Tyrant Studios Summer Lounge Series – August Lineup

Seven Tyrant Theatre’s Summer Lounge Series continues through August at Tyrant Studios, the newly opened theatre, lounge & fully-licensed bar, located above the historic Penthouse Nightclub.  

All summer long, the Summer Lounge Series brings a variety of music and comedy shows each Friday and Saturday night.  

Friday Jazz is a weekly live Jazz show and bar, then Saturday’s The Comic Strip brings weekly comedy show featuring three top comedians plus special guests.

The line up for August’s Summer Lounge Series lineup includes;

FRIDAY JAZZ

Friday August 3rd:  Mike Van Eyes with Guests
Mike Van Eyes is Vancouver’s premiere boogie woogie rock ‘n’ roll piano player.  

Juno Award Winner Russel Sholberg plays Friday Jazz August 10

Friday August 10th: The Russell Sholberg Trio
Juno Award winning bassist Russell Sholberg plays an acoustic jazz set with his trio covering a range of classics and contemporary jazz originals.

Friday August 17th: The David Hodgson Trio 
David Hodgson is a Toronto based Jazz musician and a recent winner of the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund award.   

Friday August 24th: Kevin Romain and special guests
Drummer and composer Kevin Romain has established himself as one of the most in-demand drummers in Vancouver’s creative music scene. 

Friday August 31st: Tim Sars Trio + Kevin Romain Trio
A double bill led by two of Vancouver’s most in-demand Jazz musicians.
Tim Sars Trio:
The Tim Sars Trio has a vast book of music, from New Orleans Jazz, swing, funk, and originals.
Kevin Romain Trio:
Kevin Romain has garnered acclaim as a unique voice on the drum set.

 

Charlie Demers Headlines The Comic Strip August 11

THE COMIC STRIP
Each Saturday The Comic Strip showcases three of the best stand-up comedians in Vancouver.  Hosted by David Thomas Newham and Dave Harris.  

Saturday August 4th:
Abdul Aziz and Harris Anderson with Headliner Yumi Nagashima

Saturday August 11th:
Ryan Gunther and Mikey Dubs, with Headliner Charlie Demers 

Katie Ellen Humphries stands up at The Comic Strip August 18

Saturday August 18th:
Katie-Ellen Humphries and Levi McCachen with Headliner Simon King  

Saturday August 25th:
Jacob Samuel and Sam Tonning with Headliner Kevin Banner

 

Doors open for all shows at 9pm with showtimes at 9:30.
Friday Jazz shows run until midnight. The Comic Strip main stand-up pros’ show, runs until 11:00PM, then a free “open mic” comedy session welcomes aspiring comics follows from 11:30PM to 1:30AM.

For more information, performer bios and tickets, visit TyrantStudios.com

 

Where to watch Honda Celebration of Light 2018

The 2018 Honda Celebration of Light is upon us and expected to bring more than a million spectators to the shores of English Bay July 28th (South Africa), August 1st (Sweden) and 4th (South Korea). This year the teams must all incorporate the same theme – Love – into their competition entry.

The audience gathers early around English Bay Beach and Kits Beach, to watch the live performances at the Honda Zone, Z-Fest and Second Beach Park Stages or the Red Bull Air Show.

If standing amongst the masses to witness the fireworks spectacular isn’t your cup of tea, and you don’t have a friend with a balcony view of the fireworks barge in English Bay, a boat to take you out on the waters or a flight above the city to look down to the Celebration, here are a few other spots that will give you another unique outlook on the Celebration of Light.

The Honda Celebration of Light ticketed spectator spots offer guests front and centre views of the action from;

View from Keg Lounge

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Lounge – a VIP 19+ lounge, located on the roof of the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay including live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk – the closest water-side view of the fireworks from the lounge surrounding the Inukshuk with DJ, buffet and cocktails.

The YVR Observation Deck – reserved-seating bleachers with dedicated cash bar and food services

YVR Business Class Cabanas – are almost all sold out for the chance to take your private party hosting up a notch with a private cabana for 24, limited numbers are available for August 4th only.

A couple of other special spots around over in Kits to watch are:

Vancouver Maritime Museum presents Fire & Light Fireworks Night, a fundraiser and entertaining evening on the VMM’s exclusive patio at Vanier Park, filled with food, wine, fireworks, performances by ABRA-Cadabra : an Abba tribute band, plus silent and live auctions.

Bard on the Beach offers Bard-B-Q and Fireworks : a special night, watch a performance of As You Like It or Timon of Athens then stay for a Salmon BBQ by Emelle’s Catering, visit the PIXSTAR photo booth, enjoy music by Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band and, of course, watch the fireworks from the Bard Village.

While reservations this close may be hard to come by restaurants ringing English Bay also offer great vantage points;

Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
The Boathouse – English Bay & Kits Beach
Hook Seabar – English Bay
The Three Brits Pub – English Bay
Avocado Bay – West End
Bayside Lounge – West End
Beach Bay Cafe & Patio – West End
The Sylvia Hotel – West End

Prince of Whales Whale Watching is also offering 2 hour cruise packages to enjoy the fireworks from the water,  limited tickets still available online.

Wherever you end up watching the Honda Celebration of Lights, may it light up your night! 

The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List Is Revealed

This week, the Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2018 Short List.

 

Selected from the previously announced 40 album Long List, the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

  • Alvvays – Antisocialites
  • Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
  • Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  • Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  • Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  • Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
  • Partner – In Search Of Lost Time
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
  • U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
  • Weaves – Wide Open
Polaris Music Prize Short List Albums

“Many jurors expressed their difficulty narrowing down their ballots. The diligence that went into their listening and consideration produced an incredible Short List,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018.”

The announcement took place at CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto, ON and was announced by CBC Music Morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris. Douris will also host the Polaris Music Prize Gala, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto in September.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, (released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018), judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2018 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. The Grand Jury, consisting of eleven music journalist, bloggers & broadcasters, convenes on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner, watch the show and winner announcement live-streamed at cbcmusic.ca/polaris on September 17, 2018.

Picks of the Week – July 11, 2018

The heat has returned and the entertainment values in this week’s picks heat up too:

Taste: Tonight, Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates heads to North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale to explore the tastes of the neighbourhood.

Bard on the Beach – As You Like It : Lindsey Angell & Nadeem Phillip

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It or the dramatic Macbeth at Bard on the Beach 2018

Kicks: The FIFA World Cup finals come to an end this weekend, lots of spots to watch the big matches including Vancouver Alpen Club which opens the doors at 7:30 on July 15th for the final plus food, prizes and fun for all ages.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland opens daily from July 29th for all your family’s summer excitement, or leave the kids at home for Playland Nights, Fridays from 7pm to Midnight

SkyHigh: Take your dining experience to new heights with Dinner In The Sky, high above the shore of North Vancouver until July 29th.

Laugh: Get a good laugh at those millenials and a whole lot more at Vancouver Theatresports League when you check out their new show Avocado Toast, or another evening of improv

Stars: The stars and future stars come out as Theatre Under The Stars opens its 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl.

Dance: The 30th Anniversary of Dancing on the Edge Festival continues through July 14th around town.

Abba: 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:  Once is not enough to see, the final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season, ONCE, running at the Granville Island Stage.

Stage: The Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival gets underway this week with a trio of plays running through August: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane

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.

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Roar: Show your lions’ pride as the BC Lions roar into BC Place on Saturday to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Fest: The 42nd Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival fill the scenic shores of Jericho Park with music this weekend, July 13 – 15

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.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver latest 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, until 2019

Broadway: The Queen Elizabeth stage becomes the streets of revolutionary Paris as Broadway Across Canada’s Les Miserables takes the stage until Sunday

Penthouse: Tyrant Studios Lounge, within the famed Penthouse Night Club welcomes Jazz Fridays and The Comic Strip Saturdays.

CBC Musical Nooners 2018 Line-Up

The CBC Musical Nooners make their return on Tuesday.  For the 9th year, the outdoor plaza at CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street comes to life with music acts performing live, each weekday from noon – 1pm, from July 10 – August 17

Opening day, July 10th is a celebration of Indigenous Culture and a performance by North West Coast First Nations rap duo Mob Bounce, taking the stage from Noon.  The Indigenous food truck, Mr Bannock, will also be on site to fill your lunch time appetites while you enjoy the music on stage. The rest of the opening week’s performers are in association with the Vancouver Folk Festival, teasing the great music performing at the iconic festival, as well the Surrey Fusion Festival brings performers to the nooners to highlight the world beats on stage there.

The CBC Musical Nooners cover all genres of music from HipHop, Pop, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, and more. Many CBC Music Searchlight competitors take the stage highlighting the best of local talent.

The line up for the rest of the season is;

July 10 – Mob Bounce (hip hop)
July 11 – Son de Madera (folk/world)
July 12 – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (folk)
July 13 – Little Miss Higgins (blues/country)
July 16 – Winsome Kind (indie/folk)
July 17 – Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (roots)
July 18 – Haley Blais (pop)
July 19 – Dawn Pemberton (soul/gospel)
July 20 – Rumba Calzada (Latin jazz)
July 23 – Adam Robert Thomas (jazz)
July 24 – Portraits of Us (acoustic)
July 25 – Fall Brigade (rock)
July 26 – The Long War (indie)
July 27 – Jen Hodge All Stars (jazz)
July 30 – Old Soul Rebel (soul)
July 31 – Sinclair & Bennett (blues)
August 1 – Will Stroet from CBC Kids (children’s)
August 2 – Lonesome Town Painters (bluegrass)
August 3 – Tanga (world fusion)
August 6 – BC Day, no concert
August 7 – Petunia & The Vipers (rockabilly)
August 8 – David Ward (funk)
August 9 – Roy Forbes (folk)
August 10 – Schwey (R&B)
August 13 – Desirée Dawson (soul)
August 14 – Caleb Hart (reggae)
August 15 – Sister Speak (world)
August 16 – Wooden Horseman (rock)
August 25 – Coco Jafro (funk)

For details about each of the acts and more information, like weather interruptions, about the CBC Musical Nooners visit the CBC British Columbia website.

28th Annual Harmony Arts Festival opens August 3rd

As it enters its 28th year, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver keeps going from strength to strength.  Surrounding the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival fills the calendar from August 3rd to 12th with over 150 music, arts, film and food events, much of it free!

Highlights of the festival events include;

ARTS:

Indigenous Exhibition: A new feature in the festival, the Indigenous Exhibition, celebrates Indigenous artists and communities, while honouring the tradition of gathering and sharing. The exhibition is inspired by West Vancouver’s origins on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, in particular, the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations. Opening at Ambleside Landing August 3rd, with a traditional welcome ceremony, the program invites visitors to learn about Indigenous culture through an exploration of 30 artists in an authentic marketplace and art exhibition.
Indigenous Exhibition runs August 2 – 12, daily until 9pm

ArtSpeaks: Expand your knowledge with over 20 artist talks, demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and more. Offered in two waterfront tents near the Ferry Building Gallery. Select artists will also showcase their works as part of the Harmony Showcase Exhibition, held in the Silk Purse Arts Centre. For fashion enthusiasts, the Slow Clothes Fashion Show, takes place on Wednesday, August 8 at 2 p.m. on the John Lawson Stage.
Art Speaks opens August 3–12: 12 – 9p.m.

Art Beat: Discover more than 40 artists showcasing their works on the Ambleside and Dundarave beat as you local shops and restaurants together with West Vancouver’s vibrant waterfront. A street celebration takes place on August 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ?Art Beat opens August 3–12, store hours

Fresh St. Market Art Market: Argyle Street is filled with a diverse array of juried products including ceramics, glass, jewellery, leather, painting, photography, textiles and wood, the Fresh St. Market Art Market is the place to find incredible gifts and one-of-a-kind artistic treasures. Meet artists and artisans who display awe-inspiring works in a row of white tents.
Fresh St. Market Art Market runs August 3–6 and August 10–12, times vary

A complete list of participating vendors can be found at  harmonyarts.ca/art/art-market

MUSIC:
Four Stages to choose from to suit your musical tastes.

ONNI Group Sunset Concerts evenings at John Lawson Park features Buckman Coe, Sara Jane Scouten, Jane Mortiffee & Friends, The Paperboys and more

Jim Byrnes

Parc Retirement Living Garden Concerts at Millennium Park, feature Jim Byrnes, The Adam Woodall Band, Coco Jafro, plus tribute bands The Hip Show, and Eagle Eyes, to name just a few.

Seniors’ Series
, finds Dal Richards Orchestra (August 5), The Bruce James Orchestra – Vancouver’s Big Band (August 6) and The Beauty Shop Dolls (August 12) playing afternoons at John Lawson Park

Live Music at The Silk Purse
 has live jazz and classic sounds in the afternoons August 8, 9 & 10

FILM:?

Outdoor Cinema

Following the ONNI Group Sunset Concerts John Lawson Park becomes an outdoor cinema, with free nightly screenings of award-winning films starting at 9pm.
This year’s line-up includes award-winning films like The Greatest Showman, Coco, Beatlejuice, My Fair Lady, Rocky, Wonder Woman and more.

FOOD:
Every good festival offers good food and Harmony Arts Festival doesn’t disappoint with a hearty selection of its own.

Artisan Eats
, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park.

The Park Royal Beachside Patio
finds a pop-up version of Feast The Neighbourhood Table to Argyle Street.

The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge
features a pop-up Salt & Earth Oyster Bar offering dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage.

Ambleside Pier

Harmony Arts Festival also offers three special ticketed events:

?Indigenous Feast: at Ambleside Landing August 7th, 6pm is a brand new event with a traditional indigenous menu from Salmon & Bannock, accompanied by a performance by Murray Porter.

8th Annual Best of the West:
on Ambleside Pier August 8th, 7-9pm is a tasty curated evening featuring a dozen local restaurants paired with wineries celebrating the best of BC.

3rd Annual Mixology Night on the Pier
: on the Ambleside Pier August 9, 7:30-9:30pm welcomes eight of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees.

With so much to keep young and old entertained from day time to evening, it’s not surprising to see why Harmony Arts Festival has kept visitors returning year after year. ?There’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy at Harmony Arts Festival.
Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.

Honda Celebration of Light 2018 Park Stage Line-Up

Honda Celebration of Light organizers recently announced the line-up of acts taking to the Park Stage at Second Beach during the three days of music during the fireworks festival.

The Park Stage at Second Beach performers offer enjoyment for all ages and offer a full-day of entertainment leading up to the 28th annual fireworks show above English Bay on July 28th, August 1st and August 4th. The line-up features a diverse list of musical acts including Jully Black, Five Alarm Funk and Busty and the Bass.

Other acts joining taking Stage include Bend Sinister, DiRTY RADiO, Missy D & Friends, Ashleigh Ball, Schwey, The X Presidents, Sister Says, The Hairfarmers, Luca Fogale, Alex Maher and Niska Napoleon. 

The free festival at Second Beach will also features food trucks, the REMAX Family Zone, and other sponsor activations. Licensed from 2pm – 9pm the festival is the perfect place for friends and  family to enjoy the friendly and entertaining atmosphere with an afternoon of music, beverages, food, and (hopefully) sunshine.  

Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof

If the Park Stage at Second Beach isn’t your scene, Honda Celebration of Light offers plenty of ways to make the most of all that the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world has to offer, from the prime viewing at The Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk or with guaranteed family friendly seating at the YVR Observation Deck. 

For a full schedule, event details and tickets visit hondacelebrationoflight.com