Picks of the Week – March 21, 2018

Spring has sprung in Vancouver, let these picks put a lively spring in your step as you get out and about this week.

Wine: Vinoscenti Vineyards is celebrating the Spring Equinox & German style wines tonight with a special evening of tasting and entertainment at the Surrey winery

Junos:  The 2018 JUNO Awards fill the city with music and celebrations throughout the week.

Film: The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film brings the best of BC Film to Maple Ridge ACT Centre this weekend.

Kicks: Vancouver Whitecaps FC play host to LA Galaxy on Saturday March 24 at BC Place

Comedy: The Gateway Theatre presents the romantic comedy I Lost My Husband, already sold out until March 24th

Market: Made On Saltspring brings Saltspring Island’s famed Saturday market to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall this weekend, explore the artisans, crafters, designers and builders March 23-25

Country: Canadian country singer/songwriter Brett Kissel comes to the Vogue Theatre on Saturday night

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

Dance: It’s the last chance to catch world class dance before the Vancouver International Dance Festival wraps up this Saturday.

Reel Wheels
Sequence L-R: Jake Anthony, Amy Amantea, Krista Skwarok, Byron Noble
Photo: Tim Matheson

DNA: Realwheels Theatre presents Sequence, a thought provoking drama, at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver until March 24th

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 new exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th.

Family: As one show closed another opens at The Arts Club,  the emotional new family drama, Forget About Tomorrow, from a creator of Mom’s The Word, wraps up at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre on Sunday, while another family drama opens, the Tony-Award winner, The Humans takes to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Canada Sevens 2018 brings out a record crowd

The 2018 edition of HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver wrapped up with a record attendance of 77,096 coming through the gates at BC Place this weekend.   If you haven’t attended Canada Sevens or any other stop on the Sevens Series, it’s hard to imagine just how much fun the fans have at the stadium.  Fancy Dress, costumed groups of supporters fill the stadium (and the city) from 8:30am until after 7pm for two days to watch two days of quick, high scoring, action-packed matches of Rugby Sevens.  With sixteen teams from around the globe competing, it feels like the world comes to BC Place for the tournament, even Marvel hero Thor got into the spirit and dressed up as Chris Hemsworth when he stopped by the stadium on Sunday.

Chris Hemsworth starts the countdown for the final

After 45 exciting matches over the two days, Fiji came away with their second win of then 2018 HSBC Seven Series.  The crowd packed in all 39,000 seats on a sold out Saturday, not an empty seat was had for the home team’s debut against Australia. A thrilling match that Canada pull even with Oz on the final play.  A hard fought match against the USA ended in a loss on a last minute turn over before wrapping up the day on a convincing 47-5 win over Uruguay.  Combined with an Australian win over USA on Day 1’s final match meant Canada finished 3rd in Pool A and wouldn’t advance to play for the Cup on Day 2.

A sunny Sunday brought more fancy dress wearing crowds and more action-packed matches.  A Canadian loss to Scotland early on Day 2 meant the home team wouldn’t challenge for the Challenger Trophy and at the end of the day one more win and loss meant 14th place for Canada.
The audience was far from disappointed with Canada’s good play over all their matches but Rugby Sevens moves so quickly one play can change the outcome in a snap.  The final set up to between Kenya and Fiji, both teams with large contingents of cheering fans.  Team Fiji has so many supporters in BC Place that it felt like a home match for them.

The 2019 Canada Sevens men’s tournament is set for next spring but this year Vancouver is bidding to bring 4 more years of Canada Sevens to the city from 2020 – 2023.  If you missed out this year make sure to get your tickets for next year’s HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver.  For more great Sevens action,  catch Canada’s Olympic Bronze medal winning Women’s team at HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford (Greater Victoria) May 12-13, 2018 and catch the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco July 20-22, 2018.

Picks of the Week : March 7, 2018

It’s already the second weekend of March and the city is brimming with activities to choose from for our picks of the week.

VTSL : Lady Power

Women: To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th, Vancouver TheatreSports League highlights the talented women of VTSL on stage and behind the scenes, with all-female casts for the 7:30pm & 9:15pm shows . Plus first-come, first-served Free admission (available starting at 6pm) to the 9:15pm #noFilter show on Thursday night.

Lila Downs

Pop: Continuing a focus on strong women, Grammy award winning Mexican-American songstress Lila Downs brings her immense talents to the stage at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts, on Saturday night.

Comedy: Laughter continues throughout the city as JFL Northwest brings the best and funniest comedians, like Bill Burr and Trevor Noah, plus Film Festival to Vancouver until March 10th

Kiwi: Rogers Arena will be filled with music fans as Lorde takes the stage on Thursday evening

Dance: Vancouver International Dance Festival brings global rhythm to the stages around the city until March 24th

Heaven: Relive those fumbling, exciting and confusing moments of youth as Eternal Theatre brings the award-winning Seven Minutes In Heaven at Studio 16 until March 10th

HSBC Canada Sevens

Sevens:  If you seen groups of outrageously costumed revellers around downtown, it’s not a timewarp to Halloween, it’s the the HSBC Canada Sevens filling BC Place with the excitement of Rugby Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10 and Forget About Tomorrow, from a creator of Mom’s The Word, is onstage at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until March 25

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Wednesday to host Arizona then on Friday hosting Minnesota at Rogers Arena

Electronic: One of the Greatest DJs of all time, Tiesto hits the decks at Harbour Convention Centre (former Edgewater Casino) on Friday night



Picks of the Week – February 28, 2018

The end of February…already!? Let’s see what March has to offer in these picks of the week.

HipHop: Tonight at The Vogue, Ty Dolla $ign brings his hip hop, soul blended sounds to the stage

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

Dance: The 11th Annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at MOA brings together Indigenous Music and Dance from the Pacific to Scandinavia, until March 4th

Rain: 7 Tyrants Theatre’s 10th Anniversary season continues with A Steady Rain at the Penthouse Studio Theatre until March 3rd.

Folk: Canadian folk artist Bahamas brings his sunny sounding moniker to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday

Comedy: Laughter reigns supreme as JFL Northwest bring the best and funniest of comedy stars to Vancouver from March 1st to 10th

Rock: Touring on behalf of their latest, Grace Street, rockers Big Wreck take to the Commodore Ballroom twice this week on Thursday & Friday

Trucks: The weekend gets raucous at Pacific Coliseum as Monster Jam has 4 shows over Mar 2-4, 2018

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Friday as they play host to Nashville at Rogers Arena

Pss Pss photo: Pipo Gialluisi

Clowning: Taking inspiration from classic comedic works from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin,  Pss Pss by Compagnia Baccalà runs until March 4th at The Cultch York Theatre.

Exhibition: The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.

WhitecapsFCKicks: Whitecaps FC bring soccer back to BC Place to kick off their 2018 season on Sunday with a roster of new and old faces

Picks of the Week – January 24, 2018

In these picks of the week, we find the last of the festive season’s celebrations wrap up and Vancouver’s winter festivals continuing.

Canyon: Take your first look of the season or return for your last visit amongst the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  before it closes for the season January 28th, 2018. 

Fest: The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival moves into its second week with plenty more picks to get out of the house on dreary winter nights for great entertainment around the city until February 4th

Eat:  Dine Out Vancouver Festival sustains our stomachs and souls with hundreds of great restaurant set menus and food events until February 4th

Pride: Up the sea-to-sky, the 26th Annual Whistler Pride is bringing one of the largest winter pride celebrations filled with colour and excitement to the resort village until January 28th.

Comedy: Tonight at Orpheum Theatre, funnyman Adam Sandler brings comedy to the stage supported by friends David Spade and Rob Schneider.

Rock: Over at the Pacific Coliseum, tonight, Queens of the Stone Age rock out with Eagles of Death Metal in support

HipHop: Swedish rapper Yung Lean & The Sad Boys bring beats to the stage at Vogue Theatre, Wednesday night

Hot Brown Honey
photo: Dylan Evans

Honeys: Fighting the power never tasted so good!  Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with a serving of sass and empowerment at The Cultch York Theatre until January 27th

Chocolate: Sip your way around the city with the warmth of the Hot Chocolate Festival on until February 14th

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks have returned from the road to host Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena on Thursday evening

Drama: Pi Theatre, in association with PuSh Festival, presents the Canadian debut of David Greig’s play The Events, about 2011 attacks in Norway, on stage until January 28 at Russian Hall.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams Photo: Mariana Zappet and Emilano Leyva

Puppets: Presentation House Theatre and Marionetas de la Esquina reimagines the classic Sleeping Beauty in a contemporary take, performed by puppets from January 26 to February 4.

Theatre: The Arts Club picks up their season for 2018 with Topdog/Underdog playing at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until February 11th and Jitters at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage starts previews January 25

Pitch:  Rugby Canada takes to the pitch at BC Place to host Uruguay in Rugby World Cup qualification, Saturday afternoon

Fly: In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Fly Over Canada once again presents a double-bill of Flight of the Dragon, along with the regular Fly Over Canada experience, for a limited time, only until February 18th.

Canada vs Uruguay Rugby World Cup Qualifier

canada-uruguay-rugbyThis Saturday, Canada hosts Uruguay for 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification.
While the FIFA World Cup will be getting a lot of our attention this year. While us Canadian soccer fan bemoan our lack of attendance at the big tournament,  the general public might not realize Canada’s Men’s Rugby team have taken to the pitch at Rugby World Cup every tournament since its inception in 1987.

If Canada wins this home and home series against Uruguay they move on to their 9th appearance at the Rugby World Cup as the second qualifier from the Americas. Argentina, the number one ranked team in the Americans gained an automatic berth and Team USA has already qualified with a win over Canada for the Americas first qualifying berth.  In the unforeseen circumstances that Canada does not triumph over Uruguay, they can still qualify via the Americas repechage tournament.

Canada hosts Uruguay, in this first of two matches, at BC Place on January 27th, kick off 5pm.  Then Uruguay hosts Canada on February 3rd.  Following the nearly 30,000 audience for the exhibition match versus Maori All-Blacks, Rugby Canada is anticipating another large and excited crowd for this World Cup qualifier.
Gates open January 27, 2018 at 4pm, kick-off 5pm
Tickets from just $14 are available online at rugbycanada.ca

Picks of the Week – January 10, 2018

The first weekend of January and the new year is off and running with plenty of entertainment in the picks of the week…

Ice: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre welcomes the 2018 Canadian National Skating Championships until January 14th.

Festival: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival  bringing dozens of Chinese lanterns, throughout the 14 acre PNE site until January 21st

Fringe: Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with a serving of sass and empowerment as The Cultch brings in the Edinburgh Fringe fave from January 9 – 27

Lights: Lights at Lafarge Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival, the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland keeps the lights on until January 21st

Project: The topical play, The Pipeline Project, tackles the controversial topic of piplines in BC at the Firehall Arts Centre from January 10 – 20

Dreams: Midtwenties Theatre Society looks at Vancouver millennials and how current pressures affect their aspirations and dreams in Above The Hospital, playing January 12 – 21 at Red Gate Revue Stage

CBFSO Conductor Pang Ka Pang

Cinema: Friday at The Orpheum spend the evening with Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra playing the sounds of movies

Bach: Early Music BC gets Bach To The Future: the Legacy of the Art of the Fugue – The Diderot Quartet on Friday night then The Eyebler Quartet  Private to Public: Journey of the String Quartet is on Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral

Canyon: Take to the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  until January 28th, 2018. 

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage welcomes Disney’s Beauty & The Beast until January 13th.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports Throwdown International Theatresports Festival is continuing, until Jan 13th, local teams of VTSL players improv their way to the best of Vancouver, before taking on International Improv teams next week.