Writing by VANDOCUMENT

Written documentation by VANDOCUMENT

 Ash Tanasiychuk

As It Is at Wil Aballe Art Projects

As It Is at Wil Aballe Art Projects

Opening night featuring six artists bursts the seams of this tiny gallery space

Words by Celesse McCarthy Photos of opening night by Ash Tanasiychuk Photos of art provided by Wil Aballe — THE ARTISTE As I approach the buzzer for The Artiste live-work studios on Scotia St, I see a woman standing there, perplexed. I, for some bizarre reason, am not prepared to engage. Perhaps it’s the heat […]

 Celesse McCarthy

Destroy Vancouver: Where the Noise Is

Destroy Vancouver: Where the Noise Is

words by Celesse McCarthy photographs by Alan Derksen The piano is puckered with fingerprints. The crowd is made up of fellow Jazz Fest musicians and the luminescent public. The purveyors are tamed and titillated. Even as they seat, they are immediately engaged in the space – as a species. Two pages of sheet music adorn […]

 Lucia Misch

Summer BBQ Fiesta of Music at The Media Club

Summer BBQ Fiesta of Music at The Media Club

Four Local Bands Rock the Excitement of a Pacific Coast Summer

Words by Lucia Misch Pics by Faber Neifer Walking through the zealous warmth of Saturday night towards the Summer BBQ Fiesta at the Media Club, it was impossible to miss the mass of BC Place, sitting like an engorged anemone one block south of the much smaller venue. Rumbling cheers of white noise burst intermittently […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Interview with Debbie Krull, Traditional Mother and Community Unity Celebration Organizer

Interview with Debbie Krull, Traditional Mother and Community Unity Celebration Organizer

Creating A Place For Our Stories To Be Shared

written by Ash Tanasiychuk We acknowledge that Vancouver is located on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples. Following the initial launch of the Community Unity Celebration, (photodocumented by VANDOCUMENT’s Alan Derksen here), VANDOCUMENT’s Ash Tanasiychuk met with one of the Celebration’s main organizers, Debbie Krull, to discuss who she is, where she’s […]

 Yvonne Chew

Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Revisiting the market you thought you knew

Photos & words by Yvonne Chew Walking through the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market one Friday evening, while friends and families enjoyed food and drink on outdoor patios, I noticed a new blend of vendors.   Amongst the traditional Chinese vendors who sell anything from clothing, jewelry, plants, shoes, and sunglasses, to handbags, smart phone cases, […]

 Yvonne Chew

Bradley Messer’s Wood Art

Bradley Messer’s Wood Art

Finding strength in the "weak" spots of wood extends the stories of the characters in our lives

Words and photos by Yvonne Chew On a Monday afternoon, while photographing a Music and Movement (improvisational music and dance) session organized by Ben Brown at the China Cloud Gallery, I noticed that the art work around the room was made from wood. A large piece of art that sat on the wall behind the […]

 Yvonne Chew

Adhesif Clothing Company

Adhesif Clothing Company

VANDOCUMENT's Yvonne Chew reconnects with sustainable fashion designer Melissa Ferreira at Car Free Day

Words and photos by Yvonne Chew At Car Free Day on Main Street last Sunday, I was happy to find Melissa Ferreira, designer and owner of Adhesif Clothing Company. Melissa is a face from my past who I have been following in the local Vancouver fashion scene since I met her in 2008 at Vancouver […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

Interview With Barbara Adler, Extravagant Signals Series Curator

Interview With Barbara Adler, Extravagant Signals Series Curator

The co-creator of Vancouver's newest and most diverse art & performance series discusses peacocks, toeholds, and the fitness of the local creative communities

Words by Hailey McCloskey and Ash Tanasiychuk Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk Once you’ve become versatile in talent, active in contribution, and well respected by your art communities, where do you go from there? In what other ways can your talents, hard work and passion be built upon and fed back into community? — Barbara Adler, […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

On Why Art Matters

On Why Art Matters

An exploration into the deeper reasons for the creation of VANDOCUMENT

VANDOCUMENT. What is it? It’s Vancouver’s arts & culture documentation publication. It focuses on Vancouver’s local artists, organizers, studios, and festivals. It’s run & operated & produced by a passionate group of people who believe that Vancouver’s local talent deserves dedicated coverage and promotion. Now this is all fine. But another WHY? Why does our […]

 Shalon WH

Music and Movement Mondays

Music and Movement Mondays

A weekly collaboration of always changing dancers, musicians and locations, Ben Brown's experiment in cross-discipline dialogue is the stepping stone for Shapes In Sound

Written by Shalon W-H and Ash Tanasiychuk Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk and Yvonne Chew A unique series of evening events featuring a variety of multidisciplinary arts – Extravagant Signals – is about to launch into its inaugural year (June 15-22 2013). To prepare, Vandocument’s Shalon and Ash got a sneak preview of the improv music […]