Picks of the Week – June 26, 2019

It’s already the end of June but brings us to the first long weekend of Summer and all the entertainment that Canada Day brings to the week’s picks.

Wu Tang Clan plays Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Jazz: The 34th Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs until July 1st with hundred of artists, performances and events, many free, taking place all over downtown Vancouver’s parks, theatres, restaurants and other venues

Arts: The 11th Annual Queer Arts Festival continues through June 28th at Roundhouse Community Centre

Dance: Let’s Hear It For Yaletown brings free Jazz and Dancing to Bill Curtis Square from noon – 2pm & 5-7:30pm Monday to Friday, the perfect way to spend your lunch time or relax after work.

Musical: Adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel about the precocious, pint-sized, imaginative student, Matilda the Musical is running at Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 14th.

Moms: A play you and your mom can enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, is playing at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, until July 20th

Pride: Surrey Pride is celebrating 20 years with Pride Party on the Plaza, a family-friendly festival at Surrey Central City, Saturday June 29th 3pm-8pm

Bard On The Beach
Bard On The Beach

Tents: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer

Diva: Thursday, stage legend & Golden Globe-winning actress Bernadette Peters joins the VSO, at the Orpheum, for a show filled with classic Broadway tunes, delivered in Peters’ unique and inimitable style.

Queen: The VSO presents a 100th anniversary gift to the community with a free outdoor concert, featuring Queen Latifah alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Saturday at Deer Lake Park.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Symphony In The Park

Park: On Sunday, June 30th the VSO and Music Director Otto Tausk return to Deer Lake for its 32nd annual free summer performance Symphony in the Park

Bats: Vancouver Canadians host a 6 game home stand against Spokane and Hillsboro from June 28 – July 3, including Fireworks nights on June 29 and Canada Day.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropologie’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

SoapOpera: Vancouver TheatreSports presents its newest show, Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s.

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Dominion: Celebrate Canada Day at any of the community celebrations around Metro Vancouver; including Canada Day at Canada Place, O Canada Day at Granville Island, Surrey Canada Day at Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre, Steveston Salmon Festival, West Van Canada Day at John Lawson Park, Historic Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum, to name just a few of the events.

Picks of the Week : June 19, 2019

The first official weekend of summer kicks the season off with a bounty of entertaining picks

Eat: Tonight, take a bite out of central Richmond as Tasting Plates; Richmond Edition, visits 75 West Coast Grill, Cavu Kitchen Bar, Harold’s Bistro & Bar & 38 Sampal Korean BBQ.

Arts: The 11th Annual Queer Arts Festival continues through June 28th at Roundhouse Community Centre

Musical: Adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel about the precocious, pint-sized, imaginative student, Matilda the Musical is running at Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 14th.

SoapOpera: Vancouver TheatreSports presents its newest show, Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s.

Reggae: Friday night, the River Rock Show Theatre welcomes the distinctive voice of Shaggy to the stage.

Moms: You don’t have to be a mom to enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, playing at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, you just have to have one.

Summer: Celebrate the Solstice at Museum of Vancouver and H.R. Macmillan Space Centre’s Perspectives on the Solstice summer kick-off event on June 21st.

Jazz: The 34th Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs June 21 to July 1st with hundred of artists, performances and events, many free, taking place all over Vancouver

Songwriter: Saturday singer/songwriter Josh Ritter plays Vogue Theatre with guests Penny and Sparrow

Bard On The Beach

Tents: Another season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer

Match: Whitecaps FC return to BC Place to play host to Colorado Rapids Saturday evening

Country: Award winning country artist Terri Clark performs Sunday night at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Puppets:Museum of Anthropologie’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Picks of the Week – May 8, 2019

May is heating up, not just outside but on the Vancouver entertainment scene, find out what’s hot in these picks of the week

Anniversary: Tonight, Passion Pit takes to the Commodore Ballroom on tour in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of their debut album

MOM=WOW

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports celebrates Moms everywhere with its ‘mother of all Mother’s Day shows’ – MOM=WOW – a special, one-performance-only, Mom-themed show on Sunday at 4:00pm. As well,  Throne and Games – The Last Laugh continues to slay audiences with laughs.

Dance: Ballet BC, Program 3, wraps up its season with a trio of pieces performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.

Jazz: Saturday, Surrey City Orchestra plays Jazz & Strings, an evening of jazz and movie music, featuring the Miles Black Trio – Miles Black (piano), Jodi Proznick (Bass), Jesse Cahill (drums) and special guest, singer Julia Copeman-Haynes

Ballers:The Great Leap explores a 1989 exhibition basketball game in Beijing at The Arts Club BMO Theatre Centre until May 19th.

Party: After a 4 year break The Tea Party are back with new music and taking to the stage for two shows at the Commodore Ballroom, Thursday and Friday

Bizet: Thursday at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC, Carmen in New York, presented by the 45th Avenue Jazz Band, is a novel arrangement of Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite for Jazz Orchestra.

Film:DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada’s largest documentary Film Festival, returns to Vancouver for the 18th annual festival May 2nd through May 12th in cinemas around town.

Gallery: Friday night Vancouver Art Gallery FUSE : Gestures comes alive after hours with art, music, performances, artists bars throughout the gallery

Reconcile This by Krystle Coughlin at Bill Reid Gallery

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Piano: Saturday night, award winning British singer-songwriter Tom Odell stops at the Commodore Ballroom in support of his third album

Choir: SummerSing! is the Vancouver Bach Choirs’ season finale, bringing together all eight choirs joining in song to celebrate the operatic tradition in an Operamania themed program at the Chan Centre, Saturday

Edward Bond’s The Sea

Jericho: Edward Bond’s The Sea, comes ashore at the Jericho Arts Centre, presented by The Slamming Door Artist Collective, from May 2nd to 19th.

Rock: Abbotsford Centre welcomes the 10th Anniversary tour of the 5 time Tony Award-winning Rock Of Ages for one night only on May 11th

Arts Club announces 2019-2020 Season

Ashlie Corcoran, has revealed her second season as Artistic Director of The Arts Club Theatre Company. For the Company’s 56th season, Ms Corcoran has curated 17 works to play on the three Arts Club stages plus touring shows.

Amongst the works there are 5 collaborations with other Canadian theatre companies, 9 Canadian scripts, 2 world premieres, 2 Canadian premieres, 5 plays created by artists of colour, 8 plays by female playwrights and 135 roles for actors.
“I aim to offer eclectic programming that sparks a connection with the audience and to create theatre that celebrates local talent, emerging artists, and diversity, through this season and beyond”, Ashlie Corocoran says of the season.

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, by Ursula Rani Sarma, book by Khaled Hosseini
The gripping story of two Afghan women, based on the best-selling novel
September 12–October 13, 2019
In partnership with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company

WINTER MUSICAL, to be announced Spring 2019
A family-friendly musical masterpiece for the holidays
November 7, 2019–January 5, 2020

NOISES OFF, by Michael Frayn
The classic play-within-a-play farce
January 23–February 23, 2020

CARRIED AWAY ON THE CREST OF A WAVE, by David Yee
A boundary-pushing theatrical journey
March 19–April 19, 2020 

SUMMER MUSICAL, to be announced Spring 2019
A big-hearted modern musical
May 21–July 5, 2020

Granville Island Stage

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, by Mark Crawford
Love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys meet in this raucous comedy
September 26–October 26, 2019

MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
The festive Pride and Prejudice follow-up returns
December 5, 2019–January 4, 2020

CIPHER, by Ellen Close and Braden Griffiths
Hipster noir meets corporate thriller—an investigation of a decades-old Vancouver Island cold-case murder
February 6–March 7, 2020
In partnership with Vertigo Theatre 

‘DA KINK IN MY HAIR, by Trey Anthony
A resonant musical celebration of women of colour, set in a vibrant Toronto hair salon
April 16–May 16, 2020

PETER PAN GOES WRONG, by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
A side-splitting farce for the whole family
June 25–August 22, 2020
The Mischief Theatre Production in partnership with the Citadel Theatre

Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

COST OF LIVING, by Martyna Majok
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about caretakers and the realities of disability
October 10–November 3, 2019
In partnership with Citadel Theatre

IT’S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS-ISH HOLIDAY MIRACLE, by Marcus Youssef
A new play that embraces the love and foibles of family
November 21–December 22, 2019

THE WEDDING PARTY, by Kristen Thomson
A ringside seat for all the laughs, debauchery, disagreements, and love at a family wedding reception
February 27–March 22, 2020
In partnership with Prairie Theatre Exchange

EVERY BRILLIANT THING, by Duncan MacMillan
A daughter aids her mom through depression by listing everything worth living for, with help from the audience
April 2–April 26, 2020

On Tour

BED & BREAKFAST, by Mark Crawford
A charming comedy about being out and finding home
October 3–December 1, 2019

THE SHOPLIFTERS, by Morris Panych
Comic mishaps for society’s haves and have-nots
January 9–February 9, 2020

KIM’S CONVENIENCE, by Ins Choi
The wildly popular, award-winning play—now a CBC TV series
February 13–March 15, 2020

Picks of the Week – February 6, 2019

Last weekend, Nova Scotia’s resident groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, predicted more weeks of winter for Canadian, and the temperatures outside seem to be matching that for Vancouver. Let’s find some fun to keep us warm in these picks of the week.

Tasting: Tonight, join Vancouver Foodster and a gaggle of fellow foodies to explore the flavours of Tasting Plates 7th Anniversary downtown Vancouver

Lunar: Check out some of the fun and traditional Lunar New Year Festivities underway now throughout the city, at Jack Poole Plaza, Fly Over Canada, Oakridge Centre and others.

Cocoa: These cold temperatures are the perfect time to warm up with the Annual Hot Chocolate Festival filling cups throughout the city until February 14th

Contest: Enter to win a prize package to attend Vancouver Alpen Club’s Valentine’s Dance with The Continentals on Saturday night.

Orphan: Everyone’s favourite orphan is onstage at the Micheal J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, as Align Entertainment presents Annie, until February 16

Laughs:  Join Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, Queerprov, at The Junction for improv laughter tonight.

Love: Work your way to your Valentine’s heart through their funnybone as Vancouver TheatreSports presents Romance Week, a whole week of fun, romantic and naughty improv.

Joni: This is your last days to enjoy the sounds of Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell, at The Firehall Arts Centre until February 9th


Boats: The 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show brings everything nautical indoors at BC Place and the floating boat show at Granville Island until February 10th.

Rock: Enjoy the classic rock when Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band take the stage at Rogers Arena tomorrow night.

Yoga Play at Gateway Theatre

Yoga: You’ll bend over backwards to get into Gateway Theatre for the comedy Yoga Play.

Pop: Local acts Mother Mother and Said The Whale fill the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday night

Dance: February 6 – 9, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts hosts the dramatic dance performance Blood on the Dancefloor by Australian ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Dolly: Find out if it’s a match made in heaven, and see Dolly Levi in action as The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) opens at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Crime: The criminal biographical play True Crime is now At the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 24th.

The King’s Singers photo: Marco Borggreve

Choir: Early Music Vancouver brings the renowned King’s Singers to the Chan Centre at UBC on Saturday night

Puck: The Vancouver Canucks return to the ice at Rogers Arena on Saturday to host Calgary

Go On A Blind Date at The Arts Club BMO Stage

Just like a true blind date, with Blind Date at The Arts Club Theatre Company BMO Stage what’s about to unfold is a mystery.

The premise of the mainly improvised Blind Date is a blind date between a couple, who don’t know each other.  In this case, they really do not know each other, the male partner is selected from the audience to go on the date with Mimi (played in this performance by Tess Degenstein).   During a pre-show mingle the cast; Degenstein, Lili Beaudoin, Ali Froggatt (who all play Mimi on different nights) and Jeff Gladstone, get to know the audience.  People putting themselves (or being pushed) forward to participate in Blind Date.  Starting out a small cafe the date progresses through the course of the evening.

On this night, recently-married Ben, a 30something construction manager, has been selected, after prodding from wife Megan. The uncomfortable awkwardness that Ben feels makes for some nervous laughter and outright hilarity.  While Mimi asks him about himself, Ben loosens up and shares more about his life, which allows a seasoned improvisor like Tess Degenstein to grab tidbits to keep the play humourously moving along on its loose outline.

As skilled as she is, her scene partner is the key to the success of the show, I’m sure in the 700+ performances the troupe has completed there have been more than a few ‘dates’ that have gone awry.  Anything can happen in improv and in this performance, the quantity of beer that Ben consumed, smartly used to avoid answering or to allow himself time to think of an answer, became part of the show.  Late in the play Ben was forced to make a trip to the washroom, a first amongst Blind Date performances according to Degenstein.

The skill of the cast to improvise and roll with the punches ensures that each night is a fresh and unique performance. Check out Blind Date more than once to find out how different guest performers and different Mimis influence the outcome of your blind date experience.

Blind Date plays until December 30, 2018 at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 East 1st Avenue. Showtimes and Tickets available online at artsclub.com

 

Celebrate the Season with Miss Bennet : Christmas At Pemberley

The Arts Club Theatre Company welcomes the holiday season with the opening of Miss Bennet : Christmas At Pemberley, playing at Granville Island Stage until December 30, 2018.

The seasonal sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice revisits the Bennet sisters, focusing on the bookish, unmarried middle sister Mary (Kate Dion-Richard).  Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Miss Bennet : Christmas At Pemberley casts a modern eye on the sisters, and their lot in life.  To celebrate a family Christmas, three sisters arrive early to Pemberley, the country home of Mr Darcy (Chris Walters) and wife, Elizabeth (Lauren Jackson), the second eldest of the sisters. Jane (Leslie Dos Remedios), the eldest, pregnant and married to Charles Bingley (Tim Carlson), is supported on the journey by Mary, the spinster sister.  Lydia (Baraka Rahmani) is the younger flighty, vain sister, stuck in an unhappy marriage.  Mary is bold, forthright and tactless but also saddened by being the unmarried sister, burdened with caring for their parents. Left to be comforted by her books and pianoforte she starts to find discontent in her expected role within the family.  Suddenly her world is thrown for a turn with the arrival of equally bookish, nervous Lord Arthur (Matthew MacDonald-Bain), Darcy’s distant cousin.  In Lord Arthur we see Mary has met her match in brains, tact, and experience with the world.  Throw in an unexpected romantic rival (Carmela Sison), and the situation lends itself to camp comedy of classes and the sexes.

While never quite fully realizing the farce, the likes of Oscar Wilde, Miss Bennet does allow this cast to chew the scenery as they spit out fun, fast paced comedy. The scenery by Ted Roberts is a beautiful re-creation of the Pemberley country house drawing room.  Director Roy Surette keeps the pace and the eight characters in motion like a dance to the sounds of Mary’s pianoforte.  Like all good Holiday stories, Miss Bennet : Christmas At Pemberley wraps itself in a ribbon of happy endings for all.

Miss Bennet : Christmas At Pemberley runs at The Arts Club Theatre Company Granville Island Stage until December 30, 2018.