Picks Of The Week – August 28, 2013

It’s Labour Day weekend already, hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Let’s pack in some fun for the last long weekend of the season!

Whitecaps BC Place
Watch the Whitecaps under BC Place

PNE: Summer Concert Series plus loads more fun is still tap as the PNE,  this week – Big Wreck, Martina McBride, REO Speedwagon, Lights and Loverboy wrap up the season

Bard: There’s just a couple weeks left before Bard On The Beach Shakespeare Festival closes for another season, on Monday night Sept 2nd join in the special event Operas & Arias Viva Verdi as the UBC Opera Ensemble take over the mainstage at the Bard Village.

Blues: Legendary blues man Jim Byrnes closes out the season of Enchanted Evening Concerts at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden on Friday evening at 7:30

Pigskin: BC Lions roar into BC Place to take on Hamilton TigerCats on Friday night at 7pm

Comedy: Bring the laughs as comedian Brian Regan tickles the funny bone at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts on Friday night at 8pm

Trio: Head out to the Kozmik Zoo on Broadway for a three for one of folk/rock as Mississippi Live & The Dirty Dirty, with Billy Manzik, and Jimmy Baldwin get your feet tapping at 8pm

Concert: In the Park at Ambleside head out for a beautiful night of sights and sounds with FUN. and Tegan & Sara supported by The Mowgli’s and Gold & Youth, on Saturday starting at 4pm

Kicks: Desperate for a MLS playoff berth the Vancouver Whitecaps must win as they take on Chivas USA at BC Place on Sunday September 1st at 4pm

Drag: Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni Alaska Thunderf*ck struts into Five-Sixty for MoneyShot on Sunday night

Afterhours: Keep your weekend going late night at Gorg-o-mish for United: Labour Day with DJ Tony Moran doors open at midnight





Nikki Yanofsky opens for Il Volo

Nikki YanofskyNikki Yanofsky – Orpheum Theatre – August 25, 2013

Beginning a night of over achieving young adults, Nikki Yanofsky opened Il Volo’s ‘We Are Love Tour’ at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.  It is a great showcase for the young jazz singer the sold out show allowed Yanofsky to show off her vocal abilities before an appreciative mature audience.  Unfortunately, many didn’t initially know who the 19 year old was as she broke out her powerful but smooth jazz sounds. However, when she started talking about her fond memories of singing her signature song, “I Believe” during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, almost everyone knew the song. She has matured from the 16 year old Nikki Yanofskyrecording the Olympic anthem and now presented a sleeker more sultry style to the audience.  Her short set was half new material from her upcoming second album, “Little Secret” and a few covers – “Witchcraft” and channeling all her vocal power for an Etta James cover to wrap up the set.  Having this showcase to present her talent to the Il Volo fanbase is a great opportunity to reach Nikki Yanofskynew audiences to expand her own fanbase.

Follow Nikki Yanofsky‘s The Little Secret Tour, on the road with Il Volo or on Twitter @NikkiYanofsky & Facebook.com/NikkiYanofsky

Il Volo kick off “We Are Love” tour 2013

Il Volo – Orpheum Theatre – August 25, 2013

Italian popera trio, Il Volo kicked off their headlining “We Are Love Tour” at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver last night. Supporting their November 2012 release “We Are Love” the trio of Piero Barone(20), Ignazio Boschetto (18) and Gianluca Ginoble (18) are still riding the high from backing Barbra Streisand on tour last year, appearances on American Idol and are now making the most of the recognition to carve their own niche.
Kicking off their 20 date Canada/US tour (which is followed by another 22 shows in Latin America) at Vancouver’s elegant Orpheum Theatre was a perfect venue for their elegant vocals and classic matinee idol good looks, like a mashup of The Jonas Brothers and The Three Tenors. Starting with “Questo Amore” (“Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” in Italian), the 2 hour set included a mix of contemporary songs and classical standards in English, Italian, Spanish and French. The three young men who have vocal range beyond their years each performed a couple of solos in between the group numbers, the audience was enthralled, leaping to their feet after many numbers. The audience also enjoyed the witty banter and occasional stumbles over English words, Ignazio proving to be the most playful one of the trio. Going back and forth between languages and classical and contemporary kept the set lively and meant there was something for everyone to enjoy. Even if you didn’t know the words or know the song there was no doubting that these performers were astounding talents. “Beautiful Day”, “Splendida”, “Angel”, “Surrender” and “Maria” filled out the set list. They paid tribute to Barbra Streisand before Ignazio’s solo version of “Memory”, Frank Sinatra before Gianluca sang “Night & Day”, also the group spotlighted Placido Domingo when singing “Il Canto”, their duet with the maestro.
Although it’s only been just over 3 years since they met on the Italian TV talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone, their stage and vocal chemistry is perfect, no wonder the judges put them together as a trio to sing their final song of the night “O Sole Mio”.

There’s still time to catch Il Volo when the “We Are Love Tour” comes to your town.

Tue 08/27/13 : Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord

Wed 08/28/13 : Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphetheater At Universal CityWalk

Fri 08/30/13 : Fresno, CA – William Saroyan Theatre

Sun 09/01/13 : Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Wed 09/04/13 : Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

Thu 09/05/13 : Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre

Sat 09/07/13 : Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sun 09/08/13 : Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Wed 09/11/13 : Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall For The Performing Arts

Thu 09/12/13 : Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre

Sat 09/14/13 : Boston, MA – Bank Of America Pavilion

Sun 09/15/13 : Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Tue 09/17/13 : Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury

Fri 09/20/13 : Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum

Sat 09/21/13 : Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena

Sun 09/22/13 : Orlando, FL – Amway Center

Fri 09/27/13 : New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

Sun 09/29/13 : Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre

If you can’t follow Il Volo on tour, follow them on Twitter @IlVolo, on Facebook.com/ilvolomusic and on Instagram @IlVoloMusic
Also follow the guys individually on Twitter @piero_barone, @GianGinoble and @IBoschetto

Boca del Lupo : Fall Away Home

Fall Away Home star Ming Hudson takes flight

As part of the Stanley Park 125th Anniversary Celebrations, Boca del Lupo and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts present Fall Away Home, a modern fairy tale about a young girl who, in an effort to help others, falls down a hole and finds herself falling all the way through the planet. After a series of previews, wrapping up last evening, Fall Away Home takes place August 24, 25, 29, 31, and September 1, at 8pm at the Service Yard Lot, park of the Memory Lane at The Garden zone for the Celebrate Stanley Park weekend.

Fall Away Home explores the world of children who are not entirely in control of their own lives and destiny. This unique production incorporates Boca del Lupo’s signature use of technology, acrobatics, and theatre craft to create a show that is as much an experience as it is a performance. A mash-up of live action, animation, and as is Boca del Lupo’s tradition includes audience participation. The audience is encouraged to check out the interactive parts of the show in advance, but it’s not required to have a great time joining in. (Note to audience: be prepared to stand for the 90min show as the performers move in and around the audience.)

‘We are delighted to be partnering with Boca del Lupo on Fall Away Home,” said Cory Philley of the Shadbolt Centre. “It is proving to be a magical show for everyone involved and a great celebration of 125 years of Stanley Park!”

Jay Dodge of Boca del Lupo added, “We are excited to be returning to our beloved tradition of free, outdoor, all-ages spectaculars in the place where it all began, Stanley Park. It has been 11 years since our first show in the park and at the time we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for it. Fall Away Home is our seventh such production and is especially exciting to us, as we are merging the new technology we’ve been developing in our indoor work with the large scale visuals of the outdoors—it’s going to be a LOT of fun!”

Fall Away Home takes place August 24, 25, 29, 31, and September 1, at 8pm in the Stanley Park, Service Yard Parking Lot
Entry is free with a mandatory ticket reservation
Ticket Reservations: tickets.shadboltcentre.com,
Call 604.205.3000
Email boxoffice@shadboltcentre.com


Celebrate Stanley Park 125!

A defining part of the downtown Vancouver landscape since 1888, Stanley Park is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a weekend of fun arts, entertainment and sport. Taking place throughout the park August 24 and 25, the mostly free activities take place from noon until 8pm based around 5 zones around the 1000 acre park.
There’s something for everyone to see and experience over the weekend; discover the depth of Stanley Park’s history or ecology on a walking tour, visit the mounted police horse stables, meet the park gardens, take in historical car displays, play sports at Brockton Oval, tour the naval base HMCS Discovery, let Bobs & Lolo entertain the whole family and try some of Vancouver’s renowned food trucks.

The 5 zones are:
Live at Second Beach – a live stage, food concession, food trucks, beer garden from Stanley Park Brewery
Family Fun At Fisherman’s Arch – family stage with children’s performers, Coast Salish artisans, ecological walks, the Vancouver Aquarium Aqua Van and food trucks
Memory Lane At The Garden – historical displays in the Rose Garden, Shakespearean performances, and ticketed shows from Theatre Under The Stars and Boca del Lupo
Brockton Sportsapalooza – Rugby, cricket, Coast Salish games demonstrations, beer garden, food trucks and HMCS Discovery Open House.
Lost Lagoon’s Ecoharmony – nature displays, walks, talks and games at the Nature House plus music performances on the Lost Lagoon Stage.


Picks Of The Week – August 21, 2013

Summer’s ticking away, better grab on and squeeze everything you can out of it!

Celebrate: Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park celebrates its 125th Anniversary all weekend with a park filled with free entertainment, activities and family fun

Smooth: Hit maker, Chris Isaak brings his Wicked Game to the River Rock Show Theatre, crooning his multiple hits on Friday August 23rd

Kicks: Take a wander to Andy Livingston Park in downtown Vancouver August 23-25, to watch some great amateur soccer as Out For Kicks Soccer League hosts their 2013 Invitations Tournament for sister-leagues around the Pacific Northwest

FallAwayHome_Banner-1024x210Play: As part of the Stanley Park 125th Anniversary, The Shadbolt Centre For The Arts & Boca del Lupo present Fall Away Home, a free outdoor, all-ages play in the Service Yards at Stanley Park, playing August 24, 25, 29, 31 and September 1.

Galaxy: Still looking to secure a playoff position, Vancouver Whitecaps FC host LA Galaxy for an important Western Conference match on Saturday August 24th at 6pm in BC Place

Laugh: Bawdy, Brit Russell Brand brings his unique brand of comedy to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday August 24 at 8pm

Closing Party: The 25th Annual Queer Film Festival comes to a close with the Gala Closing Party at Celebrities Night Club Sunday Aug 25th at 9:30pm.

Concerts: Great Summer Night Concerts continue at the PNE with The Beach Boys – Friday, August 23, Sam Roberts Band – Saturday, August 24, Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans – Sunday, August 25

Popera: Italian classical pop trio Il Volo take to the stage at the Orpheum Theatre with Canadian Nikko Yanofsky Sunday August 25th

On Sale: Some great concerts with big names go on sale this week; Paramore (Oct 16 at Pacific Coliseum), Chris Cornell (Oct 23 at Orpheum Theatre), Example (Oct 28 at Venue), Matt Mays (Nov 12 at Imperial) all go on sale this Friday Aug 23. Tickets for Dixie Chicks (Oct 26 at Rogers Arena) go on sale Monday Aug 26

Picks Of The Week – July 24, 2013

I hope you’re enjoying this long streak of sunny weather don’t forget to come in from the sun and enjoy a few of the great activities in the City.

Arts: Take Pride in Art as the Roundhouse Community Centre plays host to the Queer Arts Festival visual arts exhibits until August 9th.

Laugh: Comedian, radio/tv host and actor Adam Carolla brings his one-man show to the Commodore Ballroom on Friday July 26th

Rock: Don’t hurry, RUSH, spend an evening with the iconic Canadian rock trio at Rogers Arena on Friday July 26th

Race: Take a trip around the world as Teams embark on The Amazing Improv Race until August 31st, just one of the hilarious shows at Vancouver Theatre Sports League

Run: Get out and hit the pavement at Lumberman’s Arch Saturday morning for the annual Pride Run & Walk

Pop: If you hear thousands of high pitched squeals and screams on Saturday night, don’t worry it’s just One Direction fans welcoming their idols to Rogers Arena July 27

Blast: Look up and watch the sky come alive with fireworks as the annual Honda Celebration Of Light takes over English Bay for three nights; July 27, 31 and Aug 1. Find a spot along the beaches and seawall or pre-book your prime view from the bleachers at the YVR Observation Deck.

Benefit: Vancouver Fanclub welcomes The Imperial Collective with local artists Nicki B, Crosslegged Willies and STRIP and benefiting the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society

Soccer: Our Whitecaps FC play host to Philidephia Union as they attempt to bounce back from their road loss in LA last weekend.

On Sale: Some great talent coming to town with tickets going on sale this Friday July 26: R&B crooners John Legend (Nov 24, Orpheum Theatre), British rockers Noah And The Whale (Sept 27, Vogue Theatre), country music’s Lee Brice (Aug 9, Commodore Ballroom) or for something a little harder edged Monster Magnet (Nov 23, Rickshaw Theatre)