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The Art of a Cover

Artslandia Cover Artist, M.A. Tateishi, explains her spontaneous, layered process of painting. By A.L. Adams. Photos by Rob Trendiak. M.A. Tateishi freely admits her exuberant painting style flies in the face of her art professors’ recommendations at Emily Carr. “They actually discouraged us from using a lot of colour,” she laughs. But by the time she started—in her 40s—Tateishi’s sensibilities were already fully ... Read More »

Origin Stories: Full Circle First Nations Performance

Full Circle: First Nations Performance isn’t just the name of Margo Kane’s company. Full Circle describes the journey her life and work have traced for her in Vancouver. Trained as a dancer, actor, and singer (“I didn’t want to go to university!” she exclaims with her characteristic big laugh), the Cree/Saulteaux performer from Edmonton arrived here in 1983 on tour with George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita ... Read More »

Neworld Theatre Celebrates Two Decades of Artist-Driven Theatre

Even after creating two decades of exceptionally fascinating work, it remains downright difficult to pin any one “label” on this company, which is, dare we say, refreshing. Any pattern in Neworld’s wide-ranging repertoire of live performance might best be perceived like a quilt—a variety of colours, designs, and textures joined together as one far-reaching and always surprising artistic expression. In ... Read More »

Expand your sound palette with VICO’s Global Soundscapes Festival

  Close your eyes and let the sweet sound of violin and cello play in your head. Now, add the sounds of dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute, and danbau, a Vietnamese zither. On top of this combination, add tombak, a Persian goblet drum, and oud, an Arabic lute. Was that a challenge to imagine? “You might think that putting all ... Read More »

Origin Stories: Firehall Arts Centre

Donna Spencer sits comfortably amid the clutter and history, the costumes, props, and archives of the Firehall Arts Centre boardroom. In a city infamous for ignoring its heritage, here’s a building constructed in 1906 as Vancouver’s first fire station, turned into a theatre in 1982. Spencer was there at its rebirth, the Firehall’s first (and only) artistic producer. Along with the Firehall’s regular programs of theatre and dance, Spencer ... Read More »