This ain't her first rodeo

WhatsOn May 14, 2016 by Victoria Gray Norfolk News

Culture Rodeo gives new meaning to the local weekly arts roundup.

Tanya van Rooy’s website, culturerodeo.com, keeps Norfolk residents up to date on the great variety of cultural happenings in the county.

Now the Simcoe filmmaker has expanded her site to Brantford and Hamilton.

“It’s really a way to make art more accessible in the community,” van Rooy said. “We bring together everything from restaurant specials to live music and exhibitions.”

Culture Rodeo has operated as an online events listing for about two years. When van Rooy revamped the site in February, the listings grew to include Brantford and Hamilton’s art, culture, music, movies, food, community events and activities.

The site is updated on a weekly basis. Visitors choose a community and a date, and are presented with a handy list of what’s going on in the area.

Posts include event descriptions and often a photograph or video of a past event, interviews with organizers or a related video.

“This is something I think is really key because it gives people a chance to see if they will enjoy the music at the event or enjoy the art at the gallery,” van Rooy said.

“It can also be a tool for advertising or for businesses to reach out to people and say, ‘Hi, this is who we are and this is what we do.’”

Janet Hepburn, owner of Gallery 23 in Port Dover, said she makes sure to call or email van Rooy when she has upcoming events.

“I think it’s a great idea to get yourself out there in as many places as possible,” Hepburn said.

Hepburn used Culture Rodeo’s free service to promote Gallery 23’s current exhibit, Vibrations, a collection of paintings by Waterford artist and curator Kathryn Hogg.

Hogg is perhaps best known for sculpting the fishermen’s memorial by the Port Dover pier. Vibrations, which can be visited Thursdays to Sundays at 23 Market St. in Port Dover until June 6, focuses on paintings of figures that reflect Hogg’s interest in science, philosophy and art history.

Van Rooy, who also runs Howl at the Moon Films, started Culture Rodeo when she moved back to Norfolk County after a stint in British Columbia. She was inspired to start a cultural events listing because of the frustration she felt when she and a friend spent a fruitless evening trying to research things to do in the county.

“I started Googling, trying to find something, and it was exhausting, so we didn’t even end up going out,” she said.

Culture Rodeo solves that problem with a comprehensive listing – or as comprehensive as van Rooy can make it.

“Some people call me to let me know about what’s going on, but most of it is just research and compiling the information, just myself and a co-op student,” she said.

Van Rooy said expanding into Brantford and Hamilton hasn’t been very difficult because of her involvement in the art and culture industry, plus the support she’d received from businesses in those communities.

Using Culture Rodeo gives people in search of arts and culture the information they need to travel with intent, Hepburn said.

“I think it’s one more place that we can go as people who live here, and as tourists, to have a quick view of things happening out there and how we want to spend our entertainment dollars,” she said. “Because it’s all up there on one site, it’s really handy.”

Van Rooy hopes to make the website more easily accessible for others to upload content or videos. Her first step toward that goal is to launch an Instagram feed on the site that will allow people to post pictures of events they’ve been to, or businesses to post promotional images.

“I hope it’s a fun, community-building piece for people,” she said. “It’s also another way to make art more accessible.”

Van Rooy sends out a weekly e-blast to let people know what’s going on in the community and throughout the world when it comes to trends and advancements in art and culture.

She hopes Culture Rodeo will not only give people a wide variety of options for things to do in their community, but also help them expand their knowledge of culture in general.

This ain't her first rodeo

Culture Rodeo, Tanya van Rooy's website promoting the Norfolk arts and culture scene, is expanding to Brantford and Hamilton

WhatsOn May 14, 2016 by Victoria Gray Norfolk News

Culture Rodeo gives new meaning to the local weekly arts roundup.

Tanya van Rooy’s website, culturerodeo.com, keeps Norfolk residents up to date on the great variety of cultural happenings in the county.

Now the Simcoe filmmaker has expanded her site to Brantford and Hamilton.

“It’s really a way to make art more accessible in the community,” van Rooy said. “We bring together everything from restaurant specials to live music and exhibitions.”

Culture Rodeo has operated as an online events listing for about two years. When van Rooy revamped the site in February, the listings grew to include Brantford and Hamilton’s art, culture, music, movies, food, community events and activities.

The site is updated on a weekly basis. Visitors choose a community and a date, and are presented with a handy list of what’s going on in the area.

Posts include event descriptions and often a photograph or video of a past event, interviews with organizers or a related video.

“This is something I think is really key because it gives people a chance to see if they will enjoy the music at the event or enjoy the art at the gallery,” van Rooy said.

“It can also be a tool for advertising or for businesses to reach out to people and say, ‘Hi, this is who we are and this is what we do.’”

Janet Hepburn, owner of Gallery 23 in Port Dover, said she makes sure to call or email van Rooy when she has upcoming events.

“I think it’s a great idea to get yourself out there in as many places as possible,” Hepburn said.

Hepburn used Culture Rodeo’s free service to promote Gallery 23’s current exhibit, Vibrations, a collection of paintings by Waterford artist and curator Kathryn Hogg.

Hogg is perhaps best known for sculpting the fishermen’s memorial by the Port Dover pier. Vibrations, which can be visited Thursdays to Sundays at 23 Market St. in Port Dover until June 6, focuses on paintings of figures that reflect Hogg’s interest in science, philosophy and art history.

Van Rooy, who also runs Howl at the Moon Films, started Culture Rodeo when she moved back to Norfolk County after a stint in British Columbia. She was inspired to start a cultural events listing because of the frustration she felt when she and a friend spent a fruitless evening trying to research things to do in the county.

“I started Googling, trying to find something, and it was exhausting, so we didn’t even end up going out,” she said.

Culture Rodeo solves that problem with a comprehensive listing – or as comprehensive as van Rooy can make it.

“Some people call me to let me know about what’s going on, but most of it is just research and compiling the information, just myself and a co-op student,” she said.

Van Rooy said expanding into Brantford and Hamilton hasn’t been very difficult because of her involvement in the art and culture industry, plus the support she’d received from businesses in those communities.

Using Culture Rodeo gives people in search of arts and culture the information they need to travel with intent, Hepburn said.

“I think it’s one more place that we can go as people who live here, and as tourists, to have a quick view of things happening out there and how we want to spend our entertainment dollars,” she said. “Because it’s all up there on one site, it’s really handy.”

Van Rooy hopes to make the website more easily accessible for others to upload content or videos. Her first step toward that goal is to launch an Instagram feed on the site that will allow people to post pictures of events they’ve been to, or businesses to post promotional images.

“I hope it’s a fun, community-building piece for people,” she said. “It’s also another way to make art more accessible.”

Van Rooy sends out a weekly e-blast to let people know what’s going on in the community and throughout the world when it comes to trends and advancements in art and culture.

She hopes Culture Rodeo will not only give people a wide variety of options for things to do in their community, but also help them expand their knowledge of culture in general.

This ain't her first rodeo

Culture Rodeo, Tanya van Rooy's website promoting the Norfolk arts and culture scene, is expanding to Brantford and Hamilton

WhatsOn May 14, 2016 by Victoria Gray Norfolk News

Culture Rodeo gives new meaning to the local weekly arts roundup.

Tanya van Rooy’s website, culturerodeo.com, keeps Norfolk residents up to date on the great variety of cultural happenings in the county.

Now the Simcoe filmmaker has expanded her site to Brantford and Hamilton.

“It’s really a way to make art more accessible in the community,” van Rooy said. “We bring together everything from restaurant specials to live music and exhibitions.”

Culture Rodeo has operated as an online events listing for about two years. When van Rooy revamped the site in February, the listings grew to include Brantford and Hamilton’s art, culture, music, movies, food, community events and activities.

The site is updated on a weekly basis. Visitors choose a community and a date, and are presented with a handy list of what’s going on in the area.

Posts include event descriptions and often a photograph or video of a past event, interviews with organizers or a related video.

“This is something I think is really key because it gives people a chance to see if they will enjoy the music at the event or enjoy the art at the gallery,” van Rooy said.

“It can also be a tool for advertising or for businesses to reach out to people and say, ‘Hi, this is who we are and this is what we do.’”

Janet Hepburn, owner of Gallery 23 in Port Dover, said she makes sure to call or email van Rooy when she has upcoming events.

“I think it’s a great idea to get yourself out there in as many places as possible,” Hepburn said.

Hepburn used Culture Rodeo’s free service to promote Gallery 23’s current exhibit, Vibrations, a collection of paintings by Waterford artist and curator Kathryn Hogg.

Hogg is perhaps best known for sculpting the fishermen’s memorial by the Port Dover pier. Vibrations, which can be visited Thursdays to Sundays at 23 Market St. in Port Dover until June 6, focuses on paintings of figures that reflect Hogg’s interest in science, philosophy and art history.

Van Rooy, who also runs Howl at the Moon Films, started Culture Rodeo when she moved back to Norfolk County after a stint in British Columbia. She was inspired to start a cultural events listing because of the frustration she felt when she and a friend spent a fruitless evening trying to research things to do in the county.

“I started Googling, trying to find something, and it was exhausting, so we didn’t even end up going out,” she said.

Culture Rodeo solves that problem with a comprehensive listing – or as comprehensive as van Rooy can make it.

“Some people call me to let me know about what’s going on, but most of it is just research and compiling the information, just myself and a co-op student,” she said.

Van Rooy said expanding into Brantford and Hamilton hasn’t been very difficult because of her involvement in the art and culture industry, plus the support she’d received from businesses in those communities.

Using Culture Rodeo gives people in search of arts and culture the information they need to travel with intent, Hepburn said.

“I think it’s one more place that we can go as people who live here, and as tourists, to have a quick view of things happening out there and how we want to spend our entertainment dollars,” she said. “Because it’s all up there on one site, it’s really handy.”

Van Rooy hopes to make the website more easily accessible for others to upload content or videos. Her first step toward that goal is to launch an Instagram feed on the site that will allow people to post pictures of events they’ve been to, or businesses to post promotional images.

“I hope it’s a fun, community-building piece for people,” she said. “It’s also another way to make art more accessible.”

Van Rooy sends out a weekly e-blast to let people know what’s going on in the community and throughout the world when it comes to trends and advancements in art and culture.

She hopes Culture Rodeo will not only give people a wide variety of options for things to do in their community, but also help them expand their knowledge of culture in general.