Writing by VANDOCUMENT

Written documentation by VANDOCUMENT

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Death, Resurrection, Ascension

Death, Resurrection, Ascension

Interdisciplinary artist Miki Aurora discusses her work in occult, ritual, and dissolving the disillusions of the heteronormative patriarchy

Beyond emerging in some ways, Vancouver artist Miki Aurora (her press release opens with the statement “Internationally exhibited…”) is not yet a household name. But with her beyond-the-box exploration of interdisciplinary art forms, and working within the taboo areas of occult and ritual, pop fame doesn’t appear to be at the top of Aurora’s reasons […]

 Ollie Hansen

Fostering Relationships Between Youth & Communities

Fostering Relationships Between Youth & Communities

Once a humble skate competition, CityFest grows into creative bridge builder on the North Shore

The VANDOCUMENT team might spend most of our time in Vancouver proper, but as we grow, so does our documentation of the Lower Mainland’s artistic and creative scenes. Last Saturday saw the 16th annual ‘CityFEST’ take place on Vancouver’s North Shore, so writer, photographer, and street culture aficionado Ollie Hansen went to check it out. […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

DOXA 2017 preview

DOXA 2017 preview

Industry Day, film picks, sharing the love of documentary filmmaking

Intro: DOXA 2017 is nearly here Thursday, May 4th, is the launch of the 16th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival, bringing 11 days & nights of international film, forums, and education to Vancouver. This year, VANDOCUMENT is a proud Media Partner of DOXA 2017. Industry Day VANDOC’s involvement in Vancouver’s creative scenes is a dual […]

 Hannie Munday

City of Blinding Lights

City of Blinding Lights

Spring Lights Illumination

Vancouver has just seen its annual Cherry Blossom Festival take place in the city. Heralded as a time of renewal and togetherness, the festival celebrated the coming of spring and the inherent beauty of nature that becomes so apparent with the blooming of these spectacular flowers. I was lucky enough to witness one of the […]

 Lucia Misch

Hullabaloo 2017, More For Everyone

Hullabaloo 2017, More For Everyone

The 3rd and final day of the youth stream of Verses Festival of Words

Hullabaloo 2017 wrapped up yesterday with its most poetry-packed schedule yet. Young writers participating in the festival, which is the youth stream of Verses Festival of Words, started the day by taking two of four possible workshops from professional poets and performers. The workshops included everything from methods for maintaining good vocal health to tips […]

 Lucia Misch

Teetering Too Close to Cliffs

Teetering Too Close to Cliffs

Hullabaloo Day 2, All Star Slams at The Rio Theatre

Hullabaloo’s second day got going with two All Star Slams at The Rio Theatre, which brought champion spoken word artists Rabbit Richards, Dana ID Matthews, and Charlie Petch together from across the country to compete for a discerning audience of students and teachers. Next, the festival served a heaping helping of BC’s finest youth poetry […]

 Lucia Misch

The Alchemy of Feeling Into Words

The Alchemy of Feeling Into Words

Day 1 of Hullabaloo at Verses Festival of Words, 2017

What do the phases “Breakdown Babes,” “Mad But Rad,” “Gibberish and the Hootenannies,” “Mediocre at Best,” “What Would Bert and Ernie’s Legs Look Like?,” and “The 2013 Bocce Championship Runners Up” have in common? If your answer is that they’re what six of the sixteen teams in Hullabaloo, BC’s youth poetry festival, have christened themselves, […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Red Gate Takes on Granville Island

Red Gate Takes on Granville Island

What does Red Gate's new residency at the Revue Stage mean to this cleverly rebellious underground arts org?

VANDOC: How did Red Gate’s takeover of the Revue Stage come to be? Jim Carrico: In the spring of last year we were approached by a members of the “Granville Island Vision Committee” to discuss their plans for repurposing the Emily Carr buildings on Granville Island after the art school departs for their new Great […]

 Justin Ramsey

Woman to Woman, Sister to Sister

Woman to Woman, Sister to Sister

A review of Marrow at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Havana Theatre has changed since I was last here. I’ve seen a few performances at this venue before; I remembered entering through the restaurant into a dark, spacious room where chairs were set out for audience members. Now, we are guided through a separate entrance; and once inside, I’m impressed to see long rows […]

 Justin Ramsey

This Isn’t Fan Fiction

This Isn’t Fan Fiction

The Girl Who Was Raised By Wolverine, reviewed

Upon entering the Waterfront Theatre, I’m greeted by a shorthaired woman with a pretty, welcoming smile, and a man who sits cross-legged and barefoot behind her, in a somewhat meditative posture, next to a large white bucket. Both people are dressed normally, except for what appears to be an item of shaggy grey fur on […]

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