The Launch of Tangoo Nights in Vancouver

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October 18th was the launch of a local events group called Tangoo (rhymes with dew). I was asked to join them to capture the event with my camera, and enjoy in some of the fun as well!

It was actually a pretty interesting experience, going to three different local establishments and feeling each’s respective vibe. Continue Reading →

Vancouver Burlesque Centre’s First Anniversary

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Vancouver burlesque stars Lola Frost, Cherry On-Top, and Burgundy Brixx one year ago had a vision to create something they had been all collectively thinking about. The dream was to build a place to share their burlesque with the world. They dreamed of their own studio where they could teach their own classes on sass. Something most dance studios shy away from, or teach it with instructors who don’t dance burlesque themselves. What these three women offer is more than a dance class. They offer their hearts. Read their schedule to get an idea of what they do. It’s really no joke. Continue Reading →

Dinosaurs by Bret Taylor

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Bret Taylor of Howyadoin Graphics hosted his third solo show [see the last one I attended] [with the help of his agent] called Dinosaurs. If you ask me, the show was a success, but that’s not my duty to define. Most of his works sold out immediately before I arrived there, the place was filled with many admiring fans, and he was a happy camper.

It was held in a Cambie and 4th Ave artist space that fit the atmosphere perfectly. One of my favorite pieces was his Velociraptor, which ironically was one of the 3 pieces that hadn’t sold by the time I got there. He has a very interesting way of keeping the background very prominent, while pulling attention into the foreground, the main attraction of the work.

Will you be at Bret’s next event? I hope you head to his website to make sure you don’t miss his next one! If not for the fun time, go for the to support the art!

Photo source: Ned Tobin |


Photo source: Ned Tobin |


Photo source: Ned Tobin |


Photo source: Ned Tobin |


For the full set of images, head to Ned Tobin’s fotoblog.

Canada’s Environmental Assessment Act 2012

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I’ve recently been fed an article from the Vancouver Sun discussing Canada’s decision to alter some of the rules for its Environmental Assessment Act, becoming official on July 6, 2012. I won’t regurgitate what has already been spilled there, but I will offer some insight into what our government’s policies are.

Reading something like this Vancouver Sun article makes it nearly impossible to let it slide without saying something. We Canadians are passive about a lot of things, but our environment we should not be passive about. We, the entire population of the world, should take absolute measures to promote planet earth’s safe growth, health, and happiness. Continue Reading →

Vancouver’s Pecha Kucha Night #22 @ Vogue Theatre

We sent our representative, Renata Duran to photograph PNK #22, Vancouver’s Night of inspiration, which looks like it was a great sensation.

Every single time they keep selling the place out, as they did at 21, 20, 19…. Have they ever not?

The lineup had Hannah Georgas  opening, and then the following presenters:
Adam Schelle & Kev Holloway – Playground
Angus McAllister – McAllister Opinion Research
Chris Diplock – Vancouver Tool Library
Comfort Adesuwa Ero – African Stages Association of BC
Jen Sung – Out in Schools
Jorge Amigo – #bemyamigo
Josue Menjivar – Fresh Brewed Illustration
Ken Lyotier – United We Can
Lisa Moore – Rhizome Cafe and Rhizome Movement-Building Centre
Mina Shum – Thoughts From the Asylum Productions
Paul Lacerte – BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

Here’s some photos from the event.

Vancouver’s Pecha Kucha Night #21 @ Vogue Theatre

The 21st edition of Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver was, as expected, a great success again. The night was filled with many inspiring presenters who offered great advice, insight into their creative processes, and expositions of their world renowned work.

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A Message from Pro-Privacy MP Peter Julian Re: Bill C-11

Recently, we signed and sent a petition off to our local MP to voice our concerns with The Copyright Modernization Act Bill C-11. The following is the response, which I was very happy to read and encouraged by it’s message.

Dear neighbours,

Thank you all for writing and raising your serious concerns regarding Bill C-11 and Bill C-30. My office as well as the offices of my NDP colleagues have received hundreds of emails and letters in opposition to these Bills. First, please know that we share the concerns of many Canadians who oppose legislation relating to lawful access, ACTA, digital locks, and SOPA. NDP Copyright and Digital Issues critic Charlie Angus and NDP Public Safety critic Jasbir Sandhu are taking the lead on these issues.

We have been fighting Bill C-30 with all of our vigour and energy and have continued to defend digital rights for Canadians in Bill C-11 and push for better access.

Many Canadians feel the same way you do, in fact I have encountered those who voted Conservative last time around, saying now they do not believe these Bills were what they voted for and had they known the Conservatives were bringing them forward, they would never have supported the Conservatives in the last election. Continue Reading →

GLOBE 2012 Panel Discussion on North America’s Energy Mix

On Wednesday, March 14th 2012 GLOBE 2012 Vancouver had an event hosted by Encana Natural Gas: a panel discussion on North America’s Energy Mix.

This event was very interesting in that it was primarily filled with students with hopes that questions would be raised, and ideas discussed with the impressive mix representing the panel.Hopefully somebody was taking notes.

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Prime Minister Looks for a “Streamlined Fashion” to Export Canada’s Natural Resources

The Northern Gateway Pipeline Project is a tragedy to Canada, an absolute tragedy.

What is the proposition? To create a pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia that sends crude oil to the international shipping port in Kitimat that can quickly, in a “streamlined fashion” get to the greedy Asian markets.

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