Review of Ballet BC Program 3

May 13th, 2016 @ 11:00am (PT) by Michelle Kim

Program 3 marks the end of Ballet BC’s 30th year celebration with a trifecta of pieces choreographed by some of the world’s most innovative artists: Finnish-born Jorma Elo, Tel-Aviv-based Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and BC Ballet’s Artistic Director, Emily Molnar. But what struck me with all three pieces was how the choreography of each piece was incredibly attuned to the music selected. These observations may be a result of my particular mood and/or sensitivities while watching the performance last night, or it may be true; I felt as though I never saw such an intimate relationship between music and movement as I did watching BC Ballet’s season’s closer.

Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

Set to Bach and Schumann and moments of complete silence (where all you could hear were the sounds of pointe shoes hitting the floor), I And I Am You had the dancers thrust into the air as if the music were being personified through the bodies of the dancers. In Molnar’s 16 + a room, the dancers’ pointed, yet hectic movements and pacing worked seamlessly with Dirk P. Haubrich’s industrial soundscape of bangs, crashes, and hums. Sometimes the dancers moved together in unison, but more often were each doing different, frenzied movements, which together, creating this hectic, beautiful chaos. I loved the last moment of the piece, where the dancers stood facing the audience shaking, as though they were under strobe light.

Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar often collaborate with percussionist and DJ Ori Lichtik, and Bill is another example of this intimate connection between music and movement. Stripped down to nude body suits, there is nothing that separates the bodies to the music and the audience, creating a raw, almost tribal feel to the performance as the dancers move in groups and burst into multiple solo performances. As a result of this incredibly visceral program, is an audience leaving having all senses stimulated and feeling the performance in their bodies, as well.

Program 3 has remaining performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre May 13th and 14th at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online.

Follow Ballet BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about performances this season.

Disclosure: Review
Michelle received media review tickets for this performance. Opinions are her own.

A guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Providing write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.

All Access Tours of BC Place

May 12th, 2016 @ 7:56pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

BC Place is one of the easiest landmarks to spot on a map of Vancouver aside from Stanley Park. It’s an icon of our fair city, opening in June of 1983 and again in 2011 following $150 million in major renovations, it has hosted everything from the CFL, MLS, and the NHL Heritage Classic to Madonna, U2, the Olympics, Women’s World Cup, and Rugby Sevens. Thanks to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, you can go behind the scenes to get unique views of this legendary venue.

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The history of BC Place, and overall sport in BC, can be found at the BC Sports Hall of Fame, right inside the stadium doors at Gate A. This important attraction is full of history, interactive displays, games, the hall of inductees, and galleries including tributes to some extraordinary Canadian heroes like Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.

BC Sports Hall

BC Sports Hall BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

BC Sports Hall BC Sports Hall

BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

All Access Tours of BC Place

This spring and summer, the BC Sports Hall of Fame is hosting a new All Access Experience providing an enhanced visit and behind the scenes tour of BC Place. You’ll visit the media lounge, premium suite areas, team locker rooms, and have field access.

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

On the tour you’ll learn things like why the seats have a colour pattern, how long it takes the roof to open and close, what is the pitch made of, player history, and other tidbits of information about BC Place as a building and venue. You’ll tour the media lounge and premium seats, team locker rooms, and if available, you’ll be able to get onto the field for a unique viewpoint of the stadium.

BC Place Tour

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

The All Access Experience begins and finishes at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The All Access Experience tours are available to the general public on specific dates and times. There are 20 spots for each tour time slot and the cost is $20 per person (plus tax). Group rates are available at $13.50 (plus tax) per person for groups of 10 or more. If you would like to take a group of 10 or more people on the All Access Experience, please contact the BC Sports Hall of Fame to reserve space for your group.

Spring/Summer 2016 Tour Dates

May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
May 30 (no field access)
May 31

BC Sports Hall BC Place Tour

The BC Sports Hall of Fame is open daily at Gate A of BC Place from 10:00am-5:00pm. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more special event and exhibit information.

Mini Golf Fundraiser in Vancouver

May 12th, 2016 @ 7:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy mini golf for a cause, combined with beloved children’s literature themes at the Hastings Hole-in-One weekend fundraiser for The Writers’ Exchange.

mini golf for a cause

Mini Golf Fundraiser in Vancouver

Here There is joining forces with The Writers’ Exchange to pull stories from the pages of your favourite kid’s books and put them onto the green for Hastings Hole-in-One, a wacky, storybook themed, pop-up mini-golf fundraiser.

Pagemasters Championship May 27th, 2016 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Putt-Putt for All May 28th, 2016 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Friends and Families May 28th & May 29th, 2016 10:00am to 5:00pm
The evening events starting at 6:00pm on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th are 19+.

Where: 881 East Hastings, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online now

Play holes inspired by your most cherished classics like the Paper Bag Princess, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

On the evening of May 27th, rally friends and workmates for The Pagemasters Championship mini-golf tournament for a chance to win big bragging rights and the coveted Pagemasters Trophy. For those not feeling competitive, Putt-Putt For All on May 28th gives mini-golfers a chance for casual play with music, drinks and prizes – all while supporting The Writers’ Exchange. Looking for something all-ages? There will be a Families and Friends daytime drop-in on May 28th and 29th.

The Writers’ Exchange is a program dedicated to getting inner-city kids excited about reading and writing. Here There is a studio dedicated to crafting experiences to activate brands, ideas and objects in pursuit of good times.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

May 12th, 2016 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s going to be another warm weekend in Vancouver as we gear up for summer. Have a picnic in Stanley Park, check out some local lakes, and enjoy a hike or two along with the following events and activities:

Things to do in Vancouver

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Royal City Craft Beer Revolution
A Dram Come True at Hycroft
FACTS Vancouver Biodiversity and Innovation Conference
Graham Clark Presents InstaGRAHAM
Country Night in Surrey
The Indestructibles Live in Vancouver
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
Environmental Extravaganza, Surrey
Circus West Presents: Dream Factory
Ballet BC’s Program 3
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Revolver Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
CANstruction Vancouver

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum
The Dunbar Chronicles, A Walk Through Dunbar History
Sea to Sky Gondola 2nd Birthday Celebration
Super Saturday, Jayne Blumenthal
People Like Us: Broadway Revue for Charity
Social Fabric Celebration
Bear Creek Wildlife Park
Vancouver Arts Lip Sync Battle II
Point Grey Village Music & Food Fest
Cambie Spring Swap Meet, Richmond
Rhodes to Mental Health
CEFA Open House, New Westminster
Leigh Square Sound Lounge
Sheep to Shawl at the Surrey Museum
Trout Lake Farmers Market
Circus West Presents: Dream Factory
Ballet BC’s Program 3
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Revolver Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Kellie Haines CD Launch Celebration & Free Musical Performance
13th Annual JCC Festival Ha’Rikud
Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Second Sunday Concert Series
Gayblevision: Our Vision / Our Archive
40th Anniversary Celebration Concert
MEC Vancouver Century Ride
Scotiabank MS Walk
Bright Futures Walk-a-Thon
Vancouver Academy of Music: Gorgeous Gershwin
Master Class in Food Photography
Rhythm of My World by Jacintha Krish
Woman 2 Warrior
PoMo Talks- World Café
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Circus West Presents: Dream Factory
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Revolver Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

May 12th, 2016 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Walking through the PNE Forum last year, John and I were in awe of call the cool gadgets, roaming exhibits, and fascinating creations that were a part of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Robots were rolling around, inventions and crafts were being shown off, and the soldering station was full of dads and daughters working together. It was such a fun and creative atmosphere, and it’s coming back to the PNE Forum this summer.


Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

What do liquid nitrogen desserts, stained glass video game characters, and interactive art installations have in common? They’re just some of the fascinating Maker projects exhibiting at the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!

When: June 11-12, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: PNE Forum (Renfrew & Hastings)
Tickets: On sale online now

This year is shaping up to be the biggest and best year yet featuring a curated selection of workshops and presentations, and more than 120 exhibits for attendees to discover what Vancouver Makers have been creating behind closed doors.

VancouverMiniMakerFaireCollageWhat once may have been a solo project by a garage tinkerer or a side diversion by a hobby club is now celebrated at this yearly show-&-tell. Since the first event in Vancouver in 2011, VMMF has showcased the do-it-yourself ethos that has inspired not only a global movement of Makers, but the cooperative and creative community that has sprouted in Vancouver in recent years.

It’s the only event where you’ll see this city’s tech enthusiasts, crafters, librarians, science clubs, hobbyists, artists, and imaginative kids congregated under one roof in a two-day celebration of learning, inventing and making. Complete with interactive displays, hands-on workshops, roaming exhibitions, boisterous performers and lively project demonstrations, the event is perfect for the creative or the curious of all ages. We’ve also got food trucks to keep you going as you explore the grounds.

Whether you build, craft, teach, hack, invent, or just want to learn, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire encourages everyone to roll up their sleeves, cast off the fear of failure, and make!

Win a Family Pack of Tickets

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Follow Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Extra Giveaway!

Update The first winner is Steve V! I’m going to keep this going with ANOTHER family pack up for grabs until Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:00pm.

Miss604 is a proud partner of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Lynn Canyon Photowalk

May 11th, 2016 @ 5:11pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve done the surprise party and the pub nights, I’ve hosted friends and family for dinner, and I’ve collected my free birthday beverages at local coffee shops but when 2016 rolled around I wanted to share what I love with some of the people I love the most in this world. For my birthday this year, I wanted to walk in the woods with my friends.

On a chilly but sunny January morning my husband walked to the Sea Bus terminal in Downtown Vancouver and hopped the commuter boat across Burrard Inlet to the Lonsdale Quay exchange in North Vancouver. We got on the 228 Upper Lynn Valley rode it all the way to the aptly-named End of the Line General Store. There, inside the cafe, were my friends and my sister, enjoying a pre-hike warm-up beverage.

Lynn Canyon Park opened in 1912 and has been a popular playground for locals ever since. Spanning 617 acres, it features hiking trails — from easy loops for the family to connections to the North Shore’s extensive Baden-Powell Trail — a cafe and ecology centre, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, forest trails and waterfall views. For my birthday, I wanted walk in this west coast rain forest wilderness. And I did. And I took many photos:

Lynn Canyon Photowalk

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Moss dripped from branches like melting snow and fellow hikers huddled for photo opportunities along the banks of the river. The air was crisp and clean, and our little group filed between colossal evergreens, in between our own stops to pose for Instagram-worthy pictures. Sunshine lit the canopy, turning bright greens into yellows, while arrow-straight firs lined every hillside like prison bars but they made you feel exceptionally free.

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon


View all of my Lynn Canyon photos in this album on Flickr.