Natural born artists emerging at RAW: Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 4:46 pm

Showcasing local talent at a local establishment, the third annual RAW variety art show returns to Vancouver for an event to “Dig the Underground” and find indie talents yearning to share their expressions with the world.

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RAW is described as an indie arts organization for artists, by artists. The monthly event selects nearly 40 local artists to be showcased and featured at local venues. Canvassing different cities each month, RAW has been helping indie artists gain public exposure for the past seven years. Their essential mission is to provide independent artists with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.

This year, Vancouver’s event is being directed by Agatha Kasprzak, a local painter, illustrator and set-up artist on a Disney show. With host and local comedian James Kennedy on mic and DJ Kenya on the ones and twos, the stage is set for a spectacular showcase.

RAW: Vancouver 2015

When: Thursday, August 13

Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: FiveSixty – 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $15 presale, $20 at the door

*19+ show, cocktail attire

Local artist lineup

Live music

  • The Jins
  • Nikita Afonso
  • Bedroomize
  • Eshie Pathal

Fashion shows

  • Lace Embrace
  • Carolyn Bruce Designs – Steam Punk Line

Stand up comedian

  • James Kennedy

Jewelry art design

  • Carolyn Bruce Designs
  • Aland Irene

Short film showing

  • It’s Not You directed by Mark Anthony Hogan

Dance performances

  • Modern contemporary dance by Diskordanse Company
  • Mixture of jazz, latin, hip hop and reggaeton by Showgirl Shenanigans

Art gallery

  • Santiago Robles
  • Amy Ruocco
  • Will Chambers
  • Fernanda Ribeiro
  • Tracy-Lynn Cherneske
  • Clint Rodrigues
  • Irina Golina
  • Anita Bhatia
  • Isaiah Kares
  • Jamie Ward
  • Chiara Ferrari
  • Nikki Park
  • Nathaniel LaJeunesse
  • Nick Small
  • Ricardo Bonisoli
  • Jordan Anette
  • Emily Cooper


  • Kim Gillett
  • Carmin Edwards
  • Celia Cueto
  • Isaac Cara

Hair and makeup features

  • Character prosthesis & Beauty/ fantasy by IMATS Award winner Bree Lehto
  • Editorial make-up designs by Kristalyn Bella Thornborrow