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Museums to Ban Selfie-Sticks

New progress has been made in the never-ending war on vanity, as various museums across America have decided on a ban against Selfie-Sticks. Fearing damage to priceless works of art and those who have come to see them, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its decision to forbid the picture-taking tool, following the same prohibition from museums in Washington and Houston. But don’t get too worked up – regular, hand-held selfies will remain legal.


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Chutzpah! Festival Kicks off with Maria Kong

The 15th annual Chutzpah! Festival celebrated this year’s debut with Maria Kong, opening the international performing arts fest at Red Room Ultra Bar. Based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, the multidisciplinary team of performers stunned audiences with BACKSTAGE. This immersive experience of dance, music, and technology has set Chutzpah! up for yet another amazing year.




SNL 40th Anniversary Special Dominates Ratings

Staring a star studded comedy cast – Justin Timberlake, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Bill Hader, and Tina Fey, to name a few – SNL took over Sunday night TV for a three-and-a-half hour 40th anniversary special. With an audience of over 23.1 million viewers, the NBC show earned ratings only surpassed by the SuperBowl.


SNL 40th Anniversary Special








Squamish Valley Music Festival Unveils Line-up

Announcing it’s highly anticipated 2015 line-up this week, Squamish Valley Music Festival was proud to say that they landed mainstage headliners Sam Smith, Drake, and Mumford and Sons.  Alongside another 70+ incredible acts will be Vancouver talent Mother Mother, The Funk Hunters, and Dear Rouge.  Tickets go on sale February 26 at 10AM.




Yaletown Warehouse to host Warhol Exhibit

Popping up in Vancouver from March 1st to 30th are 80 prints and paintings from Andy Warhol, exhibited alongside Warhol’s private Polaroid collection. Staged with free admission at 1280 Homer Street in Yaletown,11AM – 6PM, this never-been-housed together exhibition presents the rare chance to see the worlds top-selling works in person.


Andy Warhol



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The Client:

c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city is a momentous, five year exhibit between the Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). The unified exhibits will connect Vancouverites with c̓əsnaʔəm one of the largest ancient village and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built – sharing its powerful 5,000-year history and continuing significance.


The Campaign:

In order to make this remarkable exhibit known across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Laura Murray Public Relations was hired to secure high levels of media coverage from the city’s top publications. Gaining coverage online, in print, radio, and television ensured that c̓əsnaʔəm remained a local must-see. Activities included organizing a guided media tour across the three different exhibition sites, coordinating interviews & television shoots, writing & distributing a press release, sending & uploading event listings, and pitching local journalists.


The Results:

The campaign was hugely successful, garnering interest and excitement in print, television, broadcast, and online outlets featuring cover stories, interviews, articles, previews, and reviews. A media tour of the exhibition also sparked popularity across Vancouver.


Highlights include: Canadian Art Magazine, Galleries West Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, CBC’s Q, CBC: The Early Edition, The Province, Vancity Buzz, The Westender, City TV’s Breakfast Television, Miss 604, Global Television, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Observer.



Campaign Highlights: 



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Exploring etymology, Moving BackWord looks into the history and meaning behind artistic terminology. From its ancient origination to modern adaptation, each word contains a backstory much more detailed than what a dictionary prints.


ac·tor –  a person whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or in television


Only dating back to the 16th century, the word actor is younger than the profession itself. Only considered a form of art since 554 BC, acting can be credited to the Greek performer Thespis, who stepped onto the stage at Theatre Dionysus and wowed the crowd with this new form of entertainment.



Prior to his revelation of expression, performance was limited to dance, music, and storytelling. The words dancer, musician, and storyteller were commonly used to describe these artists- however, as no one had knowingly acted on stage before, there was no need to coin new terminology.


Widely considered the first recorded actor, stage performers were commonly referred to as Thespians, in honour of Thespis, father of the craft.  However, this title would not last long…



Unsurprisingly finding roots in Latin vocabulary, the modern word actor was derived from the verb agere, meaning “to do” or “to act”.


Used when denoting an administrative figure, the original use of agere was quite literal – these Latin figures would implement authority by acting upon their ability to make decisions, and doing (or carrying out) the actions they instructed. Therefore, when Thespis brought acting to popular attention, agere found itself to a different use, and became not just a verb but also a noun.


Eventually making it’s way through the dictionary of time, agere mingled with late Middle English influences, adapting into it’s current day form –actor.



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PuSh Enters Final Week

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival entered the final week of its 2015 season wrapping up on February 8. Since its inception in 2003, PuSh has grown into one of Vancouver’s signature events, presenting genre-defying celebration of both local and international performing arts.



Pacific Opera Victoria Gets an Acoustic Boost

In advance of their official new opening on Feb. 16, Pacific Opera Victoria received a beautiful work of cedar crafted by First Nations artist Carey Newman. The piece measuring over nine metres, not only adds visual appeal, but is also designed to give the centre improved acoustic value with its flowing cedar waves.


Pacific Opera Victoria


Harper Lee to Publish First Novel Since 1960

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee announced the release of her first novel since 1960′s To Kill a Mockingbird this week. The novel titled Go Set a Watchman, was completed in the 1950′s and will finally see the light of day when it’s released later this year.


Picasso’s Granddaughter to Sell Off Inherited Art

Marina Picasso, the granddaughter of famed artist Pablo Picasso announced that she would sell her over 10,000 pieces of inherited art. The total value of the collection is estimated at approximately $290 million USD, with the proceeds going towards her philanthropic efforts.




Toronto Gets a Field Trip

Toronto’s Field Trip music festival announced it’s line-up for the busy summer festival season. The festival hosted by the Arts & Crafts record label, will host the likes of My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, and De La Soul among many others.


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With a new year comes new local artists to keep your eye on. With this, City Sounds is back with another edition of our top, local picks.


Vancouver is exploding with talent, making it difficult to pick just three artists – if it was up to us, we’d write about this for days.


In this months post, we explore some of the best indie pop, rock and, alternative music Vancouver has to offer.






Vancouver indie pop duo, Laura Smith and Andrew Braun, amalgamate beautiful lyrics with stunningly unique vocals and, heart-felt instrumentals to create music that is all their own.


The group has managed to create a beautifully dynamic sound, due not only to their innate talent, but sincere dedication to their craft. As an example of this, the duo, along with producers Caleb Shreve and Ted Gowans, recently set up a studio in an isolated cabin to fully immerse themselves in their music. The first single from this set, Banks, was released in the fall of 2014.


Rococode are currently recording an album in LA, meaning we can certainly expect big things from them in 2015.


Quick Bite: 


Dominique Fricot:





Stunning baritone vocals and emotional lyrics are just a few of the reasons to love Dominique Fricot.


Fricot has certainly had a successful career thus far, winning third place in The Peak Performance Project in 2012 and subsequently winning the title of Shore 104.3’s Best of BC award.


Fricot’s sophomore release, Sweet Little Fantasy, was released in the fall of last year and with it came powerful ballads that only he had the courage to create.


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Western Jaguar:


Western Jaguar


Western Jaguar’s music offers harrowing lyrics, ambient synths and, ethereal chords.


Western Jaguar, also known as Jeffrey Trainor, experiments with a multitude of genres to create his music. This not only makes him impossible to categorize, but wonderfully innovative. Composer, singer, bass, drum and, keyboard player – he is the true definition of a one man show.


He released his debut album in 2013, and has been periodically releasing alternative rock music since. Two weeks ago he released his well-received atmospheric track, Council, and he is set to release his album, Wayfarer, on March 26, 2015.


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The Client:

The world’s foremost all-male ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, celebrated their 40th anniversary and 30 years since their last Vancouver performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on January 24, 2015.


The Campaign:

Laura Murray Public Relations was hired to provide a full-service marketing and communications campaign for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s much-anticipated return to Vancouver.


Campaign components included digital marketing, out of the box promotions, advertising, eye-catching creative, consulting, as well as a full media relations campaign that secured high levels of television and editorial coverage to inform and remind Vancouver audiences of the beauty of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.




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Window Display at The Dance Shop        In-Store Contest at The Bay



The Results:

A completely sold-out house and at capacity crowd, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.