Unlimited growth increases the divide

Unlimited growth at the Delmar Hotel

by Bruce Mason The wisest words on Vancouver’s streets, “Unlimited Growth Increases the Divide” offer a strong medicine for healing the obscene growth for growth’s sake that’s killing us, our economy and the environment. The seven-inch copper letters are artfully emblazoned across the front of the humble, 30-room Del Mar Hotel and tiny art gallery … Read more

Ready to Rumble? Keep calm and decolonize

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason Indigenous/Aboriginal /First Nations/Inuit art is one of the most exciting creative forces in Canada and on our endangered Earth. At once a Renaissance Revival and a ‘resistance,’ it’s rising, Phoenix-like, from the still-smouldering ashes of what can only be described as genocide. Pick a genre – music, visual arts, live … Read more

Reflections of Canada – now that the party’s over

Canada reflections

by Bruce Mason It’s been 150 years since the old province of Canada was carved up into Quebec and Ontario and joined by the hip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Confederation. We’re spending a cool half billion – plus security, promotional items, provincial expenditures and other unforeseen costs – to celebrate. Never mind … Read more

Jesse Waldman an inspired voice from Vancouver’s dark side

Jesse Waldman

by Bruce Mason Jesse Waldman’s long-awaited record debut was decades in the making, including four years of painstaking recording and production. The brilliant concept album, Mansion Full of Ghosts, stands out for not only capturing life in contemporary Vancouver, but for also giving voice and hope to all those who struggle in the dystopian, hollowed-out … Read more

Join Sea to Seed and “Over Grow the System”

by Bruce Mason It’s impossible to over-emphasize the importance of localizing food systems, homesteading, organic farming, community building and permaculture. So much time and so many resources are being spent fighting against something. Pick a cause and there’ll be placards, shouted chants, shared posts, too many marches, far too many speeches, ever more hand-wringing and … Read more