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First Saturday Open Studios Saturday July 2nd

28 Jun

First Saturday Open Studios is a monthly artist-run event in which artists in Vancouver and North Vancouver open their studios to the public. It is a great opportunity to speak to artists directly, ask questions about their work, learn techniques, see work in progress and, of course, buy artwork directly from the artist. The next First Saturday event is this Saturday, July 2nd from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.   To see a list of all the artists that will be open, we invite you to visit Next Open Studios.

Photo Credit: First Saturday Open Studios

The Comic Strippers Return To The York Theatre September 9th

18 Jun

If you are looking for some light hearted fun, then you are in luck. The Comic Strippers return to the York Theatre September 9th for another night of laughs. This is a 19+ show featuring a fictitious group of male strippers played by a cast of improvisational comedians.   They sing, dance and gyrate and aim to be sexy, but ending up being funny. They are semi undressed and completely unscripted which makes each show unique as they banter with the crowd during each performance.   To purchase your tickets for a fun night out, visit The Cultch.   

Here’s what others are saying about The Comic Strippers:

“Extremely Funny!”
UK FRINGE REVIEW

“The show is suitable for both men and women. An entertaining ride where anything goes.”
RIP IT UP MAGAZINE

“One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.”
VANCOUVER SUN

A Night Of Irish Comedy With Dave Nihill June 18 At The York Theatre

31 May

If you are looking to forget reality for a couple of hours and take in some comedy, you may wish to check Dave Nihill at the York Theatre on Saturday, June 18th.  Born and raised in Ireland, Dave Nihill will share his Irish wit and charm along with tales of his many years of travelling.  He is the winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition which previous finalists included Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey.   He takes the stage at the York Theatre for one night only on Saturday, June 18th.  Tickets are $35 and available at The Cultch.

Ebb & Flow Exhibition At The George Gallery

11 May

Local artist Julia di Sano is currently exhibiting her art work at The George Gallery, 1502 East Hastings Street.  Julia is a contemporary fine artist based in New Westminster who primarily works in acrylic and mixed media. We’ve been following Julia’s work for some time now.  Her work is inspired by nature and in particular the seascapes in the Pacific Northwest. Julia captures the ever changing ebb and flow of tide and rolling clouds. If you would like to check out her work for yourself, visit the George Gallery until May 29th, or visit her online.

Call For Artists For 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

5 May

The Still Moon Arts Society is planning the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. This year’s theme is aptly named “Resurfacing”. This is an amazing community event that celebrates the full moon, Autumnal Equinox as well as Renfrew-Collingwood’s diverse community and natural environment through interdisciplinary arts events. Still Moon is now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for the Harvest Fair which takes place on Saturday, September 10th and the magical Streamside Lantern Installation which takes place on September 17th.

Specifically, they are looking for five musical groups, one to three dance groups, and one to two interactive performers (i.e. clowns, face painter). Musicians and performers will receive an honoraria. Still Moon Arts Society is focused on ensuring everyone is represented in their event including visible minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers, BIPOC, and LGBTQAI2s+ folks. Diversity of artists is very important to them. To learn more about the event, or to complete an application, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society.

Photo Credit: Still Moon Arts Society

Artisan Pottery & Bake Sale at Trout Lake Community Centre May 7th

4 May

It will be a busy weekend at John Hendry Park and Trout Lake Community Centre this weekend. The Trout Lake Farmers Market hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market is officially back for the season on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This Saturday, May 7th, the Trout Lake Pottery Club is also hosting an Artisan Pottery & Bake Sale from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lots of opportunity to support your local community and pick up something special for mom.

Comedy Invasion Hits The Stage At The Firehall Arts Centre May 7 & 8, 2022

22 Apr

Comedy Invasions is the first line up of diverse Canadian comedians that will take the stage at the historic Firehall Arts Centre on May 7 and 8, 2022.  This is a stand up comedy TV series that will be taped live spotlighting a fresh cast of diverse Canadian talent.

Each episode of this first TV series of its kind, Comedy Invasion, will feature a half hour set from a breakout Canadian comic who is either from the disabled, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and/or female community. Four live shows will be taped on May 7th and May 8th and will feature Toronto’s Desirée Walsh living with cerebral palsy, Vancouver’s indigenous Keith “Bubbas” Nahanee, Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian Yumi Nagashima, Calgary’s transgender drag queen activist Karla Marx, Vancouver’s queer and Asian DJ On, San Jose to Vancouver transplant comedian Alisha Dhillon, and Vancouver’s own social media sensation Davin Tong (aka Peter Chao). Local stand up comedian and filmmaker Milton Ng will be opening all four live shoes.   Tickets are now on sale and available online at Firehall Arts Centre or by calling 604-689-0926.

POSTPONED – Bad Parent Comes To The Cultch April 21 – May 1

11 Apr

Norah and Charles are trying to navigate their lives as parents of a toddler, but are figuring out who they are in relation to their son, to each other, and to the audience. Bad Parent, is a hilarious new feel-good comedy from Ins Choi, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom and play Kim’s Convenience, is an honest, no-holds-barred portrait of young parents struggling to find their way through the messy reality of parenthood.

Like all the best fiction, Bad Parent was born of true experience. “There was a turbulent time, early in our marriage, when my wife and I argued a lot. I began writing long unfiltered rants in an attempt to clarify how I was feeling and why,” says playwright Ins Choi. “Many years later, I came across those rants and felt sorry for that couple back then trying to make ends meet, meet each other’s needs and the needs of a newborn.”

Renowned award-winning Vancouver theatre company vAct has gained a reputation in the city for premiering groundbreaking works by some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre. They are one of the only theatre companies in the country to focus on Asian Canadian creators, and they have been responsible for creating and producing some of the most exciting theatre on Canadian stages. Bad Parent, the latest of their Mainstage productions, written by one of Canada’s most famous contemporary playwrights continues the legacy of telling great stories from incredible Asian Canadian talent. “Stories disarm by inviting us into the lives of others wholly different from ourselves only to help us realize how similar we all are,” says Choi. “Through stories, we’re entertained as a group and comforted to know we’re not alone both in our struggles and what we find funny.”

Bad Parent takes the stage in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch from April 21 to May 1, 2022.  Tickets start at $26 and are available online at The Cultch.

Photo: Emily Cooper

One Night Stand At The York Theatre April 9, 2022

1 Apr

An unforgettable night of comedy comes to the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Saturday, April 9, 2022. One Night Stand happens across Canada and features some of the best stand up comics for one night only.   What makes this event unique is that all proceeds from ticket sales are donated to Rose Charities Ukraine Emergency Fund. This fund directly supports children and families caught up in the current crisis in Ukraine.

Vancouver’s show happens at the York Theatre and features lots of great local talent including Charlie Demers, Peter Kelamis and Jane Stanton among many others. There will be two performances on April 9th, 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $25 – $100.  For more information on the line up and to grab your tickets, visit The Cultch.

First Saturday Open Studios Happens Saturday, April 2nd

30 Mar

First Saturday Open Studios happens this Saturday, April 2nd from Noon to 5:00 pm. What is it? It is an opportunity to visit artists in their studios and get a chance to ask questions, learn techniques, see work in progress and if the urge strikes, buy artwork directly from the artist.

This is a once monthly event as the name eludes, the first Saturday of the month, in Vancouver and North Vancouver with different artists participating in each month.

This weekend, we know Jesse Toso, of Toso Wood Works, is hosting an Open Studio with a number of other artists at The Annex, 1001 Parker Street. Expect beautiful handmade furniture in this space along with beautiful art. If you are looking for things to do this weekend, this is definitely something worth checking out. What studios are open this weekend? Visit Next Open Studios here for more info.

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