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Converse is a multiple stream, interactive conversation between artists, plants and community.  We define community as the natural environment, the human population and the cultural communities of Strathcona, the Downtown East side and Chinatown. Our process will entail visual, interactive and performative methods that are both celebratory and reflective. The dialogue is based on notions of nature and natural environment – the movement and migrations of plants, animals and humans. What role and relationship do urban dwellers have in the process? We will examine this through a series of street interventions, site-specific installations and community co-created artworks. A conversation of ideas and beliefs will emerge. Feedback is inherently built into this project and is collected throughout its unfolding engagement.

Converse: April 1 to July 1, 2015 
Nicole Dextras, Haruko Okano, Marina Szijarto

A Message From Our City Wide Programmer

Spring has arrived early and strong, inviting us all outside. So, go experience CONDUIT at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Vancouver Chinese Garden. The second component “Concert” wraps up on March 15th and the third component “Converse” begins April 1st.

CACV has an important project in the works that needs your help. The Community Print Shop project has rescued and is trying to resuscitate an historical letterpress. Currently, the press is residing at Gallery Gachet. Funding is urgently needed for the costs of moving the letterpress from the Woodward's Building, renting the space at Gallery Gachet, and repairs to restore the letterpress to its former artistry. Please watch our website for the story of the letterpress and click on the donate button to support the project.

World Community Arts Day was awesome! Please check our website for photos and stories.

This is my last article for the CACV newsletter. Personal reasons have called me to another place. I will continue to stay involved with this special and important organization on a volunteer basis. I hope some of you will join in too. My gratitude to Francis, Kelty, Denise, Chris, Karen, Pierre, Michael, and the rest of the Board, and all the volunteers who have allowed me the privilege of sharing in their experiences. Keep reading. Keep making art that matters.

Yours with respect and affection,

Diana Joy



Cultural China · Charming Henan -
Henan Woodblock New Year Prints Exhibition

文化中國 · 魅力河南 -  河南木板年畫展

The exhibition is in both English and Chinese.
Opening Reception: Saturday February 28th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00pm (free and open to the public)
Exhibition dates: February 28 – April 12, 2015
Tuesday – Sunday 11am-5pm
$3/adult, $2/senior or students. Free on Tuesdays. Members free.
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5, Canada
Organizer: Chinese Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage
Co-organizer: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, Kaifeng City Museum, Anyang Museum
Inquiries: 604.658.8880,




MAR 12-28

A Roundhouse partnership with VIDF

Thu Mar 12 – Sat Mar 28

Exhibition Hall: 7pm, Community Stage

Performance Centre: 8pm, Main stage

TICKETS $30, $25 Student/Senior, $22.50 group rate (10 or more)

INFO or 604.662.4966

The 2015 VIDF Main Stage shows will include performances by Par B.L.eux, 605/Out Innerspace, and Manual Roque. Community Stage shows feature free performances, with the one-time purchase of a 2015 VIDF membership, with artists including Benjamin Kamino, Ferenc Feher and The Response. Watch for free afternoon shows in the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza with Kokoro Dance and guests during the festival, dates and times to be announced. Join us weekdays between noon and 1pm for life drawing sessions with dancers in the Exhibition Hall. FREE. No registration required.

Blasted By Sarah Kane
Date: April 10 to 25, 2015
Previews: April 10 at 8pm, April 11 at 2pm
Opening: Saturday, April 11 at 8pm
Evenings: April 14 – 18, 21 – 25 at 8pm
Matinees: April 12, 18, 19 and 25 at 2pm
Ticket prices: $17 Preview
$22 Matinees
$27 General Admission
Address: Performance Works on Granville Island
1218 Cartwright Street
Box Office:

Vancouver, BC – Pi Theatre presents Sarah Kane's  highly-provocative and overtly shocking play Blasted - an incendiary, visceral portrayal of a world where private and public violation collide -  at Granville Island’s Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street), April 10 - 25, 2015. Directed by Richard Wolfe, this uncompromising work, which was met with hostile critical reaction following its controversial 1995 London premiere, has now cemented Kane’s legacy as the most provocative and influential British playwright of her generation.

“Critics denigrated Blasted as a ‘feast of filth’ after its premiere. But no less than Harold Pinter and Caryl Churchill came forward as champions for the play, swaying public opinion and resulting in sold-out houses,” says Pi Theatre Artistic Director Richard Wolfe. “Today, the work is iconic – included in almost every theatre history textbook – and yet ours is just the second professional staging in Canada. The enormous production demands and sheer intensity of the work make witnessing Blasted a very rare experience.” The play begins on a sordid note, when a sleazy, bigoted tabloid journalist brings a naïve and troubled young woman back to his hotel room. The dysfunctional seduction is shattered by the arrival of a soldier, whose abrupt entry sets nightmarish events in motion. The ensuing visions are visceral and harrowing - abundant with violence, sex, and depravity.

Their culmination, however, is a profound commentary on the dual nature of humanity: creatures capable of horrifying, merciless acts, and yet possessing an innate need to love and be loved. Blasted was the first of five plays the British author would write before taking her own life in 1999 at the age of 28. Her works deal with themes of redemptive love, desire, pain, torture, and death – all of which feature prominently in Blasted. Her ongoing legacy is that of an artist provocateur, groundbreaking dramatist, and ahead-of-her-time visionary. “Two decades after its premiere, Blasted seems more at home in the present than it was at the time of its writing,” reflects Wolfe. “Scenes that were thought of as exaggerated to the point of absurdity then, have taken on uncomfortable familiarity in the face of events today.”

To explore Kane’s tale of destruction and redemption,Pi Theatre has assembled an outstanding trio of actors: Cherise Clarke, Raresh DiMofte, and Michael Kopsa. The design team will include sound and projection by Remy Siu, costumes by Carmen Alatorre, set by Drew Facey (tasked with the challenge of creating a set that explodes each night, before re-assembly for the next performance), and graphic design by Kristen Johnston. In addition to marking 20 years since Blasted’s premiere, the upcoming performance commemorates the 30th anniversary of Pi Theatre in Vancouver, whose premiere production – Ratz –occurred on July 5, 1985 in a temporarily converted brick warehouse on Powell St. Tickets for Blasted available from $17 at Contains coarse language, sex and violence. Not suitable for children.


World Premiere: Shakespearean Rhapsody
Ages 3+
Feb 28-Mar 29
The Waterfront Theatre (on Granville Island)
Tickets from $12 available online at www.carouseltheatre.caor by calling 604-685-6217

Join Carousel Theatre for Young People for a magical, energetic romp with the world premiere of Shakespearean Rhapsody! Now is the time to share the comedy, drama and wonder of some of Shakespeare's best loved plays with the children in your life. Adapted by Mike Stack from the Bard’s original works and Lois Burdett’s “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” book series, Shakespearean Rhapsody introduces young audiences to plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest. What better way to experience Shakespeare for the first time than with stories designed just for you?

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s artistic director Carole Higgins enthuses: “Mike Stack has created a wonderful new script that will invite young people into the world of Shakespeare - full of comedy, tragedy, magic and zaniness, this production will gently dismantle preconceptions and embrace storytelling theatre with exuberance and laughter.”
For more information, visit Carousel Theatre for Young People’s website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

New exhibition - March 6th - April 12th The Right to Remain 
This exhibition will showcase artwork and documentation from a series of workshops guided by DTES artists who engaged their community in dialogue about human rights. “The Right to Remain” project is the second phase of the “Revitalizing Japantown?” research project in partnership with Queen's university and the Nikkei national museum and cultural centre. Community organizations, artists, and researchers are working to reclaim and re-enliven the human rights history of the DTES to ensure that the rights of present-day inhabitants are prioritized amidst rapid social and environmental change.

In Salon Shop we will presents the artwork of Michelle Tully (March 6th - April 12th)

MAR 31
A Roundhouse partnership
Tue Mar 31, 7:30pm
Performance Centre
TICKETS $15 door (discount for SAC members)
INFO, 604-224-6201
Hosted by Shari Ulrich
Vancouver’s most popular songwriters’ showcase returns featuring Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor, Christopher Ward  and host Shari Ulrich. These gifted artists from widely varying musical genres perform in an informal, "unplugged" atmosphere. Presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada and produced and hosted by Shari Ulrich, this one-of-a kind concert series is one of the city's best showcases for both local and national Canadian songwriting talent. Every evening is unique, magical, and not to be missed.

Hong Kong Exile
in collaboration with Zoe Lam and Howie Tsui

January 22 – March 28, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22 | 7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 6pm

As part of a long effort to standardize language throughout China, in 2012, at the behest of authorities in Beijing, and to uproar throughout the Canto-sphere, the Guangdong local government enacted the Guangdong National Language Regulations: a set of regulations that squeezes Cantonese language off of the airwaves and removes it from use in the public sector including government offices and schools. Even autonomous Hong Kong is facing pressures from these homogenizing forces.

Here in Vancouver, ominous signs of Mandarinisation have hovered over Chinatown in recent years. In one example, due either to ignorance of local circumstances or an intention to appeal to Mainland Chinese buyers, Westgroup, the developer of a condo at the South West corner of Keefer and Main, greeted Canada’s foremost Cantonese and other Yuht () language speaking neighbourhood with a massive “NI HAO”. “Hello” in the main languages of Chinatown is not “Ni hao,” rather, it is “Nei hou” and “Lei hou”, depending on dialect. For locals, Westgroup’s sign was a reminder of broader forces of cultural loss.

When space for and means of cultural expression and autonomy are attacked, people react. In Hong Kong, 2014’s Occupy Central protests had to do with far more than systems of government. It was also a reaction to growing anxiety over loss of culture. During the protests, Cantonese speakers and supporters here in Vancouver and around the world flooded their Facebook feeds with re-coloured Hong Kong flags, yellow umbrellas on black backgrounds, and other expressions of resistance, resilience and solidarity. Click here for more info

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We focus on bringing communities together through artist-led collaborations that open barriers to understanding. A lot can happen when we realize how much we all have in common. The Community Arts Council of Vancouver offers a place for local artists to connect, for community members to have a voice and for the seeds of change to take root.

The CACV has established The Community Arts Fund (CAF) to support grass roots arts collaboration amongst community and professional artists. The Fund’s first priority is the Downtown Eastside. CAF supports personal and community capacity-building through the arts by means of grants to local groups that actively involve citizens in arts experiences. CAF dollars support the DTES Community Art Program coordinated by Kelty Jean McKerracher.  For more information about CAF and to donate and receive a charitable receipt contact
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Individual Membership $10 donations are gratefully accepted. Your contributions go directly into the the support of the Community Arts Council Programming, providing much needed supplies for the free events we put on for the community. For an example of past events please visit our website

An Organizational Membership donation of $25 dollars gets your business profiled with a link on our website as partners in community based arts.  You can also promote events through “Ning” our online community networking center for art enthusiasts, volunteers, artists, writers, poets, photographers and people interested in building community through art.

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Whonnock Lake Public Art Call 2015 & 2016: Deadline March 26

Maple Ridge, BC: Artists and artist teams are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to enter a juried competition for Canadian artists to create new public artwork, temporary or permanent, to enhance the visitor experience at Whonnock Lake, a popular destination community parkWhonnock is located in the eastern part of the city that was home to many of the pioneers and is a rural residential area comprised of single family homes on large rural lots. In 2015, Parks and Leisure Services will proceed with the capital plan for improvements at Whonnock Lake that complement the existing uses at the park and to implement the improvements outlined in the Master Plan from 2001.  The goal for the Whonnock Lake Public Art project envisions a series of linked public artworks and events over the next three years that will unfold and reveal the character of this unique, muskeg bog and historic neighbourhood. Awards will be small commission remunerations. Deadline for submission is March 26 at 2:00pm (Pacific Time).

Artists are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Whonnock Lake Park by attending a non-mandatory site tour led by City staff on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1 pm (Pacific Time). Artists will have an opportunity to learn more and ask questions.  The Lake is located at 27871 113 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC and interested parties will meet at main entrance of Whonnock Lake Centre.

The location of designed artwork is limited to the allowable non-sensitive areas of the beach and lakefront, forest, picnic and play area as well as the drainage and transition area (see details in full RFEI on the BC Bid website).  The proposed work will consider Low Impact Design strategies, allow for community engagement as part of the proposal and suggest potential/possible themes that may be incorporated into future public artworkIt is the Maple Ridge Public Art Steering Committees intention to install one artwork each year, up to 2017 for a total of three works. The Public Art Selection Committee will select two projects from this process, one to be installed in 2015 and the other in 2016.  The third piece will be done at a later date under a separate competition.

Through projects, both conceptual and built, artists work will offer residents and visitors a different window into their own changing urban landscape while building public awareness of the Citys commitment to safety, long term sustainability and protection of parks and biodiversity.

Submissions are to be sent electronically to or by mail to the attention of Arts & Community Connections Manager, 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6A9 by 2:00 pm (Pacific Time) on Thursday, March 26, 2015.   Full details including submission guidelines are available by downloading the complete Request for Expression of Interest document titled “RFEI-PL15-06 – Whonnock Lake Park – Public Art” from BC Bid at

The Maple Ridge Public Art Program’s goal is to strengthen community identity and culture by developing the ‘spirit of place’ through the commissioning, collecting and incorporation of unique works of art.  Additional information at

The Competition is Fierce

In a bold and bloody takedown of white-collar culture, ITSAZOO Productions presents a gripping world premiere – The Competition is Fierce on stage March 3 to 22, 2015, at 8pm at Renegade Studio’s Shop Theatre. From Playwright and Co-Artistic Producer Sebastien Archibald, and award-winning Director Chelsea Haberlin, this hair-raising and satirical new work will transport audiences to a dystopian corporate future where ‘climbing the company ladder’ entails gladiatorial combat to the death.

Contains nudity, coarse language, and violence. Leave the children at home. Tickets $25 / $20 (students/seniors). Info:

Mushi no HoshiSpace Insect

As part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dairakudakan – Japan’s foremost butoh performance group – presents Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect, a bold reflection of an ethereal universe where insects are Earth’s supreme beings, March 20 & 21, 2015 at 8pm at the Vancouver Playhouse. From renowned choreographer / director Akaji Maro, this daring and highly-visual performance will see 22 dancers shape-shifting from humans to insects while asking the question: “Who is the better caretaker of the world?”

Tickets are available from $35 to $50 at or by calling 604.662.4966.
Artwork by Emily Cooper / Design by Kaycee Vandenberg

Elbow Room Cafe The Musical
March 19th - 29
Studio 58, Langara College

Elbow Room Cafe - The Musical (Phase 1) offers a candid look inside the world of Vancouver’s iconic Elbow Room Café, home of raucous service, celebrity sightings, and a heart of gold. This show explores how we age together in a technicolour world. With Elbow Room Cafe - The Musical (Phase 1), playwright/lyricist Dave Deveau (Lowest Common Denominator, My Funny Valentine), composer/lyricist Anton Lipovetsky (Cool Beans, Broken Sex Doll, The Park) and director Cameron Mackenzie (Lowest Common Denominator, Karaoke: The Musical) delve into the world of café owners Patrice and Bryan as they manage one of Vancouver’s most recognizable eateries. Partners in business and life, they are the heart and soul of the piece and anchor an eclectic and campy cast of misfits, drag queens, and the perpetually hung over.

The cast of Elbow Room Cafe - The Musical. Photo by David Cooper.

Working in a development model with Studio 58 students will enable musical and textual experiments with new material showcased every night. Come get an inside look at how new Canadian musical theatre is made!

Warning: Coarse language and immature content.
*Service charges not included.

Vancouver International Dance Festival

The 2015 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) presents extraordinary contemporary dance performances from March 8 - 28, 2015. Performed at various venues throughout Vancouver, and featuring an incredibly diverse offering of free and paid events, the festival includes such international icons as Japan’s Dairakudakan and Hungarian dancer/choreographer Ferenc Fehér, Montreal's experimental companies Par B.L.eux and Cie Manuel Roque, Toronto's audacious Benjamin Kamino, and local favourites Out Innerspace, 605 Collective, The Response, and Kokoro Dance.

Tickets for all VIDF events are available at or by calling 604.662.4966.

UNCEDED | Aboriginal Student Art Exhibition

March 26 - April 7, 2015
Opening Reception | Thursday, March 26 from 4:30 - 6:30pm
Concourse Gallery
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island

On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013, the Mayor of the City of Vancouver took the extraordinary step of declaring a Year of Reconciliation, a year long effort that seeks to heal from the past and build new relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Vancouverites. A year later, on June 24, 2014, the City of Vancouver formally acknowledged that the city of Vancouver is on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. This was an important acknowledgement, as it validates what First Nations have been saying since before confederation.

But what does unceded mean?

In this year’s exhibition, students will explore the meaning of the term unceded, and consider how this can be applied in other contexts – art, culture, language, social traditions, traditional economies, and intellectual properties, to name a few. Participating artists will present works that speak to these contexts, and provide personal, familial and/or tribal perspectives on the idea of unceded.

Unceded is curated by current students William Callaghan, Raven John, Lou-ann Ika'wega Neel and Richard Heikkila-Sawan.

Book Launch Event  圖書簽售及詩歌朗誦會

Sunday May 3rd, 2015 2:00pm — 4:00pm
(Free Admission)
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Museum
555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5 Canada

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
Chinese Canadian Military Museum

First published in 1980, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island 【埃崙詩集】has been expanded to include a new historical introduction, poems from Ellis Island and Victoria, B.C., twenty oral histories, and dozens of new photographs. Book Trailer:
In his memoir, The Adventures of Eddie Fung 【馮 文光歷險記:牛仔到戰俘】, Eddie recalls how his Chinese upbringing and work as a Texas cowboy helped him to survive forty-two months of captivity as a Prisoner of War during World War II. Book talk:
Join us for an afternoon of book discussion, poetry reading, and storytelling by authors Judy Yung (譚碧芳) and Eddie Fung (馮文光). Book signing follows the event. Admission is free. Inquiries: 604.658.8880,
To pre-order signed copies of the books, please call 604.658.8880 or email before April 5th, 2015 5:00pm.  
Island  CAD $30, The Adventures of Eddie Fung CAD$24.95
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