Founder and Creative Director
Graeme Berglund is one of the founding members that started The Cheaper Show in 2001. Graeme oversees the creative direction of The Cheaper Show and works collaboratively with The Cheaper Crew from the live event design to the curation. He is a local artist represented by the Douglas Udell Gallery in Western Canada. He has shown internationally with White Walls Gallery in San Francisco and the Toronto International Art Fair. He performs in the music project Illiterature and is a published writer. As a contributing illustrator to the Georgia Straight as well as various art magazines and international publications and with a body of work that encompasses sculpture, animation and design Graeme is an active member of the arts community in Vancouver. Graeme is a member of Lifetime Collective. He is the Arts Editor for The LAb Magazine. Graeme Berglund, Jesse Savath and Natalie Tersigni host a monthly dinner sponsored by Nuba called Thieves that promotes the connectivity of creative individuals in Vancouver. Along with Abbas Akhavan and Jeff Lee Petry, Graeme founded The Cartelera Talent House in Jan 2007 which houses 14 multi-disciplined artists in Mount Pleasant.
Zoe Peled is a Vancouver-born photographer and writer. Collaborating with numerous groups and organizations over the past years, she works in production, fundraising, marketing and events coordination. Zoe has been involved with The Cheaper Show for over fours, and has worked with over one hundred and seventy volunteers and staff members.
Holding a BFA from ECU (Photography and Critical Studies focus), Zoe was one of four graduates to open and run Plank, an artist-run gallery and studio space on the DTES. She has contributed to the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art (International), the Antennae Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (London, England), and several local arts publications. In addition to freelance writing, photography and curatorial experience, Zoe has contributed to numerous arts events in Vancouver: The Cheaper Show, Have In Mind, and the Trick 17 Stop Motion Film Festival.
Zoe sits on the board of SAINTS (Senior Animals In Need Today Society), which contributes to her unremitting project: investigating and descontructing human/animal relationships through visual arts and critical theory. Her next feature will be in Antennae’s Animal Advocacy issue, releasing in Fall 2011.
Environment Design + Build
The early years of Adam Fryatt’s design career were multi-faceted, as Fryatt held numerous industry positions and apprenticed with local craftsmen. Desiring to gain more extensive knowledge about architecture, Fryatt began working for a contemporary home contractor, serving as project manager and orchestrating customer projects for Vancouver architects Battersby, Howat and Lamoureux. Fryatt joined The Cheaper Show No. 8 as principal designer and construction manager. Currently, he is a student in the Environmental Design program at the University of British Columbia, approaching design, architecture, landscaping and public programming from a unique point of view. Following his 2010 graduation, Fryatt plans to focus his attention on projects such as The Cheaper Show, utilizing his knowledge of both construction, design technology, and an extensive network of Vancouver builders, designers, and artists.
Live Event Manager
Known for his unusual approach to window installations, Danny uses the medium as a way to combine visual display along side conceptual art. By adding life size characters, his displays usually tell a story as well as getting the marketing point across.
2010 will bring Danny’s first solo exhibit, diving into the realm of fine art.
Danny has been a contributing artist in the Cheaper for the last 4 shows. He stepped into a more involved roll in the show after the birth of Cartelera in 2008, where he still resides as one of the founding members and looks forward to stepping up into the role of Live Event Manager this year.
Jessica Delorme is a Vancouver based artist with a combined education in both art production and art history. She has been working with The Cheaper Show since 2009. In addition, she manages her studio practice, leads workshops at Gallery Gachet, and does work for the LES Gallery. Jessica’s motivation within this position is ambitions and straightforward: to promote international enthusiasm over emerging and established artists. This will be achieved through assembling diverse quality works into context that is both relevant and fresh.
Tim Furness is a Vancouver based production manager and independent event producer. Growing up on the artistic Sunshine Coast, Tim has been strongly involved in the community through musical theatre, sports, and improv comedy. In 2007, Furness became a part of Gord Halloran’s Paintings Below Zero. He mentored with a program through the Public Dreams Society, producing three large-scale community events in the span of six months. He ended the year in Chicago, once again, working along side of Gord Halloran and the Museum of Modern Ice.
Tim has since been involved with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, TD Vancouver Jazz Festival, Mission Folk Music Festival, and the Global Comedy Festival, as well as many local theatre groups and organizations. During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Furness helped manage the Surrey 2010 Celebration Site. He is currently producing The Cheaper Show No. 10 and will be involved with the 3rd annual Olio Festival in September, featuring a wide variety of Vancouver’s local musical talent.
Executive Director | Director of IT & Web Strategy
Steve Rio oversees the operations of The Cheaper Show, designs & manages all aspects of the website and online marketing strategy and is developing the business and expansion strategy for the show.
Steve is a web strategist, designer & musician, born and raised in Vancouver. An active member of the community, he has lived in Mt. Pleasant for the past 10 years. Steve is founder and CEO of Briteweb, a boutique design and communications agency that works with social ventures, culture creators and non- profits, specializing in web and communication strategy and WordPress website development.
When he’s not directing The Cheaper Show or nerding out on the latest web technologies, you will find Steve in the woods running barefoot, in a yoga class or on a mountain somewhere.
Samantha is the Communications Coordinator for Briteweb. This is her second year working on The Cheaper Show, having started as a volunteer last year. Samantha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English Literature from UBC, and spent two years working in the non-profit sector before returning to school in 2008 to study web and graphic design.
At Briteweb, Samantha is responsible for coordinating and implementing effective communication strategies designed to meet the specific needs of an array of clients, through content creation, social media and public relations. Samantha has a love of words and a special ability to find the “voice” of an organization. She is an avid writer with a particular love for attending and writing about music festivals. She has contributed to ION Magazine and Fazer Magazine, among others.
Karen Brown recently returned to her hometown of Vancouver. After 12 years of living abroad she cannot think of a better place to be. Karen had been producing television commercials and music videos in the UK and Australia. Her commercial clients overseas included Rimmel with Kate Moss, Lux with Sarah Jessica Parker, Ford, Guinness, Mercedes, Carlsberg, British Telecom, and Jim Beam. She has worked on music videos for Robbie Williams, Texas, Sting, Craig David, David Gray, Geri Haliwell and Amy Winehouse. Karen’s work has taken her to Ireland, Spain, France, South Africa, India, America and Brazil. Since returning to Vancouver, Karen has continued to work in the advertising industry, producing TV commercials. This is Karen’s first year as a member of the Cheaper Show team. She is contemplating getting a tattoo once it’s done.
Lead Curator, 2010
Lisa Giroday lives and works in Vancouver BC developing projects for arts, environment and social culture. Giroday is the sole proprietor and curator of the LES Gallery, a Downtown Eastside gallery that for six years has exhibited diverse mediums by local, national and international artists. The LES Gallery sees Giroday curating nine shows per year while managing an Emily Carr co-op program for art students. Giroday also recently published a catalogue book called “Bilocation” that commented on a series of shows at the LES Gallery where one international artist was paired with one local artist of the same medium. In addition, Giroday works as a lecturer and product developer, contributes to the local online magazine Zero 1, sets up Community Gardens and participates in projects aimed at creating a more sustainable planet.
Community Relations, 2010
Zoe Pawlak is an artist working in Vancouver, B.C. Zoe studied painting at Concordia and NSCAD and currently paints full time at her Parker Street studio. Zoe studied the figure for 7 years while the last 2 years have been spent painting emotive landscapes derived from memories. Since the completion on her BFA in 2005, Zoe has had a successful commercial career as well as exhibited in more political solo and group shows in Vancouver.
Zoe Pawlak currently specializes in commissioned paintings. She works with clients and designers to create work that is ambitious, site specific and meaningful. Her heart is for mobilizing projects, encouraging artists, informing collectors and making connections between the market and the various ways people are accessing and buying paintings and creative culture at large.
Zoe has worked on projects in the USA, Mexico and all over Canada. Her last project with San Fransisco designer Chloe Warner was shot for Martha Stewart Living. Her complete works can be seen at www.zoepawlak.com
Social Media Manager, 2010
Lindsay Elliott is an avid photographer and staple of the East Vancouver nightlife. Over the last three years, her website, lindsaysdiet.com, has taken her from the skids of Vancouver to the beaches of Miami. She’s made contacts in Austin pubs and at hotel-room parties in Los Angeles. Coupled with an active online presence, her site has given her personal insight into online trends and marketing. She is immersed in the social media environment. Daylight hours find Lindsay managing contracts and finance for five publicly traded energy companies. Six years in this position with the previous four orchestrating operations at a local courier company have given Lindsay the professional skills to match her social savvy. She manages and develops the social media content for The Cheaper Show.
Video Production Manager, 2010
Jesse Savath has been working behind the camera for several years. Whether it be as a film maker or photographer, his admiration for composition has been perpetually evident. Savath’s career in videography debuted while documenting a band over several years, totaling 800 hours while touring the world five times over. Upon his return to Vancouver, Savath formed a partnership with several talented individuals in the city, a union that would eventually become SALAZAR, a motion picture collective. Primary projects included music videos and short narratives, but SALAZAR has since branched out into commercial ventures, been viewed across the world, and worked with MTV, Muchmusic, Knowledge Network and the most significant blogs on the internet. Maintaining his love for photography, Savath just completed a large-scale photography adventure throughout the USA last year, continues to have shows, and is commited to both ventures.
Official Photographer, 2010
Cherry Vega is a portrait and documentary photographer, mixed media artist and cartoonist based in Vancouver, BC. Her passion lies in the fleeting moments that lend themselves to being forgotten; known for her ability to focus on the smallest details while not forgetting the larger picture she has been described as spilling light into her photos. With influences from high budget editorial photography and art films to raw street photography her style is cinematic, realistic and tender and her subjects are diverse.
Originally from England, she traveled the globe searching for inspiration. She has been a professional photographer for 8 years; the last year alone has seen her involved with a large-scale live art show, an exhibition in Los Angeles and documenting various conventions across north America.
Cherry thinks there is nothing more important than community support for all forms of artistic expression. She believes there is an innate ability and appreciation for creativity inside of everyone regardless of background.