KitsFest brings Bathtub Races to Vancouver August 11

After a 22 year absence, Bathtub Races are returning to Vancouver, yes Bathtubs are back!

Part of KitsFest, Vancouver’s healthy living & sport beach fest, running August 10-12, 2018 at Kits Beach, The 1st Annual Bathtub Races will bring thrills and excitement to the water on Saturday.

Photo: Willow Friday Iron Oxide Art Supplies

This year’s bathtub event hearkens back to the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races that were part of the defunct Vancouver Seafest until the 90s. The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and KitsFest are bringing the quirky races to a whole new generation.  Nearly three dozen racers, in three heats, will hop in their bathtubs and speed around the mile-long course off Kits Beach. Spectators will be dazzled at the speed and agility of the tiny watercraft, as they watch from the shores of English Bay or large licensed race pit. Live entertainment, DJ and prizes will keep the everyone amused during the Bathtub Races. The races get underway at 2:30pm, with heats following every hour until the final run at 5:30pm to determine the Bathtub Races champion.

The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub society have been racing bathtubs since Canada’s Centennial in 1967, the spectacle of the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races came to an end when SeaFest came to an end but the tradition has continued in Nanaimo Harbour and now the tubs are ready to return to Vancouver at KitsFest.  KitsFest is a weekend filled with sport and activity from beach volleyball, and waterpolo to Lululemon Sunset Yoga, touch football, or try your hand at Steve Nash Spin by the Sea, tennis or Zumba.

To join in the fun of the Bathtub Races or any of KitsFest’s multitude of healthy living and family-friendly activities, head to Kits Beach August 10-12, visit for schedule and events.

Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge – Results

The 2018 Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge has wrapped up, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the cool brewed entries from the six Vancouver & Richmond teahouses. With this hot weather all of them will help refresh your palate during a day in the sun.

From July 12 – August 5, 2018, the public and the trio of media judges, including myself, Maggi Mei and Andrew Chan, set about tasting and selecting their favourites from Boba Monster, Sencha Tea Lounge, T-Go Tea, Taan Char, Treasure Green Tea & Vietnamese Tea House.  Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like with their iced tea entry, either highlighting an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish.  The tea masters created a wide variety of iced black, fruit, milk teas and more that made selecting a favourite a difficult, but thoroughly enjoyable, task to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner. I’m sure the public vote was equally as difficult of a selection process.

The results are in:

Judge’s Choice; 
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Treasure Green Tea – Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea









Second Place
– Vietnamese Tea House
Entry: Vietnamese Pandan Milk Tea

Vietnamese Tea House : Pandan Milk Tea









Third Place
– Taan Char
Entry: Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

Taan Char – Peach Strawberry Full House Tea









People’s Choice;
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Second Place – Boba Monster
Entry: Boba Monster Milk Tea

Boba Monster – Milk Tea









Third Place – T-Go Tea
Entry: Premium Matcha Green Tea Latte Smoothie Blizzard

T-Go Tea – Premium Matcha Green Tea Blizzard Smoothie









If any of the entries strike your fancy ask for them when you visit the restaurants, for complete points totals and details about entries visit . While you’re there, look for Vancouver Foodster’s next events; Best Sundae Challenge on until August 26, 2018 or  Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 22nd and



Tyrant Studios Summer Lounge Series – August Lineup

Seven Tyrant Theatre’s Summer Lounge Series continues through August at Tyrant Studios, the newly opened theatre, lounge & fully-licensed bar, located above the historic Penthouse Nightclub.  

All summer long, the Summer Lounge Series brings a variety of music and comedy shows each Friday and Saturday night.  

Friday Jazz is a weekly live Jazz show and bar, then Saturday’s The Comic Strip brings weekly comedy show featuring three top comedians plus special guests.

The line up for August’s Summer Lounge Series lineup includes;


Friday August 3rd:  Mike Van Eyes with Guests
Mike Van Eyes is Vancouver’s premiere boogie woogie rock ‘n’ roll piano player.  

Juno Award Winner Russel Sholberg plays Friday Jazz August 10

Friday August 10th: The Russell Sholberg Trio
Juno Award winning bassist Russell Sholberg plays an acoustic jazz set with his trio covering a range of classics and contemporary jazz originals.

Friday August 17th: The David Hodgson Trio 
David Hodgson is a Toronto based Jazz musician and a recent winner of the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund award.   

Friday August 24th: Kevin Romain and special guests
Drummer and composer Kevin Romain has established himself as one of the most in-demand drummers in Vancouver’s creative music scene. 

Friday August 31st: Tim Sars Trio + Kevin Romain Trio
A double bill led by two of Vancouver’s most in-demand Jazz musicians.
Tim Sars Trio:
The Tim Sars Trio has a vast book of music, from New Orleans Jazz, swing, funk, and originals.
Kevin Romain Trio:
Kevin Romain has garnered acclaim as a unique voice on the drum set.


Charlie Demers Headlines The Comic Strip August 11

Each Saturday The Comic Strip showcases three of the best stand-up comedians in Vancouver.  Hosted by David Thomas Newham and Dave Harris.  

Saturday August 4th:
Abdul Aziz and Harris Anderson with Headliner Yumi Nagashima

Saturday August 11th:
Ryan Gunther and Mikey Dubs, with Headliner Charlie Demers 

Katie Ellen Humphries stands up at The Comic Strip August 18

Saturday August 18th:
Katie-Ellen Humphries and Levi McCachen with Headliner Simon King  

Saturday August 25th:
Jacob Samuel and Sam Tonning with Headliner Kevin Banner


Doors open for all shows at 9pm with showtimes at 9:30.
Friday Jazz shows run until midnight. The Comic Strip main stand-up pros’ show, runs until 11:00PM, then a free “open mic” comedy session welcomes aspiring comics follows from 11:30PM to 1:30AM.

For more information, performer bios and tickets, visit


VQFF Opening Gala coming August 9th

The 2018 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) kicks off on Thursday August 9th with a 7:00pm screening of Yen Tan’s critically-observed period piece, 1985, at the Vancouver Playhouse.

photo: dutch rall

Director Tan’s fifth feature black & white film, 1985 follows Adrian, a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother and estranged childhood friend, as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents. Under Tan’s emotional and poignant direction, 1985’s characters bring tension and a strained tenderness into every scene, creating a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men. 1985 stars Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Michael Chiklis (The Commish), Virginia Madsen (Designated Survivor), Jamie Chung (The Gifted). Director Yen Tan will be in attendance, at the VQFF Opening Gala to introduce his film, as well as at the repeat screening August 10.

Following the opening screening the Festival really gets going with the Opening Gala Party, taking place under the stars at the šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn Plaza (QET Plaza). Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white finery as an homage to Yen Tan’s stylistic choice for 1985, and will be treated to performances by contortionist Vixen Von Flex and dance troupe Coven, with beats from East Van DJs Body Party.

VQFF, Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada runs August 9-19 at various venues throughout the city.  More than 70 films from 15 countries are featured at this year’s 30th anniversary Festival, along with 11 visiting filmmakers including guests from India, Philippines, United States, as well as numerous local directors and performing artists, in addition to parties and talkback sessions. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is presented by Out On Screen, for more information and tickets visit

Picks of the Week – August 1, 2018

How did July fly by so quickly? Here we are at the start of August, with a long weekend and Vancouver Pride ahead to give us plenty to keep busy in these picks of the week

Icons: Tonight and Thursday, comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short entertain the audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Bach Festival

Bach: Early Music Vancouver’s 3rd Bach Festival is underway bringing the sounds of the composer to Christ Church Cathedral and Chan Centre for Performing Arts until August 10th

Pride: As Vancouver Pride is in full swing, there’s plenty of pride parties, events and dances to appeal to every niche the community, plus there’s free Pride events too.

Arts: West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival gets underway Friday bringing nearly two weeks of food, fun and entertainment to Ambleside

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018

View from Keg Lounge

Lights: The Honda Celebration of Light continues Aug 1 and Aug 4, with presentations by Sweden and South Korea, respectively, lighting up the skies above English Bay

Laugh: Get a good laugh at those millennials and a whole lot more at Vancouver Theatresports League when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!, and enjoy a the views and cocktails at the Neil McRae Bar between shows.

SkyHigh: Take your dining experience to new heights with Dinner In The Sky, high above the shore of West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park Aug 4 – Sep 3.

Stars: The stars and future stars come out as Theatre Under The Stars opens its 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl.

Abba: You’ll have a hard time not singing along at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Gili Roskies & Adrian Glynn McMorran
photo: Emily Cooper

Irish:  Once is not enough to see, the final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season, ONCE, now extended until August 5th at the Granville Island Stage.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland opens daily from July 29th for all your family’s summer excitement, or leave the kids at home for Playland Nights, Fridays from 7pm to Midnight

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

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 until September 30, 2018.
As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Stage: The Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival continues until August 17 with a trio of plays running through August: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane


Provence Marinaside 9th Annual Tomato Festival

La Tomatina, the famed tomato throwing festival takes place in Spain in August, but you don’t have to go across the globe to get a your hand on fresh tomatoes.

For the entire month of August, Provence Marinaside celebrates all things tomato with its Ninth Annual Tomato Festival. You might not get to take out your aggressions by throwing them but you’ll certainly get to enjoy the summer fresh goodness. Provence Marinaside is offering special prix fixe menu that will satisfy even the most addicted tomato-holic.

Whether eaten fresh-picked from the vine, mixed into salsas and salads, juiced, roasted or sun-dried – there are almost as many ways to enjoy tomato’s flavourful goodness as there are varieties.  “They are the taste of the sun, and remind me of long summer days when I was a child in Provence,” says Provence Marinaside’s Executive Chef Jean Francis Quaglia.

Grilled Halibut with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette
Photo: N Wong

This three-course seasonal menu is priced at $58 with an optional rosé wine pairing which has been carefully selected by Wine Director Joshua Carlson and his sommelier team. The wine pairing is priced at $30 for a different rosé with each course, or only $20 for a smaller pour. Both the individual dishes and the wines are also available à la carte should you so choose.   For the three-course Tomato Festival menu options; starters, mains and dessert visit Provence Marinaside online.

“Locally-grown tomatoes have a more intense flavor profile,” says Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff who worked with Chef Jean Francis to design the Tomato Festival Menu. “They could not be more different from the tasteless varieties you find at the large grocery stores. We are fortunate to work with BC producers who supply us with amazing varieties of heirloom and modern varieties. Local tomatoes just taste so much better.”

Provence Marinaside Patio
Photo: N Wong

The Ninth Annual Tomato Festival, starts tomorrow, August 1 and continues throughout the month at Provence Marinaside, located at the foot of Davie St. and across from the Quayside Marina in Yaletown.

6 Free Events for your Vancouver Pride Weekend

Today, at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza) the City Of Vancouver councillor Stephenson, Joan-E Drag and members of Vancouver Pride Society will officially proclaim Pride Week In Vancouver.

The proclamation kicks off a week of events, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Vancouver Pride. While the week is packed with ticketed parties, fundraisers, and dances, there are plenty of free events to fill your agenda.

Here’s six free events to fill your Vancouver Pride weekend:

Pride At The Pier: Tuesday July 31, 5pm-10pm at Shipbuilders Square, North Vancouver
Music, activities, performers and more come to North Vancouver’s pride party for the young or young at heart.

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast: Saturday August 4, 8am-noon at Jim Deva Plaza, West End
The by-donation pancake breakfast celebrates the legacy of Terry Wallace on of the Pride Society’s founders.

15th Annual Dyck March & Festival: Saturday August 4, 11am-5pm at Grandview Park, East Vancouver
The March leaves McSpadden Park at noon, makes its way down Commercial Drive to Grandview Park

Celebration of Light: Saturday August 4, 10pm in English Bay
While not an official Pride event the fireworks festival starts your Saturday night off with a bang as the skies above English Bay come to life.

Sunset Beach Festival: Sunday August 5, 11am – 6pm, Sunset Beach, West End
Start early, or stop by after the Parade for beer gardens, entertainers on the Main Stage, Community Zone, Family activities, food trucks and more.

40th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade: Sunday August 5, Noon – 3pm, route along Robson St, Denman St, and Beach Ave.
Join the thousands of spectators who line the streets of the West End to watch the Parade and celebrations.