Head Back To School with VTS

Those three words that every student dreads…Back To School…usually mean summer fun is coming to an end. However, this season Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) is kick starting the fun with some back to school style laughter.

Back to School Theatresports comes to The Improv Centre on Granville Island, Tuesdays to Saturdays from September 3 to October 12.

VTS Back to School

VTS helps get you over the end of summer blues with this special improv show dedicated to school days. Back to School TheatreSports takes classic TheatreSports short form improv ‘games’ and adapts them to parody classroom clichés and cliques. Instead of a traditional TheatreSports referee, the improv comedy will be overseen by a dreaded, and very strict principal. Rule infractions can spell player ‘detentions’ and the teams of mixed student stereotypes (geeks, jocks, cool kids, etc) will be awarded letter grades by a critical panel of examiners (audience members). By the end of class (the match), only one team will reach a passing grade. 

As in all VTS shows, the characters and action are interactive as the players co-developed with the audience – taking their (sometimes wildly outlandish) suggestions to create on-the-spot, unscripted, theatrically-infused comedy. In this case, the players will be improvising using the audience’s school-themed ideas to create the scenarios like; awkward first dates, trying out for the team or cramming for exams. Regardless of whether you are/were a jock, a nerd or one of the cool kids at school, everyone will be able to relate and find something to laugh about at Back to School TheatreSports.

Back to School Theatresports plays Tuesdays to Saturdays from September 3 to October 12. 2019 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. For showtimes, other shows, more information on Vancouver TheatreSports, and to purchase advance tickets, starting at a student-budget friendly $10.75, please visit vtsl.com.

Pride At The Gallery Gives You An Art-On This Friday.

This Friday Vancouver Art Gallery presents Pride at the Gallery, a night of creativity, fun and connection in celebration of LGBTQ2+, with added programming on top of regular admission.

In the Rooftop Pavillion, overlooking Robson Square, one of the evening’s two themed, licensed bars The Vancouver Art Gallery will host the popular Me Love BINGO!. Part variety hour, part game night and part immersive theatre, Me Love BINGO! is an event that fosters community created by Kyle Loven, a Vancouver-based performance and visual artist. Dressed in drag as the night’s bingo host extraordinaire, Loven will provide endless entertainment with games, performance numbers and prizes all while following an unexpected narrative journey. 

At the Gallery’s second themed bar, in the Annex Workshop, guests will have an opportunity to indulge their creative side with communal mural painting as part of Paint & Drink!.

Stationed throughout the four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be Queer Living Library. Inspired by Human Library, it follows a performance format emulated worldwide that invites people to borrow a human book with the readers becoming listeners. The speakers or “books” will share their lived experiences as members of the local LGBTQ2+ community. Guests will hear from Orene Askew aka DJ O Show, the two spirited activist named a 2019 Pride Parade Grand Marshal, as well as painter Leanne Christie, Shanique Kelly aka DJ Softieshan, photography artist Tom Hsu and gallery owner Wil Aballe of Will Aballe Art Projects (WAAP).

Presented with Vancouver Pride Society, Pride at the Gallery events and activations are all included with admission. In addition visitors will have access to all of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s summer exhibitions and are invited to discover works aligned with explorations of gender and sexuality as presented in Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty, Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, Moving Still: Performative Photography in India and Views of the Collection: The Street.

Pride at the Gallery takes place tomorrow, Friday August 2nd, 2019 from 5pm to 9pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street. 

Visit vanartgallery.bc.ca too purchase tickets and access the full schedule for Pride at the Gallery,

Bigger & Better Chilliwack Sunflower Festival return for 2019

Blooming bright for a second year, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns on August 1st.  This year, a massive field of dahlias complements the acres of sunflowers, for a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing even more colour to the Fraser Valley community,!

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Every day from August 1 to September 15, visitors can make their way through 35 varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red. Pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home (while supplies last), as well as cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts, and onsite-grown spring bulbs of tulips and daffodils.

The addition of 54 varieties of dahlias, a giant pumpkin patch, and a field of pick-your-own Chilliwack corn (while supplies last) bring even more to the 2019 Festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

“The success of last summer’s inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival exceeded all expectations,” says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “It was so gratifying to welcome thousands of families, couples, and individuals to our fields, and to see them marvel at the bounty of seasonal beauty that Chilliwack produces at this time of year. The festival has grown so much since last year, too — so I encourage those who attended last year to make a return visit.”

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Pick Your Own Corn

Around every turn, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides countless opportunities to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy keepsake photos and videos. Roam the acreage to discover swing sets, an operational windmill, a vintage bicycle, face cut-outs, and more.  Take a break from the blooms with the many outdoor lawn games available to play: bolaball, “giant” Jenga, dominoes, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and more. 

Weekends include the added attraction of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, which offers free rides through the fields.

A dedicated covered area provides a shaded retreat from the summer sun to enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks, plus local food trucks will be on site daily.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs every day from August 1 to September 15 (hours vary; check website for full details). Location is 41310 Yale Road. Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children five and under are admitted free.
On-leash pets are welcome — a water station and complimentary pick-up bags will be available.

Visit chilliwacksunflowerfest.com for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.

PlayDome opens tomorrow at BC Place

PlayDome is back for 2018 under the roof at BC Place for six days of carnival rides, games and fun.  Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival features over 45 rides and attractions all inside BC Place in downtown Vancouver.

PlayDome opens tomorrow Wednesday, March 28th continuing until Monday, April 2nd fair-lovers can step out of the rain and enjoy all their favourite rides inside and dry under the Dome. After taking a spin on a ride, take another on one of the carnival games or treat yourself to some time-tested carnival fare like cotton candy, mini donuts, slushies and more!

PlayDome is fun for all ages, not just the kids.  But families will find plenty of Spring Break fun, children under 2 are free and Spectator Guest Passes are available for adults to accompany children on a limited number of rides. Purchase tickets online to save on Dome Passes, Ultimate Passes and Guest Passes.

PlayDome is open Wedneday & Thursday, 11am – 10pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-10pm, Monday 10am-6pm
Enter PlayDome at Gate A, near Terry Fox Plaza    

Americas Masters Games 2016

AMGames2016Are you suffering from withdrawals from the Rio 2016 Olympic coverage? Why not get a taste of world class athletics right here in your own backyard with the inaugural Americas Masters Games – Vancouver 2016.

Thousands of athletes plus their families will be descending upon Vancouver from August 26 to September 4, 2016 for 9 days of sport competition.  Keep your eye open and you may even see a former Olympian or Commonwealth Games athletes on the field of play or on the streets around the city.
Themed ‘Sport Without Limits’, these are the inaugural Masters Games for the Pan-American region, designed to complement the World Masters Games by creating a regular opportunity for Masters athletes (30 years +) to compete in the North, South or Central America region.  Unlike other multi-sport competition, in the Americas Masters Games athletes compete as individuals, not for a county.  Team sports may include competitors from different regions and they may have just come together for these games, just for the love of their sport.

With competition venues clustered around the city; UBC, Hillcrest and Convention Centre and a nightly free public entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza there’s plenty of opportunity for the public to take advantage of the sporting spectacle.  Opening Ceremonies take place this Saturday evening, August 27, 2016 at 7pm at Jack Poole Plaza, your first chance to welcome the athletes to Vancouver’s inaugural Americas Masters Games.  Closing Ceremonies take place September 4th.

Follow @AMGames2016 on Twitter and facebook.com/AMGames2016 to keep up to date with the activities and events.

Sun Shines on The Garden Party Vancouver

On a hot August Saturday, a few hundred Vancouverites donned their summer finery and headed to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens for The Garden Party Vancouver. 

Surrounded by the Garden’s lush greenery, guests were met entered The Garden Party’s grove to be greeted by a presentation of high-end cars from Mile’s End Motors.  Bright white tables and decor, colourfully adorned and cool patrons filled the green space as the DJ spun relaxed but energetic tunes.  Cocktails from Lillet, Perrier-Jouet Champagne, Stella Artois beer, True Leaf Ice Tea and Evian water kept people hydrated under the heat of the sun.  Tea sandwiches and scones were provided by Cocktails and Canapes to whet the appetites before mingling with the other guests and their friends.  Registered teams were swinging their mallets on the Croquet pitch in the round-robin Croquet Classic.

While The Garden Party may have experienced a few glitches I’d put them down to first-time trials as it seemed like everyone at the event was enjoying their afternoon in the sun.  Hopefully The Garden Party becomes a regular event on the Vancouver Summer Calendar.

 

Picks of the Week – August 27, 2014

August is coming to a close but not before leading right into the Labour Day Long Weekend. The Picks of the Week include:

ElectroPop: Swedish electro-pop outfit, Little Dragon take to the stage at The Vogue Theatre tonight with and opening DJ set from DAM-FUNK

PNE: As this year’s Fair at the PNE comes to a close on Monday, there’s still lots of great entertainment with the Summer Night Concert Series this week; including Boyz II Men, Plain White T’s, Dallas Smith, The Pointer Sisters and Glass Tiger on the PNE Amphitheatre stage.

Art Exhibit: It’s your last change to catch the Douglas Coupland “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, this week the VAG has extended hours Wed-Fri until 7pm.

Deer Lake Park: It’s still the season for great outdoor concerts, this week’s Concert in the Park is Jack White at Deer Lake Park on Thursday evening.

ElectroDJ: Much sought after electronic Dj/Producer Porter Robinson brings his skills to the stage at The Vogue Theatre on August 28th

Ice Ice Baby: Bring your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Celebrities Liberace Thursday and 100% of door proceeds will be donated to the ALS Society of BC

Nineties: Join the reformed The Afghan Whigs on Friday night at the Commodore Ballroom to relive their greatest hits and tracks from their new album, Do The Beast.

Nooners: The Vancouver Canadians host Spokane for a trio of ballgames at Nat Bailey, Saturday at 7:05pm and Sunday/Monday at 1:05pm

Shakespeare: There’s still time to catch this year’s line-up of great performances at Bard On The Beach, on until Sept 20th at Vanier Park

Cascadia: It’s always an exciting match when Portland Timbers come to BC Place to play a Cascadia Cup match against our Whitecaps FC, Saturday at 7:30pm