A Potemkin Olympics?

UPDATE 1/2/10:  (Revised) NEWS UPDATE ADDED 12/21/09 2:01 pm I’m pleased to report that VANOC has issued a formal apology to Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for “putting it in an ‘untenable’ position” according to today’s report … Read more…

Concert of the Year!

I first heard Grammy Award-winning Soprano Renee Fleming singing Strauss’ Four Last Songs at Carnegie Hall as part of a fundraising concert for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. I’ve never forgotten the beauty of her voice since. She is … Read more…

Gala Fundraising Concert for Vancouver’s Brilliant Borealis String Quartet

Please join me tomorrow, on Saturday, November 21st @ 4pm, @ Green College UBC, as I host a gala fundraising celebration of the Borealis String Quartet featuring the launch of their new CD! This is the very first album the Borealis … Read more…

Fading To Black …?

UPDATED 9/25/09 (see related articles below) In just five months, thousands of the world’s greatest athletes will be gathered inside BC Place from every corner of the globe, all of the world’s nations standing together, waiting to compete peacefully on … Read more…

Surprise Concert!

Please join me on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 3pm at the Chan Centre for a special, Surprise fundraising Concert and reception sponsored by the Vancouver Recital Society. The Recital Society brings the world’s greatest artists to Vancouver and those … Read more…

Arts Alliance All-Candidates Forum

Last Monday I was at the all Federal candidates forum hosted by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. Guests included Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry and her challengers Michael Byers (NDP), and Adriane Carr (Green), and John Cummins, MP for Delta–Richmond East. According to Colin Thomas writing in the … Read more…

City Staff Reveal New Ten-Year Arts Plan

Last Thursday I attended a presentation by the Office of Cultural Affairs on a new ten-year cultural plan for the City of Vancouver. One of the best aspects of the plan is a renewed emphasis on service – hence the … Read more…

FACTOR Helps Canadian Artists

Yesterday we joined friends from the CBC over at the FACTOR offices in Chinatown to adjudicate grants to support new recordings by Canadian artists. I was very impressed by the standard of submission, and with the variety and creativity of the … Read more…