Who Are the Group of Seven Painters?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 — 5:41pm PST
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This evening a painting by a Group of Seven artist became most expensive Canadian artwork ever sold at auction. Lawren Harris‘ 1926 piece Mountain Forms, depicting Alberta’s Mount Ishbel in the Sawback Range of the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, sold at the hammer for $9.5 million.

Harris is one of seven Canadian artists that are celebrated and revered for their works – but just what and who are the Group of Seven?

Who Are the Group of Seven Painters?

The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. Original members were:

  • Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945)
  • Lawren Harris (1885–1970)
  • A.Y. (Alexander Young) Jackson (1882–1974)
  • Frank Johnston (1888–1949)
  • Arthur Lismer (1885–1969)
  • J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932)
  • Frederick Varley (1881–1969) » there’s a great 3-part piece about Varley’s North Vancouver roots here.

Later, A. J. Casson (1898–1992) was invited to join in 1926; Edwin Holgate (1892–1977) became a member in 1930; and LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) joined in 1932. Two artists commonly associated with the group are Tom Thomson (1877–1917) and Emily Carr (1871–1945). So, it’s really a group of about a dozen.

Emily Carr works in storage

Five were originally employees of the design firm Grip Ltd. in Toronto. In 1913, they were joined by A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris. They often met at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto to discuss their opinions and share their art. The group is best known for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and for initiating the first major Canadian national art movement.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has featured Group of Seven works in the past, including an exhibition “Emily Carr and the Group of Seven” back in 2008.

Carr first met members of the Group of Seven in 1927 when she exhibited her work in the exhibition West Coast Art: Native and Modern. On her way to Ottawa for the exhibition, she met Frederick Varley, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and, most importantly, Lawren S. Harris. Famously, Lawren Harris told Carr, who had felt unappreciated as an artist, “you are one of us.” This acceptance re-energized her career.

You can find Lawren HarrisTamarack Swamp, Algoma (1920) in the Vancouver Art Gallery‘s permanent collection. After the dissolution of the Group of Seven in 1933, Harris moved toward abstraction and in 1940 he relocated to Vancouver, where he remained until his death in 1970. During these later years he became a major figure in the community and an important leader in the life of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in particular encouraging the development of its Emily Carr Trust collection.

Learn more about Canadian art and its history by visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery this season.

Got Craft Holiday Edition: Win a Prize Package

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 — 4:15pm PST
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Vancouver’s largest indie craft market is back to host its 20th fair with Got Craft? Holiday Edition December 10th & 11th at The Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver. Browse and shop with over 85 makers and indie craft designers at the biggest market yet. Vendors will showcase unique accessories, home décor, toys, greeting cards, bath and body products, delicious edibles, West Coast art, and so much more.

Got Craft? Holiday Edition


  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, December 10 to Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tickets: Available online for $3 or at the door for $5. Tickets can be purchased at Got Craft? and are valid for the whole weekend.

The market gives a unique opportunity for the Vancouver shopper to cross everyone off their holiday shopping list in one weekend, including the organic fanatic or tough-to-buy-for foodie. Guests will enjoy food trucks, fresh coffee, swag bags and a DIY workshop in partnership with Collage Collage.

Enjoy a day of shopping at the Got Craft? indie craft market with amazing swag bags for the first 50 guests each day, and a hands-on DIY workshop providing guests the opportunity to make their own wooden block pencil holder to take home. Find handmade treasures for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Prize Package Giveaway

I’m very happy to partner with Got Craft? to offer up an amazing prize package — valued at $1,100 — thanks to their talented exhibitors. This is what is included for the lucky winner:

Prize Prize Value Company
Gold Mountain Necklace $60.00 Amara Blue Designs
Mini Mountain Earrings $18.00 Cabin + Cub
Baileys & Mallows $17.00 Chocohappy Whistler
Art Print $28.00 Cici Art Factory
Holiday Card Set & Ornaments $23.00 Draw Me A Lion
Alexa Lil Bowls $20.00 EM’SAY
2 bags of crackers $16.00 Eve’s Crackers
Blanket $80.00 Forest & Waves
XOXO Mug $48.00 g ceramic & co.
Airplant Terrarium $40.00 Green With Envy
Sterling Silver Necklace $95.00 Irit Sorokin Designs
rough emerald earrings $90.00 LanaBetty Designs
Women’s True North Tshirt $35.00 Locomotive Clothing
Ear Warmers Army Green $40.00 Make More Happy
Cake Topper $13.50 mikaspartyshop
13pc Chocolate Box $25.00 My Chocolate Tree
Liqueur Bottles x2 $60.00 Old Order Distilling Co
3 cards $15.00 Olive Branch and Co
Gift Box $60.00 SeaLuxe
Medium Pendant $45.00 Shi Studio
Soap set $18.00 Simple Soap
Nomad Earrings $60.00 Studio Sparkes
Cream $30.00 The Good Oak
Sweet Holiday Butter Trio $8.00 The Local Churn
2 large box sets $36.00 The Nut Merchant
Sample Gift Pack $28.00 The Salt Dispensary
Christmas Ornament $12.00 The Uncommon Good
Leather Cardholder $59.00 Treibholz Designs
Print + Card $52.00 Urbansketcher

Of course the winner will also receive 2 tickets to the market.
Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a Got Craft? vendor (1 entry)
  • Like, comment on, or share this post on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $1.1K @GotCraftMarket prize pack from @LFieldsShoppe + @Miss604 http://owl.li/8ZnL306ttm1

Follow Got Craft? on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information. I will draw one contest winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The winner must be able to pick up the prize in person at Got Craft? on December 10th or 11th.

Adopt-A-Family with the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 — 2:18pm PST
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The Surrey Christmas Bureau Adopt-A-Family (“AAF”) program matches individuals, businesses, and other organizations with a family in need that has children under the age of 18. Each year they seek support from 1,000 sponsors so that every family and child in Surrey can celebrate Christmas.

Adopt-A-Family with the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Adopt-A-FamilyBy becoming an Adopt-A-Family sponsor, you will provide a Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as gifts for the family you are matched with.

Guidelines and a planning list are available online to help you understand some of the expectations, and to give you some ideas about how you can offer your support this season.

Helping a family in need is always a meaningful experience, but helping a family during the holidays changes their entire experience of this time of year.

If you would like to sponsor a family, you can complete the sponsor application form online or contact the AAF program at (604) 585-9670.

Follow the Surrey Christmas Bureau on Facebook and Twitter for more information. You can also support the Surrey Christmas Bureau at events this season like Big Rigs for Kids lighted truck parade on December 4, 2016.

Giving Tuesday: Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 — 1:34pm PST
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Tuesday, November 29th is recognized as “Giving Tuesday”, opening the season of giving around the world following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday unites charities, companies and individuals in the spirit of giving and over the next few days I’ll be profiling a few local organizations that you can support on this day – and throughout the year.

Giving Tuesday


Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is hoping to spread the message about mentoring this Giving Tuesday. They have a goal to raise $2,000, the cost to make one Big Sister match, within 24 hours and to sign up two new volunteers.

It’s proven. The impacts of mentoring last a lifetime. From improvements in school performance and higher career achievements to stronger relationships and increased self-esteem, mentoring changes lives.

Big Sisters helps girls reach their full potential through mentorship — and there are currently over 160 girls on their waitlist.

How to Give to Big Sisters


Every gift counts. Whether it’s a donation towards mentoring programs or volunteering your time, both help girls reach their full potential.

1. Help raise $2,000 online — the cost of one Big and Little Sister match per year. Donate now.

2. Become a volunteer — they’re hoping for two new volunteers this Giving Tuesday. Sign up here.

3. Increase social media activity — that means more likes, shares and comments on posts that you find more interesting. Here are some ways you can share the message on social media:

I give because girls need positive Big Sisters not social pressures and celebrity drama. @BigSistersBCLM #GivingTuesday #UnSelfie #MentoringMatters
Nov 29 is #GivingTuesday. Let’s give a girl a positive @BigSistersBCLM mentor. Here’s how: http://ow.ly/uu2X305PUjt #MentoringMatters

Follow Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland on Facebook and Twitter for more information. As a leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower girls to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the Big Sisters Volunteer Recruitment campaign.

Christmas At Historic Stewart Farm

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 — 8:57am PST
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Enjoy Christmas down on the farm, as Surrey’s Historic Stewart Farm boasts holiday charm, circa 1894. The heritage farmhouse is decorated in authentic Victorian style, complete with local greenery on the verandah and fresh baking from the wood stove. Guests are welcome to tour the farmhouse and take a scenic walk of the riverside grounds.

Christmas At Historic Stewart Farm


While every day at the farm is a chance to escape the holiday mania, additional family friendly activities are scheduled for the weekends, including:

  • November 26 & 27: Decorate a gingerbread cookie and make a tissue paper wreath
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016: Rhayne and Friends singing carols in the parlour
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016: String popcorn and make a Christmas tree ornament
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016: Live harp music in the farmhouse parlour, figgy pudding, apple cider and a barn scavenger hunt
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016: Listen to piano music in the parlous as you make a Christmas card
  • December 17 & 18: Make a reindeer head band and do Santa scavenger hunt in the farmhouse

Entrance is by donation, and the farmhouse is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10:00am to 4:00pm at 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey.


Follow Heritage Surrey on Facebook and Twitter, and read more about Historic Stewart Farm, South Surrey’s Best Kept Secret.

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 — 12:24pm PST
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Vancouver is a “no fun” city no more as the New Year’s Eve Celebration Society has put together its second annual party where you can ring in 2017 with family and friends. With indoor and outdoor concert stages, starring headliners The Sheepdogs and The New Pornographers, it will be the place to be when the clock strikes 12.

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver

NYE Vancouver 2015

With a new title sponsor, Concord Pacific, the entertainment lineup has been expanded, with The Sheepdogs headlining the free outdoor community celebration, while The New Pornographers take centre stage at “TRUE NORTH,” a ticketed indoor party in the magnificent VCC West Ballrooms.

Indoor Ticketed Concert

TRUE NORTH will also feature live performances by Yukon Blonde, Meghan Patrick, Humans and Delhi 2 Dublin; a second room will feature DJs Kevin Shiu, Andy Clockwork and Hebegebe. All TRUE NORTH ticketholders will enjoy premium viewing of the midnight fireworks, with the option of watching the show from indoor or outdoor areas on the Pacific Terrace overlooking Jack Poole Plaza.

Ticketed Fireworks Viewing

A premium fireworks viewing zone will be located along the seawall on the North promenade of the Vancouver Convention Centre. It will guarantee a prime view of the fireworks over Coal Harbour as well as in-and-out privileges to enjoy the entertainment on the main and outdoor music stages before the midnight fireworks.

NYE Vancouver 2015

Free Family New Year’s Eve

This year’s family-friendly event will feature multiple stages, a new countdown clock tower and early fireworks for families at 9:00pm followed by a midnight countdown with a spectacular fireworks finale. The free community celebration will run from 6:30pm to 12:10am along Canada Place Way between Howe and Thurlow Streets.

A ticketed RE/MAX Family Zone will be located inside Canada Place and along the outdoor West Promenade. The zone will feature family-focused entertainment such as face painting, crafts and arcade games and a reserved outdoor viewing area for fireworks.

Follow Concord Pacific New Year’s Eve Vancouver on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.