#FridayFavourites – what’s happening this weekend and the week ahead

  Evita: Superb Cast, Evocative Costumes and Set Make Up for Opening Night Glitches   Vancouver Farmers Markets starting Sunday, May 1 and May 5   Global supermodel Heather Marks to open Obakki + Holt Renfrew Show, May 10   THE MOTHER OF ALL OCCASIONS: BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR HOSTS MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH, DINNER SERVICES…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League Serves Up Killer Cocktails to Accompany a Killer Comedy

To complement Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) improvised parody, Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, Paul Belsito, bar manager of VTSL’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge, has created a trio of tasty potions inspired by the characters and locations in the popular HBO TV series. Tyrion’s Wine – represents the Lannisters.  A sangria (in…

#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  …

BARD ON THE BEACH SALUTES THE 400-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SHAKESPEARE’S DEATH WITH WILL’S WAKE

  On Saturday, April 23 the world will honour the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing, and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is joining the celebration by staging a classic wake! Will’s Wake, hosted by Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, will bring members and friends of Bard’s Acting Company together with Shakespeare lovers of…

Snow Storm hits Vancouver this April

  This April 7, Vancouver will be hit by a snow storm. While not all weather forecasts are as precise as this one, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) has carefully studied the auguries and is confident in its prediction. On April 7, Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow opens at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. A sequel…

#FridayFavourites – what to do this weekend and the week ahead

  East Side Beer Fest 2016   Take a Walk on the Road to Dublin starting March 1   UVA WINE & COCKTAIL BAR LAUNCHES NEW  WORLD CLASS HAPPY HOUR     Rich Cultural Traditions Through Transcendent Performance Line-Up   VIDF – Provocatively Sensuous Foutrement   Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s   International Artists – Local Dance…

Vancouver Bach Choir closes 85th Season

Vancouver Bach Choir Closes 85th Season with Namesake’s Towering & Magnificent – St. Matthew Passion – VBC, VSO and acclaimed soloists, perform one of sacred music’s most triumphant masterpieces, overflowing with sweeping harmonies and colossal power Vancouver Bach Choir concludes its monumental 85th anniversary season with J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, March 19, 7:30pm at The Orpheum. Celebrated as a pinnacle accomplishment in music history,…

TUTS declares Summer of Love with Enchanting 2016 Season

TUTS Declares Summer of Love with Enchanting 2016 Season: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story Swoon-worthy musicals bring summer-long excitement and romance  to Stanley Park’s scenic Malkin Bowl Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) invites audiences to fall in love this summer with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story, running July 6 – August 20,…