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People often ask us where we get our arts marketing information – though much of what we do comes from experience and creative team brainstorms, we do subscribe to e-newsletters that act as vital tools in our work. Not all of the e-newsletters are specific to arts marketing, but they are marketing tools that we are able to specifically apply to the arts.



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National Arts Marketing Project Invaluable, industry-specific tips, tricks, and case studies for arts marketers. They share everything from important research about such items as arts attendance to webinars that discuss social media trends. Subscribe here.





Marketing PR Filter - The latest happenings in Public Relations from across the country. From the makers of Marketing Magazine, Marketing PR Filter offers vital information on the latest trends, successful marketing campaigns, and more. Subscribe here.





AdFreak Daily - An engrossing array of eclectic ads and gimmicks that currently have people talking, and the internet typing. They share fascinating – albeit at times shocking – articles and ads, that might just offer some wacky inspiration for future campaigns. Subscribe here.





Colossal - Creative, inventive, and inspiring pieces about the latest and greatest in the art, design, and visual culture world. Though it is not marketing focused, Colossal offers a sneak peek into some extraordinarily creative art, and will keep you up to date with some of the goings on in the art world. Subscribe here.






Arts Journal - A glimpse into current affairs in the arts on a global scale. Arts Journal covers a wide range of topics from arts in the media to arts funding for festivals and organizations at large. A vital tool to keep up to date on arts news, and you can choose whether you receive it daily or weekly. Subscribe here.



What are some of your favourite e-newsletters – arts marketing or others? We’d love for you to share them with us in the comment section below. 



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As part of the 27th annual Dancing on the Edge festival, EDGE 2 was a captivating evening featuring the works of three talented and distinct choreographers: Meredith Kalaman, Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Serge Bennathan. Joined by a long list of other Vancouver dance fans, we caught these innovative performances July 7, on stage at the Firehall Arts Centre.


Meredith Kalaman

Photo: Meredith Kalaman. Photo credit: Curtis Stodgell.

First up was Vancouver-based choreographer Meredith Kalaman’s work, Femme Fatales – a work-in-progress which began as part of the 2014 BC Buds Festival, and will enjoy its full-length premiere in 2016. As described in the program notes, Femme Fatales is an investigation into the accusations that lead to the murders of tens of thousands of women and men in North America and Europe, while pointing fingers at how far we have – and haven’t – come in our understanding of gender socialization.


Kalaman, who also performs with stunning grace, is joined on stage by Teghan Fedor and Kate Franklin. All three dancers boast exceptional technique, and each adopt a subtly distinct approach to the work – a strong choice that builds a pleasing dynamic between the dancers, and reminds the audience that each woman on stage brings individual stories and motivations. Overall, I most enjoyed the variety of textures and cadences in the choreography, with a standout moment being the portrayal of a series of well-known childhood games.


Photo: Alvin Erasga Tolentino. Photo credit: Kiku Hawkes

Photo: Alvin Erasga Tolentino. Photo credit: Kiku Hawkes

Next up was a powerful solo from Alvin Erasga Tolentino titled Tracing Malong, in which the choreographer and performer danced with the indigenous Filipino fabric Malong – a traditional tube of multi-coloured cotton cloth, which can be used to convey the social or economic status of the wearer. Erasga Tolentino danced with the Malong as though it was an extension of himself – finding innovative ways in which to control and manipulate the cloth, at one point even precariously balancing it on his head. Most striking about his performance however was his use of energy, juxtaposing fast movements with steps that had an almost taffy-like quality.


Photo: Hilary Maxwell & Karissa Barry.

Photo: Hilary Maxwell & Karissa Barry.

Concluding the performance was a second work-in-progress titled Just Words from Choreographer Serge Bennathan of Les Productions Figlio. Interjecting a series of combative and highly-physical duets from Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell was a selection of poems, written and spoken by Bennathan himself that spoke to both the profound and happy characteristics that sharpen an artist’s life. Following each section of choreography the dancers would retreat to the upstage corners, almost as two boxers would in between rounds. When Bennathan was speaking, audience members could close their eyes and get lost in his voice – so beautiful was both what he said, and the way he said it.


Dancing on the Edge ran July 2 – 11, 2015.


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Dancing on the Edge kicked off July 2 at venues across Vancouver – the 27th year this celebrated local festival has been presenting the very best in contemporary dance. Canada’s longest running dance festival, this year’s line-up features artists at the forefront of contemporary dance expressions – risk-takers who are advancing and evolving the possibilities, and even the very definition, of contemporary dance.


One such artist is Kelowna-born choreographer Joshua Beamish, back in town from his new home base of London, England for a one-night-only performance at the Vancouver Playhouse. This truly mesmerizing evening – the 10th Anniversary Celebration from MOVE: the company – featured five individual works including four duets, and one solo performed by Beamish himself. With world-class dance talent on stage, including dancers from The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Royal Ballet, this artistic showcase demonstrated just how gifted a choreographer Beamish really is.


Nicol Edmonds & Matthew Ball of The Royal Ballet in 'Burrow.' Photo by Alice Pennefather.

Nicol Edmonds & Matthew Ball of The Royal Ballet in ‘Burrow.’ Photo by Alice Pennefather.

While each piece was very different from the next, the mastery and precision that Beamish applies to his choreography – which is then expertly interpreted by his dancers – served as a through-line for the entire evening. Not to mention, each work (with the exception of the solo from Beamish) featured a push-pull dynamic so enjoyable to watch between two partners in a duet.


Beamish’s choreography walks the fine line between precise and articulate, while still managing to be supple and deliciously textured. A particular highlight was Pierced, performed by Joshua Reynolds and Jo-ann Sundermeier of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Executed with grace and poise, the audience was transfixed by Reynolds and Sundermeier’s sheer technical prowess, which was accompanied by the powerful and haunting score How To Pray from David Lang.


Another standout work was the Canadian premiere Burrow danced by Matthew Ball and Nicol Edmonds of The Royal Ballet. Of exceptional technical abilities, these two dancers were well matched for Beamish’s highly-skilled choreography, and showed off the choreographer’s versatility as this work was set on two men, as opposed to the other female / male duets.


In all, MOVE: the company’s 10th Anniversary Celebration performance was just that – an evening celebrating the career of one our own, now a rising talent in the international dance community.


Dancing on the Edge runs until July 11, 2015. For information and tickets visit:


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We’re musical lovers here at LMPR and this week marks Part Two of our favourite books that have been adapted into musicals.


Jesse Tanaka – High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 





I love Nick Hornby’s obsessive, neurotic writing style, possibly because it’s similar to what goes on in my brain. In this social media age, they really were ahead of their time creating endless top five lists for just about everything.


I’m a little disappointed to hear that the Broadway musical wasn’t able to include the songs talked about by the record store characters – likely due to artist royalties, but I would still love to see it live if it happened to tour through Vancouver.









Hanah Van Borek – Les Misérables by Victor Hugo 



I’m proud to say I first read in French while in elementary school (I was an immersion kid). Victor Hugo’s tragic 1862 novel, based in the time of the French revolution, gripped me even as I struggled to translate the advanced vocabulary. In any language however the plight of Jean Val Jean and the orphan Cosette is moving.


The iconic songs of the musical, which premiered in 1980 in Paris, are achingly gorgeous with poignant lyrics that capture the irony and injustice endured by its characters.  With a staggering list of classics like, I Dreamed a Dream, and Castle on a Cloud, it’s no wonder Les Miserables won 8 Tony Awards in its opening, and continues to be performed widely by theatre companies and even received a hollywood adaption in  2012, winning three Academy Awards.


For those who have yet to see Anne Hathaway as Fantine (the role which won her the Oscar for best supporting actress) sing I Dreamed a Dream in one take, it’s worth taking a moment:



To see two fantastic Broadway musicals in the heart of Stanley Park, be sure to check out Theatre Under the Stars –  running from July 10 to August 22. For information and tickets please visit  


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In honour of Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) upcoming presentation of two of Broadway’s beloved musicals, Hairspray and Oliver!, the team here at LMPR wanted to share our favourite books that have been adapted into musicals.


Sarah Cruickshank – Wicked by Gregory Maguire 


Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.53.31 AMThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a story that we’ve all grown up with – the characters and storyline so iconic that there is scarcely a soul that can’t recount this classic tale. Because of this, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West published in 1995 by Gregory Maguire, is an experience akin to catching up with an old friend.


Now a popular Tony Award-winning musical – one I’ve seen not once, but twice – Wicked is a political, social, and ethical statement on the nature of good and evil. It tells the untold story of Elphaba through her childhood years, prior to her transformation into Dorothy’s feared green-skinned enemy, with the message that we all too often demonize that which we don’t understand.




Brian Paterson – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux





While I’m not over the moon about its most famous musical adaptation, Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera has been a cherished book since I first read it as a young child.


I’ve always loved ghost stories, but Leroux’s first-person narrative structure – and unique prologue which assert the story’s truth in the author’s own voice – especially captivated my imagination and has stayed with me for years.








Shona Wercholuk – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


imgresUnfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway version of Jane Eyre, but the book is one of my all time favourites.


Since taking a 19th century literature class in university, I have been completely captivated by the Brontë sisters. I fell in love with Charlotte Brontë‘s, Jane Eyre, and though I don’t love the protagonist I love the story. It is a novel that was far ahead of it’s time and a remarkable exploration into feminism.








Check back next week for the rest of the LMPR team’s favourite novels that have musical adaptations!




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In celebration of the beginning of the summer, the LMPR team is thrilled to showcase their favourite shorts-wearing, convertible-cruising, cocktail-sipping songs.


Brian Paterson – Wait So Long by Trampled by Turtles


In anticipation of seeing them take the stage at Vancouver Folk Music Festival in July – this summer’s track is definitely Trampled by Turtles’ barn-burning ‘Wait So Long.’




Hanah Van Borek - Summer Love by Justin Timberlake


What would summer be without summer lovin’? Justin sets the mood with lyrics that start out, “Ridin’ in the drop top with the top down..” that make you want to hit the beach for a cruise in a convertible.




Sarah Cruickshank – Summer Light by The Cave Singers


While surely a challenge to narrow my summertime playlist to one favourite song, it’s the mellow rhythms and lazy vocals of Summer Light that bring this tune to the top, always reminding me of blissfully warm summer evenings spent with friends.




Jesse Tanaka – Jezebel by Two Hours Traffic


Sunny, power-poppy, good times, Little Jabs was the first album I got to work on out of school in the summer of 07.




Laura Murray – Summer Nights by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta


I am such a fan of the musical Grease and an even bigger fan of this unforgettable hit. Summer Nights – sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – effortlessly conjures warm nights, beach bonfires, summer bbq’s and summer lovin’. What’s not to love?




Shona Wercholuk – Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen


Everything about this song screams summer – a bright beat with catchy, sing-along lyrics. I love nothing more than to blast this song in the car, with all of the windows down, on a scorching summer day.