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


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;


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

Craft Beer Market, 85 West 1st Avenue
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


EBO Restaurant, 4331 Dominion Street
Twitter: @eborestaurant


American Grille, 7571 Westminster Highway
Twitter @GrilleYVR

West Vancouver

Appleback Grill, 6190 Marine Drive
Twitter: @Appleback_Grill


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

Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge

vf_meatball_web-11This month, Vancouver Foodster’s latest food challenge is bringing Meatballs to the forefront.

The Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge is now running, until April 26th, with 14 restaurants around Metro Vancouver. The restaurants are presenting their unique meatball dishes to the tasting audience.  The public is invited to visit any and all of the participating restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley and Pitt Meadows, then vote for their favourite dish at vancouverfoodster.com to help determine the People’s Choice winner of the Meatball Challenge.

As with all Vancouver Foodster Challenges, there is a Judge’s Challenge Winner, voted by the lucky panel of;

Tara LeeFreelance journalist and broadcaster. Writer for Georgia Straight

Art FactoraMorning Show Producer Z95.3 FM

Cassandra AndertonWriter & Broadcaster for many publications including her own goodlifevancouver.com

Stephanie YuenFood Writer, Author, Broadcaster & Blogger for many publications including her own beyondchopsticks.com

Follow the judges on Twitter and Instagram to get a visual of what their tasting then get out an take a bite of the meatballs yourself

The Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge runs until April 26, 2015. For the full list of participating restaurants visit vancouverfoodster.com

Pucker Up At Metropolis at Metrotown

The Lipstick Project is a local society that helps brighten their spirit  of women, men and children living with  serious health challenges by providing free professional spa services.

Starting tomorrow Metropolis at Metrotown, BC’s largest shopping centre, teams up with The Lipstick Project’s A Kiss For A Cause.  Guests who visit the “Kiss Wall” in the Metropolis at Metrotown Atrium Court, between October 8 – 13, will receive a free “Kiss” card to apply to the Kiss Wall. For every “kiss” applied to the wall, Metropolis at Metrotown will donate $1 to The Lipstick Project. The shopping centre will also donate $1 for every kiss posted on Instagram or Twitter mentioning @MetropolistAtMet and using the hashtag #AKissForACause.

Additionally, on October 11, 12, & 13 make-up artists will be on hand providing free lipstick applications to get guests ready for their close-up, a professional black and white glamour photo, for a $5 donation.  Photo sessions will run from 12pm-3pm and 4pm-6pm, pre-booking is available starting at 10am on October 8th.

For more information on A Kiss For A Cause visit Metropolis at Metrotown online. 


Shopping Night Out at Metropolis at Metrotown

Get ready for fall at Metropolis at Metrotown with Shopping Night Out, an exciting night filled with one-night only discounts, bonus gifts, and swag bags to the first 150 shoppers spending $150 or more at the shopping centres 400+ shops. Thursday, September 18th from 5pm to 9pm, shoppers will experience unique activities throughout the mall and its shops; including a pop-up nail bar, selfie stations, entertainment and more.  LouLou Magazine will be on location celebrating its 10th Anniversary by offering style tips and trends from style editor Claudia Laframboise.

The Shopping Night Out VIP area offers shoppers more than just deals. The purchase of a $5 VIP ticket extends an array of sweets, treats and sips to the night.  100% of the ticket sales will be awarded to the following local charities: Beauty Night, Boys & Girls Club of South Coast BC, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, MS Society of Canada, and The Cinderella Project. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Metropolis at Metrotown Customer Service counter during  regular mall hours until September 18th.

To add to the excitement of the evening, SONiC Nation will live on location, giving shoppers who use the hashtag #MetropolisSHOPS in either their Twitter or Instagram photos a chance to win a shopping gift cards.

Shopping Night Out at Metropolis at Metrotown takes place Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5pm until 9pm.  Metropolis at Metrotown is located at 4700 Kingsway and on SkyTrain . Find @MetropolisatMet on Twitter and Instagram