Uncover the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival ’17

Shake a tail-feather and get your tickets now for the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.  Canada’s most prestigious and long-running burlesque festival, showcases Vancouver’s long history with the art of burlesque and cabaret dancing. In the 1940’s Vancouver nightclubs rivaled the hotbeds of Montreal and San Francisco as a mecca for burlesque.  Since 2006, the Burlesque Festival has been bringing burlesque to a new generation.

This weekend, March 31 – April 1, 2017, a series of workshops help the sharing of knowledge and skills between burlesque generations. Learn how to get the most of a costume budget with Nasty Canasta, find your fierceness with Sassy von Stradler, feel the music and movement with Bazuka Joe, whip out your Wild Side with burlesque legend Camille 2000 or many other performers passing in their experience.

The public can start the weekend on Thursday March 30th with Tit Talks 2017, a TED Talks style session to Teach, Inspire and Transcend. Then experience their favourite burlesque performers or discover the artform for the first time at The International Cabaret on Friday March 31st and Vancouver Uncovered on Saturday April 1st at Vancouver Playhouse.

Get your tickets for Vancouver International Burlesque Festival online at vibf.ca now

Picks of the New Year : What’s On NYE 2017

As 2016 ticks to a close, lets find some ways to send it on its way and welcome the new year with a hearty cheer!

There’s plenty of club parties and dinner specials seatings around the city to help say so long to 2016.

Here’s 5 events to inspire your NYE 2017 celebrations

Concord’s NYE Vancouver : Vancouver’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration began last year with a bang, becoming Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event. This year kicks up the activities, in addition to the free events; 9pm and midnight Fireworks, live music and entertainment, the event expands along Canada Place Way to Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre West, with a second stage. Inside the Centre, True North – Vancouver Official NYE Party welcomes The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Dehli 2 Dublin and more.

NYE 2017 @ Telus World of Science
Twisted Productions, Hollywood Promotions, and John Donnelly & Associates present a stellar 19+ event welcoming 1200 people to Science World with 2 rooms of music on 2 floors, 6 top DJs, 5 licensed bars, and spectacular lights and sound.

Patrick Maliha’s 4th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at the Rio Theatre
A variety show like no other as comedian MC Patrick Maliha welcomes headliner Christina Walkinshow stand-up comic, live Acro-Yoga Performers, Burlesque from Burgundy Brixx, Glow Dancing with Barbara Beal, Magician James Hanson and the Gentlemen Hecklers; Eric Fell, Shaun Stewart and Maliha.

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball
Grey Goose and Fairmont Waterfront host an extravagant gala where you can dress to the nines for the red carpet welcome then sip exclusive Grey Goose cocktails and dance the night away in two ballrooms with top DJs.  For a truly luxurious New Year’s Eve, book in for night with a New Year’s Eve on Fairmont Gold package; including a room on the Fairmont Gold Floor, viewing of Concord’s NYE fireworks from the Gold Terrace, festive refreshments at midnight and live music in case you want a break from the Gala down in the ballrooms.

Waldorf Hotel NYE 2017 
Space + Time presents an All-Access Hotel Party. Five-Rooms each with their own themes from different DJs and producers. From surprise headliners in The Trap Basement,  funk and fun in the Tiki Bar, Khalifa Lounge with hooka den and more. There’s no chance for boredom as you roam from room to room to ring in 2017

Picks of the Week – April 29, 2015

Closing out the month, we’ll soon see if our April Showers do indeed bring May Flowers.
In the meantime, here’s my picks of the week;

Laughs: Comedy couple Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally bring their Summer of 69: No apostrophe tour to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight.

 The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival gets underway on Thursday, beginning 11 days of great documentary films from around the world.

Gig: On Thursday, join Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, at the River Rock Show Theatre as the Oscar winner and his band bring their mix of country, rock and folk to the stage.

Tassels: The pasties, sparkles and feather are sure to be out in force April 30, May 1 and 2 for the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

Sing: Wish upon a star for a Wonderful World of Showtunes at 1181 Disney Night, on Friday night

Food: The week is filled with food and culinary events, culminating in EAT! Vancouver at BC Place on May 1-3

Rock:  One Republic are sure to fill Rogers Arena with excited fans on Saturday night.





Picks Of The Week – November 13, 2013

Eastside Culture CrawlMid-November and the Holiday season is fast approaching, with all the entertaining, dining and festive parties that come along with it.

Concert: The Georgia Straight Presents Hollerado & The Zolas at the Commodore Ballroom Thursday night, November 14.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks play at home three times this week; Thursday Nov 14 against San Jose, Sunday Nov 17 against Dallas and Tuesday Nov 19 against Florida

Dance: For three nights only November 14, 15 & 16, Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a unique ballet performed to the music of Sarah McLachlan, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Art: Get your art-on and take a tour around Vancouver’s East Side for the Eastside Culture Crawl, a three day visual arts, design and crafts festival. November 15, 16 & 17 artisans, studios, galleries and workshops will throw open their doors to welcome the public.

Gig: New York indie band Cults hits the stage at the Rio Theatre on Saturday night at 9:30pm.

Beards: The Bearded Ladies – Ryan Steele and Cythinia Crane invade Biltmore Cabaret’s Kitty Night for a comedy-burlesque show in honour of Movember on Sunday night.



Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes


Stepping down into Bloomsbury Lanes, you can easily forget you’re leaving the streets of central London, but rather a classic North American bowling alley. Picture Donald Draper on a day off, turtleneck and slim trousers accompanied by a poodle skirted honey. Bloomsbury Lanes is a hive of activity, 8 classic (albeit slightly short appearing) bowling lanes, ping pong tables, foosball tables and classic diner tables and food replicate the ‘all-American’ entertainment suitable for the Happy Days set. However, adding in a long bar, built from bowling lane wood, a large dance floor with a small stage and a group of Karaoke rooms ensure that there is fun for everyone


The evening we visited was “Bands, Burlesque & Beats” night, we’d gone to see our friend’s band, The God Damn Disasters, who’s Rockabilly sounds fit right in with the retro feel of the room. Following the band, The Folly Mixtures, a great troupe of Burlesque performers took to the stage for a thoroughly entertaining set of shows. Our group booked a bowling lane and a karaoke room so we all had something to participate in…along with a few beverages. After hours of fun we we’d all had our fill and a great time at Bloomsbury Lanes
Bloomsbury Lanes is located in the Lower Level, Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London near Russell Square Underground Station. Email info@bloomsburybowling.com for bookings.




The God Damn Disasters


What’s On Wednesday – May 3 – 6, 2012

Run around the May pole or head out for some fun this weekend.

Ongoing Activities:
– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– The Vancouver Art Gallery indoors prepares for it’s next exhibits while Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and the Gallery’s exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence continues all summer
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver & compare the waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai with Maraya Project-Seawalls Of Vancouver And Dubai or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Henry & Alice : Into the Wild is at Granville Island Stage until May 25th
– still running at the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, keeps them laughing with Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame

Thursday May 3rd
– Calgary hip-hop artist Transit perform at Biltmore Cabaret with DJ Crosswalk
– get ready for summer partying with a party at Post-Modern Nightclub with The Lost Boys
– The Vogue Theatre welcomes local boys Said The Whale
– The Vogue Theatre also gets a little risque and sexy this weekend as the 7th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival runs May 3-6
– another Thursday another night of dancers getting their JUNK out at Oasis On Davie
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday May 4th
– over 100 films are presented during the DOXA Film Festival as it runs until May 13th at venues throughout the city
– comedian Lewis Black takes the stage at Red Robinsons Show Theatre
– Vancouver’s Headwater play the Biltmore Cabaret
– Hip Hop DJ Skratch Bastid takes over the sounds at Fortune Sound Club
– singer songwriter Ty Segall brings his rock to Waldorf Hotel
– ginger 62’s Friday brings Socielle with EC Twins
Cirque Fridays get the dance on at Five-Sixty
Gay Fridays with DJ Jeffery Micheal is on at Oasis on Davie
Junction Friday’s feature CD giveaways of DJ Drew’s dance tunes

Saturday May 5th
– Vancouver’s team, Whitecaps FC take on San Jose Earthquake at BC Place Stadium
– at W2 Media Cafe shows the Canadian premiere of “Black Rock Horse
– comedy legend and fashion police Joan Rivers brings her wit to River Rock Show Theatre
– Sealed With A Kiss Presents brings Gauntlet Hair to the Waldorf
– it’s Saturday so it must be PONI at Five-Sixty

Sunday May 6th
– the BMO Vancouver Marathon takes over the city with a new route, thousands of runners and even more supporters. Get out and cheer them on!