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University Student Show

Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware Street
Abbotsford  V2T 6V6

Sat, Mar 07, 2015 - Sat, May 30, 2015

The Abbotsford Arts Council is pleased to be hosting its first open exhibition for university students residing in the Fraser Valley. The show will be held at the Kariton Art Gallery, located at 2387 Ware Street in Abbotsford, from March 7 to March 31, 2015, with the opening reception to be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 6pm to 8pm. This exhibition is a unique opportunity for Fraser Valley residents who are currently attending or have recently graduated from any university to show their artwork outside of an educational setting and will include a wide range of experimental work, paintings and photography. Twelve artists will be featured in the exhibition, including: • Abigail Toftager, University of the Fraser Valley, Photography • Brian Carlisle, University of the Fraser Valley, Oil • Chantal New, Trinity Western University, Oil and Mixed Media • Daniel Nakasone, University of the Fraser Valley, Photography • Janelle Fitz, University of the Fraser Valley, Acrylic • Jeff Rasmussen, University of the Fraser Valley, Acrylic • Jesse Klassen, University of the Fraser Valley, Illustration and Spray Paint • Kirsten Hatfield, Emily Carr University, Acrylic • Nichola Clark, Concordia University, Acrylic and Mixed Media • Radiance Dream, University of the Fraser Valley, Acrylic and Mixed Media • Rosalie Luymes, University of the Fraser Valley, Acrylic • Shannon Thiesen, Simon Fraser University, Acrylic

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Artist Talk: Catherine Nicholls

City Atrium Gallery, 141 West 14th Street
North Vancouver  

Tue, Mar 17, 2015 - Mon, May 11, 2015

North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Catherine Nicholls Spring Blossoms Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 24, 12:15 - 12:45pm Please join Catherine as she discusses the inspiration and process behind her work. Catherine Nicholls is a painter, writer, teacher and quiltmaker. Inspired by words, stories and storytelling her work is developed through drawing, painting and mixed media in sketchbook. When working with textile, she uses discharge, dyeing, drawing, painting and printing - along with more traditional techniques. Spring Blossoms celebrates the end of an often long and gloomy winter. These symbols of change can bring a renewed sense of energy to the city. There is nothing as wonderful as fluffy pink clouds of cherry blossom and the restrained elegance of the magnolia lining the streets. These pieces are created to celebrate the blossoms – to showcase their fragility and beauty. The Japanese aesthetic of fragility and transience are inspirational to Catherine and suit the nature of spring blossoms in Vancouver. In several of the pieces, she has used white as a reminder of blossoms blooming despite a spring snow storm.

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David Kadish - Subtle Emergences

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Kelowna  V1Y 6Z1

Fri, Mar 27, 2015 - Sat, May 09, 2015

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art welcomes Subtle Emergences, a multi-media installation by local artist David Kadish. Visit the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art between March 27 and May 9 to view the exhibition. Please join us for an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, April 9th at 7-9pm. All events take place at The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and are free to the public. The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

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You Are Here Exhibition

335 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver  V7M 2GS

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 - Sat, May 16, 2015

We invite you to immerse yourself in the life and charm of the North Shore. As part of the Capture Photography Festival, 20 talented, local photographers have captured the rich, shared experiences and stories of the North Shore Region and all the magical, mysterious and remarkable beauty that it holds. From sea to sky, this exhibit has over 40 different images celebrating the people, architecture and land of the North Shore. Artists: Judi Angel, Terry Beaupre, Carol Coleman, Mark Daly, Carolina De La Cajiga, Karen Evans, Emilie Feil-Fraser, Jocelyn Fisk-Schleger, Adam Gibbs, Hans Koch, Gabriele Maurus, Valerie Metz, Ava Naves, Sara Morison, Douglas Morison, Kathryn O’Regan, Mike Wakefield, Sande Waters, Ashley Welsh, Theresa Wimbles Share your pictures of the North Shore! #capturenorthshore You can be a part of this exhibition by sharing your favourite photos of the North Shore (pictures need to be taken between Deep Cove and Horseshoe Bay). Tag your photos of favourite spots, hobbies, restaurants, celebrations and more on Twitter and Instagram using #capturenorthshore for an opportunity to see your photo in the gallery during the exhibition. Opening reception: Thursday, April 16, 7-9pm

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Marianne Nicolson - 'Waterline' & Marnie Christoffersen - 'Land. Sea. Sky'

447 A Avenue
Kaslo  V0G 1M0

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 - Sun, May 31, 2015

West Coast artist Marianne Nicolson brings her stunning light and glass installation 'Waterline' to the Langham Gallery in Kaslo. Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa) is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent. The Dzwada̱’enux̱w People are a member tribe of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Her training encompasses both traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw forms and culture and Western European based art practice. She has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally and internationally as a painter, photographer and installation artist, has written and published numerous essays and articles, and has participated in multiple speaking engagements. Her practice engages with issues of Aboriginal histories and politics arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability. Marianne has exhibited most recently at: Gallery2, Grand Forks, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, The National Arts Centre, Ottawa, and the Vancouver Art Gallery & has just completed a new major installation at the Vancouver International Airport. Marnie Christoffersen's lovely and whimsical work has been shown extensively thoughout the Kootenay region over the years, from pop-up-shops on Baker Street to Shambhala Music Festival and as far afield as Vancouver, Nova Scotia and England. Marni is an artists' artist and the maker behind Drawn By, A multi-media, artistically driven, design and illustration company.

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Marianne Nicolson - 'Waterline' & Marni Christoffersen - 'Land.Sea.Sky' Exhibitions

447 A Avenue
Kaslo  V0G 1M0

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 - Sun, May 31, 2015

Renowned West Coast Artist Marianne Nicolson (Main Gallery) and local luminary Marni Christoffersen (Community Gallery) exhibit their respective works at the Langham Art Gallery in Kaslo, BC. April 17th - May 31st, 2015. Marianne Nicolson, who is know for her phenomenal large-scale installations and Aboriginal advocacy work and research will be exhibiting a light and glass installation, connected to her recent water-specific works of note (ie: Vancouver Airport Major Installation). This Kootenay-specific installation is focused on water and Aboriginal history of 'our' area. This exhibit will tour to the Kootenay Gallery: June 19th - August 1st, 2015

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Esse est percipi - contemporary art show at the Fort Gallery

Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Road
Fort Langley  V1M 2S1

Wed, Apr 22, 2015 - Sun, May 10, 2015

The Fort Gallery in Fort Langley presents a new show of work by Edith Krause and Jo-Ann Sheen entitled Esse est Percipi (‘to be is to be perceived’), running April 22 – May 10, 2015. Perception is everything; it confirms and ultimately defines existence. It stirs questions about the objectivity of reality and truth, and why at a time when communications technology allows for instantaneous transmission of information, understanding is as elusive as ever. Jo-Ann Sheen combines the printmaking techniques of etching and monotype to provide a portrait of the interaction of our complex inner selves and the face we put on for others to see. Etched and carved lines reference memory and experience beneath a surface monotype that is unable to completely cover these traces. The images of sensory tissue cross sections in Edith Krause’s series Interior Landscapes stand as metaphor for the complex interior landscape that is the context from which each of us perceives reality. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 26th from 2-5pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5pm

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Un Quiet Bodies

88 East Cordova
Vancouver  V6A1K2

Fri, Apr 24, 2015 - Sun, May 31, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, April 24th, 7.00 – 10.00pm
Exhibition runs: April 24th – May 31st, 2015 Un Quiet Bodies features the work of Aja Rose Bond and Chandra Melting Tallow. Un Quiet Bodies delves into the complex realities of the physiology of trauma, self-awareness, and levels of ability impacting one’s capacity to survive in a society designed for the “able-bodied”. Bond’s work emphasizes the relationship between work, leisure and self-care when accounting for physical and mental limitations. Melting Tallow explores the implications of ability through the lens of colonial and intergenerational trauma and its physical manifestations in the body. Zine Reading and Discussion Group - May 17th, 1-3pm 
when language runs dry: a zine for people with chronic pain and their allies facilitated by Aja Rose Bond Closing Performance  - May 31st, 7­pm 
Shrouded Forms - Sound by Chandra Melting Tallow
*limited audience of 15 please, RSVP by email programming@gachet.org or in person at the gallery …………………………………………………………………………………. Salon Shop exhibition The Transience of Value featuring work by Lena Tan. Opening reception: Friday, April 24th, 7.00 – 10.00pm Exhibition runs: April 24th – May 31st, 2015 Lena Tan carries forward forgotten traditions into a contemporary society, leaving a trail of increasingly obvious destruction behind it. Hand worked lace, based on the pattern work of Irish Women crocheting for survival through the Great Famine of the mid -19th century, melds with the flotsamof the daily commuter. Repurposed bus tickets and crochet become micro meditations on transit and transformation: permanence fused to transience. Can the invalidated be made valid again through art?

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Webs We Weave

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver  

Wed, Apr 29, 2015 - Sat, May 02, 2015

Join us on a merry-go-round of relationships at the strangest 18th birthday party ever. It’s Friday night and Elise is anxiously waiting for her guests to arrive. Caught in a complex web of conflict, loss and asexual romance, the guests keep losing each other and themselves as they make their way to the party. Meanwhile, three hired clowns try to get their act together for their signature absurd show that will change the guests’ lives forever. Webs We Weave demonstrates the challenges we all face in our relationships along the journey to fulfilling our need for acceptance, belonging and love. Webs We Weave is written and performed by VANCOUVER YOUTH: Sophie Elder-Labrie, Emily White, Keir Peach, Lauren Preissl, Brogan Ho, Christopher Rahim, Nicholas Roe, Patrick Seid, Ryan Schmidt, Maria Mendez and Nathan Maden. In collaboration with Some Assembly theatre artists Valerie Methot, Ken Lawson, Jeremy Baxter, Chandra Lesmeister, Anna Talbot and Allen Morrison. Some Assembly Theatre Company is now in its 14th year of creating and producing youth driven plays that build awareness, promote wellness and encourage dialogue about issues facing teens with its Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group Project (RHYTAG). Webs We Weave will be presented free of charge for the public, with talkback sessions: Wednesday, April 29 at 1:30pm Thursday, April 30 at 11:00am & 1:30pm Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm For reservations contact Ken Lawson: 604-603-5247 Join us for a pre-show Gala Event on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 6:30pm, which will include live music, an art exhibition and a silent auction. Trailer: https://youtu.be/TrNAGMjDV7U

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Coast Modern Design Exhibition GPAG 2015

431 Marine Drive
Gibsons  V0N1V1

Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - Sun, May 24, 2015

The Coast Modern Design exhibit at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery presents an exciting mix of product, textile and graphic design by contemporary designers who explore, problem-solve, and create within a unique coastal milieux. From minimalist to functional, technological, rustic, serious and playful, our collective work addresses design in as much diversity as our individual experiences of our coastal habitat. We invite you to join us for Coast Modern Design and to experience our locale through the unique approaches and vocabulary of each designer.

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OURO Collective

Kits House 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver (Corner of Vine St. and 7th)
Vancouver  

Fri, May 01, 2015 - Sat, May 02, 2015

OURO Collective presents an evening of contemporary, street dance and visual arts, featuring the collectives new twenty minute work. Guest performers include: the response Apprentice Program, Konichiwaack, Warehaus Collective, RS Hustlers and visual art by Diana Klonek, Jourdan Tymkow, Teppei Tanabe and Michael Iturios. OURO is a emerging Vancouver-based dance collective that uses street dance vocabulary as a foundation for the creation and production of new work. OURO’s vision is to bridge the gap between the street and formal dance/arts community by fostering an inclusive dance environment and experience where artists of various mediums and the public can engage in. The show is by donation with part of the proceeds going to Pat Placzek for life saving cancer treatment. For more information contact: info@ourocollective.com

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Beethoven's Sixth

Richmond Pentecostal Church, 9300 Westminster Highway
Richmond  

Sat May 02, 2015

As we continue through all of the Beethoven Symphonies we arrive at the great "Pastoral Symphony". This Symphony depicts scenes from the countryside, the babbling brook, a country dance and a thunder storm. Paired together with the Symphony will be 15 year old Angeni Wang performing one of the most dramatic and favorite concertos Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2. Angeni has been awarded the medal for the highest mark in her Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT exam and is a winner of numerous festivals and competitions. She has performed concertos with the Richmond Orchestra and the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra.

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PARADIS/Paradise

1212 Commercial Drive
Vancouver  V5L 3X4

Tue, May 05, 2015 - Sat, May 09, 2015

In celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 15th season and the Asian Heritage Month Festival we bring back the sensational PARADIS/Paradise. Exploring the relationship and breadth of dance through live music PARADIS/Paradise streams within the moments of synchronicity in the chosen space with raw, eccentric and bold palates of sounds, imagery and movement projecting the body, with its internal paradise (pure sensation), out to the external world. Conceived and created as an international collaborative partnership between Contemporary Canadian choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and French contemporary bruiste/noise musician Emmanuel Mailly, PARADIS/Paradise was created in 2008 and has been performed to global audiences and in unconventional spaces in such cities as Paris, Avignon, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok and Vancouver. Co.ERASGA will complete a 50 performances goal of this acclaimed performance work by end of 2015 season. PARADIS/Paradise is beautification through the experiential celebration and relation of dance and music. The Havana Theatre Vancouver, BC Tickets $15 / www.brownpapertickets.com Seating is limited

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'First Thursday' community arts event

9048 Glover Road
Fort Langley  V1M 2S1

Thu May 07, 2015

Our popular monthly free arts evening series continues at the Fort Gallery in Fort Langley. On May 7, from 7-9pm, we welcome local singers Colin Sheen and Matt Baker. Exhibiting artists Edith Krause and Jo-Ann Sheen will also talk about their current show Esse Est Percipi. Find out more at www.fortgallery.ca or @fortgallery on Twitter and Facebook.

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Presents: Titans (Deloitte. masterworks VI)

Theatres in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon (see website)
Kelowna  

Fri, May 08, 2015 - Sun, May 10, 2015

From the storm of Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture to the triumph of Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis, our season finale celebrates the music of German romanticism. Double threat Jonathan Chan performs in two virtuoso showpieces: as piano soloist in Franz Liszt's dazzling Hungarian Fantasy; and as violin soloist in the richly emotional Concerto in G Minor by Bruch. This music lets the orchestra run with free reign for a powerful finish to a glorious season. Program: Wagner, Flying Dutchman Overture Liszt, Hungarian Fantasy Bruch, Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Jeffrey Ryan, The Linearity of Light Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber Guest Artist: Jonathan Chan, Piano & Violin Concert Sponsors: Dr. Duncan and Monica Innes Guest Artist Sponsor: Graham and Judy Burns Friday, May 8, 8:00pm Kelowna Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm Penticton Sunday, May 10, 7:00pm Vernon

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Mystics & Lovers ~ Laudate Singers & VICO

2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver  V7J 3H5

Fri May 08, 2015

Laudate Singers and Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) present fusion music on a global scale. Two major pieces: Ani Ma-amin (I Believe) by Moshe Denburg with texts by a 12th c. Hebrew philosopher, and Asheghaneh by Farshid Samandari with texts by a 10th-c. Persian poet. The human voice combined with traditional instruments from Iran, China, Vietnam, and India plus European/North American classical strings and winds! Also on the bill: a selection of Kurdish folk songs and traditional chants music, performed by tenor soloist Jamal Salavati and a small ensemble of musicians on traditional Persian instruments. Laudate Singers will also perform Circular Coast by Mark Armanini, a West Coast image of a walk along the beach, in addition to the world premiere of a new commission by the choir’s composer-in-residence Chris Sivak, titled twinkle, twinkle little star. An energetic fusion of cultures and traditions! Tickets: general $35 /senior $30/ student $15 / free 12 & under

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MAPLE RIDGE AND PITT MEADOWS ART STUDIO TOUR

over 30 locations in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows
Maple Ridge  V4R 2X3

Sat, May 09, 2015 - Sun, May 10, 2015

Over 30 Artists open their studios May 9 & 10 on a self-guided art tour. Brochure and map are available on the website at www.artstudiotour.ca

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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

2 venues as noted in description
Langley  

Sat, May 09, 2015 - Sun, May 24, 2015

Langley Community Chorus will present their Spring 2015 Concert titled “THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC”. All of the music in the concert was chosen by Music Director Anita Comba to soothe and uplift, as well as being very unusual and entertaining. The concert will feature wonderful songs performed in the native languages of Russia, Spain, Zulu South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia. There will also be several well known popular songs from Canada and the United States. The 80 voice Chorus will be joined by Langley composer and professional Marimba and percussion musician Mr. Bruce Henczel. They will sing some of his unique original compositions. ** NEW VENUE ** Saturday May 9 2015 @ 3:00 Langley Mennonite Fellowship 20997 40th Ave Langley ---and--- Sunday May 24 2015 @ 3:00 United Churches of Langley (Sharon United) 21562 Old Yale Rd Langley Tickets at the door 30 minutes prior to concert. Adults $15 – Students $10 – Under 12 Free Visit website for further info: www.langleychorus.org

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Mother's Day Art Show

Royal Canadian Legion, Britannia Branch #7, 780 Summit Avenue
Victoria  V8T 5C2

Sat May 09, 2015

An art show featuring the work of ten local artists is being held May 9 at Britannia Branch Legion, and the general public is welcome to attend. The Art includes paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Wine & cheese hors d'oeuvres will be available. There will be a silent auction of donated artwork, to benefit the Legion.

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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge

Opus Art Supplies Retail Locations
Vancouver  

Sun May 10, 2015

Let's get this whole province painting! Be a part of the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge (#OPC2015) this Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th. This FREE community-based art challenge invites people of all ages and artistic abilities to spend the day together creating outdoors. From seasoned plein air painters and novice artists who love the great outdoors, to groups of friends looking for a creative activity, and families celebrating a meaningful Mother's Day with a painting picnic – all are invited to join in the fun. This year's Outdoor Painting Challenge offers over $20,000 in prizes to be won at our 6 Opus locations across BC – from Opus Gift Cards for the judges' selections to amazing draw prizes from the top brands in art supplies. Sign up online at http://opusartsupplies.com/opcsignup

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In Conversation: Collaborative Conversations

City Atrium Gallery, 141 West 14th Street
North Vancouver  

Tue, May 12, 2015 - Sat, Jun 06, 2015

North Vancouver Community Arts Council Presents Sande Waters and Kathryn O'Regan May 12 - July 6, 2015 Artist Talk: June 2, 12:15 -12:45 pm In Conversation: Collaborative Paintings is a series of conversations between Sande Waters and Kathryn Gibson O’Regan. The theme, tone and line of works are representative of discussions regarding their life experiences and challenges. The act of creating art is often described as a dialogue involving a conversation between the artist and the work. “Working collaboratively creates a unique dynamic, which combines spontaneous communication between the artists and the work. Creative conflict is a reality of collaborative art. It is expected that discussion and occasionally, debate may arise over the direction of the work."

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PARADIS/Paradise

1960 Murray Road
Gabriola Island  

Tue May 12, 2015

PARADIS/Paradise travels to Gabriola. In celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 15th season and the Asian Heritage Month Festival we bring back the sensational PARADIS/Paradise. Exploring the relationship and breadth of dance through live music PARADIS/Paradise streams within the moments of synchronicity in the chosen space with raw, eccentric and bold palates of sounds, imagery and movement projecting the body, with its internal paradise (pure sensation), out to the external world. Conceived and created as an international collaborative partnership between Contemporary Canadian choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and French contemporary bruiste/noise musician Emmanuel Mailly, PARADIS/Paradise was created in 2008 and has been performed to global audiences and in unconventional spaces in such cities as Paris, Avignon, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok and Vancouver. Co.ERASGA will complete a 50 performances goal of this acclaimed performance work by end of 2015 season. PARADIS/Paradise is beautification through the experiential celebration and relation of dance and music. Netloft, Gabriola Island Tickets: by donation

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PARADIS/Paradise

510 Fort St #2
Victoria  BC

Thu May 14, 2015

PARADIS/Paradise travels to Victoria with vocal guest artist Cathy Lewis. In celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 15th season and the Asian Heritage Month Festival we bring back the sensational PARADIS/Paradise. Exploring the relationship and breadth of dance through live music PARADIS/Paradise streams within the moments of synchronicity in the chosen space with raw, eccentric and bold palates of sounds, imagery and movement projecting the body, with its internal paradise (pure sensation), out to the external world. Conceived and created as an international collaborative partnership between Contemporary Canadian choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and French contemporary bruiste/noise musician Emmanuel Mailly, PARADIS/Paradise was created in 2008 and has been performed to global audiences and in unconventional spaces in such cities as Paris, Avignon, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok and Vancouver. Co.ERASGA will complete a 50 performances goal of this acclaimed performance work by end of 2015 season. PARADIS/Paradise is beautification through the experiential celebration and relation of dance and music. Open Space, Victoria, BC Tickets $15

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Chorfest 2015

Vernon Performing Arts Centre, 3800 33 Street
Vernon  V1T 5T6

Fri, May 15, 2015 - Sun, May 17, 2015

The British Columbia Choral Federation's annual choral weekend will be held this year in Vernon, from May 15 to 17, 2015, and is entitled CHORFESTIVITY! Singers from around the province gather to rehearse, socialize and concertize together. The weekend culminates in a gala concert involving the Chorfest choir, the Children's Chorfest choir and the BC Youth Choir. Clinicians are Rosemary Thomson, adults, Sarona Mynhardt, children, and Jon Washburn, Youth. Admission to the 2 pm Sunday May 17 concert at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre will be by donation.

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Gallery Reception: Crystals & Lace

Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware Street
Abbotsford  V2T 6V6

Sat, May 16, 2015 - Tue, Jun 09, 2015

The Abbotsford Arts Council announces its next show at the Kariton Art Gallery: "Crystals and Lace,"a triple artist exhibition featuring mixed media painter and photographer, Cristal Sawatzky, and crystalline potters Pat Schendel and Brandon Martin. The exhibition will take place at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware Street in Abbotsford), from May 16 – June 9, 2015, with the opening reception and artist “meet and greet” to be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 6pm to 8pm. Cristal Sawatzky considers this series of work a development of her love of photography, contemporary art and vintage details. The original progression of her images is inspired by a portrait collection Cristal had once viewed of a ballerina. Seeing the lines in the photographic images stimulated the beginning of her abstract figurative studies bringing together the elements of texture, figurative lines and paint. Her fascination with vintage elements further developed to include personal photos of local families, sharing their memories through her paintings. Using found materials and mixed mediums, she paints and texturizes her surfaces giving them their own sense of history. Pat Schendel was born and raised in Abbotsford, moving to Kamloops for her nursing education. It was during an adult education class in 1975 that she became interested in clay. She dabbled in it throughout her career and married life, but her formal education in ceramics came much later in 1992 under Surrey’s Kwantlen College instructor, David Lloyd. “I have been captivated by crystalline macro crystals ever since my initial experiments with them in these classes,” says Pat. “I was influenced by early books of John Conrad and later by books and workshops of Peter Ilsley of England and Diane Creber of Toronto. They have all contributed to my knowledge and control of the crystal growth. Macro crystals are essentially zinc silicate crystals that grow at certain temperatures when all conditions are right, similar to the growth of frost crystals on a window.” Pat’s current work reflects the oceans and lava pools of the Pacific. Brandon Martin Brandon Martin has always loved experimenting, exploring and creating beautiful works of art. Currently under the skilled guidance of his mentor Pat Schendel, Brandon’s pottery, much like Pat’s, will be created using a special glaze and crystalline technique. Brandon was previously featured in the 2011 Fraser Valley Regional Biennale. For additional information, please contact the Abbotsford Arts Council by phone at (604) 852-9358 or by email at info@abbotsfordartscouncil.com.

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Brushworks Fine Art Group - Annual Spring Art Show & Sale

Filberg Hertitage Lodge, 61 Comox Road
Comox  V9M 2S7

Sat, May 16, 2015 - Mon, May 18, 2015

Over 28 Comox Valley Artists participating in the Annual Spring Fine Art Show and Sale. With a large selection of paintings, in a wide variety of styles and mediums you are bound to find something truly unique for you or someone else. The Brushworks Artist Group was formally established in 2001, and meets and paints Wednesdays at the Lion’s Den in Comox, BC. The Filberg Lodge is an historical site that offers interpretive tours during the show. The teahouse will be open so people can complete their visit to the Brushworks Spring Fine Art Show and the Filberg Park with a “cuppa”. For more info Contact: April Dyck, (250) 338-9602 email: aprildyck@shaw.ca www.facebook.com/BrushworksFineArtGroup

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THE WAYS OF WATER Surrey Schools Secondary Choral Festival

Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 – 144th St
Surrey  V3X 1A1

Wed May 20, 2015

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Surrey Schools present a choral festival in Surrey! Performers: North Delta Secondary Concert Choir North Delta Secondary Chamber Choir (Polaris) Pacific Academy Senior Choir Panorama Ridge Senior Concert Choir Vancouver Chamber Choir Jon Washburn, conductor The Vancouver Chamber Choir sings songs about "the ways of water" and then shares the stage with four excellent choirs from three Surrey Secondary Schools - an exciting one-night choral festival. $20 each and students are free but require a printed ticket to be seated www.bellperformingartscentre.com 604-507-6355 WIN TICKETS! Win a family pack of four tickets to attend THE WAYS OF WATER Surrey Schools Secondary Choral Festival on May 20 at the Bell Centre! Simply email your full name and phone number by May 14 to info@vancouverchamberchoir.com . The lucky winner will be contacted by May 15. Good luck!

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The Boat Show

CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver  V7M 2GS

Thu, May 21, 2015 - Sat, Jul 04, 2015

Come and get a dose of Vitamin Sea at The Boat Show. 23 talented BC artists will ignite your fascination, awe and wonder with their handmade boats, sculptural work, installations and more. Boats can evoke strong emotions, from riding the waves at the helm to simply admiring them from ashore. Being situated on the West Coast of Canada, we have a strong relationship with boats. More than a recreational vessel, boats are integral to our transportation and economy. This exhibition will highlight the many uses, value and lure of boats. Artists: Patricia Adams, Enda Bardell, Jennifer Cooper, Karole Doucette, Amy Duval, Ralph Eastland, Eileen Fong, Oliver Harwood, Dominic Howell, Lisa Ireton, George Janousek, Sheree Jones, Suzan Marczak, Gabriele Maurus, Mena Martini, Marion Maxwell, Chi-Ming Yeung, Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, Sandrine Pelissier, Wan Qi, Peter Sickert, Bill Thomson, Jeff Wilson Opening reception: Thursday, May 21, 7-9pm

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VANCOUVER CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS PRO CORO CANADA Michael Zaugg, Conductor

Ryerson United Church, 2055 W 45th Ave
Vancouver  V6M 2J4

Fri May 22, 2015

Edmonton’s professional choir will be in Vancouver for one performance only! Pro Coro Canada is a resident ensemble at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, Alberta. Throughout its 34-year history, the 24 voices of Pro Coro have been shaped by some of the finest choral conductors in the world. The choir has performed at the Toronto International Choral Festival (1994 and 2002), the 1988 Olympic Arts Festival, and Canadian Voices (the 2003 landmark series celebrating 50 years of professional choral singing in Canada and R. Murray Schafer's 70th birthday). Performers: Pro Coro Canada Michael Zaugg, conductor Tickets $27.50-$32 with $10 student rush tickets 1 hour before concert begins www.ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 (ARTS)

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Raku In The Valley/Paint In The Park

Thompson Lake on Chilliwack Lake Road
Chilliwack  

Sat May 23, 2015

The Chilliwack Community Arts Council, in partnership with Rainforest Pottery, proudly presents RAKU IN THE VALLEY Pottery Workshop and PAINT THE PARK. This fun-filled family event will be held at Thompson Park on Chilliwack Lake Road. You will be intrigued and entertained with activities and exhibits all day long! Live music will be provided by Tractorgrease Cafe, BBQ hosted by the Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department, and more: -Raku Pottery Workshop $10 per pot (pre-registration required) -Pop-Up Artisan Market -Live artists “Paint the Park” (pre-registration required) -Henna artist by donation Check our website for more details and for pre-registration on the Raku and Paint The Park workshop

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Open Studio Tour

5392 Island Hwy North
Courtenay  V9J 1S9

Sat, May 23, 2015 - Sun, May 24, 2015

April Dyck is a self-taught emerging artist living in the Comox Valley for the past 10 years. Her contemporary paintings people are saying is uniquely original to her. Her work includes abstract, representative and figurative subjects. April’s paintings are luminescent achieved by the layering of many colours. Each painting is completed with drawn lines to isolate the colours and to emphasis contours. She is known for her playfulness with perspective and enjoys exploration of plastic space on a flat surface. Over the years nothing has been sacred from April's paintbrush. She has painted murals on windows, walls, buildings and even her 1979 diesel VW Rabbit Car. April Dyck’s painting process includes thumbnail sketches, studies and preparing platforms for a painting. She prefers using oil paint because of its proven endurance, but also works in acrylic and watercolours. She enjoys working with clients and designers to do custom work. April’s work can be found in private collections in BC, Manitoba and Ontario. She has experience working with clients and designers and welcomes commission work. www.facebook.com/artbyaprildyck, www.twitter.com/april_dyck www.aprildyck.ca

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Victoria Philharmonic Choir presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem

B115, University Centre, University of Victoria, Ring Rd, BC
Victoria  V8P 5C2

Sun May 24, 2015

EPIC IN SCALE, VERDI'S MUSIC RUNS THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF VERY SOFT TO VERY, VERY LOUD. VERDI'S GREATEST "OPERA"! Victoria Philharmonic Choir and conductor Peter Butterfield are thrilled to present this Requiem mass with distinguished soloists: soprano Ingrid Attrot, mezzo-soprano Sarah Fryer, one of Victoria's own tenors Richard Margison and baritone Andrew Greenwood. Filled with spine-chilling choruses and exquisite solos that transport you from the fear of damnation to the hope of salvation, this Messa da REQUIEM is as dramatic as anything Giuseppe Verdi ever wrote for the stage. This concert, a community celebration, is the culmination of the 10th Anniversary Celebration Season of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir. Ms. Fryer and Mr. Margison have both performed Verdi's Requiem with top orchestras, and have appeared in major festivals and on opera stages around the world, including Milan's famed Teatro alla Scala, where Verdi himself conducted his Requiem on May 25th, 1874. Ingrid Attrot, Head of Voice at Victoria Conservatory of Music, also enjoys an international career, including appearances with the English National Opera and Pacific Opera. Mr. Greenwood has had roles in a number of Verdi operas, both with Pacific Opera and in Europe. For any music-lover this will be an event you would be sorry to miss! The performance also features a double chorus of over 120 including the 70 voice VPC and guests from a number of Victoria choirs, along with members of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and Victoria Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $35 & $45.50 (section pricing) and available only from the UVic Ticket Centre, www.uvic.ca/auditorium or ph. 250 721-8480 Celebrate a life with a memorial listing in the Requiem program. Find out more at www.vpchoir.ca

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WordStorm

The Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace Street
Nanaimo  V9R 5B7

Tue May 26, 2015

WordStorm - Nanaimo's popular Spoken Word and Open Mike event takes place at The Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace Street, Nanaimo on the last Tuesday of the month. Come on May 26th, just to listen and be entertained, or sign up for the Open Mike. Everyone is welcome! Featured performers for May 26th are: David Fraser and Pat Smekal. Reservations are recommended. Consider coming early for dinner or a snack at the Vault Cafe, 250-591-0776. For WordStorm itself, doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:00. To reserve for WordStorm, email David at ascentaspirations@gmail.com

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Colleen Curran's "Cake-Walk" Presented at the Shatford Centre

Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street
Penticton  V2A 5E2

Thu, May 28, 2015 - Sat, May 30, 2015

Excitement is building at the Shatford Centre as the “Shatford Players” approach the opening night of their inaugural production of “Cake-Walk”. In the fall of 2014, Judi Ritcey along with Jane Shaak, Executive Director of the Shatford Centre and the Okanagan School of the Arts wanted to provide a means for the more “mature” members of the community to have an opportunity to experience theatre. A Shatford Centre Play Read Thru group was formed and there have been two sessions where participants were assigned parts in a play and a reading was done. The first group of four people grew to a group of 11 by the second get-together. It gets better! As a fund raiser to assist in the building and completion of the new “Community Learning Kitchen” Judi Ritcey expanded the initial idea of a play-reading group to an OSA and Shatford Centre fun and fundraising group - the “Shatford Players”. Colleen Curran, a Canadian author has written an amazing story filled with humour, laughter, jealousy, pain and love. She has developed each of the six characters at different “turning points” in their lives, and throws them together for the annual Canada Day town fair. As so often happens in life, the journey is the most fun – or is it all fun? Directed by Judi Ritcey; produced by Judi Ritcey and Marie Lévesque and stage managed by Janet Flack. This production will have you rolling in the aisles. The “Shatford Players” invite you to attend one of their performances in support of this new group and the Shatford Community Learning Kitchen. Tickets: $20 - ($15 if you are a member of the Okanagan School of the Arts) Performances: May 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:00 p.m. and May 30th Matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets Sales: The Dragon’s Den and the Shatford Centre Join us for an evening of fun, sidesplitting laughter and community fundraising. Form a group, bring your family or come alone. You won’t regret it. Meet the author after each performance; chat with the cast and perhaps win a prize of a “Cake Walk” apron, signed by the author or the “Decadently Delicious Chocolate Cheesecake” donated by Wouda’s Bakery.

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Chris Bose, Byron Steele & Guests: God Save the Underworld

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Kelowna  V1Y6Z1

Fri, May 29, 2015 - Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Bringing the style of the underground and street art into the gallery, Kamloops-based artists Chris Bose, Byron Steele and guests question the place of the British Monarchy within Canada in our modern world.

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16th Annual Tour Artin the Garden North & West Vancouver

North and West Vancouver (more details on website)
North Vancouver  

Sat, May 30, 2015 - Sun, May 31, 2015

A beautiful & fun way to spend your weekend! Do not miss the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s two-day self-guided, spring tour of the beautiful North Shore. The tour includes 15 outstanding gardens, some of which are previous award winners. The artwork of 36 artists and the music of 20 musical groups on the tour will demonstrate the wonderful talent in our midst. The artists and gardeners will all be on site to answer any of your questions. Musicians will perform for a two-hour period on a staggered schedule at each of the gardens. The tour will occur rain or shine! The tour costs $1.00 per adult at each of the garden sites. Please wear proper footwear and enter each garden property at your own risk! Please leave your pets at home. Enter your name at each garden for a chance to win fabulous gate prizes. North Vancouver Community Arts Council 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3 604.988.6844 | info@nvartscouncil.ca | nvartscouncil.ca

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Seabird Island Festival

2895 Chowat Rd, Seabird Island
Agassiz  V0M1A0

Sat, May 30, 2015 - Sun, May 31, 2015

46th Annual First Nations Festival May 30 - 31, 2015! Come join the Seabird Island Band in a celebration of the rich cultural diversity that exists in British Columbia today. Long before colonization of Canada, First Nations people from across Canada and North America held games. History dictates that many modernized sports were derived from traditional First Nations games. These games taught our First Nations children many qualities that would help them through their journey into adulthood, such as: honesty, courage, respect, and gratitude. The Seabird Island First Nations Festival offers youth, young adults, and adults alike an opportunity to showcase their culture and history through Soccer, Ball-Hockey, War Canoe races and Sla:hal. Our three-day celebration demonstrates First Nations heritage through friendly competition I sport. The Seabird Island First Nations Festival is a drug-free cultural event that promotes healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.

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