Never Swim Alone & Community Dinner

May 26th, 2011 @ 9:58am (PT) by Michelle Kim

Never Swim Alone

This Friday marks the opening a play written by one of my favourite Canadian playwrights, Daniel MacIvor. Never Swim Alone is the story of two childhood buddies engaged in a verbal sparring match refereed by a girl in a blue swimsuit. The play is produced by year-old Hardline Productions, started by Studio 58 graduates Sean Harris Oliver and Raes Calvert. Please go out and support this young company as they staged a truly innovated and brilliant piece about male competition.

Never Swim Alone runs until June 5 at Hardline Studios (68 Water Street). To reserve tickets email tickets[at]hardlineproductions.ca and visit their website.

Community Dinner
Community Dinner. Photo credit: Itai Erdal.

I’m super-excited about this one because it involves FOOD.

Next week, four of Vancouver’s most innovative theatre groups (Rumble Productions, Boca Del Lupo, Electric Theatre Company, and Neworld Theatre) along with MOSIAC (a non-profit organization that helps new immigrants settle and integrate into Canadian society) are putting on Community Dinner.

Part cooking show and part dinner party, Community Dinner is the outcome of a unique collaboration between members of Vancouver’s innovative theatre community and newcomers to Canada. Over a three-month period, the newcomers and the theatre artists (two from each company) met and taught each other cherished recipes and created a piece of theatre.

“It’s a collaboration with people who just moved to Vancouver in the last year and it was all about exchanging ideas and stories while using food as an anchor,” says Director Anita Rochon. “Vancouver is incredibly diverse and multicultural and this play reflects that.”

The newcomers include Esta Mun (from Singapore, who arrived in Vancouver four months ago), Angela Huo (from Northwest China, who moved to Vancouver five months ago), Rey Blasco (from the Philippines, who has lived in Canada for six years), Marta Lasso (from Ecuador, who has lived in Vancouver for six months), and Veronica Zhou (from Beijing, who has lived in Vancouver for eight months). Also added to the mix are some of Vancouver’s leading theatre artists, including Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Kevin Kerr, comedian Charles Demers, director James Fagan Tait, and the Vancouver Playhouse’s playwright-in-residence C.E Gatchalian.

Community Dinner runs from June 1-4, 2011 at Progress Lab 1422 (1422 William Street). Tickets are $37 per person (plus service charges) but this includes the show and dinner. They are already sold out but more tickets may be released closer to the date so be sure to check the website for updates.

This feature was written exclusively for Miss604 by actor, writer, and producer, Michelle Kim. Read all posts contributed by Michelle for Miss604.com and follow her on Twitter @miju.

A Miss604.com 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.


Celebration of Light Bleacher Contest

May 25th, 2011 @ 2:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Celebration of Light will return this year to paint the skies above English Bay on July 30th, August 3rd, and August 6th.

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Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr

Tens of thousands of young people, families, residents and visitors alike will flock to beaches and balconies to take in the spectacle. This year, there’s a new option for viewing the fireworks as a series of bleachers will be set up as the best seats around.

Celebration of Light 2010: Spain
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Tickets for bleacher seats are currently available online for $35 (before May 31st) and if you’ve been out on a “fireworks night” before, you may just know the advantage of having reserved seating in advance. On the bleachers you will have an unobstructed view of the fireworks barge, you will actually be able to hear the accompanying music, you won’t need to stake out your spot hours in advance, and the money you spend will go toward the Celebration of Light — ensuring that it remains as an annual event in Vancouver.

Celebration of Light 2010: Spain
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Over the next few weeks I’ll be giving away pairs of bleacher tickets for each of the fireworks nights. Here’s how you can enter to win tickets to the first fireworks show of 2011:

1. Fill out the form below by entering the name of the country that will present July 30th.

If you cannot see the contest box that is posted right above this text, you can enter by going directly to the hosted contest page.

2. Or for an additional entry, post the following on Twitter:

I entered to win bleacher seating for the @CelebofLight fireworks from @miss604 http://ow.ly/534g8

I will draw one winner at random from all entries (Twitter and the contest box) at 12:00pm on Thursday, June 8, 2011. As I have two unique entry methods, a Twitter name will be drawn and a name will be drawn using Contest Machine. I will then do a draw between the two for the winner.

2011 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards

May 25th, 2011 @ 11:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (the “Jessies“) celebrate the best in small and large theatre productions in Vancouver. Yesterday the nominees for the 29th annual awards ceremony were announced based on performances during the 2010 season.

Livebloggging the Jessies

The Arts Club Theatre Company is leading the pack with over 30 nominations in the Large Theatres categories and Pacific Theatre is well-represented among Small Theatres. Nominees for Outstanding Production of the Year are:

Theatre for Young Audiences
500 Words (Green Thumb Theatre)
Bird Brain (Carousel Theatre)
Pharaoh Serket & The Lost Stone of Fire (Carousel Theatre)
The Shape of a Girl (Green Thumb Theatre)

Small Theatres
The Busy World Is Hushed (one2theatre)
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Glass City Theatre)
A Lie of the Mind (Main Street Theatre)
Playland (Pacific Theatre)
Tape (Alley Theatre)

Large Theatres
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Arts Club Theatre Company with Belfry Theatre)
The 39 Steps (Arts Club Theatre Company)
August: Osage County (Arts Club Theatre Company)
Glengarry Glen Ross (Arts Club Theatre Company)
Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach)

Last year I sponsored a live blog during the Jessies and I’ll be doing so again. The ceremony was so much fun and involved, as you would expect, performances and collaborations from all facets of the local theatre community.

This year the Jessie Awards will be handed out Monday June 20, 2011 at the Commodore Ballroom and tickets are available online for $25.50.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

May 25th, 2011 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was trying to figure out a theme for this week’s photo collection but after last night’s glorious Canucks win my task became much more simple.

Photo credit: eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee on Flickr

Fall Photowalk in Stanley Park
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

No Way Jose: Pint-sized Luongo Backup for Vancouver Canucks
Photo credit: Susan Gittins on Flickr

Go Canucks Go!
Photo credit: Kardboard604 on Flickr

We got 'em
Photo credit: kennymatic on Flickr

The Road to the Stanley Cup 2011: Sharks R Toothless
Photo credit: JeremyLim.ca

Granville Street Party Celebrating Vancouver Canucks in Stanley Cup Finals

Photo credit: kwazy on Flickr

The Road to the Stanley Cup 2011: Henrik and Daniel
Photo credit: JeremyLim.ca

As always, you can click on the images to see more from each photographer and feel free to add your photos to the Miss604 Group on Flickr.

Vancouver Canucks, Western Conference Champions, Advance to Stanley Cup Finals

May 24th, 2011 @ 10:40pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tonight, for only the third time in team history, the Vancouver Canucks became Western Conference Champions and are heading to the Stanley Cup finals.

Sounds outside our door in Vancouver’s West End after Canucks game 5 win by John Bollwitt

We reached the final round in 1982 against the New York Islanders, and faced the New York Rangers in 1994. The team actually pulled out this win 17 years to the day of their win that sent them to the 1994 finals, which was also in double overtime. While our Eastern opponent has yet to be decided between Boston and Tampa Bay, the Canucks are reading to take on their final challenge of the season.

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Photo credit: Carol Browne on Flickr & Web

CBC Canucks
Fans at CBC Plaza. Photo credit: @CBCVancouver on Twitter

Congratulations to the Canucks, the people of Vancouver, all of BC, and those around the world who were on Twitter tonight showing your support from airports, bars, pubs, and offices.

We are all Canucks!
Canucks fans on Mount Everest. Photo credit: Frederick Lin Photography

Let’s keep the momentum going and never stop believing that our team can make this happen during the 40th anniversary of the Vancouver Canucks who are already President’s Trophy winners and Western Conference Champions for 2011. They’ve played with heart, with cuts and bruises, and on one good leg now and then.

Vancouver Canucks Round 3 Victory Celebration 2011
Photo credit: Maurice Li on Flickr

While being a fan takes a lot of dedication (and the ability to deal well with stress), the roller coaster ride is completely worth it.

See also: CBC Vancouver article “Canucks Bound for Stanley Cup“, Sportsnet “Bieksa OT Goal Sends Canucks to Finals” and an old history post, “When Vancouver Won the Stanley Cup… in 1915“.

BC Travel Tuesday: Week 7 Painter’s Lodge Campbell River

May 24th, 2011 @ 3:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Welcome to Week 7 of the BC Travel Tuesday series. It’s been really fun to highlight regions of the province while putting smiles on the faces of our contest winners so far – and we’re not done yet. We still have a handful of great giveaways over the remaining weeks.

backyardbc is a new travel website designed specifically for residents of British Columbia. Essentially a “be a tourist in your own backyard” program, participating hotels & resorts offer residents of BC exclusive rates and specials, designed to motivate BCers to travel more within the Province. Each offer has its own unique reservation code, and all bookings are done directly with our hotel and resort partners. Visit backyardbc online, on Twitter, or Facebook and see more of BC!

The winner of BC Travel Tuesday: Week 6 Accent Inns Okanagan is Sarah C (and she has been notified by email). This week’s property is located in Campbell River, on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. I’ve been to Campbell River only twice before but the Salmon Capital of the World has plenty to offer.

Image courtesy Painter’s Lodge

Painter’s Lodge
Website, Twitter, Facebook, backyardbc listing
Location: 1625 McDonald Road, Campbell River, BC
About: “Painter’s Lodge has been home to angling and outdoor adventure for decades. Feel the thrill of a salmon on a fishing trip or the spray of an Orca on a whale watching adventure. Swim, kayak, golf, take a wildlife adventure tour or relax with a massage. The resort offers spacious accommodations with ocean or garden views and a variety of dining choices including west coast cuisine or pub-style fare. Enjoy first-class service in a spectacular setting and adventure for the entire family.”
Prize: Two nights accommodation for two, one 4-hour fishing trip.
Value: $700

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post and/or post the following on Twitter:

I entered this week’s @backyardbc @miss604 #bctraveltuesday contest #tt http://bit.ly/bctraveltuesday7

Gift certificates for hotel and resort stays will be sent directly to each weekly winner so they can arrange their visit personally with the property. Some restrictions apply, based on availability. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win.

Update The winner is Renfrew!

View all posts in the series by following or subscribing to my BCTravelTuesday tag. Open to residents of BC.