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The Capilano Review is re-inventing itself as an independent magazine in a Vancouver office. Help us launch our new venture!
The Capilano Review is re-inventing itself as an independent magazine in a Vancouver office. Help us launch our new venture!
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"When reading TCR, one knows that literature and art are alive." — Nicole Brossard

The Capilano Review is a literary and art magazine that for 43 years has published acclaimed writers and artists, fascinating interviews, pithy essays, and stunning visual sections, along with hosting readings, workshops, writers-in-residence, and more. We’ve done all this while housed at Capilano University, but we are soon to be cut adrift from Cap U—a loss of $85,000 per year to our operating budget. Despite this drastic cut, we are determined to continue! We plan to move into Vancouver as an independent magazine with an unchanged commitment to the avant-garde in the contemporary arts. We need your help launching our new office and our first independent issues!

The Languages issue!
The Languages issue!

We can’t set up shop without you!

We’re excited about the move and the new possibilities it opens up, including new funding opportunities once we’re established as an independent mag. We’ll be hard at work during the first year securing ongoing funding. But we need to raise at least $20,000 now to make the six month transition stage possible. We need your support—without it, TCR won’t be able to continue. Your contributions will fund our office set-up costs, payment to writers and artists in the first year, and printing and design costs for our first independent issues.

Many writers and artists have donated rewards! Scroll them on the right and support us by selecting subscriptions, beautiful cards, manuscript consultations, artist-studio visits, dinners, rare books, paintings, and much more!

Take a look at our fascinating selection of rare books!

Buy the opportunity to have an author attend your book club to discuss one of their works: Anne Stone's Delible, Aaron Peck's The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis, and Wayde Compton's new collection of short stories, The Outer Harbour.

For various prices, we have tickets to Turning Point Ensemble concerts, Festival Passes to the VSO New Music Festival, and tickets to the Vancouver Opera's Sweeney Todd.

For $95, choose either an hour manuscript consultation with one of many amazing writers including Fred Wah, Clint Burham, or Rita Wong, or for $145, an hour and a half manuscript consultation with Jordan Abel, Thea Bowering, and many more.

For $100, you can participate in one of winter 2015’s most memorable communal dinner soirées! Join dinner parties with Tiziana La Melia + Rebecca Brewer, Karen Matthews + David Pay, or David Farwell + Miriam Nichols!

For $150, we will send you a copy of TCR’s issue 1.16-1.17 (1979) featuring work from Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family and Daphne Marlatt’s "In the Month of Hungry Ghosts," and signed by both of the authors.

TCR 1.16&17 with Michael Ondaatje and Daphne Marlatt
TCR 1.16&17 with Michael Ondaatje and Daphne Marlatt

 For $150 you could also go to a baseball game with George Bowering with a package provided by the Canadians!

 For $500, you could attend a premiere dinner for just one or two people with Nicole Brossard + Gail Scott in Montreal, George Bowering + Fred Wah—two former poet laureates—in Vancouver, Cecilia Corrigan in New York, Clint Burnham in Vienna, or Stan Persky in Berlin!

For $2000, Vancouver artist and founder of TCR Pierre Coupey will create a painting dedicated to a person of your choice!

For $7,000, distinguished Canadian painter and TCR contributor Robert Young offers "Eight Pounds," 40 x 40", 1987, oil on linen.

If you’d like your purchase to be a gift, let us know and we’ll mail a card to the recipient of your gift.

See our sidebar for more rewards. Many thanks for your support.

TCR's 40th Anniversary issue with cover image by James Nizam
TCR's 40th Anniversary issue with cover image by James Nizam

So much is happening at The Capilano Review . . . Along with upcoming print magazine issues—an open winter issue and a special spring issue on Pacific poetries—we’re busy with all kinds of projects: a collaborative digital video project, a new app, upcoming readings and workshops, plans for a new lecture series on contemporary arts, and exciting material for our website. You can check outwww.thecapilanoreview.ca for blog posts, our free online digital folio ti-TCR, archival audio and visual material, excerpts from the new George Bowering issue, and more. TCR is determined to continue operations as usual and we look forward to our new Vancouver location in summer 2015.

"The Capilano Review has grown up with Canadian art and writing. I can’t think of another magazine that has been as important to us over the past 40 years." —George Bowering

TCR workshop with Cole Swensen March 2014
TCR workshop with Cole Swensen March 2014

"It is, quite simply, one of the best and most diverse literary magazines in Canada. Every issue contains intellectual surprises. Every issue provokes and in some small way moves Canadian culture forward." —Stephen Collis 

Risks and challenges

The financial challenge we face due to the impending cuts is huge, but so is our resolve and our commitment to the arts. We are confident that if this initial fundraising effort is successful, we will be able to build a new Vancouver-based TCR through access to new funding. We are grateful for the many people who have already supported our fundraising campaign in small and large ways. Please help us spread the word! Save The Capilano Review!

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