Picks of the Week – January 9, 2019

The holidays have past but still a few remnants of the season live on to keep up feeling a bit festive into January

Lake: This week is the last to visit Harrison Hot Springs Village’s Lights on the Lake sasquatch-themed illuminations.

Lights: Hop the Millenium SkyTrain Line to Lafarge-Douglas Station and enjoy the last weeks of Metro Vancouver’s largest winter light display – Lights at Lafarge until January 20th.

Laughs:  with a new year, comes a new venue for Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, as they move Queerprov Fruit Bowl  to The Junctioni for an evening of laughter tonight, Jan 9th

Bowie: The 4th Annual Bowie Ball – A Celebration of the Life & Music of David Bowie brings an evening of bands benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society to the Rickshaw Theatre on Saturday night

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return to home ice, hosting Arizona Coyotes, on Thursday January 10th

Soul: British alternative R&B singer NAO takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday with her funky vocals

The Full Light Of Day
photo: Don Lee

Electric: The Electric Company Theatre, in association with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, presents the world premiere of a provocative new work, The Full Light of Day, at the Vancouver Playhouse from January 7 – 12

Comedy: Just For Laughs Presents Bert Kreischer – Body Shots World Tour for two shows at The Vogue Theatre on Sunday, at 7pm and 9:30pm

Improv: Beat those post-Holiday blahs by beating it with laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, until January 27th.

Warriors: Saturday night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse host the Saskatchewan Rush.

Country: Before it takes off on a USA Tour, get a preview of the story behind country music’s biggest love story as Kitty Night Productions Johnny and June a toe tappin’ musical story of June and Johnny Cash on January 12th at Biltmore Cabaret



5 Lunar New Year Festival 2018 Events

Chinese New Year is known as the largest mass human migration in the world, as millions of Chinese make visits to their home countries, towns and family, to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Vancouver and Richmond have many events for those of the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and other communities who can’t make the trip home or are returning home to visit.

Weeks of events to commemorate the Lunar New Year Festival include:

Lunar Fest 2018 at the newly renovated Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza welcomes the whole family and their four-legged friends with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets over two weekends; Feb 18, 24 and 25, as well as events at Oakridge and Vancouver Playhouse.

Fly Over Canada – a spectacular double bill ‘flies’ over Canada and then follows through the peaks and valleys of China’s vibrant landscape in the Flight Of The Dragon, until February 18th

Lanterns in the Garden fill the Dr Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese Garden with lanterns, food, activities of a traditional YUAN XIAO (Lunar Month) lantern festival,  for three weekends from February 16th to March 4th.

International Village Mall, Aberdeen Centre, Oakridge Centre  and other Shopping Centres all around Metro Vancouver are hosting Chinese and Lunar New Year events;  Exhibits, Craft & Flower Market, Stage Performances, Dragon and Lion Dances, Kids Activities, Prizes and more fill the Malls through the New Year.

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival, rings in the new year with a bang on February 18th as firecrackers crack through the sounds of spectators and revellers lining the route of the 45th Chinatown Parade from 11am, along E Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets. After the parade watch for ‘the Lions’ as they visit and perform for local Chinatown businesses to bring good fortune through the new year.

For more Vancouver and Richmond events and information visit lunarfestival.com

5 Lunar / Chinese New Year 2017 Events in Vancouver

Chinese LionFor millions of Chinese around the world, today is New Year’s Eve as tomorrow we begin the Year of the Rooster.   Food and family are hugely important during the Chinese New Year celebrations, here are a few of the entertaining and indulgent activities to do while ringing in Year 4714.

Fly Over Canada – a spectacular double bill ‘flies’ over Canada and through the peaks and valleys of Chinas vibrant landscape in the Flight Of The Dragon, until February 26th

Lunar Fest 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza welcomes the whole family with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets and a search for the Golden Roosters contest, Jan 27-29.

Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden hosts the Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year Exhibition until February 24, 2017 as well as the Year of the Rooster Temple Fair on January 29th.

International Village Mall and other Shopping Centres all around Metro Vancouver will host Chinese New Year events. International Village hosts one of the biggest and busiest events.  Exhibits, Craft & Flower Market, Stage Performances, Dragon and Lion Dances, Kids Activities, Prizes and more fill the Mall through until Sunday afternoon.

Chinatown Spring Festival, rings in the new year with a bang as firecrackers light the route of the 44th Chinatown Parade from 11am, along E Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets. After the parade watch for ‘the Lions’ as they visit and perform for local Chinatown businesses to bring good fortune through the new year.

10 Broken New Year Resolutions

Making resolutions are a common way to start the year,  we’ve all made them but statistics show that most fail.  If you’re like 80+% of the population you’ve had a broken new year resolution or two over the years.  Mostly the vaguer the resolution, the easier it is to let it slide, whereas resolutions with specific goals have a stronger probability of success.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the most commonly broken New Year Resolutions; (in no particular order)

Lose Weight

Exercise (more)

Quit Smoking

Eat Healthier/Diet

Drink Less

Sleep More

Learn Something New

Get Out of Debt

Save Money

Spend More Time with Family

Whether you make or break New Year Resolutions, I wish you all the best with whatever goals in 2017 you might have

Happy New Year!

Picks of the New Year : What’s On NYE 2017

As 2016 ticks to a close, lets find some ways to send it on its way and welcome the new year with a hearty cheer!

There’s plenty of club parties and dinner specials seatings around the city to help say so long to 2016.

Here’s 5 events to inspire your NYE 2017 celebrations

Concord’s NYE Vancouver : Vancouver’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration began last year with a bang, becoming Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event. This year kicks up the activities, in addition to the free events; 9pm and midnight Fireworks, live music and entertainment, the event expands along Canada Place Way to Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre West, with a second stage. Inside the Centre, True North – Vancouver Official NYE Party welcomes The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Dehli 2 Dublin and more.

NYE 2017 @ Telus World of Science
Twisted Productions, Hollywood Promotions, and John Donnelly & Associates present a stellar 19+ event welcoming 1200 people to Science World with 2 rooms of music on 2 floors, 6 top DJs, 5 licensed bars, and spectacular lights and sound.

Patrick Maliha’s 4th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at the Rio Theatre
A variety show like no other as comedian MC Patrick Maliha welcomes headliner Christina Walkinshow stand-up comic, live Acro-Yoga Performers, Burlesque from Burgundy Brixx, Glow Dancing with Barbara Beal, Magician James Hanson and the Gentlemen Hecklers; Eric Fell, Shaun Stewart and Maliha.

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball
Grey Goose and Fairmont Waterfront host an extravagant gala where you can dress to the nines for the red carpet welcome then sip exclusive Grey Goose cocktails and dance the night away in two ballrooms with top DJs.  For a truly luxurious New Year’s Eve, book in for night with a New Year’s Eve on Fairmont Gold package; including a room on the Fairmont Gold Floor, viewing of Concord’s NYE fireworks from the Gold Terrace, festive refreshments at midnight and live music in case you want a break from the Gala down in the ballrooms.

Waldorf Hotel NYE 2017 
Space + Time presents an All-Access Hotel Party. Five-Rooms each with their own themes from different DJs and producers. From surprise headliners in The Trap Basement,  funk and fun in the Tiki Bar, Khalifa Lounge with hooka den and more. There’s no chance for boredom as you roam from room to room to ring in 2017

Lunar / Chinese New Year Events 2016

Chinese New Year_LionJust as we wrap up Dine Out Vancouver Festival and PuSh Festival, it’s time to start preparing for Chinese and Lunar New Year events around town.

Chinese New Year festivities in Vancouver keep growing and are no longer contained to Chinatown, events happen all around the city.
Chinese New Year starts February 8th and The celebrations peak with the 43rd Chinatown Parade on February 14th throughout Chinatown.

Here’s a few of the other events happening during the Chinese New Year season;

Fly Over Canada – catch the double bill of a spectacular ‘flight’ over Canada and catch the excitement of Flight Of The Dragon, a thrilling flight around China until March 6th

Aberdeen Centre, Richmond – an array of events throughout the season
– Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Show Feb 1 – 8
– Countdown Night Feb 7
– Golden Dragon & Lion Dance, Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase  Feb 8, Feb 13 and Feb 14

Lunar Fest 2016 at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza February 12 – 14 join the Monkey King and Friends as they welcome the whole family with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets and more

International Village Mall – Celebrating Year of the Monkey Feb 11 – 14
– Exhibits, Performances, Markets Feb 11 – 13
– Post-Parade Celebrations Feb 14

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – Year of the Monkey Temple Fair Feb 14, traditional Chinese New Year celebrations throughout the afternoon

Chinatown Spring Festival, all around Chinatown
– Cultural Fair Feb 13 – 14, in the Sun Yat-Sen Plaza
43rd Chinatown Parade from 11am, along E Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets
– post-parade Lion Dances, after the parade follow the Lions as they visit and perform for local Chinatown businesses to bring good fortune through the new year.

New Year’s Resolutions

NY2015-12-28 23.06.48As we say goodbye to the year past, many people make New Year’s Resolutions to make a personal change as they start a new year. Since studies have shown nearly 90% fail why do they do this?

The tradition goes back centuries, Babylonians made promises to their gods, Romans made pledges to Janus, the God January is named after. At the end of Christmas, Medieval Knights recommitted to their pledge of Chivalry.

In modern times, the resolutions have become more personal, pledging to improve their health; lose weight, quit smoking, get fit being popular New Years Resolutions. But they are also the most commonly forgotten and unresolved resolutions. To help succeed in your New Year’s Resolution try realistic goal setting, with specific goals; lost 10 pounds, quit smoking by February 1, participate in specific athletic event like a 10k or marathon.

Whether you take part in making a New Year’s Resolution or not, know that you are following centuries of people who have succeeded and failed in the task.

Happy New Year One & All! See you in 2016