Archive for April, 2021

Victoria Unbuttoned: A Red-Light History of BC’s Capital City

April 30, 2021

A Book Review

by Janet Nicol

Linda J. Eversole’s second foray into the world of white female prostitution is now available in “Victoria Unbuttoned” as she continues her dogged research into the biographies of marginalized women. Eversole builds on her previous account about Stella, the “unrepentant madam” of early Victoria. My review in BC Studies is accessed at the link below and is now available in the journal’s print issue, Summer 2021.

Celebrating Dundarave Print Workshop & Binning – a cultural mover and shaker

April 23, 2021

by Janet Nicol


April 16, 2021

A Whimsical Sculpture Warns of Asbestos Dangers


A seven-metre-high metal sculpture installed outdoors at the Vancouver Convention Centre will be sure to catch the eye of locals and tourists alike with its playful, wind-blown mobile of cups, spokes and wheels. But when viewers of the British Columbia Labour Heritage Centre (BCLHC) art project take a closer look, they will be in for a surprise.

“Wind Wheel Mobile” by Vancouver artist Doug Taylor has a very serious message: the art piece, scheduled to be unveiled this spring, is a memorial to workers who have died from asbestos-related illnesses. Once considered the “magic mineral,” asbestos is still the number one killer of BC workers, with 47 deaths in 2018 alone. Across North America, the mineral’s deadly fibres are responsible for 40 per cent of workplace deaths.

“We decided against a memorial that was traditional and sombre,” says Joey Hartman, Chair of the BCLHC and past president of the Vancouver & District Labour.  “Doug’s work is whimsical, light and kinetic. It will get people to pause and say ‘what is this?’” 

The full story is available on line at Our Times magazine –


Dundarave Print Workshop turns 50

April 3, 2021

A booklet gives the history of the workshop, written by Janet Nicol, designed and produced by Lone Tratt. $20 (TR Trades, Vancouver, 2021.)

Dundarave Print Workshop, a gallery-studio on Granville Island, celebrates 50 years as the oldest, continuous printmaking workshop in British Columbia. A limited edition history of the printmakers’ non-profit collective, with photographs and a cover print, is available for purchase at the front counter. Check hours of business at the DPW website. Also note: Copies also for sale on Granville Island at Malaspina Print Workshop, Opus Art Supplies and Upstart and Crow books.

Also watch for an upcoming on-line article in Montecristo magazine about the origins of the workshop out of a garage in the West Vancouver neighbourhood of Dundarave. Bert Charles Binning (1909-2976), a renowned artist and “mover and shaker”in Vancouver’s cultural community, was the driving force behind setting up the workshop, along with Wayne Eastcott, a professional artist, now residing in Japan.