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Firehall Arts Centre Presents The Unbroadcast – The Life Of Mildred Bailey October 14 & 15

28 Sep

The Firehall Arts Centre along with the Red Cedar Theatre are pleased to present The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey for two evenings only Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th.  

The production was created by award-winning composer and traditional singer from the Lil’wat Nation, Russell Wallace. The Unbroadcast Life is a live podcast play featuring the life and music of Salish jazz singer, social darling and musical pioneer of the 1930s, Mildred Bailey.  She was known as “The Queen of Swing”, “The Rockin’ Chair Lady” and “Mrs. Swing”, Mildred Bailey was one of the first female singers to make a name for herself in the American pantheon of jazz. She captured the subtleties of the 1930s’ African American blues and ragtime music and became the first female jazz singer to perform regularly with a band. The Unbroadcast Life of Mildred Bailey explores the singer’s life and impact on the jazz scene and offers glimpses into that era’s rehearsal rooms, music studios and lively, star-studded wingdings. Tickets start are $20 and are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

The Portuguese Kids Present: Faz O Relax! At The York Theatre October 22nd

21 Sep

For anyone that has grown up with immigrant parents, you will likely find something relatable when the Portuguese Kids come to town Saturday, October 22nd with Faz O Relax! The Portuguese Kids are an ethnic based comedy group from Massachusetts, USA. For nearly two decades, they have been highlighting the funnier side of growing up as first generation kids of immigrant parents. The show is a mix of sketch comedy and improv comedy. They say it’s like SNL meets Who’s Line is it, Anyway? but with an ethnic twist. The show is performed in English 90% of the time. Joining them on stage will be Luso-Canadian standup comedian Mike Rita and from California, comedian Taylor Amarante. The show is for one night only, Saturday, October 22nd at the York Theatre. Tickets are $35.25 and $45.25 and available online at The Cultch.

Bad Parent Premieres At The Cultch October 13-23

20 Sep

The Cultch and vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) present Bad Parent, a brand new play from renowned award-winning playwright, Ins Choi. Bad Parent will have its Vancouver premiere at The Cultch Historic Theatre, October 13-23, 2022. It was originally scheduled to run in the spring of 2022, but had to be postponed due to COVID.

The production features Norah and Charles who 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 billed as 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 October 13 to 23, 2022.  Tickets start at $29 and are available online at The Cultch.

Photo: Emily Cooper

The 24th Vancouver Improv Festival Returns To The Cultch September 13-18

30 Aug

The 24th Vancouver Improv Festival returns to The Cultch September 13-18, 2022. Vancouver Improv Fest is one of North America’s longest running improv festivals, and celebrate spontaneity and collaboration through the art form of improvisation. This year’s festival features acts from Halifax, London (UK), Portland, Toronto and beyond. You are invited to check out one of the many performances lined, or attend a workshop which is open to improvisors of all skill levels. To see a full listing of shows and workshops, visit Vancouver Improv Fest. Tickets for the performances are $25 and available online at Vancouver Improv Fest.

Hot Honey Brown – The Remix At The York Theatre September 23 to October 8

29 Aug

The Cultch presents Hot Brown Honey—The Remix, the latest embodiment of the hit show Hot Brown Honey. Produced by Quiet Riot, in partnership with Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi, Hot Brown Honey—The Remix plays the York Theatre, September 23 to October 8, 2022.

Steeped in the ‘Word of The Mother’ and packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, Hot Brown Honey is a world-renowned, award-winning production that spins tradition on its head, going above and beyond to challenge boundaries and embrace resilience. Equal parts theatrical masterpiece and social activism, a stellar posse of phenomenal World First Nations women smash stereotypes—through song, dance, beatboxing, striptease, comedy and spoken word—in an unapologetic celebration of our similarities and differences.

Hot Brown Honey played to sold-out houses at the York Theatre in 2018 and 2019. Cultch Executive Director, Heather Redfern enthusiastically expressed that the reason it is coming back for the third time is that, “it is that sensational of a show, and people have been asking to see it again…AND it’s the remix!”

Hot Brown Honey—The Remix brings back some familiar faces as well as a whole group of artists new to the York Stage. “We are bringing back everything you love from the original show but we are upping the anti with extra sweet treats!!” say The Honeys. “Including super talented new cast members, a whole lot of HBH original music mixed with a sprinkle of stupidity from our bros, the Hot Brown Homies, are just some of the surprises we have in store for you all.” Tickets starts from $49 and are on sale now at The Cultch.

What people are saying about Hot Honey Brown:

“It’s phenomenal – sexy, foot-stomping fun and radical consciousness-raising all at the same time.”
The Scotsman

“Hot Brown Honey is a loud, proud evening of consciousness raising; a series of lessons on race and gender that says you can have your revolution and dance to it, too” — Vancouver Sun

“…an all-female cabaret-style show from Australia that takes on gender, sexism, colonialism and race with a raucous glee..” The Guardian 

20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival This September

11 Aug

The Still Moon Arts Society in conjunction with the Renfrew Park Community Association presents the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. You are invited to participate in this free festival that offers a variety of activities. The event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. This year’s theme Resurfacing pays tribute to the lost stream systems of Still Creek.  The signature events include the annual Harvest Fair, Lost Streams Parade and Streamside Lantern Installation which features live music, dance, shadow puppets and eco-arts.  Also included in the festivities are workshops, youth performances, community veggie competitions and more.

Harvest Fair & Lost Streams Parade
September 10, 2022 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Slocan Park + Collingwood Park

The Harvest Fair is an all ages family friendly event that takes place at Slocan Park.  You can expect music, local artists, eco-arts workshops, games, community booths and the ever popular vegetable competition.  At twilight, a lantern parade with mystical characters will lead you along the routes of the Lost Streams to Collingwood Park.

Streamside Lantern Installation
Renfrew Park
September 17th, 2022 7:20 pm – 9:30 pm

The Streamside Lantern Installation is a magical walk through a transformed Renfrew Community Park which is filled with beautiful lanterns and illuminated art surrounded by live music.

To learn more about the events and workshops offered during the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, visit Still Moon Arts Society.

Scottish Comedian Gary Meikle At The York Theatre August 17th

27 Jul

Scottish comedian Gary Meikle takes the the stage at the York Theatre Friday, August 17th.  In case you haven’t heard of him, Gary Meikle is a viral sensation and winner of the Scottish Comedy Award and will be back for a second tour in Canada. His new Surreal! show delves into life over the last 12 months. Tickets are $35 and are now available through The Cultch.

Vancouver Story Slam Takes The Stage July 14th

3 Jul

Vancouver Story Slam returns to the stage Thursday, July 14th. Ten storytellers share original stories and compete for prizes and bragging rights for best story. There’s a great line up of storytellers including our very own Al Tee who some may recognize as writing some great historical pieces for ILiveInEastVan. Also on hand to share their stories will be Avneet Johal, Clint Wilson, Fergus Allen, Kevin Schnepel, Linda Lawson, Marylee Stephenson, Richard Dalton, Samantha Schaffner, and Zed Payne, and special guest 2007 Storytelling Champion Don Simpson.

Vancouver Story Slam takes place at Hero’s Welcome (formerly the Legion) at 3917 Main Street (at 23rd Ave). Doors open at 7:00 pm and show gets under way at 8:00 pm.  Early arrival is suggested. Admission is $6 cash at the door.

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

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