Brian Kaufman from Anvil Press

Founder and Publisher, Brian Kaufman worked for years in the Vancouver art scene as a playwright, editor, and publisher. He founded the internationally known literary magazine subTerrain, as well as Anvil Press. Now in their twenty-sixth year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature and has become known for its quality books and unconventional literary work. Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.

This dynamic hard working committed team have survived bad plumbing, rent hikes, eviction, bankrupt distributors, and numerous pronouncements on the “death of the book.”

Not to be the case as demonstrated with numerus awards and acclamations. Anvil Press recently received The City of Vancouver Book Award for Carleigh Baker’s debut collection of short stories. They have also just released a fabulous anthology with Vancouver’s current poet Laureate, Rachel Rose. It’s called Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food and brings to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers — Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Mark Winston, Susan Musgrave, Lorna Crozier, Ayelet Tsabari, Adèle Barclay and many others — celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene. The book is fully illustrated with beautiful local food photographs, and includes interviews with and recipes from some of our top local chefs — Frank Pabst (Blue Water Café), Thomas Haas (artisan chocolatier), Meeru Dhalwalla (Vij’s and Rangoli) — each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food.

A great thing about this recent project is that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time supporting B.C. farmers, fishers, beekeepers and gardeners. It’s early days, but there has been an enthusiastic reception to this book thus far.

Anvil Press is certainly making waves with another recent story collection, Bad Endings by Carleigh Baker, which is currently a Finalist for the $50K Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

In addition, two books from last year (2016)– Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West and Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction by Peter Babiak were finalists for the Montaigne Medal, which is part of the Eric Hoffer Awards, and is an additional distinction awarded to the most thought-provoking books.

Baffled Octopi Records

Baffled Octopi Records, is a record label which creates and promotes local music artists in the electronic, dark folk, drone, and spoken word genres. Mark Anthony Brennan, owner of Baffled Octopi Records, is proud to promote this genre in BC and has signed 6 artists to the label thus far.

Baffled Octopi Records, released 4 albums under the band name The Purveyors of Free Will. The Purveyors of Free Will started in 2014 with the single “The Folded World.” Their album releases include: The Folded World, Frozen in an Ice Age of Regret, bringer to Here, and most recently, BLOOD like INK. Unbidden…

Be sure to check out some recent videos released by Baffled Octopi Records:

You can also follow them on Facebook.

 

Nice Marmot PR

Nice Marmot PR, founded by Mavis Harris, is a Canadian based music publicity company located in Nelson, British Columbia. Harris has worked on over 500 albums for artists including tour promotion, press release distribution and album launches. She has lead promotional campaigns for artists including Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Drake, PJ Harvey, Dragonette, Joel Plaskett, M.I.A., The Hives and many more. Currently, Nice Marmot PR is working with local artist such as Jessika, Marianas Trench and Little Destroyer.

Mavis Harris was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Music Publicist of the Year at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards and has been nominated for 2017 as well.

To discover local and Canadian artists as well as latest projects, be sure to follow Nice Marmot PR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/NiceMarmotPR/

https://twitter.com/NiceMarmotPR

https://www.instagram.com/nicemarmotpr/

Cellar Live

Cellar Live is a Canadian record label based out of Burnaby, BC.

Cory Weeds, Founder of Cellar Live, released his very first recording in 2001. The label prides itself on the majority of their recordings being of live performances, featuring some of Vancouver’s finest jazz players. Cellar Live has released over 120 recordings with artists such as Oliver Gannon, Brad Turner, Jesse Cahill, David “Fathead” Newman, Peter Bernstein and Lewis Nash.

The recording label has earned three Juno nominations and one Juno win for Metalwood’s “Twenty.” In 2017, Cellar Live was honored with the Canadian National Jazz Award for label of the year and best album. “There are many BC professionals that make our stuff so great as well as all the musicians,” says Weeds, “engineers including Tony Chamberlist, Dave Sikula, and Chris Gestrin really shape Cellar Live and its sound.”

Weeds plays and tours internationally as a saxophonist and has recorded twelve albums. Recent projects include “Let’s Groove – The Music of Earth Wind & Fire” which was released at the end of November. Weeds is also recording his “Little Big Band” which toured to three locations around the Lower Mainland in November.

Cellar Live has a number of upcoming releases from local jazz artists for 2018 which can be viewed here.

Video links:

https://youtu.be/J3a9hRcPyf8

https://youtu.be/9zSgeHV7IIg

https://youtu.be/Vcr4XAC0_78

https://youtu.be/QnocStQ6SYM

 

BLACKBIRD INTERACTIVE

Blackbird Interactive Inc. (BBI) is an independent game development studio dedicated to creating uncompromising, immersive games with a strong narrative and distinctive art style. They were founded in 2007 by a team of former employees from Relic Entertainment and Electronic Arts. In true start-up fashion the company started out in the garage (also known as Studio 0) of CEO Rob Cunningham. In 2010, after outgrowing the garage, BBI moved to its current location (Studio 1), a 9,000-square foot space at 577 Great Northern Way.

In 2016, they released their first game, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. The critical success of Deserts of Kharak springboarded BBI to a global stage landing several new projects with major publishers. These projects are still unannounced, but stay tuned as the team is extremely excited with the opportunities for growth that they will provide the studio. Additionally, Blackbird is working to develop their own internal projects with the goal of expanding their own IP and game development tools and technology.

Over the course of the last 16 months the studio has doubled in size and will reach over 100 employees by January 2018 which will bring them close to 150 employees by this time next year.

To accommodate this rapid growth they are expanding into a brand new 28,000 square foot space (Studio 3) at 565 Great Northern Way in Q4 of 2018.

While BBI is full of industry veterans with decades of experience it is also extremely important to them that they foster young talent within the creative and technical disciplines. To this end they remain actively involved with local universities, art schools and game design programs and remain on the lookout for exceptional artistic talent.

Visit Blackbird Interactive

 

 

 

 

Electronic Arts- Vancouver

Electronic Arts Vancouver (EA), is no stranger to the creative industry as they are the largest Video Game Developers in British Columbia. Electronic Arts purchased Distinctive Software, the original developers of both the NHL and FIFA video game franchises, in 1991. Twenty-six years later, Electronic Arts Vancouver is still a pioneer within the Sports Video Game sector.  The Vancouver campus handles all the lead development work for FIFA Online, currently the largest and most widely played sports video game in Asia.

Their campus, located in Burnaby, includes a full-size soccer field, arcade, on-site dry cleaner, guitar lessons and their own doggy daycare, these perks are one of the many ways EA is competing to attract the best talent to Vancouver. EA Vancouver employs approximately 1500 full-time positions, with an additional 500 part-time contractors on any given day. “We’re growing. We’ve probably added 100 to 150 [full-time] people per year,” says Jonathan Lutz, Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategy.

The Video Game Industry is extremely competitive and continues to grow at an exponential rate. This is why Jonathan Lutz is so passionate about career growth and training in the creative technology sector. “We need the best and brightest in the world on our teams in order to compete” urges Lutz. Play to Learn, a youth program developed in partnership with EverFi, is just one of the ways EA Vancouver is developing BC’s local talent. Students in Grade 8 through 12 can learn the basics of coding and are provided with the building blocks to pursue a career in the gaming industry. At the end of the course, students are given career recommendations based on their interests.

Harnessing the energy of BC’s youth and helping them develop their skills and talents to work in the creative technology industry is a major focus of EA Vancouver.  “We’re building the future pipeline of talent to come from BC as much as possible.”

Check out their internships and careers info.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ea/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electronicartscanada/

Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) is a progressive South Asian company that specializes in bhangra festivals and events. VIBC highlights Punjabi-inspired works through music, dance, art and film. Bhangra brings together the community through music and dance to celebrate life, love and inclusion. VIBC says, “although it’s not part of the official definition, for us bhangra is a movement.” Entering their 14th year, VIBC is focused on their new strategic plan, digital strategy and ensuring they are serving the needs of the artistic community.

Each year VIBC hosts the City of Bhangra Festival, establishing relationships across the various performance genres and ethno-cultural boundaries. The festival which began in 2004, originally started as a bhangra competition but over the years has evolved into a seven to ten-day festival showcasing Punjabi culture.

Follow VIBC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and stay tuned for details about the 2018 festival!

Careers of BC Artists Programs – Latest Music Video Releases!

From Hip-Hop to Country to Indigenous music, we are proud to support the many talented BC musicians through the Careers of BC Artists Program. Check out some of the latest music videos to be produced through the Program!

Terry-Lynn Williams-Davidson -“Grizzy Bear Town”

The Body Politic – “Akrasia”

Terell Safadi – “Cup Filled”

Jojo Mason – “Something to Wrap My Heart Around”

Colin Cowan – “Cinnamon Fantasy”

Digi BC

The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia, DigiBC, is a member-supported organization representing the creative technology sector. The Creative Technology sector includes video games and interactive, visual effects, animation, and digital creative and marketing industries. Lead by their Board of Directors, DigiBC ensures that Interactive and Digital Media continue to grow and thrive within the technology sector of our province. By exploring networking and sponsorship opportunities, public policies and promotion, the supported organizations continue to create new jobs, and develop new technologies.

According to their website, BC has over 600 digital media companies which employ over 16,000 people across the province. They regularly partner with various academic institutions that specialize in Interactive and Digital Media for new technologies, educational programs, research and development.

Make sure to visit DigiBC and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Langara College is celebrating!

 Langara College Publishing program students and instructors are celebrating after Pacific Rim Magazine won two prestigious CMA Pinnacle Awards at this year’s ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Pacific Rim Magazine (PRM) was awarded third place for Feature Magazine of the Year, while LangaraPRM.com was awarded first place for Website of the Year (two-year program categories).

This is the third consecutive year Langara’s Publishing program and Pacific Rim Magazine have won Pinnacle Awards.

Lagara College started in 1965 and is located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Today, Langara is one of BC’s leading undergraduate institutions providing University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 21,000 students annually.

Details below:

https://langara.ca/news-and-events/langara-news/2017/171121-publishing-pinnacle-awards.html