Next Vancouver speaker

David Vertesi (online)

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August 7, 8:30am • CMVan | STRESS • part of a series on Stress

Join us for our next amazing speaker, David Vertesi, as he tackles our global theme of stress.


David Vertesi,
Musician, Vancouver Mural Fest Co-Founder, Arts AdvocateDavid Vertesi has spent the last 15 years making a name for himself as a versatile contributor to the Canadian music industry. A founding member of Vancouver’s Juno-nominated indie pop band, Hey Ocean!, he has also worn the hat of producer, artist manager and community advocate.

In 2011, he founded the annual event #SingItFwd raising more than $200,000 for youth music programs in the Downtown Eastside and garnering a YMCA Power of Peace Award. David Vertesi is also the co-founder of Create Vancouver, a non-profit society that aims to transform the way art is seen in the city. As the Executive Director of the organization and their flagship event, Vancouver Mural Festival, Vertesi has overseen the creation of more than 150 new large scale murals across Vancouver. In three short years, CVS has worked in a range of areas such as Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, Victoria Drive, Granville Island, North Vancouver, the Downtown Eastside and the False Creek Flats. In 2017, Vertesi and Vancouver Mural Festival were selected for Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 Award.

We are thrilled to have the multi talented musician Tarun Nayar join us as our July speaker.

Tarun has built his world at intersections. Of east and west. Of music and business. Of science and art. Born to a white Canadian mother and an immigrant Indian father in French Canada, he has always lived in multiple worlds. He is comfortable in discomfort and fascinated with helping people find common ground, opening doors, and equalling the playing field. He is passionate about changing perceptions and championing unheard stories and talent.

Trained formally in Indian Classical Music from the age of 7, Tarun’s involvement in Vancouver’s underground electronic music scene in his early 20s led to the formation of well-known Canadian band Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006. He has since led the band to Glastonbury (UK), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (US), Woodford (AUS) and hundreds of other club and festival gigs around the world. Tarun is passionate about creating opportunities in the arts for people of colour. He is Executive Director of 5X Festival, one of North America’s largest South Asian festivals. He is on the board of Vancouver’s New Forms Festival, the Canadian Live Music Association, and a member of BC’s Ministry of Education Advisory Committee, Vancouver’s Music City Task Force, and Vancouver’s 2018 Juno Host City Committee. Tarun manages emerging Pakistani-Canadian electronic artist Khanvict, and is the co-founder and owner of digital label Snakes x Ladders which focuses on the new wave of hybrid South Asian artists.

Q&A

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is raw life energy expressing itself through the human imagination. I bow down to that force every morning and night, and feed it with a daily practice.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

A daily practice, healthy living, good food, good company, nature, exercise!

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Fuck what your parents think. Do what you love and what you know you should be doing.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Marlon James. Ta Nehisi Coates. James Baldwin.

Would you believe us if we told you that Tarun ‘Tspoon’ Nayar is our musical guest this Friday?

It’s true! We’re honoured to host this notable DJ, producer, and tabla player you may recognize from projects like Delhi 2 Dublin, Beats Without Borders, and 5X Festival! (at Vancouver - Unceeded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CA2910jBKaI/?igshid=dxkf49ypqcgg

During today’s event we were truly honoured to have the incredible Corrina Keeling with us capturing the experience and content through graphic recording. Sadly some technical issues prohibited us from watching her draw in real-time, but luckily we can watch it unlfold through the magic of timelapse video!

Here is video #2
https://www.instagram.com/p/B_qAnHfhULS/?igshid=18r9pw67oovaj

During today’s event we were truly honoured to have the incredible Corrina Keeling with us capturing the experience and content through graphic recording. Sadly some technical issues prohibited us from watching her draw in real-time, but luckily we can watch it unlfold through the magic of timelapse video!

Here is video #1
https://www.instagram.com/p/B_qAgltBsGn/?igshid=17lgxowk595iv

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