2015 Juried Showcase

September 2, 2015 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm

SFU Goldcorp’s Wong Experimental Theatre

149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4

A 291-seat theatre with proscenium stage, SFU Goldcorp’s Wong Theatre is an intimate venue with a stage fully equipped for dance, theater and music. The Experimental Theatre performance space is 44' wide x 25'-9" deep, with approxiamtely 8'-9" wings (8.727'), a marley surface will be laid down for dance performances. The house lighting plot will be utilized and a full sound system will be available. Located between Gastown, Chinatown, and the Downtown Eastside, SFU’s Goldcorp is a 25 minute walk from WAA’s Host Hotel, the Westin Bayshore. WAA will be providing shuttles between the Westin Bayshore and SFU throughout the showcase. 

Performance Schedule

Artists Showcase Time
Niyaz Featuring Azam Ali 4:35pm - 4:50pm
Wonderheads 4:55pm - 5:10pm
Windsync 5:15pm - 5:30pm
evalyn parry 5:35pm - 5:50pm
Afiara Quartet 5:55pm - 6:10pm
605 Collective 6:15pm - 6:30pm
Bria Skonberg 6:35pm - 6:50pm

Featured Artists

605 Collective

Represented by Eponymous
Exhibit # 412
Webiste: http://605collective.com/

Vancouver’s 605 Collective brings their explosive physicality to this new version of Inheritor Album. The work is a collection of short pieces inspired by concepts of inheritance and succession, producing an album of extraordinarily affecting images and movement set to an electronic sound score. The six performers pull apart the roles of inheritor and predecessor to create brief snapshots of a generation in transition and are pushed to the limits of physical possibility against a backdrop of animations by L.A. based media artist Miwa Matreyek.


Afiara Quartet

Represented by Colbert Artist Management
Exhibit # 703
Website: http://www.afiara.com/

The Afiara Quartet’s project Spin Cycle features renowned DJ Skratch Bastid in an innovative dialogue between musical worlds. The Afiara commissioned four of Canada’s leading young composers to write new works for string quartet. These works are then remixed by Skratch Bastid, creating four new solos for scratch DJ. The project culminates in the composers responding to the remixes in the form of a quintet, string quartet + DJ. This unique collaboration between the quartet, composers, and DJ chronicles a complete musical conversation, creating something wholly new.


Bria Skonberg

Represented by JWP Agency
Exhibit # 716
Website: http://www.briaskonberg.com/

Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation" – Wall Street Journal. She was nominated in 2013 for Jazz Journalists Association’s Up & Coming Artist of The Year, included twice in DownBeat Magazine's Rising Star Critics’ Poll, and given the 2015 “Swing Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz, Bria is now creating an infectious style rooted in New Orleans jazz & blues, world percussion, soul, and cabaret.


evalyn parry

Represented by Fox Entertainment Agency
Exhibit # 121
Website: http://evalynparry.com/

Award-winning Canadian artist evalyn parry creates a theatrical and musical journey in SPIN: her tribute to the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent for social change. Inspired by the true story of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world in 1895 – parry weaves together a rich tapestry of song, narrative and archival visuals from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture. Accompanied by percussionist Brad Hart playing a bicycle as a musical instrument, SPIN has captivated audiences across the continent.


Niyaz featuring Azam Ali

Represented by SRO Artists
Exhibit # 904
Website: http://www.niyazmusic.com/

Described by the Huffington Post as "an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music”, Niyaz (which means “yearning”), has created a 21st century global trance tradition by blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Niyaz is represented by Azam Ali (Vocalist), Ramin Loga Torkian (multi-instrumentalist), Didem Basar (Kanun), Gabriel Ethier (keyboard & electronics), Kattam Laraki – Cote (percussion), and Tanya Evanson (Whirling Sufi Dancer).



Represented by The Agency Group
Exhibit # 201
Website: http://www.windsync.org/index.html

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync has distinguished itself as one of North America's foremost emerging chamber ensembles. Winners of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Emelah International Competition, WindSync focuses on engaging audiences of all ages and walks of life and strives to expand the public’s perception of the genre by commissioning and arranging innovative works for wind quintet with the capacity to engage diverse audiences.


Exhibit # 116
Website: http://www.wonderheads.com/

“If Pixar ever decides to go into the theatre business, they better call Wonderheads first” – Calgary Herald. With excerpts from their new family friendly comedy adventure performed in full-face mask, the Wonderheads present “The Middle of Everywhere”. When two strangers discover a mysterious device at a bus stop, they are whisked away on a cosmic journey through time and space, but will they claim their place in the universe and find their way home? Called “a captivating, wordless journey of physical theatre” – Edmonton Journal.