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

 

Sink Your Teeth Into @VanFoodster 4th Pizza Challenge & More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Vancouver Foodster has launched the 4th Pizza Challenge with restaurants all around the region, from Squamish to to Coquitlam, have signed up to participate. Until April 29th, the public is invited to get out and try any or all of the pizza creations then vote for their favourites to help choose the Pizza Challenge winner.

Once again participating restaurants have been challenged to create a new pizza for the challenge or feature a perfect classic pie from their existing menu. The chefs were advised that the criteria voters will consider when tasting is originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

In addition to the public vote, a trio of media judges will be tasting the Pizza Challenge entries to choose the Judges Choice Winner.

The Media Judges are:

Tara Lee : Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications.
Twitter: @VanGlutton
Instagram @vanglutton

David Grange : Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger
Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger
Instagram: @BCfoodieblogger

Josh Boettcher : Blogger for josheats.com
Twitter: @josheatstweets
Instagram @itsjosheats

Some of the participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge are:

Piva Modern Italian, 787 Columbia Street, New Westminster

La Ruota Pizzeria – Bulgolgi Pizza

Bowen Island Pizza Company, 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver (inside Lonsdale Quay)

Backcountry Brewing, 405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish

La Ruota Pizzeria, 1168 The High Street, Coquitlam

Novo Pizzeria,  2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Bay Moorings Restaurant, 6330 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay

Visit vancouverfoodster.com for the complete list is participating restaurants and to vote on your favourite pizzas.

As well, get your tickets for Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plate East Village coming April 18th and Food Talks Vol. 16 coming May 8th at Dockside Restaurant.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival kicks off 2018

The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is fast approaching. Opening January 16, 2018, the festival brings three weeks of cutting edge, creative performing arts to stages around Vancouver.

The PuSh program is packed with artistic experiences from around the world. Take a look through the listings to find what you’re interested in, here’s a sampling of what you’ll find;

Some Hope for the Bastards – Frédérick Gravel (Canada), the renowned Quebecois dance artist is creator & director of a musical-dance spectacle for the musically adventurous and visually attuned.
Opening Night January 17 at Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.

The Events – Pi Theatre (Canada) present the English Canadian premiere of David Greig’s daring play inspired by the 2011 killing of 69 people at a summer camp in Utøya, Norway.  Featuring a different Metro Vancouver choir each night sharing the stage with the two actors.
January 17 – 18 at Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.

King Arthur’s Night – Neworld Theatre (Canada) presented with UBC Theatre & Film brings us the tale of King Arthur with the added entertainment of a live band and 20 member chorus
January 31 – February 4 at Frederic Wood Theatre 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC

Dickie Beau: Unplugged – Dickie Beau (England), innovative, drag performer discusses his love of drag and how his lip-sync performances have updated the art of drag.
January 19 at The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St
January 20 at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster

Reassembled, Slightly Askew – Shannon Yee (Northern Ireland), a survivor of a medically induced coma and brain injury, brings an audio experience like no other. Melding art and science, this multidisciplinary adventure is a head-trip in the literal sense.
January 17 – February 4 at The Cultch, Culture Lab, 1895 Venables Ave.

Blind Cinema – Britt Hatzius (England/Germany) gives the audience a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes.  The blindfolded audience are blindfolded and seated in front of children who describe the audio-less film in hushed whispers.
January 24 – 25 / January 31 – February 1 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.

Birdman : Live – Antonio Sanchez (USA/Mexico), one of the world’s greatest drummers, provides a live accompaniment to the Academy Award-winning film Birdman onstage at the Vogue Theatre.
February 1 at The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.

The Eternal Tides – Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Taiwan) and choreographer Lin Lee-Chen intertwines intricate age-old rituals, customs and ceremonies with song and dance to create a tribute to the waters that surround the island of Taiwan.
February 3 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.

Amongst all these amazing artistic performance a collection of workshops, talkbacks and panels add to the PuSh Festival experience.
Passes and individual performance tickets are available online now, some shows are already selling fast and will sell out so make your selections soon.

 

Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.

 

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

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.

Origins & Celebrations of Victoria Day

Well before confederation Canada has been celebrating the May Long Weekend, in 1845 the colonial government recognized May 24th as Queen Victoria’s Birthday. Over a century later, we still celebrate Victoria Day on the Monday before May 25th.  Not only a celebration of Queen Victoria but also the Canadian Sovereign’s Official Birthday.

The status of the holiday varies across the Canadian Provinces and Territories but everywhere there is a celebration on Victoria Day (or in Quebec, National Patriots’ Day).
Here in BC, as expected, the Provincial Capital is a hub of Victoria Day celebrations, culminating in the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, today at 9am along Douglas Street.  Now in its 118th year, Victoria’s largest parade is a fun-filled day for the whole family, bringing out an annual crowd of 100,000+ and marks the unofficial kick off to summer for Victorians. Visiting Marching Bands perform all around Victoria for the weekend and the annual “Drum-Off” on the Parliament Buildings’ Lawn, is a crowd pleaser.

Wait for it….! #victoriadayparade2016

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In New Westminster, the Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Salute at Queen’s Park starting at 1130, has been taking place for 146 years.  The 21-Anvil salute was started in the early days of the Colony of British Columbia by the local fire department.  With no cannons available to perform a traditional 21-gun salute, the “Hyacks” as they were known, improvises by placing gunpowder between two anvils creating a tradition for the ages.


Whether you take in any local activities,  spend your Victoria Day with family and friends, or have to work on today, I hope you enjoy a great day and look forward to the summer ahead!

 

Van Foodster 3rd Taco Challenge

vf_taco_webThis month you have a new reason to celebrate Taco Tuesdays with the Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Taco Challenge.  Now underway, until June 3rd, the Taco Challenge calls upon the participating restaurants and food trucks’ to develop their own special taco creations.

Like all Vancouver Foodster Challenges, the public is invited to try all eleven of the entries and then VOTE for their favourite hand-held bites.

At the same time a media panel of judges will be trying and selecting their favourites.  The media judges for this challenge are:
Jennifer Thomson,  @jtradiogal Traffic reporter on CKNW and AM730
Louisa Chan, @L_FOR_LIFE Writer and Editor of L for Life as well as Ming Pao
Aaron Alexander, @aaronmalexander Writer and Creator of BC BuzZ

The participating eateries are:

Vancouver

El Camino’s, 3250 Main Street
Twitter @El_Caminos

Darby’s Pub, 2001 Macdonald Street
Twitter @Darbys_In_Kits

Feastro Taco Truck, Location: Howe & Robson
Twitter @coastfeastro

Gringo Gastown, 27 Blood Alley Square
Twitter @GringoYVR

Las Tortas, 3353 Cambie Street
Twitter @LASTORTAS

Los Cuervos Taqueria, 603 Kingsway
Twitter @LosCuervosTacos

Molli Cafe, 1225 Burrard Street
Twitter: @MolliCafe

The Pressure Box Food Truck, Location: tba
Twitter: @ThePressurebox

Richmond

Hugos Tacos, McArthur Glen Outlet Mall
Twitter @Hugoschurros

Little Mexico Cantina, 3131 Chatham St #150
Twitter: @LMCSteveston

New Westminster

El Santo, 680 Columbia Street
Twitter @el_santonewwest

Get out and get your taco on with the Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge now!