Charity event is picture perfect
Say what you want about hipster photo apps, but the Team Awesome Instagram-o-rama charity exhibition Saturday was one of the most spirited art shows I’ve been to in a while. (And yes, photography puritans, I said “art.”)
Spread out over three floors at Club 560, more than 150 different artists from around the world showcased a stunning array of blown-up Instagram pictures. Patrons were invited to buy the prints and/or simply vote for their favourite photo with a heart-shaped “liked” sticker. When last I checked, the cat portrait was in the lead — it got my vote.
Proceeds from the sales were split between the Looking Glass Foundation, a North Vancouver treatment centre for teenagers with eating disorders, and imagine1day, an international organization dedicated to setting up children’s education programs in Ethiopia. And if you think this was a pretentious gathering of scenesters, you’re wrong. It was an inspirational, well-produced grassroots event. It was also a rocking event ... at least on the ground floor. That’s where DJ Furious Curator broke Twitter generation protocol and cranked out some good old-fashioned classic rock (think the Kinks and Rolling Stones). I look forward to more Team Awesome events in the future.
Rock 'n’ roll face-off
It was a battle royale at the Nimbus Recording Competition finals. Narrowed down from 153 submissions, the finalists brought their best to the Media Club in the hopes of taking home the grand prize. The winner received a minimum of three songs produced, mixed and mastered by world-renowned engineer Garth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Mötley Crüe and more). It was a tight race. For instance, Vancouver’s answer to Adele, Alexandria Maillot, played an amazing set with her band, but there could only be one winner and that was (drum roll, please) Cobra Ramone.
Save for the sweet acoustic musings of the Land of Deborah, the pre-show reception for the special screening of the film Liverpool was a fairly stripped-down event. But what it lacked in catering, this shindig made up for in Canadian content spirit. Filmmakers, actors and passionate cinephiles happily packed the Vancity Theatre in support of this acclaimed Quebecois new-wave comedy, which runs until Jan. 11. For more information, visit viff.org.