16th Annual Chutzpah! Festival, Feb 18 – Mar 13 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Breathtaking dance, discerning theatre, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music highlight this year’s festival with world-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists from February 18 to March 13, 2016.

An eagerly anticipated highlight of Vancouver’s dance season is the Chutzpah! Festival’s Dance Series. The 2016 Festival presents some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world. This year’s performances again offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work including Canadian and North American premieres from Italy’s brilliant Spellbound Contemporary Ballet; the incomparable Israeli dance company Maria Kong performing their much lauded Open Source; New York-based Gallim Dance in their repertory work Wonderland by choreographer Andrea Miller, which Dance Magazine praised as“Gutsy. Wild. Smart. Original.”; new to the international scene, New York City’s hot all male company MADBOOTS and a world premiere from our resident dance company, the acclaimed Shay Kuebler Radical System Art (BC) in a spectacular double bill; and Ballet Kelowna presents works by Artistic Director Simone Orlando, James Kudelka, Heather Myers and John Alleyne, with Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music accompanying (Chutzpah!PLUS).

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16th Annual Chutzpah! Festival, Feb 18 – Mar 13 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

5 Must-See Shows at Vancouver’s aboriginal culture fest: Talking Stick 2016

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Image from fullcircle.ca

Slam poetry. Independent films. Original theatre and dance. And one powwow to remember.

The best of aboriginal art and culture is coming to Vancouver this Feb. 18-Feb. 28 as part of the 2016 Talking Stick Festival. Staged at venues throughout the city, from night clubs to community centres, the festival puts the spotlight on emerging and established indigenous artists.

For anyone seeking perspective on contemporary aboriginal culture in Vancouver and beyond, Talking Stick is a rare window into a world of rich history and cutting-edge art. Here are five can’t-miss events this year:  Continue reading:
5 Must-See Shows at Vancouver’s aboriginal culture fest: Talking Stick 2016

Blossom Barge coming to Vancouver this April

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s already feeling like Spring is in the air with the last few days of sunny, warm weather. So, it’s no surprise that news about the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival is starting to hit local blogs. There are now only two months left until the unofficial start of Springtime in Vancouver!

New this year, the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has announced that they will be creating a Blossom Barge, a multi-day floating spectacle that will have 40 beautiful cherry blossoms on the last place you’d expect them to be, in the sea!

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Blossom Barge coming to Vancouver this April

Fun (and unusual) things to do for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

Forget Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. These are the two lovebirds you want to share Valentine's Day with!

Forget Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. These are the two lovebirds you want to share Valentine’s Day with!

Looking for something fun yet unusual to do this Valentine’s Day? How about a burlesque show set to the music of Prince, a screening of Robocop (the original, not the remake, of course!) or an evening of female comics? We have all of those, plus a few more, listed below.

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Fun (and unusual) things to do for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

5 Can’t-Miss Speakers at TED2016 in Vancouver, Feb 15-19

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

Some of the brightest minds on the planet are converging on Vancouver (again).

TED, the conference known for its inspired 18-minute speeches on “ideas worth spreading,” returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the third year, this Feb. 15-Feb. 19.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, premiered 30 years ago and has since become a global phenomenon. To date, TED talks – on just about every topic under the sun – have attracted more than 1 billion views online.

Tickets to the TED2016 conference itself require a full written application (think university admission essay) and price in at $8,500 a pop. But – luckily for the rest of us – talks are also simulcast live to community centres, schools and other venues throughout the city (full list TBD, but here’s a rundown of venues from last year).

The theme for this year’s TED is Dream! In the words of organizers, the conference is “dedicated to great feats of imagineering, invention, innovation … and the courageous dreamers who can bring us with them on their journey.” Here’s a sneak peek of five of the biggest name dreamers coming to TED2016. (The times below indicate the window during which the individual is set to speak.)

Al Gore: The former US Vice President, nobel laureate and global-warming whistleblower takes the stage as part of a series of presentations ominously titled “Nightmare?” Gore is determined to take a hard look at the challenges posed by climate change, while also encouraging us to move toward real solutions. No word yet if he’ll discuss the time he invented the Internet. Wed., Feb. 17, from 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m. 
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5 Can’t-Miss Speakers at TED2016 in Vancouver, Feb 15-19