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!

Presentation House Theatre presents launches 2019/20 season

North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre (PHT) launches its 2019/20 season October 8th.

NCHEM?U?S DAY

Before the season begins visit Presentation House Theatre this weekend, for Nchem?u?s Day on September 21st. The annual free community event welcomes everyone to join in the world’s largest Slahal “Bone Game”, an ancient traditional game of the Coast Salish territory. Presented in partnership with Spakwus Slolem (Bob Baker’s Eagle Song Dancers, Squamish Nation) and Tsatsu Stalqaya (Coastal Wolf Pack Dance Group, Musqueam Nation).

The Shipment

The 2019/20 season begins with the satirical comedy The Shipment, from SpeakEasy Theatre, which tests and challenges black culture stereotypes.  SpeakEasy Theatre Artistic Director Kayvon Khoshkam says, “The play does not judge, nor does it preach, rather it invites us in to share and listen. The Shipment is raw, challenging, and incredibly funny which is a perfect fit for the style of experience we have established for the company and our audiences.

Supporting their commitment to intergenerational theatre, PHT follows with Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito from Ontario’s Carousel Players, an indigenous play for young audiences about acceptance and belonging.

Other shows in the 2019/20 season include Jake’s Gift (Juno Productions) the poignant remembrance of the legacy of veteransthe beloved wild rumpus of Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House Theatre)God’s Lake (Castlereigh Theatre Project), a vivid original work of verbatim documentary theatre about the strength and resilience of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba. Germany’s Hands and Feet (Theatre Wrede) joyfully invites the littlest theatre newcomers into the magical realm of sound, movement and imagination. The season ends with the delightful House of Pooh Corner (Carousel Theatre with Presentation House Theatre), a celebration of friendship at every age. 

More information and show details can be found at www.phtheatre.org. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 604-990-3474 or online at  tickets.phtheatre.org

Picks of the Week – September 18, 2019

As we hit the official last week of Summer 2019, we find plenty to keep the entertainment scene heated up in these picks

Shakespeare in Love Charlie Gallant & Ghazal Azarbad Image: Emily Cooper

Bard: This are your last days to catch the 30th season of Bard on the Beach before it closes at Vanier Park with mainstage shows Shakespeare in Love (closing tonight) and Taming of the Shrew as well as Coriolanus on the Howard Family Stage closing September 21st.

North: There’s just a couple of days to see the Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure until October 20

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company season begins with A Thousand Splendid Suns at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, running until October 13th.

Reg: Legendary singer/songwriter Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to Rogers Arena for 3 nights, Sept 21, 22, & 24.

Pitch: After a nice win last weekend, Whitecaps FC keep playing for pride as they host to Columbus Crew SC at BC Place Saturday afternoon

VTS Back to School

School: Hit the books and laughs as Back to School Theatresports comes to The Improv Centre on Granville Island, Tuesdays to Saturdays until October 12.

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

Bowl: Wrap up summer with two nights of great outdoor music in Malkin Bowl featuring Mother Mother with guests; Tokyo Police Club, The Zolas, and Sam Lynch, this Saturday and Sunday

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

“NRITYA” by La Caramelita Flamenco Company (France)

Dance: The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival continues to beat the stages of Vancouver until September 29.

Fall for Food with Vancouver Foodster

This autumn Vancouver Foodster is offering a tasty line-up of great food-filled events.

From finding hidden gems as you explore the Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods, to seeking out your new fave pizza place or discovering dumplings from around the globe. Along the way, learn a little from local suppliers, vendors and experts with Food Talks.

4th Annual Pizza Palooza gets the season gets underway on October 16th. A savoury search for pizzas and flatbreads from around the world, Pizza Palooza. Touching down in Mount Pleasant, Yaletown and The West End, visitors will discover tastes from locations like the Middle-East, South India, and of course, Italy. Each participating eatery will serve guests a tasting plate (or slice) of their featured flatbreads, while meeting some new food loving friends, talking to the chefs, and learn about each of their participating restaurants.
Tickets for Pizza Palooza are on sale now on Eventbrite.

Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown, just one week later on October 23rd, invites us to find out what’s new in the neighbourhoods of Gastown & Chinatown. As typical of all Tasting Plates events; guests will pick up their Tasting Plates map & guide from the check-in location, then venture off to their designated starting restaurant / cafe for a culinary cruise around the ‘hoods. Committed, so far, to providing Tasting Plates to tantalize our taste buds are;

Buttermere Patisserie Café – 636 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram @butter.mere
Wara Thai Eatery – 509 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram @warathaieatery
The Praguery Gastown – 221 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Instagram @thepraguery
Trees Cheesecake & Organic Coffee – 321 Water St, Vancouver
Instagram: @treescoffee
More restaurants will be added before the evening, tickets for Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown are available now on Eventbrite.

Dumpling Fest returns for another year on November 6th. Dumplings are served in cultures all around the world, find out how they do it when by visiting the Dumpling Fest restaurants from Little Saigon, Chinatown and South Granville areas of Vancouver. Each will serve up different kinds of dumplings, from Vietnamese dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Wonton and more.
Tickets for Dumpling Fest are available now on Eventbrite.

Food Talks Vol 17 is another edition of Vancouver Foodster’s education series also coming this fall. Always enlightening, Food Talks Vol 17 is sure to bring another superb panel of local venders, suppliers and producers to the table. Watch for details and tickets to be announced by Vancouver Foodster soon.

Livestream 2019 Polaris Gala

The 2019 Polaris Gala, presented by CBC Music, takes place tonight, September 16th, at The Carlu in Toronto. One of 10 nominated Canadian albums will be declared the 2019 Polaris Music Prize winner.

Hosted by CBC Music’s Raina Douris, the performers at the gala include Marie Davidson, Elisapie, FET.NAT, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty, PUP, Shad and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

For those of us who can’t get to The Carlu, the Polaris livestream will join the gala in progress. This allows CBC Music to present all of the performances while eliminating the artist changeovers. While performances will be edited, the winner announcement will be shown live as it happens. Watch the Polaris Livestream on CBCMusic.ca/polaris at 5:45 p.m. PT this afternoon, to catch all the performances.

The 10 albums nominated for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize include:

  • Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
  • Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
  • FET.NAT – Le Mal
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
  • Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
  • Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
  • PUP – Morbid Stuff
  • Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
  • Shad – A Short Story About A War
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline

Listen to all of the Polaris nominated albums with two separate Polaris-themed channels on Stingray Music.  Download Stingray Music for free and enjoy the Polaris 2019: Long List Nominees & Polaris 2006-2019: Shortlist Nominees channels.

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival Kicks Up Its Heels.

From September 13 to 29, The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival will bring Vancouver stages to life with a thrilling line-up of local and international flamenco artists.

Venues including Vancouver Playhouse, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Waterfront Theatre, St James Community Square, Vancouver Public Library will feature free workshops and ticketed performances throughout the festival. 

“Baile De Autor” by Manuel Liñán Company (Spain)

The 2019 Festival proudly presents the Canadian premier of Spain’s Manuel Liñán Company in Baile De Autor. Manuel Liñán is influencing the renewal of both Spanish and flamenco dance.  An accomplished performer and choreographer for other companies, BAILE DE AUTOR unites both of Manuel Liñán skill disiplines.  

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival also features many of the finest Canadian and International Flamenco artists, program highlights include:  

  • La Musica del Flamenco” with Victor Kolstee and featuring Manuel Liñán Company Artists (Vancouver/Spain)
    Venue The Hall at St James Community Square, Friday September 13, 8pm
  • World Premiere “MAGNETIKAE – a personal journey” by La Otra Orilla (Montreal),
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre Thursday September 26, 8PM
  • Vancouver Premiere “NRITYA” by La Caramelita Flamenco Company (France),
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre, Friday September 27, 8PM
  • World Premiere “Nuevo II” by Flamenco Rosario & Guests (Vancouver/Spain),
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre Saturday September 28, 8PM
“NRITYA” by La Caramelita Flamenco Company (France)

As one of few festivals devoted to Flamenco Art in North America, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival has helped to develop an understanding of Vancouver’s multicultural audiences by nurturing the form’s hybridized roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy and Indian cultures.  Since its 1990 debut, local producers Flamenco Rosario have grown the Festival into a two week long annual event filling the city’s stages with the vibrant art form. 

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival runs September 13th to 29th, line-up, information and tickets visit vancouverflamencofestival.org

Picks of the Week – September 11, 2019

Don’t let a bit of wet weather this week put a damper on the last weeks of summer fun and outdoor events in the picks of the week

Bard: There’s not much time to catch the 30th season of Bard on the Beach before it closes September 21 at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love on the Mainstage and Coriolanus on the Howard Family Stage.

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Blooms: The second Chilliwack Sunflower Festival closes this weekend September 15th, head out to the Fraser Valley community to catch a total of 20 colourful acres of flowers.

North: The Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure until October 20

School: Hit the books and laughs as Back to School Theatresports comes to The Improv Centre on Granville Island, Tuesdays to Saturdays from until October 12.

Legends: The Whitecaps’ annual Legends & Stars match has become a fall tradition, for the third year Whitecaps alumni are joined by tv and film stars on the pitch for a match supporting Whitecaps FC community charities, on September 14th.

Pitch: After the Legends & Stars are off the pitch, Whitecaps FC play host to Houston Dynamo at BC Place Saturday evening.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebrates tea

Moon: Celebrate the second largest festival in the Chinese calendar at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on Friday, September 13th. The 2019 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival brings 4000 years of history to the garden in a celebration of tea and moonlight.

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

Festival: Vancouver Fringe Festival continues to bring arts, theatre and experiences to Vancouver stages until September 15.

Music: The Westward Music Festival brings 4 days of music to stages around Vancouver September 12 – 15, including the free Yaletown Street Party, Friday and Saturday.

“NRITYA” by La Caramelita Flamenco Company (France)

Dance: The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, brings rhythm and global artists to the stages of the city in one of North America’s only celebrations of flamenco.

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

Fairmont Empress Celebrates Downton Abbey

In preparation for the theatrical release of Downton Abbey: The Movie, Fairmont Empress in Victoria is celebrating with special Downton features.

The Grand Dame of Victoria, is the perfect location to revisit the memories of the quick tongue of Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of Grantham. Throughout September, raise a glass (and pinky) to toast with The Violet Crawley, a Dubonet Cocktail served in a tea cup with saucer, on ice with a cucumber garnish, and a cucumber finger sandwich. Linger longer like the lord of the manor with The Lord Grantham, a tea infused Old Fashioned served on the rocks glass with an orange twist.

For one special afternoon, Sunday September 15th the Fairmont Empress invites guests to join them for Tea at the Empress in the style of the Lords and Ladies from Downton Abbey. Take a stroll back in time, and imagine yourself enjoying Afternoon Tea at Downton Abbey. In addition to the customary treats on the tea tier, a special Downton Abbey inspired Dundee Cake will be served. The grand Lobby Lounge will be adorned with Downton décor and guests can step into a larger than life Downton Abbey photo station. One lucky guest will win two tickets to the premiere screening of Downton Abbey The Movie on September 18th in Vancouver. Downton attire welcome! Afternoon Tea reservations can be made by phone at 250-389-2727.

Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress is always a treat, but don’t miss this extra special afternoon tea experience of a lifetime.