Running October 12 to 27, 2019, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Every year the neighbourhood chefs present unique sets of cuisine, tasting plates and pairings for the distinctive festival. Yaletown restaurants are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that show their eateries at the very best.
Set menus are priced at $35, $45 & $55 with some restaurants making offerings at multiple levels. Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Japanese cuisine at Bistro Sakana, Vietnamese at Little Saigon, to Mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, and French fare at Provence Marinaside, or Italian at Robba di Matti.
This weekend, September 12 – 15, the 3rd Annual Westward Music Festival brings a stellar line-up of music to downtown Vancouver. Dozens artists from around the world, perform on 11 indoor and outdoor stages, all within close proximity to downtown Vancouver. Westward Music Festival gets underway Thursday, September 12th with shows at Vogue Theatre, Imperial, Biltmore Cabaret, and Fox Cabaret.
Some of the world-class acts performing over the weekend include; Toronto’s Owen Pallett, Kelowna’s Yukon Blonde, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus, The Wonder Years from Philadelphia, Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47, Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit, Japanese performer Joji, and many more.
On Friday September 13th, the festivities move outside for the Yaletown Street Party Kickoff, the Music BC Beer Garden Stage at Yaletown Park finds performances starting at 4pm. Saturday September 14th finds all of Mainland Street closed for Festival entertainment from noon until 10pm. Two more stages join the Beer Garden Stage to add to the entertainment; Street Party Live Stage at Davie & Mainland, and the Street Party Electronic Stage at Nelson & Mainland. In between the stages, find artisans and other vendors to keep you interested throughout the day.
The Yaletown Street Party is free for all but theatre, cabaret and club stages require a Westward Festival Wristband which allows entry to all venues for the entire Festival weekend. Many venues are all-ages but some are 19+, check venues prior to attendance. Visit westwardfest.com for line-up, schedule and wristband information.
Winter marches on and we start March off with chilly but bright weather, perfect to get out and enjoy these picks of the week…
Scrum: The world, with a whole lot of costume wearing fans, is coming to BC Place this week as Canada Sevens takes over the city March 9 and 10.
Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.
Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.
Théâtre: The world premiere of Théâtre la Seizième’s newest production, Le Soulier, continues at Studio 16 until March 9
Divas: Fabulist Theatre’s Better Than This, an original revue celebrating the women’s roles in musical theatre, wraps up at the Havana Theatre stage on March 9th.
Blooms: From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.
Sound:Presentation House Theatre welcomes a unique production to the stage, Reverberations makes use of innovative sound technology with vintage apparatus, LP, 8-Track, Cassette & others to tell writer Brian Linds’ life story.
Lights: Friday March 8th, Yaletown lights up, with free one-of-a-kind light art installations, for one night only, on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate Yaletown.
From 2009 – 2012, Illuminate
Yaletown dressed the downtown Vancouver neighbourhood in an annual display of
breathtaking light installations. On Friday March 8th, prepare for Yaletown
to light up again for one night only on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate
Yaletown. Presented by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association when the sun
sets on Vancouver, the lights come on in Yaletown for visitors to experience a
free one-of-a-kind light art exhibition.
Celebrating 10 years since
the first event, this year’s Illuminate Yaletown will showcase never-before seen light
art installations, as well as classics from past festivals. Taking over Hamilton
Street, between Davie & Drake, plus at Roundhouse Community Centre will be
closed to vehicles for the evening to highlight these incredible installations
and showcase the very best in light art technology.
“In many ways this is a
reunion of the best of the best of our previous festivals. We’re showcasing a
selection of cutting-edge light art technology designers in an exhibition that
is urban, inspiring and jaw dropping,” says Annette O’Shea, executive
director of the Yaletown Business Improvement Association. “Many of the
installations have been designed to incorporate the viewer as part of the
installation, so you can play with it, see how it responds to your touch and
even build with it. This is very much about how technology, design and light
blend to create engaging and provoking experiences.”
In addition to sensational
illuminations, visitors can enjoy a host of spectacles throughout the
evening. There will be a ‘robot invasion’ of stilt walkers and LED dancers, and
an ‘Infinity Mirror World’ – culminating in an unmissable event packed with
amazing photo opportunities. Guests can also strike a pose at a 12 ft. lit-up
foliage wall, play on LED swings, or even try their hand at the digital
graffiti wall to create their own custom street art.
Some of the neighbourhood cocktail bars will be offering a special ‘606 cocktail’ – in theme with the sun setting at 6:06pm – so visitors can embark on self-guided cocktail tours.
Illuminate Yaletown will
take place on Friday March 8, from 6:06pm (sunset) to 10:00pm, at Hamilton
Street and Bill Curtis Square. The event is free to the public; for more
information please visit Yaletowninfo.com/illuminate.
The holidays are a time for celebration and get-togethers, and what goes better with festive season than raising a nice, glass of bubbly to toast the occasion. Provence Marinaside is helping you get into the spirit of the season with The 12 Days of Bubbles.
Running December 17th to 31st, Provence Marinaside, renowned for having the largest list of bubbles in Vancouver, 35 including champagnes, will be offering a specially selected bottle of champagne at 25 percent discount each day leading up to the biggest and bubbliest night of the year, New Year’s Eve, when all the champagnes in their collection (17 in total) will be 25 percent off. “If the holiday season and the new year isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate with friends, then this should do it,” says Carlson. “ Treat yourself to a bottle of bubbles, raise a glass, and toast to getting your Christmas shopping done early. If you’re still shopping, then you deserve a break with something tasty to eat and bubbly to go with it.”
The 12 Days of Bubbles culminates in the ‘bonus day’ of New Year’s Eve. As in past years, Provence will be offering an elegant a la carte menu designed by Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff especially for the evening, along with live music from Harris and DeBray. Reservations for ‘the bubbliest night of the year’ can be secured with a credit card by calling the restaurant.
If a full bottle of bubble is just too much of a good thing, pop into TWB-The Wine Bar , next door to Provence Marinaside, where all bubbly, including non-champagnes and by-the-glass pours, is 25 percent off as the Daily Deal on Saturdays (Sparkling Saturday) and Sundays (Sunday Funday).
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.
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.”
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.