Femme Series hits The Cultch this winter

This Winter, The Cultch is celebrating the power of female identifying voices, from Jan 15 – Feb 16, 2019, with its third annual Femme Series

Amplifying female identifying voices has always been important to Cultch Executive Director, Heather Redfern.
 “This is our way to say, ‘Come on, guys: you’ve got to pay attention to this,” Redfern told The Georgia Straight about the Femme Series in early 2018 “you have to do it deliberately. You have to commit to doing 50 percent of work [in your season] where the main thrust is from a female creation.”

This year’s Femme Series is bigger and better, than ever before, packed with special events—music, karaoke, new play-readings, and opportunities to mix and mingle. It continues the work from last year, with particular emphasis on deconstructing patriarchal language, expanding the limitations of the way gender is represented, and celebrating the intersectionality of the feminist perspective.

Femme Series Events, including Main Stage Productions:

Jan 11WROL (Without Rule of Law) by Michaela Jeffery—A new play reading presented by Touchstone Theatre, 8PM, Historic Theatre—FREE

Jan 12:  Soft Cedar Presents: Only a Visitor album release, with special guest Wallgrin—Only A Visitor is a quintet that blurs genre boundaries by straddling the line between art music and pop. Their new album, Technicolour Education, focuses on the Chinese diasporic experience in Vancouver through generations of immigrant stories. 8PM, Historic Theatre—$20

Jan 14: Women in the Arts Mixer5-7PM, Historic Theatre—FREE

Jan 14: Pitch, Bitch, and Ditch with Pippa Mackie and Kim HarveyJoin theatre creators and producers Kim Senklip Harvey and Pippa Mackie for an unforgettable night that puts the power in the hands of the patrons. 8-9PM, Historic Theatre—$10

Dakh Daughters
photo: Tetiana Vasylenko

Jan 15 – 19Dakh Daughters (Ukraine), York Theatre—Main Stage Season Production: Six actresses take musical instruments into their hands in order to create a life-affirming performance about love, freedom, and beauty which—at the end of the day—will save the world

Jan 22 – 26
Power Ballad, Julia Croft/Nisha Madhan (New Zealand), 8PM, Historic Theatre—Main Stage Season Production:  an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes hidden ideologies. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, Power Ballad deconstructs gendered linguistic histories and rips apart contemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger, and femaleness.

Jan 25: Feminist Karaoke with Julia Croft, after Power Ballad, 9PM, Historic Theatre—FREE

Jan 27: Soft Cedar Presents: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, presented as part of CapU Global Roots Series—Kaumakaiwa brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender (mahu wahine) Hawaiian in this contemporary world. She engages Indigenous thought to address today’s issues through music, chant, and sharing of spirit. 8PM, York Theatre—$40

Much Ado About Nothing
photo: Emily Cooper

Feb 5 – 16Much Ado About Nothing, Classic Chic Productions (Vancouver), Historic Theatre—Main Stage Season Production: Featuring an all-female cast, and set in a mesmerizing theatrical world, this deadly serious and sublimely ridiculous story—of soldiers in love and women confined by tradition—is a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.

Lumiere Vancouver brings light to the nights

Just as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, Lumiere Vancouver returns for a 5th year to light up long Vancouver nights.  This weekend the beloved winter festival brings three nights of interactive art installations land activities to three iconic Vancouver sites: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza,
šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

Lumiere – Luna

This year, the festival, with the support of its partners, will feature 17 public artworks created by local and international artists. Like a beacon on the bay, the now iconic Luna the illuminated Orca, returns to Morton Park, at Davie & Denman Streets, lighting the shores of English Bay. Look for Luna to be joined by Stanley, an illuminated 13 foot heron honouring Stanley Park’s Great Blue Heron colony. Both brilliant beasts are created by MK Illumination Canada

New this year, Lumiere expands to the šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (Art Gallery north), with seven interactive installations to help celebrate the return of Standard Time and the earlier nightfall. The plaza welcomes the public to be inspired, intrigued and interact with the music and light art works.

Public Disco shakes up Davie Village on Saturday November 3 for a night of music and dancing. Featuring a lineup of local DJ’s, hundreds of disco balls and a variety of immersive art works, it will be a night to remember.

Lumiere will kick off tonight, Friday November 2, 2018 and runs until Sunday November 4, 2018 in all three locations. Events take place 5:30 – 10pm nightly. For more information on the featured artists and the full schedule, visit lumiereyvr.com

5 Winter Events to close the Festive Season

Happy New Year! While we are already into 2018, the lead up to the Holidays is sometime so busy we don’t have time to take in all the festive events. Here’s a few seasonal winter events that you can still catch for a few more weeks:

Beauty and the Beast at Stanley TheatreDisney’s Beauty and the Beast – The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a brilliant adaptation of Disney’s ‘tale as old as time’. Fun for the whole family as Belle and The Beast are supported by Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and others at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 13th – Tickets online at artsclub.com

Lights at Lafarge – Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival is the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland, Town Centre Park is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of lights, with roving performers, hot chocolate & cookies all just steps from Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain Station, making this one of the most easily accessible winter events. Continuing until January 21st, 2018 – Free Admission

Chinese Lantern FestivalVancouver Chinese Lantern Festival – the PNE features the largest festival of its kind in Canada. One of the most beautiful and culturally significant festivals lights up the night with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns, some reaching nearly 200 feet in length, transforming the 14 acres of Hastings Park, running until January 21, 2018. – Admission $19 online

Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park continues until January 28th, 2018. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, the bridge, Treetops Adventures, with 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $42.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.

Robson Square Ice Rink – hit the ice for some old-fashioned outdoor winter fun, all-ages can lace up and enjoy the free skating experience at Robson Square. Until February 28, 2018, open from 9am to 9pm Sunday – Thursday and 9am to 11pm Friday – Saturday.  Skating is free, skate rentals are $4 (last rental, 30 minutes prior to closing)

Friday Find: Live Out There

Just in time for the wetter, cooler weather, Canada’s fastest growing online outdoor retailer, Live Out There, has expanded their line-up to include new fashion-meets-function brands for the Fall/Winter months. The online retailer has a whole new crop of jackets for men and women that are perfect for all of Canada’s many climates. 

From L to R: Woolrich John Rich & Bros - Arctic Parka, Soia & Kyo - Wool Jacket, Colmar Originals - Wool Insulated Jacket, Soia & Kyo - Marshall Parka.
From L to R: Woolrich John Rich & Bros – Arctic Parka, Soia & Kyo – Wool Jacket,
Colmar Originals – Wool Insulated Jacket, Soia & Kyo – Marshall Parka.

From cool, crisp days wandering the city to snowy mountain adventures, Live Out There has you covered (literally). New brands like Woolrich, Mackage, Soia & Kyo and Diego M join the mainstay collection of Patagonia, Helly Hansen and Arc’teryx, all available to shop online now throughout the season.

From L to R: Marmot - Quasar Jacket, Fjallraven - Kyl Parka, The North Face - Thermoball Full Zip Jacket, Mountain Hardwear - Nilas Jacket.
From L to R: Marmot – Quasar Jacket, Fjallraven – Kyl Parka,
The North Face – Thermoball Full Zip Jacket, Mountain Hardwear – Nilas Jacket.

If you haven’t heard of Live Out There, the outdoor retailer has a mission to inspire, equip, and guide all Canadians to find their own adventure.  Live Out There’s co-founders Jamie Clarke and George Achilleos believe having the right clothing and gear — that fits, is comfortable, performs and lasts — allows people to go farther and longer, be safer and have more fun.
From origins in their Calgary bricks and mortar location, to allow Live Out There to reach more Canadians, online was the best option. Free shipping, free returns in Canada and a wide selection of apparel for everyone is helping Live Out There expand it’s reach from coast to coast to coast.

Check out their Fall/Winter line-up and get yourself geared up at liveoutthere.com

Roam Expo 2015 inaugural show

This past weekend the inaugural Roam Winter Expo went off at Vancouver Convention Centre, bringing together Adventure, Travel and Fitness providers and enthusiasts to find out what’s new and upcoming for winter 2015.

Happening in conjunction with The Canadian Ski Patrol’s Vancouver, Winter Extreme New & Used Equipment Sale, Roam Expo invited visitors to take a break at the Oktoberfest Craft Beer Garden, shop for new gear from Helly Hansen, Hitcase or Destination Slope Outfitters, take in a fitness class with Good Life Fitness, Steve Nash Sports Clubs or Tight Club, get the kids warmed up for winter in the Burton Piglet Park, or see what the BC Ski Resorts, Tofino & Ucluelet adventurer providers and holiday companies have in store for winter 2015/16.  Speakers on the Adventure Travel Stage gave insight into top destinations, travel skills and more.

If you missed this first Roam Winter Expo, watch for it to return next year so you can keep up to date on what’s up with winter.

XXII Olympic Winter Games via Twitter (infographic)

Sochi Olympics have come and gone and the Paralympics are underway.  Olympians have returned home or continued onto their World Cup season and the folks at MedaMiser took a look back over the whole Olympics to see what was trending. They reviewed over 4 million tweets to see who was the most popular athlete at the venues and overall. They also saw that timing of the athletes win made a difference between becoming a trending moment or a passing fancy.

Take a look at MediaMiser’s great infographic to see where your favourite Olympian ended up.

XXII Olympic Winter GamesXXII Olympic Winter Games by MediaMiser


The 50 Greatest Winter Olympians

Over the next two weeks at the Winter Games more athletes will be making their mark in Olympic history, some have already made an impact this opening weekend. While getting into the Olympic spirit, the editors at The Active Times have assembled a list of the 50 Greatest Winter Olympians.

With the help of an expert panel made up of:

  • Brian Pinelli— Journalist, in Sochi covering his 5th Olympic Games
  • PJ Kwong— Olympic commentator, 25+ years coaching experience, a figure skating expert
  • Tom Ecker— Author, public speaker and Olympic historian
  • Bill Mallon— Former President and Co-Founder of the International Society of Olympic Historians
  • Tony Bijkerk— Secretary-General of the International Society of Olympic Historians
#10 Greatest Winter Olympian Apollo Anton Ohno

The Active Times looked at everything that signifies the Olympic spirit, not just the number of medals won but their significance and impact on the Games and public perception. Each panelist assembled their own list before they were compared and reduced to the Top 50.
Although heavily populated by the great European winter powerhouse countries, a couple of Canadian Ladies Figure Skaters; Barbara Ann Scott & Joannie Rochette made the list.


The Top 10 are:

1. Bjørn Dæhlie, Norway – Cross-country Skiing
2. Sonja Henie, Norway – Figure Skating
3. Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norway – Biathlon
4. Stefania Belmondo, Italy – Cross-country Skiing
5. Raisa Smetanina, Soviet Union / EUN: Unified Team – Cross-country Skiing
6. Claudia Pechstein, Germany – Speed Skating
7. Eric Heiden, USA – Speed Skating
8. Ricco Gross, Germany – Biathlon
9. Kjetil André Aamodt, Norway – Alpine Skiing
10. Apollo Anton Ohno, USA – Speed skating

 To see the entire Top 50, visit The Active Times