“Cirque du Soleil for Horses” – Odysseo Show Comes to Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Cavalia.   Credits: François Bergeron

Photo courtesy of Cavalia. Credits: François Bergeron

A horse is a horse, of course, of course.  Unless it’s a horse from the new Cavalia Odysseo show in Vancouver.

Then it’s a few hundred kilos of purebred, rippling muscle sure to entertain, enchant and quite possible awe.

The new horse-centric show, playing at the white big top on Vancouver’s False Creek through Jan. 5, features no fewer than 67 magnificent horses.  The animals are put through their paces during a nearly three hour performance featuring some fancy riding and carefully choreographed horse and human stunts.

So how does all this old-fashioned, animal-based fun stack up in the world of digital wonders and computer-generated excitement?

After seeing the show earlier this week, I can confidently say quite well.   Continue reading:
“Cirque du Soleil for Horses” – Odysseo Show Comes to Vancouver

Celebrate Keithmas IV in Vancouver: Boozy holiday tribute to Keith Richards

Photo credit: Kris Olin | Flickr

Photo credit: Kris Olin | Flickr

It might be Vancouver’s strangest holiday tradition.  Once every December, in the midst of all the shopping and decorating, Vancouverites set aside a moment to celebrate one of the more obscure events of the season: Keith Richards’ birthday.

Keithmas, the annual holiday tribute to Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, is back for its fourth instalment this year, Dec. 20 at the Electric Owl pub on Main Street. At least nine bands will take the stage in a charity concert marking the 70th birthday of one of rock’s timeless (if not ageless) icons.

The concert serves as a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank Society.  Bands, all of whom play a short set of Rolling Stones or Keith Richards covers, perform for free. All proceeds from ticket sales go the food bank, and guests who bring non-perishable food to donate get discounted admission.

True to its namesake, Keithmas is usually quite the rager of a show.   Continue reading:
Celebrate Keithmas IV in Vancouver: Boozy holiday tribute to Keith Richards

Vancouver’s Only Karaoke Christmas Party on Wheels is Back

Photo sourced from Vancouver Trolley Company

Photo sourced from Vancouver Trolley Company

Like belting out holiday music in front of complete strangers? Like to look at Christmas lights? Fancy doing both things while inside a wooden trolley racing through the streets of downtown Vancouver?

Well, you’re in luck.  One of Vancouver’s more unusual holiday traditions is back for another year.

The Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley will be crooning its way across the city once again, starting Dec. 11.  As the name suggests, the unique tour combines the joys of karaoke with a trolley ride to some of Vancouver’s best seasonal light displays.

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Vancouver’s Only Karaoke Christmas Party on Wheels is Back

30 Nights, 30 Different Holiday Classics: A Christmas Queen Comes to Vancouver’s Improv Centre

christmasTired of the usual holiday entertainment – the Nutcrackers and It’s a Wonderful Lives and Grinches Who Stole Christmas and all the other heartwarmingly predictable yuletide fare that gets trotted out year after year?

You might want to check out the newest offering from the city’s local improv masters, the Vancouver TheatreSports League. I can guarantee you’ve never seen it before – even if you’ve already seen it.

Christmas Queen, on through Dec. 21 at the Improv Centre on Granville Island, is a new experiment in holiday programming, “an improv comedy fairytale.”  The outline of the story is familiar enough.   Continue reading:
30 Nights, 30 Different Holiday Classics: A Christmas Queen Comes to Vancouver’s Improv Centre

Watch out Rockefeller Center – Downtown Vancouver Getting a 50-Foot Christmas Tree

Photo sourced from Amacon

Photo sourced from Amacon

It’s turning out to be a good year for Christmas tree lovers in Vancouver.

Not only can we boast what is believed to be the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (a 46-metre Douglas fir at Capilano Suspension Bridge), but we’re also getting a towering, multi-storey tree in the heart of downtown.

Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre will be home to the colourfully decorated, 50-foot tree, to be lit Friday, Dec. 6, as part of the 2013 Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration.  This is the seventh year that Vancouver will have a gala lighting ceremony – and this one promises to be bigger than ever.

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Watch out Rockefeller Center – Downtown Vancouver Getting a 50-Foot Christmas Tree

Naughty Elves and Grumpy Gulf-Islanders: Holiday Comedies for Grinches in Vancouver

Photo by David Cooper. Courtesy of Arts Club.

Photo by David Cooper. Courtesy of Arts Club.

There’s snow on the North Shore Mountains. It gets dark before you leave work. The Bay is piping in Christmas music.  It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in Vancouver.

To help ease even the grinchiest among us into the holiday spirit, the Arts Club Theatre Company is premiering two wickedly funny and seriously offbeat Christmas-themed productions later this month: David Sedaris’ classic Santaland Diaries and the homegrown favourite It’s Snowing on Saltspring.

Santaland Diaries, based on Sedaris’ true short story, documents the bleak December he spent working as an elf at a Macy’s Santaland display in Manhattan.  A 33-year-old, seriously underemployed writer at the time, Sedaris reluctantly takes the job and discovers his own brand of holiday Hell.  Wicked, sarcastic and decidedly un-politically correct, this one-man show is the perfect anecdote to sugar-coated holiday productions.

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Naughty Elves and Grumpy Gulf-Islanders: Holiday Comedies for Grinches in Vancouver

See World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree in North Vancouver

canyonWatch out Rockefeller Center – Vancouver’s taking over the Christmas tree crown.

At 46.4 metres, a Douglas fir in North Vancouver is being hailed as the world’s tallest living Christmas tree.  Located at Capilano Suspension Bridge, the 250-year-old tree has been decorated with more than 10,000 bulbs, which will be lit for the opening of the annual Canyon Lights display, Nov. 30.

Officials at Capilano Suspension Bridge say they’ve scoured the Internet and can find no records of a taller living Christmas tree.   Continue reading:
See World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree in North Vancouver