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SoundON Brings British Columbians Together to Show Resilience and Celebrate the Power of Live Music

SoundON is a province-wide campaign and resilience fund to help bring British Columbia’s music community back together and provide desperately needed support to those connected to the sector – artists, presenters, production staff and venues. The first project of its kind in Canada, it is the ultimate in community and collaboration as it brings together industry members from across the province with one common goal – to bring the province’s vibrant music industry back to life.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the once effervescent music industry in BC,” says Lindsay MacPherson, Executive Director at Music BC. “It is a pain that has been felt by so many, especially those working in arts and culture. A group of leaders from across the industry have come together to collaborate on a way to bring back life to the sector. We have everyone from city officials, promoters, presenters, venues, production, and artists working on the project. Our aim is to be highly collaborative, in an unprecedented way, to bring our beloved industry back.”

The music industry in BC was among the first sectors to be closed due to COVID and will be among the last to reopen, a scenario that is predicted to create devastating consequences for the industry. Without immediate action, more than 90% of Canadian independent music venues are anticipated to permanently close within the next six months.

Tonye Aganaba by Lindsey Blane Creative

SoundON will fund and stream uniquely curated content through the lens of festivals and presenters. With the help of public funding, corporate sponsors, and individual donors, SoundON aims to put economic flow back into the industry. This will allow people to return to work as soon as possible – while sparking hope for those affected by the pandemic. The website also provides music lovers worldwide a whole new way to discover music in BC. Amazing shows from across our province will be featured, all on one free website.

SoundON is produced by a volunteer collective from the music sector, who are passionate about making a difference. It is a fluid, multifaceted project that will be rolled out in several stages. The first stages, announcing today, invite presenters from across BC to apply to curate shows that will be streamed on SoundON.ca beginning July.

An anticipated 100 shows will be produced to showcase the incredible diversity of British Columbia’s music community. While shows will be free to watch on SoundON.ca, donations will be encouraged to help fund the project through its ongoing phases.

“This is a tale of resiliency and one we’re excited to share with British Columbia,” says Eduardo Ottoni, Producer of SoundON. “Music and gathering are at the heart of every vibrant culture, and something that gives joy to so many people. The pandemic has not only had a devastating economic impact, but an emotional one. Our aim is to be a beacon of resilience during the pandemic and beyond.”

SoundOn is presented in part with initial funding from Creative BC, the Province of British Columbia, several corporate sponsors, and private funders.

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British Columbia 2020 JUNO Award Winners

Yesterday evening, the 2020 JUNO Awards took place in a new form, through an hour-and-a-half-long pre-recorded special, delivering a night of celebration for Canada’s music industry and fans, featuring performances from Alessia Cara, iskwē, Neon Dreams, and The Dead South.

See the list of British Columbia talent that were awarded this year below.

 

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Ben Kaplan
“Brittle Bones Nicky” BRITTLE BONES NICKY – Rare Americans Independent
“It’s Alright” (co-producer Ryan Guldemond) DANCE AND CRY – Mother Mother Universal

 

 

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
“Dividido (feat. Silvana Estrada)” SUBLIME – Alex Cuba Caracol*Fontana North

 

 

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Love Me
Felix Cartal & Lights
Physical Presents*Fontana North

 

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR 
Shine A Light
Bryan Adams
Universal

 

 

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER
Angela Schwarzkopf
Redshift
Detach Record Label

View the full list of B.C. nominees.

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Thunderbird Entertainment wins prestigious Peabody award for ‘Molly of Denali’ series

Thunderbird Entertainment Group announced that their animated series ‘Molly of Denali’ was a Peabody award winner this year in the children’s and youth category. Molly of Denali follows the resourceful Molly Mabray, who has cultural heritage from three Athabascan groups: the Gwich’in, Koyukon and Dena’ina, as she helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in interior Alaska. She and her friends explore the epic surroundings and rich Native culture that is home. The series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop informational text skills through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. The series is co-produced by WGBH Boston and the company’s kids and family division Atomic Cartoons, for PBS KIDS and CBC Kids.

 

Molly of Denali 

 

Often compared to the Pulitzer Prize for literature, Peabody Award winners represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media. Sixty nominees were announced earlier this year from approximately 1,300 entries across news, entertainment, documentary, children’s, public service, and web/interactive programming. From those 60 nominees, Molly of Denali is one of just 30 productions chosen to receive a prestigious Peabody award.

Since its 2019 premiere, Molly of Denali has been widely recognized as the first nationally distributed children’s series in the United States to feature an Indigenous lead character. More than 60 Alaska Native actors, writers, advisors, producers and musicians are involved across the production, which is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop informational text skills through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities.

 

 

In Canada, Molly of Denali airs Wednesday and Saturday mornings on CBC and is also available on the free CBC Gem streaming service.

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British Columbia Magazines nominated for the 43rd Annual National Magazine Awards

For the first time since its debut in 1977, the National Magazine Awards will be held as a virtual broadcast through our digital channels. Creators, storytellers, editors, publishers, and all magazine stakeholders from coast to coast to coast are invited to join the live, interactive Winners Celebration on Facebook, which will be hosted by award-winning writer, editor, content strategist and journalism instructor, Sandra Martin.

The four Best Magazine Awards honour the magazines that most consistently engage, surprise and serve the needs of their readers. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in magazine publishing over the past year. The jury shall evaluate each magazine according to four general criteria quality, currency, design, and reader experience.


Best Magazine: Service + Lifestyle

Explore Magazine

 

Writing & Visual Awards

Columns

From “Two Dads: A Father’s Day Story”

Culture, The Tyee
WRITER: Dorothy Woodend
HANDLING EDITORS: Robyn Smith, Paul Willcocks

Service Journalism

Vancouver Magazine, 2019

The Ultimate Vancouver Wine Buying Guide, Vancouver Magazine
CREATORS: Neal McLennan, Cathy Mullaly
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Anicka Quin

One of a Kind Storytelling 
Found Objects, The Malahat Review
CREATOR, Rowan McCandless
HANDLING EDITOR, Iain Higgins

Personal Journalism 

Chimera, Room Magazine
WRITER: Emily Urquhart
HANDLING EDITOR: Arielle Spence

Essays 

Chimera, Room Magazine
WRITER: Emily Urquhart
HANDLING EDITOR: Arielle Spence

Poetry

The Way / Study of a Torso, Event Magazine
Writer: Cassidy McFadzean
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

Cold Dying Black Wet Cold Early Thing, The Malahat Review
Writer: John Elizabeth Stintzi
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

Marriage Poems, Geist Magazine
WRITER: Matsuki Masutani
HANDLING EDITOR: AnnMarie MacKinnon

Fiction 

Right to Grapple, The Malahat Review
WRITER: Liz Harmer
HANDLING EDITOR: Iain Higgins

The Dahlia, subTerrain
WRITER: Adam Elliott Segal
HANDLING EDITOR: Brian Kaufman

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From Ground Zero, Illustration by Brandon Blommaert

Ground Zero, Geist Magazine
WRITER: Barbara Black
HANDLING EDITOR: MichaĄ KozĄowski

The Last Snow Globe Repairman in the World, PRISM international
WRITER: Hsien Chong Tan
HANDLING EDITORS: Emma Cleary, Jasmine Sealy

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Whister Film Festival Announces Finalists for Producers Lab

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has selected six Canadian producers, with five hailing from British Columbia, to participate in its seven-month, multi-phased Producers Lab. Designed to prepare Canadian producers to develop, pitch, market, and sell their creative content, the Lab is focused on strengthening original scripted feature projects.

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The six producers and projects selected for the 2020 WFF Producers Lab are:

Alex Duong (BC) with BREAKING BREAD
Sibel Guvenc (ON) with LOYA
Camille Hollett-French (BC) with MAN IN PIECES
Kate Kroll (BC) with RED WINGS
Todd McCauley (BC) with THE MEDICINE LINE
Krista Rand (BC) with RE:UNITING

Phase I will take place online throughout June and will be followed by a five-month mentorship program. Participants who complete Phase I will be invited to participate in Phase II, a business immersion experience leading up to and during the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit from December 2 to 6, 2020.

WFF Producers Lab faculty consists of accomplished experts with extensive production experience and comprehensive knowledge of the entertainment industry. The returning program facilitator is John Galway (ON), President, Harold Greenberg Fund. The Producers Lab faculty includes Producers Lab alumna Lauren Grant (ON), Producer, Clique Pictures (RIOT GIRLS); Jason James (BC), Producer/Director, Resonance Films Inc. (ENTANGLEMENT); and Damon D’Oliveira (ON), Producer/Founder, Conquering Lion Pictures Inc. (BOOK OF NEGROES).

The WFF Producers Lab is presented by Netflix in association with Telefilm Canada, and sponsored by Creative BC and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

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Interactive + Digital Media companies currently hiring in British Columbia

Below is a list of the British Columbia companies in the Interactive and Digital Media industry currently hiring positions.

This list is courtesy of DigiBC.

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The B.C. Film Industry Adapts to Support Each Other

British Columbians take a collaborative approach and bring heart to every production. Together, the provincial ecosystem of film and television resources is devoted to providing a premier centre for screen production with an unmatchable sense of community. Productions, suppliers, vendors and companies throughout the province are finding creative ways to go above-and-beyond in giving back to the communities in which they film, adapting to support each other and its neighbouring industries during this time. We look at a few local industry companies that have acclimatized to accommodate the health industry.

Vancouver film industry supplier offering battery power for hospital equipment
Portable Electric

Portable Electric, well-known for manufacturing, selling and renting its battery-powered, no noise, no emission generators used on film and television productions has worked to pivot to health services to assist with non-traditional areas that can accommodate health services. Their signature VOLTstack generator unit is powering temporary triage centres, mobile clinics and drive-through testing. Read more in the original article by Business in Vancouver.


Vancouver Mobile Dressing Rooms

Vancouver Mobile Dressing Rooms, a leader in the mobile entertainment company yielding the largest fleet of trucks and trailers in Vancouver set up one of their new eco-friendly cast trailers to support the B.C. Governments Mobile Medical Unit positioned at the Abbotsford Hospital. Their unit will be used as a place for Correctional Officers to shower, and isolate while on and off active duty. Vancouver Mobile Dressing Room continues to collaborate and work with the community to provide safe mobile areas to prevent outbreaks and support those seeking isolation.

 


ABC “The Good Doctor”

The popular ABC series filmed here in B.C. and produced by Brightlight Pictures, “The Good Doctor”, was among the medical productions in North American to contribute by donating masks, gowns and gloves to medical workers and hospitals in need. Brightlight Pictures worked directly with the provincial government to ensure that medical supplies from the series were being distributed where needed and abided by national safety standards.

Have good news to share from B.C.’s motion picture industry? Send us your stories!

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Motion Picture Industry’s PPE Drive Delivers

Location Managers, MPPIA, DGC BC and IATSE 891 Support Province’s Call for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

B.C.’s motion picture industry is staying home and staying safe in observance of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in B.C.

However, their coordination, resourcefulness and community-mindedness are being redirected in support of pandemic relief and provincial collaboration. To serve government authorities’ need for more PPE to keep B.C.’s frontline healthcare workers safe, many companies, productions and individuals in the province’s film industry are rallying to round up materials and donations, ensuring they serve the COVID-19 Supply Hub directly and efficiently.

Coordinated by Location Managers Ken Brooker and Mary Jo Beirnes (who works on The Magicians), along with their teams with support from the DGC BC, IATSE 891, MPPIA, Whites LES, and Creative BC.

Results of the drive include over $57,000 worth of PPE donations, all of which were identified by local film industry productions, suppliers, and individuals for diversion in support of the provincial effort.

The Province of BC indicates that priority products for support of the COVID-19 response are medical in nature. View them on the COVID-19 Supply Hub.

Here’s the list of priority products that B.C.’s film industry delivered in support of the Province’s COVID-19 response:

23,790 nitrile gloves  |  6,635  shoe-covers  |  2,515 N95 masks  |  1,903 isolation gowns  |  890 dust masks  |  700 surgical masks  |  612 full-body paint suits  |  407 safety-glasses/goggles  |  51 half-mask respirators  |  40 Surgical caps  | 36 Litres Hand-Sanitizer   |  25 Surgical drapes  |  12 full face-shields

If you can donate or supply products from the list below you are invited to submit an offer through the Province’s webform.

Hollywood is watching its friends in British Columbia as both Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter covered the story.

BC Literary Festival Calendar: 2019/20

 

A Literary Adventure

As summer in B.C. begins to cool and fade into fall there is yet another festival season approaching. Literary festivals! That’s right. Grab your pumpkin spice lattes’, throw on your chunky knit sweaters and head out to one of these incredible festivals hilighting all things, book, poetry, writing and more.

LiterAsian: September 27-28 | Vancouver

Victoria Festival of Authors: October 2-6| Victoria

Cascadia Poetry Festival:  October 4-5 | Cumberland

VCON 43: October 11-13 | Vancouver

Whistler Writers Festival: October 17-20 | Whistler

The Vancouver Writers Fest: October 21-27 | Vancouver

Surrey International Writers’ Conference: October  25-27 | Surrey

Growing Room: March 11-15| Vancouver

The Creative Ink Festival for Writers and Readers: May 15-17  | Burnaby

 

 

 

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B.C.’s Motion Picture Industry Remains Steady with $3.2B Contribution to Economy

Creative BC is pleased to report that 384 productions which qualified for labour-based tax credit certifications during the 2018/19 fiscal year have contributed $3.2 billion to B.C.’s economy.

 

British Columbia is world-renowned as a versatile and dependable hub for motion picture production. As a global competitor in visual effects (VFX) and animation, the motion picture industry is estimated to support full time equivalent positions totalling over 71,000 in B.C. [1]

These figures show that production activity levels are holding steady as indicated by the annual total budgeted production spend, which is slightly lower by 6% year-over-year. While the total number of productions certified by Creative BC this year is down by 68 productions year-over-year, the number of productions certified is dependent on certification submissions and timing.

With these production expenditures, direct industry jobs and labour income accounted for approximately $1.67 billion spent in British Columbia. B.C.-based creators accounted for 154 productions, with non-B.C. and foreign companies bringing 230 productions to the province.

A breakdown by program of the 384 tax credit certifications approved by Creative BC during fiscal year 2018/19 includes:

  • 154 tax credit certifications were issued under the Film Incentive BC Tax Credit Program (FIBC) for Canadian owned and controlled productions, with estimated budgeted expenditures in B.C. of $391M;
  • 230 tax credit certifications were issued under the Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) program for international productions, with estimated budgeted expenditures in B.C. of $2.8B;
  • The Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post-Production Tax Credit (DAVE), was leveraged by 152 of the total 154 FIBC claims and 218 of 230 of the PSTC claims respectively;
  • 139 productions of the 384 total tax credit certifications, or 36%, leveraged regional tax credits (outside the designated Vancouver area);
  • 61 of the 384 total tax credit certifications, or 16%, leveraged distant location regional tax credits (beyond the regional tax credit zone);
  • 7 FIBC projects accessed the newly established Scriptwriting Tax Credit.

A breakdown by format of the 384 tax credit certifications is below:

  • Feature Films: 95
  • Mini-series: 4
  • Movies of the Week: 84
  • TV Programs: 20
  • TV Series: 148
  • Web-based/other: 13
  • TV pilots: 20

For more information and detailed expenditures by production type, please visit: https://www.creativebc.com/motion-picture-industry-statistics


Highlights from B.C.’s motion picture industry during fiscal year 2018/19 include:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Over 80% of the Academy Award-winning animated film was created by animation artists and visual effects teams in the Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Vancouver studios.
  • Ironwood & Fraserwood Studios – In April 2018, Whites Studios announced renovations and expansion for two distinct studios: Ironwood and Fraserwood Studios. Ironwood has 177,000 total square footage, including seven sound stages and office facilities and Fraserwood contains 119,000 total square footage, with four sound stages and a mill shop and paint shop.
  • A Million Little Things – ABC Studios’ A Million Little Things spent over $27M in B.C. in its first season and engaged more than 779 local businesses from 32 communities across the province. The show also used the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) to stand in for the Boston Garden.[2]
  • Last Kids On Earth – This year, Vancouver-based animation studio Atomic Cartoons signed a worldwide licensing deal for their upcoming Netflix series ‘The Last Kids on Earth”, currently in production.  The studio has also worked on Hilda, the British-Canadian co-production with Netflix, based on Luke Pearson’s graphic novel.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe – Much of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has a Vancouver stamp on it with visual effects and post-production companies Industrial Light and Magic, Double Negative (DNEG), Method Studios and Cinesite working on Captain Marvel and Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Game of Thrones – Many British Columbians may have caught the Province’s screen credits at the end of episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones. That is due to the creation of the dragons that were visualized by B.C. studio Image Engine. This high-end creative work is supported by the Canadian Film and Video Production Services Tax Credit and the Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit.
  • Unspeakable – The CBC drama examines the tragic circumstances in which contaminated blood and blood products infected thousands of Canadian patients with HIV. Unspeakable was created and written by BC-producer Robert Cooper and filmed on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
  • Riverdale – Over three seasons, the Warner Bros. Television show Riverdale spent over $103M in BC, creating 1,785 jobs in the province. In season three alone, the show has spent $43M in B.C.[3]

 

[1] CMPA Profile 2018 estimates of direct and spin-off FTES, Exhibit 2-3

[3] MPA Canada: Economic Impacts of Riverdale, 2019