Remember local powerhouse Pardon My Striptease? They’re back — with a new name and a bigger pop sound. Meet musical duo Dylan Weightman and Brendan Woodroff, better known as Plans & Disguises, whose self-titled, premiere full-length album dropped March 15.
When some tragic character finally punches through the sky of their testing world, their audience happily applauds them from Everest, at eye-level. If you’re the type to climb with your Davids as they mount their Goliaths, you’ll be pleased to find a whole snowsled of underdogs to cheer for in my 22-minute debut music documentary […]
If you don’t like the rain, you may have missed out on one of the Chilliwack Community Arts Council’s first events of the summer: the second annual Raku in the Valley at Thompson Regional Park. Yet the setting was perfect to practice an old Japanese technique of glazing pottery. Nestled into the cloud-filled valley a […]
Yarrow is a little pocket of a community, right between the sprawling green of Chilliwack farms and the vivid, touristy Cultus Lake area. Between the beauty and function of each, Yarrow has grown into an artistic and alternative village. A market in such a place seemed obvious, but this is the first year that Yarrow […]
Gallery 7 Theatre closed its 25th anniversary season with a bang at the end of May. Its final performance, Freud’s Last Session by playwright Mark St. Germain, depicts a fictional debate between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud about the existence of God and what that means for humanity. Freud, a devout atheist, argues the insanity […]
During my three and a half years as Executive Director of the Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC), I witnessed a distinct shift in the way the major cultural institutions in the city operated. When I started working in the arts community in 2012, these institutions seemed to operate largely independently of each other. There was some […]
Minutes from bustling downtown Mission is the Rock Family Gallery. Entering the Mission Arts Centre building that houses the gallery, I was immediately struck by the history of the space, which features a large front porch and exposed wooden beam ceilings. Juxtaposed against all this history is an abundant array of artwork created by Mission […]
June is Canada’s Aboriginal Awareness month, yet some feel Abbotsford falls short in bringing local First Nations culture to the forefront. Public events that highlight Aboriginal art and worldview are scarce, despite Abbotsford’s presence on unceded Stó:lō territory. This absence has been long apparent to Tery Kozma, who has been volunteering with the Abbotsford Arts […]