The Forbidden City at Vancouver Art Gallery

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, is now open at the Vancouver Art Gallery and on view until January 11, 2015.

The exhibition brings together 5 centuries of Chinese culture; paintings, ceramics, jewelry, metalware, textiles and cultural artifacts, curated from Beijing’s Palace Museum.

Throughout the main floor of the Gallery, guests are taken through key sections of the daily life of The Forbidden City. From the grand entrance, through the throne room, clothing, servants, dining and battle are all represented.  The artifacts are not only culturally significant but artistically stunning and intricate. With historic information added to the displays for relevance, the whole exhibit is as educational as beautiful.

With so many items on display, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors is worth an extended visit or maybe two.

Strongbody Apparel gives your workout a Kickstarter

Pulse Elite Tee Strongbody Vancouver activewear company, Strongbody Apparel has launched a Kickstarter campaign to spread the word on their innovative, stylish performance wear.
Engineered for style and function, to appeal to today’s active lifestyle.  Strongbody Apparel’s technologically advanced activewear incorporate nanotechnology from the ocean with a secret ingredient, Chitosan, derived from crab and shrimp shells and provides an antibacterial, bio-friendly technology. This innovative treatment keeps Strongbody Apparel’s products stay smelling fresh, hygienic and odor free.

SBA - Detail Shot- Performance SHortStrongbody has created an aesthetic to suit your whole day, from working out to hanging out; instead of bright, flashy, and overly branded activewear, Strongbody Apparel features a clean and sleek look that goes with everything or looks great on its own.  Strategic ventilation, and body mapped panels play double duty by adding performance fit and function, while offering flattering silhouettes. Every detail has been carefully adjusted to work with the mechanics of the body, and enable you to perform in your top condition. Moisture wicking technology works in harmony to deliver performance apparel with a great, understated look.

“We believe that activewear should perform, look great, and be good for the world,” says Meghan Conyers, CEO and Co-Founder of Strongbody Apparel. “We realized that men’s activewear is falling short, and is an industry ripe for disruption. We have developed a range that is designed for performance, and looks great in and out of the gym.”

The Co-Founders Meghan Conyers and Quincy Samycia have spent over two years researching and developing their products and now are ready to show the world via their now underway Kickstarter.

SBATake a look at their line and get some great offers on their made-in-Vancouver gear.  In addition to helping kickstart a great local enterprise you can feel good about your purchase in supporting Strongbody’s “Buy One Feed One” initiative supporting the World Food Program.

Find out more about Strongbody Apparel online and get shopping and looking great now.

Music Creates Opportunity at The Cultch

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. how one presents him or her self to the world.

MusicCreatesOpportunityThere was plenty of swagger in last night’s opening performance of Music Creates Opportunity at The Cultch.  The Bboyizm Dance Company show is a tour de force of dance, mainly hip hop, with elements of contemporary, jazz, african and more.  Crazy Smooth (Yvon Soglo) leads his crew of 6 other dancers on a near wordless journey demonstrating the unifying joy and expression achieved through the universal language of music and rhythm.

The 60 minute performance flies by as the series of songs and dances effortlessly flow together, but from the sweat flying off the dancers it’s far from effortless on their part.   Wary The Warrior (El Houari Si Abdelkader) told me in the after-show reception that each night of the show is slightly different as only about 80% is choreographed, allowing for the remaining segments to be freestyled to show the individual dancers’ personalities.

Music Creates Opportunity plays until October 26th at The Cultch, Historic Theatre at 1895 Venebles Street (at Victoria).

Follow @TheCultch and @BBoyizmCompany on Twitter to follow the show and watch the teaser video to whet your appetite for Music Creates Opportunity

Picks of the Week – October 22, 2014

Halloween is sneaking up on us, it’s lurking just around the corner but there’s still a lot of other activities and fun to see and do in the city without putting on a costume or trick-or-treating. The Picks of the Week include:

Writers: the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is underway with hundreds of events centered around Granville Island until October 26th

Candlelight: Tonight, turn of the lights for a romantic Candlelight Dinner, BC Hydro’s annual lights-out night at restaurants around the province. Check out discounts and special offers.

Gig: Portland’s Blitzen Trapper is sure to fill the house when they take the stage at The Biltmore Cabaret tonight, October 22nd

Concert: Kodaline, bring their Irish rock to the Commodore Ballroom tonight

Play: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s newest play, Saint Joan, opens Thursday October 23rd running until November 23rd.

Singer: Bringing his irresistible pop, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz plays to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night.

Vogue: Grammy award winning singer, Patty Griffin, supports her latest release “American Kid” at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday evening.

Jane: Thursday, head to 303 Columbia and take a step into Jane’s Dreamhouse with Jane Smokr, a poptastic, bubblegum, 90’s evening of fun and fivolity.

Event: Friday night, sees The Airborne Toxic Event playing The Commodore Ballroom

Electro: Saturday night’s alright (for dancing) when electro-pop duo Chromeo bring their upbeat beats to the Vogue Theatre.

Finale: The Whitecaps play their final match of the regular season, with a playoff berth at stake, when they take on Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Legend: Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot, plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday night.

Hell: Start your Halloween early with Vancouver Pride Society’s The Haunting II: Dragged to Hell party at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

Pucks: Can the Canucks rebound from a loss to regain their winning start to the season? Find out Sunday at Rogers Arena against Washington Capitals.

Vancouver International Writer’s Festival 2014

viwfThe next six days will be filled with literary brilliance as the 2014 Vancouver International Writer’s Festival fills the city with events.

Centered around Granville Island the Festival kicks of today and funds until October 26th. Now in its 27th year, the Festival celebrates the story, through a series to readings, workshops, presentations and more featuring authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists from around the world.  Find events with James Ellroy from the US, William Gibsons from BC, Miriam Toews from Quebec, Anne Kennedy from New Zealand, Karl Ove Knausgaard from Norway and many more.

The festival’s events bring together readers and writers of all backgrounds with something for adults, children, educators and anyone who enjoys the written word.

The full festival schedule and tickets are available now at

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

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