Picks of the Week – August 1, 2018

How did July fly by so quickly? Here we are at the start of August, with a long weekend and Vancouver Pride ahead to give us plenty to keep busy in these picks of the week

Icons: Tonight and Thursday, comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short entertain the audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Bach Festival

Bach: Early Music Vancouver’s 3rd Bach Festival is underway bringing the sounds of the composer to Christ Church Cathedral and Chan Centre for Performing Arts until August 10th

Pride: As Vancouver Pride is in full swing, there’s plenty of pride parties, events and dances to appeal to every niche the community, plus there’s free Pride events too.

Arts: West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival gets underway Friday bringing nearly two weeks of food, fun and entertainment to Ambleside

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018

View from Keg Lounge

Lights: The Honda Celebration of Light continues Aug 1 and Aug 4, with presentations by Sweden and South Korea, respectively, lighting up the skies above English Bay

Laugh: Get a good laugh at those millennials and a whole lot more at Vancouver Theatresports League when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!, and enjoy a the views and cocktails at the Neil McRae Bar between shows.

SkyHigh: Take your dining experience to new heights with Dinner In The Sky, high above the shore of West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park Aug 4 – Sep 3.

Stars: The stars and future stars come out as Theatre Under The Stars opens its 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl.

Abba: You’ll have a hard time not singing along at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Gili Roskies & Adrian Glynn McMorran
photo: Emily Cooper

Irish:  Once is not enough to see, the final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season, ONCE, now extended until August 5th at the Granville Island Stage.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland opens daily from July 29th for all your family’s summer excitement, or leave the kids at home for Playland Nights, Fridays from 7pm to Midnight

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Exhibit: Get away to the cabin at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever a new exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018.
As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Stage: The Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival continues until August 17 with a trio of plays running through August: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane

 

6 Free Events for your Vancouver Pride Weekend

Today, at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza) the City Of Vancouver councillor Stephenson, Joan-E Drag and members of Vancouver Pride Society will officially proclaim Pride Week In Vancouver.

The proclamation kicks off a week of events, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Vancouver Pride. While the week is packed with ticketed parties, fundraisers, and dances, there are plenty of free events to fill your agenda.

Here’s six free events to fill your Vancouver Pride weekend:

Pride At The Pier: Tuesday July 31, 5pm-10pm at Shipbuilders Square, North Vancouver
Music, activities, performers and more come to North Vancouver’s pride party for the young or young at heart.

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast: Saturday August 4, 8am-noon at Jim Deva Plaza, West End
The by-donation pancake breakfast celebrates the legacy of Terry Wallace on of the Pride Society’s founders.

15th Annual Dyck March & Festival: Saturday August 4, 11am-5pm at Grandview Park, East Vancouver
The March leaves McSpadden Park at noon, makes its way down Commercial Drive to Grandview Park

Celebration of Light: Saturday August 4, 10pm in English Bay
While not an official Pride event the fireworks festival starts your Saturday night off with a bang as the skies above English Bay come to life.

Sunset Beach Festival: Sunday August 5, 11am – 6pm, Sunset Beach, West End
Start early, or stop by after the Parade for beer gardens, entertainers on the Main Stage, Community Zone, Family activities, food trucks and more.

40th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade: Sunday August 5, Noon – 3pm, route along Robson St, Denman St, and Beach Ave.
Join the thousands of spectators who line the streets of the West End to watch the Parade and celebrations.

 

Kick off Pride Season with The Lady In Red Ball

The Vancouver Pride season is almost upon us, to kick-off the festivities the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is hosting the first Lady In Red Ball, on July 27th.

Benefitting the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation, the inaugural Lady In Red Ball will be hosted Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 winner, Kendall Gender.  The host will also delight attendees with a special performance with Vancouver’s drag troupe, The Brat Pack.  Taking place at The Roof (15th Floor) of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, guests will relive the heydays of the dinner & dances of the famed hot spot, the Panorama Roof.   Instead of the Dal Richards Orchestra performances of old, additional entertainment will come as Ballet BC leaps to the floor showcasing a specially choreographed work celebrating Pride.   Vancouver country music artist Patrick Masse will perform live, and a DJ will keep the party going into the evening.  Perhaps the Hotel Vancouver’s infamous ghost of the lady in red will also make an appearance to dance the night way?

Guests will find light reception fare at food stations around The Roof, tickets also include three beverages from the bar, additional drinks are available for purchase.  Partial proceeds from The Lady In Red Ball support The Dr Peter AIDS Foundation.  The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation raises funds to support innovative health care at the Dr. Peter Centre in Metro Vancouver. The Centre is British Columbia’s only HIV/AIDS Day Health Program and 24-hour specialized nursing care Residence.

The Lady In Red Ball takes place from 7pm – 10pm on July 27, 2018. Guests must be 19+years of age to attend. Tickets are just $99 per person and available for purchase online at Eventbrite (fees extra)

Picks of the Week – August 16, 2017

After weeks of smoky haze, the skies have cleared making it a pleasure to get out and enjoy the picks of the week

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee docks along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd and becomes the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest.

Singer: acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter k.d.lang performs two shows at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday

Heartbreakers: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take to the stage

VQFF Closing Film: Handsome Devil

Films: Vancouver’s second largest film festival, VQFF continues around the city until Sunday.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Country: Friday night Rogers Arena is filled with country stars as Zac Brown Band stop in Vancouver

Roar: The BC Lions host Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Friday night

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

HeldOver: Enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings until August 26

PNE: Another season of Summer Nights Concerts kicks off as the PNE opens on Saturday

Pride: The Royal City rolls out the welcome mat for the New West Pride Street Party on Columbia Street and parties throughout Saturday

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC return home to play host to Houston Dynamo for the team’s annual Pride Night at BC Place


Movies
: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

 

Picks of the Week – Aug 2, 2017

The August long weekend in Vancouver is always packed with so much entertainment; Pride, Fireworks, Festivals, Concerts and more make it hard to choose the picks of the week…

Lights: Look up, way up and witness the explosive entertainment of Celebration of Lights as United Kingdom lights the night tonight and Canada wows the crowds on Saturday

Punks: Reminisce with the contrasting of rock styles when Echo & The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes take the PNE Amphitheatre stage on Thursday

Arts: As if you need more to do this weekend, the 27th Harmony Arts Festival kicks off on Friday bringing 10 days of arts & entertainment to West Vancouver.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Pier: Pride comes to North Vancouver this year with the new Prance on the Pier, an all-ages dance party at the Shipyards pier in lower Lonsdale

Bingo: At Wednesday’s Bingo 4 Life Pride Edition Grease is the word as Mina Mercury and Carlotta Gurl channel their inner Sandy’s while calling numbers to raise money for Vancouver Friends For Life

Bach: Early Music Vancouver presents the 2nd Vancouver Bach Festival with chamber music concerts, ensembles and soloists bringing classical music to Christ Church Cathdral and The Chan Centre until Aug 11th

Run: Get your weekend off and running, supporting charities while you’re at it. Drop your gear for the Pride Undie Run, a quick jog from the Vancouver Art Gallery to the Davie Street Party on Friday night.

Street: Pride really gets going with the annual Davie Street Dance Party filling the street from Burrard to Jervis with music, food, drink and entertainment

Stars: Enjoy the evening in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars this season presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

Beach: Sunday the Sunset Beach Festival opens at 11am for a day of music, outdoor beer garden, food trucks and marketplace. 

Parade: The main event of Vancouver Pride the 39th Annual Pride Parade starts at Noon at Robson & Bute then makes its way to Sunset Beach entertaining thousands of spectators along the way.

Parties: Fill in the weekend with any of the multitude of parties and cruises like Love & Freedom Events’ Big Pride Weekend,  Ruff Vancouver, TFD Presents’ Rapture Pride Weekend, Vancouver Arts & Leisure’s Alternative Pride, Cruisy-T’s Boat Cruise and more

 

 

Picks of the Week – July 26, 2017

Where does the time go? July is already coming to a close but never fear there’s plenty of fun in these picks of the week…

Kick off: The 2017 Downtown Pride Premiere brings a taste of things to come with entertainment, Queens, food trucks, games and more at Robson Square, today from 3pm – 10pm

Mars: Not the planet but the popstar Bruno Mars comes to Rogers Arena for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday

Drum Is Calling Festival

Drum: Celebrate Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Drum Is Calling Festival, Free at Larwill Park until July 29th

Highschool: See the gritty and intense Girls! Girls! Girls! presented by Excavation Theatre at Havana Theatre  before it closes July 29th

Games: Head to Jim Deva Plaza on Davie for West End for some fun and play on West End Games Night on Thursday

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

Stars: Enjoy the evening in Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars this season presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings.

KidFree:  Leave the kids at home and head to Playland, where Friday’s in July are Adults-Only. Spend your evening with a drink in hand as you wander the park surrounding by those 19+ only

Brit: Singer-Songwriter,  and sometime GoT guest, Ed Sheeran comes to Rogers Arena for a concert on Friday night

Arts: The Arts Club Theatre Company   season comes to a close this weekend when Bittergirl The Musical closes July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Sissy: The Odyssey gets Pride off to an early start with Sissy Boy: Pride! featuring the best of the 70s, 80s & 90s on Friday night

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Mystery: Join Joel, Jonah, Crow, Tom Servo and Gyspy as they Watch out for Snakes! on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live at Orpheum Theatre on Sunday

Picks of the Week – January 25, 2017

Can you believe it’s the final weekend of January already!? Let’s see what entertainment we can find for the picks of the week

Push: The 2017 PuSh Festival continues to bring international cutting edge performing arts from around the globe to venues around the city.

Stage: The Nether, delves into the darkness of the internet at Firehall Arts Centre until January 28th.

Winter: Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is underway with snow sports, and evening entertainment all around the village until January 29th.

Theatre: William Faulkner’s southern gothic novel plays out in the Arts Club “As I Lay Dying” at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 12th

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 continues with round 2 hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Country: Canada’s favourite country rock group, Blue Rodeo plays a pair of gigs at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday and Saturday

Rock: At the Commodore Ballroom, Big Wreck bring their rock act to the stage on Friday evening.

Dine: The tastiest festival of the year; Dine Out Vancouver Festival gets underway Friday, offering hundreds of events and restaurants participating in the set-price menu options, until February 5th

90s: XYYVR takes it back to the last century on Friday night with Eye Roll: Another F*(%#*ng 90s Party hosted by Peach Cobblah and Valynne Vile