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vandocument's own seasonal art party

Photos by Kendra Archer

Members of Olenka and the Autumn Lover stand outside The Remington Gallery, CONNECTIONS art party at the Remington Gallery, Vancouver BC 2014. Photo by Kendra Archer for VANDOCUMENT

Vandocument’s CONNECTIONS fall party held on November 8th, 2014 included various performances and works of art from local and emerging Vancouver artists.

The night included an incredible line up featuring:

Amanda Courtney Niekamp (visual artist: illustration & painting)
Clotted Artery (videography, screenings, interviews, media sponsor)
Cometary (Rianne Švelnus + Sarah Gallos + Hailey McCloskey – contemporary dance)
Corina Esquivel Photography (visual artist: photography)
Emmalena Fredriksson + Alex Mah + Ashley Whitehead + Layla Marcelle Mrozowski + Robert Leveroos + Kyla Gardiner (dance / music / lighting)
FurryN@vel Performing Arts Collective (theatre)
James Deen (DJ)
Kirsten Dohmeier (interactive lighting installation)
Legsss + Jess Hill (electronic / vocal duo)
Mesa Luna (indie techy rock)
Nadine Pluzak (storytelling)
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers (folk, indie rock)
Sebnem Ozpeta (video projection)
Textbook (creative publication, sponsor)

and was possible thanks to our great sponsors:
Blim ArtandCraft Facility
Clotted Artery
The Remington Gallery


The recap

We totally killed it at the Remington gallery:

  • 2 rooms
  • 5 hour party
  • 1 official after party @ 303 Columbia, conveniently just a block away, thanks for the dance party party till 3am @jason & team!
  • 17 volunteers
  • 28 artists
  • 11 pieces of art
  • 19 performances
  • 4 sponsors
  • 1 stand up sound tech (we put you through the ringer, Shiva, and you rocked it)
  • 1 all night DJ (James Deen you rock)
  • 2 warnings that we’re over capacity
  • 2 times needing to restock the bar
  • 230+ guests
  • tons of compliments
  • innumerable new and renewed connections
  • 1 completely invigorating, stimulating evening

Social media
344 guests signed up
standout post-event comment: “Thank you for an amazing time! Great to be part of the magic you are creating in our city one connection at a time.” (Maryam Mobini)

Best tweets go to:
There’s an epic party in town to celebrate emerging artists tonight!

@vandocument you throw one hell of party! Glad I could be a part of it! #Vancouver #art #party #gallery

Last night was mental! Thanks @VANDOCUMENT for having us and mega props to the entire crowd for dancing your hearts out. #hotdamn

Thank you
Thank you everyone for your contributions, whether big or small, whether performing or showing work, whether helping us in person or online, whether lending a hand before during or after the event,
it all makes a huge difference in pulling off a massive and complex event such as this.

Why we do this
(the turnout is proving that we’re onto something here)
It’s totally worth it !
By putting on CONNECTIONS events, we are:

  • connecting artists from varying practices
  • connecting people with artists they might never otherwise see or know about
  • connecting Vancouver, creativity, space, expression, and community in a fresh, inclusive way that our city needs and deserves

since VANDOC focuses on emerging and local artists,
our CONNECTIONS parties also focus on local and emerging artists.
Not only emerging, but also brand new collaborations such as Legsss + Jess Hill and works in progress such as cometary, Lovers Inside Boa Constrictor, and A Real Title.

This means that moving forward,
CONNECTIONS parties are going to be perfect showcases
of the freshest artists,
creating the newest work
in the widest range of arts practices.

That’s pretty badass.

We love you.