STOMP those winter blues away

Garbage cans, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps, brooms, perhaps even the bones of former Blue Man Group members – is there nothing that STOMP cast members won’t use in their quest to turn everything into a percussive instrument?

Nope. STOMP repurposes everything, including the kitchen sink, to make a thrilling, crowd-pleasing noise that will help dispel those West Coast winter blues (known around these parts as the fancier-sounding “Seasonal Affective Disorder”). The North American touring company of the long-running show returns to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, with four performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) from Jan. 13 – 15.

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STOMP those winter blues away

All Male Comic Ballet Company Returns to Vancouver

Giselle; Photo Credit: Sascha Vaughan

The holidays can be such a fun-filled frenzy of activity that I often forget what happens next. January truly can be a dreary month after the splashy sparkle of December. However, I’ve learned to make plans for the upcoming New Year, so that there’s plenty to anticipate.

The return of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, New York’s famed all male ballerinas, to Vancouver is one such event to put on your calendar for 2017.

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All Male Comic Ballet Company Returns to Vancouver

Don’t be that person who’s like, ‘Aw nuts, I missed the Nutcracker!’

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Good news, slowpokes; there are still tickets left for The Nutcracker. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet production, co-presented with Ballet BC, is in town for five performances, from Dec. 8-11 (matinee only on the 11th) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.).

For many dance fans, and folks who just plain love a Christmas-y spectacle, RWB’s Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. Besides the Tchaikovsky score, the beautiful dancing and gorgeous costumes, the ballet had been Canadian-ized to include a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.

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Don’t be that person who’s like, ‘Aw nuts, I missed the Nutcracker!’

Kids In Vancouver: The Nutcracker – A Must-See Holiday Ballet

Sugar Plum Ferries | Photo: Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Sugar Plum Fairies | Photo: Royal Winnipeg Ballet

There’s the ballet – and then there’s the Nutcracker ballet. Whether you’re a devoted dance enthusiast or a newbie to the classical art form, this holiday performance is a can’t-miss event for adults and kids of all ages.

This year, Vancouver’s beloved Ballet BC welcomes the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to the stage in a very-Canadian version of the age-old ballet classic. Here’s what you can expect from this magical performance.

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Kids In Vancouver: The Nutcracker – A Must-See Holiday Ballet

Culture Days 2016: Here’s What Vancouver Civic Theatres Has in Store, Sep 30 – Oct 2

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In celebration of Culture Days, a 3 day-long annual collaborative pan-Canadian movement from Sept. 30- Oct. 2 to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities, Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting three free and fun events.

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Culture Days 2016: Here’s What Vancouver Civic Theatres Has in Store, Sep 30 – Oct 2

Outdoor Movie Alert: Catch a Public Screening of L’arbitro at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

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Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, with the help of Civic Theatres of Vancouver, will be organizing and running a free public event at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.  A screening of Paolo Zucca’s 2013 film L’arbitro will be held in the theatre’s outdoor plaza and will be free to the public to attend. Although the movie starts at sunset, the evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with live musical entertainment. There will be food trucks present and the bar, concession, and outdoor patio of the Queen Elizabeth theatre will be open throughout the evening.

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Outdoor Movie Alert: Catch a Public Screening of L’arbitro at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Disney’s NEWSIES is Coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, July 5-10 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

In Vancouver, NEWSIES will play Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster!

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Disney’s NEWSIES is Coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, July 5-10 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)