Vancouver's Performing Arts Scene Needs More Fans

Author Name: 
Allyson McGrane
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The 102nd Grey Cup was played on Sunday in Vancouver. The Calgary Stampeders won the game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Though it started out slow, by the second half all the fans (and people watching on television across the country) were treated to an exciting match between two determined teams. And those fans had a GREAT time!

Today I had breakfast with my brother who was wearing his green and white SK Roughriders jacket. He's in town from Saskatoon, SK because he met up with some friends from farther back East... all of them CFL fans who made a pilgimage to Vancouver to watch two teams battle for the Grey Cup. This group of friends has gone to the Grey Cup game in several different Canadian cities for many years now and I expect they'll continue this tradition for many more. Why you ask? They are FANS.

And in December, at the end of the year, I want to challenge our PLANK readers to consider what this story means. Are you a fan of a certain theatre company? Of a group of dancers? Of a band? If yes, what do you do to support their work? Do you go to every single show? Do you bring others and introduce them to these artists who you are passionate about? How is it that you act like a fan?

PS - It's also #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Annually on December 2 each year, there everyone (charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world) comes together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Consider giving to an arts company today!