Culture, Chords & Community

July 8, 2019 in Art & Culture

What values do people hold at folk, roots and blues festivals across Canada? How do these values relate to our communities and cities?

In this episode, Gillian and I talk about where she grew up, her undergraduate thesis that took her to music festivals from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and how cultural elements of community, intention, and value are conducted at different music festivals across the country.


Cultivating Community through Creativity

February 4, 2019 in Art & Culture, Community

“The artists musicians and designers, they make the city colourful. And they bring life to the city. And even if you don’t think you like art or music, you probably do, and you probably enjoy those type of people in your city, because they really create that culture and create that community.” – Angel Guerra

In 2018, Market Collective celebrated their 10 year anniversary. A lot has changed for the company since their humble beginnings in 2008. John talks with Angel who has been running this Calgary-based artisan market since day one. Angel, along with co-founder Angela Dione, decided to chip in $50 each to launch Market Collective together. The result? In the last three years alone, the markets have generated $5 million in sales for local artisans and artists.

Instagram in the City

January 14, 2019 in Art & Culture

Have you ever wondered how Instagram photos, highlighting curated glimpses of people’s lives, affect our cities and how we think about these places? Do repeated posts about a new library, pretty mural or tasty brunch have an impact on the form of our city?

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have started to explore the relationship between Instagram and the city.

In 2017, John Boy and his research partner, Justus Uitermark, published an academic paper called Reassembling the City Through Instagram. The goal of this research was to understand how people represent urban areas on social media, and how these representations feed into people’s uses of the city. Based on in-depth interviews and over 400, 000 geotagged Instagram posts in Amsterdam, the researchers analyzed how the city is reassembled on and through Instagram.

Source: Reassembling the city through Instagram (2017). See below for the hyperlink!