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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 — 10:51am PDT
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With just a few days of sunshine recently, the tulips are ready to pop! This weekend there are markets, parades, Earth Day celebrations, theatre shows, and much more all happening across the region.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, April 20, 2018
True or Fish? After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium
Make It! Vancouver
Illumination Series with Dillon Francis
Good Noise Gala – Soul Edition!
Spring Pottery Sale
Pacific Theatre Presents Love/Sick
Vagabond Players Presents: 4000 Miles
The Arts Club Presents: Misery
Gateway Theatre Presents: Nine Dragons
Collected Traces and Still Here
Art! Vancouver
Vancouver Web Fest
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents Cabaret
Tulip Festivals in the Fraser Valley

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A Man and His Prostate Starring Ed Asner: Win Tickets

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 — 5:05pm PDT
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The Anvil Centre Theatre is thrilled to present the exclusive engagement of comedy legend, Ed Asner in the hit comedy A Man and His Prostate by Ed Weinberger for ONLY TWO SHOWS at the Anvil Centre Theatre on April 27 & 28th. These two performances are the only appearances by Mr. Asner in British Columbia.

A Man and His Prostate Starring Ed Asner

When: April 27 & 28, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Where: Anvil Centre Theatre (777 Columbia St, New Westminster)
Tickets: $75 plus fees. Available online or by calling (604) 521-5050

Ed AsnerEd Asner, the much beloved Emmy Award-winning actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant) stars in this seriously funny show about a serious subject. The play is based on a true life medical emergency of his close friend Ed Weinberger, award-winning writer of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and his journey to discover his inner self both literally and figuratively. This near tragedy is masterfully transformed into a poignant monologue perfectly portrayed by Asner as he visits the hospital in preparation for a surgery he needs but doesn’t want.

Described by critics a “not just a play, but a public service in a comedy format”. A Man and His Prostate takes a serious look at the disease that fatally affects almost a quarter of a million men every year. This disease is treatable, even curable when diagnosed early, yet men are often reluctant to admit let alone discuss their symptoms. Hopefully this production can help men open up to talking about the problem.

The combination of Weinberger’s masterful writing and Asner’s monumental talent make for 90 minutes of pure enjoyment and non-stop laughs despite the sobering subject.

Whether you know Asner from the Mary Tyler Moore Show, recognize his voice from Up, or remember him at Santa in Elf, his comedy spans generations. He also the most honoured male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a comedy legend in the intimate setting of the Anvil Theatre.

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    I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

5 Ways to Enjoy an Abbotsford Staycation

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 — 4:13pm PDT
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One of the top hotels in Canada, wineries, farms, and festivals can all be found in Abbotsford, just a hop, skip and a jump down the highway from the bustling cityscape of Metro Vancouver. If you’re looking for a staycation that combines the accessibility and great foodie options of the city with the charm, sights, scenes, and farm-to-table goodness of the country then this post is for you!

5 Ways to Enjoy an Abbotsford Staycation

Abbotsford Staycation

Enjoy a Festival

On Now: Bloom Tulip Festival »
More Festivals: Tourism Abbotsford Calendar »

As someone who publishes a list of 300-600 events every month, I know for a fact that there’s no shortage of fun things to do in the Fraser Valley! Right now the hot ticket is the beautiful Bloom Tulip Festival, open daily and home to seemingly endless Instagram photo ops. Visit and stroll through the millions of bulbs, enjoy games and snacks, and of course purchase some flowers too.

Abbotsford Staycation

Abbotsford Staycation

Stop by the new grove of white cross tulips that have been officially named “Peter’s Legacy” after Peter Warmerdam, grandfather of Alexis Warmerdam who now runs the tulip festival.

Abbotsford Staycation

Peter immigrated from the Netherlands and settled in the Fraser Valley in 1950, bringing his Dutch heritage, horticultural knowledge and farming experience to the Bradner and Sumas Prairie areas over the last 60 years.

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This is not a paid post. Views are my own. My meals and accommodations were courtesy of Tourism Abbotsford and the providers.

SKOOKUM Festival Single Day Lineup

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 — 11:20am PDT
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The SKOOKUM Festival single day lineup has just been released! SKOOKUM is a new festival experience that will take to Stanley Park September 7-9, 2018 featuring daily headliners The Killers, Florence + The Machine, and Arkells.

SKOOKUM Festival in Stanley Park

SKOOKUM Festival Single Day Lineup

Single day tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, April 20, 2018. There are a few pre-sales on Thursday. Weekend passes are $319 (all prices listed are subject to applicable service charges & fees​​​​​​​), here’s the full rundown:

Friday, September 7, Gates: 4:00pm
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Chromeo • Dear Rouge • Matt Mays • Delhi 2 Dublin
Black Pistol Fire • The Julian Taylor Band • Little Destroyer
Shred Kelly • Mob Bounce • The Carnival Band • Zynth & Co

Saturday, September 8, Gates: 12:00pm
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Metric • The War on Drugs • St. Vincent • Rodrigo y Gabriela
Milky Chance • Stereophonics • Current Swell • Said The Whale
The Zolas • Matt Andersen • Hey Ocean! • Midnight Shine
The Matinée • Murray Porter • Snotty Nose Rez Kids • Bitterly Divine

Sunday, September 9, Gates: 12:00pm
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Father John Misty • Blue Rodeo • Mother Mother • Bahamas
Greta Van Fleet • Buffy Sainte-Marie • Cold War Kids • Whitehorse
Yukon Blonde • Barney Bentall • Crystal Shawanda • Belle Game
The Boom Booms feat Ta’Kaiya Blaney • William Prince
daysormay • Kelly Derrickson

The inaugural three-day festival is produced by BRANDLIVE in collaboration with Virgin Mobile and will feature over 50 stage performances by some of the biggest names in music today, live and multimedia art installations; gourmet culinary experiences from some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants; pop-up and roaming entertainment and tasting areas showcasing some of the best BC wines, locally brewed craft beer as well as select offerings from local area craft distilleries.

For more information, follow SKOOKUM on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the tag #SkookumFestival.

VTSL Presents Colin Mochrie in Vancouver

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 — 11:06am PDT
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Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports™ (“VTSL”) alumnus, and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway, returns this May to Vancouver TheatreSports for three laugh-packed performances. We love enjoying a great night of improv comedy in Vancouver and this is an amazing opportunity to see a Canadian comedy icon live on stage!

Vancouver TheatreSports™ Presents Canadian Comedy Icon Colin Mochrie

VTSL Presents Colin Mochrie in Vancouver

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Thursday, May 24,2018 at 7:30pm
The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St, Granville Island, Vancouver)

The first performance takes place at VTSL’s home theatre on Granville Island – The Improv Centre. This is your chance to see Colin up close and catch every expressive comedic nuance in an intimate space. This very special evening includes two improv sets starring Colin, along with members of the VTSL ensemble, followed by a Q&A session where audience members ask the questions. There are also a very limited number of tickets (only 40) for an exclusive, post-performance reception where guests will personally meet, and socialize with Colin at The Improv Centre’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge.

That evening the Bar will be introducing ‘The Colin’ – a cocktail specially designed in Colin’s honour based on his favourite alcoholic beverage – red wine.

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Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St, Vancouver)

Friday night sees Colin take the stage at The Vogue Theatre, located in the heart of Vancouver’s Entertainment District. This performance once again features the improv master with some of your favourite VTSL players in a free-wheeling improv laugh-fest.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St, Granville Island, Vancouver)

On Saturday, Colin returns to The Improv Centre, VTSL’s home on Granville Island. Seating only 186 people in a mixture of cabaret and theatre seats, The Improv Centre is a very welcoming experience where every seat is a great seat. Colin will be joined on stage by improvisers from the Vancouver TheatreSports ensemble for an evening that is sure to tickle your funny bone. The Improv Centre is fully-licensed and guests are welcome to take their beverages with them into the theatre to enjoy during the show.

Also of note – it is rumoured that another VTSL alum and Whose Line Is It Anyway star (whose initials are R.S.) may join Colin on stage in a surprise appearance for one or two of these performances. While we can’t guarantee it, it has happened before, most recently this past January at VTSL’s Throwdown Festival.

All performances benefit the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund at VTSL’s theatre school, The Improv Comedy Institute. Established in 2014, the scholarship provides assistance to those wishing to study improv but are unable to do so because of financial barriers.

Follow VTSL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for more info.