2018 JUNO Week In Vancouver Begins

This week, music fills the streets and venues of Vancouver as the 2018 JUNO Awards come to the city.  Returning to Vancouver for the first time since the 2009 Junos, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) brings a week of music and celebrations back to the city. Starting with the JUNO Cup Jam at The Imperial, the week caps off with Michael Bublé hosting the 2018 JUNO Awards, broadcast on CBC Sunday evening.

Events will appeal to all ages and budgets as CARAS makes the JUNOS accessible for all members of the family.

Events taking place during JUNO Week include:

March 22: JUNO Cup Jam – local faves, The Odds lead an all-star hootenanny at The Imperial in support of MusiCounts.

March 23: JUNO Cup celebrity hockey game supporting MusiCounts at Bill Copeland Sport Centre, Burnaby

March 23 – 24: JUNOfest  presented by CBC Music offers nearly 100 acts performing in over a dozen venues around Vancouver for two nights of unparalleled entertainment from the nominees and local performers. 

March 23- 24: Let’s Hear It! Live at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza is a free all-ages event to let everyone get the opportunity to take in the music of the JUNOS

March 23 – 25: Let’s Hear It! @ The Carnegie free lunchtime performances at The Carnegie Community Centre brings free music to the Downtown Eastside.

March 25: JUNO Songwriters Circle is a unique opportunity for fans to hear stories behind the song of JUNO nominated performers; Iskwe, Jim Cuddy, Rose Cousins, Ruth B, Scott Helman. Joined by hosts Jann Arden, Bob Rock, Sunday afternoon at The Orpheum.

March 25: The 2018 JUNO Awards, Micheal Bublé hosts the awards show on Sunday at 5pm at Rogers Arena with performances schedule by Arkells, Arcade Fire, Lights, City & Colour and more.

SKOOKUM Festival 2018 Announces Line-up & Tickets.

A multi-day music festival in the heart of the city, SKOOKUM Festival, has released its inaugural line-up and tickets go on sale tomorrow.  Four stages will fill Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park with music from September 7th to 9th, 2018.

Headliners The Killers and Florence + The Machine will be joined by Metric, Arkells, The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, Blue Rodeo,
Mother Mother, Chromeo, Bahamas, Stereophonics, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and dozens of more acts.

In addition to 50 plus contemporary music acts, live and multimedia art installations; pop-up and roaming entertainment as well as gourmet food from some of city’s top restaurants; tasting areas showcasing some of the best BC wines, locally brewed craft beer as well as select offerings from local area craft distilleries will round out the weekend.   Festival organizers BrandLIVE are also working with the local First Nations to provide opportunities for Indigenous musicians, chefs, and visual artists as well as an opportunity to inform and educate attendees on aspects of the their historical connections to the land.

With the Stanley Park festival site just steps from downtown Vancouver, and the addition of shuttle buses SKOOKUM is one of the most easily accessible festivals in the region.

Vancouver’s BRANDLIVE, producers of the Squamish Valley Music Festival, are known for putting on exceptional fan experiences and working in collaboration with Virgin Mobile on SKOOKUM Festival, this is sure to be another.  Paul Runnals, Festival Director says “This is the result of a conversation that began five years ago to create a more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable Festival.  We feel this first year lineup reflects the spirit of what are trying to achieve in a way that also acknowledges the significant history of the location”.

SKOOKUM Festival passes go on sale tomorrow, Friday March 16, 2018 and many Pre-Sales launch this morning. Visit skookumfestival.com for more festival information, the full line up and tickets.

SKOOKUM Music, Food, Art from Skookum Festival on Vimeo.


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.

Spring Equinox Celebration with Vinoscenti Vineyard

Raise a glass to the beginning of Spring as Surrey’s Vinoscenti Vineyards present the first of their European Wine & Culture 2018 Series.  Future events in the series will highlight France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. To start the series, celebrate the vernal equinox in the authentic German style while learning and enjoying the wine and culture.

Tickets are on sale now for the German Spring Equinox Celebration but you could win your way to the special evening.   Vinoscenti Vineyards owner and International Wine & Spirit Judge and Educator, Dr. Clinton Lee, will welcome ticket holders to the Vineyards with a glass of German styled wine & charcuterie before presenting a brief introduction to German culture and wines.
Then mix and mingle with other guests on the veranda while grazing the spread of German food catered by the Vancouver Alpen Club, including German sausage, Sauerkraut, freshly made German pretzels, and traditional German cheesecake.  Dr. Lee will also welcome questions from the audience and offer a chance to win prizes.  At 8:15pm the fantastic German dance group, The Alpen Platters will perform a traditional and entertaining Schuhplattler dance.  The entertaining evening runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, $65 tickets including everything mentioned above are on sale now on Eventbrite. 

CONTEST: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered. Thanks to Vinoscenti Vineyard you can win your way to the German Spring Equinox Celebration on Wednesday, March 21rd,  Vinoscenti Vineyards, 15560 Colebrook Road, Surrey, BC

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random.

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Opening

As The Oscars celebrated global cinema this week, the second Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is gearing up to celebrate our home grown film community. From Friday, March 23 to Sunday March 25, 2018 the ACT Arts Centre and The Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, highlight films created right here in British Columbia.  

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

Feature Film: Drone

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, states, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. 

Short Film: Cypher

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days.

CONTEST: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered. Thanks to The Festival, who have generously offered a pair of tickets to readers, you can win your way to the Opening Reception on Friday, March 23rd, at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, March 12, 2018.  One winner will be chosen at random.


Get Outside To The JFL NorthWest Block Party

JFL NorthWest – Vancouver’s Comedy Festival is well underway bringing laughs to our long winter.  Now with spring around the corner JFL NorthWest challenges us to take the comedy outside,  The JFL NorthWest Block Party takes us to the street at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm each day. 

JFL NorthWest Block Party patrons will be entertained by various Just For Laughs stand-up specials plus Just For Laughs GAGS, presented by Tim Hortons, on the big outdoor screen and will be treated to performances by Coldwater Road’s Patrick Spencer and music by Adrienne featuring Drix. Audiences can expect a few surprise special guests as well as meet and greets with Victor, the Just For Laughs mascot!

In addition to the outdoor entertainment, JFL NorthWest Block Party-goers can look forward to tasty food truck treats from The Reef Runner and Cheese Street Grill along with complimentary beverages from Tim Hortons, and libations from Sleeman Breweries and Hopping Mad Cider in the beer garden. The JFL NorthWest Block Party will also feature an LED Games Tent for anyone wanting to satisfy their ping pong and foosball needs.

JFL NorthWest runs until March 10th, bringing 100+ performances to the stages and venues, as well as the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival running in conjunction with the comedy festival.

For tickets, schedules and more information visit jflnorthwest.com

Vancouver International Dance Festival Takes The Stage

Shen Wei Dance Arts Photo: Christopher Duggan

The 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is now on stages around Vancouver until March 24, 2018.   The 2018 VIDF features a diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists plus local favourites, over the three weeks of performances, workshops, and other dance activities. The Festival presents three Canadian premieres from New York’s acclaimed contemporary company White Wave Dance, Mexico’s Compañía de Danza Experimental de Lola Lince, and Hungary’s Ferenc Fehér; as well, a Western Canadian premiere of New York’s Shen Wei Dance Arts; a West Coast premiere from Montreal’s Lucie Grégoire Danse; and a world premiere from Vancouver’s own Amber Funk Barton/the response..

Harbour Dance ITP
Photo: Ernest Von Rosen

“Dance as a primal human instinct transcends language, cultural norms, and international borders. It has the potential to communicate any aspect of the human experience,” says Barbara Bourget, Co-Producer of VIDF. “In the current international climate of parochialism and division, it is more important than ever to connect with individuals from around the globe in a spirit of inclusion, connection, dialogue, and empathy. This year’s festival hopes to achieve this goal by bringing communities together through the presentation of innovative, thought-provoking, and breathtaking work of world class artists from the United States, Mexico, and Hungary, as well as trailblazing artists from Vancouver and Montreal.”

Vancouver International Dance Festival performances take place around downtown Vancouver at; Vancouver Playhouse, Roundhouse Community Centre, ScotiaBank Dance Centre, Woodwards Atrium and KW Production Studio.   For the full March 1 – 24, 2018 calendar of events and to purchase tickets visit vidf.ca