There’s more than just Shakespeare at Bard on the Beach

Last night Chor Leoni’s Mane Event at Bard on the Beach filled the mainstage tent with the sounds of music.

The perfect way to wrap up the Canada Day weekend, the Lions brought to stage a varied selection of songs including a taste of Canadiana including iconic hits by Tragically Hip,  Ian & Sylvia Tyson along with Quebecois and Maritime folk faves and the touching Gimikwenden Ina from the Indigenous musical Children of God. In the second act, the men of Chor Leoni really let loose and ramp up the fun with the pop and Broadway hits.  Rob McAllister’s colourful costumes add to the comedic flare pop and Broadway hits.  Even Bollywood makes a showing too, really highlighting Ariana Barer’s choreography. Meghan Trainor’s Me Too, a Lady Gaga/Madonna mash-up Born To Express Yourself This Way, and Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling brings out the Trolls (not the internet type), to wrap up the feel good show.

This year’s Mane Event was the 25th and final Chor Leoni show at Bard on the Beach but it is just one of the many special events Bard on the Beach hosts each summer.  In addition to the plays in repertoire; Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens & Lysistrata, this year also features;

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks July 28, August 1 & 4 | 5:30pm & 6pm*
See As You Like It or Timon of Athens* followed by a salmon barbecue from Emelle’s Catering. Visit the PIXSTAR Photobooth, take in the award-winning Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band and more, before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.

 Family Nights July 24 & August 21 | 6pm
A perfect night for the whole family! Geared for ages 6 and up, this special evening is filled with family-friendly activities. Arrive at the Village early for the PIXSTAR Photobooth, face painting, food truck, an exclusive pre-show talk designed just for kids and more. Then enjoy a performance of the Bard/Beatles musical-comedy mash-up As You Like It. 

Operas & Arias: Bold and Beautiful August 27 & September 3 | 2pm & 7:30pm (both days)
Join the UBC Opera Ensemble and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for a costumed concert performance. Drawn from a set of best-loved operas, the programme will include favourite selections from La TraviataLa BohèmeDie Fledermausand more. Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze hosts all performances, presented on the BMO Mainstage. 

For more information on these and all the other special events, education and speakers at Bard On The Beach visit




5 Lunar New Year Festival 2018 Events

Chinese New Year is known as the largest mass human migration in the world, as millions of Chinese make visits to their home countries, towns and family, to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Vancouver and Richmond have many events for those of the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and other communities who can’t make the trip home or are returning home to visit.

Weeks of events to commemorate the Lunar New Year Festival include:

Lunar Fest 2018 at the newly renovated Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza welcomes the whole family and their four-legged friends with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets over two weekends; Feb 18, 24 and 25, as well as events at Oakridge and Vancouver Playhouse.

Fly Over Canada – a spectacular double bill ‘flies’ over Canada and then follows through the peaks and valleys of China’s vibrant landscape in the Flight Of The Dragon, until February 18th

Lanterns in the Garden fill the Dr Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese Garden with lanterns, food, activities of a traditional YUAN XIAO (Lunar Month) lantern festival,  for three weekends from February 16th to March 4th.

International Village Mall, Aberdeen Centre, Oakridge Centre  and other Shopping Centres all around Metro Vancouver are hosting Chinese and Lunar New Year events;  Exhibits, Craft & Flower Market, Stage Performances, Dragon and Lion Dances, Kids Activities, Prizes and more fill the Malls through the New Year.

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival, rings in the new year with a bang on February 18th as firecrackers crack through the sounds of spectators and revellers lining the route of the 45th Chinatown Parade from 11am, along E Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets. After the parade watch for ‘the Lions’ as they visit and perform for local Chinatown businesses to bring good fortune through the new year.

For more Vancouver and Richmond events and information visit

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

Picks of the Week – August 10, 2016

Since this summer’s weather isn’t really cooperating to make us feel the heat, it may be a perfect time to head in to catch a movie at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The VQFF plus more highlight the picks of the week:

Movie: You’ll be seeing yellow for Wednesday movie night at Lansdowne Centre Starlight Cinema, park your car for an old-fashioned drive-in style evening or bring a lawn chair to watch Minions.

Bingo: It’s a steal when violent vixens Carlotta Gurl and Mina Mercury pay tribute to Suicide Squad with Suicide Bingo: Good Gurls Gone Bad, Wednesday at Celebrities.

Ivories: Tonight, Drink, Sing, Laugh at XYYVR with Keys Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

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VQFF Centrepiece Film: Strike a Post

Fest: The 28th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the city’s second largest film festival and brings over 80 films to the screen starting tomorrow August 11th until August 20th

RobButterfieldepCoverSession: the second Light Organ Records Railtown Session takes place Friday, highlighting local artist Andy Bishop

Kicks: Vancouver Whitecaps return to BC Place with some new players and a hope to return to winning ways when they host San Jose on Friday

Snow: Swedish indie-pop trio Miike Snow play The Orpheum Theatre on Friday evening.

Stars:  Now held over until August 27th, Theatre Under The Stars presents West Side Story and Beauty and The Beast at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

Pride: Saturday the New West Pride Columbia Street Party fills the street with Drag and Carnival entertainment, Beer Gardens, Food Trucks and more from 3 – 8pm on Columbia Street.

Party: Follow up the street party with a drag Extravaganza Eleganza at The Columbia, a kitchy, adult night of entertainment, with the Pride After Partyto wrap up the night

Roar: Let your Lions pride show when the BC Lions take on Hamilton Ti-cats on Saturday evening.

Improv: The Vancouver TheatreSports League summer line-up includes their tribute to blockbusters The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie, and starting this week the all-female cast of Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies, Explosive Comedy joins the roster

Bard: The 2016 season of Bard on the Beach is well underway in Vanier Park with Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor running in the BMO Main Stage with Pericles and Othello on the Howard Family Stage.

Picks of the Week – September 30, 2015

Hard to believe it’s already the end of September! Let’s see if these picks of the week will keep you busy as we’re starting out autumn

Taste: Tonight is a chance to explore some of the new and familiar restaurants along West Broadway on Tasting Plates Kitsilano West

Gig: While hearing “Chelsea Dagger”,  can be like a dagger through the heart of a Canucks fan. Hearing The Fratellis live at the Commodore tonight will make you forget about the Blackhawks goal song

Rock: Seattle singer Chris Cornell will rock The Orpheum stage with a selection of his solo and Soundgarden catalogue live tonight

Oktober: Kick off the month with a taste of Europe at Harvest Haus, a European Oktoberfest inspired event, October 1 – 11th at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Reggae: Thursday at the Commodore, find out that UB40 is more than just a one-hit wonder when they play tracks from their 35 year career

Oz: The Hard Rock Casino Theatre welcomes some soft rock when Air Supply bring their pop hits to the stage Thursday

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company‘s season is underway with Disgraced running at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and The Waiting Room opening previews Thursday night at Granville Island Stage

SingOut: Songs may turn to shrieks as Showtunes at 1181 – Fright Nights brings their first-Friday singalong songs to 1181

Country: Rogers Arena welcome country superstar Jason Aldean to the stage on Friday night

Finale: The Tea Party wrap up their cross country tour when they stop at Hard Rock Casino Theatre on Friday night

Coco: Calgary act, Double Fuzz, support their latest recording, Coco, on Saturday night at The Emerald

Uprights: Saturday afternoon at BC Place, BC Lions play host to Saskatchewan Roughriders and their energetic fans.

Pucks: Across the street at Rogers Arena, let’s hope the pre-season ends with a win as the Vancouver Canucks host Edmonton Oilers for the final preseason game on Saturday evening.

Hoops: Keeping with the sporting theme, Sunday the NBA returns to Rogers Arena when Toronto Raptors and LA Clippers make a preseason visit to Vancouver




The 2015 BC Lions Schedule Revealed

BC LionsLast week, the CFL has released its 2015 season. The BC Lions will be entering their 58th CFL season and after an up & down 2014 season its hoped this year sees an improvement.  Even though the Leos have reached the playoffs for the last 18 seasons, the semi-final loss to Montreal, was a disappointment, especially as the Grey Cup hosts.  Let’s hope the team, lead by new head coach Jeff Tedford, can book a trip to Winnipeg for the 103rd Grey Cup in November.

This season kicks off with training camp in Kamloops starting on May 27th and the season getting underway with a trip to Ottawa Redblacks on July 4th.  The season home opener is on Friday, July 10, 2015 at BC Place versus Saskatchewan Roughriders and wraps Saturday November 7th hosting Calgary Stampeders.

The home game 2015 BC Lions Schedule at BC Place is:

Fri Jul 10 vs Saskatchewan at 7:00 pm
Fri Jul 24 vs Toronto at 7:00 pm
Thu Aug 06 vs Edmonton at 7:00 pm
Thu Aug 20 vs Montreal at 7:00 pm
Sun Sep 13 vs Ottawa at 1:00 pm
Sat Oct 03 vs Saskatchewan at 4:00 pm
Sat Oct 10 vs Winnipeg at 7:00 pm
Fri Oct 23 vs Hamilton at 7:00 pm
Sat Nov 07 vs Calgary at 4:00 pm

For the full season’s details visit 


Greater Vancouver Zoo

Out in the wilds of Aldergrove, just under an hour from downtown Vancouver, you’ll find the Greater Vancouver Zoo. For over 40 years, animals have been calling the 120 acre zoo, home.

The CAZA accredited zoo features a collection of animals from around the globe; some rescued animals and some were born within the zoo. The site is broken into zones, representing the areas of the world that the animals would normally call home and also tying in the fauna that’s suitable for their ‘home’. Pedestrian pathways and trails connect the zones to stroll the zoo at your leisure or Quada-bikes are available for rent to pedal your way through the paved paths. By some of the looks and effort on the people passing by, the long, gradual hills can be a grueling task.  A miniature railway is also bookable to ride the rails around the central zones, a good option for the many families who visit the zoo. While some of the enclosures mean viewing the inhabitants through the wire fencing a number of them have been upgraded to include a viewing platform so the public is above the fence looking into the enclosure with an unobstructed view.  Of course, this only matters if the inhabitants want to be seen, it takes some searching to see animals in some of the large enclosures.


There are numerous public areas; gift shop and cafe, playground, and picnic spaces, that can be used for corporate venues, birthday parties or even weddings.  While some of the public areas are indeed dated (Expo 86 benches being most obvious), when you realize that most of the admission and donation cash is invested into the animal husbandry, rescue and rehabilitation that makes putting up with aging public infrastructure more tolerable. While it may not have the reputation or calibre of the world’s From the happy faces departing the zoo, family members of all ages seemed to enjoy their visits to the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is located at 5048 – 264th Street, Aldergrove BC
Open 7 days per week (except Christmas Day)
Summer Hours (until Sept 30th) : 9am – 7pm
Adults (16-64 years) – $24
Children (3-15 years) – $18
Children (under 3) – Free
Family (2 adults/3 children) – $77
Parking – $6 / day