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ISCM World New Music Days Come to Vancouver

As far as contemporary music is concerned, it’s the Olympics and the World Cup rolled into one. The International Society for Contemporary Music’s annual “World New Music Days” comes to Vancouver for a hectic week November 2-8, with monumental implications for Vancouver performers, ensembles, and fans of new music. The ISCM goes back to 1922 when a multi-national group devoted ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Evan Frayne on “The Lonesome West”

Before the smashing success of In Bruges, Martin McDonagh hit the London theatre scene and quickly became known as the “Quentin Tarantino of the theatre world”. His plays are visceral, violent and darkly humorous. But in his plays, there is also beauty and human connection. McDonagh wrote almost his entire cannon in less than a year and in 1997 he ... Read More »

Past Performances #Throwback: Borodin Quartet

Prior to May of 1948, Vancouver’s chamber music scene was a smattering of visits by a few established quartets and occasional performances by locals. A band of enthusiasts great and small changed that when they formed Friends of Chamber Music and presented their first concert. Critics and audiences alike were very pleased. With concert expenses of $327.58 and $249 in ticket ... Read More »

Q+A: Playwright Pamela Mala Sinha talks “Happy Place”

Playwright and actor, Pamela Mala Sinha, spoke with Artslandia recently about her newest play, Happy Place. Sinha talks about the origins of the play, her creative process, and sharing her play with Vancouver audiences for the first time. Can you tell us about the origins of the Happy Place and the creative process of writing it? What was it like for you? The impetus ... Read More »

The Visionary — Paul Larocque

THE VISIONARY: PAUL LAROCQUE “I really love being part of the greater sound.” Paul Larocque’s enthusiasm for arts education is infectious, with Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Chor Leoni’s MyVoice program among the benefactors of his endless drive. “I’m very passionate about providing profound life experiences for children through high-quality arts education, so they can learn to live ... Read More »