The 17th Vancouver International Tap Festival (“VITF”) is coming up in September, celebrating, showcasing, and exploring the hot, enduring art of tap dance. From September 1-4, 2016, internationally recognized as one the premier events of its kind, unique and ambitious programs have become VITF’s trademark.
Vancouver International Tap Festival
Dancer Derick K. Grant
The festival’s opening reception will be on Thursday, September 1st at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver). The following two days of performances will be at the Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver). The TAP Summit will run September 2nd to 4th with nightly panels, roundtables, and discussions from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
Classes will also run each day at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.
This year raises the bar with features that include our presentations of two spectacular shows. The first, “And Still You Must Swing” is a Canadian premier that stars Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith – who quite simply are the world’s most inspiring and influential global ambassadors of tap. Together they will set the Norman Rothstein Theatre stage on fire Friday, September 2nd at 8:00pm. This highly acclaimed show captures both the heart and legacy of tap dance.
The following evening, Saturday, September 3rd at 8:00pm, the festival busts out with an unprecedented roster of innovative soloists – “Tap Masters!”- highly regarded for their live feel and groove includes the richest of talent that includes: Ted Levy, Billy Siegenfeld, Terry Brock, Joel Hanna, Travis Knights and Claudia Rahardjanoto and Andre Prashard. Both shows are electrifying and memorable productions with the best tap dancers, bar none, in dynamic choreography, and stunning improvisation, with the go-to Michael Creber Trio.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to the performance on September 2nd at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Here in the “Great White North” many out-of-towners might expect hockey, ice skating, and skiing to be our primary sports. However, throughout our gloriously warm summer days (and adequately warm spring and fall afternoons) Vancouverites take to the sea shore to bump, set, and spike playing beach volleyball.
Beach Volleyball in Vancouver
On Vancouver’s public beaches, you can book court times between Victoria Day in May to Labour Day in September, 11:30am to 8:30pm. Locations include: English Bay; Jericho Beach; Kitsilano Beach; Locarno Beach; Shaughnessy St (by the Fraser River); Spanish Banks East; Spanish Banks West; and Sunset Beach.
If you would like to be social and join a team or league, there are several resources:
The Fair at the PNE returns for the season from August 20th to September 5th and Vancity Savings Credit Union is proud to sponsor the annual Vancity Member Day on September 1st. Vancity members and a guest can enjoy a fun-filled day at the Fair for only $5 each.
Vancity Member Day at the PNE
To receive the discounted admission, present your Vancity MEMBER CARD® debit card or Vancity enviro™ Visa, (or another form of membership verification), at any Fair at the PNE ticket booth on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Gates open at 11:00am.
With Vancity’s support, the PNE is working towards creating a zero waste Fair for the 15 days. This year, Vancity’s Zero-Waste Events initiative includes 50 waste diversion stations have been installed throughout fairgrounds to help PNE improve its waste reduction, recycling and composting activities. Throughout The Fair, each station will be staffed to help sort waste and share recycling tips.
At last year’s Vancity Member Day, a total of 74.3% of event waste was diverted from the landfill. That’s equivalent to nearly 300 garbage bags full of waste!
How can you be more green at the PNE?
Ride your bike to the PNE
Bring your own water bottles
Dispose your waste responsibly
Vancity Member Day at the PNE
Once again, this year have a Vancity Member Day at the PNE prize package available, and it’s worth over $200! The prize includes a pair of gate passes and Playland ride passes, a Vancity swag bag, and Sidesaddle Bikes gift certificates.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00pm on Sunday, August 28, 2016.Gates open at 11:00am on PNE Vancity Member Day. Follow the event on Facebook, and on Twitter using the tag #VancityMemberDay for more information. Check out the full PNE Concert Lineup for nightly entertainment at The Fair as well.
Thunderbird Show Park will hold the first West Coast Longines FEI World Cup event in 2016, bringing Olympic caliber horse jumping to the Fraser Valley on August 28th. This event kicks off an international series of prestigious show jumping competitions and brings some of North America’s greatest equestrian athletes to BC.
West Coast Longines FEI World Cup
Where: Thunderbird Show Park (6975 248th St, Langley) When: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 2:00pm Tickets: Available online now for $20
Show jumping is one of the only sports where men and women compete equally. It is a sport that requires exceptional skill and coordination between horse and rider. They must work together to clear difficult series of jumps all within an allotted time.
In the Longines International Series, riders compete in the events and accumulate points to qualify for a final competition. Only two Canadians can qualify for the World Cup Final for the chance to compete for over 1.5 million dollars.
The August 28th qualifying event will feature top international riders from USA, Mexico, Ireland, Egypt, Germany, Holland, and New Zealand as they all race for the chance to compete for that final prize. The high stakes create an amazing atmosphere of intense and exciting competition. This event is an opportunity to see Olympic level competition right here in the outskirts of Vancouver.
Your day out at Thunderbird Show Park will also include live music from a local band, pony rides and face painting for kids, stadium seating for great views of the whole course, meet & greets with horses and riders, food trucks, a beer garden, and more!
The Vancouver Mural Festival launched this weekend, with walking tours and live music all around the Mount Pleasant, Main Street, and False Creek Flats area. Over 40 murals have popped up, splashing the neighbourhood with colour and providing many priceless photo ops.
Vancouver Mural Festival
The ambitious initiative hopes to transform the way art is seen in the city and already garnered serious community support over the past year culminating in a $200,000 matching grant from the City of Vancouver’s Innovation Fund as part of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Public Art Boost.
The art exhibition saw over 35 artists installing murals throughout the festival, with international highlights including Kashink (France), Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil), LowBros (Germany) and NeverCrew (Switzerland). Additionally, renowned locals like Ola Volo, DEDOS, Tim Barnard, Andrew Young, and Corey Bulpitt took part. The festival’s largest single mural was painted on the front of Hootsuite’s HQ by local legend Scott Sueme.
If you want to chart your own walking tour route, the folks at Do604 have put together a handy interactive map.
The Vancouver Mural Festival is presented in partnership with the The City Of Vancouver, Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, and Burrard Arts Foundation. Follow the conversation online @VanMuralFest. Burrard Arts Foundation will host a gallery show of participating artists until August 27th.
I haven’t spent much time in LA. Before this summer, a decadent BBQ dinner in Koreatown summed up my LA experience, followed by a Whitecaps away match in Carson, and a media trip to Disneyland in Anaheim. When Keira and I decided to book a getaway to Southern California, with half of our week being right in Los Angeles, I didn’t really know where to start in terms of finding a neighbourhood and a hotel — but I did know I could look to Kimpton.
I’ve stayed at Kimptons in 4 different states now and they all have things common: The hotels are in buildings that are unique in a very prominent way, there’s always a leopard print robe in the closet, and happy hour wine is served daily. In the case of the Hotel Wilshire, the Roof on Wilshire — its rooftop bistro lounge with swimming pool centrepiece — made it really stand out.
After spending three days in Orange County during the first part of our trip, we moved into the city and checked into the Hotel Wilshire. Our room had two fluffy queen beds, spacious bathroom, big screen TV for Olympics coverage during our downtime, and all the hookups and plugins for our laptops, phones, and accessories. We faced Wilshire and while there wasn’t much of a view, at least the bustling city sounds of the thoroughfare below was mitigated and our room was quiet enough for sleep.
Shower: A good shower is important, especially when you’re not used to consistent 28C days and you’re walking all over town, and running up and around Runyon Canyon.
Solid Wi-Fi: Even though we were on vacation, we were still both checking in on work while away. I always keep up a pace of at least one blog post when I’m not in Vancouver, and I have web clients for my sixty4media work. FaceTime is also key for connecting to our husbands back home. The Wi-Fi was solid in our room and it was complimentary since we are Kimpton Karma rewards members. We also got a $10 bar credit as Kimpton Karma members too.
Customer Service: We didn’t have too many interactions with the staff but check-in was easy, the happy hour wine was poured for us, there was coffee in the common room in the morning (we just went down in our PJs to fuel up) and the front desk printed our Universal Studios passes and stored our bags for us on the day we checked out.
Rooftop: The Roof on Wilshire provided panoramic views, and we had lunch up there when we first checked in. While the Roof is open to the public, we didn’t have an issue finding seats or lounge chairs as guests of the hotel, which was nice.
A generously portioned kale salad balanced out my ball park and theme park diet from the previous days, and the views allowed me to find a sense of direction and placement on the LA map. We also went up for breakfast one morning when we returned from hiking. A dip in the 3-foot pool was tempting but the restaurant seats were packed, and it was blazing hot, so we cooled off in our room instead.
Guest Perks We Didn’t Even Use: Selfie sticks and bicycles are some of the other complimentary offerings for guests of the Hotel Wilshire. Guests can also take advantage of the yoga mats in their room, complimentary access to LA fitness nearby, same-day laundry and dry cleaning service, and essential travel items in case you forgot to pack anything.
What I Would Have Loved to See
Towel Racks: There was only one place to hang towels in the bathroom. Aside from the single bar on the glass door of the shower, we just had to drape them on the side of the bathtub. With two active women with long hair occupying the same room for three days, it would have been helpful to have another place to dry out our bath and hand towels.
Rooftop: As a guest it would have been nice to have the pool area for guests only, but we understood this was a public restaurant and rooftop venue. I would have felt more comfortable dipping in the pool if locals on their weekday office lunch breaks weren’t sitting all around us.
Overall, the Hotel Wilshire was clean, comfortable, had lovely perks — have I mentioned the happy hour wine? — a great rooftop restaurant, central location, and all the high tech amenities we could have asked for. The lobby is modest, with a modern aesthetic, and there’s a business centre and meeting rooms upstairs. I would recommend this boutique hotel as a getaway destination for young professionals like Keira and I, and for couples. It was a great place to rest our heads and recharge as we took on the city of angels.
Owned and operated by Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604.com (since 2004) provides daily information about life in Metro Vancouver, events, community happenings and local history. It also features music, film, and television interviews along with travel features for day-trips and weekend getaways.
Online since 1997, Rebecca also started podcasting RadioZoom in 2005, co-founded sixty4media, a WordPress website development firm, in 2008, and co-authored the book, Blogging to Drive Business in 2010.
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