Check out today’s creative prompt. It can help inspire your next piece of art, writing, music, and more. Try creating a small work every day with our prompts to keep the creative juices flowing! Please be sure to share your creations (or links to where we can find/see them) in […]

Your Daily Muse (Creative Prompt): Swing Carousel

Check out today’s creative prompt. It can help inspire your next piece of art, writing, music, and more. Try creating a small work every day with our prompts to keep the creative juices flowing! Please be sure to share your creations (or links to where we can find/see them) in the […]

Your Daily Muse (Creative Prompt): Downtown Vancouver

Take a look at Old Man Canyon‘s super-adorable video for Wiser, which followers a young adventurer on a journey through the streets of Vancouver. Website: Facebook: Twitter:

New Canadian Music Monday: Wiser by Old Man Canyon [includes ...

Check out Vancouver’s Lakefield with Good Guy, the first single off of their new album Swan Songs. You can download a free copy of Good Guy by clicking here. Website: Youtube: Soundcloud: Twitter: Facebook: * Photo by  Joshua Seinen.

New Canadian Music Monday: Good Guy by Lakefield [includes video]

The immensely popular Angry Birds will now be a full-length feature-film with Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver being “the primary animation house.” “It was very important for Rovio [Angry Birds’ creator] to find the perfect partner — in style, talent and location — to bring the Angry Birds movie to life, and Sony […]

Angry Birds Movie Will Be Made In Vancouver

“Get ready for late nights! Great books abound among this year’s GG finalists and you won’t be able to put them down. Further proof of the prolific and potent Canadian literary scene.” – Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council for the […]

Canada Council for the Arts Announces Finalists for the 2013 ...

Artistic Fusion is a Canada Arts Connect Magazine original column that looks at Canadian arts companies who are blending genres, styles and media in their work and exploring what is unleashed when those artistic boundaries are broken. In this installment, we talked to actor, writer, and painter Bruce Horak, who […]

Artistic Fusion: Bruce Horak and Assassinating Thomson

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

Welcome to A Focus On Production! In my monthly column, I’ll focus on the production aspects of the film and television industries, examining how things happen from an insider’s perspective and giving advice on how aspiring professionals can grow their careers. For this month’s column, I recently sat in on […]

Creating Demand by Being a Professional: Some important tips from ...

Welcome to Monthly Maker! This is a column celebrating independent Canadian artists and their work. Each month I will introduce a new Monthly Maker (MM) who will share their skills, advice, goals and quirks with readers. Also, as a special treat, each MM will offer either a tutorial or deal […]

Monthly Maker: Thrifty By Design & A Giveaway!

Earlier this week, I decided to organize a charity clothing swap with my friends to benefit women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, said to be Canada’s poorest postal code. Such extreme poverty is rarely seen here in the Great White North and we chose the DTES Women’s Center because knowing the […]

Empowering Women: Organizing a Charity Clothing Swap

Hoopla: the Art of Unexpected Embroidery, by Vancouver-based artist Leanne Prain, introduces readers to an alternative world of embroidery. A world where embroidery is not just limited to dated pieces found in your grandma’s living room, instead it features an array of artists and artworks ranging from Ray Materson, an […]

Hoopla: the Art of Unexpected Embroidery: Review

…Spins & Needles, where have you been all my (adult) life?! Aimed at the nightclub demographic, Spins & Needles is mobile art party that produces events that are a mash-up between a bar scene, dance club and art show. Over the past 6 years, Spins & Needles mobile art parties […]

Spins & Needles brings its famous mobile art party to ...

Oh, Vancouver. Home of Hollywood North, amazing sushi, and hockey fever run riot (literally). The Lions Gate Bridge. Pumas and trench coats. $800,000 half-duplexes. And the birthplace of Lululemon, which has apparently damned us to the rank of third worst-dressed city in the world. MSN Travel has taken on the […]

Advice to the Third Worst Dressed City in the World

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)

A whimsical yellow wave cascades over half a block on Robson St., it’s faux grass sprouting crisp white umbrellas. This playful public installation is PICNURBIA, an urban picnic and hang out oasis. Flanked by the stoic VAG on one side and Arthur Erickson’s courthouse on the other, with the simple […]

PICNURBIA: Ride the Yellow Wave in the City

Inspired by the work of Lacey Jane Roberts, (an artist who connected queer theory and craft very eloquently: listen here) a group of Vancouver-based artists called Textile Group want to spread the word about craft. Textile Group wants the world to know the stigma about crafts being a ‘lesser’ type of an art-form is […]

Vancouver Shows Some PDA with the Craft Pride Procession