Vancouver Island Film Studios Set To Open In Early 2018!

The Vancouver Island North Film Commission announced yesterday exciting news for the Vancouver Island film community and the BC motion picture industry at large. A new film studio, the Vancouver Island Film Studios, is currently in its final stages of construction and is set to be completed by early 2018. This latest facility to be added to Vancouver Island will feature 3 sound stages, offices, and prop shops!

With British Columbia already recognized as one of the top centres for motion picture excellence in North America, Vancouver Island Film Studios will help further grow the creative economy.

“Vancouver Island Film Studios is the icing on the cake”, comments regional film commissioner Joan Miller, “it is not a case of build it and they will come, the industry must have taken root to support a facility of this type and we have strong roots”.

Creative BC looks forward to seeing this Parksville addition contribute to productions on the island and opportunities for local talent and crew!


A Wildly Civilized Weekend.

Producers of the Squamish Valley Music Festival are launching a new festival experience in Vancouver, British Columbia. SKOOKUM is about the music that moves us, the food that delights us and the art that inspires us.

Launching September 7th – 9th, 2018, Stanley Park will soon be the site for a brand new three-day festival that will celebrate diversity and creativity and will feature multiple stages of today’s best contemporary music across broad genres, styles and cultures.

This is where Urban meets the wild.

The weekend will also include a series of late night events in the downtown core branded as “SKOOKUM After Dark”.

The full festival line-up will be announced in Spring 2018.

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Scott Jacobs

Scott Jacobs is a triple-threat singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who is recognized in Canada for his diverse musical talents. Playing the acoustic guitar and singing, Scott entertains with an extremely wide range of original and cover songs, and can be regularly found headlining performances all over his hometown of Vancouver, and throughout Vancouver Island.

Scott has studied music at a university level, graduating from Vancouver Island University with a Diploma in Jazz Performance. He has also performed on cruise ships all over the world as a singer-songwriter. His acoustic set list consists of an array of classic hits in a number of genres, ranging from the music of the early 1950s, up to the music of today. He released his latest album Sleepless Dreams on May 9, 2017, which has an overall “west-coast folk” vibe.

“The song ‘Silent Sky’ is meaningful to me, because it is about two of my favorite things; Music and Vancouver Island,” explains Jacobs about his latest album, “The song is about one of my earliest and fondest memories of songwriting.”




Fall Music Update – Check Out These October Album Release!

Creative BC is proud to support the recent album releases of the following participants of BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program:

Year Of The Wolf – Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jim Byrnes – Friday, October 6, 2017

Cassandra Maze – Friday, October 6, 2017

Wolf Parade – Friday, October 6, 2017

Loose Tizzy – Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alan Doyle – Friday, October 13, 2017

Band of Rascals – Friday, October 13, 2017

Joshua Hyslop – Monday, October 16, 2017

Becca Hess – Monday, October 23, 2017

Clay Ravens – Thursday, October 26, 2017

Derrival – Friday, October 27, 2017

Matthew Lynn Kocel – Friday, October 27, 2017

Update your music playlist with these September album releases!

Creative BC is proud to support the recent album releases of the following participants of BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program:

Paolo Brian – Friday, September 1, 2017

Tavish Crowe – Friday, September 1, 2017

Jeremy Grey – Friday, September 1, 2017

Saphira Elektra – Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Belle Game – Friday, September 8, 2017

Zoe Alexa & Mark Fenster – Saturday, September 9, 2017

Echo Nebraska Band – Friday, September 15, 2017

The Boom Booms – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saphira Elektra – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cayla Brooks – Friday, September 22, 2017

Mozhdah – Friday, September 22, 2017

Peach Pyramid – Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Mad for Joy – Friday, September 22, 2017

Ché Aimee Dorval – Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rushden & Diamonds – Friday, September 29, 2017

Highland Eyeway – Saturday, September 30, 2017

Magazine West Conference

The Magazines West professional development conference Oct 26th and 27th is uniting publishers, editors, writers, designers, salespeople, printers and developers who work for magazine titles that range from literary and lifestyle, to business and news, and are in both online and in print formats.

While offering an opportunity to network as well as Q &A sessions, the conference also offers participation in 2- to 3-hour intensives and Mac labs, the aim being for magazine staff to further develop their skill set.

The event also includes a robust guest speaker list from across the province.


Jeanette Ageson

Chief Revenue Officer, The Tyee

Felice Bisby

Photo Editor/Designer, Knowledge Network

Harold Boies

Director, Periodical Publishing Policy and Programs, Canadian Heritage

Denny Dias

Video Producer/Graphic Designer, Alive Publishing

Sue Donaldson

Literary Arts Program Officer, BC Arts Council

Scott Gray

Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Mitchell Press

Taryn Hardes

Digital Marketer and Freelance Social Media Strategist

Kate Lesniak

Publisher, Bitch Media

AnnMarie MacKinnon

Publisher, Geist magazine

Ijeoma Oluo

Editor-at-Large, The Establishment

Devon Persing

Accessibility Specialist, Simply Accessible

Karm Sumal

Co-Founder and CEO, Daily Hive

Jenny Uechi

Special Reports, National Observer

Tradewind Books

Carol Frank and Michael Katz, the husband and wife duo, started Tradewind Books in 1996 in London, England, where Michael was working as a school teacher. After moving to Canada the pair began publishing Canadian works, and for over 20 years along with their support of their team, have published some of Vancouver’s most notable and award winning books.

Tradewind Books is a small publishing house located in a studio office on Granville Island. With over 120 book nominations, recognitions and awards, Tradewind remains a pillar for the creative community within the province.

Recently a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Pikiq (2017), as well as the winner for Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book of 2016 for The Riddlemaster (2016), Tradewind continues to be honoured and recognized for their dedication, passion, and commitment to the art of publication.

Michael’s passion in publications as well as his desire to share his knowledge is easily witnessed during one of his many Children’s Book Workshops at UBC. Originally a teacher at West Point Grey Academy and St. George’s School in Vancouver, Michael has also taught publishing courses at Langara College, Capilano University, and Simon Fraser University.

Carol, also a teacher at SFU, as well as UBC, gave up her academic career to become the Art Director at Tradewinds. Her creative work has allowed for Tradewind to become recognized internationally for their fine illustrations and innovative design.



Finger Food Studios – Helping you Drive Innovation

Finger Food is an award-winning technology company that helps businesses drive innovation and growth with solutions that utilize holographic computing, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things. Founded in 2009 by CTO Trent Shumay and led by CEO Ryan Peterson as a video game company, Finger Food pivoted in 2016 to embrace holographic technology, becoming the first company in Canada to become a Microsoft HoloLens agency partner.

With the support of its diverse and dedicated team of fearless innovators, Finger Food has built numerous large-scale holographic applications for global companies, including PACCAR, Lowe’s, Deschutes Brewery, Cirque du Soleil and more.

Constantly tackling projects with creativity and curiosity, Finger Food is home to the largest dedicated holographic development space in the world: The Holodeck. With over 25, 000 square feet of devoted warehouse space in Port Coquitlam, The Holodeck, is a game-changing, facility that enables the design and development of mixed and augmented reality applications. The applications and possibilities now available are vast and far-reaching.           

The 30th Annual Vancouver Writers Fest Explores the Power of Storytelling!

This year The Vancouver Writers Fest celebrates a remarkable 30-year history and Creative BC staff members have been present and in full support of the festivities! Inaugurated in 1988 and now a staple event in the literary community, The Vancouver Writers Fest brings local and international readers and writers together to reimagine the world we live in through storytelling.

This annual Festival is complimented with year-round programming where readers of all ages are encouraged to explore the Incite reading series at the Vancouver Public Library, Spreading the Word programs, and various special events with leading writers.

Find out more about The Vancouver Writers Fest programs.




Imajin Books

An innovative publisher of quality fiction and select non-fiction e-books and trade paperbacks, Imajin Books is a go-to publisher for international authors. Imajin Books’ popularity as an established independent electronic and print publisher, stems from its ability to offer solutions to authors looking to publish works and who want to explore options outside the realm of self-publication.

With a focus on upholding environmentally sustainable publishing practices, Imajin Books has made the conscious decision to use on-demand technology and to focus on the e-book side of the industry. Publishing works since 2003, Imajin Books is also home to “Imajin Qwickies”, a novella imprint, and “Ogopogo Books”, a kids imprint. This year, Imajin books celebrates a major milestone as it is set to publish the most books it has ever published in a year!