Whitecaps FC reveals 2019 Season

WhitecapsFCThis week, Whitecaps FC and the MLS revealed the 2019 schedule kicking off the preseason February 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI.  Home fans will get their first look at new coach Marc Dos Santos’ new look team when 34 regular season  gets underway March 2nd hosting Minnesota United FC at home in BC Place.

Vancouver’s regular season includes a home and away game against each Western Conference team, and one match either home or away against Eastern Conference clubs, including a visit to expansion side FC Cincinnati on August 3 ,and a visit from Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United on August 17 at BC Place

In celebration of the historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl triumph by the “team from the Village of Vancouver”, Whitecaps FC will host an anniversary match on August 31 against New York City FC, reminiscent of the 2-leg semi-final victory over New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium which sent the Whitecaps to the Soccer Bowl.

Whitecaps Pride Night

Other highlights of the season include Cascadia Cup home fixtures against Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in March and May, a visit from Canadian rivals Toronto FC on May 31st.   Community matches include, Jeans Day, in support of BC Children’s Hospital FoundationSaturday, April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union.  Pride Night is Saturday, May 25 vs. FC Dallas and the annual Legends & Stars Charity Match takes place Saturday, September 14 vs. Houston Dynamo.  

The season on Decision Day, as all league matches kick off  at 1 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps host Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake at BC Place in the regular season finale.  The new fixed-bracket, single-elimination format for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs begins on October 19 with the 2019 MLS Cup is set for November 10.

The 2019 Canadian Championships schedule is still to be announced.  For more details and information on the Whitecaps FC 2019 season visit whitecapsfc.com

Dance House & Toronto Dance Theatre Celebrate Anniversaries

Toronto Dance Theatre

This weekend Vancouver’s Dance House welcomes cross-county compatriots Toronto Dance Theatre to the Vancouver Playhouse.  As Dance House celebrates their 10th anniversary, Toronto Dance Theatre celebrates their 50th with House Mix, a retrospective of the works by Artistic Director and Choreographer Christopher House.

Dance House has a goal to connect Vancouver with the world of dance, including the best of what’s right here in our country. 50 years is a feat for any organization, let alone an arts group, to celebrate, Toronto Dance Theatre assembled a collection of pieces from the last 3 decades to showcase the diversity in their company’s performances and artists. Their 90 minute showcase included;

Martingales – first performed November 2014 in Toronto
An energetic piece filled with rapid movements and playful rhythms.

Fjeld (excerpt) – first performed March 1990 in Toronto
A sculptural work inspired by the films of Ingmar Berman & Renaissance art.

Thirteen – first performed November 2017 in Bogota, Columbia
Revisiting an early Christopher House work from 1983, with the movements repurposed with a new score.

Echo Dark – first performed November 2015 in Toronto
A modern, dance set to a dark, heavy beat.

Toronto Dance Theatre

Vena Cava – first performed November 1998 in Toronto
A fast-paces, energizing show set to the music of composer Robert Moran.

Dance House continues to bring world-class dance performances, next up Betroffenheit, a collaboration between Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre, March 14 – 17, 2018 at Vancouver Playhouse. Tickets online at dancehouse.ca

Strathcona Beer Company celebrates first anniversary.

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.

West of Main Art Walk Celebrates 25 Years

The West of Main Art Walk presented by Artists in our Midst is celebrating 25 years of open-door artistic explorations May 27 & 28, 2017.

Erin Perry in studio I Have Secrets, I Can Tell Ink and acrylic paint on paper, 11′ x 11′, 2016

Celebrating with its largest-ever event, the Art Walk stretches from Point
Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st  Avenue, with more than 50 vibrant and diverse artists sharing their works in garden studios, cafés, shops, and community centres all across the area.

“I can think of no finer way to welcome the warmer months than stretching ones legs or getting back on the bike and discovering some of the amazing artists who are a part of Vancouver’s lively art scene,” says Judy Osburn, President of Artists In Our Midst. “More than simply taking in beautiful paintings, textiles, ceramics, and the like, the Art Walk offers an opportunity to form meaningful connections with individuals who enliven and enrich our community. It is an invaluable chance to discover the stories behind the art, and celebrate visual art’s capacity to transform people”

Catch a preview of the festivities this week, May 18th, 10am-9pm in The Roundhouse Exhibit at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Offering early glimpses of the discoveries to-be-made on the Art Walk, the day-long event highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photography.

Mary Downe : “Bengal”
Silk and Natural Dyes

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary , special partnerships have been created to establish the West of Main Art Walk Legacy Scholarship Fund for Arts Umbrella and the Lord Byng Secondary School Arts Program. During the Art Walk weekend you can also take home some unique items of your own from the silent auction, with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund.  Scholarships will be presented to young and emerging artists from Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School as they continue to develop their skills in the visual arts. In addition to the silent auction, Artist In Our Midst will also support Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School visual arts students by displaying their works during the Art Walk.

Roundhouse Exhibit runs May 18, 2017, 10am – 9pm at The Roundhouse Exhibit at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

The West of Main Art Walk presented by Artists in our Midst takes place May 27 & 28, 2017, 11am – 5pm from Point Grey to Main Street & from Granville Island to 41st Ave. in Vancouver. For route map and details visit artistsinourmidst.com

20th Anniversary Eastside Culture Crawl

EastsideCultureCrawl16From November 17 to 20, 2016, the Eastside Culture Crawl invites art lovers to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  East Vancouver comes alive for four-days of visual arts, design, and crafts, filling 78+ open studios, homes, galleries and garages from Columbia Street, to 1st Avenue, to Victoria Drive, and the waterfront. Expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from across Metro Vancouver and beyond, the Crawl introduces visitors to more than 475 participating visual artists in this year’s monumental event.

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Tangible Interaction – Marshmallow Clouds

“This year’s festival represents a remarkable accomplishment; not just for the hundreds of vibrant and creative visual artists who have participated in the Crawl over the past two decades, but for our city as a whole,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director. “For the past 20 years, the Crawl has served as a vital and meaningful intersection between artistic creation and discovery, sparking impactful dialogue and sustaining a passionate engagement in the arts within Vancouver.”

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Richard Retrault – Wall Woodcut

Created in 1997 as a place for artists to gather together, bond, and showcase their work, the Crawl has grown each year, becoming an iconic staple of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.

“This is an opportunity for people to glimpse behind the scenes,” Rausenberg adds. “To witness the creation of new works, understand the inspiration and process behind a piece, and to experience firsthand the methods used to bring works of art to life. Now in its 20th year, the Crawl is a tremendous melding of the resilient and determined artists who have been with us since the beginning, and the youthful and vibrant new artists who shed an exhilarating light on our city’s great future.”

For art fans from across the Pacific Northwest, the Eastside Culture Crawl showcases an ever-expanding selection of determined and inspired painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers, furniture designers, and much more. Featuring the biggest line-up of artists, venues, and events in its decades-long history, the 20th anniversary edition of the Crawl will offer guests an expanded list of insightful juried exhibitions, evocative contemporary films, and engaging artist presentations.

For a full listing of the open venues plus the event listings of featured presentations, installations, and talks visit culturecrawl.ca

Throwback TheatreSports

VTSL_ThrowbackVancouver Theatresports League (VTSL) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and to mark the occasion they’ve debuted Throwback Theatresports, a new improv game all about the 80s.

As with all shows at Theatresports, you never know what you’re going to see, but you can guarantee you’re going to laugh.  Throwback Theatresports runs at the Improv Centre until November 21st.

Watch for special visits from Theatresports alumni to join the teams bringing some of the VTSL history with them.  From its humble beginnings at the downtown Vancouver City Stage (later renamed Back Alley Theatre) to its current home at The Improv Centre on Granville Island,  VTSL has welcomed hundreds of players to the stage, many broadening their fame in TV and film, so the player you watch tonight might show up on-screen in the near future.

Throwback Theatresports runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm until November 21st, at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Friday Find: Ingledew’s Shoes First 100 Years

Ingledews_IMG_4037Today’s Friday Find isn’t so much of a find as a discovery.  Last night, Ingledew’s Shoes held a celebration at its new downtown Vancouver location at 900 West Hastings Street.  The discovery from the fact that the part was also Ingledews_IMG_4039for the venerable shoe store’s 100th Anniversary. I knew the store had been around Vancouver for a long time but not for a century.  In a city that’s only 129 years old, it’s impressive for any establishment to hit the century mark.

At the new downtown shop, third generation CEO Bill Ingledew told me the flagship store had been on Granville Street for their entire first century, having opened February 1st, 1915 before this move to Hastings Street. Ingledews_IMG_4043 In three generations, the family business has seen a lot of changes to the footwear landscape,  beginning as a dress shoe only shop, the post-war climate saw casual shoes gain traction and today design advancements allows athletic shoe technology to permeate even the dressiest of shoes.

The new store is a way to refresh and revive the brand, and, even though it’s just a few blocks away, bring it to a new demographic of shoppers.  The bright and open store located at the corner of Hastings and Hornby takes advantage of the recent Ingledews_2015-03-26, 19 04 31revival of the area since the opening of Jameson House, with close proximity to the Vancouver Convention Centre, many hotels and the central Business district.  Men’s, Women’s, casual & dress shoes, plus a selection of handbags are elegantly displayed throughout the shop. The shop didn’t forget about its history either with the walls lined with images and clippings from the life of Ingledew’s.

Ingledews_IMG_4044Known for quality, stylish comfort, if you can’t experience the great service of Ingledew’s Downtown Vancouver there’s 6 other locations (plus 2 ECCO Shoe Stores) around BC and online shopping at ingledews.com.