Picks of the Week – July 3, 2019

As we move past the long weekend, the season is in full swing, and Summer holidays bringing even more entertainment to the city for this week’s picks

Indian Summer Festival

Festival: The 9th Annual Indian Summer Festival opens tomorrow, bringing locally and internationally renowned artists to venues around the city until July 14th.

Musical: Adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel about the precocious, pint-sized, imaginative student, Matilda the Musical is running at Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 14th.

Moms: A play you and your mom can enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, is playing at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, until July 20th

Nights: Playland Nights returns Friday evening bringing dedicated, 19+ activities and entertainment line-up from 7pm to midnight every Friday in July

Carnaval del Sol
photo: Hudson Hipolito

Latin: The Pacific Northwest’s largest Latin American Festival, Carnaval del Sol takes over Concorde Pacific Place this weekend, July 6-7, with food, drink, entertainment and fashions from all around Latin America

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage, and All’s Well That Ends Well on now at the Howard Family Stage.

Bats: Vancouver Canadians host a 3 game home stand against Everett from July 7 – 9.

Theatre Under The Stars
photo: Lindsay Elliott

Stars: The 2019 season of Theatre Under The Stars starts previews this weekend with Mamma Mia! on Friday & Sunday, and Disney’s Newsies on Saturday & Monday, before their opening nights next week.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropologie’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

SoapOpera: Vancouver TheatreSports presents its newest show, Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s.

Films: EVO Summer Cinema outdoor movie series returns to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Tuesday nights until August 20, 2019, the the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Field becomes a free public cinema. 

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Indian Summer Festival brings local & international arts together

The 9th annual Indian Summer Festival returns to Vancouver, from July 4 to 14, bringing locally and internationally renowned artists to venues around the city. With the provocative theme of ‘Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,’ the 2019 festival lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers from around the world.

“What we need more than ever in the world today is a way out of the tumult that seems to surround us. For our ninth edition, we’ve invited an incredible range of artists who do that, and who are either tricksters, magicians or oracles in their own way. So they give us a way out through laughter, or conjure up a new reality for us to reach for, or light a path forward with their prophecies,” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Artistic Director. “Our roster this year includes some of the most influential artists in the world. The festival, as always, is a model for what the world could look like, if we came together with all the power of human diversity, innovation, creativity, and wisdom.”

Indian Summer Festival

From Grammy award-winning classical guitarists to genre-bending DJs, razor sharp comedians, and award-winning novelists this year’s programming spans literary dialogues, debates, performance art, musical collaborations, interactive public art, and culinary experiences.

Indian Summer Festival has made its mark on Vancouver, becoming one of the city’s leading cultural events with a reputation for unusual pairings of the local with the international and the traditional with the contemporary. By creating a space in Vancouver for local and global conversations, and dissolving cultural borders, Indian Summer Festival challenges and invites artists and audiences to come together in the spirit of dialogue. 

The festival begins with much sought after Indian Summer Festival Opening Party on July 4th at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Wrapping up July 14th with Transformation Tea Party at Museum of Vancouver. In between the festival packs in dozens of events, talks, art installations, concerts and more. 

Find out more details and the full schedule for Indian Summer Festival 2019 visit on line at indiansummerfest.ca

Catch the Stereophonics ‘Train’.

Stereophonics – Commodore Ballroom – October 6, 2013

Stereophonics returned to the Commodore Ballroom for their first time since they played the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  Touring in support of their spring 2013 release, “Graffiti On The Train” this is the first tour with new drummer Jamie Morrison, who did a commendable job replacing original drummer Stuart Cable and his replacement Javier Weyler.

From start to finish, the Welsh quartet of Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, Adam Zindani and Morrison keep the sold out room alive with songs from throughout their 16 year history. Hearing one of their earliest singles, “A Thousand Trees” sung along to by the 1000 fans in attendance was an epic start of how the night would evolve. New tracks, “Graffiti On The Train”, “Violins & Tambourines”  and “Indian Summer” fit in nicely with their classic tunes like; “Have A Nice Day”, “Mr Writer”, “Vegas Two Times”, “Maybe Tomorrow” and “Local Boy In A Photograph”.  As with all Stereophonics gigs, the audience was enraptured with the show and hung on every note, dancing and singing their hearts out.
Excitement seemed to have gotten the better of a few of the fans as one girl vomited in the front row and another passed out. While the band may present the uber-rockstar swagger, they are actually quite nice, stopping the show to make sure they were alright. Similarly, I recall meeting them once and they were most concerned with making sure my friend and I got home alright in the snow.


Over the course of the nearly 2 hour show the Commodore’s famed sprung dance-floor got a work out, especially during the encore’s “Bartender & The Thief” and “Dakota”, as the audience wanted the night to never end.

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