4 More Years of Canada Sevens

As Vancouver prepares to welcome the world to BC Place for the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens tournament, Rugby Canada announced that World Rugby has awarded Canada Seven 4 more years, taking the tournament to 2023.

During the announcement at the Celebration of Rugby at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) dozens of Rookie Rugby kids were mentored by Rugby Canada players, John Moonlight, Ghislaine Landry, Justin Douglas and others. Representing the grassroots growth and recognition in the sport Canada Sevens has brought to rugby in BC and across Canada, these youngsters will get to grow up with a world class event in their backyard.

In its’ first three years, HSBC Canada Sevens has raised the bar for rugby in Canada, sparking greater awareness and growth while generating more than $60million in economic activity The city hosts teams from 16 competing nations, including Canada, in addition to fans from near and far, booking more than 2,300 hotel room nights. Teams spend five days in Vancouver prior to the tournament, and visiting schools, community centres or First Nations during their stay to further promote the sport of rugby in the community.

Rugby Canada, Sponsors & Fans at Celebration of Rugby

“The HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament has been a game changer on so many levels, and we’d like to thank World Rugby, HSBC and the global Series partners for the opportunity to once again host this great event for another 4 years,” said Allen Vansen, CEO of Rugby Canada. “The success of this event is due to so many people and organizations.  From the world’s best athletes and fans who shine on and off the field of play, to the dedicated partners and sponsors who are critical in bringing the event to life, to the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event world class – a heartfelt thanks to all for their collective commitment to excellence.”

Sandra Stuart, HSBC Bank Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “The Sevens Series in Canada has quickly become one of the most anticipated events each year. We’re excited to renew our partnership with Canada Sevens to further grow and celebrate the sport at all levels for years to come.”

Canada Sevens at BC Place

The 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens hits the pitch at BC Place, Saturday March 9th and March 10th, 2019. Limited general admission tickets are still available, book a ticket, grab a costume and cheer on your favourite team!

If you can’t make it to BC Place this weekend, head across the water to take in the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC (outside Victoria) May 11 – 12, 2019.


Picks of the Week – March 6, 2019

Winter marches on and we start March off with chilly but bright weather, perfect to get out and enjoy these picks of the week…

Canada Sevens

Scrum: The world, with a whole lot of costume wearing fans, is coming to BC Place this week as Canada Sevens takes over the city March 9 and 10.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Redpatch –
image: David Cooper

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Music: At The Cultch York Theatre, Corey Payette’s Children of God continues until March 10th

Théâtre: The world premiere of Théâtre la Seizième’s newest production, Le Soulier, continues at Studio 16 until March 9

Divas:  Fabulist Theatre’s Better Than This, an original revue celebrating the women’s roles in musical theatre, wraps up at the Havana Theatre stage on March 9th.

Blooms: From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival brings world of dance to the city’s stages until March 30th.

Reverberations (Bar Mitzvah Tape) Brian Linds

Sound: Presentation House Theatre welcomes a unique production to the stage, Reverberations makes use of innovative sound technology with vintage apparatus, LP, 8-Track, Cassette & others to tell writer Brian Linds’ life story.

Lights: Friday March 8th, Yaletown lights up, with free one-of-a-kind light art installations, for one night only, on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate Yaletown. 

Rock: The River Rock Show Theatre welcomes the number one Elvis Tribute Artist, Shawn Klush performing Elvis Elvis Elvis, the Ultimate Tribute to the King on Friday.

Ballet BC Program 2 kicks up its heals

This past weekend, Ballet BC Program 2 wrapped up at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. As Artistic Director Emily Molnar and Executive Director John Clark welcomed the audience, the dancers prepared to perform three diverse works.

Ballet BC Program 2
Ballet BC

1st Flash opened the program. Choreographed by Jorma Elo, 1st Flash premiered in 2003 with Ballet BC presenting the Canadian premier in 2011. Six dancers displaying beautiful harmony, and grace, while dancing in silence, as well as to Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor.

Which/One choreographed by emerging artist Adi Salant, commissioned by Ballet BC made its world premiere. Combining modern and classic movement and music, sixteen dancers, filled the stage with a lively, contemporary work. Incorporating music and dialogue from A Chorus Line, I Hope I Get It, felt suitable for a piece that included a number of Ballet BC’s emerging dancers.

Solo Echo is another returning work, first premiered by Ballet BC in 2015. Choreographed by Crystal Pite, Solo Echo finds seven dancers moving with strength and agility to beautiful music of Brahms’ Cello Sonatas in E Minor and F Major.

Left breathless by the he strength and beauty of the Ballet BC dancers performing the choreographer’s works audiences were definitely buzzing with excitement as they left the theatre, creating anticipation for Program 3, coming May 9, 10, & 11, 2019

Picks of the Week – February 20, 2019

As we come to the final weekend of February, we’re usually thinking of spring but this weather has us wanting to stay indoors, good thing this week’s picks have lots to bring us through the doors.

Vancouver TheatreSport Improv Voyage

Ahoy!: For one night only, February 21st, Vancouver TheatreSport is transformed into a comedy Cruise Ship for Improv Voyage, a 3 hour tour de force fund raiser for VTSL.

Opera: The stellar sets Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème, really make you feel like you’re visiting 1920’s Paris, catch it for yourself for the last performances February 21 & 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Chopin: Early Music Vancouver welcomes German pianist Tobias Koch for a pair of shows at Christ Church Cathedral; Chopin-The Last Concert on February 22, and The Polish Romantics on February 23.

#YaaasAnd: QueerProv brings a pair of improv comedy games to The Junction on Wednesday night; QueerProv at 7:30pm then On This Day at 9:30pm

Comedy: JFL Northwest continues to bring the world of comedy to stages and venues around Vancouver until February 23rd.

Dolly: It’s your last chance to catch the crafty Dolly Levi in action as she manipulates the love lives other characters’ in The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 24th.

Crime: Also closing this week, Torquil Campbell delivers a tour de force performance in the criminal biographical play True Crime at the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Release: Composer and pianist Vede Hille presents a one night only concert to celebrate the release of the cast album of her King Arthur’s Night, hosted by Niall McNeill and Marcus Youssef on February 24th at The Cultch Historic Theatre

Children of God

Festival: The 18th Talking Stick Festival is now on, celebrating Indigenous art, music, dance and culture throughout the city until March 2nd.

Musical: Part of Talking Stick Festival, Corey Payette’s Children of God is playing at The Cultch York Theatre until March 10th

Home: The 2019 BC Home & Garden Show fills BC Place Stadium with all things for your home renovations, spring gardening and more, February 20 – 24.

Memories: In recognition of Black History Month, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts brings No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks to the Chan Shun Concert Hall on February 24th

HipHop: Friday night at Rogers Arena join Snoop Dogg & Friends including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt and Luniz for what’s sure to be a hazy evening of hip-hop and rap.

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks return to Rogers Arena for a pair of games against Arizona Thursday evening and New York Islanders on Saturday

Picks of the Week – February 13, 2019

This week brings us St Valentine’s Day as well as the BC Family Day long weekend so there’s plenty of activities to find in the picks of the week

Thank You For Being A Friend

Puppets: Tonight, Thank You For Being A Friend, the ultimate Golden Girls experience brings everyone’s mature, Miami matrons to the stage in puppet form


Cocoa: Warm up from the snow before the Annual Hot Chocolate Festival wraps up for another year, tomorrow, February 14th

Opera: Take your Valentine on a trip to Paris, the setting of Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème, playing February 14, 16, 19, 21 & 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Love: Find your way to your Valentine’s funnybone as Vancouver TheatreSports presents Romance Week, wraps up its improv fun.

Orphan: Everyone’s favourite orphan is onstage at the Micheal J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, as Align Entertainment presents Annie, until February 16

Circlesongs: The genre-defying, Grammy award winning Bobby McFerrin brings his circlesinging improvisational singing style to the Chan Centre stage on Sunday

Pop: spend your Valentine’s with Justin Timberlake as be brings his The Man of the Woods to Rogers Arena for two shows on Thursday and Friday

Yoga Play at Gateway Theatre

Yoga: You’ll bend over backwards to get into Gateway Theatre for the comedy Yoga Play before it closes February 16th

Hello: Find out Dolly Levi makes her match in The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 24th.

Crime: Torquil Campbell delivers a tour de force performance in the criminal biographical play True Crime is now At the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 24th.

Five-Fingers: From true crime to a petty-crime comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Much Ado About Nothing photo: Emily Cooper

Ado: Catch the final show in The Cultch’s 2019 Femme Series; Much Ado About Nothing, before it closes this weekend.

Lacrosse: Vancouver Warriors return to Rogers Arena on Saturday to play host to Saskatchewan Rush

Picks of the Week – January 30, 2019

Can you believe it’s already the end of January! Those of us in the West are already seeing blossoms, early but just in time for the Spring Festival events included in this week’s picks.

Lunar: Check out some of the fun and traditional Lunar New Year Festivities underway now throughout the city, at Jack Poole Plaza, Fly Over Canada, Oakridge Centre and others.

Laughs:  Join Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, Queerprov, at The Junction for improv laughter tonight.

Yoga: Don’t miss your chance to take part in the last free Wednesday yoga class at Gateway Theatre before the opening of their upcoming Yoga Play.

Annie played by Camryn Macdonald photo: Emily Cooper

Orphan: Everyone’s favourite orphan comes to the Micheal J Fox Theatre, when Align Entertainment presents Annie, February 1 – 16

Rock: Prepare for grease-paint, leather and fireworks as the Kiss : End of the Road tour comes to Rogers Arena on Thursday evening.

Arts: The third and final week of 15th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival continues to fill our stages and venues with world-class performing arts to the city, before wrapping up on February 3rd

Showcase: Friday night, join Midtwenties Theatre Society at Havana Theatre for its first Open Performance Showcase, check out original performances and pieces of theatre, poetry, dance and more

Broth: It’s your last days to visit participating restaurants in the 1st Vancouver Foodster Soup Festival to taste and vote for your favourite soup.

Cocoa: Warm your heart and soul with sips from the Annual Hot Chocolate Festival filling cups throughout the city until February 14th

Dine: It’s your last week to try out a new or favourite restaurant, experience a one of the unique foodie event, and sample some of the city’s multitude of food trucks, before Dine Out Vancouver Festival, ends for another year on February 3rd

Wander: The Winter Wander at Vanier Park returns on Saturday, February 2nd, a family fun event with $5 admission opening the doors to Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, City of Vancouver Archives, and Vancouver Academy of Music with performances by Bard on the Beach and Vancouver Academy of Music, plus food trucks, prize and other fun all day.

Joni: Continue to enjoy the sounds of Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell, at The Firehall Arts Centre until February 9th

Nicola Lipman & Ric Reid in The Matchmaker
photo: David Cooper

Dolly: Find out if it’s a match made in heaven, and see Dolly Levi in action as The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) opens at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Picks of the Week – January 23, 2019

Can you believe we’re already at the last weekend of the first month of the new year?! Let’s see what fun is to be had in these picks of the week

Canyon Lights

Canyon: It’s the last weekend to catch the thousands of lights spread throughout Capilano Bridge Park’s Canyon Lights, lighting up the bridge, Treetops Adventures, as well as 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree, closing Sunday

IcedVancouver Canucks play host to Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Rogers Arena

Laughs:  Join Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, Queerprov, at The Junction for improv laughter tonight.

Music: Celebrating its 100th Birthday Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Day of Music on Saturday Jan 26th with 12 hours of free music spread over 10 stages.

Arts: The second week of 15th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is in swing bringing more world-class performing arts to the city until February 3rd

VTSL Throwdown

Improv: Catch the laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, before it closes on January 27th.

Ball: Catch Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse on Saturday at Rogers Arena when they host Colorado Mammoth

Broth: The participating restaurants in the 1st Vancouver Foodster Soup Festival moves on to week three with a new set of super soups for the public to slurp and vote for their favourites.

Art: This week the Museum of Vancouver wraps up In/Flux : Art of the Korean Diaspora, looking at three Vancouver-based Korean artists.

Femme: The Cultch Femme Series continues with Power Ballad on stage at the Historic Theatre until Saturday

Circle Game photo: Emily Cooper

Joni: Experience a new take on classics songs as The Firehall Arts Centre presents Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell, until February 9th

Cocoa: The Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is warming the hearts of chocolate lovers with sips of sweet chocolate throughout the city until February 14th

Yoga: Don’t miss your chance to take part in a free Wednesday yoga class at Gateway Theatre in support of their upcoming Yoga Play.

Dine Out – Street Food City photo: Carly Whetter

Dine: Find a new fave restaurant, experience a one of a kind foodie event, sample some of the city’s multitude of food trucks, all during Dine Out Vancouver Festival, now on until February 3rd