What’s On Weekend – June 9 – 12, 2011

Better weather brings more choices of activities as the outdoors open up.

Thursday Jun 9:
– The Georgia Straight presents comedian Joe Rogan at the Vogue Theatre
– continuing at Arts Club Review Stage : “ Mom’s The Word:Remixed” at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage “Hairspray” and at the Granville Island Stage : “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

Friday June 10:
– Join DJSkla and crew as Canvas Lounge kicks off the new VICE Friday’s.
– Join international array of chefs as they ‘learn, play, teach’ at the 48th Annual Canadian Culinary Federation Convention is at the Renaissance Hotel Vancouver from June 10 to 15
– also for foodies is Eat Vancouver on until Jun 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Saturday June 11:
– The two-day Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival kicks off in False Creek
– Get your dose of East Side Hip Hop at HUSTLA at the The Cobalt on Main
– Calling Mr Roboto! It’s Mandroid at Five-Sixty…watch for Fembots and dancing Five-Sexi GoGoBots

Sunday June 12:
– Cap off the weekend with some charity and cowboys at the Big Gay Rodeo at The Bourbon Country Bar Partial proceeds, donations, and 50/50 draw benefit:
Friends For Life, HIM (Health Initiative for Men), Qmunity & Co-op Radio 102.7

What’s on Weekend – June 2-4, 2011

There’s really only one event that people will be paying any attention to this week…but if you’re not a fan of the Canucks (shock! horror!) here is a few things happening outside the rink.

Thursday June 2
– if you have kids of any age, head over to Granville Island and check out some of the fun activities at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, on until June 5.  The fest is struggling financially so really could use the attendance this year!

– for the ‘big kids’, rock icons Supertramp are playing Rogers Arena

– under the tents in Vanier Park, it’s the opening night of another season of Bard On The Beach. Go get your Shakespeare on with “As You Like It”, “Merchant Of Venice”, “Henry VI” or “Richard III”

Friday June 3, 2011
– Bruno Mars with Janelle Monae bring their Hooligans in Wonderland tour to Rogers Arena

– meanwhile Canadian legends, Sloan are playing the equally legendary Commodore Ballroom

– Another month, another SPIT party at ANZA Club, this month think California Dreams as your inspiration (since we aren’t seeing summer here, we may as well be Cali dreamin’)

– across the pond in Victoria, you social media junkies might be interested in Social Media Camp Victoria as it gets under way. Friday and Saturday sees over 40 sessions of speakers and workshops on all things social media.

Saturday June 4

– it’s the first Saturday of the month so that means another edition of “First Saturday Open Studios” drop in to some of the city’s artists studios for some great art and inspiration. Click the link to see what studios are open this week.

– last edition was a hit so it’s on again, Big Primpin’ brings the hip hop back again to Pub 340

– The brilliant Friendly Fires play a sold out gig at Venue. If you haven’t seen them, try! They’re awesome!



Lykke Li – Swedish Style

Lykke Li – Vogue Theatre – May 27, 2011

In a storm of lights and smoke, Swedish indie pop sensation Lykke Li entered the darkly draped Vogue Theatre stage with a great flourish.  Wearing a high cut Japanese-esque overdress allowing glimpses of a bodysuit, she was the epitmany of sexy and stylish.

Sulty and quirky at the same time, Lykke Li draws you in with her bold personality and infectious pop sounds.
The sell out crowd was hanging on her every word (even though some lyrics are hard to decifer above the music and cheers) as she played her way through the 80 minute set.  The crowd could easily have danced along for hours longer. Let’s hope that next time Lykke Li returns to Vancouver she plays a much larger venue, judging by how early this show sold out, there are probably a lot of people who missed out on seeing her. She is definitely not to be missed!

Hairspray – The Big Fat Musical

Telling a story of race relations in 1960’s Baltimore as played out through the story of a ‘pleasantly plump’ girl’s struggle for acceptance in high school and as a dancer on the American Bandstand-esque, “Corny Collins Show”.

Jennie Neumann shines as teen, Tracy Turnblad as we follow her quest for fame, love, acceptance and equality.  Her journey takes place under the watchful eye of mother Edna Turnblad, as played brilliantly by Andy Toth – who took over the role after original lead Jay Brazeau suffered a mild stroke onstage during previews – and loving father Wilbur (Laurie Murdoch).  Along for the ride are best friend Penny Pingleton (Robyn Wallis), posterboy heartthrob Link Larkin (Adam Charles) and Seaweed (J. Cameron Barnett), who all help Tracy learn and blossom from a bullied, chubby girl into a womanly activist fighting to end segregation on the Corny Collins Show.  The quartet are aided and hampered by a colourful array of supporting characters highlighted by the amazing voice of Alana Hibbert’s Motormouth Maybelle, who hosts “Negro Day” on the Corny Collins Show on which Tracy thinks it should be “Negro Day” everyday!  The dynamic duo of Tracy’s teen rival Amber Von Tussell (Anna Kuman) and her menacing mother Velma Von Tussell (Cailin Stadnyk) stand in Tracy’s way as best they can.

Hairspray is not all activism and ‘message’, after all it is set during a song & dance show in the 60’s, there is plenty of opportunity for great music & lyrics, by Tony and Grammy award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The witty and innuendo laced dialogue also won a Tony award for Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell.   Having seen the movie version it was easy to get into the ‘swing’ of the beat but even without seeing any previous version, the songs are based on a late 60’s simplicity that makes the whole show easy and entertaining and each piece definitely made the audience bop along from start to finish.

From the wide demographic at the performance, Hairspray is a feel good fun time that everyone can enjoy! Go see it!

The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Hairspray is now playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 10, 2011

What’s On Weekend – May 26-29, 2011

Just a few of the fun items on the agenda this weekend!

Thursday May 26
– Wish Republic Nightclub a very Happy 5th Anniversary

– Opening at the Arts Club Review Stage, the third edition of the parental comedy : Mom’s The Word: Remixed




Friday May 27

– it’s one of the first signs of summer as Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
– Swedish sensation Lykki Li (pictured, left) plays a sold out show at the Vogue Theatre



Saturday May 28

– over in Victoria, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play Alix Goolden Hall
– also in Victoria, dance duo USS take over Sugar Nightclub

– spend another evening in the park as Sam Roberts Band warms up Malkin Bowl
– if it’s too chilly stay indoors at the Commodore Ballroom for Brooklyn-based Yeasayer

– afterwards it’s time to get your dance on with a couple of choices ; head to The Cobalt on Main for Queerbash: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell vs Wedding Bells (you know there will be some interesting dress up, get ups with that theme)
or get down to 560 for Cha Cha Palace

What’s On – long weekend May 19-22 edition

“May Long” “May Two-Four” “Victoria Day”
Whatever you call it, it’s the traditional start of summer fun. The first long weekend, it’s time to shed the winter doldrums and have some fun!

Thursday  – May 19
Start the long weekend early with
– While wishing Jay Brazeau a speedy recovery from his recent stroke, the show goes with Andy Toth as Enda Turnblad in Hairspray, continuing at Arts Club Theatre Company.
– Help Joan-E spread some goodwill at the 15th Anniversary Bingo For Life supporting Friends for Life Society
– In Victoria, the 14th Annual UNO Fest begins. Produced by Intrepid Theatre UNO is 10 days of solo works from across the country.

Friday – May 20
– For one night only, catch the hilarious Tracy Morgan at the Orpheum Theatre
– NY based duo Phantogram perform an early show at Venue
– if you’re feeling flush take off to Las Vegas with JetSet Crew as they lead a crew of Vancouverites on a weekend of fun!

Jimmy Eat World

Saturday – May 21
Jimmy Eat World brings their alterna-rock to the Commodore Ballroom
– Grab your disco stick at head to ANZA club for Supernature

Sunday – May 22
– The Vancouver Convention Centre will be shaking as David Guetta gets the city dancing.
– If the smooth stylings of Boys II Men are onstage at Gossip Nightclub.

What’s on Weekend – May 12-15

Here’s my picks list for this upcoming weekend

Thursday May 12
– Just three more nights left of The Graduate at Arts Club Theatre Company
– Continuing is Hairspray also from Arts Club Theatre Company

Friday May 13
…yes it’s Friday the 13th! And indeed my name happens to be Jason!
– in Victoria, Jill Barber is playing the Alix Gooden Hall
– From France and playing at Venue is Yelle
– Canadian roots singer / songwriter Old Man Luedecke and Ladies of the Canyon are at Lucky Bar in Victoria


Saturday May 14
– Local rock chicks The Pack A.D. bring their garage-rock shenanigans to Red Room
– Danish duo The Raveonettes hit the stage at Venue
– Dance your a$$ off as The Colbalt welcomes the return of POW: Trash Edition
– New queer hip hop night, Big Primpin kicks off at Pub 340
– Fortune Sound Club finds Curren$y performing live