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The mandate of the Roundhouse is twofold: to be a centre for community cultural development and a community source for recreational activities for all ages. We thrive on exploring issues, on taking risks, on being cutting edge. We strive to bring people together in new ways to explore what is important to them. Through stretching our boundaries and challenging our perceptions, we endeavour to build community and in our own way to make the world a better place.
The Vancouver Park Board is the only elected body of its kind in Canada. Formed in 1888 as a committee to manage the new Stanley Park, its history is as old as the city's itself. It has exclusive possession, jurisdiction, and control over more than 230 public parks in Vancouver and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, playing fields, and more. The elected nature of the Park Board and the strength and focus of its mandate have resulted in urban parks and recreation that today hold an enviable and esteemed position world-wide. The Park Board's mission is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.
Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Last year, VPL had nearly 6.5 million visits, with patrons borrowing nearly 9.5 million physical and digital items including books, ebooks, movies, music and magazines. Across 21 locations, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada.
Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College started in 1965 as part of Vancouver Community College and in 1970, it opened its West 49th Avenue campus. On April 1, 1994, Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act. The College is also known as house of teachings, a name given to us by the Musqueam First Nation, on whose unceded traditional territory we are located. Today, Langara is one of BC's leading undergraduate institutions providing University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 21,000 students annually.
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that enable students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community.
UBC Creative Writing is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank the Musqueam Nation for its hospitality and support of our work. Consistently ranked in the top forty universities in the world, offers world-class creative writing programs at the BFA and MFA level, on-campus and by Distance Education.There’s no mistaking the prominence of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, nor its excellence.UBC graduates like Joan MacLeod, Stephanie Bolster, Nancy Lee, Eden Robinson, Kevin Patterson and Kevin Chong tell the stories of a modern, changing Canada. We’ve been doing it for fifty years now.
Since 1995, Lucky's in East Vancouver has been a welcoming spot for homemade comics, amazing zines and all manner of self-published material. This year at VanCAF, Lucky's is proud to present Lucky's Lounge, an eye-opening look into Vancouver's extensive scene of self-made publications and DIY culture.
The cultural office of the Consulate general of France in Vancouver is in charge of developing cultural, educational and artistic relations and exchanges between France and Western Canada.
The Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world with more than 800 centers in 137 countries and 550,000 students every year. In Canada, our network numbers 9 Alliance Française (Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto, Moncton, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax), more than 160 expert teachers and 10,000 students per year. In Vancouver, the Alliance Française of Vancouver has been actively promoting interest in the French language and culture since 1904. We are a non-profit cultural and educational association managed by a board of directors elected by its members. It is our mission to foster the appreciation of French culture through cultural events and to offer French language courses to all. Worldwide, the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris is in charge of coordinating and developing the network.
Established in June 2000, we're one of Western Canada's largest and busiest bookstores, with more than 80,000 new and used titles in three neighborhood locations. While our corporate competitors "diversify" away from print into bath towels, bottled water, chocolates & electronics, we're sticking with what we do best: an unrivalled selection of new, used, & out-of-print books chosen by readers, not algorithms.
Founded in 1974 by Patrick Shaughnessy, Golden Age Collectables has been the prime location for comic books in Downtown Vancouver for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on our variety of stock and positive customer experience. Whether a person has been reading comics for 40 years, or is just now looking to start, our staff makes it a priority to get them what they want. Golden Age carries a wide range of comics and related products; everything from high-end statues to t-shirts, graphic novels, manga, and of course new issues of the latest comics every week. There is even a large collection of rare comics for the discerning collector.
“Like a sports bar for geeks,” was how the Storm Crow Tavern was first envisioned… In 2011 the concept was met with skepticism or outright disbelief. But soon after opening we realized that Vancouver was indeed ready for such an establishment… a place where you’d never see a hockey game or MMA event on the TV, where board, card and role-playing games were not just tolerated, but encouraged, where everything from the decor on the walls to the design of the menus referenced fantasy, science fiction and horror films, comics, and books.
TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place in 2018 at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and The Masonic Temple in the Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators will be listed at this website, as well as in printed and digital program guides available on-site at the festival.
Titmouse is a full‐service animation production company that employs over 400 of the most talented people in the industry (that are guaranteed 100% human). Human writers, producers, directors, storyboard artists, animators, compositors and editors are all right here, in house. Our state‐of‐the‐art sound studio is where many of our TV shows, films, commercial work, and branded and digital content are recorded. We even have very fancy edit bays where our very fancy editors put the finishing touches your very fancy cartoons (and it’s where we keep most of the very fancy snacks and kinda‐fancy beverages). Titmouse founders Chris and Shannon Prynoski opened a T‐shirt company in the year 2000 and named it Titmouse after Chris’ favorite Northeastern‐American bird species, but soon restructured the business to focus more on high‐quality film and television animation production. The Prynoskis made this courageous business decision for no reason other than the fact that they could do it (and because nobody was buying their T‐shirts, but television and film studios kept giving them money to make cartoons).
We are proud to be a Canadian printing company that makes all of our products using ethically produced environmentally sound papers and inks. We may be a small print shop but we love print to death and put our heart and soul into our work. Over the last 23 years, we've learned that when we put ink on paper for people it unleashes unlimited opportunities, something so powerful it can become the foundation of a company, a grand idea and the formula to inspire change we hadn't imagined.
Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1987 to raise money for the defense of a Calgary, Alberta comic shop whose owners were charged with selling obscene materials. The CLLDF has since been maintained on an ad hoc basis to provide financial relief for Canadian comics retailers, publishers, professionals, or readers whose right to free speech has been infringed by civil authorities. Largely dormant since the early 1990s, the CLLDF is reforming to provide support for this case, and reorganizing to ensure that help will be readily available for future cases involving Canadian citizens or authorities.
Raincoast Books is a division of Raincoast Book Distribution Inc., an award-winning, Canadian-owned book wholesale and distribution company based in Vancouver, BC. Founded in 1979, Raincoast Book Distribution’s other divisions include Publishers Group Canada, a distribution division focusing on specialty independent publishers, and BookExpress, our book wholesale division. Raincoast Books specializes in providing comprehensive sales, marketing and distribution services to a select number of international publishers. We distribute books on a wide range of topics including food, health, kids, pop culture, and travel, as well as notebooks, stationery and gift products. More information about our publishing partners and their books can be found here. Raincoast runs a warehouse system capable of swiftly delivering over 20,000 new titles to over 2500 bookstores and other specialty retailers across Canada’s 5 time zones. But we provide more than just efficient distribution. Raincoast delivers complete sales, marketing, and logistical support to our publishers. Not only do we ship orders faster than any publisher in Canada, we devote time, resources and expertise to ensure these books get noticed, picked up, and read.
The Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver acts as a liaison office between the government of Italy and the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory in the political, economic and cultural domains, with particular focus on establishing or keeping relationships with the local Italian and Italian-Canadian communities. It also fosters commercial and cultural relations between Italy and Western Canada, collaborating with local institutions and organizations to encourage business exchanges; its cultural and education offices work towards promoting student exchanges and the knowledge of the Italian language and culture through the Consulate’s jurisdiction.