Sink or Swim with Beverley Elliott at Gateway Theatre

Sink or Swim with Beverley Elliott

Now playing at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, Sink or Swim is Beverley Elliott’s latest autobiographical one-woman show.  Following on last year’s …didn’t see that coming, the singer/actor/writer is back with more stories from her youth.

In Sink or Swim, Ms Elliott takes us back to rural Ontario and her childhood years.  With the help of musical director/pianist Bill Costin, the actress paints the picture of her 5-6 year old world with such vivid detail that  any of us who grew up in small town Canada recovered memories of our early school days too.  Songs and music helps set the mood and provide the transitions between stories, from selling the family farm, to the first day of school, to summer trips to the lake.  All the tales come with equal doses of wit, charm and emotions, as bonds of family and friends shine throughout Sink or Swim.

Beverley Elliott’s multifaceted talent brings so much to the stage.  The writer, creates engaging, fun, but believable stories to tell.  The actress, brilliantly makes herself ageless and any age, whether the spirited, elderly Granny on Once Upon A Time, a teenager in …didn’t see that coming, or the 5 year old Bev in Sink or Swim.  The singer, brings a range of emotions to the songs throughout her shows, from lively, pop tunes to touching ballads or big, Broadway style numbers.

Beverley Elliott’s Sink or Swim runs until November 25, 2017 in Studio B at Gateway Theatre, for tickets and information visit 

IDS Vancouver Builds Excitement

International Design Show (IDS) Vancouver opens for the public this weekend September 30 and October 1 at Vancouver Convention Centre.
There are many home shows filled with things to build your house but IDS Vancouver is filled with all the items that makes a house a home. Design trends, decor, accessories, furnishings and more touches that add your personality to your four walls.

Here’s five top things to make sure you check out at this year’s IDS Vancouver

Living at the entrance of IDS Vancouver is the 100ft, majestic Tree House, designed by Electric Coffin and presented by LightArt, an exploration of manmade material and natural form becoming one. The exhibit lets visitors wander through the front door of a house made from 3Form material and along a lit path which transforms the piece into an organic, tree-like shape made from cardboard. The passage serves as a portal to explore and contemplate: a metaphysical object propositioning the viewer.

In collaboration with Portland-based ANN SACKS, Camille Walala will transform the Central Bar feature into Walaland – a joyful place filled with Camille’s signature tribal-pop prints, high-octane colour combinations, and eye-popping graphics. Incorporating ceramic tiles by ANN SACKS, Camille has hand painted a 60-ft mural that serves as the backdrop for the bar. The young designer also takes the stage on Saturday, September 30 to speak about her design.

The fourth installment of The Exchange at IDS Vancouver will bring you to Tokyo! An enigmatic city, Tokyo’s design scene is a mixture of ancient and modern, liberal, and conservative, east and west influences. Curated by Design Milk, the Tokyo Exchange brings together works by innovative Tokyo-based design studios – we+ and Design for Industry. The installation is designed by Vancouver-based FSOARK Architect Inc.

The Mix is an all new program at IDS Vancouver this year that includes a host of breathtaking displays, installations and talks that are conducted both onsite and off. Supported by the Consulate to the Netherlands and media partner FRAME Magazine, three leading Netherlands-based designers have been paired with celebrated, established Vancouver creators. The pairs exhibit side by side on centre aisle at IDS Vancouver and take part in offsite conversations hosted by FRAME Minds at the Vancouver-based designers’ and artists’ studios.

The District is IDS Vancouver’s popular cash and carry neighbourhood that features fresh collections of design products for the home. The marketplace is the show’s mecca for the most exclusive and popular finds in home and decor. Featuring evolutionary designs, the line-up of exhibitors includes some of the most renown names in home design & décor like Saige & Skye, Urbanwalls, Maria Roth Design and bloc amongst others. A cult favourite amongst industry insiders and consumers, after all, who doesn’t like to shop.

The 13th IDS Vancouver takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre West, from September 28 – October 1, public is welcome Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale at

BC Home + Garden Show 2017 opens tomorrow

With just a month to go before spring arrives, now is the time to start planning your projects at the 2017 BC Home + Garden Show. Opening tomorrow, through February 26, 2017, at BC Place Stadium the 46th annual show fills the stadium with everything to give you fresh ideas for the coming year.

With real estate being so much at the forefront and such a big part of household budgets, people are spending more time at home and doing more to increase their home’s value.   Top home improvement celebrity experts, gardeners and award-winning chefs will be on hand to share their knowledge with the public. DIY, cooking demos and hands-on classes for crafts, gardening and other projects take place throughout the 5-day show.

The main stage welcomes HGTV personalities; Bryan Baeumler of Bryan Inc, Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt from Home To Win and Mike Holmes Jr of Holmes + Holmes.  Joining them on the main stage, garden experts Brian Minter, Leanne Johnson, Steve Whysall and many more help your green thumb.

The Cooking stage welcomes guests from Fable Kitchen, Odd Society Spirits, Mission Kits, Virtuous Pie, Big Rock Brewery and The Juice Truck all on hand to share ideas and aspirations for your kitchen.

Throughout the show floor, visitors will find other inspirations and be able to get advice at the featured; FloForm Lounge, Container Laneway Home by Honomobo, BC Hydro Smart Home and garden displays throughout BC Place.

It’s not all just dreaming either, take home some arts and crafts by making them yourself in the hands-on Workshops or shop from the M(ART)Ket or Portobello West Market .

The BC Home + Garden Show runs February 22 – 26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Discounted tickets and details are available online

Picks of the Week – February 8, 2017

After the Winter we’ve been having, a long weekend is just what we need. Let’s find some entertainment for the picks of the week

Giddy Up:  You can’t miss the White Big Top home to Odysseo by Cavalia at Olympic Village until February 26

Kicks: Step out to Broadway Across Canada’s presentation of Kinky Boots, playing the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until February 12th.

Stage: The Gateway Theatre in Richmond presentation of You Will Remember Me closes this weekend, February 11.

Country: American singer/songwriter, Dierks Bentley brings his down home, country style to Rogers Arena on Thursday night

Undersea: Go under the sea for adventures with The Little Mermaid on at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, until Feb18

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 continues with the Semi-Final hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Sip: In celebration of the sesquicentennial, Canada is the theme country for this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival runs Feb 11 – 19 at Vancouver Convention Centre

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

Tea: Spill the Tea with Tati and be thoroughly entertained at XY YVR on Sunday night with RPDR alumna Tatianna

Odysseo by Cavalia in Vancouver

Odysseo by Cavalia is now on under the White Big Top in Vancouver. It’s hard to miss the largest travelling big top in the world as the massive white structure dominates the southern shores of False Creek.

Whilst the White Big Top is impressive to look at, what’s inside is even more of a spectacle.  Sixty-five majestic stallions and geldings and 48 of their human colleagues take centre stage to put on the breathtaking Odysseo by Cavalia.  The 2.5 hour long show defies description as it combines equestrian, acrobatics, live music, sound and visual effects broadcast by 18 projectors onto a curved screen three times as large as a standard cinema screen.

Without spoiling the show by giving away too many details, the horses, riders and performers take the audience on a global journey from the steppes of Asia, to the African savannah to the American West and on to Easter Island with many stops in between. Tumbling performers dazzle with the speed of their leaps, high flying acrobats spin overhead, gymnasts amaze with feats of strength and balance but it’s the quiet skills of the equine performers that draw the most applause. The training and talents of the horses and trainers is most evident when the horses are performing at liberty (free of harness), their trainers’ slightest gesture and noise encouraging the horse’s next movement.  Odysseo by Cavalia prides itself on having the most horses at liberty in a show, at one point 30 animals are filling the 1625 square meter stage.  When man and beast combine their skills the show is mesmerizing; acrobatics, strength and speed add a level of danger and wonder.

Odysseo by Cavalia continues under the White Big Top at Olympic Village until March 5th.  Tickets are on sale now with more matinees already added to meet demand

Interior Design Show Vancouver opens this week

Since 2004, Interior Design Show Vancouver (formerly IDS West) has grown to become Western North America’s premier residential interior design showcase.

Last year, over 35,000 visited the public showcase at Vancouver Convention Centre to view 275 exhibitors from the design world. This year’s show is open to the public this Thursday evening for the Party on Opening Night and on Saturday and Sunday.  Friday is a Trade Only day.

Interior Design Show Vancouver highlights the cutting edge of design, technology and decor.  Speakers, workshops, panels, demonstrations and hands-on participation ensures the Show is educational as it is inspirational.  Some of the featured events & speakers include: Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven – a showcase of designers from The Netherlands, Pitch Tank – a Dragon’s Den style event, designers Emily Henderson, Barbara Barry, architect Chris McVoy, contractor Rasmin Khachi and many more design professionals throughout the weekend.

The Interior Design Show Vancouver Party On Opening Night takes place Thursday September 22nd, open to trade and public, tickets are on sale now, $35 online.  The Public is also welcome Saturday and Sunday September 24 – 25, weekend passes $18 online.

Keith Urban – ripCORD World Tour Vancouver

Keith Urban – Rogers Arena – September 10, 2016

Saturday night in Vancouver, Keith Urban’s ripCORD world tour began its arena leg with multiple stops scheduled across Canada.  The Aussie country star is being joined on this leg by up and coming singer Maren Morris and hometown country/rock artist Dallas Smith.

Promptly at 7:30 JRFM’s Clay St Thomas welcomed the audience to Rogers Arena and Maren Morris took to the stage for a half hour set to warm up and launch the ripCORD world tour. The young star, belted out a number of tunes from her HERO album which made its debut in June 2016 as she joined Keith Urban’s tour.  Making her Canadian debut Maren thanked the support of Canadian country radio which pushed her single “My Church” to top 3.

DallasSmith_img_8374After a quick stage change, award-winning Dallas Smith hit the stage to a warm Vancouver welcome, as many had obviously come early to support the Langley BC native.  The former Default frontman, acknowledged his rock roots and demonstrated that his powerful voice can lend itself just as easily to hard power-rock as it does to rousing country.  With 5 full-length albums and EP, Smith has more than enough material for his near-hour long set.  The star related how this show brings his career in a sort of full-circle, in his Default days be remembered being backstage at Rogers Arena listening to Keith Urban before coming onstage and now here he was supporting him.

KeithUrban_img_8450The audience roared when Keith Urban burst to the stage, with Gone Tomorrow (Here Today) and heated up with Long Hot Summer.  The affable star’s performance crosses all genres, appealing to the country fans and rock lovers alike.  Keith Urban’s guitar skills and energy rocked the arena as he made his way through a two-hour set. While I can’t profess to being a big fan before the show, I came away a fan.  I was surprised how many of his songs were familiar to me, and even those that I didn’t know were carried by Urban’s buoyant energy and performance.  By the time the set got to the hit Days Go By,  the audience was fully dancing, singing and whooping it up all around the arena.  Maren Morris joined Urban for We Were Us, singing Miranda Lambert’s part on the duet. Carrie Underwood even made an appearance, albeit on video, during The Fighter.
Giving his backing band the spotlight, bandmates Nathan Barlowe and Jerry Flowers each sang for their intros.  To the unlikely beats of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Urban and band made their way to the second stage at the back of the arena where they were joined by Dallas Smith for Somebody Like You and Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me. KeithUrban_img_8468 The audience clearly wasn’t ready as the set came to a close and for that matter, the star himself seemed like his could go on playing all night.  Urban seemed genuinely appreciative of the audience, even going so far as bringing on member onstage to record a rendition of Happy Birthday on her phone for her youngster. Signing and giving away one of his performance guitars to another fan.  Then after all the singing was done he stayed onstage shaking hands and greeting the audience around the stage.  It’s no wonder, everyone I spoke to who had seen Keith Urban shows in the past spoke so highly of the experience.

The ripCORD World Tour continues in arenas across western Canada through September before moving into the US and Oceania until the year-end.