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Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl Enters 18th Season
The 18th annual Eastside Culture Crawl sees visual artists from East Vancouver’s vibrant arts and culture scene open their studios to the public from November 20-23. Originally created in 1997 in three studio buildings, the festival now includes over 400 artists and craftspeople ranging from painters to glassblowers and everything in between.

 

Eastside Culture Crawl

 

 

Emily Molnar Named Artistic Director of Dance at The Banff Centre
The Banff Centre has appointed Emily Molnar as artistic director of dance this week. The internationally respected and acclaimed director, choreographer, and dance artist continues in an artistic director role which she has held at Ballet BC since 2009.

 

Fuse ODG Turns Down Band Aid
English musician, Fuse ODG made headlines for turning down Bob Geldof’s offer to join Band Aid 30 raising money for Ebola relief efforts in Africa. Although the effort has a noble cause, the British-Ghanaian rapper took issue with the lyrics after he felt that it portrayed Africa in a negative way to the West.

 

Fuse ODG

 

Nadia Myre Wins 2014 Sobey Art Award
Nadia Myre took home the prestigious Sobey Art Award at a ceremony held in the Winnipeg Art Gallery on November 19. The award and its $50,000 prize money is given to the top contemporary artist in Canada under 40 that has held a public exhibition within the past 18 months.

 

Nadia Myre

 

 

Artist Searches for Needle in a Haystack
A unique piece of performance art made the news this week, as Italian artist Sven Sachsalber spent 48 hours literally searching for a needle in a haystack. The exhibit held in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo was just the latest in Sachsalber’s exhibits which has also seen him eat a poisonous mushroom, and cut down a tree by hand all in the name of art.

 

 

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LMPR is looking to add a highly-skilled, big-thinking, arts-loving Senior Communications Coordinator/Executive Assistant to our team!
 
If you have a passion for publicity, client relations, and the arts, please check out our posting below:

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Laura Murray Public Relations (LMPR) is a group of highly skilled, forward-thinking professionals with a passion for marketing the arts and creative industries. The company was founded in 2011 to provide artistic, cultural, and creative organizations with a single contact and unified approach to marketing and communications.

 

Our full range of services include public + media relations, marketing + advertising, promotions, social media + online marketing, graphic + web design, copywriting + grant writing, arts consulting, and audience development.

 

Based out of Vancouver, LMPR delivers a variety of innovative marketing and communications solutions for clients, including Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Eastside Culture Crawl, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver Opera, The Museum of Anthropology, and Vancouver Bach Choir, among others.

 

 

                                                                                              Position

 

LMPR is seeking a passionate and experienced Senior Communications Coordinator/Executive Assistant to join our growing team of specialists. This position will see the successful candidate working with and reporting to the company Principal. The candidate will be required to assume responsibility for a wide range of marketing and public relations tasks, as well as administrative duties in support of the Principal’s workload.

 

This is a demanding role that will require a highly efficient, tactful individual with superior communications skills who can prioritize and help manage and support the Principal’s desk. The candidate must be detail-oriented, proactive, and be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, while managing confidential information.

 

This position will also assist in the daily management of accounts for a wide variety of arts organizations across the country, fostering strong relationships built on trust with clients and internal teams. The candidate will provide consistent high level client relations to raise organizational profiles, increase ticket sales, and achieve client goals by providing efficient, strategic marketing services.

 

This is a full time salaried position. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

 

 

                                                                                Responsibilities

 

  • Oversee all stages of project planning and execution, on behalf of, and alongside, the company Principal to ensure the highest level of quality is always met
  • Represent LMPR, and the company Principal, in a professional and confident manner in both written and verbal communications, internally and externally
  • Tactically and effectively manage the overall workload of the Principal’s desk, including calendar and email management with minimal direction
  • Identify the Principal’s needs as a primary focus, and proactively drive business opportunities for clients and LMPR
  • Prepare and/or coordinate proposals, presentations, client correspondence and reporting
  • Develop, implement, and oversee multiple high-level media relations strategies for LMPR clientele
  • Identify various story leads within each campaign and craft accompanying pitches for individual journalists
  • Write communications copy, including press releases, show descriptions, and correspondence
  • Secure interviews, reviews, and coverage for clients across a wide variety of outlets
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external clients, and provide strategic guidance and direction
  • Establish innovative cross-promotions and partnerships with local businesses and arts organizations to connect clients with audiences in unique, unexpected ways
  • Utilize a variety of social media and online tools to amplify the reach of client coverage
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze issues and innovatively solve complex problems independently
  • Provide leadership support to LMPR team members, as assigned
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the LMPR team
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively coordinate and use company resources

                                                                                     Qualifications

 

  • Minimum 3-5 years of recent experience working in a marketing and/or communications role or related environment
  • Business acumen achieved through previous experience in a fast-paced, professional communications services environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications, arts management, or a related field of study
  • Excellent organizational skills and solid project management experience
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity and comfort with software and online tools, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, YouTube, and Photoshop
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong team player
  • Passion and experience with the performing arts is highly valued
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset

 

                                                                                               To Apply

 

Please send resume and cover letter to: jobs@lauramurraypr.com no later than December 5, 2014. All applications will be kept in confidence.

 

No telephone calls or faxed applications, please. We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
 

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The Client

Founded in 2000, The Virtual Stage is a Vancouver-based theatre company with a unique mandate to investigate emerging technologies in live performance. In its 14-year history, the company has produced three short films, four short plays, and 11 mainstage productions; they have toured North America and garnered 29 Jessie and Ovation Award nominations, winning seven in total to date.

 

The Campaign

Laura Murray Public Relations was hired to secure high-levels of media coverage for the interactive, undead theatre adventure On Death’s Door: Plague of the Zombie Syndrome in television, radio, print, and online publications. Activities included writing & distributing a press release, crafting, sending & uploading event listings, pitching local journalists, coordinating interviews & reviews, and holding a media event prior to the public opening.

 

The Results

On Death’s Door: Plague of the Zombie Syndrome enjoyed widespread attention from media through previews, interviews with cast & creative team members, and reviews across print, broadcast, and online media outlets through. Highlights include: Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Georgia Straight, Metro News, BeatRoute Magazine, Vancouver Courier, Living Myth Magazine, Vancouver Presents!, Sing Tao Daily, Global TV, Shaw TV’s go! Vancouver, Novus Community TV, CBC Radio-Canada, CKNW, Vancity Buzz, Modern Mix Vancouver, and Notable, to name a few.

 

Campaign Highlights

 

Newsprint:

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Online:

 

notable zombies    zombies van presents

 

zombies living myth    vancity buzz zombies

 

Television: 

 


 

 

 

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In this month’s, City Sounds, we spoke with The Tourist Company. In Part One we connected with Jillian Levey (vocals/glockenspiel/keys) and Brenon Parry (drums/percussion) by phone.

 

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We discussed everything from the creation of the band to their experience with The Peak Performance Project and their Music for Meals campaign.

 

LMPR: You’re all from very different places. What brought you together and how did The Tourist Company come to be?

 

Jillian: We met while working at a summer camp on the island called Keats Camps. We met there in the summer of 2010. That was just Brenon, Taylor and myself – we didn’t meet Josué until the summer of 2013. Brenon, Taylor and, I had been playing music together for a few years, but nothing specifically for The Tourist Company. That only came to be when Taylor had enough money to go into the studio and record some stuff he had been writing, and he asked Brenon and I to come with him. We joined him in the studio and we thought we were helping him record a solo project, but half way through the recording he asked us what we should call the band. Then Brenon, being the creative genius, wrote down a list of probably one hundred names. We just talked through them to see what we liked, and then chose The Tourist Company.

 

LMPR: The concept of your album, Space Race, is pretty unique. Can you tell us more about how the idea formed and why?

 

Both: Taylor!

 

Brenon: He’s a huge book worm and really likes to write in concepts. He will get on a certain idea or time period and just write some songs about that. Our first album was written around a World War II love story, and then he kind of jumped on to the 50′s and the Space Race. He sits at the library and goes through tons of books and he researches things from different peoples perspectives. It’s a really fascinating concept and I give him an A for effort, because it’s awesome.

 

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LMPR: What made you decide to enter The Peak Performance Project? How have you grown from the project thus far?

 

Jillian: We’ve known about the project for quite a few years and respect it a lot. There are an incredible amount of amazing bands that have come through that we listen to and respect. We were considering entering the year before this, but we were so fresh and brand new, that we just would not have stood up to the competition. So we gave it a year and now we’re just crossing our fingers.

 

The Peak Performance Project is just a really amazing opportunity to meet other people in the Vancouver music scene, to learn from others and to stretch our boundaries as musicians. We really enjoyed the bootcamp which was in the summer at Rockridge Canyon Resort. We spent a week with the 23 other bands, between the BC and Alberta Peak Performance Project. It was an intensive week of learning, recording, collaborating, having fun and, getting to know all these people. There are some incredible people and we’ve made some really good friends.

 

Brenon: Regardless of whether or not we win prize money out of this, I think the Performance Project, The Peak and, Music BC have done a really good job with training artists and teaching them how to make it in the this industry as independent musicians. They teach you how to do it yourself and how to be successful, whether or not you win prize money.

 

LMPR: What can we expect next from The Tourist Company?

 

Jillian: A few things that are under the radar. We did just finish recording a music video for our single Irrepressible future, so we’ll be putting that out pretty soon.

 

Brenon: Yea, a few things flying under the radar – but we are still stoked on our Music for Meals campaign. We recorded a three track EP for Union Gospel Mission. Helping to raise money for their holiday campaign to help them pay for holiday meals.

 

LMPR: Can you tell us more about your Music for Meals campaign?

 

Brenon: As part of The Peak Performance Project we have to do something for a charity. The camp we used to work for is really involved with the Union Gospel Mission. The UGM also supports kids that normally wouldn’t be able to attend camp, they support about 300-400 kids a year. We really believe in what they do so Taylor and our manager Alex approached them about doing some music for them and raising money and they came up wit the idea of basing an EP and pricing it at one of the costs of their holiday meals. So if you buy the EP, you are essentially buying someone a meal. All of the money we make from this EP will go directly toward feeding people that don’t have anything to eat.

 

Check back next week for Part Two of our interview with The Tourist Company. We spoke with Jillian and Brenon, as well as Taylor Swindells (vocals/guitar) and Josué Quezada (bass). 

 

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Just in time for Hallowe’en, we present part two of the LMPR team’s favourite frightening reads.

 

This week we delve into different, but equally daunting, types of spooky. We explore a harrowing, mysterious murder, a dystopian future, and a terrifying narrative of mental illness.

 

Rachel Lowry – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 

 

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Mystery novels and ghost stories are not my typical literary choice as I am not one for being unduly frightened. That being said, one of the more harrowing tales I have read over the past few years is the critically acclaimed fictional story, The Lovely Bones. 

 

 

Alice Sebold’s novel depicts the rape and murder of teenager Susie Salmon in 1973. The story follows from Susie’s vantage point in heaven as she witnesses her family and friends come to terms with their loss while subsequently trying to solve the vicious crime of her death.

 

 

 

Sarah Cruickshank – Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

 

BrainOnFireWhile not your traditional Hallowe’en-style spooky story, this is one narrative that will chill you to the bone. Suzannah Cahalan – a journalist with the New York Post – gives a first-hand account of her terrifying experience with mental illness in the riveting memoir, Brain on Fire.

 

Recreating memories through diary entries, hospital videos, and interviews with friends and family, this must-read chronicles Suzannah’s alarmingly rapid decline in health, to the eleventh-hour intervention that led to her recovery. A riveting read from cover to cover, this story confronts a sadly stigmatized issue in our society with honesty, compassion, and understanding.

 

 

 

 

Jesse Tanaka - 1984 by George Orwell

 

1984

 

I love old books and movies that predict the future, especially when the futuristic date has already past and we can see just how close or far off they ended up.

 

 

Written in 1949, it’s pretty amazing to read Orwell predicted, especially with all of the mass surveillance stories in the news recently. Some things are just scarier the closer they are to reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If there’s one commonality shared by each and every one of us, it’s our innate, human search for happiness. While the meaning of bliss has countless definitions and is found in many different ways, we all strive for a state of inner balance and peace, particularly after times of hardship.

 

It’s for this reason that Denise Clark’s wag, which ran recently at the Firehall Arts Centre, is one performance that we all – on some level – can connect with deeply.

 

Photo credit: Trudie Lee

Photo credit: Trudie Lee

A one-woman performance from compelling and inviting performer, Denise Clark of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit, wag seamlessly integrates both dance and storytelling into a powerful narrative. It is a bold and intimate look at this woman’s profound pursuit of joy following two heart-wrenching tragedies – the death of both a brother, and a father in the same year.

 

wag begins with Denise’s recount of a slow and solitary walk to the theatre, a journey she has no doubt done many times before. With an image of a snow covered landscape providing the backdrop, Denise steps foot on stage in a parka and backpack and delivers a captivating monologue from within her drawn hood. It’s subtle effect, with a large impact – an immediate invitation into her mind to share in her most personal thoughts – that sets the tone for this intimate performance about to unfold.

 

After transporting us through several other memories – the recollection of dancing alone in an Ottawa park at 4am being a definite highlight – the mood darkens as Denise reminisces on loosing her two much-loved family members. Denise doesn’t leave us down for long though; she’s on a mission to find happiness through this darkness, and has a strict “cheering up program” to which she abides.

 

Continuing on, Denise entrances us with her “booklist” – a quirky arrangement of interesting gestural choreography, which she executes gracefully with just the right amount of humour. The performance hits a high point with the “waltz party,” a bold and swirling display of colours with an attitude akin with a euphoric impromptu dance party.

 

Photo credit: Trudie Lee

Photo credit: Trudie Lee

No doubt a skilled performer, Denise’s talent lies in her instinctive ability to transport her audience emotionally, taking them with her by the hand on this refreshing journey of discovery.

 

Those that saw Denise Clark’s wag left feeling satisfied, not to mention contemplative as to their own personal definition of happiness.