Making Music In Manhattan

I was born at the dawn of the Space Age in a nation not yet formed, subject of an Empire that no longer exists. I remember staring starstruck up at Sputnik, that first resounding Soviet shot across our technological prow, watching … Read more…

Happy New Year!

“Out with the Old and In with the New!” has never rung more true for me than it does with the advent of 2012! It’s only been five years since I moved back to Vancouver after twenty years away in New York. … Read more…

Vancouver Art Gallery @ Larwill Park?

Vancouver City Council is considering a staff report today allowing the Vancouver Art Gallery to move to 2/3 of Larwill Park. This could be a wonderful development if they incorporate a concert hall on the other 1/3 of the land. As this has come up again, I’m reprising my original article about Larwill Park.

I’m also pleased to note that Michael Geller has recently come out in favour of my proposal to close Cambie Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia Streets, in order to provide restaurants and bars that can animate this area at night.

In its heyday, Larwill Park was a centre of life in the city, home to games of baseball, lacrosse, football and cricket; the site of political demonstrations, rallies, fairs and concerts; and a marshalling field and drill ground for troops. Parades, carnivals, Ferris wheels, sports and politics animated a site once dedicated to fun in a city not well known for it.

By contrast today it sits dark, covered in asphalt, used as a parking lot, and the blocks along Dunsmuir and Georgia Street east of Homer are dead at night, bereft of the street-level commercial activity that’s the life-blood of any urban setting.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

The sad truth is that our public consultation process appears to be broken, leaving little trust on any side of the equation: Residents that dare express an opinion on new development in their neighbourhoods are regularly derided as NIMBY no-nothings … Read more…

My Address To Vancouver 2050: Creative City

On Saturday, April 24, 2010,  we staged Vancouver 2050: Creative City, a forum called to envision the city of Vancouver as a creative city in the year 2050. Moderated by Max Wyman, the forum featured addresses by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Music … Read more…

Vancouver 2050: Creative City Arts Forum

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, April 24 at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage at 8:30 am for Vancouver 2050: Creative City! – a public Arts & Culture Forum moderated by Max Wyman and featuring addresses by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of … Read more…

A Recital Worth Hearing

This Sunday, April 18, at 7:30 pm at the Vancouver Playhouse, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen will perform Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, the sublime piece of music responsible for his re-appearance on the Vancouver Recital Series stage just two years … Read more…

NYC-Bound!

I’m excited to be leaving Thursday for NYC to speak at a forum at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in New York on Saturday. The forum is part of an International Global Cultural Exchange co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and … Read more…

In Praise of Temperance ~ A New Years Resolution

My New Years Resolution for 2010 is to try and be more temperate. I’m passionate about the issues I care deeply about, and while diplomatic by nature, sometimes I get a bit heated in pursuit of those causes, particularly when … Read more…

Ten Wishes for Vancouver 2010

Here are ten heartfelt wishes for our city in 2010: 1. That we host one of the most successful Olympics & Paralympics in history; that credit is shared with everyone that did the heavy lifting to make it happen; and … Read more…