MagsBC staff joined other creative industry representatives in Victoria to celebrate BC Creative Industries Week, which ran from April 25 to May 2.
Talent was front and centre at the events, which included evening receptions by the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA) for both the Liberals and NDP on the 25th and 26th plus a midday showcase held in the reception hall of the legislature on the 26th.
MagsBC executive director Sylvia Skene answering questions about BC magazines in the provincial legislature.
MagsBC executive director Sylvia Skene and summer intern Melissa Shaw displayed copies of the various member magazines along their table and attended the MPPIA events. Representatives from the Vancouver Film School, the Association of Book Publishers of BC and DigiBC also had tables at the showcase.
Two-time Juno award winning musician Dan Mangan and Juno Award winners of the 2016 Breakthrough Group of the Year Dear Rouge energized the crowds of BC politicians, aides and industry professionals with their performances.
Dear Rouge performs for the crowd of industry professionals and politicians.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training proclaimed Creative Industries Week in the provincial legislature. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender and Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert also spoke about the importance of the creative sector, which is responsible for over 85,000 jobs.
The Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers Branch vice-president Liz Shorten and MPPIA chair Peter Leitch presented speeches highlighting the successes of their respective industries.
Left to right: Jobs Minister Shirley Bond holds the proclamation with CMPA's Liz Shorten and Community Minister Peter Fassbender.
As part of this year's theme of 'Celebrating Award Winning Success', other tables showcased the province's visual effects, film, television, music, digital media and gaming awards.
The Revenant actress Grace Dove, who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in the film, told the crowd she always wanted to be in the industry.
“I'm blessed to have found purpose in my life that gives me meaning, makes me happy and to have it as my work I'm so grateful,” Dove said.
Dove, who is from Prince George, was joined by the four Oscar nominees that worked on The Revenant.
After the performances and speeches, Sylvia and Melissa traveled to Metchosin to interview Aquaculture North America publisher Peter Chettleburgh. The team then headed over to the home of Neo-opsis publishers Karl and Stephanie Johanson before heading back to Vancouver on the ferry.
-- By Melissa Shaw, Journalist and Summer Intern with MagsBC, May 2016.