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Shocking New Report on Canadian Artists’ Incomes

A shocking new report (published March 2019) commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage, based on data collected in the 2016 census, provides clear and current evidence that few working artists in Metro Vancouver will ever have the means to independently purchase a home or save for their retirement. The report, based on the 2016 census, reveals that the median income of artists is 45% lower than all Canadian workers. By occupation, the median incomes are the following: dancers ($15,100); actors and comedians ($17,500); musicians and singers ($17,600); composers ($28,700); writers ($38,000); and producers/directors ($48,700).

The report is called, “A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada in 2016” compiled by Hills Strategies:

The report focuses on the working lives of artists in Canada, including statistics on:

  • The overall number of artists
  • Artists by occupation
  • Demographic information such as gender, education, age, Indigenous people, members of racialized groups, and more
  • Self-employment rates
  • Total incomes, employment incomes, and household incomes
  • The industries where artists work, with a focus on the three most common sectors for artists: 1) arts, entertainment, and recreation; 2) educational services; and 3) information and cultural industries

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Watch the New PAL Vancouver Documentary Now!

“The Day Don Died” blends non-fiction interviews with surreal, dramatic re-creations to tell the story of a true and mysterious event involving PAL Vancouver’s community of artists. Directors Steve J. Adams and Sean Horlor began researching their film at PAL in 2017 and, to date, it has been selected to be screened at Hot Docs Canadian International Festival (2019) in Toronto; the Vancouver Short Film Festival (2019), the Whistler Film Festival (2018) and the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in Portland (2018).
“An ending that will either make you mad or laugh like crazy.” – Hollywood North Magazine

Read Sabrina Furminger’s great Vancouver Courier News feature (Jan. 22, 2019) about PAL’s community and “The Day Don Died” here:
On Easter Sunday, residents of PAL woke up to discover jazz singer and beloved tenant Don Stewart had unexpectedly died after a performance on Good Friday. But as news travels between PAL’s highly-imaginative people, the story of Don’s passing takes on a life of its own. Every resident has their own version of what really happened that day and each version is more sensational than the last. This film takes a humorous and poignant look at aging in PAL’s artistic community.
Steve Adams’ and Sean Horlor’s short documentaries Hunting Giants (2017), Brunch Queen (2017), and A Small Part of Me (2016) have screened at festivals around the world.
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Alfie Zappacosta plays benefit concert Dec. 7

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Come and hear the legendary Alfie Zappacosta —

Undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers, Alfie Zappacosta has amassed an impressive song catalogue over the past 40 years, including “Start Again”, “Passion”, When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way”.

Come and hear the distinctive baritone voice, masterful guitar playing, and sophisticated stylings that have given Alfie Zappacosta the slickest jazz chops this side of Steely Dan.

Alfie Zappacosta will be performing at PAL Studio Theatre with his long-time friend and exquisite piano player, Andrew Glover. Glover is credited with a huge body of work which extends to Europe and the US.

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to hear these two incredibly accomplished artists playing in a great venue for a great cause.  Playing a special benefit to support PAL Vancouver, a unique social housing and theatre complex in the heart of Coal Harbour. Proceeds will help provide rental assistance for residents in need. Tickets for this unique blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music are limited to 100 seats, and include a complementary drink and appetizers.

You would not be amiss to compare Alfie Zappacosta to a vintage VQA wine. Very rarely accessible but when he does perform it’s for a discerning crowd who are extremely familiar with quality.” – Keith Sharp Music Express


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Your essential support for PAL’s community ensures that our residents live in safety, among their artistic peers, in a home they can afford for the rest of their lives.  

Over the past three years PAL has been working to create new homes for low-income, senior, and disabled members of the Metro Vancouver performing arts community. We anticipate having very good news about this soon. During this time, your enduring support has shaped the bedrock of PAL’s efforts to assist more artists who are living in tenuous, isolated, and, on occasion, unsafe situations.

Along with providing rental assistance, PAL’s mandate includes helping increasing numbers of artists connect with each other within compassionate living environments. At PAL, strong relationships between established and emerging artists are encouraged; creative growth is inspired; and our surrounding neighbourhood is animated through artistic activity. As a person who has found inspiration and broadened perspectives through the arts, you may agree with me that real, lasting and visionary social change often happens thanks to our artists and their ability to communicate lived experience on a deep level ~ a vocation more important than ever in these trying times.

Please support PAL’s charitable work protecting our senior artists from social, creative, and economic isolation. Your much needed donation will finance PAL’s rental assistance program so that our performance pioneers can age-in-place, securely, within an apartment they can afford. Your vital contribution will care for PAL’s family as it grows and thrives.

To contribute to PAL’s critical Rental Assistance Program please mail your “PAL Vancouver” donation cheque to 300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 3L3; or call Karen Woodman: Donor Relations, at the PAL office (604.620.4315); or donate online ( to receive an immediate charitable tax receipt.

PAL Vancouver receives no annual government support for our housing operations and must raise $300,000 every year to fund our integral rental assistance program and preserve the integrity of our facility. We do this solely through donations from caring individuals, private and public foundations, businesses, and dedicated members of Metro Vancouver’s performing arts community.

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Learn about “The Winter’s Tale”

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Classic Chic – An all-female ensemble dedicated to performing the classics. ‘Cause why should the boys have all the fun?

“It is requir’d you do awake your faith”

Classic Chic Productions presents
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Wolpe

L.A. Women’s Shakespeare is about putting on honest, thoughtful productions of Shakespeare’s plays, without being limited by gender, and in the meantime, doing their part to even out the cosmic scales from all that time Shakespeare’s women were played by men. And the fact that the company has, at its center, what is simply one of the best Shakespearean actors of this generation is reason to anticipate, and delight in, every new production.

Sharon Perlmutter, critic for Talkin’ Broadway VANCOUVER, BC…The Winter’s Tale, opening July 26 and presented by Classic Chic Productions (CCP), promises fire and ice aplenty, at the direction of master interpreter of the Bard, Lisa Wolpe. The epic and romantic fairy tale features a large all-female ensemble on this inaugural production for Classic Chic, a newly formed Vancouver women’s theatre collective. “The Winter’s Tale offers beautifully defined, strong, classic roles for women in Hermione, Paulina, and Perdita,” says Wolpe, an acclaimed actor and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC).

“This play features some of the greatest male characters ever written – the tyrant King Leontes, the seductive King Polixenes, the tortured Antigonus, the delightful villain with a deft sleight of hand and a song-and-dance, Autolycus. Classic Chic is opening up fascinating opportunities for women to play everything from Clowns to Kings.”

A punch in the gut, the play delivers the tales of the suffering and rebirth of its women, but ultimately this is a sacred story of a triumphant emergence from darkness into light. Bursting with music, dancing, swordplay, and circus skills, The Winter’s Tale spins an eloquent text ranging in scope from powerful tragedy to vaudevillian light comedy.

The nucleus behind Classic Chic Productions, Christina Wells Campbell, artistic director; Corina Akeson, production manager; Joanna Redfern, communications and Michelle Martin, fundraising, all accomplished in theatre, are dedicated to performing the classics.

“There are great roles in theatre that women have traditionally not had the opportunity to play but appeal to them as actors and human beings,” says Wells Campbell, quoting from their mission statement. “With Classic Chic we are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities, and audiences, too.”

Wolpe has played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history, always to superlative reviews. She recently received the Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the LA Theater Community and was awarded the Key to Harlem and a Congressional Certificate of Merit for her work with the Harlem Shakespeare Festival in 2013. While in Vancouver, she will perform her one–woman show Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender at the Orpheum Annex, July 16, presented by Railtown Cultural Eclective, and also offering a crossgender acting workshop.

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