CONTEST: Raise a Beer at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest

With summer still in full swing, it’s hard to start thinking about autumn but it will be here before we know it. Why not have something to look forward to, besides grey, wet weather? 

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest tickets are on sale now.  If you can’t make it to Germany, you can celebrate with #DasOriginal Oktoberfest right here in Vancouver.

For over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been hosting the city’s #DasOriginal Oktoberfest celebration.  Festivities take over the club for three consecutive weekends in October, Friday, October 4th, and Saturday, October 5th, Friday, October 11th, and Saturday, October 12th, plus Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Live music from The Continentals will encourage guests to kick up their heels and take a spin on the dancefloor. Get inspiration for your footwork and spins from Vancouver’s very own Schuhplattler dance group the “Alpen Plattlers”. 

New this year, Vancouver Alpen Club has also created a lunch and a dinner event, on October 25, designed to give corporate groups, team gatherings and business partners the chance to experience a real Oktoberfest atmosphere, paired with great networking opportunities. Inquiries about special group rates and to order tickets for this October 25th event can be emailed to events@vacbc.ca. If October 25th doesn’t work, Vancouver Alpen Club will also entertain email requests for alternate dates for corporate/group Oktoberfest events.

Traditional Bavarian cuisine is loaded on plates while mugs are filled with German ale.  To bring centuries of brewing history to the kegs, Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ visitors each day.

Oktoberfeast!

Tickets for the three Oktoberfest weekends at Vancouver Alpen Club are on sale now online at vacbc.ca/tickets.

Vancouver Alpen Club is kindly giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the Friday October 4th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including one food & beer voucher per person to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an Oktoberfest Buddy (1 entry) :

#CONTEST RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter http://ow.ly/VhDy50vwYpH #giveaway #dasoriginal

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Friday, August 30, 2019. 
One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

Help a Rainbow Refugee Resettle in Canada

As we head into Pride Weekend in Vancouver, we reflect on the privileges and freedoms afforded to Canadian citizens. While not perfect, they’re far better than many places around the globe, especially for those identifying as LGBTQ+. Rights have been extended in more and more countries but unfortunately, there are still at least 14 countries where homosexuality is legally punishable by death.

Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community organization supporting people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Since 2011, Rainbow Refugee Society has worked in partnership with the Federal government to direct a blended sponsorship program called the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP). This is a national project and Rainbow Refugee has the responsibility of working with its own Circles of Hope as well as other community organizations across Canada to sponsor LGBTQ+ asylum seekers.

The Rainbow Connection is one of the Circles of Hope hoping to supporting Rainbow Refugee. We are a group of friends, lead by Mr. Gay Canada 2019, working together to assist a LGBTQ+ person hoping to resettle in Canada. We are grateful to live in Canada and have the ability to live and love in a safe and supportive community. Supporting a person, presently living in an African refugee camp, whose life is in danger because of who they are is our way of sharing the benefits that we have through our citizenship and friendships.

We have set up a Canada Helps donation page to help raise funds online as well as raising offline funds to support our goal. Along with our knowledge and support, the money we raise will assist this Rainbow Refugee to set up a new life in Canada. It will go towards food, housing, transportation, personal health… anything and everything needed every day to live a full life.
We hope you will support us in this endeavour, any little bit you can contribute is greatly appreciated and if you cannot provide monetary support we ask that you share the donation page with your network.

Thank you!

Be Inspired by Iceland at Flyover Canada

The Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland. 

For a limited run, August 29 to October 20, be inspired by Iceland, the dramatic beauty of sweeping glaciers, stunning seascapes, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. The ancient Nordic land will impress your senses without having to leave downtown Vancouver. Suspended with your feet dangling in front of a 20 meter curved screen Flyover Iceland with swoop you over the lush landscapes. Feel the wind in your hair, mist against your skin, and your adrenaline spike as your senses are immersed in the experience.  

Flyover Iceland joins Flyover Canada starting August 29, 2019, showing twice per hour on the :15 and :45 of the hour. Guests can experience a double bill of Flyover Iceland with Flyover Canada on a dual tickets, saving 15% off of single tickets.

Flyover Canada is located at the North Point of Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. Shows commence approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours;  9:30am to 10pm. The total single show experience will take approximately 25 minutes.  Note: parts of the admission line-up are exposed to the elements so dress appropriately. Tickets are available from the street-side ticket office or online at flyovercanada.com

Picks of the Week – August 21, 2019

For kids, the last half of August is always the time to squeeze in as much fun as you can before heading back to school. As adults we can to take in as much fun as we want from these picks of the week.

Cinema: Vancouver Civic Theatres are presenting the last of the free outdoor Wednesday evening cinema screenings at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, tonight explore a whole new world, as Aladdin (2019) starts at dusk.

Movie: Downtown Vancouver presents the final free Wednesday night film of the summer tonight, see how the other half lives when Crazy Rich Asians is on at at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (formerly, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)

Waterfront: Thursday evenings, head to the North Point at Canada Place for Waterfront Cinema, this week watch Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse starting around 8:45pm

Poe: Until August 25th, Third Wheel Productions takes over The Cultch with a completely immersive theatre experience “Deep Into Darkness”, all 3 floors, 20 rooms, and 30,000 square feet of The Cultch will be transformed into a 19th-century Victorian world inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.

Stars: Catch the last few performances of the 2019 season of Theatre Under The Stars presenting the entertaining musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies on alternating nights

PNE Summer Nights Concerts

Fair: Summer’s biggest party, The Fair at The PNE bringing amusement, entertainment and fun for the whole family, and great Summer Night Concerts, until September 2nd.

Films: The 31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) runs until August 25th filling theatres with LGBTQ cinema from around the globe.

FlipFlopsThe Waste to Wonder exhibit at the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown, runs until September 8th, consisting of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each made from more than 6,500 recycled flip flops by Ocean Sole Africa.

Shakespeare In Love l-r: Chirag Naik, Jennifer Lines & Paul Moniz de Sá | Photo: Tim Matheson

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage and Coriolanus joins the line-up on the Howard Family Stage this week.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropology’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Pitches: The Vancouver Canadians host Salem-Kaizer for a 3 game home stand this weekend, including another fireworks extravaganza on Saturday

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

Blooms: The second Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs until September 15th, with a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing colour to the Fraser Valley community

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Orange: Saturday, Hamilton Tiger-Cats make a trip West to take on BC Lions at BC Place

Richmond World Festival brings the Globe to Minoru Park

The Richmond World Festival returns to Minoru Park on August 30-31, 2018. The annual, free family-friendly pubic festival brings two days of music, arts, culture, entertainment, and food from around the globe to the heart of Richmond.

Richmond World Festival Main Stage

Everyone will find something to enjoy at Richmond World Festival. A spectacular line-up of Canadian and international music acts can be found throughout the festival site includes a wide array of musical performers from near and far.  The Main Stage is headlined August 30th by the Juno-award winning, Bedouin Soundclash and on August 31st indie-rockers The Strumbellas take the stage. 

The Global Village Zone reflects Richmond’s multiculturalism, with crafts workshops and cultural expositions. The Global Village Stages welcomes multicultural acts from the world of dance, spoken word and more. Bamboo Theatre features the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society.  The new Cultural Pavilion Pod Pop-Ups will highlight national costumes to traditional dances of countries from around the world. Get away from the summer heat by heading to Antarctica Zone, located in Minoru Arena, to cool down with some free ice skating. 

Kids World

In Kids World young visitors with find plenty of hands-on activities. Face-painting and balloon artistry will keep things lively, plus a pop-up stage of special acts. In the nearby Richmond Public Library, there’ll also be an Imagination Stage where performers will include the popular Vancouver Puppet Theatre.

FEASTival of Flavours brings more than 60 vendors offering plenty of international flavours, in the largest gathering of food trucks in the Richmond World Festival’s history.  The Culinary Stage hosts local chefs demonstrating and introducing flavours from everywhere to your palate.  

FEASTival of Flavours

Between eating, dancing and listening to some great music, do a bit of shopping for unique and handmade wares in the Artisan Market.

For the full line-up and schedule of artists and performers, visit richmondworldfestival.com
Entry to Richmond World Festival is free of charge, with all activities taking place at Minoru Park and the adjacent Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza. The site is open Friday, August 30, 2019 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

Visit The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency

The public launch and first open house of the historic Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency on August 25, is the result of a campaign by grunt gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, and Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3) to revive the historic floating cabin at the Plaza of Nations in False Creek. 

The Blue Cabin in North Vancouver
pic: John Ward

Originally built in 1927 as a floating house in Coal Harbour, the Blue Cabin was re-located to North Vancouver for more than 80 years. Artists Al Neil and Carole Itter used the space as a studio from 1966 until their eviction in 2015, when the cabin’s site next to Cates Park was purchased by Polygon Homes. When the structure was scheduled for demolition, grunt gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, and C3 led a campaign to save, restore, and re-launch the cabin as a residency. Their success brought in artists Jeremy and Sus Borsos to repair the cabin and salvage its cultural history. In 2018, artist Germaine Koh and architect Marko Simcic were engaged to build a small 500-square-foot deckhouse; the energy-efficient structure features off-the-grid water and power systems.

The August 25 public launch will include the announcement of the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency’s first season of programming as well as tours of the facility, including the interiors of the Blue Cabin studio and the newly constructed sustainable deckhouse, every 15 minutes from 11:30am–5:30pm. Participants will be limited to 20 people per tour and will be first come, first served. Additional open house dates will be announced at the public launch. Mr. Bannock Indigenous Cuisine and Rico n’ Lalo All Natural Frozen Bars will be on-site serving food and refreshments.

Skeins: Weaving on the Foreshore features the following artists-in-residence:

  • Vicki Couzens (September 15–October 31, 2019)
  • Angela George (November 15, 2019–January 15, 2020)
  • Skwetsimeltxw Willard “Buddy” Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam Chief Janice George (February 15–March 31, 2020)
  • Debra Sparrow (April 15–May 31, 2020)
The Blue Cabin being relocated from near
Cates Park, North Vancouver
pic: Michael Jackson

The inaugural program Skeins: Weaving on the Foreshore examines Coast Salish weaving practices and includes three research and residency periods by Angela George(Squamish/Tsleil-Waututh), Janice George and Buddy Joseph (Squamish), and Debra Sparrow(Musqueam). Australian Indigenous artist and activist Vicki Couzens (Gunditjmara) will be the first international artist-in-residence from September 15–October 31, 2019, presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

“The Blue Cabin is a culturally and historically significant work of architecture, and its launch in False Creek will encourage both artists and the public to appreciate the many complex histories that make up the community,” says Glenn Alteen, Blue Cabin Committee Member and Program Director of grunt gallery. “The cabin — and the broader region we now call the Lower Mainland — is inextricably linked to the colonial displacement of Indigenous peoples. As a heritage-focused project, one of our core values is to reflect and engage with the stories of the traditional owners of these lands: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Master weaver Buddy Joseph considers weaving a catalyst that entwines language, storytelling, and ceremony; we curated the inaugural program to pay our respects while bringing together diverse publics. As a floating structure, the Blue Cabin provides a new way for artists and the public to look at the city — from the water.”

Rebuilding the Blue Cabin in Dry Dock. pic: Henri Robideau

“We are delighted to support the first Australian artist in the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency program,” says Dr. Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy at the Australia Council for the Arts. “Vicki Couzens is a First Nations multimedia artist and cultural leader who will share her arts practice and cultural knowledge in a unique and culturally significant location. This prestigious opportunity ensures that Australia’s highly respected First Nations’ arts, culture, and stories continue to be shared with new audiences across the world, and strengthens our deep connections between Australian and Canadian First Nations peoples.”

The public opening of the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency’s first season of programming takes place August 25.  Free tours of the facility, located at Plaza of Nations Aquabus stop, take place every 15 minutes from 11:30am–5:30pm (on a first come, first served basis). 

Visit thebluecabin.ca for more information on the Blue Cabin, partners and residency program. 

Realwheels Theatre Searches for Playwright-in-Residence

Vancouver-based award-winning Realwheels Theatre has announced a national call for submissions for a playwright who lives with disability to participate in a residency beginning in 2020.

Through an open application process, Realwheels Theatre invites emerging to mid-career playwrights in Canada who live with disability to submit new, English language, theatre-based projects at various stages of development from. Once announced in December 2019, the selected playwright will receive a flexible package of supports customizable to their needs including dramaturgical support, workshop space, access to professional actors, disability accommodation, and a financial reward of $7000. The selected playwright will also participate in Realwheels’ programming over a period of nine months. In addition to the resident playwright, two encouragement awards of $250 will also be announced.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to further the creative capacity of the disability community,” says Realwheels’ Artistic Director, Rena Cohen. “Plays written by individuals with disabilities are still largely absent from cultural platforms. A key strategy toward achieving equity lies in actively supporting the cultivation of stories rooted in the disability experience. We’re proud to be creating structures that nurture playwrights with disabilities to tell their own stories!”

The Realwheels Theatre playwright in residence is open to emerging to mid-career Canadian playwrights.  Submission packages should include a cover letter, a short biography, a synopsis of their work in progress, and a sample of their best writing. 

Submissions must be received between September 15 and 30, 2019.

For full details of the residence program, and instructions for submissions visit realwheels.ca/playwright-in-residence.

Picks of the Week – August 14, 2019

Mid-August and it’s that time of the season when we start to pack in all the fun we possibly can in the picks of the week

Summerdine

Dine: Tonight, Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents their annual dining event Summerdine, 22 separate dinner parties, (plus a special one-off dinner August 15th) from Vancouver to the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley to Vancouver Island.

Cinema: Vancouver Civic Theatres are presenting free outdoor Wednesday evening cinema at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, tonight everyone’s favourite nanny, Mary Poppins Returns, starting at dusk.

Movie: Downtown Vancouver presents free movies Wednesday nights throughout the summer, tonight explore your emotions as Inside Out is on at at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (formerly, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)

Waterfront: Thursday evenings, head to the North Point at Canada Place for Waterfront Cinema, this week watch How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World starting around 9pm

Poe: Until August 25th, Third Wheel Productions takes over The Cultch with a completely immersive theatre experience “Deep Into Darkness”, all 3 floors, 20 rooms, and 30,000 square feet of The Cultch will be transformed into a 19th-century Victorian world inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, until August 25th.

Pride: Head to the Royal City on Saturday to help celebrate the 10th Annual New West Pride Festival from 3pm to 8pm on Columbia Street.

Stars: Catch the extended run of the 2019 season of Theatre Under The Stars presents the entertaining musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies on alternating nights

Films: The 31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) opens tomorrow, August 15th at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Canadian Premiere of Leon Le’s Song Lang (Vietnam/U.S.A.), kicking off 10 days of LGBTQ cinema.

Repertory: There’s just a couple more days to watch The Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival at the Jericho Art Centre

Puppets: Museum of Anthropology’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Waste to Wonder – Grizzly

FlipFlops: Opening tomorrow, August 8th, The Waste to Wonderexhibit at the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown, until September 8th, consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each made from more than 6,500 recycled flip flops by Ocean Sole Africa.

Pitch: The Vancouver Canadians host Boise for a 3 game home stand this weekend, including a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday

Balls: Returning home from a road trip, Whitecaps FC hope to earn some points when they host DC United, with fans hoping to witness Wayne Rooney in his only visit to BC Place on Saturday

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Blooms: The second Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs until September 15th, with a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing colour to the Fraser Valley community

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage.

Parks: The Vines Art Festival, opening tonight at Jericho Beach Park, is a free, all-ages, multidisciplinary eco-arts festival, featuring over 80 performing and visual and performing artists at parks throughout Vancouver, until August 18th

Fair: Summer’s biggest party, The Fair at The PNE opens this weekend bringing amusement, entertainment and fun for the whole family until September 2nd.