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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Vancouver Christmas Market

It's that time of year again! The annual Vancouver Christmas Market! Tis the season!




I can't wait to visit and get some mulled wine and check out all the wares.


Some deals this year include:
  • $10 Tuesdays on Dec. 3, 10 & 17: In celebration of the 10th anniversary season, every Tuesday will feature admission to the market for just $10.
  • Deluxe Date Nights on Nov. 27, Dec. 4 & 11 (from 5pm): Share magical evenings with your friend or loved one at our Deluxe Date Nights! Guests are invited to enjoy 2-for-1 admission (can be purchased at the gate) and also includes 2-for-1 non-alcoholic drinks and carousel rides.
  • Kids Day on Dec. 1: Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (12 and under) can enjoy admission and carousel rides by donation to Children's Wish by making a donation to take a photo with Gingerbread Mascots Holly & Jolly, everyone's favourite princesses from Enchanted Events Vancouver and Santa Claus himself!
  • Holly & Jolly Combo:
    They've partnered with friends at FlyOver Canada to create the ultimate festive experience! With the Holly & Jolly Combo, you can fly like Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole, and then sample the authentic German sweets, treats, and treasures on offer at the Vancouver Christmas Market. To learn more, visit: 
    vancouverchristmasmarket.com/activity/holly-jolly-combo/


Thursday, 28 November 2019

Flyover Christmas Canada!

Here's a festive thing to do this holiday season! Check out Flyover Canada where you can fly like Santa and his reindeers!

In addition to the magical flight, you can also enter to win a real life getaway!

Win a Weekend in Banff!


Share your experience at FlyOver Canada on Instagram for your chance to win a weekend getaway to Banff.

The prize includes a two-night stay at the Mount Royal Hotel and four passes to the Banff Gondola.

To enter, follow @FlyOverCanada on Instagram and be sure to tag @FlyOverCanada and use #PursuitLife in your caption. We will announce the winner on Monday, December 2.


The Irishman

My friend was super stoked to go see the latest Scorcese film in a theatre, rather than on Netflix.

So we went to the Vancity theatre, where it was being shown. We caught the second last night that it was running after having been on for a few weeks by now. Yet still, it was a sold out crowd and a standby line had started! This is a movie available on Netflix, yet all these people chose to go out to the cinema for it. How wonderful!

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the movie all that much. It wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't that great. At least not enough to justify the over 3+ hour running length! I was trapped in the middle of a row and really didn't want to disturb my fellow theatre-goers, who all seemed to be enjoying the movie. Anyhow, I sat through it all and I'll never get that time back.

The acting was great and it was cool to see how they made actors like Robert DeNiro look young again, but the story wasn't that intriguing to me and didn't really capture my attention.

If you're a Jimmy Hoffa fanatic however, you will probably love it!


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The King


I know this movie is on Netflix currently, but nothing beats the big screen. Timothée Chalamet stars as Henry V in this period piece that focuses on his ascension to the throne. It's an epic filled with battles on the battlefield and sweeping shots of the English countryside that should not be relegated to your home television (though, these days, many home televisions may rival theatre screens in their own right).

But still, the whole theatregoing experience is worth it, and this film is a great opportunity to witness that in action.

The King is playing now at the Vancity Theatre.


Saturday, 19 October 2019

Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness

What a fitting play for the Halloween season! More than that though, this is a radio play done on stage. It's fascinating to watch as the actors voice the characters while also creating sound effects to help build the world where Frankenstein inhabits.


Corina Akeson is wonderfully tormented as the tortured Dr. Frankenstein who is ashamed and afraid after creating the creature. We watch as the doctor's world falls apart and delves deep into despair. 



Diana Squires juggles a few hats, with sound effect duty and also playing the roles of Elizabeth, the doctor's betrothed and the sea captain who comes to save the doctor lost at sea. The production has the microphones set up so that you know when an actor is playing a different role, but Squires' performances are nuanced enough to help the audience differentiate. 



Matthew Simmons also juggles a cornucopia of characters and provides much of the sound effects for the show, which was absolutely intriguing to watch. At times, I would close my eyes to just treat this like a radio play I would be listening to at home.


Then of course we have Tariq Leslie, who plays the monster. With his deep baritone voice, he manoeuvres back and forth between the monster's internal dialogue of loneliness and his outward appearance of a monstrous beast.

The show's elevated dialogue is done by Peter Church, while direction is by Chris Lam (who stage managed last year's immersive Sweeney Todd!)


This audio drama is a unique theatrical experience and Vancouver, you are lucky to be witnessing the world premiere right here in our city! Go check out Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness at Pacific Theatre now until Nov 2.


Saturday, 12 October 2019

Company

This is the best musical in town right now. No question about it.

I've seen Stephen Sondheim's Company before, and quite frankly, hated it. But maybe I've learned to appreciate Sondheim with age. Or maybe again, with age, I've learned to appreciate the stories about marriage and relationships that Company delves into.


Last year at this time, I went and saw Raincity Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd set in a pie shop, and ate meat pies while watching the show about murdering people and cooking them into meat pies!

This year, continuing their mission of "immersive musical theatre" Raincity Theatre brings us Sondheim's Company set at Bobby's birthday party in his apartment! I found my way to an apartment building in East Vancouver and was welcomed to the party, complete with birthday cake and pre-party shenanigans including a game of charades and me getting blindfolded to play "Pin the Bourbon on the Bobby!" 

It was a joyous atmosphere, and a dream production. When the show actually started, the singers' voices were crystal clear in the intimate space, whose acoustics were downright magical.  It really is basically like having a musical being performed in your very own living room. Jonathan Winsby's Robert is a powerhouse performance, and the rest of the cast are equally as brilliant.

I have never enjoyed Company more than I have with this production. You must go, and you will absolutely love it.

Company is on now until October 26.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Herringbone

I am so glad I managed to catch a performance of this one-person musical happening in New Westminster.



An off-Broadway show, the musical takes us back to old Vaudeville and we are introduced to a myriad of characters, played by one actor. In this production, the nights rotate between a male and a female actor.  On the night I went, I saw the incomparable Luisa Jojic, whose enthralling performance was a downright revelation!

I am not too fussed about the story. Yes, it's disturbing to say the least, especially Act Two.  But as far as musicals go, I wasn't leaving the theatre humming any memorable tunes, although that song about mothers was devastating.

Luisa Jojic however, was worth the ticket admission alone. She knocks the performance right out of the ballpark. I don't know how the other actor compares, as I did not get a chance to see him. But I can only imagine that the talent needed for a show like this is hard to find.


Herringbone ends today at the Anvil Centre! Don't miss out!