Head Back To School with VTS

Those three words that every student dreads…Back To School…usually mean summer fun is coming to an end. However, this season Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) is kick starting the fun with some back to school style laughter.

Back to School Theatresports comes to The Improv Centre on Granville Island, Tuesdays to Saturdays from September 3 to October 12.

VTS Back to School

VTS helps get you over the end of summer blues with this special improv show dedicated to school days. Back to School TheatreSports takes classic TheatreSports short form improv ‘games’ and adapts them to parody classroom clichés and cliques. Instead of a traditional TheatreSports referee, the improv comedy will be overseen by a dreaded, and very strict principal. Rule infractions can spell player ‘detentions’ and the teams of mixed student stereotypes (geeks, jocks, cool kids, etc) will be awarded letter grades by a critical panel of examiners (audience members). By the end of class (the match), only one team will reach a passing grade. 

As in all VTS shows, the characters and action are interactive as the players co-developed with the audience – taking their (sometimes wildly outlandish) suggestions to create on-the-spot, unscripted, theatrically-infused comedy. In this case, the players will be improvising using the audience’s school-themed ideas to create the scenarios like; awkward first dates, trying out for the team or cramming for exams. Regardless of whether you are/were a jock, a nerd or one of the cool kids at school, everyone will be able to relate and find something to laugh about at Back to School TheatreSports.

Back to School Theatresports plays Tuesdays to Saturdays from September 3 to October 12. 2019 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. For showtimes, other shows, more information on Vancouver TheatreSports, and to purchase advance tickets, starting at a student-budget friendly $10.75, please visit vtsl.com.

Social Media Camp 2016 Wraps & 2017 is on Sale now

smc-logoSaturday, Social Media Camp (SMCamp) came to a close for 7th time at the Victoria Conference Centre.  The annual 3 -day event has grown each year to become Canada’s largest social media conference.

As social media has become more mainstream, Social Media Camp’s topics and speakers have evolved from social media 101 to include digital marketing and sales.  Each year there seems to be a new App that generates much buzz across SMCamp, this year Snapchat was that app as people still try to find how it will fit their audience.  Other Apps evolve to survive so there’s always more to learn as algorithms and terms of use change.

This year’s great speakers came from all across the continent (plus the UK). Over the three days, we heard from You Tube master Steve Dotto, digital markters Mitch Joel, Journalist/Canadaland Podcaster Jesse Brown, video/online strategist Sunny Leonarduzzi, LinkedIn Expert Vivika von Rosen, Instagal Sue B Zimmerman, author-entrepreneur Tara Hunt and many more.  Knowledge, networking, ideas and inspiration are all take-aways from Social Media Camp.

SMCamp_HashIf Social Media Camp sounds appealing right now is a great chance to grab tickets for the 2017 SMCamp as the Conference Special Rate has the 2017 tickets on sale until tomorrow May 10th. Buy tickets now on Eventbrite 


Arkells kick off 2015 Canadian Tour

Arkells_IMG_5580Hamilton, Ontario’s Arkells kicked off their latest cross-Canada tour this weekend with sold out shows in Vancouver and Victoria.  Starting off the tour at the Commodore Ballroom, the band had the audience putting the famed sprung dance floor to work bouncing to the quintets pop infused rock.

Touring in support of their 2014 release, High Noon, Max Kerman, Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford & Anthony Carone kept the energy sky high from the first note of their set.  The mostly college-age crowd had clearly been waiting for the moment to release their boundless energy.  Even when not prompted by lead singer, Kerman, most of the fans were enthusiastically singing along creating an infectious atmosphere for the Canadian band.

Lead Singer Max Kerman
Lead Singer Max Kerman

Find the Arkells on the road through the end of March or on Twitter & Instagram @ArkellsMusic

The Package Tour – 98 Degrees Gallery

Images from 98 Degrees on The Package Tour at Rogers Arena, July 10, 2013


PuSh Festival 2013 Kicks Off

push_imgsLast night a kick off party at Five-Sixty Nightclub launched the 2013 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.  Hosted by CTV’s Mi-Jung Lee and Dan Mangan, the event featured a  performances and works throughout the club as a taste of what’s to come during the festival. Today, the 9th annual PuSh Festival gets underway, presenting groundbreaking live theater works across Vancouver from January 15 until February 3, 2013.
The Festival states its vision is ‘to be a festival of national importance—artistically respected, greatly anticipated and highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development.’ PuSh showcases local, Canadian and international works to promote, stimulate and encourage artists and the arts industry on whole to create a connection with audiences.

Venues all across the city from the Arts Club Theatre to SFU Woodwards Campus will be home to one-time only events and run of festival plays, performance pieces and dance works. Festival wide “PuSh Passes” are sold out but individual performance tickets are still available. Pick up a Festival Guide at retailers across the city or download a copy, then get out and support the Vancouver Arts scene.

Colbie Caillat & Gavin Degraw – Summer Night Concerts at The PNE

Saturday night was a highly anticipated Summer Night Concert as singer/songwriters Colbie Caillat and Gavin Degraw shared the Westjet Concert Stage at The Fair At The PNE.

The “Bubbly” Colbie Caillat took the stage first, looking like the California girl she is, her casual style; loosely tied blond lock, tank top and boots, makes the audience comfortable right away.  Like she was born sitting on the beach with her guitar, her effervescent pop sound made the concert bowl a peaceful oasis in the midst of a bustling fairground. Playing songs from all three of her albums during her 40minute set the capacity audience sang and swayed along to hits like Realize and Lucky, during which she welcomed tour-mate Gavin Degraw on stage to sing the part normally sung by Jason Mraz. Finally closing out the set with Bubbly, her signature track perfectly describing her personality.

After a quick stage turnover, Gavin Degraw burst forth, centre-stage, in a blaze of light singing his hit In Love With A Girl. From there on it was hit after hit as the energetic and humourous Degraw bounded about the stage singing and regaling the audience with anecdotes about the upcoming song, or sometimes just about life. In his trademake cap,  and looking fully recovered from his 2011 attack in New York City, the singer switched from behind his piano to covering the entire stage as he endeared himself further to the fans. Over the 45 minutes on stage he played tracks from throughout his decade long career including, Soldier, Chariot, Radiation and the hit that brought him to fame I Don’t Wanna Be. The whole set was a big sing-along but that hit boosted it up even further. After a brief moment off stage he returned to close out the night with If You Asked Me Too. I’m sure many of the audience wanted to ask him to keep playing longer as everyone seemed to be enjoying the warm summer evening outdoors with some great music.

Colbie Caillat and Gavin Degraw wrap up their co-headlining tour at the end of August, the culmination of a summer festivals and fairs.
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