True Friendship

During the month that I graduated from high school, a friend of mine at the girls school I had attended wrote a letter to me.  In it she shared a poem she had written based on what she had learned from our friendship.  Recently I found it tucked away in a box of letters and [...]

An Ode to Beautiful Films

The history of mankind is replete with moments of despair, agony, anger, happiness, pure joy and beauty.  We live in a complex world and life is precious.  At its best, the work of the film industry looks at all of these human conditions. In a montage of 135 favourite film clips, as suggested by Flavorwire [...]

Family Fuse Weekend: Paris Comes to Vancouver

If you and your children are keen on art and creative activities, there will be a prime opportunity this weekend, June  16 & 17, 2012 to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery and take part in their Family Fuse event. On June 14 and 15th, 2012 there will be a giveaway notice on the BCFamily.ca Facebook [...]

A Better World: Playing For Change for Children

If you haven’t already heard about their work, Playing for Change is a “multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”.  The Playing for Change Foundation also builds music and art schools for children and their communities around the world.  Playing for Change projects have been featured in the film [...]

New Year Affirmations

It is the new year and you might be thinking about charting a new course for yourself this year. Perhaps you want to sweep away the old, and bring in the new.  Could you use a fresh perspective about yourself? Recently we published an interview with a singer/songwriter who has released a new song called [...]

Family FUSE Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery

The weather is kind of “eh….” and the Christmas season hasn’t quite kicked into high gear yet.  It’s the perfect weekend to find a fun indoor activity for your family.  If your children are interested in artistic and creative opportunities, you will want to hop on the bus, SkyTrain or Sea Bus and head on [...]

We  Are Works of Art

Singer/Song Writer Haikaa Yamamoto recently released a video related to her song Work of Art.  The song represents a multilingual, international collaboration between the singer/song writer and lyricist/collaborators around the world.  We asked Haikaa and Effie Kontaxaki, one of the lyricist collaborators, to share their stories about their experience working on the song. Haikaa Yamamoto, [...]

A Better World:  Women Are Heroes

In peace time women are discriminated against.  In war time they are targets.  (JR, Photographer) JR is a French “guerrilla artist” who takes art to people who would not normally be exposed to art.   He works under the radar, without approval from local authorities, and exhibits his work in unexpected public places such as on [...]

Keeping the dream alive

Myth is the public dream, and dream is the private myth. Joseph Campbell During the Olympics we wrote about the Public Dreams Society in relation to Lunar Fest 2010. As you will see in the following video, the Public Dreams Society has been creating opportunities to experience magical events in the Lower Mainland for the [...]

You Are What You Love

LIZ PHILLIPS “This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.” Reiner Maria Rilke In 2008, my apartment in Montreal burned down with everything I have ever owned in it. When people heard the news, many gasped, “your paintings!” I was taken aback [...]

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