A Night at the Movies with China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra

Cinema In Concert with CBFSO

The China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra (CBFSO), brings the sounds of movies to The Orpheum Theatre on January 12th for one night only.

The Canada-China Culture Development Association presents an evening of cinematic masterpieces.  Cinema In Concert find the internationally-renowned CBFSO, led by acclaimed conductor Pang Ka Pang, performing dramatic scores from Oscar-winning films, while iconic scenes are projected above them.  One of China’s oldest and finest symphony orchestras, the 80-member ensemble will bring life to film scores of five Academy Award winning composers, including Braveheart, Casablanca, Jurassic WorldLegends of the Fall, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as works from China’s cinema.

CBFSO Conductor Pang Ka Pang

Since forming in 1949, the CBFS Orchestra has performed and recorded music of nearly 2,000 films, TV dramas and documentaries. First touring abroad in 1992, the orchestra has now performed in more than 40 countries on five continents, working closely with renowned conductors, composers, dancers and performers.

During its performance at The Orpheum, the 80-piece orchestra will perform with special guest soloists from  the local Vancouver music community, including the 100-member local community choral group, the Vancouver Folk Song and Dance Troupe.

Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra takes place Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm at The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets are on sale at ticketstonight.ca

Blue Rodeo fill the Orpheum

Photo 2016-01-26, 21 00 55Blue Rodeo – January 26/27, 2016 – Orpheum Theatre

Last night, Blue Rodeo wrapped the last of a pair of sold out shows at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.  Coming up on their 30th anniversary, the icons of Canadiana didn’t disappoint their fans as they filled the theatre with their vast catalogue.

Photo 2016-01-26, 21 30 05The consummate performers, leads Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor sounded pitch perfect, as though no time had passed over their vocal chords, and without even a hint of Keelor’s hearing issues. Unlike other acts who began in the mid 80s, and are now on the comeback trail, there’s nothing retro feeling about the Blue Rodeo set, other than your memories. No pretence or clinging to a by-gone era, the band has always been unassuming with a ‘guys-next-door’ vibe that makes them so endearing to audiences.

Photo 2016-01-26, 21 13 30Amongst their hits like; “Til I Am Myself Again”, “What Am I Doing Here”, “How Long” and “Diamond Mine” they played a selection of new tracks which were slightly more mature pop sound to them, with a more upbeat tempo and harmonies leaving the audience looking forward to a new album.

Saving the classic “Try” for near the end of the 2 hour set, it was impressive that the upright piano onstage was used just for that one track and Jim Cuddy’s lead vocals sounded crystal clear as he filled the Orpheum with his majestic performance.

Blue Rodeo continue their Canadian Tour in Victoria tonight before heading back east in February. Try to catch them if you can!

Glen Hansard Plays Vancouver

Glen Hansard – Orpheum Theatre – November 12, 2015

GlenHansard_IG_2015-11-14, 17 28 01This week,  Academy Award winning Irish singer/songwriter/actor Glen Hansard made his way to Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.  As lead singer with The Frames along with starring in the film ONCE, which lead to the formation of The Swell Season with his co-star Markéta Irglová, Hansard’s music has reached a wide and varied audience, reflected in the enthusiastic crowd braving a stormy night to soak up the sweet sounds.

GlenHansard_IG_2015-11-14, 17 27 46A simple spotlight shining on Hansard, on his own, opened the set then the band members joined him onstage, gradually filling the stage with more lush sounds as the show progressed.  The audience contributed to the set too, making use of the Orpheum’s acoustics to join in on a number of tracks.  The participation was punctuated by the spontaneous bursts of applause as the audience boisterously enjoyed the show.

Glen Hansard’s tour continues around North America through to December 1st, if you get the chance, go see him.



Unique Lives – Shirley MacLaine

shirley-maclaine-VancouverTuesday night, the 2015 Unique Lives Vancouver, lecture series wrapped up with the incomparable Shirley MacLaine at the Orpheum Theatre.

Beginning with a photo and video retrospective that covered Ms MacLaine’s life and career. The 55 minute overview went by in the blink of an eye showing just how much the star has accomplished in her 80+ years.  Told in her own words, through personal and media photos of family and friends,  her personal and professional relationships, travels and spiritual journeys are explored.  Film clips from her first appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry to her most recent tv work in Downton Abbey and Glee showed a who’s who of costars and directors over a 60 year Hollywood career.

Following the retrospective, Ms MacLaine took the stage in person and was joined by host Jill Krop of Global BC to take another hour of questions.  The Unique Lives audience is welcomed to submit their own question cards to be read onstage or step up the mic to ask in person.  Questions ranged from the surreal to spiritual and supernatural to political but the overall theme was of respect and gratitude for the entertainer making an appearance in Vancouver.

For those who wanted more, they were advised to visit shirleymaclaine.com to look into 5 day spiritual and self-discovery retreats held at her New Mexico ranch. From the sounds of those nearby there will be some locals making the journey to the dessert.

Watch for next year’s Unique Lives for more inspiring, entertaining and enlightening appearances from more great personalities.

The Wanted are most wanted


The Wanted – Orpheum Theatre – April 25, 2014

For the first and possibly the last time ever, The Wanted took to the stage in Vancouver, bringing their Word Of Mouth Tour to The Orpheum Theatre to close out the Canadian leg of the world tour.  The quintet; Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, pulled out all the stops as they kept the all-ages audience, although mostly young screaming teens, on their feet.


Siva's Heart Vacancy Girl
Siva’s Heart Vacancy Girl

From the opening notes to the end of the nearly 2 hour set, the group made sure their fans were not disappointed. The setlist was filled with their hits from all three of their albums; Warzone, Walks Like Rihanna, I Found You, Chasing The Sun, All Time Low, We Own The Night, Glad You Came and more. One of the highlights for some audience members was during Heart Vacancy as the band choose 5 “Heart Vacancy Girls” from the crowd to sing to and dance with for the single.  In spite of the volume of screams and cheers, the sound for the show was quite good, save for a couple of quick glitches on Max’s mic when it appeared to cut out or wasn’t on at the right time. Plenty of singing along and dancing kept the energy full on the whole night.



With the band taking a hiatus, to pursue individual projects, after the tour wraps up, this could very well have been the first and last time that the group would perform in Canada.  The band definitely gave fans a night to remember until they reform and return to the road.  In the meantime, Word Of Mouth for The Wanted live is absolutely positive.

Follow The Wanted as the continue the tour through North America on Twitter @TheWanted or individually; @MaxTheWanted, @SivaTheWanted, @JayTheWanted, @TomTheWanted & @NathanTheWanted or on Facebook.com/TheWanted

Neko Case at The Orpheum Vancouver

Neko Case – The Orpheum Theatre – Sept 20, 2013

She may be American by birth but Vancouver is a like home for Neko Case, finding her way here for Art College then performing with numerous bands including vocals with Th New Pornographers before returning south of the border to settle in Seattle and finding her own fame and fortunes as an accomplished singer-songwriter.  Her shows in Vancouver are always filled with friends and acquaintances who make the show even more intimate than the small venues she performs in.  Friday’s show, at The Orpheum Theatre, promoting her June 2013 release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You was one of the larger ones I’ve attended and the nearly full auditorium was eagerly anticipating their ‘friend’s’ performance.

Coming onstage with a backing band of five others it was also one of the larger stage shows I’ve seen, Case mentioned early on that the troupe had all caught colds during their time on the road so apologised for any issues that might arise as a result.  That being said having been on the road for a while, she and the group sounded good together.  While I found the gaps between songs a bit long, while instruments were tuned, and the chit chat filled with a few too many ‘in jokes’ their camaraderie was evident.  The artist had signs posted on the doors to the venue banning photography and phones from being used during the show, which ensured the wide demographic of audience members were all even, paying attention to the show ahead of them. However, the ushers coming around to reprimand those using their electronics was more disruptive than the phones themselves.  I may have felt a slight distraction from my seats but most of the audience was on the edge of their seats waiting for the start of each track.  Throughout the 90 minute set, the audience were laughing and clapping and singing along to their favourite tunes, eagerly anticipating the first strums of the next one.
Over all, while I may have enjoyed Neko Case’s other, smaller shows more, an evening of music from a great singer and group is always a good time.

Find more Neko Case online, on Twitter @NekoCase and Facebook.com/NekoCase

Picks Of The Week – September 4, 2013

Hard to believe it’s September but let’s make the most of the last 3 weeks of official summer!

vancouver-fringe-festivalFringe: Head to the edge for some great Arts performances at the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival until September 15th

Gig: Join Scottish electropop act CHVRCHES at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday Sept 5

Dance: Start the new school year off with a bang at Liberace Thursday : Farewell To Summer at Celebrities Nightclub on Thursday.

New Wave: It’s looking like a retro weekend as Adam Ant hits the Vogue Theatre on Friday Sept 6 at 7pm

Rock: Head out to the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam to experience the sound of America on Friday Sept 6

Concert: The legendary Eagles play two nights on their History Of The Eagles Tour at Rogers Arena on Friday and Saturday night.

Show: If the retro rock/pop isn’t your thing check out some hip-hop as The Weeknd play The Orpheum Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fashion: Saturday night, watch the runway and support Out In Schools at the Garde Affair Charity Fashion Event at The Imperial on Main Street

On Sale: Some recently announced concerts go on sale soon: Sleigh Bells (Oct 10 – Commodore Ballroom – On Sale Friday Sept 6), Volcano Choir (Jan 24/14 – Commodore Ballroom – On Sale Friday Sept 6), Jonas Brothers (Nov 5 – Orpheum Theatre – On Sale Friday Sept 13)