Access To Music Foundation AGM & Celebration

AtoMFoundationAccess to Music Foundation is a local foundation dedicated to providing BC’s children and youth with the tools to develop critical and analytical skills, self- esteem, and academic achievement through music education. Tomorrow, Access to Music Foundation (AtoM) is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at CBC Vancouver’s Studio 700.   Keynote speaker Canadian musician & Senator Tommy Banks is scheduled to address the event which begins at 6:30pm.  The AGM is open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization, voting requires paid membership to the Foundation.

In addition to his keynote at the AGM, Senator Banks is selected school’s music programs, to see the impact that Access to Music has had upon local students.

On Wednesday night, October 22nd, AtoM is hosting a special night to honour Senator Tommy Banks Night at Vancouver’s FanClub, featuring a selection of stellar BC artists performing and hosted by Vicki Gabereau and Terry David Mulligan. In addition to honouring Senator Banks, the evening also aims to raise funds,for AtoM Foundation’s instrument and mentorship programs, through ticket sales and donations to the organization. The evening’s live music line-up celebrates Access to Music’s diversity, and features a range of genres from jazz to world music, and country to rock ‘n roll, like The Matinee, Jim Byrnes, Sister Says, Kylee Epp and many more.

The Access to Music AGM takes place Tuesday October 21 at CBC Studios, 700 Hamilton Street.
Doors 6pm.
Admission: free but voting requires paid membership.

The Access to Music Foundation Senator Tommy Banks Night takes place Wednesday October 22 at Vancouver FanClub, 1050 Granville Street, Vancouver
Doors: 7:00pm
General Admission Tickets $25, VIP Tickets $70 (incl. reserved seating and complimentary hors d’oeuvres)

Hops to it at Harrison Beer Festival.

HarrisonOktoberfestThe third annual Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance happen in the hamlet of Harrison Hot Springs, on October 24 & 25, 2014.

Three events are spread across the two night fest; Cask Night on Friday and the Beer Festival and Dance on Saturday.

Cask Night sees six BC craft breweries; Old Yale Brewery, Dead Frog Brewery, Four Winds Brewing, Cannery Brewing Company, Red Truck Beer Company & Scandal Brewing Company putting their casks head to head in friendly competition.

The Beer Festival welcomes 23 breweries, each presenting 3-4 different beers, 70 beers in total, for sampling by the festival patrons.  That evening join in the fun at the traditional Oktobefest Dance, featuring Bavarian style beer on tap and the Oktoberfest Band will make sure you polka into the night.

Harrison Beer Festival Tickets are on sale online and start at just $18 for Cask Night or $60 for all three events. Food will be available at each event for $3.00 per item. Book one of Harrison Hot Springs‘ many hotels or inns to make it a weekend getaway

Taste Of Yaletown is underway!

PrintFor the next two weeks, October 16 – 30, many of Yaletown’s restaurant will be welcoming patrons to the 10th annual Taste of Yaletown.

Yaletown chefs will be creating unique menus, special tastings, and their own creative innovations for the Taste of Yaletown fixed prices of $25, $35 & $45.  Menus can have any combination of food and drink pairings or tastings.

Taste of Yaletown Menus are listed now so if you haven’t already, make your reservations to ensure you don’t miss out on the seating you’re hoping for.

Tasting Plates Yaletown – Recap

The rain broke just in time on Wednesday, for a few hundred food enthusiasts to descend upon Yaletown for another great Tasting Plates event.

As with all Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, tasters check-in, this time at Bella Gelateria Yaletown, to receive their Tasting Plates card then take off on a tour of the neighbourhood to see what tastes are offered.

Starting with Bella Gelateria, tasters experienced the flavours of Italy with a tasting plate including Bruschetta (topped with local tomatoes, Dior do latte, olive tapenade & honey balsamic drizzle), Pizza Margherita, Tiramisu and a choice of gelato (Chocolate Nutella, was my choice). I also added a blood orange sorbeto Cagliari Italian Soda to finish off the Italian experience.

Then over to Romer Burger for a chef’s sampler Tasting Plate from their new happy hour menu of Sliders, Calamari, Chili Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Fish & Chips, Spicy Wings with sides of House Cooked Chips, Truffle Popcorn and Fried Pickles.

Over on Homer Street were two sweet locations

Ganache Patisserie offered some sweet bites of their Blanc Frasier Cake, Chocolate Velouté Cake and Parisian Pastries of a Coffee Macaron, Raspberry & Mango Pate de Fruit and Vanilla Vacherin.

Then across the street at Xoxolate the world class chocolatiers presented Cardamom Creme Brule, The BTO (Bacon, Tomato & Olive) House Blended Chocolate and Hot Drinking Chocolate

On Davie Street, at the soon to open, Krocodile Pear Juice Bar we had a tasting jar of Cold Pressed Organic Green Juice including Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Romaine, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon & Ginger.

Krocodile Pear shared their space with Nourished Van who offered tasting plates of Thai Quinoa Salad topped with Spiced Roasted Chickpeas and Local Hazelnuts.

Also on site, Elarose Chocolate presented a taste of their Raw, Ecuadorian Heirloom Chocolate.

If this sounds like a tasty treat to you, join in the next Vancouver Foodster events; Coffee Crawl on November 22nd

Picks of the Week – October 15, 2014

Mid-October already, Thanksgiving has past and Halloween is just around the corner. Today’s Picks of the Week include:

Foodies: Vancouver Foodster takes tasters on a tour of Yaletown with Tasting Plates tonight.

Singer: LA based Banks returns to Vancouver for a show at Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday night

Rap: East Coast rapper, NAS brings beats to the Vogue Theatre on Thursday evening

Gig: Indie Artist Robert Francis plays the Electric Owl Thursday night

Dance: Thursdays mean it’s time for Liberace at Celebrities to get your weekday dance on.

Pop-Up: The third edition of the Guerrilla Gay Bar is set to pop-up somewhere downtown on Friday evening, keep watching the event listing for the location.

Stage: Love, lust and revolution are the themes of Blue Box, a play onstage at The Arts Club Revue Stage

Gambler: Country legend Kenny Rogers is sure to have the audience singing along to his major hits when he plays the River Rock Show Theatre on Friday night.

Pucks: Saturday night is hockey night as the Canucks take on Tampa Bay at Rogers Arena

Record Release: Join up and coming singer/songwriter, Juniper Watters for an EP release show at Media Club on Saturday evening.

Drag: The theme is Horror as cosplay and drag queens take to the stage at Rio Theatre for the monthly spectacular, Showgurlz

Concert: Spend an evening with, Canadian favourites, Sloan at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

Cherry: Another monthly show happens at the Fox Cabaret as Cherry Pop : The Revue combines burlesque, drag and more.

Brunch at Morocco West

Located just off Robson Street, on Jervis Street, in Vancouver’s West End, Morocco West takes patrons’ taste buds on a trip.

While any meal is great at the small bistro, brunch is a brilliant combination of exotic flavours and comfortable plates. Benedict, omelette, scrambled eggs, flatbread all sound familiar but Chef Nourdine Majdoubi adds his own unique flavour and flair to elevate the dishes to achieve Morocco West’s standards.

Photo 2014-10-05, 12 33 46On our recent visit, a nice sunny autumn morning invited us to take advantage of Morocco West’s streetside patio for brunch.  After much deliberation and a recommendation from our friendly server, I decided to try Chef’s Signature Moroccan Benedict; free-range eggs, merguez sausage, hummus, paprika hollandaise. The dish is usually served with breakfast potatoes but I requested to change to their very flavourful Truffle Parmesan Fries.  Billy chose Moroccan Omelette; free-range eggs, mushrooms, cheddar cheese served with potatoes.MoroccoWest_omelette

Both dishes were perfectly satisfying for Sunday brunch as well as nicely prepared and presented.  The benedict’s poaches eggs were cooked just as I’d requested, with just enough yoke to dip the truffle fries into and mix with the paprika hollandaise. The omelette was soft but firmly cooked and the ample mushrooms with melted cheddar made the vegetarian dish plenty satisfying for the heartiest meat-eater.

A sunny day helps, but not required to enjoy a flavourful brunch at Morocco West.
Check it out for yourself at 795 Jervis Street. Phone: 604.563.8466
Follow them on Twitter @MoroccoWest and Instagram @MoroccoWestVancouver

Vancouver Theatresports Improv Comedy Institute

Vancouver Theatresports League has long been teaching people the power of laughter through improv and has now introduced the Improv Comedy Institute (ICI) to formalize your studies.

ICI classes start October 18th, with sessions on the core improv areas of Spontaneity, Story, Character and Environment. Each of the 8 hour courses, taken in order, develops skills learned in the prior class.  Follow-up and continue growing your skills with the Improv Gym, then move on to audition for the Rookie League and begin your career in Improv Comedy.

Improv Comedy Institute courses start at $129 per component, registration is open now at

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