Archive for February, 2010

Clark & 12

February 28, 2010

Flowers, originally uploaded by jules andre brown.


Reverse Physchology

February 26, 2010

Reverse Physchology, originally uploaded by jules andre brown.

those damn white busses from Cali

February 26, 2010

white vanoc bus from cali

So you have all seen them cruising around the city these past few weeks, those empty white buses with Cali license plates. I see one parked across from the Nanaimo Skytrain everyday I go to work and I can’t keep thinking to myself, “what a great plain canvas for some beautiful art – like the trains found all over Europe.”

graffiti art train
graffiti art train 2

They would look much nicer and make me less annoyed that they are driving around the city with no one in them.

– T

welcome to eastvan in Panama

February 26, 2010

19880_247227755599_504605599_4753311_3804148_n, originally uploaded by welcome to eastvan.

welcome to eastvan streets in panama at the panama canal, mira flores locks

Turned out.

February 24, 2010

Turned out., originally uploaded by jules andre brown.

DIY Art Walk

February 23, 2010

As mentioned in my previous posting, there is a lot happening in the DTES besides protests. The official ArtWalk is over, but many of the installations are still viewable and most are free to the public. There are also several Cultural Olympiad Art Installations in the DTES and now Bright Lights is on lasting until March 21st. So if your looking for something out of the ordinary and off the beaten track here is your own Do-It-Yourself Art Walk that you can try this evening or any evening for the next couple nights I imagine.

First the Trimpin: Sheng High installation is open daily till 6pm at 163 East Pender. It an unique multi-media sculpture by a world leading artist and certified MacArthur Genius.

Trimpin: Sheng High

Just up Pender heading West is one of the left over ArtWalk installations, look for the red door and the red light. I haven’t seen that one myself, but it was open last night while I was a few doors down at one of Bright Lights signature installations.

ArtWalk Installation

Again look for the red door and go into the last inner courtyard in Vancouver’s Chinatown and look up. They are also having walking tours, leaving at 6pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, at the cost of ten bucks.

Bright Lights doorway

Cool image of Bright Light's installation taken by gmacmullen

Next I went North down Carrall Street, where at the Hastings intersection there are art galleries on three of four corners.

In the Light photo exhibition

The Pennsylvania Hotel has both a photo exhibit and the ION Magazine pop up store.

ION Magazine Pop Shop

The Inter-Urban gallery has it’s own thing going on, including projecting images on to the outside of their building, it’s subtle and best seen in the evening or at least late afternoon.

Inter Urban Gallery

Centre A has a big installation which is part of Bright Lights.

Centre A

World Tea Part - Bright Lights

Then if you continue North down Carrall you will see a big building called Carrall Station, one of the commercial units is the Jeffrey Boone Gallery, which is featuring two artists and is part of the Bright Lights program.

Jeffrey Boone Gallery

From there you can head further East down Carrall to 88 East and the Gallery Gachet. They have an installation featuring many local artists.

Gallery Gachet doorway

If you really want to copy my route, I next went and got coffee, but if you’re thirsty for something else, such as more art, Heading West on Hastings towards W2 and Woodward’s will yield another Cultural Olympiad installation, whereas heading West down Water Street will yield many official ArtWalk installations and commercial galleries.


Photos taken by me, BOB Staff (Lani Johnson), and gmacmullen.

Even the Lonely Planet is recommending visiting the DTES now!

Main & Kingsway

February 22, 2010

Running the Intersection, originally uploaded by jules andre brown.

No Fun Vancouver STRIKES AGAIN!!!

February 21, 2010

Excerpt from the Georgia Straight:

“If you’ve spent any time on the streets of downtown Vancouver these Olympics, you might have noticed something strange: the city has become seriously fun.

For nine days, it’s been like our civic officials have finally managed to pull the sticks out of their asses.

It’s been difficult to believe that this is the same town where the Vancouver Police Department once instructed people not to come downtown on New Year’s Eve unless they had a specific place to go. Or where police have been known to line up at transit hubs during mega-events like the Festival of Lights, open the backpacks of average citizens, and confiscate the booze of anyone unable to name the street name, address, and postal code of the home they were planning to drink at.

How classic then that we’ve been tricked, yet again. On Saturday night Vancouver police instructed all liquor stores and cold beer and wine stores to shut their doors at 7 p.m. The world is here to party, and suddenly someone obviously got spooked at the idea that the party might get out of hand.

Welcome to Vancouver, known, once again, to those who live here as No Fun City.

If you’ve done any travelling, you already know there is something seriously wrong with this town. What do Istanbul, Saigon, and Bellingham, Washington all have in common? How about the fact that you can head to the corner store and pick up a bottle of wine or a six pack.

Ever been to Charleston, South Carolina, or, for that matter, Istanbul or Saigon? No one cares if you end up wandering along the street with an open container of alcohol. Hell, in New Orleans, if you try to leave a drink on the table, they ask you if you’d like it poured into a glass to take on the road as a traveller.”

R.I.P. Alexander (Lee) Mcqueen

February 19, 2010

16 March 1969 – 11 February 2010

One week ago yesterday the world heard the news that Alexander (Lee) Mcqueen, true artist and fashion visionary, was found dead in his home. It is apparent that Mcqueen hung himself the day before his mother’s funeral. Clearly Lee, as he’s to known to those close to him, was having trouble grieving his mothers death. Word is he hadn’t left the house in a week and had cut marks on his wrists. I hope he has found some peace now, because the fashion world is sure in a frenzy. I was truly in shock when I heard the news and was overcome with emotions. Mostly because I too have a very close relationship with my mother and don’t even want to fathom or type the rest.
Make sure you check out Mcqueen’s last show.

Rest In Peace

This was reposted from my own personal blog with some minor adjustments because I just feel more people need to remember the genius that is Alexander (Lee) Mcqueen.

Things to do in the DTES

February 19, 2010

Besides protest and indulge your vices…

Only Sea Foods

Our fair city has been the butt of jokes and the subject of harsh criticism over the Olympics, traffic, the weather, national pride, but perhaps most of all about the Downtown Eastside.  There have been numerous efforts to improve the situation, combat negative stereotypes, and just plain let people know that not everyone in the DTES is a mentally ill, drug using, prostitute.

Wes and I have been doing a lot of blogging lately, Megaphone, and Frances Bula are among the others to speak out.  This has kept me from doing much here but contributing photos, so today I’m doing a rundown on all the things going on in the DTES to encourage locals and tourists to visit and see for themselves.

Pidgeon Park Graffitti

Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside is home to Canada’s greatest concentration of galleries and artist studios.  This past weekend, the first ever Artwalk took place.  Many of the popup galleries and installations are still available and generally are free to the public.  Building Opportunities with Business is hosting a Cultural Olympiad installation by the world famous artist Trimpin which is open seven days a week and is completely free.  Less than two blocks away at 39 East Pender is another free Cultural Olympiad installation.

The W2 Community Arts Centre’s Perel Gallery is open daily showing non-mainstream local and international artists.  Their entire building is a Cultural Olympiad installation called “Fire with Fire” which you have to take in from across the street at night.  That’s right to see the art you have to come to Hastings and Abbot at night, danger Will Robinson, danger. :-/

Not really, the Blue Dragon, yet another Cultural Olympiad show is playing at SFU across the street from W2, it is definitely not free but it is a pretty amazing show, by another world famous artist, in the brand new Milton and Fei Wong Experimental Theatre.

The DTES is location of many walking tours, Sins of the City is being run twice daily by the Vancouver Police Museum.  If you want to know where Vancouver’s most infamous opium dens and brothels used to be located, this is the walking tour for you.  There are a variety of others around architecture or culinary tourism.  The city even has maps if you want to create your own.

If all the walking and art is making you hungry or thirst, the Downtown Eastside has no shortage of cafes, eateries, and drinking holes.  You can find everything from big and glossy to tiny and gritty, from the just opened, to the establishment that has been open for decades.  Chinatown of course has some world class Chinese food and Water and Carrall Street are home to many a reveler during the Olympics.  And before heading home, you could hit up the Fortune Sound Club which is providing fresh beats on their world class sound system right from the heart of Chinatown.

Foo's Ho Ho Neon Sign