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Arts and Culture in Port Alberni

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 — 1:30pm PDT
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A storied totem pole, a make and take art class, gallery gift shops, high tea and live music — you can find all of this and more in Port Alberni this summer. You may know Port Alberni for its natural beauty (from lookout hikes or a swim in Sproat Lake), but you can also plan an entirely arts and culture themed getaway to the heart of Vancouver Island this summer. On assignment with ZenSeekers, I scouted out 4 spots to add to your itinerary:

Arts and Culture in Port Alberni

Stop 1: Wood Carving

Start your arts and culture adventure on the waterfront where artist Tim Paul is making history. You can stop by to watch a totem pole take shape on the 40-foot long red cedar, and if you spot fellow artist Cecil Dawson, he’ll be happy to give you a wood carving lesson on the spot. Talk about inspiration! Read more about the totem project in my ZenSeekers story here »

Port Alberni Arts

Stop 2: Glass Workshops, Make & Take

Paint nights are all the rage, and Costal Flow Glass Co notches the concept up to a whole other level. Did you ever think you’d be able to create glistening and colourful stained glass pieces? How about a framed sea glass sea scape? Michelle Frost’s workshops – private for you and your friends, or regularly scheduled sessions – give you access to unique materials and concepts you may not have even dreamed of working with before. The best part is you get to take your creation home to display proudly.

Coastal Flow Glass Co in Port Alberni

Stop 3: DRAW Gallery

If there’s one person in town who knows what arts festivals and events are coming up, it’s Astrid Johnston over at DRAW Gallery. Originally from Quadra Island, she brought her passions for creative cultural events to Port Alberni. Her gallery walls are filled with the latest local art exhibitions, and posters and all upcoming happenings.

DRAW Gallery in Port Alberni

Stop 4: Rollin Arts Centre

Do you know the difference between High Tea and Low Tea? Enjoy both at the Rollin Arts Centre on Thursdays starting in July. Their Tea on the Terrace includes delectable snacks, live music, tea, and access to the gallery gift shop and fragrant flower garden.

Want to browse the works of over 80 artists? Take part in the Solstice Arts Festival June 14-15, 2019! 15 venues will showcase local painters, metal artists, photographers, glass artists, wood carver, silversmiths, First nations artists, potters, jewelry, and mixed media. FestivalSeekers has all the info about this festival and more here »

Port Alberni Arts

When You Go

Uncover more about the Port Alberni region’s offers for adventure. Check out ZenSeekers’ #ExplorePortAlberni Expedition page to see how you can have an adventure like this.

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Published in partnership with ZenSeekers & FestivalSeekers for the #ExplorePortAlberni campaign

Mid Main Art Fair

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 — 10:07am PDT
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Each year, invited artists show works of art produced in a variety of media and styles during the Mid Main Art Fair. Established in 2010 by artist Enda Bardell, the Fair was created to help promote and sell the work of established artists of the greater Vancouver area.

Mid Main Art Fair 2019

9th Annual Mid Main Art Fair

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Heritage Hall 3102 Main Street Vancouver
Tickets: Free Admission register online to save your spot »

The 3300 square foot main floor of Heritage Hall in Mount Pleasant is the perfect location to show fine art work with plenty of room for guests to view the work from a distance as well as close up. The 17 artists featured this year are:

Fran Alexander Mariko Ando
Enda Bardell Jodie Blaney
Lorn Curry Caroline Dahlmanns
Jeanette Jarville James Koll
Sharka Leigh Sonia Mocnik
Edward Peck Phyllis Schwartz
Camille Sleeman Elisabeth Sommerville
Kathy Traeger Jeff Wilson
Grazyna Wolski

This wonderful group of established artists will showcase work from abstraction to realism creating stunning art, in a variety of mediums such as watercolors, acrylic, oil, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.

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A guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party in Vancouver

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 — 9:44am PDT
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Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party in Vancouver, bringing the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats.

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party in Vancouver

  • Where: Pacific Coliseum
  • When: November 28th, 2019 at 7:00pm 
    • November 29th, 2019 at 7:00pm
    • November 30th, 2019 at 11:30am / 3:30pm / 7:00pm
    • December 1st, 2019 at 11:30am / 3:30pm
  • Tickets: On sale now starting at $18 plus fees

I had the opportunity to preview the show in New Orleans earlier this season, and it was like no other ice show I had seen before! The acrobatics and skating stunts were impressive – and exhilarating. What made the experience even more memorable was when the entire arena sang along to their favourite songs. Talk about chills!

Disney on Ice Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest – Feld Entertainment Photo

Mickey’s Search Party features a collection of Disney characters fans know and love portrayed by decorated performer-athletes who push the boundaries of what is possible. Their theatrical talent combined with this innovative Disney On Ice production elevates the live entertainment experience and will leave families with memories that will last a lifetime.

Joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, live hosts will enliven the performance space by welcoming everyone into the magical world of Disney On Ice, setting the stage for a participatory adventure. Guests will embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skaters, performers and acrobats alike.

Disney on Ice Coco
Coco – Feld Entertainment Photo

As Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco crosses the marigold bridge, he finds himself in the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead. In this culturally rich, vibrantly colourful performance, skeletons atop sway poles swing back and forth over the audience in a dazzling display perfectly suited to this exciting and beautiful celebration of family. Through video projection, Arendelle builds from the ground up, and ice harvesters from Disney’s Frozen use extreme skating to launch themselves from the mountainous, wintry slopes delivering an athletically-driven performance as they chop their way through blocks of ice. The iconic chandelier seen in “Be Our Guest” comes to life as Belle and the enchanted objects from Beauty and the Beast become a rotating carousel using aerial silks and lift upward into the air, mesmerizing onlookers seated above and below.

In a high-energy opening number, Club Mickey Mouse-inspired performers will hype up the crowd through cutting-edge figure skating choreography and hoverboard tricks on the ice. Air tracks will also allow the hilarious pirates aboard the Jolly Roger to flip, tumble and twist to greater heights as they attempt to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Aerial straps combined with adagio pair skating will elevate Ariel’s transformation from mermaid to human creating a spell-bounding sequence high above the ice with Prince Eric to the classic song, “Kiss The Girl.”  Creative costume design and fabrication will enhance the scenes as the ensemble imitate life “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and will also give the illusion the ice is enveloped in flames as Moana encounters Te Ka on her daring voyage to restore the heart of Te Fiti.

Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike.

For more information, follow Disney on Ice on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube #DisneyOnIce #MickeysSearchParty. Stay tuned for more insights when I share more about my experience behind the scenes at Mickey’s Search Party and get your tickets to the Vancouver show today.

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Preview experience sponsored by Feld Entertainment. This is not a paid post.

Mission Folk Music Festival

Friday, May 17th, 2019 — 3:28pm PDT
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The 2019 Mission Folk Music Festival features an exceptional and diverse roster of artists from across the continent, with music from around the world.

Mission Folk Music Festival

When: Friday July 26th, 2019 to Sunday July 28th, 2019
Where: Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission, BC
Tickets: Ranging from $90 for adults to $85 for Seniors and Students to $50 for Youth, available online. Camping passes are also available at all price levels. Children 12 and under are free.

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A guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Museum of Anthropology Shadows, Strings, and Other Things

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 — 4:02pm PDT
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The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC presents an immersive exhibition animated with light, sound, and moving images — Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets, on display from May 16 to October 14, 2019. 

String puppets. By unknown makers (Sinhalese). MOA Collection: Eh149, Eh147, Eh164, Eh144, Eh142. Photo by Alina Ilyasova, courtesy of Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Shadows, Strings, and Other Things at the MOA

When: May 16 to October 14, 2019
Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver)
Exhibit Opening Reception: May 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Curated by Dr. Nicola Levell, an associate professor of museum and visual anthropology at the University of British Columbia and sought-after independent curator, this enchanting exhibition details the role puppetry traditions have played from generation to generation in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values around the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to view more than 250 handcrafted puppets drawn from MOA’s collection — the largest in Western Canada — plus, new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Italy, Java, the UK, and France revealed to the public for the first time.

In Shadows, Strings and Other Things, visitors are welcomed into a grand theatrical experience where five theatre stages demonstrate each main puppet type: shadow, string (marionette), rod, hand (glove), and stop-motion animation. Stages are framed by opulent curtains and lavish, hand-illustrated backdrops, and depict scenes from various puppet plays. The exhibition also offers a glimpse behind the scenes, with displays of workshop settings and storage spaces. Other extraordinary puppets are presented in glass cases, while video booths play moving pictures of different puppetry traditions from around the world.

Many of the puppetry traditions on display are recognized and celebrated by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This exhibition spotlights how puppets dramatize the human experience in many parts of the world. Shadows, Strings and Other Things is a unique and magical opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore the historical and dynamic qualities of puppetry.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Follow MOA on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibition and more.

UPDATE The winner is Gillian!

Vancouver Heritage House Tour 2019

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 — 7:00am PDT
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The 2019 self-guided Heritage House Tour offers an exclusive look inside 10 historic Vancouver houses across five neighbourhoods and six decades of design. The tour explores history and diverse architecture as well as the adaptability of heritage and character homes.

Vancouver Heritage House Tour 2019

Heritage House Tour

When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Various locations
Admission: Tickets available online

The self-guided tour offers a look inside homes across Vancouver, varying in age and style, each with a unique story to tell. Explore houses dating back to 1895, spanning six decades and five neighbourhoods. The homes explore shifts in architectural design including handsome Victorian, sturdy Craftsman and influential Mid-Century Modern.

Visit a generational span of homes to see the adaptability of older buildings and historic properties and learn about new uses, conversion to add housing or meet modern concepts of living and how heritage character and meaning can be retained. See how a school and a charity are utilizing heritage spaces, and explore a basement suite addition, a housing format that has added space for renters or family members for decades.

The future of a site is often found in adaptive reuse, which is a key concept in heritage conservation and the retention of historic buildings. Finding compatible new uses for early structures preserves historic materials and maintains a sense of community. It is also a consistent theme throughout Vancouver’s housing history. Through the decades and adaptations, the history of each home connects to the people who built them, designed them, and lived in them, and helps illuminate the development of the city, its industries, neighbourhoods and communities over the decades.

For more information follow Vancouver Heritage Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.

A guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.