Koerner Quartet Meets Rolston String Quartet in VAM Ensemble’s Season Finale

     Quartets combine to conquer Mendelssohn’s iconic String Octet in concert of chamber masterworks   Koerner Quartet closes its 2015/16 season with up-and-coming Houston-based ensemble, The Rolston String Quartet, June 5, 7:30pm at the Vancouver Academy of Music’s (VAM) Koerner Recital Hall.  Each quartet will showcase monumental chamber works by Haydn and Debussy in an…

It’s Friday…what are you doing this weekend and week ahead

  Tinhorn Creek Vineyards releases first vintage of Golden Mile Bench Chardonnay    Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route returns with “Unleashed”   If Pigs Could “Moo” Popular Pig Out festival signals that summer isn’t far away     Vancouver Farmers Markets starting Sunday, May 1 and May 5   TIME TO JAM All-day breakfast joint Jam…

Realwheels’ SexyVoices to Explore Sexuality and Disability to Shatter Sterotypes

  Sex. Disability. Those two words are rarely seen together in a sentence, let alone talked about. Award-winning professional theatre company Realwheels Theatre is determined to change our perspective when it presents SexyVoices – A Burlesque Theatre Cabaret  May 12-14. This community-based performance will showcase members of the disability community in performances that are designed to break down the…

The 24th Annual SiWC Writers’ Contest in BACK!

Ladies and gentlemen…start your pencils! The 24th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest is now underway. Writers’ Contest This year, this annual, local, and beloved contest is focused on short fiction with a Storyteller’s Award. Why should you enter? Maybe because first prize is $1000, publication, and more! The contest deadline is Friday, September…

Filberg Festival announces headliners for 2016

  This year the Filberg Festival is honoured to feature world renowned glass artist, Robert Held. For over 25 years Robert Held has lead the Canadian art glass industry, establishing the first college-level art glass program and influencing the art across North America. His pieces are in the collections of royalty and governments and can be part of your…

Vancouver’s Young Artists Create Broadway Benefit Show for Chronic Neuro-Immune Disease Awareness Day TICKET GIVEAWAY

  Opera Mariposa’s award-winning performers stage People Like Us, a musical theatre revue in support of the National ME/FM Action Network   To enter to win 2 tickets to the May 12th performance – leave a comment   This May, the acclaimed young artists of Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing are staging a…

#FridayFavourites…places to go, things to do this weekend and thru April 28

    New Happy Hour, fresh menus and return of Sunday Supper Series signals start of spring at OPUS Hotel   BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER, APRIL 26    BEACH BAY CAFÉ & PATIO’S CHEF FELIX ZHOU DEBUTS NEW SPRING…

Early Music Vancouver Announces First Ever Vancouver Bach Festival & Resplendent 2016/17 Season

  Lineup of Prestigious Artists & Timeless Masterworks Offers Classic Concert Hall Experiences & New Artistic Adventures   Early Music Vancouver (EMV)  announces its Vancouver Bach Festival and 2016/17 Season, bringing a staggering list of events to venues in and around Vancouver. This year, concert-goers are invited to revel in the genius of Bach, discover a brilliant but disregarded composer…

A Sophisticated Evening With Early Music Vancouver

  Last month I had the pleasure of attending a sensational evening of music presented by Early Music Vancouver (earlymusic.bc.ca) at the Vancouver Playhouse.  EMV presented a special performance of George Frideric Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite in C Major performed by two internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning soloists. Now, I’ll level with…

Over 50 local artists to participate in the 2nd Annual Parker Art Salon April 22nd to the April 24th at 1000 Parker Street Studios, Vancouver

The labyrinth halls of the 98 year old warehouse building will transform to host a weekend long salon and fine art exhibition for the public   The legendary 1000 Parker Street Studios artist’s warehouse is inviting the general public to join their 2nd annual Parker Art Salon and Fine Art Exhibition, April 22 – 24, 2016.  The salon events will be hosted on two floors with the hallways transformed into an exposition of…

Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra Busts Open the Great American Songbook with Gorgeous Gershwin

  Bright & Boisterous Programme Features Local Luminary Leslie Dala Performing Rhapsody in Blue Piano Concerto     The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra  (VAMSO) season closes on an ebullient note with the concert, Gorgeous Gershwin on May 15, 2pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Music Director Leslie Dala takes to the piano to conduct and perform the jazz-tinged classical masterpiece, Rhapsody in…

Arts Umbrella’s Theatre and Music Expressions Festival 

  Celebrating Creativity of Young Minds with Diverse, Ambitious Lineup Annual event’s powerful youth performances transverse genres and centuries   Arts Umbrella announces its 2016 Theatre and Music Expressions Festival: an annual showcase celebrating the boundless creativity of young talent in the organization’s pre-professional theatre program, running from May 11 to 22, 2016, at Waterfront Theatre on…

SAIL INTO SPRING WITH THE BLOSSOM BARGE

   CELEBRATING A DECADE OF THE VANCOUVER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF), presented by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, brings spring to the blue ways of Vancouver this April to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration of the city’s beautiful blooms. Blossom Barge, presented by Tymac Launch…

#FridayFavourites – things to do in Vancouver

  Celebrated Pastry Chef Tamera Clark Returns Home to   Sip, Savour and Celebrate at the 2016 Fest of Ale   ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA ANNOUNCES REOPENING OF REFLECTIONS   PAELLA DAYS: BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR ADDS NEW CHAPTER   FINE FOOD and FISHY FRIVOLITY   EarthBites Long Table events at Rocky Mountain Flatbread  …