Picks of the Week – October 11, 2017

Hope you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving goodness but if not there’s plenty in the picks of the week to satisfy you for another week.

HipHop: Tonight at the Pacific Coliseum, Miss Lauryn Hill and Nas take the stage.

Kings: Nashville rockers Kings of Leon make a return to Rogers Arena Wednesday night

Jedi: Hot on the heels of the most recent Star Wars trailer, Vancouver Theatresports League brings laughter with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Improv: The 19th Vancouver International Improv Festival takes over 4 venues on Granville Island for 5 days of improv comedy, Oct 11 – 14

Faceoff: Vancouver Canucks take the ice at Rogers Arena twice this week; Thursday vs Winnipeg and on Saturday vs Calgary.

CircusThe Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe continues the action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Dance: October 12 – 14, The Dance Centre Global Dance Connections Series presents Compañia Sharon Fridman from Spain with two works Hasta Dónde…? + All Ways

Margaritas: Friday night, Rogers Arena becomes Margaritaville when Jimmy Buffett comes to town.

Music: Friday night, the Gateway Theatre 2017-18 season opens with A Little Night Music, running until October 21st.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest continues on weekends through the month at Vancouver Alpen Club.

Fire: Saturday night, Arcade Fire takes to the stage at Pacific Coliseum.

Satire: Saturday night is sure to get a bit political when Bill Maher takes to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company sets the table for Thanks For Giving running at the Granville Island Stage until November 4th.

Films: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues on screens around the city from until Oct 13th

Kicks: Sunday, Vancouver Whitecaps host San Jose Earthquakes for their final regular season home match


Picks of the Week – September 13, 2017

Already mid-September and our last full week of Summer is ahead so let’s make the most of these picks of the week to see the season off.

Caps:  Our Whitecaps FC play the second of a four match homestand when they host Minnesota United FC tonight at BC Place.

Park:  Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, welcomes Seattle’s Fleet Foxes tonight, then on Friday Bonobo takes the stage and July Talk with The Zolas wrap up the outdoor stage season on Saturday

Folk: English folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls bring their sounds to the stage at the Commodore Ballroom Wednesday night.

Shakespeare:  There’s just a few nights to catch the contemporary work, Shylock at Bard on the Beach before it closes on Friday the 15th while Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona continue until September 23rd.

Fringe: The Vancouver Fringe Festival  continues to bring cutting edge works to the stages and venues around Granville Island until Sunday, September 17th

Stand-Up: Thursday, Comedian Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout – The Tour 2017 to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre for the only Canadian stop on the tour.

Art: Vancouver artist David Wilson‘s Instagram inspired exhibition “Interrupting the Interface” runs at Kimoto Gallery until September 30th.

Broadway: The classic Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday.

WhitecapsAlumni: Saturday, before the Whitecaps play Columbus Crew, the 2017 Alumni Match brings an impressive line-up of Legends and Stars to play BC Place supporting BC Children’s Hospital.




Picks of the Week – August 16, 2017

After weeks of smoky haze, the skies have cleared making it a pleasure to get out and enjoy the picks of the week

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee docks along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd and becomes the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest.

Singer: acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter k.d.lang performs two shows at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday

Heartbreakers: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take to the stage

VQFF Closing Film: Handsome Devil

Films: Vancouver’s second largest film festival, VQFF continues around the city until Sunday.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Country: Friday night Rogers Arena is filled with country stars as Zac Brown Band stop in Vancouver

Roar: The BC Lions host Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Friday night

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

HeldOver: Enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings until August 26

PNE: Another season of Summer Nights Concerts kicks off as the PNE opens on Saturday

Pride: The Royal City rolls out the welcome mat for the New West Pride Street Party on Columbia Street and parties throughout Saturday

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC return home to play host to Houston Dynamo for the team’s annual Pride Night at BC Place

: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver


Picks of the Week – July 19, 2017

Mid-July and summer fun is in full swing with more than enough activities to full two sets of picks of the week

Highschool: Opening tonight, Excavation Theatre presents Girls! Girls! Girls! a story relating the angst and traumas of high school life told in nursery rhyme-rap style at Havana Theatre until July 29th

Punk: British new wave act The Psychedelic Furs brings their reunited line-up to the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday

Broadway: Give into the spirit of the night as Broadway Across Canada brings the legendary Phantom of the Opera to the Queen Elizabeth Stage starting tonight until July 23

photo: Ken Thorne

Youth:  Midtwenties Theatre Society presents their brilliant debut production of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth,  at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island through this weekend

KidFree:  Leave the kids at home and head to Playland, where Friday’s in July are Adults-Only. Spend your evening with a drink in hand as you wander the park surrounding by those 19+ only

Festival: The 3rd Annual African Descent Festival takes over Thornton Park on Main Street, Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate Vancouver’s vibrant and rich African descendant community

Stars: Theatre Under The Stars has returned for another year with Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone alternating throughout the summer at Malkin Bowl

Orange: Show your Lions Pride as BC Lions host Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday

Arts: The Arts Club Theatre Company  Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, closed June 25th while Bittergirl The Musical continues until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage.

Run: Vancouver Pride events get an early start with the annual Pride Run & Walk happening in Stanley Park on Saturday July 22nd

Fancy: Don your finest and spend the day at the races, the 9th Annual Deighton Cup returns to Hastings Racetrack on Saturday

Closing: With the new Polygon Gallery nearing completion the Presentation House Gallery comes to a close with a closing party on Saturday afternoon; Exile On Mainstreet

Kicks: Whitecaps FC play host to Portland Timbers in a MLS/Cascadia Cup clash at BC Place on Sunday

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2017 line-up

This week, Atomique Productions announced the line-up for the 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender.

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Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-Up

While many other festivals are being cancelled or suffering from bad PR, Phillips Backyard Weekender returns for it’s 5th year, on July 7 – 9, 2017 at the Phillips Brewery Backyard in Victoria.  In it’s short history, the Weekender has become a staple of the Victoria music scene.  Being just on the edge of downtown Victoria, the Phillips Backyard is a perfect spot for a social hive of music, beer and camaraderie.   This year’s three-day festival packs in great music and entertainment along with food from Victoria’s Coast Lunch Box,  L’Authentique, Taco Justice, DeadBeetz, Island Mini Donuts and more then wash it down with Phillips Brewing award winning beers.

The 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender is:

Friday July 7th: Open 4pm – 10pm
Common Kings, Junior Reed, Oddisee, Polyrythmics, The Velveteins and DJ Tim Horner

Saturday July 8th: Open 1pm – 10pm
Cake, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, PPL MVR, Little Destroyer, Fortune Killers, Electric Timber Co., Kermode and DJ Bellyfish

Sunday July 9th: Open noon – 9pm
Current Swell, Allen Stone, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Vince Vaccaro, The Brass, Distant Grand and DJ Mike D

Phillips Backyard is located at 2010 Government Street, Victoria BC
Tickets are on sale on now at ticketfly.com or in-person at Phillips Brewery.
Weekend Passes – $105, Single Day: Friday – $34.50, Saturday – $46.50, Sunday – $42.50
Get more line-up, festival and ticket information online at backyardweekender.com

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Picks of the Week – May 31, 2017

Wrapping up May and kicking off June means we’re that much closer to Summer. Let’s see what the picks of the week have in store

Duo: Country Couple Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw bring their Soul2Soul tour to Rogers Arena tonight.

Traces of Words at MOA

Soul: R&B Crooner, John Legend’s Darkness and Light Tour stops at Rogers Arena on Thursday June 1st.

Aussies: Take in a show under the stars when Midnight Oil performs at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park on Friday June 2nd.

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, until July 9th and Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th.

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League Western World show continues to bring the laughs at the expense of HBO’s popular hit, Westworld.

Music: Celebrate the grand opening of the brand new flagship Tom Lee Music shop on Granville Street

Kicks: Our Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their busy stretch with another match at BC Place on Saturday, hosting Atlanta United FC

2017 PNE Summer Night Concerts Line-Up

Another Summer, another spectacular line-up of Summer Night Concerts are coming to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Each year the PNE outdoes itself bringing in top notch entertainment that will appeal to all ages during the course of The Fair.

Pop, rock, country and R&B all come to the stage at the PNE Amphitheatre throughout the 15 Concerts.  The 2017 Summer Night Concerts are included free with admission but be aware that seating is first come-first seated so you’ll want to make sure you arrive early.  Beer Gardens around the PNE also show the concerts on big screens so you can still enjoy the shows even if the Amphitheatre is already at capacity.  If you don’t want to wait, limited reserved seating is available for $20. Reserved seats go on sale tomorrow, May 31st 2017.
New this year, private party suites are available for groups of 12 or 14 including private suite, gate passes, concert tickets, food & beverage service, plus parking passes.

The 2017 Summer Night Concerts line-up includes:

August 19 – Mother Mother
August 20 – Billy Currington
August 22 – The Pointer Sisters
August 23 – High Valley
August 24 – ZZ Top
August 25 – Chicago
August 26 – Colin James
August 27 – Huey Lewis & The News
August 29 – Tom Cochraine with Red Rider
August 30 – The B-52s
August 31 – The Doobie Brothers
September 1 – Rick Springfield
September 2 – The Gypsy Kings
September 3 – iHeartRadio Beach Ball (artists TBA)
September 4 –  iHeartRadio Beach Ball (artists TBA)

Note: iHeartRadio Beach Ball is a two-day ticketed event, not included with gate admission.