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Kevin’s Key to Being an Outsider: Own It!

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Kevin Wolfhard (@kwolfhard) knows what’s up!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“Always…and essentially, I mean it took me quite a lot of time to sort of figure this out, but if you don’t own being a dork, being a weirdo, being a misfit, being an outsider…it’s, you can’t live life like that.

So if you just own it, it’s the best thing in the world. It’s who you are, right? This is why I dance at the Fox. It’s the ultimate expression of who I am as a person.”

I was feeling super crappy today (damn you PMS and a lack of sunlight), so I am so thankful to Kevin for his unbelievably wise words, because they boosted me up and reminded me of what’s important in life.

Owning who you are (which I find challenging to do all the time, but it feels so good when I do own who I am) is the best way to cope with feeling like a freak!

If you want to look at some gorgeous photos, please follow Kevin on Instagram: @kwolfhard. 

Oh, To Be Young Again

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(l to r: Brie, Austin, and Spec 187)

Ran into these youngsters on Main Street today (one of whom happens to be my neighbour-the tall guy with the hat) and they were gracious enough to let me interview them. Thanks to Spec 187, Brie, and Austin! I love their enthusiasm. It is infectious!

Chattin’ It Up with the Ravishing Rachel

This afternoon, I went out in search of someone to interview and Rachel caught my eye. Due to the cold weather these days, my style is closest to that of a stereotypical soccer Mom (I often choose borderline-frumpy clothes over what’s fashionable), so I admired Rachel’s ability to look incredibly stylish and pulled-together on this chilly November day.

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Anyways, Rachel let me interview her and she was awesome to talk to!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“I’ve totally felt like a freak and an outsider. And I would say the thing that helped me through it the most was my amazing friends, and music, and going to see music with my amazing friends.”

Also, Rachel’s favourite place to shop is Oak and Fort. So, if you want to emulate Rachel’s style, take a gander at Oak and Fort.

Rachel signed off with a simple, “Hi world!” Great attitude. Thanks Rachel!

Artist EMILY GRAY: Interview

VAN-ARTIST EMILY GRAY at her co-created PUBLIC ART piece SPYGLASS in False Creek/beside the Cambie Street Bridge

VAN-ARTIST EMILY GRAY at her co-created PUBLIC ART piece SPYGLASS in False Creek/beside the Cambie Street Bridge

EMILY GRAY comes from the Sunshine Coast, but now calls Vancouver home. If you have seen the mural on the side of Kea Foods at 10th and Main, then you know her work. Emily is incredibly talented and dedicated to her craft (a.k.a. a hard-worker).

Go to www.EMILYGRAY.ca or @EMILYGRAYART (Instagram) to see more of her work online. A mural that Emily has already finished will be going up once Skytrain Reno arrives at Commercial and Broadway…watch for it!

In an e-mail Emily sent me after our interview earlier today she wrote that she loves “community engaged art, I believe thats what public art should be about! Let’s all get together and have a good time, express ourselves, and encourage each other to just keep improving in art and life :)”.

Go to EMILYGRAY.CA to view her work!

Go to EMILYGRAY.CA or @EMILYGRAYART (Instagram) to view her work!

I am so on-board with Ms. Gray’s sentiments about the connection between art, community, and loving life. Today we visited one of Emily’s murals, SPYGLASS, that was completed with the help of around 100 other participants (who used colourful paint to finish the drawings/outlines Emily made). SPYGLASS is located under and beside the Cambie Street Bridge and was inspired by other artists’ (RHONDA WEPPLER and TREVOR MAHOVSKY) work that is done around the base of the Cambie Street Bridge.

The following video is a TIME LAPSE of SPYGLASS being created:

I interviewed EMILY GRAY to learn more about her relationship with art, and our conversation was informative and fun! I am most impressed (beyond the art itself) by Emily’s dedication to building a stronger sense of community, both for herself and others, through working on PUBLIC ART pieces that many help to create and enjoy.

Morning workout made all the more beautiful thanks to public art!

Morning workout made all the more beautiful thanks to public art!

Jumpin', jumpin'!

Jumpin’, jumpin’!

A Regular Ol’ Saturday Night Out in East Van

Last night myself and some friends were at GUYS AND DOLLS on Main Street (no cover and candy is sold!), THE SAVOY on East Hastings (no cover), and at the second anniversary of ARTS SIGNIFIED held at Studio East that had over 50 live bands over the course of Friday and Saturday (cover $5). Perfect for a cheapskate like me. Interesting people and good music!

Packed Pool Hall GUYS AND DOLLS

Packed Pool Hall GUYS AND DOLLS

Jim is cool

Jim is cool

The Savoy Pub on East Hastings was our next spot...

The Savoy Pub on East Hastings was our next spot…

Live band...no cover (yay)...but sadly also no club soda for a non-drinker like me.

The Savoy Pub had a live band…no cover (yay)…but sadly also no club soda for a non-drinker like me. Great service though!

Hands-down best dance moves all night!

Hands-down best dance moves all night!

ARTS SIGNIFIED: Xena the Warrior Princess

ARTS SIGNIFIED: Xena the Warrior Princess

HAIR!

HAIR at ARTS SIGNIFIED!

Smiles are good!

Smiles are good!

Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion

Peace

Peace

Howdy partner

Howdy partner

The crowd went nuts for this band

The crowd went nuts for this band

Pretty

Pretty

Roxy Rules

Roxy Rules

This drummer killed it

This drummer killed it

Johnny de Courcy...I saw him open for The Peatures at Electric Owl and his theatrics were incredible and his performance was amazing.

Johnny de Courcy…I saw him open for The Preatures at Electric Owl and his theatrics were incredible and his performance was amazing.

Vogue

Vogue

Friends ain't just a tv show

Friends ain’t just a tv show