Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Editors' Association of Canada—BC Branch Meeting

Editors' Association of Canada—BC Branch Meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 pm
Welch Room, 4th Floor, YWCA Health & Wellness Centre
535 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Book Exchange – Free Admission

At our April 18th meeting, we will be holding a Book Exchange for EAC
members and guests. So, start weeding out your home library now and bring
any unwanted books to the exchange, whether they pertain to editing or are
of a literary nature. You know the adage—“One editor’s cast-off is another
editor’s treasure.”

We will also be selling off the remaining reference books from our EAC
book-table sales inventory, including some hard-to-find titles. Rumour has
it that prices will be good.

This will be an informal meeting with lots of time for mingling and
networking over complimentary light refreshments. Do come out for what
promises to be an enjoyable evening of browsing and socializing with
like-minded people. You might even go home with a few treasures in hand.

Please join us! Admission is free to all.

Shelly Windover, Programs Chair
Editors’ Association of Canada—BC Branch

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Is Your Music Ready for Hollywood?

As part of the Career Development Series, Music BC is presenting its Music & Film seminar, providing a unique opportunity for the British Columbia music industry professionals to learn about how to get their music featured on TV or film from industry experts.

L.A.-based Music Supervisor & Soundtrack Producer PJ Bloom will open the panel as the keynote speaker. TV and Film music industry experts, Natasha Duprey, Jane Ashworth and Matt Safran, will give a presentation on how musicians can get their music on TV or film. With years of experience finding, listening, composing and placing songs in TV and film, they will share their knowledge about the industry. Three lucky draw attendees of the seminar will receive professional feedback from panelists on the suitability of their music for TV or film.

PJ Bloom is a Music Consultant for HBO Films since 1998, overseeing major successes like ?Angels In America?. He has been involved with film & TV music and soundtracks since the early 90's, including stints at Columbia Records and Arista Records, creating and producing soundtracks for major studio features, independent films, network and cable television, video games and commercials. Having worked with filmmakers and television producers such as Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, and Ridley Scott, among others, his recent projects include Sony Pictures? ?Running With Scissors? and Golden Globe award-winning television series ?Nip/Tuck?. PJ also consults for Disneyland Theme Parks for music driven rides and attractions.

Natasha Duprey is the Music Supervisor at MX Solutions, a local company that provides music editing, tracking and composition for film and television. She has over a decade of experience in the music industry ranging from artist manager to video producer. Natasha has recently worked on the Showtime lesbian drama 'The L Word', the hit USA Network series 'The Dead Zone', Canadian series 'Godiva's 'and many others. Natasha has also recently completed the feature films 'Fierce People', Bruce MacDonald's latest 'The Love Crimes Of Gillian Guess' and the documentary 'Small Town Gay Bar? which just premiered at Sundance.

Matthew Safran started working in the music industry as an indy music publisher. Pitching music for film and TV, and the administration of these licenses, were the aspects of publishing that Matt liked best, so becoming a music supervisor was a natural progression. As the owner/operator of Filmusic Services, Matthew is currently working on the Insight Productions science fiction series ?Painkiller Jane?, an on-line animated series called ?The Seeker?. He has just completed a second season of ?Robson Arms?, CTV?s sophisticated set-in-Vancouver comedy.

Jane Ashworth is part of Music Supervision Services team at S.L. Feldman & Associates, which has rapidly become a leader in its field, supervising countless hours of film and television projects working with a broad and diversified range of genres, budgets, and production companies. This division, which includes Sarah Webster (VP-Film Music), Stacey Horricks and Jane Muckle, also represents a select roster of talented score composers in Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles.

The Music BC Career Development Series is just one of many Music BC program initiatives and benefits that it offers to Music BC members and members of the British Columbia music industry.

"BC music professionals who want to know how their music can be featured in TV or film, will have a chance to hear it from the experts," says Bob D'Eith, Executive Director of Music BC. ?Getting your music placed into film and television projects can be a huge boost for an artist?s career. Not only can it be a great source of revenue, it is some of the best exposure an artist can get for their music ? just look at BC artist Daniel Powter and his song ?Bad Day? on American Idol. The song has become a huge hit worldwide and has propelled Daniel?s career. Music BC?s Music in Film seminar is a must see for any aspiring artist "

Representing the BC music industry, Music BC is a non-profit society, providing information, education, funding, advocacy, awareness & networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the spirit, growth and sustainability of the BC music community. Please visit for more information.

Music BC?s Career Development Series: Music & Film
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time: 1-4pm (with half an hour of question and answer after the panel)
Place: Tom Lee Music Hall (3rd Floor, 929 Granville St, Vancouver)

Pre-register at or 604.873.1914.
Music BC Paid Members - Free
Music BC Basic Members - $15
Non-members - $25 (See

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Call for Submissions: Pivot Launches Housing Solutions Contest

Vancouver - Pivot Legal Society announced today it will award $2,000 for the winning essay in a contest to find the best and most practical solutions to the housing crisis in Vancouver .

The top six papers, judged by a panel of professional developers, government planners, and academics, will be published by Pivot in a Special Report on Housing Solutions for the Downtown Eastside. The report will be presented at a public meeting to discuss solutions to the housing crisis in Vancouver in the Fall of 2007.

Winning 4,000-word research essays focusing on progressive international best practices on issues facing the Downtown Eastside, and policy proposals based on that research, will receive an Award for Policy Innovation.

"Homelessness is one of the most challenging issues facing today's Vancouver ," says SFU Professor, Nick Blomley, one of the panel judges. "These essays will hopefully allow us to think outside the box a little, and offer practical as well as innovative ideas and solutions."

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside provides low-income housing and a network of social services to more than 5,000 of the Vancouver’s poorest residents. However, the neighbourhood is facing rapid erosion of that housing as a result of development and gentrification pressures.

The housing solutions contest is looking specifically for policy proposals that:
- have been implemented and are successful in other jurisdictions;
- involve partnerships between government and developers; and,
- respect the needs of the existing low-income community in the area and do not displace, either directly or indirectly, that community.

The essay contest deadline is Monday April 30, 2007. For more information about the contest, visit

For more information call Pivot Legal Society on (604) 255-9700 or e-mail

Job Posting: Green Thumb Theatre

Green Thumb Theatre is seeking a Production Manager.

This is a full time salaried position.

Green Thumb Theatre produces 3-6 school tours plus 1-2 mainstage productions per season. Producing mainly original scripts we develop work for elementary and high school performances, touring across BC, at least one tour per season also tours across Canada and into the USA.

We are seeking an individual with experience in production management/technical direction for a full time position. Working schedule in the off season is flexible and the position may be seasonal full-time if suitable for the right candidate. Hours during the season are somewhat flexible, again to meet the needs of a suitable candidate.


  • Post secondary training in theatre production
  • Working experience in technical theatre for a professional company
  • Knowledge of the CTA
  • Experience as a Technical Director and/or Production Manager in a professional company a definite asset
  • Experience in touring a definite asset


Reporting to both the General Manager & Artistic Director, the Production Manager is a key player in season planning and works closely with the AD in planning all creative aspects of our production.

Duties Include:

  • Contracting of all production personnel &/or contracts
  • including, design, scenic construction, properties, costumes and stage
  • management.
  • Production planning & scheduling for all productions
  • Coordination and operation if required for all production
  • elements for events, showcase presentations etc.
  • Supervision of construction of all productions

In conjunction with the Company Manager, organization of

tour logistics including but not limited to:

  • Van pack, technical riders and coordination with venues, ATA carnet, freight & transportation planning.
  • Budgeting & expenses management for all production related costs, including capital equipment
  • Upkeep & maintenance of all production equipment including ensuring all vehicles are maintained to highest standards and vehicle modifications conform to highway traffic act, and the company's own safety expectations
  • Responsible for Health & Safety in the workplace.
  • Other production related duties

Compensation is negotiable based on experience, starting minimum salary

$31,000. Green Thumb offers an extended health & disability benefit


Candidates should forward a resume and covering letter stating salary expectations to:

Production Manager Application or by e-mail in Word, Wordperfect or pdf formats only to:

Green Thumb Theatre

1885 Venables St.

Vancouver BC

V5L 2H6

Closes April 20, 2007 Start date negotiable.

More info at: (who we are / employment)