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CafCA Speculative Architecture Series: TERMINAL VISIONS

Posted in Uncategorized by Matthew on July 30, 2009

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The first installation of CafCA’s Speculative Architecture Series is taking shape. We’re calling it TERMINAL VISIONS and, broadly speaking, it presents an exploration into the nature of urbanism in Vancouver. More specifically, the project focuses on the stasis between construction and completion – evident throughout the city in places like False Creek and South Cambie (an industrial area at the foot of a new canadaline station that was the initial catalyst for this project) as well as the vacant storefronts of the new complex that is CafCA’s home amidst all of North Van’s burgeoning development. In addition to this, the project also considers the significance of speculative ‘visions’ as a part of both architectural praxis and cultural inventory – what happens to urban visions that are only partially realized?

What we’ve decided to do is present the project as itself a site of construction, boarding up our ongoing work, just giving glimpses through peep-holes and cracks into what’s happening inside. Ultimately there will be around five separate but related ‘visions’ behind the walls, each taking on different aspects of the the exhibit, opening up a range of tangents and conversations to take place.

Artists contributing to the exhibit, to be curated by Holly Beals, Sonia Novikova and Tyler Russel, include:

Andrea Demers
Christina Hirukowa
Daniel Irvine
Fred Sham
Jadis Treespirit
Matthew Blunderfield

The exhibit will be presented under construction from August 1st until the 28th, with the opening this Saturday acting as a stimulus for informal critiques and open discussions we hope will carry on in the Cafe throughout the month – we’ve gotten a liquor license for the night, and will be running the coffee bar too. See you there!

Merce Cunningham

Posted in art, dance, music by tyler057 on July 29, 2009

I am sure everyone is blogging about this sort of stuff these days.   But I just found out that Merce Cunningham has passed and was sincerely shocked.  Taking people and circumstances for what they might be and embracing chance procedure what Cunningham and his partner John Cage contributed to contemporary arts and culture is so huge.  If you never had a chance to know who he was it might be nice to take a peak around and learn about a tremendously beautiful contributor to what might be/is.

I learned about his passing by a vid here on the nytimes site.  His dance company’s site is here.

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Sunset @ CAFCA

Posted in posts by Tim by Tim on July 28, 2009

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The sunset after that surprise thunderstorm. More proof that we live in a very, very good place.

LOL,

Tim

Unfinished Speculative Architecture Thread #1

Posted in architecture, exhibitions by tyler057 on July 26, 2009

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>>From: Holly

Hello city dreamers,

Firstly thank you all for the huge interest and enthusiasm in this project, I realise it is all a bit vague at the moment and I really appreciate the trust you all have in the project and eachother even before it has all begun, it makes me really excited!
So it all begins on Monday 9:30am at Cafe for Contemporary Art,  It’s really important that you try your best to make it on Monday to meet everyone and get a good break down of the brief followed by questions…. and for coffee. If you can not work full time on the project then this will be a great time to share your schedules with each other and work out some sweet synchronisation.
Monday afternoon will be organised on the spot and primarily for discussion and maybe a field trip to the site. If you can not stay in the afternoon this is fine – and we can give you notes about how you can get to the site.  I do think it may be important for some of you to go alone to the site to experience it in a solitary way, but to go in groups first might be easier and more fun. If you have a laptop/

cameras/drawing equipment/—-/ you may find it very useful to bring them along.

attached is a brief to look over in case you didn’t get an updated copy.

and finally: If you all could please email me an image or a piece of writing or visual work by tomorrow that would be perfect (for an artists bio)…
Thank you all! We’re looking forward to monday in a huge way,
see you all soon,
Holly (more…)

Good Morning Granola

Posted in CCA North Vancouver by hollybeals on July 23, 2009

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Speculative Architecture Series

Posted in exhibitions, Uncategorized by hollybeals on July 23, 2009

ON NOW: The Speculative Architecture Series, features the collaborative production of a cartographic installation of city imaginings. A group of eight artists, architects, urban planners, and film makers are presented with a framework of three words in which to map/to investigate a specific site in South Vancouver – they are: [TITLE], [TERMINAL 1], and [CARTOGRAPHIC].
As part of the exhibition there will be an 11 day production period where the artists will work from within the gallery as a ‘Performative Mapping of the Minds’ – a showcase of the creative process open for public viewing July 20 – July 31.
THE FINAL PRODUCTIONS OF THE TEAM OF ARTISTS + OTHER CITY IMAGININGS WILL OPEN AUGUST 1ST

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Introducing Matthew

Posted in About, Coffee, staff by tyler057 on July 23, 2009

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This is Matthew. He is friendly and new.

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This is Matthew’s first cappuccino.

We love Matthew.

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Acoustic Night, Episode 3

Posted in music, posts by Tim by Tim on July 18, 2009

I’ve been more than a little lackadaisical this week, hence the abominably late nature of this post. Sorry for that!

Anyways, our third Acoustic Night was by all accounts a roaring success! Thank you to all who came out. First up was Very Nice Treehouse, composed of our very own Holly, and her fiancé Scott. They play soft folk-rock and I loved hearing their music. They are very, very talented and you can catch them today at FolkFest! (That’s not true Tim!)I would be there, but I’m working (what a choice! Miss them or miss the opening? I couldn’t decide, so I settled for inaction).

Our second musician was Tony Farese. He plays a bluesy rock, and apologized for “ruining the chill mood” (don’t tell him that he didn’t!). He played some originals and some covers towards the end of his set. His day job includes doing covers, so he took requests at the end.

And I got a new camera! I’m not saying (writing?) that to make you all jealous, but it directly impacts the experience of our readers! You see, it films in HD! And the audio is fairly decent, too. So when you see that button beside our videos now, you’ll know that we’re not just fooling around.

As we have Woodfibre, the awesome 16mm experimental film loop, opening on Friday and on exhibit until Sunday, there will be no music night on Saturday this week. You can see Woodfibre on Friday between 6 and 9, and on Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 5 (same time for both days). I’ve seen bits of it already, it looks super-cool. Stop by and check it out! I’ll be working Friday and Satuday, 2-10 – say you read the blog post and watch me light up with joy!

Videos and tidbits after the jump.

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Acoustic Night Numero Deux! 4 July

Posted in music, posts by Tim by Tim on July 11, 2009

Last Saturday was our second Acoustic Night – we had three performers. First up was Doug Gordon, a new performer full of charisma and smiles. He played mainly covers, and gave us a little preview of what Tony Farese will be playing tonight! Next were The Voltophonix, composed of Brandon and Tak. They play instrumental rock (and do it very well). Besides wowing us with the cool name, the two guitarists brought a laid-back, chill sound to the café. We were glad to have them and hopefully we’ll see them back again.

Last, but certainly not least, was Jeremy Hanlon (his father lent us the PA for our first show). Jeremy plays guitar and has been singing for quite awhile. He’s a student at Creativ Music, over by Park and Tilford. Jeremy has a great voice and character aplenty. He’s a good friend of mine and is, among other things, completely unable to cover a song without changing it. His cover of Britney Spear’s “One More Time” had the audience coincidentally roaring with laughter and tapping their feet. He also played “Kill the Zombies”, a song that has taken the internet by storm and was a fan favourite.

Most unfortunately, my camera’s battery wasn’t up to taking videos, so all I have are pictures. On the brighter side, Brandon and Tak brought along an audio-recorder for the show, so I have most of the show recorded and I’ll post the audio, along with the pictures, as soon as I can.

Speaking of music, don’t forget that we have another show tonight! Playing is Very Nice Treehouse, composed of Holly (our resident Kiwi) and her fiancé Scott, along with Tony Farese. The show runs 7-9, and we’re open till 10. See you there!

LOL,

Tim

PS – my camera’s battery is ready to go for tonight, so there will be video aplenty!

Tasting @ Crema

Posted in Coffee, posts by Tim by Tim on July 4, 2009

Although I’ve been an aspiring coffee geek for about a year and a half now, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend a tasting. I’ve had plenty of straight espressi and a handful of french press/Clover coffees, but I’ve never been able to taste a group of fine coffees consecutively. Last night, at Café Crema in West Vancouver, I had that opportunity.

It was a blind tasting of 12 different single-origin coffees, all roasted by roasters in or around Portland, Oregon. Brent Fortune, owner of a café also called Crema in Portland, brought with him a dufflebag PACKED with coffees to sample. We tasted the coffees in two blind rounds; 5 brewed and one as espresso each round. At the end of each round we compared notes on what we tasted, then listened raptly as the origin, variety, and roaster were revealed.

One of the great things about tasting is that there is no “wrong” answer. Taste descriptors ranged from “blueberry” to “fruit by the foot” to “stumpy”, and even “mud puddle with peppa’ “. I think last night really helped me develop my palate further – that and I gained so much respect for the roasters who have the strength of tastebud to cup 50 or even 100 coffees in a single day.

However, the best part of the night for me was meeting other coffee geeks and getting to chat with them. Brent, besides owning a café, also trains judges for the WBC. Other faces included Troy (Elysian and a premier café in Edmonton), the owner of the new Momento Coffeehouse (website here) in Downtown Vancouver, the man behind the scenes at Elysian, and many more. Sorry to all the others and the last two – I’m horrible with names. There was so much knowledge concentrated in that space and being able to access it was very special.

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