Picks of the Week – August 23, 2017

August and summer slowly ticks away but not before some entertaining picks of the week

Eat: Tonight the roaming food experience,  Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates heads to Commercial Drive.

Cascadia: At BC Place, Whitecaps FC hosts Seattle Sounders in Cascadia Cup play on Wednesday.

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

Soirée: Thursday the dueling al fresco dining events, Ce Soir Noir at Crab Park and Dîner en Blanc at a to be announced location bring communities together around the city.

Rock: Mononymous Singer/Songwriter Beck brings his alt-rock to the stage at The Orpheum in Vancouver on Thursday night

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Closing: There’s a just a few more evenings to enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings

PNEPNE:  The Fair at the PNE is open for another season of agriculture and entertainment including the line up of great Summer Nights Concerts this week including ZZ Top, Chicago and Colin James.

Movies: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

Fall for Rugby Canada v Maori All-Blacks

Over the last two seasons, Vancouver has fallen in love with Rugby Canada Sevens as it’s taken over BC Place each March.  This year, rugby fans don’t have to wait until Spring for great International Rugby action, in November Rugby Canada men’s fifteens team hosts New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks for the first time in Vancouver.  As noted by their name, the Maori All Blacks, are an all Maori team with a long tradition of Rugby in New Zealand and internationally.  The initiators of the famed haka, that is also now performed by all the Kiwi teams, Maori All Blacks have beaten Canada in all five of their prior meetings.

With the popularity of Canada Sevens, USA Sevens in Las Vegas and the upcoming 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the West Coast is becoming a Sevens mecca but this is a chance to see world-class Fifteens rugby and support the #rednation.  Fifteens rugby or Rugby Union is a more tactical, aggressive longer form of rugby than the fast paced, quick matches that Vancouverites see on the pitch during Canada Sevens.  As Rugby Canada still hopes to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and with a change in coaching, any chance to play against quality opponents helps gain Team Canada’s experience before they take on Uruguay in January world cup qualifying.

Tickets are on sale now, and selling record-fast, with more than 65% of tickets being sold in the first three days.

Rugby Canada vs Maori All Blacks takes place at 7pm on Friday, November 3rd at BC Place.
Let’s all #RISEasOne and cheer on our Rugby Canada players.

Picks of the Week – August 16, 2017

After weeks of smoky haze, the skies have cleared making it a pleasure to get out and enjoy the picks of the week

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee docks along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd and becomes the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest.

Singer: acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter k.d.lang performs two shows at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday

Heartbreakers: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take to the stage

VQFF Closing Film: Handsome Devil

Films: Vancouver’s second largest film festival, VQFF continues around the city until Sunday.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Country: Friday night Rogers Arena is filled with country stars as Zac Brown Band stop in Vancouver

Roar: The BC Lions host Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Friday night

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

HeldOver: Enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings until August 26

PNE: Another season of Summer Nights Concerts kicks off as the PNE opens on Saturday

Pride: The Royal City rolls out the welcome mat for the New West Pride Street Party on Columbia Street and parties throughout Saturday

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC return home to play host to Houston Dynamo for the team’s annual Pride Night at BC Place


Movies
: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

 

Picks of the Week – August 9, 2017

The buzz of the BC Day long weekend, Vancouver Pride, Celebration of Light and so much more has come and gone but there’s still plenty in the picks of the week to keep you entertained all week.

Arts: The 27th Harmony Arts Festival  is underway now. Tonight, Best Of The West showcases local restaurants and wineries, then tomorrow Mixology Night On The Pier is a cocktail competition, all alongside the rest of the line up of arts & entertainment to West Vancouver.

Laughs: The dynamic duo of comedy Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy bring another edition of The Ryan and Amy Show to XYYVR for two nights, August 10th & 11th

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Culture: The New West Culture Crawl gets underway Friday night with an Opening Night party at Anvil Centre, kicking off the weekend Culture Crawl around the Royal City

Bach:  2nd Vancouver Bach Festival presented by Early Music Vancouver brings chamber music concerts, ensembles and soloists bringing classical music to Christ Church Cathdral and The Chan Centre until Friday.

 

Murals: Saturday the Vancouver Mural Festival hosts the Mount Pleasant Street Party, 10 blocks of car-free entertainment, arts, markets and performances by Yukon Blonde and Louise Burns.

HeldOver: Now that the season has been extended until August 26, there’s even more evenings to enjoy in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

Take Off: Celebration all things aviation at the 50th Abbotsford International Airshow, as static displays, aerial exhibitions, entertainment and fireworks fill Abbotsford Airport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Roar: Sunday, BC Lions play host to Saskatchewan Roughriders and their hardcore fans at BC Place

Croon: Famed English singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry brings his smooth sounds to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday evening.

Picks of the Week – July 19, 2017

Mid-July and summer fun is in full swing with more than enough activities to full two sets of picks of the week

Highschool: Opening tonight, Excavation Theatre presents Girls! Girls! Girls! a story relating the angst and traumas of high school life told in nursery rhyme-rap style at Havana Theatre until July 29th

Punk: British new wave act The Psychedelic Furs brings their reunited line-up to the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday

Broadway: Give into the spirit of the night as Broadway Across Canada brings the legendary Phantom of the Opera to the Queen Elizabeth Stage starting tonight until July 23

photo: Ken Thorne

Youth:  Midtwenties Theatre Society presents their brilliant debut production of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth,  at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island through this weekend

KidFree:  Leave the kids at home and head to Playland, where Friday’s in July are Adults-Only. Spend your evening with a drink in hand as you wander the park surrounding by those 19+ only

Festival: The 3rd Annual African Descent Festival takes over Thornton Park on Main Street, Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate Vancouver’s vibrant and rich African descendant community

Stars: Theatre Under The Stars has returned for another year with Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone alternating throughout the summer at Malkin Bowl

Orange: Show your Lions Pride as BC Lions host Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday

Arts: The Arts Club Theatre Company  Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, closed June 25th while Bittergirl The Musical continues until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage.

Run: Vancouver Pride events get an early start with the annual Pride Run & Walk happening in Stanley Park on Saturday July 22nd

Fancy: Don your finest and spend the day at the races, the 9th Annual Deighton Cup returns to Hastings Racetrack on Saturday

Closing: With the new Polygon Gallery nearing completion the Presentation House Gallery comes to a close with a closing party on Saturday afternoon; Exile On Mainstreet

Kicks: Whitecaps FC play host to Portland Timbers in a MLS/Cascadia Cup clash at BC Place on Sunday

Picks of the Week – July 5, 2017

If you’re not too worn out from your Canada Day long weekend, there’s still plenty to do in the picks of the week to keep you entertained

Kicks: Tonight, watch for fireworks as Whitecaps FC play host to NYC FC and it’s star studded roster at BC Place at 7pm.

Charity: Play some bingo, win some prizes, donate to charity while supporting Friends for Life, sounds simple? It is, all at Jukebox Bingo with Mina Mercury, Misty Meadows and retro tunes from DJ Del Stamp on Wednesday evening at Celebrities.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage.

Front: Fridays on Front is a new evening market experience on Front Street in New Westminster; food, artisans, entertainment and more

Park: The 2017 edition of FVDED in the Park fills Holland Park in Surrey with great music from The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, Dillon Francis, Ty Dolla $ign and many more, Friday and Saturday

Victoria: More music can be found across the pond, The Phillips Backyard Weekender kicks into gear with music from headliners Common Kings, Cake, Current Swell, plus many more over three days; July 7-9.

Party: Saturday, the annual Khatsahlano Street Party takes over 4th Avenue in Kits for a day-long party of shopping, Food Trucks, family entertainment and music from The Zolas, The Courtneys, D.O.A and more

Eat: The Third Annual Taco Fest brings food fans out to Swangard Stadium on Saturday to witness The Ring of Fire Eating Competition, musical entertainment, food vendors and merchants

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company stages are loaded with entertainment; 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

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