Picks of the Week – April 29, 2015

Closing out the month, we’ll soon see if our April Showers do indeed bring May Flowers.
In the meantime, here’s my picks of the week;

Laughs: Comedy couple Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally bring their Summer of 69: No apostrophe tour to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight.

 The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival gets underway on Thursday, beginning 11 days of great documentary films from around the world.

Gig: On Thursday, join Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, at the River Rock Show Theatre as the Oscar winner and his band bring their mix of country, rock and folk to the stage.

Tassels: The pasties, sparkles and feather are sure to be out in force April 30, May 1 and 2 for the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

Sing: Wish upon a star for a Wonderful World of Showtunes at 1181 Disney Night, on Friday night

Cabaret: Take it back to 1955 for a musical extravaganza, Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society presents The Scarlet Queen of Mercy, from May 1-24 at The Russian Hall

Food: The week is filled with food and culinary events, culminating in EAT! Vancouver at BC Place on May 1-3

Rock:  One Republic are sure to fill Rogers Arena with excited fans on Saturday night.

Drag: Saturday night the Divas Duel at The Cobalt as Electric Circus: Toni Braxton vs Tina Turner

Pageant: Sunday night starts the 4th Annual Mr/Miss Cobalt Drag Competition, 3 weeks of showdowns to find the new top Drag King or Queen





Picks of the Week – February 18, 2014

Moving into the last half of February, spring is nearing (at least on the West Coast) so we find people leaving their cocoons behind to venture out more. Good thing there’s lots to do in the picks of the week:

Film: Until Saturday, the 18th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival brings the outdoors inside at various theatres.

Home: Find inspiration for your spring home and garden improvements at the BC Home & Garden Show at BC Place until Sunday.

Arts: Experience and explore Aboriginal Culture through the Arts at the Talking Stick Festival on at various location around the City until March 1st.

Parenting: Share and learn the stories of motherhood at The Cultch with Motherload until Sunday

Dance: For the first time, Ballet BC brings the Miami City Ballet to town for an evening of works by George Balanchine from February 19 – 21 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Fest: Comedy, Theatre, Music and Dance come together at the Chutzpah Festival in venues throughout Vancouver, February 19 – March 15.

Gig: Thursday night, The Electric Owl is filled with the sounds of St Paul and The Broken Bones

Drag:  At Celebrities, Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar will be crowned on Thursday night.

Winter: While spring is near, Winter is still here, so take in the 10th Annual Winterruption, Friday – Sunday, bringing Arts, Performance and Food together on Granville Island

Cook: Food Network star Alton Brown brings his blend of comedy, culinary expertise and food experiments, to the stage on his Alton Brown Live! – The Edible Inevitable Tour at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night

Rock: Hamilton rock band, The Arkells bring their sound to the Commodore Ballroom stage on Friday night.

Otters: Fur, Fun and Fabulousness abound at Ottrdsco at #HDFriday with DJ Jef Leppard and host Katy Hairy

Band: Grammy award winning The Robert Cray Band are sure to impress at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Saturday night.

Comedy: Roar with laughter when Whose Line Is It Anyway? comedians Ryan Stiles, Greg Proop, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray bring their Whose Live Anyway? Improv show to River Rock Casino


Picks of the Week – August 6, 2014

After a busy long weekend, you might like a break but, no chance, there’s still a lot happening in my picks of the week to keep your summer moving along

Harmony: West Vancouver’s waterfront is alive with activity; free concerts, visual arts, family fun and food are on deck at The Harmony Arts Festival until Aug 10th 

Country: Julian Austin, Terry Clark and Rascal Flatts headline the Rockin’ River Country Musicfest, August 7th,8th & 9th in Mission BC

Squamish: Join thousands of others making the trek up the Sea-to-Sky highway to the 2014 Squamish Valley Music Festival headlined by Bruno Mars, Eminem and Arcade Fire

Bard: The Bard on the Beach season continues at Vanier Park, with the 4 plays Midsomer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Equivocation and Cymbeline, running on alternating nights,  also this month learn a bit more about each of the plays at Bard…Explored, the talks run before each Saturday matinee 

Roar: Get your orange on and show your Lion’s pride as the BC Lions take on the Hamilton Ti-cats at BC Place on Friday Aug 8th

Chinatown: The 15th Annual TD Chinatown Festival brings thousands of people to explore the shops, squares, streets and alleys of Chinatown

Gaga: Rescheduled from an earlier date, Lady Gaga brings all her ‘Little Monsters’ to Rogers Arena when she performs on Saturday night.

AfterParty: After the Lady Gaga show, head to Heaven’s Door to keep the party going with Monroe: Gaga Afterparty

Kicks: Will a return to BC Place break Whitecaps FC winless streak? Find out when they host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.

Picks of the Week – July 16, 2014

Mid-July and there’s lots happening in this heatwave…this week’s picks of the week include theatre, street hockey, BC Lions football and great parties and concerts.

Festival: The big draw of the week is surely the Pemberton Music Festival, a couple hours up the Sea-To-Sky highway you’ll find Nine Inch Nails, Outcast, Soundgarden, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Metric, Modest Mouse and many, many more rocking the village of Pemberton all weekend.

Piano: Singer-Songwriter Tori Amos will have her faithful hanging on every note as she plays in the Orpheum Theatre tonight.

Theatre: Roam the historic theatre, dressing rooms and backstage as you experience an interactive evening of music and interactions around the site when Orpheus Project by Music on Main comes to The Cultch from July 16 to 20.

Live: After a successful run at the River Rock, the Price Is Right Live moves out to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver for 4 nights, July 17, 18, 19 & 20.

Beats: Get dancing as DJ Krush brings the beats from Japan to Fortune Sound Club on Thursday night

Party: Strut your stuff on the Runway when Celebrities welcomes DJ Del Stamp for another edition of Liberace Thursdays

Folk: The peak of summer means it’s time for the annual celebration of music on Jericho Beach, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival welcomes Joan Baez, Tift Merritt, Ozomalti, Amos Lee, Alejandro Escovedo and loads more over from July 18 – 20.

Werk:  The Astoria in East Van is ready to party as Junita Werk, Anna Propriate & Shanda Leer host Sistah Fistah! anything goes drag cabaret on Friday night.

Fusion: For a unique mix of music, food and culture head out to Surrey for the annual Fusion Festival at Holland Park on July 19 – 20

Hockey: Spend the day playing some ball hockey and raise supplies for the Food Bank as Five Hole For Food takes over the 800 block of Granville Street Saturday from noon until 6pm

Home Team: The BC Lions return to BC Place for their next two game, starting Saturday July 19 versus Montreal Alouettes

Hold: New York indie act The Hold Steady play the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond for one night, Saturday.



Picks of the Week – July 9, 2014

It’s nearly the middle of July, the peak of summer is upon us. My Picks of the Week include food, music, festivals, theatre and more.

Richmond: Get out and explore the dining options around Richmond with Tasting Plates – Central Richmond edition tonight.

Game Show: The Price is Right Live continues through this weekend at the River Rock Casino Show Theatre

Play: The last show in The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season, Red Rock Diner runs at the Granville Island Stage until August 2nd

Rock: Legendary rock duo, The Cult take to the Commodore Ballroom stage on Thursday night

Bard: At Vanier Park, all 4 plays in this year’s Bard on the Beach season; Midsomer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Equivocation and Cymbeline, continue on alternating nights

Sing: Sing a song, sing it all night long as Showtunes at 1181 starting at 6pm on Friday night.

Wiggle20Wiggle: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the long running wearable art and performance festival with the Wiggle Weekend, a Friday night preview at FUSE in the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Main Event Saturday at The Fox Cabaret

Fest: Across the water in Victoria, the 3rd annual Rock The Shore Festival features Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, The Cult, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Mother Mother and many more Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Street Party: Saturday July 12, thousands of people will fill 10 blocks of Kitsilano for the annual Khatsalano street festival on 4th Ave.

Sport: Coming off their big win against Seattle last weekend, Whitecaps FC play host to Chivas USA at BC Place on Saturday evening.

Arts: Take a getaway from the city and head out to Harrison Hot Springs for the 36th Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts starting Saturday July 20th running until July 20th





The West Coast Music Festival Line-Up 2014

This weekend Coachella Music & Arts Festival gets underway, marking the unofficial start of the West Coast Festival season. Here‘s a few of the festivals coming to the West Coast this year that make for a great weekend or day out.


Apr 11 – 13 & April 18 – 20: two weekends for Coachella Music Festival headlined by Outkast, Muse & Arcade Fire
Apr 11 – 20: Whistler comes alive with the World Ski & Snowboard Festival fills the village with music, arts and sports, kicked off by De La Soul.
Apr 16 – 20: Blueprint Events fills Vancouver with the dance music as SEASONS Electronic Music Festival takes over a variety of venues.
May 22 – 26: The small town of Bradley, California swells with music, yoga, speakers, workshops and performances during the Lightning In A Bottle festival, featuring a DJ set by Moby, Simian Mobile Disco, Ana Sia, Govin Das and Radha.May 23 – 25: Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge in Washington State features Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, M.I.A, Foster The People , Kid Cudi and many more.
June 11:  Vans Warped Tour gets underway for another year, unfortunately no Vancouver stop is scheduled, the closest venues are Washington State’s White River Amphitheatre on June 28th and Portland Expo Centre on June 29th.
June 14: Deer Lake Park is the site of CBCMUSIC.CA Festival with Tegan & Sara, Hannah Georgas, Spoons, Arkells and more.
June 18 – 22: Calgary’s  Sled Island festival brings Music, Comedy & Film to the city with Spiritualized, Neko Case, St Vincent, Horatio Sanz, Fred Armisen and many more.
June 20 – 22: Electric Daisy Carnival brings one of the biggest EDM events to Las Vegas.
June 27 – 29: The Tall Tree Festival brings Dan Mangan, Jon & Roy, The Dudes, Good For Grapes and more to Port Renfrew on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
July 4 – 13: The world famous Calgary Stampede has a big line-up of country, rock and pop stars like Dean Brody, Serena Ryder, Sean Desman, Corb Lund, Dragonette, Anjulie, K-OS, Hedley and Sam Roberts Band.
July 11 – 13: Victoria’s Rock The Shores fest expands to three days of great music with its recently announced lineup including Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, and The Wallflowers.
July 11 – 13: The Comox Valley come alive with Vancouver Island MusicFest’s diverse lineup including Bonnie Raitt, Angelique Kidjo, The Mavericks and Blind Boys of Alabama.
July 17 – 20: Get In Touch with your soul with Yoga and Music at Wanderlust California in Squaw Valley, CA
July 18 – 20: The Pemberton Music Festival breaks the quiet of the little village north of Whistler with its newly announced, long awaited lineup that includes Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Outkast & many more.
July 18 – 20: The Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings thousands to Jericho Beach Park to hear great music on the shores of English Bay.
July 25 – 27: Seattle’s Capital Hill Block Party takes over the neighbourhood for the annual 3 day festival.
July 31 – Aug 4: The village finds its zen as yoga and music comes to the slopes for Wanderlust Whistler.
Aug 7 – 9: Country fans gather in Mission BC for Rocking River Musicfest with Rascal Flatts, Terry Clark, Julian Austin and more.
Aug 8 – 10: Just a quick drive from Vancouver,  Squamish Valley Music Festival is headlined by Bruno Mars,  Arcade Fire and Eminem.
Aug 8 – 10: Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco ties in music, food, drink and art into one festival.

Rifflandia12Aug 8 – 11: the 17th Annual Shambala Festival brings over 300 acts to the depths of BC wilderness at the Salmo River Ranch in the West Kootenays.
Aug 9: For one day only, the annual Burnaby Blue & Roots Festival returns to Deer Lake Park.
Aug 30 – Sep 1: Seattle’s renowed Bumbershoot fills Seattle Center with music and arts for another the 2014 edition.
Sep 11 – 14: Rifflandia brings art and music to dozens of venues around Victoria.
Sep 24 – 28: Seattle’s 11th Annual Decibel Festival of electronic music, visual arts and new media.


Picks Of The Week – Aug 7, 2013

Here we are, heading into the peak of summer with another sunshiny weekend on the horizon and lots to do.

Stage: Take a trip back to the nineties and high school at Riverview High. The musical comedy plays until Aug 25th at the Firehall Theatre.

Fest: Squamish Valley Music Festival brings Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gogol Bordello, Dan Mangan, and dozens more to Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground, August 8, 9 and 10.

Street: If you’re visiting Squamish for the Festival, make a sidetrip downtown for the 2nd annual “On The Steet” fair, Saturday from 9am – 4pm; pancake breakfast, sidewalk sales, Art zones, kids craft areas, music, food and marketplace all lining Cleveland Ave.

Benefit: Help Keep The WISE Alive with a benefit concert on Friday Aug 9th to support renovations to the WISE Hall’s roof.

Air: If music isn’t to your liking, take a drive the opposite direction to Abbotsford for the 2013 Abbotsford Airshow. Hundreds of aircraft on static display and in flight have bbrf-2013been wowing the crowds for 5 decades. This year, be prepare to be wowed August 9, 10 & 11th.

Dress-up: Don your best hat and dress gear and take to the races at Hastings Park joining Vancouver’s young professionals for the annual Deighton Cup Weekend.

Dance: Give your feet a workout and check out Di2trict Saturdays at Ginger 62 with DJ Adam Dreaddy and DJ Adam Hennessy’s Birthday set on Aug 10th.

Blues: Beautiful Deer Lake comes alive with the sound of music from the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival headlined by Blue Rodeo on Saturday Aug 10

Kicks: Feel the earth move as San Jose Earthquakes come to town to challenge host Vancouver Whitecaps in BC Place on Saturday at 4:30pm

Jazz: Let jazz legend Harry Connick Jr tickle your ivories at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday August 11