Picks of the Week – October 4, 2017

Shine on Harvest Moon…we have a bright full moon to light our nights as we explore these picks of the week

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s  Angels In America: Perestroika closes at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this weekend, October 8th.

Circus: The Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe swings into action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Keys: The Piano Guys tickle the ivories at Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight, Oct 4th.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Vancouver Alpen Club.

R&B: Rogers Arena will be filled on Thursday night when The Weeknd takes the stage.

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Musical: Bring On Tomorrow Theatre Company presents 13: The Musical, a musical take on adolescence at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island Oct 4th – 8th

Comedy: Funnyman Nick Offerman brings his brand of comedy to the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday night.

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

Talk: This Saturday afternoon gain some perspective on the city’s history at The Vancouver Lookout’s Perspectives Lecture Series.

Rock: Venerable local rock act 54-40 holds their yearly audience for their fans at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night.

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition display at MOV running to February 18, 2018.

Dance: Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien Miscellaneous Productions presents Monsters at the Vancouver Dance Centre Oct 6 – 7

Punt: The BC Lions play host to Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place on Saturday afternoon

Pucks: At Rogers Arena on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers take the ice to open their 2017/18 season.

DJ: Electronic legend DIPLO will keep the fans dancing when he plays the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday

Indie: Fans of indie/alt-pop will be giving thanks when Imagine Dragons take over Rogers Arena on Sunday night

Imagine Dragons : Smoke + Mirrors Tour

Imagine Dragons – Rogers Arena – July 30, 2015

Las Vegas band, Imagine Dragons drew their Smoke + Mirrors Tour to a close in the Pacific Northwest this week with one of the final stops at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. Marking a return since the 2014 Grey Cup Half Time Show

After opening sets by Halsey and Metric, the nearly sold out arena was eagerly anticipating the arrival of Imagine Dragons once the lights dropped for the final time.  Silhouettes of the quartet appeared larger than life before the curtain dropped and the band broke into their 2015 single “Shots”.  Over the course of the next 2 hours the band held the audience enraptured with their catalogue of vastly varied tunes.  The band can’t be pinned to one distinct genre, showing their ability from hard rock and light pop to acoustic folk-country styles.  The diversity of tunes, the bands’ skilled tunesmanship and lead singer Dan Reynolds’ charismatic stage persona.  Reynolds made the vast arena feel intimate, especially when sharing his personal journey with depression and lending support and inspiration to those also dealing with mental health issues.

The audience joined in on many of the tunes, especially their biggest hits,  “On Top Of The World”, “I Bet My Life” and “Radioactive” to wrap up the set and send the audience home on a high note.

Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors Tour has wrapped up in North America but continues into Asia / Oceania for the rest of summer then Europe for the autumn.

Follow Imagine Dragons online at imaginedragonsmusic.com or on Twitter @imaginedragons and facebook.com/imaginedragons


Metric opens for Imagine Dragons

Metric – Rogers Arena – July 30, 2015

MetricCanadian indie pop-rock act, Metric, made a stop in Vancouver, on the Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors Tour. Since the band has sometimes called Vancouver home, they felt comfortable and received a warm welcome when Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key took to the stage for their 45 minute set.
Running through a fan friendly set including hit singles; Stadium Love, Gold Gun Girls, Help I’m Alive, Synthetica, The Shade and Breathing Underwater.  Happily, for the Metric fans they didn’t treat it like a ‘opening’ set and the stage set-up allowed for them to have full effects and lights. Adding in Emily’s costume changes the set reflected the affection they felt for the city and respect they had for their fans.Metric
As the Smoke + Mirrors Tour has wrapped up this weekend, the band continuing touring on their own through Europe this autumn.

Find more Metric online at ilovemetric.com, on Twitter & Instagram @Metric or on Facebook.com/Metric