for yellow balloons marking smaller studios in homes, garages and basements (or save that action for Sunday).

Walking Fuel

It’s important to resist the urge to go non-stop from one studio to the next. You need to eat and drink and you need to do it without going too far off the Crawl track. As you saw higher up in this guide, there plenty of worthwhile joints to check out. Trouble is, most of them are only open at night. Fret not, as there are a few ‘in-crawl-catchment’ choices during daytime. For example, The Wilder Snail in Strathcona will set you up with your morning coffee (and muffin too) and it’s smack-dab in the middle of Crawlville. There’s also Harvest Community Foods on Union, The Union Cafe, Benny’s, and Finch’s.

Bonus: by pure serendipity, there’s a Perogy Lunch taking place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on the corner of East Pender and Hawks on Saturday and Sunday. Scoot in to load up of homemade Ukranian food and then get the hell back out there!

SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON

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This is what we call panic day. It’s when you realize you’re running out of Crawl time and you will need to act swiftly if you’re going to score. It’s also the day that you will visit the places you missed but heard about on Friday and Saturday via Twitter and word of mouth. So yeah, it’s the day that you will pick up the pace!

Small Studios & Follow Ups

This is also the day that you will revisit your favourite studios with your fingers crossed hoping that the painting/photograph/sculpture that you didn’t buy on Friday is still there. So don’t waste a minute. Map out a sensible route that includes targets that you haven’t hit yet and get rolling. You won’t see every studio, so don’t rush around like you might. Likewise, if a restaurant is full or there’s not room at the bar, move on. The last thing that the Eastside Culture Crawl is about is stress, disappointment, or the threat of either. Crawl with an open heart and mind, and enjoy the hell out of yourself!

HEADS UP | The Speaker Line-Up For Pecha Kucha Night Volume 30 Is A Creative Doozy

November 13, 2013 

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The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have just announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 30 on November 20th, as well as the opening musical act. Sadly (typically), it’s already sold out, but we’re going to be giving away a double pass in the coming days, so watch our Twitter feed for your chance to win…

Hannah EppersonSinger / Songwriter (opening act)| Armed with only her violin, loop pedal and voice, singer/songwriter Hannah Epperson is quietly rising in Western Canada’s music scene as a wild talent from Vancouver’s rising tide of indie artists. With just a 5 track home-recorded, self-released EP to her name, Hannah’s emergence as one of Canada’s Top Artists to Watch in 2013 (CBC Radio) has been driven by word-of-mouth praise for her unguarded and deeply intimate solo performances.

J. B. MacKinnon, Author | J.B. MacKinnon is the author or coauthor of four books of nonfiction. His latest, The Once and Future World, will be released in September 2013. Previous works are The 100-Mile Diet (with Alisa Smith), a bestseller widely recognized as a catalyst of the local foods movement; I Live Here (with Mia Kirshner and artists Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge), a ‘paper documentary’ about displaced people that made top 10 lists from theBloomsbury Literary Review to Comic Book Resources; and Dead Man in Paradise, the story of a priest assassinated in the Dominican Republic, which won Canada’s highest prize for literary nonfiction.

Zoe PawlakArtist | Zoe Pawlak is a contemporary artist working with private clients, interior designers and select brands. Zoe’s work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Style at Home, Rue Magazine, House and Home, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, CBC National News, the BLOCK magazine, Design*Sponge, the Jealous Curator, Oh Joy! and more.

Lyndon Cormack, Co-Founder Herschel Supply Co. | Lyndon is one of two founding brothers of the Herschel Supply Company, a key influencer in the importance of the backpack as an everyday fashion accessory. The company was founded in 2009, and was named after the small town in Saskatchewan where three generations of the family grew up. It hasn’t stood still since 2009. Herschel Supply products are sold in Canada, from the foothills of the Rockies, as well as Europe, Australia, throughout Asia, and everywhere in between.

Chris Jerome, Market Director Hawkers Market | Chris Jerome cooked his way across Canada in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal finally landing at The Fat Duck in Bray, UK with Heston Blumenthal followed by Noma in Copenhagen alongside Rene Redzepi. Chris moved to Vancouver in 2011 and now runs Hawkers Market which is a curated local underground food market which fosters the development of emerging vibrant food entrepreneurs in Vancouver, with a core belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to make a living doing what they love to do.

Alexandra T. Greenhill, Co-Founder / CEO My Best Helper  | Alexandra T. Greenhill is a still practicing Canadian physician leader who is now co-founder and CEO of award winning startup myBestHelper, the essential digital utility that gives families an easy way to access and use care options for kids and elderly – find a nanny, sitter who really fits your family. Dr. Greenhill also uses her decades of health and eHealth leadership experience to advise health IT projects and companies, including Medeo.ca (the ground-breaking Vancouver based telehealth from any device platform) and Curatio (the revolutionary personalized mobile support tool designed for people with conditions that can benefit from a virtual support group combined with direct interaction with healthcare professionals).

Alicia Medina Laddaga, Founder and Director LOHA Vancouver | After Alicia graduating from her Bachelors in Architecture in Mexico in 2008, Alicia packed her stuff (and husband) in a pick-up truck and drove 5000km north to Vancouver to pursue a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture at UBC. Being a big advocate for user-generated urbanism, Alicia focused her studies at UBC on exploring ways in which dynamic and spontaneous processes transform cities into vibrant urban environments. While working at a local architecture firm, Alicia realized the limitations of the practice in affecting change in our city. In November 2012, Alicia founded the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LOHA), a non-profit organization focused on providing housing for creative and emerging professionals in Vancouver. As a founder and director of the organization, Alicia seeks to be an active participant in housing (and increasing) the creative capital of our city. Her work at LOHA focuses on community engagement and education.

Jonathan Tippett, Artist and Engineer Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot | Jonathan Tippett is a Vancouver based artist and mechanical engineer with a degree in Applied Science from UBC. His engineering work has been in the fields of marine hydraulics, fuel cells and neurovascular implants. Tippett’s personal artwork explores the relationship between humans, machines, energy, power and physical skill at an extreme scale. His first large scale piece was the Mondo Spider, created in 2006. His current project is 2 story tall, human controlled mech suit called Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot. His work on human-machine interaction and large scale robotic art has brought him to deliver presentations at The University of Dallas, Texas and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, UBC TEDx, and GROW Conference.

Paul Dincer, Founder and Chocolatier Koko Monk Chocolates by Levni | Paul Dincer is the owner and founder of Kitsilano’s newest chocolate shop, Koko Monk Chocolates located at 1849 West 1st Avenue. Paul has quickly become one of Vancouver’s leading chocolatiers known for his one-of-a-kind chocolate creations. His inspiration comes from his comprehensive background and education in fine art, literature and philosophy. Paul is a published author and previous film critic and writer. His postmodern chocolates are made with sophisticated flavor combinations and unique techniques that reflect the 20th century avant-garde art movements.

Wes Regan, Executive Director Hastings Crossing BIA | Wes Regan has brought innovative communications, program development and strategy solutions to complex multi-stakeholder environments since 2008. His career has threaded social finance and social innovation, blogging and SEO, food security, urban sustainability and local economic development. He is currently the Executive Director for the Hastings Crossing BIA, a Business Improvement Association founded with social innovation and inclusion at its core and the Program Coordinator for Building Opportunities with Business, a Community Economic Development Agency in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is also a founding director of Urban Stream Innovation, a Food Systems Technology Startup.

Sarah DickinsonTHNK | Sarah is the Director of THNK Vancouver – a creative leadership school for personal and social impact. The school launched in Amsterdam in 2009, and will welcome students to their new Vancouver campus in 2014. Combining design, systems and critical thinking with real-world business design and leadership development, THNK delivers unique, hands-on learning experiences for executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits tackling 21st century global challenges.

David Gunawan, Head Chef and Owner of Farmer’s Apprentice | Arriving in Vancouver in 2006, Gunawan joined Chef Angus and team at Gastropod (now Maenam), and worked under David Hawksworth and Warren Geraghty at West and eventually took the helm as Executive Chef. After travelling through Europe Gunawan opened the successful and meat-centric Wildebeest in Vancouver. Now David and his partner, Dara Young, have opened their first restaurant together, Farmer’s Apprentice. In David’s words, ”Good accessible food is more than just a convergence of technique and fertile soil—it derives from the passions of the people who are working toward it. Our approach is a modern interpretation of ecological gastronomy. Ingredients are sourced selectively and cultivated at the peak of their flavours and integrity. The menu traces seasonal variations and changes as frequently as nature permits. Our intention is to endorse young agrarians and food sovereignty through creativity.”

Leah Costello, Chief Ideas Curator Bon Mot Book Club  | Leah is an event host, writer, and media commentator based in West Vancouver, BC. She produces numerous events focused on bringing people together to discuss business, politics, and current affairs through her exclusive Bon Mot Book Club dinner serIes, a Books Sandwiched In lunch club, and the History Wars debates in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.

Leah is often found discussing business, policy, and economics on radio, television, & in the print media, as well as through her blog www.leahcostello.blogspot.com. She is currently writing her own book called Preaching to the Unconverted: How to Talk Politics & Influence People.

Doors open at 6:30 and Hannah Epperson will hit the stage at 7:00 sharp. It’s another sold out event at the Vogue Theatre so come early for good seats!

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