Vancouver’s Expressions Theatre Festival Spotlights Young Theatrical Talent

Outside In; Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

Vancouver’s Granville Island, with its bustle of activity and vibrancy, is the perfect setting for the 2018 Expressions Theatre Festival.

The Festival, just over a week long, is a showcasing of young and emerging theatre artists in a variety of classic, as well as original productions. Be prepared to be dazzled by their talent and energy on stage!

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Vancouver’s Expressions Theatre Festival Spotlights Young Theatrical Talent

The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

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If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Ticket Giveaway: Christmas Classics Market Tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours!

Cheers to delicious holiday donuts on the Christmas Classics Market Tour.

Contest alert! It’s day eight of The 12 Productions of Christmas. Enter to win today’s prize!

The production  One of the coziest parts of Christmas is curling up in front of a roaring fire with a hot beverage and a Christmas TV movie. Just in Time for Christmas tells the tale of a young psychology professor who must make a difficult choice – and on a spooky night in December, she receives assistance from a corporeal stranger who shows her what her life could be like three years in the future. The movie filmed in Vancouver, Victoria and New Westminster, transforming each into scenes out of small-town America.

The attraction  It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal treats, and the best place to indulge in holiday deliciousness is local culinary haven Granville Island. Vancouver Foodie Tours is hosting a special Christmas Classics Market Tour (December 15 to 30) that leads food lovers throughout the island with opportunities to taste plenty of holiday goodness (think gingerbread donuts, cranberry bread and spiced chai lattes) along the way.

Post a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to Vancouver Foodie Tours’ Christmas Classics Market Tour.

*The winner will be chosen in the next three days, and will be contacted via email.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Andrea, who won this prize! Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win our final prize: tickets to Holiday Traditions Start at Vancouver Aquarium!

Gingerbread Donuts and Spiced Chai Lattes Headline Seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour

Decadent delicacies await on the Christmas Classics Market Tour.

‘Tis the season for gingerbread and eggnog, glazed ham and cranberry sauce, and decadent desserts cluttering lunchroom tables across the city – and there’s no more magical place to begin your holiday menu shopping than Granville Island. To assist you in tasting nearly every seasonal delicacy offered by Granville Island’s talented vendors, Vancouver Foodie Tours is staging a seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour that offers guests the rare opportunity to skip the lines and indulge in a festive array of handcrafted holiday delights.

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Gingerbread Donuts and Spiced Chai Lattes Headline Seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour

Award-winning local production of Russian classic returns for seasonal run

Alessandro Juliani in the 2017 production of Onegin. David Cooper photo.

After premiering in Vancouver in 2016, Onegin won a ten Jessie Richardson Theatre awards. This makes it the first production to win all but one of the awards in the large theatre category.

So it makes sense that the Arts Club would bring back the wildly successful production, and just in time for the holidays. The company’s remount of Onegin is on now at the Granville Island Stage, where it runs until Dec. 31. If you missed out the first time, now is the chance to see the funny, entertaining and heartbreaking musical.

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Award-winning local production of Russian classic returns for seasonal run

Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Two new one-act musical plays look at that most historic of Vancouver hotels, the Sylvia.

In the heart of the West End’s English Bay neighbourhood, the Sylvia was built in 1912. In 1954, it opened Vancouver’s first cocktail bar, the Tilting Room; until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. The Sylvia Hotel cat, Mr. Got To Go, inspired three popular children’s books.

Two Views from the Sylvia is the title for the evening of the two musical one-acts. They run Nov. 8-12 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (and not, unfortunately, at the Sylvia itself. Then again, parking would be a nightmare).

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Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Tom Perrotta. Ben King photo courtesy HBO.

The 30th Annual Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 16-22) is less than two weeks away, and some events are already sold out.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of events left that still have tickets available. Here are five we think are worth checking out, including a discussion about satire, another about what it’s like to be strangers in a strange (and getting stranger by the minute) land, and a chat about the art of memoir. (Note: most Vancouver Writers Festival events take place on Granville Island.)

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Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival