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Creative Industries Year in Review

From a year leading with nothing short of breaking headlines, we look to the year’s story highlights from the creative industries sector. From new initiatives to heart-warming good news, here are some of the highlights from book and magazine publishing, interactive and digital media, motion picture and music industries:

 

Book + Magazine Publishing

1. Local publishers entering new chapter

B.C.’s book publishers have shown resilience, adapting quickly to the new reality. They have optimized their websites for online orders and offered discounts, partnered with local booksellers to replace in-store author events—critical to building word of mouth about new releases—with online readings, and offered more flexible usage terms to educators and librarians for the use of BC books in remote learning environments.

 


Photo by Grant Harder for Nuvo Magazine

2. Ian Williams Is Changing the Rules of the Canadian Novel

For Ian Williams, winning the Giller marks a movement forward in Canadian literature, where “some voice or some attention is given to the unruly, difficult child.”

3. B.C. colouring book: Orca image to keep you creative during COVID-19 isolation

If your eyes are needing a break from all the online scrolling to read the latest updates about COVID-19, you’re in luck.

4. Get on island time with Gabriola’s new magazine: FOLKLIFE

As the only semi-annual lifestyle print magazine solely featuring content from the Gulf Islands, FOLKLIFE celebrates and connects those living simply, and as an art form, through engaging interviews, stories, photographs, recipes, and art.

 

Interactive + Digital Media

5. This free summer program will teach B.C. teens to make music for video games and animation

DigiMusic’s free summer program facilitated an online format for B.C. high school students from grade 7 to 12 to create music for video games and animation.

6. Bringing Indigenous Voices to the Tech Sector

Indigenous peoples are the youngest and fastest growing demographic in Canada, yet in 2018 only 1.2 per cent of Canada’s tech workers identified as Indigenous. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called for the adoption of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a pathway to ensure equitable access to jobs, training and educational opportunities for Indigenous people.

 

7. B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital-twinning’ software to better manage territory

TimberOps functions as the “digital twin” of more than 350,000 hectares of unceded Mowachaht-Muchalaht territory near the west coast of Vancouver Island, mapping rivers, lakes, mountains, roads, trails and buildings as well as the locations of old villages and archaeological sites.

8. The Last Kids on Earth Video Game Confirmed for 2021

A video game adaptation of the Netflix series The Last Kids on Earth will bring a more kid-friendly zombie apocalypse to PC and consoles next year.

8. Gaming studio Phoenix Labs spreads wings with expansion to Montreal, L.A.

Expansion plans follow Burnaby-based game developer’s acquisition earlier this year

Arthroscopy

9. Precision OS Makes ‘Breakthrough’ in Arthroscopy Education

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Precision OS Technology said it has created a first-of-its-kind arthroscopy simulator available on a mobile, wireless device (Oculus Quest) which will also be used by Conmed International for surgeon education.

 

Motion Picture

10. Join VAFF’s campaign to #Elimin8hate

Vancouver Asian Film Festival provides an anonymous and safe reporting environment and resources for Canadians of Asian ancestry experiencing anti-Asian attacks.

11. Ryan Reynolds to use part of his own salary to hire BIPOC crew members on upcoming film

Vancouver-born movie star Ryan Reynolds said it was time to see more Black, Indigenous and people of colour on film sets and launched a new initiative, the Group Effort Initiative, to help make it happen.

12. Pioneering Remote Studio VFX Legion Launches Full-Scale BC Division

VFX Legion, a remote boutique-style global company, has announced the opening of a full-scale division in British Columbia. An early proponent of the virtualization of visual effects, industry veteran James David Hattin launched the company in 2013, introducing a groundbreaking collaborative work-from-home business model almost a decade before COVID-19 made social distancing essential.

13. How Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival found opportunity in a pandemic year

For film festivals, 2020 has presented two choices: cancel – and hope that any costs saved by furloughing staff and securing possible venue refunds will help offset inevitable 2021 losses – or take a big chance and go online only. Neither are ideal. But Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, the country’s second-largest doc fest after Toronto’s Hot Docs, found an opportunity in the dilemma.

13. Made-in-Vancouver animated series Molly of Denali wins a Peabody Award

The made-in-Vancouver animated series Molly of Denali has been awarded a George Foster Peabody Award. Co-produced by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons and WGBH Boston for PBS KIDS and CBC Kids, the show is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the United States to feature an Indigenous lead character.

14. B.C. animation school offers free help to schools scrambling to get online amid COVID-19

A Burnaby-based animation school that has operated 100% online since its inception in 2013 is offering free use of some of its online resources to schools scrambling to find ways to keep learning going during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Music + Sound Recording

15. Singer’s live performance in computer-generated nightclub could be a model for concerts in a COVID world
Using animation technology usually associated with video games and motion pictures, Jill Barber was transported from a sterile suburban studio into a once-legendary Vancouver supper club, The Palomar, torn down more than 60 years ago.

16. TikTok trend launches Vancouver band Mother Mother up the charts

Ryan Guldemond says he believes luck, good timing and “a little pixie dust” led to his band Mother Mother catching fire on TikTok in recent weeks. The lead singer and guitarist for the Vancouver rock act says he was surprised when, seemingly out of nowhere, three tracks from their 2008 album O My Heart spiked in popularity on the music-fuelled social app.

17. Vancouver Island theatre reinvents live performances with hybrid model

Small audience and live streaming are how Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre will get through pandemic

Mint Records Is Almost Its Own Character in the Trailer for the New Hulu Show 'Woke'

18. Mint Records Is Almost Its Own Character in the Trailer for the New Hulu Show ‘Woke’

From Mission: Impossible to Riverdale, set designers have absolutely loved the output of Mint Records over the years. Today, however, the decorated Vancouver label may have had its strongest showing yet in the new trailer for the Hulu series Woke.

19. Vancouver’s NuZi Collective launches Black Therapy & Advocacy Fund
The new initiative from the DJ collective and promoter group aims to connect black residents of Vancouver with therapy and mental health resources. The goal is to provide ten to 15 hours of therapy for ten disabled and LGBTQIA+ black residents free of charge, hiring advocates to act as a liaison between recipients and mental health providers.

20. B.C. musicians to play free hour-long livestream concert Thursday

As a first step to support the music industry, the B.C. government is partnering with Creative BC to launch Showcase BC. This new online hub brings a variety of live performances, entertainment and content to British Columbians, so they can stay connected while staying home.

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Discover BC’s Magazines #SubscribeBC

British Columbia is home to over 300 magazines, representing a broad diversity of publications, ranging from small to large, literary to lifestyle, leisure to arts and culture, news, business, and special interest magazines featuring the unique culture of Pacific Northwest lifestyle and culture. Discover and revisit some of our favourite magazines:

 

BC ORGANIC GROWER

Published quarterly by COABC, BC Organic Grower covers B.C.’s organic growing culture.

Image: BC Organic Grower Fall 2020 Issue

 

THE CAPILANO REVIEW

For over forty years, The Capilano Review has supported and been sustained by a vibrant community of readers, writers, and artists interested in experimentation in writing and art.

 

EXPLORE MAGAZINE

Equal parts inspiration and perspiration set the stage for Explore, Canada’s number-one publication for outdoor adventurers since 1981.

 

EVENT MAGAZINE

EVENT publishes fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and literary reviews.

EVENT 49-2 Poetry and Prose

 

FOLKLIFE

FOLKLIFE is a semi-annual print publication inspired by lives of wild intention, living on rocks in the ocean.

 

Magazine | Folklife – SALT Shop

 

 

GEIST MAGAZINE

Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture—every issue brings together a sumptuous mix of fact + fiction, photography and comix, poetry, essays and reviews, and the weird and wonderful from the world of words.

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HAKAI MAGAZINE

Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment in compelling narratives that highlight coastal life and phenomena.

biologist J. D. F. Gilchrist on the deck of the SS Pieter Faure

Image: Scientists Surveyed the Sea off South Africa—1890s Style by Jock Currie

 

 

LOOSE LIPS MAGAZINE

Loose Lips is a Vancouver-based feminist publication covering local arts, culture, women’s health and current events.

 

THE TYEE

The Tyee is an independent, online news magazine from B.C. founded in 2003 devoted to fact-driven stories, reporting and analysis that informs and enlivens our democratic conversation.

Tyee logo

 

 

MONTECRISTO MAGAZINE

MONTECRISTO collaborates with some of the finest writers, illustrators, and photographers working in Vancouver to create an engaging, eclectic editorial mix, including fashion, culture, food, wine, travel, books, art, beauty, business, architecture, design, and more. The magazine also puts a particular emphasis on philanthropy and local history, as well as artisans and craftspeople in Vancouver and abroad.

 

NUVO MAGAZINE

NUVO magazine is Canada’s authority on all things exceptional—a combination of style and purpose, featuring and profiling people, places, and possessions.

 

 

PACIFIC RIM MAGAZINE

PRM connects geographically disparate readers across the Pacific Rim through stories of community, travel, food, and technology that honour both our cultural diversity and shared experiences.

Get your digital copy of Pacific Rim Magazine issue

 

PRISM INTERNATIONAL

PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia that connects readers with the literary community through author interviews, book reviews, news about Canadian writing and publishing events.

 

RICEPAPER MAGAZINE

Ricepaper Magazine is a Vancouver-based Canadian magazine that has showcased Asian Canadian literature, culture, and the arts since 1994.

Illustration by Arty Guava

 

 

ROOM MAGAZINE

Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and has published fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews for forty years.

 

SAD MAGAZINE

SAD MAG is an independent magazine dedicated to covering Vancouver’s independent arts and culture from the perspective of local, emerging writers and artists.

SAD Issue 30: Death Cover

 

VANCOUVER MAGAZINE

Vancouver magazine is the indispensable playbook to Canada’s most exciting city. For over 50 years, this city’s influencers have turned to our iconic brand for insightful, informative coverage of the issues, the people, the places and the events that shape Vancouver.

Vancouver Magazine

 

WESTERN LIVING MAGAZINE

As Canada’s largest regional magazine, Western Living invites readers to stretch their imaginations about living in the West: Western Living shares what intrigues, surprises and thrills us about people, places, homes, gardens, food and adventure from Winnipeg to Victoria and everywhere in-between.

Western Living BC, Late Fall 2020 by Canada Wide Media - issuu

B.C. Finalists up for Canadian Online Publishing Awards

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) honour and celebrate the best in online publishing in Canada. The awards are split into four divisions; Academic, Consumer, Business to Business and News Media. Typically an in-person celebration, this year’s COPAs Awards Party will be held digitally with a virtual audience component. Learn more about the Canadian Online Publishing Awards and stay tuned for the announcement of the live digital event.

From curated environmental editorial to business, lifestyle and design, here are the B.C.-based finalists.

 

BEST ARTICLE OR SERIES – ACADEMIC

Indigenous Reporting | Adapt

The Thunderbird | Body disposal not a burning issue for B.C.

 

BEST INTERACTIVE/INFOGRAPHIC STORY – ACADEMIC

The Thunderbird | The uninformed voter’s guide to the federal election

The Thunderbird | Local sailors worry as tanker traffic grows

 

BEST PRINT & DIGITAL PUBLICATION – ACADEMIC

Link Magazine

 

BEST WEB SITE – ACADEMIC

The Thunderbird

 

BEST PRINT & DIGITAL PUBLICATION – BUSINESS

BC Broker Magazine

 

BEST INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE OR SERIES – CONSUMER

Hakai Magazine | Big Fish: The Agricultural Revolution

Hakai Magazine | From Berth to Death

 

BEST PHOTOJOURNALISM – CONSUMER

Hakai Magazine | Sea Lion Search and Rescue

Hakai Magazine | Salvaging Fossils on the Jurassic Coast

 

BEST VIDEO CONTENT – CONSUMER

Hakai Magazine | A High-Pressure Job

 

BEST EMAIL NEWSLETTER DESIGN – CONSUMER

Hakai Magazine

Vancouver Magazine

Western Living

BEST PRINT & DIGITAL PUBLICATION – CONSUMER

Western Living BC + AB, September 2020 by Canada Wide Media - issuu

Western Living

 

BEST WEB SITE DESIGN – CONSUMER

Hakai Magazine

Vancouver Magazine