Gastown Escape Roomers Launch SmartyPantz Scavenger Hunt Across Vancouver

Photo Credit: Flickr/Véronique Debord-Lazaro

Photo Credit: Flickr/Véronique Debord-Lazaro

Fans of escape room challenges can take that love of puzzle solving outdoors throughout August and soak up the sunshine –along with the clues– as Gastown adventure game company SmartyPantz is releasing a weekly series of brain teasers and puzzles to be solved while walking the streets of Vancouver.  Continue reading:
Gastown Escape Roomers Launch SmartyPantz Scavenger Hunt Across Vancouver

Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

11234657Vancouver’s Olympic Village is about to get a big kick of culture.

The neighbourhood on False Creek, which sprouted up during the 2010 Olympics and is now filled with condo towers, restaurants, pubs and shops, is getting ready to open the doors on a new $20.4-million theatre complex – instantly transforming the area into one of Vancouver’s arts hubs.

The 48,000-square-foot BMO Theatre Centre is scheduled to open this fall at 162 W. 1st Ave., next to a new Wall Financial condo tower. The space features a 250-seat theatre, as well as four rehearsal theatres.

The venue has already lined up one of Vancouver’s performing arts powerhouses as a tenant. The Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada, will close its Revue Stage on Granville Island and move into the new space in early fall. Bard on the Beach, the yearly Shakespeare Festival, will also have its offices at the theatre.  Continue reading:
Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Madonna’s 35 City Rebel Heart Tour Coming to Vancouver, Oct. 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The list of Madonna concert dates for her highly anticipated 35-city Rebel Heart Tour were officially announced earlier this year by Live Nation with the opening night scheduled for August 29th in Miami, Florida.  Additional performances to follow include New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal and several other cities including San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Following the North American leg of the Rebel Heart Tour, Madonna will begin the UK/European series of dates on November 4th in Koln, Germany with stops in major cities including Barcelona, London, Paris and Glasgow amongst others.

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Madonna’s 35 City Rebel Heart Tour Coming to Vancouver, Oct. 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

19+ Game Challenge Coming to Science World

Photo credit: Differense | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Differense | Wikipedia

A new gaming experience is coming to Science World … with a few twists. For one night only, Science World will be transformed into the setting for The Super Villain, an experience that combines escape gaming with game-show-style challenges, July 24. But this isn’t for kids. It’s a licensed 19+ event for adults who “need to let off some steam and enjoy a night away from the pressures of adulthood.”  Continue reading:
19+ Game Challenge Coming to Science World

Meet Vancouver’s premiere harpsichord maker

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As part of its 2015 Summer Festival, Early Music Vancouver is presenting their version of English opera Dido and Aeneas.

The July 30 concert marks the 45-year-old company’s first ever presentation of Henry Purcell’s iconic baroque masterpiece. Based on Virgil’s epic The Aeneid, the work is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest operas of all time. Its most famous piece is the aria Dido’s Lament, which is featured in many modern recordings, and adaptions for TV and film scores.

Adding to the uniqueness of the concert, the performance will feature a special, handmade harpsichord. The harpsichord features a painting on its lid of the final scene from Dido and Aeneas. The painting is by Columbian artist Marco Tulio, while the instrument itself was made by Vancouver craftsman Craig Tomlinson. We talked to Tomlinson about his work, including this one-of-a-kind piece.

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Meet Vancouver’s premiere harpsichord maker