The Shipment Opens The Firehall Arts Centre Season.

The Firehall Arts Centre launches its 37th anniversary season with SpeakEasy Theatre’s powerful and provocative comedy, The Shipment, opening Wednesday, September 25th. 

The Shipment is written by award-winning Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee.  The play is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media. Five Black actors – Andrew Creightney, Chris Francisque, Omari Newton, Adrian Neblett, and Kiomi Pyke – play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.

Speakeasy Theatre Company – The Shipment
photo: Jens Kristian Balle

“Young Jean Lee is one of America’s most fearless and exciting playwrights,” says Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer. “In her writing, she is not afraid to tackle difficult subject matter and does so with humour and intelligence. When SpeakEasy Theatre first produced The Shipment, I was privileged to sit in a sold-out performance and watch the audience shift in their seats, uncomfortably, and then laugh out loud a few moments later. The work engaged them and made them consider. I am proud to share this playwright’s work and this talented company of artists with Firehall audiences.”

The original production received five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations and a Best Actor win for Omari Newton, The Shipment is biting satire at its very best, and is set to shake up your perceptions of the subject matter.  The Shipment runs September 25 to October 5, 2019 at The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street. Tickets are available online at

CONTEST – This contest is now closed…thank you for entering.

The kind folks at Firehall Arts Centre want you to witness this cutting-edge comedy for yourself, so they are giving a lucky reader a pair of tickets to to join us on Opening Night of The Shipment on September 25th at 7:30pm 

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Follow @jminter and Tweet the Following & Tag a Theatre Buddy (1 entry) :

#CONTEST RT to #Win a pair of tickets to @FirehallArtsCte season opening production of #TheShipment from @SETheatreCo via @jminter #giveaway #prize #Theatre

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, September 16, 2019. 
One winner will be chosen at random. 

Speakeasy Theatre Company – The Shipment photo: Ryan McDonald

Raise a Beer at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest

With summer still in full swing, it’s hard to start thinking about autumn but it will be here before we know it. Why not have something to look forward to, besides grey, wet weather? 

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest tickets are on sale now.  If you can’t make it to Germany, you can celebrate with #DasOriginal Oktoberfest right here in Vancouver.

For over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been hosting the city’s #DasOriginal Oktoberfest celebration.  Festivities take over the club for three consecutive weekends in October, Friday, October 4th, and Saturday, October 5th, Friday, October 11th, and Saturday, October 12th, plus Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Live music from The Continentals will encourage guests to kick up their heels and take a spin on the dancefloor. Get inspiration for your footwork and spins from Vancouver’s very own Schuhplattler dance group the “Alpen Plattlers”. 

New this year, Vancouver Alpen Club has also created a lunch and a dinner event, on October 25, designed to give corporate groups, team gatherings and business partners the chance to experience a real Oktoberfest atmosphere, paired with great networking opportunities. Inquiries about special group rates and to order tickets for this October 25th event can be emailed to If October 25th doesn’t work, Vancouver Alpen Club will also entertain email requests for alternate dates for corporate/group Oktoberfest events.

Traditional Bavarian cuisine is loaded on plates while mugs are filled with German ale.  To bring centuries of brewing history to the kegs, Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ visitors each day.


Tickets for the three Oktoberfest weekends at Vancouver Alpen Club are on sale now online at

Vancouver Alpen Club is kindly giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the Friday October 4th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including one food & beer voucher per person to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter the contest: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an Oktoberfest Buddy (1 entry) :

#CONTEST RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter #giveaway #dasoriginal

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Friday, August 30, 2019. 
One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

CONTEST: Swing your sweetheart at Vancouver Alpen Club’s February 9th Valentine’s Dance

Start your Valentine’s week by celebrating with the Vancouver Alpen Club’s Valentine’s Dance on February 9th.

The Vancouver Alpen Club kicks off the season of love with a dance party like only they can produce. Peter Juric & The Continentals, known for Vancouver Alpen Club’s rollicking Oktoberfest will keep you on your toes.

While working up a hunger on the ballroom dance floor partake in some of the comforting food from the Deutsches Haus kitchens, and what would a party at Vancouver Alpen Club be without beer!

You could enjoy the Valentine’s fun for yourself, enter to win a Vancouver Alpen Club Valentine’s Dance Prize Package including: 2 tickets to the dance, plus 2 food and drink voucher. A perfect package for date night!

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would take to the Vancouver Alpen Club Valentine’s Dance (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag your Valentine (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #ValentineDance #prize package via @jminter #contest

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Friday February 8, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access the ballroom dance.

See Comedian Chris Griffin Live

This is your chance to catch one of Canada’s top comedians as JFL NorthWest presents Chris Griffin – the comedian, not the Family Guy cartoon character – in two performances at The Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.

Calgary-born, Vancouver-based Chris Griffin has established himself as one of comedy’s most dynamic storytellers. A story of not letting go of your dreams, after earning double university degrees (BAs in English and Political Science), and pulling himself up from modest beginnings to a comfortable living. At 29, he gambled it all to pursue his lifelong dream of performing stand-up comedy. Within a year, he won his hometown’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, quit his job, sold his house, and hit the road to do what he loves best – drinking, making people laugh, and turning a decade of awful “Family Guy” jokes to his advantage.

His gamble paid off, in 2016, Chris Griffin became the only Canadian comic in over 40 years to reach the finals at the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. That same year, he won top prize at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Competition in Vancouver. He has been featured at JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s Just For Laughs Festival, for three consecutive years and has shared the stage with such notable comedians as Norm Macdonald, Doug Stanhope, and Bert Kreischer.  At this year’s Festival, Griffin was the only local comedian to appear on Ari Shaffir’s infamous “Renamed Storyteller Show”.

Chris Griffin
Photo: Rebecca Blissett

Griffin’s enthusiasm to dive into life’s wildest experiences without any consideration for the consequences has made him a uniquely entertaining storyteller and a favourite at festivals and clubs across Canada and the U.S. To top it off Chris Griffin has also been presented with the 2018 “Rampant Male Shirtlessness Award” at the inaugural JFL NorthWest Comedy’s Awards. Shirt on or off, Chris Griffin has claimed his name in the world of comedy. 

Catch Chris Griffin : “I’m Not Your Family, Guy” live, for two shows, at the Biltmore Cabaret, October 18, 2018.
Tickets are on sale now and available online at for the 7:00pm performance
and for the 9:30pm performance.
Audiences should note that this Biltmore Cabaret show will be a live comedy taping.

JFL Northwest has kindly offered a pair of tickets for a reader to attend Chris Griffin’s 9:30pm performance on October 18th. 

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share the laughs at the Chris Griffin Biltmore Show. (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an comedy buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win a pair of tix to @jflnorthwest Chris Griffin stand-up show October 18 at @BiltmoreCabaret via @jminter #contest #comedy #stand-up

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, September 24, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; The Biltmore Cabaret will require photo ID to access the show. 

Wing It with Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge

The Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge is back for its 2018 edition with more tasty and creative chicken dishes.

From June 21st to July 15, 2018, Vancouver Foodster has challenged restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best Chicken Wings.  get out and try any or all of the unique Chicken Wing dishes prepared by the participating restaurants.

The restaurants have entered their favourite Chicken Wings from their menu or have come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge dish. The chef’s entries may range from simple to elaborate, feature unique and innovative ingredients, they may be breaded or naked; saucy or dry seasoned; baked or fried.

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, Joyce Lam @VanFoodies and Sherman Chan @ShermansFoodAdv ) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Chicken Wings.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice  Chicken Wings creation at . On social media, tag your chicken wings experiences #ChickenWingsChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Chicken Wings Challenge.
The 2018 participating restaurants are;


Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street

U & I Thai, 3364 Cambie Street 


U & I Thai, 33261 1st Ave 


U & I Thai, 3757 South Fraser Way


Ban Chok Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

For more details on the Chicken Wings Challenge restaurants and dishes, visit .

Where to watch FIFA World Cup in Vancouver.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is just around the corner, are you ready to throw on a jersey and wave the flag of your favourite team?

If you can’t be at the big match, the next best way to watch beautiful game is down the pub or club with your fellow supporters over beers and grub. In a multicultural city like Vancouver it’s easy to find a like-minded group of supporters gathering to cheer on the same country.

Restaurants, pubs and social clubs are the usual go to spots to watch but with many time zones between Vancouver and Russia’s stadiums (mostly in the European side of the country), the matches air early morning local time.  The time difference means many establishments will need to open early to make the most of the matches.

A few of the prime spots to view World Cup Russia 2018 are;

Red Card Sports Bar: 560 Smithe – Official Heineken House (even though the Netherlands is not in these World Cup finals)

London Pub: 700 Main Street – Official England House

Croatian Cultural Centre: opening Croatia matched coincide with Croatian Days Festival

The Pint: 455 Abbott Street – open for Brazil, Mexico & Germany matches.

Malone’s: 608 West Pender Street – open early for most matches

Dunn’s Famous: 827 Seymour – most matches

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse: English Bay & Coquitlam – Brazil matches.

Portuguese Club of Vancouver: 1144 Commercial Drive – Portuguese matches

Vancouver Alpen Club: 4875 Victoria Drive – German matches

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a VIP viewing package for two at the Vancouver Alpen Club June 17th for Germany’s opening match against Mexico at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. For contest details click here

Contest: Watch Germany Defend World Cup Title at Vancouver Alpen Club

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 begins June 14th, kicking off a month of the beautiful game, with defending champion Germany gunning for their fifth title. 

Over 31 days, millions of fans will witness 32 teams, 64 matches over 12 venues in 11 cities. Both Iceland and Panama are making their debut while 20 teams are returning to the world cup finals including defending champions, Germany.

To help celebrate the excitement of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Vancouver Alpen Club is opening early for all the Germany matches in Russia.  Local German fans will gather to watch the live broadcasts on the big screen in the ballroom.  DJ Dean will help keep the crowd entertained in match breaks and sponsor, Erdinger, will be giving away a team jersey each match.


General admission tickets are just $5; and a limited number of VIP seats will be available each match for $30 including premium front row seating, food specials and a beer, as well as an Erdinger special edition soccer glass.  

Vancouver Alpen Club, the best spot to watch German matches, is offering a lucky reader, a pair of VIP viewing tickets to Germany’s opening match versus Mexico on June 17th, at 8am (doors open at 7:30am).

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your World Cup viewing experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag a World Cup Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #WorldCup VIP experience via @jminter #contest #GERvMEX

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, June 11, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access.