Proud political satire returns to Vancouver

Andrew Wheeler and Emmelia Gordon in Proud. Pink Monkey Studios photo.

Andrew Wheeler and Emmelia Gordon in Proud. Pink Monkey Studios photo.

It’s an election year in Canada, so what better time to welcome a scathing satire of Canadian politics than now?

In Proud, award-winning Toronto playwright Michael Healey has written a comedy about this country’s notoriously controlling head of state, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The play was so popular in Vancouver last year that the Firehall Arts Centre is bringing it back April 7 – 25.

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Proud political satire returns to Vancouver

The messier side of live in Vancouver and more in B.C. film series

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A scene from Mina Shum’s Double Happiness.

Looking for a way to spend a Monday night in Vancouver? The series The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia continues with screenings at Cinematheque (1131 Howe in downtown Vancouver) on March 30, April 13 and April 20.

The films include a look at the messier side of life in Vancouver, a documentary about the worst terrorist incident in Canadian history and one of the most talked-about Canadian films of the 1990s.

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The messier side of live in Vancouver and more in B.C. film series

Where to Enjoy All-Ages Storytelling in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Rain City Chronicles

Photo Credit: Rain City Chronicles

Think back to being a child, curled up safe and warm at story time –when was the last time you got to listen to someone tell a tale? Nowadays in our modern western society, children tend to be the only ones who still get told stories, but it wasn’t always that way. Storytelling was traditionally an important way of sharing knowledge with the community, passing down history and sharing experiences. World Storytelling Day is celebrated this year on March 20th and to mark the occasion we talked to some of the biggest names in the Vancouver’s thriving storytelling scene. Continue reading:
Where to Enjoy All-Ages Storytelling in Vancouver

Vancouver’s next big musical export – Tobias Jesso Jr

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Tobias Jesso Jr plays the Electric Owl in Vancouver March 30.

Tobias Jesso Jr. is blowing up.

The North Vancouver-based singer/songwriter recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The 29-year-old has been profiled in the Vancouver Sun, the New York Times and Vogue (in which he calls rumours that he’s dating Taylor Swift “ridiculous”), and his debut album Goon, released this week, is receiving glowing reviews across the board.

And for only $12, you can see this rising star play a hometown show at the Electric Owl in Vancouver March 30.

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Vancouver’s next big musical export – Tobias Jesso Jr

Rare exploitation and horror cult films coming to Vancouver!

A scene from Demons, screening at the inaugural Northwest Horror Show film festival in Vancouver.

No, it’s not filmgoers leaving a screening of the latest Adam Sandler movie. It’s a scene from Demons, a 1985 Italian film screening at the inaugural Northwest Horror Show film festival in Vancouver.

Ah, spring. The buds are in bloom, the birds are singing, locals are taking to the streets in yogawear and shorts. What better time to take in a midnight screening of Cannibal Holocaust?

This year is the inaugural Northwest Horror Show film festival. For three days, March 20-22, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour) will open its doors to film fans who like their movies twisted, depraved and at least a little off. Not only does the festival marks a rare chance to see cult favourites like Cannibal Holocaust, Demons and The Beyond on the big screen, but it’s bringing to town some films that have never before been screened in Vancouver.

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Rare exploitation and horror cult films coming to Vancouver!