Picks of the Week – April 10, 2019

April showers continue to be upon us but let’s make the most of the bounty of spring entertainment in this week’s picks

Glory pic: Barbara Zimonick

Hockey: At Gateway Theatre, Glory the story of women’s hockey in the 1930’s, continues until April 13.

Blossoms: The city is in bloom as swaths of Cherry Blossoms paint the town pink, celebrate them all during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival until April 28th.

Orchestra: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Festival brings two performances to the Orpheum this week, Revolutionaries: Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Shostakovich on April 12, and Visions of Joy: Beethoven’s 9th on April 13

Nisei: Continuing until April 13th, The Firehall Arts Centre presents the eye-opening, award-winning play The Tashme Project: The Living Archives which tells of the lives of the Nisei (2nd generation Japanese/Canadians) from being a child of the internment camps to post-war and beyond.

Okanagan: On stage at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until April 21, The Orchard (after Chekhov) is Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. 

Out: Until May 4th, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, Bed & Breakfast is a comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

Accessible: The Cultch Historic Theatre welcomes Realwheels Theatre’s Act of Faith a multi-disciplinary premiere by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights, Janet Munsil April 11 – 20.

Never The Last – Anton Lipovetsky, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon. Photo/Art by Bold Rezolution Studio.

Bio: Delinquent Theatre presents the emotional world premiere of Never the Last, as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex until April 20th.

Handel: To end the Pacific Baroque Orchestra’s season, Early Music Vancouver presents Handel’s regal compositions, Coronation Anthems, and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne in a performance Sunday April 14th at the Chan Centre

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Dance: DanceHouse welcomes the Canadian premiere of MOMIX : Viva MOMIX, on April 12 & 13, at the Vancouver Playhouse. 

Jack & the Magic Bean pic: Emiliano Leyva

Marionetas: North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina present Jack and the Magic Bean, at Presentation House Theatre from April 11th to 28th

Gaita: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UCB presents the sounds of the Cristina Pato Quartet on April 11th in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. 

Pop: Friday night, April 12, Michael Buble returns to his hometown stage for a performance at Rogers Arena in support of latest album, Love

Drag: Sunday at The Vogue Theatre, don’t get mad, get everything when the First Wives Fight Club, a musical mash-up of First Wives Club & Fight Club brings RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars; Brook Lynn Hytes, Raja, Ginger Minj and Peaches Christ

Picks of the Week – March 23, 2016

Spring has sprung and the blossoms are all around the city and with that the picks of the week are blooming with entertainment.

Wheels: Car lovers rejoice as the Vancouver International Auto Show gets under way today, running until March 27th at Vancouver Convention Centre

Showtunes:  On Wednesdays at XY  Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes brings live Showtunes to sing along to.

TheKing: Elvis has returned to the building, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the spot to catch Return to Grace a memorable night to remember Elvis, running until Sunday

Gala: Kick off Coronation week with the Dogwood Monarchist Society’s In Town Show, at Junction Wednesday night, leading up to the crowning of this year’s Empress & Court

Hello: At The Biltmore on Wednesday evening it’s Hello: A Adele Tribute Night with live performances paying homage to the singer

Stage: At the Arts Club Theatre, Onegin is now playing at the Goldcorp Stage while Good People opens Thursday night at The Stanley.

DJ: Super DJ/Producer Morgan Page brings the beats to The Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night

Cherry: The 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival gets underway tomorrow, until April 17th bringing festivities all around the city.

Super: Are you Heroes or Villains? Thursday night at XY show off your best hero or villain dress up fora  chance to win passes to Superman vs Batman.

Hot: Thursday night, take advantage of the Holiday Friday by checking out Hotbox presented byDJ Adam Dreaddy at 1222 Hamilton St with Montreal DJ Etienne Ozborne, and Vancouver’s own DJ’s Mr Cox and Quest

OCanada: Watch the Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team take on Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at BC Place on Friday night

Ruff: Friday celebrate the 5th Anniversary and the Hunt for Mr Ruff 2016 at The Pint

WhitecapsFCCaps: Saturday night is another night on the pitch at BC Place when Whitecaps FC host Houston Dynamo

Crown: Saturday evening at Performance Works see who is crowned Empress at the Coronation 45 All Things That Sparkle: A Diamond Extravaganza Ball

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks take to the Rogers Arena ice on Sunday night against Chicago Blackhawks.



10th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo 2014-03-24, 17 16 55

If you’ve walked around the city lately, you’ll surely have noticed the abundant blossoms turning the streets pink just in time for the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  The 10th Anniversary Festival gets underway on Thursday, March 24th with a free lunch time Cherry Jam concert at Burrard Station concourse.  Throughout the festival look for free community events, painting sessions, tree plantings, neighbourhood tree talks & walks and special Sakura menus in restaurants around town.   Midway through the Festival take in, Sakura Days Japan Fair, April 9-10 at VanDusen Botanical Gardens which fills the garden with entertainment and activities.

Once again, All Nippon Airways and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival are offering a change to win a roundtrip for two to Japan, with the BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest by submitting photos, of blossoms or people enjoying the blossom festival, online, via email, on Twitter or on Instagram with hashtag #VCBF2016 & #AllNipponAirways for a chances to win.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs all over the city from March 24th to 17th, visit the websites for the full line-up of activities during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Sakura Days Japan Fair.  Follow the Festival on Twitter @OfficiaVCBF, on Instagram @cherryblossomfestyvr and on Facebook.com/VancouverCherryBlossomFestival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes bloom

Photo 2014-03-26, 7 36 34Every spring Vancouver streets and parks come alive with brilliant displays of Cherry Blossoms. From April 3rd to 28th, the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, coinciding with Sakura Days Japan Fair, April 5 – 6 at Van Dusen Garden, fills the city with activities: talks, walks, concerts, fashions shows, tea ceremonies and special restaurant menus.  Kicking of with a free lunch time concert – Cherry Jam on April 3rd from noon top 1:30pm at Burrard Station. Free, guided Tree Talks & Walks take visitors to see the trees and learn the biology of the city neighbourhoods.

Throughout the month participate in the BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest by submitting photos online, via email or on Twitter with hashtag #cherryblossomsyvr for a chances to win $250 gift cards from TravelSmart.

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Visit their websites for the full line-up of activities during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Sakura Days Japan Fair.  Follow the Festival on Twitter @OfficiaVCBF or Facebook.com/VancouverCherryBlossomFestival .