VQFF Opens August 15

The 31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) opens this Thursday, August 15th at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Canadian Premiere of Leon Le’s Song Lang (Vietnam/U.S.A.), Le’s first feature is set in the richly imagined and dilapidated streets of 1990’s Saigon. Song Lang is a tribute to the golden age of c?i l??ng (a form of modern Vietnamese folk opera), a queer romance and gangster film that stars Vietnamese popstar, Isaac.

VQFF’s Closing Gala Film is the Canadian Premiere of a positive, feel-good LGBTQ comedy from Italy, An Almost Ordinary Summer (Italy) by Simone Godano. The film pays homage to the entertaining romantic comedies of Nancy Meyers, about two aging patriarchs who bring their two very different families together on vacation to announce their engagement. 

An Almost Ordinary Summer

In between, VQFF welcomes more than 100 films from 27 countries, plus a series of Festival Spotlights including Coming Into Our Own: Youth Spotlight, Queer Kinship, A Higher Power, and projecting brilliance: a two-spirit showcase. 

Curated by Artistic Director, Anoushka Ratnarajah, VQFF is Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada.  Presented by Out On Screen, the Festival runs August 15-25, 2019 at various venues throughout the city, for more information and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.ca

Picks of the Week – August 15, 2018

Mid-August and the annual smokey overlay above the city is upon us, there’s lots of entertainment to keep you indoors and out of the poor air.

Jericho:  It’s the final weekend of Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival  the trio of plays at Jericho Arts Centre: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane wraps up August 17th.

Synth: Show a little respect as Erasure takes the stage at The Orpheum Theatre tonight, August 15th.

VQFF Closing Film: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Festies: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival also wraps up this weekend but not before many more days of world class films.

Laugh:  Visit one of the best patios in Vancouver, the Neil McRae Bar at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and while you’re there get a good laugh a at Vancouver Theatresports League zany improv antics when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!

WhitecapsKicks: Whitecaps FC hope to continue the forward momentum into the playoffs as they host NY Red Bulls on Saturday

Tyrant: Enjoy the August line-up of comedy and jazz at Tyrant Studios Summer Lounge Series: Friday Jazz & The Comic Strip Saturdays

Cabaret: Fabulist Theatre presents Our Time: An Empowerment Cabaret, a celebration of women in stories and songs from the suffragette to the #MeToo movement

Rock: It’s the weekend to Rock Ambleside Park, as it welcomes a bevy of classic rock acts, including Loverboy, Lee Aaron, Trooper, Chilliwack, Nazareth and more on Aug 17, 18, & 19.

PNE: The 2018 Fair at the PNE opens this weekend, this year the Fair celebrates the40th Anniversary of SuperDogs, the Pacific Coliseum’s 50th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of the famed Wooden Roller Coaster.

PNE Summer Nights Concerts

Nights: The opening of the PNE also kicks off the Summer Nights Concert Series fan picks between free concerts from Boyz II Men and Air Supply this Saturday and Sunday

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Dine:  Provence Marinaside’s Tomato Festival picks the best of the summer’s crop and brings it to your plate through the month of August

Resist: Until October 8th at MOA, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Exhibit:  Experience a visit to the cabin and stay indoors, at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever  an exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018.
As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver latest exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, brings the great outdoors, indoors to take a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city, showing until 2019

TUTS CInderella: Tré Cotten(Topher) & Mallory James(Ella)
photo: Lindsay Elliott

Stars:  Theatre Under The Stars has extended the 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl, now closing August 25th.

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018


Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Opening

As The Oscars celebrated global cinema this week, the second Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is gearing up to celebrate our home grown film community. From Friday, March 23 to Sunday March 25, 2018 the ACT Arts Centre and The Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, highlight films created right here in British Columbia.  

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

Feature Film: Drone

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, states, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. 

Short Film: Cypher

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days.

CONTEST: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered. Thanks to The Festival, who have generously offered a pair of tickets to readers, you can win your way to the Opening Reception on Friday, March 23rd, at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, March 12, 2018.  One winner will be chosen at random.


Picks of the Week – August 13, 2014

Where does the time go?  Summer is flying by, that must mean we’re having fun! This week there is still lots of fun to be had, the picks of the week include…

Pirate: Today is the day, BC adults get to be like the kids! Pirate Pak Day at White Spot allows everyone to order a signature Pirate Pak and White Spot will donate $2 from every purchase on Wednesday Aug 13th to Zajac Ranch for Kids.

Film Fest: Thursday, Vancouver’s second largest film festival kicks off. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is 11 days of films, panels, parties and events all around Vancouver

Concert: Multi-award winning, singer/songwriter Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fills up Rogers Arena on Thursday night.

Fair: Rope up some entertainment just across the border at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden Washington with concerts from Gary Allen, Huey Lewis & the News and Collective Soul on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Sing: Showtunes at 1181 is back for a summer session of your favourite Broadway showtunes to sing a-long to while you wash away the week with an after-work cocktail

NYNY: While you’re in a Broadway state of mind, take a trip to NEW YORK, a new night from DJ Adam Dreaddy at Brooklyn Nightclub in Gastown featuring DJs Karsten Sollors, Jamie Mucky and Dreaddy on the decks and street dance performances from Marcello Ranieri & Jory Pierce

Punk: Polaris Prize winners, F*cked Up take over Fortune Sound Club for an early gig at Fortune Sound Club

Exhibition: There’s some rain in the forecast this week, that can only mean it’s time for the PNE! The Pacific National Exhibition gets underway for another year on Saturday August 16th running until September 1st (closed Monday Aug 18 & Aug 25)

Divas: Over at The Cobalt, it’s a Nordic-Goddess Showdown – Björk vs Robyn, a night of drag, dance, divas and fun




What’s On Weekend – August 11 – 14, 2011

As we approach the middle of summer activities become more varied.

Thursday August 11
Deadmau5 plays the first of two nights at the PNE Forum
– the city’s second largest film fest begins as the 23rd Vancouver Queer Film Fest opens with opening film To Faro followed by the opening Gala at Five-Sixty.  The VQFF continues until August 21


Friday August 12
– the Abbotsford International Airport is Canada’s National Airshow and the highlight of summer for many people as over 125000 will gather to watch the largest airshow in the country over the next three days.
– at The Biltmore Cabaret get a little East Van Soul, dance, drink and check out the Re-Up BBQ truck parked outside if you’re peckish!
– at Five-Sixty and free with a donation to F*ck Cancer is “Hot Club Time Machine” with tunes from the 70’s forward.  Give back and get down!


Saturday August 13
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival is a one day music fest at Deer Lake Park, highlighted with performances by kd lang, John Mayall
– the hilarious star of Tosh.0, Daniel Tosh performs two shows, 7pm & 10pm, of his Tosh Tour On Ice at the Orpheum Theatre
Sade brings smooth jazz sounds to Rogers Arena supported by John Legend