café for contemporary art


Posted in Uncategorized by tyler057 on November 11, 2010

café for contemporary art proudly presents:

Tips Blues

A Film Project by Mark O’Krafka
November 6 – 28, with a Live Concert/Reception on Friday, November 12 at 7pm
@Café for Contemporary Art, 140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver (map)

After 3 years of filming, young filmmaker Mark O’Krafka exhibits an intimate portrait of Mount Currie musician and storyteller Tip-Ta.

Originally from Ontario Mark O’Krafka had the childhood dream of moving out the backcountry of British Columbia and living off the land.  Now, having lived up and down the West Coast for the past eight years, Mark, currently attends the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television Program, where he pursues his interest in people and the intersection of humanity and the natural environment. For this exhibition at the café for contemporary art he presents the first installment of an ongoing film project portraying the life, stories and music of Mt. Currie bluesman, Tip-Ta.

In Tips Blues we get our first introduction to this modern-day minstrel who fulfills Mark’s boyhood dream: to move into the backcountry and live off of the land.  Along the way we learn about far more than just the forest and trees, but through Tips’ quasi-monastic quest to inspire a betterment of inter-human and man-nature relationships, he teaches us about the mechanics of a culture’s melding with its ever-changing surroundings and struggle to persevere in the face of immense loss and adversity.

Tips or Tip-Ta is a seventy one year old elder of the Lil’wat First Nation, who after a long stint of city living decided to return to the land, and began living on a property just outside of the Mt. Currie Reserve; a property he inherited from his grandfather.  One of the few remaining people in the world who speaks the Lower Lil’wat sub-dialect of the predominant language of the Interior Salish Peoples, St’at’imc, Tips often travels between the reserve and the communities of Pemberton and Whistler performing his unique form of blues.

A work-in-progress, this exhibition begins on November 6th with the installation of part one of the film where we are introduced to Tips and his world.  This will be on loop in the gallery until the following Friday when at 7pm, the public will be invited to enjoy Tips’ Blues as he makes a rare journey to the city to play a concert for the people of North Vancouver.  From the following day the footage recorded at the live show and accompanying reception will be integrated into the film and this extended version will play for the duration of the exhibition. Come join us for what will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Live Concert By Tip-Ta
November 12, 7pm
Entrance by donation.

The exhibition runs from November 6 – 28th
@Café for Contemporary Art (CAFCA)
Weekdays: 7am-7pm
Weekends: 8am-7pm

For More Information Contact:

Tyler Russell,