Picks of the Week – December 26, 2018

Boxing Day is filled with activity as people hit the after-Christmas sales but if you’re not ready to brave the crowds and hustle of shopping, there’s plenty of festival entertainment to wrap up your week

Hockey: the holiday hockey tradition, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships 2019, unfolds in Vancouver and Victoria starting today, until January 5th.

Life: Look in on the life of George Bailey as Gateway Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, a new musical adaptation featuring tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, running until December 31st

Pride: Catch the follow up to Pride & Prejudice with Miss Bennet : Christmas at Pemberley at The Arts Club Granville Stage until December 30

Dorothy & friends are off to see the Wizard in
East Van Panto – Wizard of Oz
photo: Emily Cooper

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Date: Until December 30, spend your date night watching Blind Date at The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage, each night is a unique show as a new audience member is the date in each show.

Jazz: Tyrant Studio’s Friday Jazz  offers up Bebop Saxophone Jazz with the Sam Baglier Quartet at the Tyrant Studio Lounge upstairs from The Penthouse

Thieves: American electronic act The Thievery Corporation plays the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday

Year: Recap all the improv madcap madness of 2018 with Vancouver Theatresports Year In Review until New Year’s Eve

Aurora Winter Festival

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Lights: Many of the Festival light displays around the city continue to light up the nights into January like; Bright Nights, Van Dusen Festival Of Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Canyon Lights, Glow Langley, Lights at Lafarge and many more

Laughs: Saturday nights Tyrant Studio’s Comic Strip brings stand-up comedy to the Studio Lounge Stage with Aaron Charles Read and Robert Peng with Headliner Ivan Decker

EDM: wrap up your year with one of the city’s biggest music festivals as Skrillex and The Chainsmokers headline the two day Contact Music Festival at BC Place Friday and Saturday.

12 Days of Christmas Price Index 2018 – Inforgraphic

As you’re wrapping up your holidays shopping to fill the stockings and put under the Christmas tree, did you ever consider what it would cost if you purchased all the items on the 12 Days of Christmas?

The PNC Christmas Price Index is out to let you know what would it set you back if you were to buy each item in the 12 days.

This year the total has increased by 1.2% over 2017, hitting a hefty
$39, 094.93.  If you were to shop for the 12 Days online, it would add an extra $2,071.02, for shipping.

The Geese A Laying had the biggest jump in price this year, costing an extra 8.3%, while the Gold Rings reflected lower commodity prices in a 9.1% drop in cost.

While the individual pricing seems high, it’s nothing compared to the cumulative cost if you were to buy the total number of each item in the 12 days.  The total of 364 gifts would hit your bank account with a whopping $170, 609.46.

For a full breakdown of the PNC Christmas Price Index visit pncchristmaspriceindex.com and check out the DIY Craft Projects for each of the Days to create your own version of the 12 Days of Christmas.

5 Neighbourhoods’ Spots to Shop for Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is just days away, but there’s still time to pop into these neighbourhood shops for some great stocking stuffers and gifts.

Here’s a few of the places you might want to put on your list when Christmas Shopping;


GASTOWN

Old Faithful Shop : clothes, housewares, papergoods, and more

espace d. : furniture, art, books and jewelry

Orling & Wu : bed, bath, beauty, boardroom and beyond

 

CHINATOWN

Treasure Green Tea Company: premium and rare teas, gifts and accessories

Dalina:  treats, gadgets, and groceries from soup to nuts

Eight Treasures Shop at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: one-of-a-kind collectables, gifts, art

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN

Cook Culture: everything you need for the kitchen, cooking and culinary

Vancouver Art Gallery Store: unique art books & works, jewelry, giftware

Redfish Kids: baby, toddler, & children’s toys, clothes, and accessories


YALETOWN

Barking Babies: everything for the hip canine and dog lover

The Cross Decor & Design:  kitchen, bedroom, living, lifestyle

Masc:   face, body, hair care, products and advice, for the men on your list

GRANVILLE ISLAND

Circle Craft Co-op: works of 130+ local craftspeople

Craft Council of BC Shop: featuring products from council membership

Make Vancouver: design, print, engrave and make your own custom product

 

Picks of the Week – December 19, 2018

There’s less than one week until Christmas, if you’ve completed all your holiday tasks, there’s plenty of entertaining activities in the picks of the week to fill your time

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Merry Kiss-mas
VTSL

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy, parodying all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in a holiday TV special or film at Improv Centre until Christmas Eve.

Life: Look in on the life of George Bailey as Gateway Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, a new musical adaptation featuring tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, running until December 31st

Pride: Catch the follow up to Pride & Prejudice with Miss Bennet : Christmas at Pemberley at The Arts Club Granville Stage until December 30

Vancouver Christmas Market Photo: Lindsay Elliott

Market:  The Vancouver Christmas Market celebrates its 9th year as it returns to Jack Poole Plaza, with dozens of food sellers and shopping vendors, until December 24, 2018

Date: Until December 30, spend your date night watching Blind Date at The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage, each night is a unique show as a new audience member is the date in each show.

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

FaceOff: Vancouver Canucks play their last home game of 2018 on Saturday when they host Winnipeg at Rogers Arena

Lacrosse: The National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Warriors play host to Calgary Roughnecks at Rogers Arena on Friday night

The Daisy Theatre’s Esme Massengill as Esme Scrooge in Little Dickens

Puppet: You’re in for some madcap marionette merriment as Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre presents Little Dickens, a take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, at The Cultch Historic Theatre until December 22nd.

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Carols: Let the music of the season move you as the VSO presents their Traditional Christmas Concert at St Andrew’s-Wesley Church, December 20 – 22

Sing: Early Music Vancouver fills the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC with the sounds of Festive Cantanas: Monteverdi Christmas Vespers on December 23rd.

Lights of Hope

Lights: Light up your nights by visiting some of the Festival light displays around the city like; Bright Nights, Van Dusen Festival Of Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Canyon Lights, Glow Langley, Christmas at Canada Place and many more

 

5 Hotel Restaurants to find Christmas Dinner To Go

There’s just one week until Christmas Day. On top of all the hustle and bustle of the season, you might not want to spend Christmas day prepping and cooking.  Why not leave the work to someone else and order your Christmas feast?

Here’s a few locations around Vancouver that will prepare your Christmas dinner for you, so you can just reheat, eat and enjoy the company of family and friends…plus the eventual turkey coma.

Globe at Fairmont Vancouver Airport:  $399 (8-10 guests)
Available December 24 & 25, deadline to order Friday December 21, 2018.
Turkey To Go includes:
Fraser Valley Slow Roasted Turkey
Sage Infused Gravy
Local Cranberry Relish
Traditional Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes
Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Orange Essence
Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls & Creamery Butter
Saje and Cranberry Stuffing
Pastry Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pumpkin Seeds and Cranberry Chantilly
Visit fairmont.com/vancouver-airport-richmond for details and ordering information

Notch 8

Notch 8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: $399 (8-10 guests), including $25 gift certificate to Notch 8
Available December 24 & 25, deadline to order Thursday December 20, 2018.
Notch 8 Christmas Dinner Turkey To Go includes:
Whole Roasted Fraser Valley Turkey
Date & Turkey Sausage Stuffing
Honey Glazed Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Orange Relish
Pan Gravy
Artisan Bread, Creamery Butter
Spiced Pumpkin Pie & Madagascar Vanilla Chantilly
Visit notch8-dining.com for details and ordering information

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver: $395 (10-12 guests)
Available December 23-26, deadline to order, noon Thursday December 20, 2018, while supplies last.
Sutton Place Christmas Turkey To Go includes:
18 lbs roasted turkey (whole or sliced)
Herb stuffing
Seasonal vegetable medley (baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, zucchini)
Traditional mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce and gravy
Assorted dinner rolls (12)
Cranberry cheesecake
Visit suttonplace.com for details and ordering information

H2 Restaurant

H2 Restaurant at Westin Bayshore: $200(6-8 guests) / $275(10-12 guests)
Available December 22-26, deadline to order, Thursday December 20, 2018.
Festive Turkey Take Out includes: 
Slow Roast Rossdown Farm Free Range Turkey
Fig & Brioche stuffing
Honey roasted winter vegetables
Buttered carrots and spouts
Buttermilk pomme purée
Sage pan gravy & house cranberry sauce
optional festive sweets are also available to add-on
Visit h2restaurant.com for details and ordering information

Copper Chimney at Executive Le Soleil Hotel: $32 / person
Available for pick up December 24, deadline to order Thursday December 20, 2018
Holiday Turkey-To-Go Package includes:
Turkey Roulade
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Wild rice stuffing
Heirloom carrots
Whipped potato
Cranberry gastrique
Bourbon barberry gravy
Wild mushroom velouté with crème fraiche
Pear & Ginger spiced pudding
Visit Copper Chimney on Facebook for details and booking instructions

Give A Gift Of The Arts This Christmas

As we get closer to Christmas, the hustle and bustle on the city’s sidewalks and shops gets even busier. If you’re amongst those who are still looking for the perfect present to slip under the tree why not consider the gift of an experience this year.  Tickets or gift certificates to a local Arts groups make a great gift, while supporting the Vancouver Arts scene. As an added bonus, it’s a green gift, creating memories, not garbage.

Here’s some of The Arts to check out:

The Arts Club Theatre Company: With Beauty & The Beast running into the New Year, and Redpatch, Bed & Breakfast, and Matilda The Musical still to come this season there’s plenty for the whole family.

Dorothy & friends are off to see the Wizard in
East Van Panto – Wizard of Oz
photo: Emily Cooper

The Cultch: comedy, hip hop, drama, Shakespeare, music and more, The Cultch covers a vast array of options, not including the always fabulous East Van Panto each Christmas.

Vancouver Theatresports: who wouldn’t welcome the gift of laughter, Vancouver Theatresports presents improv games and good time at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Gateway Theatre: Richmond’s local theatre company brings a variety of shows to the stage every season that includes something for everyone, with a great Christmas show every year, including this year’s It’s A Wonderful Life

Vancouver Symphony: from the classics to pop, the Vancouver Symphony welcomes guest Bernadette Peters, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert, and more to its season.

PuSh International Festival of Performing Arts: each Winter, PuSh Festival curates and amazing variety of theatre, film, music and talk from around the world.

Firehall Arts Centre: cutting edge, inclusive theatre, dance, and the visual arts come to the stage in the historic east side firehall throughout the year.

Vancouver Art Gallery: more than just a gallery, VAG brings unique exhibits and cultural events to the heart of downtown year round.

Bard on the Beach: the 2019 season brings Taming Of The Shrew, Shakespeare In Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus to the summer Shakespeare festival this season

 JFL Northwest: the annual Just For Laughs festival brings the biggest names in comedy to Vancouver, this year’s comedians include; Howie Mandel, Aziz Ansari, Ken Jeong, Whitney Cummings, Michelle Wolf and many more

 

 

Picks of the Week – December 12, 2018

With just days left in 2018, let’s be sure to fill the last weeks with plenty of entertainment picks

Life: Look in on the life of George Bailey as Gateway Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, a new musical adaptation featuring tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, running until December 31st

Pride: Catch the follow up to Pride & Prejudice with Miss Bennet : Christmas at Pemberley at The Arts Club Granville Stage until December 30

Date: Until December 30, spend your date night watching Blind Date at The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage, each night is a unique show as a new audience member is the date in each show.

Craig Erickson as The Wicked Witch of the West
East Van Panto – Wizard of Oz
photo: Emily Cooper

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th.

Shopping: Find those fine handmade finds for your holiday gift shopping (or for yourself) at the Make-It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show  Christmas Craft Market happening at PNE Forum this week.

Choir: Making Spirits Bright  with The Vancouver Men’s Chorus’ annual holiday music spectacular at St Paul’s Anglican Church in the West End tonight, Thursday and Friday

Drama: Seven Tyrants Theatre presents John Patrick Stanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Doubt : A Parable closing this Friday, December 14

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy, parodying all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in a holiday TV special or film at Improv Centre until Christmas Eve

Ladies Dancing at Burnaby Village

Lights: Light up your nights by visiting some of the Festival light displays around the city like; Bright Nights, Van Dusen Festival Of Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Canyon Lights, Glow Langley, Christmas at Canada Place and many more

Puppet: You’re in for some madcap marionette merriment as Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre presents Little Dickens, a take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, at The Cultch Historic Theatre until December 22nd.

Pageant: Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive is the location of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever...or is it? Find out yourself until December 16th

Celtic: Find holiday cheer with celtic ensemble, Winter Harp, Wednesday and Thursday at BlueShore Financial Performing Arts Centre, Capilano University,
December 15th at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Vancouver, and
December 16th & 17th at The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge

Maureen Washington with Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

Noise: Spread the cheer a Good Tidings with Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, on December 14-15, 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral and again on
December 17, 2018 at St John’s Shaughnessy

Mumbai: The acclaimed play Bombay Black, by Anosh Irani, features a poetic text, bold theatrical imagery and a gritty twist.  returns to Vancouver with a run at The Firehall Arts Centre until Saturday.

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Market:  The Vancouver Christmas Market celebrates its 9th year as it returns to Jack Poole Plaza, with dozens of food sellers and shopping vendors, until December 24, 2018

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

Lions: Join the lions of Chor Leoni as they perform their annual Christmas with Chor Leoni concert at December 14th, 16th, 17th at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Vancouver and on December 15th at West Vancouver United Church, West Vancouver

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice twice this weekend, hosting Philadelphia on Saturday and Edmonton on Sunday