Ensemble Theatre Co. 7th Annual Repertory Festival

Ensemble Theatre Company Annual Summer Repertory Festival returns to Jericho Arts Centre, July 10th to August 16th. The 7th annual festival features An uplifting comedy set in a doughnut shop, a classic political satire for the age of Trump and a celebration of the power of storytelling. 

The 2019 line-up of works promise to provide with topical stories that can draw parallels from the climate of today’s news and politics. Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, observes the relationships of the patrons and workers of different generations, races and cultures in a small Chicago donut shop. Garson Kanin’s classic Born Yesterday, follows a corrupt businessman turned politician and his naive showgirl, mistress to Washington DC. Rounding out the trio of plays, Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy shows a young actor researching the lives of two bachelor farmers  and highlights the power of storytelling in creating and interpreting reality, and how it can transform lives. 

Ensemble’s talented group of actors, directors, and designers, bring to life this year’s selection of plays showcasing the humour, insight, and excitement that only live theatre offers. As Tariq Leslie, Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Company says: “Theatre brings us together to celebrate, challenge and provoke through the telling of stories. The plays we have programmed for our seventh season embrace conversations about what our culture was, is, and could be – the stories we tell ourselves and the truths we all share – each one filled with humour and with pathos.”

The Ensemble Theatre Company’s Annual Repertory Festival should be a highlight in every Vancouver theatregoers summer Arts calendar. 

The 7th Annual Summer Repertory Festival includes: 

Back (R-L) Morgan (Darcey Johnson), and Angus (James Gill), seated: Miles (Chris Lam). Photo by Emily Cooper.

The Drawer Boy By Michael Healey
Directed by Alan Brodie / Asst. Director Caitlin Fysh
Featuring James Gill, Darcey Johnson, Chris Lam 

Preview Performance: Wednesday, July 10 / Opening Friday, July 12

BILLY HOLIDAY LEFT: Billie Holiday (Alexis Kellum-Creer), RIGHT: Paul Verral (Tariq Leslie). (c) Emily Cooper Photography

Born Yesterday By Garson Kanin 
Directed by Shelby Bushell and Michael Scholar Jr.
Featuring Alexis Kellum-Creer, Paul Herbert, Tariq Leslie, Kira Fondse, David Wallace, James Gill, Kenneth Tynan and Steven James

Preview Performance: Thursday, July 11 / Opening: Saturday., July 13

SUPERIOR DONUTS Back: Franco Wicks (Chris Francisque) (c) Emily Cooper Photography

Superior Donuts By Tracy Letts 
Directed by Keltie Forsyth
Featuring Ron Reed, Chris Francisque, Steve James, Darcey Johnson, Lindsay Nelson, Alexis Kellum-Creer, Anthony Santiago, Richard Meen, Kenneth Tynan

Preview Performance: Thursday, July 18 / Opening: Friday, July 19

Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival runs July 10, 2019 to August 16, 2019 at Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver. Individual tickets and festival passes are available at ensembletheatrecompany.ca

Six String Nation Guitar connects Canada

Recently I had the privilege to listen to Jowi Taylor tell the story of the Six String Nation Guitar, a truly unique piece of Canadiana.

Nicknamed Voyageur, the guitar is a symbol of national unity, the idea came to broadcaster and writer Jowi Taylor on the eve of the 1995 Quebec Referendum that threatened to tear the country apart.  Whilst thinking about how the conversation was English vs French giving little thought to everyone else.

Over the course of the next 11 years, Taylor collected pieces and stories from all around the country to become part of the guitar.  From a piece of the Bluenose II from Nova Scotia to one of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s favourite canoe paddles, part of Rocket Richard’s Montreal Canadien 1955 Stanley Cup Ring, or Nancy Greene’s Olympic winning ski and a sliver of the original Fan Tan Alley sign in Victoria from BC.  The 64 pieces of wood, metal, bone, mineral and fabric were integrated into the guitar as it was hand-built by luthier George Rizsanyi.  The 64 pieces and their stories are detailed in the book Six String Nation and the pieces of Canadiana continue to grow and be included into the Voyageur’s case.


Since it’s debut at Parliament Hill Canada Day celebrations, played first by Stephen Fearing then all other guitarists on the day, Taylor has taken the Six String Nation Guitar and its story on the road to help unite the nation.  Everyday Canadians and personalities related to the Voyageur are photographed and documented in the project.

Follow Jowi Taylor and learn more about the Six String Nation Guitar online at sixstringnation.com 

Timber Gastropub Patio

Timber_img_8256While there is just officially one week left of summer, we know that Vancouver can have some amazing weather days all through the year.  Therefore, there’s never a bad time for a patio, Vancouverites love to take their dining outside as soon as the sun comes out at any temperature.

Timber_img_8261Timber Gastropub in the West End recently debuted their brand new patio.  The east facing patio, catches a good portion of the midday sun, perfect for sipping a sunny caesar and people watching.  Located on the wide sidewalk along Jervis Street at Robson, the patio is away from the bustle of traffic and doesn’t feel the crush of pedestrians but you can still watch the comings and goings of Robson.

Timber_img_8258Since it opened last year, Chef Chris Whittaker’s Timber has become known for it’s new take on Canadian comfort food and events; Long Table Canadian Suppers, Canadian Supper & Cask, Happy Hour and great cocktail specials.  Pull up a patio seat, take in the midday sun, and enjoy burger, a beer and the atmosphere.

Timber Gastropub is located at 1300 Robson at Jervis
Open Weekdays Noon – Late / Weekends 11am – Late
Reservations are not accepted