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

Picks of the Week – June 14, 2017

As we countdown to Summer, let’s see what kind of entertainment is in our Picks of the Week.

Eats: Tonight, Tasting Plates Riley Park brings food fans out to see what the the Main Street area has to offer.

Rock: Hard rockers Tool take to the stage at Rogers Arena on Thursday night

Electro: Vegas EDM duo The Crystal Method brings their big beats to VENUE on Thursday night

Tents: Head to Vanier Park as another season of Bard on the Beach gets underway, Much Ado About Nothing opening on Thursday night.

Roar: The BC Lions 2017 home season gets underway at BC Place on Friday when Saskatchewan Roughriders come to town for pre-season play

Concerts: The 2017 Red Truck Beer Truck Stop Concert Series gets underway on Saturday with Cut Copy playing under the Water Tower at Red Truck Brewing on East 1st Ave in Vancouver

Afterparty:  Late night at Celebs Underground join Cut Copy for a special after party DJ Set

Artifacts: The Museum of Vancouver has a quirky, new exhibition Unbelievable demonstrating the stories behind some unique artifacts

Kicks: Saturday at BC Place Whitecaps FC play host to FC Dallas

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th, Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th and Bittergirl The Musical opening Thursday running until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Picks of the Week – June 7, 2017

The longer days of June allow us more time to get out and enjoy the picks of the week;

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.

Shop: Get out and enjoy a special evening of,  performances, food and of course shopping specials during the 2017 Gastown Shop Hop ,Thursday from 5 – 9pm

Shakespeare: The 2017 Bard on the Beach season gets underway as previews of Winter’s Tale and Much Ado About Nothing are underway.

Hip Hop: American Rapper, Future, brings his tour to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Friday

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Companyhas a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th and Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th.

Quartet: Ottawa indie rockers, Hollerado play the local circuit this week, playing Nanaimo and Victoria before hitting Commodore Ballroom on Saturday

Amore! Celebrate all things Italian on Sunday as Commercial Drive comes alive for Italian Day on the Drive

Vans Duct Tape Festival is coming to Tofino

The popular West Coast community of Tofino, BC adds another reason to visit the Long Beach community in the lead up the Summer.  On June 10th a unique event, Vans Duct Tape Festival descends upon the popular Cox Bay Beach 

Inspired by the legacy of the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational longboarding series, Vans partners with the District of Tofino, and Surfrider Foundation to introduce the Duct Tape Festival, a unique, all-inclusive one-day beach celebration honouring innovation, creativity and craftsmanship in surf culture.

Duct Tape Festival debuts with a mission to bring together an international collective of people inspired by surfing, and to celebrate progression and creativity in surf culture by engaging communities that thrive by the sea.

The Vans Duct Tape Festival gathers a distinct community of surfers, artists and shapers to showcase surfing in a truly collaborative environment, encouraging fans and locals to learn about board shaping, share innovative ideas, engage in sustainable living and, best of all, surf!

 For its inaugural event, the Vans Duct Tape Festival welcomes four world renown surfers—Dane Reynolds, Tanner Gudauskas, Alex Knost, and Joel Tudor—to present a library of their own hand-shaped custom surf boards to share with the public. Led by these four influential surf icons, the all-day beach festival will feature educational sessions on board shaping, workshops on sustainability, interactive art and music exhibits hosted by the local community, and will highlight the best of Tofino’s rich landscape and organic living philosophy.

Vans Duct Tape Festival will run from 10 am to 3 pm at Cox Bay, Tofino BC on June 10th.  If you can’t visit in person follow @vanssurf and @vanscanada on Instagram to see pics from the participants.

Picks of the Week – May 31, 2017

Wrapping up May and kicking off June means we’re that much closer to Summer. Let’s see what the picks of the week have in store

Duo: Country Couple Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw bring their Soul2Soul tour to Rogers Arena tonight.

Traces of Words at MOA

Soul: R&B Crooner, John Legend’s Darkness and Light Tour stops at Rogers Arena on Thursday June 1st.

Aussies: Take in a show under the stars when Midnight Oil performs at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park on Friday June 2nd.

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.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th and Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League Western World show continues to bring the laughs at the expense of HBO’s popular hit, Westworld.

Music: Celebrate the grand opening of the brand new flagship Tom Lee Music shop on Granville Street

Kicks: Our Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their busy stretch with another match at BC Place on Saturday, hosting Atlanta United FC

Picks of the Week – May 24, 2017

Wrapping up May with a sunny forecast makes it that much more enjoyable to take part in the picks of the week:

Comedy: Join the laughs as Ali Wong takes the Vogue Theatre’s stage for a night of comedy with two shows each, Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening.

Spin: British DJ, producer and musicia Bonobo plays the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night

Art: The West of Main Art Walk, celebrates its 25th annual open weekend of studios, galleries and other venues from Point Grey to Main St, and Granville Island to 41st Ave

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League Western World show continues to bring the laughs at the expense of HBO’s popular hit, Westworld.

Singer: rescheduled from Deer Lake, singer-songwriter Father John Misty plays Malkin Bowl on Friday night

Closing: This is your final week to catch the gut-busting laughter on stage with Arts Club Granville Stage Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty , closing May 27th.

Balls: Vancouver Whitecaps FC are in the midst of a heavy home stand with another match on Saturday vs DC United at BC Place

Indie: US indie music group The Shins take the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage on Saturday night.

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.

London 7s wraps up HSBC Sevens Series 2017

This past weekend, the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series wrapped up with the London 7s tournament at Twickenham Stadium in West London. As expected from the home of rugby, the final leg of the 10 tournament Rugby Sevens Series was a raucous atmosphere of 35,000 each day.

The Feast of Rugby theme brought an array of 40 plus food trucks and stalls to the West Fan Village, overseen by the renowned Chef Neil Rankin. Of course there was a selection of beer trucks and bars selling real ale, ciders, and hi-balls. As you can imagine a great number of drinks are sold each day, to cut down on waste, Twickenham and Guinness created a reusable collectors cup. For each drink a refundable £1 was added to the first drink, fans could either keep the cup as a souvenir or return them at the end of the day to get their £1 back. Quite a few entrepreneurial young fans were seen collecting tall stacks of cups from around the stadium to return for their pocket money.  In spite of there being a more than a few drinks being had, the London 7s maintained a good families atmosphere. A bouncy castle, play areas and plenty of children kicking and throwing rugby balls around the site made it an event for all ages.

On the field, exciting play kept the fans on the edge of their seats as the 14 teams battled it out for not only the tournament’s standings but to secure their placings in the overall series.  South Africa had already secured the series title but the remaining teams were vying for their rank and, for those teams who hadn’t already, for qualification in the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. After 45 matches Scotland beat England in the final, with Canada securing third place, and world cup qualification, over the USA.  The USA’s Perry Baker came away the tournament’s top scorer with eight tries over the weekend. Team Canada’s 8th place rank in the series is the team’s highest placement since 2013.

This result plus Canada’s win at the Singapore 7s sets up Canada for an exciting coming season.