Picks of the Week – February 21, 2018

Even through the current temperatures don’t feel like it, spring is just one month away, let’s see if the picks of the week can keep us warm in the meantime

Pizza: Tonight, find some of Vancouver’s best pizzas on Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Pizza Palooza, a roaming exploration of the city’s pizzas and flatbreads.

Extended:  At Fly Over Canada the Lunar New Year double-bill of Flight of the Dragon, along with the regular Fly Over Canada experience, now held over until February 25th.

Ania Soul, Kawa Ada & Mayko Nguyen
Photo: Joseph Michael Photography

Moon: The Canadian Classic play, Salt-Water Moon, comes to the Gateway Theatre from February 15 – 24

RingTravel The Road To Wrestlemania with the WWE as they set up the ring in Rogers Arena on Friday night

R&B: Singer/Songwriter Miguel brings some soul to the PNE Forum on Saturday night

A Steady Rain : Daniel Doerksen & David Newham

Rain: 7 Tyrants Theatre starts their 10th Anniversary season with A Steady Rain at the Penthouse Studio Theatre until March 3rd.

Theatre: The Arts Club has a pair of shows on stage, experience the backstage antics of Jitters on at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 25 and the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10.

performer: Anne Cooper photo: David Cooper

Dance: The Firehall Arts Centre welcomes the movements of From Where We Stand: A Share Evening Of Dance, two individual performances unnecessary and I Can’t Remember The Words For I Can’t Remember

Rock: German rock group at Tokio Hotel takes the Vogue Stage on Saturday night

Clowning: Taking inspiration from classic comedic works from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin,  Pss Pss by Compagnia Baccalà runs until March 4th at The Cultch York Theatre.

Exhibition: The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.

Toronto Dance Theatre
photo: Guntar Kravis


Mix: DanceHouse presents the Toronto Dance Theatre 50th Anniversary performance House Mix at the Vancouver Playhouse on Friday and Saturday


Firehall Arts Centre presents SHIT by Patricia Cornelius

SHIT photo: Emily Cooper

Firehall Arts Centre is now presenting the Canadian debut of Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT.  Directed by Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer, the profane and provocative production is an in-your-face look at the lives of three women.

The trio, played with stunning realism by Yoshié Bancroft, Kayla Deorksen, & Sharon Crandall appear to exist on the sidelines of society.  Amidst random musings on life and conversations of nothing in particular we learn a bit more about their stories.  All three have grown up in the social care system, with a revolving door of foster families, some good but most worse.  Learning early to fend for themselves without reasonable facsimiles of good parenting they’ve made their way to adulthood on their wits and street skills.  They each have varying degrees of longing for something better while at the same time are resigned to their lot in life.

photo: Emily Cooper

The Aussie play translates easily to the Canadian stage in both dialogue and content, and SHIT seems tailor made for Vancouver scene.  The three women could easily have been plucked from Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, just steps from the Firehall Arts Centre, where we’d surely find similar stories playing out daily.  While the language and content will surely shock some viewers and make it difficult to listen to, these are the stories that are important for us to hear.  By making us sit, watch and listen, the audience realizes how easily society prejudges certain members of the community based solely on their appearance and vocabulary. Here we see deeper and gain an awareness of what these women have been through and fight against each day.

Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT plays until February 10th at Firehall Arts Centre. For information and tickets visit firehallartscentre.ca 

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival kicks off 2018

The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is fast approaching. Opening January 16, 2018, the festival brings three weeks of cutting edge, creative performing arts to stages around Vancouver.

The PuSh program is packed with artistic experiences from around the world. Take a look through the listings to find what you’re interested in, here’s a sampling of what you’ll find;

Some Hope for the Bastards – Frédérick Gravel (Canada), the renowned Quebecois dance artist is creator & director of a musical-dance spectacle for the musically adventurous and visually attuned.
Opening Night January 17 at Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.

The Events – Pi Theatre (Canada) present the English Canadian premiere of David Greig’s daring play inspired by the 2011 killing of 69 people at a summer camp in Utøya, Norway.  Featuring a different Metro Vancouver choir each night sharing the stage with the two actors.
January 17 – 18 at Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.

King Arthur’s Night – Neworld Theatre (Canada) presented with UBC Theatre & Film brings us the tale of King Arthur with the added entertainment of a live band and 20 member chorus
January 31 – February 4 at Frederic Wood Theatre 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC

Dickie Beau: Unplugged – Dickie Beau (England), innovative, drag performer discusses his love of drag and how his lip-sync performances have updated the art of drag.
January 19 at The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St
January 20 at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster

Reassembled, Slightly Askew – Shannon Yee (Northern Ireland), a survivor of a medically induced coma and brain injury, brings an audio experience like no other. Melding art and science, this multidisciplinary adventure is a head-trip in the literal sense.
January 17 – February 4 at The Cultch, Culture Lab, 1895 Venables Ave.

Blind Cinema – Britt Hatzius (England/Germany) gives the audience a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes.  The blindfolded audience are blindfolded and seated in front of children who describe the audio-less film in hushed whispers.
January 24 – 25 / January 31 – February 1 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.

Birdman : Live – Antonio Sanchez (USA/Mexico), one of the world’s greatest drummers, provides a live accompaniment to the Academy Award-winning film Birdman onstage at the Vogue Theatre.
February 1 at The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.

The Eternal Tides – Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Taiwan) and choreographer Lin Lee-Chen intertwines intricate age-old rituals, customs and ceremonies with song and dance to create a tribute to the waters that surround the island of Taiwan.
February 3 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.

Amongst all these amazing artistic performance a collection of workshops, talkbacks and panels add to the PuSh Festival experience.
Passes and individual performance tickets are available online now, some shows are already selling fast and will sell out so make your selections soon.


Polygon Gallery anchors Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver

The Polygon Gallery
Photo: Ema Peter Photography

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. 

Polygon Gallery Now Open

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.

Speaking Of Dance Conversations 2017-18

Speaking of Dance Conversations
 is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance. Presented by Dance House with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, the series is a study of the place dance holds within culture and society.  Moderated and presented by noted local writers, artists and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a platform for everyone to share and develop their own observations and interpretations, and engage in conversation.

All of the series’ conversations are free, open to the public, and are scheduled to be held at Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, within SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. 

The first of the Speaking of Dance Conversations is coming up next week on October 24th at 7pm. 

Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison

The evening will be moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor at The Georgia Straight,  in conversation with Jarkko Lehmus (Tero Saarinen Company, Circo – Center for New Circus, Finland), Charlie Wu (ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, TAIWANfest Managing Director), and others.

The upcoming events in the series are;

Marshall McLuhan: Global Village
Date: 21 November 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC, Author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography)

Vancouver and Toronto’s Cultural Scenes in the 70s: A Comparison
Date: 20 February 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Pia Lo (Globe Dancer) 

Creative Arts Therapies: Arts and Health Care
Date: 13 March 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Peta Schur (Cofounder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara)

Tap Dance and Jazz Music: the Evolution of an Art Form
Date: 10 April 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Sas Selfjord (Vancouver Tap Dance Society)

The complete list of speakers and guests will be announced in advance of each Conversations date, check for details at dancehouse.ca/speaking-of-dance

Picks of the Week – September 27, 2017

September comes to a close this weekend but not before we find some fun picks of the week

Food: Tonight, eat your way around Westbrook Village and other parts of the Campus on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates – UBC

Joy: Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy comes to the Vogue Theatre on Wednesday.

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season is now underway with Angels In America: Perestroika on stage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 8th.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks preseason continues at Rogers Arena on Thursday when Calgary Flames come to town.

Movies: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) takes over screens around the city from Sept 28 – Oct 13th

Country: Rogers Arena gets a little bit country on Friday as Miranda Lambert takes the stage

Dreams: Friday night, Coldplay brings their A Head Full Of Dreams tour to BC Place.

House: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre is the kick off point for DJ house/electronic music producer ZEDD’s Echo Tour 

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a new photo-based exhibition display at MOV starting September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018.

Piano: Ben Folds, brings his piano and voice to Vogue Theatre on Saturday night.

Brunch: Sunday join and dine at the 10th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum at Sheraton Wall Centre, get a great dim sum brunch and help benefit AIDS Vancouver

Arts: This weekend find events and culture in every corner during BC Culture Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.




Culture Days BC 2017



On September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017, be prepared to create, participate and share during the Culture Days in British Columbia.  A collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement, Culture Days aims to raise awareness, accessibility, and participation of all Canadians in the arts and cultural programs within their communities.

The eighth annual Culture Days will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Whistler’s Audain Gallery will host the Culture Days kick off on September 28th. Then the following three days will be filled with free arts and culture events in all corners of the province, including;

The 2nd Annual Port Moody Scavenger Hunt – a hunt to explore and discover the city’s public art and historical sites.

Canada 150 Geocache Project in Maple Ridge – the Community Heritage Commission and City of Maple Ridge have established seven geocaches around town.

Squanderer Mural Festival – the large scale mural festival in Squamish wraps up it’s two month run during Culture Days.

Cannery Collections Storage Tours – a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique and rare finds hidden in the archives of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Barclay Heritage Square & Roedde House Walking Tours – explore the urban oasis in the midst of Vancouver’s West End highlighted by the historic Roedde House Museum.

Behind the Scenes at Ballet BC – take a look behind the curtain to see what goes into the development of a new program

Try on the Gateway – visit Richmond’s Gateway Theatre to experience the magic of theatre; tour backstage, try on or buy costumes from past productions, perfect for your Halloween planning

These are just a tiny sampling of some of the local events, visit the Culture Days website to explore all that’s on offer in your community and set up your own custom My Culture Days itinerary.