ART, FILM, LITERATURE, MUSIC, SPIRITUALITY

So long, isolation! The best ways to cope with social distancing

Connect, learn, moved and feel inspired with these online happenings.

COVID-19 has pushed us away from one another, physically, but on other levels, people are going to remarkable lengths to connect in exciting ways.

This is a list of a bunch of those ways. It is a living document; I’ll be updating it on the regular. First posted on March 20, 2020; the latest update: April 28. (All times below are in Pacific time zone (PDT) unless otherwise stated.)

* Ash’s note: I’ve remove any site or service that asks you to input a credit card – even if it’s free – because that’s bullshit. If you catch anything below that asks for that, message me and I’ll remove it. Thanks *

Know of any events that deserve to be here? Your suggestions are welcome and appreciated! Hit me up in the comment section!

Nothing like this has ever occurred on earth before. Let’s tune in together. It’s time to fall in love with life again.

Watch


Stop scrolling through Netflix’s mediocre choices! Here’s where it’s at:

Date-specific

April 25 (8-9:30pm) & 29 (7-8pm)

Artist Ryder Thomas White is taking his Burrardview Fieldhouse residency to Instagram. Tune into “Spare Parts, or The Perpetual Becoming” on his channel https://www.instagram.com/ryderthomaswhite/ and the Iris Film Collective’s account, https://www.instagram.com/theirisfilmers/

Thurs, April 30, 8:30pm

Just added: Parks and Recreation will return for a special one-off episode featuring the original cast Thursday, April 30th, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The episode will help raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is providing additional assistance to food banks around the country during the pandemic. https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/parks-and-recreation-reunion-episode-charity-989246/

Until the end of April

Ontheboards.tv is offering all their online performance films for free til the end of April with the promo code ARTATHOME20: https://www.ontheboards.tv/ (Thank you, Megan)

Saturday, May 2

There was a 48 hr, Free Performance Art online fest March 31 – April 1, but we just missed it. Their site says they’ll be back with more on May 2. And it looks like you can link out to their featured artists in from the right sidebar: https://freeperformanceart.blogspot.com/ (Thank you, Julius)

April 16 – May 7, 2020

SFU BFA Graduating Exhibition 2020 will be presented as an artist-by-artist daily series of posts on Instagram. Follow SFU Galleries (https://www.instagram.com/sfugalleries) and the School for the Contemporary Arts (https://www.instagram.com/sfucontemporaryarts) to check it out!

Every Saturday, 6-9pm PDT

Park Sound Virtual Concert Series – Music performances live streamed from @parksoundbc’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/parksoundbc/ Donate: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/park-sound-virtual-concert-series-april-11-tickets-102132811990 (Thank you, Silvia)

Every Thursday, 12-1:15pm PDT, starting April 16

Distant, Not Disengaged.” Community dialogues with guest speakers, hosted by SFU Public Square, CityHive and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. On Zoom. Totally Totally free: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/distant-not-disengaged.html

Just added: Virtual explorASIAN 2020. Online exhibitions. Artist talks. Lectures. Webinars. Performances. And more! https://explorasian.org/virtual-explorasian-2020/

Watch anytime/ongoing

Just added: Ready to witness the genius of Nick Cave? He’s set up a 24/7 video stream of live performances videos, interviews, and music vids here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbWdmZ7hXY4

Every day, 7pm Paris time / 10am Pacific

Ah yeah! The much loved Take Away Shows have adapted and become Stay Away Shows (ha)! Broadcasting live every day on La Blogotheque’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blogotheque/

The much beloved NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts made the shift to Tiny (Home) Concerts on their YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy2PCKGkKRVYPm1tBwoX45ocAzuhVyvJX

Saturdays, 8pm-2am PDT

Digital Motion presents SUBculture Sessions: https://www.twitch.tv/DIGITALMOTIONEVENTS Looks like they’re doing this weekly, so keep tuned in.

Social Distancing Festival showcases the work of artists around the world who’s shows have been canceled: https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/ (Many people recommend)

The Tonight Show – Jimmy Fallon started an “at home edition” where he raises funds for a different cause each night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peZzbo26fzc&list=PLykzf464sU98lwxyHHBqnqx-r0xtOMLjt

12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online

Art21 – a huge inspiration for me, Art21 has been making short films about artists for years and they’re all free on their site: https://art21.org/

45 years of Canadian film and video art at VUCAVU, a site that’s dedicated to getting the work of Canadian filmmakers and video artists be seen by the world: https://vucavu.com/ They will ask you to create an account, but no payment info is required. Update: If you do choose to pay for any non-free content on their site, VUCAVU is paying out 100% of proceeds from their online rentals to artists until April 30th.

60 free film noir movies http://www.openculture.com/free_film_noir_movies

200 documentaries from International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, and they’re all free! https://www.idfa.nl/en/info/watch-films-online

500 virtual tours of museums around the world from Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner (thanks, Masha)

Songkick, whose entire biz is about live concerts, has kindly made a page that links out to the live streams of artists including Big Freedia, Sofi Tukker, Diplo, and many more: https://www.songkick.com/live-stream-concerts

Don’t forget about the National Film Board of Canada, which has been helping filmmakers make the films that won’t necessarily be box office hits but deserve to be made. An incredible collection here: https://www.nfb.ca/

Just added: Maybe you need something a little light hearted and family friendly. Tune into John Krasinski’s YouTube channel, Some Good News: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug It’s worth watching, just get past the painful intro song.

If you are going to watch Netflix, do it with others! Join the Netflix Party: https://www.netflixparty.com/ (thanks, Jessica)

Read


Social isolation falls away when you expand your understanding of the world through the written word.

Anytime

Purchase a digital copy of Megaphone magazine for as little as $2 CAD. April issue available now: https://megaphone.nationbuilder.com/electronic_single_issue

Learn about Wuhan in this comic by artist Laura Gao: https://www.lauragao.com/wuhan (thank you, Aman) – Congratulations, Wuhan, on ending your 76-day lockdown today (April 8)!

Order books! Erin Hanson has made an excellent list of all the local (Vancouver-based) bookstores to purchase from: https://www.facebook.com/61005872/posts/10103126269667931/

Just added: Someone made a list of indie bookstores from across Canada who deliver! Bye bye Amazon: https://goo.gl/maps/J2D4Uz9ecRoougc36

Filip released all their back issues of contemporary art criticism journals on line: https://fillip.ca/ (Thank you, Heidi)

Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks

Move


It’s super important to keep moving during isolation. Shake off those cobwebs and get your circulation going. A little movement at least once a day will make everything feel better.

Yoga

Every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm

Shape Shifter Studio presents yoga with Teresa Prado. By donation: https://www.facebook.com/events/629890871177027/ (Thank you, Char)

Daily yoga

Vancouver’s own Ocean and Crow yoga are live streaming their full schedule of classes (which you can see here: https://oceanandcrow.pike13.com/schedule#/) every day on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oceanandcrowyoga/

Vancouver’s One Yoga is offering yoga and meditation online classes through their Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/oneyogalions/ (Thank you, Elmira)

Carolyn Anne Budgell is holding spa yoga classes online through her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolynannebudgie (Thank you, Elmira)

Practice with Clara – yoga mantra meditation – over 60 classes, 7 days free: https://practice.clararobertsoss.com/ (thank you, Deanna)

Love light yoga has virtual yin yoga classes; they’re around $11-$12 each: http://www.lovelightyoga.com/virtual-yin-studio (Thank you, Heidi)

Workout

Madfit workouts on YouTube. Jessica says Madfit is “really good to get moving in the middle of the day and a lot of them don’t need equipment.” (Ash says: “I just did my first pair of Madfit workouts today (Mar 22) and can testify that they are excellent. No-bullshit, heartrate-raising, sweat-inducing.” Addition (Apr 6): “I’ve done many more in the meantime, they’re all great!”) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQ34afVgk8cRQBjSJ1xuJQ

Live workout sessions on Formation Studio‘s Instagram. Dance party – Mondays 7:30pm / Crazy in Love by Beyonce routine – Thursdays 7:30pm / Strength and conditioning – Saturdays 9:30am https://www.instagram.com/formationstudio_/channel/ (Thank you, Vivian)

Naomi Joy Fitness has added a 50 minute Full Body Burner: Core, Booty, Cardio video. Free! She uses 2 10-lb weights, I’m sure you can do the workout without those: https://youtu.be/U4bko5KOdNM

Carmel Rodriguez posts workouts you can do from home or without equipment (such as using a tree as your pullup bar). She posts to her Instagram and IGTV: https://www.instagram.com/carmelrodriguezfit/ (Thank you, Mirjana!)

You may not have a whole hour to do Mike Chang’s full morning routine, but he’s kindly broken up the sections in the video’s written description, so you can jump to the Energy Flow, Strength and Endurance, Stretching, or Breathing and Meditation as you like: https://youtu.be/-zE0yb5Hot8 (Tara recommended this to me awhile back; I feel it’s particularly useful now that we’re all at home).

Dance

Sundays Mar 29 & Apr 5 & 12, 4-5:30pm

Improv & contemporary floorwork w/ Sarah Formosa. Pay what you can ($15 suggested donation): https://www.facebook.com/events/2768715073236259/?active_tab=discussion (Thank you, Char)

Harbour Dance Centre are offering an online series of dance classes. Their first vid – Sexy Street Intro with Carlo Atienza – is up (as of March 21) on their YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILyeW1by8Fc&list=PLvnEN_SxpI6E5F3r89SGAUYo1Jh60Qboy (Thank you, Rianne!)

Every Tuesday night from 6:30pm PDT, Vancouver’s Savage & Samuelle are offering free hustle dance classes on their IG and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SavageandSamuelle/videos/ (thank you, Deanna!)

Choreographer for Sia, FKA Twigs, and many more stars, Ryan Heffington is doing workout/aerobics with a fun, Richard Simmons-vibe on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan.heffington/ (Thank you, Hailey and Rianne!)

Dance Church. Don’t know much about this, but if Rianne Švelnis recommends, I trust it’ll be great: https://go.dancechurch.com/

Gaga dance classes. They’re offering 6 classes daily, 7 days a week, from 2 different time zones, by teachers in Tel Aviv and New York City. Classes are open to anyone, from anywhere in the world. They recommend $5 donation per class: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gaga-online-classes (Thank you, Rianne!)

Dancing Alone Together – a central resource of online dance classes and performances https://www.dancingalonetogether.org/ (Thank you, Hailey!)

Mellow


Times are cray. Give yourself time to be grounded, tune in, and mellow out.

Every Wednesday, 8-9:30pm

Group Guided Meditations: Free Zoom Live. https://www.facebook.com/events/296673541297582/ (Thank you, Liza)

Every morning, 8:45am-9:30am (PT)

Mindfulness meditation on Zoom while self-isolation orders are in effect. Led by Anthony Maes. By donation. https://www.anthonymaes.com/classes.html (Thank you, Christina)

Anytime

Calm. Soothing meditations, sleep meditations, calm music, soundscapes, and more: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath

Listen


Music and voice carry life, healing and good energy in the air and around the world.

Listen to “Roman Mars Describes Things As They Are” https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/roman-mars-describes-things-as-they-are/ then check out the rest of the 99% Invisible, which is “about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about.” (Thank you, Rachel. Ash’s note: just listened to this, it’s great! I never knew about window tax or that printers used to ship with fire extinguishers! *shock*)

Listen to Below the Radar for podcasts about environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests: https://soundcloud.com/sfuw-community-engagement (thank you, Rachel and Am)

Actor, writer and comedian Ryan Beil is reading one chapter of Dune every day free of charge: https://soundcloud.com/ryan-beil-30148675 (Thank you, Vinny!)

Podcast: Essential Self-Care During a Pandemic – by Mara Glatzel: https://www.maraglatzel.com/podcast/55/ (Thank you, Christina)

Social Connection Radio – this Facebook group is “dedicated to keeping things fun and funky by doing live broadcasts of some amazing DJs from Southern Ontario and beyond.”
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2444589932520589/

The No Type website has hundreds of hours of free music to stream as well as a web radio you can put on random or curated playlists. Lots of it is Canadian content too: http://www.notype.com/ (thank you, Constantine!)

Endless one hour mixes. I’m compiling a playlist on Soundcloud of my favourite mixes that all clock in at over one hour, so you can choose something that suits your vibe and just let it play, just like the radio station of your dreams. With genres from ambient to upbeat, deep house to drum n bass, I’m sure you’ll find something to suit your mood: https://soundcloud.com/format-no-auto/sets/1-hr-mixes

Laugh


The only way through this madness is to share a lot of hearty laughter.

Every Wednesday & Sunday, 9pm

Vancouver Comedy on Twitch https://twitch.tv/vancouvercomedy/

Courses from now through May, 2020

Blind Tiger Digital Comedy School. Learn improv comedy! Courses are pay only: http://blindtigercomedy.ca/classes

Learn


It’s never a bad idea to create new synapses in your brain.

Every Tuesday for six weeks starting March 24th, 7-9:45pm

I think we could all use a little magic right now. Join “Into The Mystery: an online course in magical creationhttps://www.facebook.com/events/579915832604964/

Anytime

10 university art classes you can take for free online. Study photography, graphic design, the pyramids, and more. Although this list is from 2018, I did a quick check and all 10 classes still seem to be live. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-university-art-classes-free-online (Thank you, Makiko for this suggestion!)

Domestika – “Learn from expert professionals and join the largest online community for creatives.” https://www.domestika.org/ (thanks, Tracey!)

Open Culture invites you to use your time in isolation to learn everything you’ve always wanted to: Free online courses, audio books, eBooks, movies, coloring books & more: http://www.openculture.com/2020/03/use-your-time-in-isolation-to-learn-everything-youve-always-wanted-to.html

FreeCodeCamp compiles 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/ (Thanks, Tracey and Heidi)

Other people’s lists of awesome stuff to do during covid times


It’s a bold – and inaccurate – claim, as this isn’t every live concert and band you can livestream, but thanks to CNET for compiling what they have here: https://www.cnet.com/news/every-live-concert-and-band-you-can-stream-from-your-home/

SFU Woodward’s has put together a #StayHome page with 4 videos, 4 podcast channels plus one collection of five radio documentaries: http://sfuwce.org/stay-home-and-stay-engaged/ (Thank you, Rachel)

Even though DOXA had to cancel, their programming director Selina Crammond curated these three films plus two websites so you can have your own documentary film fest from home: https://www.straight.com/movies/1374756/sad-about-doxa-please-enjoy-programmer-selina-crammonds-shut-doc-fest (via The Georgia Straight)

Dorothy Woodend’s “You can’t stop culture” list at The Tyee has everything – music, lit, film, theatre, talks, podcasts… https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2020/03/18/Coronavirus-Cant-Stop-Culture-List

SFU Public Square “Community Engagement in a time of social distancing” list has free resources, tips for parents and for working remotely, and more: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/covid-19-engagement.html

Read, watch, listen, learn and research: The Vancouver Public Library has a whole Digital Library 24/7 section stacked with things for you to do and learn remotely. https://www.vpl.ca/digital (Thanks, VPL, love u 4eva)

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Thank you for reading. And remember, you should share your ideas. There’s a lot more going on than what’s listed here! Put them in the comments below, thanks v much.

Wishing you and all your loved ones the best health and sanity through these trying times. Peace. Love. Respect.

Cover photo by Daniel Dvorsky on Unsplash

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It’s COVID-19 distraction time! Five hours of incredible film and music.

Hi there. If you’re doing as we’ve all been told to, you’ve locked yourself up at home while the world holds it breath for COVID-19 to cease its worldwide spread.

Perhaps you’ve run dry of things to watch or listen to. Or perhaps you have a bunch queued up but aren’t too excited about any of them.

Let me help you out. I’ve got over 5 hours of incredible film and music right here that I can’t recommend enough.

MUSIC:

Moses Boyd’s Dark Matter album

Released last month, Dark Matter is a fiery 10-track explosion of hip hop-infused jazz that can’t be described, must be heard. Keep in mind as you listen that Boyd is a drummer; yes that’s right, those sounds aren’t electronically generated, he’s playing those sick beats live. (“Sick” – No pun intended. This album is not contagious, but is addictive)

Covid-distraction time: 49:14

FILM:

Who Killed Malcolm X?
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A one-season, six-episode powerhouse documentary that follows the story of an average, everyday man who, through an obsession over the assassination of black rights activist Malcolm X, does miraculous work that uncovers, layer by captivating layer, the complex and frustratingly mesmerizing truth about the broad daylight killing and wrongful imprisonments that rocked the world.

Filmed and edited with exquisite patience, respect and compassion for the many people interviewed, there are so many layers to this documentary series, it’s bewildering. So much more than a simple “who done it,” Who Killed Malcolm X is so powerful, this documentary has actually resulted in the murder case being reopened in the US courts. Watch it to find out why. Now on Netflix.

Covid-distraction time: 4hrs, 24 min

Let me know whatchu think of these. And if you’ve got your own recommendations, share them below. Thank you.

While you enjoy these gifts for your social isolation, I hope you find yourself inspired. How about we all use this time not just to be distracted, but to learn, expand our minds; take this time to get to know the world, current and past, how we can connect even in isolation.

I hope that we all use this time to realize how much we need each other, how putting aside differences and listening to each other is the only way to a unified future, an existence that accepts each of us for who we are deep down, a place that can be safe for everyone to shine their inner selves. Embrace humanity, y’all! Say seeya to hatred, disrespect, and intolerance!

Peace. Love. Respect.

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Ashley Tanasiychuk: Visual Artist. Arts Promoter. Community Builder. Entrepreneur. Here’s my comprehensive CV

You might know that I shoot rad photos. You may know that I shoot rad videos too. Do you know that I’m also a whizz at video editing, writing, and copy editing?

That I can manage a team? Plan an event?

There’s so much I could be hired for, it’s bananas.

From management to design to photography and video, plus a helluva lot more in between, there’s a ton I can offer you, your project, or your business.

So here it is: my comprehensive CV (opens within this page). Enjoy.

Contents

  • Statement
  • Skills & talents
  • Professional experience
  • Formal post secondary education
  • Additional education, workshops, scholarships
  • Volunteer selections
  • Featured work
  • Compliments & accolades
  • Equipment
  • Interests & goals

Please share with anyone who might benefit from my skills and talents.

Link to this page, download from my home site formatnoauto.com (“CV PDF download” link is at left column), or have them contact me directly.

Thank you.

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Here’s to two thousand more

Two years ago today, I launched a little project called VANDOCUMENT.

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I created it because Vancouver has a vibrant passionate arts scene – from theatre to visual art, from contemporary dance to music – and the amount of talent here is huge, the amount of fresh content being created is massive.

It deserved to be – it desperately needed to be – documented. To give the artists and galleries and festivals a record of what they’ve done.
To use as promotion.
To build their portfolios.
To help them continue to do what they love to do most.

And to connect Vancouverites with the best local emerging art. To show that there is SO much more happening than what is advertised at the VAG or coming to the Commodore.
To educate our city in it’s own creative culture.
To break down barriers and preconceptions.
To make our local art more approachable, more accessible.

So this is what we’ve been doing at VANDOC since May 10, 2013.

2 years on, this isn’t just my little project anymore. VANDOC is now a team of over fifty people (!): dozens of incredibly talented and dedicated writers, photographers, videographers, sound recorders, illustrators, dancers, designers, painters, editors, party organizers, social media pros, accountants, musicians, students, researchers.

2 years and hundreds of articles later, our collective ears are to the ground; we’re digging into the best and most exciting art created by Vancouver’s local and emerging artists.

Since the new year alone, we’ve published 29 original articles featuring the work of nearly 100 artists at 24 venues across the city. We tell these stores through gorgeous photo galleries, sensory-packed written reviews and interviews, video recaps, and even field audio recordings.

Some 2015 highlights:

  • We continued our relationship with SFU Woodward’s
  • and with VIVO Media Arts, documenting rad experimental events such as the Quiet City series
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  • We triple-teamed Centre A for a photo / video / written opus
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  • We helped launch a new artist interview podcast series called 8minuteswith
  • We documented some of the new Field House residencies, adding audio field recordings to our documentation tool kit along the way.
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  • Hello Kitty-bordered photos landed in our pages(!)
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  • and we set a precedence for discussing activist art and culture, with #KMFaces, video, in depth reporting and more
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We’re often asked if we need more contributors, since it seems we have a big team (which we do), but the door is always open:
If you dig art & want to help in connecting Vancouverites to our city’s art, and want to help in celebrating our city’s artists through documentation,
if you want to get your writing, photography, video, or voice published
if you want to expand your network of cool, involved, engaged, creative individuals,
say hi!
sayhi(at)vandocument.com

Here’s to our team of over 50 incredible, amazing, inspiring, talented, a wickedly fun contributors! Here’s to Vancouver’s artists! Here’s to all the supporters of the arts! To all the enablers of the arts – those of you who throw events and make it all happen! Happy Birthday!

Support art. Love yourself. Connect with the people around you.

Big love. Here’s to two thousand more brilliant years of arts documentation.
Ash

VANDOC’s channels
fcbk + twitter + vimeo + tumblr + soundcloud + instagram

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A More Concise Wrap Up: Make It Monthly! January 2013 Wrap Up

No, you didn’t miss out: I haven’t posted a Wrap Up of 2012. Yet.

Yes, that’s right, I *might* still post last years’s major events, accomplishments, favourite art, music, film, and literature…
but for now, I’m trying on a new hat,
a tighter, better fitting, perhaps even more stylish hat:
The Monthly Wrap Up!

That’s right, at the end of every month throughout the year,
I’m going to bring you a quick recap of everything that stood out for me,
so you can keep fresh tabs on the tunes that kept me movin’, the films that kept me inspired, the art that I outputted 😉 and more..!

So let’s get started!

//// WRAP UP JANUARY 2013 ////

/// NEWS ///

Move, Move, Moving On

This year started mega busy, as I helped a friend pack and move her place during New Year’s, which was also her birthday..! Amazing what we can accomplish with focused determination, and a healthy dose of positivity!

I also returned the favour to an old, dependable friend who has always been there for my constant moving. Clearing a storage unit on a grey Sunday, it’s fun when you’re with Graeme Scott.
Ladner storage lockers. Grey mist morning

I moved Format No Auto Creative Projects, my art & design business, into a new studio space at 721 E Hastings A beautiful sunny frosty morning at 721 E.Hastings
with the fine folks of Considered Design (& their incredible flying husky, George) Come one! Come all! To 721 E Hastings to witness the Amazing Flying George!!
I’m stoked as we turn 721 into our working home, keep yer ears open for an upcoming launch party!

Bicycle Love

I cycle 12 months a year. For 7-9 months each year, it rains like hell here. My bike takes a ton of abuse, so I wasn’t surprised when the fine mechanics at Mac-Talla gave me the long list of everything my bike should have fixed/replaced. But they’re super rad at Mac-Talla, and gave me a prioritized list, being straight up with what I absolutely needed now (so as not to die due to an exploding bike) and what could wait a bit.
Need work on your bike? I highly recommend Mac-Talla Cycles, 2626 E Hastings (@ Penticton St)

Tragic, But Pulls Us Together

The Waldorf Hotel has been sold to condo developers.
Although the story is far from over (work is being done to give the hotel heritage status), killing the amazing multi-disciplinary arts programming at The Waldorf was an indescribable blow to the nuts for artists throughout this city.
The way that everyone pulled together and supported the Waldorf, each other, and arts culture (& not just on social media, but in person at an impromptu, celebrity-filled, media-attended Sunday Love In) was incredibly inspiring. Shit like this needs to happen to make people act out, and the voices have been loud and clear.
The very day I heard about the sale, I created this drawing as an outlet, an expression of protest not only in support of the Waldorf, but in support of every artistic & cultural venue trying to sustain existence and support community life!
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// ILLUSTRATION //

Joseph Beuys drawing & print

I drew this portrait of Joseph Beuys & used it at a screenprinting class at Blim!
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// PHOTOGRAPHY //

East Side Yoga photography

Photographed the 1st set of promo shots for East Side Yoga – thanks Jane, Julie, and Daniel for being awesome yogis, and to M.Hall for your generous use of equipment!
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// DESIGN //

Shout outs to my team of clients and creative colleagues!

East Side Yoga, Direct Impact Media, ShowMakers Productions, Decoda Literacy Solutions, Considered Design, VIVO Media Arts, Michael JP Hall Photography

Big love to those who keep me well fed, emotionally nourished, and creatively inspired!

Brent & Jenni, igor, jenny reed, Dan Sorce, Erica, Ben, Neil, Cory, Kate, Kirby, Jason Wrobleski, Taraneh, Luciana, Krisztina, Karianne, those I’ve mentioned above, and many more, you know who you are – thank you.

/// BEST EATS ///

Wilder Snail

Strathcona mini-grocers and delicious sandwich/soup shop Support local business! Shop & eat @wildersnail Keefer/Hawks #ILoveStrathcona

/// BEST LISTENS ///

// Music, recorded //

Foals – My Number (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)

a bumpin’ brilliant combo of an ace dj mixing an ace indie band

Arbutus Records

The Quebec-based record label Arbutus Records has an amazing roster (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, TONSTARTSSBANDHT and more), and my heart flutters for their mandate:

“Emphasis on friendship and collaboration within the scene has lead to an increasingly multimedia oriented endeavor, moving beyond a label to include film and literature.”

Segue – Snow Dub

on Silent Season – this is a label to watch!

Goat – World Music

This is epic sprawling rock – get in!

Spectres

Post-punk death rock. Fucking awesome.

// Music, Live //

A night at Prophouse Cafe

Everyone should support The Prophouse Cafe: it’s packed with gorgeous film props, the staff are inviting and kind, the food is delicious, and there are nightly comedy and music events.
On an early night in January, three fantastic female performers: Kristi-Lee Audette, Pitre, and Olenka turned a cold winter into a warm cozy night.
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Three solid bands rock The Astoria

Needles//Pins, The Ballantynes, and I was especially impressed by the fierce energy of Fist City

/// BEST READS ///

Chase Happiness by Dave Gamache

With advice such as “Stop saving all your money for retirement” and “Learn to care less about what others think,” this little manifesto is worth a read. Chase Happiness by Dave Gamache

Decoy Magazine

Decoy a great online mag to keep up to tabs with Vancouver’s art scene

Rules of A Creative Life

– I love this rules-of-creators-life

/// BEST VIEWS ///

// Art, openings //

LIGHT SPHERES ARE LUMINESCENT BUT NUTRITION QUALIFIES WITHIN MAGNIFIED SOUNDS… @ Dynamo Arts Association

An interesting, compelling, and uniquely interactive evening of performances at Dynamo, including Luciana D’Anunciação
Luciana-DAnunciacao_Dynamo_Jan2013_IMG_0484and Lauren Marsden
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Paul Wong: Now & Then @ Surrey Art Gallery

Paul Wong talks about his 40 years as a videographer, from portapack to smart phone.

Edible Glasses @ Western Front

A variety of work in Edible Glasses, including Feiko Beckers’ clever, humourous video ‘Merely a Part of Life’
@Western_Front Michael Turner squishes the video head of Feiko Beckers' 'Merely a Part of Life'

After I Shed My Skin @ Wil Aballe Art Projects

Only a few pieces, but not a small show at Wil Aballe Art Projects by any means!
Sean Weisgerber: After I Shed My Skin @WAAPart

Attila Richard Lukacs @ Winsor Gallery

A new show of Lukacs’ work at Winsor Gallery, including ‘Lotus Pools,’ a beautiful combination of rough and delicate.
'Lotus Pools' by Attila Richard Lukacs at Winsor Gallery. 5'x7' Must be seen in person. Beautiful combo of rough & delicate, shimmering colour & stark b&w

KT Kilgour’s ‘Corners’ at Black & Yellow Gallery

KT Kilgour (my screenprinting instructor at Blim!)’s show ‘Corners’ at Black & Yellow Gallery
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// Art, elsewhere //

Soey Milk

Soey Milk – my oh my. She is one helluvan artist, and her subject matter is incredibly tantalizing..!

Bartosz Kosowski

Bartosz Kosowski – incredibly illustrative portraits, reminds me of Arthur Adams, a comic book artist I loved

Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb – holy shit incredible illustration! Thx Julian for recommendation

Werner Knaupp

Werner Knaupp – wow gorgeous, moving paintings. Found on The Darcys’ Tumblr.

// Vids //

Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams

This touches on so much more than just a few good habits; another fantastic 99U vid worth watching.

Uncle Skeleton: Dot

This really could go in my ART section, as it’s a gorgeous artistic collaboration between Vancouver band Uncle Skeleton and dancer Mirae Rosner

Uncle Skeleton “Dot” from Ken Tsui on Vimeo.

/// GOALS FOR FEBRUARY ///

  • By Feb 5: design new Format No Auto business cards. Print by Feb 7
  • By Feb 18: complete redesigned mockups of new Format No Auto website. Will be responsive (good for mobile devices)
    How you can help me:
    – do you or anyone you know develop apps or mobile sites? I have 2 ideas I want to create, and am meeting with developers to find person/team with the right fit.

An aside, very important though:…!
Format No Auto Creative Projects exists because I, Ash Tanasiychuk, live to create art, document art, and promote art.

My main goal in 2013 is to build a community of artists and art lovers, and to build such a large and inspiring community, that we will excite and engage people who hadn’t previously been involved in the arts.

Some plans include:

  • growing the team at Format No Auto Creative Projects
    I’m looking for web developers, videographers, copywriters, project managers, and social media experts. I’m also open to other suggestions…
  • start a community arts space
    An open door policy: anyone is welcome to sit, pour a cup of coffee, use computer terminals to research events, job postings, grants, etc, to talk about projects or events, to network for fellow musicians, collaborators, etc. We’d also hold low-cost workshops.
  • develop a mobile-friendly Vancouver event site
    Make searching for things to do easy, fun, encouraging. Sort by date, neighbourhood, cost, and genre dead-easy. GPS enabled to give you directions, and to find other event-goers once there.

Do you have a project you want to document the process of?
A performance you want photographed?
Are you stoked by my plans and want to be part of my growing team of creative peeps who are driven by the creativity of our communities?
If you want to get involved in any way, shape or form, please give me a shout! ash(at)formatnoauto(dot)com

Finally, here’s a new addition to my Wrap Ups: a look into the month ahead, with some events that are high on my radar…

/// GET INVOLVED! IN FEB ///

Feb 1st-3rd

performance: last chance for PuSh Fest events, including Human Library

Feb 4th

talk/seminar: Vancouver Institute for Social Research presents Glen Coulthard – Rage against Empire: Resentment, Reconciliation and Indigenous Decolonization in Canada (FREE to attend)

Feb 8th

art opening: Contemporary Art & Cocktails @ Beaumont
Stoked on this because Leon Phillips is showing, his work is fantastic.

Feb 14th

exhibition opening: Sex Talk In The City @ MOV
dance party!: People’s Prom

Feb 15th

art opening: FUCK @ HAWC
art opening: Gutter Snipes @ Grunt
live music/indie band: Helio Sequence @ Biltmore

Feb 16th

live music/dj: Gramatik @ Electric Owl

Feb 19th

art/music/culture: Talking Stick Festival starts, runs till March 3

Feb 20th

film: A Sister’s Call @ Cinematheque

Feb 21st

art/book launch: Anamnesia: Unforgetting Book Launch @ VIVO

Feb 23rd

live music/dj: Justin Martin @ Electric Owl

Feb 28th

live music/dj: Shlohmo @ Fortune

/// IN CLOSING… ///

Alright! Whew! All that, in just one month!
Thanks for joining me on the ride!

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Cheers everyone, big love and peace to you and your loved ones
Ash Tanasiychuk, Format No Auto Creative Projects

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An Orgy Of Layered Felt Tongue Stone Creatures In The Sand: Bjork Keeps Us Guessing and Dreaming

Bjork has built a career out of being amazingly unique, both with her music and how she chooses to portray herself visually. She seems to handpick directors who have an uncanny ability to recreate the imaginary.

Perfect case in point: the official video for Mutual Core. Likely inspired by a dream, this is an incredible and explosive video. The combination of coarse stone and layers of beautifully coloured felt makes for a very tactile experience.

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Apocalyptic Thinking Can Lead To Positively Life Changing Perspectives: Michael Ruppert Ruminates On The Life Experience In Collapse

You walk towards your fear, you embrace your fear,
you don’t try to hedge it.
A part of real living as a human being, as a spiritual being,
is to embrace it: encompass your fear, your love,
and not run away from anything because that’s the life experience.
It’s in that richness that we find the most beautiful art,
the most beautiful music, we find the richness of what the human soul can offer, and I see all that richness buried under such bullshit.

Michael Ruppert in Collapse (movie, 2009)

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Lo Fi Undiscovered 60’s Band Pisces Fits This Rainy 2012 Morning Just Fine

Wow. Listen to this: “Sam” by Pisces from 1968.
I’d never heard of this band before. After a little research, it appears not too many people do, either. Definitely worth a listen though. That echoing drum hit (I’m thinking ?uestlove likes it too ;)), that aching heart voice, that lo fi guitar…

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Game Over: Rap Music As Interpreted By Minnesota Hip Hop

Mike Mictlan. Doomtree. yes
It’s all this coke, it’s all that liq / it’s all the fame / It’s all been done, it’s all been fixed / it’s all the same

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Totally Inappropriate Video For A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon: Die Antwoord’s Fatty Boom Boom

Wow

No words. Just watch. With a warning: this is not for the faint hearted.

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