This Is Something Else: Consciously Eclectic Histories of the Arts Club is a 5-part limited podcast series travelling through more than 50 years of Vancouver’s theatre scene and the making of Canada’s largest urban theatre company, the Arts Club. Created and hosted by documentary theatremaker Andrew Kushnir, and inspired by investigative podcasts like This American Life and Nice White Parents, the project takes a distinct approach to history—focusing less on dates and events, and casting an eye (and ear) to the complex relationships between people, places and big ideas. As Andrew puts it in his first episode: “This series is not a eulogy. It’s not a legacy project or promotional piece. It’s not the careful work of a historian or journalist. And it’s not a walk down memory lane either. This is something else.” Putting together multiple perspectives into conversation with one another—at times, in quirky ways—Andrew sleuths out how the past can speak to our present moment in as vivid terms as possible.
Episode 2: The Event
“It blasted them open. That was the beauty of it. It blasted people open and they went: Whoa, what was that?”
Episode 1: The Opening Chord
"A Canadian theatre history wormhole? Is that actually a thing?"
Call 1-888-318-8628, ext, 278, to share your favourite Arts Club memories!
This Is Something Else, an Arts Club podcast, explores the consciously eclectic history of Canada’s largest urban theatre company. And our host, Andrew Kushnir, wants to hear from you! Call 1-888-318-8628, ext, 278, with your favourite memories of the Arts Club—nothing is off limits. You might even be featured on the podcast, or on the Arts Club’s social media!
Introducing: This Is Something Else
This Is Something Else premieres April 7.