A total of 50 theatrical productions comprise the nominations for the 37th Annual Jessie Awards (the “Jessies“) representing excellence on stage in Vancouver’s large and small performance venues.
Jessie Award Nominations 2019
The nominations exemplify a wide variety of diversity, creativity, imagination, and skill brought to life on the stage. The cultural richness of the talented artists continue to grow each year, stretching boundaries and insights and enriching the cultural landscape of our city and beyond.
The Jessie Awards are divided into three categories: Large Theatre, Small Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences along with other special awards. Here are some of the highlights of the nominations.
A total of eighteen innovative and varied productions were nominated
in the Large Theatre Category with Théâtre la Seizième at the top of the
list garnering 8 nominations for their boundary stretching production of Le Soulier. The show received a nod for Outstanding
Production and Original Script, along with Outstanding Performance by lead
actors France Perras and Félix Beauchamp, Esther
Duquette and Gilles Poulin-Denis
for Outstanding Direction, Itai Erdal
for Lighting Design and Malcolm Dow
for Sound Design.
The Dancing on the Edge Festival is Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance and is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the Lower Mainland’s Dance Season. This year’s DOTE presents extraordinary dance productions from Canada, Brazil and Korea and takes place from July 4 -13, 2019 at various venues in Vancouver, including DOTE’s home venue, the Firehall Arts Centre.
Dancing on the Edge Festival
This year’s performances offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work featuring World Premieres, North American and Western Canadian debuts, and works-in-progress from some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers.
Festival Founder and Producer Donna Spencer is excited to announce that this year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than 20 innovative choreographers and companies. Artists from across Canada, and around the globe will dance on stages and in the streets during the ten-day festival, in full length and mixed bill programs, as well as site-specific works.
This year’s lineup includes:
Vancouver’s Ziyian Kwan
Tara Cheyenne Performance
Dab Dance Project (Korea)
Danse Carpe Diem (Montreal)
Linnea Swan (Calgary)
Pamela Tzang (Calgary)
Alejandra Miranda Caballero
Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov
Soleful Dance/Alexandra Clancy
Shelley Cox and Raven Spirit Dance
Nasim Lootij/Vâtchik Danse (Montreal)
WAREHAUS dance collective
Paulo Lima/Experimentus Cia. De Danca-Ceara (Brazil)
Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg)
Rachel Meyer, Transverse Orientation. Photo James O’Mara
I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Rachel Meyer’s Transverse Orientation on July 4th at Warehouse Space 1490 E Georgia St (Corner of E Georgia and McLean Dr). Dancers include: Stéphanie Cyr, Eowynn Enquist, Livona Ellis, Josh Martin, Rachel Meyer, along with Janna Sailor (on violin).
Transverse Orientation unfolds in the space between two allegories taken from the Moth. On the one hand the idea of radical transformation: Moths undergo metamorphosis, becoming beings that don’t remotely resemble their previous incarnation. On the other hand, the idea of a mysterious source of distant guidance (or distraction); In travel, Moths find their orientation by keeping a fixed angle on a distant source of light.
In the heart of Downtown Surrey, you can pull up a chair and have a seat at The Long Long Table for a special event this summer. This unique dining experience invites you to dine with family, friends, your community, and perhaps some new faces that you can share a story with or two while you enjoy a cosmopolitan culinary journey.
The Long Long Table at Surrey Civic Plaza
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5:00pm reception, 6:15pm dinner Where: Surrey Civic Plaza (13450 104 Ave) Tickets: $40 each and available online now.
The Long Long Table is a unique event that invites people of all ages who live, work, volunteer, and study in Surrey to sit at the same dinner table and share a delicious 5-course meal together. Here citizens who would not normally interact with one another find themselves sharing experiences and getting to know one another, while enjoying live entertainment and exciting games making this a “friend-raiser” rather than a fundraiser.
The Long Long Table Menu
Take part in trivia and fun games for a chance to win prizes and get to know your Surrey. Consisting of 5 carefully crafted dishes by the catering staff at the Civic Hotel, the theme of this year’s meal is West Coast Fusion. The feast begins at 6:15pm, and will consist of a family style appetizer, followed by a salad, a palate cleanser, a family-style entree, and then dessert.
1st Course: West Coast charcuterie boards, served with Okanagan apple jam, flaky grissini, and herb crostini
2nd Course: Summer frisée salad with local summer fruits and endive vinaigrette
3rd Course: Serrano and sweet lime panna cotta
4th Course: Vindaloo spiced beef hanger with cumin potatoes, pickled onion, and basmati rice pilaf
Vegetarian Option: Paneer, cauliflower, green beans in saffron coconut curry and garlic naan bread
Beginning at 5:00 pm, enjoy the musical stylings of the band Swing Patrol while socializing with more than 200 people who live, work, learn, and volunteer in Surrey. Each course is created using fresh local ingredients that celebrate the community’s diversity.
For more information, follow the Downtown Surrey BIA on Twitter and Facebook.
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland (“Big Sisters BCLM”) is celebrating the power of mentorship at their annual Spring Lunch fundraiser presented by Scotiabank. Held on Friday, June 7th at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, the event helps raise necessary funding for the Big Sisters mentoring programs.
It’s a tough world for kids. 1 in 10 children in the Lower Mainland don’t feel that they have an adult in their lives they can count on. “Mentorship is a proven and long lasting solution,” said Hanne Madsen, Executive Director for Big Sisters BCLM. “Research shows that adults who had a mentor as a child are two times less likely to be depressed and three times less likely to have social anxiety. Plus, children who have a positive mentor are less likely to engage in destructive behaviour such as bullying, fighting, binge drinking, drug use, and dropping out of school.”
Big Sisters mentoring programs reached 767 girls in the Lower Mainland last year.
This year, the Big Sisters BCLM Spring Lunch keynote address will be delivered by Susannah Pierce, External Relations Director of LNG Canada. Susannah will discuss the important role mentorship has played in her professional and personal life.
Join over 200 business and community leaders on June 7th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and help vulnerable youth in the Lower Mainland reach their full potential. Tickets are still available here »
CurliQue Beauty is offering free prom makeup for female and male teenagers on their special day from now until June 29th.
Prom (aka grad) can be daunting for parents as the cost of outfits, makeup and hair styling can add up quickly. CurliQue Beauty recognized this and created these complimentary appointments to ensure parents and teens could focus on their memorable grad experience.
Free Makeup for Prom from CurliQue Beauty
Where: The corner of Robson and Homer in Downtown Vancouver
When: Thursday-Saturday in one-hour time slots from 12:00pm to 3:00pm for females and males, by appointment only.
Appointments: Call (604) 685-5508 or email email@example.com with your date and time slot request.
CurliQue Beauty Boutique is the retail extension of Blanche Macdonald, and all of their talented in-store artists are graduates of the Blanche Macdonald makeup program, which means teens will be getting high-quality prom makeup applications without the high price tag. Alongside the complimentary makeup application, CurliQue Beauty will be offering:
A 1-hour complimentary Makeup application appointment and a ring-light selfie photoshoot from the Professional Q-Talent Artists
A 20% discount on in-store products (excludes: The Ordinary & Smith Folio)
Follow CurliQue on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info. *Complimentary appointments will only be available to secondary school students with valid school ID.
UN Women and E.U. present Culture Night at Jack Poole Plaza, a free public celebration of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. This is an opportunity for Vancouverites to mix and mingle with international delegates attending the world’s largest conference on gender equality.
Culture Night at Jack Poole Plaza
When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm Where: Jack Poole Plaza Admission: Free, RSVP on Facebook
Culture Night will amplify the movement for gender equality through a free event that will include live music, speakers, food, interactive installations, and a non-profit marketplace.
Organizer of Culture Night, BRANDLIVE is thrilled to announce the line-up of artists curated in collaboration with The Feldman Agency including Juno Award-winning and multi-platinum artist, Chantal Kreviazuk, alongside a diverse list of musical acts including Fionn, Old Soul Rebel, Kimmortal, and Laydy Jams, with more artists to be announced closer to the event.
This eclectic mix of performers will showcase their talent on the Mobilization Canada Stage presented by Women Deliver Mobilization and CanWaCH. Vancouverites will have the opportunity to connect with the movement for gender equality, while conference attendees from around the world will experience the vibrancy, multiculturalism, and creativity of the Vancouver region. Culture Night will also feature a Marketplace presented by WE EMPOWER + Forum for Women Entrepreneurs featuring female entrepreneurs and local non-profit organizations.
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