Experience Stage Fright at Presentation HAUNTED House

Presentation HAUNTED House

Presentation House Theatre has long had rumours of paranormal activity in the building, tonight the veil is lifted and the Presentation HAUNTED House invites those who dare, to seek the truth for themselves. Co-produced by the HIVE Performance Collective and Presentation House Theatre, this spooky encounter features nine emerging theatre companies filling every nook and cranny of the building with innovative creepiness. The frights take place tonight, October 31, as well as November 1, and November 2, 2019. 

“This event is going to be different from your traditional haunted house, where you simply walk through a maze with spooky surroundings,” says Andrea Loewen, Presentation House Theatre Managing Director, “It’s a guided, theatrical experience created by some of the Lower Mainland’s most exciting up-and-coming artists. Every theatre has ghosts, and PHT is actually certified as haunted by the Cornerstone Supernatural Society, something the HIVE Collective has taken its inspiration from. What could be creepier than that?”

Says Kim Selody, PHT Artistic Director, “Each of the nine companies has their own take on the idea of a haunted place so there will be lots of different and interesting ways to be scared in some unexpected spaces.”

Audiences will venture through secret and hidden areas of Presentation House that are usually unseen by the public, including vaults, back passages, odd doors to unexplained rooms, along with the more traditional spaces of the building.

The HIVE Performance Collective appeared at PHT as part of the revival of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2019. The ad-hoc collective made up of a dozen independent theatre makers works collaboratively as a non-hierarchical group creating and thinking together. Companies appearing at the Presentation HAUNTED House include Little Thief Theatre, Nebula Theatre, Re:current Theatre, Star Star Theatre, The Troika Collective, and Unladylike Co.

“I am incredibly excited to see what the artists from the HIVE Performance Collective create in our building,” adds Loewen. “They’re so creative and innovative in their work, and I know they’ll transform our entire building into something fun and spooky.”

All proceeds from this immersive, multidisciplinary event will benefit the HIVE Performance Collective and Presentation House Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now at 604-990-3474 or online at tickets.phtheatre.org
More information and show details can be found at phtheatre.org. Presentation HAUNTED House is recommended for ages 8+.

Picks of the Week : October 30, 2019

Halloween is upon us, scarying up a bevy of entertaining picks this week.

Fright Nights

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, until October 31

Train: Head into the Rabbit Hole when you follow Alice in Nightmareland at The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train until Halloween night.

Scares: It’s the final weekend to catch a fright at the 17th annual Potter’s House of Horrors, one of the lower mainland’s most beloved Halloween haunts, before it closes November 2nd

Sandra Bernhard

Fest: Chutzpah Festival continues with more entertainment including Sandra Bernhard at The Vogue tomorrow evening

Theatre: October 31, November 1 & 2, find out what “stage fright” really feels like at Presentation Haunted House. A selection of new theatre companies fill every nook and cranny of the Presentation House Theatre with paranormal adventures

Dance: Ballet BC begins its season with Program 1, October 31, November 1 & 2 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Howl: Tomorrow, Big Wreck plays the CFOX Halloween Howler, plus a follow up gig on November 1st, at the Commodore Ballroom.

Roar: The BC Lions play host to Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Saturday evening.

From Here : acrylic on canvas by David Wilson

Art: In his latest exhibition, Everywhere From Here, Vancouver artist, David Wilson, takes a look at local landmarks The Lions as the starting point for this collection, on view until November 5 at 1387 Railspur Alley on Granville Island.

Gig: Saturday night, join multi award winning and Juno nominated indigenous artist Don Amero in concert at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Accessibility: The Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting the Canadian premiere of Martyna Majok’s acclaimed play Cost of Living until November 3rd

Jiila Kuns : Volcano Woman by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Exhibition: Until April 5, 2020, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents Out of Concealment, a solo exhibition by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, an innovative re-imagining of supernatural beings from the oral traditions of Haida Gwaii.

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Installation: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation until December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

Vancouver Foodster Celebrates Global Flavours

This November Vancouver Foodster brings us two events that show us the diversity of the city’s food scene, while also showing us how similar dishes vary around the world.

Dumpling Fest returns for another year on November 6th. Dumplings are served in cultures all around the world, find out how they do it by visiting the Dumpling Fest restaurants from Little Saigon, Chinatown and South Granville areas of Vancouver. Each will serve up different kinds of dumplings, from Vietnamese dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Wonton and more.
Participating Restaurants include:
Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian, 1392 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hey Dumplings!, 208 Keefer Street, Vancouver
MixxBao, 1426 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
Blossom Dim Sum, 808 Bute St, Vancouver
Tickets for Dumpling Fest are available now on Eventbrite.

Curry Fest invites patrons to tantalize their taste buds as restaurants in downtown Vancouver serving up different kinds of Curry dishes from South Indian to Vietnamese to Thai and more. On November 13th, each restaurant will be serving up their Curry Plates and Bowls for guests to enjoy with your foodie friends and family, or meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants and their global menus.
Participating Restaurants announced, so far, include:
Bob Pochana Thai, 1660 Robson Street, Vancouver
House Special, 1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets for Curry Fest are available now on Eventbrite.

Even if you’re not joining in the Vancouver Foodster events, follow along on social media to whet your appetite, on instagram @TastingPlatesYVR  #TastingPlatesYVR  @Vanfoodster  #Vanfoodster 


American Idiot Comes to North Vancouver

American Idiot, Green Day’s award-winning, Broadway rock musical comes to Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver presented by local production company URP. 

Winner of two Tony Awards and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11, Trumpian suburbia, discovering love, loss, sex, drugs, and rock and roll along the way. The production will run for just seven performances over six days, Nov. 5-10 at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.  

Although conceived in response to the Bush administration in the years after 9/11, URP has updated the setting to reflect today’s political situation.

“While American Idiot is the coming of age story of three suburban friends, the backdrop of youthful angst and fighting against what their country has become is what makes the show so relevant right now.”

American Idiot takes its name from the 2004 Green Day album of the same name. The electrified rock musical has sent Green Day fans and critics into rapture since it was first performed in 2009, and has introduced a generation of theatregoers to the Bay Area punk trio’s propulsive, catchy musical style, and probably introduced a few punk rock fans to Broadway musicals!).

For this production, URP has gathered a talented cast of 18 professional and emerging performers from across Metro Vancouver. Richard Berg directs American Idiot, which also features lighting design by Robert Sondergaard, known for designs of Grey Cup halftime shows, and the current North American Tour of We Will Rock You…this production has been designed to bring the rock musical to a whole new level.

Under the musical direction of guitarist Rob Hamilton, a six-piece band delivers a hybrid between theatre and rock concert. The show features every song from the American Idiot album as well as several from Green Day’s follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Green Day’s American Idiot plays November 5 – 10, 2019 at the Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. Find showtimes, details and tickets online at urp.ca

Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown – recap

A pleasant Vancouver evening, was filled with pleasant company and great food as Tasting Plates visited Gastown & Chinatown on Wednesday October 23rd.

Tasting Plates patrons found something sweet and savoury as they walked between the evening’s eateries in the two downtown neighbourhoods. Four of the more recently opened eateries were new to many of us, and Trees is a firm favourite for many Vancouverites.

As with all Tasting Plates events, patrons checked in to receive their Tasting Plates map at the first stop – Wara Thai Eatery. Then it was off to try each restaurant’s ‘tasting plate’ or ‘tasting cup’. Check out #TastingPlatesYVR on social media to see some of the other patron’s posts of their experience.

Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown visited the following locations;

Wara Thai Eatery :
Spaghetti Bites with Thai Basil Chicken Sauce, Toong Tong – Thai Gold Bags, Thai Salad Cups
Buttermere Patisserie Café :
(clockwise) London Fog Cake Roll, Korean Citrus Cheesecake Tarts, Galette Bretonne Cookies, Earl Grey Chocolate Bar
Moltaqa Restaurant :
Bessara Green Pea Soup w/ Cumin, variety of lentil, bean tomato and egglant stews with bread and Iced Hibiscus Tea
The Praguery Gastown :
Sweet Prague Cone “Marie’s” – Nutella lined Coconut Cone, filled with Whipped Cream, cinnamon and Raspberry.
Trees Cheesecake & Organic Coffee :
Pumpkin Spice and Classic New York Cheesecakes.

If this edition of Tasting Plates visit to Gastown & Chinatown whet your appetite, check out Tasting Plates and Vancouver Foodster’s upcoming events Dumpling Fest November 6th and Curry Fest Vancouver November 13th.

Find the ‘Cost of Living’ at Arts Club

The Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting the Canadian premiere of Martyna Majok’s acclaimed play Cost of Living. Directed by Arts Club Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living is on stage until November 3rd, at the Goldcorp Stage.

The drama follows the interaction of relationships between four characters; Eddie (Ashley Wright) an unemployed ‘everyman’ truck driver whose ex-wife Ani (Teal Sherer) is a quadriplegic resulting from a recent accident; while well-off graduate student John (Christopher Imbrosciano) has cerebral palsy and hires Jess (Bahareh Yaraghi) as his caregiver.

As expected in all relationships, miscommunications, missed connections, lack of communication, assumptions and stereotyping come to play. What could easily have been the “Cost of Getting-by”, Majok’s script and the 4 actors show that depending on circumstances, there are many ways to live, and no one has the right answers. It’s all how you roll with the punches.

With the abundance of stage time, Ashley Wright’s Eddie seems to have the most connection to the audience. His wife Ani is angry with her situation, seeming to blame everyone, taking a long time for her to bring down the walls. Whereas the other pair have no pre-existing relationship, they make assumptions of each other. We aren’t given much of John’s backstory, but as the play rolls on we find that Jess has just as many challenges to her life as her disabled client.

The creative set design by Drew Facey quickly provides for multiple simple locations and keeps the relationships separated until they finally cross over in the last scene. Presented without intermission, the scenes transition effortlessly, there are a few periods of slow pacing that felt longer than necessary but not enough to take away from what is a interesting examination on getting the most out of life.

Cost of Living plays until November 3, 2019 on The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre. Visit artsclub.com for showtime and tickets.

Picks of the Week – October 23, 2019

As October rolls on, we find the darker nights leading closer to Halloween and a plethora of spooktober picks.

Eat: Tasting Plates Gastown and Chinatown invites you to find out what’s new in the oldest neighbourhoods, tonight to explore the restaurants and cafés in the downtown Vancouver food scene.

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Dracula: Fabulist Theatre & Director Damon Bradley Jang bring a modern adaptation of a old-time radio play to life with Dracula: A Modern Radio Play, performed live (not broadcast) at CBC Studio 700, October 25-27

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, until October 31

Train: Head into the Rabbit Hole when you follow Alice in Nightmareland at The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train until Halloween night.

From Here : acrylic on canvas by David Wilson

Art: In his latest exhibition, Everywhere From Here, Vancouver artist, David Wilson, takes a look at local landmarks The Lions as the starting point for this collection, on view October 24 – November 5 at 1387 Railspur Alley on Granville Island. Wilson will be in attendance at the public opening on Saturday between 2-4pm.

Diwali: The Cultch partners with Diwali in BC to present Pandemic Theatre and Rumble Theatre’s Take D Milk, Nah? a solo show from Jivesh Parasram about his Indo-Caribbean heritage, closing October 26, at the Vancity Culture Lab

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Bedrooms: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage opens The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian bedroom comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys, until October 26

China Doll – Jennifer Tong & Manami Hara photo: Tim Matheson

Opening: Gateway Theatre in Richmond opens its 2019-2020 season with Marjorie Chan’s historical drama, China Doll, running until October 26.

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Jonathan Bauer Project

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up features Yumi Nagashima supported by Ed Hill and Myles Anderson 

Pucks: Friday night, celebrate Diwali at Rogers Arena with Vancouver Canucks as they host Washington Capitals

Art: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation from October 16th to December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

La-Traviata- Irina Medvedeva as Maid Annina, Emily Dorn as Violetta, Andrew Haji as Alfredo photo: Tim Matheson

Opera: The Vancouver Opera 2019/20 season is underway with performances of La Traviata at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, playing October 24 and 27th.

Home: Get inspired for all your season’s home decor and renovation projects at the Vancouver Fall Home Show at Vancouver Convention Centre October 24 – 27.