Heritage Vancouver’s Endangered Sites Watch List

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Since 2001, Heritage Vancouver has published an annual Endangered Sites Watch List, to raise awareness for ten places that they believe are vulnerable in the city.

Heritage Vancouver’s Endangered Sites Watch List

Little Mountain Comedy
Little Mountain Comedy Department is a collective of Vancouver comedians, determined to produce Vancouver’s funniest live shows at Vancouver’s favourite hole-in-the-wall at 195 E 26th Avenue, Vancouver

“Whether it’s a Kingsway butcher, a Killarney bakery, or a Kerrisdale tailor, our neighbourhoods wouldn’t be the same without these go-to places and the personalities there that have gotten to know us.” – Tyee reporter Chris Cheung

In early September, they made a decision to release two entries on for the 2020 list that were especially relevant to the pandemic. They were the threats to Arts and Culture and the threats to local neighbourhood businesses. On December 31st Heritage Vancouver announced the rest of the Top Ten Watch List for 2020:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Neighbourhood Businesses
  3. Henry Hudson Wooden Schoolhouse
  4. Holy Rosary Cathedral Complex
  5. St. Paul’s Hospital
  6. False Creek South
  7. Broadway Plan
  8. Historic Street Elements
  9. Vancouver Plan
  10. Postmodern Architecture in Vancouver

The Broadway Plan and Vancouver Plan will be significant in changing contexts for heritage places across the city as the plans will determine how future development will unfold across the city.

There is tremendous public history and identity tied to St. Paul’s Hospital. Its move and the redevelopment of the site will mean substantial change to the character of the West End. The fate of the architecturally important Burrard Building also remains uncertain. 


1923 – St Paul’s Hospital. Archives # Bu N251.

False Creek South makes its third appearance on the list as there remains great uncertainty around the aspects that make this a significant living neighbourhood.

Heritage Vancouver also wants to draw attention to some things that tend to be unnoticed by many people and have included an entry each on historic street elements and Postmodern architecture in Vancouver.

Sidewalk Stamps Miss604
1906 Sidewalk Stamp along the 2000 block of Haro Street

“The best way to support local art and culture is through attending, purchasing, viewing, listening, watching—consuming—local art and culture. During the last couple of months, many artists have taken to on-line forums to communicate their art. While in the short term this is imperative to stop the spread of the virus, once we are able to gather together, the best way to support local artists is to get back out to visit galleries, listen to musicians and theatre artists, eat local cuisine, watch live dance, read and listen to poets, purchase local authors.” – Elia Kirby, the Arts Factory Society

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Fort Langley Jazz Festival Searches for Next Rising Star

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The Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival is looking for its next Rising Star. Each year the festival, which takes place in July, searches for an up-and-coming jazz musician to be featured. The Rising Star award winner will be given an opportunity to perform in their own featured performance at the 2021 festival. They will also receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Alvin Brendan Trio
Alvin Brendan Trio who performed at the 2020 Fort Langley Virtual Jazz & Arts Festival.

Fort Langley Jazz Festival’s Rising Star

Apply online by March 31, 2021

Festival organizers established the annual award in 2019 “to recognize an outstanding jazz student who demonstrates a high level of performance ability and is pursuing a professional career in jazz music.”

“I am very grateful to be given the chance to perform my art and see my name next to many of my local idols that shaped who I am as a musician,” says 2019 award recipient Alvin Brendan, a recent graduate of the music program at Capilano University.

Award submissions are open to all secondary and post-secondary music students from the Metro Vancouver area until March 31, 2021 on the festival website.

“One of our key mandates is to support youth and emerging artists,” says Dave Quinn, artistic director for the festival. “The award is a wonderful opportunity for an up and coming jazz student to perform with and be mentored by established artists, while also receiving financial support for their education.”

For 2021, organizers are planning a hybrid festival featuring in-person intimate events and pre-recorded and live-streamed concerts.  

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival

Established in 2018, the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to enrich cultural life in the Fraser Valley by bringing emerging and established jazz acts and visual artists to Fort Langley for all to enjoy. The annual festival, held over the last weekend of July, draws thousands of residents and visitors to the streets of the community. 

Graveyards and Gardens Livestream: PuSh Rally 2021

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Music on Main is hosting the World Premiere Livestream of Graveyards and Gardens, co-created and co-produced by Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodman. This livestream is a part of the PuSh Rally.

Graveyards and Gardens Livestream. Photo by David Cooper
Graveyards and Gardens Livestream. Photo by David Cooper

Graveyards and Gardens Livestream

Where: Online
When: January 28-29, 2021 at 4:30pm and 7:30pm
Tickets: $15, on sale now.

Caroline Shaw, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner, was Music on Main’s Composer in Residence from 2015-2016, where she shared insight, ideas, and beautiful music with audiences, forming a deep relationship with Vancouver. Vanessa Goodman is the Artistic Director of Action at a Distance Dance Society where she uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition.

In 2016, Caroline (voice) and Vanessa (dance) performed a captivating improvisation presented by Music on Main & Dances for a Small Stage. Now in 2021, these two exceptional artists come together again and with a new work, Graveyards and Gardens.

The performance takes place among 400 feet of orange sound cables and an arrangement of plants—nature and technology being another synthesis the artists explore. Things begin with a long passage featuring an array of sounds—some come from tape decks, some from a record player, some from old Edison wax recordings. What these two artists make will live on, and this live-streamed genesis is, among other things, a powerful display of the creative process.

Caroline and Vanessa are presenting Graveyards and Gardens specifically for online audiences. The four livestream performances will give audiences a chance to witness a visual and sonic album emerge before their eyes and ears; the artists create new ways of interacting with sounds, and bodies, to shape an analog experience that washes over the senses.

Read more about what to expect when you virtually attend the World Premiere Livestream of Graveyards and Gardens. 

About Music on Main

Now in its 15th Season under founder and Artistic Director David Pay, Music on Main has presented more than 500 concerts and events, featuring over 1,000 musicians, and 100 world premieres, with daring programming for the musically adventurous. Watch and listen to concerts, festivals, and top-notch videos.

Lantern City Coastal Lunar Lanterns in Downtown Vancouver

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year and ringing in the Year of the Ox, the Coastal Lunar Lanterns display in Downtown Vancouver will feature the works of artist Susan Point and her family of artists starting February 11th.

Coastal Lunar Lanterns Photo by @ctl7___
Coastal Lunar Lanterns Photo by @ctl7___

Coastal Lunar Lanterns in Downtown Vancouver

“Susan Point is a descendant of the Musqueam, Coast Salish peoples; she is Edna Grant and Anthony Point’s daughter. Susan inherited the beliefs of her culture and ancestral traditions from her mother Edna – who learned from her mother, Mary Charlie-Grant. Susan’s distinct style has inspired a movement in Coast Salish art. She draws creativity from her ancestors’ stories and forged the use of non-traditional materials and techniques, therefore inspiring a whole new generation of artists.”

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The Lantern City – Family Ties will be installed at Jack Poole Plaza, and The Lantern City – We Are A Family will be at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square.

The displays will be up from February 11 to 23, 2021. Special AR technology brings these art pieces to life, along with an immersive light show to brighten the long winter nights.

“These lanterns on display are side by side, just like we are as a family. Family, that’s a strong word,” Point told The Lantern City. “Family for us means the ones who will be beside us no matter what happens. We support each other and inspire each other at home and while working together or apart.”

Coastal Lunar Lanterns (formerly with LunarFest, now The Lantern City) will feature the art of Susan Point, Kelly Cannell, Thomas Cannell, Summer Cannell, and more. Additional details will be available online in the coming weeks along with more LunarFest Vancouver programming.

Related: Susan Point at Surrey Art Gallery: Free Artist Talk

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Jan 8-10, 2021

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With an update coming this afternoon regarding BC’s current COVID restrictions, it’s understandable that the event list is very light this week. It’s usually a calmer time of year anyway, right after the holidays and before we ramp up for Family Day or Valentine’s Day. There are still a few things to do in Vancouver this weekend, especially if you still have your Christmas tree hanging around:

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Things to do anytime:
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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, January 8, 2021
Glow Langley Drive Through
Ruby Slippers Theatre: Benevolence
Lights to the Lodge Snowshoe at Cypress
The Arts Club – Streaming Performances
Virtual S&P Chillin’ with Gnomes
Carousel Theatre Nom Nom Gnomes
Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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