2018 PuSh Festival Program Launches

This week, 2018 PuSh Festival debuted its program guide with a party at The Fox Cabaret, home of Club PuSh during the festival.

Since 2003, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has become one of Vancouver’s premier events, bringing life to our stages and venue through  three dreary weeks each winter.  From January 16 to February 4, 2018, PuSh Festival brings world class performing arts to Vancouver.  Local performers and companies take the stages along with those from 11 other countries around the globe who are scheduled for PuSh 2018, including acts from Taiwan, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, USA, and Canada.  Theatre, dance, multimedia, film, talkbacks, conversations and workshops are all on deck for this year’s festival, in venues all around Vancouver.

Check out this year’s Festival trailer to see what’s in store for the 2018 Festival.

Visit pushfestival.ca to purchase passes and explore all that PuSh Festival has to offer during the three weeks or pick up a PuSh Festival Guide and start planning your Festival experience now.

Picks of the Week – November 22, 2017

The last weekend is here and the spirit of Christmas is lighting up the city, literally. Find light displays and more in these picks of the week.

Market: The Christmas Market season is in full swing with the Vancouver Christmas Market opening today, running until December 24, at Jack Poole Plaza. This weekend looks for the West End, Dunbar, Strathcona, River District and Portobello markets in all corners of Vancouver.

Jodi Proznick
photo: Michele Mateus

Jazz: Frankie’s Jazz Club welcomes Juno award nominated jazz bassist Jodi Proznick on Thursday night for a release of her new album, Sun Songs

Narnia: Carousel Theatre, invites families to step through the wardrobe as C.S Lewis’  The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to the stage.

Comedy: Brianne Nord-Stewart launches her new comedy web series The Dangers of Online Dating with a special screening at Penthouse nightclub on November 23rd

Swim: At the Gateway Theatre in Richmond experience a witty, engaging evening with Beverley Elliott’s one-woman show Sink or Swim until November 25th.

Carols: Friday night, The Tenors take the stage for their Christmas Together tour at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Air: Join the great Bernard Cuffling for an Orwellian one-man show Coming Up For Air at Kay Meeks Centre until November 25th.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company  The Day Before Christmas is onstage at the Goldcorp Stage until the day before Christmas, while fan favourite Onegin returns to the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage, until December 31st.

Ice: Through the weekend follow your heart to the world of Disney On Ice at Pacific Coliseum

Scoop: At Firehall Arts Centre, from November 11 to December 2nd, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth tells the tale of the 60’s Scoop of indigenous children with truth and humour

Solo: At Performance Works, Vanishing Vancouver comes to life in Solo Theatre Collective’s Satellites, playing  November 16 – 26.

Drag: The Christmas Queen returns to ruin Christmas for Vancouver Theatresports League and on Saturday nights does double duty against Vancouver drag diva the Unstoppable Connie Smudge

 

 

Sink or Swim with Beverley Elliott at Gateway Theatre

Sink or Swim with Beverley Elliott

Now playing at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, Sink or Swim is Beverley Elliott’s latest autobiographical one-woman show.  Following on last year’s …didn’t see that coming, the singer/actor/writer is back with more stories from her youth.

In Sink or Swim, Ms Elliott takes us back to rural Ontario and her childhood years.  With the help of musical director/pianist Bill Costin, the actress paints the picture of her 5-6 year old world with such vivid detail that  any of us who grew up in small town Canada recovered memories of our early school days too.  Songs and music helps set the mood and provide the transitions between stories, from selling the family farm, to the first day of school, to summer trips to the lake.  All the tales come with equal doses of wit, charm and emotions, as bonds of family and friends shine throughout Sink or Swim.

Beverley Elliott’s multifaceted talent brings so much to the stage.  The writer, creates engaging, fun, but believable stories to tell.  The actress, brilliantly makes herself ageless and any age, whether the spirited, elderly Granny on Once Upon A Time, a teenager in …didn’t see that coming, or the 5 year old Bev in Sink or Swim.  The singer, brings a range of emotions to the songs throughout her shows, from lively, pop tunes to touching ballads or big, Broadway style numbers.

Beverley Elliott’s Sink or Swim runs until November 25, 2017 in Studio B at Gateway Theatre, for tickets and information visit gatewaytheatre.com 

Picks of the Week – November 15, 2017

Mid-November we find even more Christmas and Holiday events heating up the picks of the week.

Craft: The Christmas craft market season is in full swing with Christmas at Hycroft on this weekend.

Artisans: Out in the Valley, Abbotsford hosts one of the largest craft shows, West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Market runs November 17 – 19, at Tradex

Air: Join the great Bernard Cuffling for an Orwellian one-man show Coming Up For Air at Kay Meeks Centre until November 25th.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company hails King Charles III at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until November 19th and The Day Before Christmas opening at the Goldcorp Stage

Knights: Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Thursday vs Las Vegas Golden Knights, and on Saturday vs St Louis Blues

Joseph: Align Entertainment’s remount of the celebrated musical Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat continues at the Michael J Fox Theatre until November 18th

Culture:  Explore 500+ artists in their open studios as the Eastside Culture Crawl runs through the weekend

Broadway: The award winning jukebox musical Jersey Boys comes to Queen Elizabeth from Tuesday November 14 until Sunday November 19

Scoop: At Firehall Arts Centre, from November 11 to December 2nd, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth tells the tale of the 60’s Scoop of indigenous children with truth and humour

Solo: At Performance Works, Vanishing Vancouver comes to life in Solo Theatre Collective’s Satellites, playing until November 16 – 26.

Mashup:  Alley Theatre presents The Ridiculous Darkness, a satirical mash-up of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now at the Annex Theatre until November 19th

Improv: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

 

5 Plays for the 2017 Holiday Season

O what fun it is to see family friendly live theatre!  Here’s 5 Christmas themed plays that everyone in the family will enjoy this Holiday season.

A Christmas Carol – December 7 – 24, 2017 – Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Charles Dickens’ classic, plus a few Ghostly visitors, help Scrooge and all of us find the spirit of Christmas

 


The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
  – November 25 – December 31, 2017 – Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island, Vancouver
Join the Pevensey children as they step through the wardrobe and visit the magical world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia classic adventure

 

Disney’s Beauty And The Beast – December 7, 2017 – January 13, 2018 – Arts Club Theatre Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Disney’s tale as old as time comes to life, with a song as old as rhyme, lavish costumes and lush sets.

 


East Van Panto : Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
– November 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018 – York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Join Snow White as she flees across East Van from the Evil Queen of North Vancouver with helps of the magical Vancouver characters she meets along the way.

 

Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa – November 22 – December 23, 2017 – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
HRM (Her Royal Meanness), The Christmas Queen returns to once again attempt to foil Christmas, will she finally succeed?  

Bonus: Christmas Queen – Drag Race – Saturdays November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11:15pm – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
The Christmas Queen is joined by guest host, The Unstoppable Connie Smudge for 5 naughty late night shows when anything could, and will, happen.

The Ridiculous Darkness descends on Annex Theatre

Until November 19th, the Annex Theatre is home of The Ridiculous Darkness, an ambitious work adapted from an award-winning German radio-play.  A mash up of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocolypse Now and in turn its source material The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  Now set in Afghanistan, the satirical outline takes on modern racial and social stereotypes.

photo: Wendy D Photography

Being a radio script leaves producers Alley Theatre and partners Neworld Theatre open season to create the world in which this off-beat satire exists on paper, the result is Ridiculous by name and ridiculous by nature.  Although the storyline follows the actions of German Military Officer Pellnerin and his boat pilot Stefan Dorsch secret mission to find the rogue Colonel Deutinger in the depths of the Afghan wilderness,  the production often veers off course to tackle local social issues and breaks the 4th wall to introduce other local cultural collaborators.

photo: Wendy D Photography

The production comes off as a random collection of thoughts loosely strung together by the Afghan adventure.  Envisioning it like a old-school radio serial; each episode includes a brief tale of action-adventure, a cultural interlude and a social commentary, helps to makes some sense of the eclectic 2 hours.  And like a radio play, the 6 core actors play all the characters, interchanging parts like a game of musical chairs.

photo: Wendy D Photography

Like its collaboration of thoughts, The Ridiculous Darkness co-producers Alley Theatre and Neworld Theatre and the core 6 players bring together an impressive collaboration of other local arts and cultural groups; Theatre Terrific, Tetsu Taiko, RealWheels Theatre, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Downtown East Side Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC, and East Van Powwow all contribute to the show at times packing 40+ people onstage.

The Ridiculous Darkness opened to a sold out audience at Annex Theatre on Remembrance Day, and closes on November 19th.  Visit Alley Theatre and Neworld Theatre online for more information and tickets.  Note: November 17th will be ASL interpreted 

Picks of the Week – November 8, 2017

This week we honour Remembrance Day and find a long weekend loaded with with these picks of the week.

Ceremonies: Remembrance Day ceremonies take place in all communities giving you plenty of picks to choose from, with one of the biggest annual events held at Victory Square in downtown Vancouver beginning at 9:45am Saturday.

Chan Centre for Performing Arts

Tex: Tonight, a trio of Texas Troubadours; Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmour, and Carrie Rodriguez take to the stage at the Chan Shue Concert Hall.

Craft: The Christmas craft market season kicks off with the annual Circle Craft Market opening today until Sunday

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company hails King Charles III at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until November 19th

Laughs: Stand-up John Mulaney brings his comedy to Queen Elizabeth Theatre for three shows; Thursday at 7pm, and Friday at 7pm and 9:30pm

Joseph: Align Entertainment brings the celebrated musical Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat to the Michael J Fox Theatre until November 18th

Pitch: One of the fiercest rivalries in all sports kick-off Thursday as Canadian  Women’s National Soccer team hosts Team USA  takes the pitch at BC Place

Pop: Saturday night, Halsey brings her electropop sounds to the stage at Rogers Arena

Scoop: At Firehall Arts Centre, from November 11 to December 2nd, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth tells the tale of the 60’s Scoop of indigenous children with truth and humour

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities continues under the Grande Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place until December 31

Girls: What happens when you become the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons, find out when Shameless Hussey Productions presents Girls Like That at Templeton Secondary School November 3, 7, 8, 9, & 10

Mashup: From November 11 – 19, Alley Theatre presents The Ridiculous Darkness, a satirical mash-up of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now at the Annex Theatre

Jedi: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

“Sparrow”
Artwork by Kelli Clifton

Opera: Friday, City Opera Vancouver with Pacific Opera Victoria presents the world premiere of Missing, telling the tale of missing & murdered women in the downtown Eastside & Highway of Tears, at The Cultch November 3, 7,9 & 11