Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.

Picks of the Week – March 13, 2019

As temperatures are finally creeping higher, and becoming more spring-like, Daylight Saving Time has delivered some extra daylight hours to fill with our picks of the week’s entertainment.

Ian Butcher as Deke photo: David Cooper

Conduct: The Gateway Theatre spring production, Gross Misconduct, tackles the topics related to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, running March 14th to 23rd.

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.

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.

Puck: The Vancouver Canucks play a pair of games at Rogers Arena this week; tonight vs NY Rangers and Friday vs New Jersey Devils.

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

Metamorphosis photo: EDDI

Puppetry: Surrey Civic Theatres presents Metamorphosis, a unique piece of puppet theatre on March 13 at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall

Choreography: DanceHouse brings Compagnie Marie Chouinard from Montreal to present Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, on March 15 & 16, at the Vancouver Playhouse

Musical: Stumble outta bed and head to The Blueshore at CapU to catch 9 to 5: the Musical, Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of the 80s film.

Bhangra: The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series celebrates the energy and exuberance of bhangra, with two performances by South Asian Arts on March 14th.

Sound: Until March 17th, 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.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Dylan Evans

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Comedy: Iconic 70s & 80s comedy legends Cheech and Chong reunited for their Light Up America tour and make a stop at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on March 15th and then at River Rock Show Theatre on March 16th

Improv: Vancouver TheatreSports presents all things Irish at Shamrocks &
Shenanigans,
TheatreSports’ St. Paddy’s Day celebration, Sunday, March 17 at 7:30pm at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Vancouver Foodster Takes You On A Between The Buns Crawl

Take a walk in the East Village with Vancouver Foodster and find out what’s Between The Buns. The brand new tasting tour, Between The Buns Crawl, takes advantage of the plethora of neighbourhood bakeries and restaurants to celebrate what lies between the bun: salmon burgers, to sandwiches, to custard puffs and anything in between.

Between The Buns Crawls takes in the neighbourhood of East Village (aka Hastings Sunrise) centered between Renfrew and Nanaimo on Hastings Street. This walkable neighbourhood tour means that you can park your car (if you drive) nearby or take transit to the starting point and then walk the event at your leisure.

Participating establishments include;

High Point Beer Wine Spirits: 2769 E Hastings Street

Italia Bakery:  #104 – 2828 E Hastings Street

Wheelhouse Seafoods: 2605 E. Hastings Street

Di Olvia: 2632 East Hastings Street

Delish Gluten Free: 2166 E Hastings Street

Join in this tasting tour on Wednesday March 27 from 6pm until 10pm. Tickets are on sale from Eventbrite now:

Ultra-Early Bird Tickets: $30 per person before March 12, 2019
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before March 18, 2019
Advance Tickets $45 per person after March 18, 2019
Regular $55 per person after March 24, 2019
Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

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.

Illuminate Yaletown for one night only – March 8th

From 2009 – 2012, Illuminate Yaletown dressed the downtown Vancouver neighbourhood in an annual display of breathtaking light installations. On Friday March 8th, prepare for Yaletown to light up again for one night only on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate Yaletown. Presented by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association when the sun sets on Vancouver, the lights come on in Yaletown for visitors to experience a free one-of-a-kind light art exhibition.

Celebrating 10 years since the first event, this year’s Illuminate Yaletown will showcase never-before seen light art installations, as well as classics from past festivals. Taking over Hamilton Street, between Davie & Drake, plus at Roundhouse Community Centre will be closed to vehicles for the evening to highlight these incredible installations and showcase the very best in light art technology.

“In many ways this is a reunion of the best of the best of our previous festivals. We’re showcasing a selection of cutting-edge light art technology designers in an exhibition that is urban, inspiring and jaw dropping,” says Annette O’Shea, executive director of the Yaletown Business Improvement Association. “Many of the installations have been designed to incorporate the viewer as part of the installation, so you can play with it, see how it responds to your touch and even build with it. This is very much about how technology, design and light blend to create engaging and provoking experiences.”

In addition to sensational illuminations, visitors can enjoy a host of spectacles throughout the evening. There will be a ‘robot invasion’ of stilt walkers and LED dancers, and an ‘Infinity Mirror World’ – culminating in an unmissable event packed with amazing photo opportunities. Guests can also strike a pose at a 12 ft. lit-up foliage wall, play on LED swings, or even try their hand at the digital graffiti wall to create their own custom street art.

Some of the neighbourhood cocktail bars will be offering a special ‘606 cocktail’ – in theme with the sun setting at 6:06pm – so visitors can embark on self-guided cocktail tours.

Illuminate Yaletown will take place on Friday March 8, from 6:06pm (sunset) to 10:00pm, at Hamilton Street and Bill Curtis Square. The event is free to the public; for more information please visit Yaletowninfo.com/illuminate.

Vancouver International Dance Festival brings dance to city stages

From March 4th to 30th, the 2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) brings the world of dance to Vancouver venues. From across the country, across the Pacific, and right here at home, VIDF proudly presents a 2019 festival season, showcasing exhilarating performances by both internationally revered artists and lauded Vancouver performers, engaging workshops, and a host of interactive dance activities.

Dairakudan’s Pseudo Human Super Human by Hiroyuki Kawashima

The 2019 Dance Festival’s program showcases Canadian premieres from Japan’s sensational Dairakudakan — a VIDF audience favourite — as well as Taiwan’s Tjimur Dance Theatre, appearing in Vancouver for the very first time; three world premieres from Vancouver’s own Vision Impure, Olivia C. Davies, and Lesley Telford; and three West Coast premieres from East Coast artists Daina Ashbee (Montreal), Manuel Roque (Montreal), and 10 Gates Dancing (Ottawa), among many others. With 27 days of free and ticketed events, the VIDF program is sure to include something for every dance fan.

Vision Impure’s Pathways by Erik Zennström

“Dance is a unique and powerful medium that communicates and expresses our deepest, innermost thoughts and emotions, transcending the cultural and geographical constructs of today’s world,” says Barbara Bourget, Co-Producer of VIDF. “The VIDF is a platform for an array of international artists to showcase their vision, honour their customs and traditions, remove barriers, and spark dialogue amongst us. Through a thoughtful, curated program showcasing globally renowned artists from Canada and abroad, our goal is to be a catalyst for meaningful expression, connection, and conversation.”

Vancouver International Dance Festival runs March 4 to 30, 2019 at venues around Vancouver, for the full performance schedule, tickets and more information visit vidf.ca