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Post Event Buzz

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The 2010 conference was a huge success! Want to see what all the buzz was about? Take a look:


CREATIVEMIX 2010 – Event Day from CREATIVEMIX on Vimeo.

Flickr Set (by Jeremy Lim):

VanArts CREATIVEEX Display – Stop Motion Clip:

Stop-Motion Jam @ Creative Mix 2010 from VanArts on Vimeo.

Mighty Ugly CREATIVEEX Display – Time lapse:

Sharon Barnes Blog Post:

Leah Gregg Blog Post:

Creative Tools – Creative Live

Friday, May 7th, 2010

This is the coolest thing since… well, EVER! Seattle’s Craig Swanson, and his superstar partner-in-crime creative director and photographer Chase Jarvis, launched the most amazing training platform in the world last month: CreativeLIVE – a live creative education internet channel bringing you and I top notch training at no cost.

Think about that for a second. Access to instructors and courseware that normally costs hundreds to thousands of dollars can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your own computer without spending a dime! Crazy I tell you!

So, for example – next week: May 11th there’s “Photoshop to HTML” by Erik Fadiman and May 12th is “Fundamentals of Digital Photography” by John Greengo. Later in May is “Android Java Apps” and “Watercolors 101″. Programming AND fine art? Yep. Where else can you get premium training that’s live, interactive, and can be experienced in your PJs!

And HEY! GUESS WHAT?! CREATIVEMIX’s very own David duChemin is leading a course in late June called Vision-driven Photography. If you’re the curious and/or untrusting type and you want to know what ‘the catch’ is… the not-free part is if you didn’t catch it live and you want to view the course after the fact, that part is pay to play. No problem.

The sign-up process is super simple and they are very respectful of your information; they use your email address to send you reminder emails with important class links on the day of the class. During the class you use GoToWebinar and you can ask questions in real-time! The classes are presented in the QuickTime format.

Here’s Chase’s launch video:

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Creative Events – The Cheaper Show #9

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hey! Get out and buy art on June 26, 2010! The Cheaper Show is an authentic highly-acclaimed, experiential event and we’re totally going! You should come too!

The Cheaper Show removes barriers between talented emerging artists, buyers, curators, gallery directors and collectors, creating new channels for engaged interaction. How cool is that?! And, it’s no small time affair, they showcase hundreds of multi-disciplined artists, based solely on their artistic merit, offering the works at one affordable price (every piece is $200), regardless of market value. What started as a modest show created by three artists needing a platform to display their art, The Cheaper Show has grown in to the largest, single-night, cultural art event in Western Canada.

Here’s a CREATIVEMIX shout-out to our friends and fellow art-makers+lovers at the Cheaper Show. See you there!

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

The Cheaper Show No. 9 from The Cheaper Show on Vimeo.

IDEA 2010 Grad Show

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Here’s a SHOUT OUT to our friends at Capilano University’s IDEA program: you’ve got to check out this year’s grad show! Seriously – these folks are crazy talented.

We were honoured to have the IDEA crew at CREATIVEMIX this past Fall and getting to meet a bunch of them was an absolute thrill. They love what they do! They’re so freakin’ passionate about design, art, and creativity that I can’t help but want to be around them (maybe it will rub off). When it comes to creative marketing I thought their “Win Free Ideas” contest – see video below – was awesome! What a killer way to get industry experience and promote the program.

IDEA is a career-based three-year diploma program offering instruction in both communication design and applied illustration. This dual curriculum sets IDEA apart from other post-secondary design programs and gives graduates a lifelong edge in the job market. In this demanding, full-time cohort program, students are given a strong theoretical foundation and learn how to develop and apply concepts, manage complex projects and meet current industry expectations, both creatively and technologically.

The grad show is a chance for graduates to exhibit what hard work and sleepless nights can produce! We support sleepless creatives! The Capilano University IDEA Program Grad Show 2010 is happening next Monday; I hope to see you there.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Let’s Go BLIM

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Need some creative inspiration? Check out Chinatown’s hidden gem BLIM, a community-based art resource centre that can feed nearly every creative craving you have – especially if you’re of the crafty variety.

BLIM is truly one of these great spots that we can’t do without. What stands out to me is that it’s not just a funky store – it’s a place to gather and learn – check out their amazing workshop schedule. Now, I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself crafty, so you won’t see me in a knitting class anytime soon, but screen-printing and button making? Oh yeah – I could rock those!

Here’s a little more about BLIM: it’s been in the heart of Vancouver’s DIY Main Street district for five years (yeah, that’s right, a DIY district – how cool are we)? BLIM is a non-funded arts facility run by and for artists and community. It is made possible because of the hard working Yuriko Iga, Noel Macul, and all their awesome volunteers. BLIM also raises funds by collaborating with various organizations both in the arts, media, and community field such as Powell Street Festival, Public Dreams, Langara Institute, Emily Carr, New Music Vancouver, and VIVO.

Here’s a few of the accolades BLIM has received:

“Best Low Profile Event Space” – Vancouver Magazine

“Best Innovative Arts Space” – Terminal City

“Best Place to Whip up some Art” – Georgia Straight

So… what are we waiting for? Let’s go BLIM!

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

TEDxVancouver is Tomorrow!

Friday, November 20th, 2009


It’s here! Tomorrow is the big day! And unless you’re one of the luck 100 people allowed to attend you’ll have to watch from the outside. But don’t dismay. Keeping an eye on the real-time tweets, blogging, and webcast videos via the TEDxVancouver website should satisfy your TED cravings, at least to some degree.

And in case you missed it – did you see the speaker lineup?

  • Neill Blomkamp, Film Director
  • Kevin Carroll, Author, Speaker, Agent for Social Change
  • Cheryl Cran, Leadership and Generations Consultant
  • Guy Dauncey, Speaker, Author, Organizer
  • Alden E. Habacon, Author, Speaker, Television
  • Henry LaBounta, Director of Art, Academy Award Nominee
  • Terry McBride, Music Entrepreneur
  • Nicholas Molnar, Web Strategist
  • Patrick Moore, Co-Founder Greenpeace, Environmentalist
  • Bryan Slusarchuk, Environmental Venture Capitalist
  • Marc Stoiber, Founder, Change Advertising

And they’ve got performances by Cris Derksen, Cellist, and Shamik, Beatboxer too! Cool.

There’s also a TEDxWhistler happening in the Whistler Village Feburary 18th (during the 2010 Games) – how great is that! We’ve be TEDized.

Tangents was Coolio

Friday, November 13th, 2009


A hipster bomb went off in Mount Pleasant! Oh man – the Tangents Art Show was tonight and it was a major hit! Great art, killer DJ, wicked room (Lifetime Space) all brought to you by Jeff Hamada ( and the Lifetime Collective. We ran into some CREATIVEMIX peeps (like Dave Delnea) and enjoyed the commute to/from (a brisk walk just 5 blocks from our pad). Groovy Friday night out.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

PKN Vancouver Volume 9

Sunday, November 8th, 2009


I can’t stand it! I can’t stand it no more! There’s two kinds of people in Vancouver: people who know about Pecha Kucha and people who don’t (don’t even get me started on TED). It’s not that I’m angry at PKN virgins I just think they’re missing out big time.

Now, if you haven’t heard of Pecha Kucha then this post has come at the right time for you, trust me. Here’s what you can expect: there are multiple presenters (hailing from design, architecture, art, culture, activism, fashion, entertainment, you name it) and each presenter is only allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. It’s highly entertaining, very inspirational, and in Vancouver it is usually at the uber-cool Park Theatre on Cambie Street where the beer flows (and the bottles roll down the isles every few minutes – Steven loves that part, I don’t know why). I’ve been three times so far and for $10 it’s a great night out.

Coming up on November 26th is Volume #9. The line up looks spectacular.

  1. Chris Staples (Rethink)
  2. Vancouver 2010 Design Team
  3. Sarah Bancroft ( and CREATIVEMIX speaker too!)
  4. Tom Pedriks (Haymaker Creative)
  5. TJ Galda (EA Canada)
  6. Su-feh Lee (Battery Opera)
  7. Elvy Del Bianco (Vancity)
  8. Anne Pearson (Vancouver Special)
  9. Michael Ziff (Hip Baby and Camp Moomba Yogathon lover)
  10. Stephanie Hodges (Vitalis and Camp Moomba Yogathon lover)
  11. Will Brown (Adbusters)
  12. David Duprey (Art Space Developer)

It sells out so get your tickets HERE ASAP.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Are You LoCo?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

20080712_Yogathon_152Are you a business owner in Vancouver? On October 6th come celebrate the launch of LoCo BC, a new business network striving to create a diverse, vibrant local economy by strengthening small and mid-sized businesses, connecting and having fun in the process. The goal is to educate consumers and businesses about why it’s important to buy products and services from locally-owned companies whenever possible.

There are only 7 spots left so be quick about it. It’s only $20 BTW. You can learn more about this event and buy your tickets here.

This event is called Harnessing the Power of Local: Positioning Your Business to Thrive in a Shaky Economy and it will take place at Chambar Belgian Restaurant (very close to the Dirty Apron Cooking School… ah yeah). There will be a brief introduction to LoCo BC’s plans to drive local purchasing and support local businesses and then the focus will shift to the effective use of branding and new media tools.

Some of the groovy peeps involved with this event are:

Kierstin Dewest of Conscientious Innovation (Ci), a sustainability marketing firm and think tank, will draw on Ci’s annual survey of 5,000 North American consumers to highlight why local is an important and authentic brand advantage for your business. Ci has extensive experience with integrity brands® globally and at home – Worldchanging, Nike, SPUD, Novex, and UBC to name a few.

Robert Ouimet of Bigsnit Media Consulting will illustrate how digital media (websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook) can be used effectively to drive sales and create brand lift. Robert will explain how a merger of your online business presence with your core business is necessary for most businesses to keep up with technology, keep flexible enough to avoid a website revamp every two years, and keep it manageable with limited time and budget. Robert has worked in digital publishing with clients like the CBC, Biovia organic distributors, and VANOC’s collaborate art project CODE.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

The Drift – Art on Main St

Friday, September 25th, 2009

drift09-postcardComing up next weekend is The Drift 2009.  It’s an art walk and open studio tour happening October 3 & 4 on Main Street in Vancouver. Over 100 artists will be featured! You’ll get to check-out 35 working studios and all the funky shops of course (how cool is the South Main and Mount Pleasant area – don’t forget to have breakfast at Slickity Jim’s).

So the basic deal is… drift along Main Street and see an eclectic variety of fine art and original handcrafts from established and emerging local artists including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, woodcarvings, collage, mixed media, glass works, jewelry, film, clothing design, textiles & multi-media compositions. If that doesn’t get a CREATIVEMIX shout-out what would?!

The image for this beautiful poster is by Drift artist Laura Zerebeski - her studio is at Beaumont Studios – 316 West 5th Avenue.


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

connect-09-logoTechies take note! BC Innovation Council’s premier event for technology start-ups and innovators is coming up quick! CONNECT’09 is happening October 19, 2009 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. The scoop is: keynote by Leonard Brody (internationally recognized Canadian technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and business visionary), fresh and cool networking environment, and panels on funding, leveraging partnerships, value accelerators, and product design. There’s also a technology expo and, of course, awards for the top dogs. Tickets are just $50 (dinner included). Learn more at

Kelly Deck at IDSwest

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Take_It_Outside_005CREATIVEMIX speaker Kelly Deck is presenting this weekend at the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) – Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show.  Kelly will take the stage at 12:15pm on Sunday. IDSwest is a great event featuring 200 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media. Learn more at

Events in Vancity

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Here’s a couple upcoming events you’ll want to check out:


Vancouver Innovation Camp is an opportunity to learn and practice creativity and entrepreneurial skills through a series of activities inspired by the book What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (by Tina Seelig). During this 16 hour workshop, students will participate in a variety of exercises. Each activity focuses on practicing key principles of being an entrepreneur – identifying opportunities, learning from failure, defining success, and innovating. By the end of the workshop students will possess the tools to look at problems from a fresh perspective and identify opportunities, and the confidence to produce and implement creative solutions.

It’s being held at the Kontent Creative Office: Suite 203, 55 Water St. Vancouver BC. The first workshop is October 13th so don’t wait – sign-up as quick as you can.

Learn more at


Trend City, Vancouver
Join the League of Kickass Business People for a stylish, thought-provoking evening with Vancouver’s leading business trendspotters, tastemakers and opinion leaders. Conversation and networking is kick-started with a panel discussion on what’s hot and what’s next in design, branding, style and media.

The featured panelists are: Kirk Lapointe (Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia and author of the, Ginger Grant, PhD (Digital storyteller and creative business consultant. Author of Re-Visioning the Way We Work and Branding: From The Inside Out), Eric Karjaluoto (Creative Director and Principal at smashLAB, Founder of MakeFive and design/brand/experience blogger at, and Paul Melo (Designer, photographer, style-spotter and founder of and meloCreative).

The panel discussion will be moderated by Angele Beausoleil (Associate VP Strategy and Client Service at Fjord Interactive, former CEO of ITP Entertainment, interactive media marketer, inventor and Renaissance woman).

It’s coming up quick – September 23rd – and will be held at Cossette on Homer Street. Learn more here.

Hot One Inch Action

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

hot action button 09-1Okay, let’s face it… buttons are cool. I remember collecting buttons when I was in elementary school and they were nowhere near as cool as they are today. Do you remember those really big ones? As a 10-year old I had these massive buttons from events like EXPO 86 and by my favourite pop stars like Corey Hart; I think I even had one of the A-Team… or was it Airwolf?

Buttons have evolved… big time, but thank goodness they’ve gotten smaller. And what’s really cool about living in this modern age of buttonness (fake word) is that anyone can make them! Artists and nerds, social activists and marketing wizards, anyone and everyone can make their own one-off button, a collectors series, or a gang-run of thousands. I had some made for the Camp Moomba Yogathon back in 2008 and they were so much fun to share and use as a conversation starter. Personally, I don’t wear them on my clothes but I like sticking them to a bag or on a cork board. I think a jean jacket is the ideal “canvas” for 1-inch buttons but I haven’t worn a jean jacket since 1988 (forgetting, of course, the denim relapse of 2003) so I’m not likely to start flashin’ the hot action at my next meeting any time soon.

Well, if you haven’t yet guessed where I was going with this… on October 22nd you’ll be able to make your own buttons at CREATIVEMIX! Chris Bentzen, from This is Plan B, will be bringing his button making magic to the Creative Exhibition so we can all get in on the action! How cool is that!

Special note: CREATIVEMIX is more than a conference, there will also be a Creative Exhibition which will be open to the public. Visit the Exhibition page to learn more about the hands-on stations like button making, painting, and photography. As well, if you want to show off your own creativity (or that of your company) please contact us right away as there’s limited space for exhibitors.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert


Check-out the buttons from 2008

Check-out the action from the 2008 event

Now, whether you’re an artist, a button-wearing junkie, or just a curious creative you’ll want to attend their big event coming up. Here’s the details:

  • Event title: Hot One Inch Action
  • Date: Saturday Nov 7, 2009
  • Time: Trading starts at 8:00pm
  • Location: W2 @ Flack Block Gallery (157 Hastings)

They’re bringing together 50 artists, 50 buttons, and some hot button trading action with Vancouver’s hottest art audience. Conceived by Jim Hoehnle and Chris Bentzen in 2004, Hot One Inch Action is the original, one-night only show of art, music and social interaction.

The original work of fifty different artists will be chosen to be presented on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons in bags of five. If the bag purchased does not have the desired button, you are invited to trade with the people around you. How bad do you want that button?

Chris and Jim are now accepting submissions. It’s free to submit artwork and chosen artists receive 20 free copies of their button. Only one submission per artist. Check out details on Submission deadline is Friday October 30 at noon.

Strombo Q&A with Steve Martin

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

steve-martin-headshotCool News! On Sunday, September 27, one of comedy’s greatest legends, Steve Martin, will be interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos @strombo (host of CBC’s The Hour) at the Orpheum in downtown Vancouver as a part of the GlobalBC Vancouver COMEDYFEST.

Steve Martin is one of the most diversified performers and this is truly a rare opportunity to go behind the curtain with this amazing comedian, actor, author, playwright, producer and musician. Pre-sale tickets are now available to comedyfest club members.

So, here’s a CREATIVEMIX shout-out to the team at Destination Funny for bringing this inspiring entertainer to Vancouver.

Be there or be square (and leave your banjo at home).

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Dirty Apron Open House

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

dirtyapronlogoI realize Dirty Apron Cooking School was just mentioned in the July Mashup post but we’ve received word this morning that they’re opening up the school this Saturday (August 8, 2009) for a sneak peek so we’re spreading the word. From 2-5pm be sure to swing by for the open house. It’s at 540 Beatty Street (between Dunsmir & West Pender, one building North of Chambar Restaurant) to check-out the store, the school, and meet the gang behind it all… especially chef David Robertson. Eileen and I will be there; hope you will too.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

July Mashup

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

jamble_product_imageOkay, don’t shoot me. I know it’s been awhile since my last post but I’ll make it up to you as this post is called the July Mashup as it features a number of bits (and bobs) that you’ll find groovy, cool, and creative gosh darnit.

First up – the mashup theme of this post has a not-so-hidden meaning. About 5 weeks ago we joined in the celebration of the launch of CREATIVEMIX’s very own Steve Rechtschaffner‘s latest project Jamble – an entirely new way to create and experience music on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Steve, and his No Robots Interactive team have knocked this little app out of the park!

The scoop is this: Jamble makes it super easy to whip-up wicked music mashups making you sound like a pro-DJ. Seriously – it’s really fun! At the launch party Eileen and I test drove Jamble and had an absolute riot! I stunk, Eileen’s got the skills though. If it wasn’t for the big 200-watt speakers I think I could have gotten the hang of it but I was way to self conscious. I was having the hardest time “spinning” The Pussycat Dolls and David Bowie without getting side tracked by Vanilla Ice (you know the song I’m talkin’ about) and my Gr.8 homeboy M.C. Hammer. Anywho – get the app – it’s crazy fun.

Next in line, in case you missed it, David duChemin’s new book Within the Frame is selling like crazy! His second book: Vision Mongers is set to come out this Fall. David’s wildly popular Pixelated Image Blog is a great addition to your RSS feed if you haven’t done so already.

If you’re a foodie, or an “eatie” then you’ll want to check-out The Dirty Apron Cooking School. The school opens August 12, 2009 and will be a premier culinary facility accessable to the average person. Here’s a little taste of what to expect:

The Dirty Apron Cooking School is Vancouver’s most exciting culinary playground.

It’s a place for amateur cooks, the curious and professionals alike to learn, explore, and unleash their inner chef.

It’s a joint venture between Karri and Nico Schuermans and former Chambar Sous-Chef David Robertson.

Two styles of classes are offered: hands-on and demonstration.

The demonstration classes are guided over two hours offering students a chance to watch, follow along, and then taste the results with the chef.

Both classes will be followed by a group dinner in the cooking school’s private dining room.

Some creative peeps of ours get a serious shout-out. Eoin Finn, Insiya Rasiwala, Karen Robertson, Judy Chambers, Saul Brown, Joan deVerteuil, and Jodi Carter gave rockin’ leadership and creative energy to the 7th annual Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest. Eileen and I proudly produce Canada’s largest outdoor yoga event with these amazing people all in the name of raising awareness and support for the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society. Oh… and big blessings to our charity main-man Luke Balson (Exec. Director).

Our friends (and fellow creative mixers) Stephen and Jane Cox are cookin’ up Volume #7 of Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver. The skinny is that they’re aiming for late August or early September. So keep an eye on the site for the details.

Be sure to swing by the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery July 27 — August 9 to see Concepts to Draw Upon (drawings by Laura Bell, Aron Hill, Marianne Lovink, Jennifer Stead, and Reece Terris). This amazing gallery is in Yaletown (on Homer Street, between Helmecken and Nelson). The exhibition offers a fresh look at birds, microscopic organisms and large scale forests. Of special interest is a collection of Terris’s architectural renderings of scaled apartments from the decade of the 1960s to the year 2000. It’s a great space and continually has great exhibits. A must see.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

FUSE – Art Affair

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

fuse_may09Art, Music and Live Performance
The Vancouver Art Gallery‘s late Friday art affair is back tomorrow night (Friday, May 29) with a non-stop line-up of music, performance, and artistic encounters throughout the Gallery. This installment of FUSE will include karaoke of a different sort by The Weekend Leisure Leisurely Club, “period” hairstyles by donation (courtesy of Gloss Hair Salon), exhibition tours by comedienne Riel Hahn, original compositions by cellist Cris Derksen, classics reinterpreted by the Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and new-school dance by the response., and more.

Tickets can be purchased online for just $20.50+tax.

More About Fuse
On select Fridays, the Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city. Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of Fuse-goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours and unexpected surprises have made Fuse Vancouver’s favourite see-and-be-seen event.

Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Pecha Kucha Night, is a world-wide phenomenon and it happens right here in Vancouver. It’s an evening filled with inspiration, creativity, and artistic passion. Volume #6 is happening May 21, 2009 (7:00pm) at the Park Theatre (3440 Cambie Street) – it’s only $10 and it sells out so purchase your tickets online ASAP.

Never heard of Pecha Kucha before? Here’s how it works: each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. It’s kinda like show and tell for creatives (but don’t worry, it’s not commercial).

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a† demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world.

The presenters for Volume #6 are:

Michael Green > Architect > McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture & Design
Marian Bantjes > Graphic Designer > Marian Bantjes
Chris Bentzen > Freelance print designer, artist > This Is Plan B
Julia Kwan > Filmmaker > Fire Horse Productions
Toby Barratt> Designer/ Owner> Propellor Design
Jonathan Kassian > Economist > VED
Linus Lam & Denise Liu > Creator / Editor >
Erin Boniferro > Artist + Educator > Western Front Society, Collage Collage
Jesse Savath> Director/Photographer > SALAZAR
Julie Gendron > Designer > Desiring Productions
Bill Pechet > Principal > Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture Ltd.
Jeff Hamada > Designer/ Editor >

Learn more at: Pecha-Kucha Vancouver