Picks of the Week – May 16, 2018

The Victoria Day, May long weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season for many of us, bringing with it a bounty of entertainment to fill our picks of the week.

Abba: You’ll say thank you for the music as the Arts Club opens the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage tonight, onstage until August 12th

Rock: Your hair might not be as long but be ready to bang your head as thrash metal group Slayer takes to the Pacific Coliseum

Kicks: Can Whitecaps FC redeem themselves in fans eyes and find a win when San Jose Earthquake come to BC Place tonight?

GollyMolly Misbegotten is the new play from by Beau Han Bridge, presented by the Mid Twenties Theatre Society at Havana Theatre May 10-12 and 15-19, 2018.

Ice: Catch Canadian Olympic Figure Skaters including Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir,  Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Kaetlyn Osmond and many more as Stars On Ice 2018 Tour comes to Rogers Arena May 17th

Country: The 72nd Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair returns to the Surrey fairground for 4 days of family entertainment, May 18-21, 2018

Friendship: The unlikely friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and its influence on Middle Earth and Narnia is on stage in Pacific Theatre’s Tolkien running May 11 – June 9

Magic: American magician, illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine brings his unique talents of amazement to Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 2 shows, Friday and Saturday

Comedy: English stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr brings his dry, deadpan humour to the Vogue Theatre for two shows on Sunday night.

Haida:  Museum of Vancouver is presenting, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture, until June 15.

Museum of Anthropology

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th

Resist: Also until October 8th at MOA, the new exhibit, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Duo: The Vancouver Art Gallery unites the works of two dynamic female early 20th century artists Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman, on view at the Gallery until September 3, 2018

Offsite: Vancouver Art Gallery presents Offsite: Shigeru Ban by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House, organized by the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art at the Offsite Location at Shangri-La Vancouver

Wet

Play: ITSAZOO presents the Western Canadian Premiere of David James Brock’s award-winning drama, WET, May 8-27, 2018 in the intimate basement of The Russian Hall.

Amusement: Weekend just got more exciting as Playland reopens on weekends with three added rides for the family’s excitement.

Coastal City Ballet

Ballet: Coastal City Ballet closes out its 2018 season with a remount of Irene Schneider’s ballet, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  onstage at Vancouver Playhouse May 19 and if you miss it, catch it June 8 at Surrey Arts Centre

Picks of the Week – May 9, 2018

It’s May and the sun has (mostly) returned to bring light to our longers days filled with entertaining picks of the week

Taste: Join the tasty tribe as Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Kitsilano explores the West Side neighbourhood this evening

Woods:  Head Into The Woods until Saturday, as the North Shore Light Opera Society brings the Tony Award winning musical to Centennial Theatre for their 70th Anniversary Season

Abba: You’ll say thank you for the music as the Arts Club previews the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage for the week, before next week’s opening night

Golly: Molly Misbegotten is the new play from by Beau Han Bridge, presented by the Mid Twenties Theatre Society at Havana Theatre May 10-12 and 15-19, 2018.

Grr: The Cultch presents Bears, a multi-disciplinary dark political comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline from Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre.

 

Kicks: The Whitecaps hope to gain another home win when Houston visits BC Place on Friday

Legends: Rock legends, The Eagles 2018 Tour flies into Rogers Arena on Friday night

Friendship: The unlikely friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and its influence on Middle Earth and Narnia is on stage in Pacific Theatre’s Tolkien running May 11 – June 9

Rock: American rockers, MGMT come to the Orpheum Theatre in support of their latest release; Little Dark Age.

Haida:  Museum of Vancouver is presenting, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture, until June 15.

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th

Offsite: Vancouver Art Gallery presents Offsite: Shigeru Ban by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House, organized by the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art at the Offsite Location at Shangri-La Vancouver

Pop: Expect a spectacular performance when P!nk takes on the Rogers Arena stage on Saturday night.

Amusement: Weekend just got more exciting as Playland reopens on weekends with three added rides for the family’s excitement.

Run: Mom spent enough time chasing you as a youngster, now you can follow her as Blue Shore Financial Mother’s Day Run, 3k, 5k, & 10k run & walks through beautiful Stanley Park

Rugby: Across the pond, the Canada Women’s Sevens Rugby Tournament brings the world to Langford for world class rugby sevens.

Laughs: Humourist, Satirist, Comedian, no matter what you call him expect laughter when David Sedaris comes to the Vogue Theatre on Sunday.

Canada Women’s Sevens Single Tickets On Sale Now

This week single-day tickets for HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens, May 12-13, 2018, went on sale. The two-day tournament is hosted at the home of Canadian Rugby at Westhills Stadium in Langford BC, and will feature twelve of the world’s top women’s rugby sevens teams on Canadian soil. 

General Admission tickets are $30.00, with a reduced-price point of $25.00 for groups of 10 or more, and $35.00 for select Reserved seating.  In its fourth year the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens will also offer a unique promotion in honour of Mother’s Day on the tournament’s Sunday, May 13th. Fans can buy three GA tickets and get a fourth ticket for free with the promo code MOMPLUS3, the perfect way for the family to celebrate Mom and cheer on our Rugby Canada Women. With Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and USA coming to Westhills, fans are sure to witness some of the finest rugby.

“Year over year, the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford proves to be a great weekend for die-hard rugby enthusiasts, families of all ages, and the community at large that supports our players and our programs year-round,” said Allen Vansen, Rugby Canada CEO. “Once again, we look forward to welcoming the world’s best women’s sevens teams to Langford, and we strongly encourage the public to come out and be a part of this world-class weekend.”

The HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens is the fourth stop on the five-stop Women’s Sevens Series, which wraps in Paris on June 10. After three competitions, the Canadian Women’s Sevens team sits in fifth in the standings, hoping a successful showing in Langford will return the team to their usual Top Three ranking. Last year, in Langford, Canadian Women placed second, in an electric match against New Zealand who scored late to seal their victory. This year, Canadian women will be seeking their first tournament title on home soil to push them up the rankings.

Tickets for HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens can be purchased through canadasevens.com or by calling the Ticket Rocket Box Office: 1-855-842-7575 – hours 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Picks of the Week – April 25, 2018

Our final week of April goes out with a bang, bright weather and plenty of entertainment in the picks of the week, what more could we ask for?

Photos: The 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring all things photographic and lens-based to galleries and public spaces around the city throughout the month.

Suspense: Stephen King’s thriller Misery brings a fright  to the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until May 5th, and the sibling rivalry of Me and You is at the Goldcorp Stage until May 6th.

Rock: Glaswegian indie rockers, The Fratellis, kick off their North American tour in support of their latest “In Our Own Sweet Time” at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night

Circa

Circus: Saturday night, the Chan Centre becomes the big top as Australia’s Circa contemporary circus is joined onstage by France’s Debussy String Quartet

Rap: American rap phenom Post Malone brings his beats to Rogers Arena on Friday night

Comedy: Looking for some killer laughs and murderous improv? Check out Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy at Vancouver TheatreSports League in repertoire with the VTSL’s other hilarious games and shows

Double:The Cultch has a pair of shows running April 17 – 29; The Explanation at the Culture Lab and World Without Us at the Historic Theatre.

James & Jamesy – In The Dark

Clowning: Comedic duo, James and Jamesy bring their one-of-a-kind performance to Red Gate Review Stage for a one night only performance of James & Jamesy In The Dark on Friday night

Tale: Aaron, the James in James & Jamesy, performs his solo show Thunderfoot, an autobiographical fairy tale to Red Gate Review Stage on Granville Island, from April 26 – 28.

Kicks: Can Whitecaps FC recover from their winless streak? See if they gain 3 points when they host Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Friday evening

Opera: From April 28 – May 6, Vancouver Opera Festival “Russian White Nights” celebrates Russian themed composers and operas.

Mutt:  Onstage until May 5th at The Firehall Arts Centre, Métis Mutt, an autobiographical recount of creator Sheldon Elter’s life through comedy, songs and vignettes.

Haida:  Museum of Vancouver is presenting, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture, until June 15.

Colour: It may not feel like spring but a visit to the Abbotsford Tulip Festivalwill brighten up your mood with 10 acres covered in millions of blooms until May 3rd.

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th

Pop: Friday night at River Rock Show Theatre, Abra Cadabra pays tribute to the greatest hits of Abba.

Picks of the Week – April 11, 2018

We’d better see some spectacular May flowers based on these April showers, come in out of the rain and choose from these ample picks of the week to keep you entertained.

Talks: Once again, TED returns to Vancouver. Since most of us don’t have tickets to #TED2018 The Age of Amazement, Vancouver Public Libraries is livestreaming most of the sessions.

Dance: Wednesday, experience the heat and passion of Latin dance sensations, Che Malambo as they bring their powerful rhythms to Queen E Theatre

Scott Bellis, John Ng, Toby Hughes in Nine Dragons. Photo by Tim Nguyen

Mystery: The world premier of Nine Dragons, a 1920’s murder mystery set in Hong Kong opens at Gateway Theatre on Thursday, running until April 21st.

Photos: The 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring all things photographic and lens-based to galleries and public spaces around the city throughout April.

Snow: Up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Whistler Ski & Snowboard Festival brings 5 days of music, arts, sports and culture to Whistler Blackcomb

Dorrance Dance

Tap:  DanceHouse brings to the stage the acclaimed American tap dance troupe Dorrance Dance for two nights, Friday and Saturday.

Balls: Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping Friday the 13th brings luck against the MLS new kids, LAFC at BC Place.

Sh!t: Boca Del Lupo’s spring micro series brings Niall and Marcus Talk About Sh!t Niall Likes for an intimate show onstage at The Fishbowl on Granville Island April 11-14.

Cuban: The Chan Centre for Performing Arts brings a thrilling double-bill, Afro-Cuban neo-soul singer Daymé Arocena and Havana-born piano virtuoso Roberto Fonseca on Sunday April 15th.

Once On This Island: Michael Gnansounou and Brianna Clark
Photo: Tina Clellan

Island: Fabulist Theatre brings the tropics Granville Island with Once On This Island,  running at RedCard Review Stage until April 14th

Suspense: Stephen King’s thriller Misery brings a fright  to the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until May 5th, while the Tony-Award winning family drama, The Humans is onstage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until April 22nd and starting April 12th, the sibling rivalry of Me and You is at the Goldcorp Stage.

Cohen: The Firehall Arts Centre continues to celebrate its 35th Anniversary with its award winning Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen on stage until April 21st

Haida:  Museum of Vancouver is presenting, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture, until June 15.

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th

Comedy: Looking for some killer laughs and murderous improv? Check out Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy at Vancouver TheatreSports League debuting April 12th

 

Picks of the Week – April 4, 2018

April Showers seems to be fulfilling the first half of the proverb, but will they bring May flowers or more crazy weather? One thing is for sure, the Picks of the Week will keep you entertained to start your month.

Rock: The Darkness brings their glam pop/rock sounds to The Vogue tonight

Photos: The 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival opens this week, bringing a month long celebration of all things photographic and lens-based.

Once On This Island: Michael Gnansounou and Brianna Clark
Photo: Tina Clellan

Island: From Broadway to Granville Island, Fabulist Theatre brings a diverse cast to Once On This Island, a current hit on Broadway, opening April 6th, running at RedCard Review Stage until April 14th

Dance: Norwegian Dance Company WEE and Italian Choreographer  Francesco Scavetta collaborate on Hardly Ever an entertaining look at truth and falsehoods, at Scotiabank Dance Centre April 5 – 7

Take 6
photo: John Shyloski

Choir: Chor Leoni’s VanMan Male Choral Summit takes place this weekend, getting underway with a show from award-winning a cappella group Take 6 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday

Cohen: The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates its 35th Anniversary with its award winning Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen playing until April 21st.

Comedy: Letterkenny Live brings the Canadian sitcom to life, onstage at Orpheum Theatre

Haida: Until June 15, Museum of Vancouver has a new exhibition, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th.

Ice: Your last chance to catch Henrik and Daniel before they retire is Thursday night at Rogers Arena as Vancouver Canucks hosting Arizona

Family: The Arts Club Theatre Company has the Tony-Award winning family drama, The Humans onstage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Stephen King’s Misery brings a fright to the Granville Island Stage

Picks of the Week – March 28, 2018

Wrapping up March with the weather feeling like autumn, spring weather can arrive anytime but in the meantime here’s a selection of picks for your week’s entertainment.

Auto: The 98th Vancouver International Auto Show, revs up its engines tonight starting a 5 days showcase of impressive autos at Vancouver Convention Centre.

Fair:  PlayDome at BC Place brings all the fun of an amusement park – rides, games & carnival eats – indoors until Sunday.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks have a pair of games this week, hosting Edmonton on Thursday, then Columbus on Saturday.

Cohen: The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates its 35th Anniversary with its award winning Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen playing until April 21st.

Industrial: Iconic industrial metal act Ministry plays the Vogue Theatre on Thursday March 29th supported by Chelsea Wolfe and The God Bombs

Haida: Until June 15, Museum of Vancouver has a new exhibition, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th.

Family: The Arts Club Theatre Company has the Tony-Award winning family drama, The Humans onstage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.