I get asked to go to places because of my job. To moderate a panel, to introduce or interview a special guest or to cover an event.
I don’t say yes to all of them. It has to be “in my wheelhouse”.
FUSE is at a non-profit venue and put on by an organization that shares much of the same values as the public broadcaster.
And it’s going to be a blast.
I’m a fan of unique venues for novel experiences. I was at a bar (I think it was a bar) in San Francisco where many rooms offered different vibes. One room showed “South Park” on the wall while patrons propped themselves up on plush cushions. There was music, both live and spun, and interactive art of all kinds.
I’m imagining FUSE will be like that. But way better. (I mean, I don’t remember the name of the bar right).
I love the Vancouver Art Gallery building. It might not be able to display all its holdings at one time and its age troubles the preservationists, but it has got ghosts. Good ghosts.
And since FUSE started up in 2005 there’s no end in soul.
From what I understand reading and hearing about FUSE, it’s a big fun deal. A different theme each time with a different line up of DJs, live bands, dance, art, and innovation.
It’s free for members and from what Yelp reviews I’ve been reading, some people buy membership for these select Fridays.
You drink. You nibble. You look at stuff and you interact with stuff. There’s all that “seen and be seen” talk around it which usually turns me off. But this event looks way more clever and unpretentious than a gala.
Check out the line up:
- Band – In Medias Res – Here’s their page on CBC Music.
- Dance – MACHiNENOiSY
- and Justine Chambers
- artist/photographer Ian Wallace – Read Marsha Lederman’s Globe and Mail story
The theme is Heroes of the Street.
And you can wear costumes. In this case, your favourite street hero. If I had time to get it together I’d go as the Twitter handle @streetcrow But not being that clever, I think I’ll just go in my civies.