Picks of the Week – October 16, 2019

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the next occasion, Halloween, brings us plenty of picks to entertain us over the next week.

Alpen#DasOriginal Oktoberfest wraps up another year of fun, this weekend, at Vancouver Alpen Club

Spooks: The most frightful time of the year, Fright Nights at PNE, fills the fair with haunted houses, thrilling rides and ghoulish ghosts until Halloween

Trolley: Get spooked and learn some of the dark side of Vancouver’s history on the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, from October 11 – 31

North: It’s the last week to, take off and see the Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland to the cinematic adventure

Improv: Vancouver TheatreSports is hosting a world of laughter until October 20 as the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival comes to Granville Island.

Train: Head into the Rabbit Hole when you follow Alice in Nightmareland at The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train until Halloween night.

Jivesh Parasram – Take D Milk, Nah?

Diwali: The Cultch partners with Diwali in BC to present Pandemic Theatre and Rumble Theatre’s Take D Milk, Nah? a solo show from Jivesh Parasram about his Indo-Caribbean heritage, running October 16-26, at the Vancity Culture Lab

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Country: American country star Luke Combs brings his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour to Rogers Arena on Saturday night

Bedrooms: The Arts Club Granville Island Stage opens The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian bedroom comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys, until October 26

China Doll photo: David Cooper

Opening: Gateway Theatre in Richmond opens its 2019-2020 season with Marjorie Chan’s historical drama, China Doll, running October 17 – 26.

Jazz: Friday Jazz is live at Tyrant Studios, this week featuring Joan Bessie + Raene

Comedy: Saturday Comedy takes the stage at Tyrant Studios, this week’s stand-up finds Katie-Ellen Humphries on stage, supported by Stuart Jones and Randee Neumeyer

Indie: Irish singer/songwriter Hozier returns to Vancouver with his Wasteland Baby! Tour, at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre Friday

Art: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation from October 16th to December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

La Traviata

Opera: The Vancouver Opera 2019/20 season gets underway Thursday with the opening of La Traviata at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, also playing October 19, 24 and 27th.

Spooktober starts with Fright Nights 2019 at PNE!

It’s Spooktober! Time for Vancouver’s most hallowed halloween haunt to scares up some fun as Fright Nights rises from the grave at Playland

On select nights from tomorrow, October 4th through October 31st, visitors will carefully creep through 20 hair-raising rides, astounding live shows, and eight haunted houses, all guaranteed to make this Halloween season the scariest ever. 

Thrilling live shows from fan favourites, the Monsters of Schlock, as well a host of ghouls and monsters roaming throughout the park are sure to chill and thrill visitors. If your stomach can handle it stop for food from Playland vendors, for some liquid courage hit up the Sanitarium Bar. If adrenaline isn’t enough, get a sugar rush stop by the Candy Shoppe for some sweets before hitting the thrill rides.

General admission tickets  are on sale at the gates, or save by purchasing in advance online.  Tickets include all the haunted houses, live shows and 20 night rides; including The BeastPirate Ship,Hell’s Gate, Hellavator, Atmosfear, Wooden Roller Coaster and more

Guests also have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to one expedited entry to each of the eight houses and some night rides. 

Due to the overwhelming demand and to ensure a quality guest experience, Fright Nights is capping the number of tickets sold per day. Tickets must be purchased for a specific date. Each night of Fright Nights have limited availability and may sell out so book early. 

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit frightnights.ca.

Picks of the Week – October 24, 2018

Halloween week is upon us, the ghouls and good times are out in full force as the entertainment ramps up for the season.

Eat: Explore the flavours of Gastown as Tasting Plates takes a tour around the neighbourhood for another evening of great tastes tonight.

Fright: Experience the thrills and chills of the haunted houses, rides and ghouls of Fright Nights at Playland throughout the month.

Glow: Opening Friday, Van Dusen Garden invites the whole family to Glow In The Garden. Like Hansel and Gretel follow the breadcrumbs to find Halloween fun for all ages all around the garden.

Improv: Grab your ghoulfriends and enjoy a month of eerie laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Spooktober; a selection of themed shows throughout the month

Train: The Stanley Park Ghost Train takes a voyage of the dead to explore a Celtic Halloween until October 31st.

Dancehouse Borderline
photo: Agethe Poupeney

Dance:  The Dancehouse 2018-19 season opens with the Canadian premiere of France’s Company Wang Ramirez work, Borderline, playing October 26 and 27, 2018 at 8pm at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks play host to Pittsburgh Penguins on October 27th at 7pm at Rogers Arena

Authors: The Vancouver International Writers Festival may have closed but the events continue as the festival presents an evening with Ian Rankin on October 27th and Yotam Ottolenghi on October 31st.

Play: The Arts Club Theatre Company brings Sweat to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until November 18th.

Couture: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière until January 20, 2019

Balls: Vancouver Whitecaps FC won’t make the MLS postseason but you still have one more chance to watch Alfonso Davies take the pitch at BC Place, when Portland Timbers come to town

Pie: Until October 31, The Snapshot Collective has opened Mrs Lovett’s Pie Shop at 348 Water Street to present the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Ones We Leave Behind
photo: Ray Shum

Stage: The Cultch & Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre present The Ones We Leave Behind a mysterious, comedy about the redemptive power of human connection, playing October 24 – November 3 at The Cultch Historic Theatre

 

 

 

10 Halloween Frights for Vancouver Families

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves crunching underfoot, jack o’lanterns are carved, costumes are being prepared, candy is being stockpiled in anticipation of trick or treating.

Get a chill when you take on these frightening (and mostly family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Vancouver’s favourite fear fest, is on until October 31st, the annual Playland event is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Join Broomelda as she welcomes you to her Witch Academy before swooping across the country with her at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Spend 2.5 hours exploring the stories behind the city’s most haunted spots; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours, until Halloween Night.
  4. Glow In The Garden: VanDusen Garden invites guests to wander through a whimsical garden with curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale Hänsel and Gretel, until October 31st.
  5. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Join Jack O’Lanterns journey through the dark forest and experience a Celtic Halloween, at the Stanley Park Ghost Train, book tickets until October 31st
  6. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum:  Visit Burnaby Village under cover of night from October 26 to 29, 2018. Wear your costumes, and blend in with the witches, ghosts and other characters as you trick or treat through the village
  7. Harvest Glow: Until November 5th, Milner Gardens in Langley has become the ultimate family harvest festival; pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin carving, Harvest Market with 20+ merchants.
  8. Lost Souls of Gastown: Join Forbidden Vancouver on a historic and theatrical walk through the dark side of Vancouver’s early days, nightly until Halloween.
  9. Spooktober: Vancouver Theatresports League has a spooktacular line-up of Halloween themed shows throughout the month; Monster Mashes, Cult Fiction, Scared Witless, WFT-What the Fright.
  10. Parade of Lost Souls: The east side tradition returns on October 27th, starting with the Parade of Little Souls at 7pm, followed by the Parade of Lost Souls at 8pm. Keep watching for the parade route to be announced at midnight prior to the parade.

Fright Nights 2018 is scaring up excitement

It’s the most wonderful time of the fear! Vancouver’s favourite heartstopping Halloween event, Fright Nights is back to haunt Playland

On select nights from October 5th through October 31st, visitors can creep their way around the amusement park’s haunted houses, rides and shows.  Eight haunted houses, including the newest The Bloodshed, are guaranteed to brings a chill to your night.


Thrilling live shows from Guinness World Record Holders the Monsters of Schlock also return, as well 20 thrill rides add excitement to Fright Nights. Beware of the ghouls and monsters roaming throughout the park. If your stomach can handle it stop for food from Playland vendors, for some liquid courage hit up the Sanitarium Bar or if you need a sugar rush check out the newly introduced Pumpkin Spice Candy Floss throughout the park.

General admission tickets are on sale at the gates, or save by purchasing in advance online or at 7-Eleven Stores.  Tickets include all the haunted houses, live shows and 20 night rides; including The BeastPirate Ship,Hell’s Gate, Hellavator, Atmosfear, Wooden Roller Coaster and more. Guests also have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to expedited lines for all eight houses and some night rides. 

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed. 

Fright Nights at Playland Opens Tonight

Western Canada’s most anticipated Halloween event, Fright Nights returns to Playland starting today October 6th until October 31st.  This year’s Fright Nights features returning favorites as well as never-seen-before attractions including a new haunted house, scaring up even more spooktacular entertainment for visitors.

For those looking for a paranormal experience, Haunted Mansion is geared to terrify even the bravest souls, and guests can attempt to overcome their fear of clowns in Car-N-Evil haunted house, and face their deepest terrors in Darkness. Favourite haunted houses, The Asylum, Fear, Hollywood Horrors, and Keepers Doll Factory are also back.

Guinness World Record holders for driving over a man on a bed of nails,  Monsters of Schlock, is back to terrify guests with three nightly shows from October 13 to 31. Guests can expect to be horrified with shows that feature meat hooks, and other cringe worthy entertainment. Look out for Playland’s favourite freak, Singe the Clown, who is up to his creepy antics for another year.  With freaky surprises, rides and a park full of gory ghouls, Fright Nights 2017 is spookier than ever and is the perfect event for every Halloween lover.

To maximize your thrills at Fright Nights, guests have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to an expedited line for each Haunted House and The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Atmosfear, and Hellevator. Guests will also be able to save $3 by purchasing tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online.

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed. 

Picks of the Week – October 26, 2016

This week we scare up a graveyard full of Halloween fun in the picks of the week

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Flick closes on Sunday at The Granville Island Stage while Bakersfield Mist continues until November 20th at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Glow: A new edition to the Halloween line-up, VanDusen Glow In The Gardens is a brand new event with spellbinding illuminations, ghoulish entertainment, glowing jack o’lanterns plus, arts & crafts for the family throughout the Gardens until Halloween night.

Rap: Tonight At UBC, Chance the Rapper plays the second of two shows tonight at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena

Rock: At the Commodore Ballroom Young The Giant play the first of back to back shows; tonight and Thursday.

Thrills:  Hold on to your wits as you visit the haunted houses and thrilling rides of Fright Nights at Playland until Oct 31st

Catastrophe: At The Cultch until Nov 6, The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe clowns around with modern circus acts and comedy centred upon a grand piano.

Drag: Friday night at The Junction, Sienna Blaze’s DIVAs Halloween Edition includes drag performances from Kamelle Toe and Valynne Vile

Haunted: Opening October 27 until 30, Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum  with witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters coming to life over the Halloween weekend.

Pucks: If the Halloween haunting doesn’t appeal to you, dress up in your hockey finery to watch Canucks vs Oilers on Friday and Canucks vs Capitals on Saturday at Rogers Arena

Punk: Saturday night, a refreshed Sum 41 rocks out the Commodore Ballroom stage

Trolley:  Stanley Park, Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the city’s spooky spots on you’ll find on the Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour

Cabaret: Start your Saturday evening off with some drag, cabaret and cocktails at Humpkin Pies from Boutique Cabaret at XY YVR

Strange: Stay later for  XY YVR Halloween – Stranger Queens featuring Jane Smokr, Mila Dramatic, and Robyn Graves on Saturday night

Magic: That ol’ Black Magic will have you in its spell at magical, dark and sexy Saturday night at The Odyssey

Gala: Sunday night at The Junction A Haunted Hallows Eve Gala benefits the Huntington Society of Canada with an evening of Cirque Style and Drag Divas