ART, FILM, MUSIC

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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Gal Gracen, Blue Hearts in Exile
MUSIC

Gorgeous Music To Hold Your Soul In A Gentle Palm

Gal Gracen. A Vancouver-based “fantasy / romance” band, as described on their facebook page. Or my favourite description of their music: “dreamcatcher,” as listed on their bandcamp.
Check this out, you and your soul will be better for it: Blue Hearts in Exile

And if after those 7 gorgeous tracks, you’re as in love with them as I am, you won’t miss their show at 303 Columbia on Thurs May 14, in which other brilliant Vancouver bands such as Mesa Luna, Whitney K, and Plazas will perform at.
happy hour radio presents: gal gracen, mesa luna, whitney k & plazas at 303 Columbia, Vancouver BC, 2015

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David Byrne Knows: Stage Presence Matters

Oh David Byrne how I love thee. Talking Heads would’ve been so rad to shoot:

With music shows, there is inevitably so much gear on stage – guitars, drums, keyboards, amps – that sometimes the gear ends up being lit as much as the performers. To mitigate this a little bit I had all the metal hardware (cymbal stands and keyboard racks) painted matte black so that it wouldn’t outshine the musicians. We hid guitar amps under the riders that the backing band played on, so those were invisible too.

– from How Music Works, 2012

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ART, FILM, GRAPHIC DESIGN, LITERATURE, MUSIC, QUOTES, RULES, SPIRITUALITY

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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/// MY WORK ///

// 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
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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’
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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!
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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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Trust: The Band Whose Music Keeps Musicians Keep Giving

Trust is awesome (one of my favs since I saw & photographed them at Pop Montreal 2011).
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This new mix of their song “Sulk” is awesome. Listen to it now. Believe me, it won’t leave you sulking. Exact opposite, actually.

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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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Draft Is Many Revisions Deep, Perhaps Hitting Perfection? Metalheadz Podcast 35: A Must-Listen From 2012

Another favourite of 2012, this Metalheadz podcast by Draft is solid every minute, from zero to 44.

from the original post:

Having originally caught the eye of BBC Introducing, and more recently the legendary label Metalheadz, Draft is becoming an artist to keep a close eye on. His musical output sits somewhere between dancefloor and downtime, all whilst keeping in line with an output you haven’t quite heard before. Experimental and deliberately difficult to categorise, Draft’s music draws on a selection of bass heavy sub-genres, referencing everything from drum and bass and dubstep to melodically glitch-driven chaos, all whilst keeping you wanting more. As he effortlessly flits from one bpm to another, Draft reveals a distinct sonic identity that is fresh, unique and downright impressive. Preferring to let his music speak for itself, there is plenty more to come from the 25 year old, including his Boiler Room debut in the Metalheadz takeover session, and a summer of festival shows. With an EP, album and various remixes lined up, 2012 is certainly going to be a year to sit up and take note.

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