Powell Street Festival Society Announces Stewardship of 360 Riot Walk

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The Powell Street Festival Society is proud to announce its stewardship of 360 Riot Walk created by artist Henry Tsang. This multilingual interactive self-guided walking tour invites participants to trace a layered history of Vancouver’s labour politics, anti-Asian racism, and community resistance in what is today the Downtown Eastside. This unique project interweaves the narratives of racialized communities, reclaiming how and what histories are told.

360 Riot Walk

360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver. It utilizes 360 video technology to trace the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. Participants are brought into the social and political environment of the time where racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence.

The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi. You can stream the project on location with a mobile device and headphones or remotely on a web browser. There are 13 stops on the tour.

If you decide to take this self-guided tour on location*, start at Maple Tree Square in Gastown. You will need wireless data and about 2 hours to complete the tour; feel free to stop at any point and resume anytime later.

*Please be aware that the area has a higher density of vulnerable and marginalized people – it may be a good idea to go with someone. Because you will be aiming your device in every direction, you may be perceived as taking photos of local residents, which may cause a reaction. Be courteous, and take the time to let them know that you are watching a recorded video.

Powell Street Festival Discussions, Tours

Combining historical images with contemporary surroundings, 360 Riot Walk participants are confronted with Vancouver’s ongoing legacy of racism. The Powell Street Festival Society sees this project as having the potential to build upon inter-community relationships, creating allyships with other racialized groups and shared community responsibility. It will be partnering with 360 Riot Walk team to host online panel discussions and live walking tours from May to September 2021. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has also joined as a community partner to build greater awareness of the project.

Panel Discussions May, June, & July

  • Reflections on the Tour- with former participants of the walking tour
  • The Challenge of Translation- with the translators of the Japanese, Cantonese and Punjabi versions
  • The Context of the Riots- with the writers of 360 Riot Walk blog posts

Self-Guided Tours & Reflections July – September

  • July 24 and 25, Weekend Prior to the Powell Street Festival
  • July 31 and August 1, Powell Street Festival Weekend
  • September 11, Memorial of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots

For more information and sign-up links when events are officially announced, follow the Powell Street Festival on Facebook.

ParkerArtSalon Online Auction and New Exhibitions

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The 6th annual ParkerArtSalon is going Canada-wide this year featuring an online auction with Waddington’s, raising funds for the Beedie Luminaries Foundation. The auction, titled “Essential Travel” will be hosted at the Pendulum Gallery for public viewing from May 3-28, while bidding runs online May 6-16, 2021. 

Art lovers can also visit a curated selection of the works of more than 60 Parker Street Studios artists at the Gallery George — conveniently located next to the Parker Street Studios — with two consecutive exhibitions running May 6-16 and May 20-30, 2021.

Mark Bowen Vanishing Species - Ocean Blue Bear
Mark Bowen – Vanishing Species – Ocean Blue Bear

ParkerArtSalon Online Auction and Gallery Exhibitions

  • Preview Essential Travel auction items at Pendulum Gallery
    • Where: 885 W Georgia St, Vancouver (Georgia & Hornby Downtown)
    • When: May 3-28, 2021
      • Gallery hours are Mon-Wed 9:00am to 6:00pm, Thurs-Fri 9:00am to 9:00pm, Sat 9:00pm to 5:00pm. Closed Sundays
    • Admission: Free
  • Best of Parker St at Gallery George 
    • Where: 990 George St, Vancouver (next to Parker Street Studios in Strathcona)
    • When: May 6-16 and May 20-30, 2021
      • Thursday to Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm, or by appointment
    • Admission: Free, book online in advance (starting at the end of April)

ParkerArtSalon 2021 expands its reach to a national audience (virtually) while maintaining its annual presence in the lives of Vancouver’s supportive art-lovers. This two-tiered event marks a typically robust response to COVID-19 by the ParkerArtSalon. With the Parker Street Studios in lockdown for over a year, residents met this latest challenge with the same flair, invention, and community-building impulse that drove the Salon’s creation back in 2015.

With the virtual auction through Waddington’s highly regarded online auction service, ParkerArtSalon increases exposure and support for its artists while levelling up on potential funds for Beedie Luminaries, with 50 percent of the auction proceeds going to the Foundation’s program of scholarships for financially constrained students.

While auction items are viewable at Pendulum, matters become a little more intimate at GALLERY GEORGE, where the Salon showcases the best of the Parker artists’ work in a setting visible both from the street and from inside the spacious gallery itself, preserving the market feel visitors have come to love and expect from ParkerArtSalon over the last six years.

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, there will be regulations in place to keep everyone’s viewing safe.

About ParkerArtSalon

152,000 square feet, 110 studios for 227 artists, designers, photographers and woodworkers. The iconic 1000 Parker Street warehouse is a Vancouver landmark, hosting 4 floors of artists diverse in style and discipline. In such an environment, the buzz of creativity is ongoing night and day.

Related: ParkerArtSalon: The Poetry Project

Got Craft? Virtual Market: Spring Edition Giveaway

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Got Craft? celebrates its 8th virtual event since moving their markets online due to COVID-19. With 65+ makers and small shops from across Canada, the market will feature a curated selection of goods including clothing and accessories, apothecary, home goods, greeting cards, jewelry, food, ceramics, art prints, and so much more!

Got Craft? Virtual Market Spring Edition 2021

Got Craft? Virtual Market: Spring Edition

When: Wednesday, April 21 to Sunday, May 2, 2021
Where: Online (flat fee shipping or free curbside pick up in Vancouver)

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift and pick up a little something for yourself. Choose from flat rate shipping within Canada and to the US and FREE local Vancouver curbside pick up.

This edition of Got Craft? welcomes 30% new vendors including makers from Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and across British Columbia.

They also have plenty of returning favourites including jewelry by LanaBetty, pet accessories by Santa Paws Workshop, skincare by Schmear Naturals, and sassy greeting cards by The Beautiful Project. Foodies will also rejoice at the fact that many vendors from our popular Food Markets will also be back including blé etcetera, Baker and Table Cafe, East Van Jam, Salty Cabbage Kimchi, and Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce.

For many makers and artists, in-person markets often account for over 80% of their annual sales. The Got Craft? Virtual Markets are a series of online events to support and engage our creative community from the comfort and safety of our homes. Since moving our events online at the beginning of June 2020, Got Craft? has had the opportunity to showcase 200+ makers and small shops from across Canada.

Enter to Win

For the ninth year in a row, I have an AMAZING Got Craft? prize package to give away, loaded with goodies from local vendors and valued at over $650! It includes:

VendorPrize Item
Bek DesignPositivity Mug + Vancouver Art Print
Bijoux Mimi la RouleuseHandmade Giro Earrings
Cabin + CubBear Hairpin Set
ChóstaGift Card
Etoile Paper StudioCosmic Dreams Art Print
JJ Bakes CompanyCinnamon Beach Bun Cupcakes
Joie DesignsSterling Silver Era Necklace
Koolby CoHandmade Tie-Dye Pet Bandana
La Lapin BabyBaby Bib + Burp Cloth Set
Le Meadow’s PantryMini Jam Set
Lim StudioHandmade Ceramic Cup 10oz
Luli DesignsHandmade Beadwork Tube Earrings
Luv the GrubChutney Gift Set
PETIT ARCHITECTIntro to Architectural Drawing – Virtual Class
Pretty Sick DesignsFloral Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet + You Are Wonderful Card
Reclaimed Print CoCity Silhoutte Vancouver Wall Hanging 10×30
Santa Paws WorkshopHandmade Tote Bag
True NOSH CompanyXO Sauce
Vivian Sofia DesignsHand Painted Trinket Dish + Art Print Set

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, April 19, 2021. The winner will be able to collect their prize at the curbside pickup location in Vancouver.

UPDATE: The winner is Nancy!

Bridal Veil Mountain Resort Proposed for Chilliwack

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A new major all-season mountain resort — Bridal Veil Mountain Resort — with two sightseeing gondolas and approximately 11,500 acres of mountain recreation terrain has been proposed for Chilliwack through an Expression of Interest filed recently with the Mountain Resorts Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.

Looking out over the Fraser Valley from Chipmunk Ridge in the proposed Bridal Veil Mountain Resort.

Bridal Veil Mountain Resort Proposed for Chilliwack

From this morning’s press release:

In addition to providing year-round recreation opportunities for Fraser Valley residents, British Columbians and destination tourists, the resort would strengthen BC’s already strong international reputation in the mountain resort market, elevate the region as a tourist destination, and become a major new, year-round economic and tourism driver for the Province.

Currently called Bridal Veil Mountain Resort (“BVMR”), the project is being led by BC residents Norm Gaukel and Robert Wilson, with the support of Whistler-based Brent Harley and Associates (“BHA”), one of the world’s most experienced and respected mountain resort planning and design firms. If approved, the resort would be located in the Upper Fraser Valley, on the highlands immediately south of the Fraser River, extending over Area D and Area E of the Fraser Valley Regional District and the City of Chilliwack.

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Punjabi Market Public Art Street Banner Project

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Vancouver’s Punjabi Market is hosting a new visual art project and collaboration featuring colourful street banners that line the area. Curated by the Indian Summer Festival, in partnership with the Punjabi Market Regenerative Collective, banners feature artwork from Debra Sparrow and Jag Nagra, artist and Collective member.

The project looked at the idea of place and placemaking in the context of the Punjabi Market being located on unceded, ancestral Musqueam territory and marking 51 years of existence as an important hub for the South Asian community.

Street Banners. Photo by Jag Nagra.
Street Banners. Photo by Jag Nagra.

Punjabi Market Public Art Street Banner Project

The Indian Summer Festival asked the two accomplished artists to respond to the Punjabi Market’s call for ideas to celebrate cultural traditions in the community. The resulting street banners are installed on Main Street between 48th and 52nd streets and will adorn the neighbourhood from April 12, 2021, until 2023. The Musqueam Nation’s banners are installed on the first and last poles on the street as an ‘embrace’ of this project and the Punjabi Market.

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