Culture Days BC 2017

 

 

On September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017, be prepared to create, participate and share during the Culture Days in British Columbia.  A collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement, Culture Days aims to raise awareness, accessibility, and participation of all Canadians in the arts and cultural programs within their communities.

The eighth annual Culture Days will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Whistler’s Audain Gallery will host the Culture Days kick off on September 28th. Then the following three days will be filled with free arts and culture events in all corners of the province, including;

The 2nd Annual Port Moody Scavenger Hunt – a hunt to explore and discover the city’s public art and historical sites.

Canada 150 Geocache Project in Maple Ridge – the Community Heritage Commission and City of Maple Ridge have established seven geocaches around town.

Squanderer Mural Festival – the large scale mural festival in Squamish wraps up it’s two month run during Culture Days.

Cannery Collections Storage Tours – a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique and rare finds hidden in the archives of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Barclay Heritage Square & Roedde House Walking Tours – explore the urban oasis in the midst of Vancouver’s West End highlighted by the historic Roedde House Museum.

Behind the Scenes at Ballet BC – take a look behind the curtain to see what goes into the development of a new program

Try on the Gateway – visit Richmond’s Gateway Theatre to experience the magic of theatre; tour backstage, try on or buy costumes from past productions, perfect for your Halloween planning

These are just a tiny sampling of some of the local events, visit the Culture Days website to explore all that’s on offer in your community and set up your own custom My Culture Days itinerary.

 

 

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

 

Théâtre la Seizième Announced 2017-18 Season

Théâtre la Seizième has announced its 2017-2018 season, including two local and four visiting productions coming to Vancouver stages.  Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in British Columbia. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, and a young audiences season, in addition to a series of drama workshops, a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists.

No matter the language, Théâtre la Seizième aims to reach all culture lovers while also surprising its audience with new faces and new forms of stage performance.  This season’s plays have been selected for the light they shed on some of today’s hot button issues (immigration, superficiality and appearance, birth rate and environmental protection, individualism and unity of the family, and the cult of performance).

“We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity.” stressed Esther Duquette, Artistic and Managing Director. 

Théâtre la Seizième adds performances English surtitles, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday shows to allow more non-French speaking culture lovers to experience the works.

This year’s season includes;

Mainstage Productions:

UNITÉ MODÈLE
October 17-28, 2017 at Studio 16

BIBISH DE KINSHASA
November 28 – December 2, 2017 at Studio 16

POURQUOI TU PLEURES…?
February 16-17, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre

DES ARBRES
May 8-12, 2018 at Studio 16 

Young Audiences Productions:

CRÈME-GLACÉE
April 7, 2018 at Studio 16
On tour in primary schools from April 3 to June 8, 2018

AVANT L’ARCHIPEL
On tour in high schools from May 3-25, 2018

Find production details and information plus book subscription packages and single performance tickets visit seizieme.ca

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.

 

 

 

Shylock joins Bard on the Beach 2018

As the 2017 Bard on the Beach continues bringing Shakespeare to Vanier Park, a provocative, contemporary work, Shylock, joins the repertoire.   Written by BC writer Mark Leiren-Young, Shylock plays on the Howard Family Stage until September 15th. The play premiered at Bard on the Beach in 1996 and has since been performed around the world to popular and critical acclaim.

 Echoing current affairs, Sherry J. Yoon directs this explosive one-man monologue about censorship, racism and the role of theatre as a reflection of our own present-day attitudes and thoughts. Star Warren Kimmel, who is also playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice on the Howard Family Stage. Within the play, Kimmel plays the character of Jon Davies, an actor and a Jew, condemned by his own community for his portrayal of the Jewish moneylender in a traditional production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Davies uses his final post-show talkback to raise challenging questions about censorship in general and the political correctness of Merchant itself.

 Shylock was one of the first original works we presented at Bard, under the direction of John Juliani”, notes Christopher Gaze, Bard Artistic Director. “With our current staging of The Merchant of Venice, it’s the perfect time to bring Shylock back as a companion piece.”

Adds director Sherry J. Yoon, “Though Mark’s play was written over 20 years ago, Shylock seems more relevant today than ever. From the historical references in literature, to extremist views that have simultaneously polarized and united us, the irreverent humour in this work will resonate.” Leiren-Young, as is his practice whenever the piece is produced, has provided contemporary updates to help link the story directly to today’s political and social climate.

Shylock plays in repertory on the Howard Family Stage with The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, from today until September 15th. Visit bardonthebeach.org for tickets and information

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.

Bard on the Beach Announces its 2018 Season Line-Up

Bard On The Beach
2017 Bard on the Beach continues until Sep 23

While you still have a few weeks left to get your Shakespeare fix at the 2017 season of Bard on the Beach, continuing until September 23, Artistic Director Christopher Gaze has announced the lineup the Festival’s 2018 season, running from June 6 to September 22, 2018. The 29th season of Vancouver’s Shakespeare festival will include two audience favourites, a provocative reimagining of a rarely-produced drama, as well as a Greek classic, adapted to add a local, contemporary twist.

 The BMO Mainstage hosts an exciting new production of As You Like Itset in Vancouver and filled with Beatles music; on alternate nights a classical production of Shakespeare’s epic drama Macbeth. Across the Bard Village at Vanier Park two new productions will be featured on the Howard Family Stage: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, redefined with a female-dominated cast, and a Bard-commissioned new adaptation of Lysistrata.

The overviews of the 2018 Bard on the Beach productions are:

As You Like It – It’s the 1960s, and free spirits are escaping from Vancouver to get “back to the land”. This joyful celebration of love features 20 classic Beatles songs from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “All You Need is Love”. You’ll leave the theatre with a song in your heart and a belief in our shared humanity! Directed by Daryl Cloran, who helmed Bard’s 2015 hit musical production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Macbeth – On a blasted heath in medieval Scotland, three women tell a General that he is fated to be the King of Scotland. The image takes hold in his mind, and so begins a chain of events that leads to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Shakespeare’s great study of power and corruption is both terrifying and sublime – and has never been more relevant. Starring leading Canadian actors Ben Carlson and Moya O’Connell and directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham.

Timon of Athens – Colleen Wheeler stars as Timon, leading an outstanding ensemble of actors in Shakespeare’s exploration of power and greed. A parable for our times, the story is a powerful indictment of capitalism and nihilism. Meg Roe (The Tempest, 2014) directs a production that invites us to think about our place in a shallow world, and to look beyond the wealth of the pocketbook towards the wealth of the heart.

Lysistrata – It is 2018. An environmental threat hangs over Vancouver’s coastline. A company of actors respond by staging Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ outrageous comedic story of the first-ever female strike. First staged in 411 BC, this brand-new adaptation is a glorious, bawdy romp that investigates how humour and art can take their place in the political arena. Directed by Lois Anderson, whose Pericles for Bard in 2016 won her a Jessie Award for Outstanding Direction (Large Theatre).

Season tickets for the 2018 Season of Bard on the Beach are on sale now, with individual tickets and other packages going on sale later in the year.
Visit bardonthebeach.org to purchase or for updates on tickets.