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Boca del Lupo


Expedition is a suite of performance works and installations set in 2167 that explore how climate change might affect our future and how our future selves might look back upon the present. Placing the audience as complicit participants in this collective future, the key creators include scientists, journalists and academics working together with artists to disrupt the inertia of now, drive away despair and engender hope. If one imagines back to 1867 and considers how people lived their lives, the place of women in society, notions of race and ethnicity, the treatment of the LGBTQ community, it quickly becomes clear that there has been progress. In the study of ethics there is a theory, supported by research, that tells us when two cultures intersect and are not ethically aligned, it is the more progressive ethical position that most often prevails. This is not a linear path, of course, but whether it be the subjugation of women or slavery or colonization, ethicists tell us that liberty, emancipation and independence eventually take the day. It is in this notion of progressive ethics that we found hope for the future and inspiration for this project. As an iterative and participatory live performance movement, the ongoing nature of presenting a suite of works that share a common frame serves to deepen impact, expand reach and points of access, lengthen engagement and increase the chances of authentic transformation with participants.

Canadian Music Centre

CMC-BC Composer Mentorship Program

Canadian Music Centre’s BC Associate Composers will take part in mentorship outreach program serving both schools and emerging composers across BC. This project encourages music students and faculty to collaborate with the creative writing, drama, dance and math departments. CMC senior composers will also work closely with emerging composers to support their creative endeavors.

Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia

BMFH Artist-in-Residence: Artists Collaborating in Community

CAG uses the BMFH as a studio to incubate socially-engaged participatory projects in Vancouver, programs strategically identified as missing in the cultural provision of the city. From this site we develop multi-year community-focused residency initiatives. Hosting up to twelve Canadian/international artists in collaboration with and as mentors to local groups, organizations and communities over a three year period, this hub connects with diverse audiences such as youth, families and the under-privileged. Each artist is invited to undertake research and outreach toward new production in consideration of resonant urban issues and local histories, often self-identified by community participants, generating platforms where art is a catalyst for local exchange and dialogue among a range of voices and perspectives. BMFH enables us to work with communities and artists sitting outside of conventional gallery contexts, representing, and encompassing a differing set of concerns, scale, timeframe and approach than typical exhibition making. Furthermore it challenges notions of the artist as auteur, instead considering community-based participation and social activism as a methodology for production, thus allowing artists to set a structure but audience determines content. This format of urban residency is unique to and innovative in Canada, institutionally not happening elsewhere. CAG proposes to develop this program through implementing a series of public projects through to mid-2019.

Knowledge Network Corporation

Working People: The Unknown History of British Columbia

Knowledge Network proposes to commission, produce and broadcast a series of three original half-hour documentaries, each made up of ten 2-3 minute short films, telling the stories of ordinary people who played extraordinary roles in the evolution of our province. Working People: The Unknown History of British Columbia will reach upwards of two million people in BC through television and the internet. Through this unique partnership opportunity with the Vancouver Foundation, our project will challenge filmmakers, engage viewers and create a lasting legacy.

Mascall Dance Society

Put The Kettle On

Put the Kettle On (PKO) is a youth-led dance community event that provides marginalized youth access to creation, production and management. The PKO artistic team will partner with community service agencies in Port Hardy and inner-city Vancouver. PKO disrupts basic routine (how we act and what we do), providing structured workshops that offer a foundation in dance and rhythmic movement, a physical outlet for self-expression and a shared dance experience that creates a sense of community/culture. Further, PKO disrupts resource flow (money, knowledge, people) to provide youths unique access to artistic expression. Participants will learn to create, produce and manage a community dance event from start to finish. In recognition of the time and commitment of involved youth, PKO will pay honoraria. Shoes and socks are supplied. Meals will be provided at workshops for the duration of the project. A sense of authentic achievement comes from making art with others and bringing it to life in event form. From a healthy creative outlet for self-expression, a toolkit of practical and emotional skills, and a connection with others comes empowerment. It is likely that with this experience, participants will go on to engage in artistic production in future.

The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Helen Lawrence, A Cinematic Stage Work

Helen Lawrence is an ambitious and innovative new work. World renowned visual artist Stan Douglas, award-wining screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci's Inquest) and internationally acclaimed stage and film director Kim Collier are co-creating what will be the crown jewel in the Arts Club's 50th season. Inspired by post-war Film Noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated recreations of historical backgrounds for a groundbreaking multi-media showcase. With Canadian Stage and the Banff Centre as co-producers, we will develop and workshop the piece in 2013 and will premiere the new play in March 2014 at the Stanley Theatre. While Helen Lawrence represents our largest ever investment in a new play, we have undertaken this project as part of our 50th season because it serves our commitment to develop new work, it reveals an important part of our local history, it underscores our commitment to the evolution of the art form and because the collaboration of such an incredible artistic team must be supported.

The Only Animal Theatre Society


SLIME is a world premiere of a play by Bryony Lavery about the impact of climate change on ‘the great animal orchestra' from which we have become disconnected by our infatuation with the sound of our own voices. The play is set in a fictional conference on marine extinction. Audience are welcomed as conference delegates and seated among animals. You hear a dolphin at your elbow or a sea bird on your shoulder: animals too have something to say. We come together to face an absolute threat to life on earth—an insatiable creature taking over seas called SLIME. Like other forces in our 21st century lives, facebookslime or googleslime, SLIME moves with viral force, gobbling up all available resources. We must learn a new way to survive. This conference is the last hope for salvation. SLIME is an immersive event, where audiences are decision-makers with the world at stake. It requires us to tune into our animal sensibility and operate within natural systems instead of as super-predators. SLIME requires of its audience a new kind of listening - listening to our indivisible relationship with the biosphere. As we return from the world of the play to our lives, SLIME asks that we confront our connection to all inhabitants of the earth. The Only Animal's process of creation extends each show into a year of curated programming to more deeply affect audiences and issues. This year of SLIME also engages the ensemble in seeding future work creating legacy and impact in the community.

Turning Point Ensemble

Ahakista-Air India Flight 182

Turning Point Ensemble is a co-producer of Ahakista – Air India Flight 182, a new opera commissioned by the Banff Centre for the Arts, Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. As the story of Air India Flight 182 begins in Vancouver, stops in Toronto, and tragically explodes over Ireland, this opera weaves together local, national and global threads to tell a human story of our time.

Two Rivers Gallery

MakerLab Youth Immersion

MakerLab Youth Immersion will work with the local organizations to recruit twelve youth ages 15-20 each spring, with at least 50% of the participants self-identified as Aboriginal. Over the course of each year-long project youth will learn through a combination of Mentor-led modules and self-directed learning. MakerLab Youth Immersion teaches cultural competencies, introducing youth to Northwest Coast design, carving, wood turning, and metalsmithing, as well as new media which they cannot access in their high schools: laser cutting and 3D printing. Unlike in the education system, Mentors will work with small groups of students, ensuring that individuals get the attention they need to help them thrive. Youth will learn through multi-generational sharing with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Mentors. These connections will help shape these individuals as they make important decisions regarding their education and careers. Modules will include three weeks of instruction in traditional and new technologies, including training on MakerLab equipment, followed by self-guided exploration in an area determined by each individual. Unlike the formal education system, this is self-directed learning with the youth in the driver’s seat. Finally, youth will exhibit their creations alongside their Mentors, demonstrating not only the flow of knowledge from Mentor to youth, but the influence of the youth on their Mentors.

Vancouver Society for Early Music

G.F. Handel's "Theodora"

This project consists of three concert performances of Handel's baroque oratorio 'Theodora'. The artistic forces involved include the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (28 players), five vocal soloists and the Vancouver Cantata Singers (36 singers), all led by music director Alexander Weimann. Featuring some of the composer's most glorious music, this tragic work depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard. It serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of religious persecution, topics that still resonate with audiences today. These performances will employ roughly 50 Vancouver-based professional performers out of a total of 70.

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Youth Engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music

The VCM’s “Youth engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music” will provide cultural and artistic offerings, especially for families living in communities affected by wildfires and floods. Providing fun and creative community-based folk music through Old-Time Dance Bands give youth focus and purpose, improving their well-being and self-confidence. It also provides them with a community of like-minded peers to connect with and share their experiences, both good and bad, through learning and performing traditional Canadian folk music. Connecting people in a positive way within these communities is essential given the challenges they face in the aftermath of disasters.