Picks Of The Week – July 2, 2014

It’s already the start of July! Keep the excitement and celebration of Canada Day going with more fun leading to your weekend with my Picks of the Week!!

Play: At Vanier Park, Bard on the Beach debuts Equivocation by Bill Cain, running until September 19th on the Howard Family Stage

Pitch: Spend a sunny evening at Nat Bailey while the Vancouver Canadians wrap up a home stand against Salem-Kaizer, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm

Electro: Thursday night, German electronic music forefathers, Kraftwerk play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Indie:  Vancouver’s own Oceanographers lead off an evening of scientific themed rock bands when they open for San Francisco’s Geographer at The Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday night.

Drag: Join the unique theatrics of Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni, Ivy Winters when she takes the stage for Liberace Thursday at Celebrities.

GameShow: Come On Down to the River Rock Show Theatre and join the iconic game show, The Price Is Right live on stage, daily from July 4th until July 13th.

RnB: At the Commodore on Friday night, check out LA based R&B duo, Rhye

Kicks: With excitement of the World Cup finals building, get out and see some live soccer as Whitecaps FC host Seattle Sounders at BC Place at 7pm

Twang: Get out your cowboy boots and join country crooner, Dwight Yoakam at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night

Birthday: Celebrate the first anniversary of Monroe at Heaven’s Door on Saturday night with DJs Jeff Leppard, Domtop and host Jane Smokr

Retro: Over at The Cobalt, host Isolde N Barron plays ringleader as Electric Circus 90’s Dance Party features DJs Kasey Riot & G Luve with performances by Beardoncé and Evita Versace


Picks Of The Week – June 18, 2014

Summer time and the livin’ is easy!

PlayBall:  Tonight, the Vancouver Canadians step up to the plate to start their home season with a three night home stand against Spokane .

Stage: There’s still time to catch Spamalot at The Arts Club and Wicked at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, both of which end on June 29th.

Park: The Fray are sure to hit it out of a park when they play at Malkin Bowl, night along with special guests Barcelona and Oh Honey starting at 7pm

Concerts: Local boy, Michael Bublé fills Rogers Arena for two nights as he kicks of his concert tour on Thursday and Friday night.

Underwear: Internationall renowned underwear & clothing designer Andrew Christian hosts #Liberace Thursday at Celebrities Vancouver featuring an Andrew Christian underwear fashion show featuring model Pablo Hernandez

Jazz:  Starting Friday, the city will be filled with music as the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings jazz to venues and outdoor stages for the next 10 days.

Gig: The Imperial on Main Street welcomes Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party & guests to the stage for a Summer Splashtacular on Friday night

Rain: Big Roger Events presents DJ Ana Paulo from Brazil at XOXO at Rain Nightclub in Gastown on Friday night

Outdoor: Another Concert In The Park echoes throughout Stanley Park on Saturday night as The Neighbourhood play Malkin Bowl



68th Tony Award Winners

Sunday night, the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Tony Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to the best and brightest of the 2013-14 Broadway season. Hosted, for the 4th time, by Hugh Jackman who got the the show off to a bouncing start along with Fantasia, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and the cast of After Midnight.

Throughout the night, the talented Jackman kept the show lively and light with his witty banter and singing and dancing including a Music Man rap with special guests LL Cool J and T.I..
Other performances during the presentation included; Idina Menzel from If/Then, Neil Patrick Harris with the cast of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Alan Cumming with the cast of Cabaret, Sutton Foster with the Violet cast also performing were the ensemble casts of Les Miserables, Aladdin, Rocky, Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderBullets Over Broadway

Leading the nominations on the night was A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with 10 nods, followed by Hedwig & The Angry Inch with 8 nominations.  At the end of the night, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Hedwig & TheAngry Inch each came away with the 4 Tony Awards.

The main awards went to:

Best Play – All The Way

Best Musical – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Revival of a Play – A Raisin In The Sun

Best Revival of a Musical – Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play – Brian Cranston as Lyndon B Johnson in All The Way

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play – Audra McDonald as Billy Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (a record 6th win)

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig in Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – Jessie Mueller as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play – Sophie Okonedo as Ruth Younger in A Raisin In The Sun

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – Lena Hall as Yitzhak in Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – James Monroe Igleheart as The Genie in Aladdin

Best Direction of a Play – Kenny Leon for A Raisin In The Sun

Best Direction of a Musical – Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Other technical awards were presented during the evening and special awards were also presented. Rosie O’Donnell received the Isabelle Stephenson Award for her Rosie’s Kids Program, committed to arts education in New York City. The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement went to costumer Jane Greenwood who has worked on 125 Broadway shows during her career.

For the full list of winners and peaks behind the scenes visit tonyawards.com

Picks of the Week – April 9, 2014

Blossoms are blooming, sun is appearing between the rain showers, spring is definitely in the air. Entertainment is in the air too.

Stage: The Pacific Theatre debuts Old Time Gospel Radio Hour playing until April 12th.

gastown_shophop600x600Shop: Get out and Shop, Dine and Explore Gastown as Shop Hop returns for spring 2014, plenty of special late evening opening specials and one-of-a-kind promotions at the shops and eateries around the ‘hood

Art : Raw Canvas is always a unique experience for food,drinks and art, on Thursday night music joins the mix as the venue features live performances from Cory Owens and Juniper Watters.

Pucks: If anyone still wants to watch, now that they’ve been knocked out of the play offs, the Canucks play Colorado on Thursday night

Broadway: Il Divo – A Musical Affair has the group performing The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night.

Unpaved: Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus brings his new act, The Jicks to the Rickshaw Theatre on Thursday night

Party: You’re in for another fun Liberace Thursday at Celebrities Nightclub with Domtop, Nikki Ravange and Sienna Blaze hosting your night.

Show: It’s another Friday night to belt out Showtunes at 1181 – drink, sing, drink, watch, drink.

Soul: At the Biltmore Cabaret it’s time for another East Van Soul Club Friday night with the sounds of Motown, Northern Soul and more on deck

Spin: Blueprint Events spins the Adventure Club to the Commodore Ballroom on Friday night along with Vanic and Expendable Youth.

Valley: After a show in Victoria on Friday, Hedley heads out to the Fraser Valley to play the Abbotsford Entertainment Centre



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!