Arts Club’s Bill Millerd announces his final season

This week The Arts Club Theatre Company‘s Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd announced that the 2017-2018 season would be his last with the company.

As he’s done for the past 45 years, Millerd has created a season that’s sure to have something for everyone.  From new works by local playwrights like Jill Daum’s Forget About Tomorrow, to blockbuster musical like Disney’s Beauty and The Beast or Tony award fave Fun Home as well as a remount of last year’s hit Onegin.

From the Arts Clubs early days on Seymour Street, Bill Millerd has helped steer the theatre company to be the foundation of Vancouver’s Arts scene. All three of the Arts Club’s current stages have been developed during Millerd’s tenure, and provide the stability that allows the theatre company to maintain its focus on new Canadian work and engaging new audiences.

Millerd says “We’ve come a long way while maintaining the core values that we prize: nurturing artists, growing audiences, and creating diverse cultural experiences. The company is in good hands with a strong staff, Board of Directors, and committed artists, and I look forward to seeing a bright future as the Arts Club continues to thrive under a new artistic director.”

The Arts Club Board of Directors and Executive Director Peter Cathie White now have the unenviable task of finding someone willing to and capable of filling Bill Millerd’s shoes. In the meantime, we have another great season ahead of us with The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season continuing and the 2017-18 season beginning in September.

The full Arts Club Theatre 2017-18 Season Line-Up includes:


Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, a play by Tony Kushner, Sept. 7 – Oct. 7, 2017

King Charles lll, a play by Mark Bartlett, Oct.19 – Nov. 19, 2017

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, a musical by Menken/Ashman/Rice/Woolverton, Dec. 7, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018

Jitters, comedy by David French, Jan. 25 – Feb. 25, 2018

The Humans, play by Stephan Karam, March 22 – April 22, 2018

Mamma Mia, musical by Johnson/Ulvaneus/Andersson (ABBA songs), May 10 – July 8, 2018


Thanks for Giving, a premiere of a play by Kevin Loring, Oct. 4 – Nov. 4, 2017

Onegin, by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 2017 

Fun Home, a musical by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, Feb. 7 – Mar 10, 2018

Misery, adapted from the Stephen King novel by William Goldman, April 4 – May 5, 2018

Once, a musical by Edna Walsh, June 13 – July 28, 2018


Day Before Christmas, a comedy by Stacy Kaser and Alison Kelly, Nov. 16 – Dec. 24, 2017 

Topdog/Underdog, a play by Susan-Lori Parks, Jan. 18 – Feb. 11, 2018

Forget about tomorrow, a premiere of a play by Jill Daum, Mar 1 – Mar 25, 2018

Me and You, a premiere of a comedy by Melody Anderson, April 12 – May 6, 2018 

Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza – recap

What could be better than a half dozen great slices of Pizza in one night? Hungry diners got to experience just that last night on Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza 2017.

Checking in at Dogwood Brewing, patron’s collected their Pizza Palooza and headed out on a tour of some of the best and brightest pizzeria’s Vancouver has to offer.

We experienced New York Slices, Neapolitan, Roman, and even a South Asian take on the pizza.

First up was Dogwood Brewing, a hidden oasis, Vancouver’s only organic brewery packed the house by offering a taster of their brewed-on-site beers along with a bite of the house-made Rocky Mountain Flatbread pizzas




At Kalai’s Dosa Hut, on Fraser Street, the Pizza Dossa brought a touch of South Asian flavour to Pizza Palooza. The thin, light gluten-free dosa was topped with fresh veggies and cheese.

Straight Outta Brooklyn at Fraser and Kingsway served up their always satisfying slices of Classic (Pepperoni), Original (Margherita) and White (4 Cheese).





Ragazzi Pizza Co. is a great little neighbourhood pizzeria serving up “Real Italian Pizza” and from the comments as other diners left their pair of slices were indeed at hit; Carbonara (Garlic, Black Pepper, Pancetta, Bocconcini)tasting just like the pasta, and spicy Arrabiata (Salami, Capicollo, ONions, Chilli Flakes, Mozzarella)


ZeroZero Pizzeria is the go to place near International Village and always offers unique and creative toppings like last nights Chorizo and Brussel Sprouts (Spicy Sausage and Crispy, Grilled Spouts) and the Pomodoro (Fresh & Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Oregano and Mozzarella)



The recently opened, Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria was our last stop and was a treat for the senses. Firecrust makes your pizza to order so you can watch it come to life right in front of you. Choose from the menu selections like our Quattro Formaggi (Fior di Latte, Romano, Gorgonzola, Ricotta and Extra Virgin Olive Oil base) and Siciliana (Italian Sausage, Ham, Prisciutto, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Fior di Latte, Romano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Or select your own toppings to create your own pizza to go into the Brick Oven.

After all that Pizza the last thing we want to think of is more food but if tasting tours like this are of interest check out Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary in Downtown Vancouver

Picks of the Week – February 22, 2017

As February ticks to a close it’s hard to believe we’re already looking at the start of March coming in the next picks of the week.

Pizza: Tonight, take a tasty exploration of the city’s pizzerias with Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza

Held Over:   Odysseo by Cavalia has added another week to its run under the White Big Top at Olympic Village now closing March 12th.

Trevor Noah at JFL Northwest

Howl: Indie act, The Wolf Parade, play a trio of shows at The Imperial on Main Street; on Wednesday joined by Pack A.D., Thursday by Low Levels and on Friday it’s Moths & Locusts supporting the band.

Laughs: The Comedy continues as JFL Northwest Comedy Festival wraps up this Saturday Feb 25th.

Hoops: It’s all fun and games when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town, this week playing two games at Pacific Coliseum Feb 25, and games at Abbotsford Event Centre Feb 24 and 26

Queen: Find out what went on behind closed doors when Queen Elizabeth met with her Prime Ministers in The Audience at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage closing this weekend.

Innings: The world of Cricket comes to the stage as The Men In White runs until March 11th at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks play host to San Jose Sharks on Saturday at Rogers Arena

BC Home + Garden Show 2017 opens tomorrow

With just a month to go before spring arrives, now is the time to start planning your projects at the 2017 BC Home + Garden Show. Opening tomorrow, through February 26, 2017, at BC Place Stadium the 46th annual show fills the stadium with everything to give you fresh ideas for the coming year.

With real estate being so much at the forefront and such a big part of household budgets, people are spending more time at home and doing more to increase their home’s value.   Top home improvement celebrity experts, gardeners and award-winning chefs will be on hand to share their knowledge with the public. DIY, cooking demos and hands-on classes for crafts, gardening and other projects take place throughout the 5-day show.

The main stage welcomes HGTV personalities; Bryan Baeumler of Bryan Inc, Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt from Home To Win and Mike Holmes Jr of Holmes + Holmes.  Joining them on the main stage, garden experts Brian Minter, Leanne Johnson, Steve Whysall and many more help your green thumb.

The Cooking stage welcomes guests from Fable Kitchen, Odd Society Spirits, Mission Kits, Virtuous Pie, Big Rock Brewery and The Juice Truck all on hand to share ideas and aspirations for your kitchen.

Throughout the show floor, visitors will find other inspirations and be able to get advice at the featured; FloForm Lounge, Container Laneway Home by Honomobo, BC Hydro Smart Home and garden displays throughout BC Place.

It’s not all just dreaming either, take home some arts and crafts by making them yourself in the hands-on Workshops or shop from the M(ART)Ket or Portobello West Market .

The BC Home + Garden Show runs February 22 – 26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Discounted tickets and details are available online

Vancouver Foodster 2017 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Challenge

Smile and say Grilled Cheese!
It’s time for Vancouver Foodster’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich Challenge, bringing melty goodness to a plate near you from this Friday, February 24 – March 19, 2017.

Thought of as an everyday comfort food, Vancouver Foodster has challenged the participating chefs to be as simple, creative or innovative as they’d like when developing their Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

The Public is welcomed to try any or all of the participating sandwiches then vote for their favourite creation to win People’s Choice on
udges, Hanson Do from Nosh & Nibbles,  Ed Lau from Ed Eats and myself, will also be tasting each grilled gooey sandwich, evaluating them on such properties as originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and of course, taste, in order to decide on the Judge’s Choice Winner.
Even if you’re not tasting, you can follow #GrilledCheeseYVR on social media to experience the feast with your eyes.

The participating restaurants in the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Challenge are;


Dunn’s Famous, 827 Seymour Street
Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC
Instagram: @DunnsFamousBC

La Grotta Del Formaggio, 1791 Commercial Drive
Twitter: @LaGrottaDelForm

The Drive Coffee Bar, 1670 Commercial Drive
Twitter: @TheDriveCoffee
Intagram: @TheDriveCoffee

Melt City Food Truck, location varies
Twitter: @meltcitygc
Instagram: @meltcity


West Village Cafe, #160 – 5620 152nd Street
Instagram: @west_village_cafe_

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Releases 2017 Line-up

The inaugural Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is set to take place at The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.

“Just as The ACT Arts Centre’s ‘ACT Presents’ performance series is designed to introduce new Canadian and BC talent to our audiences, the ‘Festival of BC Film’ has been created to bring more attention and access to the work of BC filmmakers,” says Executive and Artistic Director, Lindy Sisson.

John Wittmayer, owner of The Ridge Film Studios states, “This festival aims to raise the profile of films made in British Columbia, and supporting the awareness of the amazing talent that this province has to offer is truly something to be proud of.”

The Festival runs from Friday, March 17 to Sunday March 19, 2017 and features the following six shorts and six feature films over the course of three days;

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at 8:00pm

Feature Film: Numb
Director: Jason R. Goode

Short: Anxious Oswald Greene
Director: Marshall Axani

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Fractured Land
Directors: Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher

Short: Counter Act
Directors: Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Nathan Affolter, & Thomas Affolter

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Black Fly
Director: Jason Borque

Short: The Timekeeper
Director: Scott Weber

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 2:00pm

Feature Film: The Wingman
Director: Jim Garrison



Short: I Wanna Date U
Director: Lisa Ovies

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Lawrence and Holloman
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk

Short: Monster
Director: Deborah Burns

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Into the Forest
Director: Patricia Rozema

Short: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk

Tickets for the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film start at $11 for single films.  Tickets, trailers and details are available on the Festival website

JFL Northwest 2017 brings the laughs

Starting today until February 25,  JFL NorthWest 2017 comedy festival returns to Vancouver stages for a second year.

Sarah Silverman

World renowned names in comedy like Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia and more share the stages with the the “Best of the West” local laughter makers.

High-profile female comics bookend JFL NorthWest, with “Last Comic Standing” alum Iliza at The Vogue on February 17th and Sarah Silverman at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 25th. “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah takes The Queen E stage for two shows on February 23rd while “Undateable” star Chris D’Elia is at The Vogue February 24th.  In between are dozens of shows at venues all around the city. JFL NorthWest is not all stand-up either, with magic from “America’s Got Talent” standout Piff The Magic Dragon, a live episode of Game Grumps, or Comedy Short Shorts a comedy short film showcase, all providing a variety of entertainment for the Festival.


Trevor Noah

Tickets for JFL NorthWest are on sale now at, with prices starting at just $10 there’s no excuse to find some laughter this month.

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