Jason Hall

Jason Hall, Senior Editor - Arts & Culture, brings his passion for the local side of the Vancouver arts scene to the Vancouver Observer. Having grown up in a family of artists and theatrical designers of various sorts, he developed an early love for visual as well as performing arts. 
 
Previous to taking up the pen, he played clarinet with a number of orchestras in Canada (including the Vancouver Symphony), and continues to perform around the city. He also cycle commutes to Burnaby where he works as Marketing Content Writer for Webtech Wireless (a software company), and is instructor for BCIT’s Associate Certificate in Technical Writing program. 
See his website at JasonHall.ca and follow him on twitter: @jasonhall_ca
Vancouver music release roundup - spring edition

Vancouver music release roundup - spring edition

This spring, Vancouver is rich with a fresh crop of music releases across all genres.
Eight Songs Cast

Nu:BC Collective unmasks madness fit for a king

There’s a long tradition of on-stage musical instrument destruction in rock circles, but watching a violin smashed to pieces on the concert stage right in front of us seemed downright pornographic.
Vancouver Chamber Choir - Orpheum, 2015

Vancouver Chamber Choir explores spring’s veiled splendours

When it comes to Easter, death and sacrifice are attributes that corporate marketers struggle with more than, say, bunnies and chocolate eggs.
Vancouver music release roundup

Vancouver music release roundup - January/February

What's going on in Vancouver these days with music releases? We kick off a discovery in all genres…

Vancouver Symphony’s New Music Festival kicks off 2015 with a breath of fresh ideas

If you rank yourself among the musically curious, consider the second annual VSO New Music Festival as a great warm up to a year of imaginative music making around the city.
Bullying by Vancouver Opera and Touchstone Theatre. Photo courtesy Tim Matheson

Vancouver Opera and Touchstone Theatre tackle bullying head on

As anyone who’s been up Burnaby Mountain knows, to combat bullying you must stand up to it. Vancouver Opera’s Stickboy and Touchstone Theatre’s Late Company are also confronting and healing bullying.
The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. Photo courtesy of Mark Montgomery

“Autumn Flight” celebrates community in historic Chinatown

Composer Alan Lau looks heavenward for inspiration and there he finds a humorous tale of Vancouver's birds, brought to life by the excellent musicians of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.
Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet

Musical journeys into secret Vancouver

Uncompromising and intimate, private and house concerts are among the best places in Vancouver to hear exciting new music—if you can get an invite.
Dressed in rain gear, Mark Haney's brass band slouched into the cemetery

“11” Questions for Ghosts of Wars Past

Mark Haney’s “11” for brass ensemble uncovers the courage and inter-generational wounds of the Renfrew Heights Veterans Housing Project.
Don José (Richard Troxell) and Carmen (Kate Aldrich). Photo: Tim Matheson

Vancouver Opera's Carmen aims, fires, misses...then hits a bull’s eye

The Vancouver Opera roared to life Saturday night with enough treachery and dashed hopes to put Wall Street to shame. VOA’s Carmen tells the cautionary tale of love, jealousy, and excessive smoking.