Magazine Profile: The Claremont Review

The Claremont Review is a literary magazine that features outstanding fiction and poetry by young writers between the ages of 13 and 19. The magazine has about 650 to 700 annual subscribers that are primarily based in the U.S. and Canada, although they have begun shipping more issues internationally.

The magazine is edited by volunteers, who take on a great amount of work during the journal’s busiest period, from January to April. During those first few months of the year, the editors finalize and edit selections for the spring issue, write their Canada Council grant application, run the annual contest, and compile a shortlist for the judges.

“If you want to know the future, pay attention to what youth are doing in their art, what they are trying to tell you or show you about the human condition and what is possible for humanity.”

–       Jody Carrow, Co-Editor The Claremont Review

The Claremont Review has seen significant changes over the years. Artwork within the journal’s pages is now printed in colour, the number of international submissions has increased, and they have doubled the prize money for their annual contest. A unique feature of The Claremont Review is the guaranteed feedback they provide on submissions, which supports and encourages young writers and artists.

 

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North Island Film Commission & North Island College Create Careers in Film + TV

Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INfilm) partners with North Island College (NIC) to celebrate the completion of BC’s first TV and Film Crew Training program–one that has successfully prepared more than 135 students in its first graduating cohort for careers in the motion picture industry. NIC launched the program last year, after the federal and provincial governments allocated almost $500,000 to deliver the pilot program on Vancouver Island.

 

INfilm championed the inception of this program as the regional film commission that provides liaison and location services to film, television, commercial and media companies filming from Nanaimo northward. INfilm commissioner Joan Miller saw an opportunity to increase the region’s success through availability of local crew and led collaboration with NIC to deliver local training which now qualifies crew and creates a base of talent that can help attract a wider range of film projects to Vancouver Island.

Current synergy exists between the acclaimed show Chesapeake Shores, which filmed its first two seasons in Parksville and recently announced its renewal for a third season. This announcement coincides with the graduating class and representatives from the show will be present to congratulate graduates.

Chesapeake Shores is the Hallmark Channel’s most-watched original television show (in Canada the show airs on the W Network).

In a previous interview, Matt Drake, Chesapeake Shores producer, said crews are excited to take advantage of North Island College’s TV and movie industry courses, “I think that will be a really good way for us to get some new faces into the industry.”

Today’s graduation is taking place at Vancouver Island Film Studios in Parksville which will provide the motion picture industry with three new sound stages, office space and prop shops. A portion of the space is already complete with the remaining sections scheduled to be completed in mid-2018.

Festival of BC Film Returns to Maple Ridge

The ACT Arts Centre and Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, are presenting the second edition of the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film. Highlighting films created throughout British Columbia. The festival is taking place at The ACT Arts Centre from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018.

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

According to Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days. To purchase tickets and view the full lineup visit http://www.theactmapleridge.org/FestivalofBCFilm/ 

 

Vancouver journalist, Sabrina Furminger, launches YVR Screen Scene

YVR Screen Scene is a digital magazine and podcast that celebrates the shining stars who power Vancouver’s booming film and television industry. Helmed by award-winning film and television journalist Sabrina Furminger, YVR Screen Scene is a go-to source for in-depth conversations with the dynamic artists, actors, writers, directors, and all manner of behind-the-scenes magicians who’ve made Vancouver’s screen industry the juggernaut industry it is today.

Sabrina honed her craft as the force behind the Westender’s wildly popular Reel People column and with YVR Screen Scene, she continues in her mission to showcase Vancouver’s film and television storytellers through engrossing, revelatory, informative, funny, intimate, and regularly confessional conversations with Vancouver’s brightest stars.

We had a moment to check-in with Sabrina and learn more about what led her to YVR Screen Scene, read our full interview below and follow along with YVR Screen Scene on Facebook and Twitter.

What milestones have you achieved or are you focusing on now?

We hit the ground running on January 8 with a full slate of articles featuring top-notch industry talent like Amanda Tapping, Vincent Tong, John Cassini, Agam Darshi, Lee Majdoub, Christopher Russell, Christina Sicoli, and the filmmakers behind Adventures in Public School and Scout and the Gumboot Kids. As soon as we launched, the response from the film and television industry (and people who love reading about the film and television industry) was immediate and validating, which reiterated something I’ve long believed: there is an appetite for these kinds of stories. I spend my days conducting interviews and writing articles while also seeking out the next generation of entertainment journalists and planning for the podcast, which is coming in March. My goal is to publish at least two interview-driven articles a week but I’ve been surpassing that because there are so many wonderful stories to tell, and I have ample space to tell them. I have some incredible interviews in the can that I’m excited to share, featuring an array of established and emerging film and TV industry talent from both sides of the camera.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the numerous articles I’ve written over the years in which the interview subjects have trusted me with their deeply personal stories. In my journey to find the story behind the screen story, I’ve written articles about pregnancy loss, racism, sexism, domestic violence, poverty, #metoo, missing and murdered Indigenous women, grief, trauma, being an outsider, and all manner of love. I’m just as interested in why someone chooses to tell a particular screen story as I am in how they choose to bring it to the screen. I told many such stories at the Westender, and I’ll continue telling them at YVR Screen Scene.

I’m proud to have been the first recipient of Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Iris Award for shining a spotlight on female filmmakers, performers, and storytellers in my column (you can watch her full speech on YouTube!).

I’m proud of the cover story I wrote in October about the #metoo movement which featured several brave women speaking out about sexual harassment and violence they’ve faced on set and in the industry. I am proud of those women, full-stop.

Where can readers learn more and sign-up for YVR Screen Scene?

The best place is the source itself: www.yvrscreenscene.com.

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/