PuSh Festival 10

PuSh10_logoNext week, PuSh International Festival of Performing Arts celebrates its 10th Anniversary of bringing creative and diverse entertainment to Vancouverites.

Running January 14 – February 2, 2014, PuSh curators have programmed 20 days of cutting-edge international entertainment.  From Heritage Hall on Main Street to Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver Playhouse or  Contemporary Art Gallery downtown to Performance Works on Granville Island and many spots in between, the city is filled with events.  Mainstage performances, Club PuSh, Films, Conversations, are just a few of the series to watch for.

Tickets sell out each year so get them before it’s too late and stay up to date with all the latest PuSh news and info online at pushfestival.ca, follow on Twitter @PuShFestival, like PuSh on Facebook, and Instagram use the official hashtag “#pushfest” to be a part of the conversation.

What’s on Weekend – March 15 – 17, 2012

Somehow there always seems to be more on the list than I can ever make it to check out!

– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– within the Vancouver Art Gallery, An Autobiography of our Collection shows a behind the scenes look at how a collection is put together from the Gallery’s permanent collection. As well Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture and the Gallery’s newest exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Revue Stage is Gordon on until March 24th
– the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, bring the laughs Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame until June 16th.

Thursday Mar 15th
– at The Cultch the second of 4 nights (ends Mar 17), “Elles is the expression of choreographer Serge Bennathan’s desire to be confronted once again by feminine strength, passion and depth.”
– acclaimed a capella group, Straight No Chaser, is on stage at The Vogue
– Sealed With A Kiss Presents put Vetiver on at the Electic Owl
– Join DJ Michael Venus at The Narrow Lounge for some nineties goodness
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge
– adult entertainer Marcus Mojo is ‘entertaining’ the crowd at Hard Candy Thursday at Celebrities night club

Friday Mar 16th
– South Carolina’s Need To Breathe rock The Vogue Theatre stage
Buckman Coe is onstage at the Biltmore Cabaret
– in the West End head to Oasis for Gay’er Friday – Pre-Patricks Day Purple Party with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday Mar 17th
– celebrate CelticFest at The Vogue Theatre with Big St Pat’s Night Out featuring Dehli 2 Dublin
– Blueprint Events bring Russian DJ Trio Hard Rock Sofa  for a St Paddy’s Day Party at Ginger 62
– get your green dancing shoes on for Hip Hop St Paddy’s Poni at 560 with DJ’s Adam Dreaddy, Quest, Dubbeldee and Dirty Margaret

Sunday Mar 18th
– it may be a day late but if you can rouse yourself from your green-beer hangover, head downtown for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 11am along Howe St.

Do you have an event or opening to include in the next What’s on Weekend? Comment or email me to be included On The List!

What’s On Weekend – January 26 – 29, 2012

Hard to believe we’re already one month into 2012!

Here’s what’s happening!

– held over until Jan 28th at The Cultch, Blackbird Theatre are presenting Waiting For Godot
– ongoing at Vancouver Art Gallery until until Jan 29th, “Shore, Forest & Beyond: art from the Audain Collection”, one of the most important private holdings of BC artists
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
Vancouver Playhouse’s production of the Tony Award winning play Red runs until February 4th.
– Canadian, First Nations & international arts and music performances fill the city as PuSh Festival takes over until Feb 4th
– The Arts Club Theatre & PuSh Festival present Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantana runs until Feb 11th

Thursday Jan 26th
– opening tonight and running until Feb 26th, The Arts Club presents an adaptation of the film Calendar Girls.
– the Rickshaw Theatre has alt-rockers Concrete Blonde on their stage.
– Electric Owl hosts Brit band Fujiya & Miyagi
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Jan 27th
– Boulevard Casino welcomes Canadian Celtic sensations The Rankin Family
– SWAK Presents brings Humans to The Biltmore Cabaret
– start your evening with some entertainment from the great Joan-E and Raye Sunshine at SnapDRAGon at Oasis Ultra Lounge on Davie.
– stay later or return to Oasis for the new Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday Jan 28th
– the brilliant punk duo The Pack A.D. are at the Rickshaw Theatre

Do you have an event or opening to include in the next What’s on Weekend? Comment or email me to be included!

What’s on Weekend – June 2-4, 2011

There’s really only one event that people will be paying any attention to this week…but if you’re not a fan of the Canucks (shock! horror!) here is a few things happening outside the rink.

Thursday June 2
– if you have kids of any age, head over to Granville Island and check out some of the fun activities at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, on until June 5.  The fest is struggling financially so really could use the attendance this year!

– for the ‘big kids’, rock icons Supertramp are playing Rogers Arena

– under the tents in Vanier Park, it’s the opening night of another season of Bard On The Beach. Go get your Shakespeare on with “As You Like It”, “Merchant Of Venice”, “Henry VI” or “Richard III”

Friday June 3, 2011
– Bruno Mars with Janelle Monae bring their Hooligans in Wonderland tour to Rogers Arena

– meanwhile Canadian legends, Sloan are playing the equally legendary Commodore Ballroom

– Another month, another SPIT party at ANZA Club, this month think California Dreams as your inspiration (since we aren’t seeing summer here, we may as well be Cali dreamin’)

– across the pond in Victoria, you social media junkies might be interested in Social Media Camp Victoria as it gets under way. Friday and Saturday sees over 40 sessions of speakers and workshops on all things social media.

Saturday June 4

– it’s the first Saturday of the month so that means another edition of “First Saturday Open Studios” drop in to some of the city’s artists studios for some great art and inspiration. Click the link to see what studios are open this week.

– last edition was a hit so it’s on again, Big Primpin’ brings the hip hop back again to Pub 340

– The brilliant Friendly Fires play a sold out gig at Venue. If you haven’t seen them, try! They’re awesome!



What’s on Weekend – May 12-15

Here’s my picks list for this upcoming weekend

Thursday May 12
– Just three more nights left of The Graduate at Arts Club Theatre Company
– Continuing is Hairspray also from Arts Club Theatre Company

Friday May 13
…yes it’s Friday the 13th! And indeed my name happens to be Jason!
– in Victoria, Jill Barber is playing the Alix Gooden Hall
– From France and playing at Venue is Yelle
– Canadian roots singer / songwriter Old Man Luedecke and Ladies of the Canyon are at Lucky Bar in Victoria


Saturday May 14
– Local rock chicks The Pack A.D. bring their garage-rock shenanigans to Red Room
– Danish duo The Raveonettes hit the stage at Venue
– Dance your a$$ off as The Colbalt welcomes the return of POW: Trash Edition
– New queer hip hop night, Big Primpin kicks off at Pub 340
– Fortune Sound Club finds Curren$y performing live

What’s On Weekends – May 5 – 7, 2011

As we get closer to summer, although the weather might not agree, it looks like more activities are happening.

Here’s some stuff on my list this weekend!

Thursday May 5
It’s Cinco de Mayo so I’m sure a few cervezas are on the agenda for everyone!
– After two nights in Vancouver, The Pixies are wrapping up their Doolittle: 20th Anniversary Tour in Victoria.
– Looking for some Thursday night beats?! hi-life Records presents “Movement – Session 1 featuring MARCO LYS (from Italy)” at Ginger 62
-local faves Mother Mother play Commodore Ballroom for the second of two Vancouver shows.

Friday May 6
if you’ve recovered from Cinco de Mayo
– head out to ANZA Club for SPIT Vancouver’s Seis de Mayo party
– if you’re looking for some nostalgia Men Without Hats are playing Club 9One9 in Victoria
– At Five-Sixty it’s B2B systemsound tag team sessions w/ DJ’s SKLA, Right Hand, PK and Joel Armstrong
-At Pop Opera there’s You Plus One resident DJ search with Battle One + Wobbelix & Subsapien
-Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall is playing an early show @VenueLive



Saturday May 7th
First Saturday Open Studios is your chance to check out some great artists and get some inspiration as you tour their studios, check the event’s link for info on which artists.
-at 6pm  Coca-Cola is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary with a free concert by These Kids Were Crowns in Robson Square
Men without Hats play @VenueLive for your Vancouver nostalgia fix
The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Hairspray opens at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and runs until July 10.