Pi Theatre presents Long Division

Remember when we were children in math class and wondered how math would relate to the real world? Long Division, is a play that seeks to show us how math works its way into every aspect of our lives.

Melissa Oei, Linda Quibell, Anousha Alamian, Jay Clift, Nicco Lorenzo Garcia (photo: David Cooper)

From April 26th to 30th, Pi Theatre presents a remount of Peter Dickinson’s Long Division, at the Annex Theatre. Directed by Pi Theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Wolfe with choreography by Lesley Telford and a musical score by Owen Belton, the work combines multimedia and physical theatre to explore the mathematics of human connection.

“Math is a secret language hidden in plain sight. So much of what we see in the world around us

– traffic patterns, the growth of plants, our ubiquitous mobile devices – are governed by logic and patterns that can be expressed purely in numbers,” says Richard Wolfe.

Long Division’s story revolves around seven diverse characters who are traveling to a downtown bar on the occasion of a complicated anniversary. Despite their eclectic backgrounds, the Venn Diagram of their lives overlap in a singular, unresolved traumatic event that binds their pasts together.

Long Division is a play about the search to discover and understand all of the profound and painful ways we are tied to one another. In life, as in math, it is often difficult to see the patterns that link us, or the connections we make until we experience them from different angles.

This bold and innovative work demonstrates how the seven characters need each other, the audience, and a healthy dose of mathematical history and theory to find the answer to the question they all share.

Long Division runs April 26 – 30, 2017 at Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street. Tickets are available online at pitheatre.com/tickets

Gateway Theatre debuts 2017-18 Season

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre recently pulled back the curtain to reveal their 2017-2018 season line-up.  A selection of classics and new works the season’s theme is Reflections in Time as the four mainstage productions are set in different eras of the past.

Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy says, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.”

The mainstage season opens October 12, 2017 with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning A Little Night Music. Set at the turn of the 20th Century, A Little Night Music includes the Sondheim classic “Send In The Clowns”

Gateway Theatre’s signature Christmas show is always a treat for the family, this year Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol carries on the tradition December 7 – 24, 2017

February 15 – 24, 2018 sees a Canadian tale, Salt-Water Moon come to the mainstage. A love story set in 1926 Newfoundland with a paired down production by director Ravi Jain

The final mainstage production of the season, Nine Dragons, is a new work by Gateway Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. A gritty detective story, which Jovanni says was inspired by his love of mysteries in the Raymond Chandler theme.

The Gateway Theatre season also includes two Studio B productions. Sink or Swim, November 16 – 25, 2017 is another semi-autobiographical set of songs and stories from the great Beverley Elliott.

I Lost My Husband by Catherine Leger, March 15  – 24, 2018, is a comedy about Evelyn, who loses her husband but finds herself.

Season Ticket subscription packages are on sale now at gatewaytheatre.com/subscribe. If you subscribe before May 15th, you will be automatically entered to win a Helijet Getaway Package.  If a Season Subscription is not for you, keep your eyes out for single show tickets to go on sale later in the year.



Picks of the Week – April 19, 2017

Can you believe Spring is already a month old?! Let’s see if we can find some Spring activity in the picks of the week

Sing: Singer/Songwriter John Mayer share his guitar and voice with the audience at Rogers Arena tonight

Laughs: The Arts Club Granville Stage welcomes the return of the moms, Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty is another hilarious and touching edition of the Mom’s the Word series.

Rock: Classic British rockers The Zombies play the Commodore Ballroom on Friday

Improv: Laugh your chaps off at Western World, the new show at Vancouver Theatresports League, their take on HBO’s Westworld

Wine: Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival welcomes more than a dozen of the regions local wineries to Harrison Hot Springs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Angels: The acclaimed Angels in America: Part 1 onstage at The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until Sunday

Blues: Vancouver’s The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer bring the blues to the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

90s: Saturday night, there’s a time warp at Abbotsford Event Centre with I Love the 90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt n Pepa, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Young MC, All 4 One

Blooms: Until May 10th, take in the explosion of colour a the Abbotsford Tulip Festival 

Photos: The 4th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring lens based art to all corners of the city throughout April.

Cherries: It’s your final week to experience the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival  before the petals drop for another year

Harrison Uncorked Wine Fest returns April 21-23, 2017

Returning for a second year of sips and suppers, Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival pops the cork April 21 – 23, 2017 throughout Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

Harrison Uncorked brings together the village’s eateries with the region’s local wineries and farm fresh fare for three days of wine-makers dinners and tastings.

Uncorked by Day offers afternoons of tasting at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Fifteen local wineries are on hand for tastings with small bites by from Muddy Water Cafe with cheese & meat from FarmHouse Natural Cheeses and Hopcott Meats.  Old Settler Liquor Store is on hand to help take home your favourite sips.
Tickets for Uncorked by Day are available online for $45 each day, with $5 going to support the Harrison Festival Society. 

Uncorked by Night is a series of winemakers dinners in the restaurants in and around Harrison Hot Springs.  Pairing a restaurant and winery for a tasted experience each evening of the Festival.
-Harrison Corner Cafe with Backyard Wines
-Morgan’s Bistro with Orofino Vineyards (Friday) and Kettle Valley Winery (Saturday)
-Rowena’s Inn on the River with Fort Berens Estate Winery
Reservations for Uncorked by Night are required and should be made directly with the restaurants.

Even though it’s #justuptheroad, to be able to fully enjoy Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, consider staying overnight at one of many great resorts and inns around Harrison Hot Springs.


The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is underway, ushering in the 2017 Music Festivals season.

Sasquatch! Festival is coming up on the US Memorial Day weekend, starting off the festival season in our corner of the continent.

Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Sasquatch! – George, WA May 26 – 28, 2017 – Multi-Genre – Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Change the Rapper, The Head & The Heart, MGMT, The Shins

Concerts in Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues  –  Jack Johnson, Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.

Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Father John Misty, Midnight Oil, Spoon, John Butler Trio, Fleet Foxes

Concerts at Malkin Bowl

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 23 – July 2, 2017 – Jazz – Mavis Staples, Kandace Springs, Ziggy Marley

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 22 – July 2, 2017 – Jazz – Seu Jorge, Branford Marsalis with the VSO, Ziggy Marley

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 21-25, 2017– Multi-Genre – Shonen Knife, DJ Quik, Low, Mike Watt, MONO

Tall Tree Music Festival – Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew, BC – June 23 – 26, 2017 – Multi- Genre – Tokyo Police Club, Cave Singers, Jon & Roy

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR June 30 – July 4, 2017 – Blues – 30th Anniversary – Chris Isaak, Jos Stone, Booker T Stax Review

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 7 – 8, 2017 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Dillon Francis 

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series 2016 – Calgary, AB July 7 – 16, 2017 – Country – Johnny Reid, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Usher & The Roots, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 7 – 9, 2017 – TBA

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 8 – 16, 2017 – World/Folk/Rock – Buckman Coe, Stephen Fearing, Coco Jafro, Colin Linden

Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC July 13 – 16, 2017 – Multi-genre – TBA

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 14 – 16, 2017 – Folk – 40th Anniversary – Ferron, Archie Roach and more TBA

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 14 – 16, 2017 – Folk/Rock – Barenaked Ladies, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Rita Coolidge, Stephen Fearing

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 21 – 23, 2017 – Pop/Rock – Diplo, Wolf Parade, Lord Huron, Mykki Blanco

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 28 – 30, 2017 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Snoop Dogg, Marshmello, ScHoolboy Q

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 3 – 4, 2017 – Country – Aaron Pritchett, Brett Kissel, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson & Family

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 11 – 14, 2017 – Electronic – A-Trak, The Orb, Stanton Warriors

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 17 – 20, 2017 – Blues/Roots – Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Five Alarm Funk, Frazey Ford, Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Rock Ambleside Park – West Vancouver, BC – August 18 – 20, 2017 – Randy Bachman, April Wine, Honeymoon Suite, Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde.

Atmosphere Gathering – Cumberland, BC August 18 – 20, 2017 – World/Electronic – Dirty Radio, Neon Steve, Half Moon Run, DJ Shub

Motion Notion – Golden, BC August 24 – 28, 2017 – EDM – Datsik, Avalon, Dirtyphonics, Minnesota

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA September 1-3, 2017 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 14 – 17, 2017 – Multi-Genre – 10th Anniversary – TBA

Hardline Productions presents REDPATCH

Redpatch – image: David Cooper

Vancouver’s Hardline Productions latest work, Redpatch, is a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the contribution and sacrifice made by Canada’s First Nations, Metis and aboriginal people.

With an all Aboriginal cast, Redpatch follows the a young Métis, Woodrow or Halfblood, played by co-writer Raes Calvert, who longs to be a warrior so volunteers for the battlefields of WWI, much to his Grandmother’s chagrin. Grandmother uses traditional stories to try to convince Woodrow that he doesn’t need to fight the “White Man’s War” to be a warrior.  Through flashbacks we learn of his experiences in the ‘white school’ with his best friend Jonathan.  In the battlefields of France, our young soldier endures the trenches, discrimination while becoming a standout scout.  The mental and physical stress takes its toll, was this how he thought being a warrior was like?

image : Mark Halliday

Co-writer and director Sean Harris Oliver has kept the staging simple and imaginative, incorporating both modern and traditional aboriginal movements to weave the stories together.  First Nations legends form a basis for the modern stories. To make sure the stories are faithfully told, Calvert and Oliver spent many hours in libraries and travelling to remote First Nations communities, including Nootka Island, where their fictional soldier calls home.  For those of us growing up on the Coast the traditional stories are familiar, and with Vimy in the headlines, the production has a depth and history that makes it feel timeless.

Now playing at Studio 16, the intimacy of the theatre, allows the audience to feel like they’re part of the action. The only drawback is the rake of the seating makes some of the low movements on the floor difficult to see from some seats.

Redpatch runs until April 16th at Studio 17 in Le Centre Cultural Francophone Vancouver on West 7th Ave. Visit hardlineproductions.ca for more information and tickets.

Audience members should be aware that the production includes the use of artificial smoke/fog, flash and strobe lighting and explosions. 


Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty at the Arts Club Theatre

The hilarious team of Mom’s The Word returns to The Arts Club Theatre for the threequel – Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty.

Through the years, we’ve followed the moms, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nicol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams, as they experienced the trials and tribulations of becoming new parents, suffered through teenage tempers and hormones, and now they’re back with the kids grown and leaving the nest.  After decades of being mom, see what happens when the kids are grown and fly the coop and maybe return. Do you rejoice, worry, or lament?

Even though the kids have moved out, the moms find they can’t stop being Mom. Their own lives keep moving on, and now they have to deal with aging, menopause, divorce, marriage challenges, libido changes, mental health and more.  Just like real-life moms, Mom’s The Word 3 handles life’s challenges with wit, compassion, anger, beer and friendship.  Along the way the audience is treated to some side-splitting humour, blunt advice, crass insights, hilarious musical interludes, grace and heart-wrenching emotion. Even the heavier story arc, surrounding Jill Daum and her husband John Mann’s challenges living with Alzheimers are handled with dignity and light.

Judging by the laughter and emotion from the audience, the play struck the right notes for the moms present.  However, you don’t have to be a mom to enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, you just have to have one.

Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty plays at The Arts Club Theatre Company Granville Island Stage until May 6th.