Job Title - Casual Freelance writers Wage - Paid and Negotiable Expected hours per week - Casual Location: Worldwide Writers Welcome Duties of the job - Coming up with ideas for writing blogs and Monthly Newsletter. All stories shall be pre-approved, factual and checked before submitted. Education: All levels welcome. Skills and Experience: Creativity, Excellent writing skills, love for Independent Music, Entertainment writing interest. Based on talent! Description:
Vandal Concepts is currently looking for casual freelance writers for our Independent Music Company (www.vandalaconcepts.com). This position is Freelance/casual and writing is for our monthly newsletter and regular blogs. Writers are responsible to come up with ideas and will have them pre-approved by editor/Vandala Concepts via email . Select writers will be chosen for special projects and larger professional projects when available. Examples include major publication writing and promotional writing including press releases, artist biographies, articles, interviews etc. Space is limited at this time.
A deadline for applications: Ongoing. First and best talent taken.
Contact: Email short letter including about yourself, goals, experience, types of writing interest, and resume/writing history. This is a great introduction level writing job.
G74 Music and Media Arts Festival tickets: Free with WAG theatre ticket or $15 at the door
WAG 2010The Alternator’s Wearable Art Gala is on the scene once again with this wildly popular fundraising event. Each year the audience is bigger, the show more finely choreographed and for the first time ever featuring the G74 Music and Media Arts Festival, inspired to bring you even closer to the full fantasy and thrill of WAG.
The Wearable Art Gala is an artistic exploration of all types of body adornment. This fun and funky adult theatre event is not a fashion show in the traditional sense - it's an artistic exploration of all types of body adornment.
This year the WAG will unleash some 23 artists on stage blending burlesque sex appeal, clever design, breathtaking performance art, vaudeville humour and sheer spectacle. Past highlights include a battle dress made from 2000 chopsticks and other unusual designs using string licorice, tennis balls, pillows, computer keyboards and balloons filled with pebbles.
Following the theatre show the Kelowna Community Theatre will be transformed into a multi-stage nightclub experience including media-based visual art (audio, video, 3D, lights, performance) and musical guest DJs. Media artists Chris Bose,
The G74 Music and Media Arts Festival begins as DJs literally lift audiences off their feet with electronic music perfect for mingling, art and dancing. DJ elis Dye opens the evening with a high energy mix of styles, JGirl & Manousos (FlyDj's) journey through the laid-back grooves of Deep House, while guest DJ Timothy Wisdom unifies, intensifies, uplifts and penetrates the senses.
The Alternator is Kelowna’s only artist-run centre. This is our major annual fundraiser and all proceeds go to support our operations – bringing innovative exhibitions and special events to Kelowna year-round, while supporting the careers of local emerging artists.
Greetings, true believers! Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the internet, I'm back, cutting no slack in my attack on the wack, and, uh, praising the good. It's been a slow start to the summer, but things are starting to pick up, by the look of things! So, without further ado, on to the thrashing and the burning!
Now, right off the bat, I'd like to send some hearty thrashing out to the Summer Slaughter tour. They're going to be hitting Vancouver in a summer tour season where many larger festivals are passing us by, including the Warped and Rock the Bells Tours! So, yeah, big thanks to the people at The Kirby Organization for putting it together and keeping Vancouver on the itinerary! While I'm not necessarily a huge fan of some of the bands on the bill (Deathcore, not a big fan), there are some killer acts on the bill like instru-metallers Animals as Leaders, the cannabis-fueled deathgrinders in Cephalic Carnage, and the first North American tour for headliners Decapitated since their aborted winter 2007 tour with Amon Amarth. This is a huge event for the extreme metal community, and I for one am stoked to be seeing this all go down at the Rickshaw Theater here in Vancouver on August, 19th.
I'd also like to set aside some thrashing for Decapitated as they return from a set-back that would have destroyed most bands. In October 2007, the Polish death metal band was touring Eastern Europe and were in a serious accident while in Russia. This accident, sadly, killed their drummer, 23 year-old Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka, and effectively crippled vocalist Adrian "Covan" Kowanek. The band went on hiatus with an uncertain future after the accident, with Witold's older brother and band mastermind, Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, left to sort through the proverbial wreckage. After a stint with fellow Polish deathsters, Vader, Waclaw has reassembled Decapitated, with a new line-up, and is ready to hit the road again. I would like to salute Vogg for the strength it takes to do this, and wish him nothing but the best.
Now, things just wouldn't be complete without the burning. There's a lot of targets right now, but I'm going to have to go after the media and Hollywood in general for how they're handling the recently released tapes of Mel Gibson, where he admits to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, and threatens her even more. The media's problem with this, however, is not the admitted and threatened violence, but the fact that Gibson used racial epithets. Yes, using the "N" word isn't the smartest course of action, but let's look at how the word was used. He used it while saying that his wife should be gang-raped, and I'm sorry, but I think the gang-rape thing is worse than saying the "N" word. Why does Hollywood, and by extension, the media allow this? He admitted, in one of the leaked tapes, to striking Ms. Grigorieva, while she was holding their child, and yet the fact he said a racial epithet is worse?! Seriously, people! What the hell is wrong with this picture we're getting?! When words are given more value than actions, then we're on a slippery slope to a place where responsibility is completely abdicated, and that is a world we need to avoid!
It's a messed up world we live in, folks. There are people who are scarily violent and potentially insane, and there are situations that rip away the things and people we love. It takes a lot of inner strength and a great support network to start to come back from these things, and I hope that the people I've discussed, and all those who read and are going through tough times, have at least one of those to fall back on. I know I'm sounding like the ending monologue of a bad daytime talk show, but that doesn't make my words any less true. Take care of eachother, people, and yourselves.
The CBCF has earmarked 2020: the future without breast cancer. In support of that, we have launched the Masik Mosaik Photo Project that will take 2,020 photos of women that you cherish, admire or sadly lost to cancer and turn them into a one-of-a-kind painting by internationally renowned, Vancouver artist, Pamela Masik. This original artwork will be auctioned at the Prêt-A-Pour-Nuit to help raise funds for the CBCF. (See attached flyer for further details)
Upload your photo now with a $20 donation. Simply visit http://www.pretapourtea.com/ and go to the "Masik Mosaik" tab. Deadline for photo submission is August 15th, 2010!
With the onset of summer, we expect things to heat up. Sadly, it's not so with the concert season this year! There's actually a bit of a dearth in major tours, with only a few big festival tours of note even bothering to hit Canada this year. Both Ozzfest and Rock the Bells are skipping Canada this year, and have both cut down their number of shows to six and four, respectively. Even the Warped Tour is cutting dates, including their traditional Vancouver stop! A lot of this is being blamed on the economy, but let's look at what's going on as a whole.
Lilith Fair is probably the best example of this, as they have been plagued with the most issues related to date cancellations and venue changes. Initially, it was booked to hit 35 North American cities in mid-sized outdoor venues, but has now had to change venues at the last minute in many of them and even drop 13 dates due to low ticket sales. A good chunk of this can be blamed on the economy, yes. Times are tough, tickets are expensive, and in the case of Lilith Fair, extremely expensive. The cheapest ticket at the July 1st date in Vancouver, the hometown of headliner/founder Sarah McLachlan and a victim of low ticket sale-driven venue change, was $81.50. If you wanted reserved seating, that's $151.50, and if you wanted the best seats, well, you would have payed a cool $252. That's pretty expensive for a one day festival. Let's compare this with Wacken Open Air, a 3 day heavy metal festival in Germany, which charges roughly $264 for a ticket for the entire event. If you want a more local point of reference, the equally mainstream Vans Warped Tour, a one day festival tour, charges only $47.75 for a single ticket.
Ticket sales are also dependent on the draws. Some of the major US dates for Lilith Fair that have stayed afloat have Rihanna on the bill, while the majority of the cancelled markets would have had Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan headlining. Now, had more finances been available to the tour promoters to try to get Rihanna on all the dates, I somehow doubt that Lilith Fair would be facing the issues it currently is. That said, it didn't happen, and the soft economy went on to take a further toll: Norah Jones, certainly a name artist herself, has dropped off the bill due to the cancellations. Simply another blow to ticket sales.
Still, Lilith Fair is doing it's best to soldier on, changing venues where necessary to something more affordable and less cavernous. These changes are occuring last minute, though, leaving tour and production management scrambling to arrange things to fit the smaller spaces. This has had a dramatic effect on washroom, food, and merchandise availability, as well as sightlines. In fact, some newspaper reviews have stated that poor placement of the food vendors caused lines so bad that sightlines one side of the venue were hampered. As word gets out, this can not bode well for fence-sitters thinking about attending.
I suppose the end statement is that the soft economy evaporated the availability of disposable income in Lilith Fair's target demographic, which then had the effect of snowballing down, hitting the bottom line hard. This negatively impacted the tour logistics, which then came back around to dissuade potential ticket buyers, causing another hit to the bottom line. This is not unlike the Orobouros, the snake which peretually is eating it's tail. It is a vicious cycle that is hitting all North American summer tours, but Lilith Fair especially. We can only hope that 2011 will be better for the live musician.