Picks of the Week – November 21, 2018

The Holiday Season is in full swing, as we are just a couple weeks away from Hanukkah and a month away from Christmas, there’s plenty of festive fun in this week’s picks.

Ariel: Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr a children’s production of Disney’s musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, November 24-25 at Massey Theatre

EnemyThe Enemy at The Firehall Arts Centre is a topical, contemporary interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, running until December 1, 2018

Late-night: Vancouver Art Gallery’s late-night art party returns with FUSE: Object Lessons on Friday, November 23, 8pm – midnight.

Dancers: Dancers of Damelahamid an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of BC, with a rich history of masked dance performs Thursday at Noon, part of the Discover Dance! series at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Dancer Dennis Alamanos in Chotto Desh.
Photo: Richard Haughton

Dance:  DanceHouse, with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Théâtre la Seizième, are co-presenting the Vancouver premiere of Akram Khan Company’s award-winning solo, Chotto Desh at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts until November 24th

Jazz: Tyrant Studio’s Friday Jazz finds Jimi James Trip making their way to the Tyrant Studio Lounge upstairs from The Penthouse

Merry Kiss-mas

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy, parodying all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in a holiday TV special or film at Improv Centre until Christmas Eve

Ice: Join Moana, Belle, Elsa and other Disney favourites as Disney On Ice takes to the Pacific Coliseum until November 25

ASL: Red Gate Revue stage welcomes a world premiere of Albireo: A New Musical, a unique new production by Annahis Basmadjian, featuring ASL (American Sign Language), the story of brothers Wriker and Chambers, half human, half siren, their mythological hypnotic powers only activate when singing together in harmony.

Art: It’s your last chance to visit Kimoto Gallery to view Water, by Vancouver artists David Wilson a series of paintings looking at the natural watery surroundings and rain-soaked city streets of his hometown, closing November 24.

Pi Theatre’s Hir
Photo: Emily Cooper

Gender: Pi Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of American playwright Taylor Mac’s Hir, exploring the dynamics of a family dealing with PTSD, gender politics & more, from November 22–December 8, 2018, at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex.

Drama: Seven Tyrants Theatre presents John Patrick Stanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Doubt : A Parable from November 23 – December 14

Laughs: Saturday nights Tyrant Studio’s Comic Strip brings stand-up comedy to the Studio Lounge Stage with Simon King, Darcy Boon Collins, Ari Matti, and Colin Sharp

Vancouver Christmas Market
Photo: Lindsay Elliott

Market:  The Vancouver Christmas Market celebrates its 9th year as it returns to Jack Poole Plaza, until December 24, 2018

Couture: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière until January 20, 2019

Shopping: From the West End, to Dunbar, and Delta, Visit one of the many Christmas Craft Markets happening around Metro Vancouver this weekend

BBall: The Vancouver Showcase featuring 4 men’s and 8 women’s U.S. Division I college basketball teams compete until Nov. 24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

Candy: Saturday, Yaletown transforms to Candytown, Vancouver’s free Christmas festival filling Hamilton, Mainland and Davie Streets with Holiday fun.


Picks of the Week – July 11, 2018

The heat has returned and the entertainment values in this week’s picks heat up too:

Taste: Tonight, Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates heads to North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale to explore the tastes of the neighbourhood.

Bard on the Beach – As You Like It : Lindsey Angell & Nadeem Phillip

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It or the dramatic Macbeth at Bard on the Beach 2018

Kicks: The FIFA World Cup finals come to an end this weekend, lots of spots to watch the big matches including Vancouver Alpen Club which opens the doors at 7:30 on July 15th for the final plus food, prizes and fun for all ages.

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

SkyHigh: Take your dining experience to new heights with Dinner In The Sky, high above the shore of North Vancouver until July 29th.

Laugh: Get a good laugh at those millenials and a whole lot more at Vancouver Theatresports League when you check out their new show Avocado Toast, or another evening of improv

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.

Dance: The 30th Anniversary of Dancing on the Edge Festival continues through July 14th around town.

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

Irish:  Once is not enough to see, the final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season, ONCE, running at the Granville Island Stage.

Stage: The Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival gets underway this week 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

Resist: Until October 8th at MOA, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

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

Roar: Show your lions’ pride as the BC Lions roar into BC Place on Saturday to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Fest: The 42nd Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival fill the scenic shores of Jericho Park with music this weekend, July 13 – 15

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.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver latest exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, which takes a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city, until 2019

Broadway: The Queen Elizabeth stage becomes the streets of revolutionary Paris as Broadway Across Canada’s Les Miserables takes the stage until Sunday

Penthouse: Tyrant Studios Lounge, within the famed Penthouse Night Club welcomes Jazz Fridays and The Comic Strip Saturdays.

Picks of the Week – December 20, 2017

Just five more sleeps until Santa makes his rounds, in between your last-minute shopping, here’s a few picks of the week to keep you entertained.

Icing: The Vancouver Canucks play host to St Louis on Thursday at Rogers Arena

Solstice: The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is transformed into an illuminated wonder for the 24th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival on Thursday evening.

Acrobat: The stunning Cirque du Soleil Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities continues under the Grand Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place

Snow White photo Emily Cooper

Snow: Until January 6th, help Snow White and the Seven Dwarves evade her Evil Stepmother in East Van Panto at The Cultch York Theatre

Twinkle: Light up your nights with the Festival light displays all around Metro Vancouver; Lights of Hope, Canyon Lights, Bright Nights, Heritage Christmas, Glow Christmas, Lights at Lafarge all bring a little Christmas Spirit.

Festival: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival makes its debut on Friday, bringing dozens of Chinese lanterns, throughout the 14 acre PNE site.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s dramedy  The Day Before Christmas is onstage at the Goldcorp Stage until Sunday, while fan favourite Onegin remounts the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage, until December 31st and Disney’s Beauty & The Beast is already extended until January 13th.

Ghost of Christmas Past (Josh Chambers) & Scrooge (Russell Roberts) Photo: David Cooper

Dickens: From December 7 – 24th, the Holiday Classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life onstage at Gateway Theatre in Richmond.

Narnia: Carousel Theatre, invites families to step through the wardrobe as C.S Lewis’  The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to the stage until December 31st.

Carols: The 25th Anniversary of the VSO’s Traditional Christmas at St Andrew’s Wesley this weekend and in various venues throughout the month

Drag: The Christmas Queen is back to ruin Christmas for Vancouver Theatresports League and on Saturday nights, anything can, and will happen,  when Vancouver drag diva the Unstoppable Connie Smudge joins the stage,  it’s two queens for the price of one at Christmas Queen Drag Race.

Picks of the Week – May 17, 2017

It’s time for that unofficial kick off to summer, the May Long, May two-four, Victoria Day, or whatever you like to call it, is upon us and maybe the clouds will clear to get out and enjoy the picks of the week!

Eat: Tonight, explore the culinary flavours of The Heights on another edition of Vancouver Foodster’s food tour, Tasting Plates : Burnaby Heights 

Stand-up: Canadian funny man Gerry Dee brings his comedy to the stage at the Vogue Theatre tonight

Art: Tomorrow, catch a preview of the upcoming West of Main Art Walk, with the Roundhouse Exhibition, 10am – 9pm at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Ice: Witness the best and brightest of the Figure Skating world as Stars on Ice comes to Rogers Arena Thursday

Drag: Comic Queen Bianca Del Rio brings her unique brand of humour to the Vogue Theatre Thursday night with her “Not Today Satan” Tour

Comedy on Wheels_Tanyalee Davis

Wheels: Comedy on Wheels: Celebrating Canada’s Birthday with Belly Laughs! from Realwheels Theatre brings a limited 3 day only show to performance works



Laughs: Mother’s Day may have passed but the laughs and heart tugging tales of the Arts Club Granville Stage Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty are holding on for another week, closing May 27th.

Balls: Whitecaps FC kick off versus Sporting Kansas City this Saturday, at BC Place

Comedy: Saturday night, the multi-talented Fred Armisen of Portlandia and SNL fame takes the stage at the Commodore Ballroom

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

Icon: There’s still time to head to the Firehall Arts Centre for the unique musical experience, Circle Game: Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell, before it closes May 20


5 Plays for the 2016 Holiday Season

Tis the season, the season for family friendly and fun theatre experiences that everyone will enjoy, here’s 5 Plays for this Holiday season.

Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition – November 23 – December 23, 2016 – Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street
Granville Island, Vancouver
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A Charlie Brown Christmas  – November 26 – December 31, 2016 – Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Carousel Theatre for Young People brings the beloved Holiday story to the stage

Holy Mo! A Christmas Show – December 2 – 31, 2016 – Pacific Theatre, 1440 12th Avenue, Vancouver
A silly, wacky retelling of the nativity by the Pacific Theatres favourite fools.

Mary Poppins – December 3, 2016  – January 1, 2017 – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Chim Chim Cheree! The Arts Club Theatre Company brings the Disney classic to the stage

Music Man – December 8 – 31, 2016 – Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
You certainly won’t find Ya Got Trouble when the Tony Award winning Music Man comes to Gateway Theatre in Richmond

Get out and enjoy some live theatre with people of all ages.


Picks of the Week – May 18, 2016

The May Long Weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer, the kick off to the entertainment season begins with these picks of the week…

tastingplate_eastvillage_x250Eat: Tonight, get a taste of the East Village on Tasting Plates – East Village 

Festival: The week is the last chance to head to The Cultch for the final shows of rEvolver Festival 2016, a Festival of Independent Theatre

Duel:  On Wednesdays at XY it’s a Showtunes showdown singalong at Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

Queens: Wednesdays, The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron joins Davie Village legend Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show

Pack: Thursdays The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric bring their naughtiness to XY with DJ Nick Bertossi

Stage:  At The Arts Club, Elton John’s multiple Tony Award winning musical, Billy Elliot brings ballet, pop and emotion to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Laugh: Comedian Ron White brings stand-up to the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night

Classic: Friday night, The Piano Guys bring their own piano and cello arrangements of pop and classical songs to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Hello: Local superstars Hedley say Hello to the audience at Rogers Arena on Friday night

Rev: Get your engines running on Friday at Rev-E-Rie at XYYVR with Gia Metric and Maxwell Maxwell

Rides: Playland is open for weekends until June 16 then daily until August 19, when the PNE begins.

Rock: Climb the steps to Commodore Ballroom to find the Black Mountaintops on Saturday night

Strings: The multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Andrew Bird takes to the Orpheum Theatre stage on Saturday evening

Play: Saturday night, Playboy with Jane Smoker& DJ DomTop keep the night going until 4am at XYYVR

Groove: Sundays get soul at XY YVR when Toronto’s DJ Deko-Ze joins local faves DJ G-Luve and Mr Cox for a Victoria Day edition of Ensoul 

Grrr: Get ready to get RUFF on Sunday at The Pint with DJs NARK, Nick Bertossi and Colin, Mr Ruff 2016

Late: Afterhours on Sunday night, rolls into Monday morning at Gorg-O-Mish on Big Rogers Events’ United – Victoria Day with DJ Phil B

Massacre: Wrap up your long weekend with a Brian Jonestown Massacre show at the Commodore Ballroom

Picks of the Week – February 17, 2016

Moving on into mid-February, we’ve made it past Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year, now signs turn to Spring events in the picks of the week…

PIzzaPaloozaHome: BC Home + Garden Show fills BC Place with ideas for your spring DIY ideas from today until February 21st.

Pizza: Tonight, get a taste of the world’s pizzas as Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza takes you on a tasting adventure around the city.

Dragon: At Fly Over Canada there’s still time to catch the double bill of a spectacular ‘flight’ over Canada and catch the excitement of Flight Of The Dragon, a thrilling flight around China until March 6th

Cultch: Head to The York Theatre to hear the unique one man – many voices BIG MOUTH, on until Sunday at The Cultch

Ivories: Wednesdays at XY start your evening with live Showtunes at Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

Gurls: It’s East Meets West when The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron joins the West End’s Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday

Gateway: In Richmond, get Closer Than Ever in the amusing, musical at Gateway Theatre

Laughs: Comedy reigns for the next 10 days as JFL Northwest brings laughter to venues throughout the city

Blues: Juno award winner Matt Andersen plays the Vogue Theatre on Thursday evening

Rock: Canadian rock act, The Sheepdogs play Commodore Ballroom on Thursday and Friday nights.

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks play host to Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at Rogers Arena

Brats: XY Thursday nights the brats take over – The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric get their beats from DJ Nick Bertossi

Drag: Thursday it’s the Semi-Final round in the Search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar at Celebrities

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre’s Pride & Prejudice is at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and The (Post)Mistress is at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until Feb 28

Casual: Friday, head to The Waldorf for Uno Dos Tres, presented by Onlok Suppy Co. & Casual Encounters, an evening with three spaces to drink, dance, mingle and play