SCA | Quick News | December 2, 2022

SCA winning awards!

The SCA did very well (we're regular champions!) at the 2022 FCAT Excellent Awards, held annually by the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, which the SCA is part of. Our recipients include: SCA alumni Andrea Valentine-Lewis (Emerging Alumni) and Amanda Sum (Alum of the Year), and the SCA's Ryan Tacata (Early Career Teaching Award), Judy Radul (Graduate Student Mentorship Award and Distinguished Researcher), Wladimiro A. Woyno Rodriguez (Emerging Researcher), and Elspeth Pratt (Service Award).

While those awards are great, especially the alumni ones, we're perhaps even more excited about this collection of SCA students, who all received awards and scholarships (administered by the SCA): June Hsu won the Alderson Interarts Award in the SCA ($3,100), Dag Davidge and Marita Michaelis won School for the Contemporary Arts Scholarships ($1,000 each), Zoe Braithwaite, Mia Hope, and Claine Lamb won Bice Caple Awards ($1,000 each), Riordan Huenemann and Audrey Kerridge won Steven Shane Scholarships ($3,500 each), Anna Wang-Albini won the Brian Taylor Award in Dance ($1,400), and Hana Steinwand and Perelandra Waddle won the SCA Award for Indigenous Students ($1,150 each). Congratulations! If you're an SCA student, here's the online application form for these awards and scholarships, which are given out yearly. Make sure to apply in 2023!

Yoon interviewed

Watch a quick video from the Vancouver Art Gallery of the SCA's Jin-me Yoon talking about her work and practice. Don't miss Jin-me Yoon: About Time, which is running until March 5, 2023. Watch it HERE.

I had a dream about this place reviewed

Solid review from the venerable A Closer Listen of NO HAY BANDA's new album I had a dream about this place, which includes works by the SCA's Sabrina Schroeder and Mauricio Pauly, along with works by Anthony Tan and Andrea Young. And hey – why not grab a copy tomorrow (December 2, 2022) as a Bandcamp Friday treat! Read it HERE.

Maier on PP-01 and at the INA-GRM

Listen to the SCA's Stefan Maier's The Arranger (loudspeaker diffusion) and The Arranger (headphone diffusion) on Party Perfect's PP-01 compilation. And if you order a real-world copy (for example, on Bandcamp Friday), the booklet comes with a set of essays, including one by Maier. Also, Maier will be performing at the INA-GRM (National Audiovisual Institue / Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in Paris, France, on January 6, 2023.  

Bitter / Weber at the Secession

The SCA's Sabine Bitter and her longtime collaborator Helmut Weber were in dialog with Ricarda Denzer and Jo Schmeiser on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the Secession in Vienna, about Bitter and Weber's books Bildungsmoderne entzaubern. Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (with contributions by Ruth Horak, Klaus Ronneberger, and Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber) and Unsettling Educational Modernism. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (with texts by Treena Chambers, June Scrudeler, and Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber), both released in 2021 by Camera Austria. More HERE.

Maier, Biddle, Morgan, and Brazeau in Sound Space

The SCA's Stefan Maier, SCA alumnus and current PhD student Dave Biddle, and SCA alumni Scott Morgan / Loscil and Jean Brazeau are all part of Sound Space, "a week of spatial sound," running December 14 – 18, 2022, at Performance Works Theatre (1218 Cartwright St., Vancouver), presented by New Forms Festival and Lobe Spatial Sound Studio. More HERE.

Clay's Unless

Giving Tuesday has past (but don't let that stop you from donating to your favourite arts organizations if you're able), but this post from The Capilano Review features the SCA's Allyson Clay's contribution to Issue 3.48 (Fall 2022): S – Z of their three-part 50th anniversary set, which plays with the "Unless." Take a look HERE. Also featuring contributions by SCA alumni Lorna Brown and Charlene Vickers and the SCA's Colin Browne and Kathy Slade, you can grab a copy HERE.

Meet Eigenfeldt, on bass

At last! Surrender, the local U2 tribute band, have posted a quick Q&A with the SCA's Arne Eigenfeldt, the group's "counterpart to Adam Clayton," on their Instagram.

I have forgotten my umbrella installation images

Click through to the Vancouver Art Blog's Instagram for a set of installation images from I have forgotten my umbrella, featuring work by SCA alumni Sena Cleave, Vitória Monteiro, and A. Branch, curated by the SCA's Kathy Slade, which is at the Mónica Reyes Gallery​ (602 E. Hastings St., Vancouver) until December 17, 2022. See them HERE.

Morelli calls for odors

As director of the upcoming issue #135 of Espace magazine on the theme of "Odors," SCA alumnus Didier Morelli has shared a call for papers, with a submission deadline on January 9, 2023. Full info HERE.

After School S2.E1

Listen to the first episode of the second season of After School, the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology produced podcast the has current FCAT students talking with FCAT alumni, including folks from the SCA. This time features UX Designer and SIAT alumnus Eric Lee in conversation with SIAT student host Megan Yeung. Listen HERE.

Fredriksson talks shit with Friedenberg

Listen to SCA alumnus and current Sessional Instructor Emmalena Fredriksson on SCA alumnus Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg's podcast Talking Shit With.... Listen HERE. Also, don't miss Fredriksson and Arash Khakpour's You Touch Me, which runs December 8 – 10, 2022, at 8:00 PM at The Dance Centre (77 Davie St, Vancouver), with a post-show artist talkback on December 9, presented as part of The Dance Centre's Global Dance Connections 2022-2023 series.

Kanagawa interviewed

Read an interview with SCA alumnus Hiro Kanagawa – the Playwrights Guild of Canada's Playwright of the Month – that gets deep into his upcoming "stage adaptation of Mark Sakamoto's best-selling World War II memoir Forgiveness," which is having its World Premiere from January 12 – February 12, 2023, at the Arts Club Theatre Company's Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville Street, Vancouver), a joint production with Theatre Calgary (who will be presenting the show from March 7 – April 1, 2023). Read it HERE.

Ariaratnam's December '22

SCA alumnus Matthew Ariaratnam updates us on his upcoming schedule of shows at 8EAST (8 E. Pender St., Vancouver) to end the year, including: An improvisation workshop for the NOW Society on December 3 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM; co-hosting duties for 8EAST's Improv Karaoke on December 7 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM (sign up by 6:00 PM!); in a duo with Volta Amia (SCA alumnus Lief Hall) to open Natalie Brett Quartet's album launch on December 9 at 8:00 PM; and last (but not least!), playing a "two drum and guitar duos" show with Ariaratnam and Adrian Avendaño and Alfred Jarry (the SCA's Eldritch Priest and Brady Cranfield, who is your dedicated SCA communicator) on December 11.

Ueda wins!

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Rita Ueda, who won the 2022 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for her work as the first spring blossoms awaken through the snow. More HERE.

Loscil and English's Violet

SCA alumnus Scott Morgan / Loscil and Lawrence English have just released Violet, a new collaborative track (as audio and a beautiful video) off of their forthcoming album, Colours of Air, which is coming February 3, 2023, on Kranky. More HERE.

McFarlane's lantern workshops

Attention East Coast friends. The River Clyde Pageant​, which was co-founded by the SCA's dearly departed Ker Wells and SCA alumnus Megan Stewart in 2015, are holding two free public workshops on lantern design and construction with SCA alumnus Ian McFarlane. Session 1 is Friday, December 9, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Creative PEI​ (302 – 85 Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown) and Session 2 is Friday, December 16, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Mill in New Glasgow​ (5592 Route 13, New Glasgow). Find out more HERE.

Tong's Manuel of environmental love

Just released! SCA alumnus Yi Xin Tong's Manuel of environmental love, published on the occasion of the first Choi Foundation Prize for Contemporary Art in 2021, which Tong and artist Suzanne Husky won. Published in French and Chinese, the Manuel of environmental love is "a collection of poems dealing with the paradoxes of contemporary urban life in its relationship with nature." Find out more HERE.

Abahmed's Thonis

Sample SCA alumnus Alex Abahmed new album Thonis, out January 2, 2023, from Syrphe. Listen (and pre-order) HERE.

Voirelia's fundraiser

Voirelia, "a non-profit company focused on creating original dance works" that has SCA alumnus Jennifer Aoki as its Artistic Co-Director, is having a fundraiser. Donate (if you can) HERE.

Hille talks East Van Panto

Read an interview with Veda Hille, the musical director for Theatre Replacement's East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, featuring SCA alumnus Amanda Sum as Ariel, which runs to January 1, 2023, at The Cultch's York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr., Vancouver). Read it HERE.

SCA in i spy... 2022

SCA alumni Hannah Dubois, Kaila Bhullar, kathy feng, Samantha Walters, Sarah Wong, and Snack Witch aka Joni Cheung are all participating in UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness' "disposable camera project," i spy… 2022. Check it out HERE.

Kamikaze Nurse play a Ridiculously Early Holiday Party

If the cold wasn't clue enough, it's clearly "the season." Catch Kamikaze Nurse, featuring SCA alumnus and current PhD student Casey Wei, along with Kellarissa, Only A Visitor, Dumb, Miesha & The Spanks, and Heaven For Real at Mint Records' Ridiculously Early Holiday Party on December 4, 2022, at Red Gate (1965 Main St., Vancouver). Tickets are $15 (NOTAFLOF), doors at 6:00 PM. Pre-sale tickets available at And Mint would like you to know: "Funds raised from ticket sales for this event will be matched by Mint Records and donated to Distro Disco, a mobile free store redistributing material resources to our unhoused neighbours on unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh territory."

Johal and Dembicki talk The Petroleum Papers

Listen to Am Johal talk with Geoff Dembicki about his new book, The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change, on the latest Below the Radar. Both Johal and Dembicki participated in our Re-Orientation Day 2022: Contemporary Art + Climate Change event on September 8, 2022. Listen HERE.

Chambers' Archives and Heirlooms

SCA MFA student and current Sessional Instructor Justine A. Chambers is presenting her movement-based work Archives and Heirlooms on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7:00 PM at SFU Galleries's Teck Gallery (515 West Hastings St., Vancouver). Archives and Heirlooms was created in response to a set of large-scale illustrations by SCA alumnus Adriana Contreras, which Contreras produced in response to interviews with Chambers by the curator Seika Boye. Presented as part of It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 - 1970 and Now, which runs at both the Teck and Audain Galleries until December 9, 2022, Chambers, Boye, and Contreras will have a short talkback after the performance, as well.

videocan's videoconversations

videocan, a project led by SCA alumni Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim, has released the first of three videoconversations "featuring thoughts and reflections from four curators of international performing arts festivals," with more to come. Watch them on YouTube

2023 FCAT Undergraduate Conference

Attention all SCA students! Submissions are now open for project proposals for the 2023 FCAT Undergraduate Conference. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2023. More HERE.

Dark Dials at the Princeton

Dark Dials, the sci-fi-loving psychedelic dark wave group featuring the SCA's Christopher Anderson, is playing on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 8:00 PM at the Princeton Pub (1901 Powell St., Vancouver) with 20 Explosive Hits! More HERE.

Fredriksson facilitates

SCA alumni and current Sessional Instructor Emmalena Fredriksson is facilitating the workshop / seminar Comparative Gesture Study + Discussion as part of the FakeKnot Learning Series: HOLD_xyz on December 4, 2022, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at #102 – 1305 Frances St., Vancouver. More HERE.

Angus' Passing Through Dusk

Watch SCA alumnus Britt Angus' Passing Through Dusk, which is screening until December 10, 2022, as part of the group exhibition TRAUMWELT at Lite-haus Galerie + Projektraum. Watch HERE.


SCA alumnus Stefan Nazarevich, as his music-making alter ego SAN, has shared SANCLOUD SUNDAYS E2, featuring a little cover/remix of Post Malone. Watch / listen HERE.

Watch Sound's kîspin kisâkihin (if you love me)

SCA alumnus Michelle Sound has shared her work kîspin kisâkihin (if you love me) on her website. Watch it HERE.

December 02, 2022