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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Christmas Queen, the malevolent mistress of mean makes her return to the Vancouver Theatresports League (VTSL) stage at the Improv Centre for another year. In her second sequel, the Christmas Queen, continues to wreak havoc on the spirit of Christmas, this time playing with the hearts of a suite of seasonal suitors.
Who will survive the Rose Ceremony as the Bachelorette seeks to find love, or is she really in it for love? Will it be Santa, Frosty, Elf on a Shelf, Jack Frost , The Grinch or one of her other celebrity suitors that makes the grade? Host Buttons the Elf guides us through the Cinéma vérité playing out before our eyes. As with all VTSL shows the audience plays a big part of the performance. With panto-style cheers and boos, the audience input forms the settings and activities of the players.
The revolving cast of brilliant players, create a new show every night as Christmas Queen 3 : The Bachelorette Edition joins the VTSL repertoire until December 23. Get your tickets now and have a holly, jolly, hysterical Holiday season!