Vancouver Screen Scene: Altered Carbon, Rogue, Romeo Section, and VIFF

The X-Files

The X-Files—the truth is in town.

This week’s roundup of what’s shooting around town includes a sci-fi production and two espionage TV series that are wrapping up.

But for those of you who are interested in a simpler way to spot the stars, we’ve got a solution for you and it’s spelled V-I-F-F.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Altered Carbon, Rogue, Romeo Section, and VIFF

John Mann Appearing in Musical Blood Brothers

John Mann, Spirit of The West concert at PNE 2010 on Aug 29, 2010

In terms of homegrown rock royalty, you can’t get much bigger in Vancouver than John Mann (OK, unless you’re Sarah McLachlan).  The lead singer of the iconic rock band Spirit of the West, Mann was born in Calgary but eventually migrated to Vancouver.  Soon thereafter, he and his band mates begin cranking out a series of iconic tunes that many Vancouverites know by heart:  Home for a Rest, Political, And If Venice is Sinking . . . just to name a few.

But of course, Mann also has another side.  As an actor, he’s appeared in Smallville, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Battlestar Galactica and a number of other TV series.  His theatre credits include Of Mice and Men, Miss Saigon and Beyond Eden, which explored BC’s aboriginal roots and lingering tensions.

And this month, Mann stars in the classic musical Blood Brothers, being staged at the Arts Club‘s Granville Island Stage from Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

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John Mann Appearing in Musical Blood Brothers

Grab Your Bagpipes: Where to See Live Music During CelticFest

Photo Credit: CelticFest Vancouver Society

It’s almost time to kick off CelticFest: Vancouver’s week-long St. Paddy’s Day extravaganza, which runs from March 16-20.  Dozens of Irish-themed shows, seminars and celebrations are scheduled, from the big parade to whiskey tastings and even a Celtic film fest.  But one of the big highlights, as always, is the music.

Celtic music in all its incarnations – folk, rock, even fusion – is set to take Vancouver by storm.  Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.

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Grab Your Bagpipes: Where to See Live Music During CelticFest