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|... including many additions of photos
and correspondence to the on-line parts of Vanishing
British Columbia and Vancouver
news and reviews about Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years
Coming soon – art, snaps and scribbling from Malaysia & Singapore
|• Thanks to everyone who turned out at the VanCity
Theatre for the Vintage Vancouver screening today and made it
a sold-out event for the second year in a row! All things
being equal, we'll do it all over again next year.
• Coming up: December 4th, 7 pm at the HR MacMillan Space Centre ("the planetarium") in Vancouver, I will be narrating a presentation of old (75 - 100 years) panoramic photos by WJ Moore of Vancouver scenes, matched to contemporary ones and projected onto the dome of the theatre, concentrating on images of False Creek, Granville Island and suburban (mainly Kerrisdale) neighbourhoods. The photographs are in the collection of the City of Vancouver Archives.
I'm presenting the second half of this show (John Atkin did the first one in November which packed the theatre). It's a stunning use of their new digital projectors and an unequalled way to compare the old city with the current one.
More details of the evening here. Please buy tickets in advance: over the phone at 604-738-7827, local 240.
• ... and, beginning on February 21st, my six-part lecture-series and course entitled (what else?) 'Vanishing Vancouver' at SFU Harbour Centre. Details and registration here.
|The recording of my talk at SFU Woodward's earlier this
month. It goes on for about 1 1/2 hours including the
questions at the end. If the embedded frame doesn't come up on
your phone or tablet, use this
The record of a trip in beautiful autumn weather through the Okanagan and Boundary Country, including this 1906 house in the orchard and winery centre of Prairie Valley near Summerland, added to the long list of trips on my travel page.
|Three very worthwhile events coming up:
• International Home Movie Day at the Centre for Digital Media, October 19th in the afternoon: I'll be at a table there from 1-3
• A presentation by two eminent historians on British Columbia a century ago – the major fundraiser for the City of Vancouver Archives, on Sunday, October 20th at 2 pm.
• the link, promised earlier, for...
|•My talk on the history of Gentrification in Vancouver
last night at SFU Woodwards ...
...went very well, with more than 100 people attending. It was filmed and will be posted on the web within a week or so and I will post the link here. The intention is to have a couple more evenings there in 2014, more like symposia, to explore the issue further.
•And for something completely different – change due to abandonment rather than development – I've consolidated all the information on Spuzzum due to the amount of correspondence that was spread across 2 pages.
•And two passings to note: Janet Bingham, a friend who was crucial to the evolution of heritage conservation in Vancouver, especially in the saving of Barclay Heritage Square and the Roedde House Museum, died last week, as did cartoonist Roy Peterson, who drew way better than I ever could during my brief career as a newspaper cartoonist.
|One of the more interesting commissions I've painted
recently was the two portraits of former Commanding Officers
of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own),
unveiled yesterday at the Beatty Street Armoury in Vancouver.
I painted the portraits of Colonels Arthur Lungley and John
Toogood, both deceased, from photographs, with advice from
another former CO, David Sproule (on the right in the blazer)
and the two widows of the subjects (standing next to the
pictures). Lt.-Col. Sajjan, the regiment's current commanding
officer, is standing on the left. Colonels Lungley and Toogood
were key to the armoured regiment's push across France and
into Belgium and Germany in the months after D-Day in 1944.
See the regimental
website for more information. Go to my Commissions
Page to see the pictures up close.
Coming up, October 7, 7 pm: my illustrated lecture, "A Brief History of Gentrification in Vancouver," which may be a little controversial, at SFU Woodwards's World Arts Centre. Here's the link for the free tickets.
|And for something completely different, summertime is
commission-painting time, including this year ...
... views and buildings, added to my Commissions page.
Finally ... a decent painting of the DOT Site on the Trans Canada highway near Ashcroft.
|New & upcoming:
• a guest column by me in the Vancouver Sun on "green lessons" from the past for city planners
• my only walking tour of the year, a fundraiser for Heritage Vancouver called Estates of South Kerrisdale, on August 10th. [Sold Out]
• October 7, 7 pm: an illustrated lecture, "A Brief History of Gentrification in Vancouver," at SFU Woodwards's World Arts Centre. I'll put a link for free tickets here asap.
• November 24, 2 pm: an afternoon of vintage films, mainly about Vancouver, at Vancity Theatre. Last year's event sold out and a hundred people were turned away, so .... I'll put a link for the tickets here asap.
|The news recently that Vancouver Province
cartoonist Bob Krieger had taken a buyout after 32 years
caught my attention, beyond my normal level of interest in the
impending demise of the daily press, because 33 years ago I
was competing for that job. As it turned out, the editor
obviously preferred Krieger's Aislin-like style (like the
older Montreal cartoonist Terry Mosher aka Aislin) to mine.
I was asked after a couple of recent talks about my formative years, ha ha, before I began writing and illustrating books in the early 1980s. "Cartoons and commercial art," I said. "Really?" came the reply. All of that seems so distant and different from what I've done since.
So here's a page on my early cartooning career from 1979 – 80 at the Province, the Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times, added to my False Starts page....
Somebody in Taoyuan (a suburb of Taipei in the R.O.C.) has put up a sort of 'tribute site' using watercolours from my old book British Columbia in Watercolour (1993). There's your opportunity to see some of the pictures from that out-of-print book, which I've never put onto the web myself. (I suppose, technically, I should care that this has been done without my permission, but it's been done with respect and ... this is the 21st century, right?)
... another addition to the oil-painting page and...
... a quest to find a recording of the Okanagan [or O.K.] River Boys, a country band that played in the Boundary country in the late '40s and early '50s. Colin Preston, CBC archivist, wrote me to say, "No luck, I'm afraid. I consulted with the plant's musical history guru, Lee Rosevere, as well. We all drew a collective blank." Anybody have a copy tucked away? More information on the band is midway down this page.
...and a good article updating the information on Finn Slough ...
|The logo of the Grandview Heritage Group, coloured up.
I drew it more than a year ago with brush and ink:
This is the group I'm very involved with on various projects, detailed here.
There have been some very interesting additions to the Vanishing BC parts of this site:
• a 1970s colour photo of the CPR Hotel in North Bend
• a vintage wrecked house, which may be an Eaton's kit, in the ranchland east of Rock Creek
• rehabilitation of the Johnny Ward House in Yale and news of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Cariboo wagon road
• news about work at Tranquille, near Kamloops, including restorations of some of the buildings
• sad news (with photos) that a slide has wiped out one of the buildings at Camp Defiance on the Hope-Princeton highway.
|A research project on a separate blog site called Vacant
Vancouver. (Which is going nowhere as of the end of the
month! – please send in data!)
It's an attempt to crowdsource a map of the vacant houses in the city, as part of the ongoing debate about whether Vancouver's neighbourhoods, both downtown condo and single family, are being depopulated as a side effect of international real-estate speculation.
|Do all artists grimace involuntarily when they're
painting a grimacing or laughing face? Looks like I do...
I've been working with artists Victoria Oginski and Penny Street on the restoration of an old bakery company mural on the sidewall of a building in Vancouver. The sign is probably from the 1920s and is one of the last of hundreds, maybe thousands, painted in the city generations ago. It emerged from beneath a coat of stucco a few years ago and had deteriorated dramatically, with paint falling off and fading. We set out to stabilize the surface, preserving the original paint and patina, then adding just enough paint to bring the design back to life.
The restored sign is below. Victoria Oginski is the mural specialist of the team: a good example of her work is on the sidewall of Drive Organics, in the greenway at Napier and Commercial in Vancouver.
(photo on the left by Penny Street)