January 21st, 2015

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the frank theatre company is excited to kick off 2015 with a hip-hop themed community-building cabaret honouring the late, great Amy Winehouse, featuring some of Vancouver’s finest LGBTTQ artists. The evening will be hosted by the forever-fabulous Delica C as the talented, enigmatic and ill-fated Ms. Winehouse.


This promises to be a lively celebration of LGBTTQ music, writing and art including readings and performances by award-winning author Amber Dawn (How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir), Daniel Zomparelli aka DJ That’s So Raven, trans poet and activist Antonette Rea, author Aaron Chan and singer/songwriter Oliver O’Dea. And audiences will get to sing along to their favourite Winehouse tunes!


Alongside the Cabaret there will also be a silent auction for those who like to get their claws out and jump on a good deal, with prizes from The Arts Club, Hub Restaurant, The Float House and Vancouver Opera, just to name a few.



Date: Friday January 23rd, 2015

Time: Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm

Location: The Junction Pub, 1138 Davie St., Vancouver

Tickets: $10 at or at the door


ABOUT THE FRANK: the frank theatre company is Vancouver’s professional Queer theatre. The company’s vision is a world where sexual and gender diversity is embraced and accepted everywhere and by everyone. To actualize this vision the company’s mission is to create, develop, produce and present text-based stories for live theatre. the frank also presents a Summer writing workshop for LGBTTQ youth called Telling it Bent. For more information:



Contact: Linda Pitt

Office Phone: 604 558 1440 Cell Phone: 604 347 8320




Director’s Notes-“A true revolution” is about to take place at the Canada Council

January 21st, 2015


On Tuesday January 20th the Canada Council livestreamed their Annual Public Meeting and announced the coming of what had been billed as “a new funding model for the arts in Canada”.

Prepared speeches were given (link below) but the heart of the meeting can be found in the Question & Answer period, where Canada Council Director and CEO, Simon Brault, fielded questions and referred to the coming change as “a true revolution”.

From Simon’s speech: “the Council cannot simply keep on doing the same thing with the same means, or even with greater means, if it wants to remain relevant in the 21st century”.

During the Q&A, Simon commented that artists were frustrated and Canada Council staff were frustrated….he suggested the future model will reduce the bureaucracy that stops people from creating. The new direction will support “creation” without forcing artists to build organizations to obtain funding; it will switch the relationship with artists to having the council ask artists “what can we do to support you?” He indicated support for aboriginal artists and organizations that will be “informed by self determination”, that will support artists on their own terms.

Both in his speech and in answer to a question it was made clear that there will be a greater demand for accountability: “public funding of art, in a democratic society, must be explained, justified, debated and defended”.

Simon’s responses to questions included repeated reference to simplifying Council access and operations; the new model was called efficient and transparent. There would appear to be an increased focus on creation, dissemination, and on access to funding for artists. It is unclear what the changes may mean for arts organizations.

What do we know in concrete terms?

  • Over the next two years the Canada Council will drastically reduce the number of funding programs, from over 140 to “less than six”; the programs will be non-disciplinary – there will no longer be sector specific programs (theatre, poetry, dance etc.).
  • The amount of arts funding delivered to artists and arts organizations will not decrease.
  • Peer assessment will remain a fundamental value.
  • New programs will begin being announced in the summer of 2015 and will be implemented by 2017.


Live streaming of the meeting and written texts of the speeches are located at:

The question and answer period starts at 57:00 in French. Eric Coates, President of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is the first speaker in English at 103.54

Also available at that link is a blog by Roger Gaudet on the development of the new model.


Much appreciation to Paula Violi for her help translating the French portion of the Q&A.

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Axis Theatre Company is proud to present the West Coast premiere of: STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW -Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s new stage adaption of the award-winning book by Marie-Louise Gay

January 19th, 2015


Stella Book


“Hey!” said Sam. “Why is fog coming out of my mouth?”

“When it’s this cold,” said Stella, “your words freeze.

Every word has a different fog shape. See?”


Winter has never been this magical! Kicking off Axis Theatre Company’s Wee Ones Series STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW tells the story of two children as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they discover the world of winter together. Wonderfully translated from page to stage through bold imagery, scenic effects and Mermaid Theatre’s stunning puppetry.

All performances will take place at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam (1260 Riverwood Gate).

For families, there will be 2 public performances on Feb. 28th at 11am in English & 2pm in French.

Tickets for the public performances are $15 for Youth (under 18) and $25 for adults.

Purchase tickets here:


School matinees in English on Feb. 26th at 10am & 1pm, and Feb 27th at 10am.

The 1pm Friday Feb 27th performance will be in French.

To book a school group please call us at 604-669-0631.


Fun Fact: Stella also appears in the preschool television series “Stella and Sam” based on the book series.

MARIE LOUISE-GAY is an internationally acclaimed children’s author with more than 60 published titles and has earned three Governor General’s Awards, the Vicky Metcalfe Award for Body of Work and the TD Book Giveaway Award. She is widely recognized as both an author and illustrator and is one of Canada’s best loved creators of children’s books.

MERMAID THEATRE is best known for unique stage adaptations of beloved children’s literary classics including the work of Eric Carle. Their shows have been applauded by five million spectators in fifteen countries.

Check out how they created the world of Stella:


AXIS THEATRE COMPANY created theatre for all ages and has toured into schools in BC for 39 years. The main focus is physical theatre that incorporated combinations of mime, mask, puppetry, music, text, clown and acrobatics. The company has received 16 Jessie Richardson Theatre awards from the Vancouver community.

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The Goodnight Bird Special Discount Offer for GVPTA Members (Kay Meek Centre)

January 19th, 2015
The Kay Meek Centre would like to extend a discount ticket offer to GVPTA members for the upcoming premiere of THE GOODNIGHT BIRD starring Nicola Cavendish (Shirley Valentine, 4000 Miles)

This is a brand new play by Canadian Playwright, Colleen Murphy.

Click on the evite below and it will lead you to the sales page.

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The Canadian College of Performing Arts Ntl. Audition Tour Launches in February!

January 19th, 2015

The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is set to launch its nation-wide tour to find Canada?s brightest young stars for the September 2015 season. Auditions held in 11 cities from coast to coast will select students hoping to join the growing list of successful graduates who can be seen on stage, screen and in recording studios around the world.

Students receive broad professional training which allows the opportunity to pursue diverse careers in the performing arts ranging from international singing, dancing and acting careers to Broadway casting directors and television producers.

?The quality of our students is astounding,? says the college?s Artistic Director Darold Roles. ?Each one arrives with incredible talent and potential and upon graduation, they are ready to take on any role; be it on stage or off.?

The tour will commence in Nanaimo on February 7. CCPA Directors then make stops in Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Regina from February 14 to March 1. Back in Victoria there will be auditions held on March 9th and the tour will end with a stop in Whitehorse on March 23. Video auditions are also accepted until May 1.

The college is owned and operated by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS), a registered charity that oversees the college?s operations. By offsetting the cost of tuition for Canadian students by over 50% each year, CHAS ensures that training at CCPA is financially accessible to all Canadian students!

For more information about the college and auditions, go to or call 250-595-9970.

For more information, contact:
Steven Seltzer
Communications Manager
Phone: 250-882-8441


January 19th, 2015



Applications are now open for the Arts and Culture Policy Council, a 15 member City Council appointed body.  This is a great opportunity to help shape cultural policy.  Membership requires a substantial time commitment.


The Arts and Culture Policy Council

·         Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern and considers matters which may be referred by Council or staff

·         Works with other agencies whose activities affect arts and culture communities

·         Exchanges information with the arts and culture communities and the general public


Who can apply?

The Arts and Culture Policy Council represents the broader community

·         Applicants of all ages, genders, neighbourhoods, racial origins, income levels, sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

·         Applicants must live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with Vancouver issues

·         Applicants must be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the policy council

·         Members should represent a cross section of all artistic disciplines and practices


Time commitment

·         The policy council will generally meet, either formally or informally, once a month

·         Four of the meetings will be formal meetings with administrative support from the City Clerk’s Office

·         Policy council meetings generally last up to 2½ hours. A minimum of 1 to 2 additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, meetings, networking, and promotion.

·         Subcommittees of the policy council assist with in certain subject areas such as Cultural Spaces and Public Art. Subcommittee membership consists of some Arts and Culture Policy Council members as well as persons willing to serve who are not members of the ACPC and requires an additional 2-hour time commitment every month or two.


What is the deadline?

The deadline to submit an application is 5PM on Friday January 30, 2015



Axis Theatre Company and The Cultch team up to bring the gift of theatre to a very special young audience!

January 19th, 2015

If you ever get to ramblin’ and you find yourself in Hamelin…


A comedic, heart-tugging musical take on “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”.
Written by Leslie Mildiner, Directed by Chris McGregor, Music by Bob Buckley

“It’s a Fairy Tale we’ll hand down to our children, and the children of our children through the years.

They talk about the day, the Rats were lead away by the Magic Pipe that filled the streets with cheers!”


HAMELIN: A NEW FABLE is a play with live music created for an Elementary school audience. The World Premiere Tour is taking place in BC from February 2-April 2, 2015. Axis Theatre Company has teamed up with the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and the Telus Foundation to offer 2 free performances for 4 local schools. On March 3rd the cast of HAMELIN: A NEW FABLE will take the stage at the historic York Theatre.

Medieval Hamelin Town is governed by a spoiled Mayor, his Mommy, and greedy Corporation types who have no interest in the hardworking townsfolk and have taxed them into poverty. When the Mayor reneges on yet another promise to our heroes, 10 year-old twins Celeste and Ralph, the result renders them homeless. Desperate for help, they encounter a hapless minstrel, a flute that has seen better days, and of course lots and lots of rats! They devise a plan to make the grown-ups wake up and smell the strudel. With surprising plot twists, our “HAMELIN” is an engaging revisit to one of the world’s most endearing tales.

Axis Theatre Company has combined an original script with live music, masks and puppetry. This premiere marks incoming Artistic Director Chris McGregor’s directorial debut with the company. This unique revisit to The Piped Piper fable features a cast of six professional actor/musicians. This toe-tapping 55 minute show takes a fresh approach to illuminate the “the importance of keeping your word”.



NEW FOR THIS PRODUCTION! A song from HAMELIN A NEW FABLE will be available in advance so that a class (or two), can learn the words and sing along during the live performance!

 AXIS THEATRE COMPANY has actively pursued a multidisciplinary style of physical theatrical presentation for 39 years. Employing the primary disciplines of mime, clown, masks, puppetry, aerial work, dance and acrobatics, earning 13 Jessie Richardson Awards from the Vancouver theatre community.

The premiere tour kicks off on February 2nd. Want to see this show come to a school near you?

Contact or give us a call at 604-669-0631

News from Neworld Theatre: Winners and Losers in New York

January 19th, 2015

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Winners and Losers has landed in New York for our off-Broadway debut at Soho Rep, and the reviews are coming out fast and furious.

Marcus says: “Reviews are endlessly troublesome, exciting, problematic, important, idiotic, useful etc. etc. But I’ve never been the guy who can ignore them.  As someone who makes performance in Vancouver, the thought of New York reviews … I don’t know, on the far-flung edge of the west coast, their New York-iness always makes them seem more real. In that context, ours are coming in.  My thoughts? Right. It’s just like everywhere else.”

New York Times: “Funny, articulate and breezily charming.”

Village Voice:  ”The sly, utterly successful production… scores because of the ambiguities it cultivates…  What starts as a sly and often funny game of differences ends up as a nuanced and unsettling show.”

Theatremania: “It also highlights one clear difference between live theater and TV: Safe in our livings rooms, we may clutch our pinot gris and cackle when New Jersey Housewives Teresa and Danielle go at it on screen. But would we be so giddy if that throwdown were happening in the same room? By the end of Winners and Losers, no one was laughing.”

Not too shabby, eh?

Winners and Losers runs January 2 to February 1, 2015, and you can find tickets here. Also while they are in NYC, Marcus and James are running a very special free workshop on devising for the theatre. For more info and to reserve a spot click here.

Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree Completion Program

January 19th, 2015

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Looking for good students/artists who want to take some time to go deeper into the performing arts. The Bachelor of Performing Arts degree-completion program is an opportunity to take 9 months to think deeply about art and collaborate with adventurous people. The faculty now features theatre people, video artists, composers, technical directors, and more.  For more information on the program and to audition in February, visit


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Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations in 2015

January 19th, 2015

Hill Strategies Research is pleased to announce the schedule of upcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations in 2015.

“We wish to thank all 17 groups that responded to our call for presentations. We simply received more strong proposals than we could fund,” Kelly Hill stated.

The schedule of upcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations is:

  • A Portrait of Professional Artists in New Brunswick, Premier’s Task Force on Status of the Artist, Fredericton, New Brunswick, February 2015.
  • Artists in Canada and their Health Disparities, Performing Arts Medicine Association Canadian Regional Conference, Toronto, March 2015.
  • Synthesis of data from a number of reports, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray, Alberta, March 2015.
  • The Arts and Individual Wellbeing in Canada, webinar via the Arts Health Network, spring 2015.

The Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations are made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information: