15.12.14 by Jeff

Ben Skinner

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Vancouver-based artist Ben Skinner is making some of my favourite work right now. I feel like a lot of artists making text-based work can sort of get stuck producing the same work over and over but Ben is constantly trying something completely new. Whether he uses paint, or sprinkles, or plaster, or mirrors, there’s a brilliantly absurd quality to it all. And if you look for long enough many of the dad jokes become something quite profound.

Lots more images below.

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09.12.14 by Jeff

Vancouver: The New Pornographers Private Show

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Google Play Music just hooked me up with 5 tickets (each good for 2 people) to a private concert Thursday night and I wanna give them away to you guys. Google is hosting concerts in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver featuring bands native to each city. Our concert features The New Pornographers! The first five people that comment on this post with their favourite New Pornographers song get the tickets!

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05.12.14 by Jeff

Grant Harder

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Photos by Vancouver-based photographer Grant Harder. More below.

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02.12.14 by Jeff

Sara Cwynar

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Works by Vancouver-born, New York-based, artist Sara Cwynar. More below.

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24.11.14 by Jeff

Daniel de Amaral

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Photos by Vancouver-based photographer Daniel de Amaral. More below.

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24.11.14 by Jeff

Chad Murray

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“Solitary ping pong on the ocean” by Vancouver-based artist Chad Murray. There’s something about this image of a person playing ping pong, against a perfect horizon, forever that I find funny, and sad, and actually kinda poetic. Watch the video below.

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20.11.14 by Jeff

Vancouver + New York: A Good Book Drive

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Heads up to everyone living in Vancouver and New York, the annual event known as A Good Book Drive is currently running until the end of the month in both cities. The project is a simple way to encourage a new generation of readers and to get good books into the hands of kids who need new ones.

All you have to do is buy a copy of your favourite kid’s book and drop it off at one of the drop-off sites. At each site they will give you a giant sticker to put inside the front cover, to be used to write a special note to the kid that will receive your book.

If you follow them on Instagram you’ll be able to see what book I donated when it gets shared there (should be soon).

See a full list of Vancouver and New York drop-off locations below!

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12.11.14 by Jeff

Portraits of Brief Encounters: Part Art Show, Part Game

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“Portraits of Brief Encounters” is a one night immersive gallery-game taking place tonight at This Open Space. Fifteen visual artists created original work based on stories written by Cole Nowicki. It’s part art show, and part game (my favourite part).

Upon entering the gallery you receive a story book with fifteen short tales. Read these stories carefully. Walk around the space and match them to the visual interpretations on the walls. Work with others in the gallery, write your answers on the back of the book and hand it in for grading.

Each correct answer gets you $5 off a piece of original artwork at the show (so you can save up to $75 off an artwork). $5 gets you into the game with a story book, a raffle into the grand prize, and even a souvenir bookmark. The grand prize ‘Portraits of Brief Encounters’ book is signed by all artists and includes 15 prints with accompanying stories.

The artists were curated by Elliat Albrecht, and the game concept was developed by Yash Nijati. It sounds like it will be a fun show!