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

Picks of the Week – March 6, 2019

Winter marches on and we start March off with chilly but bright weather, perfect to get out and enjoy these picks of the week…

Canada Sevens

Scrum: The world, with a whole lot of costume wearing fans, is coming to BC Place this week as Canada Sevens takes over the city March 9 and 10.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Redpatch –
image: David Cooper

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.

Music: At The Cultch York Theatre, Corey Payette’s Children of God continues until March 10th

Théâtre: The world premiere of Théâtre la Seizième’s newest production, Le Soulier, continues at Studio 16 until March 9

Divas:  Fabulist Theatre’s Better Than This, an original revue celebrating the women’s roles in musical theatre, wraps up at the Havana Theatre stage on March 9th.

Blooms: From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival brings world of dance to the city’s stages until March 30th.

Reverberations (Bar Mitzvah Tape) Brian Linds

Sound: Presentation House Theatre welcomes a unique production to the stage, Reverberations makes use of innovative sound technology with vintage apparatus, LP, 8-Track, Cassette & others to tell writer Brian Linds’ life story.

Lights: Friday March 8th, Yaletown lights up, with free one-of-a-kind light art installations, for one night only, on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate Yaletown. 

Rock: The River Rock Show Theatre welcomes the number one Elvis Tribute Artist, Shawn Klush performing Elvis Elvis Elvis, the Ultimate Tribute to the King on Friday.

Robyn bring The Honey Tour to Vancouver

Robyn – Pacific Coliseum – February 28, 2019

The anticipated return of Robyn to Vancouver definitely didn’t leave anyone dancing on their own. The Swedish pop star brought her fans out to Pacific Coliseum, moved from PNE Forum due to demand.

From the first strains of Honey to the last of Who Do You Love? Robyn filled the 90 minutes in between with the fun pop she’s known for. With her last visit to Vancouver being in 2010 her fans have been waiting a long time for another chance to dance and sing along to her tunes. Dressed in white and singing from white set stage the singer presented a muse-like ethereal figure. Robyn was certainly a muse for the thousands in attendance as the energy and excitement built throughout the set. After a costume change the red hot singer brought the show a crescendo as the set drew on, the whole audience singing along to Dancing On My Own was certainly a moment to remember. Following up with Missing U and Call Your Girlfriend to close out the main set, the audience craved more. Robyn delivered with more songs in the encore leaving fans to dance their way out of the Coliseum into the night.

Robyn The Honey Tour continues around North America through March before returning to Europe for the rest of spring and summer.

PuSh Festival Introduces New Artistic Director

Having recently wrapped up a successful 15th edition, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has announced the appointment of Franco Boni as its new Artistic and Executive Director to lead the festival into its next chapter.

Boni steps into the role June 1st, 2019, following the resignation of Founder and Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour in April 2018. PuSh has since been led by Interim Executive Director Roxanne Duncan and Interim Artistic Director Joyce Rosario.

Boni is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator, and community builder with a demonstrated track record of artistic credibility and financial acumen. He has served as Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre in Toronto since 2003, and has been a fixture on Canada’s arts and festival scene for more than two decades.

Franco Boni

“I’ve long been an admirer, presenter, director, and collaborator at PuSh, and I am thrilled to be joining the organization whose meaningful impact is truly boundless,” says Boni. “I’m looking forward to working with the PuSh board and staff, building on its outstanding reputation and Norman Armour’s numerous achievements. I am also keen to meet with the people of Vancouver to learn what role the festival plays in their lives and what attracts them to PuSh’s vast and varied offerings. Civic engagement is of great importance to me; my curiosity and desire to connect with the Vancouver community comes from a deep appreciation of people, a love of this beautiful city, and an understanding of the power of the arts to connect humanity and effect change.”

Boni brings with him extensive experience and accomplishments in festival stewardship and leadership, programming, fundraising and negotiation, as well as an impressive knowledge and key relationships across the local, national, and international arts sector.

Franco Boni also served as Festival Director of the Rhubarb Festival from 1998–2000 and as Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival from 1999–2004.

“Following an extensive succession planning period and national search, the Board takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Franco Boni as the PuSh Festival’s Artistic and Executive Director,” says Mira Oreck and Jessica Bouchard, PuSh Festival co-chairs. “The festival is entering a new and exciting chapter, and we’re confident Franco’s wealth of experience, from an artistic, business, and operational standpoint, will help shape and deliver the spirit and ambition of PuSh to new creative heights. We’re eager to introduce Franco to our PuSh patrons, supporters, and the Vancouver arts community at large.”

The 16th edition of the PuSh Festival will take place January 21–February 9, 2020. Full programming will be announced in November 2019.Boni will assume the role on June 1, 2019.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to Chan Centre

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC welcomes Grammy Award winning, Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 2nd.  Supported by Malian guitarist Habib Koité and lutist Bassekou Kouyate, the nine-member South African choral group stops at the Chan Centre on their global tour of Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration, for which they earned the Best World Music Album of 2018 and their fifth Grammy Award.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

“Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s most admired musical ensembles. Their repertoire is beautifully uplifting — messages of hope and unity translated through stunning vocal harmonies and energetic performances,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “To have them onstage at the Chan Centre on the same bill as two of Mali’s hottest musicians will be an incredible showcase of talent from both West and South Africa.”

Designated “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world” by Nelson Mandela — who listened to the choral group’s music while imprisoned — Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed by Joseph Shabalala in the 1960s during apartheid, in the small town of Ladysmith, South Africa. The all-male group came to international fame in 1986 when they were featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded more than 70 albums and has received 19 Grammy nominations. Shaka Zulu Revisited celebrates the 30th anniversary of their first album released worldwide, and serves to honour the group’s founding members. The tribute record is comprised of a selection of their iconic songs by the ensemble that is today led by founder Shabalala’s four sons: Thulani, Sibongiseni, Thamsanga, and Msizi. Original member Albert Mazibuko, who joined in 1969, continues to sing today.

Leading the evening’s bill are two luminaries of Malian music. Bassekou Kouyate, who plays the traditional stringed Ngoni lute will share the stage with Habib Koité, a superb vocalist and one of the world’s leading acoustic guitarists.

Ladusmith Black Mambazo with Bassekou Kouyate and Habib Koité, will take the stage at the Chan Shun Concert Hall at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC on March 2, 2019 at 8pm. 

Picks of the Week – February 20, 2019

As we come to the final weekend of February, we’re usually thinking of spring but this weather has us wanting to stay indoors, good thing this week’s picks have lots to bring us through the doors.

Vancouver TheatreSport Improv Voyage

Ahoy!: For one night only, February 21st, Vancouver TheatreSport is transformed into a comedy Cruise Ship for Improv Voyage, a 3 hour tour de force fund raiser for VTSL.

Opera: The stellar sets Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème, really make you feel like you’re visiting 1920’s Paris, catch it for yourself for the last performances February 21 & 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Chopin: Early Music Vancouver welcomes German pianist Tobias Koch for a pair of shows at Christ Church Cathedral; Chopin-The Last Concert on February 22, and The Polish Romantics on February 23.

#YaaasAnd: QueerProv brings a pair of improv comedy games to The Junction on Wednesday night; QueerProv at 7:30pm then On This Day at 9:30pm

Comedy: JFL Northwest continues to bring the world of comedy to stages and venues around Vancouver until February 23rd.

Dolly: It’s your last chance to catch the crafty Dolly Levi in action as she manipulates the love lives other characters’ in The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 24th.

Crime: Also closing this week, Torquil Campbell delivers a tour de force performance in the criminal biographical play True Crime at the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Release: Composer and pianist Vede Hille presents a one night only concert to celebrate the release of the cast album of her King Arthur’s Night, hosted by Niall McNeill and Marcus Youssef on February 24th at The Cultch Historic Theatre

Children of God

Festival: The 18th Talking Stick Festival is now on, celebrating Indigenous art, music, dance and culture throughout the city until March 2nd.

Musical: Part of Talking Stick Festival, Corey Payette’s Children of God is playing at The Cultch York Theatre until March 10th

Home: The 2019 BC Home & Garden Show fills BC Place Stadium with all things for your home renovations, spring gardening and more, February 20 – 24.

Memories: In recognition of Black History Month, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts brings No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks to the Chan Shun Concert Hall on February 24th

HipHop: Friday night at Rogers Arena join Snoop Dogg & Friends including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt and Luniz for what’s sure to be a hazy evening of hip-hop and rap.

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks return to Rogers Arena for a pair of games against Arizona Thursday evening and New York Islanders on Saturday

Picks of the Week – February 13, 2019

This week brings us St Valentine’s Day as well as the BC Family Day long weekend so there’s plenty of activities to find in the picks of the week

Thank You For Being A Friend

Puppets: Tonight, Thank You For Being A Friend, the ultimate Golden Girls experience brings everyone’s mature, Miami matrons to the stage in puppet form


Cocoa: Warm up from the snow before the Annual Hot Chocolate Festival wraps up for another year, tomorrow, February 14th

Opera: Take your Valentine on a trip to Paris, the setting of Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème, playing February 14, 16, 19, 21 & 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Love: Find your way to your Valentine’s funnybone as Vancouver TheatreSports presents Romance Week, wraps up its improv fun.

Orphan: Everyone’s favourite orphan is onstage at the Micheal J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, as Align Entertainment presents Annie, until February 16

Circlesongs: The genre-defying, Grammy award winning Bobby McFerrin brings his circlesinging improvisational singing style to the Chan Centre stage on Sunday

Pop: spend your Valentine’s with Justin Timberlake as be brings his The Man of the Woods to Rogers Arena for two shows on Thursday and Friday

Yoga Play at Gateway Theatre

Yoga: You’ll bend over backwards to get into Gateway Theatre for the comedy Yoga Play before it closes February 16th

Hello: Find out Dolly Levi makes her match in The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 24th.

Crime: Torquil Campbell delivers a tour de force performance in the criminal biographical play True Crime is now At the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 24th.

Five-Fingers: From true crime to a petty-crime comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Much Ado About Nothing photo: Emily Cooper

Ado: Catch the final show in The Cultch’s 2019 Femme Series; Much Ado About Nothing, before it closes this weekend.

Lacrosse: Vancouver Warriors return to Rogers Arena on Saturday to play host to Saskatchewan Rush