10 Plays For The Whole Family This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to gather the family together and enjoy the fun of live theatre.

Align Entertainment started the season off with their, just ended run of, A Christmas Story : The Musical. This holiday season finds theatre offering something for everyone in the family, from romance, to drama, comedy to fantasy.

Check out the list of 10 plays to find something that’s sure to please you and your family or friends this season.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – November 15 – December 30, 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
In this modern follow up to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, take another trip to Pemberley as romance and comedy mix with Christmas festivities.

Merry Kiss-mas

Merry Kiss-Mas – November 21 – December 24, 2018 – Improv Centre, Granville Island, 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
‘VTS Channel’ presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy parodying all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in a holiday TV special or film.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr – November 24 – 25, 2018 – Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster
Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association presents this children’s production of Disney’s musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale.

East Van Panto – Wizard of Oz

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – November 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019 – The Cultch York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
East Van Panto returns for its sixth year, finding Dorothy and Toto flung to the Land of Oz in the depths of East Van

Disney’s Beauty And The Beast – December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019 – Arts Club Theatre Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Disney’s tale as old as time comes to life, with a song as old as rhyme, lavish costumes, lush sets and great casting in this remount.

James & Jamesy – O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tea – Various Locations including; December 1, 2018 -Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster // December 10 – 11, 2018 – Kay Meek Arts Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
The award winning duo, James & Jamesy bring their physical comedy to the regioni with a Christmas cuppa brimming with holiday cheer, and much more.

Little Dickens – December 4 – 22, 2018 – The Cultch Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables, Vancouver
Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens, finds the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever.

It’s a Wonderful Life – December 6 – 31, 2018 Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Take a trip to Bedford Falls and watch George Bailey come back from despair to realize that it is a wonderful life.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – December 6 – 16, 2018 – Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
In this lively Christmas classic, the six Herdman kids, “the worst kids in the history of the world”, take over the annual Christmas pageant, much mayhem and fun follows in this hilarious and heartwarming story.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr – December 7 – 8, 2018 – Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster
Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association presents this children’s version of Disney’s beloved musical


Graham Clark’s The Quiz Show comes to The Fox Cabaret

Laughter is the answer when Canadian comedian, Graham Clark, and co-producer Chris Bentzen bring “The Quiz Show” to The Fox Cabaret this Saturday September 9th at 8:00pm. 

A live hybrid of American game show and British panel show, “The Quiz Show” grew from Clark’s love of game shows, and originally debuted in 2016 at the now defunct Hot Art Wet City. “The Quiz Show” has grown from a spoof on segments from game shows past into all original segments, and features local comedians as contestants doing their best to make audience members laugh – and win prizes, of course!

The Quiz Show host, three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Graham Clark Clark is also a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and has appeared at Just for Laughs, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival (where he won best stand up in 2016), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a winner of the Yuk Yuks “Great Canadian Laugh Off” and has appeared on HBO’s Funny As Hell.
As the host of “The Quiz Show”, Graham “Sparky” Clark says, “What’s more fun than being in the audience at Quiz Show? A party at Elton John’s probably…but this is something YOU are invited to!”

This Thursday’s performance of “The Quiz Show” is the kick off of a monthly edition of the evening at The Fox Cabaret.  Tickets for the September 9th edition of “The Quiz Show” at The Fox Cabaret are on sale now and available online on Eventbrite.

PuSh Festival 2017 – Program Launch

pushfestivalIt’s looking like it’s going to be a long, wet winter, thankfully PuSh Festival comes along each year to brighten the long dreary days.

Last night at the Fox Cabaret, the home of Club PuSh, Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour and Associate Curator Joyce Rosario announced the line-up for the 2017 PuSh Festival.  The 2017 Festival Guide is packed with another 3 weeks, January 16 – February 5, 2017, worth of acclaimed local, national and international artists that showcases their visionary, creative works. The multi-disciplinary festival, now in it’s 13th year, has earned its reputation for cutting-edge works in live theatre, dance, film, music and more.

This year watch for; Third World Bunfight from South Africa to put on a creative adaptation of Verdi’s Macbeth, from Belgium/Netherlands Jan Maarten’s Sweat Baby Sweat dance performance, or shadow projections in the Garden of Earthly Delights from Canada’s Mere Phantoms. With venues and showcases all over the city, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the 2017 PuSh Festival 

For the full line-up of what’s coming in the 2017 PuSh Festival visit pushfestival.ca

Watch TED 2016

Once again TED Conference has begun in Vancouver, starting today through February 19th. Educators, entertainers, scientists and other creative minds descend upon the city for the week’s worth of sessions.  TED 2016 Dream is the theme that the sessions are built around; titled Our Tomorrow, Radical Repatterning, Life Hacks and more.

While most of us won’t have the opportunity to attend TED 2016 in person, attendance is by application and an $8500 fee, as with all TED events there are ways for the public to access the knowledge.

The Opening Session, today at 5pm, is being broadcast live at selected Cinemas around town. Book tickets here

You can also access TED Live for on demand viewing of all TED talks.

Some public locations are also live streaming TED 2016;
Grouse Mountain is live streaming the sessions at Theatre In The Sky
Vancouver Public Library branches around the city will be live streaming, check times as branch hours vary.  Check Library Branches in other municipalities too.
UBC offers live streaming broadcasts at Scarfe Building
Look for live streaming at other colleges and schools around the city.


Top 10 Grossing Concert Tours of 2014

KatyPerry_4137After a record breaking 2013 at the box office, 2014 continued live music’s rise.  This year’s attendance wained slightly after last year’s 30% gains but due to higher ticket prices the overall box office grew 3.4% nearly hitting $2billion for the Top 10 Grossing Tours alone.

One Direction claimed the top spot on the year with over 3 millions fans taking in their shows for a box office total of $290,178,452.  I diverse selection of shows followed with Justin Timberlake, and perennial big sellers, Rolling Stones making up the Top 3.

The whole Top Ten live shows (as ranked by Billboard Magazine)

1.  One Direction – $290,178,452
2.   Justin Timberlake – $203,848,901
3.   Rolling Stones – $143,448,464
4.  Eagles – $127,939,979
5.  Katy Perry – $108,086,179
6.  Paul McCartney – $107,243,494
7.  Bruno Mars – $96,580,289
8.  Beyoncé & Jay Z – $95,978,476
9.  Lady Gaga – $80,679,636
10.  Michael Bublé – $74,152,634

Which shows did you see this year? What are your favourite live acts?

resources: Billboard Magazine BoxScore


Tripimproviser at Vancouver TheatreSports

Theatre Sports TripimprovisorVancouver TheatreSports League‘s latest show, Tripimproviser, asks the audience “Where will your laughter take you?” Hilarious reviews and ratings on the real Trip Advisor have inspired this new interactive show at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Last night’s performance featured actors Denise Jones, Margret Nyfores, Graeme Duffy, Nathan Clark and Ken Lawson dreaming up some hilarious segments based on some very random input from the audience.  Unlike many Vancouver TheatreSports shows, there are no points to for the actors to compete for, but like other shows, the audience get to enjoy the quick witted show we’ve come to expect.  Tripimproviser also included host Michael Teigen wandering through the camera dressed like a ‘tacky tourist’ while drawing out the unique stories and talents held by the audience members. Since no two audiences are alike, the participation factor makes it a new show each performance.  The audience and sketches in last night’s show included a fluent Russian speaker, a Columbian adjudicator and a Regina math teacher.

Find out what hysterical stories and ideas are hiding in the audience when you attend Vancouver TheatreSports’ Tripimproviser.

Tripimproviser plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at the Improv Centre, Granville Island, until September 27, 2014
Reserve Tickets online or call 604.738.7013 extension 31
Follow Vancouver TheatreSports League on Twitter @VanTheatreSport or Facebook.com/VanTheatreSport

Reminisce with Commodore Ballroom’s Historic Archives

The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver has been an institution in the city for over 80 years.

photo: Commodore Ballroom
photo: Commodore Ballroom

Begun as a ballroom for dining and dancing featuring house bands like the legendary Dal Richards Orchestra.  As trends changed and waned the fortunes of the Commodore Cabaret dropped.  New owners and the addition of a liquor license in the 1970’s changed the appeal of the newly renamed Commodore Ballroom.  But again tastes changed and the late 90’s found the room fall dark for three years, until new ownership under the House Of Blues banner revived the venue once again. Now renowned as one of the country’s best and most influential live music halls, the Commodore has booked some of the best and brightest acts in the world.  Historic early performances from acts like U2, Tina Turner, Nirvana, Coldplay, and Michael Buble have graced the stage and had their audiences dancing on the famed sprung dancefloor.
The Commodore Ballroom has now put their history online so you can relive and reminisce on some of the great shows over the last 5 decades of live music.

Visit CommodoreBallroom.ca/show-archive/ to see what shows you can remember from your own visits to the historic venue!