15 Arts events not to miss in October 2020

October got here fast and classes are quickly ramping up! Take some time for yourself this month to de-stress and enjoy a variety of musical and art performances, virtual tours, an enriching cultural exhibition and many interesting talks held throughout the month.  


Emerge 2020: Studio Visit with Tania Willard

Friday, October 2 | 5 p.m. | Online event
Free with registration

Save the date for this virtual event with artist and UBCO faculty member Tania Willard (Secwépemc Nation). During this virtual studio visit, Willard will introduce her art and practice, focusing on her work in the exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, which is currently being shown at the Belkin Art Gallery. The studio visit will be followed by a short Q&A.  


Wednesday Noon Hours — The Classic 20th Century Jazz Trio

Wednesday, October 7 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Online event

Feeling the mid-week blues? Take a break on Wednesday at noon for some jazzy tunes! Join us online for a live stream to watch The Classic 20th Century Jazz Trio, led by jazz visionary John Stetch, perform live from the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. This is a show you don’t want to miss!


UBC Tianzhu-Hurvitz Lecture Series: Karma in Chinese Buddhist Historiography

Friday, October 9 | 8 a.m. | Online event
Free with registration

Over the course of 1,500 years, Chinese Buddhist historiography emerged and developed under the shadow of the more prestigious tradition of court historiography. But by turning to the doctrine of karma, Buddhist historians felt that they could see the past with greater clarity than their non-Buddhist counterparts. Hosted by the UBC Department of Asian Studies, join Dr. John Kieschnick, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, at this online event as he explores this topic and much more. 


A Seat at the Table

Friday to Sunday | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Chinese Canadian Museum of BC
Free admission with pre-booked ticket

A Seat at the Table is an exhibition that explores the historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging. It looks to food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and the communities that they develop.  

This satellite exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, supported by the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver. 


Chan Centre Dot Com Series: PIQSIQ

Friday, October 16 | 7 p.m. | Online event
Tickets: $0 – $20

Looking for some Friday night entertainment? Tune in online to watch PIQSIC, the acclaimed Inuit throat-singing sister duo, perform both ancient songs and new compositions infused with haunting beauty and entrancing melodies. Filmed at the Chan Centre, you’ll be able to re-watch this performance, and others in the series, for up to four weeks!

This virtual event is presented in collaboration with UBC’s Belkin Art Gallery and the UBC School of Music.


Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims)

October 16 – 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Online event

UBC Opera is back with another exciting production this year! Composed in 1825 for the coronation of King Charles X in Reims, France, this production is a masterpiece filled with music fit for a king, with all the chaos and light-hearted fun characteristic of a Rossini opera. This opera will have three acts sung in Italian with English subtitles. 


Black Artistic Expressions in BC: Tonye Aganaba

Wednesday, October 21 | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Online event

Be sure to catch this event featuring Tonye Aganaba, a multidisciplinary artist, musician and arts facilitator, who will be the second guest performer in the four-part virtual series, Black Artistic Expressions in BC. Aganaba’s new album, Something Comfortable, is an intentional and devotional endeavour inspired by their battle with multiple sclerosis. 

This event is organized in partnership between local Black artists, IBPOC Connections: Staff and Faculty and the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education at UBC.


ARTIVISM 2020: Spoken Word Showcase + Open Mic

Wednesday, October 21 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Online event

Don’t miss this virtual open-mic event by UBC Slam Poetry! You’ll have the chance to hear from incredibly talented poets and artists as well as have the chance to sign up to perform. This event is brought to you by the UBC Arts and Culture District and is part of the ARTIVISM: SEX + The Unheard digital festival that engages with the art of creative resistance and the politics of the body. 


Coalition Building During a Pandemic

Thursday, October 22 | 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Online event

Register for this free event featuring three Vancouver-based organizers as they share what they have learned and accomplished during the last seven months of the coronavirus pandemic. The panel will address how the pandemic has changed their support work and how they have pivoted their organizing efforts to keep their communities safe. This event is part of the Communities of Care Speaker Series and brought to you by the Centre for Community Engaged Learning.


Curator Tour of Shame and Prejudice

Thursday, October 22 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Online event

Whether you’ve seen Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice multiple times or can’t visit in-person, this is your chance to experience the acclaimed exhibition, from the comfort of your couch. Join MOA Curator and UBC Professor Dr.Jennifer Kramer for a live online tour through Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience.

Dr. Kramer will guide you through Monkman’s moving and thought-provoking exhibition, which he developed as a response to the Canada 150 celebrations. Virtual visitors will be toured through the nine chapters of the exhibition with a Q&A session following the tour. 


Chan Centre Dot Com Series: Christina Pato

Friday, October 23 | 7 p.m. | Online event
Tickets: $0 – $20

Next up in the Chan Centre Dot Com Series is artist Cristina Pato, who has spent her musical career thwarting expectations and winning over the hearts of audiences around the world with her mastery of the Galician bagpipe. Also a classical pianist, writer and educator, Pato skillfully moves between jazz, classical and folk styles. For this special Chan Centre digital concert, Pato will perform from her home in the Galicia region of Spain.


ARTIVISM 2020: 10 x 5: Art & Disability

Sunday, October 25 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Online event

Back for its third year, this event will showcase ten artists who identify as living with disabilities speaking about their art practice. This event is brought to you by the UBC Arts and Culture District and is part of the ARTIVISM: SEX + The Unheard digital festival that engages with the art of creative resistance and the politics of the body. 


Religion and the U.S. Presidential Election

Tuesday, October 27 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Online event

Mark your calendars for this roundtable event featuring five UBC scholars from the departments of History, Asian Studies, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies and Anthropology, who will be presenting on the topic of religion and the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States. Some of the topics that will be discussed during this event include young adult voters, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and magic and politics. Professor Paul Quirk (Political Science) will then moderate a Q&A session. 

This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Public Humanities Hub, Program in the Study of Religion and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. 


Decolonize THIS (Media)

Tuesday, October 27 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Online event

For two decades, 2020 UBC Asper Visiting Professor and award-winning journalist author Angela Sterritt has focused her coverage on sharing impactful stories on the lives, communities and injustices of Indigenous people. Sterritt’s CBC Vancouver column Reconcile THIS explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions and has won several awards. In this talk, Sterrit will share highlights of a reckoning we are seeing in the media to address imbalances and look at the risks involved for those who push to seek change.

This event will be moderated by UBC Associate Professor, Dr. Candis Callison and is co-sponsored by the UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. 


Wednesday Noon Hours: Winner of the 43rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition

Wednesday, October 28 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Online live stream

Close of the month of October with a very special performance by soprano Brittany Rae, winner of the 43rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition. Featuring the competition commissioned work Han Kang: Lost in Translation by Gordon Fitzell, be sure to tune in for this free live stream event.