Picks of the Week – August 23, 2017

August and summer slowly ticks away but not before some entertaining picks of the week

Eat: Tonight the roaming food experience,  Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates heads to Commercial Drive.

Cascadia: At BC Place, Whitecaps FC hosts Seattle Sounders in Cascadia Cup play on Wednesday.

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee provides the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd

Soirée: Thursday the dueling al fresco dining events, Ce Soir Noir at Crab Park and Dîner en Blanc at a to be announced location bring communities together around the city.

Rock: Mononymous Singer/Songwriter Beck brings his alt-rock to the stage at The Orpheum in Vancouver on Thursday night

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Closing: There’s a just a few more evenings to enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings

PNEPNE:  The Fair at the PNE is open for another season of agriculture and entertainment including the line up of great Summer Nights Concerts this week including ZZ Top, Chicago and Colin James.

Movies: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Queer Film Fest wraps for 2017

Sunday night, the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival came to a close with a Gala party at The Junction following the closing film screening of Handsome Devil at Vancouver Playhouse.

“Our Vancouver Queer Film Festival not only showcased cutting edge queer film, it also gave our audiences all the best feels,” said Executive Director, Stephanie Goodwin. “We laughed. We cried. We got angry. And we loved. We forefronted stories that are underrepresented, yet have the power to transform lives.”

With thousands attending the 70+ films, talks and events spread around the city’s venues over the 11 day festival, there was plenty for the jury and audience to choose from in selecting the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival Awards.

The trio of awards were presented at the Closing Gala to the following films and directors:

Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC Short ($2500 prize)

Supported by Su Craik and Lisa Heddema and Directors Guild of Canada-BC, the annual juried prize for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s best BC short film was established in 1997 in recognition of Gerry Brunet, a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of Out On Screen.

 

 

Winner: Violet & June directed by Linnea Ritland
Honourable Mention: Stay Gold, Man Up directed by Ray McEachern

OUTTVGO People’s Choice Award for Best Feature ($750 prize)

Voted on by patrons of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Winner: Maybe Tomorrow (Baba Bukas) directed by Samantha Lee

 

OUTTVGO People’s Choice Award for Best Short ($500 prize)

Voted on by patrons of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Winner: Do I Have Boobs Now? directed by Joella Cabalu & Milena Salazar

If you missed the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival work is starting now for the 2018 edition so keep your eyes on the screens for information about next year’s Festival.

 

Yaletown goes to the Dogs for Pet-A-Palooza

Next weekend, Mainland Street in Yaletown is taken over by the West Coast’s largest free pet festival, Pet-A-Palooza.

According to the latest census, 1 in 8 Vancouverites is a pet owner, and August 27, is a day they can look forward to as Mainland Street from Davie to Helmcken Streets becomes a pet oasis.  The Natural Balance Pet-A-Palooza fills the street with merchants, suppliers and other pet services. Veterinary clinics, food and supplement suppliers, pet massage services, photographers,  adoption services, and many more will be on hand.  Make sure to have your pet on hand to enjoy samples and treats and come away with some cool swag.

In addition to browsing the marketplace pet-owners and friends are invited to enjoy at day at the races.  Events like the Running Of The Bulls (English and French Bulldog races), Weiner Dog Races and a Puppy Stampede all through the streets.

Pet-A-Palooze begins at 11am August 27, 2017.
Market Place is open until 5pm
The Puppy Stampede starts at noon
Running of the Bulls starts at 2pm
Weiner Dog Races starts at 3pm
Register for each of the dog races 30 minutes before start time at the Barking Babies Booth
All event participation and attendance is free of charge.

Fall for Rugby Canada v Maori All-Blacks

Over the last two seasons, Vancouver has fallen in love with Rugby Canada Sevens as it’s taken over BC Place each March.  This year, rugby fans don’t have to wait until Spring for great International Rugby action, in November Rugby Canada men’s fifteens team hosts New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks for the first time in Vancouver.  As noted by their name, the Maori All Blacks, are an all Maori team with a long tradition of Rugby in New Zealand and internationally.  The initiators of the famed haka, that is also now performed by all the Kiwi teams, Maori All Blacks have beaten Canada in all five of their prior meetings.

With the popularity of Canada Sevens, USA Sevens in Las Vegas and the upcoming 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the West Coast is becoming a Sevens mecca but this is a chance to see world-class Fifteens rugby and support the #rednation.  Fifteens rugby or Rugby Union is a more tactical, aggressive longer form of rugby than the fast paced, quick matches that Vancouverites see on the pitch during Canada Sevens.  As Rugby Canada still hopes to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and with a change in coaching, any chance to play against quality opponents helps gain Team Canada’s experience before they take on Uruguay in January world cup qualifying.

Tickets are on sale now, and selling record-fast, with more than 65% of tickets being sold in the first three days.

Rugby Canada vs Maori All Blacks takes place at 7pm on Friday, November 3rd at BC Place.
Let’s all #RISEasOne and cheer on our Rugby Canada players.

Ce Soir Noir is back in black at Crab Park

Ce Soir Noir (This Black Night) descends on CRAB Park at Portside for the third year next Thursday, August 24th.

What began as a local counter-event to the brighter and whiter, Dîner en Blanc has evolved into it’s own east side annual event.  Dîner en Blanc, part of a well organized, ticketed, global phenomenon, offers patrons a chance to glam it up and enjoy an evening of gourmet food, high-end entertainment and experiences, whereas Ce Soir Noir is a free, casual local, dress-down event. Whichever floats your boat will be a good time for all.

Organizers of Ce Soir Noir invite people to just show up anytime between 5pm and 10pm on August 24th.  More than just a picnic, Ce Soir Noir becomes a picnic based art installation, with everyone a brushstroke in the artwork.  If you’re hungry, pack your own picnic food to share amongst friends, bring something to sit on or just park your butts on the grass then join in the camaraderie of other picnickers.  The only caveat is that the organizers hope everyone wears black from head to toe.

This year’s event has a city permit to take over CRAB Park, but still maintains it’s free community event status.  To be good neighbours in one of East Vancouver’s few waterfront parks, visitors are asked to be mindful of what they bring and take it out with them, leaving the park as clean or cleaner to the following day.

Whether you choose the white event or this black night, both gathering of diverse communities on August 24 might be just what the world needs a little more of in these divisive times.

Ce Soir Noir takes place August 24th between 5pm and 10pm at CRAB Park at Portside, 101 E Waterfront Road at Main Street.

Dîner en Blanc also takes place August 24th at a to be announced location.

Picks of the Week – August 16, 2017

After weeks of smoky haze, the skies have cleared making it a pleasure to get out and enjoy the picks of the week

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee docks along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd and becomes the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest.

Singer: acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter k.d.lang performs two shows at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday

Heartbreakers: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take to the stage

VQFF Closing Film: Handsome Devil

Films: Vancouver’s second largest film festival, VQFF continues around the city until Sunday.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Country: Friday night Rogers Arena is filled with country stars as Zac Brown Band stop in Vancouver

Roar: The BC Lions host Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Friday night

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

HeldOver: Enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings until August 26

PNE: Another season of Summer Nights Concerts kicks off as the PNE opens on Saturday

Pride: The Royal City rolls out the welcome mat for the New West Pride Street Party on Columbia Street and parties throughout Saturday

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC return home to play host to Houston Dynamo for the team’s annual Pride Night at BC Place


Movies
: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

 

Picks of the Week – August 9, 2017

The buzz of the BC Day long weekend, Vancouver Pride, Celebration of Light and so much more has come and gone but there’s still plenty in the picks of the week to keep you entertained all week.

Arts: The 27th Harmony Arts Festival  is underway now. Tonight, Best Of The West showcases local restaurants and wineries, then tomorrow Mixology Night On The Pier is a cocktail competition, all alongside the rest of the line up of arts & entertainment to West Vancouver.

Laughs: The dynamic duo of comedy Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy bring another edition of The Ryan and Amy Show to XYYVR for two nights, August 10th & 11th

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Culture: The New West Culture Crawl gets underway Friday night with an Opening Night party at Anvil Centre, kicking off the weekend Culture Crawl around the Royal City

Bach:  2nd Vancouver Bach Festival presented by Early Music Vancouver brings chamber music concerts, ensembles and soloists bringing classical music to Christ Church Cathdral and The Chan Centre until Friday.

 

Murals: Saturday the Vancouver Mural Festival hosts the Mount Pleasant Street Party, 10 blocks of car-free entertainment, arts, markets and performances by Yukon Blonde and Louise Burns.

HeldOver: Now that the season has been extended until August 26, there’s even more evenings to enjoy in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

Take Off: Celebration all things aviation at the 50th Abbotsford International Airshow, as static displays, aerial exhibitions, entertainment and fireworks fill Abbotsford Airport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Roar: Sunday, BC Lions play host to Saskatchewan Roughriders and their hardcore fans at BC Place

Croon: Famed English singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry brings his smooth sounds to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday evening.