Picks of the Week – October 2, 2019

We move into the first week of October there’s a fest of activities in the picks.

Indie: Aussie act Boy & Bear play the Commodore Ballroom, supported by Stu Larson on Wednesday October 2

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

Alpen: #DasOriginal Oktoberfest gets underway this weekend, and the following three weekend’s of October at Vancouver Alpen Club

Race: Challenge your perceptions of race and culture as Speakeasy Theatre’s The Shipment wraps up its run at Firehall Arts Centre this weekend.

Pop: Multi-hyphenate pop sensation Charli XCX brings her hits to the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night

Fest: Transform: A Cabaret Festival takes over the three stages of The Cultch with a multi-disciplinary festival of indigenous, local and international works

Pigskin: BC Lions play host to Toronto Argonauts at BC Place on Saturday evening

North: Take off and see the Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure until October 20


Celtic: Multi-award-winning Scottish band SKERRYVORE make their Vancouver debut: Saturday, October 5, at North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre.

Balls: Whitecaps FC bring their season to a close playing host to Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Sunday afternoon.

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, starting October 3rd.

Suns: The Arts Club Theatre Company season begins with A Thousand Splendid Suns at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, running until October 13th.

Bedrooms: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage opens The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian bedroom comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.

Focus Cia de Dança photo: Fernanda Vallois

Dance: Brazil’s Focus Cia de Dança makes its West Coast debut with Still Reich, a program of thrilling contemporary dance at The Scotiabank Dance Centre October 2 – 4

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Tiny Islands’ NOLA-style classic sounds.

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up finds headliner Jon Gagnon supported by Byron Bertram  and Gavin Clarkson 

Odysseo by Cavalia in Vancouver

Odysseo by Cavalia is now on under the White Big Top in Vancouver. It’s hard to miss the largest travelling big top in the world as the massive white structure dominates the southern shores of False Creek.

Whilst the White Big Top is impressive to look at, what’s inside is even more of a spectacle.  Sixty-five majestic stallions and geldings and 48 of their human colleagues take centre stage to put on the breathtaking Odysseo by Cavalia.  The 2.5 hour long show defies description as it combines equestrian, acrobatics, live music, sound and visual effects broadcast by 18 projectors onto a curved screen three times as large as a standard cinema screen.

Without spoiling the show by giving away too many details, the horses, riders and performers take the audience on a global journey from the steppes of Asia, to the African savannah to the American West and on to Easter Island with many stops in between. Tumbling performers dazzle with the speed of their leaps, high flying acrobats spin overhead, gymnasts amaze with feats of strength and balance but it’s the quiet skills of the equine performers that draw the most applause. The training and talents of the horses and trainers is most evident when the horses are performing at liberty (free of harness), their trainers’ slightest gesture and noise encouraging the horse’s next movement.  Odysseo by Cavalia prides itself on having the most horses at liberty in a show, at one point 30 animals are filling the 1625 square meter stage.  When man and beast combine their skills the show is mesmerizing; acrobatics, strength and speed add a level of danger and wonder.

Odysseo by Cavalia continues under the White Big Top at Olympic Village until March 5th.  Tickets are on sale now with more matinees already added to meet demand

Picks of the Week – December 2, 2015

December means we’re in full swing for Holiday season events in the picks of the week

R&B: The Weeknd headlines a mid-week concert at Rogers Arena tonight with guests Halsey and Travis Scott

Alt-Rock: The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the spot for some hard rock as Puscifer takes the stage tonight

Electo: If neither of the above are your taste, perhaps some electronic in the form of Odesza at The Vogue is for you tonight

VanMarket_2015-11-27, 19 41 28Market: The 6th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market continues the festive fun at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Lights: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park lights  the canyon with thousands of lights illuminating the bridge and park.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return home to Rogers arena to host the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, Boston Bruins on Saturday night and Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre is loading the Season with festival theatre for the whole family; A Christmas Story: The MusicalIt’s a Wonderful Life and Peter and The Starcatcher are all on stage

Circus:  Cirque du Soleil Kooza continues until December 27th under the Grande Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place,

Tribute: Take a musical trip back in time at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver when Night Fever and Abbamania pay tribute to The BeeGees and Abba on Friday night.

Fly: Follow Santa on his journey from work shop to the sky at Fly Over Canada until January 5th

Handmade: This weekend, Make It! Vancouver and the Toque Craft Fair are just a couple of Vancouver’s Christmas markets bringing handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts to market.

SantaParadeParade: The 12th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade brings thousands to the streets of downtown Vancouver for the parade starting at 1pm on Sunday

Menorah: Also on Sunday, celebrate the first night of Chanukah at Vancouver Art Gallery, with the lighting of Canada’s tallest menorah.

Picks Of The Week – May 28, 2014

Wrapping up the month of May means we’re just 3 weeks until the official start of summer but why wait, get out and have some summer fun early.

HipHop: Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of, is a play that incorporates hiphop, spoken word and multimedia into a dramatic and engaging performance at the Roundhouse Performance Theatre until May 31.

Oz: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as the multi-award winning Wicked runs until June 29

Hello: It’s him you’re looking for…Lionel Richie with guest CeeLo Green brings the fun all night long to Rogers Arena on Thursday evening

Gig: The Imperial on Main Street welcomes alt-rocker Pete Yorn to the intimate room on Thursday May 29th.

Lady: Thursday night’s edition of Liberace at Celebrities features a Lady Gaga Drag Competition

Circus:  You may not be able to run away and join the circus but you can watch Cirque du Soleil: Totem as it continues under the Grand Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place.

Comedy: Sometimes controversial funny-man Tracey Morgan brings laughter to The Commodore Ballroom on Friday evening.

Pop:  Lady Gaga brings her PopArt tour to Vancouver on Friday night for a show at Rogers Arena

Heaven: Head upstairs to Heaven’s Door for another fun Saturday edition of monroe. this week hosted by Jane Smoker with Domtop spinning tunes.