SCA | Quick News | April 12, 2024

Marks is a Guggenheim Fellow

Congratulations to the SCA's Laura U. Marks, who was just announced as one of the 2024 recipients of a Guggenheim Fellowship in the category of "Fine Arts Research" (see all of the 2024 recipients HERE). Specifically, Marks received the Fellowship for her proposed (but really ongoing) work, "Small Files for a Small World: Mitigating the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Video." We've collected a lot of Marks' work in this area on our site HERE. In related news, the Small File Media Festival, which presented its fourth iteration at Vancouver's The Cinematheque on October 20 & 21, 2023, also recently received significant funding from the Canada Council. Go big, get small! In more Marks news, participants in a Small File Media Workshop in February, 2024, lead by her and filmmaker James Chehab, are presenting their films on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 8:00 PM in the Theatre Beryte at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (IESAV Damascus Street Sodeco Beirut, Lebanon). More HERE.

Oleksijczuk and team win Breaking Barriers Interdisciplinary Incentive Grant

The SCA's Denise Oleksijczuk was part of a team, including project lead Michelle Levy (SFU's Department of English) and Sheelagh Carpendale and Nicholas Vincent (from SFU's School of Computing Science), that received an SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Breaking Barriers Interdisciplinary Incentive Grant for their project, “Data Empowerment through Data Sharing in the Humanities.” Congratulations!

Hopeful Monster reviewed

Read a review of Hopeful Monster, the record by Eve Egoyan and the SCA's Mauricio Pauly, by Ken Waxman for Musicworks. Read it HERE.

Gardiner⁠ and Tam⁠ work Sexy Laundry

The SCA's Kyla Gardiner⁠ (Lighting Designer) and SCA alumnus Nancy Tam⁠ (Sound Designer) are part of the "creative team" for Michele Riml's Sexy Laundry, which runs April 11 – May 12, 2024, on the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St., Vancouver), presented by the Arts Club Theatre. More HERE.

Johal​'s Community Award

Am Johal​, who's an Associate Member of the SCA and the Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, received a Community Award from the Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation at their "South Asian Community 'Right to Vote' Annual Celebration" on April 6, 2024. Much deserved! More HERE.

Atmospheric Give'r

Need some cool, synthy study beats? Listen to this new album, Atmospheric Give'r, by SCA alumnus Joey "Chaos" Malbon, which he released on his birthday! Lordy, lordy! Listen HERE.

Bayati in SLaM

SCA student Colleen Bayati is one of the participants in Boca del Lupo’s 2024 SLaM program, which "helps emerging ideas and artistic exploration progress to a solid foundation ready for project funding applications and final development." Congratulations, Colleen! More HERE.

Skoden 2024

Congratulations to Kathleen Mullen, Carr Sappier, and the hard (and fast!) working students of CA 389, all of whom together took on the challenging job of programing and producing the 2024 edition of the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival.

Arrow to the Wind

Arrow to the Wind, a new track by SCA alumnus Wallgrin, is available now on all the platforms. Click HERE through for yours!

Honouring Indigenous Students Powwow

Upcoming from SFU First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Student Association:  

The First Nations, Métis & Inuit Student Association (FNMISA) is hosting our 2nd Annual “Honouring Indigenous Students” Powwow on April 20, 2024 in the West Gym at Simon Fraser University and we invite you to be part of this monumental event. This event is held to celebrate the end of the school year and honour Indigenous students, past and present. Our intention is to create a positive space on campus for representation and create opportunities for community connection. This intertribal event will be an opportunity for all to participate, interact, and learn more about the depth and beauty of Indigenous communities and cultures. All the organizing of this event is done by student volunteers.

In 2023, we attracted over 1,000 visitors, over 100 registered dancers, hosted 5 drum groups, 40 vendors, and more than 35 volunteers!

More details will be shared in the future so stay tuned and check back at this webpage, or reach out to the Powwow Committee at to get direct email updates!

Also, if you would like to be a part of this event as either a dancer, singer, sponsor, vendor, volunteer, or in any other capacity, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Powwow Committee at and we will be happy to be in touch with you. More HERE.

Sound in Wild Roses

SCA alumnus Michelle Sound is part of the exhibition Wild Roses, which runs April 13 – May 18, 2024, at two seven two (272 Avenue Rd., Toronto). More HERE.

Ass Power!

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement (VOCE) Program Assistant and SCA alumnus Samantha Walters talks to SCA alumni Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn, co-creators of the performance / video game assess.masses, for Episode 239 of Below the Radar, the podcast from the good folks in VOCE. Listen HERE.

Sound Palace 6

SCA alumnus Nancy Tam curated Sound Palace 6, an "Evening of Immersive Music," on Saturday May 11, 2024, at 7:30 PM in Vancouver Community College's Broadway Auditorium (1155 E. Broadway, Vancouver), featuring SCA alumni Shervin Zarkalam, Paul Paroczai, and Lief Hall, presented by the Hard Rubber New Music Society. More HERE.

Last chance: Aporia (Notes to a Medium)

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery​'s Aporia (Notes to a Medium), featuring SCA alumni Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey, closed April 14, 2024. More HERE.

Wedman's Ice Caves

Regular SCA Sessional Instructor Neil Wedman is presenting Ice Caves at the Equinox Gallery​ (3642 Commercial St., Vancouver), opening April 25 and running April 27 – May 25, 2024. More HERE.


SCA alumnus Adam Basanta's ROUGH BEAST (2023) is screening on VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine's website to May 3, 2024. See in HERE.

Hot Dyke Party

Hot Dyke Party, which includes SCA alumni Arthi Chandra, Cindy Kao, and Hannah Meyers (plus Blue Chu, Hayley Sullivan, and Thule van den Dam), are playing with Mermaid and Danielle Lande on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at The Birdhouse (44 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver). Grab tickets HERE.

New(to)Town Collective say goodbye

After 10 years together, New(to)Town Collective, which includes SCA alumni Anjela Magpantay, Davey Calderon, and June Fukumura and Avyen von Waldenburg, are officially "dissolving." Read their "goodbye" HERE (before they close their website on April 23, 2024).

The Crossing Fonds Digital Archives Symposium

The Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology is one of the sponsors of The Crossing Fonds Digital Archives Symposium, which runs April 25 – 28, 2024, at three locations: SFU Surrey (#250 – 3450 102 Ave.), VIVO Media Arts (2625 Kaslo St., Vancouver), and The Black Arts Centre (#105 – 10305 City Pkwy, Surrey). More HERE.

72ED7417-981F-44C8-BF58-56AB43183767 Sorted white yarn, crochet hooks, bald trees

Click through to The Only Animal's (which has SCA alumnus Barbara Adler as Artistic Director) Instagram for the latest – 72ED7417-981F-44C8-BF58-56AB43183767 Sorted white yarn, crochet hooks, bald trees – in a weekly series of responses to The Only Animal's Slow Social project by SCA visual art student Kinar (Kira) Saragih. See it HERE (and keep scrolling for the rest).

LSD extended

Featuring SCA alumni Barbara Bourget and Salome Nieto, Kokoro Dance's LSD, presented in collaboration with Jonathan Baldock, has extended it's run at the KW Production studios (111 West Hastings Street) to Saturday, April 27, 2024. More HERE.


SCA alumnus DEBBY FRIDAY's new track, TO THE DANCEFLOOR, is coming out April 18, 2024, from Sub Pop on your streamer. More HERE.

Peters in Grand Saut

SCA alumnus Deanna Peters is a "commissioned choreographer, mentor" for Victor Vân Tran / Savage Rock's Grand Saut, which runs May 9 – 11, 2024, at 8:00 PM at Left of Main (211 Keefer St, Vancouver). More HERE.

Lefan at the Jade Music Fest

SCA student Van Lefan 樂凡 is performing at the Jade Music Festival, which runs April 27 & 28, 2024, at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park (No. 1, Section 1, Bade Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan). More HERE.

Chimerik's Virtual Live Art Database Launch Party

Chimerik 似不像, which has SCA alumni Caroline MacCaull and Sammy Chien as co-artistic Directors, is holding a free Virtual Live Art Database Launch Party on Saturday May 4, 2024, from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Q7 Studios (77 E. 7th Ave., Vancouver), presented by New Works. Space is limited, so RSVP HERE.

Jesuino seeking performers

SCA MFA student Kevin Jesuino is seeking performers who identify as "homosexual/bisexual" and "male or masculine" who have "performance art experience" and "an interest in socially engaged art forms" for his MFA project, BEAUTIFUL THING: THE SLOW DANCE PROJECT. Is this you? Find out more HERE.

Spring Season Crochet Warm Up

The Only Animal, which has SCA alumnus Barbara Adler as Artistic Director, is holding a free weekly "Spring Season Crochet Warm Up" on Thursdays from April 18 – May 24, 2024, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM in Room 4390 here with us at 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, hosted by Adler. RSVP HERE.

April 12, 2024