The Cultch announced a brand new initiative for the 2009/2010 season to assist emerging artists in Vancouver. The Curators in Residence Program will see young artists curate a series of performances at the brand new VanCity Culture Lab at The Cultch. Aaron Joyce, a much sought after young musician, producer and arranger is the first artist to be featured as ‘Curator in Residence’.
On the last Sunday of every month The Cultch will make The VanCity Culture Lab available to young artists currently making waves in Vancouver. Each will curate three shows over the course of three months, showcasing the best of what Vancouver has to offer.
The program was created by Youth Program Manager, Corbin Murdoch, in response to a striking lack of small- to medium-sized professional level venues available to emerging artists in Vancouver. “The idea is to create a space for Vancouver’s burgeoning scene to gather and showcase their work for each other in a venue that allows them to realize their creative vision,” explains Murdoch. “So often artists have to make compromises because of inadequate tech equipment. This program is about providing deserving artists with access to top-notch technical facilities and seeing what they can come up with.”
Aaron Joyce will be in residence for the months of August, September, and October, with his first show scheduled for August 30th, and he has big plans. Joyce has toured and recorded with some of Vancouver’s most beloved artists including Rae Spoon, Dan Mangan, and Mark Berube. His shows at The VanCity Culture Lab will be an opportunity to showcase his own diverse musical projects, and will include 2 CD release parties and a live recording.
His August 30th show will be a CD release party for the group A Ghost To Kill Again. The band has been a long time favorite of the Vancouver music scene since 2006 and their sophomore release “Stockholm Syndrome” promises to push the boundaries of progressive indie rock even further. The September 27th show will be a CD release party for the debut album by the instrumental trio, The Microscopic. The final show on October 30th will feature his most ambitious project to date: a 9 piece atonal-afrobeat orchestra called Spearbeak! The show will be recorded and eventually released as a live record.
Spoken word champion Brendan McLeod and cellist/composer Cris Derksen will also serve as curators for the inaugural season of the program.
Visit http://www.thecultch.com for information about purchasing tickets to Curators in Residence shows.