$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver

THE DALMORE CONSTELLATION COLLECTION - The Dalmore ConstellationAmong Vancouver residents, seeing high prices at B.C. Liquor Stores is nothing new.  Still, this price tag is bound to raise some eyebrows.

As of this week, shoppers can find a set of four vintage whiskies on sale for $139,000 inside the Signature Liquor Store on Cambie Street and 39th Avenue in Vancouver.

Dating from the 1960s, the single-malt whiskies are from Scotland’s Dalmore distillery, a favourite among connoisseurs as well as investors in rare whiskies.  The four-bottle set includes a 1964 vintage, one of only 67 bottles ever created, as well as a 1966 vintage and two 1969 vintages.

Each whisky comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter with a solid silver stag emblem, the distillery’s logo.

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$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver

Beyond Selma: See the “real” Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop at Vancouver’s Arts Club

Dion Johnstone and Crystal Balint. Photo by David Cooper

Dion Johnstone and Crystal Balint. Photo by David Cooper

When you’re watching the Oscars this Sunday, one name bound to come up again and again is Selma. The acclaimed drama celebrates one of the most triumphant episodes in the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, his courageous march to Selma, Alabama, in the face of violent opposition.

A very different perspective on King – a peek into the real man behind the legend – is on offer now in Vancouver at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage. The acclaimed play The Mountaintop zeroes in on King’s last night on earth, spent in an ordinary Memphis motel. The moving work paints a portrait of the civil rights leader not as a history-book hero but as a flesh-and-blood man, flawed, uncertain and daunted by the huge challenges that loom ahead.

The play opens on April 3, 1968 – the night before King’s assassination – in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Continue reading:
Beyond Selma: See the “real” Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop at Vancouver’s Arts Club

Free Oscar Party at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre (with red carpet)

Photo credit: Lincoln Blues | Flickr

Photo credit: Lincoln Blues | Flickr

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday, Feb. 22, in Hollywood. But if you can’t make it to California to be on the red carpet and schmooze with Neil Patrick Harris, the next best thing may be the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.

The historic East Vancouver theatre – known for its offbeat cinema, creative live acts and, of course, bar – is holding a free Oscar party timed to coincide with the awards show.

In true Oscar style, guests are encouraged to dress up in their fanciest attire. (But jeans are fine, too … no one will be enforcing a dress code.) There will be an actual red carpet outside the theatre’s entrance near Broadway and Commercial Drive, with a photographer on hand to get shots of the glamorous ladies and gents lining up for the big show.

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Free Oscar Party at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre (with red carpet)

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word which means, literally, cheekiness or audacity. In popular usage, however, “having chutzpah” means having guts, passion and courage – all things needed to make great art.

Plenty of which will be on offer at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the city’s annual celebration of Jewish arts and culture. From Feb. 19-March 15, dozens of events at venues across the city will showcase incredible musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and more from Vancouver and around the globe.

Here are 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah!:

Get down with Zvuloon Dub SystemStraight from Israel comes one of the world’s hottest reggae bands. Blending Ethiopian jazz, ’70s funk, soul and traditional music, the eight-piece group turns out highly danceable hits in both English and Ethiopia’s Amharic language. Feb. 20 at The Imperial; $30. 

 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq

One of Canada’s biggest celebrations of Aboriginal music, art and theatre is coming to Vancouver.

The 14th Talking Stick Festival is on Feb. 17-March 1. Dozens of events and performances throughout the city highlight everything from traditional dancing and drumming to contemporary spoken word and multimedia performances.

Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at the 2015 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver:

Throat singing on Commercial DriveThroat singing is a unique Inuit tradition which combines low growling and husky chanting.  It’s absolutely mesmerizing and you can catch the undisputed star of throat singing, Tanya Tagaq, doing a solo performance at Talking Stick. Tagaq’s recent hit album, Animism, was named the second best Canadian album of the year by the CBC. York Theatre; Feb. 28; $35 Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at Talking Stick 2015 – Vancouver’s Aboriginal Culture Fest