Vancouver-Events

***SEASON ONE CASTING CALL***

The Switch is the world’s first transgender comedy TV show. We pride ourselves in making this an independent, community project.

But we need your help. We are seeking genderqueer and transgender actors - especially trans people of colour - to fill lead, principal, and reoccurring roles. All abilities, accents, sizes, and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to apply!

View & download the PDF for a complete list of character breakdowns.

To apply, submit the following to amy@tremblingvoid.com NO LATER THAN NOV 15, 2014 : 
- A headshot, be it a professional headshot or a clear selfie
- A CV or list of any performance-related skills and experience
- A statement of your relationship to transgender communities
- A demo reel, or footage of you performing, if you have it.

Circulate this casting call widely with your friends and communities. 

Ostara Tarot: A Celebration of Tarot opens tonight at 8pm at The Fall Tattooing + Artist’s Gallery in Vancouver BC. Come see my rendition of the Empress card along with dozens of other pieces by some of the best artists in Vancouver!

The Flats, Vancouver’s premier contemporary art district, is throwing its second annual block party this Saturday, July 12th.

Renowned local galleries Chernoff Fine Art, Equinox Gallery, Field Contemporary, Gallery 295, Monte Clark Gallery, Macaulay & Co, Wil Aballe Art Projects and Winsor Gallery will play host to crowds of local collectors and art-goers as exhibitions are launched, artist talks are given, and the city is brought together to celebrate the district’s success as a cultural cornerstone. Guests can expect excellent programming as well as cool refreshments to help beat the heat.

+ Equinox Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist  Etienne Zack. Zack speaks about his work at 12:00PM.

+ Monte Clark Gallery opens an exhibition by Evan Lee, who re-creates, transforms and expands upon found news media images depicting protest and migration through sculpture, mixed media and paintings. Lee gives a talk at 1:00PM.

+ Monte Clark also launches their satellite container space with an exhibition by Jonathan Syme, whose site-specific installation will explore specific facets of Vancouver’s recent civic history through the utilization of public semiotics within the encapsulated space of a shipping container.

+ Macaulay and Co. exhibits work by Shawn Hunt, whose painting and sculptural work explores the conceptual underpinnings and artistic intent of contemporary and historic First Nations artwork and iconography. Gallery director Sarah Macaulay gives a talk about the exhibition at 2:00PM.

+ Winsor Gallery opens a two-person exhibition of Angela Grossmann’s Swagger series and figurative sculpture by David Robinson alongside an exhibition of paintings by Alessandro Papetti.Robinson gives a talk at 3:00PM.

+ Field Contemporary hosts Special Offer: By the pound, by the foot, an exhibition that asks its audience to reconsider the value of an object. Artists David Roth and Eric Miranda have created a selection of works that will be available for purchase according to length, weight and unit. Weekly performances from the artists will provide a grounds for new forms of exchange and transaction that will challenge our pre-existing relationships between art works, tastes and market values.

A performance from the artists will begin at 1:00 PM. David and Eric will be speaking about their work as part of the ongoing series Chat and Snack hosted by Avalon Mott at 4:00 PM. 

+ Wil Aballe Art Projects hosts a closing reception for Jordy Hamilton. A small selection from a larger body of new paintings, this show stems from a single image cartoon of Popeye The Sailor Man. The cartoon’s relation to the depiction of time, repetition, violence, and love inspired the series. The paintings are constructed using a simple system. Right fist or left fist?  Back of the hand or front of the hand? White paint or black paint?  The paintings provide opportunities for multivalent readings as to its meaning and refer to art history, from Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire paintings to Cubism to Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, pop art, Phillip Guston, and Francis Alys. Hamilton gives a talk at 5:00PM.

+ Gallery 295 hosts a solo exhibition by Scott Billings. The centrepiece of the show will be 20’ tall sculpture made of thousands of feet of IMAX film that is a sculptural representation of an asymptotic point (if you remember your Grade 12 math: it’s generally an impossible thing to resolve as sculpture but Scott has tried it). There will also be prints that are visual representations of double pendulum chaotic systems, generally considered by scientists to be the simplest representations of chaos.

Chernoff Fine Art presents photobsession, a personal collection of black and white photos ranging from 1880 to present day.  Brad Chernoff has been searching and collecting photographic images for thirty years from sources as diverse as flea markets, estate sales, antique stores and art auctions. 

Genderfest

Living in Vancouver?

I just want to make sure you know about Genderfest. It’s a series of queer, anti-oppressive events that celebrate gender diversity. It spans July 12 - Aug 3. Workshops, a femme picnic, transmedia arts performances, dance parties, and more. All events are wheelchair accessible, with an overall commitment to reducing barriers to access.

Their website is sparse on details, but more can be found on their Facebook page!

Political Poetry Slam at Blood Alley Feb 21 7pm

Join us for our 2nd spoken word poetry about gender, sexuality, mental illness, race, class, etc.

It will be by donation sliding scale $5-10 bucks (no one turned away for lack of funds)

If you are interested in performing, message  38 Blood Alley Square  and include how many poems you would like to perform. There an open mic after the set list if we finish early. List of Performers to date Ayda Niknami Nix Shirley Samples Taking place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territory

FAT VANCOUVER clothing swap (signal boost plz!)

Hey guys! 

I am not organizing this, of course, but I wanted to share it because I know some of you fats are located in the Coastal region… 

A fat Vancouver clothing swap is happening @ Brittania Community Centre on Sunday, February 19th.

The event details are on located here on Facebook (including further accessibility notes!).

Other non-Vancouver fats, please feel free to signal boost! 

As a teaser: I personally have some GREAT NWT/NWOT tags stuff I’m going to be bringing that need good, fat homes and I really hope for a good turn out so someone can snag them (and so I can snag others…)

Public Script Reading with the Cast #3: Episodes 5 & 6

Last week, Episode 4 “Doomball” was a spectacular hit with our audience. And we had so much fun performing it for you (how could we not - there was a Star Trek dream sequence!) 

Come join our cast and crew as we read episodes 5 & 6. Be part of the creative process! 

Thursday, October 30th 7-9pm pst (Episode 5 and 6)

Live stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-switch-script-readings

Feed back forms are here: Episode 5: http://goo.gl/forms/twWtEHUC9i Episode 6: http://goo.gl/forms/zFXGQ0Rstf

at the…

Alliance for Arts and Culture
938 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9
Unceded Coast Salish Territory

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Accessibility
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Audit under-way.

The room, site and washrooms are stair-free. There are no automatic doors.

Low ceiling lighting is supplemented by wall lights, helping brighten the room. Lighting is consistent and floor is even throughout, no tripping hazards. 

Sound can be a little echo-y due to concrete walls/ceiling, and there is low-grade electrical humming (from the fridge in the room). 

It is not a scent-free office. 

There is an upstairs office with a kitchen available to renters, but it is not wheelchair accessible - but it’s not part of the script-reading.

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Here are some great highlights from our Cosplay Show, sponsored by Cos & Effect!

The LAST Fantastic Script Reading with The Switch!

Don’t forget about our LAST SCRIPT READING for Episodes 7, 8, and a BONUS episode “Datenight" TONIGHT at 7PM PST! We will be hosting a second round of script readings soon.

Come down to the Alliance for Arts and Culture at 928 Howe St. (and enjoy some fun and refreshments) OR

***Watch us online:*** http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-switch-script-readings

This is your chance to tell us what you want to see on the show!
Feedback for Episode 7: http://goo.gl/forms/RqZt5dcChC
Feedback for Episode 8: http://goo.gl/forms/HpB8fFVlQm

On March 13th, 2013, over 60 Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers raided 3 or more construction sites in east Vancouver, arresting and detaining upwards of 30 undocumented migrant workers. Dressed in plain clothes and driving in unmarked vehicles, the workers were confronted with this intimidated force and face almost immediate deportation. These raids are sadly typical for the CBSA, using fear and intimidation tactics on already marginalized and vulnerable workers. The workers, who are in a variety of legal stages in the immigration process, are all racialized and from Latin America. 

To make matters worse, alongside the CBSA officers was a FILM CREW SHOOTING FOR A REALITY TV SHOW. Seriously. Not only are these workers being terrorized, detained, deported, and stripped from their families and loved ones, they are being FILMED - turned into capitalist entertainment profit. CBSA obviously put on an ever more sensationalist raid, all the while ignoring the privacy and rights of the migrant workers.  The show is called “Border Services” produced by a Vancouver based company “Force Four,” and sponsored by National Geographic. I hardly have words for how messed up this is. 

Please sign and share this petition, and tell National Geographic that this is not ok. 

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more info on the raids: 

CBC News coverage

No One Is Illegal page

Press Coverage of Rally

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PLEASE SHARE WIDELY

Public Script Reading with the Cast #2!

We had such a great time reading you episodes 1 & 2 last week. Thank you to everyone for their invaluable input on our scripts! Come join our cast and crew as we read episodes 3 & 4 for our beloved fans. Be apart of the creative process: tell us how we can improve! 

***LIVE STREAMING***: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-switch-script-readings

We will be reading Episode 3 & 4 TODAY, 7-9PM, at the Alliance for Arts and Culture (938 Howe St, Vancouver)

Live Streaming is available:

What do you want to see more of? Feedback forms are here!
Feedback for Episode 3: http://goo.gl/forms/1gcVpXrEZm
Feedback for Episode 4: http://goo.gl/forms/UNXqMfvXl0

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Accessibility
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Audit under-way.

The room, site and washrooms are stair-free. There are no automatic doors.

Low ceiling lighting is supplemented by wall lights, helping brighten the room. Lighting is consistent and floor is even throughout, no tripping hazards. 

Sound can be a little echo-y due to concrete walls/ceiling, and there is low-grade electrical humming (from the fridge in the room). 

It is not a scent-free office. 

There is an upstairs office with a kitchen available to renters, but it is not wheelchair accessible - but it’s not part of the script-reading.

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Tomorrow’s the day everyone! Here’s a small taste of what you’ll experience at The Summer Festival 2013, presented by SFU Anime and the Altered Reality Club. See you there!

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Posters in Tamil, Urdu, Spanish, Punjabi, simplified Chinese, Japanese, and English. 

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Forum on Indigenous Nationhood, Land, and Sovereignty: A Callout to Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Communities.

Thursday, Feb 21, 6-9 pm

Douglas College, Room 1614

New Westminster, BC, Canada

Unceded Coast Salish Territory

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Please share with your communities!