Vancouver Christmas Market Returns

In just under a month, the 8th annual Vancouver Christmas Market is set to return to Jack Poole Plaza for the second year.

From November 22 – December 24, 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market takes over the 55,000 square feet square creating the largest, authentic German festivities to date. The Vancouver holiday tradition will entertain the whole family with more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, festive activities and live entertainment. Last year, the Christmas Market drew a record number of visitors as more than 215,000 walked through the gates.

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Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

“We are delighted to return to Jack Poole Plaza again this season, warmly welcoming new and returning visitors to partake in our wide array of Christmas festivities, while discovering a number of exciting new activities and expanded highlights,” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “As we move into our 8th season, and continue to grow in popularity, we are also pleased to unveil our revitalized logo and updated website, developed to help guests easily plan their visit. Whether shopping the market for that special, one-of-kind gift or indulging in the mouth-watering array of German delicacies, we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces during the most wonderful time of the year!”

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Meeting Santa

Highlights of this year’s expanded festivities include;
– Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree: a 30ft tall tree covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter to experience a spectacular – and selfie-worthy light display.
– The Christmas Pyramid returns, this year even taller than last with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10ft high above the market.
– The Flying Stage plays host to a lively line-up of festive musical entertainment daily.

While visitors have come to cherish the Vancouver Christmas Market’s signature savouries, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Strudels, and more.
New local vendors will bring the best of BC food and drink including fresh sustainable seafood from Eat F.I.S.H., made-from-scratch Sicilian cannoli by the Cannoli King, award-winning German style wine from Wild Goose Winery, and organic beer made from local ingredients by Persephone Brewing Co.

In addition to the Old World delights, entertainment, and other returning family favourites like the Christmas Carousel and Alpine Haus tent, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, seeking hand crafted gifts and treasures to slip under the Christmas Tree this holiday season.

The Vancouver Christmas Market opens daily from November 22nd until Christmas Eve. Full vendor line-up, information and tickets are available online at vancouverchristmasmarket.com

BC Home + Garden Show 2017 opens tomorrow

With just a month to go before spring arrives, now is the time to start planning your projects at the 2017 BC Home + Garden Show. Opening tomorrow, through February 26, 2017, at BC Place Stadium the 46th annual show fills the stadium with everything to give you fresh ideas for the coming year.

With real estate being so much at the forefront and such a big part of household budgets, people are spending more time at home and doing more to increase their home’s value.   Top home improvement celebrity experts, gardeners and award-winning chefs will be on hand to share their knowledge with the public. DIY, cooking demos and hands-on classes for crafts, gardening and other projects take place throughout the 5-day show.

The main stage welcomes HGTV personalities; Bryan Baeumler of Bryan Inc, Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt from Home To Win and Mike Holmes Jr of Holmes + Holmes.  Joining them on the main stage, garden experts Brian Minter, Leanne Johnson, Steve Whysall and many more help your green thumb.

The Cooking stage welcomes guests from Fable Kitchen, Odd Society Spirits, Mission Kits, Virtuous Pie, Big Rock Brewery and The Juice Truck all on hand to share ideas and aspirations for your kitchen.

Throughout the show floor, visitors will find other inspirations and be able to get advice at the featured; FloForm Lounge, Container Laneway Home by Honomobo, BC Hydro Smart Home and garden displays throughout BC Place.

It’s not all just dreaming either, take home some arts and crafts by making them yourself in the hands-on Workshops or shop from the M(ART)Ket or Portobello West Market .

The BC Home + Garden Show runs February 22 – 26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Discounted tickets and details are available online

Picks of the Week – November 23, 2016

While our friends to the South are celebrating their Thanksgiving, we’ll be swiftly dragged into the Holiday season with a festival feeling picks of the week

tastingplate_chinatown_2016_x250Taste: Tonight, explore the flavours of Chinatown on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Chinatown

Solo: Tonight at Venue, Nick Carter sheds his Backstreet Boys and goes solo with support from Dan Talevski and The New Electric

Rock: Toronto’s July Talk perform two shows at the Commodore Ballroom this week, tonight then again on Friday.

Comedy: Vancouver’s fave sketch comedy duo The Ryan And Amy Show plays the second of this week’s two live showsThursday evening at XYYVR.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company brings the hilarious Avenue Q back to the Granville Island Stage until December 31st while previews of The Day Before Christmas begins on the Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre

Folk: Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent Morrow performs at the Commodore Ballroom

Queen: Will the Christmas Queen find herself a beau? Found out if her suitors can melt the mean, cold heart of Vancouver Theatresports League’s Christmas Queen  

Lights: Friday night lights up when Enchant, the worlds largest Christmas light maze and market illuminates the shores of False Creek (near Olympic Village)

Trio: Spend Friday night with Daughter when the English band take to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Divas: Friday night is a drag when Sienna Blaze’s Divas with Mandy Kamp and Milan take over The Junction

Market: The Vancouver Christmas Market moves into its new location at Jack Poole Plaza starting Saturday

dunbarcraftfairCraft: The long-running Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair fills Dunbar Community Centre with Arts and Crafts on Saturday afternoon

Celtic: Saturday night, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present a Celtic Family Christmas show at The Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver

Express: The Vogue Theatre hosts the wrap up of Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express 2016 tour on Saturday evening

Garage: Fortune Sound Club has an early show with garage-rockers The Pack A.D. on Saturday evening.

Club: Get your dance on with DJ Quest and Kendall Gender at ONYX XYYVR Saturday

20th Anniversary Eastside Culture Crawl

EastsideCultureCrawl16From November 17 to 20, 2016, the Eastside Culture Crawl invites art lovers to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  East Vancouver comes alive for four-days of visual arts, design, and crafts, filling 78+ open studios, homes, galleries and garages from Columbia Street, to 1st Avenue, to Victoria Drive, and the waterfront. Expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from across Metro Vancouver and beyond, the Crawl introduces visitors to more than 475 participating visual artists in this year’s monumental event.

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Tangible Interaction – Marshmallow Clouds

“This year’s festival represents a remarkable accomplishment; not just for the hundreds of vibrant and creative visual artists who have participated in the Crawl over the past two decades, but for our city as a whole,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director. “For the past 20 years, the Crawl has served as a vital and meaningful intersection between artistic creation and discovery, sparking impactful dialogue and sustaining a passionate engagement in the arts within Vancouver.”

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Richard Retrault – Wall Woodcut

Created in 1997 as a place for artists to gather together, bond, and showcase their work, the Crawl has grown each year, becoming an iconic staple of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.

“This is an opportunity for people to glimpse behind the scenes,” Rausenberg adds. “To witness the creation of new works, understand the inspiration and process behind a piece, and to experience firsthand the methods used to bring works of art to life. Now in its 20th year, the Crawl is a tremendous melding of the resilient and determined artists who have been with us since the beginning, and the youthful and vibrant new artists who shed an exhilarating light on our city’s great future.”

For art fans from across the Pacific Northwest, the Eastside Culture Crawl showcases an ever-expanding selection of determined and inspired painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers, furniture designers, and much more. Featuring the biggest line-up of artists, venues, and events in its decades-long history, the 20th anniversary edition of the Crawl will offer guests an expanded list of insightful juried exhibitions, evocative contemporary films, and engaging artist presentations.

For a full listing of the open venues plus the event listings of featured presentations, installations, and talks visit culturecrawl.ca

Picks of the Week : November 18, 2015

Tick Tick, the clock it moving ever closer to the Holiday Season as we see more festive fun in the picks of the week:

Renegades: Tonight, X Ambassadors play an all-ages show at The Vogue Theatre

Broadway: The award winning ONCE – The Musical runs all week until Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Art: The 19th Annual East Side Cultural Crawl throws open the doors on over 450 artists’ studios all around the east side for Nov 19 – 22

Comedy: Host Gerry Dee brings comic relief to start your weekend when Just For Laughs Comedy Tour hits The Vogue Theatre on Friday

Local: Vancouver based electronic-rock act Dear Rouge plays Commodore Ballroom on Friday night

Folk: Coming up the highway from Portland, Blitzen Trapper will fill the Biltmore Cabaret for their country/folk fans on Friday night

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

Solo: There’s just a few more days to catch Once Upon A Time star Beverley Elliott in her terrific autopbiographical one-woman show “…didn’t see that coming” at Gateway Theatre, closing Nov 21

Candy: Yaletown’s annual kick off to Christmas, CandyTown takes over Mainland Street between Davie & Nelson with free winter fun for everyone

Markets: Get your Christmas shopping started at a few of the Christmas markets opening this weekend. The 6th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market opens on Saturday, Christmas at Hycroft runs Nov 19-22 & Blim Holiday Market is Nov 22nd.

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks return from the road for a home game at Rogers Arena versus Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday

Indie:  New York’s Yo Lo Tengo bring their indie rock to The Vogue Theatre on Saturday night

XY: Blow off the week’s stresses when DJ Quest & hot gogo boys provide distraction at ONYX on XY Saturday

Musical:  The Arts Club Theatre’s A Christmas Story: The Musical brings you a nostalgia and entertaining evening at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until December 27th

Improv: Throwback Theatresports a improv celebration of the 80s runs until Sunday at Vancouver Theatresports League, Friday and Saturday stick around later for Improv After Dark

Twelve 2015 Christmas Craft Markets

The Holidays are speeding towards us and with that, comes the busy shopping season.  Why not avoid the frustration of the malls, experience one of the fun and festival Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Check out these Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 11th – 15th – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $12

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays in November and December – the 3rd edition, finds an expanded number of days filled with craft shopping at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Christmas-at-HycroftChristmas at Hycroft : November 19th – 22rd – The Edwardian spendour of Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – The popular Market returns to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for a sixth season. Admission $8 (includes season pass)

Blim Holiday Market : November 22nd – Heritage Hall on Main Street has 50 artisans, jewellers, bakers and other vendors. Admission by donation

Dunbar-poster-2015Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 33rd edition, on November 28th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $3 at door / $2 online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 28th – The 5th Annual Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre – Admission $2

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 28th & 29th – The 9th annual market fills Creekside Community Centre with live music and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2

Make It! The Handmade Revolution : December 3rd – 6th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $7

Toque 2015 : December 4th – 6th – The popular Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has added a day for you to show you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs while getting your holiday shopping. Admission by donation

VanWinterWonderland15Vancouver Winter Wonderland : December 11th – 20th – A new 10 day Holiday festival takes over PNE Forum with entertainment, crafts, food and family holiday fun. Admission $5

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 12th – 13th – The Pipe Shop Building is the new space for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together for the two day sale. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online

Field Camp at Pandora Park, Vancouver

FieldCampFor one night only this weekend, Pandora Park, in Vancouver’s Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood, will host a unique camping experience. Field Camp: An Imagined Wilderness is an evening of activities; songs, stories, crafts, films and a wrap an night of sleeping under the stars.
Inspired by the Czech tradition of tramping, a century old activity of a group taking over a wilderness area, setting up camp, and sleeping under the open air as a means to grow and celebrate friendship and community.  Field Camp is a result of the Dance Troupe Practice Residency in the City of Vancouver’s Field House Artist Studio program, and organized in collaboration with Klasika, musician Barbra Adler’s upcoming musical itself inspired by tramping.

Saturday August 22nd, Field Camp: An Imagined Wilderness invites you to come dressed as your fantasy outdoor explorer, bring a potluck items to share, some old clothes for the clothes swap, and some denim for crafting.  For those ready to face the elements all night, bring camp gear to help make Pandora Park into an urban campground. Then Sunday morning, pack everything out to leave no trace behind.