Picks of the Week – June 21, 2017

Finally, Summer is upon us, with the long days that gives us more time for more picks of the week

Comedy: It’s Thursday Night Live when SNL comedian Michael Che takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre

Seeds: Australian act Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds bring down under to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night

Tents:  Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing is playing now and The Winter’s Tale comes to the tents starting Thursday night.

Rhythm: West Coast Hip Hoppers Jurassic 5 bring their unique brand of hip hop to the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday nights.

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

Roar: The BC Lions 2017 regular season home schedule kicks off with Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place on Saturday night.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, extended until July 16th, Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th and Bittergirl The Musical running until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Ring: The WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour comes to Rogers Arena on Saturday night

Artifacts: The Museum of Vancouver has a quirky, exhibition running throughout the summer, Unbelievable demonstrating the stories behind some unique artifacts

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2017 line-up

This week, Atomique Productions announced the line-up for the 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender.

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Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-Up

While many other festivals are being cancelled or suffering from bad PR, Phillips Backyard Weekender returns for it’s 5th year, on July 7 – 9, 2017 at the Phillips Brewery Backyard in Victoria.  In it’s short history, the Weekender has become a staple of the Victoria music scene.  Being just on the edge of downtown Victoria, the Phillips Backyard is a perfect spot for a social hive of music, beer and camaraderie.   This year’s three-day festival packs in great music and entertainment along with food from Victoria’s Coast Lunch Box,  L’Authentique, Taco Justice, DeadBeetz, Island Mini Donuts and more then wash it down with Phillips Brewing award winning beers.

The 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender is:

Friday July 7th: Open 4pm – 10pm
Common Kings, Junior Reed, Oddisee, Polyrythmics, The Velveteins and DJ Tim Horner

Saturday July 8th: Open 1pm – 10pm
Cake, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, PPL MVR, Little Destroyer, Fortune Killers, Electric Timber Co., Kermode and DJ Bellyfish

Sunday July 9th: Open noon – 9pm
Current Swell, Allen Stone, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Vince Vaccaro, The Brass, Distant Grand and DJ Mike D

Phillips Backyard is located at 2010 Government Street, Victoria BC
Tickets are on sale on now at ticketfly.com or in-person at Phillips Brewery.
Weekend Passes – $105, Single Day: Friday – $34.50, Saturday – $46.50, Sunday – $42.50
Get more line-up, festival and ticket information online at backyardweekender.com

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Picks of the Week – June 14, 2017

As we countdown to Summer, let’s see what kind of entertainment is in our Picks of the Week.

Eats: Tonight, Tasting Plates Riley Park brings food fans out to see what the the Main Street area has to offer.

Rock: Hard rockers Tool take to the stage at Rogers Arena on Thursday night

Electro: Vegas EDM duo The Crystal Method brings their big beats to VENUE on Thursday night

Tents: Head to Vanier Park as another season of Bard on the Beach gets underway, Much Ado About Nothing opening on Thursday night.

Roar: The BC Lions 2017 home season gets underway at BC Place on Friday when Saskatchewan Roughriders come to town for pre-season play

Concerts: The 2017 Red Truck Beer Truck Stop Concert Series gets underway on Saturday with Cut Copy playing under the Water Tower at Red Truck Brewing on East 1st Ave in Vancouver

Afterparty:  Late night at Celebs Underground join Cut Copy for a special after party DJ Set

Artifacts: The Museum of Vancouver has a quirky, new exhibition Unbelievable demonstrating the stories behind some unique artifacts

Kicks: Saturday at BC Place Whitecaps FC play host to FC Dallas

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th, Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th and Bittergirl The Musical opening Thursday running until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Picks of the Week – June 7, 2017

The longer days of June allow us more time to get out and enjoy the picks of the week;

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

Shop: Get out and enjoy a special evening of,  performances, food and of course shopping specials during the 2017 Gastown Shop Hop ,Thursday from 5 – 9pm

Shakespeare: The 2017 Bard on the Beach season gets underway as previews of Winter’s Tale and Much Ado About Nothing are underway.

Hip Hop: American Rapper, Future, brings his tour to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Friday

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Companyhas a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th and Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th.

Quartet: Ottawa indie rockers, Hollerado play the local circuit this week, playing Nanaimo and Victoria before hitting Commodore Ballroom on Saturday

Amore! Celebrate all things Italian on Sunday as Commercial Drive comes alive for Italian Day on the Drive

John Legend – Darkness & Light Tour

John Legend – Rogers Arena – June 1, 2017

June started with an uplifting, soulful evening as John Legend brought his Darkness and Light Tour to Vancouver. The Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe award winner started the show promptly at 8:55pm, rising slowly into the centre of the stage with his piano. As the stage screens shifted to reveal more of the singer, he moved to centre stage to get the audience on their feet as he moved through his set. Joined by his trio of supporting singers, and their perfectly synchronized girl-group choreography, Love Me Now, elevated the energy level early on as the rousing hit prompted an audience sing-a-long and got them moving. Other hits followed; Used to Love You, Like I’m Gonna Lose You, Ordinary People, Who Do We Think We Are were mixed with album tracks, new and old.

A few covers were mixed in to the set too. Telling the story of the birth of his daughter, Luna, John Legend spoke of the special significance of Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly.  Known for his political leanings, Teddy Pendergrass’s Wake Up Everybody fit Legend like a glove, with the lyrics as topical today as in 1975.  A bit of an acapella rendition of the  Beach Boys God Only Knows introduced the final quarter of the nearly 2 hour set.  The tune Slow Dance will forever be memorable for an audience member, Tanya, who was invited onstage to dance with Legend, and stole the set while she was at it. John Legend wrapped up the Darkness and Light Tour stop with the encore tunes, All Of Me and the Oscar winning Glory. The later providing an audience sing-a-long that threatened to block out the singer himself.

John Legend’s Darnkess and Light Tour continues this weekend in Washington State, stopping at Woodenville, WA.  Try to catch the tour if John Legend makes his way to your town.

Picks of the Week – May 31, 2017

Wrapping up May and kicking off June means we’re that much closer to Summer. Let’s see what the picks of the week have in store

Duo: Country Couple Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw bring their Soul2Soul tour to Rogers Arena tonight.

Traces of Words at MOA

Soul: R&B Crooner, John Legend’s Darkness and Light Tour stops at Rogers Arena on Thursday June 1st.

Aussies: Take in a show under the stars when Midnight Oil performs at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park on Friday June 2nd.

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th and Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League Western World show continues to bring the laughs at the expense of HBO’s popular hit, Westworld.

Music: Celebrate the grand opening of the brand new flagship Tom Lee Music shop on Granville Street

Kicks: Our Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their busy stretch with another match at BC Place on Saturday, hosting Atlanta United FC

2017 PNE Summer Night Concerts Line-Up

Another Summer, another spectacular line-up of Summer Night Concerts are coming to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Each year the PNE outdoes itself bringing in top notch entertainment that will appeal to all ages during the course of The Fair.

Pop, rock, country and R&B all come to the stage at the PNE Amphitheatre throughout the 15 Concerts.  The 2017 Summer Night Concerts are included free with admission but be aware that seating is first come-first seated so you’ll want to make sure you arrive early.  Beer Gardens around the PNE also show the concerts on big screens so you can still enjoy the shows even if the Amphitheatre is already at capacity.  If you don’t want to wait, limited reserved seating is available for $20. Reserved seats go on sale tomorrow, May 31st 2017.
New this year, private party suites are available for groups of 12 or 14 including private suite, gate passes, concert tickets, food & beverage service, plus parking passes.

The 2017 Summer Night Concerts line-up includes:

August 19 – Mother Mother
August 20 – Billy Currington
August 22 – The Pointer Sisters
August 23 – High Valley
August 24 – ZZ Top
August 25 – Chicago
August 26 – Colin James
August 27 – Huey Lewis & The News
August 29 – Tom Cochraine with Red Rider
August 30 – The B-52s
August 31 – The Doobie Brothers
September 1 – Rick Springfield
September 2 – The Gypsy Kings
September 3 – iHeartRadio Beach Ball (artists TBA)
September 4 –  iHeartRadio Beach Ball (artists TBA)

Note: iHeartRadio Beach Ball is a two-day ticketed event, not included with gate admission.