Shoot hoops with Pistol Shrimps & DoXa Festival

This week, DOXA Documentary Film Festival presented their 2nd Annual Free Outdoor Screening at Robson Square.  “Pistol Shrimps” was a fan favourite during the 2016 DOXA Festival and the screening on Wednesday brought the film to even more fans. To get the audience in the bball mood, early arriving spectators were treated to a display of basketball skills by the UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Basketball Team before the film started

Pistol 1Canadian filmmaker Brent Hodge’s documentary follows the Pistol Shrimps, a women’s intramural basketball team in Los Angeles.  A ragtag group of women have come together to revive the women’s recreational league in LA and come away with new skills, new friends and new confidence.  The Pistol Shrimps include musicians, comediennes, writers, and actresses, like Audrey Plaza, with little or no basketball skills but with a great love of the game and competition.  For some it’s a return to team sports they played in high school, for others it’s a chance to have a team experience they missed out on through their childhood.  For most it’s an opportunity to gain genuine female camaraderie that is lacking in Los Angeles especially in the entertainment industry.

Humour plays throughout the film but the players take their sport and the Pistol Shrimps with complete seriousness.  While it’s a funny film, the director never plays the subjects for laughs, instead telling a true tale of a group of naturally funny women playing on a serious team.

If you get the chance to catch the film at a festival near you, jump at the chance! Watch for more DOXA Screenings throughout the year leading up to the 2017 Festival May 4 – 14, 2017.



Americas Masters Games 2016

AMGames2016Are you suffering from withdrawals from the Rio 2016 Olympic coverage? Why not get a taste of world class athletics right here in your own backyard with the inaugural Americas Masters Games – Vancouver 2016.

Thousands of athletes plus their families will be descending upon Vancouver from August 26 to September 4, 2016 for 9 days of sport competition.  Keep your eye open and you may even see a former Olympian or Commonwealth Games athletes on the field of play or on the streets around the city.
Themed ‘Sport Without Limits’, these are the inaugural Masters Games for the Pan-American region, designed to complement the World Masters Games by creating a regular opportunity for Masters athletes (30 years +) to compete in the North, South or Central America region.  Unlike other multi-sport competition, in the Americas Masters Games athletes compete as individuals, not for a county.  Team sports may include competitors from different regions and they may have just come together for these games, just for the love of their sport.

With competition venues clustered around the city; UBC, Hillcrest and Convention Centre and a nightly free public entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza there’s plenty of opportunity for the public to take advantage of the sporting spectacle.  Opening Ceremonies take place this Saturday evening, August 27, 2016 at 7pm at Jack Poole Plaza, your first chance to welcome the athletes to Vancouver’s inaugural Americas Masters Games.  Closing Ceremonies take place September 4th.

Follow @AMGames2016 on Twitter and to keep up to date with the activities and events.

Picks of the Week – August 24, 2016

As we reach the final stretch of the summer holidays, the city’s filled with activities and entertainment to make that final lead up to Labour Day long weekend.

tastingplates_WEEat: Tonight, take a flavourful tour around the West End, with Tasting Plates West End edition.

Docs: Enjoy a free DOXA Summer Screening of the Festival fave “Pistol Shrimps” tonight at Robson Square.

Duo: Tonight Rogers Arena welcomes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas’s Future Now: The Tour with opening act Mike Posner to the stage

Indie: You won’t get mad when you catch American pop / soul group Fitz and The Tantrums onstage at the Vogue Theatre tonight.

Movie: Take a gamble on Casino Royale, the Wednesday night outdoor movie at Lansdowne Centre Starlight Cinema, watch from your car, drive-in style, or bring a lawn chair and watch al fresco

Ivories: Drink, Sing, Laugh at XYYVR with Keys Piano Bar & Live Showtunes on Wednesday night

Hollaback: Thursday at Rogers Arena, Gwen Stefani brings her This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour to Vancouver

Broadway: Come say Hello as Broadway Across Canada presents the Book of Mormon at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until September 4th.

Bamboleo: The famed French act Gipsy Kings bring their energetic latin pop music to the Vogue Theatre on Friday night.

Tops: From Toronto to Vancouver for one night only SkankTop XYYVR Edition brings DJs SPRLVR and Michael K to the turntables for a Friday night of drink specials, dancing and tank tops galore

Games: Saturday night is the opening ceremony of the inaugural Americas Masters Games, the Vancouver games welcome Masters (30 years +) athletes from all around the Americas to compete until September 4th

Fair:  The Fair at The PNE packs Hastings Park with entertainment all day and into the night with Summer Night Concerts nightly until September 5th.

Fight: Saturday night is Fight Night as UFC returns to Vancouver for a bout in the octogon at Rogers Arena.

ONYX: XYYVR’s signature night, ONYX, has DJ Dom Top and Teayana providing your Saturday night entertainment.

WildBoys: Sunday night, Duran Duran brings their Paper Gods tour to Rogers Arena with opening act Chic with Niles Rogers.

Drag: Sunday night, Katy Hairy presents StickyNSweet Drag Show at Displace Hashery in Kits featuring a plethora of Vancouver’s best performers

Tasting Plates Port Moody coming Sept 21st

tastingplate_PortMoody_Celebrate the start of autumn with a delicious trip along Burrard Inlet for Tasting Plates Port Moody on September 21, 2016. If you’re like me, a visit to Port Moody will be an exploration of what the waterfront city has to offer.

Tasting Plates Port Moody brings together a collection of restaurants and breweries to put their good foot forward, providing a tasting plate and cup to impress.  Grab your foodie friends & family, check in at Gabi & Jules bakery to register and collect your Tasting Plates card, then set off on your flavourful journey around Port Moody.

Tasting Plates Port Moody runs from 6pm to 9:30pm, registration is open from 6pm – 7:15pm at Gabi & Jules.
Early Bird Tickets for Tasting Plates Port Moody are on sale now for $33 / person (until August 31). After August 31st, prices rise to $45 advance tickets and then $60 from September 18th.

Ticket prices include your tasting plate or tasting cup from the participating restaurants, including;

Gabi & Jules,  2302B Clarke Street
Twitter: @gabiandjules

The Parkside Brewery, 2731 Murray Street
Twitter: @ParksideBrewery

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, 2801 St Johns Street
Twitter @Spacca_NapoliPM

Moody Ales, 2601 Murray Street
Twitter: @MoodyAles

Rocky Point Ice Cream, 2800 Murray St
Twitter: @RPIceCream

Meat Craft Urban Butchery, 114 Moody Street
Twitter: @MeatcraftPM

Buy your tickets now on Eventbrite

CBC Wraps Up Rio 2016 in a most Canadian way

Last night, the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics came to a close.  Team Canada came away with one of the most successful Games ever, matching their highest medal count (in a non-boycotted Games) with 22 Gold, Silver & Bronze.

While some sports excelled and exceeded expectations, Aquatics & Athletics, some faltered from the previous achievements, Rowing & Kayak.  Women took great strides to lead Team Canada with 84% of the medals, boosted by the Bronze medals performances of the Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens and Soccer teams.  Some athletes became household names, Penny Oleksiak & Andre de Grasse to name but two.  Records were broken, even by our many fourth place finishers, showing the depth of competition in these Games.

During this show of athletic prowess, Canadian all across the world took a break on Saturday night as CBC broadcast the final Tragically Hip concert from Kingston. The Tragically Hip : A National Celebration was watched by an estimated 11.7 millions people.
To wrap up the Rio 2016 Games, CBC combined these two events with a touching montage of Games highlights set to “Ahead By A Century”.

With many of the Team Canada members being relatively young, the future looks bright for Tokyo 2020.

Friday Find:

This week, PocketLIVE, a new digital broadcast platform was launched.  The Vancouver based live broadcasting site has curated a diverse group of talent who share their talents and lives with an appreciative audience.

pocketLIVEEven though the site is only days old, the broadcasters are already filling the channels with content.  Lifestyle & Wellbeing, Performing Arts, Fashion & Makeup, Education & Opinion, Visual Arts, and Music are current categories viewers will find to watch.  Browse the categories to find Broadcasters, follow them to see when their next live or check for their next scheduled broadcast.  Your favourites build your feed so you’re watching your own interests and friends. Once you’re watching, chat with the broadcasters and other viewers to make PocketLIVE truly interactive broadcasting.

A couple of people I’ve watched so far are my friend Josh Rimer‘s daily broadcasts as he tries new things – Friday’s it’s cocktails, activist/writer/fitness coach Chad reading from his book – Enjoy the Journey: a Tale of a Backpacker.

The first 1000 people to sign up to pocketLIVE get 1000 coins which can be used to reward the broadcasters to help them on their journeys.  So sign-up, tune-in to pockeLIVE and who knows what interesting stories and people you’ll discover along the way.

Where to watch The Tragically Hip Final Concert

Unless you’ve been out of the country this year, there’s a good chance you’re aware that The Tragically Hip are on their final tour. Due to lead singer Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis, this is presumed to be the last time the Canadian icons will be on stage (at least with this line-up)

The Man Machine Poem Tour wraps up on Saturday, August 20th in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.  While much has been made of the number of fans unable to get tickets to their cross Canada tour, the CBC is bringing the band to the fans. The national broadcaster will televise and stream the final show for the whole country to enjoy.

In an effort to allow the fans the shared concert experience a number of venues around town will be showing The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration live.  Most are free or by donation entry, here’s a few of the locations that have availability or advise to keep watch for more to possibly be released prior to event:

The Imperial: tickets by donation with proceeds going to The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, doors open 4:30pm

The Park Theatre: tickets only available from theatre box office, Canadian Cancer Society will be on hand collect donations.

Hip_NationalCelebrationThe Woodwards Building Atrium:  register for limited tickets available on Eventbrite presented by Westbank

West Vancouver Community Centre Atrium: first come first served , Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon will be on hand collect donations.

Columbia stEAT Food Truck Fest: the free New Westminster Food Truck Festival runs 4pm – 10pm, attendees are welcome to watch The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration on Columbia Street

River Rock Show Theatre: (sold out, check back for late release) Fan Pre-Party from noon – 4:30pm at Curve Patio, with Radically Hip cover band.  Doors to theatre open at 5pm for ticketholders.

Commodore Ballroom: (sold out, check back for late release) Doors 4:30pm for ticketholders

Your House: If you don’t go out, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will be broadcast on CBC Television, (5:30pm Pacific Time) as well as airing on CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, and CBC’s YouTube channels

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