Every week, the BC Alliance gives you a glimpse at five must-see member events. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the near future:
Edge of the Knife
The North Van Arts International Film Series brings five feature films from around the world to North Vancouver audiences. Among the three movies yet to screen: Canada’s Edge of the Knife, a Haida-language feature film that meditates on grief, pride and community. A powerful film, at turns intense, mournful, contemplative and frightening, Edge of the Knife has racked up plaudits from critics. Catch what is already becoming an essential part of the Canadian film canon, February 13.
(North Vancouver: Feb. 13)
Visit Powell River Townsite
February 18-24 is Heritage Week in British Columbia, and what better way to celebrate than to avail yourself of the province’s many heritage sites? For example, and we’re not just picking them because they’re BC Alliance members (okay, maybe a little): Powell River Townsite is a designated National Historic District of Canada. Take a Walking Tour and travel back in time to 1910 to see the roots of a still-living community.
(Powell River: Ongoing)
Novel Research with Janie Chang
Got a novel in you that’s itching to get out, in spite of your father’s repeated scoldings that writing isn’t a viable career path? Stick it to your old man and join Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver as author Janie Chang (Three Souls, Dragon Spring Road) shares her pearls of wisdom. The subject? Finding the details that make historical fiction authentic. An excellent skill to add verisimilitude to your writing, and a perfect tie-in to Heritage Week. See how well I dovetailed those subjects? Told you I was a good writer, Dad. Update: due to ice and snow conditions, this event has been rescheduled for June 12.
(Vancouver: rescheduled to June 12; see above)
New Exhibitions at the Port Moody Arts Centre
New exhibits tackle the natural beauty of Canada’s mountains and skies. Terminal City Glass Co-op’s Northwest Light and Colour interprets the dazzling light of the Pacific Northwest; David Pacholko’s The Laurentien Collection looks heavenward, inspired by a cross-country trip; and Steve Amsden’s Among Mountains conveys the terror and majesty of the many mountains that surround BC.
(Port Moody: Feb. 13-Mar. 21)
Family Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Finally, Family Day is February 18, which means many of us get to take some time off work with the ones we love. Why not spend that time at the Vancouver Art Gallery, whose suite of Family Day programming includes hands-on art and conservation workshops, a crash course in weaving with artist Roxanne Charles of the Semiahmoo First Nation, and a kid-friendly exploration of the Gallery’s exhibitions led by its team of amazing Art Agents. Free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.
(Vancouver: Feb. 18)