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

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Jessie Awards

The Jessie Awards, which celebrate the best in Vancouver theatre, were presented July 16 in Vancouver, with big wins for Rumble Theatre, The Arts Club, Green Thumb Theatre and more.

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2019 Magnetic North Theatre Festival Will Take Place in Metro Vancouver, Opens for Submissions

2019 Magnetic North Theatre Festival Will Take Place in Metro Vancouver, Opens for Submissions

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival will return after a two-year hiatus from presenting work, taking place June 6–16, 2019 in the Vancouver area. The deadline for submissions is September 1.

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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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Western Canada Theatre Spaces Awarded Infrastructure Grant

On May 15, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced $188,000 in funding for important infrastructure upgrades to Sagebrush Theatre and the Pavilion Theatre, both spaces operated by Western Canada Theatre.

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Community Nominations Open for Two Jessie Awards

Community Nominations Open for Two Jessie Awards

Nominations are being accepted for two annual awards for Vancouver-based individuals/organizations that have made considerable contributions to the local theatre industry: the Patron of the Arts Award and the GVPTA Career Achievement Award. Nominations are due May 15.

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Key Leaders Leave Two Metro Vancouver Arts Orgs

As Richmond’s Gateway Theatre announces the departure of artistic director Jovanni Sy in February of next year, Alexandra Montgomery steps down in June as director and CEO of the Vancouver-based Bill Reid Gallery.

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Applications Open for John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award

Applications Open for John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award

The $1,500 award is intended to assist mature West Coast theatre artists to further their artistic development. The deadline for applications is May 16.

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Western Canada Theatre Appoints Evan Klassen as Managing Director

Winnipeg transplant Klassen starts in his new role with the Kamloops theatre company on May 2.

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British Council Canada and PuSh Festival Host Three-Day Relaxed Performance Training Workshop

British Council Canada and PuSh Festival Host Three-Day Relaxed Performance Training Workshop

A relaxed performance provides the opportunity to attend live performance for those who may struggle with the traditional theatre environment. Learn best techniques and practices in Vancouver, April 14-16.

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Norman Armour Steps Down as PuSh Festival Head

Norman Armour will step down as artistic and executive director of Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, after 14 years with the organization. He leaves April 27.

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New Data Indicates Attendance at Canadian Performing Arts Facilities Has Dropped

While overall arts attendance in Canada is strong, reported attendance at performing arts facilities has dropped from 71% of the population to 60% since 2012. 

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Columbia Basin Trust Funds 12 Arts and Culture Venues

The funds, which will help renovate, relocate or upgrade a dozen cultural facilities in the Columbia Basin, total nearly $830,000.

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"Art Is Our Weapon": The Canadian Arts Community Reacts to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Recent instances of sexual harassment in the arts and culture community have seen a swift and powerful response from across Canada.

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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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Fay Nass Steps In as New Artistic Director of the frank theatre company

Nass, a director, devisor, producer and theatre maker, assumes the role of artistic director for the Vancouver-based theatre company.

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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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Lori Marchand Appointed as Managing Director of NAC's Indigenous Theatre

Marchand leaves her position as executive director of Western Canada Theatre, which she's held for 18 years.

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CAPACOA Issues New Article on Live Arts Attendance Trends

CAPACOA Issues New Article on Live Arts Attendance Trends

CAPACOA has issued a new article on barriers to attendance for live arts audiences entitled "Attendance Trends: Why Won’t They Come?," which sources a number of recent reports on Canadian and American live arts event audiences. 

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Chris Gatchalian Steps Down As frank theatre company Artistic Producer

Chris Gatchalian Steps Down As frank theatre company Artistic Producer

the frank theatre company announced November 27 that Chris Gatchalian will step down as artistic producer, effective December 15. the frank will continue under new leadership, set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Marcus Youssef Wins the 2017 Siminovitch Prize

Youssef, the artistic director of Neworld Theatre, wins a $100,000 prize. Christine Quintana, whom he has chosen as his protégée, will receive $25,000.

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