East Van Panto Presents Pinocchio: Win Tickets

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The Cultch presents Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto Pinocchio at the York Theatre from November 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020. East Van Panto returns for a seventh year, welcoming back the creative team behind last year’s hit Wizard of Oz: playwright Marcus Youssef, composer Veda Hille, and director Stephen Drover. 

East Van Panto Pinocchio
East Van Panto Pinocchio. Photo by Tim Matheson.

East Van Panto Presents Pinocchio

Where: York Theatre ( 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When:  November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020 
Tickets:  On sale now at The Cultch’s Box Office by phone at (604) 251-1363 or online starting at $26.  Enjoy a post-show artist talkback on November 30th after the 2:00pm show.

When a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelato is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive, his dreams of having a child suddenly come true. Join a locally famous cricket, an angry orca, and a dastardly fox as poor Pinocchio does his best to tell everyone the truth and become a real boy. Will there be a Cappuccino War between the Abruzzos and the Calabrias? And why are all those kids ditching class to go to Hastings Racecourse? Don’t worry, Pinocchio—just follow your nose!

Win Tickets

I had no idea that East Van Panto was a holiday tradition for so many until I started running these contests, and no wonder! It’s such great fun.

I have family pack of tickets to give away (2 adult/2 child tickets) for the performance on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:00pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, November 11, 2019. Follow The Cultch (Facebook, Twitter) and Theatre Replacement (Facebook, Twitter) for more info.

UPDATE The winner is Tammy!

Remembrance Day Ceremonies Around Vancouver 2019

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Remembrance Day, November 11th, is a day to remember the courage, service and sacrifice of thousands of Canadians, and to honour them by never forgetting them. Your city will most likely have a service or ceremony around its local cenotaph, and to make things easier we have rounded up a list of Remembrance Day ceremonies around Vancouver that you can attend:

Remembrance Day Poppy

Remembrance Day Ceremonies Around Vancouver

Event: West Vancouver Service
Where: Memorial Park (Marine Drive between 19th St and 20th St)
When: Monday, November 11, 2019 – 10:45am to 11:30am
Details: Parade starts at 10:45am with service starting at 10:55am. The Royal Canadian Legion – West Vancouver Branch #60 holds the sacred trust of ensuring the tradition of Remembrance is observed by Canadians every year at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. This service is for the public to gather and honour our veterans and those currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Event: Remembrance at Mountain View
Where: Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser St, Vancouver)
When: Monday, November 11, 2019 – 11:00am
Details: Little Chamber Music is proud to again present this unique music and history project, “11”. Part of the Field House Residency (2012-2015) with the Vancouver Park Board, “11” was developed for over two years. The project included monthly public meetings, a trip to the Library and Archives and War Museum in Ottawa, research at the Vancouver Archives, visits with a 99-year-old D-Day veteran, an installation at the Roundhouse and a performance and event on Remembrance Day, 2014 in Falaise Park which brought over 1000 people together.

Event: Remembrance Day at Victory Square
Where: Victory Square (200 W Hastings St, Vancouver)
When: Monday, November 11, 2019
Details: The Remembrance Day Service at Victory Square is the oldest continuing annual ceremony in Vancouver. The ceremony began in 1924 and reflects respect and remembrance of sacrifices in the service of our country – past and present.  The service is organized by the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee, a civic volunteer group with a mandate to organize and conduct the November 11 ceremony on behalf of our citizens. Vancouver is the only city in Canada with a civic volunteer committee supported by the City. The committee has developed a proud tradition of consultation and input from veterans and related groups, numerous service and civic organizations, including city departments, the military and RCMP. 

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The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX

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The Chutzpah Festival is happening now Vancouver, with performances in various venues until November 24th. Coming up this week is Stan Zimmerman’s The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX.

The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX. Photo by Elvira Barjau.
The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX. Photo by Elvira Barjau.

The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX

Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver)
When: November 6-9, 2019 at 8:00pm
Tickets: Available online now »

Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager hidden away, while Nazis hunt down Jews during World War II. One American Jewish director, Stan Zimmerman, is adding a modern-day twist to the story.

“Zimmerman’s production looks at the familiar story with fresh eyes, and is both moving and thought-provoking.”
~ Kathy Flynn, Discover Hollywood

Director Stan Zimmerman says: “When I learned there are over a dozen Safe Houses in the LA area hiding LatinX families from ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], it got me wondering — How do these families survive with so little money and needing to remain in the shadows? How do they not lose hope? What are their lives like on a day-to-day basis? What are the parallels to Anne’s story? And that got me thinking – What if I cast LatinX actors and start with the actors as themselves reading the script of the Diary of Anne Frank out loud, hearing Anne’s profound words and then actually step into the shoes of the people in her diary and play the characters in the play.”

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Okanagan Heritage Steam Train Wine and Food Tour

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Take a steam train through the scenic South Okanagan while enjoying local wine! Tickets are now on sale for the Grand Sommelier Express Okanagan Heritage Steam Train which will be departing from the Summerland Kettle Valley Railway Station on Saturday, June 20, 2020. This is the only event of its kind in British Columbia and it totally sold out in 2019!

Wine Train Okanagan
Photo by Darren Hull

Okanagan Heritage Steam Train Wine and Food Tour

When: June 20th, 2020 at 1:00pm or 5:00pm
Where: Kettle Valley Rail Station 18404 Bathville Rd, Summerland
Tickets: Available for purchase online

There are two event times to choose from, each offering a picturesque steam train ride with an on-board wine tasting, all while taking in the scenic views of Summerland, BC. Guests will enjoy a stop at the train trestle for pictures and taste local foods paired with Summerland craft beverages served by their makers.

Wine Train Okanagan
Photo by Darren Hull

Both trains return to the Kettle Valley Railway station for a gourmet reception catered by Brodo Kitchen and created to pair with local Summerland wine, cider, beer, and spirits. Guests will mingle with local winemakers and craft beverage creators while listening to live music undercover. Each attendee receives a souvenir wine glass to commemorate the day along with discounts to be used along Bottleneck Drive.

For more information follow Bottleneck Drive tours on Twitter and Instagram.

Circle Craft Christmas Market 2019: Win Tickets

Comments 63 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s been a holiday tradition in Vancouver for the last 4 decades! A kick-off to the season, Circle Craft Christmas Market returns with over 300 artisans from across Canada will gather to show their wares: fine artistry and modern design via wood, clay, textiles, metal and more!


Circle Craft Christmas Market

  • When: November 7-11, 2019
  • Hours: Thurs-Sat 10:00am to 9:00pm; Sat 10:00am to 7:00pm; Mon 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Tickets: Available online. Full prices: Adult $15; Senior $12; Student $12. Free admission for children ages 12 and younger. Early bird prices end Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Visitors will also find a “shopping spree” contest, the Gourmet Alley, musical performances, the Budding Artists area where emerging artists will introduce exciting and innovative new work, and several artisan demonstrations.

Follow Circle Craft on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the co-op, their space on Granville Island and of course the Christmas market.

Win Tickets

I have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Christmas Market, here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. UPDATE: The winners are… Nadya and @justgrowing!

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party: Win Tickets

Comments 91 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party in Vancouver, and I can’t wait to finally offer up some tickets to this show! I was able to preview it in New Orleans earlier this year and it’s not only super fun for the whole family, but has dazzling acrobatics and skating feats – not to mention plenty of sing-along opportunities.

Disney on Ice Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party in Vancouver

  • Where: Pacific Coliseum
  • When: November 28th, 2019 at 7:00pm 
    • November 29th, 2019 at 7:00pm
    • November 30th, 2019 at 11:30am / 3:30pm / 7:00pm
    • December 1st, 2019 at 11:30am / 3:30pm
  • Tickets: On sale now starting at $18 plus fees

Mickey’s Search Party features a collection of Disney characters fans know and love portrayed by decorated performer-athletes who push the boundaries of what is possible. Their theatrical talent combined with this innovative Disney On Ice production elevates the live entertainment experience and will leave families with memories that will last a lifetime.

Disney on Ice Coco

Joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, live hosts will enliven the performance space by welcoming everyone into the magical world of Disney On Ice, setting the stage for a participatory adventure. Guests will embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skatersperformers and acrobats alike. You’ll see Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco, ice harvesters from Disney’s Frozen, the iconic chandelier seen in “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast and more! My favourite (no spoilers) is when Ariel and Prince Eric perform Kiss the Girl.

Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike.

For more information, follow Disney on Ice on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Win Tickets

I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to opening night on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. UPDATE: The winner is Clara!