Does MOV have a more enthusiastic supporter than Vancouver is Awesome? Doubtful. Since our relaunch last summer, the editors of the lively, relentlessly cheery blog-turned-not-for-profit-society have gone out of their way to support the Museum’s new direction and our feature exhibitions and programs.
We’re not so special. Vancouver is Awesome (V.I.A.) has a mandate to “study, promote, and preserve” the city’s artistic and cultural scene and to do it with a “positive spin.” On a given day you might find a review of a new artist-run project space like 304-days, coverage of a local musician’s album launch party, and a post about where to fill up your bicycle tires for free. The site is the brainchild of editor and founder Bob Kronbauer, a newish Vancouverite with a background in graphic design, documentary filmmaking, and fine-art photography (his first book, Beach Glass, is a collection of images taken in L.A. over a three-year period. He’s now working on a Vancouver version). The man is tireless.
We’ve wanted to collaborate with Bob and his team for some time now; tomorrow night, it’s happening. Through a new initiative we’re calling “MOV Programmers in Residence,” we’re hosting A Night at MOV with Conor Holler. Using a live talk show format, Holler will interview local talents Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3 fame, Charles Demers, author of the recently published book Vancouver Special, and a musical performance by Dan Mangan. Doors and bar open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 here or at the door for $30.
Needless to say, we’re thrilled to be a part of V.I.A.’s foray into programming and hope it leads to other projects that celebrate what makes this city great. Join us.