Vancouver, BC, June 3rd, 2016 – The Vancouver Audio Show 2016 returns to the Hilton Metrotown Hotel, from 24th – 26th June 2016 Listen to a superb selection of the world’s best HiFi & AV systems all in one location, and each one within an individual listening Suite. Sit down, relax and enjoy the


Urban Visions Collide in ‘Char Bagh’

Odell Hussey Photography

    As part of this year’s PuSh Festival, experience four methods of storytelling on January 31.   Char Bagh is the Persian term for a quadrilateral garden divided by water and pathways; a space for exchange and contemplation. Digital Handloom is a Vancouver communication and cultural engagement practice by Manjot Bains and Naveen Girn.


Portraits from Nairobi

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    A new photo exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology reveals a century-long transformation of Kenya’s urban culture.   What: art exhibition When: November 25, 2014 through April 4, 2015 Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive How much: $16.75, free for UBC students     First presented in 2009 at the


Rise of the East Van Cross

New pendants based on the iconic Vancouver sculpture sell for $175 to $325, raising money for legal advocacy in the Downtown Eastside.

    Jewelry project pays tribute to East Van graffiti, raises money for legal advocates.   By Sarah Berman   The East Van Cross is an iconic symbol of Vancouver’s blue collar roots, a time when the timber industry and Hell’s Angels seemingly ruled in equal measure. First seen as a common graffiti tag during


Cinema Behind the Orange Gate


    Public Art Installation by Byungseo Yoo November 30- December 30, 2014 Public Storage (Location TBA) Curated by Sojin Kim   Artist Talk/Opening Reception: November 29, 3:00-5:00pm Satellite Gallery 560 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC Public Storage Open Hours: By Appointment Only (contact information below)   Vancouver, BC—For the month of December, Vancouver’s Public Storage


All the Ai Weiwei Fit to Print

In front of Duchamp’s work, Museum of Modern Art, 1987/2011
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 Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

    Along with a months-long exhibition of the artist’s photos, comes an iconic documentary about his house arrest in China.   Guidebook’s September issue featured a photo spread of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s photos from his time in New York City during the ‘80s and ‘90s (see above and below). We were proud to


The Art of Metrotown

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    When you don’t have the money to shop, check out these free local artist exhibitions.   By Aurora Tejeida   The Burnaby Art Gallery is hosting two off-site exhibitions of work by local artists—one of them at the Bob Prittie library in Metrotown and the second one in the McGill library. Both exhibitions


Snapshots From the World’s First Peoples

Australia: Simon visits one Aboriginal tribe defending their ‘Song Cycle’ and way of life as government and corporations attempt to develop natural gas fields around them.

    Guidebook gets a sneak peek from a documentary series now airing on Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN).   Native Planet is a six-part documentary series airing on APTN that explores the relationship between humanity and nature through the indigenous lens. The series makes apparent the struggles aboriginal peoples are going through in the


Meet a Maker: Mixed Media Artist Soledad Muñoz

Jaymes (aka Young Braised) in a past performance of the show he put together with Muñoz” photo by Robert Cameron.

    The Canadian-Chilean visual artist who started an all-girl music label.   By Aurora Tejeida   Soledad Muñoz likes living in the fringe. She doesn’t consider herself a Canadian, but she also doesn’t feel 100 per cent Chilean. She’s a knitter, a musician, a producer, a videographer, sculptor and one of the visual installation


Tasting Sake for Charity

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    Tonarigumi hosts a tasting night to raise money for seniors’ services.   By Miwa Takita   What: Tasting more than 40 different kinds of sake When: October 4, 2014 7:00p.m to 9:30p.m Where: The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel How much: $80   13th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night hosted by The Japanese Community


Study Hard, Play Harder


    On Friday, September 12, UBC’s Party Calendar hosted a night of beats and bass at Fortune Sound Club celebrating the long-awaited return of the students. Globally-minded acts Cogeta, Made in Arcade and SRGNZ (pronounced “surgeons”) performed upbeat sets to a packed crowd.   It was a sizzling reunion of friends after a long,


Art Project: Jordan Abel’s Un/inhabited


    Award-winning First Nations poet navigates language and land   Who: Poet Jordan Abel What: reading from Un/inhabited, his second poetry collection When: Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. Where: Paper Hound Books, 344 West Pender How much: free   This month, Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel releases a special limited-edition artist book published by Project


‘Dragons & Tigers’ from Both Sides of the Pacific


    Local stories ‘Everything Will Be’ and ‘The Vancouver Asahi’ will play alongside both heavy-hitters and up-and-comers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.   By Sarah Berman   As one of the biggest film festivals in North America, VIFF has built a reputation “introducing the most exciting


Pop Opera


  By Aurora Tejeida   If you’re looking to pick up an interest in the fine art that is the opera or just looking to impress a date, you’re in luck. The Vancouver Opera 2014-2015 season is about start, and the first show, Carmen, is perfect for anyone looking to pop their opera cherry.  


Zef in the West

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  South African rap-ravers Die Antwoord are coming to Vancouver September 23, promoting their new record Donker Mag.   Ninja, formerly known as Waddy Jones, is very chill considering he’s the leader of a South African rap-rave band. In 2012 the performer and producer from Johannesburg told the New York Times he doesn’t even drink.


Ludmila’s Film Feast

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  With the Vancouver International FIlm Festival fast-approaching, Guidebook asks film marathoner Ludmila Khmelnitsky what tops her list this year.   By Sarah Berman     Ludmila Khmelnitsky hasn’t been to all the Vancouver International FIlm Festivals, but for the 15 years she’s attended, she’s seen more screenings in three weeks than most people see


War Canoe Racing on the North Shore


  A look inside the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s annual paddle racing festival.   Photo by Carlos Tello     War canoe racing season begins in May and lasts until August. Each year the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (pronounced Tslay-wa-tooth) hosts a summer festival celebrating this traditional sport in the Burrard Inlet.     This year the Whey-ah-Wichen Canoe


Ai Weiwei: Newcomer in New York

Bill Clinton. Lower East Side, 1992/2011
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Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

    The world-renowned art star arrived in NYC in 1983. What he saw is coming to UBC’s Belkin Gallery on September 4.   Who: artist Ai Weiwei What: photo exhibition Where: Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC campus When: Reception: Thursday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m., runs to November 30, 2014


Theatre for Everyone!


    Vancouver Fringe Festival turns 30, features more than 700 performances.   by Miwa Takita   Who: local and international artists What: over 700 performances When: September 4 to 14, 2014 Where: Granville Island, various locations How much: $5 and up   The Vancouver Fringe Festival is coming soon to Granville Island and a


Pick of the Fringe

Andrea Yu

  Three Asian-Canadian actors to watch at this year’s theatre festival. An Asian Pacific Post report.   “Versus” is an offbeat, funny play written, directed and produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s Artistic Associate, Andrea Yu.   Opening at the Vancouver Fringe Festival on September 4, 2014, the play follows the trials of a playwright


Dog Days of Summer


  Six highlights from Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival, which runs August 14 to 24.   When Vancouver’s Pride parade finishes its colourful journey through the downtown core, it certainly won’t be the last opportunity to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities this summer. Opening on August 14, Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival will showcase




    Malaysian pop sensation Yuna makes a stop at Vancouver’s Imperial Theatre on August 29. Guidebook chats with the singer about touring, fasting and feeling anonymous in North America.   By Abeer Yusuf   If you happened to follow New York music blogs in 2011, you may have noticed the much-hyped FADER label picked


‘Theatre Under The Stars’ goes blonde (again)


    Legally Blonde: The Musical plays at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl every other night until August 23.   By Tanvi Bhatia   “Ohmigod, ohmigod you guys!” The opening song to Legally Blonde: The Musical sets the tone for the entire show. Fun and upbeat, the Theatre Under The Stars’ production of Legally Blonde stays


Rain and Shine at Vancouver’s Folk Fest


    Guidebook enjoys a few international acts at Jericho beach during the city’s 37th annual folk music festival.   Story and photos by Aurora Tejeida   This year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival included acts from Canada, the U.S., Australia, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Italy and Korea, to name a few. This is probably one of


‘A Slow Awkward’ at Dancing on the Edge

Photo by Chris Randle

    A local choreographer shows off new work at a contemporary dance showcase July 10 and 12.   Who: Ziyian Kwan, Dumb Instrument Dance What: contemporary dance performance When: July 10 and 12, 7:00 p.m. Where: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E Cordova Street How much: $30   “steamy, hyperphysical, even suspenseful….” —Michael Crabb, The


FIFA fans unite at Carnaval del Sol

Photo via Carnaval del sol press kit

    There is no better crowd than Latin American soccer fanatics. Celebration heats up July 5.   By Aurora Tejeida   Last Friday Facebook announced that a total of 141 million people had commented about, liked or shared posts about the World Cup. In comparison, the Super Bowl  got some 50 million people commenting


A Midsummer Night’s Stage

A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Photo by Davide Blue / Bard on the Beach

    The Shakespeare festival Bard on the Beach turns 25 with the return of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   By Tanvi Bhatia   It’s no secret that William Shakespeare is the most famous name in the book when it comes to theatre.   Vancouver is lucky enough to not only have a large variety


Portrait of a Megalopolis


    Award-winning author Rana Dasgupta will discuss his first non-fiction book about Delhi at the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver.   Who: Rana Dasgupta, author of Capital What: Speaking during the Indian Summer Festival When: Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Where: SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings Street How much:


Taipei Cinema

My Mandala

  Six award-winning films from Taiwan are coming to the Vancity Theatre. Here’s what you need to know.   Who: UBC Literature Etc. What: Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival When: June 27 to 29, 2014 Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street How much: $8 (afternoon), $10 (evening)   The Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival returns for its


Wu-Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan / photo via facebook

    New York rappers to perform in Vancouver for the first time ahead of new album.   By Sarah Berman   Who: NYC rappers Wu-Tang Clan What: reunion concert Where: Orpheum Theatre When: June 28, 2014, 8:00 p.m. How much: $65 to $180 at northerntickets.com   Attention hip-hop fans: the most anticipated show of


Eyes in the Dark


    A short story by Sadhu Binning Illustrations by Alisha Davidson   His wife Kulvir and his new-born daughter were both sleeping, and the nurse told Parminder that they would probably sleep through the night. He decided to leave, but it was early Friday evening and he didn’t want to go home. He stopped


Faces of Humanity

Photo by David Bong

    Photo exhibition aims to put a face on inequality.   Who: artist David Bong What: photo exhibition When: until June 28, 2014 Where: Pendulum Gallery, HSBC Building, 885 West Georgia How much: free   Faces of Humanity is the first of a series by photographer David Bong. Using the street as his backdrop,


A Stitch in Time

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    Sola Fiedler unveils her tapestry of Vancouver—before the Olympics came.   Story and photo by Shannon Pidlubny   When Sola Fiedler’s intense blue eyes spots a second hand sweater in a thrift store bin, she does not think of its practical winter uses. Instead, she sees fir trees in Stanley Park, white snow


City of Bhangra celebrates 10 years

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    By Tanvi Bhatia   This year marks the tenth anniversary of the City of Bhangra Festival in Vancouver. Bhangra is a style of Punjabi folk dance, song and rhythm.   For ten years now, City of Bhangra has been celebrating the dance with a showcase of bhangra acts of all different styles, featuring


Sites, Rites, and Gratitude

Page 12-14_Yee Fund Toy Society of Vancouver_By Jaime Yee

    Carving out a new, inclusive Chinatown through art and language.   By Meghan Mast, Megaphone Magazine   Amidst Chinatown’s bustling grocery and teashops, a small gallery is packed with adult pupils. People sit in chairs facing a hand-painted blackboard. Lips form into “O’s” as they say “good morning” to each other: “jóu sàhn.”


Douglas Coupland’s first-ever solo art exhibition

Public sculpture “Digital Orca” by Douglas Coupland

    Hailing from West Vancouver, Douglas Coupland is celebrated around the world for defining a generation. Literally. His very first novel, the 1991 bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture gave us an entire lexicon to match an Internet-hungry age—complete with words like “McJob” and, of course, “Gen X.” Coupland has since written


Geeky Weekends

#5 with a bullet: Customers browse the vinyl bins at Red Cat Records on Main Street./ Kristian Secher

    May is full of snob opportunities! Record collectors will swap vinyl and top ten lists over the May long weekend, while comic nerds are planning a free get-together the following weekend.   By Sarah Berman   For those who identify as comic nerds and/or music snobs, Vancouver’s got plenty of opportunity to show


Appreciating Vancouver’s art legacy

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      Vancouver Art Gallery Celebrates the month of Emily Carr in February with special $100 admission and complimentary art prints   What: Emily Carr’s Deep Forest exhibition When: Now until February 28 Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street How much: $10   To celebrate the Vancouver Art Gallery’s enormously popular exhibition Emily


You’re a Star!

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      A Guidebook to going out: karaoke songs from around the world   Do you ever dream of one day becoming a pop star? Standing on top of a stage, singing to thousands of adoring fans?   Maybe the stage isn’t for you, but you like to relive the hits of your youth


Vancouver Art Gallery presents the first retrospective exhibition of Kimsooja internationally acclaimed artist


        Ongoing at the Vancouver Art Gallery to January 26, 2014, KIMSOOJA Unfolding is the first retrospective exhibition to assess the thirty year career of the Korean-born, Paris- and New York–based artist, whose powerful and provocative work has earned her a prominent position as one of the most innovative artists working today.


Emily Carr at VAG

Emily and Lizzie

  New acquisition strengthens Gallery’s collection   Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to announce the latest acquisition for its growing permanent collection. This work by Emily Carr, titled Emily and Lizzie, is generously donated by philanthropists and long-time Gallery supporters Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, making it the fifth Emily Carr portrait in the Gallery’s


Ga Ting (Family)


  A play by Minh Ly   Richmond Cultural Centre 7000 Minoru Boulevard Richmond, BC March 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. March 29 and 30 at 2:00 p.m.   A young Asian man is dead.   His parents and his boyfriend now meet for the first time.   This is the premise of Ga


Feeling old?


  A new book features portraits of the oldest living things. Spoiler alert: none of them are grandmas.   There are some facts in this world that make you feel old.   For example: the Spice Girls are in their 40s, the blonde kid from Home Alone is over 30, and, as we found out


Lan Tung sets out to redefine “Chinese music”

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    The musician and improviser puts her eclectic tastes on display with the first-ever Sound of Dragon Festival beginning May 1.   By Sarah Berman   Many people have asked Lan Tung why there’s never been a Vancouver festival celebrating Chinese music. “There are so many Chinese musicians here, it’s natural to think it’s


Without Masks

Armando Marino “The Dream of Reason”

    Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art at the Museum of Anthropology   The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC opens a window into the lives and struggles of Cubans of African descent in its new exhibition Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art on display from May 2 to November 2, 2014. This exhibition has assembled a diverse


Tyee Master Class – Photography in Challenging Environments

    Who: Photographer Chris Grabowski When: Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Where: The Tyee’s Vancouver Newsroom, 211 E Georgia Street What: Includes coffee and lunch, with reception to follow after 3 p.m.   How much: $200 + GST   From war-torn Afghanistan to the public squares of protest and


I need to see you

Artwork by Jonathan Dy.

    At an art opening on April 5, 2014, Vancouverites celebrated a solo exhibition by photographer Jonathan Dy, in support of a book project. In partnership with local restaurant owner Mark Brand, Dy has set out to make a photo book about the people of Vancouver.   The event took place at the Catalog


Work and play come together in Vancouver

Fathom Interactive: Playing games at the office? In the industry, they call it “research.”

    For more than two decades Vancouver has been a global leader for video game development. While a few big studios like EA Games and Capcom are still here, major industry shifts have pushed tablet and mobile games into the spotlight. Independent start-up game developers like Eastside Games, Fathom and A Thinking Ape are


Sound of Dragon Music Festival

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    When: Various start times, May 9 – 11, 2014 Where: Roundhouse Centre, Davie at Pacific Yaletown, Vancouver How much: Full Weekend $70, Full Day Pass $40, Half-day Pass $25, Student discount available.   Sound of Dragon Music Festival is Vancouver’s first festival devoted to Chinese music, showcasing very diverse musical styles: ancient folk


Stuart McCall Photography at the Burnaby Library

Portmann Bridge, Deck from North Tower, July 2011, archival pigment print, image courtesy of Burnaby Art Gallery.

  Showing April 1 to June 9, 2014 At McGill Library 4595 Albert Street Burnaby, BC www.stuartmccall.ca Stuart McCall is a photographer who has been based in Vancouver, BC since 1968.   McCall employs a visual aesthetic reminiscent of contemporary commercial imagery. His images have been published widely, featured in such titles as Time and


What IS that?

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    TED Talks artist Janet Echelman is about to unveil a 745-foot temporary sculpture suspended in downtown Vancouver skies.   Construction will be completed Friday, March 15 on artist Janet Echelman’s 745-foot sculpture that will be suspended across Vancouver’s downtown harbour for a week during the 2014 TED conference. The piece extends between two



Renowned Canadian-Jamaican poet will perform at Verses Festival / Photo by Wade Hudson

    Who: Spoken word poets Magpie Ulysses, James Lamb, Robert Lashley and D’bi Young Where: Astorino’s, 1739 Venables Street When: April 7, 2014, 8:00 p.m. How much: $15 in advance, $18 at the door   D’bi Young Anitafrika is an internationally celebrated Jamaican-Canadian dubpoet, mono-dramatist and educator.   She is the published author of


Hong Kong Spirit Film Week at the Vancity Theatre

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  Five acclaimed movies from Hong Kong will be playing at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from Friday, March 14 until Wednesday March 19. The series is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.     The Way We Dance   Saturday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.


Vancouver South African Film Festival April 5 and 6, 2014


  There will be a gala party at Fluevog Shoes’ Gastown location on April 5, where South African food and wine and live jazz will be shared shared amongst film lovers.   All of the following films will be screened at:   Goldcorp Centre for the Arts SFU Woodward’s 149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC


Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)

Album review: Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)   Malian singer Rokia Traoré creates music that is gentle and intense, minimalist in approach yet very complex and poetic. She uses both traditional and modern instruments in a unique soulful mix.  The sound is distinctly her own.   Traoré’s musical tastes were influenced by a wide range


Vancouver Art Gallery Presents the First Major Survey Exhibition of Iconic Haida Artist Charles Edenshaw


Vancouver Art Gallery Presents the First Major Survey Exhibition of Iconic Haida Artist Charles Edenshaw.   Charles Edenshaw is an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. Working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he was an exceptional carver of wood, silver and a type of stone known as argillite, combining traditional Haida design