Picks of the Week – January 24, 2018

In these picks of the week, we find the last of the festive season’s celebrations wrap up and Vancouver’s winter festivals continuing.

Canyon: Take your first look of the season or return for your last visit amongst the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  before it closes for the season January 28th, 2018. 

Fest: The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival moves into its second week with plenty more picks to get out of the house on dreary winter nights for great entertainment around the city until February 4th

Eat:  Dine Out Vancouver Festival sustains our stomachs and souls with hundreds of great restaurant set menus and food events until February 4th

Pride: Up the sea-to-sky, the 26th Annual Whistler Pride is bringing one of the largest winter pride celebrations filled with colour and excitement to the resort village until January 28th.

Comedy: Tonight at Orpheum Theatre, funnyman Adam Sandler brings comedy to the stage supported by friends David Spade and Rob Schneider.

Rock: Over at the Pacific Coliseum, tonight, Queens of the Stone Age rock out with Eagles of Death Metal in support

HipHop: Swedish rapper Yung Lean & The Sad Boys bring beats to the stage at Vogue Theatre, Wednesday night

Hot Brown Honey
photo: Dylan Evans

Honeys: Fighting the power never tasted so good!  Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with a serving of sass and empowerment at The Cultch York Theatre until January 27th

Chocolate: Sip your way around the city with the warmth of the Hot Chocolate Festival on until February 14th

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks have returned from the road to host Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena on Thursday evening

Drama: Pi Theatre, in association with PuSh Festival, presents the Canadian debut of David Greig’s play The Events, about 2011 attacks in Norway, on stage until January 28 at Russian Hall.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams Photo: Mariana Zappet and Emilano Leyva

Puppets: Presentation House Theatre and Marionetas de la Esquina reimagines the classic Sleeping Beauty in a contemporary take, performed by puppets from January 26 to February 4.

Theatre: The Arts Club picks up their season for 2018 with Topdog/Underdog playing at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until February 11th and Jitters at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage starts previews January 25

Pitch:  Rugby Canada takes to the pitch at BC Place to host Uruguay in Rugby World Cup qualification, Saturday afternoon

Fly: In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Fly Over Canada once again presents a double-bill of Flight of the Dragon, along with the regular Fly Over Canada experience, for a limited time, only until February 18th.

Remember Sports Page at BC Sports Hall of Fame

At this time of year, some of us remember a uniquely West Coast yuletide tradition – Yulin’ with the Page – the Sports Page year-end wrap up episodes.  Even if you weren’t a sports fan, the episodes were well worth watching.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the beloved show, Sports Page – The Exhibit is now open at the BC Sports Hall Of Fame. The Hall of Fame has devoted 950 sq feet to memories of the half hour show that ran from 1977 to 2005 on the local CKVU (1977-2001) and CHEK (2001-2005) stations.  In the days prior to all-sports tv and radio, devoting an entire 30 minute show to sports, allowed Sports Page to cover much more local sports that traditional TV news hour sports coverage, giving insight into BC Lions, Canucks,  Grizzlies, Canadians, 86ers/Whitecaps, Lacrosse, Inline Hockey, as well as University and High School sports.

The exhibit also highlights the many hosts to grace the Sports Page screens over the years, many of whom have become sports broadcasting legends including; Don Taylor, Barry Houlihan, Jay Durant, Shane Foxman, Blake Price, Scott Rintoul, Barry MacDonald, John Shorthouse, Squire Barnes and Hall of Fame inductee the late Paul Carson.

Sports Page : The Exhibit is included with admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, located at BC Place, Gate A, open daily 10am – 5pm.

Picks of the Week – October 4, 2017

Shine on Harvest Moon…we have a bright full moon to light our nights as we explore these picks of the week

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s  Angels In America: Perestroika closes at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this weekend, October 8th.

Circus: The Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe swings into action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Keys: The Piano Guys tickle the ivories at Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight, Oct 4th.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Vancouver Alpen Club.

R&B: Rogers Arena will be filled on Thursday night when The Weeknd takes the stage.

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Musical: Bring On Tomorrow Theatre Company presents 13: The Musical, a musical take on adolescence at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island Oct 4th – 8th

Comedy: Funnyman Nick Offerman brings his brand of comedy to the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday night.

Films: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues on screens around the city from until Oct 13th

Talk: This Saturday afternoon gain some perspective on the city’s history at The Vancouver Lookout’s Perspectives Lecture Series.

Rock: Venerable local rock act 54-40 holds their yearly audience for their fans at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night.

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition display at MOV running to February 18, 2018.

Dance: Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien Miscellaneous Productions presents Monsters at the Vancouver Dance Centre Oct 6 – 7

Punt: The BC Lions play host to Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place on Saturday afternoon

Pucks: At Rogers Arena on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers take the ice to open their 2017/18 season.

DJ: Electronic legend DIPLO will keep the fans dancing when he plays the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday

Indie: Fans of indie/alt-pop will be giving thanks when Imagine Dragons take over Rogers Arena on Sunday night

Canada Sevens Early Bird Tickets On Sale Soon

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has announced the early bird on-sale dates for the 3rd annual Canada Sevens tournament.  If you’ve only witnessed the energy of Canada Sevens fans leaving BC Place the last couple years this is your chance to get in on the excitement.

Canada Sevens 2017 takes place March 11 – 12, 2018, at BC Place in downtown Vancouver.  Fans can sign up now for Early Bird access to tickets going on sale September 12th at 10am PT.   Early Bird members will receive an exclusive ticketmaster code on September 11th authorizing a seven day pre-buy window before tickets go on sale to the general public September 19th.

The sevens rugby tournament includes 192 athletes from 16 nations playing 45 matches over the two days with a global audience from 149 countries.  If you’ve not been to a Sevens Series tournament it’s hard to describe the inexplicable energy that takes over the stadium from the thousands of fans.  Morning until night of thrilling rugby matches, food, drink and fancy dress all build up for an amazing weekend. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series audience has been steadily growing with Canada Sevens only in its third year, the local tournament has surely contributed to the growth.

Don’t miss out on this year’s excitement; book your tickets, get your gang together and start planning your #SoFancy7s costumes. See you at BC Place in March!

Fall for Rugby Canada v Maori All-Blacks

Over the last two seasons, Vancouver has fallen in love with Rugby Canada Sevens as it’s taken over BC Place each March.  This year, rugby fans don’t have to wait until Spring for great International Rugby action, in November Rugby Canada men’s fifteens team hosts New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks for the first time in Vancouver.  As noted by their name, the Maori All Blacks, are an all Maori team with a long tradition of Rugby in New Zealand and internationally.  The initiators of the famed haka, that is also now performed by all the Kiwi teams, Maori All Blacks have beaten Canada in all five of their prior meetings.

With the popularity of Canada Sevens, USA Sevens in Las Vegas and the upcoming 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the West Coast is becoming a Sevens mecca but this is a chance to see world-class Fifteens rugby and support the #rednation.  Fifteens rugby or Rugby Union is a more tactical, aggressive longer form of rugby than the fast paced, quick matches that Vancouverites see on the pitch during Canada Sevens.  As Rugby Canada still hopes to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and with a change in coaching, any chance to play against quality opponents helps gain Team Canada’s experience before they take on Uruguay in January world cup qualifying.

Tickets are on sale now, and selling record-fast, with more than 65% of tickets being sold in the first three days.

Rugby Canada vs Maori All Blacks takes place at 7pm on Friday, November 3rd at BC Place.
Let’s all #RISEasOne and cheer on our Rugby Canada players.

5 Family Day Weekend Activities in Vancouver

As we move into the first long weekend of 2017, here’s 5 Family Day Weekend activities;

1: Align Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid : Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby –  Until February 18, 2017
With most family theatre productions taking place around the Christmas holidays, this is a welcome opportunity to introduce your little ones to live theatre.

2: Family Day at Burnaby Village Carousel : February 13th 11am-2pm
Families with young children can pre-register for crafts, carnival games, children’s entertainment, and carousel rides

3: Odysseo by Cavalia : Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village  – Until March 5, 2017
No horsing around, while not inexpensive, the whole family will enjoy the amazing 150 minute show.

4: Free Skating At Robson Square : Ice Rink at Robson Square – Until February 14, 2017
It’s your last weekend to take in free skating at the covered ice rink at Robson Square. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4

5: Family Day at the Peak of Vancouver : Grouse Mountain – February 13, 2017 only.
50% off Gondola access plus a full day of special activities including pancake breakfast, Global BC Family Puck Shoot Out, Family Day Lunch Specials, Candy Station as well as the usual snow activities

Picks of the Week – January 11, 2017

2017 is already two weeks old and we’re finding more entertainment for the Picks of the Week

Eats: Tonight, Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania explores restaurants around the city sampling noodle dishes.

Stage: There’s time to catch “And Bella Sang With Us“, onstage Firehall Arts Centre before it closes on Saturday.

Rap: Thursday night, rapper T.I. takes to the stage at Commodore Ballroom

Percussion: Bring the noise as STOMP thunders its way into the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for three shows, Jan 13, 14 & 15.

Queens: Friday night, It’s Just Drag at the Commodore Ballroom when Roxxxy Andrews and Naomi Smalls of RuPaul’s Drag Race join 30 other local queens onstage.

Fight: The award winning play The Fighting Season is on at The Cultch until January 21

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks hope to return to the win column when they host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday