October 2019 at Place des Arts
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First of all, I would like to say hello! I am Aurora, the new Communications Coordinator at Place des Arts.

A bit about myself, I am a marketing and communications professional with experience working at non-for-profits including a theatre company in Ottawa and the Vancouver Writers Fest. I moved out to the coast to pursue a degree in Publishing and fell in love with everything this province has to offer, including a vibrant and colourful arts community. 

When I found out about this position I felt it was an amazing opportunity to combine my experience with my passion for art and education. The arts provide people with an amazing outlet to express themselves in a variety of ways and better themselves, no matter their age. 

I am thrilled to introduce myself to the Place des Arts community as this has quickly become my second home with all the amazing events, exhibits, classes and people this wonderful organization has to offer. 

This newsletter will cover the many incredible events we have this season including a very special classic concert, a profile on an incredible piano virtuoso, details on our Online Auction and much more. 

Best regards, 
Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator
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what's on? 

Have you ever seen or heard music performed where the clarinet shrinks down to just the mouthpiece? 

To launch our 2019/2020 classic concert series we have a performance of Immer Kleiner­-Always Smaller on October 19 at 7:00 pm.

As a part of our year of humour, this intriguing concert explores clarinet and piano repertoire that is off the beaten path, with an accent on lightheartedness.

Played by  Trang-Tina Nguyen (a Place des Arts faculty member) on piano and Francois Houle on clarinet, the works are highly entertaining, offering a glimpse into the lighter side of classical music. Hear works by Reissiger, Saint-Saëns, Schreiner, Gershwin, D'Rivera, Milhaud and Rimsky-Korsakov - all great composers with a twisted sense of humour!

Find out more and buy tickets  online here  or by phone at 604.664.1636
Get in the Halloween spirit with Mr. I's Slightly Spooky Songs and Stories Concert   

On October 27 from 2:00-3:30 pm bring your children to this very popular concert that will  will enchant youngsters and parents alike. Costumes are welcome and audience participation is encouraged. All will go home in the perfect mood for haunting when the big day arrives!

This concert is suited for ages 2 and up and led by local  music teacher, children's entertainer and Place des Arts faculty member Yurgen Ilaender, affectionately known as "Mr. I."

Please grab tickets online here or by phone at 604.664.1636.  They go fast so buy soon!
Find out about all our other concerts, pARTies and family events in our  2019/2020  Events, Performances and Exhibitions Guide
what's new? 

October Exhibitions are coming!  
If you wanted the opportunity to meet fantastic local artists and view their work, this is the event for you. 

On  October 11  from 7:00 - 9:00 pm join us for a glass of wine and peruse three exceptional artists. This month we have  Mat Holstrom's  exhibit  Pacific Splendor  with incredible nature paintings and sculptures inspired by the PNW's plant-life,  koralee's acrylic painting exhibit  Capacity  which explores the relationship between the creative process and trauma, and  Rose Kapp's watercolour study of local homes and structures titled  Character Building.

This event is free and open to the public. Exhibitions run on from October 11 until November 7. Find out more.

Our 2020/2021 call for artists for these exhibitions spaces has begun.

Images: Matt Holstrom: Lush Garden [detail], koralee: don't look at it [detail], Rose Kapp: 359 Avalon Drive [detail]

Registration is open for our Day of the Arts art camp taking place October 25 from 9:00 am-3:35 pm.

Kids from Kindergarten to grade 5 can take part in amusing art activities from clowning around in an acro jazz class to creating a monster with exchangeable underpants.
As a part of our year of humour, Place des Arts highly skilled teachers have programmed a full schedule of classes that are designed to amuse and delight while teaching them valuable skills. 
This Day of the Arts camp consists of 6, day-long blocks of activities: four blocks for Kindergarten to Grade 2 and two blocks for Grades 3 to 5. You can pick the block of classes that best suits your child's interests. Blocks 1 an 5 are sold out! 
Registration may be done by phone at 604.664.1636, online or in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam.
get inspired
Trang-Tina Nguyen Nguyen
Piano Virtuoso and Passionate Musician

Since starting at Place des Arts in September of 2018, Trang-Tina Nguyen has made a name for herself as a musician and member of the Place des Arts music faculty. She's had a long journey to becoming the musician she is today, which is why we wanted to do a profile on her. 

pARTy Time! 
Take a look at the upcoming events for adults we have coming up! 

Our Pottery, Pizza and Pinot event on October 25 has sold out! If you feel like you missed out, we have a second Pottery, Pizza and Pinot event coming up next March! 
Register here.


If pottery isn't your style, we have a Festive Felting event on December 6 from 7-9 pm that will help you get into the holiday spirit and learn the basics of wet felting with some delicious tidbits. Register here.

get informed

Our Online Auction begins THIS MONTH

If you're looking for fantastic gifts for Christmas (or for yourself) take a look below.

Our fourth annual Online Fundraising Auction is coming up next month from October 19 at 9:00 am to November 2 at 9:00 pm. This is our major fundraising event of the year with proceeds going towards providing arts program subsidies. We rely on this funding to help under-served and in-need people in our community.

Here are some of the great items up for auction this year: 
  • Travel in luxury with a round trip Royal Class cruise for two from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria with V2V Vacations.
  • Be inspired by an iconic Canadian rail journey with a $500 travel credit, applicable to any trip on VIA Rail trains.
  • Experience an extraordinary retreat in comfort and style with a two-night stay on a private island at Water's Edge Suites, Ucluelet.
  • Plus! Premium Knife Block Set | Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking | Restaurant & Movie Vouchers | Family-friendly Activities and much more!

Thanks to our major auction sponsors!

Calls For Artists for the 2020/2021 ExhibitsExhibit

Are you an artist looking for an opportunity to show your work? Place des Arts has three public exhibition spaces that we fill monthly with local emerging artists and local community art groups

We have a set of guidelines that will help you in deciding if you want to submit.  Click here for the exhibitions guidelines and application form. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 15, 2019.
Thanksgiving Closure

Place des Arts will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 for Thanksgiving.

We hope you have a chance to enjoy some quality time and delicious food.
get out in the community
Things to do this October
Take a look below for local events, spooky or otherwise 

At the Mackin House Museum, there are quite a few great events to get you in the mood for Halloween. On Wednesday, October 23, Coquitlam Heritage is putting on a Halloween Treat Making class for ages 6+. Later on that day they have a Halloween Delights event for 16+ crowd where they will be teaching you how to make many delicious treats! 

Saturday, October 26 is Heritage Halloween where you can visit their haunted train station and learn about the spooky and sentimental traditions that cultures from all over the world celebrate during this season. Enjoy apple cider, treats and crafts too.

Also on October 26 is Indigo's event Make it an Indigo Weekend: Halloween edition where children can dress up and participate in the Halloween parade. Attendees can make their own slime and hunt for treasure. 

There are also some great events coming up at the Evergreen Cultural Centre including: 
  • Bed and Breakfast, a heartfelt comedy by Arts Club (on Tour) from October 29 - November 2
  • The Dime Notes, New Orleans jazz concert on October 27 
  • The Creature Creeps, a horror comedy with everything you love about the season on October 17- 20, 23-26
Click on the links above to grab tickets! 
what's funny?

 I inherited a painting and a violin, which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made awful violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.

Tommy Cooper (1921 - 1984)
British prop comedian and magician

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