The Tenors – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – November 24, 2017
The Tenors are inviting fans to spend “Christmas Together” with them as they tour North America this season. Friday night, the trio brought their smooth vocal style to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for an evening of Holiday cheer in support of their new Christmas Together album. Filled with Christmas carols, classic holiday season favourites and some new tunes, the 2 hour show brought the Christmas spirit to the audience.
Joined on stage with the BC Girls and BC Boys Choirs for some Christmas joy on some tracks. Add-in many of Fraser Walter’s family and friends being in the audience for extra emotion, especially on his solo. Smiles were all around as Victor, Clifton and Fraser ventured into the audience to play a game of complete the lyrics with fans, and found Frasers young nephew to adorably join in the reindeer games. The evening had a feel of a sing-a-long as all the songs were mostly tried and true favourites and The Tenors invited fans to join in on some carols. Even the new track from Christmas Together, Santa’s Wish (Teach the World), is based on the familiar, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”.
The Tenors’ Christmas Together Album is available now and the Tour continues throughout North America, with a stop in New York next week, to appear on NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center, airing November 29th.
After nearly 30 years of planning, The Polygon Gallery has opened to the public on the Waterfront at Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Since 1976, the Presentation House at 3rd and Chesterfield has been a community art space that for the last three decades has had a focus on photographic arts.
Now in its new space next to Lonsdale Quay, the stunning $20million gallery provides an anchor to the evolving Lower Lonsdale precinct. The Polygon Gallery joins the new residences, bistros, restaurants, pubs and shops that have replaced the industrial spaces that were North Vancouver staples for decades. The Patkau Architect designed Gallery is constructed to the highest standards for sustainable building. The Gallery is a bright, open, light-filled space, with a fully-glazed ground floor and exterior cantilever, jutting over the boardwalk offers shelter from the weather.The new building’s lower floor boasts a welcoming Gallery lobby and gift shop, a café, and a multi-purpose exhibition and event space.
The second level features four exhibition spaces and a large exterior terrace overlooking Burrard Inlet, which, even on a recent dreary night, the sparkling skyline of Greater Vancouver, and the city’s busy harbour create a magnificent work of art of its own.While the exhibition space is vast but feels intimate to not overwhelm the art within, the all white interior is a blank canvas to highlight whatever work fills the space.
The Polygon Gallery’s inaugural exhibition N. Vancouver, is on display until Spring 2018. N. Vancouver honours the Gallery’s home with photographic works capturing its rich and varied history from Coast Salish village, to industrial port city to the emerging urban metropolis of today. Pieces reflect the industrial port, concrete grain terminals, docks and rail yards, all set against lush coastal mountains and natural beauty of the Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh territories. The most ambitious project in the Gallery’s history, N. Vancouver features commissioned works by more than fifteen artists, including Andrew Dadson, Gabrielle Hill, Althea Thauberger, Stephen Waddell and Tracy Williams, paired with existing work by Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Fred Herzog, Curt Lang, and Jeff Wall, among others.
The Polygon Gallery is located steps from Lonsdale Quay, at 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. The Gallery is open 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays) Admission is by donation.
This week, 2018 PuSh Festival debuted its program guide with a party at The Fox Cabaret, home of Club PuSh during the festival.
Since 2003, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has become one of Vancouver’s premier events, bringing life to our stages and venue through three dreary weeks each winter. From January 16 to February 4, 2018, PuSh Festival brings world class performing arts to Vancouver. Local performers and companies take the stages along with those from 11 other countries around the globe who are scheduled for PuSh 2018, including acts from Taiwan, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, USA, and Canada. Theatre, dance, multimedia, film, talkbacks, conversations and workshops are all on deck for this year’s festival, in venues all around Vancouver.
Check out this year’s Festival trailer to see what’s in store for the 2018 Festival.
Visit pushfestival.ca to purchase passes and explore all that PuSh Festival has to offer during the three weeks or pick up a PuSh Festival Guide and start planning your Festival experience now.
The last weekend is here and the spirit of Christmas is lighting up the city, literally. Find light displays and more in these picks of the week.
Market: The Christmas Market season is in full swing with the Vancouver Christmas Market opening today, running until December 24, at Jack Poole Plaza. This weekend looks for the West End, Dunbar, Strathcona, River District and Portobello markets in all corners of Vancouver.
Jazz: Frankie’s Jazz Club welcomes Juno award nominated jazz bassist Jodi Proznick on Thursday night for a release of her new album, Sun Songs
Comedy: Brianne Nord-Stewart launches her new comedy web series The Dangers of Online Dating with a special screening at Penthouse nightclub on November 23rd
Swim: At the Gateway Theatre in Richmond experience a witty, engaging evening with Beverley Elliott’s one-woman show Sink or Swim until November 25th.
Carols: Friday night, The Tenors take the stage for their Christmas Together tour at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Air: Join the great Bernard Cuffling for an Orwellian one-man show Coming Up For Air at Kay Meeks Centre until November 25th.
Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company The Day Before Christmas is onstage at the Goldcorp Stage until the day before Christmas, while fan favourite Onegin returns to the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage, until December 31st.
Ice: Through the weekend follow your heart to the world of Disney On Ice at Pacific Coliseum
As the Holidays draw near, Metro Vancouver twinkles as people and places put up light displays all around the City. Some of the brightest and most festive displays are opening to the public in the coming weeks, here’s a list of light displays to enjoy the twinkle of the Holiday Season:
Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital – Celebrating 20 years, St Paul’s Lights of Hope have illuminated the West End helping to raise much needed funds for the hospital. The 2017 Lights Of Hope lit up last week with a public event featuring fireworks, food trucks and family entertainment at St Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street. Stroll past, admire the lights, look for the sponsor’s stars – Free Admission
Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train– Two million lights twinkle throughout the plaza and Miniature Train. Ride the train, watch the dozens of festive displays while strolling the plaza sipping a hot cocoa, from November 30, 2017 to January 6, 2018 opening hours vary for Matinee and Night Trains. – Matinee Train tickets are $6 for all ages, Night Train tickets are $12(Adults) or $9(Children/Seniors). Admission Bright Nights Train Plaza only, is by donation (suggested $4, proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund)
Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park opens November 23rd, 2017 and runs 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.
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden run December 1st, 2017 to January 7th, 2018 opening at 4:30pm. Over a million lights turn the botanical gardens into sparkling winter wonderland.Carolers, dancing gnomes and the popular Dancing Lights show (on the half hour) make this one of the city’s most popular and Instagramable #vandusenFOL Christmas Light displays – Adult Admission $15.24 (in advance) or $18.10 (at door)
Christmas at Canada Place – Port Metro Vancouver presents the 30th annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event, from November 23rd to December 31st, 2017, stroll the festive fun along The Canadian Trail (west promenade) to see the new Canada’s North light display at the North Point of Canada Place, glimpse the iconic Woodward’s department store holiday windows, take in the Christmas fun at Fly Over Canada and don’t forget to look up to the Canada Place Sails of Lights. – Free Admission
Glow Christmas – For the first time, Milner Village Garden Centre in Langley sets the Fraser Valley aglow with a half-million lights over four Christmas Gardens, Food Trucks & Bar, Craft Market and more from 4-10pm, November 23rd to December 30th, 2017 – Admission – Adults: $19.99 (in advance) $25 (at door)
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, a Holiday Market and of course Santa are all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station, from November 25th, 2017 to January 21st, 2018 – Free Admission
Chanukah in the City – Celebrate with music, hot chocolate, doughnuts and gelt as the Silber Family Menorah, Canada’s tallest, lights up the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza from December 12th to celebrate the first of the 8 Days of the Chanukah Festival Of Lights
Now playing at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, Sink or Swim is Beverley Elliott’s latest autobiographical one-woman show. Following on last year’s …didn’t see that coming, the singer/actor/writer is back with more stories from her youth.
In Sink or Swim, Ms Elliott takes us back to rural Ontario and her childhood years. With the help of musical director/pianist Bill Costin, the actress paints the picture of her 5-6 year old world with such vivid detail that any of us who grew up in small town Canada recovered memories of our early school days too. Songs and music helps set the mood and provide the transitions between stories, from selling the family farm, to the first day of school, to summer trips to the lake. All the tales come with equal doses of wit, charm and emotions, as bonds of family and friends shine throughout Sink or Swim.
Beverley Elliott’s multifaceted talent brings so much to the stage. The writer, creates engaging, fun, but believable stories to tell. The actress, brilliantly makes herself ageless and any age, whether the spirited, elderly Granny on Once Upon A Time, a teenager in …didn’t see that coming, or the 5 year old Bev in Sink or Swim. The singer, brings a range of emotions to the songs throughout her shows, from lively, pop tunes to touching ballads or big, Broadway style numbers.
Beverley Elliott’s Sink or Swim runs until November 25, 2017 in Studio B at Gateway Theatre, for tickets and information visit gatewaytheatre.com
This weekend, Strathcona Beer Company is celebrating their one-year anniversary, by launching a special edition birthday beer. Called Primo, a Double IPA, launches with a weekend long open house with brewery tours. In addition, they will release new branded clothing and feature an art installation in the tasting room from infamous New York graffiti legend, KR.
Strathcona Beer Company is located on the corner of East Hastings and Campbell Street in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood.The world class beer company and tasting room has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite for both locals and visitors from outside the area. In their first year, they have experienced substantial growth with their lineup of classic, local and international beer styles, winning several awards, while constantly striving to push the boundaries of craft beer and design.
Strathcona Beer Company’s collective interests in art, music, skateboarding and design have influenced all aspects of the brand’s contribution to the craft beer scene.They are a community based brewery that is focused on supporting local, from charitable and non-profit groups to incorporating local ingredients into their product.
“We are proud to be located in the Strathcona neighbourhood working in collaboration with local artists like Andrew Dadson and Matt Aiken along with international creators such a Rob Cristofaro from Alife and Craig Costello from Krink.” says Strathcona Beer Company President, Tim Knight.This has been a year of learning, improving and being humbled by the incredible growth we have experienced to date. We look forward to our second year in business and what we will be able to accomplish together as a team and community.”
Strathcona Beer Company’s Primo Double IPA is a limited release and will be available exclusively for tasting and purchase in the brewery’s tasting room (895 East Hastings St.) starting today Friday, November 17th, a perfect present for the beer lover on your Christmas list. An official anniversary party for customers also takes place tonight from 6pm to 11pm with music by special guest DJ Flipout.