Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.

Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

VIFF 2017 kicks off September 28

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) returns to screens around the city from September 28 – October 3, 2017.

For over 35 years, VIFF has brought us hundreds of films from around the world and this year continues to build on that legacy.  Screening international films from over 70 countries, alongside Canadian and BC films VIFF is amongst the top five film festivals in North America.  Keeping up with the times, VIFF restructured last year to showcase new media and include interactive experiences, talks, sessions and other events.
VIFF LIVE is live music, showcasing established and emerging BC artists as well as live score presentations of selected films.
Creator Talks bring the audience face to face for a glimpse behind the scenes with those who create the magic on screen.
Virtual Reality Day transports viewers into the new world of VR and AR.
Buffer Festival collaborates with VIFF for a full day for those who are or want to be YouTube Creators.

Not to be forgotten the array of films presented by VIFF bring the globe to Vancouver.

The 2017 VIFF programming includes the following categories:

Panorama – The world’s boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year’s most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.

Sea to Sky – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.

True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.

Next – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.

Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia’s most adventurous artists.

M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that’s enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.

ALT – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits

VIFF opens September 28 and continues until October 3, 2017.
Memberships, festival passes and single tickets are available now online at viff.org

Bard on the Beach Announces its 2018 Season Line-Up

Bard On The Beach
2017 Bard on the Beach continues until Sep 23

While you still have a few weeks left to get your Shakespeare fix at the 2017 season of Bard on the Beach, continuing until September 23, Artistic Director Christopher Gaze has announced the lineup the Festival’s 2018 season, running from June 6 to September 22, 2018. The 29th season of Vancouver’s Shakespeare festival will include two audience favourites, a provocative reimagining of a rarely-produced drama, as well as a Greek classic, adapted to add a local, contemporary twist.

 The BMO Mainstage hosts an exciting new production of As You Like Itset in Vancouver and filled with Beatles music; on alternate nights a classical production of Shakespeare’s epic drama Macbeth. Across the Bard Village at Vanier Park two new productions will be featured on the Howard Family Stage: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, redefined with a female-dominated cast, and a Bard-commissioned new adaptation of Lysistrata.

The overviews of the 2018 Bard on the Beach productions are:

As You Like It – It’s the 1960s, and free spirits are escaping from Vancouver to get “back to the land”. This joyful celebration of love features 20 classic Beatles songs from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “All You Need is Love”. You’ll leave the theatre with a song in your heart and a belief in our shared humanity! Directed by Daryl Cloran, who helmed Bard’s 2015 hit musical production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Macbeth – On a blasted heath in medieval Scotland, three women tell a General that he is fated to be the King of Scotland. The image takes hold in his mind, and so begins a chain of events that leads to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Shakespeare’s great study of power and corruption is both terrifying and sublime – and has never been more relevant. Starring leading Canadian actors Ben Carlson and Moya O’Connell and directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham.

Timon of Athens – Colleen Wheeler stars as Timon, leading an outstanding ensemble of actors in Shakespeare’s exploration of power and greed. A parable for our times, the story is a powerful indictment of capitalism and nihilism. Meg Roe (The Tempest, 2014) directs a production that invites us to think about our place in a shallow world, and to look beyond the wealth of the pocketbook towards the wealth of the heart.

Lysistrata – It is 2018. An environmental threat hangs over Vancouver’s coastline. A company of actors respond by staging Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ outrageous comedic story of the first-ever female strike. First staged in 411 BC, this brand-new adaptation is a glorious, bawdy romp that investigates how humour and art can take their place in the political arena. Directed by Lois Anderson, whose Pericles for Bard in 2016 won her a Jessie Award for Outstanding Direction (Large Theatre).

Season tickets for the 2018 Season of Bard on the Beach are on sale now, with individual tickets and other packages going on sale later in the year.
Visit bardonthebeach.org to purchase or for updates on tickets.

Fringe Festival 2017 Brings Theatre to Everyone

The 2017 edition of Vancouver Fringe Festival gets underway September 7th inviting everyone to partake in 11 days of theatre.  Since 1985, Vancouver Fringe Festival has celebrated theatre of all kinds.

Uniquely, the Fringe Festival employs an everyone is welcome selection process, drawing the mainstage performance out of a hat. All artists from novice performers to veteran theatre companies,  have the chance to participate, and receive 100% of the box-office revenue during the festival.
Mainstage shows centre around Granville Island at the Revue Stage, Performance Works, and Waterfront Theatre. Other shows in the BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) category allow artists to stage their performances in unique and different venues.

With more than 100 performances over the 11 days it can be hard to select your personal program so on the evening prior to opening, join The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All, September 6th at 8pm, a two hour performance featuring fast and furious two minute tasters to whet your appetite and help you choose your picks of the Fest.

More than just theatre, Music is part of Fringe at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar located at Ocean Art Works (outside the Ocean Concrete on Granville Island) offering music performances every night, with no cover.

Vancouver Fringe Festival takes place September 7 – 17, 2017, in various venues around the city.  Explore the Vancouver Fringe Festival guide and book passes and tickets by visiting vancouverfringe.com

 

Celebrate Salmon at Pink Salmon Festival – August 27, 2017

Join the Pacific Salmon Foundation for its fifth biennial Pink Salmon Festival this Sunday, August 27th.

Part of the FraserFest series of events celebrating the Fraser watershed this summer, Pink Salmon Festival happens from 12 noon to 4:00pm in Hadden Park across from the Maritime Museum.

Pink salmon are the most sustainable salmon species, yet are traditionally undervalued by the public.  Canadian Fishing Company (CANFISCO) has donated 2000 pounds of pink salmon and executive chefs Robert Clark of The Fish Counter, Garrett Schack from Vista 18 Restaurant in Victoria and barbeque specialist Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk will create a delicious barbeque for everyone to sample the sustainable salmon.

Barbeque will be available by donation with all proceeds supporting wild salmon conservation in British Columbia.  In addition to the barbeque, Pink Salmon Festival will include music, interactive storytelling, educational displays and plenty of free family-friendly activities.  Also join in the English Bay Paddle, $20 per person but no canoe experience is necessary to join in a unique guided paddle around English Bay with 7-16 others on a 34′ Voyageur canoe.

Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Pink Salmon Festival
When: Sunday August 27, noon until 4pm
Where: Hadden Park
Admission: Free to attend, Barbeque by donations, $20 per person for English Bay Paddle.

Vancouver Queer Film Fest wraps for 2017

Sunday night, the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival came to a close with a Gala party at The Junction following the closing film screening of Handsome Devil at Vancouver Playhouse.

“Our Vancouver Queer Film Festival not only showcased cutting edge queer film, it also gave our audiences all the best feels,” said Executive Director, Stephanie Goodwin. “We laughed. We cried. We got angry. And we loved. We forefronted stories that are underrepresented, yet have the power to transform lives.”

With thousands attending the 70+ films, talks and events spread around the city’s venues over the 11 day festival, there was plenty for the jury and audience to choose from in selecting the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival Awards.

The trio of awards were presented at the Closing Gala to the following films and directors:

Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC Short ($2500 prize)

Supported by Su Craik and Lisa Heddema and Directors Guild of Canada-BC, the annual juried prize for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s best BC short film was established in 1997 in recognition of Gerry Brunet, a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of Out On Screen.

 

 

Winner: Violet & June directed by Linnea Ritland
Honourable Mention: Stay Gold, Man Up directed by Ray McEachern

OUTTVGO People’s Choice Award for Best Feature ($750 prize)

Voted on by patrons of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Winner: Maybe Tomorrow (Baba Bukas) directed by Samantha Lee

 

OUTTVGO People’s Choice Award for Best Short ($500 prize)

Voted on by patrons of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Winner: Do I Have Boobs Now? directed by Joella Cabalu & Milena Salazar

If you missed the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival work is starting now for the 2018 edition so keep your eyes on the screens for information about next year’s Festival.

 

Yaletown goes to the Dogs for Pet-A-Palooza

Next weekend, Mainland Street in Yaletown is taken over by the West Coast’s largest free pet festival, Pet-A-Palooza.

According to the latest census, 1 in 8 Vancouverites is a pet owner, and August 27, is a day they can look forward to as Mainland Street from Davie to Helmcken Streets becomes a pet oasis.  The Natural Balance Pet-A-Palooza fills the street with merchants, suppliers and other pet services. Veterinary clinics, food and supplement suppliers, pet massage services, photographers,  adoption services, and many more will be on hand.  Make sure to have your pet on hand to enjoy samples and treats and come away with some cool swag.

In addition to browsing the marketplace pet-owners and friends are invited to enjoy at day at the races.  Events like the Running Of The Bulls (English and French Bulldog races), Weiner Dog Races and a Puppy Stampede all through the streets.

Pet-A-Palooze begins at 11am August 27, 2017.
Market Place is open until 5pm
The Puppy Stampede starts at noon
Running of the Bulls starts at 2pm
Weiner Dog Races starts at 3pm
Register for each of the dog races 30 minutes before start time at the Barking Babies Booth
All event participation and attendance is free of charge.