Picks of the Week – October 18, 2017

The late October is upon us, the picks of the week are filling with more and more hauntingly good fun.

Tastes: Tonight, explore the new flavours of Chinatown as Tasting Plates explores the historic neighbourhood.

Pop: Hard to believe but the trio of brothers, Hanson, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with the Middle Of Nowhere Tour stopping at The Vogue Theatre on Wednesday

Books: The 30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is now underway on Granville Island until October 22nd.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest continues for a final weekend at Vancouver Alpen Club.

Lookout: Elevate your experience with Vancouver Heritage Foundation takes at The Lookout at Harbour Centre’s Perspectives series of Talks, October 19th is Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations

Jedi: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Diwali: Part of Diwali in BC, The Cultch presents Encounter by Navarasa Dance Theatre until October 22nd and The Firehall Arts Centre presents Happy Place until October 29th.

Rail: There’s an Alien Invasion going on in Stanley Park at the 2017 Ghost Train, running until October 31st

Broom: Hops on your broom and pick up your diploma from Broomelda’s academy at Fly Over Canada until Halloween

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photo: Emily Cooper

Music: Friday night, the Gateway Theatre 2017-18 season opens with A Little Night Music, running until October 21st.

Benefit: The final David Foster Miracle Gala and Concert brings a star studded roster to the stage at Rogers Arena on Saturday

Pigskin: The BC Lions take the field at BC Place to host Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday evening

Scene: Saturday night, Broken Social Scene play the Commodore Ballroom

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company sets the table for Thanks For Giving running at the Granville Island Stage until November 4th and King Charles III starts in previews this week at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Fright: The 2017 Fright Night at Playland spooks the patrons with houses of horror and thrilling rides until Halloween


Théâtre la Seizième Announced 2017-18 Season

Théâtre la Seizième has announced its 2017-2018 season, including two local and four visiting productions coming to Vancouver stages.  Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in British Columbia. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, and a young audiences season, in addition to a series of drama workshops, a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists.

No matter the language, Théâtre la Seizième aims to reach all culture lovers while also surprising its audience with new faces and new forms of stage performance.  This season’s plays have been selected for the light they shed on some of today’s hot button issues (immigration, superficiality and appearance, birth rate and environmental protection, individualism and unity of the family, and the cult of performance).

“We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity.” stressed Esther Duquette, Artistic and Managing Director. 

Théâtre la Seizième adds performances English surtitles, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday shows to allow more non-French speaking culture lovers to experience the works.

This year’s season includes;

Mainstage Productions:

October 17-28, 2017 at Studio 16

November 28 – December 2, 2017 at Studio 16

February 16-17, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre

May 8-12, 2018 at Studio 16 

Young Audiences Productions:

April 7, 2018 at Studio 16
On tour in primary schools from April 3 to June 8, 2018

On tour in high schools from May 3-25, 2018

Find production details and information plus book subscription packages and single performance tickets visit seizieme.ca

Gateway Theatre debuts 2017-18 Season

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre recently pulled back the curtain to reveal their 2017-2018 season line-up.  A selection of classics and new works the season’s theme is Reflections in Time as the four mainstage productions are set in different eras of the past.

Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy says, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.”

The mainstage season opens October 12, 2017 with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning A Little Night Music. Set at the turn of the 20th Century, A Little Night Music includes the Sondheim classic “Send In The Clowns”

Gateway Theatre’s signature Christmas show is always a treat for the family, this year Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol carries on the tradition December 7 – 24, 2017

February 15 – 24, 2018 sees a Canadian tale, Salt-Water Moon come to the mainstage. A love story set in 1926 Newfoundland with a paired down production by director Ravi Jain

The final mainstage production of the season, Nine Dragons, is a new work by Gateway Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. A gritty detective story, which Jovanni says was inspired by his love of mysteries in the Raymond Chandler theme.

The Gateway Theatre season also includes two Studio B productions. Sink or Swim, November 16 – 25, 2017 is another semi-autobiographical set of songs and stories from the great Beverley Elliott.

I Lost My Husband by Catherine Leger, March 15  – 24, 2018, is a comedy about Evelyn, who loses her husband but finds herself.

Season Ticket subscription packages are on sale now at gatewaytheatre.com/subscribe. If you subscribe before May 15th, you will be automatically entered to win a Helijet Getaway Package.  If a Season Subscription is not for you, keep your eyes out for single show tickets to go on sale later in the year.



5 Plays for the 2016 Holiday Season

Tis the season, the season for family friendly and fun theatre experiences that everyone will enjoy, here’s 5 Plays for this Holiday season.

Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition – November 23 – December 23, 2016 – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street
Granville Island, Vancouver
Face reality (tv) when the Christmas Queen returns to Vancouver Theatresports League for more improvised mistletoe mayhemchristmasqueen3

A Charlie Brown Christmas  – November 26 – December 31, 2016 – Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Carousel Theatre for Young People brings the beloved Holiday story to the stage

Holy Mo! A Christmas Show – December 2 – 31, 2016 – Pacific Theatre, 1440 12th Avenue, Vancouver
A silly, wacky retelling of the nativity by the Pacific Theatres favourite fools.

Mary Poppins – December 3, 2016  – January 1, 2017 – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Chim Chim Cheree! The Arts Club Theatre Company brings the Disney classic to the stage

Music Man – December 8 – 31, 2016 – Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
You certainly won’t find Ya Got Trouble when the Tony Award winning Music Man comes to Gateway Theatre in Richmond

Get out and enjoy some live theatre with people of all ages.


Gateway Theatre announces 2016/2017 Season

Recently Richmond’s Gateway Theatre announced the line-up for their 2016-2017 season.  The six productions, including 4 premieres, bring comedy, drama and an award-winning musical to the Gateway stages.

This season includes:

The House of Yees, by Lauren Yee  – a comedy of family and cultural clashes.
October 13 – 22, 2016
Mainstage –  Canadian Premiere

Long Division, by Peter Dickinson – The Pi Theatre Company’s new work is a multimedia exploration of the mathematical connection of human interaction.
November 17 – 26, 2016
Studio B – World Premiere

Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man – by Meredith Wilson – the classic Tony Award winning musical about a charismatic con artist and his seventy-six trombones charms audiences during the Holiday season.
December 8 – 31, 2016

You Will Remember Me – translated by Bobby Theodore from the French play Tu te souviendras de moi by François Archambault  – a bittersweet drama telling about an aging intellectual’s onset of dementia, and how is family deals with his treatment.
February 2 – 11, 2017

The Pipeline Project – by Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring and Quelemia Sparrow – a collaboration of ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Gateway Theatre and Neworld Theatre is cut from today’s headlines as it tells of the political hot button issues of oil pipelines, First Nations land claims and climate change.
March 9 – 18, 2017
Studio B – World Premiere

The Watershed – by Annabel Soutar – the documentary theatre artist Soutar takes her family on a cross-Canada trip to examine the forces facing  our natural resources, from climate change to industry.
April 6 – 15, 2017

Gateway Theatre subscription packages are on sale now from $156. Choose between the Theatre Lovers (all 6 shows) or MainStage (4 shows) with two seating options.

Gateway Theatre is located at 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC




Picks of the Week – December 3, 2014

If you’re Grey Cup hangover is gone, you’ll be ready to hit up your Holiday party now that December is already here.  These picks of the week will help you get into the Christmas spirit even if you don’t have your own office party.

Reunion: Head out to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver as Moist wraps up their reunion tour on Thursday night

Spin: Thursday night, DJ Zach Shore spins the tunes at Liberace at Celebrities

Queen: You never know what will happen when the Vancouver Theatresports League presents Christmas Queen: An Improv Comedy Fairytale but one thing is sure, the pantomime style show will make you laugh.

LightUp: On Friday evening at 5:30pm, Light The Way For Kids at the 8th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at Jack Poole Plaza this year in support of Kids Help Phone.

Sing: Jingle all the way to Davie Village on Friday evening for Showtunes at 1181

Theatre: The Arts Club Theatre Company has plenty of entertainment for the Holidays; hilarious adult fun of Avenue Q, and improvised laughs with A Twisted Christmas Carol both running now and family favourite Mary Poppins, opening Friday.

Cake: One of the new Friday night line-up events at Heaven’s Door, Poundcake takes off this week with DJs DubbulDee and Steve Mnemonic

CarriageRide: Christmas comes to the Roundhouse Community Centre on Saturday & Sunday, with Concord Pacific Carriage Rides, photos with Santa and a Sunday Breakfast with Santa

Dance: Saturday night #Hoodrat 3 takes over Heaven’s Door gets your weekend going with DJ Jef Leppard and DJ DomTop with a special performance by Raye Sunshine

Parade: The 11th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade gets underway at 1pm on Sunday throughout downtown Vancouver

Singer: The Vogue welcomes the many musical styles of Rufus Wainwright on his Best Of tour on Sunday night.

Rocker: Iconic British rocker, Johnny Marr comes to the stage at the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday night

Picks of the Week – October 22, 2014

Halloween is sneaking up on us, it’s lurking just around the corner but there’s still a lot of other activities and fun to see and do in the city without putting on a costume or trick-or-treating. The Picks of the Week include:

Writers: the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is underway with hundreds of events centered around Granville Island until October 26th

Candlelight: Tonight, turn of the lights for a romantic Candlelight Dinner, BC Hydro’s annual lights-out night at restaurants around the province. Check out discounts and special offers.

Gig: Portland’s Blitzen Trapper is sure to fill the house when they take the stage at The Biltmore Cabaret tonight, October 22nd

Concert: Kodaline, bring their Irish rock to the Commodore Ballroom tonight

Play: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s newest play, Saint Joan, opens Thursday October 23rd running until November 23rd.

Singer: Bringing his irresistible pop, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz plays to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night.

Vogue: Grammy award winning singer, Patty Griffin, supports her latest release “American Kid” at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday evening.

Jane: Thursday, head to 303 Columbia and take a step into Jane’s Dreamhouse with Jane Smokr, a poptastic, bubblegum, 90’s evening of fun and fivolity.

Event: Friday night, sees The Airborne Toxic Event playing The Commodore Ballroom

Electro: Saturday night’s alright (for dancing) when electro-pop duo Chromeo bring their upbeat beats to the Vogue Theatre.

Finale: The Whitecaps play their final match of the regular season, with a playoff berth at stake, when they take on Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Legend: Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot, plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday night.

Hell: Start your Halloween early with Vancouver Pride Society’s The Haunting II: Dragged to Hell party at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

Pucks: Can the Canucks rebound from a loss to regain their winning start to the season? Find out Sunday at Rogers Arena against Washington Capitals.