Justin Ramsey

Retro Vancouver

Retro Vancouver

How Our City Needs to Progress in the 21st Century

Written by Justin Ramsey Photography by Harley Spade For much of Vancouver’s history, the Downtown Eastside was the economic hub of the city. Rooted amidst the bustle of boutiques, hotels, and parlours was the Woodward’s department store, a six-storey shopping mecca that drew Vancouverites from all over the city. This version of the Downtown Eastside […]

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The Wide Perspective: Filmmaker Rami Katz Talks LAUNCH Festival

The Wide Perspective: Filmmaker Rami Katz Talks LAUNCH Festival

written by Justin Ramsey edited by Faber Neifer Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk “I love Vancouver,” states Rami Katz affirmatively. “I love the landscape and the environment here—it’s just a beautiful place to live.” This is quite the declaration, given today’s quintessentially-Vancouver weather: grey, chilly, and drizzly, even on a Sunday morning in late May. Nevertheless, […]

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Feeling Visions: Choreographer Julianne Chapple Talks LAUNCH Festival

Feeling Visions: Choreographer Julianne Chapple Talks LAUNCH Festival

Written by Justin Ramsey Edited by Kaylin Metchie Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk I am sitting in Kafka’s, a charming café in Vancouver’s fashionable Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, enjoying a fabulously foamy London fog. The white walls are decorated with art, and the large front windows fill the spacious room with a pale, natural light. At 9:53, […]

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Medical Drama: Theatre Artist Yvette Lu Talks LAUNCH Festival

Medical Drama: Theatre Artist Yvette Lu Talks LAUNCH Festival

written by Justin Ramsey edited by Christopher Millin Yvette Lu has a distinction to her name that is unusual for an artist: the prestigious suffix MD. “I wanted to be a doctor for a long time,” Lu recalls fondly, “ever since I was a small child.” We are sitting in Revolver Café, a trendy coffee […]

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Synthetic Synthesis

Synthetic Synthesis

Review: It’s Not You, It’s Me @ Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, B.C.) March 27 – April 9, 2014

Review by Justin and Dillon Ramsey Granville Island is a beautiful place; that’s hard to contest. But its beauty is an aesthetic of tensions: here, the natural and industrial converge upon one another in stark, yet strangely harmonious, juxtaposition. Walking from west to east en route to Emily Carr University of Art and Design, lush […]