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June 7, 2022

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Announces Free Public Workshops and Youth Performances Schedule

(Vancouver, BC) – Coastal Jazz & Blues Society today announced the schedule for the public workshops and the Anthem Sounds of Youth Stage schedule for high school bands from across the province.  All public educational workshops and youth performances are free, with more details available at www.coastaljazz.ca.

“Every year, the top provincial high school bands and their teachers are invited to perform on the Anthem Sounds of Youth Stage in front of thousands of people at Robson Square,” says Nina Horvath, Executive Director, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. “This event is always a crowd-pleaser; it’s amazing to think how this experience can direct a young musician’s career or musical pursuits.”

Free Public Workshops 

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival also offers free workshops and lectures for jazz fans and musicians to learn firsthand from some of our local and international performers. For 2022, sessions are planned for  Tom Lee Music Hall (728 Granville Street) and The Studio at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews).

Acclaimed international artists such as Amirtha Kidambi, Wayne Horvitz, Lisa Ullén, Dave Rempis, cross-Canada creative players Simon Angell and Lina Allemano, and local luminaries Aram Bajakian, André Lachance,  Shruti Ramani, and Scott Verbeek will share candid stories and answer questions on all things music. Details at www.coastaljazz.ca

Tom Lee Music Hall – 728 Granville Street

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Free Workshops

  • Lisa Ullén – Monday, June 27
  • Scott Verbeek – Tuesday, June 28
  • Wayne Horvitz – Wednesday, June 29 
  • André Lachance – Thursday, June 30

The Studio at the Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews

Free workshops July 2 -3

Saturday, July 2 

  • Dave Rempis – 1:30pm
  • Shruti Ramani – 3:00 pm
  • Aram Bajakian – 4:30 pm

Sunday, July 3

  • Amirtha Kidambi – 1:30 pm
  • Simon Angell – 3:00 pm
  • Lina Allemano – 4:30 pm

Anthem Sounds of Youth Stage – Robson Square, 800 Robson Street

The Downtown Jazz Weekend highlights BC’s young talent at the Anthem Sounds of Youth Stage at Robson Square. Music education is an essential part of the jazz ecosystem. This initiative showcases some of the best high school bands from Metro Vancouver and around the province. 

Saturday, June 25

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Jazz Band – 12:00 pm
  • Wellington Senior Jazz Band – 1:15 pm 
  • Windsor Senior Jazz Band – 2:30 pm 
  • Vancouver College Senior Jazz Band – 3:45 pm
  • Abbotsford School for the Integrated Arts Senior Jazz Band – 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 26

  • St. George’s Senior Jazz Band – 12:00 pm
  • Semiahmoo Grade 12 Jazz Band –  1:15 pm 
  • Vancouver Symphony School of Music Jazz Band – 2:30 pm
  • Elgin Park Senior Jazz Band – 3:45 pm 
  • Handsworth Senior Jazz Band – 5:00 pm

All shows are free, with more details at http://www.coastaljazz.ca.

About Coastal Jazz & Blues Society:

Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1986, the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society is a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable arts organization that has worked diligently to establish Vancouver as a centre for the creation and exchange of sounds and ideas between local, national, and international music communities. The Society’s mission is to not only increase the appreciation of the music, but to strengthen the arts community by developing special projects, artistic exchanges, partnerships, educational initiatives, community programs, and collaborations that further the art form. Ranked as British Columbia’s largest not-for-profit music presenter, The Coastal Jazz & Blues Society produces the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and year-round concerts, and has a long-standing commitment to music education with the Sounds of Youth performance stage, workshops, children’s music programs, and more. The Society is proud to be a significant part of Vancouver’s and B.C.’s economic engine and tourism industry, attracting over half a million people to its annual festival and generating over $43 million in economic activity. www.coastaljazz.ca 

For more information on the 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, please visit us on the following channels: www.coastaljazz.ca www.twitter.com/coastaljazz  (#VanJazzFest)

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For Immediate Release

April 28, 2022

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Announces Lucinda Williams

July 2 at 8:00 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

as well as Performance Works and Jazz at Pyatt Hall Series 

(Vancouver, BC) – Coastal Jazz & Blues Society today announces Lucinda Williams, Jazz at Pyatt Hall and the Performance Works Series as part of the 37th annual 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Tickets for all shows are available for purchase at www.coastaljazz.ca on April 28th

Lucinda Williams Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Three-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Lucinda Williams performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver) on Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00 pm. Presale tickets for festival donors are available starting April 26th at 10:00 am, and general public tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 28th at 10:00 am at www.coastaljazz.ca. Ticket prices start at $57.00 (all fees included).  

Photo Credit – Danny Clinch

Lucinda Williams

“It’s all come full circle,” says Lucinda Williams about her powerful new album, Good Souls Better Angels. After more than 40 years of music-making, the pioneering singer-songwriter returns to the gritty blues that first inspired her in the late 1970s, while also reuniting with Ray Kennedy, the co-producer of her game-changing 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. The new songs hit all the deliciously dark Gothic notes the Louisiana-born storyteller is beloved for, tied together with themes of perseverance, resilience, and hope. “Drawing as much from punk as roadhouse blues, Lucinda Williams’ loud and unsparing new album is some of the heaviest, most inspiring music of her career.” (Pitchfork)

Jazz at Pyatt Hall

Also announced today, eight performances are offered as part of the Jazz at Pyatt Hall series (843 Seymour Street, Vancouver), the festival’s home of all things straight-ahead, bebop, and modern jazz. All shows feature an early 7:30 pm start followed by a 9:30 pm late show. All tickets are $42.00, including service charges at www.coastaljazz.ca.

Brad Turner Quintet featuring Mike Murley Friday, June 24

JUNO and National Jazz Award-winning trumpeter/composer Brad Turner has been an enormously influential figure on the Vancouver jazz scene since 1997, the year he co-founded the acclaimed Metalwood with saxophonist Mike Murley. For his part, the ever-evolving Murley has played on 14 JUNO Award-winning recordings since 1990, snagging seven awards as leader and seven as a sideman. 

Immanuel Wilkins Monday, June 27

Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins has been called “one of the most compelling instrumentalists in improvised music.” (NPR Morning Edition) and is the winner of the 2020 Rising Stars Jazz Award.

Peggy Lee Band Thursday, June 30

Premiering new music alongside selections from its rich back-catalogue, the Peggy Lee Band builds a sound world where “melodies slide in and out of abstraction; skewed marches butt up against folk songs; chamber music niceties crumble under the assault of funk and psychedelia.” (Georgia Straight). 

Cory Weeds Little Big Band with Special Guest Carl Allen Saturday, July 2

A relentless force on the Vancouver jazz scene, the tenor saxophonist and impresario, keeps the flame of classic straight-ahead jazz burning bright. Inspired by tenor heroes Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Gene Ammons, Weeds calls on New York-based drummer Carl Allen (Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut) and a wealth of top-flight Vancouver musicians to bring the big band sizzle.

Performance Works Series

The Performance Works Series features an eclectic mix of nine ticketed 7:30 pm performances at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island). Tickets are priced between $37 and $45, including service charges at www.coastaljazz.ca.

The Performance Works Series is sponsored in part by CHMC Granville Island and is part of the Granville Island Jazz series.

The Performance Works Series schedule includes the following performances and dates: 

The 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival returns to entirely in-person events after two years of COVID-19 event cancellations and programming changes. This summer, the festival takes place from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 3, 2022, with events and programming scheduled around the city. Be sure to watch the website www.coastaljazz.com for event schedules and performance announcements.  

About Coastal Jazz & Blues Society:

Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1986, the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society is a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable arts organization that has worked diligently to establish Vancouver as a centre for the creation and exchange of sounds and ideas between local, national, and international music communities. The Society’s mission is to not only increase the appreciation of the music, but to strengthen the arts community by developing special projects, artistic exchanges, partnerships, educational initiatives, community programs, and collaborations that further the art form. Ranked as British Columbia’s largest not-for-profit music presenter, The Coastal Jazz & Blues Society produces the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and year-round concerts, and has a long-standing commitment to music education with the Sounds of Youth performance stage, workshops, children’s music programs, and more. The Society is proud to be a significant part of Vancouver’s and B.C.’s economic engine and tourism industry, attracting over half a million people to its annual festival and generating over $43 million in economic activity. www.coastaljazz.ca 

For more information on the 2022 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, please visit us on the following channels: www.coastaljazz.ca www.twitter.com/coastaljazz  (#VanJazzFest)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 12th SEASON PROGRAM

Festival returns with in-person events from July 7 to July 17, 2022

Vancouver, BC (June 7, 2022) – Indian Summer Festival (ISF), Vancouver’s festival for the curious mind’, marks its 12th edition with a return to in-person experiences from July 7 to July 17, 2022, with both ticketed and free events. The carefully curated festival speaks to the theme of ‘Inner / Outer Climates’ with events hosted on Granville Island and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. For event details and to purchase tickets, please visit www.indiansummerfest.ca

“The very essence of a festival is to create a place of gathering. We’ve not been able to feed this basic human need for the last two years, although we did try and create a digital campfire through our online events.” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Co-founder & Artistic Director. “We’re thrilled that we can carefully return to events in person, and that our festival hub on beautiful Granville Island affords us indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy this summer. It couldn’t be more appropriate that our theme this year is Inner / Outer Climates, which reflects our deepest concerns today: our personal health and our planetary health. We have invited a stellar cast of local and global writers, filmmakers, musicians, performers, dancers, artists and healers to address the theme. I believe they will help us dream new ways of living our lives, and there is healing in this process.” says Rao. 

2022 Indian Summer Festival event schedule includes:

“The O Show” –  Film Screening, Discussion & Dance Party

Date: Friday, July 8, 2022, at 8pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

Tickets: $5/25/45, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/349181821227

“The O Show” documentary looks at the work and life of Orene Askew as a motivational speaker, Squamish Nation Councillor, DJ and inspiration to youth and Queer/Two-Spirit people. The film is followed by a conversation with filmmaker Sharad Kharé and Orene Askew. After an intermission, DJ O Show gets behind the console and the event turns into a summer dance party. 

Imaginarium: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, hosted by Sirish Rao and Jarrett Martineau

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022, 7pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

Tickets: $10/30/50, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/353390579737

Imaginarium features a discussion between some of the world’s most noted writers and thinkers. Naomi Klein, Amitav Ghosh, Robyn Maynard and Leanne Simpson will discuss the personal and political forces that shape our lives and the world, from the global supply chain to colonialism, policing and climate change. Together, they make a vital demand for a different way forward and a poetic call to dream up new ways of ordering earthly life. 

The evening features live musical performances by Juno award-winning oud/guitarist Gordon Grdina and sitar maestro Mohamed Assani.

Imaginarium is a new conversation format curated and hosted by Sirish Rao and Jarett Martineau. 

Modern Biology – with Tarun Nayar

Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 4pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver 

Tickets: $10/30/50, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/353322235317

Former Delhi 2 Dublin band founder Tarun Nayar’s latest adventures in music have gone viral on social media. In Modern Biology, he explores the bioelectricity of plants and the sound they produce once connected to a synthesizer. This unique outdoor sonic experience on the grassy seaside amphitheatre at Ron Basford Park, with wireless headsets, sees Tarun bringing music-making mushrooms together with sitar player Sharanjeet Singh Mand in a rare musical collaboration of the natural and human world.

OFF CENTRE A Dance Performance by Sujit Vaidya

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 6pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

Tickets: $5/25/45, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/353370439497

A stunning and provocative dance performance by noted dancer and choreographer Sujit Vaidya, OFF CENTRE is an exploration of queer identity through dance. The performance is followed by a post-show talkback with dance luminary Lee Su-Feh.

Grammy Award-winning Musician Arooj Aftab in Concert, Co-presented by Indian Summer Festival and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 8pm

Venue: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia

6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

Tickets: $30/45/60, purchase at https://chancentre.com/events/arooj-aftab/

Arooj Aftab was recently nominated for Best New Artist and Best Global Music Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. Winning the prestigious award for Best Global Music Performance for her song Mohabbat, the singer, songwriter and composer made history as the first Pakistani artist to win a Grammy. Vulture Prince’s release has been named to multiple ‘Best albums of 2022’ lists. This is her first appearance in Vancouver and tickets are going fast!

Song of the Breath: an immersion in mindfulness, art and healing with Yogacharini Maitreyi

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 7pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

Tickets: $5/25/45, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/353380680127

An intimate, meaningful integrative healing session led by Indian Summer Festival’s inaugural ‘Artist as Healer’ Yogacharini Maitreyi. The evening starts with a short film screening Karma: Song of the Breath, and a discussion on the complex art of inner and outer healing. 

5×15: The Art of the Wild

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022, at 8pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

Tickets: $10/30/50, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/353401873517

Since 2014, Indian Summer Festival has hosted the only Canadian iteration of the global speakers series, 5×15, with speakers like Eden Robinson, Reza Aslan, Ben Okri, Wade Davis, Pico Iyer and Vivek Shraya. The 2022 edition returns with a stellar lineup of writers, musicians, filmmakers and activists to speak of our complex relationship with the wilderness in our inner and outer worlds. Expect a heady, stimulating evening of mind expanding perspectives.

12th Anniversary Closing Party

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 8pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

Tickets: $10/30/50, purchase at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/353405624737

The 2022 Indian Summer Festival wraps its programming with a star-studded musical finale featuring local and global musical alchemists, audiovisual magicians, and a party to be at and remember.

Free Weekend Indian Summer Festival Programming:

ISF Sound System – Free Music Sundays

Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 11:30am – 3:30pm 

Venue: Granville Island Public Market – Courtyard, 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Venue: Granville Island Public Market – Courtyard, 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

ISF Sound System brings the sounds of classical and contemporary South Asia to the Granville Island Public Market courtyard over two Sunday afternoons. Featuring established as well as emerging artists, expect to catch the likes of the uplifting duo Glow Motive, the sublime Mohamed Assani Trio, the thumping Surya Brass Band, sitar virtuoso Sharanjeet Singh Mand, tabla maestro Amarjeet Singh and many more. What’s more – it’s free! Just show up, grab some delicious food from the market, and listen to music in what might be one of the most stunning urban locations in the world.

Art Installation by Kimira Reddy:

Dates: July 7 -17, 2022

Venue: Ocean Artworks Pavillion, 1531 Johnston Road, Vancouver

ISF Featured Artist set designer Kimira Reddy’s work will be featured in the Ocean Artworks Pavilion throughout the festival run, turning it into a gathering place reminiscent of rural India. 

About Indian Summer Festival:

Established in 2011, the Indian Summer Festival (ISF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by the Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. This year’s festival runs from July 7 to July 17, 2022. Its mission is to offer multi-art experiences of exceptional caliber, thoughtfully curated through a South Asian lens. ISF connects rich and complex pasts with the emerging future, delighting audiences while provoking necessary dialogue and debate.

For festival highlights, a full event lineup and access to events, please visit indiansummerfest.ca

Follow us on:

Twitter: @IndianSummerCND

Facebook: @IndianSummerCanada

Instagram: @indiansumerfestival

Youtube: Indian Summer Festival Canada

For Immediate Release

Butterly 2.0 Gives Consumers Voice By Building Communities Around Brands

Updates tap into the power of owned communities with a user-friendly dashboard

Toronto, ON (March 1, 2022) Butterly– the new SaaS version of well-known consumer feedback platform, ChickAdvisor, today announced significant updates to its platform that help brands build authentic customer communities. The power of Butterly Communities comes at the perfect time as brands grapple with the increasingly complicated data capture rules. At the same time, consumers – particularly millennials – are more vocal about their likes and dislikes.

“We built Butterly first as a tool to put community building in the hands of brand teams themselves so that they can have total ownership of campaigns and consumer relationships,” said Ali de Bold, Founder, ChickAdvisor. “With the launch of our new Advocate Center, we’ve enabled an always-on feed of new fans to join brand communities and collaborate directly with them to align with what both brands want, and consumers are demanding – direct communication and community around the brands they love.”

Butterly 2.0, explained in this launch video, brings the two closer together with a goal to providing brands:

  • Deeper loyalty
  • Realtime, owned, first-party data
  • Authentic consumer reviews
  • Targeted research
  • Customer acquisition
  • Increased sales

All at cost savings to building custom tools or using external resources for any one of the above.

“Critical to understanding is that this is all now available in one user-friendly dashboard that requires less time and effort for brand managers,” said de Bold. “And we think that getting immediate, direct, authentic information from actual product users is exactly what brands want today.”

The growth of review platforms is a testament to consumer demand for the ability to provide feedback and how important that feedback is for both other consumers and the brands themselves.

“Imagine in 20 minutes being able to ask your actual customers what flavour, colour or what kind of other innovation they’d like to see on your new product and being able to review, analyze and respond to that input essentially in real-time,” said Lou Bridda, CEO, Butterly. “This kind of engagement bolsters loyalty with the customer and allows brands to plan based on real people who use their products – not the typical speculative people who fit the right demographic but may never have sampled the brand. It’s incredibly powerful in today’s cluttered world with tight product innovation timelines.”

“Since we started building a community on Butterly we’ve acquired a significant number of fans and have seen a lift in sales,” says Laura Jones, Business Manager with Dr. Oetker. “We’ve been very happy with the quality of the reviews and social content that has been created so far.”

Butterly was initially established as the engine behind all ChickAdvisor campaigns but is now available to be incorporated into brands’ websites and social media tools so they can independently drive their own communities or do it with the support of the Butterly team.

For a Butterly demonstration or more information, please contact: partners@butterly.com

About Butterly:

Butterly is the community-building software that powers websites connecting brands with Canadians interested in trying and reviewing products. Butterly also powers ChickAdvisor  Canada’s first and most trusted ratings and reviews platform for women, XYStuff.com (for men) and FamilyRated.com (for families).

Photo credit: Kristine Cofsky

Indian Summer founders Sirish Rao and Laura Byspalko to pass the festival baton

Jan 25, 2022  (Vancouver, BC) – After eleven years at the helm of Indian Summer Arts Society, Artistic Director Sirish Rao and Managing Director Laura Byspalko will be stepping down from their roles at the end of the year to pursue new endeavours.

Rao and Byspalko co-founded the Indian Summer Arts Society in 2011, and have tirelessly grown it from a startup into what is now widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent presenter of South Asian arts and ideas in Canada. The Society’s signature offering, the annual Indian Summer Festival, has been a stage for some of the world’s most notable artists, in a roster that features Nobel, Booker, Grammy and Oscar prizewinners alongside emerging talent.

Many international artists, including the likes of Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy, acclaimed painter Bhajju Shyam and legendary flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia made their first appearances in Vancouver thanks to Rao and Byspalko’s efforts. Equally, the festival has been a nurturing home for local artists. Rising stars in the visual arts world — Sandeep Johal and Jag Nagra have both held the position of ‘featured artist’ of the festival, and cross-continental music albums like ‘Jhalaak’ by Vancouver-based musician Ruby Singh with Sufi music supergroup Rajasthan Josh, were catalyzed at the festival. The Society’s offerings now extend to year-round programming and a ‘Culture Lab’ which offers local artists funds, resources and mentorship to provide crucial arts-based solutions for pressing societal issues.

“We founded the Indian Summer Arts Society because we saw the need for a gathering place, a long-table feast of ideas and culture that nurtures and surprises in equal measure. We thought we were building a small bridge that represented our own cross-cultural curiosities. But that’s the surprising thing about bridges — they can bring vast worlds together. When I first came to this city eleven years ago, I barely knew anyone here. The many people who have supported and nurtured this festival — artists, team members, volunteers, sponsors and donors — have become my community. I’m so grateful for that, and will continue to hold them close,” says Rao.

“We’re immensely proud of what we’ve built, and as we approach our 12th edition, we know that it’s time for us to learn and grow in new ways, and give what we jokingly call our ‘first born’ the chance to do the same. We’re passing the baton at a time when the organization is in a stronger position than ever, with a fabulous team, a caring board, robust finances, and an incredible ecosystem of artists and supporters. We founded the kind of festival that we’d like to attend, and I’m so excited to soon be able to join the incredible community surrounding the festival in the audience!” says Byspalko.

But first, the duo have the festival’s upcoming 12th edition to mount, July 7-17, 2022. The Society’s Board of Directors has struck a committee that is working on leadership transition with Rao and Byspalko. The plan is to have new leadership in place by the festival in July, with Rao and Byspalko remaining engaged until the end of 2022 to ensure knowledge transfer and a smooth transition.

Am Johal, Chair of the Society’s Board of Directors says, “Sirish and Laura have made an incredible contribution to the life of the arts sector here in BC — the festival has developed a national and international reputation. The work of founders in starting new organizations cannot be underestimated — it’s an immense labour of love. The festival has truly made Vancouver into a more interesting city and contributed to giving it a more global perspective. It’s a testament to the vision and leadership of the founders that we have a bright future and strong organization to build from. We profoundly thank Laura and Sirish for their exceptional work, the gift they’ve given to the city and we look forward to ushering in the next phase of leadership for the Indian Summer Arts Society. But not before they stage one more festival in July!”

Those interested in finding out more about the newly created role of Artistic and Executive Director can access the candidates’ package at the Indian Summer Festival website at: https://indiansummerfest.ca/artistic-and-executive-director

About the Indian Summer Festival:

Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Its mission is to offer daring, multi-arts events that bring together diverse artists, audiences, and artists in a global dialogue and citizenship spirit.

Follow us on:

Twitter: @IndianSummerCND

Facebook: @IndianSummerCanada

Instagram: @indiansumerfestival

Youtube: Indian Summer Festival Canada 

Indian Summer Arts Society Announces ‘Culture Lab: Artist as Healer’

Bursary for South Asian Artists

A new multi-year initiative will see artists collaborate with the wellness community to develop healing methodologies through art

(Vancouver, BC) – The Indian Summer Arts Society launches the first year of the ‘Culture Lab: Artist as Healer’ program and invites South Asian artists to apply for a $25,000 bursary by November 29, 2021, at 11:59 PM. The project resources South Asian artists who live and work in the Metro Vancouver region in any medium or discipline to work collaboratively with other artists, mentors, and medical and wellness communities to develop healing methodologies through art. The selected artist (or collective) will receive a $25,000 stipend for five months and additional funds of up to $20,000 to cover associated costs.

“South Asian healing practices are many and varied, as is the art created in the community,” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Artistic Director. “We explore what could be possible if we created a space and resources for artists to collaborate with the wellness community, and reclaim the position of the artist in society as a healer. There’s no denying over the past two years, the arts have gotten us through these tough times.”

Based on research, mentorship and learnings, the artist will produce a work –- an event or workshop or interactive project —  that engages the community and inspires other artists and healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between art and healing. This incubation lab will run annually with separate artists/collectives from 2022-2024, with learnings documented, evaluated, and shared along the way.

Dr. Arun Garg is a mentor and partner in the project who set up the South Asian Health Institute at Fraser Health Authority and is the former President of the BCMA. “It is rare for an arts organization to reach across disciplines in the way that ISAS has consistently done. Healing is a complex art and elements of sight, smell, hearing are as critical as any other elements. This project will give us the the tools for integrative thinking and a holistic approach to healing.”

The Vancouver Foundation is the major supporter of this project. Community Partners also include the Canada India Network Society (CINS).

For more information on ‘Culture Lab: Artist as Healer’ proposals and criteria, please visit http://www.indiansummerfest.ca.

About the Indian Summer Festival:

Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Its mission is to offer daring, multi-arts events that bring together diverse artists, audiences, and artists in a global dialogue and citizenship spirit.

Follow us on:

Twitter: @IndianSummerCND

Facebook: @IndianSummerCanada

Instagram: @indiansumerfestival

Youtube: Indian Summer Festival Canada 


For Immediate Release

November 12, 2021

Holiday Happy Hour Gets Super Simple and Festive with New Fuse & Sip Holiday Mixes

Company expands line of natural ingredient drink mixes to include seasonal

favourites Hot Toddy and Mulled Wine

(Squamish, BC) – In the spirit of colder weather drink choices as well as making holidays “less fuss, more fun,” Squamish based Fuse & Sip has launched two new drink mix selections: Toque Time Hot Toddy and Mulling it Over Mulled Wine. As easy as pouring the pre-mixed packages of natural ingredients into a container with your own alcohol selection, Fuse and Sip mixes are a great choice for holiday entertaining – even if the party is just one.

“With the winter months here, we wanted to create some mixes that are delicious served warm after that day spent outside or a day spent avoiding outside altogether because the weather is too miserable,” says Monique Zizzy, co-founder Fuse & Sip. “Like everything we make, these new mixes are wholly simple and natural ingredients, pre-measured for your convenience.”

Believed to have been invented in Scotland in the 18th century, the Hot Toddy was enjoyed before bed or for those suffering from the flu. Traditionally the Hot Toddy was made with whiskey, lemon, honey and some spices. Toque Time Hot Toddy is made with Lemons, Apples, Echinacea Root, Sarsaparilla Root and Allspice. Easy to make, you simply empty the package into a pot on the stove and add 12 oz of Whiskey, Rum, Cider or Water. Warm it up, but do not boil. Let it simmer on very low for 20 minutes, stir, then strain. Serve mixed with 3-4 oz of hot water and enjoy.

“We enjoy a good hot toddy and love that traditionally these drinks are used to help soothe when not feeling great,” adds Zizzy. “So whatever the reason from a hard day battling dragons or one too many zoom calls, the Toque Time Hot Toddy is a perfect cocktail mix combining potent herbs with traditional natural remedies such as Echinacea.”

The Fuse & Sip creation process involves not only a flavour vision but also incorporation of health benefits with each unique profile. Zizzy tests herb, flower and fruit combinations as well as garnishes that display beautifully in the glass. They work to create flavour for the pallet as well the senses as the fusions result in visual cocktails.

Mulled Wine has been popular for hundreds of years and before becoming associated with the holidays, was frequently consumed by Romans to keep warm.  Fuse & Sip takes this traditional and favourite winter beverage and makes it more accessible with everything already mixed for you.

Like all their mixes, Mulling it Over Mulled Wine just needs to be added to your favourite wine. Consisting of Oranges, Cranberries, Star Anise, Cinnamon and Cloves, the blend is the perfect warming drink for modern ails. You simply empty the package into a pot on the stove and add a bottle of red or white wine. Warm up, but do not boil. Let simmer on very low for 20 minutes, stir, then serve with garnish in mugs.

About Fuse & Sip:

Founded in December 2020 by Karen Hope and Monique Zizzy, Fuse & Sip is a Squamish, BC-based company that creates handcrafted premium drink infusions made with pure hydrated fruit, herbs, flowers and organic cane sugar. Their line includes 12 cocktail / mocktail drink infusion kits available for purchase online and in over 200 retailers across Canada and four electrolyte drink infusion available for online purchase only. For additional information on where to find Fuse & Sip products in gift shops, liquor stores or independent grocery stores, please check out our stocklist online at http://www.fuseandsip.com.

Find us on Social Media:

Instagram: @fuseandsip

Facebook: @fuseandsip


For Immediate Release

November 25, 2021

First Pick Handmade Holiday 2021 Pop Up Show Features Exclusive Handmade

Sustainable Fashion from over 20 Canadian Designers

Locally made designs to be featured over December 11 – 12

at Heritage Hall in Vancouver

(Vancouver, BC) – First Pick Handmade returns this December to transform Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square foot pop-up with an exclusive boutique shopping experience on Saturday, December 11 to Sunday, December 12, at 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.  First Pick Handmade’s seventh event features head-to-toe handmade fashions for your person and your home with the purpose to provide personally made high-quality products over volume.

“What we’ve experienced here in BC – and really across the globe– over the last 20 months is driving home the importance of supporting local,” says Janna Hurtzig, First Pick Handmade Founder and Curator. “We’re creating spaces for designers and community members to connect with a shared vision of quality over quantity and slow-made local purchases.”

What:               First Pick Handmade – local designer and maker pop up sale     

Date:                Saturday, December 11 to Sunday, December 12, 2021

Hours:              11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:             Heritage Hall

                        3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets:            $3.00 per person, at the door or online

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:

Beginning opening of First Pick Handmade, all guests and vendors must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination along with valid government identification if born in 2009 or earlier to access the show.

Maximum capacity with be 200 people in the show at one time, with social distancing between designers and shoppers possible.

2021 First Pick Handmade Designers include:

Clothing: Kate & Frances, Street and Saddle, Jessica Redditt Designs, Silver and Gold Clothing (AG + AU), DAUB + Design

Fall / Winter Weather Accessories: Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere

Jewelry: Joanna Lovett Sterling, Toodlebunny, Billy Would, Roberto Fioravanti

Caroline Miller

Bags, Belts, and Wallets: Bronsino Designs, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Shoofie
Active Wear and Lingerie: Revol Undies, DAUB + Design 
Skin Care and Beauty: Conscious Care

Food & Drink:  Mixers and Elixers

About First Pick Handmade:

Janna Hurtzig, of the local Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere label, saw a need for a local fashion and accessories only show like First Pick Handmade.  She continues to curate the show to create access for consumers to Canadian designers.  Since 1998, Hurtzig has been part of Vancouver’s handmade scene in numerous roles such as vendor and show coordinator, so she knows what makes for a good experience is for both the designer and the consumer. 

Hurtzig has been a co-organizer for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, one of Vancouver’s most popular and successful curated markets, for over 16 years. First Pick Handmade is the holiday market springing from the success of the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy shows that ended in 2019.

Find First Pick Handmade on social media:

Instagram: firstpickyvr

Facebook: First Pick Handmade – https://www.facebook.com/events/434056051640271


South Indian percussion virtuoso Trichy Sankaran joins local world-jazz ensemble The Offering of Curtis Andrews for a one-night performance “A Life in Rhythm” on Friday, November 26th

Performance presented by Time Will Tell Arts Society & Indian Summer Festival

(Vancouver, BC) – On Friday, November 26th, Vancouver hosts one of the world’s best drummers and South Indian percussion virtuoso Trichy Sankaran for “A Life in Rhythm” concert. Sankaran collaborates with The Offering of Curtis Andrews, a Vancouver-based world-jazz ensemble led by percussionist/composer Curtis Andrews featuring Jared Burrows (electric guitar), Robin Layne (vibraphone), David Spidel (electric bass). Joining the ensemble for this special evening are Vidyasagar Vankayala (on South Indian vocal) and Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan (South Indian violin).

“South Indian drumming is considered one of the world’s most complex and difficult to master,” says Curtis Andrews, performer and artistic director, Time Will Tell Arts Society. “While the general public may be aware of the North Indian tabla drums, lesser-known is the mridangam, the double-headed barrel drum that holds a holy place in South Indian music and dance. Trichy Sankaran is among the best players of that instrument alive today.”

The combined ensemble will present an evening of music rooted in and inspired by Carnatic music, South Indian classical music, developed over centuries in the southern reaches of India (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala), where it retains its popularity and patronage. Carnatic music is known for its depth of melodic material (raga), a dizzying array of rhythmic exploration (tala), a robust collection of devotional compositions, and improvisational. The repertoire for the evening features original pieces by Sankaran and Andrews, rooted in Carnatic aesthetics but reflective of the global influences that both exhibit. The evening also features an extended mridangam solo by Sankaran, sure to be the highlight of the evening.

“A Life in Rhythm”

Trichy Sankaran & The Offering of Curtis Andrews in Concert

Date:                            Friday, November 26, 2021

Time:                           Doors open 7:30 pm

                                    Show: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Address:                      Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Cost:                           Tickets start at $12.00 plus applicable fees

To Purchase:               https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-life-in-rhythm-trichy-sankaran-the-offering-of-curtis-andrews-tickets-195302915277

COVID-19

Safety Precautions:     The event follows COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Norman Rothstein Theatre.

For more details on the theatre’s COVID-19 safety measures, please visit this link here: Norman Rothstein Theatre

About Trichy Sankaran:

Born and raised in India, Trichy Sankaran moved to Canada in 1971 to teach at York University. He has taught thousands of students and has made an indelible impact on the Canadian music scene. Though based in Canada, he returns to India annually to perform. In his 60+ years of professional performance, Sankaran has performed with significant Carnatic musicians of several generations. Though rooted in tradition, Sankaran has been a keen collaborator globally, with dozens of established artists in the realms of contemporary classical, African music, gamelan, free improvisation, and jazz.

In the early 1980s, Sankaran was a major participant in Expo 86 (with John Wyre’s World Drums). He also made his impact in the mid-90s as a recurring instructor at SFU’s annual summer percussion intensive, coordinated by BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Sal Ferreras. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria.

About Curtis Andrews:

Curtis Andrews (also a Dr. with a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UBC), the artistic director and visionary behind the concert, is also a long-time disciple of Trichy Sankaran. Born in Newfoundland, Andrews moved to Vancouver in 2009 and collaborates with various artists in the Lower Mainland, primarily focusing on African, Indian, and other world musics. His ensemble, The Offering of Curtis Andrews, exists to perform his own “world-jazz” compositions.

After a sold-out Vancouver concert with Sankaran and Andrews’ ensemble in 2018, they went into the studio to record some of the music they had played, including a piece specially composed for the ensemble by Sankaran. That music and more are featured on Andrews’ most recent and critically-acclaimed album, Speaking Hands (2021).

About Time Will Tell Arts Society:

Time Will Tell Arts Society (TWTAS) is a registered not-for-profit performing arts society dedicated to promoting multicultural artistic expression from traditional, neo-traditional and original sources.

About the Indian Summer Festival:

Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Its mission is to offer daring, multi-arts events that bring together diverse artists, audiences, and artists in a global dialogue and citizenship spirit.

Social Media:

Follow Curtis Andrews on Instagram: @thecurtisandrews

Docu-series “HoldFast / StayGold” celebrates Canadian masters of custom tattooing

Weekly episodes drop stories from past 30 years Tuesdays on YouTube until July 26th

(Vancouver, BC) – Dave Allen, a Canadian tattooist and Jody Hill, an editor and short film creator, spent the last seven years capturing the stories of Canadian custom tattoo artists. Nine episodes over nine weeks, HoldFast / StayGold is available for a free download on Youtube at HoldFast StayGold – YouTube. New 10-15 minute episodes drop every Tuesday. Hold Fast / Stay Gold will stream their final episode on July 26, 2021.

In the days before celebrity tattoo artists or reality shows, the original Canadian tattooers like The Dutchman and Dave Shore were pioneering artists. HoldFast / StayGold chronicles their stories and the evolution of custom tattooing in Canada over the past 30 years. From its dark past, this generational documentary captures the oral history of past and present masters. It’s a rock and roll journey from ex-carnies to bikers to punk rock skate punks. Their wild days launched the Canadian tattoo industry – a mainstream industry now estimated at $3 billion worldwide according to a recent article from the Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/02/26/tattoo-industry-hit-hard-by-lockdowns.html

“The historical importance of this documentary series cannot be understated,” says Dave Allen, HoldFast / StayGold director. “This is a first of its kind series that commits to film what was once only an oral history almost lost to time. Never before have Canada’s greatest tattooists come together to share their stories about the origins of the custom tattoo art movement that has grown into the craft that we take for granted today.”

The docu-series features interviews with Canadian tattoo artists including Paul Jeffries, Dave Shore, The Dutchman, Steve Moore, James Tex and Bill Baker, legends who created the custom artwork tattoo styles prolific today. In addition, and not known by many, pop culture icon Ed Hardy tattooed in Vancouver in the early days of his career — something the series, the artist himself, and the other artists share stories about.

“Custom artwork means that a tattooer would need to listen to clients’ wishes for a design and then hand draw using their skills as an artist,” says Allen. “This is very different to flash today where a client can choose an image from a wall of available designs. The artistry, colour, depth and skill for custom tattoo artwork is a craft that I believe is worthy of celebration.”

A passion project, HoldFast / StayGold, was self-funded, written, produced and directed by Dave Allen and Jody Hill who hope the series helps Canadians better understand some of the history and culture behind the art that adorns their skin.

About Dave Allen:

Dave Allen has worked in the Canadian tattoo industry for over 20 years. Currently tattooing at Third Son Tattoo, he gained experience by working alongside the masters, and from their hard-to-believe stories, he identified a need to document and share the culture and history of the craft while it’s still possible. Allen’s depth of understanding of tattoo culture put him in the unique position to be able to capture a permanent record of the craft from its dark and secretive origins. From his time travelling across Canada, working, and building a network of other artists, he also built a network of second-generation custom tattoo artists to help in his goal of sharing a glimpse into this wild and formative era in the art of tattooing.

About Jody Hill:

Jody Hill is a filmmaker and photographer from Vancouver. Graduating film school in 2004, he has since been a part of a vast spectrum of work from corporate commercials to music videos, short films and documentary projects. As both a cinematographer and editor, Jody creates visual stories with sense of cinematic atmosphere, strong composition and mood. An avid tattoo collector himself, he has been exposed to many of these tattoo stories and feels a need to share them with the world.

Follow the docu-series on Instagram @holdfaststaygold.

Indian Summer Festival #ISF2021 – Shapeshifter artwork created by Jag Nagra

June 30, 2021

INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL: 11th EDITION LINEUP AND DATES ANNOUNCED

Festival to feature five weeks of online and hybrid events from June 17 to July 17, 2021

Vancouver, BC (May 20, 2021)Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver’s ‘festival for the curious mind,’ marks its 11th anniversary with five weeks of ten carefully curated events. Most events will stream on digital channels with premieres at 7:00 pm PDT every Thursday and Saturday from June 17 to July 17 (except July 1st). This year’s festival includes door-delivered food and special gift boxes, bringing a delicious and delightful tangible element to them. Two special projects allow for Covid-safe hybrid experiences with digital and in-person components. For event details, access and ticketing, please visit indiansummerfest.ca

Early bird pricing for the Limited Edition ISF2021 Premium Pass is $285, which provides access to all ISF2021 digital events, including the Opening Party with amazing performances, exclusive access to the chatroulette afterparty, food from Vij’s, and wine from Volcanic Hills all delivered to Lower Mainland residences, and a special artist-curated Punjabi Market Premium Gift Box. Early bird pricing is valid until May 31; regular price is $325. A Digital Pass to access all online events at the festival (without the tangible elements) is $50. Individual tickets to all ISF2021 events are available on a sliding scale of no fee, $10 or $20, as the festival understands that this is a difficult time for many.

“For this 11th year for the 2021 Indian Summer Festival, we thought that our theme should be “Shapeshifting,” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Artistic Director. “It’s something that we’ve all had to do in the last year, and shapeshifters have existed in almost every culture.”

“For ISF2021, we have created ten distinct events for all of us to experience music, performing arts and literary discussions so we can experience the true transformative power of the arts. The arts give us levity, solace and help us make sense of our predicament and imagine our futures.”

“As with most of us working in arts and culture, we’ve become very creative this year with ways that our audience can experience Indian Summer Festival,” adds Rao, “From premium passes that include door-delivered dinner and wine, to digital passes to access shows, we’ve become our own Shapeshifters to deliver an innovative digital and hybrid experience.” 

This year, the festival offers live digital event premieres (where audiences can interact through chat functionality) with an on-demand digital platform that makes it possible for events to be viewable until the end of the festival. The festival sees a stunning global cast of talent from beatboxers to tabla maestros, novelists and actors.

2021 Indian Summer Festival event schedule includes:

Date:                Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7pm PDT

Event:              Indian Summer Festival Opening Party – Metamorphosis featuring Laydy Jams, Shamik Bilgi, Her Tribal Roots and Kamal Pandya. Sponsored by Concord Pacific.

Hosted by ISF’s Sirish Rao and CBC’s Anita Bathe, opening night features brilliant, beautiful  performances by some of Vancouver’s finest talents.

ISF2021 Premium Pass Holders get exclusive access to an online afterparty where they’ll be paired with other ISF friends and artists for multiple one-on-one conversations and performances, and a special box of goodies, featuring a meal for two by Vikram Vij paired with a bottle of wine from Volcanic Hills.

Date:                Saturday, June 19, 2021, 7pm PDT

Event:              Anoushka Shankar – The Musical Journey of a Shapeshifter. Sponsored by Nature’s Path.

An evening of music and stories with genre-defying musician and seven-time Grammy Award nominee Anoushka Shankar, who unveils a very special project for Indian Summer Festival.

Date:                Wednesday, June 23 – Saturday, July 3, 2021

Event:              VOX Infold. Produced in partnership with Vancouver Jazz Festival and LOBE Studios.

Address:          Lobe Spatial Sound Studio, 713 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

This special project is a rare chance to experience the music of powerhouse vocal ensemble Vox Infold in the form of an immersive sound experience. Presented at the groundbreaking Lobe Spatial Sound Studio and using Lobe’s 4DSOUND system, this is music not just as sound but as a profound experience of space and dimension. Consider it a healing sound bath. Advance booking required and experienced as an individual or in a ‘household bubble.’ Book your slot online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/voxinfold-tickets-150267575363

Date:                Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7pm PDT

Flames and Portals – Literary discussion with Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid, Moderated by Sirish Rao. Presented by SFU Library.

In 2017, two of the most exciting writers of our times – Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid – published novels that have proved to be uncannily accurate about the direction the world would take. They warned of the future of nationalism, the tightening of political and social borders, and how our realities can become unrecognizable overnight. ISF meets them four years later to talk about their prescient works.

Date:                Saturday, June 26, 2021, 7pm PDT

Event:              Zakir Hussain – Alone Together – Zakir Hussain, featuring Mickey Hart and Rakesh Chaurasia. Sponsored by Odlum Brown.

An intimate evening with the tabla maestro, this online concert features Zakir Hussain performing solo and joined virtually by special guests collaborating in real-time from different parts of the world – Grateful Dead legend Mickey Hart and bansuri virtuoso Rakesh Chaurasia. The concert is preceded by a special interview with the maestro.

Date:                Saturday, July 3, 2021

Event:              Walking Tour of Punjabi Market

Presented by RBC.

Guests are invited to take a self-guided walking tour of the Punjabi Market using their own mobile device. The audio tour, narrated by artists, shop owners and community members, will give an insight into the past, present and vibrant future of this significant Vancouver neighbourhood.

Punjabi Market Premium Gift Box
Specially curated by artists Minahil Bukhari and Mustaali Raj for ISF2021, the Punjabi Market Premium Gift Box features gorgeous items hand-picked from Vancouver’s vibrant Punjabi Market. At a cost of $125, including taxes and shipping, the gift box will be delivered to your door via Canada Post to Canadian addresses only. Available for order here:

https://www.goelevent.com/IndianSummer/e/PunjabiMarketBox

Date:                Thursday, July 8, 2021, 7pm PDT

Ancient Futures – Musical Inheritances – Ruby Singh, Khari Wendell McClelland and PIQSIQ.

Supported by TELUS.

Documentary premiere on the music project Jhalaak, followed by a conversation with some of Canada’s most innovative musical voices.

Date:                Saturday, July 10, 2021, 7pm PDT

Event:              Knives and Sugar – Avni Doshi with Souvankham Thammavongsa, moderated by Anna Ling Kaye.

A meeting of two of the most electrifying literary voices of recent times, one joining from Dubai and the other from Toronto – meet for the first time on ISF’s virtual stage.

Date:                Thursday, July 15, 2021, 7pm PDT

Event:              Transcendence by Anosh Irani feat. Lois Anderson, Munish Sharma and Laara Sadiq.

From the three-time Governor General’s Literary Award finalist and two-time Dora

Award-winning playwright comes a new work that sits in the exciting space between theatre and

film.

Date:                Saturday, July 17, 2021, 7pm PDT

Event:              Indian Summer Festival Finale – A Night at the Orpheum- musical performance by Naadaleela Ensemble and Mohamed Assani & Friends.

ISF’s 11th edition ends with a grand, one-night-only finale performed at the historic Orpheum Theatre and delivered digitally to your living room. This double-bill features internationally recognized musicians and features the worldwide premiere of two new musical works.

About Indian Summer Festival

Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. This year’s festival runs from June 17th to July 17, 2021. Its mission is to offer daring, multi-arts events that bring together diverse artists, audiences, and artists in a global dialogue and citizenship spirit.

For monthly festival highlights, full event lineup and access to events, please visit indiansummerfest.ca

Follow us on:

Twitter: @IndianSummerCND

Facebook: @IndianSummerCanada

Instagram: @indiansumerfestival

Youtube: Indian Summer Festival Canada 

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2021

Daub + Design Enhances its Decade Online with First Brick and Mortar Showroom

Storefront opening offers a complementary shopping experience to online shopping

(Vancouver, BC) – Established in 2010, Canadian designer Daub + Design’s business model has been to sell their handmade, small-batch activewear and wardrobe basics at select Canadian markets and retailers. Since the pandemic, DAUB has excelled at transitioning online and nurturing its community from across Canada. Now, despite the growth in consumer spending online, the brand is rounding out the online shopping experience with its first storefront, “DAUB” in the South Granville shopping district to provide its customers with an in-store, exclusive shopping experience.

“Clothing is one of those items that people still need to touch and feel the fabrics and, of course, to try-on to really see how it fits their body. We use incredibly soft fabrics and design for comfort; it’s definitely been a challenge to convey this information online,” says Lexi Soukoreff, owner and creative director of Daub + Design. “One of the biggest hurdles we have is explaining fit, fabrics and styling through social media and email. Despite the demand for online shopping, people still want the in-person, tactile experience. After years of selling face to face at markets, we also miss our clients and human interaction.”

While retail looks much different these days with limited capacity and safety measures in place, the DAUB team is moving to complement the e-commerce side of the business with an in-person shopping experience. Created to elicit a “spa-like” experience, the DAUB store reflects the brand’s approach to comfortable yet high-quality clothing. The store features bright west-facing windows, light oak millwork and custom-designed racks – all manufactured in Vancouver from local trades.

“From years of working in sales both in-person or online, we know that sizing remains the biggest challenge,” says Soukoreff. “Not all designers offer the same sizing, and it remains challenging to shop without a space to touch and try-on garments.” A storefront location also allows the devoted Daub + Design community to meet the designer and her team in person. In addition, as the company only creates small production runs in Vancouver, BC, shoppers can potentially get hold of items that sell out quickly.

At 766 sq feet, the space offers an intimate shopping experience for those wishing to purchase the line Canadian-made activewear and sustainable basics. Clients will also find a curated selection of beauty, wellness and mindfulness items to encourage self-care and “me” time as necessary. DAUB associates will be on hand to provide personalized experiences – from measuring clients to find the best fit to creating profiles to ensure they cater to clients’ needs. Private shopping sessions will be available to book at the start or end of the day for those who need more care or have more serious health concerns.

Other brands featured in-store include: B Yoga, Halfmoon, Salt & Stone, Cela, Conscious Care, Luna Bronzer, Hecate (diffusers & candles), Kilig Candles, Canvas Candles, routine deodorants, Well Kept, Coola Suncare, Freedom Moses (summer sandals) and Bath.

“While we’d love to plan a grand opening event to welcome everyone to our DAUB location,” says Soukoreff, “The pandemic is going to put those things on hold till a later date. For now, we’re open with health and safety guidelines in place.”

DAUB South Granville

Address:         3012 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Hours:             Monday to Saturday with store hours 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Mask wearing, hand sanitizing and physical distancing standards required for store entry.

About DAUB:

DAUB is a Canadian designed and manufactured women’s activewear brand that explores the relationship between fabric and the application of colour. Launched in 2010 by designer Lexi Soukoreff, DAUB artfully blends colour and texture to create small-batch, functional garments using surface design and printing techniques. DAUB is recognizable as Soukoreff has developed a well-known sophisticated “tie-dye” aesthetic and has a reputation for one-of-a-kind, quality garments tailored to everyday and active lifestyles. Many pieces are still hand-dyed to this day, and exclusive in-house prints are derived from original hand-dyed fabrics. These pieces are worn by women of all ages and provide a unique sense of style, confidence and positive body image. DAUB comprises three categories: DAUB + DESIGN – the original hand-dyed pieces, DAUB Active for any activity the day brings and DAUB Basics – cozy, everyday must-have pieces for your daily lifestyle. All pieces work interchangeably with each other and represent the quality & beautiful hand DAUB is known. DAUB is sold through Canadian retailers, online, at fashion markets across Canada and at their retail location DAUB in Vancouver, BC.

Find DAUB:

Website: www.daubanddesign.com

Instagram: @daubanddesign

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/daubanddesign

Friday, May 30, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Photo Credit: Adam Sky

Silicon Valley Residents Were Making Tattoo Plans During the Pandemic

Morningstar Tattoo Parlor reopened its doors to overwhelming demand

(Belmont, CA) – Due to an increase in consumer demand for custom tattoo work in the Silicon Valley, Adam Sky opened the Morningstar Tattoo Parlor, an upscale, private tattoo studio located at 1200 6th Ave., Suite #300, Belmont, California in February 2020. As soon as the shop launched, Morningstar Tattoo Parlor commanded a six-month waiting list as Sky’s tattoo schedule was immediately booked up due to the massive community response and interest. And then six weeks later, COVID-19 hit, businesses closed, and the region sheltered in place. While the pandemic has made us all sit back and reflect on our lives, getting a fresh tattoo was at the top of the list for many Silicon Valley residents. The shop, which recently reopened its doors, now boasts a one-year waiting list for custom tattoos.

“Now that we’ve reopened, people are allowing themselves to pursue their tattoo dreams full force,” says Adam Sky, owner and tattooer, Morningstar Tattoo Parlor. “People have redirected their discretionary income from vacation travel to things they can indulge themselves in closer to home, like tattooing. We’re grateful as our business was hit hard during the pandemic, really tough for a business that had just opened our doors six weeks before we went into lockdown. We’re now seeing a decline in business from those clients that fly in from other cities and states to get tattooed. So we’re focusing on locals and discouraging clients from visiting us if they’re coming in from further than 100 miles away.”

Sky’s overwhelming percentage of clientele are technology employees and consultants from surrounding Silicon Valley powerhouse tech giants. The demand for custom tattoo artwork comes from all tech levels, from coding engineers to C-Suite executives. Bikers and sailors are way in the minority from the assumed Morningstar Tattoo Parlor clientele.

“Not too long ago, clients were afraid to get tattooed as it could be a career-limiting move,” says Adam Sky, Morningstar Tattoo Parlor, “Today we see female executives with knuckle tattoos, tech managers with full sleeves, and middle-aged professionals with huge, complex tattoos, and all are seeing success in the industry.  Such a high number of tech workers sport tattoos that I saw a need to open a shop in the area to serve them better.”

Following all California Department of Public Health required protocols to prevent Coronavirus transmission, Morningstar Tattoo Parlor requires clients and artists to wear masks, have mandatory temperature checks upon entering the studio and utilize hand sanitizers. Artist stations are in private, ventilated rooms. All working artists have been vaccinated, and tattooers are highly trained in operating within aseptic work environments.

Morningstar Tattoo Parlor has guest tattoo artists available to schedule new appointments. Clients can reach out through the website at www.morningstartattooparlor.com to book an appointment and discuss artwork.

About Adam Sky:

A professional tattoo artist since 1993, Adam Sky has tattooed in shops from Vancouver, BC, Canada, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami, and London, England. Sky now makes Belmont, California, home with his recently reopened Morningstar Tattoo Parlor. In the 28 years that he’s been tattooing, Sky’s artwork can be seen adorning musicians and artists to first responders and technology business leaders.

Find Morningstar Tattoo Parlor on social at:

Web: http://www.morningstartattooparlor.com

Instagram: @adamskytattoos

Facebook: @adamskytattoos

May 3, 2021

Photo Credit: Mirae Campbell

Fuse & Sip Makes Anyone an At Home Mixologist

Innovation spawned from pandemic unemployment and need for a good drink

(Squamish, BC) – When Karen Hope and Monique Zizzy lost their jobs last year due to the pandemic, their desire for a great, bar quality cocktail while stuck at home not only increased, it was increasingly challenged. While all the ingredients were still available, the skills to put them together were not. The outcome: the pair launched Fuse & Sip — handcrafted premium drink infusions with pure hydrated fruit, herbs, flowers and organic cane sugar.

“Since we couldn’t go out for cocktails over the last year, I tried to make a bar-worthy drink at home,” says Hope, co-founder Fuse & Sip. “I bought a bunch of pricey mixes and tried to recreate a drink that ended up tasting horrible. Lamenting to Zizzy about the money wasted on mixers and how I just wanted an easy yet delicious bar-worthy drink, we developed the idea for Fuse & Sip drink infusions. Since Zizzy already makes holistic hydrators and tinctures, we started infusing natural herbs with alcohol.”

Since December 2020, Fuse & Sip has grown to 10 cocktail infusions, four electrolyte flavours and is available for purchase online and in 65 retailer and specialty stores across Canada.

“Fuse & Sip drink infusions are 100% natural with no artificial flavours, sweeteners, or preservatives using all-natural fruits, flowers, herbs, and sugar,” adds Zizzy, co-founder of Fuse & Sip. “Our infusions offer simple ingredients that you can see when you mix with your favourite spirit. No fine measurements, pouring, or cocktail shaker skills needed.”

All fruit is sourced from Canadian suppliers or local farms whenever possible. Each drink infusion package makes ten cocktails and contains approximately five grams of sugar or 20 calories per serving. Easy to make, pour 12 oz of your favourite spirit into a jar, add the Fuse & Sip mix to the container, store for three days, shake and strain and add sparkling water. 

Co-founders share a marketing background with Zizzy, bringing ten years of practice as a Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) in a clinic setting to Fuse & Sip product development. Zizzy has been creating healing tinctures and hydrators for clients for years with her passion for herbology.

“We’re excited to be able to bring something we enjoy to our fellow at-home drink aficionados,” says Hope. “Necessity is the mother of invention, right? And who hasn’t really needed a good bar quality drink over the past few months?”

Fuse & Sip recently expanded their line with new drink infusions for spring and summer:

Hammock Time – pineapple, orange, coconut and turmeric infusion

The Bradshaw – cranberry, orange and lime

The Forager – blueberry, raspberry, elderflower and nettle

Garden Party – strawberry, rhubarb and apple

Moira Rose Sangria – rose, cranberry and pineapple

Fuse & Sip original products launched in December:

Day Drinker – strawberry, peach, elderberry and mint

Fancy Pants – orange, ginger and butterfly pea flower

Liquid Patience – cranberry, orange, hibiscus and cinnamon

Perfectly Peared – pear, apple, rose and vanilla

Some Like it Hot – lemon, ginger, chilli pepper and rosemary

Fuse & Sip also offers electrolyte mixes as an alternative to sports drinks. With all-natural ingredients, each electrolyte drink package contains three teabags for one litre of beverage and has approximately five grams of sugar or 20 calories per drink.

Electrolyte flavours include:


NEW Orange, ginger and echinacea electrolyte

NEW Cranberry, orange and lime electrolyte

Lemon hibiscus and dandelion electrolyte

Strawberry, rose, pear & cranberry electrolyte 

About Fuse & Sip:

Founded in December 2020 by Karen Hope and Monique Zizzy, Fuse & Sip is a Squamish, BC-based company that creates handcrafted premium drink infusions made with pure hydrated fruit, herbs, flowers and organic cane sugar. Currently available for purchase online and in over 65 retailers across Canada, Fuse & Sip continues to expand its product lines. For additional information on where to find Fuse & Sip products, please visit http://www.fuseandsip.com.

Find us on Social Media:

Instagram: @fuseandsip

Facebook: @fuseandsip

April 12, 2021

Photo Credit: Jag Nagra

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Indian Summer Festival Launches Public Art Street Banner Project with Punjabi Market

banners feature artwork by Musqueam (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) artist, Debra Sparrow (θəliχʷəlʷət) and ISF2021 Featured Artist, Jag Nagra from the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective

Vancouver, BC (April 12, 2021) – Vancouver’s Punjabi Market plays host to an exciting 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 high calibre artwork from Musqueam (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) artist, Debra Sparrow (θəliχʷəlʷət) 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.

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 51st 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.

For monthly festival highlights, full event lineup and access to events, please visit indiansummerfest.ca

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Robert Hughes – Creators Vancouver

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (January 18-24) – Vancouver Magazine (vanmag.com)

 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Pacific Sport Fraser ValleyIt’s me! 

More details here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-leading-women-a-lunch-learn-series-tickets-133176768299

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Thankful to The Vancouver Sun for marking such an important milestone for our very own Seaforth Highlanders. 

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Monday, October 5, 2020

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This past spring / early summer, we had the opportunity to work with the Indian Summer Festival as they took their events online in response to COVID-19.  10 weeks of 10 events every Saturday gave us much to think, learn and listen to in the early days of this new normal of now.  Amazing pick up with over 248 pieces of media coverage over the festival duration. 

 

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November 1, 2019 

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s 17th annual artist curated collection of fine art, craft and design returns to Heritage Hall December 14 – 15 for final and farewell show

(Vancouver, BC) – Celebrating 17 years of Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Collective holiday events, the annual artist curated collection of fine art, craft and design, will host their final two-day farewell show at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th.  This collaborative event provides a venue that champions craftsmanship over mass production, annually hosting over 30 Canadian and BC based artists to exhibit in an intimate environment where shoppers can mingle with the makers. Throughout the years of this long running show, over 75 Canadian visual artists, makers, designers, jewelers and potters and their products have been featured at events providing a unique platform for consumers to meet the people who create art in the city.

“It’s bittersweet that 2019 will be the final Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show,” says Frances Dickinson, co-founder, of the SFM Collective, “we have seen the growth of slow fashion and handmade design in Vancouver over the past 17 years and we are so proud to have championed this movement. But now, as artists and designers who crave change and creativity, it’s time for all of us to focus on new projects.”

What:  Shiny Fuzzy Muddy farewell event – annual curated show and     collection from Canadian designers and artists

Dates / Times:  Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 11:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Admission:  $4.00 per person – at the door or online https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shiny-fuzzy-muddy-farewell-holiday-market-tickets-77238030027

The 2019 Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show features five new participating designers including: SML Glassworks; blown glass; Dougherty Glassworks, blown glass; Clay Plus Jewelry; jewelry; Kolton Babych; jewelry; Meg Hubert Ceramics, ceramics; and Elen Danielle, silk and gold embroidery and textile design.

Returning designers and product categories include:

 Jewelry: Billy Would Designs, Caroline Miller Designs, Clay Plus Jewelry, Elen Danielle, Joanna Lovett Sterling, kari woo contemporary art jewellery, Kolton Babych Fine Jewellery, Only Child Handicrafts, SML glassworks, Toodlebunny

Ceramics: Cathy Terepocki Ceramics, Julie McKinnon Ceramics, Meg Hubert Ceramics, Red Pot Pottery, Russell Hackney Ceramics

Glassware: Dougherty Glassworks, sml glassworks

Fine Art: Arleigh Wood

 Clothing and Accessories: Adhesif Clothing, AW by Andrea Wong, Banquet Workshop, Bronsino, Claudia Schulz Hats, Daub + Design, Frances Felt, Flightpath, we.are.stories, winterluxe recycled cashmere, zed handmade

Holiday Ornaments: Diana Watters, HIM Creations

Home Decor: Banquet Workshop, Flightpath, LUprints, Mimi Shop, Diana Watters, HIM Creations

Children’s Toys : Mimi Shop, HIM Creations

About Shiny Fuzzy Muddy:

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy formed in 2003 as a not-for-profit collective to create events and to bring art to the people.  2019 sees the 20th show and final year as the collective celebrates their 17th year milestone of offering high end and handmade events connecting artists to the community with curated holiday events. The group’s core members and local makers, Janna Hurtzig, Kari Woo and Frances Dickinson, annually plan the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show, which takes place the second weekend in December at Heritage Hall. With an effort made to seek out new artists, up to thirty guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main St. location. The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship, material sensibility and professionalism.  For more information on Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, please visit the website.

Media Contact:

Fawn Mulcahy, The Fawnz Creative Communications

www.facebook.com/shinyfuzzymuddy
www.twitter.com/shinyfuzzymuddy
www.instagram.com/shinyfuzzymuddy


For Immediate Release

September 3, 2019

Call for Entries for the 2019 Vancouver User Experience Awards

(Vancouver, BC) – The Vancouver UX Society is accepting entries for the 6th annual Vancouver User

Experience Awards (Van UX Awards). With eight award categories, this event celebrates the incredible user experience products being developed here in Vancouver. Free to enter, all can submit online at https://vancouveruxawards.com/submissions until Monday, September 30th. Award finalists will be announced on Thursday, October 31st with a “Demo Day” event on Thursday, November 7th, where attendees will have the opportunity to view submissions, connect and hear from leaders in the Vancouver UX community, and place their vote for the People’s Choice Award. Winners are announced at the annual gala event on Wednesday, November 27th at a new and larger venue, The Vancouver Playhouse.

 

“Through the Van UX Awards, we provide an opportunity for the UX community in B.C. to come together, learn about the incredible work that’s happened, and celebrate,” says Sarah Butterworth, Board Member, The Vancouver UX Awards Society. “And with last year’s gala growing to almost 400 people, we had to move to a bigger venue and increase our award categories to serve our growing audience.”

The 2019 Van UX Awards have some changes with two brand new categories of UX for Business and UX for E-Commerce. The Students category has split into two separate submissions for Individuals and

Teams. All Award submissions are judged by a panel of six, representing different sectors of the UX industry, they are evaluated and scored on how they satisfy five criteria: elegance, clarity, innovation, impact, and emotion in the UX experiences created for end-users.

2019 Van UX Award Categories:

UX for Emerging Experiences: The future is no longer at a distance—wearables, voice experiences, internet of things, bots, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are already here. These devices and experiences are creating a new opportunity for user experience. This award category allows us to surface the emerging interactions and immersive experiences that the community is creating.

 UX for Business: Technology experiences make our work lives more connected, productive, and efficient. From intranets to internal applications, B2B platforms to productivity apps, custom developed to white-labelled standards, this category is for all products that focus on a B2B audience.

UX for Products: Digital products play an essential role in our everyday lives. We monitor our health, finances, or happiness, use digital apps and services to make our lives easier, connect with others, and to make intentional decisions about our behaviour. This award honours the incredible BC-based products whose digital experiences enrich and engage across a broad spectrum of domains.

 UX for E-Commerce: E-Commerce sales growth in North America has seen double-digit growth over the past decade. Now a crucial part of most retail operations’ business models. This category requires that submissions are or were live during the past year (October 2018 to 2019) and include metrics that matter and can demonstrate their impact. No concepts will be accepted.

UX for Marketing: Websites, contests, and marketing-driven campaigns are successful when they create authentic and impactful user experiences for their audiences. This category requires that submissions are or were live during the past year (October 2018 to 2019) and include metrics that matter and can demonstrate their impact.

UX for Good: Great user experiences are essential to improving the way non-profits work with their partners, communities, and stakeholders. This award recognizes charities and foundations, social campaigns, professional associations, and public sector enterprises. Entrants should demonstrate how they’ve created a user experience that helps a non-profit organization achieve its goals and/or serve its members.

 UX by Students – Team: Talented new practitioners are encouraged to submit any non-commercial projects done in courses, extra-curricular or portfolio projects. Students must be registered at a B.C. post-secondary institution during the 2018-2019 academic year. Student projects created by a team of two or more people.

UX by Students – Individual: Student projects, as described above, created by a single person.

The 2019 Vancouver UX Awards are supported by a growing sponsor family including local organizations such as Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, Microsoft, Red Academy, Steamclock Software, Clio, Brainstation, and MetaLab.

About The Vancouver UX Awards Society:

The Vancouver User Experience Awards are presented by the local non-profit organization The Vancouver UX Awards Society and in partnership with the VanUE community. The Van UX Awards debuted in 2014, and has grown to be the premier event for celebrating the growth and excellence of user experience design in B.C. The Vancouver UX Awards Society was created in 2019 to continue this tradition of celebrating innovation and excellence in design, to build community and to connect UX practitioners, students, faculty and organizations who are stewarding the future of user experience design and research. The Society is currently managed by Vancouver UX Awards organizers Antenna Consulting, Apply Digital and Domain7.

For more information on how to participate, from award submissions, gala attendance or event sponsorship, please visit the Van UX Awards website at http://www.vancouveruxawards.com. Follow the awards on Twitter and Instagram @VanUXAwards.

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Ecofish Research Ltd. (Ecofish) is Listed on the 2019 Growth 500

– Canadian Business unveils annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

Vancouver (September 12, 2019) Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Ecofish Research Ltd. No. 490 on the annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing

Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.

Once again, Ecofish Research Ltd. made the 2019 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 105%.

“The companies on the 2019 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Beth Fraser, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate over 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

“This achievement is a direct reflection of the passion and dedication demonstrated daily by our talented scientists and support staff who care deeply about the environment, our clients and what we do,” says President Adam Lewis. “We are thrilled to have made our third appearance on the Growth 500 list.”

Ecofish was founded in Vancouver in 2001 to meet the need for reliable, trustworthy, science-based environmental consulting. Since then, the Ecofish team has worked effectively with stakeholders, regulators, and Indigenous groups to improve the environment and operations for over 300 projects in B.C. and internationally. Known province-wide for their unrivalled expertise in the hydroelectric sector, Ecofish’s recent growth has expanded their breadth of expertise into the mining, marine and offshore, and oil and gas sectors, to name a few. Ecofish has expanded across Canada with a Toronto office and plans for new provincial offices in 2020. Ecofish’s science-based solutions help their clients overcome today’s unprecedented environmental challenges.

Website and Social Media

Visit our website: www.ecofishresearch.com

Like Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecofishresearchltd/

Follow Twitter: https://twitter.com/ecofishresearch

About the Growth 500

For over 30­­­­­ years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the Growth 500 profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business. Winners are profiled in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at Growth500.ca and CanadianBusiness.com. For more information on the ranking, visit Growth500.ca.

 About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

 About Ecofish Research Ltd.

Ecofish Research Ltd. has helped industry meet environmental licensing and compliance requirements for 18 years. A trusted advisor to industry, government, and Indigenous groups with over 100 staff working on projects in BC, across Canada, and internationally, they deliver key environmental assessment, monitoring, and mitigation services for all project phases: pre-feasibility, assessment, construction, operations, and decommissioning. Their technical expertise features compliance and effectiveness monitoring, mitigation and offsetting solutions, hydrology, fish passage design, instream flow assessment, and water quality modelling. Their regulatory experience provides strategic planning, regulatory solutions, and litigation support.


For Immediate Release

July 3, 2019

 Ecofish Research Ltd. Further Expands Across Vancouver Island with New Location in Nanaimo, BC

 (Nanaimo, B.C.) – Ecofish Research Ltd. (Ecofish), a Vancouver-based science and environmental consulting firm, launched a new office in Nanaimo, B.C. to better serve its clients in the region while working to reduce its own environmental impact by staying local to where their expertise is needed. Ecofish has worked to reduce the impact of development on the environment through assessment, monitoring, mitigation, offsetting and design services for more than a decade. The Nanaimo office is the company’s eighth location in British Columbia.

“We have seen a real increase in our environmental work in the Regional District of Nanaimo and the east coast of Vancouver Island,” says Adam Lewis, President, Ecofish Research Ltd. “Rather than having our team commute across Vancouver Island, we believe that it’s important to live and contribute in the communities that we work within especially with the site specificity of our expertise. Our Nanaimo location will be a benefit to not only our clients but also our Ecofish team members.”

The Nanaimo based team of Ecofish experts and support staff include Senior Project Manager Janet Rygnestad. With close to 20 years of work experience in the environmental consulting field and construction environmental monitoring (CEM) projects, Rygnestad has expertise managing multiple, multidisciplinary projects and has a comprehensive understanding of incorporating environmental regulatory requirements into active construction and long-term monitoring projects.  

“We already have deep roots in the Nanaimo community,” adds Janet Rygnestad, Senior Project Manager, Ecofish. “Members of our team were born, raised and educated here in Nanaimo and many of us volunteer with groups like the Nanaimo Search and Rescue Association (SAR). Having a local office allows our team to respond to SAR community needs, provides work-life balance and even allows us the ability to ride our bikes to work and lessen our personal impact on the environment.”

Located at 3148 Barons Road, Ecofish has plans to expand the Nanaimo team to a dozen employees over the next year, as well as offer future paid internships opportunities for students registered in local post-secondary environmental programs. For more information on future job opportunities with Ecofish, please visit their careers page at https://www.ecofishresearch.com/careers/

About Ecofish Research:

Ecofish was founded in Vancouver in 2001 to meet the need for reliable, trustworthy, science-based environmental consulting. Since then, the Ecofish team has worked effectively with stakeholders, regulators, and Indigenous Groups to improve the environment and operations for over 500 projects in B.C. and internationally. Known province-wide for their unrivalled expertise in the hydroelectric sector, Ecofish’s growth in recent years has expanded their breadth of expertise into the port infrastructure, mining, marine and offshore, and oil and gas sectors, with an emphasis on working with local communities and Indigenous groups. Ecofish’s science-based solutions and business acumen help their clients overcome today’s unprecedented environmental challenges.  The company was recently listed in the Growth 500 Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies 2018 list with Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazine.

Ecofish has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Squamish, Courtenay, Terrace, Campbell River, Cranbrook and now Nanaimo.

Website and Social Media:

Visit our website: www.ecofishresearch.com  

Like Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecofishresearchltd/

Follow Twitter: https://twitter.com/ecofishresearch

  


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For Immediate Release

September 23, 2019

 First Pick Handmade Home Decor Marketplace Features all BC Made Products for the Household

October 19-20 at Heritage Hall

 (Vancouver, BC) –  First Pick Handmade Home Décor www.firstpickdecor.com is launching their first home goods marketplace at Heritage Hall in Vancouver with over 30 local artisans hand creating objects of beauty for every room in the home. This new to Vancouver and exclusive home and lifestyle show will run from Saturday, October 19th to Sunday, October 20th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street. First Pick Handmade Home Décor will feature unique and high-end handmade items from textiles to plants to art, all on-trend and of superior quality and design.

 

“We have so much talent in Vancouver,” says Janna Hurtzig, First Pick Handmade Home Decor Founder, “Our new First Pick Handmade Home Decor show makes it easy to find all the items you’ve loved from design magazines, all made by local designers. We’ll have charcuterie boards for your cocktail party and the glasses to pour your drinks in, designed and made right here. We have eco-friendly staples like home cleaning, body care and beeswax food wraps. From bed linens to artwork, cushions to plants, you can refresh your decor while supporting local small business.”

 

What:                First Pick Handmade Home Decor – home décor and lifestyle market featuring 30 local artisans

Date:                Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, October 20, 2019

Hours:              11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:              Heritage Hall , 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets:             $3.00 per person, at the door or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-pick-handmade-home-decor-and-lifestyle-market-tickets-73069971251

First Pick Handmade Home Decor vendors:

First Pick Handmade Home Décor will feature designers that create items for every room in your home:

LIVINGROOM: Pacific Northwest Prints (art); East Van Light (lighting); Zed Handmade (vessels); Blackstrap Cloth and Co (cushions); Estelle Liebenberg Fritz (raku ceramics); Margie Bella Textiles (hand painted textiles); Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere (blankets / hot water bottle covers); Salt Spring Island Candles (soy wax candles); Mind the Minimal (concrete décor); Just Plants (Kokedamas and plants); Black SØLV (crystals and minerals)

BEDROOM: Margie Bella Textiles (textiles); Innerwolf Jewelry (dream catchers); Serenity West (Linen bedding and table linens); Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere (blankets); East Van Light (lighting); Mind the Minimal (concrete décor); Salt Spring Island Candles (candles); Conscious Care (organic skin care); Little Fox Apothecary (home wellness); Zed Handmade (vessels)

KITCHEN / DINING ROOM: Steelwood Design (functional art); Bukuro Bag Co (produce bags); Windigo Beeswax Wraps (beeswax food wraps); Dougherty Glassworks (glassware); Helena Jenkinson Ceramics (ceramic tableware); Little Fox Apothecary (home wellness); Blackstrap Cloth and Co (cushions); Serenity West (linens)

GARDEN/GREENSPACE: Just Plants (plants); Mind the Minimal (concrete décor); Black SØLV (crystals); Lunarchy (Lunar Phase calendars); Blackstrap Cloth and Co (cushions)

KIDS ROOM: Henderson Dry Goods (wood engraved accessories); See You Soon Studio (illustrated paper goods); Blackstrap Cloth and Co (cushions); Margie Bella Textiles (hand painted textiles)

OFFICE: Mind the Minimal (concrete décor); East Van Light (lighting); Pacific Northwest Prints (original prints); Hand and Sew (key chains and leather goods); Henderson Dry Goods (illustrated paper goods); Lunarchy (Lunar Phase calendars)

ORGANIZING: SHOOFIE (specialty shoe bags); Blackstrap Cloth and Co (cushions and décor); Mind the Minimal (concrete planters); Zed Handmade (wool vessels); Bukuro Bag Co (produce bags)

GARDEN/GREENSPACE: Just Plants (plants); Mind the Minimal (concrete décor); Black SØLV (crystals)

 

About First Pick Handmade Home Decor:

Janna Hurtzig, of the local Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere label, saw an opportunity for a local home décor show when she realized how many talented artisans were creating lifestyle items. Since 1998, Hurtzig has been part of Vancouver’s handmade scene in numerous roles such as vendor and show coordinator, so she knows what makes for a good experience is for both the designer and the consumer.

Hurtzig has been planning the First Pick Handmade shows (First Pick Handmade and First Pick Handmade Home Décor) for the last two years and is a co-organizer for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, one of Vancouver’s most popular and successful holiday markets currently celebrating their 16th year.  For the past 11 years, Hurtzig has sold her handmade designs at popular shows across Canada.

Find First Pick Handmade Home Decor on social media:

Instagram: Décor_firstpickyvr

Facebook: First Pick Handmade

 


February 11, 2019

https://www.powershifter.com/blog/clutch-top-agencies-canada-2019

Big congrats to the POWERSHiFTER team!


Best Spot to Source your Sustainable Fashion in Vancouver – First Pick Handmade 

Featuring spring collections from over 30 Canadian indie fashion and accessory designers – March 16 – 17 at Heritage Hall 

(Vancouver, BC) – First Pick Handmade www.firstpickhandmade.com again transforms Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square foot pop up boutique department store on Saturday, March 16th to Sunday, March 17th, at 3102 Main Street, Vancouver.  This spring fashion and accessory only event features head to toe handmade fashions with several local designers debuting their spring seasonal lines. Customers of all gender expressions can expect to find high quality, Canadian made pieces, with a sustainable focus.

“We’ve seen some real success with our market,” says Janna Hurtzig, First Pick Handmade Founder, and Curator, “We’ve hosted three shows, and, in that time, we’ve already been noted as the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver’s pick for sustainable shopping. I think we offer a really unique market experience in that we offer fashion and accessories only, and all handmade by local and Canadian designers.”

What:                    First Pick Handmade – spring fashion and accessories Canadian indie designer pop up sale

Date:                     Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hours:                   11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:                 Heritage Hall

3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets:                 $3.00 per person, at the door or Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/first-pick-handmade-spring-2019-market-tickets-55302792140?utm_term=eventurl_text

First Pick Handmade spring 2019 vendors include:

Clothing for Women:  Sans Soucie Textiles, Modeluxe Designs, Kate and Frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Couture Therapy, Silver and Gold Clothing (AG + AU), Dogwood Denim Apparel, Harly Jae, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Black Hole and Novel Supply

Clothing for Men: Novel Supply, Dogwood Denim, Stede Menswear and Street and Saddle

Jewelry: Black Solv, Billy Would, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Roberto Fioravanti, Zula Jewellery, Joanna Lovett Sterling, Shesso

Bags, Belts + Wallets: Bronsino Designs, My Bukuro, Joseph Henry Workshop, Fiveleft Leather
Active Wear and Lingerie: Daub and Design/Daub Active, Revol Girl Period-Proof Panties
Skin Care and Beauty: Conscious Care, Element Botanicals, IceMelk by Craft Lipstick

Shoes:  Amy Slosky

Vendor’s with Men’s/Genderless Items:  

Stede Menswear (men’s button-down shirts and knit tees) Bronsino (belts, belt bags, pouches), Black Solv (jewelry), Kolton Babych (jewelry), Roberto Fioravanti, (jewelry), Zula Jewelry, Billy Would Designs (belt buckles, bottle openers, keychains), Joseph Henry Workshop (wallets, shaving kits, key fobs, card holders), Novel Supply (clothing),  Dogwood Denim (custom fit jeans), My Bukuro (totes with interchangeable straps, key and transit pass lanyards), Conscious Care (CBD Oil creams, oils), Street and Saddle (special edition designs), Fiveleft Leather (leather wallets, bags and accessories),  Amy Slosky (made to order shoes) and Element Botanicals (skincare)

About First Pick Handmade:
Janna Hurtzig, of the local Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere label, saw a need for a local fashion and accessories only show like First Pick Handmade.  She continues to curate the show with the goal to create access for consumers to Canadian designers.  Since 1998, Hurtzig has been part of Vancouver’s handmade scene in numerous roles such as vendor and show coordinator, so she knows what makes for a good experience is for both the designer and the consumer.  Fall plans will see an extension of First Pick Handmade moving into an additional  housewares show as well.

Hurtzig has been a co-organizer for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, one of Vancouver’s most popular and successful Holiday markets currently celebrating their 16th year.  For the past 11 years, Hurtzig has sold her handmade designs at popular shows across Canada.

Find First Pick Handmade on social media:

Instagram: firstpickyvr

Facebook: First Pick Handmade


November 22, 2018

 Christmas Glow Returns with All-New Theme and Double the Space!

 Enjoy the warmth of the season at Greater Vancouver’s largest indoor Christmas festival and market

November 22, 2018 (Langley, BC) — ​Christmas Glow, Greater Vancouver’s largest indoor Christmas festival, opened its doors today to welcome visitors — bigger and brighter for year two. Set inside the greenhouses of Milner Village Garden in Langley, Glow guests are free from rain, sleet and snow, can leisurely stroll under the twinkle of a million lights and enjoy nearly 95,000 square feet of lighted sculptures, interactive activities, live entertainment and a Christmas market. Guests who attended the launch of Christmas Glow last year will be delighted to find a brand-new experience this year: “Glow Around the World”. Lighted trails will lead visitors to six countries — France, Britain, India, China, Mexico, and Holland — complete with lighted iconic landmarks and bustling streetscapes. Guests are encouraged to get their Glow “passports” stamped at each stop to earn a surprise.

“Christmas Glow was such a huge hit in 2017, we wanted to go above and beyond the expectations of our new and returning guests,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO, Darvonda Nurseries. “We traveled to international trade shows to find the latest technology to continue to increase our wow factor. We found that recreating these mammoth landmarks was trending, so we handpicked some of the very best. In addition, our Glow team member, Breanne Kanis, designed some of the huge pieces, so you won’t see them anywhere else.”

In addition to the Glow Around the World light gardens, there are traditional Christmas light exhibits, like twinkling reindeer and giant candy canes — perfect for selfies and holiday family photos. Designed for kids of all ages, giant LED swings and hopscotch that change red and green are sure to be favourites. Also new this year is Glen the Glow-comotive, a trackless train offering visitors a choo-choo around the event. And a Christmas festival wouldn’t be complete without daily visits from Santa, live entertainment, seasonal food and goodies, a licensed bar for ‘the big kids’, a garden centre for all your poinsettia needs, and a Christmas Market featuring 40 local artisans and boutique businesses. Christmas Glow is a robust seasonal experience for all ages.

Tickets are available for purchase online at https://www.glowgardens.com​.

Event: Christmas Glow, Greater Vancouver’s largest indoor Christmas festival

Location:​ Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216​th​ Street, Langley, BC

Dates:​ November 22nd – January 19, 2019 (closed Sundays and Dec. 24, 25, 31)

Times: Please see the website for days and hours of operation

Online tickets*:         $16.99 children and seniors (plus fees)

$22.99 adults (plus fees)

$69.99 Family package (two adults and three children) (plus fees)

Free for children 3 and under

*Prices will vary at the gate.

To Purchase:​ https://www.glowgardens.com/christmas-langley/#calendar

Parking: Free on-site parking

 

Connect with Glow:

www.glowgardens.com                      Facebook: @glowlangley

Instagram: @glowlangley                   Twitter: @glow_langley

 

About Darvonda Nurseries: Darvonda Nurseries is the creator of Glow Gardens, a series of indoor seasonal family festivals. Owned by the Jansen family, they began doing business in 1975, starting out as a 10,000 square foot glass greenhouse in Langley, BC, producing tropical indoor potted plants. The greenhouse facilities have since grown to include seven different locations, including Edmonton, AB, which feature 27 acres of glass and plastic growing space, as well as 20 acres of outdoor production area. The company uses its creative design sense to develop unique product offerings on a per customer basis and offers exclusive design programs to big box stores around the world.

With deep roots in their community, the Jansens have found a new way to connect families and neighbours year-round through Glow. Christmas Glow started in 2017 in Langley. In 2018, they are proud to debut Harvest Glow in Langley and Christmas Glow in Edmonton, AB and Barrie, ON.

Christmas Glow will be giving back to the lower mainland by supporting Langley School District Foundation, Surrey Cares Community Foundation and Compassion. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to each organization.

 

High resolution photos may be downloaded from our website, in our media room:

https://www.glowgardens.com/christmas-langley/

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October 5, 2018

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s 16th annual artist curated collection of fine art, craft and design returns to Heritage Hall December 8th – 9th

(Vancouver, BC) – Celebrating 16 years of Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Collective holiday events, the annual artist curated collection of fine art, craft and design will host a two-day only show at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th.  This collaborative event provides a venue that champions craftsmanship over mass production, hosting over 30 BC based artists to exhibit in an intimate environment where shoppers can mingle with the makers and find holiday gifts created with intention, that become future heirlooms.  Over 70 Canadian artists have been featured at events over the past 16 years.

What:                                   Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – annual curated show and collection from                                               Canadian designers and artists

Dates / Times:                  Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 11:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Where:                                Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Admission:                         $4.00 per person – at the door or online

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shiny-fuzzy-muddy-2018-holiday-market-tickets-50985992476

The 2018 Shiny Fuzzy Muddy event features five new participating designers including:  Dianna Watters Handmade, contemporary cross stitch (Toronto); Kathleen Tennock Ceramic Studio (Whistler); Bianca Barr, accessories, clothing and jewellery (Vancouver); Mama Mui Lab, ceramics (Vancouver); and BILLY WOULD designs, reclaimed hardwood jewellery.

Returning designers include:  Frances Felt, clothing and accessories for women (Pemberton); ONLY CHILD Handicrafts, beadwork (Salt Spring Island); Russell Hackney Ceramics (Bowen Island); Sans Souci, zero waste textile and designs (Vancouver); Kat Cadegan Jewellery (Revelstoke); Banquet Workshop, screen prints stationery, textiles, clothing and jewellery (Vancouver); AW by Andrea Wong, accessory designs (Vancouver); LUprints, home goods (Pemberton); Claudia Schulz, hat designer (Vancouver); mimi, felt and sewn accessories for children (North Vancouver); Caroline Miller Design, jewellery (Squamish); Cathy Terepocki Ceramics (Chilliwack); Adhesif Clothing, new and recycled fabrics for one-of-a-kind garments (Vancouver); Him Creations, felter (Vancouver); Red Pot Pottery (Surrey); Art by Lan Yao (Squamish); TOODLEBUNNY, jewellery (Vancouver); Daub + Design, hand dyed fashion (Vancouver); Julie Mackinnon Ceramics (Salt Spring Island); we.are.stories, small batch clothing line (Nelson); zed handmade, hand knit designs (South Surrey); Joanna Lovett Sterling, jewellery (Burnaby); bronsino, hand crafted bags and accessories (Burnaby); Winterluxe, recycled cashmere winter accessories collection (Vancouver); flightpath designs, leatherwork goods (Vancouver); dahlhaus, pottery (Vancouver); and Kari Woo Contemporary Art Jewellery (Calgary, AB).

About Shiny Fuzzy Muddy:

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy formed in 2003 as a non-profit collective to create events and to bring art to the people.  2018 sees the collective celebrating their 16th year milestone of offering high end and handmade events connecting artists to the community with curated holiday events. The group’s core members and local makers, Janna Hurtzig, Kari Woo and Frances Dickinson, annually plan the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show, which takes place the second weekend in December at Heritage Hall. With an effort made to seek out new artists, up to thirty guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main St. location. The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship, material sensibility and professionalism.  For more information on Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, please visit the website.

 

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Ecofish Research Ltd. (Ecofish) is Listed on the 2018 Growth 500

 

– Canadian Business unveils 30th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

 

Vancouver (September 13, 2018) Canadian Business and Maclean’s today listed Ecofish Research Ltd. on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing

Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.

 

Ecofish Research Ltd. made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 100%.

 

“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

Ecofish is no stranger to Canada’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies.  They made their first appearance on the Growth 500 list in 2016 and their forecast shows no sign of letting up. 

 

“This achievement is a direct reflection of the passion and dedication of a group of talented scientists and support staff who care deeply about the environment, our clients and what we do,” says President Adam Lewis.  “We are thrilled to have made our second appearance on the Growth 500 list.”

 

Ecofish was founded in Vancouver in 2001 to meet the need for reliable, trustworthy, science-based environmental consulting.  Since then, the Ecofish team has worked effectively with stakeholders, regulators, and First Nations to improve the environment and operations for over 100 projects in B.C. and internationally. Known province-wide for their unrivalled expertise in the hydroelectric sector, Ecofish’s growth in recent years has expanded their breadth of expertise into the mining, marine and offshore, and oil and gas sectors, to name a few.  Ecofish’s science-based solutions help their clients overcome today’s unprecedented environmental challenges.

 

Website and Social Media

Visit our website:  www.ecofishresearch.com  

Like Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ecofishresearchltd/

Follow Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ecofishresearch

 

About the Growth 500

For 30 years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the Growth 500—formerly known as the PROFIT 500—profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business. Winners are profiled in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at Growth500.ca and CanadianBusiness.com. For more information on the ranking, visit Growth500.ca.

 

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

 

About Ecofish Research Ltd.  

Ecofish Research Ltd. has helped industry meet environmental licensing and compliance requirements for 17 years. A trusted advisor to industry, government, and First Nations with over 100 staff working on projects in BC, across Canada, and internationally, they deliver key environmental assessment, monitoring, and mitigation services for all project phases: pre-feasibility, assessment, construction, operations, and decommissioning. Their technical expertise features compliance and effectiveness monitoring, mitigation and offsetting solutions, hydrology, fish passage design, instream flow assessment, and water quality modelling. Their regulatory experience provides strategic planning, regulatory solutions, and litigation support.

 

 

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Local Family Festival Set to “Glow” through the Seasons

 

Christmas Glow expands with a new fall celebration and  VIP party space

 

July 17, 2018 (Langley, BC): Darvonda Nurseries announced today that it’s expanding Glow, the popular Christmas festival located inside the greenhouses of Milner Village Garden Centre, which features interactive light sculptures, children’s play areas, seasonal food and drink, and a local market. This year, the Langley Christmas event will double its square footage, and a new festival, Harvest Glow, has been created for autumn. Glow will also delight Christmas revelers in Edmonton, AB, and negotiations are underway for additional Canadian and US cities.

 

“We’re excited to unveil Harvest Glow, which will run September 27 – October 31, also at the Milner Village Garden location. Families will easily spend two hours enjoying all the activities, like an indoor pumpkin patch, a hay maze, animal petting stable, and even nine holes of mini golf,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO, Darvonda Nurseries. “And of course, thousands of lights, and animated light sculptures. Our Farmers Market will also be the perfect place to buy fresh, local produce.”

 

There’s an all-new theme for Christmas Glow this year, “Around the World”, which takes visitors country to country as they follow Santa on his annual journey. The expanded space is expected to host 150,000 visitors November 22 – January 19, featuring an estimated one million lights throughout 4,000 square meters. The larger footprint also includes a private party room for birthday parties, holiday celebrations and corporate functions. Bookings can be made now through the website.

 

The Glow Christmas Market is also returning with room for 40 local vendors, the perfect spot to shop for unique gifts from artisans, farmers and boutique businesses.

 

“Everything we’ve designed this year has families and community at the heart of it. We’ve added more children’s play areas and increased parking and indoor seating to make the experience more enjoyable from start to finish,” adds Jensen. “Our community has so many rich resources, from artists to farmers, this is an ideal event to bring everyone together.”

 

Early bird tickets go on sale in August. Sign up now at www.glowgardens.com to find out how to enjoy 40% off regular ticket prices.

 

Connect with Glow:

Web: www.glowgardens.com
Facebook: /theglowgardens
Twitter: @theglowgardens
Instagram: /glowchristmas

About:

Darvonda Nurseries began doing business in 1975, starting out as a 10,000 square foot glass greenhouse in Langley, BC, producing tropical indoor potted plants. Under the ownership and direction of Byron Jansen and wife Tamara, the greenhouse facilities have since grown to include seven different locations which feature 27 acres of glass and plastic growing space, as well as 20 acres of outdoor production area. The company focuses its efforts on offering flowering annuals and indoor potted plants that are not marketed simply as a commodity. Instead, Darvonda uses their creative design sense to develop unique product offerings on a per customer basis and offers exclusive design programs to big box stores around the world.

 

With deep roots in their community, the Jansen family has found a new way to connect families and neighbours year-round through Glow. Christmas Glow started in Langley in 2017. In 2018, they are proud to debut Harvest Glow in Langley, and Christmas Glow is expanding to Edmonton, AB.

 

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August 15, 2018

 

2018 Vancouver User Experience Awards Call for Entries

 

Today the Vancouver User Experience Group (VanUE) announced that the 2018 Vancouver User Experience Awards (Vancouver UX Awards) are now open for entry.  The fifth annual awards celebrate the incredible UX experiences developed in Vancouver.  Free to enter, entries are submitted online at http://www.vancouveruxawards.com/submissions until Friday, September 28th, finalists announced on Wednesday, October 31st and winners celebrated at a gala event on Thursday, November 29th at The Imperial in Vancouver.   Finalists are also invited to present at a “Demo Day” event on Wednesday, November 7th that features lightning talks from 10 award finalists and five award sponsors at the Microsoft Vancouver office.  With categories from marketing to charity, lots of categories to enter.

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July 4, 2018

First Pick Fall Postcard Cover 2018

A love for all things created locally, sees The Fawnz Creative working with (and sponsoring!) the fall 2018 First Pick Handmade event Sept 15 -16 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.  Swing by and check out the new fall and winter lines that many of our local indie designers are launching at this head to toe handmade and fashion and accessories only event.

 

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May 8, 2018

Every year at the Culture Crawl, the Terminal City Glass Co-op sees heaps of Vancouverites crowded around the studio to see glassblowing demonstrations.

If you haven’t seen liquid glass created in a glass art form, then Spark Fire & Light is a night on the town for you.  Saturday, May 26th, TCGC opens their doors and welcomes all to celebrate the Co-op, watch some glassblowing demonstrations with a beer and some appies, and maybe even bid on some local glass art.  Check out http://www.terminalcityglass.com for details.

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April 14, 2018

Most recently, The Fawnz Creative client POWERSHiFTER celebrated the growth of their team.  We shared a few appointment notices for a new team member and a few promotions.  Always so good (and so appreciated!) to see these new roles recognized with local media.

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January 4, 2018

Typically liking to stay behind the camera, we chatted with a favorite blog Creators Vancouver over the holidays.  We are a part of a new section called FTCreative – where the site seeks out advice and resources for professional creators.  A definite honour to be asked to take part.

 http://creatorsvancouver.com/building-career-building-connections/

 January 4, 2018

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Update your media skills for 2018! Sign up for a Saturday course in New Media Journalism at SFU Continuing Studies: http://at.sfu.ca/jgJbDv

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A new year means new studies.

Learn and discuss the opportunities, strategies and tactics with Trade and Consumer Shows this spring at BCIT, registration is open now. https://www.bcit.ca/study/courses/mktg1342 

 

December 29, 2017

Starting the new year with a big list of resolutions? Well, if one is to study Public Relations – we can help with that!

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Get started in the fast-paced world of PR in the New Year! Join SFU Continuing Studies’ PR Certificate program this spring and you’ll be job-ready in just nine weeks. Apply now: http://at.sfu.ca/ougMbO

 

December 11, 2017

As the holiday market season starts to wind down, we start planning the spring 2018 shows.  Lots of fun stuff with First Pick Handmade March 17-18 and Nifty for Fifty Sunday, April 15th – both at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.  More to come!  Shop small, shop local!

 

November 10, 2017

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy is celebrating 15 years of curated art and design with their milestone show December 9-10th at Heritage Hall.  One of my favorite shows at this time of year.

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July 17, 2017 

First Pick Handmade www.firstpickhandmade.com will transform Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square foot pop up boutique department store for the discerning fashionista that values Canadian design and quality materials.   Featuring a combination of fashion industry veterans and newer startups, with a common thread of high quality construction and materials (including linen, cashmere and leathers), Vancouverites can shop for new fall 2017 looks (with limited runs) and get first picks directly from 27 local and Canadian designers. Clothing, jewelry, hats, winter accessories, shoes and bags, for men and women, will be featured at First Pick Handmade on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street in Vancouver.  

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February 11, 2017

 

Save the date for the 10th Annual Nifty for Fifty show where 30 indie designers are offering deep discounts on locally created clothing and accessories for you and your home.  10 years means that some fun stuff will be at the show like music and some beverages!

 

November 5, 2016

It’s my favorite show of the season, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – December 10-11, 2016 at Heritage Hall.

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October 19, 2016.  So this looks fun.

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Hot Glass Cold Beer Pairs Beer Tasting with Glassblowing for Halloween Fun

(Vancouver, BC) — A Hot, Haunted and Hoppy Halloween Await As Hot Glass Cold Beer Brings Craft Beer Tasting To The Next Level!

On Saturday, October 29 Terminal City Glass Co-op (TCGC) will present the third annual Hot Glass Cold Beer event, pairing craft beer tasting with glassblowing demonstrations, a carved pumpkin contest, a costume contest, and more!

Date:                Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time:                7:00 – 10:00 pm

Location:          Terminal City Glass Co-op, 1191 Parker Street, Vancouver, BC

Cost:                $55.00 per person.  Cost includes a hand-blown taster glass made and by glass artist Scott McDougall, whose design was selected by a jury of brewery representatives. Additional glasses are available for purchase at the event.

Tickets:             Purchase online at terminalcityglass.com

Held at the TCGC studio in East Vancouver, Hot Glass Cold Beer presents limited and seasonal craft beers from nine local breweries: Bomber, Callister, Faculty, Postmark, Powell Street, Steel & Oak, Steamworks, Storm and Strange Fellows.

TCGC member artists will demonstrate how to create pumpkins from molten glass, and will also blow glass into an actual hollowed-out pumpkin. They will also create a fire-breathing glass jack-o-lantern!

With Halloween right around the corner, guests can enter their pre-carved pumpkin in the People’s Choice contest for the chance to win a hand-blown glass bowl made by TCGC members.

Funds raised at Hot Glass Cold Beer will help support community-building activities at TCGC like artist slide shows, open houses, and other events that promote glass as an art form.

About Us: Terminal City Glass Co-op is Canada’s first and only nonprofit glass arts co-op. We offer courses in glassblowing, flameworking, beadmaking and sandblasting to everyone age 16+, and provide access to glassmaking equipment and resources for the development of emerging and established glass artists.

 

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September 9, 2016

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada’s Armoury on West 1st and Burrard really seems to be a secret of the city.  After four years away, the regiment is moving back in and welcoming us all to the house warming party!

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Return to Armoury after Four Years of Renovations

 (Vancouver, BC) – The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment, www.seaforthhighlanders.ca, invite all to attend Highland Homecoming, on Saturday, September 24th. This day of celebration will include a parade, ceremonies and a military tattoo, as the Regiment returns home to the Seaforth Armoury at 1650 Burrard Street, after four years away. The day’s festivities will begin with a march led by the Seaforth Pipes & Drums, from the Jericho Garrison, where the Seaforth Highlanders have been stationed for the past four years, to the refurbished Seaforth Armoury. The official ceremony to reopen the Armoury will be followed by a formal parade and a Drumhead Ceremony. The afternoon will end with an entertaining and spirited military tattoo with musical performances.

Approximately 250 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada members, Cadets and Regimental Association Members will participate in the day.  Music and entertainment will be provided by the Seaforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums, the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, Shot of Scotch Vancouver Highland Dancers, male vocal choir Chor Leoni, along with many others.

During the past four years, the Seaforth Armoury has undergone extensive seismic upgrades and had its building services modernized to allow the Seaforths to continue to respond to domestic emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires, and floods as well as train to serve overseas in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  The Armoury was originally opened in August 1936, and is the home of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and two Cadet Corps.

That same morning, the Major General B.M. Hoffmeister, OC, CB, CBE, DSO Building, neighbouring the Armoury at 1755 West 1st Ave., will also see the official opening as home to the 39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters and several other Canadian Armed Forces units.

Event Details:

Date:               Saturday, September 24, 2016

10:30 am         Parade to exercise the Infantry Regiment’s Right of Freedom of the City lead by the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums

Route:             Regiment and Cadets will depart Jericho Garrison, 4050 West 4th Avenue, march down West 4th to McDonald, left on McDonald, right on Cornwall and finally right on Burrard. The parade concludes at 1650 Burrard Street

11:45 am         Canadian flag raising ceremony at the Seaforth Armoury doors, 1650 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

 1:00 pm           Parade and Drumhead Ceremony on the parade square. In honour of having the Afghanistan Battle Honour emblazoned on the Regimental Colours, veterans of the Afghanistan Campaign, from across the Lower Mainland, have been invited to parade with the Regiment.

2:00 pm           Highland Homecoming Military Tattoo connecting Vancouverites to the Military through music and Military exercise.  Bands, singers, and highland dancers will entertain.  The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada will provide training exercises, equipment demonstrations and a broad sword set demonstration

3:45 pm           Event concludes

Participants:    Local male vocal ensemble Chor Leoni, the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums, and the Highland Dance Team, Shot of Scotch

Location:         Parade square inside the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Armoury

Cost:                Free for all to attend

Parking:           Street parking is available

About The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada:

Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada – www.seaforthhighlanders.ca – celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2010.  Formed in 1910 by members of the local Scottish community, the Seaforths have served as volunteer soldiers, supporting Canada in every major Canadian Forces overseas mission, including the two World Wars and most recently Afghanistan.

Join us on Facebook: DND Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Primary Reserve Unit

Twitter: @Seaforth100

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September 6, 2016

Fiveleft Leathergoods is celebrating 10 years of designs on October 1st with a runway show and after-party.  It’s free and all are invited to attend. Please click on the link to rsvp.

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September 6, 2016

Heading to the Vancouver Fringe Festival?  If so, be sure to check out Morgan Brayton’s one person comedy show – Give It Up.  Exploring 30 years in the arts and entertainment industry, you are sure to laugh.

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May 23, 2016

Any meeting held at 1000 Parker Street offers fantastic photo backdrop opportunities (built for social!).  The building holds a community of artists which really is a secret of the city.

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Had a great meeting with Niina Chebry (seen here!) and the rest of the Parker Art Salon planning committee. Reviewed coverage and plans for next year’s show.  The Parker Art Salon is an opportunity for artists really collaborate on a project.  I imagine that artist’s work can be quite solitary and lonely at times.

 

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May 9, 2016

Late to post (oops) — we secured a fantastic Where Magazine mention for the Nifty for Fifty event.  Please watch for more news for the 2017 event and 10th anniversary milestone.  We scored some great finds at this year’s event too.

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February 22, 2016

Join us April 22nd to the 24th for the 2nd Annual Parker Art Salon and fine art exhibition at 1000 Parker Street in Vancouver.

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The legendary 1000 Parker Street Studios artist’s warehouse is inviting the general public to join their 2nd annual Parker Art Salon and Fine Art Exhibition, April 22 – 24, 2016.  The salon events will be hosted on two floors with the hallways transformed into an exposition of painting, sculpture and installation pieces: 56 artists showcasing their best work steps away from where they create.

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December 22, 2015

Super happy to be working with Melissa and  www.adhesifclothing.com on the 9th annual Nifty for Fifty indie designer blow out sale at Heritage Hall this April 10th www.niftyforfiftysale.com.  Thirty local, indie designers will be selling last year’s lines under $50.  Just in time to do some spring shopping…

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December 3, 2015

We saw another great client win with the front page of The Georgia Straight (Dec 3 – 10, 2015 issue) for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy.  Three participating artists (heyday designs, him creations and Westerly Handmade Shoes) featured products with the cover photo. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy was included in a larger feature on Christmas craft and art shows around the city.  A big win for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy and the over 25 artists participating in this curated, annual show.

November 16, 2015

Front page of the Business section in The Vancouver Sun – big congrats / clasps on the back with telling your A-SAY APP story JP & POWERSHiFTER.Powershifter

November 5, 2015

One more great piece of creative from the upcoming Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show.

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October 18, 2015

It’s been a weekend of presentations at SFU – Saturday saw our Communications Planning Bootcamp http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/one-day-boot-camps/by-date.html with Darren Roberts and Sunday saw an early morning start at the Communication Convergence Conference http://www.communicationconvergence.com/ with a 10:30 am presentation. Great weekend all around.

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September 27, 2015

Nine to Five recently featured my Informational Interview Intelligence post to help our most recent SFU Continuing Studies students land their next opportunity.

https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/career-help/blog/2015/informational-interview-intelligence.html

September 16, 2015 – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Holiday Guides

Apparently Christmas is about 100 days away.

My favorite collaboration of artists – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – have released holiday gift guides.  Too cute not to share.

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June 18, 2015 – New Blog Post with SFU Continuing Studies.

How do you get experience in PR? Three volunteering tips from our instructor .


May 1, 2015 – Front page of The Chronicle Herald.

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We landed a front page article (with a 69 year old wedding photo) with John A. (Jock) McStay, a Seaforth Highlander of Canada veteran and Porters Lake resident, will left on Thursday, April 30th to join the Ministry of Veterans Affairs Official Delegation in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
We landed a front page article (with a 69 year old wedding photo) with John A. (Jock) McStay, a Seaforth Highlander of Canada veteran and Porters Lake resident.  He left on Thursday, April 30th to join the Ministry of Veterans Affairs Official Delegation in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation
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April 23, 2015 – Very proud to join the SFU Continuing Studies Instructor’s Blog – Nine to Five.  (good name…).  First blog post and off to a good start:

http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/career-help/blog/2015/the-art-of-the-thank-you-note.html#.VTfEs9ReZfk.email

August 30, 2014 – Upcycled will take part in the Curious Flea at the New West Quay on Saturday, August 30th – please come visit us between 10 am and 5 pm.

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July 25, 2014 – Upcycled by The Fawnz Creative is a project my partner Dave Pederson and I have started. We find vintage items and upcycle them for new use. At Artifact, we will be featuring our cake trays made from vintage china. Fun!

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June 25, 2014 – Glowing heads to Winnipeg for the Fringe Festival.

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July 2013

Glowing: A Reproduction Production

Sometimes comedic inspiration can come from dark places. Mary-Jo Dionne, writer and performer of “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” – part of the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival line-up – experienced her last episode of melanoma during an already-horrific pregnancy, ultimately serving as the subject matter of her debut, one-woman show “Glowing: A Reproduction Production”.

The thirty-minute performance follows a 40-year-old woman, born without a biological clock, who eventually becomes pregnant, with an experience that is anything but a glowing one. She thinks it can’t get any worse than her all-day “morning” sickness, but she’s wrong. At seven-months-pregnant, while other women are deciding on paint colours for the nursery, a cancer diagnosis leave her deciding whether or not she should go through with a potentially life-saving amputation. All told, this poignant one-woman comedic journey aims to de-bunk the myth that all pregnant women glow.

An award-winning writer and comedian who has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and LA, “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” represents Mary-Jo Dionne’s debut with the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Ticketing: Tickets can be purchased via http://www.vancouverfringe.com starting Thursday, August 1, 2013
Performances: Six performances total – Sept. 6 (10:30 pm), Sept. 7 (3:55 pm), Sept. 8 (2:45 pm), Sept 9 (6:45 pm), Sept 12 (8:25 pm) and Sept 14 (9:00 pm)
Venue: The Revue Stage on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Donations: Audience members are invited to bring a donation of baby food to each Glowing performance to be donated to local food banks

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