Picks of the Week – January 9, 2019

The holidays have past but still a few remnants of the season live on to keep up feeling a bit festive into January

Lake: This week is the last to visit Harrison Hot Springs Village’s Lights on the Lake sasquatch-themed illuminations.

Lights: Hop the Millenium SkyTrain Line to Lafarge-Douglas Station and enjoy the last weeks of Metro Vancouver’s largest winter light display – Lights at Lafarge until January 20th.

Laughs:  with a new year, comes a new venue for Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, as they move Queerprov Fruit Bowl  to The Junctioni for an evening of laughter tonight, Jan 9th

Bowie: The 4th Annual Bowie Ball – A Celebration of the Life & Music of David Bowie brings an evening of bands benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society to the Rickshaw Theatre on Saturday night

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return to home ice, hosting Arizona Coyotes, on Thursday January 10th

Soul: British alternative R&B singer NAO takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday with her funky vocals

The Full Light Of Day
photo: Don Lee

Electric: The Electric Company Theatre, in association with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, presents the world premiere of a provocative new work, The Full Light of Day, at the Vancouver Playhouse from January 7 – 12

Comedy: Just For Laughs Presents Bert Kreischer – Body Shots World Tour for two shows at The Vogue Theatre on Sunday, at 7pm and 9:30pm

Improv: Beat those post-Holiday blahs by beating it with laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, until January 27th.

Warriors: Saturday night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse host the Saskatchewan Rush.

Country: Before it takes off on a USA Tour, get a preview of the story behind country music’s biggest love story as Kitty Night Productions Johnny and June a toe tappin’ musical story of June and Johnny Cash on January 12th at Biltmore Cabaret

 

 

Picks of the Week – January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! We hit 2019 running away with more Vancouver entertainment picks of the week.

Lights: It’s your last chance to view the Canada’s North light display and the historic Woodward’s department store windows as Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event, until tomorrow January 3rd, 2019.

Ladies Dancing at Burnaby Village

Village: Celebrate a Heritage Holiday with traditions from a century ago at Heritage Christmas presented by Concord Pacific at Burnaby Village Museum until Friday January 4th.

Comedy: The Vancity Comedy Extravaganza brings laughter to the Vogue Theatre Stage on Friday, January 4th

Bright: Bring a twinkle to their eyes, as Bright Nights at Stanley Park brings a twinkle to the park and miniature train until January 5th

IIHF World Junior Hockey

Hockey: the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships 2019, moves into the knock-out rounds in Vancouver and Victoria heading to the medal games on January 5th.

Garden: Sunday, January 6th is your last day to wander through the spectacular Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Improv: Starting tonight, beat back the winter blahs with laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, until January 27th.

Picks of the Week – December 26, 2018

Boxing Day is filled with activity as people hit the after-Christmas sales but if you’re not ready to brave the crowds and hustle of shopping, there’s plenty of festival entertainment to wrap up your week

Hockey: the holiday hockey tradition, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships 2019, unfolds in Vancouver and Victoria starting today, until January 5th.

Life: Look in on the life of George Bailey as Gateway Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, a new musical adaptation featuring tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, running until December 31st

Pride: Catch the follow up to Pride & Prejudice with Miss Bennet : Christmas at Pemberley at The Arts Club Granville Stage until December 30

Dorothy & friends are off to see the Wizard in
East Van Panto – Wizard of Oz
photo: Emily Cooper

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Date: Until December 30, spend your date night watching Blind Date at The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage, each night is a unique show as a new audience member is the date in each show.

Jazz: Tyrant Studio’s Friday Jazz  offers up Bebop Saxophone Jazz with the Sam Baglier Quartet at the Tyrant Studio Lounge upstairs from The Penthouse

Thieves: American electronic act The Thievery Corporation plays the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday

Year: Recap all the improv madcap madness of 2018 with Vancouver Theatresports Year In Review until New Year’s Eve

Aurora Winter Festival

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Lights: Many of the Festival light displays around the city continue to light up the nights into January like; Bright Nights, Van Dusen Festival Of Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Canyon Lights, Glow Langley, Lights at Lafarge and many more

Laughs: Saturday nights Tyrant Studio’s Comic Strip brings stand-up comedy to the Studio Lounge Stage with Aaron Charles Read and Robert Peng with Headliner Ivan Decker

EDM: wrap up your year with one of the city’s biggest music festivals as Skrillex and The Chainsmokers headline the two day Contact Music Festival at BC Place Friday and Saturday.

Picks of the Week – March 28, 2018

Wrapping up March with the weather feeling like autumn, spring weather can arrive anytime but in the meantime here’s a selection of picks for your week’s entertainment.

Auto: The 98th Vancouver International Auto Show, revs up its engines tonight starting a 5 days showcase of impressive autos at Vancouver Convention Centre.

Fair:  PlayDome at BC Place brings all the fun of an amusement park – rides, games & carnival eats – indoors until Sunday.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks have a pair of games this week, hosting Edmonton on Thursday, then Columbus on Saturday.

Cohen: The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates its 35th Anniversary with its award winning Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen playing until April 21st.

Industrial: Iconic industrial metal act Ministry plays the Vogue Theatre on Thursday March 29th supported by Chelsea Wolfe and The God Bombs

Haida: Until June 15, Museum of Vancouver has a new exhibition, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th.

Family: The Arts Club Theatre Company has the Tony-Award winning family drama, The Humans onstage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

 

Picks of the Week – February 28, 2018

The end of February…already!? Let’s see what March has to offer in these picks of the week.

HipHop: Tonight at The Vogue, Ty Dolla $ign brings his hip hop, soul blended sounds to the stage

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

Dance: The 11th Annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at MOA brings together Indigenous Music and Dance from the Pacific to Scandinavia, until March 4th

Rain: 7 Tyrants Theatre’s 10th Anniversary season continues with A Steady Rain at the Penthouse Studio Theatre until March 3rd.

Folk: Canadian folk artist Bahamas brings his sunny sounding moniker to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday

Comedy: Laughter reigns supreme as JFL Northwest bring the best and funniest of comedy stars to Vancouver from March 1st to 10th

Rock: Touring on behalf of their latest, Grace Street, rockers Big Wreck take to the Commodore Ballroom twice this week on Thursday & Friday

Trucks: The weekend gets raucous at Pacific Coliseum as Monster Jam has 4 shows over Mar 2-4, 2018

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Friday as they play host to Nashville at Rogers Arena

Pss Pss photo: Pipo Gialluisi

Clowning: Taking inspiration from classic comedic works from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin,  Pss Pss by Compagnia Baccalà runs until March 4th at The Cultch York Theatre.

Exhibition: The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.

WhitecapsFCKicks: Whitecaps FC bring soccer back to BC Place to kick off their 2018 season on Sunday with a roster of new and old faces

Picks of the Week – February 22, 2017

As February ticks to a close it’s hard to believe we’re already looking at the start of March coming in the next picks of the week.

Pizza: Tonight, take a tasty exploration of the city’s pizzerias with Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza

Held Over:   Odysseo by Cavalia has added another week to its run under the White Big Top at Olympic Village now closing March 12th.

Trevor Noah at JFL Northwest

Howl: Indie act, The Wolf Parade, play a trio of shows at The Imperial on Main Street; on Wednesday joined by Pack A.D., Thursday by Low Levels and on Friday it’s Moths & Locusts supporting the band.

Laughs: The Comedy continues as JFL Northwest Comedy Festival wraps up this Saturday Feb 25th.

Hoops: It’s all fun and games when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town, this week playing two games at Pacific Coliseum Feb 25, and games at Abbotsford Event Centre Feb 24 and 26

Queen: Find out what went on behind closed doors when Queen Elizabeth met with her Prime Ministers in The Audience at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage closing this weekend.

Innings: The world of Cricket comes to the stage as The Men In White runs until March 11th at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks play host to San Jose Sharks on Saturday at Rogers Arena

Picks of the Week – March 16, 2016

We’ve made it past the Ides Of March and celebrate St Patrick’s Day tomorrow with Spring coming up fast and Spring Break fun popping up in the picks of the week…

Moves:  Strut your stuff  in front of the Metropolis at Metrotown Video PopUp Booth green screen, record and post your dance video for a change to win a $1000 Spring Break shopping spree, just one of the things to do this spring break at Metropolis.

Bingo!: Tonight, join Mina Mercury as Pee Wee Herman & Mandy Kamp as Miss Yvonne at Bingo For Life as they celebrate Pee Wee’s Big Bingo Adventure

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks hope to regroup from Monday’s loss when they host Colorado Avalanche tonight and St Louis Blues on Saturday at Rogers Arena

Piano:  Tickle your ivories on Wednesdays at XY live Showtunes at Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

Gurls: It’s East Meets West when The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron joins the West End’s Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday

Dance: Ballet BC presents NEW WORK, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Cultch: Until Saturday at The Cultch, The Gay Heritage Project takes a look at Gay Heritage

Bucket: Also closing Saturday is The List at The Gateway Theatre, check it off your list this week.

 

Pack: Join The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric on Thursdays at XY with DJ Nick Bertossi

Queens: Friday night, Queens take over the O, join RPDR alumni Morgan McMichaels, Delta Work, Jessica Wild plus Mayhem Miller performing throughout the night

HipHop: XY Saturday, Jane Smoker, Ilona and DJ Domtop bring you hot hip hop at Playboy

Drag:  Saturday night is never a drag but there’s plenty of Drag at Carlotta Gurl’s Absolut’ly DragULous at The Junction