Picks of the Week – June 12, 2019

We’re into the start of another hot spell, and the weather is pretty good too! Let’s see what hot picks are on this week!

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.

Global: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s (VICO) 2019 Global Soundscapes Festival  wraps up tomorrow, June 13th

Moms: You don’t have to be a mom to enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, playing at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, you just have to have one.

Dad: Join Vancouver TheatreSports on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00pm for The SuperDad Show, a special matinee performance in celebration dear ol’ Dad.

Popera: Top-selling solo classical singer Andrea Bocelli performs at Rogers Arena on Thursday June 13th.

Bard on the Beach
Taming of the Shrew

Tents: Another 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

Pop: Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes brings his tour to Rogers Arena on Friday June 14th

Aeriosa
Aeriosa – Grand Firs

Aerial: The first-ever Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit, wraps up June 15th, presented by Vancouver-based dance company, Aeriosa, brings events to SFU Woodwards (atrium), Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (Douglas Firs at Great Lawn), and Guinness Tower (outside).

Ball: The BC Lions football season gets under way Saturday when they play host to Winnipeg Jets at BC Place on Saturday

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

Delia Brett & Daelik MACHiNENOiSY
We Are By Which We Are Moved In Return

Dance: Until June 15, at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, MACHiNENOiSY & SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs co-present We Are By Which We Are Moved In Return which seeks to acknowledge the unseen forces, organic and inorganic, that make us and move us.

Picks of the Week – June 5, 2019

June begins, bringing us ever closer to the start of summer. The last official week’s of spring bring us plenty of entertainment and attractions in our picks of the week.

Tacos: It’s the last days to taste and vote for the entries in Vancouver Foodster’s Taco Challenge. Try them all, like I have, and choose your favourite before June 9th.

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.

Global: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s (VICO) presents the 2019 Global Soundscapes Festival from May 31st to June 13th at venues around Vancouver plus Ucluelet.

Vitaly

Magic: Wednesday night at River Rock Show Theatre be amazed by the magic and illusions of Vitaly: An Evening Of Wonder

Pop: New Jersey’s A R I Z O N A bring their The Find Someone Tour to the Commodore Ballroom Wednesday night

ETC’s bare photo: Sasha Aleshchenko

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports gives audiences the ending of their choosing at Throne and Games – The Last Laugh featuring some familiar characters, but no dragon breath, along with a myriad of unexpected plot twists as suggested by the audience, until June 15th.

Folk: Thursday June 6th, UK act Bear’s Den bring their folk rock sound to Commodore Ballrooom

Youth: Eternal Theatre Collective (ETC), Vancouver’s youth theatre company is bringing the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical bare, to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver from May 29th to June 8th. 

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, 2019

Electro: Montreal electro-funk duo Chromeo, with guests The Beaches, will have the audience dancing when they play outdoors at Malkin Bowl on Friday night.

Billy Gardell

Comedy: Emmy nominated actor (Mike and Molly) and comedian Billy Gardell brings stand-up comedy to the River Rock Show Theatre Friday night.

Solo: Singer-Songwriter, Author, Performance Artist Amanda Palmer supports her recently released album; There Will Be No Intermission, as well as artbook, at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC on Thursday

North: Hosted in Vancouver June 1 – 9, 2019, Magnetic North Festival is Canada’s only national theatre festival, bringing developing works of theatre from across the country to various stages around the city.

The Cult

Rock: British rock legends The Cult celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their massive Sonic Temple album at The Vogue Theatre on Sunday June 9th

Pigskin: The BC Lions final preseason game welcomes Calgary to BC Place on Friday June 7th

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Aerial: June 9 – 15, the first-ever Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit, presented by Vancouver-based dance company, Aeriosa, brings events to SFU Woodwards (atrium), Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (Douglas Firs at Great Lawn), and Guinness Tower (outside).

Picks of the Week – June 20, 2018

Summer 2018 is upon us and bringing with it a plethora of entertainment to keep your week moving along with these picks.

Eat: Take a flavourful tour of Vancouver’s West End on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates West End edition.

Bard: Make your picks between a Beatles themed version of As You Like It or the Scottish Play in the Bard on the Beach 2018

Jazz: The Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals both get underway June 22 with Macy Gray, Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Bonobo, The Jerry Douglas Band and more

Queer Arts Festival: Skin & Metal: Homoerotic Music Theatre Works by Barry Truax

Arts: The 10th Anniversary Queer Arts Festival is underway until June 28th at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Kicks: Get your FIFA World Cup fix and soak up the global vibes at various venues around town

Exhibit: Get away to the cabin at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever a new exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018. As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Fest: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presents the Global Soundscape Festival a celebration of Middle Eastern music at venues around town June 16 – 27, 2018

Concert: Saturday night at Vancouver Playhouse, Sweet Bubbling Nights, presented by Soulful Productions is a sizzling celebration of soul, Motown, funk, show tunes and drag in support of LGBTI Pulse Memorial Scholarship.

Inked: The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Art reopens after renovations with BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest an exhibition deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment curated by Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation

MammaMiaAbba: You’ll have a hard time not singing along at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Irish: The final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season closes with ONCE, at the Granville Island Stage.

Outdoor: DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents, Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul, for its annual Outdoor Summer Screening at Robson Square on Saturday at 9:30pm

Resist: Until October 8th at MOA, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland on weekends with three added rides for the family’s excitement.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver opens a new exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, which takes a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city.

Egypt comes to Royal BC Museum

Journey back to a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids rose above the desert and the people believed gods walked among us, with Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Running until December 31, the impressive exhibition, now open with more than 300 original artifacts, some up to 4,500 years old, covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the fertile Nile valley to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras millennia later. 

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs includes a mix of interactive displays, video and dioramas, to support the ancient artifacts which include the coffin of Nakht, an 790 kilogram sandstone bust of Hatshepsut, thousands of year old stoneware and pots, ornate gold and stone jewellery and much more.

Step into the exhibit’s temple doors, and learn about everyday life on the fertile belt of the River Nile, to the worship of the ancient Gods. Look at the life of the Pharaohs – Gods among men, and test your heart to see of you’ll make the voyage to the afterlife.

The only Canadian stop for this one of a kind collection, guests will be the among the first in North America to see the collection of artifacts curated from the collections of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, the Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, the Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm, Germany, and the University Museum of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs runs at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria until December 31, 2018.  In addition to the exhibit, visit the IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum to watch Egypt: Mysteries of Egypt, a perfect companion to the exhibition.

Picks of the Week – April 4, 2018

April Showers seems to be fulfilling the first half of the proverb, but will they bring May flowers or more crazy weather? One thing is for sure, the Picks of the Week will keep you entertained to start your month.

Rock: The Darkness brings their glam pop/rock sounds to The Vogue tonight

Photos: The 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival opens this week, bringing a month long celebration of all things photographic and lens-based.

Once On This Island: Michael Gnansounou and Brianna Clark
Photo: Tina Clellan

Island: From Broadway to Granville Island, Fabulist Theatre brings a diverse cast to Once On This Island, a current hit on Broadway, opening April 6th, running at RedCard Review Stage until April 14th

Dance: Norwegian Dance Company WEE and Italian Choreographer  Francesco Scavetta collaborate on Hardly Ever an entertaining look at truth and falsehoods, at Scotiabank Dance Centre April 5 – 7

Take 6
photo: John Shyloski

Choir: Chor Leoni’s VanMan Male Choral Summit takes place this weekend, getting underway with a show from award-winning a cappella group Take 6 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday

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

Comedy: Letterkenny Live brings the Canadian sitcom to life, onstage at Orpheum Theatre

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.

Ice: Your last chance to catch Henrik and Daniel before they retire is Thursday night at Rogers Arena as Vancouver Canucks hosting Arizona

Family: The Arts Club Theatre Company has the Tony-Award winning family drama, The Humans onstage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Stephen King’s Misery brings a fright to the Granville Island Stage

MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

Haney Students
1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

VW
VW
credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

Museum of Vancouver brings an Unbelievable new exhibition

After digging through their vaults, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is ready to unveil a new and “Unbelievable” exhibition. Unbelievable is a quirky new exhibition curated from the Museum’s own collections, on display at MOV June 24 – September 24, 2017.

Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, Unbelievable assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for an exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. “Stories are how we create our community and nation. They are literally a matter of life and death, possessing the power to bring us together or tear us apart,” explained Gregory Dreicer, MOV’s Director of Curatorial and Engagement and the creative mind behind Unbelievable. “A shockingly diverse collection of objects will provoke laughter, nostalgia, and fear. What unifies them is not the physical objects themselves – but the contradictory and unbelievable stories that surround each of the treasures on display. We are taking people deep behind the scenes – in order to explore the creation of stories and how they define our past, present, and future.”

A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator.
A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under
Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795. Dobson was brought onboard as a Spanish translator. (MOV Collection)

The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters. The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park – but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow.

Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.

Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr. Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals.
Elephant foot table from prominent Vancouverite, Alexander Bruce
Robertson’ taxidermy collection now housed at the museum. Mr.
Robertson hunted the elephant himself while on safari in Africa, and
the table was probably prepared at RJ Pop, a local taxidermy store
Mr. Robertson used to mount his animals. (MOV collection)

The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.

Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, such as a side table crafted from an elephant foot, a chair cobbled together from cattle horns, and favourite pieces of garbage salvaged by the City of Vancouver’s sanitation workers. This interactive component of the exhibition will encourage visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.

Inspiration for Unbelievable originated last fall in the wake of the American election, which highlighted an astonishing aspect of human nature: people reject facts that don’t fit their story, even if the information is true. MOV concluded an exhibition exploring the notion of truth – including the museum’s role as one of Canada’s most trusted institutions – could not be more timely or relevant. Essentially, lack of trust, the reach of the web, the crisis in journalism and democracy have sparked Dreicer to embark on a quest for stories to believe in. “We live in an age of information where alternative facts and absolute falsehoods have run rampant.” continued Dreicer, “In an era where nothing can be taken at face value, MOV wanted to create an exhibition that raises questions. With Unbelievable, we ultimately hope visitors will walk away awed by the power of story – with a different understanding and possibly skepticism – about the tales they encounter and the stories they tell themselves.”

Unbelievable run June 24 – September 24, 2017 at Museum of Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street.  Visit museumofvancouver.ca for more information on Unbelievable and the rest of the exhibits at the MOV on now.