Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

This November, Vancouver’s iconic Orpheum celebrates 90 years of entertainment. To honour the anniversary, citizens are invited to attend a 1920s themed, Orpheum 90, party presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) in partnership with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO).

Continue reading:
Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

Hugh Laurie announces West Coast dates, kick-off concert in Vancouver

Hugh Laurie

Actor/ musician Hugh Laurie kicks off his West Coast tour at the Orpheum May 20. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records.

Actor Hugh Laurie is no stranger to these parts. Last summer, the star of House made an impromptu appearance at a local jazz club. At the time, Laurie was filming the movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney (due for release later this year).

Now Laurie, an accomplished pianist, has announced a West Coast tour in support of his 2013 album Didn’t It Rain. Along with his group The Copper Bottom Band, Laurie will kick off the tour in Vancouver on May 20.

Continue reading:
Hugh Laurie announces West Coast dates, kick-off concert in Vancouver

Eight must-see November concerts in Vancouver

drake_1

Drake at the Centre in Vancouver, July 27 2010. Photo credit: Jade Dempsey.

November’s concert calendar is looking mighty interesting. From a once-in-a-lifetime triple-threat roots-rock extravaganza to the return of the dark lord of ’90s industrial to a multi-media spectacular, this month has some real treats in store, with the heavy-hitters stacked towards December.

Here are some shows you might want to check out if you’re feeling musically inclined…

Continue reading:
Eight must-see November concerts in Vancouver

Vancouver Bach Choir presents The Phantom of the Opera

PhantomWhen Universal Pictures released the original version of the Phantom of the Opera in 1925, audiences would faint and scream at the famous unmasking scene. A horror movie that, well, horrific was unheard of at the time and it changed the face of film. (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and The Mummy were all released after.) Vancouver audiences will have a chance to experience this classic film at the Orpheum on April 20, but with an added bonus. The Bach Choir will be performing an original score that accompanies the film.

Continue reading:
Vancouver Bach Choir presents The Phantom of the Opera

Blue Rodeo Rocks the Orpheum, January 5

Photo credit: Heather Pollock for Blue Rodeo

Canadian rock legends Blue Rodeo are set to descend on Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre this Sunday.

Their current tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of their first album, Outskirts.  In the intervening quarter-century, the Ontario-based band has sold 3 million records, scooped up seven Juno Awards and secured a place in Canadian rock history.

The latest tour highlights the entire Blue Rodeo catalogue, from early hits on Outskirts to the landmark 1993 album Five Days in July and more recent efforts.  The set list includes songs never before performed live, as well as alternate versions of classics and even songs from a still unreleased new album, according to the Vancouver Sun.

For many fans of Canadian rock, Blue Rodeo represents a bygone golden era.   Continue reading:
Blue Rodeo Rocks the Orpheum, January 5

Canucks Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Game 1 Win on Granville Street

Here’s a short video I took of the celebration on Granville Street after the Canucks’ last-minute win last night.  For some reason, there was a band in the middle of the street.  Check out the guy holding the inflatable Stanley Cup.

This was about a half-hour after the victory, but the cheering and air horns went late into the night.

Photo Credit: Remy Scalza

Anyone else have a video from last night?  Please post the link in the comments section.

A Video Game Symphony at the Orpheum

One of the most memorable songs of my youth – right up there with C&C Music Factory’s Everybody Dance Now and Pearl Jam’s Even Flow – is the theme song from the Super Mario Bros. video game.  I must have heard it hundreds – no thousands – of times, as I tried over and over again to save the princess.

Which is why I’m so excited about the upcoming symphony (yes, symphony) of video game music called Play! being performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

This Monday, Dec. 6, at the Orpheum Theatre, the finest classical musicians in the province will play hits from Halo, The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid and, of course, Super Mario Bros.  You can see the full program here.

Continue reading:
A Video Game Symphony at the Orpheum