Bard On The Beach : Taming Of The Shrew

The 30th Season of Bard on the Beach is underway, with Taming of the Shrew starting the season under the tents at Vanier Park. There are few spots in Vancouver nicer to spend a summer evening, add in a new adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies by a brilliant company and it’s a near perfect theatre experience.

Bard on the Beach Taming of the Shrew Image: Emily Cooper

Taming of the Shrew tells the story of the fair Bianca and her sister, foul Katherine (Kate), and their suitors. Lady Baptista, the sister’s mother, has decreed that Bianca may not marry until after the elder Katherine is suitably married, much to the chagrin of Bianca’s many admirers. Seeing mutual benefit from working together, Bianca’s beaus conspire to find a husband for the shrewish Kate. Success comes with the arrival of Petruchio, who, in need of her large dowry, steps up to the challenge. Upon marriage, Petruchio ‘breaks’ Kate with a series of psychological gamesmanship and returns to Padua victorious in his taming of the shrew…or was he?

Shifted from late 16th Century Italy to the late 1800s America West, Director Lois Anderson has created a play that fits well into its new era. Costume Designer Mara Gottler and Set Designer Cory Sincennes have crafted a look straight out of Gunsmoke.

Jennifer Lines & Andrew McNee | Photo: Tim Matheson
Taming Of The Shrew
Jennifer Lines & Andrew McNee
Photo: Tim Matheson

Leading the cast, Jennifer Lines and Andrew McNee play off of each nicely as Kate and Petruchio. Ms Lines’ intense and dramatic Kate contrasts with McNee’s comedic skills and mugging. Kate Besworth’s sweet, giggling Bianca was a contrast to Line’s abrupt character. Kamyar Pazandeh’s Lucentio, stood out amongst Bianca’s many suitors. Portraying his servant Triano, Chirag Naik is always dependable, both the character and actor.

At 2.5 hours, the light comedy is nicely paced to keep the show moving and manages to avoid feeling long. See for yourself why Taming of the Shrew makes for an enjoyable Spaghetti Western / Shakespearean mash-up.

Taming of the Shrew runs, in repertoire with Shakespeare In Love, until September 21, 2019 at Bard on the Beach tents at Vanier Park (behind Museum of Vancouver). Information and tickets are available online at

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express 2015 Tour

BarneyBental_GrandCaribooExpBarney Bentall & The Cariboo Express are hitting the road for another year of great shows!
The name has changed but the legacy of the last 9 years of Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry shows lives on. As the word and reputation of the past shows grew, it gained notice of the Grand Ole Opry, which led to the name change.

Over the last 9 years the roadshow has raised over $500,000 to support local charities. Keeping with the annual tradition of support and celebrating great music, the 2015 tour will culminate with a 10th Anniversary Show on November 28th at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.  With a line-up including the regular cast of Barney Bentall, Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Matt Masters, and the Gold Rush Allstars, plus yet to be announced special guests, the show is sure to be a great evening in support of the local Potluck Cafe Society.

The Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express roadshow starts this weekend in Calgary and works its way across the West, supporting local charities and featuring local musician along the route.

The roadshow hits;

Theatre Junction Grand.
Benefitting Classroom Champions

Citadel Theatre.
Benefitting Inner City Children’s Program

Key City Theatre.
Benefitting Friends of Children

Friendship Community Church.
Benefitting the Mustard Seed Food Bank and Sidney Lions Food Bank

Centennial United Church.
Benefitting the Mustard Seed Food Bank and Sidney Lions Club Food Bank

Sooke Community Theatre.
Benefitting the Sooke Food Bank

Fulford Hall.
Benefitting the Salt Spring Food Bank

The Dream Cafe.

The Vogue Theatre
Presented by & Benefitting The Potluck Café Society

Tickets are on sale now and available from the venues.

2015 Western Canadian Music Awards – Winners

This past weekend, for the first time Rifflandia Festival and Breakout West Conference combined for a weekend of music in Victoria. Part of the Breakout West Conference was the Western Canadian Music Awards, hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence from the McPherson Playhouse on Sunday, September 20th.  WCMA

Presented to music artists from the 4 Western Provinces, the awards were presented  20+ categories on Sunday plus an additional dozen award were presented to Music Industry professionals at a Saturday brunch.

Performers at the Sunday awards ceremony included Tanya Tagaq, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Joe Silva, Annette, Jesse Roper, Sarah MacDougall and The Wet Secrets. In addition, NoMeansNo, the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees performed during the show.

The Western Canadian Music Awards Winners were: 

Aboriginal Recording of the Year, presented by APTN: Tanya Tagaq – Animism (MB)

Blues Recording of the Year: The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – A Real Fine Mess (BC)

Children’s Recording of the Year, presented by Bolen Books: *TIE* Fred Penner – Where In The World (MB) & Raffi – Love Bug (BC)

Classical Composition of the Year, presented by Canadian Music Centre: Cobalt – Jocelyn Morlock (BC)

Classical Recording of the Year: Ysaÿe Sonatas For Solo Violin – Karl Stobbe (MB)

Country Recording of the Year, presented by CCMA: Ridley Bent – Wildcard (MB)

Electronic/Dance Recording of the Year, presented by UnionElectronic: Kiesza – Hideaway (AB)

Francophone Recording of the Year, presented by Musicaction: Annette – Papillon Amiral (SK)

Independent Album of the Year, presented by Stingray Music: The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – A Real Fine Mess(BC)

Instrumental Recording of the Year: Five Alarm Funk – Abandon Earth (BC)

Jazz Recording of the Year: Jill Barber – Fool’s Gold (BC)

Metal/HardMusic Recording of the Year: Shooting Guns – WolfCop Soundtrack (SK)

Pop Recording of the Year, presented by Rifflandia: BESTiE – No Bad Days (BC)

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Def3 – Wildlif3 (SK)

Rock Recording of the Year, presented by Radio Starmaker: 36? – where do we go from here? (AB)

Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year: Twin Peaks – Trouble (BC)

Roots Solo Recording of the Year: Sarah MacDougall – Grand Canyon (YT)

Songwriter(s) of the Year, presented by SOCAN: Dan Mangan, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, John Walsh “Vessel” – Dan Mangan + Blacksmith From the Album Club Meds (BC)

Spiritual Recording of the Year: Tanya Tagaq – Animism (MB)

Urban Recording of the Year: Dawn Pemberton – Say Somethin’ (BC)

World Recording of the Year: Tanya Tagaq – Animism (MB)

For more information and the complete list of winners check out

Dine Out 2015 – Taboo Kitchen

TTaboo_2015-01-16 19.09.05he kick off to Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015 brought throngs of diners out to fill the city’s restaurants on Friday night.

Venturing out without a reservation we were lucky to get the last two seats at Taboo Kitchen.  The recently opened Yaletown restaurant is a modern, stylish room is featuring a $28 Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu to highlight some of their Korean-fusion dishes.

The menu options showed a cross section of their fresh, simple cuisine and Korean dishes with a Western hint.  We were welcomed with the traditional banchan (sidedishes), they too were a unique plate – Brioche, house-made Kimchi and spicy sweet potato.
My meal selections were a fresh and tangy Pickled Beet Salad, a sizzling, spicy Bibimbap & crispy Almond Dduk (Asian rice cake). Billy chose the Korean-Italian hybrid Mandu Ravioli Soup,  a Tagine served Korean Sous Vide Galbi and a sweet Ginger Creme Brule.  Everything was beautifully presented and flavourful with a combination of Western & Asian tastes that perfectly represents Vancouver.

While Taboo Kitchen may not be the authentic Korean experience one gets on the west end of Robson Street, the restaurant is well located in Yaletown.   If lunch or dinner isn’t in the plan the bar menu featured a selection of Korean flavours like the tasty Soju-tinis we had along with dinner.

2015-01-16 19.09.14Find Taboo Kitchen at 1233 Hamilton Street (south of Davie).
Phone: 604.559.1116
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Whitecaps FC & MLS Announce 2012 Season Schedule

Whitecaps new season kicks off at BC Place, March 10, 2012

MLS soccer unveiled its 2012 schedule this week, with 323 matches spread over 267 days it is the longest MLS regular season in league history and promises to be action packed.  Aimed at reducing the heavy travel burden for the geographically largest league on the planet, local rivalries will heat up as teams within the same divisions play each other more often. Whitecaps FC will play the other Western Division clubs three times this season and each Eastern club only once. While this does reduce the clubs travel miles, which were the leagues highest in 2011, it means fans will have to wait a year to see some of the Eastern clubs who only host Whitecaps this season, like Chicago, Columbus and Toronto.
The Whitecaps kick off their first full season at BC Place on March 10th, by hosting their old USL nemesis, the Eastern Division expansion team, Montreal Impact, a match that is sure to be lively and fired up from the kick off.  Unlike last season, hopefully some of the league’s marquee designated players, like David Beckham and Thierry Henry will travel with their clubs when New York crosses the continent on June 20th and LA Galaxy visit, July 18th. Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers’ fans will be able to build on their decades long rivalries as Vancouver hosts Seattle twice and Portland once this season. This means the Vancouver fans will be booking their charter bus to Portland twice and Seattle once. With the second to last home match against Seattle and the last versus Portland the Cascadia Cup won’t be decided until the end of the season.  Vancouver wraps up the regular season away to Real Salt Lake but hopefully this year, Whitecaps fans will be treated to some post-season excitement!

See you all at BC Place March 10th! Go ‘caps Go!

Print your copy of the Whitecaps 2012 Schedule or visit for the full schedule.