2019 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Blooms

CherryBlossoms

The 2019 Vancouver Cherry  Blossom Festival blossoms from April 4th to April 28th, highlighting the city’s vibrant colourful cherry trees. 

This year’s record cold February gave way to some record warmth for the start of spring and now the city’s Cherry trees are coming into bloom to welcome the new season.

Once again the Festival kicks off with the Cherry Jam, a free concert on April 4th, at the Burrard Station concourse. A festival atmosphere, the event features music by Zimbamoto, Katari Taiko, NoriNori & Kage, MNGWA as well as readings by the 2018 Haiku Invitational winners.

April 27th finds the Festival coming to a close with Big Sing, a free choral event that invites choirs and individuals to join the new free event for an uplifting and exhilarating public experience. Rehearsals for the Big Sing take place throughout the month around Metro Vancouver. 

In the midst of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Days Japanese Fair at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (admission ticket required) returns April 13th and 914h.  The popular event invites the public to enjoy Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremonies, Food, Sake, Haiku readings and Tree Talks and Walks through the gardens to soak up the beautiful blossoms all around the gardens.

Other community events during the Cherry Blossom Festival include; Haiku Invitational writing competition and Haiku workshop, The Big Picnic in Queen Elizabeth Park April 13th, BC Blossom Photo Watch, Bike The Blossoms on April 27th, Lantern Workshops.

Another highlight outside of the official Festival dates is the Sakura Night Gala at Stanley Park Pavilion on May 5th. The gala fundraiser celebrating Vancouver’s top chef’s with an asian influenced menu. 

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs all over the city from April 4th to April 28th, 2019 visit vcbf.ca for the full line-up of activities.  Follow the Festival hashtag  #vancherryblossomfest  on social media to find out what others are exploring during the Festival

The Dance Centre presents Sons of Sissy

Sons of Sissy

The Dance Centre presents the penultimate show in the 2018-19 Global Dance Connections series, Simon Mayer’s Sons of Sissy, April 4th to 8th.  The Austrian choreographer has created a deconstruction of traditional folk dances and music of the Alps, as well as masculine stereotypes. Four virtuosic male performers deploy their bodies, voices and instruments with skill, stamina and impeccable timing. The choreography breaks down Austrian dances and music to set the dancers free from convention and masculine stereotypes. Part weird folk music quartet, part experimentally playful ritual dance combo, the Sons of Sissy present a funny and touching take on their heritage and their masculinity. This creation by Simon Mayer, an Austrian performer, musician, and one of Europe’s most exciting and original young choreographers, premiered in 2015, and continues to tour internationally: this performance at The Dance Centre in Vancouver will be the Canadian premiere.

Simon Mayer’s Sons of Sissy plays at The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, from April 4 to 8, 2019, with an artists talk-back on April 5th.
For details and ticket information visit thedancecentre.ca
Note: the performance includes nudity.

Picks of the Week – March 20, 2019

Finally, Spring has arrived, with record breaking temperatures this week to wake us from our Winter slumber and get out and enjoy these picks of the week.

Conduct: The Gateway Theatre spring production, Gross Misconduct, tackles the topics related to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, running until March 23rd.

Blooms: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31

Diva: If you missed it last night at the Chan Centre but you’re in Victoria tonight, catch Piaf! The Show, a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf as performed by Anne Carrere at The Royal Theatre

Mclaren Senna

Cars: Does spring make you want to drop the top on a convertible and get out on the road in a new car? Find out what’s new on four wheels at the Vancouver International Auto Show, on until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival keep the city moving as it brings world of dance to stages around town until March 30th.

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Composer: The 2019 Sonic Boom Festival brings four days of new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by some of the province’s most talented musicians at Pyatt Hall and Orpheum Annex March 21 – 24

Musical: Until Saturday, you can stumble outta bed and head to The Blueshore at CapU to catch 9 to 5: the Musical, Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of the 80s film.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Chrissie Hall

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Francophone: Festival du Bois celebrates its 30th year of bringing francophone and French Canadian music and culture to BC audiences. Running from March 22-24, open to all ages at Mackin Park, Maillardville, Coquitlam

Puppet: The Cultch brings Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.’s Multiple Organism to the Vancity Culture Lab March 19-30, with nudity, projections, puppetry original music, and more to this eclectic work

Pucks: As the end of the season draws near, Vancouver Canucks play host to Ottawa tonight and Calgary on Saturday at Rogers Arena

DanceHouse Explores The Garden of Earthly Delights

DanceHouse welcomed Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard to the Vancouver Playhouse March 15 & 16, to present Hieronymus Bosch : The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Commissioned by the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation to celebration the artist’s 2016 quincentennial, the work is based on Bosch’s triptych : The Garden of Earthly Delights. Presented in three acts, representing the three panels of the artwork; The Garden Of Delights, Hell and Paradise. The characters in the painting come to life as the dancers, start in the poses portrayed in the artwork, before setting off on a creative journey in dance.

In the Speaking of Dance, pre-show talk, guest Annie Gagnon (rehearsal director) stated that the dancers are given some creative license to make their own connecting movements between the choreographed set pieces opening up the possibility that each performance is slightly different. Knowing this makes the Garden of Earthly Delights feel extra spontaneous with the organic connections between the structured poses and synchronized group work. With the erratic, and near-violent work of Act II:Hell bookended by the ethereal and tranquil Act I: The Garden of Delights & Act III: Paradise, all three acts work nicely together and as stand alone pieces. Compagnie Marei Chouinard’s Hieronymus Bosch : The Garden of Earthly Delights, like the artwork it’s based on, is indeed a work of art.

DanceHouse next brings US company, MOMIX with Viva MOMIX to the Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, on April 12 & 13, 2019.

Hot Brown Honey Keeps The Hive Buzzing

Australian based Hot Brown Honey returned to The Cultch York Theatre building on the buzz from last year’s visit.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Chrissie Hall

The Honeys; Kim ‘Busty Beatz – The Queen Bee’ Bowers, Lisa Fa’alafi ‘The Game Changer’ , Ofa Fotu ‘The Myth Slayer’, Hope Haami ‘Hope One The Beatboxer’, Elena Wangurra ‘The Truth Sayer’, Crystal Stacey ‘The Peace Maker’ throwdown a one of a kind performance.

Hot Brown Honey is hard to define to one genre, The Honeys bring a hip-hop concert, burlesque, circus, theatre, comedy and politics to The Hive. Once the audience enters the theatre, it’s clear that something special is about to happen. With hip hop music playing the six performers are amongst the audience, dancing and interacting, as they take their seats. The Honeys instantly bond with the audience, easing them into what’s about to happen.

Hot Brown Honey – Childcare

Throughout the show they break the fourth wall to involve the audience, whether including them in dance or, like me, holding on to one of their ‘babies’ for the show, because a “revolution doesn’t happen without childcare”. Politics, indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights are amongst the themes but presented in such a way that doesn’t slap you in the face but gets the point across with much laughter, excitement, emotions and empowerment. Opening night, was dedicated to Christchurch, NZ which had just suffered a terror act on mosque that same day.

As Hot Brown Honey defies description so it’s best to be seen in person. You have until March 30th to catch The Honey’s in action at York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive. Visit thecultch.com for details and tickets.

5 Picks To Watch For At Vancouver International Auto Show 2019.

Buckle up, the 2019 Vancouver International Auto Show is revving up its engines and ready to roll into town. Next week, the Vancouver Convention Centre West is taken over by all things related to automobiles.

With more than 400 vehicles on display, and thousands of visitors coming to see what’s new and next in the auto industry, the Vancouver Auto Show is Western Canada’s best attended and one of North America’s premier shows. Whether you spend your visit reminiscing with the classic and collectible cars, dreaming about the vehicle debuts and concept cars planned for the market soon, or taking a EV test drive, the organizers of the 99th edition have plenty lined up for your experience. Here’s just a few of the vehicles to look out for this year.

Van of Hope

A 1980 Ford Econoline Van is not the usual static display at an auto show but for Canadian’s of a certain age, the Van of Hope will certainly bring back emotions as it’s the vehicle that supported Terry Fox during his Marathon of Hope in 1980

Hoonicorn

The world famous Hoonicorn, the heavy modified 1965 Mustang Drift car is making its Canadian debut in Vancouver

Jaguar I-PACE

The all new Jaguar I-PACE is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), described as the world’s smartest five-seater sports car.

FELINO cB7

The FELINO cB7 supercar made in Canada and designed by Canadian racing driver Antoine Bessette

McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna supercar is making its western Canadian debut, and one of only 500 models built, named in honour of the late great Brazilian McLaren Formula One driver Ayrton Senna

The Vancouver International Auto Show takes over the Vancouver Convention Centre East from March 19 – 24, 2019. Visit vancouverinternationalautoshow.com for details and tickets

Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.