Be Inspired by Iceland at Flyover Canada

The Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland. 

For a limited run, August 29 to October 20, be inspired by Iceland, the dramatic beauty of sweeping glaciers, stunning seascapes, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. The ancient Nordic land will impress your senses without having to leave downtown Vancouver. Suspended with your feet dangling in front of a 20 meter curved screen Flyover Iceland with swoop you over the lush landscapes. Feel the wind in your hair, mist against your skin, and your adrenaline spike as your senses are immersed in the experience.  

Flyover Iceland joins Flyover Canada starting August 29, 2019, showing twice per hour on the :15 and :45 of the hour. Guests can experience a double bill of Flyover Iceland with Flyover Canada on a dual tickets, saving 15% off of single tickets.

Flyover Canada is located at the North Point of Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. Shows commence approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours;  9:30am to 10pm. The total single show experience will take approximately 25 minutes.  Note: parts of the admission line-up are exposed to the elements so dress appropriately. Tickets are available from the street-side ticket office or online at flyovercanada.com

Realwheels Theatre Searches for Playwright-in-Residence

Vancouver-based award-winning Realwheels Theatre has announced a national call for submissions for a playwright who lives with disability to participate in a residency beginning in 2020.

Through an open application process, Realwheels Theatre invites emerging to mid-career playwrights in Canada who live with disability to submit new, English language, theatre-based projects at various stages of development from. Once announced in December 2019, the selected playwright will receive a flexible package of supports customizable to their needs including dramaturgical support, workshop space, access to professional actors, disability accommodation, and a financial reward of $7000. The selected playwright will also participate in Realwheels’ programming over a period of nine months. In addition to the resident playwright, two encouragement awards of $250 will also be announced.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to further the creative capacity of the disability community,” says Realwheels’ Artistic Director, Rena Cohen. “Plays written by individuals with disabilities are still largely absent from cultural platforms. A key strategy toward achieving equity lies in actively supporting the cultivation of stories rooted in the disability experience. We’re proud to be creating structures that nurture playwrights with disabilities to tell their own stories!”

The Realwheels Theatre playwright in residence is open to emerging to mid-career Canadian playwrights.  Submission packages should include a cover letter, a short biography, a synopsis of their work in progress, and a sample of their best writing. 

Submissions must be received between September 15 and 30, 2019.

For full details of the residence program, and instructions for submissions visit realwheels.ca/playwright-in-residence.

CONTEST: Raise a Beer at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest

With summer still in full swing, it’s hard to start thinking about autumn but it will be here before we know it. Why not have something to look forward to, besides grey, wet weather? 

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest tickets are on sale now.  If you can’t make it to Germany, you can celebrate with #DasOriginal Oktoberfest right here in Vancouver.

For over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been hosting the city’s #DasOriginal Oktoberfest celebration.  Festivities take over the club for three consecutive weekends in October, Friday, October 4th, and Saturday, October 5th, Friday, October 11th, and Saturday, October 12th, plus Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Live music from The Continentals will encourage guests to kick up their heels and take a spin on the dancefloor. Get inspiration for your footwork and spins from Vancouver’s very own Schuhplattler dance group the “Alpen Plattlers”. 

New this year, Vancouver Alpen Club has also created a lunch and a dinner event, on October 25, designed to give corporate groups, team gatherings and business partners the chance to experience a real Oktoberfest atmosphere, paired with great networking opportunities. Inquiries about special group rates and to order tickets for this October 25th event can be emailed to events@vacbc.ca. If October 25th doesn’t work, Vancouver Alpen Club will also entertain email requests for alternate dates for corporate/group Oktoberfest events.

Traditional Bavarian cuisine is loaded on plates while mugs are filled with German ale.  To bring centuries of brewing history to the kegs, Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ visitors each day.

Oktoberfeast!

Tickets for the three Oktoberfest weekends at Vancouver Alpen Club are on sale now online at vacbc.ca/tickets.

Vancouver Alpen Club is kindly giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the Friday October 4th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including one food & beer voucher per person to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

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#CONTEST RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter http://ow.ly/VhDy50vwYpH #giveaway #dasoriginal

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Friday, August 30, 2019. 
One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

VQFF Opens August 15

The 31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) opens this Thursday, August 15th at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Canadian Premiere of Leon Le’s Song Lang (Vietnam/U.S.A.), Le’s first feature is set in the richly imagined and dilapidated streets of 1990’s Saigon. Song Lang is a tribute to the golden age of c?i l??ng (a form of modern Vietnamese folk opera), a queer romance and gangster film that stars Vietnamese popstar, Isaac.

VQFF’s Closing Gala Film is the Canadian Premiere of a positive, feel-good LGBTQ comedy from Italy, An Almost Ordinary Summer (Italy) by Simone Godano. The film pays homage to the entertaining romantic comedies of Nancy Meyers, about two aging patriarchs who bring their two very different families together on vacation to announce their engagement. 

An Almost Ordinary Summer

In between, VQFF welcomes more than 100 films from 27 countries, plus a series of Festival Spotlights including Coming Into Our Own: Youth Spotlight, Queer Kinship, A Higher Power, and projecting brilliance: a two-spirit showcase. 

Curated by Artistic Director, Anoushka Ratnarajah, VQFF is Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada.  Presented by Out On Screen, the Festival runs August 15-25, 2019 at various venues throughout the city, for more information and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.ca

Vancouver Bach Festival Wraps In Tribute to Saint Cecilia

After 11 days of beautiful music, the Vancouver Bach Festival came to a close last week with a celebration of the patron saint of musicians. Early Music Vancouver (EMV) presented Purcell Hail! Bright Cecilia at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC.

Composed by English Composer Henry Purcell in 1692 to a text by Nicholas Brady, in honour of the feast of Saint Cecilia, it seems appropriate to wrap the festival and celebrate EMV 50th Anniversary with the work.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra photo: Jan Gates

The evening’s program was lead off by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, led my music director Alexander Weiman, performing excerpts from “The Tempest” by Matthew Locke and John Blow’s “Welcome, Every Guest” featuring sopranos Dorothee Mields and Suzie LeBlanc.

After an interval, for the title performance, the Orchestra was joined again by sopranos Mields and Leblanc, as well as altos Alex Potter and Nicholas Burns, tenors Samuel Boden and Jonathan Quick, baritone Sumner Thompson, bass-baritone Matthew Brook. Backed by the 20 piece orchestra the singers performed in a variety of solos, duos and troupe through the work’s 13 movements. Hail! Bright Cecilia is a lively entertaining work, even after more than 3 centuries. The ever changing movements, varying singers and instruments makes Purcell’s work an accessible, engaging work for audience members new to the genre and Vancouver Bach Festival as a whole.

As a work created to celebrate the patron saint of musician makes Hail! Bright Cecilia the perfect cap on the 2019 Vancouver Bach Festival, which itself celebrates one of the greatest Baroque composers and musicians, as well as the beginning of EMVs 50th season.

If you missed the Vancouver Bach Festival, watch for Early Music Vancouver’s next presentation; Le Concert Spirituel: Baroque Orchestral Suites featuring Jeanne Lamon, Saturday September 29, 2019.

Picks of the Week : August 7, 2019

BC Day long week may be gone, but the energy and activities of summer continue in this week’s picks.

Cinema: Vancouver Civic Theatres are presenting free outdoor Wednesday evening cinema at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, tonight the blockbuster Captain Marvel starts at dusk.

Movie: Downtown Vancouver presents free movies Wednesday nights throughout the summer, tonight a special presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in conjunction with Kung Fu/Hip Hop hybrid Can I Kick It? is on at at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (formerly, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)

Vancouver Bach Festival : Les Boreades de Montreal

Bach: Early Music Vancouver’s  Vancouver Bach Festival continues at Christ Church Cathedral and Chan Centre for Performing Arts until August 9th. This week featured performances include; Before Bach: 17th Century Music for Early Strings and Winds today August 7th at 1pm, followed by Handel Early Cantatas featuring Amanda Forsythe, soprano
August 7 at 7:30pm. Tomorrow August 8 finds; Shostakovich Preludes  featuring David Jalbert, piano, at 1pm then Strozzi – 17th Century Divas featuring Suzie LeBlanc and Dorothee Mields, sopranos, at 7:30pm. Finally Purcell Hail Bright Cecilia, August 9, 2019 at 7:30pm at Chan Centre

Rock: BC Place will be buzzing as Mumford & Sons, with special guests Portugal the Man, bring the Delta Tour to the stage.

Gig: Friday, the Vancouver Convention Centre Summer Sounds on Jack Poole Plaza, presents the music of Ten Souljers, taking place from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, with more performancer schedule each Friday, August

Front Row L-R: Daniel Curalli as “Davey Jacobs,” Adam Charles as “Jack Kelly,” Caitlin McMaster as Ensemble Member, plus the cast of Disney’s Newsies photo: Lindsay Elliott

Stars: Now extended until August 24th, the 2019 season of Theatre Under The Stars presents the entertaining musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies on alternating nights

Repertory: The Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival continues with a trio of plays in repertoire at the Jericho Art Centre until August 16th.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropology’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

Harmony Arts Festival – Night On The Pier

ArtsHarmony Arts Festival fills the West Vancouver Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, with a line-up of entertainment from August 2nd to 11th with scores of music, arts, film and food events, much of it free. Ticketed events include the 9th Annual Best of the West tonight, and Thursday’s Night On The Pier.

Art:  The Vancouver Art Gallery dives into its permanent collection to present Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, an exhibition of important but rarely seen works by the prolific twentieth-century American artist, until October

Chinatown: Saturday, August 10, from 11am – 9pm, the streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown will be filled with food, shopping, music, dance as the neighbourhood celebrates the 2019 Chinatown Festival.

Blues: The annual Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival takes over Deer Lake Park on Saturday featuring Dan Mangan, Lord Huron and Feist

Waste to Wonder – Caribou

FlipFlops: Opening tomorrow, August 8th, The Waste to Wonder exhibit at the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown, until September 8th, consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife (the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou), each made from more than 6,500 recycled flip flops by Ocean Sole Africa.

Pitch: The Vancouver Canadians host Everett for a 3 game home stand on Thursday including by a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday

Blooms: The second Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs until September 15th, with a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing colour to the Fraser Valley community

Bard: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer on the Mainstage. All’s Well That Ends Well wraps its run this week, August 11, at the Howard Family Stage.

Parks: The Vines Art Festival, opening tonight at Jericho Beach Park, is a free, all-ages, multidisciplinary eco-arts festival, featuring over 80 performing and visual and performing artists at parks throughout Vancouver, August 7th-18th

Help a Rainbow Refugee Resettle in Canada

As we head into Pride Weekend in Vancouver, we reflect on the privileges and freedoms afforded to Canadian citizens. While not perfect, they’re far better than many places around the globe, especially for those identifying as LGBTQ+. Rights have been extended in more and more countries but unfortunately, there are still at least 14 countries where homosexuality is legally punishable by death.

Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community organization supporting people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Since 2011, Rainbow Refugee Society has worked in partnership with the Federal government to direct a blended sponsorship program called the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP). This is a national project and Rainbow Refugee has the responsibility of working with its own Circles of Hope as well as other community organizations across Canada to sponsor LGBTQ+ asylum seekers.

The Rainbow Connection is one of the Circles of Hope hoping to supporting Rainbow Refugee. We are a group of friends, lead by Mr. Gay Canada 2019, working together to assist a LGBTQ+ person hoping to resettle in Canada. We are grateful to live in Canada and have the ability to live and love in a safe and supportive community. Supporting a person, presently living in an African refugee camp, whose life is in danger because of who they are is our way of sharing the benefits that we have through our citizenship and friendships.

We have set up a Canada Helps donation page to help raise funds online as well as raising offline funds to support our goal. Along with our knowledge and support, the money we raise will assist this Rainbow Refugee to set up a new life in Canada. It will go towards food, housing, transportation, personal health… anything and everything needed every day to live a full life.
We hope you will support us in this endeavour, any little bit you can contribute is greatly appreciated and if you cannot provide monetary support we ask that you share the donation page with your network.

Thank you!