Dine Out Festival & Van Foodster Brunch Crawls

Today’s the day Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2016 events go on sale.  Once again Vancouver Foodster has partnered with Dine Out Festival to present a series of neighbourhood Brunch Crawls.

Each weekend of the Dine Out Festival will see a different neighbourhood featured.  Saturdays and Sundays will be extra tasty as 6+ establishments welcome Brunch Crawlers. From tiny favourites to secret gems the Brunch Crawls bring food fans and friends together to find the essence of each ‘hood.

Each Brunch Crawl is $60 via Tickets Tonight
Purchase prior to December 31st, 2015 save $15 
Save more with a 3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

The Six Neighbourhoods are:

Start in Gastown

Gastown Brunch Crawl – January 16, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Prado Café at 100 West Hastings Street

Olympic Village Brunch Crawl – January 17, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Whole Foods, 510 West 8th Ave.

Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl – January 23, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street

North Van Brunch Crawl – January 24, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Lonsdale Quay Market at 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Yaletown Brunch Crawl – January 30, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Xoxolat at 1271 Homer Street

Dine your way to Main Street

Main Street Brunch Crawl – January 31, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at The Honey Shoppe at 4125 Main Street

If the participants step up like in past years, you’re in for a sensational brunch experience at any of the Dine Out Festival Brunch Crawls.

Darcy Oake – Edge of Reality

Last week, Illusionist Darcy Oake brought his Edge of Reality tour to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  The Canadian Oake came to international attention as a Britian’s Got Talent 2014 finalist and has parlayed that 5th place finish into an ITV special.  Since then the Edge of Reality tour has thrilled audiences across Britain and Canada.

The Winnipeg born Oake’s rock-star style and charisma lends a casual atmosphere to his show. In contrast to the overly polished, dramatic Vegas style shows, Oake presents his slight-of-hand as though he’s giving you the inside access to the illusion. From the simple card and coin tricks to brain-teasing audience participation to awe-inspiring life-threatening illusions, Edge of Reality has everything.  Throughout the show Oake amiably jokes and chats with the audience and shares personal stories about his father supporting his first forays into magic and the loss of his brother.

While some of the jokes are a bit off-colour, the Edge of Reality show has plenty to thrill every age, the youngsters at the Vancouver show didn’t seem to catch the adult humour.  Darcy Oake Edge of Reality Canadian tour concludes this week but it won’t be the last you’ll see from the illusionist.


Festive Friday Finds : Canyon Lights

The 10th annual Canyon Lights switch has been switched on at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. If you look up, down and all around you’ll be mesmerized by the thousands of lights surrounding you.

The centrepiece to Canyon Lights, the suspension bridge itself is aglow with light as visitors make the trek across the canyon. Watch for changing lights reflecting on the waters below or illuminations on the granite cliff face, both new features for 2015.  Spot the illuminated Snowy Owls as you venture around Treetops Adventures, Cliff Walk and the, 153 foot high (and growing), World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree.

Get warm in the Winter Pavilion, grab a hot chocolate, decorate a gingerbread cookie or make your own Christmas Card as you listen to the jolly holiday band. Remember to bring a camera to get a your holiday photo on the pavilion sleigh.  Before leaving, visit the Holiday shop, in the original log cabin Tea Room, to find some unique Holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Wandering Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a great way for the whole family to get in the festive spirit.

Canyon Lights run until January 3, 2016.  Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is open 11am until 9pm, with Canyon Lights Holiday activities starting at 4pm.
Capilano Suspension Bridge donates partial proceeds to BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.

It’s A Wonderful Life at The Arts Club

It's a wonderful life at The Arts Club“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings”, the iconic line from It’s A Wonderful Life is now being heard nightly at The Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage as the Holiday favourite returns to the stage until December 26th.

Frank Capra’s legendary film comes to life in a simple and imaginative staging that pays homage to the classic movie while keeping it fresh.  While the stripped down set keeps the focus on the story and cast, selected use of film clips in the background help to flesh out the iconic moments without resorting to grand sets and action.

The fine cast is lead by the charismatic Bob Frazer, as George Bailey, who provides the grounding and emotion of the story. His supportive wife, Mary, played by Jennifer Lines, shares the heart of the story as well as his life along with 4 children.  The supporting characters include the antagonist Mr Potter, curmudgeonly acted by Alec Willows and various friends and family filling out the townsfolk of Bedford Falls.  Watching over all of them is Vancouver theatre legend Bernard Cuffling as Clarence the Angel.  Through Clarence the audience is given the feeling of interaction as we watch along with him and reach into George’s Wonderful life through the Angel’s actions.

Experience It’s a Wonderful Life at The Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island Stage until December 26th.  A great Holiday outing for the whole family.

Picks of the Week – November 25, 2015

It’s the last week of November, American Thanksgiving has past the post and now the Holiday festivities come fast and furious in the picks of the week;

Skates:  Disney on Ice: Frozen will thrill the Disney fans in the family with 10 shows at The Pacific Coliseum November 25th to 29th.

Rock: Classic Prog-Rockers, King Crimson play two nights at The Vogue Theatre, Thursday and Friday night.

Christmas: The 6th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market continues the festive fun at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Cirque:  At Concord Pacific Place,  Cirque du Soleil Kooza continues until December 27th under the Grande Chapiteau

Markets: Find handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts at some of Vancouver’s Christmas markets this weekend. Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, Strathcona Winter Fair and Portobello West are all this weekend.

Magic: Awe-inspiring magician/illusionist Darcy Oake brings his Edge of Reality Tour to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday night.

Docs: Friday evening at CBC Studios, DOXA POP brings Andy Warhol style to the annual Doxa Documentary Film Festival Fundraiser

Super: Former Supertramp lead, Roger Hodgson brings the Breakfast in America tour to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Friday night before moving the show to River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday.

Play: Jane Smoker hosts Playboy a night of hip hop with Peach Cobblah, Sidney Claire and DJ Domtop spinning at XY Saturday

Musical:  The Arts Club Theatre’s A Christmas Story: The Musical and It’s a Wonderful Life bring you two nostalgic and entertaining evenings as the Holiday classics come to life through the holidays

Drag: Join the Queens in Kits when Katy Hairy hosts StickyNSweet, Kitsilano’s only Drag Show at Displace Hashery Sunday night

Tribute: Topping off a week with a lot of classic artists, Zappa Plays Zappa finds Dweezil Zappa leading a tribute to his father Frank’s music, at the Commodore on Sunday night.

Shop the Neighbourhood Nov 28, 2015

ShopTheNeighbourhood_2015-11-21, 23 56 50This Saturday, November 28th, take the pledge to Shop The Neighbourhood and save.

While we don’t traditionally have Black Friday in Canada, it hasn’t stopped many retailers from trying to cash in on the shopping phenomenon.  Where does that leave your beloved local shops without the marketing budgets or inventory to run mass market promotions?

Enter Yellow Pages’ Shop The Neighbourhood, a national initiative to encourage Canadians to shop local.  Instead of rushing to the mall or online for the best bargains from a national retailer, take a look at what’s in your ‘hood.   Download the YP Shop Wise app and on November 28th, find unique events and savings from local shops and service.  Take the pledge to shop local and share it on social media to show you care and value the contribution local businesses make to the economy.

After you’ve done your neighbourhood shopping, if you still want to hit up the national retailers, they’re on the Shopwise App too.

2015 American Music Awards winners

AMAsSunday night, the 43rd Annual American Music Awards were handed out at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Host Jennifer Lopez kicked off the star-studded night of music with a electrifying performance, hinting at what’s to come from her upcoming Las Vegas residency, singing a ballard version of “Waiting for Tonight” before an all-out dance to some of today’s top tunes .

J.Lo opened up the AMAs with a bang! credit: americanmusicawards.tumblr.com

The other acts performing during the ABC telecast included; 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Walk The Moon, Nick Jonas, Coldplay, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryant and more. Much talked about moment came when Meghan Trainor & Charlie Puth did indeed get it on, after they performed their hit “Marvin Gaye”.  Also Alanis Morrisette and Demi Lovato dueted on a special performance of “U Oughta Know”. The show also included a special performance by Celine Dion paid tribute to the recent attacks in Paris.
While the set list was clearly aimed at specific demographics, the awards covered all genre of music.

As determined by public & viewer votes The 2015 American Music Awards winners were:

Artist of the Year: One Direction

New Artist of the Year: Sam Hunt
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Ariana Grande
Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: One Direction
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Taylor Swift for 1989
Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan
Favorite Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Country Album: Florida Georgia Line for Anything Goes
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj for The Pinkprint
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Soul/R&B Album: The Weekend for Beauty Behind the Madness
Favorite Alternative Artist: Fall Out Boy
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias
Favorite EDM Artist: Calvin Harris
Song of the Year: Taylor Swift for Blank Space
Collaboration of the Year: Diplo, Skrillex and Justin Bieber for Where Are Ü Now
Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect 2

For all the details and behind the scenes visit theamas.com


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