Picks of the Week – October 4, 2017

Shine on Harvest Moon…we have a bright full moon to light our nights as we explore these picks of the week

Angels: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s  Angels In America: Perestroika closes at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this weekend, October 8th.

Circus: The Goblin Market, a contemporary Kiwi circus troupe swings into action at The Cultch York Theatre until October 14th

Keys: The Piano Guys tickle the ivories at Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight, Oct 4th.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at Vancouver Alpen Club.

R&B: Rogers Arena will be filled on Thursday night when The Weeknd takes the stage.

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Musical: Bring On Tomorrow Theatre Company presents 13: The Musical, a musical take on adolescence at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island Oct 4th – 8th

Comedy: Funnyman Nick Offerman brings his brand of comedy to the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday night.

Films: The 36th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues on screens around the city from until Oct 13th

Talk: This Saturday afternoon gain some perspective on the city’s history at The Vancouver Lookout’s Perspectives Lecture Series.

Rock: Venerable local rock act 54-40 holds their yearly audience for their fans at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night.

Photo:  City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition display at MOV running to February 18, 2018.

Dance: Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien Miscellaneous Productions presents Monsters at the Vancouver Dance Centre Oct 6 – 7

Punt: The BC Lions play host to Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place on Saturday afternoon

Pucks: At Rogers Arena on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers take the ice to open their 2017/18 season.

DJ: Electronic legend DIPLO will keep the fans dancing when he plays the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday

Indie: Fans of indie/alt-pop will be giving thanks when Imagine Dragons take over Rogers Arena on Sunday night

VIFF 2017 kicks off September 28

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) returns to screens around the city from September 28 – October 3, 2017.

For over 35 years, VIFF has brought us hundreds of films from around the world and this year continues to build on that legacy.  Screening international films from over 70 countries, alongside Canadian and BC films VIFF is amongst the top five film festivals in North America.  Keeping up with the times, VIFF restructured last year to showcase new media and include interactive experiences, talks, sessions and other events.
VIFF LIVE is live music, showcasing established and emerging BC artists as well as live score presentations of selected films.
Creator Talks bring the audience face to face for a glimpse behind the scenes with those who create the magic on screen.
Virtual Reality Day transports viewers into the new world of VR and AR.
Buffer Festival collaborates with VIFF for a full day for those who are or want to be YouTube Creators.

Not to be forgotten the array of films presented by VIFF bring the globe to Vancouver.

The 2017 VIFF programming includes the following categories:

Panorama – The world’s boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year’s most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.

Sea to Sky – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.

True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.

Next – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.

Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia’s most adventurous artists.

M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that’s enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.

ALT – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits

VIFF opens September 28 and continues until October 3, 2017.
Memberships, festival passes and single tickets are available now online at viff.org

Reel 2 Real Film Festival opens Sunday April 2nd

The Reel 2 Real Film Festival is back from April 2-8th, 2017 at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. Rather than just a family friendly festival, Reel 2 Reel is an adult friendly Film Festival.  The film programming has been geared towards youth between the ages of 6-19 who can bring along their families, caregivers, and teachers to enjoy films together.

Canadian and international films, live action dramas, documentaries, animated features and short films, fill the Reel 2 Real film program.

To help the younger audience members appreciate the foreign-language entries, Reel 2 Real Film Festival offers the unique feature of actors reading the subtitles to the audience.  

The program isn’t just film either, kicking off the Festival, on April 2nd, Sunday Funday is a event packed with activities for all ages. The event happens at Roundhouse Community Centre from 10am to 2:30pm and includes an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast, four short-film program themes to choose from plus DIY animation workshops, all for the $5 admission price. 

The Opening Night Film – The Sun At Midnight, from the Northwest Territories, (in English and some Gwich’in with English subtitles) opens Reel 2 Real Film Festival at the VIFF Theatre with a Q&A session with filmmaker and lead actors then an Opening Party follows the 4:30pm screening.

Reel 2 Real Film Festival closes on April 8th at the VIFF Theatre at 7pm, with the Closing Night Film, the West Coast premiere of Louise By The Shore, an animated feature from France (in French with English subtitles).

Visit the Reel 2 Real Film Festival website for tickets and the complete film program and all the student, family and other activities.

Picks of the Week – September 28, 2016

We’re into the first full week of autumn and the city is filled with films, sports and much more in the picks of the week

vf_taco_crawl_web-01-1Tacos: Who doesn’t like tacos? Tonight, Vancouver Foodster’s Taco Crawl highlights taco tastes all around the city

Improv: Just like the GOP Candidate, you never what you’re going to hear when you take in a Vancouver Theatresports League performance. You will certainly laugh along with Trump Card – Winner Takes All the latest VTSL show starting tonight.

Puck: The Vancouver Canucks pre-season gets going with a game at Rogers Arena against Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night then again on Sunday play host to San Jose Sharks

Kicks: Across the street at BC Place, Whitecaps FC tackle Central FC, their next opponent in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday then on Sunday return to MLS & Cascadia Cup competition versus Seattle Sounders

Strings: At The Orpheum on Wednesday, violinist, dancer, performance artists, Lindsey Stirling takes the stage.

Punk: At The Commodore, Canadian electropunk performance artists Peaches plays her unique genre busting style on Wednesday

Films: Thursday, the 35th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival gets underway, bringing two weeks of cinema from around the world

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season gets underway with a farcical whodunit, Baskerville, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 9th and starting Thursday, The Flick takes to The Granville Island Stage until October 29th.

99.9% : 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner Katranada plays an all-ages show at the Vogue Theatre on Friday night

Rock: Veteran rock stalwarts Dinosaur Jr play The Commodore Ballroom on Friday, in support of their latest album

Sync: Friday night at Junction it’s time to Lip Sync for your life with the first Lip Sync Battle hosted by Karmella Barr with DJ Drew

Hoops: Saturday, NBA pre-season play comes to Vancouver when Toronto Raptors face Golden State Warriors at Rogers Arena

Roar: The BC Lions take on Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place on Saturday evening.

Dance: XY YVR ONYX has DJ Quest with Bibi Souphresh keeping your Saturday spinning

Spin: Producer/Remixer DJ Shadow brings his electronic beats to the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday night



VIFF 2016 – Vancouver International Film Festival


It’s time to get studying and make your picks for the flicks you want to catch during the Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF), running September 29 – October 14, 2016.

VIFF 2016 debuts a restructured format for the 35th annual festival. The new format “expands the frame” turning VIFF from just a series of screenings into a multi-experiential stream that includes great cinema from around the world combined with companion talks and events.  This “Film+” model gives the filmmakers the opportunity to interact with their audiences and the audience a chance to discover, discuss and connect more in-depth with the creators through a series of workshops, talks, music, conversations and more.

Many of the featured films come straight from playing at TIFF like; Nate Parker’s “The Birth Of A Nation”, Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger” & “Paterson”,  Pedro Almodóvar’s “Julieta”, Bruce McDonald’s “Weirdos” and many more. There’s too many films and events to mention.
In addition to world-class cinema, some of the creators coming to VIFF include; recent Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, UnREAL creator Marti Noxon, Van Helsing & Continuum producer Simon Barry Davis, Better Call Saul writer Gordon Smith.  More industry-focused and public events take place throughout the 2 week festival, centred on the new VIFF Hub.

VIFF 2016 – the 35th Annual Vancouver Film Festival runs September 29 – October 14, 2016 in venues all around Vancouver.  Festival memberships and passes are on sale online at viff.org