SCA | Quick News | August 4, 2023

Celebrating Daniel

Read a sweet text "celebrating the interdisciplinary intellect and career" of the SCA's Henry Daniel, who is retiring from the SCA at the end of August. And yet, we've no doubt that Henry will only become even more busy and productive! Read it HERE.

The Social Studios

The SCA's James Long and Ryan Tacata, partnering with 312 Main, have received funding from SFU's Community Engagement Initiative for a new focus called Creative Exploration in Place, beginning this fall with the Social Studios, which is a new program of study in the SCA's Theatre & Performance area. The inaugural courses will be taught by Tacata. Here's more on the project:

In the Fall of 2023, SFU’s Theatre & Performance (T&P) program will introduce a new program of study – the Social Studios – focused on the intersection of performance studies and community engaged practice. This transition aligns with similar national and international trends that inquire into the larger social impact of the performing arts and a desire on the part of T&P to find deeper connections to its urban location. Our goal with this program of study is to promote lifelong learning and engagement on the part of T&P students with respect to social issues and introduce a modes of public engagement via performance practice. Two courses will take place over subsequent semesters in a student’s third year of study – the first serving as a survey of the ethics, history and methodologies of social practice; and the second involving a practice-based exploration that results in a public facing event. For this inaugural year we hope to partner with 312 Main to complete a study of the enterprise as a whole. This introduction to the bricks, mortar, purpose and function will provide a basis for what we hope will be a long-term relationship with 312 that includes working with individual organizations housed within.

Infinitely Yours at the Powell Street Festival

The Powell Street Festival, which runs Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6, 2023, from 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM in Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell St., Vancouver) and the surrounding area, features a set of great performances and events (and always great food!), including the SCA's Miwa Matreyek's Infinitely Yours on August 5 at 1:00 PM at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St., Vancouver), and Foxgloves (Miko Hoffman, Lyndsay Sung, and Rafael Tsuchida), with the SCA's Brady Cranfield (that's me) on drums, on August 6 at 5:00 PM on the Street Stage (Jackson Ave & Alexander St.). See the full Festival Program HERE.

Yoon's Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition – closing!

The Image Centre (33 Gould St., Toronto) shared a "spotlight" video about the SCA's Jin-me Yoon as a reminder to hurry to see Yoon's Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, which closes Saturday, August 5, 2023. Watch it HERE.

Clay at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council

Advance notice: the SCA's Allyson Clay is presenting Flow from October 13 – November 11, 2023, with an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, October 12, at 5:00 PM, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council (5714 Medusa St., Sechelt). More HERE.

Seeking: Indigenous Peer Mentors

The Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, our institutional home-base at SFU, has posted Indigenous Peer Mentor positions with the School of Communication, the School of Interactive Arts + Technology, and us here at the SCA. More info HERE.


Peripheral Review​, the online art magazine edited by SCA alumni Lauren Lavery, have launched peripherie-peripherie, their new interactive "digital chapbook project" and "full-colour broadsheet that readers will receive in the mail." This inaugural issue includes Kiel Torres on the SCA's Kathy Slade’s As the sun disappears and the shadows descend from the mountaintop, which ran at the Contemporary Art Gallery from January 27 – May 7, 2023. More HERE.

Yassine's 2023 Shadbolt Fellow talk

Presented by the SFU Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, SCA alumnus Ghinwa Yassine, who's a 2023 Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities, is giving a talk on September 14, 2023, at 6:30 PM in room 1600 at SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). Yassine will discuss "her work investigating the bodies of women in public protests, with a focus on the Beirut 2019 uprising," and will also introduce her project Invisible Ink, which calls for SFU student participation. More info and RSVP HERE.

Polyphonic Multilingual Creation Residency

rice & beans theatre, which has SCA alumnus Pedro Chamale as its artistic director, are calling for "proposals from multilingual theatre artists and translators across Canada" for their "second annual Polyphonic Multilingual Creation Residency from May 20th to May 30th, 2024!" The application deadline is September 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM (PDT). More HERE.

All Over the Map 2023

New Works shared a quick profile on their Instagram of SCA PhD student Edward Sembatya, who, along with SCA alumnus Jhoely Triana, is performing as part of All Over the Map 2023 on Sunday, August 13, at 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM for FREE at the Picnic Pavilion on Granville Island. Find out more about the show HERE.

Inverso Productions Summer Intensive

Fast upcoming! Inverso Productions Summer Intensive runs August 14 – 18, 2023, in our studios here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Sawyer wins

SCA alumnus Carol Sawyer's video I attempt from love’s sickness to fly, in vain recently won the “Best experimental” category at the 10th Logcinema Art Films festival in Buenos Aires. More HERE.  

Tong at Pratt

While the website offers little info so far, SCA alumnus Yi Xin Tong is now faculty at the Pratt Institute. Congratulations! 

Perkins Deneault defends

The Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology's Tessa Perkins Deneault is defending her MA thesis, “Iris Garland: Modern Movement," on Monday, August 14, 2023, at 10:30 AM in Room 2200 at SFU Harbour Centre (555 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). More HERE.


Running live online on September 14 & 15, SCA alumnus Deanna Peters' interplay_2023 includes SCA alumnus Caroline MacCaull with Jasmine Liaw, SCA MFA student Kevin Jesuíno, and erψn temp3st, Miguel Maravilla, and Margaret Dragu + Brady Marks. Grab "by donation" tickets HERE.

BTR Pride playlist

Now that Pride is "officially" upon us, with the 2023 Vancouver Pride Festival running Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, and SFU will also be participating in the Pride Parade on the Sunday, our friends and colleagues in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement have dug into their Below the Radar archive to share a "podcast playlist that brings queer voices to the forefront—from activism, education, healthcare, to the arts." Listen HERE.

Best Arts Program / School?

The folks at The Georgia Straight let us know that we've been nominated under the "Best Arts Program / School" category in their "Best of Vancouver" awards. While this is cool and all, we really have our eyes on the race to be the "Most Vancouver Animal" (although even here we're rooting for an all-candidate tie). Vote now HERE.

Stoking Our Sacred Fire

SCA alumni Eddy Van Wyk and Doaa Magdy join Solo RB, Erica Masuskapoe, DANI YOUR DARLING, Terreane Derrick, Amy Amantea, Corrina Keeling, Trickster Agenda, Vancouveryarnbomber, Serisa Fitz-James, and Amrit Sanghera for Stoking Our Sacred Fire on Saturday, August 12, 2023, starting at 5:00 PM at X̱í7nam̓ut | Pandora Park (2325 Franklin St., Vancouver), presented as part of the Vines Art Society​'s 2023 Vines Art Festival. More HERE. Also, read about the opening event of the festival, Songs of Resistance, on August 9 at 6:00 PM at Second Beach at St'ít'eweḵw' / Stanley Park, from Stir Vancouver HERE.

Le Sigh 010

Issue 10 of Le Sigh, the online arts magazine from SCA alumnus Didier Morelli and Charlene K. Lau, is available now. Read it HERE.

Spence on tour

SCA alumnus Alexandra Spence​ shared two September tour itineraries. First, a UK tour with MP Hopkins as their duo Banana: Sept 2 in Glasgow at Radiophrenia, Sept 5 in Edinburgh at the Waverley, Sept 6 in Leeds at the Wharf Chambers, Sept 7 in Stockport at All Night Flight, Sept 8 in London at the Hundred Years Gallery, Sept 10 in London at Cafe OTO, and Sept 12 in Brighton at the Bees Mouth. And Second, a tour of France, Germany, and Belgium with Delphine Dora, with both solo sets and as a duo: Sept 16 in Paris at Sport National, Sept 17 in Berlin at Arkaoda, Sept 20 in Cologne at Impakt, Sept 21 in Strasbourg at Diamont d'or, Sept 22 in Marseille at Data, Sept 23 in Bordeaux at Cafe Pompier, Sept 26 in Hamburg at Upstream (but without Delphine Dora), Sept 29 in Mechelen at Grambacht, and Sept 30 in Ghent at Drinks & Sounds.

Distractfold + Koochakzadeh-Yazdi

Distractfold Ensemble are performing SCA alumnus Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi's Just Like Blueberries (with Koochakzadeh-Yazdi on electronics) on September 6, 2023, at London's IKLECTIK (Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane). More HERE.

NUMB DAME, Bill Can, Raw Nerve Endings​

SCA student Saskia Cseh's NUMB DAME are playing a FREE show with Bill Can (with SCA student Liam Wilkins) and Raw Nerve Endings​ Friday, August 4, 2023, at Victory Square (200 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), starting at 7:00 PM.

How Would Lubitsch Do It S3E03

Listen to S3E03 of the podcast How Would Lubitsch Do It about Ernst Lubitsch's 1924 film Three Women, with SCA alumnus host Devan Scott and guest James Penco. Listen HERE.

Fire of Love at the Remai

If you're in Saskatoon, the Remai Modern (102 Spadina Crescent E) is screening Sara Dosa's Fire of Love, which was edited by SCA alumnus Jocelyne Chaput, on August 5, 2023, at 1:00 PM in the SaskTel Theatre. More HERE.

Work with Blackout Art Society

SCA alumnus MariFer Douglas sent us a call for an art / theatre student to assist with Blackout Art Society's upcoming Stand Festival, which runs November 2 – 12, 2023. Here's the full call we were sent:

Hello arts/theatre students!

We are looking for ideally an arts/theatre student interested in being an assistant for our coming festival. The position is full-time for the length of the festival with pre, during, and post-production which should be around 2 months. We are ideally looking to reach Newcomers to Canada who need a boost in their career and help to establish themselves in our community, but ANYONE can apply for it. You do need to cover all these requirements as per the funding request:

1. Be a PR/Refugee or Citizen of Canada
2. Be a student in a university and plan to go back to school in the fall.
3. Be between 15-30 years of age.

If you want more info you can email me directly. Salary will be negotiable, though we have a starting rate of $18/hr. We can also negotiate hours and duties based on the interest of the applicant and the needs of the company. If you want to apply, please email your resume to me, and just mention in the email why you’re interested in this position and when is the sooner you could start.

Find out more about the Blackout Art Society HERE.

August 04, 2023