See Comedian Chris Griffin Live

This is your chance to catch one of Canada’s top comedians as JFL NorthWest presents Chris Griffin – the comedian, not the Family Guy cartoon character – in two performances at The Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.

Calgary-born, Vancouver-based Chris Griffin has established himself as one of comedy’s most dynamic storytellers. A story of not letting go of your dreams, after earning double university degrees (BAs in English and Political Science), and pulling himself up from modest beginnings to a comfortable living. At 29, he gambled it all to pursue his lifelong dream of performing stand-up comedy. Within a year, he won his hometown’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, quit his job, sold his house, and hit the road to do what he loves best – drinking, making people laugh, and turning a decade of awful “Family Guy” jokes to his advantage.

His gamble paid off, in 2016, Chris Griffin became the only Canadian comic in over 40 years to reach the finals at the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. That same year, he won top prize at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Competition in Vancouver. He has been featured at JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s Just For Laughs Festival, for three consecutive years and has shared the stage with such notable comedians as Norm Macdonald, Doug Stanhope, and Bert Kreischer.  At this year’s Festival, Griffin was the only local comedian to appear on Ari Shaffir’s infamous “Renamed Storyteller Show”.

Chris Griffin
Photo: Rebecca Blissett

Griffin’s enthusiasm to dive into life’s wildest experiences without any consideration for the consequences has made him a uniquely entertaining storyteller and a favourite at festivals and clubs across Canada and the U.S. To top it off Chris Griffin has also been presented with the 2018 “Rampant Male Shirtlessness Award” at the inaugural JFL NorthWest Comedy’s Awards. Shirt on or off, Chris Griffin has claimed his name in the world of comedy. 

Catch Chris Griffin : “I’m Not Your Family, Guy” live, for two shows, at the Biltmore Cabaret, October 18, 2018.
Tickets are on sale now and available online at for the 7:00pm performance
and for the 9:30pm performance.
Audiences should note that this Biltmore Cabaret show will be a live comedy taping.

JFL Northwest has kindly offered a pair of tickets for a reader to attend Chris Griffin’s 9:30pm performance on October 18th. 

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, September 24, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; The Biltmore Cabaret will require photo ID to access the show. 

5th Annual Capture Photography Festival captures April

This week, the 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival opens another month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art forms.  Until April 30th, a hundred-plus free and ticketed exhibits cover the city like the spring blossoms, bringing colour, and sometimes black & white, images to public spaces and galleries.

Capture Photography Festival is devoted to exhibiting challenging and thought-provoking photography from local and international artists.  Since 2013, the not-for-profit Festival nurtures emerging artists and engages the public with tours, films, talks, events and exhibitions at dozens of galleries and community spaces throughout Greater Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs.

Festival Opening

Some of the public installations have been popping up at Transit stations already, but the official kick-off, takes place this Thursday, April 5th with the festival launch and Featured Exhibition, The Blue Hour, opening at Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street.  In addition to the Metro Vancouver based installations, Capture Photography Festival also reaches throughout BC with three television features on Knowledge Network; Jeff Wall: In Order to Make a Picture, and The Salt of the Earth on Tuesday April 3rd, and Annie Leibowitz: Life Through a Lens on April 5th.

I Was a Teenage Skateboarder in the 90s

Capture Photography Festival runs throughout the month of April 2018, for the full calendar of events visit


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.

Star Trek – The Ultimate Voyage Tour

Startrek_2016-04-09, 20 01 04This weekend, Star Trek – The Ultimate Voyage, The 50th Anniversary Concert Tour made the voyage to Vancouver.  A diverse audience of sci-fi fans, Trekers, and music lovers filled The Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver to hear and watch a trip down memory lane.

As the CineConcerts orchestra took the stage with conductor Justin Freer leading the first strains of the opening fanfare Star Trek fans have known since that first episode was broadcast in 1966.  The concerts and big-screen video montages take fans on a journey from The Original Series, through the last 50 years of Star Trek voyages aboard the Enterprise, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.   The clips delved into the 5 Star Trek series, the 12 films, their crews and their personal relationships that have given the franchise such longevity.

While very few won’t recognize the main theme fanfare even as it has adapted over years, there is still plenty more music to bring memories to the forefront.  Music from the various series; the villains themes, the gentle music of the intimate moments, the grand anthems of the action scenes, or the music from video games.  After the intermission the music of the video games were guest conducted by composer Ron Jones, before Freer took over the baton again.

Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage : The 50th Anniversary Concert Tour continues across North America until May, with Canadian dates this week in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.  If you’re near a show, take a trip down memory lane and get ready for the upcoming 2017 Star Trek series coming to CBS All Access.


4th Annual Canadian Screen Awards – winner

CanadianScreenSunday night, the 4th annual Canadian Screen Awards were presented at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto. Hosted by comedian Norm Macdonald, the CBC telecast covered the best and brightest in Canadian Film, Television and Digital from the past year.

First presented in 2013, the Canadian Screen Awards are the result of the merger between the Gemini (TV) Awards and Genie (Film) Awards.  The Canadian Screen Awards cover a wide list of individual awards, 116 in total.  This year, “Room” continued its award season strength coming out on top in the film categories. In Television, Book of Negroes and Schitt’s Creek showed the diversity of Canadian TV with their winning ways.
Special awards were also presented to “The Hour Has 22 Minutes”, Wendy Crewson, Martin Short and others.

Some of the major awards went to:


Motion Picture: Room
Direction: Lee Abrahamson for Room
Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson as Joy “Ma” Newsome in Room
Actor in a Leading Role: Jacob Tremblay as Jack Newsome in Room
Actress in a Supporting Role: Joan Allen as Nancy Newsome in Room
Actor in a Supporting Role: Nick Serino as Nate in Sleeping Giant
Original Screenplay: Benjamin August for Remember
Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue for Room


Drama Series: 19-2
Drama Mini-series/TV Film: Book of Negroes
International Drama Series: Vikings
Comedy: Schitt’s Creek
Children/Youth Fiction: Degrassi
Lifestyle: Income Property
Reality/Competition: Amazing Race Canada
Variety: Rick Mercer Report
Local Newscast: CTV News Vancouver
National Newscast: CTV National News
Lead Actress, Drama: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Lead Actor, Drama: Ari Millen, Orphan Black
Lead Actress, Comedy: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Lead Actor, Comedy: Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Lead Actress, miniseries or TV film: Aunjanue Ellis, Book of Negroes
Lead Actor, miniseries or TV film: Lyric Bent, Book of Negroes

For the full list of awards nominees and winner visit the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television website.


VSO Pops – As Heard On TV

VSOPops_2016-01-08, 19 52 47Last Friday, I was treated to my first visit to hear the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, for the VSO Pops performance “As Heard On TV”.

Guest conductor, Steve Reineke, musical director of The New York Pops, brought extra swing and charisma to the show as he lead the VSO through the show which highlighted music from television. Starting off with a History Of TV Overture, the opening number took the audience on an aural history of TV themes, from the 50’s to today; I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bonanza, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, X-Files and many more.  The nostalgic Overture has something for everyone’s television theme memories.   Conductor Reineke then introduces vocalist Christina Biano, making her Vancouver debut, for a medley from the musical show Smash and a singing Petula Clark’s “Downtown” during the tribute The Ed Sullivan Show which also included a orchestral medley of Beatles tunes.  Highlights from Game Shows and Sports with the Hockey Night in Canada and the Olympic Fanfare.  British TV was represented by the themes from Monty Python;s Flying Circus and Downton Abbey.
Christina Bianco, the award-nominated stage musical singer has gained a huge YouTube following for her amazing vocal impressions which she showcased during a multi-voiced rendition of Neverland from Peter Pan; featuring her voices of Celine Dion, Kristen Chenoweth, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Britney Spears and many more.  More TV theme favourites were featured during a sing-a-long segment with the words to the themes played on screen for the audience to join in.
Children’s TV brought a twinge of nostalgia to the audience with a tribute to Jim Henson with the Sesame Street, The Muppets and Fraggle Rock themes. Ms Bianco wrapped up the show with more of her vocal skills on a Judy Garland Show segment.  No TV theme show performance would be complete without The Golden Girls theme which found the audience joining in to sing during the encore.

As a TV junky, As Heard On TV was a perfect first visit to the VSO for me but it definitely won’t be my last.


73rd Annual Golden Globe – Winners

File 2016-01-10, 21 47 03Sunday night, Hollywood was on the edge of their seats to see not only who took home Golden Globe awards but also who was in the line of fire to be roasted by host, Ricky Gervais.  True to form, Gervais didn’t let up and took to the stage, beer in hand, to give his unique take on the year in Hollywood.

Between Gervais’ shocking and risque revelations, awards were handed out during the live NBC broadcast. As well, the Golden Globes kept the audience updated on the Red Carpet and behind the scenes show action via YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Leading this year’s film nominees with 5 nominations was Carol, followed closely by The Big Short with 4, both films went home empty handed while Steve Jobs and The Revenant both had 4 nominations with The Revenant winning 3 and Steve Jobs, took home 2 trophies.  Boyhood and Imitation Game with 5 nominations. Fargo and True Detective lead the television categories with 5 and 4 nominations respectively.

At the end of the ceremony, Boyhood went home with 3 awards in the movie categories and in in TV newcomers The Affair, Fargo and Transparent each took home 2 awards.


Best Motion Picture:

Musical/Comedy – The Martian

Drama – The Revenant

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in The Revenant
Actress – Brie Larson as Joy Newsmen in The Room

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy:
Actor – Matt Damon as Mark Watney in The Martian
Actress – Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano in Joy

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Creed

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song: Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes for “The Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre

Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary)


Best Series:
Musical/Comedy – Mozart In The Jungle
Drama – Mr. Robot

Best Miniseries or TV Film – Wolf Hall

Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama:
Actor – Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men
Actress – Taraji P Hensen as Loretha ‘Cookie’ Lyon in Empire

Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical/Comedy:
Actor – Gael Garcia Bernal as Rodrigo de Souza in Mozart in the Jungle
Actress – Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film:
Actor – Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko in Show Me a Hero
Actress – Lady Gaga as Elizabeth Johnson / The Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel

Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film:
Actor – Christian Slater as Mr Robot in Mr Robot
Actress – Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway in The Affair

The Cecil B. DeMille Award, honoring the lifetime achievements of actors and filmmakers was presented to Denzel Washington by Tom Hanks 

Find all the winners, behind-the-scenes pics and insider stories online at