Broadway Musicals in Stanley Park: Theatre Under the Stars is Back for 2015

97fc10ce4468953d2b2f48ce9f73-660x474It’s a campy musical with a deeper message that’s anything but corny: racial justice in the American South.

The Broadway hit Hairspray – about an awkward teen who dreams of TV fame and gets more than she bargained for – is making its way to Vancouver’s Stanley Park for the 2015 instalment of Theatre under the Stars, starting July 10. It’s joined by another classic, Oliver, The Musical – the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ever-popular Oliver Twist.

Staged outdoors at dusk, Theatre under the Stars is a unique Vancouver tradition. Since 1940, nearly 70 seasons of plays, musicals and operettas have been performed, featuring everything from the old-time classic South Pacific to the contemporary hit Footloose. While the performers and technicians are amateurs in training, the results are anything but.   Continue reading:
Broadway Musicals in Stanley Park: Theatre Under the Stars is Back for 2015

Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park, July 7-Aug. 25

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Sing-Alongs, Dinosaurs, Superheroes and Harry Potter, too!

 
Summer in Vancouver just got even more amazing, as some of film fans’ favourites hit the big screen for the Evo Summer Cinema series: the sixth annual, free weekly outdoor movie event hosted by Fresh Air Cinema. Running from July 7 to August 25, every Tuesday at dusk, the series will feature a selection of films on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadow near Second Beach in Stanley Park.

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Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park, July 7-Aug. 25

Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia to Rock Stanley Park on August 22

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Tickets to the much anticipated Jon Bon Jovi concert in Stanley Park will be available from Tickets Tonight starting Saturday, June 20 at 9 am!

The “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” rocker will headline this special concert at Brockton Field in Stanley Park surrounded by evergreen forest, ocean and mountains.

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Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia to Rock Stanley Park on August 22

Last Chance to Eat at the Stanley Park Fish House in Vancouver

Photo credit: Miss 604 | Flickr

Photo credit: Miss 604 | Flickr

A beacon of fine dining in Stanley Park for the last 25 years is set to close its doors.

The Fish House, the quaint, cottage-style restaurant perched above English Bay and next to the Stanley Park tennis courts, is closing on Sept. 30.  Known for its Dungeness crab cakes, fish and chips and surf and turf, the white-table-cloth fixture has long been a standby for special occasions, from Mother’s Day to New Year’s Eve.

A prime location in Stanley Park has assured a steady traffic of tourists and locals, and it’s not for lack of business that The Fish House is closing shop. Instead, the operator, a hotel company that leases the space from the park board, is getting out of the restaurant game altogether. Continue reading:
Last Chance to Eat at the Stanley Park Fish House in Vancouver

New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots

Photo sourced from Vancouver Park Board

Photo sourced from Vancouver Park Board

A new $700,000, 4.2-metre-high sculpture has been unveiled in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Rising on Brockton Point, the new bronze sculpture – dubbed Shore to Shore – depicts a little-known but colourful figure from the city’s past, the whaler known as Portuguese Joe Silvey. Silvey, who emigrated in 1858 from Portugal, opened a saloon opposite Gassy Jack Deighton’s in what is now Gastown. He earned a reputation as a cultural bridgemaker, marrying into the local Coast Salish First Nations community and having 11 children with two wives.

The sculpture, which took five years to complete, depicts Portuguese Joe and each of his wives alongside a monument of intricately carved designs crowned with the head of a raptor, representing both the Canadian eagle and the Portuguese açor.  It’s set on a a field of black and white stones, imported from Portugal and arranged into an intricate, swirling design. It sits near the site where Portuguese Joe once had a home in Stanley Park.   Continue reading:
New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots