A weekly round up of the news and cultural happenings we followed this week.
Vancouver gets animated: Pixar officially opened offices in Gastown this week. Always so much media coverage (hype?) around these Vancouver 2.0/creative class/Hollywood North stories, and more to come: “no fewer than three American studios are opening up shops in Vancouver: Pixar, Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks, which plans to formally announce its Vancouver studio next month.” (Globe and Mail)
Lights out for Celebration of Light? We could post a link to last year’s story on this, or the 2008 version, and so on… Every year the incredibly popular fireworks festival is on the verge of cancellation. Who’ll be the white-knight sponsor this year? (Globe and Mail)
Beaches and parks go smoke-free: On Monday night, the Parks Board voted in favour of banning smoking in local parks and beaches. “No fines or penalties were passed in the bylaw but the regulation could be amended in the future if there’s not sufficient voluntary compliance.” Sign we’re living in a nanny state or a progressive one? And could a ban on carcinogen-spewing charcoal barbecues be next? Or is this really about legislating manners? (CBC)
Pop art continues to provoke: A blockbuster exhibition of works by the world’s foremost pop artists opens at Ottawa’s National Gallery in June, and it’s already stirring controversy for its, well, intentionally controversial content. Pop Life: Art in a Material World is travelling from the Tate Modern in London, and features some 250 paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, etc., produced over the past three decades by artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst. The gallery has received the edited version of the show from Tate curators, presumably to avoid some of the issues experienced during the show’s run last year, and some galleries will be off limits to kids under 18 unless they’re accompanied by a parent. Great discussion on all this on CBC Radio’s Q this morning, more coverage from the show’s London run from the Guardian newspaper here, and details on the exhibition itself via on the National Gallery’s website here. Fascinating.
History on foot: The May schedule for Jane’s Walks is now up on the Think City website. Great lineup. For the uninitiated, the walks are inspired by the late Jane Jacobs—Toronto’s urban-planning heroine and author of the seminal book Death and Life of Great American Cities—and delivered by civic-minded volunteers for free. (We’re into the tour of andesite-stone buildings, a topic covered in the terrific book Vancouver Matters; see my blog post on it from September.) (Jane’s Walk)
Image credit: The Globe and Mail