Picks of the Week – August 26, 2015

Wrapping up the 5th weekend of this August, we have a bonus week to squeeze the most out of our summer with these picks of the week:

Finals: The Amway Canadian Championship will be decided tonight when Whitecaps FC host Montreal Impact at BC Place.

Taste: Explore Chinatown tonight when Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates explores the east side neighbourhood.

PNE: The second weekend of PNE 2015 rolls along with more great entertainment; Beatlemania, Broadway’s Peter Pan, Farm Country, Playland and hot Summer Night Concerts, this week with Beach Boys, Daughtry, New Pornographers, Tom Cochrane & Red Rider and Colbie Callait & Christina Perri.

Stars: this is your last chance to catch Theatre Under The Stars at Stanley Park as Oliver! and Hairspray are held-over until Sunday

Bamboleo: Spanish language French band, Gypsy Kings, bring their lively act to the River Rock Show Theatre on Thursday night.

Queens: Back It Up Thursdays at Celebrities Nightclub packs the stage with the City’s Super Queens for a night of entertainment benefiting YouthCo and Friends for Life

Bard: Spend the weekend at the beach and enjoy some Shakespeare where Bard of the Beach presents The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Loves Labours Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel until September 26

Icon: Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka stops by the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver to perform his iconic songbook on Friday night

GoGo: G-Luve drops the beats and the Bootybox GoGos drop their gear at XY Friday night

Alive: Peter Frampton comes alive when he plays the Hard Rock Casino live on Saturday night

Country: Continuing a weekend of music icons at Hard Rock Casino, Steve Earle & The Dukes play on Sunday night

Bunny: Jane Smoker hosts, DJ Domtop spins, and Carlotta Gurl struts her stuff as Playboy on Saturday night at XY



Picks of the Week : August 5, 2015

It’s already the second weekend of August and summer’s festivities are showing no signs of letting up, the picks of the week are packed with fun

Champions: Vancouver gets its first taste of CONCACAF Champions League soccer as Whitecaps FC kicks off their campaign hosting Seattle Sounders tonight then on Saturday the return to MLS play hosting Real Salt Lake at BC Place

Movie: The north point of Canada Place is a free outdoor theatre as the comedy The Proposal plays on Thursday evening at dusk

Festival: For the 6th year, Virgin Mobile presents the Squamish Valley Music Festival kicks off tomorrow with an opening day of music including Current Swell, Elliott Brood and more before Sam Smith, Drake, Mumford & Sons headline the rest of the weekend.

Football: BC Lions host a rare Thursday home game when Edmonton Eskimos come to town

Broadway: Sing along with some Showtunes at 1181 on Friday for some after work entertainment

Chicago: Peter Cetera, solo artist and former lead singer of Chicago brings his decades of music to River Rock Show Theatre on Friday night

Cakes: It’s the first Friday of the month, at XY that means the club is home to Poundcake a night of tunes by Gingerbear Todd & DJ Mumbles for the sexy gogos to shake their cakes to

Bard: Spend the weekend with some Shakespeare as Bard of the Beach, presents The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Loves Labours Lost and Shakespear’s Rebel until September 26

Blues: The 2015 Burnaby Blue + Roots Festival brings The Sheepdogs, Devin Cuddy, Jim Byrnes and more to Deer Lake Park on Saturday

Doobie: Continuing a weekend of great voices, former Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald plays the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night then plays Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Sunday

Black: XYSaturdays go dark with ONYX kicking the club with hot tunes and sexy dancers.







Culture Club Reunited

Culture Club – River Rock Show Theatre – July 18, 2015

This weekend, the four original members of Culture Club reunited for the first time in over a decade and their first tour since 1998. Original members, Boy George, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig hit the stages at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and River Rock Resort for a pair of shows, Friday and Saturday night.  The tour was originally scheduled last fall but due to Boy George being hit with a  serious throat illness, it was rescheduled. Unfortunately, this time John Moss is sick and unable to perform the start of the tour, so drums were handled by Richie Stevens.

Backed onstage by 9 other touring members, Culture Club started the Saturday show we attended, with a video montage updating the audience on the history of the groundbreaking act.  Then to the notes of “Church of the Poison Mind” the band made their debut with the audience singing along.  For the next 2 hours, Boy George kept the audience entertained with his light, and sometimes self-deprecating, banter and his great vocals.  Roy Hay and Mikey Craig were still as skilled as ever in their instrumentals.

In spite of being Casino shows, I appreciated during the show was that the band treated the set and the audience like they are still a band in their prime and not a nostalgia act, like some of their contemporaries.  The hits, big and small, like Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Miss Me Blind, Time, It’s  Miracle, and of course Karma Chameleon, were well represented in the setlist to keep the casual fans happy and plenty of newer tunes and lesser known hits like their latest, Crying Game and More Than Silence, to please the diehards.

The North American Culture Club Reunion Tour continues through August, if you have a chance to see them live, you won’t be disappointed.


Picks of the Week – May 6, 2015

Here we are, the start of May! Summer is just around the corner and signs of the season are popping up all over, take a look at what’s happening in the picks of the week;

Docs: The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival wraps up this Sunday closing out 11 days of documentary films with the Closing Night film; Iris

Rock: 90’s rockers Sleater-Kinney set the stage on fire at the Commodore on Wednesday night.

Dance: Ballet BC’s newest work RITE comes to the stage May 7-9 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Icon: The legendary Neil Diamond is sure to have everyone singing along when he fills Rogers Arena on Thursday

Cabaret: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society presents The Scarlet Queen of Mercy, continuing at The Russian Hall until May 24th

Electronic: Spend an evening with ground breaking new age artist Howard Jones at The Biltmore Cabaret on Friday night.

Kicks: Whitecaps FC have a double bill on Saturday afternoon with the Caps Alumni playing before the senior team takes on Philadelphia Union at 4pm.

Retro: Canadian rock icons, April Wine bring their vast catalogue of tunes to the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting the Tony award winning musical “In The Heights” until June 7th

Gig: To wrap up the weekend, Irish quartet Kodaline play the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday night

Drag: The 4th Annual Mr or Ms Cobalt Drag Competition continues Sunday with Round 2 on Sunday night at The Cobalt


Christmas with The Irish Tenors

The Irish Tenors – River Rock Show Theatre – December 19, 2014

IrishTenors_MarqueeThe River Rock Resort was bustling with anticipation as the audience gathered for The Irish Tenors to take the stage on Friday night.  The River Rock Show Theatre was a great venue for the trio and their 24 piece backing orchestra, great sound and sight lines meant every one in the full house came away satisfied with their 90 minute concert.

Broken into two acts, the first 45 minutes saw the trio; Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Rynan, perform a series of their classics, including; “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, “Toora, Loora, Loora”, “Danny Boy”, “Galway Bay” and “Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory”.  Each of the singers also performed a couple of songs on their own with the orchestra. The audience, presumably filled with expats and fans of the trio’s PBS specials were happily singing along to the familiar tunes.

The second act was a set of traditional Holiday classics in whole or in medleys. The show’s only ‘miss’ happened during this set as it seemed Kearns and Rynan has technical issues with their earpieces making the trio’s harmonizing out of sync.  The audience didn’t seem to mind as they really came alive singing along to amp up the festival feel of the concert.  The casual and light nature of the Christmas tunes let the group’s personalities shine through as they had fun with the songs, becoming more animated and even dancing while carolling with the fans.

The more mature members of the audience (many walkers and wheelchairs) showed the multi-generational appeal of The Irish Tenors and the Holiday Celebration Tour made a great occasion for those audience members to share the music of their generation with their children.  A great way to celebrate the Holiday Season.

Picks of the Week – September 24, 2014

For the first week of Autumn, there’s a colourful array of activities to entertain you, picks of the week include:

Gig: British pop / soul singer, Sam Smith, brings his acclaimed vocals to the Orpheum Theatre tonight.

Theatre: The Arts Club Theatre Company premieres Educating Rita at the Granville Island Stage on Thursday, running until October 25th. In addition, 4000 Miles continues to play until October 12th at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Pucks: With the end of the summer comes the new Canucks hockey season, the pre-season is underway Friday night as they host Calgary at Rogers Arena

Puppets: Combining improvisation, music and amazing puppetry with over 30 marionettes, Daisy Theatre returns to The Cultch for a 2014 run until October 12th.

Rock: Canadian rockers Big Wreck play the Commodore Ballroom on Friday night.

Kicks: The Whitecaps cling to a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs as they host Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon.

Laughs: Internationally acclaimed, Canadian comedian Russell Peters is sure to fill Rogers Arena with laughter on Saturday night.

GuessWho? Legendary Canadian singer/singwriter Burton Cummings brings his decades of music to the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night.




Picks of the Week – July 16, 2014

Mid-July and there’s lots happening in this heatwave…this week’s picks of the week include theatre, street hockey, BC Lions football and great parties and concerts.

Festival: The big draw of the week is surely the Pemberton Music Festival, a couple hours up the Sea-To-Sky highway you’ll find Nine Inch Nails, Outcast, Soundgarden, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Metric, Modest Mouse and many, many more rocking the village of Pemberton all weekend.

Piano: Singer-Songwriter Tori Amos will have her faithful hanging on every note as she plays in the Orpheum Theatre tonight.

Theatre: Roam the historic theatre, dressing rooms and backstage as you experience an interactive evening of music and interactions around the site when Orpheus Project by Music on Main comes to The Cultch from July 16 to 20.

Live: After a successful run at the River Rock, the Price Is Right Live moves out to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver for 4 nights, July 17, 18, 19 & 20.

Beats: Get dancing as DJ Krush brings the beats from Japan to Fortune Sound Club on Thursday night

Party: Strut your stuff on the Runway when Celebrities welcomes DJ Del Stamp for another edition of Liberace Thursdays

Folk: The peak of summer means it’s time for the annual celebration of music on Jericho Beach, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival welcomes Joan Baez, Tift Merritt, Ozomalti, Amos Lee, Alejandro Escovedo and loads more over from July 18 – 20.

Werk:  The Astoria in East Van is ready to party as Junita Werk, Anna Propriate & Shanda Leer host Sistah Fistah! anything goes drag cabaret on Friday night.

Fusion: For a unique mix of music, food and culture head out to Surrey for the annual Fusion Festival at Holland Park on July 19 – 20

Hockey: Spend the day playing some ball hockey and raise supplies for the Food Bank as Five Hole For Food takes over the 800 block of Granville Street Saturday from noon until 6pm

Home Team: The BC Lions return to BC Place for their next two game, starting Saturday July 19 versus Montreal Alouettes

Hold: New York indie act The Hold Steady play the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond for one night, Saturday.