A virtual culture crawl – look into the lives of 25 Vancouver creatives

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Each week Becki Chan brings you The Proof, offering a look inside the lives and work of people doing creative work in your city. This feature has been a regular staple on V.I.A. since February of 2009, and we figured we’d do a recap of 25 of some of the recent folks we’ve featured (there have been around 200 in total). Click the link in each one for their full feature and interview.

Look into the Lives of 25 Creative Vancouverites

By Vancouver Is Awesome

Each week Becki Chan’s "The Proof" feature brings you inside artist’s lives on Vancouver Is Awesome.

  • Shaun Layton

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Shaun is the Bar Manager at L’Abattoir in Gastown, and has his own consulting business where he does everything from menu design, staff training, public seminars, and cocktail photography.

  • Emanuel Smedbøl

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    A graphic designer, his free and determined spirit is connected to his smalltown upbringing and his slow city meanderings. He searches for the wild, the unhurried, the overlooked in everything.

  • Joseph Staples

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    His new work feels as though he has boiled his collage work down to its essence and put it back together in a powerful and stripped down version of it’s former self.

  • Andy Dixon

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Andy pushes both his art and life into territory of which he is organically fearful, producing a kind of impractical and sometimes disastrous experiment in his art.

  • Isabelle Dunlop

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    A creator of beautiful things, Isabelle strives to create a world where we simply get on, take responsibility for our actions and still manage to have a bit of fun along the way.

  • Brent Freedman

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Brent is the head designer and founder of a design studio that goes by the name of Gamla, which is basically a ruse for every single thing that he does in a day.

  • Jen Sookfong Lee

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Author of The End of East, The Better Mother, and Shelter, CBC Radio darling, dazzling raconteur, and always a poet, Jen Sookfong Lee is a quintessential weirdo worth paying attention to. 

  • Lesli Boldt

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    A dynamic marketing communications and public affairs pro, Lesli infuses life with her intellect, compassion and charm – and she does it all with a social conscience.

  • Jane Cox

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Jane Cox is the Founder and Director of Cause+Affect, Producer of Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver and the Co-Founder of Fuel Vancouver.

  • Mark Busse

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    As a design professional, creative community activist, and self professed food fanatic, Mark contributes to the social thread of engagement in Vancouver.

  • Steve Rio

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Steve does work for mission-driven clients who continually benefit from his innate ability to marry sound strategy and superior technology.

  • Rachel Thexton

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Dog owner, snowboard enthusiast and gourmand, Rachel is co-principal of Vancouver based Dunn Public Relations.

  • Chris Bentzen

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Artist, gallerist, designer, and videographer Chris Bentzen is single-handedly changing creative culture in Vancity.

  • Meredith J Powell

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Meredith is a serial entrepreneur, rule breaker, connector & creative.

  • Graeme Berglund

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Co-founder of The Cheaper Show and Black & Yellow, painter, musician, arts organizer and connector.

  • Lyndon Cormack

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Lyndon is one of two founding brothers of the Herschel Supply Company.

  • Phoebe Glasfurd

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Phoebe is the Creative Director of Glasfurd & Walker and is responsible for Vancouver identities such as Bao Bei, The Juice Truck, Meat & Bread and Litchfield.

  • Gordon Glanz

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Gordon is the founder and Distiller at Odd Society Spirits in East Van.

  • A Pop-Up Affair

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    9 recent Emily Carr graduates makes up this collective which has facilitated events and exhibitions in Vancouver.

  • Nicole Bridger

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Co-founder of Lulemon’s Oqoqo line, Nicole now has her own fashion label and a store located at 2151 West 4th Ave.

  • Isabelle Swiderski

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Isabelle runs Seven25, an agency that finds ways to use design to accelerate the impact of purpose-driven organizations, with studios in Vancouver and in downtown Portland.

  • James Brittain

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    James is one of the senior equipment designers at MEC, a graduate of Brunel University in London, UK.

  • Juno Kim

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Juno is a down-to-earth, ambitious and naturally talented chef who puts on pop-up dinners all over the city.

  • Zach Berman

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Co-founder of The Juice Truck, Zach actually graduated from Emily Carr with a painting degree.

  • Odette

    By Vancouver Is Awesome

    Odette is a video production company based in South Granville, run by two creatives named Nate and Jevan.

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