The Enlightened Nerd: Pancakes and Booze Art Show


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Previously at the P&B Art Show
Previously at the P&B Art Show

Pancakes, booze, and art, are seriously among the top of my favourite-things-in-life list. It’s like the universe knew this because the stars have aligned and all of the above will be available at Fortune Sound Club this Thursday July 14th at the Pancake and Booze Art Show!

The Pancake and Booze Art Show is a marvelous indie pop-up art and music showcase that began in 2009 in Los Angeles by founder Tom Kirlin. It has now rolled out to over 30 different cities in Canada, the Unites States and Europe collectively and luckily this feast of art, grub, and alcohol returns to Vancouver for its second time.

Inspired by the angelic, fluffy and delightful things that pancakes are, Kirlin said in a previous interview that the idea to put together the immaculate trio arose when he was in college and gallivanting late one night with friends and IHOP was the only hangover joint open. Ten years later he was renting out a warehouse for his photography and videography work and the idea popped back into his mind. He decided to team up with local LA artists and started throwing pancake and booze art parties (that soon wildly outgrew the massive warehouse). As he began throwing these night galas more frequently and more accessibly he realized that other cities would enjoy the party just as much.

P&B has gone from being a drunken idea in college to a wild warehouse party in LA to a global recurring event across venues, and it continues to grow. “The goal is to continue to build local art communities by putting artists’ work in front of potential fans, buyers, and social media followers” said Kirlin.

The showcase will feature 50 to 150 budding local artists, DJs, canvas and body painting, and the almighty all-you-can-eat pancake bar. The curator has made sure to include a wide range of artistic styles and mediums to present what Vancouver has to truly offer as well as appeal to a variety of whims.

Besides the diversity of work, what sets the show apart from other art shows (tantalizing pancake bar aside) is the environment. “We avoid the white walls and bright lights because we don’t want a stuffy, wine and cheese feel. We want you to be comfortable while you enjoy the artwork,” said Kirlin.

The show will be sure to take on the vibes of Vancouver with its talented and local photographers, painters, graphic artists, ect., while local DJs will be playing jams all night, and the rest of us will be binging our hearts out on pancakes, admiring our friends’ works, and dancing the night away.

The floor will be open to anyone who feels like getting their body painted or vice versa, as well as getting artsy in different ways – just BYOS (Bring Your Own Supplies). Limited spaces are still available for Vancouver artists to present their work.

Now who’s going to create a music festival with cats and coffee?!

Pancakes and Booze Art Show
Thursday July 14th, 2016 7PM – 1AM
Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender
$5 at the door