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

Colin MacDonald battles for the saxophone’s honour, with romance

Enter Colin Macdonald, cunning, talented, and elegantly moustachioed. He steps into the garden, gleaming saxophone in hand ready to defend its tainted reputation.

Local composer Jocelyn Morlock named VSO's next composer-in-residence

Imagine checking your Twitter account to discover you’ve been hired for your dream job. No joke. That’s what happened to Kitsilano native, Jocelyn Morlock.

Arts Club celebrates 50 years of glittering memories

Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre put on glittering benefit evening featuring stars from the Club’s five decades on the stage.
Janet Steinberg, VSO cellist

VSO’s Messenger of the Gods explores the quiet within

It’s this modesty that confounds my assumptions of a soloist—aren’t they always supposed to be bigger than life—and flashy? Apparently not.
Erato Ensemble

“Oilblood” re-imagines Harper with Baroque vengeance

Adam Hill's “Oilblood” recaptures the spirit of Baroque vengeance, but this time it's put in service of Mother Nature herself.
PAULINE Rose-Ellen Nichols & Adam Fisher MichelleDohertyPhotography

Margaret Atwood’s "Pauline" triumphs in Vancouver despite power outage

Opera lovers know tragedy and comedy are deeply entwined, but none could have imagined what happened on opening night.
Ethos

Ethos Collective improvises its way to freedom

“Why go out and hear merely brilliant local performers when you can plant yourself on the couch and dial in a genius from anywhere on the planet?” Improvisation fits the bill nicely.
Regina Carter, violinist

Regina Carter’s violin mixes DNA with Southern Comfort

Regina is indeed a virtuoso violinist, but she keeps her chops on a short leash—it’s the soul of the music that leads.

New music concerts in Vancouver cultivate the sacred, the creative, and the weird

Some people find contemporary music hard to understand, but like the gardens of Vancouver, true beauty resides in making the extra effort.
musica intima

Fresh new wave of composers and performers lights up stages across Vancouver

There’s been a fresh new wave of composers and performers where new music doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet it's rich, interesting, accessible, and most of all -- intimate.