Video, Words and Photos by: Jen Kennedy I arrived at a secret location in Chinatown to see three linked plays. The stories confront the look of madness or survival in a world at its absolute end. The series was called Rivulets, but the plays had their own subtitles and were separate distinct vignettes, all set […]
Photography by Andi Icaza-Largaespada Before setting of to their brief break from playing live (6 months!) Cast held a fundraiser show at China Cloud with guest tap dancers. Preceded by Tiny Pyramids, Vancouver’s Sun Ra tribute trio, the night unfolded into an array of experimental sounds that excited the ear and warmed the already cozy […]
Julia Kwan’s Everything Will Be documentary aims to re-engage the community of one of North America’s oldest cultural enclaves
Written + Photography by Andi Icaza-Largaespada When Julia Kwan’s Everything Will Be screened at SFU Woodwards’ Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, most 350 seats were taken: the theatre felt bubbling and packed. Arriving a few minutes late granted me first-row, neck-stiffening seats. This was the second of four sold-out screenings of Everything Will Be during the 2014 […]
Third issue coincides with The Monochrome Shop's last week of exhibition
Photography by Andi Icaza-Largaespada For their third issue launch, ISSUE mag combines forces with the Vancouver Art/Book Fair preview after party at UNIT/PITT. VANDOCUMENT’s photographer Andi Icaza-Largaespada hung out at the launch for two hours. UNIT/PITT was kept busy all night as crowds of people, from gallery goers to VA/BF previewers came and went. From […]
Vancouver’s racialized labour history inspires a sculptural response at Chinatown’s Access Gallery.
There is no shortage of artists who concentrate on site-specific work these days; and there is no shortage of galleries looking to display work that bears the strong formative and associative imprints of having arisen in a particular time and space. But most often, the relocation of the work into the gallery setting cannot help […]
Dance, music, story, and booze meet as part of 'Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting'
On February 28th, 2014, the last in a lofty series of evenings happened at UNIT/PITT Projects that combined improv dance, live music, storytelling, and matching wine. All wrapped around the book launch of ‘Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting.’ Bob’s Salon part of ‘Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting’ a UNIT/PITT co-presentation with battery opera performance Dance: Arash Khakpour, […]
A personal reflection by organizer and participant Margarete Hernandez
Words by Margarete Hernandez Photos by Sheng Ho and Margarete Hernandez Remember when we were children, and pencils and crayons were our basic tools for expression, and how easy it was to talk and play with other children while finger-painting on a crafts table or making castles in a sandbox? I had a lot of […]
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, […]
A free community event blends into unexpected Chinatown discoveries
Being open to exploration in Vancity takes friend and actor Kelly Metzger and I to Victory Square for a Sunday community gathering, music, and BBQ where we meet dedicated community members and their groups who are working hard to better their neighbourhoods through a variety of support and educational programs and, after walking through Chinatown […]