What’s on Wednesday – April 7-9, 2011

Another weekend is coming up! What are you going to do?
Here’s a few choices that I think are pretty cool.

Thursday April 7, 2011
– All-girl Belgian Choir “Scala & Kolacny Brothers” are at Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
– “Riverdance” is burning up the stage in Vancouver at Queen Elizabeth Theatre until April 10th
– Over in Victoria, world fusion band Dehli 2 Dublin are playing at Sugar Nightclub
– George Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer is at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Theatre through to April 17

Friday April 8, 2011
– Julio Iglesias is singing ‘to all the girls’ at River Rock Casino in Richmond
– The hilarious Wayne Brady is at Red Robinson Theatre at Boulevard Casino Coquitlam
– “Bright Eyes” bring their indie/folk to Commodore Ballroom
– Get your hip-hop on in two different venues: At Five-Sixty there’s fun and charity with Japan Disaster Relief Benefit with Lighta & Friends and at The Colbalt go for some hip-hop drag queen fun at Hustla,

Saturday April 9, 2011
– “The Knocks” from NYC are playing Lucky Bar in Victoria
– Julio Iglesias gets knickers in a twist in Coquitlam at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre
– There’s good time’s and dancing in Five-Sixty at Progression ft local fave DJ’s Dready, Quest & Jeffrey Michael
– ‘Another Home Invasion‘ continues through April 23rd at Arts Club Theatre Revue Stage

Sunday April 10, 2011
– The beautiful and talented Ellie Goulding is at Venue
– Brit Band Foals are at Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver 125 – Birthday Live

Vancouver’s throwing a birthday party and everyone is invited!

Wednesday April 6, 2011 marks 125 years since the incorporation of the City of Vancouver. From humble logging camp beginnings Vancouver has grown to a jewel of a metropolis.

To celebrate, Vancouver 125 is a year long celebration of culture and arts throughout the city.  Birthday festivities kick off Wednesday at 2pm with a full schedule of activities, starting with a Street Hockey tournament, at Jack Poole Plaza, until 5pm.   Then official birthday festivities include a ceremony by Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, welcomes by civic officials, lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, giant birthday cake and of course, Happy Birthday sung by Vancouver Bach Choir. The evening program follows with video and light installations, hip-hop dancers, music by Bend Sinister and local rock icons 54-40.

Let’s throw on our party hats and head over to Jack Poole Plaza to help blow out the candles!

YouTube Star of the Month – April 2011

With the recent meteoric viral take-off of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video it got some friends and I discussing how and why do some singers make it and others (more worthy) do not.
YouTube is full of amazing (often un-signed) singers putting themselves out there for the public to see and hear while they hope for their big break. Eventually some ‘make it’ while I’m sure there are dozens left behind.
Technology is making it even easier to produce you own uber-professional video and audio plus with the iTunes store one can earn revenue from these singles and videos.  It makes us wonder if we even need the big labels anymore?
As a regular feature we’re going to highlight some of these great YouTube performers.
Starting off with the brilliant team of Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui, Kurt Schneider is a musician, producer and filmmaker who along with the amazing vocals of Sam Tsui have produced some amazing video singles.  Mostly they perform new arrangements of current chart hits but they have begun to produce their own original material. The first song that really gained a lot of attention was an amazing cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” in which Sam performs with himself, most recently they re-arranged Lady Gaga’s hit “Born This Way” into a track that I personally like even better than the original!
Having already appeared on Oprah and The Ellen Show it’s only a matter of time before these two YouTube stars break out of the internet and into the stratosphere of stardom!

Sam Tsui / Kurt Schneider – Don’t Stop Believing

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City – Empire Field – April 2, 2011

Whitecaps Fans with mascot "Spike"

The sun held the dark clouds at bay while 20,518 Whitecaps fans filled Empire Field for the season’s second home match.

It was nearly a perfect day…if only the ball had gotten past Kansas City’s ‘keeper Jimmy Nielsen , it would’ve been perfect!

From devestating loss to a exhilatating draw in stopped time

Having been held to just one goal by some near misses and brilliant goalkeeping by Nielsen the Whitecaps fans were facing a 3-1 first home loss but just as the sun held out so did theplayers.
With an ample 5 minutes of stoppage time in the second half the Whitecaps lit up the stadium coming back to put the ball in the net twice more to earn a draw and maintain a loss-less home record. Read the full match report on WhitecapsFC.com
If the ‘Caps keep providing excitement it’s only a matter of time before the stands are sold out all season long! Get a ticket and join the White & Blue for a good time!
Next home match at Empire Field is Wednesday April 6, 2011

The Fairmont Empress – April is “Royal Month”

I recently had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of royalty as I spent the night at the historic Fairmont Empress in Victoria.
In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales danced until dawn in the Crystal Ballroom and in 1939 parents of our current Queen, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a luncheon at The Empress. In addition, countless Hollywood royalty have graced the storied corridors since the hotel opened its doors in 1908.
In recognition of this connection to the Royal Family,  The Fairmont Empress, along with sister property Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, has proclaimed April “Royal Month” leading up to the historic nuptials of future King of Canada; Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th.  Break out the hats and gloves and take part in some of the ‘Royal’ events and festivities taking place all month long. One of the highlights, I’d love to do is the Royal Empress Room Dinner, served on The Queen’s China, only ever used by Her Majesty, until this dinner!
Even though I don’t have a pedigree and paparazzi isn’t chasing me down, I was treated like royalty at The Empress.  As soon as I walked in the doors I felt welcome, this century old property is prime place to spend a relaxing break in Victoria.  Although the Inner Harbour, the hub of most Victoria activities lay just across the expansive front lawns, one can find plenty of activities to keep engaged within the walls of this castle, which was perfect on a rainy overnight stay as I experienced.

The Bengal Lounge

Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress provides first class spa services, stop in for curry and a cocktail at in the cool, colonial environment of the Bengal Lounge, lounge on a chaise with wine & oysters while overlooking the harbour on The Veranda and the ‘must do’ for everyone – Empress Afternoon Tea is renowned around the world.  Those are just a few of the experiences you can find in The Empress without even checking in!  Stay overnight and get the full Fairmont treatment, soak up the history

Fairmont Empress Guest Room

as you relax in your room and stroll the wide corridors, maybe even bump into one of the hotel’s supernatural guests.  There are a least a couple of ghost stories passed on by many guests, although I don’t have one…yet.   If you’re wandering, be sure to go downstairs to find the Archives to see the important roll The Empress has played in the history of Victoria.  With the great activities happening for “Royal Month” now’s the perfect time to make The Fairmont Empress part of your own personal history too!

Weekend ahead! April Fools Edition

People always ask me what’s happening in Vancouver so I thought maybe I’d provide some updates once in a while to some of the stuff I think is going to be a good time. You might or might not agree but that’s the great thing about Arts & Entertainment, there’s something for everyone!
So here’s some fun stuff happening to make your evening fun this weekend. This is just a sample, there’s lots more going on, just get out and find it!

Thursday Mar 31st
: Rapper T-Pain is at Gossip Nightclub

:Fighting for Ithaca (who are not from New York State but local Vancouver boys) are at Media Club

: San Francisco’s Dodos are at Rickshaw Theatre

 

 

 

 

Friday April 1st, the fun heads to the East Side
: The great British Sea Power are at Biltmore Cabaret

: Local punk, ska, reggae 6 piece, Los Furios with Heads Hang Heavy and The Saint Riels are at The – always a good time – Cobalt

: it’s the 1st Friday of the month so COME OUT! ROCK OUT! MAKE OUT! SHAKE OUT! as SPIT Vancouver returns for another fun filled edition at ANZA Club

Saturday April 2nd head back downtown
: the legendary Pete Yorn is at Commodore Ballroom
: My Chemical Romance romances the crowd at The Centre For Performing Arts

Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

New World & Old World exist side by side

The first and largest classical Chinese garden outside of China, Vancouver’s Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens are part museum, part cultural education and part botanical garden all within a walled oasis on the edge of Chinatown.  Named for the “Father of Modern China” the Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens are an authentic representation of a traditional Chinese garden from the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ming scholars lived and worked within their gardens and thus created gardens to encompass all aspects of daily life.  Amongst the asymmetrical stone and plant formations are places for quiet contemplation and as one winds along the curves pathways and corridors they’re

Around every corner is a different type of space

connected to space for energy and work. From scenic vistas overlooking the gardens and ponds a sense of peace is found away from the bustle of the city.
The Classical Chinese Gardens are currently open Tues to Sun from 10am until 4:30pm, in summertime it is open 7 days per week. Admission for adults is $12, discounts for children and seniors, including a guided tour (check website for more info and tour times) The Venue is also rentable for private functions, weddings, parties and receptions. Special

Interactive & hands-on learning are all part of a visit to The Garden

events and educational experiences happen throughout the year, check the garden calendar for upcoming events.