Interviews



The idea of the ‘starving artist’ has existed for too long.  It’s time we do our part to ensure no artist is starving. [CANVAS Indiegogo] The creative life isn’t always an affluent one but more often than it should be, the creative life is one of financial struggles. CANVAS is a […]

CANVAS Artist Relief Campaign: Interview with Kristian Clarke on the ...




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Do business and art mix? They certainly do when Nichole Anderson and Business for the Arts are involved. Connecting the arts and business communities in Canada since 1974, BftA creates “strong relationships between business and the arts in order to strengthen our cultural institutions, support our artists and improve quality […]

Where Business Meets the Arts: Interview with Nichole Anderson, President ...


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Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth (Jun. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015) at The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents “a unique look at contemporary, conceptual, and Native art through the lens of Indigenous youth.” Curated by Pam Brown, of MOA, with Curatorial Assistant Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Claiming Space exhibits the work of […]

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth: Interview with UBC’s ...


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Rachael Speirs inhabits a fantastical world adrift with anthropomorphic animals, French Canadian sea captains and long-limbed women in Victorian mourning garb. The 30-year old Toronto-based artist creates massive fabric collages out of hundreds of scraps of felt, thread and ink, painstakingly cut out, then stitched together to create works of […]

Massive Fabric Collages and Fairy Tales: An Interview with Toronto-based ...



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Taxes can be daunting for anyone and when you’re an artist or creative professional, things can seem even more complicated and confusing. I asked the team at Artbooks to give us their expertise as tax specialists that specifically work with artists and creative professionals. Artbooks was “launched over 20 years […]

What Canadian Artists Need to Know About Taxes: An Interview ...


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For the past 5 years, Jason Saulay has been working with the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) to build their profile through member-oriented programs. Recently, he has been promoting their health insurance solution (offered through a not-for-profit model) to self-employed people in the arts through the Arts & Entertainment Plan® and the Writers’ […]

What You Need to Know About Health Insurance for Artists: ...


With over 15 years experience representing authors in Canada and abroad for both volume publication and film/TV deals, Samantha Haywood successfully navigates the sometimes choppy waters of the Canadian literary industry as an agent with Transatlantic Agency. In this interview, she gives us a look at her thoughts on her […]

Success in the Book Business (and Loving the Job!): An ...



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An experienced Canadian music manager, Jason Burns is the president of Burnt Tree Entertainment and two-time winner of the Manager of the Year award from Music Nova Scotia. As the co-manager of Hey Rosetta! as well as the full manager of Rich Aucoin and Old Man Luedecke, Jason is familiar with the ins & outs […]

What You Need to Know About Getting (or Being) a ...


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Barry Webster’s short story collection, The Sound of All Flesh, (Porcupine’s Quill) won the ReLit Award for 2005, and this past fall, his novel, The Lava in My Bones (Arsenal Pulp Press) was released. It’s exciting, poetic, funny, sexy and full of surprises. All the elements of a stellar book. What’s […]

Nature, Magic Realism & Monty Python: An Interview with Barry ...


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Happy Holidays! Thanks to all you lovely CAC readers who have read, commented and participated in giveaways this year! The makers and I appreciate your support for independent artists. To end off the first year of the Monthly Maker column, we checked in with some of our past featured makers to see […]

Monthly Maker 2012 Holiday Wrap-Up!



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Maria Roth of Hold Handmade creates pieces that echo her nomadic sustainable lifestyle. Hold Handmade features organic cozy felt pieces that are individually handmade by Maria herself. The tactile pieces are practical artworks, perfect for any home… and bonus(!) if you have an excitable little one at home, they are […]

Hold Handmade’s Modern Feltworks + A Giveaway!


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Lisa Cinar’s passion for drawing and belief that creativity is an essential part of both child and adulthood has brilliantly created a lifestyle that embodies her youthful spirit. Lisa, an accomplished author and teacher runs Draw Me A Lion ,which offers fun illustrations for any age! Not only does Draw […]

Draw Me A Lion’s Whimsical Illustrations & Special Offer!


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Originally from New Zealand, Monique of Little Lamp now lives and creates her adorable wearable sculptures in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood. Little Lamp sculptures are a perfect combination of silliness and artistic talent; I forgot to ask Monique about her eyesight but it must be extremely sharp to create such detailed […]

Little Lamp’s Wearable Sculptures and a Giveaway!



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As born and bred BC girl, I feel most alive when I am knee deep in the thick of nature. Lush forest trees, ocean water and powder snow are high on my list of favorite things, and fellow nature-enthusiast Sarah Jane, creator of Ugly Bunny, uses her design talents to […]

Ugly Bunny: Nature-Inspired Accessories & Special Offer!


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Shannon Donegan, owner of Bodylove Naturals, is the ideal person to be offering a line of all natural, vegan bath and body products. Not only is she a practicing vegan with lots of experience using varieties of all-natural beauty products, Shannon is also studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist at […]

April Monthly Maker: Bodylove Naturals, vegan body/bath products


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I am excited to feature our March Monthly Maker, Patrick Cruickshank, the artist behind Cruickshank Creative. Cruickshank Creative offers a variety of handcrafted concrete and plaster goods, including my favorite pieces, the concrete plant pots (pictured below). Patrick’s collection features rustic and textured styles that echo nature at its finest. […]

Monthly Maker: Cruickshank Creative, maker of concrete & plaster creations



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This week, we’re continuing our series on finding inspiration and increasing our creativity. After discussing some practical tips in Part 1, we interviewed Vancouver-based yoga instructor Megan Johnson about connecting with our artistic ‘flow’. What is the general consensus on yoga improving creativity? Is it a usual byproduct of a […]

Finding Inspiration: Part 2 – Yoga


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While searching for environmentally friendly accessories for myself online, I discovered Vancouver-based Pinto Bags. The business reuses what companies consider ‘waste’ and transforms them into unique bags and wallets. Ashley Jestin, (pictured below) the creator of Pinto Bags was kind enough to share her passion (and a special offer for CAC readers!) […]

February Monthly Maker: Pinto Bags


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There is an abundance of female sellers and female-friendly products in the craft industry so I wanted to write an article representing men that make various crafts. However I couldn’t find a wide enough variety of male crafters locally, not to say that they don’t exist, they are just hard […]

How To Attract Men (To Buy Your Craft Goods)