Speaking Of Dance Conversations 2017-18

Speaking of Dance Conversations
 is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance. Presented by Dance House with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, the series is a study of the place dance holds within culture and society.  Moderated and presented by noted local writers, artists and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a platform for everyone to share and develop their own observations and interpretations, and engage in conversation.

All of the series’ conversations are free, open to the public, and are scheduled to be held at Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, within SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. 

The first of the Speaking of Dance Conversations is coming up next week on October 24th at 7pm. 

Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison

The evening will be moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor at The Georgia Straight,  in conversation with Jarkko Lehmus (Tero Saarinen Company, Circo – Center for New Circus, Finland), Charlie Wu (ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, TAIWANfest Managing Director), and others.

The upcoming events in the series are;

Marshall McLuhan: Global Village
Date: 21 November 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC, Author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography)

Vancouver and Toronto’s Cultural Scenes in the 70s: A Comparison
Date: 20 February 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Pia Lo (Globe Dancer) 

Creative Arts Therapies: Arts and Health Care
Date: 13 March 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Peta Schur (Cofounder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara)

Tap Dance and Jazz Music: the Evolution of an Art Form
Date: 10 April 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Sas Selfjord (Vancouver Tap Dance Society)

The complete list of speakers and guests will be announced in advance of each Conversations date, check for details at dancehouse.ca/speaking-of-dance

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Gains Perspectives

As The Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre reaches middle age, the landmark has partnered with Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a collaboration series; Perspectives.

In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Perspectives, is a series of talks that explores Vancouver’s thought-provoking history that has shaped the city’s present.  Inspired by the rich history surrounding the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Heritage Foundation planned five unique speakers to present on the diverse history of Vancouver.  From the unique vantagepoint offered by the Lookout, guests will enjoy fascinating talks on Indigenous stories and context, South Asian history and immigration, architectural development and change, Vancouver music scene and nightlife, and the city’s seedy criminal history.

Four Perspective events in the series remain;

Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community –
Saturday October 7th 9:45 – 11:30am

Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations –
Thursday October 19th 6:15 – 8pm

Heritage From Up High –
Sunday October 29th 9:45 – 11:30am

Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene
Thursday November 16th 6:15 – 8pm

Tickets for all talks are available online at vancouverperspectives.com

All talks take place at the Vancouver Lookout, located at 555 West Hastings Street.  Arrive 15 minutes early to take the elevator up to the Lookout.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Harry Potter Live Film Series

This weekend, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) played the second edition of the Harry Potter Film Series; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live.  A full house at the Orpheum Theatre was filled with fans of the Potterverse.

Plenty of little wizards in robes roamed tried hard to contain their excitement as prepared to watch the second movie of the series, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra lead by guest conductor Justin Freer perform the film’s score live.  Perfectly in sync with the film, the live orchestra gave more depth to the film score and filled the auditorium with the familiar notes.  As the film progressed, the orchestra members faded into the background as the action took the fore and the music meshed perfectly.

VSO’s Harry Potter Live Film Series continues with the third film in the cinematic phenomenon, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, July 13, 14 & 15, 2017. Tickets go on sale for part three April 19th.

The cinema also comes to the Orpheum May 10 and 11 when VSO at the Movies celebrates the 35th Anniversary of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos leads the orchestra through John Williams classic sci-fi score.

For more information and tickets visit vancouversymphony.ca 

Food Talks – Vol 13 : UBC – October 27, 2015

Food TalksIt’s been a while since the last Food Talks so it’s time for a fall edition of Vancouver Foodster’s food education series.

Food Talks Volume 13, takes place October 27, 2015 at UBC’s Sage Restaurant.  This evening allows foodies and their friends to mingle and learn about the UBC food, nutrition and hospitality services. Start the evening with appetizers by Chef Christopher Krogh and Chef David Speight of Sage Restaurant, followed by a line-up of speakers and educators.

Hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak the evening’s speakers include:

David Speight : Executive Chef, UBC Food Services

Colin Moore : Director, UBC Food Services

Victoria Wakefield : Purchasing Manager, UBC Student Housing & Hospitality Services

David D. Kitts :  Professor,  Food Science, Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Food Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Véronik Campbell : Academic Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite – Adults $16 / UBC Students $8

Jim Byrnes Wraps 2013 Enchanted Evenings Concert Series

Jim Byrnes

Jim Byrnes – Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – August 30, 2013

The 20th Anniversary Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens came to a close last week with a performance by blues great Jim Byrnes. The award winning musician/actor played a 75 minute set, of covers and original material before an intimate audience in the Hall Of One Hundred Rivers.  Accompanied by guitarist Lindsay Mitchell of the band Prism, Byrnes’ natural storytelling ability shone through as he regaled the audience with stories of the origins of the songs and how he first came to hear, like and record them.  Over the course of his illustrious career he has covered a wide range of artists and genres, from R&B, Country, Pop and Jazz Standards and the Blues. Artists like Curtis Mayfield, Waylong Jennings, Irving Berlin, Major Lance and Ray Charles have all influenced and contributed to his repertoire.

A regular performer over the years at the Enchanted Evenings Concerts, Mr Byrnes extolled the virtues of Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden as a Dr Sun Yat_Sen Garden_night‘hidden gem’ in the city that we must treasure and patronise to ensure its survival. The Gardens are indeed a treasure and after experiencing great music in a great setting I’m sorry I waited so long before taking in an Enchanted Evenings Concert. I look forward to seeing next year’s line-up.

PNE Summer Concert Series 2013 unveiled

PNE The Fair At The PNE has unveiled another season of spectacular concerts, free with admission to The Fair, running August 17-September 2, 2013. In the off-season the PNE made some changes to its format that will save The Fair some money and provide better value to the fairgoers. This year’s Fair will close on the first two Monday’s Aug 19 & 26, those saving are being passed on to consumers by reducing the general admission and parking rates, from $20 down to $16.
With all the activities included with admission it’s one of the best values for a day of summer entertainment. The Summer Concert Series brings another line-up of huge names from the past and present together to the PNE stage. This year the stage has moved to the larger PNE amphitheatre allowing for even more people to enjoy the entertainment.
Also new this year is reserved seating, 700 seats have been set aside for those who wish to pay an additional fee to reserve a seat in the amphitheatre, tickets for the reserved seats go on sale this Friday June 14th.
Check out who’s coming to The Fair this year!

Summer Night Concert Schedule:

Saturday, August 17: Melissa Etheridge Live
Sunday, August 18: THE JACKSONS: UNITY TOUR 2013
Tuesday, August 20: Dean Brody
Wednesday, August 21: Great Big Sea
Thursday, August 22: Colin James
Friday, August 23: The Beach Boys
Saturday, August 24: Sam Roberts Band
Sunday, August 25: Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans
Tuesday, August 27: FOREIGNER
Wednesday, August 28: The Proclaimers
Thursday, August 29: BIG WRECK
Friday, August 30: Pandora Jewelry Presents: Martina McBride One Night Tour
Saturday, August 31: REO Speedwagon
Sunday, September 1: Lights
Monday, September 2: An Evening with Loverboy

For further information on The Fair at The PNE and Summer Night Concert Series Ticketing visit pne.ca

Emerson Drive – Summer Nights Concerts at PNE

This weekend launched the 2012 edition of The Fair at The PNE, kicking off an entertainment packed two weeks the Summer Nights Concert Series got underway with Heart on Saturday night and Canadian Country stars Emerson Drive on Sunday night.

Fiddler David Pichette
Lead Singer Brad Mates

Waiting around with the large and eager crowd, the band arrived late for their show due to a cancelled flight, they later explained. The delay did matter, the quintet jumped right into the swing of things and had the audience on their feet singing along to their upbeat county-pop.  The very affable lead singer Brad Mates kept the crowd entertained with his energetic performance and humourous anecdotes about the band’s exploits and songs. Between he and fiddler David Pichette working the stage the energy level stayed upbeat for most of the show, save for a few softer slower tracks. The Summer Nights Concerts are included with the price of admission to The Fair and are definitely a great value, what could be better than capping of a great day at The PNE with a fun free outdoor concert?

Energetic Emerson Drive