Happy New Year! We hit 2019 running away with more Vancouver entertainment picks of the week.
Lights: It’s your last chance to view the Canada’s North light display and the historic Woodward’s department store windows as Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event, until tomorrow January 3rd, 2019.
‘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– 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 – 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.
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 – 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
Festies: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival gets underway this week with a kick off screening at party at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn Plaza (QET Plaza) on Thursday Aug 9th.
Punt: The BC Lions play host to Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday August 9th at BC Place
Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It, now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018
Disco: There’s no reason to panic it’s not really a disco, but Panic at the Disco is coming to Rogers Arena on Saturday August 11.
Rock: Jack White brings his solo show to the stage at Rogers Arena but expect to hear tunes from his many other collaborations and bands on Sunday night
Laugh: Visit one of the best patios in Vancouver, the Neil McRae Bar at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and while you’re there get a good laugh a at Vancouver Theatresports League zany improv antics when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up, Vancouver entertainment is hot right now too. Here’s some great entertainment picks to select from
Irish: The new, young Irish theatre company Untold Wants Theatre Co., makes its Vancouver debut with the North American premiere of the acclaimed drama, The Human Ear. Opening July 18, at Pacific Theatre
Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street
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.
Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice twice this week; tonight vs Florida then again on Saturday against Boston.
Cultures: The Cultch York Theatre has Jabberwocky, a dark puppet work inspired by Lewis Carroll, while at the Vancity Culture Lab features No Foreigners a multimedia presentation on race and home, both shows running until February 17th
Rock: Thursday night Cincinnati based rock act Walk the Moon take to the stage at the Vogue Theatre
Musical: Learn to bend and snap as Align Entertainment brings the award winning, bubbly Legally Blonde the Musical to the stage at Michael J Fox Theatre, until February 17th
Pop: Friday night, see what the buzz is about when English songstress Dua Lipa takes to the Vogue Theatre stage.
Exhibition: The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.
Next: West Moon Theatre has dual casts tackling the Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal at Studio 16 from tonight until February 17th
Lunar: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Year of the Dog Lunar Fest at Oakridge Centre and the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza through the new year.
Dragon: At Fly Over Canada it’s a Lunar New Year double-bill of Flight of the Dragon, along with the regular Fly Over Canada experience, only until February 18th.
Moon: The Canadian Classic play, Salt-Water Moon, comes to the Gateway Theatre from February 15 – 24
Theatre: The Arts Club has the backstage antics of Jitters on at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 25 and the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10
Twinkle: Light up your nights with the Festival light displays all around Metro Vancouver; Lights of Hope, Canyon Lights, Bright Nights, Heritage Christmas, Glow Christmas, Lights at Lafarge all bring a little Christmas Spirit.
Carols: The 25th Anniversary of the VSO’s Traditional Christmas at St Andrew’s Wesley this weekend and in various venues throughout the month
Drag: The Christmas Queen is back to ruin Christmas for Vancouver Theatresports League and on Saturday nights, anything can, and will happen, when Vancouver drag diva the Unstoppable Connie Smudge joins the stage, it’s two queens for the price of one at Christmas Queen Drag Race.