The latest news on BC's arts, culture and heritage sector.

Upcoming Panel: Promoting Mental Health in the Music Industry

Upcoming Panel: Promoting Mental Health in the Music Industry

Music BC is hosting a free panel on mental health in the music industry, to take place in downtown Vancouver on November 17.

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival Co-Founder Ken Pickering Dies at 66

The BC Alliance offers its sincere condolences on the passing of Ken Pickering, the co-founder and artistic director emeritus of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, who died of throat cancer on August 10.

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Applications Open for Pacific Contact 2019

Applications Open for Pacific Contact 2019

Pacific Contact, which takes place over four days from April 4-7 in Burnaby, is the BC Touring Council’s annual showcase and booking conference for the performing arts. The deadline to apply is Saturday, June 30.

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Creative BC Announces Amplify BC Funding Program Dates

Creative BC Announces Amplify BC Funding Program Dates

On May 24, Creative BC announced the opening of its first two Amplify BC funding programs and the timeline for all remaining program openings and deadlines.

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Applications Open for MusiCounts TD Community Music Program

Applications Open for MusiCounts TD Community Music Program

The program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations. Applications are due by May 9.

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SOCAN Foundation Launches Indigenous Songwriter Award

SOCAN Foundation Launches Indigenous Songwriter Award

The winner of the TD Indigenous Songwriter Award receives a prize of $10,000 and will attend the Indigenous Music Awards gala in Winnipeg on May 18, 2018.

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BC Government Launches New $7.5 Million Fund for Music Industry

BC Government Launches New $7.5 Million Fund for Music Industry

Creative BC will work over the coming months to design and launch new programs focused on industry development, individual career development and live music events. 

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Four Canadian Music Festivals Pledge Gender Equality in Performer Lineups

Four Canadian music events have pledged gender parity across their lineups by 2022. They join an international movement led by the UK-based PRS Foundation, seeking to "[empower] women to transform the future of the music industry."

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Yo-Yo Ma on The Place of Culture in a Fractured World

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has penned an editorial for the World Economic Forum laying out the importance of arts and culture in a world where strong survival mechanisms have become increasingly necessary.

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Curtis Pendleton Named ACT Arts Centre Executive Director

Curtis Pendleton will take on the role of executive director for The ACT Arts Centre starting in February

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WolfBrown Releases Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

WolfBrown Releases Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

The study, available for free download, provides a current snapshot of the digital and print media consumption patterns of performing arts patrons, showing a massive trend toward digital consumption.

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Coastal Jazz Introduces New Leadership Structure

Coastal Jazz has announced a new leadership structure. The society, which produces the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, will be helmed by a three-person leadership team.

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Kelowna to Host BreakOut West 2018

The event, taking place October 2018, will include a three-night music festival of new talent from Western Canada, a four-day career development conference and international industry program, awards programs honouring the best of Western Canada’s musicians and industry.

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Linda Tanaka Departs as Vancouver Folk Festival Artistic Managing Director

Linda Tanaka Departs as Vancouver Folk Festival Artistic Managing Director

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society announced November 13 that Linda Tanaka, who has served as the festival’s artistic managing director for the past 10 years, is leaving the festival to return to Salmon Arm.

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BC Touring Council Presents On the Road Touring Workshop

BC Touring Council Presents On the Road Touring Workshop

The BC Touring Council presents On the Road: A Touring Workshop for Aspiring, Emerging Performing Artists. The workshop takes place in Burnaby November 18-19.

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Call for Musicians: Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour

Call for Musicians: Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is seeking musicians from Surrey, Williams Lake, Kamloops and the Cowichan Valley to perform at their free outdoor festivals in December and January.

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Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles Dies at 74

Wilhelm-Boyles, who died August 1, was a national figure in music and dance, and a former executive director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

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CBC/Radio-Canada Seeks New President/CEO and Board Members

Appointment opportunities at CBC/Radio-Canada, including positions on the board of directors and as president/CEO of the corporation, are now open to the public. Deadlines for each position can be found inside.

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BC Artists and Cultural Advocates Among Recipients of Order of Canada

Those appointed on June 30 include Indigenous cultural advocate Gloria Cranmer Webster, theatre practitioner Margo Kane and musicologist Sylvia L'Ecuyer.

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Jon Washburn Steps Down as Vancouver Chamber Choir Artistic and Executive Director

Washburn will transition to the roles of conductor emeritus and principal guest conductor at the end of the 2018-19 season, his 48th.

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