Whitecaps FC reveals 2019 Season

WhitecapsFCThis week, Whitecaps FC and the MLS revealed the 2019 schedule kicking off the preseason February 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI.  Home fans will get their first look at new coach Marc Dos Santos’ new look team when 34 regular season  gets underway March 2nd hosting Minnesota United FC at home in BC Place.

Vancouver’s regular season includes a home and away game against each Western Conference team, and one match either home or away against Eastern Conference clubs, including a visit to expansion side FC Cincinnati on August 3 ,and a visit from Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United on August 17 at BC Place

In celebration of the historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl triumph by the “team from the Village of Vancouver”, Whitecaps FC will host an anniversary match on August 31 against New York City FC, reminiscent of the 2-leg semi-final victory over New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium which sent the Whitecaps to the Soccer Bowl.

Whitecaps Pride Night

Other highlights of the season include Cascadia Cup home fixtures against Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in March and May, a visit from Canadian rivals Toronto FC on May 31st.   Community matches include, Jeans Day, in support of BC Children’s Hospital FoundationSaturday, April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union.  Pride Night is Saturday, May 25 vs. FC Dallas and the annual Legends & Stars Charity Match takes place Saturday, September 14 vs. Houston Dynamo.  

The season on Decision Day, as all league matches kick off  at 1 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps host Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake at BC Place in the regular season finale.  The new fixed-bracket, single-elimination format for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs begins on October 19 with the 2019 MLS Cup is set for November 10.

The 2019 Canadian Championships schedule is still to be announced.  For more details and information on the Whitecaps FC 2019 season visit whitecapsfc.com

Picks of the Week – June 6, 2018

Yes, it’s already June, 2018 is nearly half over but the Summer entertainment is just beginning, here’s my picks of the week

Cabin Fever

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 June 9 to September 30, 2018.

Rock: Local legend, Bryan Adams plays Rogers Arena Wednesday night, June 6th

Bard: The Scottish Play opens Bard on the Beach 2018, as previews begin today with the opening night next week.

Body Language

Inked: The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Art reopens after renovations with BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest an exhibition deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment curated by Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation

Fest: Breakout Festival 2018 takes over the PNE Amphitheatre June 9 & 10 with Migos, Tory Lanez, 6lack, Lil Pump and many more over the weekend

Haida:  There’s just one more week to visit Museum of Vancouver for the exhibition, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture, closing June 15.

Kicks: Can Whitecaps FC build on the momentum of last week’s win to put another W in the column? Find out Saturday when they host Orlando City FC.

Doc: Victim Impact is a unique live documentary from Theatre Conspiracy directed by award winning Jiv Parasram, taking the stage at The Cultch Historic Theatre from June 8 – 17.

Ballet: Coastal City Ballet closes out its 2018 season with a remount of Irene Schneider’s ballet, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  onstage at June 8 at Surrey Arts Centre

Abba: Does your Mother know you’re having a great time at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th.

Resist: Also until October 8th at MOA, the new exhibit, 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.

Italy: Musica Magnifica! is the theme of 2018’s Italian Day on The Drive, celebrating Italian music and its impact, plus of course lots of food, this Sunday June 10th

Singer: Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd brings his unique sounds to Malkin Bowl on Saturday night.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland on weekends with three added rides for the family’s excitement.

Punk: Spend the weekend with punk rock legends Social Distortion as they take over the Commodore Ballroom for a two night stand, June 9 – 10.

Where to watch FIFA World Cup in Vancouver.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is just around the corner, are you ready to throw on a jersey and wave the flag of your favourite team?

If you can’t be at the big match, the next best way to watch beautiful game is down the pub or club with your fellow supporters over beers and grub. In a multicultural city like Vancouver it’s easy to find a like-minded group of supporters gathering to cheer on the same country.

Restaurants, pubs and social clubs are the usual go to spots to watch but with many time zones between Vancouver and Russia’s stadiums (mostly in the European side of the country), the matches air early morning local time.  The time difference means many establishments will need to open early to make the most of the matches.

A few of the prime spots to view World Cup Russia 2018 are;

Red Card Sports Bar: 560 Smithe – Official Heineken House (even though the Netherlands is not in these World Cup finals)

London Pub: 700 Main Street – Official England House

Croatian Cultural Centre: opening Croatia matched coincide with Croatian Days Festival

The Pint: 455 Abbott Street – open for Brazil, Mexico & Germany matches.

Malone’s: 608 West Pender Street – open early for most matches

Dunn’s Famous: 827 Seymour – most matches

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse: English Bay & Coquitlam – Brazil matches.

Portuguese Club of Vancouver: 1144 Commercial Drive – Portuguese matches

Vancouver Alpen Club: 4875 Victoria Drive – German matches

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a VIP viewing package for two at the Vancouver Alpen Club June 17th for Germany’s opening match against Mexico at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. For contest details click here

Picks of the Week – February 28, 2018

The end of February…already!? Let’s see what March has to offer in these picks of the week.

HipHop: Tonight at The Vogue, Ty Dolla $ign brings his hip hop, soul blended sounds to the stage

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

Dance: The 11th Annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at MOA brings together Indigenous Music and Dance from the Pacific to Scandinavia, until March 4th

Rain: 7 Tyrants Theatre’s 10th Anniversary season continues with A Steady Rain at the Penthouse Studio Theatre until March 3rd.

Folk: Canadian folk artist Bahamas brings his sunny sounding moniker to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday

Comedy: Laughter reigns supreme as JFL Northwest bring the best and funniest of comedy stars to Vancouver from March 1st to 10th

Rock: Touring on behalf of their latest, Grace Street, rockers Big Wreck take to the Commodore Ballroom twice this week on Thursday & Friday

Trucks: The weekend gets raucous at Pacific Coliseum as Monster Jam has 4 shows over Mar 2-4, 2018

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Friday as they play host to Nashville at Rogers Arena

Pss Pss photo: Pipo Gialluisi

Clowning: Taking inspiration from classic comedic works from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin,  Pss Pss by Compagnia Baccalà runs until March 4th at The Cultch York Theatre.

Exhibition: The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.

WhitecapsFCKicks: Whitecaps FC bring soccer back to BC Place to kick off their 2018 season on Sunday with a roster of new and old faces

Whitecaps FC debut 2018 MLS Season Schedule

WhitecapsFCSoccer fans can start planning their calendars, as the Whitecaps FC MLS 2018 schedule is revealed.
Between opening day, March 4th and decision day on October 28th fans can look forward to 34 Whitecaps FC matches, 17 at home in BC Place.  The season is bookended by matches against fierce rivals, opening at home against Montreal Impact and, for the third season in a row, ending the season against Cascadia rivals, Portland Timbers.
With the addition of the expansion Los Angeles Football Club the Western Conference teams will face each other twice each, home and away, except Whitecaps FC will play San Jose Earthquakes which face WFC three times.  Eastern teams once again face Western teams once each, in the opposite city of their 2017 matches.  Besides a break June 14 – 22 for the FIFA World Cup 2018 group matches, fans won’t have to go long between home matches at BC Place as the team doesn’t play more than two matches back to back on the road.

In addition to Opening Day and Decision Day some highlight home matches to look out for include:

Saturday, March 24 vs LA Galaxy
Friday, April 13 vs LA Football Club (expansion club debut, Daffodil Day in support of Canadian Cancer Society)
Friday, April 27 vs Real Salt Lake (Jeans Day for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)
Saturday, June 9 vs Orlando City SC (#BuckUp For Mental Health in support of Covenant House Vancouver)
Sunday, July 1 vs Colorado Rapids (Canada Day at BC Place)

Whitecaps Pride

Saturday, July 28 vs Minnesota United FC (Pride Night)
Saturday, August 18 vs New York Red Bulls
Saturday, September 15 vs Seattle Sounders (preceded by Legends & Stars Charity Match in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)

The Canadian Championship match schedule will be released at a later date. For full schedule listings and ticketing information visit whitecapsfc.com

Picks of the Week – November 8, 2017

This week we honour Remembrance Day and find a long weekend loaded with with these picks of the week.

Ceremonies: Remembrance Day ceremonies take place in all communities giving you plenty of picks to choose from, with one of the biggest annual events held at Victory Square in downtown Vancouver beginning at 9:45am Saturday.

Chan Centre for Performing Arts

Tex: Tonight, a trio of Texas Troubadours; Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmour, and Carrie Rodriguez take to the stage at the Chan Shue Concert Hall.

Craft: The Christmas craft market season kicks off with the annual Circle Craft Market opening today until Sunday

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company hails King Charles III at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until November 19th

Laughs: Stand-up John Mulaney brings his comedy to Queen Elizabeth Theatre for three shows; Thursday at 7pm, and Friday at 7pm and 9:30pm

Joseph: Align Entertainment brings the celebrated musical Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat to the Michael J Fox Theatre until November 18th

Pitch: One of the fiercest rivalries in all sports kick-off Thursday as Canadian  Women’s National Soccer team hosts Team USA  takes the pitch at BC Place

Pop: Saturday night, Halsey brings her electropop sounds to the stage at Rogers Arena

Scoop: At Firehall Arts Centre, from November 11 to December 2nd, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth tells the tale of the 60’s Scoop of indigenous children with truth and humour

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities continues under the Grande Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place until December 31

Girls: What happens when you become the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons, find out when Shameless Hussey Productions presents Girls Like That at Templeton Secondary School November 3, 7, 8, 9, & 10

Mashup: From November 11 – 19, Alley Theatre presents The Ridiculous Darkness, a satirical mash-up of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now at the Annex Theatre

Jedi: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Artwork by Kelli Clifton

Opera: Friday, City Opera Vancouver with Pacific Opera Victoria presents the world premiere of Missing, telling the tale of missing & murdered women in the downtown Eastside & Highway of Tears, at The Cultch November 3, 7,9 & 11

Picks of the Week – July 6, 2016

As we head into the peak of summer, entertainment heats up with these picks of the week.

TUTS: another season of live Theatre Under The Stars gets under way this week as TUTS presents previews of West Side Story and Beauty and The Beast at Malkin Bowl

Straight Outta OzOz: Thursday night at The Vogue Theatre, YouTube sensation, American Idol alum and Broadway performer Toddrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz, is twist on the classic Wizard tale

Broadway: Thursday, Broadway Across Canada brings Disney’s Newsies – The Musical to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 6 shows, until Sunday.

Roar: East meets West when the BC Lions play host to Toronto Argonauts on Thursday evening at BC Place

Country: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, the Dixie Chicks return from a 10 year hiatus to bring their DCX MMXVI World Tour to Rogers Arena

Improv: This week, the Vancouver TheatreSports League adds a summer blockbuster to its roster. The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie, is a hilarious mashup paying tribute to mega movies.

Nooner:  Starting this Friday July 8th, the CBC Musical Nooner returns for a 7th year, every weekday at noon, the CBC Plaza at 700 Hamilton features a free noon hour concert.

TakeOff: This Friday the 7th annual YVR Take-Off Fridays kicks off welcoming the public and travellers to take part in free activities and entertainment. Take Off Fridays run 9:30am – 8pm every Friday until August 26th.

Slam: Hit up the Cobalt on Friday for some homo hip hop at Hustla: Summer Slam with DJs Jef Leppard and Rosé, hosted by Peach Cobblah and performances by Dynasty, Gia Metric & Flygirl.

Folk: Singer/songwriter John Prine has been an influence to many other artists over decades, hear why when he plays Vogue Theatre on Saturday

Theatre:  There’s still time to catch The Arts Club Theatre’s production of Billy Elliot at the Stanley before it closes July 10th or catch Rock Of Ages at the Granville Island Stage until July 30th.

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC begin a 4 match home stand by hosting Colorado Rapids at BC Place

Gear: Saturday, Ruff Presents Harness at The Hindenburg with DJs Zarfan and Del Stamp featuring the Men of Harness GoGos at midnight.

Bard: The 2016 season of Bard on the Beach is well underway in Vanier Park with Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor running in the BMO Main Stage with Pericles joining the line-up in the Howard Family Stage this weekend.

Rock: Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler‘s solo Out On A Limb tour comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday night.