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ARTS IN BRIEF: Lights, camera for Crazy8s challenge

Two Tri-City filmmakers won the chance to make their short for this year's Crazy8s, an eight-day filmmaking challenge that started rolling last Friday.

Two Tri-City filmmakers won the chance to make their short for this year's Crazy8s, an eight-day filmmaking challenge that started rolling last Friday.

Jordan Barber and Kyle Hollett are producers on One Last Ride, a short flick written by the daughter of Vancouver blues legend Jim Byrnes.

The other five winners are: Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder; Outside the Lines; The Twister Slipper; Under A Glass Moon; and The Wolf Who Came To Dinner. The final films, which are due to be submitted on Friday, will be screened at a gala on Feb. 28 at The Centre.

Advance tickets are available online via


Spots remain open for a Pro-D day camp at Coquitlam's Place des Arts.

The Maillardville centre is hosting visual arts and performance classes for kindergarten to Grade 5 students on Friday, Feb. 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Call 604-664-1636 or visit


The dance floor will be open on Saturday for the grand re-opening of a Coquitlam studio.

Staff at Arthur Murray (Suite 212-1090 Lougheed Hwy.) will host an open house from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 21, when the public can tour the new facility and view performances.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart is also scheduled to cut a ceremonial ribbon between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Call 604-544-5008.


Vancouver underground artist and mask maker Char Hoyt is the guest at the next demo hosted by Port Coquitlam's Art Focus Artists' Association.

The free public event on Wednesday, Feb. 25 happens from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Outlet in Leigh Square Community Arts Village (behind PoCo city hall).


Tickets are still available for a jazz dinner to fundraise for a Coquitlam high school music program.

The annual feast at Gleneagle secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr.) on Feb. 28 will include music from the school ensembles as well as special guests from the band of the 15th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery.

Last year's show brought in about $6,000 for the music program. For tickets at $45, email


A Port Coquitlam-based video producer and business owner is now the president of the BC Professional Videographers Association.

Shawn Lam of Shawn Lam Video Inc. was named to the top job by the group, which is the country's largest and longest-running professional videographers' organization. It is Lam's sixth time as BCPVA president. Lam takes over from David Cooperstone, owner of The Studio Video.


The drama teacher for Port Coquitlam's Riverside secondary has another high-profile arts job.

Last month, Shift Theatre Society appointed Nicole Roberge as its artistic director to replace Nick Sartore, who held the post for eight seasons.


Want to help steer the future of a popular arts and music school in Coquitlam?

Place des Arts is looking for a new volunteer to be part of its board.

Applicants must be able to attend a board meeting a month for 10 months of the year as well as facility events and activities, help with fundraising goals and be part of at least one committee. Email


Port Moody's Tyson Venegas who won the PNE Star Showdown in 2013, at the age of seven, sung at the opening ceremony for the Canada Winter Games last weekend in Prince George.