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Upcoming Events

January 18, 2019

Art Battle Abbotsford

Please join us for a wonderful evening of creativity and community, a live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting Abbotsford to towns and cities around the world! Come watch as artists transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of art in just 20 minutes, and then help vote to determine the winner of the event! All artwork will also be available for silent auction.

Be a part of the fun as a spectator, or participate as one of the featured artists by applying online at !

Start: January 18, 2019 6:30 pm
End: January 18, 2019 6:30 pm
Venue: Abbotsford Arts Centre
2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford

January 19, 2019

Farmteam at Tractorgrease

Folky versions of tunes you know by a collection of talented musicians. Songs by artists like Cash, Hank, Bruce Sprinsteen, Daniel Lanois and The Replacements with sweet harmonies.

Pre-sale $12 At the Door $15 .

Doors at 6pm Music starts at 7pm.

Online ticket sale ends 5pm – call in to check if seats are still available.

With online ticket purchase, you automatically get a reserved seating. To sit with your friends please phone in, or mention their name in brackets after your first name when purchasing online.

Call 604 858 3814 for tickets or seat reservations.

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Start: January 19, 2019 7:00 pm
End: January 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Tractorgrease Café
48710 Chilliwack Lake Road, Chilliwack

January 20, 2019

Doxa One Night Only

The Doxa Band will be reuniting for a One Night Only event on Sunday, January 20, 2019. There will be some nostalgia in the mix including some of the old-school music. Ultimately, the band will seek to put on a worship event in the spirit of the events held in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Abbotsford, BC.

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Start: January 20, 2019 8:30 pm
End: January 20, 2019 8:30 pm
Venue: Central Heights Church
1661 McCallum Road, Abbotsford

January 22, 2019

Drawing Sessions with the Central Fraser Valley Graphic Guild

The Graphic Guild holds open studio drawing sessions with a model once a month (4th Tuesday) that are open to anyone.

Model fee per evening session is $5.00.

4th Tuesday (from 7:00-9:00) at Kariton Gallery (Abbotsford).

Some of the times may be subject to change, so please contact the guild to verify. Marjatta Itkonen:

Start: January 22, 2019 7:00 pm
End: January 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Kariton Art Gallery
2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford

Mission Toastmasters Open House

Participate in Toastmasters’ proven program, where you’ll learn how to speak comfortably in front of a group and lead with purpose.

People who join Toastmasters find potential they never thought they had and achieve more of their goals and dreams.

We suggest you arrive 15 minutes early as the meeting starts at 7:30 PM sharp.

Start: January 22, 2019 7:30 pm
End: January 22, 2019 7:30 pm
Venue: Mission Toastmasters
32331 7th Ave, Mission

January 23, 2019

C3: Culture, Coffee & Cookies

Kariton Art Gallery Tour

Presenter: Jennifer Trithardt-Tufts

Join Executive Director Jennifer Trithardt-Tufts for an introduction to the Abbotsford Arts Council, Kariton Art Gallery as well as a brief tour of the Fraser Valley Biennale.

The 2019 Fraser Valley Regional Biennale is a dynamic, collective representation of exceptional artwork produced by artists in the Fraser Valley region over the past two years.

The exhibition is planned by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford in partnership with the Abbotsford Arts Council, the Mission Arts Council, the Kent Harrison Arts Council, and the Chilliwack Visual Artist Association.

This is an OFF-SITE C3. Please meet us at Kariton Art Gallery 2387 Ware St, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6Z6

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Start: January 23, 2019 10:30 am
End: January 23, 2019 10:30 am
Venue: The Reach Gallery and Museum
32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford

Sexualized Violence Prevention Lunch & Learn

Forensic Nursing Service: The Healthcare Response to Crime, Violence, and Trauma

Learn about the services and supports offered by the Forensic Nursing Unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital from two forensic nurses.

The Forensic Nursing Service at Abbotsford Regional Hospital provides trauma-informed medical and forensic care to individuals who have experienced intentional person-to-person violence, including sexual assault.

This talk is open to UFV students, faculty & staff.

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Start: January 23, 2019 12:00 pm
End: January 23, 2019 12:00 pm
Venue: B101, UFV Abbotsford
33844 King Road, Abbotsford

January 24, 2019

Exploration of the Human Body

When you think of the human body in art, what comes to mind? Is it the classical ideal embodied by Greek and Roman sculpture, Michelangelo’s muscular angels, or something else? What kinds of bodies are we used to seeing in art, and why? How do artists use the human form to explore issues such as identity, disability, aging, spirituality, philosophy, and sociology? The Reach starts 2019 with a suite of four new exhibitions that pose these questions, and that challenge our audiences to reconsider accepted notions about the human body in art.

Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration, meet the artists, connect with our arts community, and enjoy refreshments at the exhibitions opening reception on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7pm at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way.

Remote Gardening with DysfunctionED Tools is a 20-year retrospective of the work of Mohsen Khalili, an artist originally from Iran who resided in Abbotsford from 2002 to 2016.Khalili emigrated to Canada in 1997 and was soon exhibiting his work regularly in the Lower Mainland. His career took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition. As he continues to work with physical tools that are increasingly failing, Khalili has embraced an aesthetics of imperfection – by “making undone,” he uses his work to reflect on the universal nature of entropy, and to remind us that to have a body inherently means learning to live with failure. Funded in part by The Hamber Foundation, Remote Gardening with DysfunctionED Tools is an imaginative and lived journey of one body as it becomes dysfunctional.

In Crash Pad and Trucker Bombs, artist Cindy Baker explores gender culture, queer theory, and fat activism, often with a focus on the ways weakening, disabled, obese, or otherwise socially taboo bodies fail to meet the demands of capitalist, consumer culture. The exhibition presents two distinct but related bodies of work: Crash Pad is a combination of drawing, video, and patterned wallpaper that depicts scenes of loving, domestic intimacy between everyday women with disabilities and chronic health issues. Trucker Bombs is a series of lightbox installations that speak to the pressures put on even able bodies to perform productivity under capitalism.

(In) Site is a photography-based exhibition by artist Stephanie Patsula. Patsula’s work is often performance-based, frequently occurring in remote wilderness areas for very limited (or no) audiences. This exhibition presents large-scale photographs that document these performances, in which she manipulates and contorts her body using mirrors and multiple exposure techniques to create uncanny forms that express bodily unease and lost identity in relation to the natural environment.

Patsula and Baker’s exhibitions are included in Capture Photography Festival’s 2019 Selected Exhibition Program.

Rounding out the season is Art Demand 5.1work by emerging local artist Kendra Schellenberg and curated by Lisa Edwards. It features images of the female form drawn from glossy magazines, then reinterpreted and transformed using natural elements like wood and thorns. The works in this exhibition address broad themes of body and identity, particularly as they relate to notions of femininity and beauty. The Art on Demand exhibition program is a part of Emerge @ The Reach, a creative incubator that offers exciting professional development activities to aspiring curators and artists between the ages of 18-35.

Start: January 24, 2019 7:00 pm
End: January 24, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: The Reach Gallery Museum
32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford

January 25, 2019

Paul Brandt

Canadian country music superstar Paul Brandt and multi-CCMA Group or Duo of the Year winners High Valley are thrilled to announce the launch of The Journey Tour 2019.

The tour brings together an epic lineup that includes special guest Jess Moskaluke and features the Hunter Brothers. All four acts will come together on stage at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards for a special live performance.

The Journey Tour 2019 With High Valley Special Guest Jess Moskaluke And Featuring Hunter Brothers
All Ages / GA Pit / Reserved Seating / Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Start: January 25, 2019 7:00 pm
End: January 25, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Abbotsford Centre
33800 King Road, Abbotsford

Drag Queen Music Bingo

Join our Bingo Callers with special guest divas for an evening of fabulous music bingo, great prizes, fun and lots of laughs!

NEW Intermission Fun and Games for more chances to win prizes!

Dancing with 1Epicnight Music and Entertainment till late!!

Doors at 7 – Bingo starts at 8:00 pm. $5 at the door. First come first served – Come early to get a seat!

The Stage is an Inclusive 19+ Venue and a Safe Space for All.

Start: January 25, 2019 7:00 pm
End: January 25, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: The Stage Mission
32998 1st Ave, Mission

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