Gingerbread Donuts and Spiced Chai Lattes Headline Seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour

Decadent delicacies await on the Christmas Classics Market Tour.

‘Tis the season for gingerbread and eggnog, glazed ham and cranberry sauce, and decadent desserts cluttering lunchroom tables across the city – and there’s no more magical place to begin your holiday menu shopping than Granville Island. To assist you in tasting nearly every seasonal delicacy offered by Granville Island’s talented vendors, Vancouver Foodie Tours is staging a seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour that offers guests the rare opportunity to skip the lines and indulge in a festive array of handcrafted holiday delights.

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Gingerbread Donuts and Spiced Chai Lattes Headline Seasonal Christmas Classics Market Tour

Award-winning local production of Russian classic returns for seasonal run

Alessandro Juliani in the 2017 production of Onegin. David Cooper photo.

After premiering in Vancouver in 2016, Onegin won a ten Jessie Richardson Theatre awards. This makes it the first production to win all but one of the awards in the large theatre category.

So it makes sense that the Arts Club would bring back the wildly successful production, and just in time for the holidays. The company’s remount of Onegin is on now at the Granville Island Stage, where it runs until Dec. 31. If you missed out the first time, now is the chance to see the funny, entertaining and heartbreaking musical.

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Award-winning local production of Russian classic returns for seasonal run

Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Two new one-act musical plays look at that most historic of Vancouver hotels, the Sylvia.

In the heart of the West End’s English Bay neighbourhood, the Sylvia was built in 1912. In 1954, it opened Vancouver’s first cocktail bar, the Tilting Room; until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. The Sylvia Hotel cat, Mr. Got To Go, inspired three popular children’s books.

Two Views from the Sylvia is the title for the evening of the two musical one-acts. They run Nov. 8-12 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (and not, unfortunately, at the Sylvia itself. Then again, parking would be a nightmare).

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Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Tom Perrotta. Ben King photo courtesy HBO.

The 30th Annual Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 16-22) is less than two weeks away, and some events are already sold out.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of events left that still have tickets available. Here are five we think are worth checking out, including a discussion about satire, another about what it’s like to be strangers in a strange (and getting stranger by the minute) land, and a chat about the art of memoir. (Note: most Vancouver Writers Festival events take place on Granville Island.)

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Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Watch Romeo and Juliet Fall in Love on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Pictured: Company of Romeo & Juliet; Photo by Emily Jane King (sourced from CTYP Facebook page)

Prepare to be swept away with romance and cry tragic tears on Vancouver’s iconic Granville Island. One of my favourite summertime destinations in the city is playing host to Carousel Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo and Juliet.

It’s outdoors, it’s wonderfully dramatic, and, best of all, it’s free!

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Watch Romeo and Juliet Fall in Love on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Granville Island’s Green Spaces

Green space and marina views Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think of Granville Island? Vibrant art spaces, fantastic live music, the famous and always popular Public Market featuring a wide array of bakeries, butchers and colourful produce or perhaps the tremendous assortment of restaurants, pubs and bars catering to the foodie in all us? It sounds cliché, but Granville Island has something for everyone! I can easily spend a day soaking up the colours, aromas and atmosphere of this magical place “under the bridge.”

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Granville Island’s Green Spaces

Crazy (in a good way) sexy (sort of) cool (maybe)—what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Beaver Dreams

Beavers are funny. People pretending to be beavers is even funnier. Hence, Beaver Dreams, coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

How do you choose? That, along with, Is there parking?, is among the chief concerns accompanying the announcement of each new Fringe Festival. This year, the Vancouver Fringe Festival (Sept. 7-17) presents 100 different productions at various locations (mostly on Granville Island and in East Vancouver), and they range from one-person monologues about Trump to full-cast musical comedies about Trump. (Just kidding. Only a few of this year’s entries cover the current sitting president.)

So, to help the Fringe-goer decide, we’ve gone through the just-published schedule and broken down some of the selections into four categories: Sure Things; Intriguing. But…; Sexy… (Or Maybe Just About Sex in That Really Uncomfortable Fringe Way); and WTF.

This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive, and only includes about a quarter of the shows. (We also haven’t included any of the ancillary entertainment, from live music to Fringe-related shows before and after; perhaps in a future post. For a complete schedule, visit vancouverfringe.com.) But hopefully this guide will help to start you planning your Fringe-going.

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Crazy (in a good way) sexy (sort of) cool (maybe)—what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival