Picks of the Week : March 7, 2018

It’s already the second weekend of March and the city is brimming with activities to choose from for our picks of the week.

VTSL : Lady Power

Women: To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th, Vancouver TheatreSports League highlights the talented women of VTSL on stage and behind the scenes, with all-female casts for the 7:30pm & 9:15pm shows . Plus first-come, first-served Free admission (available starting at 6pm) to the 9:15pm #noFilter show on Thursday night.

Lila Downs

Pop: Continuing a focus on strong women, Grammy award winning Mexican-American songstress Lila Downs brings her immense talents to the stage at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts, on Saturday night.

Comedy: Laughter continues throughout the city as JFL Northwest brings the best and funniest comedians, like Bill Burr and Trevor Noah, plus Film Festival to Vancouver until March 10th

Kiwi: Rogers Arena will be filled with music fans as Lorde takes the stage on Thursday evening

Dance: Vancouver International Dance Festival brings global rhythm to the stages around the city until March 24th

Heaven: Relive those fumbling, exciting and confusing moments of youth as Eternal Theatre brings the award-winning Seven Minutes In Heaven at Studio 16 until March 10th

HSBC Canada Sevens

Sevens:  If you seen groups of outrageously costumed revellers around downtown, it’s not a timewarp to Halloween, it’s the the HSBC Canada Sevens filling BC Place with the excitement of Rugby Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10 and Forget About Tomorrow, from a creator of Mom’s The Word, is onstage at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until March 25

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Wednesday to host Arizona then on Friday hosting Minnesota at Rogers Arena

Electronic: One of the Greatest DJs of all time, Tiesto hits the decks at Harbour Convention Centre (former Edgewater Casino) on Friday night



CONTEST: Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Opening

As The Oscars celebrated global cinema this week, the second Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is gearing up to celebrate our home grown film community. From Friday, March 23 to Sunday March 25, 2018 the ACT Arts Centre and The Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, highlight films created right here in British Columbia.  

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

Feature Film: Drone

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, states, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. 

Short Film: Cypher

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days.

CONTEST: Thanks to The Festival, who have generously offered a pair of tickets to readers, you can win your way to the Opening Reception on Friday, March 23rd, at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, March 12, 2018.  One winner will be chosen at random.


Get Outside To The JFL NorthWest Block Party

JFL NorthWest – Vancouver’s Comedy Festival is well underway bringing laughs to our long winter.  Now with spring around the corner JFL NorthWest challenges us to take the comedy outside,  The JFL NorthWest Block Party takes us to the street at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm each day. 

JFL NorthWest Block Party patrons will be entertained by various Just For Laughs stand-up specials plus Just For Laughs GAGS, presented by Tim Hortons, on the big outdoor screen and will be treated to performances by Coldwater Road’s Patrick Spencer and music by Adrienne featuring Drix. Audiences can expect a few surprise special guests as well as meet and greets with Victor, the Just For Laughs mascot!

In addition to the outdoor entertainment, JFL NorthWest Block Party-goers can look forward to tasty food truck treats from The Reef Runner and Cheese Street Grill along with complimentary beverages from Tim Hortons, and libations from Sleeman Breweries and Hopping Mad Cider in the beer garden. The JFL NorthWest Block Party will also feature an LED Games Tent for anyone wanting to satisfy their ping pong and foosball needs.

JFL NorthWest runs until March 10th, bringing 100+ performances to the stages and venues, as well as the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival running in conjunction with the comedy festival.

For tickets, schedules and more information visit jflnorthwest.com

Vancouver International Dance Festival Takes The Stage

Shen Wei Dance Arts Photo: Christopher Duggan

The 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is now on stages around Vancouver until March 24, 2018.   The 2018 VIDF features a diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists plus local favourites, over the three weeks of performances, workshops, and other dance activities. The Festival presents three Canadian premieres from New York’s acclaimed contemporary company White Wave Dance, Mexico’s Compañía de Danza Experimental de Lola Lince, and Hungary’s Ferenc Fehér; as well, a Western Canadian premiere of New York’s Shen Wei Dance Arts; a West Coast premiere from Montreal’s Lucie Grégoire Danse; and a world premiere from Vancouver’s own Amber Funk Barton/the response..

Harbour Dance ITP
Photo: Ernest Von Rosen

“Dance as a primal human instinct transcends language, cultural norms, and international borders. It has the potential to communicate any aspect of the human experience,” says Barbara Bourget, Co-Producer of VIDF. “In the current international climate of parochialism and division, it is more important than ever to connect with individuals from around the globe in a spirit of inclusion, connection, dialogue, and empathy. This year’s festival hopes to achieve this goal by bringing communities together through the presentation of innovative, thought-provoking, and breathtaking work of world class artists from the United States, Mexico, and Hungary, as well as trailblazing artists from Vancouver and Montreal.”

Vancouver International Dance Festival performances take place around downtown Vancouver at; Vancouver Playhouse, Roundhouse Community Centre, ScotiaBank Dance Centre, Woodwards Atrium and KW Production Studio.   For the full March 1 – 24, 2018 calendar of events and to purchase tickets visit vidf.ca

FVDED In The Park Returns For 2018

FVDEDFVDED In The Parkone of the hottest summer tickets in Metro Vancouver goes on sale today.  On July 6 & 7, 2018, Western Canada’s largest urban music festival, returns to Holland Park in Surrey, BC with headliner acts Future and Kygo. 

Presented by Blueprint and Live Nation Canada, FVDED will once again feature some of the biggest names in dance, hip hop, rap, and R&B. with non-music spread across three stages, including a fresh new look and feel planned for the Northwest Stage, fans will surely find something to keep them moving and grooving all weekend.  

“Once again, we are thrilled to be back with our favorite event of the year FVDED in the Park where all genres of today’s hottest music come together,” says Blueprint founder Alvaro Prol. “And this year promises to be better than ever with increased capacity for bigger crowds, an edgy, high-calibre lineup and state-of-the-art stages that serve as the perfect backdrop for all of our artists.” 

FVDED in the Park is the largest outdoor music event in Metro Vancouver with over 40,000 festival goers attending the two day event in 2017.  Conveniently located adjacent to King George SkyTrain station, FVDED is also one of the most accessible festivals in the region. 

In addition to headliners Future and Kygo, the 2018 FVDED In The Park lineup also includes:

Kaskade, A$AP Ferg, Kehlani, Brockhampton, Illenium, Ress, Nav, Duke Dumont, Trippie Redd, Lil Skies, Slander, Bazzi, K?D, Ookay, 88Glam, Chris Lake, AC Slater, Destructo, Killy and many, many more over the two day festival.

General Admission Passes and 19+ VIP Passes for FVDED In The Park 2018 will be released today Thursday, March 1 at 11am. The single day schedule will be announced in the coming weeks with single day tickets also available at that time.


Picks of the Week – February 28, 2018

The end of February…already!? Let’s see what March has to offer in these picks of the week.

HipHop: Tonight at The Vogue, Ty Dolla $ign brings his hip hop, soul blended sounds to the stage

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

Dance: The 11th Annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at MOA brings together Indigenous Music and Dance from the Pacific to Scandinavia, until March 4th

Rain: 7 Tyrants Theatre’s 10th Anniversary season continues with A Steady Rain at the Penthouse Studio Theatre until March 3rd.

Folk: Canadian folk artist Bahamas brings his sunny sounding moniker to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday

Comedy: Laughter reigns supreme as JFL Northwest bring the best and funniest of comedy stars to Vancouver from March 1st to 10th

Rock: Touring on behalf of their latest, Grace Street, rockers Big Wreck take to the Commodore Ballroom twice this week on Thursday & Friday

Trucks: The weekend gets raucous at Pacific Coliseum as Monster Jam has 4 shows over Mar 2-4, 2018

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Friday as they play host to Nashville at Rogers Arena

Pss Pss photo: Pipo Gialluisi

Clowning: Taking inspiration from classic comedic works from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin,  Pss Pss by Compagnia Baccalà runs until March 4th at The Cultch York Theatre.

Exhibition: The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.

WhitecapsFCKicks: Whitecaps FC bring soccer back to BC Place to kick off their 2018 season on Sunday with a roster of new and old faces

Dance House & Toronto Dance Theatre Celebrate Anniversaries

Toronto Dance Theatre

This weekend Vancouver’s Dance House welcomes cross-county compatriots Toronto Dance Theatre to the Vancouver Playhouse.  As Dance House celebrates their 10th anniversary, Toronto Dance Theatre celebrates their 50th with House Mix, a retrospective of the works by Artistic Director and Choreographer Christopher House.

Dance House has a goal to connect Vancouver with the world of dance, including the best of what’s right here in our country. 50 years is a feat for any organization, let alone an arts group, to celebrate, Toronto Dance Theatre assembled a collection of pieces from the last 3 decades to showcase the diversity in their company’s performances and artists. Their 90 minute showcase included;

Martingales – first performed November 2014 in Toronto
An energetic piece filled with rapid movements and playful rhythms.

Fjeld (excerpt) – first performed March 1990 in Toronto
A sculptural work inspired by the films of Ingmar Berman & Renaissance art.

Thirteen – first performed November 2017 in Bogota, Columbia
Revisiting an early Christopher House work from 1983, with the movements repurposed with a new score.

Echo Dark – first performed November 2015 in Toronto
A modern, dance set to a dark, heavy beat.

Toronto Dance Theatre

Vena Cava – first performed November 1998 in Toronto
A fast-paces, energizing show set to the music of composer Robert Moran.

Dance House continues to bring world-class dance performances, next up Betroffenheit, a collaboration between Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre, March 14 – 17, 2018 at Vancouver Playhouse. Tickets online at dancehouse.ca