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Interesting Vancouver Announces this Year’s Speaker Lineup and Launches First Annual IV Award

September 21, 2015, Vancouver, BC — To commemorate eight successful years of Interesting Vancouver, the creative organization is launching its first annual IV Award, a designation that will recognize a citizen of Greater Vancouver who demonstrates a passion, hobby or action worth celebrating. The organization is also pleased to announce this year’s speaker lineup for IV15, which includes a mix of creative thinkers, community innovators and problem solvers.

Confirmed speakers for IV15 include:

  • An immigrant whose life was saved by teaching herself taxidermy
  • A lawyer turned children’s author and illustrator who now works in a galaxy far, far away
  • A third generation beekeeper exploring the delicate art of infusing honey with Scotch
  • A 13 year old locavore who already cooks better than most professional chefs
  • An international champion pinball wizard who lives with autism
  • An Asian illustrator who moonlights as an Elvis tribute artist

More than another “sage on the stage” lecture series, Interesting Vancouver celebrates the uncelebrated to expand the collective vision of what is uniquely possible in Vancouver and done by Vancouverites. The aim is to connect and cross-pollinate creative minds across any and all disciplines. The belief is great ideas come from the unexpected connections when interesting and interested people come together. Along with an impressive lineup of speaker, attendees will also enjoy musical performances, food, drinks, and more.

The Interesting Vancouver Award currently has an open call for nominations until Sept 30th. The prize, a gorgeous engraved wood memento will come with a $1,000 cash award. This one-of-a-kind award is salvaged from a local wind-fallen tree, milled locally, specially cured to retain its bark edge, and then customized.

“We are surrounded by interesting things we have yet to discover,” explains Interesting Vancouver producer Mark Busse. “By stepping outside our everyday routines and boundaries and interacting with people from different disciplines, we are able to approach these subjects with fresh eyes and learn.”

Interesting Vancouver gatherings are casual and relaxed, with a low cost structure ensuring affordability. The evening will kick off with a gathering of audience and speakers, igniting conversational sparks. Over the evening, carefully curated speakers from Metro Vancouver’s diverse community will speak for 10 minutes about something they care deeply about, followed by an engaging dialogue with the audience.

“Interesting Vancouver features people like you and I that might seem like ordinary people, but when you look inside their lives and experience their unique layers you’ll be surprised and mesmerized,” says Annika Reinhardt, Interesting Vancouver participant and the founder of DinnerPartyYVR. “Their energy might even inspire you to take action with them and learn how to create something fascinating on your own.”

Interesting Vancouver is officially supported by the City of Vancouver and SFU Woodward’s, and is produced with support from organizations including Microsoft, HCMA Architecture + Design, CreativeMornings/Vancouver, Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and others. A greed-free initiative, Interesting Vancouver is produced by volunteers with proceeds supporting interestingness in our city and region.

This year’s event will happen on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. More information and tickets are available at Mark Busse and speakers are available for interviews, plus limited media tickets available.

Interesting Vancouver: More than another “sage on the stage” lecture series, Interesting Vancouver is an event that celebrates the uncelebrated, expands the collective vision of what is uniquely possible, and gives people an opportunity to discover interesting new creative pursuits they can apply in their own lives. We see ourselves as change agents by connecting and cross-pollinating interesting and interested minds with creativity.

Mark Busse
Producer, Interesting Vancouver