Picks of the Week – October 10, 2018

Hope you had your fill of good food and good company over the Thanksgiving weekend, now’s the time to burn off some of those extra calories with exciting entertainment in these picks of the week


Beer: Raise your mug, grab your schnitzel and hit the dancefloor at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club this Friday and Saturday night.

Movies: The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues to fill cinemas around the city until October 12th.

Twisted: At The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, find out what happens when an imaginary friend overstays his welcome, in Mustard, playing until October 20th

Fright: Experience the thrills and chills of the haunted houses, rides and ghouls of Fright Nights at Playland throughout the month.

Pants: Drop your pants on October 11th and support Prostate Cancer Canada, at Pants Off for Prostate Cancer at Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel

Test: At The Cultch York Theatre until October 13th, Testosterone is the true story of trans man Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room.

Theatresports Spooktober

Improv: Grab your ghoulfriends and enjoy a month of eerie laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Spooktober; a selection of themed shows throughout the month

Dub: Friday night join the legendary reggae/jungle/dub performer and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System at Commodore Ballroom

Country: Saturday dust off your boots and join American Idol judge Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour with guests, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and DJ Rock

A Vancouver Guldasta

Diwali: A Vancouver Guldasta peaks inside the home of the Dhaliwals —a Punjabi family in Vancouver as they deal with events at home and abroad in Punjab, in the early 1980s. Presented with Diwali in BC at The Cultch Culture Lab until October 21th.

Lights: In addition to Vancouver Guldasta, check out the other events included in Diwali in BC

Krapps Last Tape starring Linden Banks

Beckett: Seven Tyrants Theatre brings Samuel Beckett’s absurdist one-man masterpiece: Krapp’s Last Tape, to Tyrant Studio until October 26th

Humans: A Brief History of Human Extinction runs October 10 – 20 at The Cultch Historic Theatre, taking a look as the last couple, plus otter, on earth prepare to take off on a space arc to save humanity


The Fratellis kicked off North American Tour

The Fratellis – Commodore Ballroom – April 26, 2018

Scottish act, The Fratellis flew into Vancouver to kick off their North American tour supporting their latest release, In Your Own Sweet Time. The fifth full length album by the Fratelli trio, brings an alt-country sound to the stage with a relaxed twang mixed with a Scottish burr.

The Commodore Ballroom was filled with a mix of fans from near and far as the opening act, Brighton’s Blood Red Shoes, warmed up the room.  The headliners made their way to the stage the audience was ready to hang on their every note.   Most Vancouver Canucks fans may have a distaste for the Scottish act responsible for the dreaded Chicago Blackhawks goal song, but they’re music is much more than the pop/punk sound of Chelsea Dagger, taken from their first release.

Jon Fratelli

Not ones for a lot of chatter, other than the odd greeting from lead singer/guitar Jon Fratelli, and a laugh at their jetleg caused gaffs.  The band lets the music speak for them, plugging away with song after song from their five albums, for the 90 minute set.  The Commodore fans were left satisfied with the return of The Fratellis and their first taste of what audiences around North America will experience in the month to come.

The Fratellis In Your Own Sweet Time Tour continues with dates around Canada and the US until wrapping May 22nd in Atlanta.

Canada Sevens – After Hours

In just over a week, the 2nd annual Canada Sevens men’s tournament kicks off at BC Place. The line up of evening entertainment for the March 11 & 12 Rugby tournament is sure to make the weekend is filled with excitement from morning to late night.

Saturday March 11th : The Prop House After Party 
If you’re looking to continue the fun after Saturday’s matches, head to The Prop House After Party at the Commodore Ballroom. Presented by The Social Concierge the official after party is a throwback to the best of 90’s Video Dance Parties.  Bring your Fancy Dress gang or find your best Electric Circus style to dance the night away.
Prop House After Party opens at 7pm March 11th at Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $25 online

Sunday March 12th : HSBC Canada Sevens Player’s Party
Close out the Canada Sevens Weekend at Central City Brew Pub across from BC Place with the first Player’s Party. Canadian Men’s 7s Team players will join the party to sign autographs and enjoy the fun with fans in what will hopefully be a celebration of their success at the Tournament.  Proceeds from the Players Party and live auction support the sevens legacy fun.
HSBC Canada Sevens Player’s Party starts at 7:30pm March 12th at Central City Brew Pub  Tickets are online for $125


Picks of the Week – May 11, 2016

May is turning into a hot one, both weatherwise and with what’s on in the picks of the week

Play: The drama Ithaka continues at the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive this week May 10-14th

Whitecaps_2016-04-27, 19 16 22Balls: The Whitecaps are on the pitch at BC Place tonight against Chicago Fire

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

Drag: East Meets West on Wednesdays, when The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron & Davie Village legend Carlotta Gurl join forces at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show

Dance: Ballet BC debuts its latest 30th Anniversary program with a trio of performances each night this week, May 12, 13 & 14 f

Docs: DOXA Documentary Film Festival and it’s line up of world class documentaries continues through the weekend around the city.

Pack: Thursdays The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric bring their naughtiness to XY with DJ Nick Bertossi

Bye: Friday at XY YVR, say see-ya-later to the week with hosts Berlin & Alma Bitches at Bye Felicia 

Rides: Playland is open for weekends until June 16 then daily until August 19, when the PNE begins.

Pop: See if she really can’t keep her hands to herself, when Selena Gomez plays Rogers Arena on Saturday night

Singer: Join Lights at the Vogue Theatre when she takes the stage on Saturday night

Rock: At the Commodore Ballroom, local fave Daniel Wesley takes the stage Saturday night

Onyx: Dynamic duo Raye Sunshine and DJ Nick Bertossi keep your Saturday shaking at XY YVR – ONYX

Punk:  Recently reformed Violent Femmes brings their iconic punk sounds to the Commodore on Sunday night

Idol: YouTube and American Idol alum Tori Kelly brings her guitar and takes the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday



The Sheepdogs take it on the road

The Sheepdogs – Commodore Ballroom – February 18, 2016

thumb_IMG_3397_1024Saskatoon based, The Sheepdogs filled The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver for two nights last week. The Juno award winning group brings an old fashioned, down home rock and roll sound with universal appeal. Judging from a wildly enthusiastic audience, singing and dancing with fists in the air the act clearly knows what their fans are seeking. thumb_IMG_3411_1024Like the classic rock acts of decades ago, the raw, no-frills sound of The Sheepdogs keeps their show an energetic thrill ride from start to finish.


thumb_IMG_3411_1024Touring in support of their newly released album, Future Nostalgia, The Sheepdogs sold out two back to back nights at The Commodore Ballroom and continue on the road throughout the spring, playing across Canada and Europe.

Picks of the Week – May 6, 2015

Here we are, the start of May! Summer is just around the corner and signs of the season are popping up all over, take a look at what’s happening in the picks of the week;

Docs: The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival wraps up this Sunday closing out 11 days of documentary films with the Closing Night film; Iris

Rock: 90’s rockers Sleater-Kinney set the stage on fire at the Commodore on Wednesday night.

Dance: Ballet BC’s newest work RITE comes to the stage May 7-9 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Icon: The legendary Neil Diamond is sure to have everyone singing along when he fills Rogers Arena on Thursday

Cabaret: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society presents The Scarlet Queen of Mercy, continuing at The Russian Hall until May 24th

Electronic: Spend an evening with ground breaking new age artist Howard Jones at The Biltmore Cabaret on Friday night.

Kicks: Whitecaps FC have a double bill on Saturday afternoon with the Caps Alumni playing before the senior team takes on Philadelphia Union at 4pm.

Retro: Canadian rock icons, April Wine bring their vast catalogue of tunes to the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting the Tony award winning musical “In The Heights” until June 7th

Gig: To wrap up the weekend, Irish quartet Kodaline play the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday night

Drag: The 4th Annual Mr or Ms Cobalt Drag Competition continues Sunday with Round 2 on Sunday night at The Cobalt


Arkells kick off 2015 Canadian Tour

Arkells_IMG_5580Hamilton, Ontario’s Arkells kicked off their latest cross-Canada tour this weekend with sold out shows in Vancouver and Victoria.  Starting off the tour at the Commodore Ballroom, the band had the audience putting the famed sprung dance floor to work bouncing to the quintets pop infused rock.

Touring in support of their 2014 release, High Noon, Max Kerman, Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford & Anthony Carone kept the energy sky high from the first note of their set.  The mostly college-age crowd had clearly been waiting for the moment to release their boundless energy.  Even when not prompted by lead singer, Kerman, most of the fans were enthusiastically singing along creating an infectious atmosphere for the Canadian band.

Lead Singer Max Kerman
Lead Singer Max Kerman

Find the Arkells on the road through the end of March or on Twitter & Instagram @ArkellsMusic