ARTS IN BRIEF: Kinna in X-Mas Factor, student flicks needed

Kyla Kinna - photo SUBMITTED
Kyla Kinna
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A young Port Coquitlam singer will be in the finale at the X-mas Factor competition, which is part of the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Kyla Kinna, 13, will perform on Saturday after being shortlisted earlier this month following her rendition of All I Want for Christmas is You. The winner of the all-ages contest will get $5,000 towards a music career.  The market, which runs until Dec. 24, is in the plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St., at Georgia).




The deadline for Tri-City secondary students to submit entries into the Emerging Talent Film Festival is approaching.

Grade 9 to 12 students have until Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. to apply their eight-minute long pieces — including narrative films, documentaries, music videos, animations, public service announcements and commercials — to the fest.

The entries will be judged by Jeremy Lutter, Pia Massie and Eva Wunderman and awards will be handed out for the following categories: best direction, editing, cinematography, original screenplay, performance, sound design and film (judges’ choice and audience pick). Visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.



Rocky Milino Jr., a graduate of Port Coquitlam’s Archbishop Carney regional secondary school, has a new music video out for Christmas.

The video by the Tri-City resident and his band, Cause4Drama, can be viewed at http://youtu.be/Dvim9aXc3Vo. Cause4Drama was named the fan favourite in this year’s 99.3 FM The Fox Seeds contest.




Tri-City arts groups and centres are serving up Christmas goodies to promote their shows in the new year.

Stage 43 Theatrical Society has 12 Days of Christmas, running until Friday, where special offers are being posted to its website (www.stage43.org) and Twitter account (@stage43theatre).

As well, the Port Moody Arts Centre has early-bird packages on sale for its Wearable Art Awards show on Feb. 16. Buyers who purchase their $25 tickets by Jan. 15 can have their names entered to win a prize. Call 604-931-2008 or visit www.pomoarts.ca.

Meanwhile, Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre has a four-ticket flex pass on for $99, until Dec. 24.

Mix and match four tickets to two shows and save on the cost of individual tickets.

Upcoming performances include Henry and Alice: Into the Wild (Jan. 29 to Feb. 2) and The 39 Steps (March 12 to 16) by Alfred Hitchcock. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca for more information.




The deadline has been extended for Port Coquitlam residents — past and present — to submit their futuristic vision of the community.

The digital illumination exhibit will be part of the city’s centennial celebrations next year and will be shown at the PoCo recreation complex until March 2013.

Entries can be any art medium — pencil, paint, mixed media, clay, digital art, animation, etc. — that depicts the future, and another artwork of what the future shouldn’t look like.

Send images (in jpeg or video format) by Dec. 30 to submissions@portcoquitlam.ca. For more information, call 604-927-8400.

Cash prizes will be handed out for the best artwork entry.



A Port Moody theatre company will remount Nate and Troy: The Next Big Things at the Carousel Studio Theatre in Vancouver next month.

SHIFT Theatre, which is known in the Tri-Cities for presenting its annual 1-Act Festival at the Inlet Theatre, will put on the cabaret-style show at the Granville Island venue Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 1.

The show is penned by Nathan Kelly and Troy Cherkowski, who met doing community theatre in Coquitlam more than 10 years ago.

“Nate and Troy’s show was one of the best received works in this year’s 1-Act Festival, and left audiences buzzing with excitement after each performance,” said artistic managing director Nick Sartore, in a news release.

Tickets for Nate and Troy: The Next Big Things are $15 and available at the door (1411 Cartwright St., Vancouver) or through www.shifttheatre.ca.





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