Kick off Pride Season with The Lady In Red Ball

The Vancouver Pride season is almost upon us, to kick-off the festivities the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is hosting the first Lady In Red Ball, on July 27th.

Benefitting the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation, the inaugural Lady In Red Ball will be hosted Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 winner, Kendall Gender.  The host will also delight attendees with a special performance with Vancouver’s drag troupe, The Brat Pack.  Taking place at The Roof (15th Floor) of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, guests will relive the heydays of the dinner & dances of the famed hot spot, the Panorama Roof.   Instead of the Dal Richards Orchestra performances of old, additional entertainment will come as Ballet BC leaps to the floor showcasing a specially choreographed work celebrating Pride.   Vancouver country music artist Patrick Masse will perform live, and a DJ will keep the party going into the evening.  Perhaps the Hotel Vancouver’s infamous ghost of the lady in red will also make an appearance to dance the night way?

Guests will find light reception fare at food stations around The Roof, tickets also include three beverages from the bar, additional drinks are available for purchase.  Partial proceeds from The Lady In Red Ball support The Dr Peter AIDS Foundation.  The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation raises funds to support innovative health care at the Dr. Peter Centre in Metro Vancouver. The Centre is British Columbia’s only HIV/AIDS Day Health Program and 24-hour specialized nursing care Residence.

The Lady In Red Ball takes place from 7pm – 10pm on July 27, 2018. Guests must be 19+years of age to attend. Tickets are just $99 per person and available for purchase online at Eventbrite (fees extra)

Picks of the Week – April 26, 2017

While the rain keep piling up, let’s see what fun we can find in the picks of the week to take our minds off of it.

Taste: Explore the flavours of the North Shore on Tasting Plates North Van Edition tonight

Folk: British folk singer/songwriter Laura Marling takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre on Wednesday night.

Rock: Fan faves, Jimmy Eat World return to Vancouver with a Wednesday night show at the Commodore Ballroom

Laughs: There’s still another week to enjoy the laughs and tales of the Arts Club Granville Stage Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty

Drama: The new work, The Piano Teacher is on the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until May 14th.

Icon: The incomparable Jackson Browne brings his legendary catalogue to the stage at Vancouver Centre for Performing Arts

Indie: The Brits are back in town as Bastille take the stage at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC

Drag: Carlotta Gurl gets glam with Mina Mercury, Mandy Kamp and others at Sissy Boy: Glam Babes on Friday night at The Odyssey

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Free: This Saturday take part in a free-open rehearsal for the upcoming show MONSTERS at The Dance Centre

Improv: The improv pros Vancouver Theatresports League take on HBO’s Westworld with Western World

Blooms:  The Abbotsford Tulip Festival  brings explosions of colour to the Fraser Valley until May 20th

Photos: The 4th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring lens based art to all corners of the city until the end of this month

Picks of the Week – February 8, 2017

After the Winter we’ve been having, a long weekend is just what we need. Let’s find some entertainment for the picks of the week

Giddy Up:  You can’t miss the White Big Top home to Odysseo by Cavalia at Olympic Village until February 26

Kicks: Step out to Broadway Across Canada’s presentation of Kinky Boots, playing the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until February 12th.

Stage: The Gateway Theatre in Richmond presentation of You Will Remember Me closes this weekend, February 11.

Country: American singer/songwriter, Dierks Bentley brings his down home, country style to Rogers Arena on Thursday night

Undersea: Go under the sea for adventures with The Little Mermaid on at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, until Feb18

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 continues with the Semi-Final hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Sip: In celebration of the sesquicentennial, Canada is the theme country for this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival runs Feb 11 – 19 at Vancouver Convention Centre

Theatre: William Faulkner’s southern gothic novel plays out in the Arts Club “As I Lay Dying” at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 12th

Tea: Spill the Tea with Tati and be thoroughly entertained at XY YVR on Sunday night with RPDR alumna Tatianna

Picks of the Week – February 1, 2017

How is it already February!? It was only just the Holidays!
While the Lunar New Year is currently in full swing, there are many other events to keep us occupied in the picks of the week…

Ride: There’s no horsing around as Odysseo by Cavalia rides its way into the White Big Top at Olympic Village until February 26

Rock: Tonight, Canadian rockers The Arkells play the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena at UBC

Pop: If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, it will be a treat to see Sting play the Commodore Ballroom tonight

Push: The 2017 PuSh Festival continues to bring international cutting edge performing arts from around the globe to venues around the city.

Stage: Opening February 2nd, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond presents You Will Remember Me until February 11.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks play a pair of games at Rogers Arena this week; Thursday night against San Jose and Saturday against Minnesota

Undersea: Dive into the world of The Little Mermaid opening Friday Feb 3 at Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, on until Feb18

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 continues with round 3 hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Theatre: William Faulkner’s southern gothic novel plays out in the Arts Club “As I Lay Dying” at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 12th

Dine: The tastiest festival of the year; Dine Out Vancouver Festival gets underway Friday, offering hundreds of events and restaurants participating in the set-price menu options, until February 5th

Kicks: Cheer on the Canadian Senior Women’s Soccer Team as they play host to Mexico on Saturday afternoon at BC Place

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

Picks of the Week – August 24, 2016

As we reach the final stretch of the summer holidays, the city’s filled with activities and entertainment to make that final lead up to Labour Day long weekend.

tastingplates_WEEat: Tonight, take a flavourful tour around the West End, with Tasting Plates West End edition.

Docs: Enjoy a free DOXA Summer Screening of the Festival fave “Pistol Shrimps” tonight at Robson Square.

Duo: Tonight Rogers Arena welcomes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas’s Future Now: The Tour with opening act Mike Posner to the stage

Indie: You won’t get mad when you catch American pop / soul group Fitz and The Tantrums onstage at the Vogue Theatre tonight.

Movie: Take a gamble on Casino Royale, the Wednesday night outdoor movie at Lansdowne Centre Starlight Cinema, watch from your car, drive-in style, or bring a lawn chair and watch al fresco

Ivories: Drink, Sing, Laugh at XYYVR with Keys Piano Bar & Live Showtunes on Wednesday night

Hollaback: Thursday at Rogers Arena, Gwen Stefani brings her This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour to Vancouver

Broadway: Come say Hello as Broadway Across Canada presents the Book of Mormon at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until September 4th.

Bamboleo: The famed French act Gipsy Kings bring their energetic latin pop music to the Vogue Theatre on Friday night.

Tops: From Toronto to Vancouver for one night only SkankTop XYYVR Edition brings DJs SPRLVR and Michael K to the turntables for a Friday night of drink specials, dancing and tank tops galore

Games: Saturday night is the opening ceremony of the inaugural Americas Masters Games, the Vancouver games welcome Masters (30 years +) athletes from all around the Americas to compete until September 4th

Fair:  The Fair at The PNE packs Hastings Park with entertainment all day and into the night with Summer Night Concerts nightly until September 5th.

Fight: Saturday night is Fight Night as UFC returns to Vancouver for a bout in the octogon at Rogers Arena.

ONYX: XYYVR’s signature night, ONYX, has DJ Dom Top and Teayana providing your Saturday night entertainment.

WildBoys: Sunday night, Duran Duran brings their Paper Gods tour to Rogers Arena with opening act Chic with Niles Rogers.

Drag: Sunday night, Katy Hairy presents StickyNSweet Drag Show at Displace Hashery in Kits featuring a plethora of Vancouver’s best performers

Picks of the Week – August 10, 2016

Since this summer’s weather isn’t really cooperating to make us feel the heat, it may be a perfect time to head in to catch a movie at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The VQFF plus more highlight the picks of the week:

Movie: You’ll be seeing yellow for Wednesday movie night at Lansdowne Centre Starlight Cinema, park your car for an old-fashioned drive-in style evening or bring a lawn chair to watch Minions.

Bingo: It’s a steal when violent vixens Carlotta Gurl and Mina Mercury pay tribute to Suicide Squad with Suicide Bingo: Good Gurls Gone Bad, Wednesday at Celebrities.

Ivories: Tonight, Drink, Sing, Laugh at XYYVR with Keys Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

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VQFF Centrepiece Film: Strike a Post

Fest: The 28th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the city’s second largest film festival and brings over 80 films to the screen starting tomorrow August 11th until August 20th

RobButterfieldepCoverSession: the second Light Organ Records Railtown Session takes place Friday, highlighting local artist Andy Bishop

Kicks: Vancouver Whitecaps return to BC Place with some new players and a hope to return to winning ways when they host San Jose on Friday

Snow: Swedish indie-pop trio Miike Snow play The Orpheum Theatre on Friday evening.

Stars:  Now held over until August 27th, Theatre Under The Stars presents West Side Story and Beauty and The Beast at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

Pride: Saturday the New West Pride Columbia Street Party fills the street with Drag and Carnival entertainment, Beer Gardens, Food Trucks and more from 3 – 8pm on Columbia Street.

Party: Follow up the street party with a drag Extravaganza Eleganza at The Columbia, a kitchy, adult night of entertainment, with the Pride After Partyto wrap up the night

Roar: Let your Lions pride show when the BC Lions take on Hamilton Ti-cats on Saturday evening.

Improv: The Vancouver TheatreSports League summer line-up includes their tribute to blockbusters The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie, and starting this week the all-female cast of Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies, Explosive Comedy joins the roster

Bard: The 2016 season of Bard on the Beach is well underway in Vanier Park with Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor running in the BMO Main Stage with Pericles and Othello on the Howard Family Stage.