Vancouver TheatreSports Finds the Hilarity and Wonder in Holiday Rom-Coms

A good friend recently admitted that, at a low point a couple months ago, she binge watched A Christmas Prince and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding one night. The third movie, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby was just released this month.

For those not familiar with these cinematic masterpieces, A Christmas Prince is part of a genre of holiday romantic comedies that offers a narrative that is formulaic but oh so satisfying. And these movies usually end in, you guessed it, a marriage proposal.

Vancouver TheatreSports, never shy about skewering our deepest held holiday traditions, is running a show that is bound to make you laugh–but also, wonderfully, make you believe in the romance of the holidays.

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Vancouver TheatreSports Finds the Hilarity and Wonder in Holiday Rom-Coms

Handel’s Messiah, Chor Leoni’s Angels Dance and more seasonal concert offerings in Vancouver

L.J. Mounteney with Van Django.

Looking for some seasonal favourites, musically speaking? This month, we have festive concerts ranging from gypsy jazz to choral to folk-roots and indie-pop. Check out some of Vancouver’s December musical offerings below.

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Handel’s Messiah, Chor Leoni’s Angels Dance and more seasonal concert offerings in Vancouver

Five non-holiday-themed concerts to see in December: Dandy Warhols, Lee Fields and more

YACHT plays The Biltmore Cabaret Dec. 15.

As the year winds down, concert pickings get slim. Sure, there are plenty of holiday-themed shows—and we’ll do a separate post on those—but what’s a fan of non-seasonal music to do? Fortunately, we’ve uncovered a few non-Xmas related musical entertainments. Enjoy.

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Five non-holiday-themed concerts to see in December: Dandy Warhols, Lee Fields and more

What’s that under the mistletoe? Why, it’s Vancouver theatre listings for December!

Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Baraka Rahmani, in Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley in 2018. Set design by Ted Roberts; costume design by Amy McDougall; lighting design by Conor Moore. David Cooper photo.

We’re still waiting for a musical adaptation of Bad Santa. Meanwhile, though, we’ll settle for holiday fare like a musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life and the new original production Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. Decidedly not seasonal is Cock, about a love triangle. See below for more details and ticket info. (Updated Dec. 4 2020.)

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What’s that under the mistletoe? Why, it’s Vancouver theatre listings for December!

East Van Panto Charms in a 2019 Rendition of Pinocchio

Chirag Naik, Pippa Mackie, Shawn Macdonald (L to R); Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Now in its seventh year, the East Van Panto, presented by Theatre Replacement, has become a holiday tradition in the city.

On opening night, the spirited cast proved why audiences keep on returning to this quirky take on a traditional Christmas panto.

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East Van Panto Charms in a 2019 Rendition of Pinocchio

Party with favourite Disney and Pixar characters on ice in Mickey’s Search Party

Forty of your favourite characters cavort on the ice and with the audience in Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party. Along with the old Disney standby crew (Mickey, Minnie et al), Moana, Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) and even the ever-lovin’ Green Army Men from the Toy Story movies are in on the action. Find out more about this multi-media spectacular, which comes to the Pacific Coliseum Nov. 28-Dec. 1, below.

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Party with favourite Disney and Pixar characters on ice in Mickey’s Search Party

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Showcases the Subversive Potential of Ceramics

Flower Series #1, by Ying-Yueh Chuang (2011). Collection of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

British Columbia is well known for the quality of its local ceramics. Most people, however, tend to view ‘pottery’ as decorative or practical items for serving food or displaying flowers.

A new upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC aims to unsettle this perception by exploring the ability of ceramics to make powerful statements about pressing social issues, like economic inequalities and systemic discrimination.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Showcases the Subversive Potential of Ceramics