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Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker Opens With ballet superstar Paloma Herrera


There’s still time to get festive and catch some holiday magic with The Nutcracker at The Centre For Performing Arts. On until December 22, The Goh Ballet stars superstar Paloma Herrera, principal dancer from the American Ballet Theatre in New York. She’s the magical Sugar Plum Fairy and her performance, alongside Dmitri Dovgoselets, a soloist from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is stunning. The show is choreography by world-renowned Emmy Award winner Anna-Marie Holmes and dancers from China’s celebrated Liaoning Ballet  make their Canadian debut in the star-studded cast.  An actual live orchestral accompaniment completes the show.

The journey begins a at the Stahlbaulm’s house at their annual Christmas party, where the guests celebrate, dance and mingle. Godfather Drosselmery, the toymaker, arrives and Clara receives her nutcracker. It’s a jolly scene and the grandmother steals the show with her humourous dancing. Clara falls asleep and the magic begins as she awakes to find the toys have come to life and eventually the Nutcracker appears as a human prince and the story continues.


In this version the cast includes 200 plus dancers and there’s added magic with hand-painted sets and dazzling costumes, including a giant dress that holds ten gymnasts underneath. A magician, a drag queen, Russian folk dancers and ballroom couples elevate the show, features a variety of talent, resulting in a production that’s truly see international dancers share the stage in our holiday classic,” says Chan Hon Goh, Executive Producer. 


Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Avenue Q

avenue-q-327-500Playing at the Arts Club Theatre Company from November 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015, Avenue Q is the far wittier adult version of Sesame Street.

What seems initially as a rather childish musical will make you glad you left the children at home.  Avenue Q is a hilarious romp around serious adult issues as the musical follows she journey of Princeton, a recent college grad headed to New York searching for his purpose in life. Arriving on the scene he can only afford the multi-cultural Avenue Q where puppets/monsters and humans live side by side.  Humorously tackling politically incorrect racial stereotypes, gay shame, one night stands, alcoholism and the F word all at once, this display of master puppetry is well worth your attention.

Thankfully the show is held over once again as this is a must see.

Arts Club Theatre Company’s Avenue Q at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street) from June 20 to August 31, 2013. Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 PM, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 PM. Tickets are $29 to $54, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit

Playing at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Avenue Q at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street) from November 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015). Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 pm (please note special performance times for the week of December 22 on our website). Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit

TEDx Vancouver 2014

tedThis year’s theme for TED is TILT. It’s all about shifting perspectives, and getting out of your comfort zone!

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

A limited quantity of tickets to the Oct.18th event at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre are available for purchase online. Don’t miss out on this year’s TEDxVancouver! Get them now:

What To Expect At TEDx Vancouver?

Larger interactive venue/ More seats, more space and more interactions. This year’s event is the largest and boldest we’ve done yet.
Expanded networking area/ Interact with great people. One large ground level space at this year’s event will keep your conference breaks full of connections.
Stronger arts engagement/ Grassroots artist projects to come to life throughout the event grounds. From live art battle to TILT-inspired works. Prepare to enjoy talented local expression.
Building a legacy/ High-level speakers with ideas that are connected to Vancouver. Your attendance ensures TEDxVancouver continues to have an impact.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League Presents TripImproviser

tripimproviserTravel to The Improv Centre this summer for trippy comedy, July 3 – August 30

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) kicks-off its new summer show, TripImproviser, on Thursday, July 3. Inspired by suggestions from the audience and TripAdvisor reviews, the new show will parody travel experiences. From city to jungle, bungee jumping to bird watching, the possibilities are endless because it’s completely improvised and totally unpredictable.

VTSL understands the value of traveler reviews, as TripAdvisor users frequently recommend The Improv Centre as a great spot to catch some of the best improv comedy in the city. In fact, VTSL has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence – which honours hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor – for the past three consecutive years. With TripImproviser, VTSL’s talented performers will find the funny in travel experiences, be it audience suggestions or online reviews.

Each night, a host will interview audience members to ask where they’re from or to share memorable travel experiences. Or, the host may search TripAdvisor for inspiration. VTSL’s Mainstage Ensemble will then re-enact the action onstage through scenes, songs and montages. From around the corner to around the world, with TripImproviser, there’s no telling where the laughter will lead this summer.

“TripImproviser is a light-hearted comedy perfect for visitors to Vancouver or locals with a travel story to share,” says VTSL Artistic Director Denise Jones. “Each night we’ll spoof the pitfalls and joys that happen to us all when we travel.”

Bon voyage!

TripImproviser, July 3 – August 30
Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 pm

Preview Night: Thursday, July 3
Gala Opening: Thursday, July 10

The Improv Centre on Granville Island
1502 Duranleau Street

Tickets: Online HERE.

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and starring in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 55,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year.

Cirque Returns to Vancouver With Totem

HDR BlueCirque du Soleil has once again brought its circus talent to town under the hard-to-miss giant blue and yellow tent at Concord Pacific Place. The show begins with a human crystal ball descending from the ceiling into a tortoise shell filled with amphibian-like creatures that jump, flip and spin, setting the stage for another amazing production. The theme here is human evolution and at one point the stage is even cleverly circled by characters ascending from monkey to man.

The magic of Cirque productions is the manner in which the shows build excitement; just when you think the performers couldn’t possibly outdo their last feat, they do so again and again. The drama in this show is welcomely interrupted by humorous characters such as the crazy clown who pokes fun at the Italian stallion stereotype, and another performer who accidentally unplugs the pond he was fishing on.


Other highlights come early with an acrobatic trio followed by unicyclers who balance and toss bowls on their heads and feet all while riding around the stage majestically and the “Crystal Ladies” dressed all sci-fi like who, just like something from outer space, twirl square mats culminating in an insane balancing and twirling act that seemed to test human strength and balance.

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Another duo included a trapeze act where the performers flirt obviously while negotiating the trapeze and another a where couple roller skates on a micro-stage, spinning around and around while you wonder what keeps them from flying off the stage.  Towards the end of the show a neon-clad troupe enters the stage and performs more gravity challenging feats as they spring from balance bar to balance bar while supported by their cohorts.

totem troupe

The costumes deserve a show of their own, all intricately crafted to not only look amazing but also withstand the movement of the performers. The stage is smartly set with a giant lily pad towards the back that reflects the ever changing light productions that are projected onto it, and with a bridge-like center where performers march out onto the stage. At the shows end the troupe all appear on stage at once for a multi-cultural celebration of song and dance that finalizes the upbeat theme of the Cirque and leaves guest walking away feeling well entertained.

Totem is a must for your summer event outings, charming both young and old and a show well worth spending your entertainment dollars on.

On until July 6, 2014

Tickets: $40-$145 at

Bard on the Beach A Midsummer Night’s Dream

BARDNow in it’s25th year Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream  will play Tuesdays through Sundays in Bard’s Mainstage Theatre tent in Vanier Park from June 11 to September 20, 2014. 

This tale of meddling fairies, star-crossed lovers, royal engagements, and muddled tradesmen is the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Oberon, King of the Fairies (Ian Butcher) is upset with his Queen Titania (Naomi Wright) and commands the mischievous fairy Puck (Kyle Rideout) to charm her with a nectar that causes love-at-first-sight. Puck arranges for Titania to become beguiled by a simple weaver named Bottom (Scott Bellis) whom he has transformed into an ass. Meanwhile at court, Hermia (Claire Hesselgrave) loves Lysander (Chirag Naik) but her father, Egeus (Todd Thomson), insists she marry Demetrius (Daniel Doheny), who in turn is loved by spurned Helena (Sereana Malani). They run away to the forest where Puck further entangles their affections using the magic potion. Adding to the humour are a group of bumbling tradesmen – Peter Quince (Bernard Cuffling), Starveling (Allan Morgan), Snout (Andrew McNee), Flute (Haig Sutherland) and Snug (Allan Zinyk) – who are rehearsing a play they hope to present at court. The play is to be staged at the imminent nuptials of Duke Theseus (John Voth) and the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta (Adele Noronha). Queen Titania’s fairies include Lili Beaudoin andLuisa Jojic.

Scenery Designer Kevin McAllister has created a dream within a dream by crafting an arched and enclosed set, giving celestial views for the players and the audience while still highlighting Vancouver’s scenery.  Mara Gottler’s costume designs crystallize Gibson’s “collision of periods” with a vibrant mix of modern and period looks incorporating styles from the circus, the ballet and Victorian England. Gerald King’s lighting will reinforce the magic and the drama with effects that extend right into the audience. Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe’s sound design includes fanciful original music with a collision of genres, while Nicholas Harrison’s fight choreography will bring precision and humour to the on-stage tussles. Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is the movement consultant.  Magical and colourful props will be designed by Heidi Wilkinson. Production Stage Manager Stephen Courtenay is assisted by Kelly Barker (Assistant Stage Manager) and Anthony Wade-Cooper (Apprentice Stage Manager). Apprentice Director for Dream is Michelle Boulet.

Performance details for A Midsummer’s Night Dream are as follows:

  • Previews: June 11, 15, 17, 18, 20; OPENS: Saturday, June 21
  • Runs Tuesdays through Sundays from June 11 to September 20 on the BMO Mainstage in VanierPark
  • Plays in repertory with The Tempest which begins in previews June 12
  • Bard-B-Q & Fireworks July 26 & August 2 @ 4:30pm, Play plus salmon barbecue, post-dinner entertainment & fireworks viewing. (July 30 BMO Mainstage play performance is The Tempest)
  • Celebrating Red & White – wine event between play performances on August 16

Play ticket prices (adults) include all fees & taxes and are $47 (evenings) and $33 to $35 (previews, matinees and long weekend evenings) with a $27 Global BCYouth Rate (6-25 years, all play performances). Early Bird regular adult tickets are priced at $43 to May 30. Prices for special events, groups and multi-play ticket package discounts can be found on the Bard website. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection (all seats are reserved). The performance schedule and information can be found on the Bard website at For more information and tickets, call 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order onlinethrough the Bard website.

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM May 15 – June 19, 2014

show_totemBilled as “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind” the newest  Cirque du Soleil performance runs from May 15-June 19, 2014 under the blue-and-yellow big top at Concord Pacific Place. Tickets at We”ll be checking it out on opening night and will report back on what is sure to be an amazing spectacle!

Written and directed by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and sublime visual effects brought to the stage by a cast of 45 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers.

With scenes from the story of evolution randomly linked together in a chain, TOTEM traces humankind`s fascinating journey – from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Somewhere between science and legend, it also explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.


Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM echoes and explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher…

To watch Robert Lepage’s official interview about the concept of TOTEM, visit

For more information, visit 
Stay connected with TOTEM on Twitter: @Cirque #TOTEM

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil who celebrates its 30th anniversary this year has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.


Eastside Culture Crawl

beegirl400This weekend artists open their studios to the public for a once a year viewing of some of Vancouver’s best crafts.  A  great excuse to explore the neighbourhood. GLV

Friday,  November 15  – 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday November 16 & 17 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

The 17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl – Vancouver’s 3-day visual arts, design and crafts festival. This event involves more than 15,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue in Vancouver, Canada.
NEW – Studio Preview – Thursday November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

For participating artists check the preview page and/or artist profile with crow icon

Oubliette of Dreams

oublietteposterwebDare to enter the twisted and dangerous inner world of a circus madman… Long forgotten but never dead, his imagination walks the fine line of insanity, teetering ever so often on the edge of the plausible, veering sharply towards the demented, pausing at the alluring grace of the inexplicable, the elegant finesse of the unknowable and the subtle confusion of the not quite right.

Through circus, magic, theatre and more you are the lucky few who get to explore this world of beauty and nightmare. It’s a Hallowe’en show like you have never experienced – full of terror, awe and breathtaking moments. If you think you’ve seen it all… Think again!

Date: Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: Shows at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 pm
Where: Address revealed once you have your tickets

Tickets: $35 adult / $30 student

The True Heroines present “So Long Summer”



Get your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets:

After playing to a sold-out house last March at The Rio Theatre The True Heroines are back with a brand new show at a brand new venue.

In this installment of the True Heroines live cabaret; you’ll think you’ve taken a step back in time to the end of Summer circa 1944. Immerse yourself into the secret lives of these wartime entertainers. The leggy ladies of this classic cabaret combine burlesque moves, Fosse-style choreography and story lines from their web-series, to put a shiny new coat of gloss on their classic romp.

Produced by True Heroines Entertainment, written by Nicholas Carella and choreographed by Joel Sturrock the show utilizes elements from classic cabaret to articulate the unique characters that have been developed by Paula Giroday, Jovanna Huguet & Fiona Vroom. Audiences will get to go on a classic journey through time — all the song & dance numbers support the story and the show is a return to classic forties beauty, mixing the sensual intrigue of a traditional cabaret show with heart-pumping comic book style storylines, classic pinup beauties and sexy wartime style.

Catch us if you can… Admission is $20 and there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door. Dance Lesson starts at 8pm. Prizes and Special guests will be announced on our Facebook Page Get there early to ensure a seat and have a jolly ole time at the cabaret!