Hey all! Upcoming summer party fundraiser for VIVO Media Arts Centre
Help us prepare by clicking GOING on this FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/434904580306338
Entrance by donation (suggested $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds)
The summer fundraising party you’ve been dreaming of: come celebrate Weekend Leisure’s new website, sing karaoke, hit a ping pong ball, play ancient video games–all while eating surprise snacks!
All proceeds go towards VIVO’s operating costs
First, A SCREENING:
Local karaoke dealers Weekend Leisure have finally revamped their website! Come watch selections from their public access TV episodes, karaoke videos, and other picks that’ll make you cry with joy, laugh nervously, and/or stare blankly with delightful bemusement.
Then, A PARTY:
- SING karaoke with your pal, selecting from a catalogue of over 7 bajillion songs!
- CHALLENGE your enemy to a ping pong match and learn something new about yourself!
- WIN new high scores on old video games from VIVO’s archive (may include NES, SEGA, ATARI, INTELLIVISION, a RARE JAPANESE CONSOLE, and/or whatever else proves to be in working condition)!
- DEVOUR Classic Canadian-Cafeteria surprise snackz!
- DRINK responsibly
Remember: this is FUNDRAISER! Bring your loonies and toonies!
Weekend Leisure’s Bio
After graduating from Emily Carr University of Art & Design’s Integrated Media program in 2004, Weekend Leisure’s members — Curtis Grahauer, Christy Nyiri, Erich Gerl, and Pietro Sammarco — initially came together to satisfy their mutual desire to craft karaoke videos. Bringing together their respective backgrounds in media art, design, music, and performance art, the group’s repertoire explored video culture through a variety of conventions and formats. Weekend Leisure largely draws inspiration from Vancouver’s gentrified cityscape and the “natural beauty” touted by tourism markets, the enthusiastic do-it-yourself spirit that public access television manages to build through its limitations, and the endearing pretensions found in karaoke videos.
Weekend Leisure screened videos at alternative comedy nights in Vancouver, collaborating with local comedy groups, exhibiting works in contemporary art centres, and hosting a weekly karaoke night at local pubs. The group produced a monthly public access television show that aired on the Novus Network, ten half-hour episodes in all. They co-produced Steel Viper Force, an over-the-top action comedy movie. They’ve hosted karaoke events for the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Public Library, PuSh Fest, Fringe, and the Jazz Fest, as well as events in Seattle and Portland.