Category Archives: The Arts

“David Bowie Is” a fantastic exhibition at the AGO in Toronto Canada

Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q on CBC Radio 1 is a big fan of David Bowie.  I am too. On Q, Jian had the chance to talk to two of the curators who created the original show for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England. It was interesting to hear how they put it together having to pull from 10’s of thousands of artifacts. Thankfully, Bowie saved everything, but unlike you or I who might also save everything, his stuff matters.

If you go to Q’s Facebook page, Jian took a short video along with his comments.  Jian being such a big fan probably knows more about Bowie than many of us.  I posted a message to Jian and urged him to go back to the Exhibit and give us more visuals and more comments for those fans who won’t able to make it. The AGO in Toronto is the only stop in Canada and the next closest stop is Chicago.  Seeing the exhibit through Jian’s eyes with his personal comments and back story, could be the next best thing; your own private guided tour.

I saw Bowie for the Ziggy Stardust tour. I was with my brother Dennis and his girlfriend and my cousin Ron.  Bowie put on a spectacular show both musically and visually even though it was at a massive concert stadium in Detroit.  Back then, Detroit was a thriving rock and roll city.  I must be getting old(er) but I’ not sure whether I saw Bowie a 2nd time…I think I did.  If I did, it was probably a concert in Vancouver because that is where I lived for 30 + years. I don’t often go see more than one concert by an artist, but I think I might have made an exception for Bowie.

“David Bowie Is” is much more than about his music.  It shows how he created the music, the costumes, the fashion and the art.  I can’t wait to go see the exhibit to get a chance to see inside the man as artist.

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The Drift Art Walk Main Street Vancouver, BC October 3 & 4, 2009

The Drift is almost here — October 3 & 4, 2009

The Drift Art Walk and Studio Tour happens on Saturday and Sunday October 3 & 4, 2009.  Main Street Vancouver will be the place to visit artists in their studios or see an artist at a Drift partner retailer with an exhibit of their work.   This is local art and local small businesses at their best in the SOMA / Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood of Vancouver.  And take in the silent auction (location to be announced) to bid on original artwork (approximately 40 pieces).  Main Street is home to many unique cafe’s and restaurants so take time out to have lunch (The Whip Restaurant), afternoon tea (Shaktea), a java jolt (Re-entry Espresso) or perhaps dinner (Burgoo).  The long range forecast is for sunny weather.   For more information go to the website at thedrift.ca.

The Main Drift Art Society, Art on Main Street 2009 Vancouver British Columbia2009

Volunteering with The Drift, Art on Main Street 2009

I have always liked the Arts and 2009 seems to be my year for getting involved.  Volunteering with The Drift will be my 2nd involvement with an arts organization fund-raiser. 

You could say that this all began through my taking a painting course with Lori Sokoluk in 2008.  Lori joined forces with William P. Stock, a photographer and the brain-child behind this, to co-produce an Art Event for The Salvation Army raising funds for The Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.  In their “calling all volunteers” email, I naturally responded to Lori, happy to help.  I met Bill at our first artist / volunteer meeting.   Even though I started out as a generic volunteer, it was soon evident to me that Bill and Lori needed some more help and I was only too happy to oblige.  Soon I was the Production Assistant and the Assistant Event and Volunteer Coordinator. 

We put together a fantastic event showcasing  painters, photographers, a  jewellery designer, a furniture designer and a fused-glass designer, all from the Vancouver Eastside.  We held the event at the funky Chapel Arts Gallery (a former funeral parlour with morgue and chapel).  We entertained with the Kevin Elaschuk Trio along with Bill Coon and André Lachance; and pianist/entertainer Bruce Tilden.  Our charity recipient was the  Salvation Army Harbour Light a wonderful program offering a continuum of care program including meals, drop-in centre, substance abuse programs, shelters, and more for the downtown east side – one of the neediest community in our city.  

The opportunity to work on The Drift is completely due to my now, good friend Bill Stock.  He’s one of the new Drift Board members and being the kind, generous and big-hearted man he is, he put my name forward as volunteer coordinator. 

The Main Art Drift Society is a not-for-profit society run by its’ volunteers to increase public awareness and to strengthen neighbourhood ties among local artists, the arts community and local businesses.

Be sure to attend our Opening Gala Dance on Friday October 2, 2009 and then spend October 3rd and 4th “drifting” along Main Street visiting artists’ studios and businesses or restaurant where they will be hanging artists’ work between October 1 – 14th.  For more information visit www.thedrift.ca