Legally Blonde brings Elle Woods to Michael J Fox Theatre

Oh My Gawd, You Guys! Align Entertainment is bringing the award winning Legally Blonde the Musical to Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, February 2 – 17, 2018.

Elle & Warner
photo: Anita Alberto Photography

Perfectly coordinated for Valentine’s Day, pretty in pink Elle Woods and her dog Bruiser show you can’t judge a book by its cover, then she gets ‘serious’ and chases ex-beau Warner from the Hollywood Hills to Harvard Law School.

“Legally Blonde reminds us that you don’t have to be pigeon-holed to one persona – you can be the sorority queen and a whip-smart whiz if you want, and win at both life and love,” says director and co-producer Chad Matchette. “The show has a great message, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously and fun is what we at Align Entertainment are all about! We love to present big, bright and boisterous productions where it doesn’t matter if you’re performing on stage or seated in the audience, everyone is having a blast. Take family, friends or that special someone – we promise exceptional entertainment and a smashing time at the theatre!”

Molly Spinola as Bruise Woods

Based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy, Legally Blonde the Musical was adapted for the stage by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin (music & lyrics) with Heather Hach (book).  The second show in their 2017-18 season, following last autumn’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Align Entertainment continues their success of bringing together local theatre veteran and up-and-coming talents plus in this case of Legally Blonde, two four-legged friends, make their stage debuts in this production. Metro Vancouver pooches, Molly Spinola is playing Bruiser Woods while Seamus O’Kelly plays Rufus .

Legally Blonde the Musical, runs February 2 – 17, at Michael J Fox Theatre, 7373 Macpherson Ave Burnaby.  For showtimes and tickets visit alignentertainment.ca

Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.

 

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

Join Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights – May 17th

Elevate your taste buds with a trip to Burnaby Heights on May 7th with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates.  The Hastings corridor through Burnaby finds a wide variety of flavours and styles of eateries. The neighbourhood chefs are sure to pull out all stops as Tasting Plates tours their spots.

Tasting Plates patrons are invited to check in, collect their Tasting Plates card and map, then venture off, on foot or by wheels to explore Burnaby Heights. Along the way, visit the chefs/owners, fellow foodies, friends and family over flavourful Tasting Plates from the likes of Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary to The Gray Olive Cafeteria.

More restaurants will be announced closer to the event, but Early Bird tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite.

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 7
Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 7
Regular $60 per person after May 14

Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Michael J Fox Theatre

There’s five more chances to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid, presented by Align Entertainment.  The Disney classic comes to life onstage at Burnaby’s Michael J Fox Theatre until February 18th.

The beloved story as interpreted by Doug Wright, and the classic soundtrack from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new lyrics from Glenn Slater,  keeps the pace lively and the suitable for the whole family.  The Little Mermaid isn’t just for kids, while the young ones will certainly find much to love with their favourite underwater Princess, the young at heart will as well.  The evening audience welcomed a few little princesses but the matinee was apparently filled with excited dressed up young ladies.

Elyse Maloway brings a wide-eyed excitement to Ariel, ably filling the vocal and acting duties.  Prince Eric, played by Colton Fyfe, has the classic Disney Prince good looks and carries the vocals fairly well. The cast fill the undersea and human world nicely but the real stand out in the cast is Julio Fuentes as Sebastian the Crab.  As Sebastian, Fuentes brings the comedy and heart to the ensemble, leading two of the key songs and production numbers in each act; Under The Sea and Kiss The Girl.  As the antagonist Ursula, Erin Matchette, has fun with the role but lacks some of the malevolence in her vocals we’d expect from the Sea Witch.

Visually the set and costumes allow the audience to create the worlds beneath and above the waves. The creative use of heal wheels allow the merfolk and other sea creatures to swim smoothly through the water.  Ms Maloway is thankfully not burdened with the usual unnaturally red wig that distracts from many live action versions of Ariel.  The live orchestra led by Brent Hughes fills the auditorium with rich sound that stays in your head as you The Little Mermaid happily humming the tunes.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, presented by Align Entertainment plays at Burnaby’s Michael J Fox Theatre until February 18th.

O Canada! Where to Celebrate Canada Day

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This Friday, don your red & white and get ready to celebrate Canada Day.  Whether you’re planning small family festivities or taking part in one of Canada’s largest celebration, Metro Vancouver has plenty of options to celebration Canada Day.

Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day at Canada Place: 10am – 6pm Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
Western Canada’s largest celebrations feature the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Expo 86 memorabilia, plus the Canada Day Concert with Aaron Pritchett, Sheena Easton, Barney Bentall, Bear Mountain, and more.

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (north east), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: 10am – 6pm Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Friday.  First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more. 

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
Spend Canada Day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Japanese Taiko Drummers, Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band, Acadamie Duello, Parade and Cupcakes.

Canada Day at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with performances, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family plus “pick a box” silent auction.

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Stawberry Tea, Science World Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage headlined by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, wrapping up the day with Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm

 

 

Vancouver Foodster 2nd Burger Challenge

vf_burger_web_1_a-01-01Vancouver Foodster 2nd Burger Challenge kicks off today, ringing in 25 days of tasty competition.

Whether it’s a traditional rendition of a patty between two buns or an over-the-top creation, stacked high with toppings and flavours, everyone thinks they know what it takes to make the best burger.
Chefs from all around Metro Vancouver have assembled their finest ingredients to make their entries in the best  Burger Challenge.

While the celebrity panel of judges are making their rounds of the participating restaurants, the public are invited to head out and try the entries and vote for their favourite to win the people’s choice winner.

Eat and vote once per day throughout the Burger Challenge, October 22nd to November 15th.

The entries are;

Vancouver

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse, 1015 Burrard Street
Twitter @cprimesteak

Craft Beer Market, 85 West 1st Avenue
T
witter @CRAFTbeeryvr

Linh Cafe, 2836 West 4th Avenue
Twitter @LinhCafeVan

Stacked Burger Bar, 1224 Granville Street
Twitter @Stackhousebb

The Point Grill, 2205 Lower Mall (at UBC)
Twitter: @ubcfoodie

Tera V Burger, 2961 West Broadway
Twitter: @teraVburger

The Cannibal Cafe, 1818 Commercial Dr & 433 Granville Street
Twitter:  @TheCannibalCafe

U & I Thai, 3364 Cambie Street
Twitter: @UIThai2

Burnaby

EBO Restaurant, 4331 Dominion Street
Twitter: @eborestaurant

Richmond

American Grille, 7571 Westminster Highway
Twitter @GrilleYVR

West Vancouver

Appleback Grill, 6190 Marine Drive
Twitter: @Appleback_Grill

Langley

Ban Chok Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent
Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Follow @VanFoodster and the participating restaurants on Twitter to see the tasty creations being presented, then get out and take a bite! Don’t forget to vote

Friday Find: feel the urge for URGE Chocolates

2015-01-09 23.55.38It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like Chocolate.  Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for someone special, Chocolates are always a great option. Urge Chocolates is a local artisan chocolate company that specializes in unique flavour combinations. Urge Chocolatier Dirke Botsford blends espresso, peanut butter, pepper, orange flavours with quality dark chocolate in Urge Chocolates’ pocket bars.  Urge also has a selection of other handcrafted chocolates and snacks like beer nuts, salted caramels, chocolate dipped apricots and chocolate buds.

The real find with Urge Chocolates is the great gift boxes, wine or beer pairings assembled with Urge Chocolates and snacks in a rustic wooden box.  I was lucky enough to recieve one of the White Wine boxes, sliding open the custom built box revealed a trio of pocket bars and chocolate buds.  At $65 for wine or $55 for beer the boxes make a great gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, you can even customize your own box to cater to your own special someone.

Find Urge Chocolates at local chocolate retailers or shop online at urgechocolates.com