The end of 2019 is upon us. Roundhouse arts programmers are recollecting another multi-faceted year of residencies, art installations, partnerships, and engaging public events. During a recently concluded residency – Frequencies, the community was invited to participate creatively or observe, but also to write something about themselves and their relationship to music.
In November 2019, Vancouver-based sound artist George Rahi completed a month-long Roundhouse residency – Frequencies.
Frequencies invited the public to reconsider and reinvent the function of bells in collective space. Throughout the month, Roundhouse visitors found a sound installation in the Great Hall where George constructed a modern day bell tower. The artist invited the public to compose on this musical structure during open, facilitated sessions. Participants returned to hear their creations played at intervals, and passersby experienced the sounds of this project filling the Roundhouse soundscape.
The Roundhouse is excited to announce Sarah Ronald and Katherine Soucie as our 2019 Artists in Residence! From June to August, both Sarah and Katherine are facilitating art-based workshops and pop-ups for the Roundhouse community.
From a distance, the Roundhouse is known for its large room rentals—with awards ceremonies and festivals celebrating community partners in the Exhibition Hall, and evocative and thought-provoking performances in the Performance Centre. However, beyond this constant current of public productions is a quiet ebb and flow of small room users. These community members contribute to the Centre’s diversity, coming regularly to practice, learn, and share their experience. In the Ebb and Flow series, we will share the stories of these incredibly talented and community-oriented patrons who help to create the rich environment that is the Roundhouse.
With BC Youth Week 2019 coming up May 1-7, we’re gearing up to celebrate all things youth, including our fantastic Youth Leaders: Sheroan Anthonypillai, Stratos Charalambides, James Hickson, and Silvia Rubino. With experience ranging up to a decade at the Roundhouse, this dedicated team ensures that youth have a welcoming, fun, and safe space to play, learn, and build community. We took a bit of time to connect with the team and learn more about why youth support is so important at the Roundhouse.
20 June, 1937 – 22 January, 2019
“Order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction.” – Kenneth Clark
Michael Noon, a beloved member of the Roundhouse Society’s Board from December 2008 until January 2013, and then of the Society’s Advisory Council until 2015, passed away peacefully early in 2019. He was kept company by close friends, who were remarkable in their love and care of him, and were by his side at the end. We, at the Roundhouse, feel the loss of this lovely man who was such a bright light in the Vancouver arts community.
We’re excited to introduce you to the Roundhouse’s new Youth Council! This team of very cool and very engaged youth grades 8-11 are collaborating with our Community Youth Worker, Sally Chan, on projects and events at the Centre. Learn more about why these youth decided to join, along with fun facts about each Council member.
Our Community Youth Worker, Sally Chan, has been hard at work coordinating a variety of new programs for youth in 2019, including a partnership between the Roundhouse and UnderToe Skateboard Academy. The program provides fun, beginner skateboard lessons for youth ages 7-13, who want to learn the fundamentals of skateboarding, taught by experienced coaches, in a safe and supervised environment.
In Fall 2018 Sally Chan joined the Roundhouse team as our new Community Youth Worker and in just a few months has initiated a handful of youth programs and initiatives for the New Year. We took a moment to check in with Sally to see what drew her to this role, why it’s important to create safe and supportive space for youth, and her plans for youth at the Roundhouse.
November 7, 1946 – September 25, 2018
It is with tremendous sorrow that the Roundhouse said goodbye to Ralph McKnight, an invaluable member of our community, who died in late September 2018. As an active contributor to the Roundhouse Society for over twenty years, Ralph leaves an indelible impression with his warm-hearted, loving, and passionate presence.