Reminder: Free PNE Summer Night Concerts start this Weekend

concerts at the PNE 2018

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The Fair at the PNE is about to officially open its gates for another fun-filled year this Saturday, August 18! Not only is there crazy fair food available for eating, the eclectic mix of artists scheduled for the free summer night concerts should be enough to convince you to go!

Every evening during the Fair (Aug 18 – Sept 3), the Summer Night Concerts fill the PNE Amphitheatre with classic hits to keep you dancing all night. So, who’s playing this year at the PNE? Check out the list below:

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Reminder: Free PNE Summer Night Concerts start this Weekend

Vancouver TheatreSports Pokes Fun at Going Back to School

It hurts to say it but September is fast approaching (parents might be cheering the return of school!). The lazy days of summer are soon going to be replaced again with books, exams, and recess snacks.

To help ease the pain, Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) is launching a brand new show that will celebrate the humour in school and its many clichés.

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Vancouver TheatreSports Pokes Fun at Going Back to School

Prize Package Giveaway: Win a pair of tickets to see Ellen at Rogers Arena with a one night stay at the DOUGLAS!

Win a pair of tickets to see A Conversation with Ellen with a one-night hotel stay at the DOUGLAS on Friday, October 19, 2018, courtesy of StayVancouverHotels.com

Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and talk-show host is coming to Vancouver this fall for a Q&A and we want to give you the chance to go see her!

To be eligible, simply post a comment below and be automatically entered to win. We’ll select the lucky winner on Friday, August 31st and notify the winner by email.

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Prize Package Giveaway: Win a pair of tickets to see Ellen at Rogers Arena with a one night stay at the DOUGLAS!

Five bands to see at this year’s International Pop Overthrow Festival in Vancouver

Psyche-rock act The Top Boost are among the 20 acts playing this year’s International Pop Overthrow (Aug. 30-Sept 1).

Vancouver has two big music festivals coming up in September: Skookum and Westward. (Watch this blog for more details.) Before that, though, there’s a smaller but no less vital music fest that sees multi-act lineups of lesser-known but talented local (mostly) acts playing one stage over four nights.

Now in its 13th year in Vancouver, The International Pop Overthrow Festival returns to the Fairview Pub (898 W. Broadway) Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The festival features 20 pop and rock bands, from Vancouver and beyond, and for only $10 a show.

See below for some of the highlights.

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Five bands to see at this year’s International Pop Overthrow Festival in Vancouver

Get lucky at Ambleside Park with Vancouver classic rock royalty

Loverboy, circa now.

How about some classic rock? How about some Canadian classic rock? What about some Vancouver classic rock?

Rock Ambleside Park features three days of bands from yesteryear performing hits that burned up Canadian FM radio dials in the ’70s and ’80s in a lovely park setting. Many of the bands are Canadian, some are from Vancouver, and a few are even international: Nazareth (Scotland), Sweet (Britain), and Little River Band (Australia).

Other heavy-hitters include Loverboy, Trooper, and Chilliwack. Rock Ambleside Park takes place Aug. 17-19 at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Let’s take a look at some of the performers, shall we?

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Get lucky at Ambleside Park with Vancouver classic rock royalty

Dave Chappelle bestie and Daily Show correspondent Neal Brennan comes to the Rio Theatre

He’s worked with such titans of comedy as Michelle Wolf, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Trevor Noah, and Dave Chappelle.

But Emmy-nominated writer, director, and writer Neal Brennan is also a stand-up comic. He came out of the shadows with his well-received comedy special 3 Mics. And he’s bringing his new show Here We Go to The Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) Aug. 16.

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Dave Chappelle bestie and Daily Show correspondent Neal Brennan comes to the Rio Theatre

Escape the August sun with these dark and steamy cinematic thrillers

After 10 years out of circulation, Out of the Past returns to Cinematheque’s Film Noir summer series.

Every summer, Vancouver’s downtown arthouse cinema celebrates the golden age of film noir.

This year, the Cinematheque’s (1131 Howe St.) Film Noir series includes a movie regarded by fans of the genre as one of the best. Out of the Past stars Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer. Directed by French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur, the 1947 film has been out of Canadian circulation for a decade due to rights issues. Two other rarely seen films made by the same studio, Macao and Crossfire, are also in this year’s lineup.

There are a number of other films, along with some early work by Swedish filmmaker (and noir fan) Ingmar Bergman, screening between Aug. 3-23 (including an Aug. 3 opening night that includes a “courtyard wingding” with entertainment, and showings of Out of the Past and 1949’s Criss Cross).

All told, the Cinematheque’s Film Noir series includes 10 films, plus three as part of its sidebar series, Bergman Noir. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

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Escape the August sun with these dark and steamy cinematic thrillers