SCA | Quick News | March 17, 2023

Goodbye, Dean!

Wow.... Truly the end of an era for the SCA: Dean Lastoria, our long-time New Students Advisor, retired today after over 25 years at SFU, including 15+ with us. We're sure there are many, many SCA alumni and current students who would join us in wholeheartedly wishing him all the best and thanking him for his years of compassionate, student-centred work. And in classic Dean style, he left with no special hullabaloo, as he likes it. Take care out there!

Slade's Nietzschean miscellany

The SCA's Kathy Slade has a new Nietzsche-related exhibition, 6,000 feet beyond man and time, this one presented in collaboration with artist Alejo Duque, which opened Thursday, March 16, 2023, at the Mónica Reyes Gallery (2895 W. 33 Ave., Vancouver). Also, Matthew Hyland, the Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery, is holding a Curatorial Tour of the SCA's Kathy Slade's exhibition, As the sun disappears and the shadows descend from the mountaintop, on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 6:00 PM. And finally, this Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 12:00 PM, Brady Cranfield (who is me, the SCA's communicator) will be talking about Slade's CAG exhibition, too, which runs to May, 7, 2023.

Tacata, Chambers, and Loscil's Soft Launch

Organized by Vanessa Kwan at ECU's Libby Leshgold Gallery, the SCA's Ryan Tacata and Justine A. Chambers join SCA alumnus Scott Morgan / Loscil and lighting designer James Proudfoot on Soft Launch, which is a set of "two-week 'mini-residencies'" used to explore the question, "What does it mean to open a space to other things?," running across March & April, 2023. Soft Launch's first "launch" is tonight (Thursday, March, 23) from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM with Loscil's Adrift, an A/V installation that features performances by Giorgio Magnanensi, Elisa Thorn, Meredith Bates, and Nick Anderson. See the full schedule HERE.

Shihab on Below the Radar

The SCA's Nadia Shihab is the guest on the latest episode of Below the Radar, produced by the SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Listen HERE.

Yoon soundbite

Click through to the Art Gallery at Evergreen's Instagram to hear a "soundbite" with the SCA's Jin-me Yoon, who's exhibition, Long Time So Long, is at the gallery until April 30, 2023, co-presented by the Capture Photography Festival.

Priest on a podcast

While searching for something to listen to, we discovered this episode of the podcast New Books in Sound Studies from 2022 we missed featuring host Nathan Smith in conversation with the SCA's Eldritch Priest about Priest's most-recent book, Earworm and Event: Music, Daydreams, and Other Imaginary Refrains, published by Duke University Press. Listen HERE.

Pauly, et al., in action

Click through for some great action shots shared by NO HAY BANDA of last week's gig at Montreal's La Sala Rossa with the SCA's Mauricio Pauly playing with Wapiti (Geneviève Liboiron, Daniel Áñez) on a bill with White Boy Scream.

TPE's Vienna – End of an Era

Upcoming! The SCA's Owen Underhill and Turning Point Ensemble's Vienna – End of an Era (1903-1909) on March 25 at 7:30 PM & March 26 at 2:30 PM, 2023, at the ANNEX (823 Seymour St., Vancouver). Grab tickets HERE.


We're happy to announce some SCA student winners from our last round of awards and funding: Iver Smith won the Bob Rennie Undergraduate Award in Visual Arts ($1,600), Kevin Jin Kwan Kim won the Gordon Smith Undergraduate Award ($5,000), Claine Lamb won the RedFM 93.1 Annual Music Scholarship ($4,000), Emma Savić Kallesøe won the Takao Tanabe Award ($5,000), and Kaila Bhulla won the Dr. Tashakkor Award in Contemporary Arts ($1,000). If you're an SCA student, please make sure to keep your eyes open for the next round of Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries offered through the SCA, which we'll announce on social media and HERE.

The Biting School get Physical

SCA alumni Aryo Khakpour and his brother Arash (The Biting School) are teaching a three-day Physical Theatremaking workshop from March 21 – 23, 2023, at the BMO Theatre Centre (162 W 1st Ave #203, Vancouver), presented as part of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's Springboard Initiative. More HERE.

Hou in BlackFlash and Le Sigh

BlackFlash Magazine and Le Sigh, the online art magazine by Charlene K. Lau and SCA alumni Didier Morelli, have collaborated on a set of "ephemeral prints" of SCA alumni Julian Yi-Zhong Hou’s stained glass works and a "typographic iteration of Shane Krepakevich’s Prayer for 4 speakers," produced in response to Hou's work, which are available in BlackFlash’s 39.3 print edition. More HERE. For LE Sigh's side, listen to Prayer for 4 speakers and see more related content on their website.


Grab tickets for Mascall Dance's BLOOM, which runs to March 28, 2023, at Left of Main (211 Keefer St., Vancouver), featuring work by Lesley Telford, SCA alumni Emmalena Fredriksson (who's also performing), Marissa Wong / The Falling Company, and SCA alumni Eowynn and Isak Enquist, with performers Justin Calvadores, C. Diab, SCA alumni Caroline MacCaull, and Daria Mikhaylyuk.   

Morelli on Koïta

SCA alumnus Didier Morelli wrote "an artist profile on Kamissa Ma Koïta’s incredible practice for a special issue of the academic journal RACAR (Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Revue) directed by Joana Joachim and Pamela Edmonds." Download it HERE.

withintensions' Instruction

With maybe their best (but also most terrifying?) graphic yet (seriously: click through), withintensions, the monthly art mag produced by SCA alumni, is calling for submission their latest issue, this time on the theme of Instruction. And they mean that literally (but also conceptually): "we want you to send us a set of written instructions!" The deadline March 27. More HERE.

Sum and Yoshida win!

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Amanda Sum and her collaborator Mayumi Yoshida 吉田真由美, who won the Jury Award in the Music Video Competition SXSW for their video for Sum's song Different Than Before. It was also up for a Juno Award, but didn't win, although Sum got to walk the "red carpet" at the ceremony (for real!).

RECR on Aoki

Click through to read a post from the Department of Recreation Studies Langara College about SCA alumnus Jennifer Aoki, who, they tell us, "is currently interning at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre." Read it HERE.

Hartana at Evergreen

SCA instructor Sutrisno Hartana (Sute Loushi) is performing Wayang Kulit: Javanese Shadow Puppetry as part of the Evergreen Cultural Centre's 2023 Rehearsal Hall Sessions on March 25, 2023, from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Evergreen Cultural Centre's Rehearsal Hall (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Tickets HERE.

Maddock's Solastagia

Click through to The Dance Centre's Instagram to see a quick video of SCA alumnus Rachel Maddock's and Carla Alcántara rehearsing Maddock's Solastagia, which also includes SCA MFA student Torien Cafferata, which will be presented as part of The Dance Centre's Winter 12 Minutes Max programing, which runs Monday, March 27, 2023.

Sundin at Monte Clark

Opening Saturday, March 18, from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, SCA alumnus Vilhelm Sundin is part of the exhibition Arden, Kydd & Sundin, which runs to April 20, 2023, at the Monte Clark Gallery (53 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver), presented as part of the 2023 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibitions Program. More HERE.

fever haze in a broken ecology

Listen to fever haze in a broken ecology by Sounding the Dusk Meridian, a group featuring SCA alumnus Matthew Ariaratnam (electric guitar) and Adrian Avendaño (drums and percussion), Ross Birdwise(voice and laptop), Soressa Gardner (voice and laptop), and prOphecy sun (voice and electronics), who "took the sculptural and lighting elements of Keith Langergraber’s installation, The Dusk Meridian, as a polydimensional score, and created an ambient musical reading of the piece performed at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite in partnership with Vancouver New Music in April 2023."

Lavery on Agony / Serendipity

Read SCA alumnus Lauren Lavery in Carla (Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles) on the exhibition Agony / Serendipity, which runs to April 8, 2023, at LA's Smart Objects (1828 W. Sunset Blvd.). Read it HERE.

The Couch shares   

Starting with Danielle Bobier's Overcast and gradient (2020), The Couch (aka SCA alumni Debbie C and Sena Cleave) are sharing images and info on their Instagram about the works in their recent exhibition, Hometown II, which ran February 9 – March 3, 2023, at the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Ramsey in Capture's Catalogue

Read the online version (via Issuu) of Capture Photography Festival's 2023 Catalogue, which includes a text by SCA alumnus and The Polygon Gallery curator Elliott Ramsey, or keep your eyes open for "physical copies" at "Featured and Selected Exhibition venues" and other locations around Vancouver, or purchase a copy through their website.

My Little Tomato reviewed

Read reviews from Stir Vancouver, Review Vancouver, and On the List for Rick Tae's My Little Tomato, directed by SCA alumnus Cameron Mackenzie and produced by SCA alumnus Derek Chan, which is running March 9 – 19, 2023, at The Cultch, co-produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) and Zee Zee Theatre, in association with rice & beans theatre.  

Kamikaze Nurse at the Fox

SCA alumnus and PhD student Casey Wei's rock group Kamikaze Nurse are playing the Fox Cabaret with Wares and SoyJoy on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 9:00 PM. More HERE.

Winter Vacation / neXt vibe

Listen to two new tracks from JPEG 2000, the synth pop duo of Bench Wreston and SCA alumnus and A/V specialist Joey Chaos. Listen HERE.

Clala Dance's Uchi

SCA alumnus Tomoyo Yamada and the Clala Dance Project are presenting a "work in progress" showing of Uchi on April 7, 2023, at 7:30 PM at The Beaumont Studios (who need public support right now, too!), featuring SCA alumni dancers Shion Skye Carter, Kevin Soo-Locsin, Charlotte Telfer-Wan, and Anja Graham, plus with SCA alumni Sam Mason (projections), Brian Postalian (dramaturgy), and Christian Ching (lighting design). More HERE.

Until Branches Bend in theatres!

Read a Globe & Mail review (may or may not be paywalled) of SCA alumnus Sophie Jarvis' film Until Branches Bend, which won the Best BC Film Award at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival, and looks to be receiving wider theatrical release this month.


Attention Toronto: SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman / Action at a Distance is leading 2 LOVE SESSIONS on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at TRAC, presented by The Toronto Dance Community Love-In. More HERE.

MacCaull, Associate Artistic Director

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Caroline MacCaull, who's the new Associate Artistic Director of the always-busy interdisciplinary art collective Chimerik 似不像, joining Chimerik 似不像 co-founder and SCA alumni Sammy Chien at the helm.

Meet Shannon and Elder Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph

We're not sure who that grizzled, bearded fella is (sigh... it's me...), but this is an otherwise sweet introduction to Shannon, the SCA student co-leading the marketing team for this year's Skoden Indigenous Film Festival, which runs Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1, 2023, in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver). Watch the video HERE, then grab some tickets HERE. Also, Elder Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph will be opening and witnessing this year's SIFF. Find out more about him HERE.

The Michelle Sound Collection

Indigenous jewelry and fashion company mad aunty have worked with SCA alumnus Michelle Sound on a new collection of earrings, necklaces, and pins.

Yay, Crawford!

Congratulations to Justine Crawford, the Manager, Audience + Event Services in Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Production & Event Services (known around these parts as GCAPES), who's just been recognized for her "work performance" (that is: "demonstrating work performance that is consistently above and beyond the call of duty") in SFU’s 2022 Staff Achievement Award winners, which were just announced. Working regularly with her on many events for the SCA, we can attest to her alert diligence and conscientious hard work!

Apply to interplay_2023

Apply to interplay_2023, the "festival of live online performance," which is produced by SCA alumnus Deanna Peters, by April 15 at 11:59 PM. More HERE.

March 17, 2023