The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2017 line-up

This week, Atomique Productions announced the line-up for the 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender.

backyard weekender
Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-Up

While many other festivals are being cancelled or suffering from bad PR, Phillips Backyard Weekender returns for it’s 5th year, on July 7 – 9, 2017 at the Phillips Brewery Backyard in Victoria.  In it’s short history, the Weekender has become a staple of the Victoria music scene.  Being just on the edge of downtown Victoria, the Phillips Backyard is a perfect spot for a social hive of music, beer and camaraderie.   This year’s three-day festival packs in great music and entertainment along with food from Victoria’s Coast Lunch Box,  L’Authentique, Taco Justice, DeadBeetz, Island Mini Donuts and more then wash it down with Phillips Brewing award winning beers.

The 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender is:

Friday July 7th: Open 4pm – 10pm
Common Kings, Junior Reed, Oddisee, Polyrythmics, The Velveteins and DJ Tim Horner

Saturday July 8th: Open 1pm – 10pm
Cake, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, PPL MVR, Little Destroyer, Fortune Killers, Electric Timber Co., Kermode and DJ Bellyfish

Sunday July 9th: Open noon – 9pm
Current Swell, Allen Stone, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Vince Vaccaro, The Brass, Distant Grand and DJ Mike D

Phillips Backyard is located at 2010 Government Street, Victoria BC
Tickets are on sale on now at ticketfly.com or in-person at Phillips Brewery.
Weekend Passes – $105, Single Day: Friday – $34.50, Saturday – $46.50, Sunday – $42.50
Get more line-up, festival and ticket information online at backyardweekender.com

Check our past year’s photos and follow along on this year’s by following the Backyard Weekender on social; instagram, twitter, facebook

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

Celebrate with your “SuperDad” at VTSL

This Father’s Day, Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) welcomes guests to a special 2pm matinee performance in celebration of Dads…The SuperDad Show.

The SuperDad Show pokes fun at the foibles and complexities of what it means to be a father these days. Based on audience suggestions, VTSL’s quick-witted improvisers could explore such relevant topics as ‘the sensitive Dad,’ ‘Dads and their love affair with the barbecue,’ ‘hockey Dads,’ ‘Dad, can I have the keys to the car?’ or ‘Dads and Daughters’ to name a few of the endless possibilities.

The family-friendly SuperDad Show takes place at 2 pm, after brunch or leaving plenty of time after the show to take Dad to dinner or to fire up the barbecue.   The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge at VTSL’s Improv Centre will be open at 1:30 pm for pre-show drinks and, weather-pending, the patio deck over-looking the picturesque Marina will be open for an sunny sip or take your drink into the theatre to enjoy during the show.

Give your ‘super’ Dad some belly laughs instead of headaches and bring him down to The Improv Centre for an afternoon of improv hilarity. Besides, he needs something to take his mind off the fact that the Canucks didn’t make the playoffs. Warning: SuperDad may contain ‘dad jokes.’

Tickets are only $20, including the show PLUS either a glass of House Wine or Beer on Tap or non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are on sale now at vtsl.com.

Bard on the Beach raises the curtain on season 2017

Bard on the Beach is back under the white tents at Vanier Park, continuing it’s legacy as Western Canada’s Largest Shakespeare Festival for another year.

Summer evenings at Bard on the Beach

Over the years Bard on the Beach has sought to bring the works of Shakespeare, and related material, to its stages while keeping the adaptations fresh and innovative.  The BMO Mainstage has been home to some of The Bard’s best known works, in recent years including; Romeo & Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Taming of the  Shrew, Hamlet and more. While the intimate Howard Family Stage and Douglas Campbell Theatre Tent has brought to life some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works; Pericles, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure to name a few.  As well, the Howard Family Stage also provides a proving ground for new and creative works that exist within the Shakespearean universe. This year, Shylock by Mark Leiren-Young takes a look into a production of The Merchant of Venice, following the title character behind and in front of the stage.

The 2017 is in previews now with a BMO Mainstage opening night of Much Ado About Nothing on June 15th followed by The Winter’s Tale opening night, June 22nd.  For the Howard Family Stage, The Merchant of Venice opens on July 6th and The Two Gentlemen of Verona opening on July 12th. Later in the season, Shylock has its limited run, starting September 7th. The whole season wraps September 23, 2017.

Throughout the season, a host of special events add even more entertainment to the Bard Village tents.  Bard-B-Q & Fireworks – a night of food, a performance and the Celebration of Light fireworks festival, Chor Leoni Manely/Fun – the men’s choir bring two nights of music, Opera & Arias : The Barber of Seville performed by the UBC Opera Ensemble with Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Talkback Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays and more.

For more information about the 2017 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, visit bardonthebeach.org

Audi of Richmond Flagship Opens

This week, Audi of Richmond opened the doors to its stunning, new state-of-the-art, building at 5600 Parkwood Cr. in the Richmond Auto Mall. At over 100,000sq feet the new building is the largest in new car showroom in Metro Vancouver and one of the largest in the country.  

Owner’s Cowell Auto Group, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, are in the process of redeveloping all of their Richmond Auto Mall locations, Audi of Richmond is first out of the gate.  At the glamourous opening night event, Cowell Auto Group President Rand Cowell welcomed their opening night guests; customers, staff, family and friends, to the stunning new Audi Terminal.  Audi of Canada President Daniel Weissland reaffirmed Audi’s stature as the most-progressive luxury brand in the Canadian market, with 13 new models arriving this year.  Audi of Richmond’s massive showroom is poised to bring customers the ultimate one-stop-shop for all things Audi. 

Cowell Family Members & Audi Canada President Daniel Weissland cut the ribbon to open the new Audi of Richmond

From the one-of-a-kind Audi Direct Reception, the covered drive-in entry way keeps visitors out of the elements. Then flows into the sleek and modern terminal comfortable customer experiences await in all directions; Parts, Service or Sales. The overheight ceilings and windows provide a bright, natural backdrop to the new car showroom.  Space for more inventory on site makes the Audi of Richmond shopping experience seamless.  Even the Certified Pre-Owned shoppers get the largest showroom in Metro Vancouver. The unique to Audi of Richmond Audi Sport Customization Lounge allows personal touches to be added to new Audi Sport purchases.
Customer waiting areas on each of the three levels ensure every moment of a visit to Audi of Richmond is never far comfort.  European Coffee machines, instant filtered chilled water dispensers, cafes and more, elevate the service most other auto stores.  The luxury treatment is throughout the store, gone are the days when the service and parts department are relegated to a grimy, backdoor.
Even if you’re just browsing, the new Audi of Richmond building is worth a visit next time you’re in the Richmond Auto Mall.

Museum of Vancouver brings an Unbelievable new exhibition

After digging through their vaults, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is ready to unveil a new and “Unbelievable” exhibition. Unbelievable is a quirky new exhibition curated from the Museum’s own collections, on display at MOV June 24 – September 24, 2017.

Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, Unbelievable assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for an exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. “Stories are how we create our community and nation. They are literally a matter of life and death, possessing the power to bring us together or tear us apart,” explained Gregory Dreicer, MOV’s Director of Curatorial and Engagement and the creative mind behind Unbelievable. “A shockingly diverse collection of objects will provoke laughter, nostalgia, and fear. What unifies them is not the physical objects themselves – but the contradictory and unbelievable stories that surround each of the treasures on display. We are taking people deep behind the scenes – in order to explore the creation of stories and how they define our past, present, and future.”

A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator.
A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under
Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator. (MOV Collection)

The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters. The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow.

Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.

Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr. Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals.
Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce
Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr.
Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and
the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store
Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals. (MOV collection)

The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.

Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, such as a side table crafted from an elephant foot, a chair cobbled together from cattle horns, and favourite pieces of garbage salvaged by the City of Vancouver’s sanitation workers. This interactive component of the exhibition will encourage visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.

Inspiration for Unbelievable originated last fall in the wake of the American election, which highlighted an astonishing aspect of human nature: people reject facts that don’t fit their story, even if the information is true. MOV concluded an exhibition exploring the notion of truth – including the museum’s role as one of Canada’s most trusted institutions – could not be more timely or relevant. Essentially, lack of trust, the reach of the web, the crisis in journalism and democracy have sparked Dreicer to embark on a quest for stories to believe in. “We live in an age of information where alternative facts and absolute falsehoods have run rampant.” continued Dreicer, “In an era where nothing can be taken at face value, MOV wanted to create an exhibition that raises questions. With Unbelievable, we ultimately hope visitors will walk away awed by the power of story – with a different understanding and possibly skepticism – about the tales they encounter and the stories they tell themselves.”

Unbelievable run June 24 – September 24, 2017 at Museum of Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street.  Visit museumofvancouver.ca for more information on Unbelievable and the rest of the exhibits at the MOV on now.

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