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On the 25th May, BrainStation will be hosting their second Digital Design panel where they’ll discuss upcoming trends in both physical and digital design, a glimpse at the panelists day-to-day projects as well as much more!

Gain insights from Design experts from Invoke, Mobify, Kabam and Konrad Consulting. See event details below:

Our Q&A with June speaker Chris van Dyck who will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Survival.

Chris van Dyck is the Founder and Supervisor at CVD VFX - a small studio focusing on consistently and professionally delivering the highest quality in VFX.

Before starting CVD VFX, he was a Compositing supervisor in the commercial, film, and television industry. With over 14 years of experience, he has worked at some of the top studios around the world: WETA Digital, Industrial Light & Magic, MPC, Method, Rising Sun Pictures, Animal Logic, The Embassy and Prime Focus. Chris has held various roles, including Senior Stereo Compositor, Lead Compositor, Compositing Supervisor, VFX Supervisor, Instructor and Consultant. Some of his most notable credits include: The Hobbit Trilogy, Warcraft, Thor 2, Life of Pi, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Tron: Legacy, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ironman and Frank Miller’s: 300.

Chris has also conducted lectures for the VES, Siggraph, and the Art Institute, been published by Digital Fusion on the topic of Digital Compositing, published by Siggraph on the film industry in Vancouver and has taught Digital Compositing for over 6 years at the following schools: VanArts, Think Tank and Lost Boys.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?
I think creativity is the key to effective problem solving and I depend on it when leading a team, making a decision at home or applying it to my work in Visual Effects.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
On the work front, I get a lot of energy from a motivated and excited crew. I really try to focus on uplifting the team and I find that it becomes cyclical.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
I wish I really understood what having different strengths meant. We all get dealt a different hand and I think we need to play to our strengths.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?
Claude Monet - I’ve always been drawn to impressionism and I find there’s a shared inspiration I would love insight into.

What’s the most recent thing you learned (big or small)?
I’ve been learning how as a company owner, my lens differs from the other members of my team. At the end of the day, no one will see how a decision will affect as many variables as the owner. It’s something I’m interested in and trying to find the balance of empowering people and of course not derailing them with too much information. Lot’s to learn here but I think having clear core values really helps get everyone on the same page.

What keeps you awake at night?
My kids!!

What myths about creativity would you like to set straight?
That it’s primarily focused on the arts - I think my most creative moments are when I’m technically problem-solving or diffusing a situation. As a digital artist, it’s definitely a solid balance of both.

What are you proudest of in your life?
Marrying my amazing wife and our first moments with our 3 kids. This is what has motivated me to start a business - I hope to break out of the mold of my industry.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
To specialize. I love the expression - Jack of all trades, master of none. I’ve seen it first hand and I hope to speak to this a bit at the next event.

What practices, rituals, or habits contribute to your creative work?
I need a good old fashioned list - I typically have a list that I’m updating / re-writing every hour or so. With so many tasks flying around, it really helps me focus.

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck?
Play a game! Foosball, Darts, something that requires focus and attention - it’s kind of my reset button. Also, if I’m feeling stuck and too much is going on, I’ll typically put on a show or something that isn’t overly challenging and it’s kind of enough stimulation for my brain to stop from roaming and getting distracted. Sounds backwards, right?

What is the one question we haven’t asked that you want to answer?
Favourite Quote? Our greatest fulfillment is in giving ourselves to others. OR Spirit Animal? Killer Whale. ;-)

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Our Q&A with May speaker Terry McBride who will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Serendipity.

Terry McBride is the CEO and co-founder of Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Canada’s largest independent record label, artist management, and music publishing company. Founded in McBride’s apartment in 1984, Nettwerk has corporate offices worldwide in Vancouver, London, Hamburg, Boston, Los Angeles and New York. Since its inception, Nettwerk has released over 700 different albums and sold over 170 million albums worldwide with renowned artists such as Coldplay, Fun, Mike Posner, Passenger, Dido, and Sarah McLachlan. McBride has spoken at dozens of international conferences about the social landscape, digital branding, intellectual property rights and the future of music consumption. In 2008 he co-authored a broad reaching futuristic paper on the Millennial Generation for the University of Westminster in London, UK. He is a two-time recipient of the Pollstar Manager of the year for his work with Avril Lavigne, Coldplay, and Sarah Mclachlan. He is also a recipient of the Juno Awards “ Special achievement award” for the growth and advancement of the Canadian Music Industry.

In 2006, McBride co-founded a chain of wellness centers called YYoga and fitness. It’s McBride’s vision for YYoga Studios to evolve into social third spaces, focusing on health, fitness, and wellness for the body, mind, spirit, and the community. Terry is also a long-time supporter, E-Series speaker, and recipient of the 2015 FWE Mentor Award.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?
Listening to my intuition which I do in busy and quiet times

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
On a yoga mat

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

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

Where is your favourite place to escape?
Into the silence of my mind

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?
Talk to my kids

Our Q&A with April speaker Wil Aballe who will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Beyond

Since January 2013, dealer Wil Aballe has exhibited a series of monthly shows in his gallery called Wil Aballe Art Projects | WAAP. It has been since recognized as a great example of removing the barriers between art and everyday life.

Since its first exhibition with 2013 RBC finalist Sean Weisgerber, WAAP has put on exhibitions subverting the large, public and heroic modes of art presentation, and has published affordable art editions by artists as varied as Marina Roy, Babak Golkar, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Massey, Jeff Ladouceur and Evann Siebens. Showcasing painting and photography but also lesser explored video and performance, WAAP was named by Blouin ArtInfo magazine last year as one of the top emerging commercial galleries in Canada. During Art Toronto 2013, Wil participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Next Generation in Canadian Art”.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?
Creativity is the act of actualizing your ideas through a process that resonates with you so that the outcome is satisfying and aligned with your vision.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
Practically everything that I do creatively as a curator or gallerist stems from the creative collaboration and sharing/fleshing out of ideas with my artists, the research that is built around the ideas, and the discussions around the various directions and possibilities the ideas can go.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Don’t be intimidated by the blank canvas and don’t worry about what is considered art or what people will say. It’s much more important to just do it. The act of making art is often what can make for great art, that the cumulative effect of a practice over time is the thing, and not just any single specific work.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?
Gertrude Stein. I’m not sure why, but she was an innovator. She was a genius, and she lived and breathed art and I would have loved to have gotten a glimpse inside her brain.

What’s your one guilty creative indulgence?
I love figuring out why and how musicals get made. I find them incredibly satisfying and perfect as an art form, but it’s very strange to watch people sing and dance up on stage – so I spend a lot of time analyzing the intention behind gestures within finely crafted musicals that I love.

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck?
I read poetry. A lot of the time it’s Gertrude Stein’s. Her looping, loosely associative approach to language loosens up by brain and allows it to open up to new ideas.

Ready to learn, laugh, and be inspired to take brave actions. #TEDxStanleyPark #TEDx (at Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

Grateful for these like-minded organizations for investing in Vancouver’s creative community! #CMVan (at SFU Woodward’s)

Amazing food provided by @niclipizzeria and delicious BC wine by @levieuxpin for tonight’s special event with @blprnt. (at HCMA Architecture + Design)

Our Q&A with March speaker Julia Taffe who will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Taboo

Choreographer Julia Taffe combines art, environment and adventure, making dances for buildings, mountains, neighbourhoods, theatres and trees, finding new movement perspectives in the realm of suspension.

Julia is the artistic director of Aeriosa, a Vancouver-based vertical dance company. She has choreographed over 25 works on location including: Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish BC, Taipei City Hall, Cirque du Soleil Headquarters, Vancouver Library Square, Banff Centre, Scotiabank Dance Centre and Toronto’s 58-storey L Tower.

Prior to founding Aeriosa, Julia performed across Canada with Ruth Cansfield, and around the world with Bandaloop. Julia attained ACMG Rock Guide certification in 1997. She has worked as a co-producer, choreographer, cast member, stunt performer, mountain safety rigger and creative movement consultant on various film and television productions in Canada and abroad.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
I define creativity as problem-solving using whatever resources I have at hand. In my work that usually means dreaming, playing, instigating, organizing, sitting with the unknown and uncontrollable, inspiring other people, taking thoughtful risks and keeping one eye on the clock.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
In nature. And in that magical state between being asleep and being awake.

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Experience and wisdom are not always the same thing. One does not necessarily imply the other. Nurture your integrity and be prepared to lead.

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
I would really like to hear from some of the other species we share Earth with — got any ancient trees on the list? Any cetaceans? Any fungi networks? My human-centric short list includes authors Ursula K Le Guin and Neal Stephenson.

Two extra questions:

What fact about you would surprise people?
I retired from my career as a contemporary dancer in 1996 - I was burnt out and committed to a starting new career as a mountain guide. Then in 1998 I took a spectacular tumble off a rock ledge on the Squamish Chief. I should have died, but somehow I didn’t. My faith in probability was shaken and my faith in magic carpets was reignited. A few weeks after what I like to think of as my “re-birthday”, I found my way back to dancing wholeheartedly again - but this time - immersed in vertical dance, a practice that continues to provide me with intriguing opportunities for staging performances and shifting perspectives with dance.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
My very first backcountry adventure was a one month trip, prospecting for gold in the Yukon. My companions were Annie the mule, La Fille the dog and Sylvain the orphan-hermit. We didn’t take a stove, proper boots, or sleeping pads. One night Annie was scared away from our camp by predators, while we slept. We couldn’t carry all our supplies without her, so Sylvain suggested we built a raft and float off the far edge of our one and only map towards the Arctic Ocean. I had to put my foot down and insist we loop back south towards the road instead. We cached most of our supplies in the bush and spent a hungry week walking through grizzly territory. When we finally made it to our jeep, we drove up and down the Dempster Highway, shaking a can of oats. It didn’t take long to find Annie, and all of us were thrilled to have survived.