Whitecaps FC debut 2018 MLS Season Schedule

WhitecapsFCSoccer fans can start planning their calendars, as the Whitecaps FC MLS 2018 schedule is revealed.
Between opening day, March 4th and decision day on October 28th fans can look forward to 34 Whitecaps FC matches, 17 at home in BC Place.  The season is bookended by matches against fierce rivals, opening at home against Montreal Impact and, for the third season in a row, ending the season against Cascadia rivals, Portland Timbers.
With the addition of the expansion Los Angeles Football Club the Western Conference teams will face each other twice each, home and away, except Whitecaps FC will play San Jose Earthquakes which face WFC three times.  Eastern teams once again face Western teams once each, in the opposite city of their 2017 matches.  Besides a break June 14 – 22 for the FIFA World Cup 2018 group matches, fans won’t have to go long between home matches at BC Place as the team doesn’t play more than two matches back to back on the road.

In addition to Opening Day and Decision Day some highlight home matches to look out for include:

Saturday, March 24 vs LA Galaxy
Friday, April 13 vs LA Football Club (expansion club debut, Daffodil Day in support of Canadian Cancer Society)
Friday, April 27 vs Real Salt Lake (Jeans Day for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)
Saturday, June 9 vs Orlando City SC (#BuckUp For Mental Health in support of Covenant House Vancouver)
Sunday, July 1 vs Colorado Rapids (Canada Day at BC Place)

Whitecaps Pride

Saturday, July 28 vs Minnesota United FC (Pride Night)
Saturday, August 18 vs New York Red Bulls
Saturday, September 15 vs Seattle Sounders (preceded by Legends & Stars Charity Match in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)

The Canadian Championship match schedule will be released at a later date. For full schedule listings and ticketing information visit whitecapsfc.com

A Night at the Movies with China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra

Cinema In Concert with CBFSO

The China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra (CBFSO), brings the sounds of movies to The Orpheum Theatre on January 12th for one night only.

The Canada-China Culture Development Association presents an evening of cinematic masterpieces.  Cinema In Concert find the internationally-renowned CBFSO, led by acclaimed conductor Pang Ka Pang, performing dramatic scores from Oscar-winning films, while iconic scenes are projected above them.  One of China’s oldest and finest symphony orchestras, the 80-member ensemble will bring life to film scores of five Academy Award winning composers, including Braveheart, Casablanca, Jurassic WorldLegends of the Fall, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as works from China’s cinema.

CBFSO Conductor Pang Ka Pang

Since forming in 1949, the CBFS Orchestra has performed and recorded music of nearly 2,000 films, TV dramas and documentaries. First touring abroad in 1992, the orchestra has now performed in more than 40 countries on five continents, working closely with renowned conductors, composers, dancers and performers.

During its performance at The Orpheum, the 80-piece orchestra will perform with special guest soloists from  the local Vancouver music community, including the 100-member local community choral group, the Vancouver Folk Song and Dance Troupe.

Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra takes place Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm at The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets are on sale at ticketstonight.ca

Picks of the Week – January 3, 2018

2018 is here and we’re back in full swing looking for great entertainment picks of the week to get you through the first week of the new year.

East Van Panto
Photo: Emily Cooper

Snow: It’s your last chance to help Snow White and the Seven Dwarves evade her Evil Stepmother in East Van Panto at The Cultch York Theatre before is closes January 6th.

Festival: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival  bringing dozens of Chinese lanterns, throughout the 14 acre PNE site until January 21st

Lights: Lights at Lafarge Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival, the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland keeps the lights on until January 21st

Canyon: Take to the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  until January 28th, 2018. 

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage welcomes Disney’s Beauty & The Beast until January 13th.

Train: This is the last week for Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train– two million lights twinkle throughout the plaza and Miniature Train until January 6th

Heritage: Celebrate the way the Holidays were a century ago at Heritage Christmas presented by Concord Pacific at Burnaby Village Museum  until January 5th

Garden: Wander through millions of lights and colours at Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden until January 7th

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports Throwdown International Theatresports Festival is on now. First up, until Jan 13th, local teams of VTSL players improv their way to the best of Vancouver, before taking on International Improv teams the following week.

5 Winter Events to close the Festive Season

Happy New Year! While we are already into 2018, the lead up to the Holidays is sometime so busy we don’t have time to take in all the festive events. Here’s a few seasonal winter events that you can still catch for a few more weeks:

Beauty and the Beast at Stanley TheatreDisney’s Beauty and the Beast – The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a brilliant adaptation of Disney’s ‘tale as old as time’. Fun for the whole family as Belle and The Beast are supported by Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and others at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 13th – Tickets online at artsclub.com

Lights at Lafarge – Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival is the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland, Town Centre Park is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of lights, with roving performers, hot chocolate & cookies all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station, making this one of the most easily accessible winter events. Continuing until January 21st, 2018 – Free Admission

Chinese Lantern FestivalVancouver Chinese Lantern Festival – the PNE features the largest festival of its kind in Canada. One of the most beautiful and culturally significant festivals lights up the night with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns, some reaching nearly 200 feet in length, transforming the 14 acres of Hastings Park, running until January 21, 2018. – Admission $19 online

Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park continues until January 28th, 2018. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, the bridge, Treetops Adventures, with 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $42.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.

Robson Square Ice Rink – hit the ice for some old-fashioned outdoor winter fun, all-ages can lace up and enjoy the free skating experience at Robson Square. Until February 28, 2018, open from 9am to 9pm Sunday – Thursday and 9am to 11pm Friday – Saturday.  Skating is free, skate rentals are $4 (last rental, 30 minutes prior to closing)

6 Shops for Great Grab and Go Christmas Gifts

Time is quickly ticking closer to Christmas Day!  It’s probably too late for any online shopping and with our busy schedules there’s hardly any time to get out and shop. Here’s a few handy local shops to grab & go,  during your lunch hour or after-work, with lots of great gift ideas.

Cook Culture Cooking School

Cook Culture:  Find all the kitchenware, large and small, that anyone could dream of, and cooking classes too.
Three Vancouver Locations: Downtown – 377 Howe Street, 1548 W. Broadway (near Granville), North Vancouver – 1238 Lonsdale Avenue and in Victoria too. 

Masc:  A huge inventory of skincare and grooming products plus a knowledgeable team to help find the best gift for the men on your list.
Yaletown – 433 Davie Street (near Homer)

Silk Road

Silk Road Tea:  Seasonal, herbal, black, white, green and wellness tea blends to match every need, and a great selection of tea inspired gifts and bundles.
Kitsilano – 2066 West 4th Avenue and in 2 Victoria locations.

Old Faithful Shop: Gifts, gadgets, stationary, furniture, homewares and more. Cool gift ideas and stocking stuffers at every turn.
Gastown – 320 West Cordova Street

Walrus: Clothing and accessories, home, garden, decor and more, Walrus has all sorts of fun, and interesting items to wrap up this Christmas.
Cambie Village – 3408 Cambie Street

Meinhardt Fine Foods: Festive foods, tastes from around the globe, gourmet gift boxes for every kitchen and grab a tasty take-out hot lunch or dinner while you’re shopping too.
2 Vancouver Locations: Downtown, Pacific Centre – 609 Granville Street, South Granville – 3002 Granville Street

 

6 Restaurants for Last-Minute Christmas Dinner

With all the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s hard to find the time to spend quality time with your loved ones, even more so if you spend all day in the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner.

Globe @ YVR

Many restaurants are now doing all the work for you and preparing Christmas dinner to go or to dine-in.  All you need to do is book, show up, sit, eat, and enjoy.  Freeing up your precious time for those important to you.

While it is late to be booking, there are still a few hotel restaurants with tables open for Christmas dinner on the evening of December 25th

Here’s a five of them that have seats available to book on Open Table (as of Dec 20th)

the apron – Westin Wall Centre Hotel – $65 / person Table d’hote menu

YEW seafood + bar – Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – $96 / per person 3 course Christmas menu

Prestons Restaurant & Lounge – Coast Coal Harbour – a la carte menu

Globe @ YVR – Fairmont Vancouver Airport : $95 / person Christmas dinner + entertainment

p2b bistro & bar – Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront  : $46 / person Christmas menu

or take the A Christmas Story as inspiration for your Christmas Dinner and make a Chinese restaurant your destination; like the newly opened 1886 Chinese Fine Dining – parq Vancouver.

Wherever you tuck into your Christmas meal, enjoy your holiday season!

Picks of the Week – December 20, 2017

Just five more sleeps until Santa makes his rounds, in between your last-minute shopping, here’s a few picks of the week to keep you entertained.

Icing: The Vancouver Canucks play host to St Louis on Thursday at Rogers Arena

Solstice: The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is transformed into an illuminated wonder for the 24th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival on Thursday evening.

Acrobat: The stunning Cirque du Soleil Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities continues under the Grand Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place

Snow White photo Emily Cooper

Snow: Until January 6th, help Snow White and the Seven Dwarves evade her Evil Stepmother in East Van Panto at The Cultch York Theatre

Twinkle: Light up your nights with the Festival light displays all around Metro Vancouver; Lights of Hope, Canyon Lights, Bright Nights, Heritage Christmas, Glow Christmas, Lights at Lafarge all bring a little Christmas Spirit.

Festival: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival makes its debut on Friday, bringing dozens of Chinese lanterns, throughout the 14 acre PNE site.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s dramedy  The Day Before Christmas is onstage at the Goldcorp Stage until Sunday, while fan favourite Onegin remounts the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage, until December 31st and Disney’s Beauty & The Beast is already extended until January 13th.

Ghost of Christmas Past (Josh Chambers) & Scrooge (Russell Roberts) Photo: David Cooper

Dickens: From December 7 – 24th, the Holiday Classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life onstage at Gateway Theatre in Richmond.

Narnia: Carousel Theatre, invites families to step through the wardrobe as C.S Lewis’  The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to the stage until December 31st.

Carols: The 25th Anniversary of the VSO’s Traditional Christmas at St Andrew’s Wesley this weekend and in various venues throughout the month

Drag: The Christmas Queen is back to ruin Christmas for Vancouver Theatresports League and on Saturday nights, anything can, and will happen,  when Vancouver drag diva the Unstoppable Connie Smudge joins the stage,  it’s two queens for the price of one at Christmas Queen Drag Race.