2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List Revealed.

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, recently revealed the 10 albums Short List-nominated albums live on air on CBC Music’s Drive with special host Raina Douris. One nominated album was revealed every half-hour, with each album receiving expert analysis from CBC guests and Polaris jurors.

“This year’s Short List offers a mix of returning Polaris nominees and new voices in a terrific range of genres. As always, thanks to the jury for the care they take to come up with a Short List that represents what’s currently exciting in Canadian music. No matter what your taste, I think you’ll find something to love here,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.”

The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

  • Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
  • Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
  • FET.NAT – Le Mal
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
  • Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
  • Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
  • PUP – Morbid Stuff
  • Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
  • Shad – A Short Story About A War
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline

The 2019 winner will be determined at the Polaris Music Prize Gala. The event, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on September 16, will be hosted by Douris and live-streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums made the 2019 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2019 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The 2019 winner of the Polaris Music Prize will join past winners: Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

The Lady In Red Ball Returns to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

While the ghostly Lady In Red haunts the upper levels of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, patrons will be celebrating the second Lady in Red Ball in the Pacific Ballroom. Kicking off Pride Week, July 25th, the Lady In Red Ball benefits Dr Peter AIDS Foundation. 

Lady In Red Ball Host & Fairmont Pride Ambassador Kendal Gender

Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar winner and Fairmont Pride Ambassador, Kendall Gender, hosts the evening’s events, including a show-stopping drag performance with Vancouver’s premiere girl-gang, The Brat Pack.

The evening will also feature a live musical performance by singer/songwriter Stephen Scaccia, DJ-ing by Man About Town Entertainment, will keep the dance floor filled, watch for pop-up performances by stilt-walkers and acrobats, as guests peruse and bid on silent auction prizes, sip cocktails and nibble canapes.

Partial proceeds from The Lady In Red Ball support the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. The Dr. Peter Aids Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support innovative health care at the Dr. Peter Centre, British Columbia’s only HIV day health program and 24-hour nursing residence. The only program of its kind in Canada, the Dr. Peter Centre is a leader in HIV care, particularly for individuals with multiple medical conditions and social barriers.

After a successful debut year, The Lady In Red Ball looks forward to building on that momentum to fill the Pacific Ballroom and be able to grow its support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. 

The Lady In Red Ball takes place, Thursday, July 25 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Pacific Ballroom from 7pm – 10pm.  Tickets are on sale now $89 per person, + GST (must be 19+ years to attend). To purchase tickets online, visit notch8-dining.com/store/event/lady-in-red-pride-ball/

Picks of the Week – July 17, 2019

Mid-July finds the summer entertainment season heating up, so don’t let showers dampen your spirits, get out and enjoy these picks of the week.

Movie: Downtown Vancouver presents free movies Wednesday nights throughout the summer, tonight Zoolander is on at at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (formerly, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)

Donna & The Dynamos Front Row L-R: Lori Ashton Zondag as “Tanya,” Caitriona Murphy as “Donna Sheridan,” Sheryl Anne Wheaton as “Rosie.” photo: Lindsay Elliott

Stars: The 2019 season of Theatre Under The Stars presents the entertaining musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies on alternating nights until August 17th.

Kicks: In the midst of a heavy schedule, Whitecaps FC hope to earn some points, and respect, at BC Place when they host

Moms: It’s your last chance to enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, before it closes July 20th

Playland: Playland Nights returns Friday evening bringing dedicated, 19+ activities and entertainment line-up from 7pm to midnight every Friday in July

SUPERIOR DONUTS Back: Franco Wicks (Chris Francisque) (c) Emily Cooper Photography

Repertory: The third play, Superior Donuts, in the Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival opens this week, with the trio of plays in repertoire at the Jericho Art Centre until August 16th.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropologie’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Folk: The Vancouver Folk Music Festival takes over Jericho Beach Park, July 19 – 21, 2019 featuring Basia Bulat, Corb Lund, Sam Roberts Band, and more

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Shakespeare in Love Charlie Gallant & Ghazal Azarbad Image: Emily Cooper

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage, and All’s Well That Ends Well on now at the Howard Family Stage.

Pitch: The Vancouver Canadians kick off a 6 game home stand on Saturday against Tri-City followed by a fireworks extravaganza

Vancouver Bach Festival Brings Back Bach

The Vancouver Bach Festival, presented by Early Music Vancouver (EMV) returns to Christ Church Cathedral and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, July 30 – August 9, 2019. 

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) is regarded as one of the greatest composers in Western musical history. His legacy includes some of the most beautiful and well-crafted music ever written. Almost three centuries after Bach’s passing, his vast catalogue of works is still revered, studied, and reinterpreted by music lovers across the globe.

Ensemble Les Boréades de Montréal
photo: Hugo B Lefort

Celebrating EMV’s 50th anniversary, this year’s festival features performances by many the most gifted artists from across Europe and North America. For their second annual ensemble-in-residence program, EMV welcomes Montreal’s internationally acclaimed Ensemble Les Boréades, members of the ensemble perform in multiple concerts throughout the festival.

“For our 50th anniversary we have spared no expense in order to bring our audiences a truly world-class offering of some of the finest artists working in period performance today,” says Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director of EMV. “I think the personal, aesthetic, and intellectual connections one can make during a festival are the happy result of a ‘total immersion’ — multiple events in a shorter window of time provide a perspective and engagement that is otherwise near impossible to achieve. By offering concerts from a wide range of exciting composers like Strozzi, Shostakovich, Purcell, Faure, Poulenc, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and of course, Bach, the opportunities to explore links and parallels are limitless.”

The 14-concert festival commences with Ensemble Les Boréades, bringing a spectacular two-night performance of J.S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos at The Chan Centre. The Vancouver Bach Choir also partners with the festival for the first time to perform a programme featuring Faure’s beloved Requiem with a professional core of twenty of the region’s best professional singers, accompanied by award-winning organist Christina Hutten. This year’s Vancouver Bach Festival also collaborates with Vancouver Chopin Society, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO), and Pacific MusicWorks.

Vancouver Bach Choir
Photo: Sophie Song

Further highlights include the return of audience favourite soprano Amanda Forsythe with Pacific MusicWorks, in a performance of Handel’s early cantatas, as well as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc and Dorothee Mields’ dramatic interpretations of female composer Barbara Strozzi’s 17th century musings on love and loss. The festival’s popular weekday afternoon concert series also returns, offering diverse and delightful selections of acclaimed musicians and performers.

The festival will come to a conclusion with the presentation of Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia at the Chan Centre, featuring six internationally renowned vocal soloists and the PBO led by Alexander Weimann.

To complement the musical lineup, EMV will compliment the festival with an array of thought-provoking film screenings and expert talks, which audiences can enjoy with wine and refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere. 

For tickets and a more details and a complete schedule of all Vancouver Bach Festival events, visit: earlymusic.bc.ca 

Honda Celebration Of Light Lines Up Music & More

Honda Celebration of Light is more than just spectacular fireworks from India, Canada & Croatia, organizers have also lined up three nights of entertainment for two stages during the fireworks festival. 

The Z Fest stage, at the Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay, presented by Z-95.3, welcomes the internationally renowned Canadian world-music group Delhi 2 Dublin, plus Khanvict, and Vidya Vox on Saturday, July  27th.
Wednesday, July 31st finds Scott Helman, Tyler Shaw, and Famba taking the Z Fest stage.
On the final evening, Saturday August 3rd, Multi Grammy award winning artist Speech, founder of the legendary hip-hop group Arrested Development, joins Canadian hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall and Maestro Fresh Wes. 

If that isn’t enough entertainment the Park Stage at Second Beach offers free, family-friendly festival site featuring more live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license.  The Park Stage, features more than a dozen musical acts including Virginia to Vegas, The Funk Hunters, and The Boom Booms.  In partnership with Music BC, Honda Celebration of Light, is pleased to present two new artists, Biawanna and Adrian Chalifour, on the Park Stage at Second Beach.

It’s not all music during the festival, entertainment takes to the air too. The Pete McLeod Airshow Presented by Red Bull returns, by popular demand, with his jaw-dropping aerial show every night at 7:45 pm over the shores of English Bay.

Keep track of all of this entertainment on The official Honda Celebration of Light Mobile App, available for download from both iTunes and Android App Stores. The app includes a complete list of events, maps and other festival details, as well as a music simulcast of the fireworks show.  Rain or shine, the fireworks will begin at 10:00 p.m. from the barges located in English Bay. In addition to the app stream, music simulcast can be also be heard on Z-95.3, and the Breeze 104.3 FM  

If Z Fest and the Park Stage at Second Beach isn’t your scene, Honda Celebration of Light offers plenty of ways to make the most of all that the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world has to offer, from the prime viewing & listening at The Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk or with guaranteed family friendly seating at the YVR Observation Deck. 

For a complete schedule of events visit hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Disney’s Newsies Seize The Day & Hearts at TUTS 2019

After soaking rain all day, the skies cleared just in time for Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) opening night of Disney’s Newsies, of the 2019 season.

The cast of Disney’s Newsies photo: Lindsay Elliott

The stars, moon and birds came out to help Disney’s Newsies reach for the sky. Starting from their ‘penthouse in the sky’ the production is packed with thrilling dance numbers, soaring tunes and a timeless (and timely) message for the whole family. Based on the 1992 movie musical, Disney’s Newsies is inspired by the real-life New York Newsboys Strike of 1899. In New York City an army of ragged orphans and runaways called ‘newsies’ delivered the ‘papes’ but when newspaper owners raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, the newsies unites and rally other child labourers to strike against the unfair and unsafe conditions. Battling the owners and their manipulation of the news, the newsies contend with corruption, prejudices and fake news.

Julia Ullrich as “Katherine Plumber” and Adam Charles as “Jack Kelly.” photo: Lindsay Elliott

The Disney’s Newsies cast is lead by a brilliant Adam Charles, playing Jack Kelly the charismatic leader of the newsies. Cole Smuland plays Crutchie, Jack’s crutch-wielding best friend and fellow newsie. Joined by Daniel Curalli and Jordyn Bennett as Davey and Les Jacobs, sibling newsies also befriended by Jack, with Davey helping unionise their fellow newsies.  Jovanni Sy makes his TUTS debut as publishing magnate Joseph Pulitzer and Julia Ullrich returns for her third season as young journalist, Katherine Plumber who reports on the newsies’ strike and strikes Jack’s fancy.

Front Row L-R: Daniel Curalli as “Davey Jacobs,” Adam Charles as “Jack Kelly,” Caitlin McMaster as Ensemble Member, plus the cast of Disney’s Newsies photo: Lindsay Elliott

Anthemic and inspiring songs like; Seize The Day, King of New York, Santa Fe, Carrying the Banner, and The World Will Know, help the newsies win over the audience to their cause. Just as the film was choreographer Kenny Ortega’s directorial debut, award-winning choreographer/dancer Julie Tomaino makes her TUTS directorial debut as well as choreographing the productions stunning dance segments. In addition, Fight Directors Mike Kovac and Ryan Mcneill Bolton, have created intricate dance-like brawls that make you root for the newsies even more. Just as Jack and the other newsies find their confidence, the productions moves from strength to strength leaving the audience ready to get up and seize the day!

Disney’s Newsies plays on alternating nights with Mamma Mia! at Theatre Under The Stars in Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park until August 17th, find showtimes and tickets online at tuts.ca

TUTS 2019 Opens with Mamma Mia!

With rain clouds hanging overhead, guests at Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) had a hard time seeing the stars on opening night of Mamma Mia!. However, a little rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the ABBA-inspired musical, directed by TUTS veteran, Shel Piercy.

Donna & The Dynamos
Front Row L-R: Lori Ashton Zondag as “Tanya,” Caitriona Murphy as “Donna Sheridan,” Sheryl Anne Wheaton as “Rosie.”
photo: Lindsay Elliott

Set on a Greek Isle, at the Summer Nights Taverna at Villa Donna, run by former rock chick, Donna Sheridan (Caitriona Murphy). Mamma Mia! centres on Donna’s daughter Sophie (Keira Jang) wedding to Sky (Joshua Lalisan) and her quest to discover herself by finding her father. Instead, she find a possible three fathers, Harry Bright played by Stefan Winfield , Matt Ramer as Bill Austin, and Peter Monaghan as Sam Carmichael. Along the way, a frazzled, emotional Donna is supported by her besties and former bandmates from “Donna and the Dynamos” Rosie (Sheryl Anne Wheaton) and Tanya (Lori Ashton Zondag).

“Wait 20 years for a dad, then 3 come along at once” Front Row L-R: Stefan Winfield as “Harry Bright,” Peter Monaghan as “Sam Carmichael,” Chris M. Ward as “Pepper,” Matt Ramer as “Bill Austin.” photo: Lindsay Elliott

Always a crowd favourite, the sing-along friendly, fun-filled musical comes with few surprises for most, but those who have only experienced the movie will find a different order and more music packed into the 2.5 hour production. ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Take a Chance on Me,’ ‘Super Trouper,’ ‘SOS’, ‘Waterloo’ and more fan faves keep the audience entranced! The only small question-mark was a decision by the production to have a number of the characters speaking, and singing, in different accents seemed unnecessary and distracting, as some actors appeared to stumble over their drifting accent.

The cast of Mamma Mia! photo: Lindsay Elliott

In typical Vancouverite fashion the rain didn’t seem to bother the audience, TUTS handed out rain-ponchos for those without rain gear. Francesca Albertazzi’s beautiful set really felt like Greek taverna with a sunny piazza had come to life on stage, and made us forget the rain. The weather did appear to cause an adjustment to the stage blocking, with the ensemble trying to stay under the covered area of the stage the set seemed a bit crowded during the large production numbers.

As the saying goes, come rain, come shine, the show must go on, and the company of Mamma Mia! certainly did put on a show to entertain the audience and bring a bit of Mediterranean sun to a dreary Wet Coast evening.

Mamma Mia! plays on alternating nights with Disney’s Newsies at Theatre Under The Stars in Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park until August 17th, find showtimes and tickets online at tuts.ca