International Women’s Day at MOA

International Women's Day

This year’s International Women’s Day at MOA is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women.

Through the voices of women from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, we explore what it means to be a woman—in this time, in this city, in this world. This special night at MOA features dance, rap, song, poetry, improvisation and powerful words by Vancouver’s emerging and established women artists. The night showcases the diversity, strength, breadth and depth of women’s experiences, their resilience and unique voices through the power of the arts.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Co-curated with dancer, rapper and community organizer, Kayla Vargas; JUNO-winning musician and community organizer, Meredith Bates; and singer/songwriter and musician, Chelsea Johnson.

Program schedule

Musqueam Welcome + Opening Remarks | 7 pm

Vancouver Improvised Arts Society | 7:10 pm
A jazz performance that celebrates the intersections of gender, race, and social status by encouraging the mingling of mediums and genres.

Zahra Shabah | 7:40 pm
A personal, contemporary dance that explores sexuality and sensuality through the lens of an Islamic upbringing and a queer/sex positive future.

Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective | 8:10 pm
A traditional Filipino dance performance by a community-based company dedicated to the promotion of the cultural arts and history of the Philippines Indigenous peoples.

Kayla Vargas | 8:25 pm
A rap, music and dance performance from a first-generation immigrant Philipinx—one of Vancouver’s powerhouse community builders and cultural connectors.

Chelsea D.E. Johnson + Friends | 8:40 pm
Soul, funk and poetry from a Vancouver veteran musician who will also lead an interactive, soul-rising choir of women and audience in song.

All ages welcome!

Event Details

THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2020
7 – 9 PM

MOA
6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver

Free with museum entrance fee.

POSTPONED! Elisa Thorn, Feven Kidane, Alvaro Rojas, Balot Ne ––plus a surprise guest!

With heavy hearts, we’re postponing this wonderful concert due to public safety concerns surrounding the transmission of COVID19 in our community. We will announce the new date in the near future.

Please contact info@improvisedarts.ca to speak to us about a refund/credit. We urge you to consider making your ticket purchase a donation to the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society. In these difficult times, independent arts organizations and freelance artists are taking a huge hit with not much hope of financial protection. No questions or judgement, if you’d like a refund for your ticket to March 21st or to obtain a credit toward the next salon, which is scheduled for MAY 23RD, 2020! We know many people in our community are having a hard time right now and we want to support each other as best we can!

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL OUT, HAPPY AND HEALTHY, at FULL BLOOM STUDIOS ON MAY 23RD FOR OUR NEXT INSTALMENT OF THE VIAS SALON SERIES! Stay safe, friends!
 
 
Vancouver Improvised Arts Society Salon Series #2
 
Join us on Saturday, March 21st for the second event in our Salon Series. This will be a multidisciplinary night to remember featuring Elisa Thorn on processed harp, Feven Kidane on trumpet/electric bass, Alvaro Rojas on electric guitar, Balot Ne on gamelan sounds, plus very special surprise guests! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date. This is going to be a fun one, with a little bit of mischief and a lot of joy!
 
These concerts celebrate the very beginnings of a new performing arts society in Vancouver: the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society. Dedicated to showcasing new artistic works sparked from joyful spontaneous play and to support artists working across mediums to explore, create, and perform within the limitless realm of improvised art, VIAS is poised to be a hub for international and local artists ready to expand and evolve their crafts through experimentation, collaboration, and performance.
 
The VIAS Salon Series, in conjunction with our friends at Studio Full Bloom, is a bi-monthly fundraiser and awareness-raiser for the society, as we prepare for our official launch in the Fall of 2020 when we will host our very first two day festival of all things improvised! Stay tuned

Event Details

Saturday, March 21st
Doors 7pm, Music 7:30-8:15pm
Studio Full Bloom
831 Commercial Dr. Vancouver
Suggested donation $10-20 
Limited seating, reserve now!

Snacks will be served, cash bar will be available

The VIAS Salon Series, in conjunction with our friends at Studio Full Bloom, is a bi-monthly fundraiser and awareness-raiser for the society, as we prepare for our official launch in the Fall of 2020 when we will host our very first two day festival of all things improvised! 

This concert celebrates the very beginnings of a new performing arts society in Vancouver, the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society. Dedicated to showcasing new artistic works sparked from joyful spontaneous play and to support artists working across mediums to explore, create, and perform within the limitless realm of improvised art, VIAS is poised to be a hub for international and local artists ready to expand and evolve their crafts through experimentation, collaboration, and performance.

We are so very grateful to be able to play, dance, and make art on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Cole Schmidt & Peggy Lee Trio with special guest Skye Brooks & featuring Olivia C. Davies

Come kick off your Saturday night with a beautiful concert in the sweetest little flower shop in East Vancouver. for our first salon of this series!

Hear creative music icons Cole Schmidt and Peggy Lee in their new trio featuring special guest Skye Brooks.

Special appearance by dancer Olivia C. Davies!

These artists are nothing short of enchanting to hear and see and we’re so lucky to be able to witness this new collaboration!

Event Details

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Doors 7pm 
Music 7:30pm
Studio Full Bloom
831 Commercial Dr. Vancouver
Admission by donation
Limited seating, reserve now & pay at the door

Snacks will be served, cash bar will be available

The VIAS Salon Series, in conjunction with our friends at Studio Full Bloom, is a bi-monthly fundraiser and awareness-raiser for the society, as we prepare for our official launch in the Fall of 2020 when we will host our very first two day festival of all things improvised! 

This concert celebrates the very beginnings of a new performing arts society in Vancouver, the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society. Dedicated to showcasing new artistic works sparked from joyful spontaneous play and to support artists working across mediums to explore, create, and perform within the limitless realm of improvised art, VIAS is poised to be a hub for international and local artists ready to expand and evolve their crafts through experimentation, collaboration, and performance.

We are so very grateful to be able to play, dance, and make art on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.