Win Tickets to Barry Manilow in Vancouver

April 9th, 2015 @ 3:40pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Barry Manilow has hit the road one last time for a North American tour and Vancouver is on his list. The pop superstar, who performed more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005-2011, will play Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on May 26th as a part of the ONE LAST TIME tour that started out in February.


The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician’s career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, “Mandy,” topped the charts in 1975. In the spirit of that special year, tickets will be priced to tie into that year and will start at $19.75. According to concert promoter AEG Live, Manilow insisted that the average ticket price remain low and that a greater range of ticket prices be available.

Tickets and exclusive VIP packages are available and in addition to great seats, VIP packages include limited edition memorabilia, VIP parking, and much more.

Manilow released his latest album, MY DREAM DUETS last October and the album debuted at #4, making it Manilow’s 15th Top 10 album. Modern technology has given him the opportunity to record his “dream” duets with his own musical heroes on his latest album. From cherished idols like Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver, they have all joined Barry in his “virtual recording studio.” MY DREAM DUETS is in stores now.

Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

Win Tickets to Barry Manilow in Vancouver

I have 3 pairs of tickets to give away for Barry Manilow‘s concert in Vancouver, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw all 3 winners, who will each receive a pair of tickets to the May 26th show, on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:00pm. For more information about Barry Manilow‘s tour and performance in Vancouver follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Oil Spill in English Bay, Vancouver

April 9th, 2015 @ 10:01am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We look out across the inlet at glowing sunsets every night and somehow see past the 12-18 ships and tankers that dot the landscape between us and the horizon. Now the unfortunate morning has come that “Oil Spill in English Bay” and #VanFuelSpill are the news topics of the day.

Long Beach, Panama, in English Bay, Vancouver BC
Photo credit: Sally T. Buck on Flickr

Oil Spill in English Bay

The City of Vancouver has issued an alert as there was a heavy bunker fuel spill in Burrard Inlet this morning. The City warns that the wind may push the fuel to shore and the Coast Guard is currently managing the incident. Bunker fuel is toxic and should not be touched, it is a type of fuel oil.

CBC Vancouver is reporting that a grain ship is the possible source of the fuel leak and that the coast guard’s environmental response team was dispatched to the spill yesterday.

“The spill is surrounding a grain ship — named MARATHASSA — anchored in deep water off Vancouver”, said John Parker-Jervis, a spokesman for Port Metro Vancouver.

“There was a fair amount of product — what appears to be fuel, oil for the ships, around a particular grain carrier,” Parker-Jervis said. As a precaution a boom has been constructed around the ship in an attempt to contain the fuel, though the ship isn’t yet confirmed as the source, he said.

Five vessels currently surround the ship. The ship was in the process of loading grain. There is no evidence of fuel spilled between the grain terminal and where the ship is currently anchored, Parker-Jervis said.

At this time there is no estimate on the amount of fuel that has been spilled.

City Resources

Follow City of Vancouver on Twitter and this Emergency Response List on Twitter.

If you see fuel on or near a beach, contact the Coast Guard at 1-800-889-8852. At this time, do not go to the beaches to offer to help clean up the spill as it is a health risk. As of 10:12am, the City is reporting that biologists and wildlife experts are currently assisting in assessing impacts of the spill on shoreline and wildlife.

Press Conference

Update at 10:45am with Geoff Meggs with the City of Vancouver: “No matter how much care is taken by industry, accidents can happen […] today our focus is to make sure that this one is as small as possible.”

City Manager Penny Ballem says despite responding with city resources like Vancouver PD, Port of Metro Vancouver, and Vancouver Fire, Ballem says we’re going to need the help of the federal government to deal with this. “We have a very clear role, we have no responsibility and resources for cleanup but that is their jurisdiction.” Federal agencies contacted the City of Vancouver this morning at 6:00am to tell them they had been working on the spill.

Commissioner John Coupar of the Park Board says there is currently no evidence of the spill reaching Spanish Banks or Kitsilano beaches. More information will be available as the day goes on and the spill is assessed.


1:20pm: The City of Vancouver is getting reports of people touching the oil. They remind everyone again to NOT touch the oil as it is toxic. If you do touch it, wash your hands immediately with clean water and soap. Please also keep your pets away from the water and shoreline just to be safe. Park rangers are posted at all city beaches to help people avoid oil-affected water and wet sand.

If you want to help clean up call 3-1-1 to register your interest, and the City will call you if they have volunteer opportunities available.

Photo credit: Nadia Aly on Facebook

3:45pm: In an afternoon press conference the officials estimate about 2,800 litres of oil escaped into English Bay and 1,400 litres have been recovered.

Photo of the tideline oil near the Seawall posted by Stanley Park Ecology Society on Facebook.

Friday, April 10, 2015:
It has been confirmed that the bulk carrier ship that was the source of an estimated 2,700 litre bunker fuel spill into Vancouver’s English Bay was on its maiden voyage. The MV Marathassa was constructed in Japan and was in Vancouver to collect grain when it began to leak on Wednesday.

There is another press conference this morning, at which the Mayor of Vancouver is speaking. He has said that response to what is a relatively small oil spill is woefully inadequate, and adds that city wasn’t notified for 13 hours.

There are many questions that must be put to Ottawa and Victoria, and he’s asked City Manager to give a full briefing at council meeting next week. You can read the Mayor’s full, official statement online here.

The BC SPCA warns that you should never attempt to wash a wild animal affected by oil or pollution on your own. Due to the painstaking, stressful, and slow rehabilitation process, you should contact a professional wildlife rehabilitator. If you spot wildlife in distress, the City of Vancouver asks you to call 604-873-7000 with the location, species (if known), condition, and behaviour of the animal.

Update 2:00pm on Friday, April 10, 2015:
From the City of Vancouver: “The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) as directed by the Canadian Coast Guard will be coordinating the shoreline cleanup and our staff will assist as required. The federal agencies have advised us that cleanup efforts will involve crews in protective gear with special expertise in oil recovery and for now there is no involvement needed for possible volunteers.”

Vancouver Biennale Trans Am Totem

April 9th, 2015 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

No, it’s not part of a set on Deadpool, thesuperhero/action filmed based on the Marvel Comics character that is currently filming in Vancouver. This stack of cars balancing on top of a tree stump is actually a new Vancouver Biennale public art piece called Trans Am Totem.

2015 - Vancouver Biennale - Trans Am Totem
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

Vancouver Biennale Trans Am Totem

With its installation and unveiling coinciding with start of filming Deadpool, which has shut down the Georgia Viaduct for a healthy portion of April, it’s a common misconception that Trans Am Totem is part of an action movie. Instead, it’s a piece by Marcus Bowcott that features 5 scrap cars, a cedar tree, and a commentary on our consumer “out with the old, in with the new” culture in relation to the site, its history and Vancouver’s evolving identity.

Trans Am Totem
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

In his artworks Marcus Bowcott arranges what remains of our throw-away consumer culture. As a metaphor his work uncovers an unpleasant darkness in our society, revealing the emotional bankruptcy that results from our dependence on cheap consumer goods which are almost always produced by unseen people on other continents. His beautifully twisting sculptures attempt to find something redeeming in the debris remaining from cycles of consumer desire and planned obsolescence.

By stacking smashed automobiles and levitating them high above the roadway, Bowcott’s sculpture serves to remind us of the ultimate responsibilities we bear to our planet and future generations. Trans Am Totem fantasizes a justified end to car culture even as countless automobiles zoom past on asphalt and concrete ribbons and ooze pollutants and spent carbon fuels into the atmosphere. Bowcott’s vision of nature triumphant subversively reminds ultimately of our ongoing contributions to global warming and further environmental degradation.

Before the introduction of heavy industry, this site was a shoreline of tidal flats and massive forest with old growth cedars and Douglas Firs in the vicinity of Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Watuth Nations. Later, False Creek became an industrial zone of sawmills, beehive burners and ringed with ever increasing collections of log booms. Just before Expo ’86 the mills where removed and the area transformed. Now the area is a constant flow of transportation and interconnections: residential tower blocks, commercial business and entertainment centers encircled by cyclists, light rail and most dominant of all – cars.

Trans Am Totem Trans Am Totem Pole
Photo credit: Philip Tong & Paul Krueger on Flickr

The 10 meter high, 11,340 kilogram (33 foot, 25,000 pound) sculpture, located at Quebec Street and Milross Avenue, between Stadium/Chinatown and Main Street SkyTrain stations. Follow Vancouver Biennale on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Vancouver South African Film Festival 2015

April 8th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver South African Film Festival (“VSAFF”) will light up the screen at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Theatre this weekend, April 10th to April 12th, showcasing a top notch selection of South African cinema while supporting a worthy cause.


Vancouver South African Film Festival

Now in its 5th year, the idea for the festival came to David Chudnovsky and friends over a meal, upon the return of he and his wife from one of their many trips to South Africa. “In 2010 we were there and a friend took us to the movies, and we saw a movie that was tremendous,” David told me over the phone this week.

“We came back to Vancouver and met with friends who are involved with and NGO called Education without Borders, which does education support work in South Africa. Every time we go, we come back and have dinner with them so we came back that time and said ‘We saw this terrific movie, you should use it as a fundraiser!’ By the time the dinner was over, we were planning a film festival.”

To date, the VSAFF has raised over $80,000 for Education Without Borders and David says they are confident that it is the most significant festival of South African films that happens outside of South Africa every year.

“The vast majority of the films that we used in the first couple of years were films that somebody had heard of, somebody gave us a tip, or we looked around and we found movies that seemed to fit. But as the years go along, we get more and more films submitted to us because people hear about our festival.” Building up relationships with producers and directors that have worked with VSAFF over the years has been helpful as many have recommended the festival to colleagues.

The selection this year is diverse, from youth, music and dance, to thought provoking documentaries. David says that they’re very happy with, proud of, and confident about the program they always deliver, and the diversity of the film selection represents the country of South Africa itself. “It’s a very diverse, interesting, complicated, inspiring, horrific, kind of place and one of our missions in the festival is to try and reflect that diversity. It’s like peeling an onion. There’s always another layer and we’re trying to help people understand that.”


The opening gala film selection this year is Hear Me Move, a wonderfully fun film. “We like [Hear Me Move] because when people think about South Africa, they tend to think right away about music and dance. But, they think about traditional music and dance, historic music and dance. This is right up to today, so we’re really big on this being the opening gala film.”

Other festival film highlights include:

Four Corners
Four Corners is a multi-thread, coming of age crime drama — and a window into the mean streets of Cape Town. It was nominated for an Oscar this year and David says while there are a lot of gangster movies coming out of South Africa, not all are well-made, but Four Corners is has a great story, wonderful narrative, great performances and more.

Angels in Exile
Director Billy Raftery shares a story eight years in the making. He focuses on two inspiring kids — Zuleika and Ariel. We witness their entire adolescence, observe their fight to survive not only the dangers around them but also the haunting memories of the past that led them to run to the streets in the first place. This documentary is supported by the Charlize Theron Foundation and the filmmaker will be at VSAFF.

Behind the Lens
Behind the Lens tells the story of a small selection of struggling photographers who risked their lives to document South Africa during apartheid. One of the photographers will be available for a Skype session with the audience following the screening.

Nelson Mandela The Myth and Me
Filmmaker Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon of liberation Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. In a personal odyssey encompassing an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, activists, intellectuals, and artists, Matabane questions the meaning of freedom, reconciliation, and forgiveness—and challenges Mandela’s legacy in today’s world of conflict and inequality.

Tickets for all of these screenings are available online, and a limited number of tickets are also available for the VSAFF opening party at John Fluevog Shoes in Gastown. Follow the VSAFF on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Win Tickets to The Lion King in Vancouver

April 8th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Disney’s The Lion King returns to Vancouver for an exclusive 4 week engagement at the Queen Elizabeth theatre this summer, running June 18th to July 12th, 2015.

Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

The Lion King

Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

Tickets are on sale online or by calling 1-855-985-5000, starting at $35.00 (plus applicable service charges). Reservations for groups of ten (10) or more are now being accepted by calling 1-800-889-8457. Additionally, Premium Ticket Packages are available which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.

Win Tickets to The Lion King in Vancouver

I have a pair of tickets to give away to The Lion King on Thursday, June 18th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment about your perfect Hakuna Matata moment – your favourite way to unwind and relax with no worries (1 entry)
  • Post your Hakuna Matata inspired photo on Instagram tagging @BACTouring @Miss604 #LionKingVancouver (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win #LionKingVancouver tix from @BACTouring @Miss604 #HakunaMatata http://ow.ly/Lm67v

I will draw one winner at random from all combined entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2015-2016.

Update The winner is Pepper!

604 Corners: 12 Striking Photos of Maple Ridge

April 7th, 2015 @ 3:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Continuing my photo series featuring scenic corners of the 604, Maple Ridge is up next. This beautiful area is bordered by the Fraser River to the south, and the Golden Ears and Coast mountains to the north. Pair that with places like Kanaka Creek, Alouette Lake, and Whonnock Lake and you’ve got one picturesque region.

Photos of Maple Ridge

Misty Maple Ridge
Photo credit: James Wheeler on Flickr | Photograhper’s Website

Heralds of spring on lake Alouette
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

Fisherman's dream
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

Photo credit: John Critchley on Flickr

Photo credit: Rochelle on Flickr

Blueberry Fields
Photo credit: James Wheeler on Flickr

Clear Skies Ahead
Photo credit: James Wheeler on Flickr

Skipping And Jumping
Photo credit: Chris C on Flickr

Photo credit: Jody Taylor on Flickr

Bird on Pilings HDR
Photo credit: Ken Hall on Flickr

Alouette Lake
Photo credit:Sadi Junior on Flickr

Gold On The Ceiling ~ Golden Ears Provincial Park, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

604Corners-small604 Corners Series:
12 Photos of Steveston
12 Photos of Port Moody
12 Photos of Maple Ridge

Win Tickets to Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical

April 7th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This month at The Cultch, Delinquent Theatre presents Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical, an indie-rock musical is about the moment when big dreams meet reality checks. The show follows six young employees of a floundering advertising company who struggle under the fluorescent lights of real life, where obligations and social niceties loom large. But in the world of daydreams, all things are possible.

Photo by BeattyOei Photography

Featuring a cast of talented actor-musicians and a score ranging from rap to anthemic indie rock, Stationary tackles post-recession existence with ukulele in hand. Sometimes life is disappointing; singing about it takes the edge off.

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical first appeared at the Neanderthal Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2012. Due to popular demand and a successful Indiegogo campaign (which exceeded its target in just thirty hours), Delinquent Theatre recorded the soundtrack to the musical. The production returned in 2013 at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver and then moved on to the Gabriola Island Theatre Festival that summer. Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical returns to The Cultch after a performance run in Ontario in early April at Talk is Free Theatre.

Playwright, actor and Artistic Producer, Christine Quintana says: “It’s grown along with us as we’ve discovered ourselves as artists. Every time we do the show it becomes faster, funnier and much darker – we’re pushing our work as musicians, actors and creators. Stationary isn’t just a think-piece about hopeless millennials, it asks the question – what happens now?”

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical features book and lyrics by Christine Quintana (Selfie), composition by Mishelle Cuttler (Killer Joe, Après Moi) with rap lyrics by Brian Cochrane, associate direction by Chelsea Haberlin (Killer Joe, Gruesome Playground Injuries) and original direction by Laura McLean. Performers include Meaghan Chenosky (Killer Joe, Small Parts), Brian Cochrane (The Bomb-itty of Errors), Mishelle Cuttler (The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy), Claire Hesselgrave (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Speech and Debate), Anton Lipovetsky (Urinetown, Cymbeline) and Christine Quintana (Saint Joan) along with Alex Hauka (of indie bands Good for Grapes and Wooden Horsemen), Molly MacKinnon (of indie band The Ruffled Feathers) and Arlen Kristian Tom (playwright The Best, Man).

Show Dates, Times, Tickets

April 21st until May 2nd at The Historic Theatre at The Cultch (1895 Venables St, Vancouver). The opening performance is April 21st at 8:00pm with 8:00pm performances April 21-25, April 28-30, and May 1-2. 2:00pm performances will be April 25, April 26, and May 2. Performances on April 22, April 26 and April 28 will include a lively post-show Q&A.

Tickets start at $19 and are on sale now through The Cultch Box Office by phone at (604) 251-1363 or online.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tix to @delinquentheatr’s Stationary @TheCultch from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/LjzN5

I will draw one winner at 12:00pm on Friday, April 10, 2015. Follow The Cultch on Facebook and Twitter for more show information.

Update The winner is Irene!