All My Friends Are Animals connects to your wild side

Take a walk on the wild side as Babelle Theatre and Axis Theatre join forces to present, All My Friends Are Animals, a family-friendly romp from the city and into the wild. .

About connecting with our inner wild selves, the two theatre companies, known for creative, experimental, physical theatre that appeals to young and the young at heart bring All My Friends Are Animals to Russian Hall from September 18 -23, 2018 for school and public audiences.

Loosely based on a true story of a bear’s adventure into downtown Vancouver. When a bear wanders down from the mountains and into the city, the poles of wilderness and civilization are flipped, and young Jo is forced to navigate the city as a ‘wild human’ – spooking unsuspecting animals and outrunning agitated mobs of vertebrates – in order to get back home. It is through her interactions and encounters with other ‘civilized animals’ (raccoons, coyotes, mice, crows) that Jo learns what it means ‘to be human’ – the fact of our essential dependence on one another and our collective dependence upon nature.

All My Friends Are Animals is a show that examines our western colonial tendency to set Man apart from Nature and Mind apart from Body. Through a rich language of metaphor, it takes aims at Western European myths of individualism and technological independence.

To bring to life the surreal vision of Jo’s journey, Babelle will be working with puppets and shadow puppets designed by award-winning master puppeteer Jeny Cassady. Speaking about her approach for this production, director Marie Farsi says “For the past several weeks James and I have been working in collaboration with the other designers in order to create a visually rich storytelling experience.” Playwright James King adds, “The possibilities are enormous for puppetry – it can be very literal but it can also become very impressionistic, and I think we’re interested in finding the balance between the two.”

Aimed for audiences 10 years + All My Friends Are Animals runs September 18-23 with school performances Tuesday to Friday and two public performances each day, Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets for public performances are available via Eventbrite, from $10+ fees

Halloween Time At Fly Over Canada

Starting today, the Witch Academy is back in session at Fly Over Canada.  Broomelda the Witch invites all members of the family to graduate from her Haunted Halloween School.

Brace yourself for a spooky set up as you attend pre-flight Witch Academy.  Then hop on your broom for a kid-friendly version of the Ultimate Flying Ride Fly Over Canada, keep your eyes out for Broomelda and her spooky friends in the sky.  After your flight, graduate with flying colours and receive
your Witch Academy Diploma.

Halloween at Fly Over Canada runs October 12 – 31.
Weekdays: 4pm – 9pm
Weekends & Oct 31: 10am – 9pm

Regular FlyOver Canada Shows run: 10am – 3pm

Halloween Flights have a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for kids ages 4 years + (children must be 120cm tall to ride)

Reserve your flight online at
Phone 1 888 290 3060 for information
Fly Over Canada is located at the tip of Canada Place.



Mother’s Day of Giving to support BC Women’s Hospital

Sunday is Mother’s Day, celebrate your Mother with Brunch or Dinner while supporting a great cause. If you haven’t already booked, check out some of the great Vancouver restaurants that are giving back to BC Women’s Hospital this Mother’s Day of Giving, May 14th.

Make a reservation now at any of the following restaurants to celebrate your mom, and the other women and children aided by BC Women’s Hospital.

Ask for Luigi
Bauhaus Restaurant
Bella Gelateria
Go Fish
H2 Rotisserie + Bar
Juice Truck
La Buca
La Mezcaleria
La Taqueria
Les Faux Bourgeois
Los Cuervos
Merchants Oyster Bar
Pizzeria Bufala
Pizzeria Farina
The Sardine Can

Each of the restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds from the day, Sunday May 14th to BC Women’s Hospital to help continue its great work in helping BC mothers and newborns get their start in life.

Christmas Shopping for the Reader

Books have been around for millennia and don’t seem to be going anywhere soon.  Reading allows people to communicate, learn and escape.

Provide the reader on your Christmas Shopping list with the opportunity to escape into another world hidden in the pages of a new book.

One of the most popular escapes in pop-culture is to Westeros the home of George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.  People may not realize that the epic HBO series is based on the book series.

If fantasy action isn’t their style, perhaps something non-fiction is in order.  For something timely and truly Canadian, how about the biography of Gordie Howe – Mr. Hockey: My Story or Chris Hadfield’s new book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes
detailing the amazing images of earth the astronaut took on his journey in orbit.

For a laugh, Amy Poehler’s new book Yes Please will certainly bring joy to the season.

Start the kids on your list reading for enjoyment early, with their own copy of the recently re-issued, Canadian classic The Hockey Sweater, Anniversary Edition

Whatever you find for your ‘reader’, you’ll allow them to curl up with a good book and enjoy hours of enjoyment.

FLY OVER Halloween

FlyOver Canada is celebrating Halloween by adding some fun, spine-tingling entertainment to its popular attraction at Canada Place.  From today, October 17th  through to November 2nd, evening shows from 4:30pm to 9pm will be all about Halloween.  Spooky decorations, a themed pre-show and a witch with be on site granting an exclusive “FlyOver Broom License” to all the boys and ghouls, aged 4-12, who see the feature film.

FlyOver Canada is offering special ticket prices for the Halloween shows:
Adults (13+) are $16.95
Children (4-12) are $11.95, Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to enter FlyOver Canada.
Buy tickets online at, for discounted tickets.

Canuck Ryan Kesler debuts new Public Service Announcement

Even without stepping on the ice, Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler is still finding a way to put his name to good use. The hockey star is featured in a new Public Service Announcement aimed at breaking the silence on children’s exposure to violence against women that has debuted to highlight the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign taking place November 25th – December 10th, 2012.

The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) was one of 15 local charities across North America that was a recipient of the popchips Game Changers Program, where local athletes including Ryan Kesler asked their fans, “How can we give back to our community?”  As part of their submission, BCSTH asked Ryan to film a Public Service Announcement that spoke to children and youth exposed to violence against women.  Ryan hosted an event in June where he filmed this announcement and gave back to his fans that have made him the sport hero he is today.

“The popchips Game Changers program provided me with the wonderful opportunity to be introduced to a charity that I have now become very fond of, and supportive of the work they do for my community,” said Ryan Kesler. “Kids and teens should never feel alone and have support when they need it”.

For more information on the “Love Doesn’t Hurt” Public Service Announcement and Children Who Witness Abuse Programs, visit the BCSTH website at

Eat.Give.Grow – Growing Chefs

Need a great excuse to eat out this month? Why not give while you dine, for the month of June, several Vancouver restaurants will be adding one dollar to the price of a menu item to support Growing Chefs’ Eat.Give.Grow fundraiser.  Each restaurant will offer a specially marked item on their menu, simply, order it and the restaurant puts a Loonie in the kitty for Growing Chefs. Last year those individual Loonies added up to almost $7,000 that went to funding Growing Chefs’ school-based programs throughout Metro Vancouver.

Founded in 2005 by professional pastry chef Merri Schwartz, Growing Chefs is a registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching kids about growing and preparing their own nutritious food in an urban environment. It connects chefs and growers (along with their valuable knowledge) to children through classroom-based programs that involve the planting of windowsill gardens. These gardens are used to teach the young participants about the food they eat while inspiring them with the idea that they can grow their own food – even in the city. To date more than 2,000 children have benefitted from participation in Growing Chefs.

Look for the specially marked menu items at the following participating restaurants:

Big Ridge Brewing Company (Surrey),Bishop’s, Campagnolo, Campagnolo Roma, Centi Notti, Chambar, Dockside Restaurant, Edible Canada on Granville Island, Fat Dragon, La Ghianda, Les Faux Bourgeois, Mangia e Bevi, Pourhouse Restaurant, Provence Mediterranean Grill, Provence Marinaside, Tableau Bar Bistro, Trafalgar’s , Wild Rice (both Downtown and New Westminster) and Yaletown Brewing Company. Updates to the list of participating restaurants will be posted to Growing Chefs’ web site and Facebook page.
Attend Vancouver Food Talks: Volume 1, Tuesday evening and part of the proceeds will also be donated to Growing Chefs programs.

What can a Loonie buy? It can buy a packet of bean seeds, a jiffy growing pot, a trowel or a plant tray. It can also buy a child the knowledge and ability to grow his/her own food for the rest of their life … and that’s priceless.