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Jessie Award Nominations 2019 – The Best of Vancouver’s Theatre Scene

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 — 11:59am PDT
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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

Jessie Awards

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.

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Dancing on the Edge Festival

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 5:24pm PDT
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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

Dancing on the Edge

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 Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
Tara Cheyenne Performance Dab Dance Project (Korea)
Rachel Meyer Danse Carpe Diem (Montreal)
MascallDance Linnea Swan (Calgary)
Kirsten Wicklund Pamela Tzang (Calgary)
Alejandra Miranda Caballero Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov
Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien Soleful Dance/Alexandra Clancy
Meredith Kalaman Shelley Cox and Raven Spirit Dance
Helen Walkley Nasim Lootij/Vâtchik Danse (Montreal)
WAREHAUS dance collective Paulo Lima/Experimentus Cia. De Danca-Ceara (Brazil)
Sujit Vaidya Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg)
Tomoyo Yamada

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Rachel Meyer, Transverse Orientation. Photo James O’Mara
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.

Here’s how you can enter to win tickets:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Follow Dancing on the Edge on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more festival info.

UPDATE The winner is Jenna!

The Long Long Table at Surrey Civic Plaza 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 2:17pm PDT
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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

Long Long Table Surrey

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
  • 5th Course: Vanilla bean mousse, gulab jamun, banana brulée

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.

The Long Long Table

For more information, follow the Downtown Surrey BIA on Twitter and Facebook.

Big Sisters Spring Lunch 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 1:44pm PDT
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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.

Big Sisters Spring Lunch 2019

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 »

Follow Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Free Makeup for Prom from CurliQue Beauty in Vancouver

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 12:09pm PDT
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CurliQue Beauty is offering free prom makeup for female and male teenagers on their special day from now until June 29th.

CurliQue Beauty Free Prom Makeup

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 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.

Women Deliver Presents Free Culture Night at Jack Poole Plaza

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 10:45am PDT
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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 2019 Women Deliver

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.

For lineup information and additional event follow Culture Night on Facebook and use #WD2019CultureNight.