Picks of the Week – September 20, 2017

I hope you didn’t fall for the early pumpkin spice trick, the first weekend of Autumn is only just now upon us, let’s see what Fall fun we find in these picks of the week

Shakespeare:  It’s the final few nights of this season’s Bard on the Beach  before the tents fold for another winter on September 23rd.

Angels: As one curtain draws another opens, the Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season is now underway with Angels In America: Perestroika in stage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Art: Vancouver artist David Wilson‘s Instagram inspired exhibition “Interrupting the Interface” runs at Kimoto Gallery until September 30th.

Music: the final concert of the Sea To Sky Gondola Sunset Music series brings classical music to the mountain with a performance by the Sea to Sky Orchestra on Friday evening

Runway: Vancouver Fashion Week struts its stuff at the Chinese Culture Centre until Sep 24th.

Sip: Across the water the Victoria Wine Festival brings the grape to the glass Friday and Saturday at The Parkside Hotel and Spa

Duo: On Friday, English electronic music duo Goldfrapp comes to The Vogue

Roar: Show some Lions Pride at BC Place on Friday night when the BC Lions play host to the Hamilton Ti-Cats

Kicks: Saturday night get your kicks when Whitecaps FC hope to maintain their first in the West standings against Colorado Rapids at BC Place

Rock: Saturday night at the Commodore Ballroom, Apocalyptica brings their unique blend of cello metal rock to the stage


Polaris Prize Reveals the 2017 Winner – Lido Pimienta

Monday night at The Carlu in Toronto the Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Lido Pimienta (left) for the album La Papessa.

The annual prize awards $50,000 to the Canadian Album of the Year, based solely on merit, regardless of genre, or sales numbers.  A Grand Jury of independent music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers determine a long list of albums,  released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 before narrowing it down to the short list of 10 albums.

To determine the Album of the Year, the Grand Jury is also reduced to a short list of 11 jurists who then award the Polaris Prize.
In addition to the $50,000 awarded to the winner, the remaining 9 finalists each receive $3000 from Slaight Music.

The 2017 runners-up include;
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves

The Polaris Gala was hosted by CBC Radio 2 morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris and featured performances from 6 of the Top 10 finalists; including include Lido Pimienta, Weaves, Leif Vollebekk, Tanya Tagaq, Feist and Lisa Leblanc.  The evening also featured the exclusive worldwide debut of Leonard Cohen’s new video for “Leaving the Table,” directed by Christopher Mills.  To watch highlights and more music from the Polaris Prize Gala visit cbcmusic.ca/polarisprize

Lido Pimienta joins the illustrious list of Polaris Prize Winners; Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).




Picks of the Week – September 13, 2017

Already mid-September and our last full week of Summer is ahead so let’s make the most of these picks of the week to see the season off.

Caps:  Our Whitecaps FC play the second of a four match homestand when they host Minnesota United FC tonight at BC Place.

Park:  Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, welcomes Seattle’s Fleet Foxes tonight, then on Friday Bonobo takes the stage and July Talk with The Zolas wrap up the outdoor stage season on Saturday

Folk: English folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls bring their sounds to the stage at the Commodore Ballroom Wednesday night.

Shakespeare:  There’s just a few nights to catch the contemporary work, Shylock at Bard on the Beach before it closes on Friday the 15th while Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona continue until September 23rd.

Fringe: The Vancouver Fringe Festival  continues to bring cutting edge works to the stages and venues around Granville Island until Sunday, September 17th

Stand-Up: Thursday, Comedian Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout – The Tour 2017 to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre for the only Canadian stop on the tour.

Art: Vancouver artist David Wilson‘s Instagram inspired exhibition “Interrupting the Interface” runs at Kimoto Gallery until September 30th.

Broadway: The classic Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday.

WhitecapsAlumni: Saturday, before the Whitecaps play Columbus Crew, the 2017 Alumni Match brings an impressive line-up of Legends and Stars to play BC Place supporting BC Children’s Hospital.




Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey bring All The Hits to Vancouver

This week, Lionel Richie wrapped up his All The Hits tour in Seattle with their penultimate gig making a stop in Vancouver. Along with the iconic hit maker, another legendary voice joined the tour with Mariah Carey sharing the bill as a special guest.

As the audience arrived, opening act Tauren Wells, got the evening going with a set of his Christian R&B tinged pop/rock.

A short stage reset welcomed Mariah Carey to the stage.

With a flash of a career montage, Ms Carey, upon a throne, her voice preceding her, arrived on stage. Her set included some of her greatest hits, sounding amazing as she hit every note of her career defining tunes like; Heartbreaker, Touch My Body, My All, It’s Like That, Vision of Love, and more.  One of the sweetest moments of the set was when the singer’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe joined her onstage.  Little Miss Monroe joined her mother singing Always Be My Baby, while Moroccan took to the throne and interjected like a hype-boy.  With her instrument fully in great form, Mariah has fun playing the diva throughout the set; her back-up dancers treating her like a Queen, getting a hair & make-up touch up whilst on her throne, three costume changes but never letting the over-the-top fun get in the way of job number one, belting out best-selling hit after hit.

After Ms Carey’s 75 minute set wrapped up with an encore of Hero, another set change get the stage ready for Lionel Richie and his nearly 50 year catalogue.

The energetic 68 year old showed little effect from the knee surgery that postponed the tour from earlier in the year.  Boundless energy and an arena filling presence kept the audience enraptured and singing along to hits from both his solo career and with The Commodores.  Starting with Easy, then moving swiftly between upbeat numbers and ballads like Running With The Night, You Are, Penny Lover, Hello, Stuck On You, Brickhouse, Three Times A Lady, Say You Say Me, Dancing On The Ceiling.  Engaging the audience, and poking a bit of fun at his and some of the fans’ age. Lionel also had a good time with some of the ladies in the front of the audience, highlighting them or their dancing on the stage screens caused some embarrassment and some joy. Getting a bit political the songwriter reminded us of how much good can get done when people work together with a solo rendition of We Are The World before wrapping up the evening with his anthem All Night Long (All Night).

Surely many of the audience would have like the evening of great songs and singers to continue all night long but after nearly 4 hours the night wrapped leaving smiles on faces and songs in heads and hearts across the arena.


Picks of the Week – September 6, 2017

We may be past Labour Day weekend but Summer isn’t over yet, let’s see what we can find to keep the season going through these picks of the week

Shakespeare:  Tonight, the contemporary work, Shylock joins the line-up at Bard on the Beach from Sept 6 – 15 while Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona continue until September 23rd.

Facade: Every evening this week, take a look at the Georgia Street facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery as Facade Festival illuminates the building with works of art created by a new artist each evening, until September 10th.

Fringe: Starting tomorrow, September 7th the Vancouver Fringe Festival brings cutting edge works to the stages and venues around Granville Island until September 17th

Laughs: Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, stand-up comic, playwright, author and social commentator Lewis Black brings his 49th Parallel Tour to Vancouver.

Art: Vancouver artist David Wilson draws inspiration from Instagram for his newest exhibition “Interrupting the Interface” opening Thursday at Kimoto Gallery, showing until September 30th.

Downs: The BC Lions return to BC Place on Friday night for a game against Montreal Alouettes.

West End: Saturday join in the family-friendly fun at West End Fest, gate open at King George Secondary / West End Community Centre at 11am for a BBQ, entertainment, games and more

Kicks: Saturday at BC Place, Whitecaps FC hope to maintain their potential play off position when they host Real Salt Lake

Pop – Up: The final, free, pop-up party of the Public Disco season comes to Jim Deva Plaza in the West End this Saturday with DJ Heather and more spinning the tunes.

Comedy: Saturday at The Fox Cabaret, comedian Graham Clark kicks off a new monthly night, Quiz Show – part quiz, part comedy, all fun.

Rock: Saturday night at The Imperial, rockers Bear Mountain take to the stage.

Picks of the Week : August 30, 2017

In this picks of the week we find another month comes to a close but brings with is a long weekend full of fun

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

World: The newly expanded to two-days, Richmond World Festival is a free family fun event at Minoru Park

PNE:  The Fair at the PNE continues to bring agriculture and entertainment including the line up of great Summer Nights Concerts this week including The B52s, Doobie Brothers, Rick Springfield & The Gypsy Kings

Film: There’s still time to catch a movie before the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival comes to a close on September 3rd

Rock: Hopefully all is calm outside as Guns N’ Roses take the stage and prepare to blow the roof off BC Place on September 1st

Bowl: rock under the stars as Spoon plays the beautiful Malkin Bowl in the heart of Stanley Park on Saturday night

Heart:  Closing out the long weekend and PNE concerts, the I Heart Radio Beach Ball is two full days, Sunday and Monday, full of fantastic pop at the PNE Amphitheatre featuring Alessia Cara, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, Lorde, Liam Payne, Train, Blondie, Serena Ryder and many more

Pop: A pair of hitmakers grace the stage at Rogers Arena, rescheduled from the spring, Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey visit on Sunday.

Photo credit: David and Emily Cooper

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach continues to bring Shakespeare to life at Vanier Park, with Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona on the Howard Family Stage

Celebrate Salmon at Pink Salmon Festival – August 27, 2017

Join the Pacific Salmon Foundation for its fifth biennial Pink Salmon Festival this Sunday, August 27th.

Part of the FraserFest series of events celebrating the Fraser watershed this summer, Pink Salmon Festival happens from 12 noon to 4:00pm in Hadden Park across from the Maritime Museum.

Pink salmon are the most sustainable salmon species, yet are traditionally undervalued by the public.  Canadian Fishing Company (CANFISCO) has donated 2000 pounds of pink salmon and executive chefs Robert Clark of The Fish Counter, Garrett Schack from Vista 18 Restaurant in Victoria and barbeque specialist Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk will create a delicious barbeque for everyone to sample the sustainable salmon.

Barbeque will be available by donation with all proceeds supporting wild salmon conservation in British Columbia.  In addition to the barbeque, Pink Salmon Festival will include music, interactive storytelling, educational displays and plenty of free family-friendly activities.  Also join in the English Bay Paddle, $20 per person but no canoe experience is necessary to join in a unique guided paddle around English Bay with 7-16 others on a 34′ Voyageur canoe.

Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Pink Salmon Festival
When: Sunday August 27, noon until 4pm
Where: Hadden Park
Admission: Free to attend, Barbeque by donations, $20 per person for English Bay Paddle.