Tickets for Hamilton in Vancouver

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Tickets for HAMILTON in Vancouver will go on sale to the public on December 9, 2021 at 10:00am! This acclaimed musical will finally get to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage as a part of Broadway Across Canada’s 2022 season.

Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus
Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tickets for Hamilton in Vancouver

  • On stage: May 24 – June 19, 2022
  • Tickets on sale: Starting December 9th at 10:00am online via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-855-985-5000.
    • American Express Cardmembers can get Front Of The Line® Presale access to tickets from December 6 to 7, 2021.
    • There is a maximum purchase limit of nine tickets per account for the engagement. When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $69 to $209 with a select number of premium seats available from $249. There will be a lottery for 40 $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical In the Heights.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by The Telsey Office, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For the latest news, announcements and “backstage” access on all upcoming shows follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook #BACTouring #BACSub #BACSuperfan.

Per the British Columbia government mandates, Broadway Across Canada and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre will require proof of vaccination for entry to all performances. Patrons 12 and over are now required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Everyone aged 19+ must show government-issued photo ID with their proof of vaccination. Masks will be required for 5+ and must be worn at all times with the exception of eating and drinking at the theatre

Running Across Iowa for a Cause

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It’s been a while since I posted anything about Iowa. John and I haven’t been able to visit over the last year and a half and I have no new Field of Dreams photos to share (if you’re a new follower, John is originally from Iowa and we previously spent about a month of the year there). However, I have something even more epic to announce: Our nephew will be running across Iowa for a cause in March and he’s just launched his fundraising campaign!

Anthony Running

Running Across Iowa for a Cause

Anthony Kinley will be running 333 miles across Iowa in March 2022 to raise awareness for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and to help fund the Austin Smith Inclusive Playground in his hometown of Monticello, Iowa.

He has previously completed the Boston Marathon, the R2R2R in the Grand Canyon, several other half and full marathons. This time he’s on an even bigger mission.

The Austin Strong Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to raise awareness, fund research, and support those families affected by childhood cancers, like DIPG.

“The main goal of the Austin Strong Foundation is research,” said Britt and Mikinzie Smith, who created the Austin Strong Foundation to honor their son, Austin Jeffrey Smith. “But, we believe part of being a successful foundation includes stewardship in our community, facilitating projects that will benefit our youth, and aligning with our mission of helping families.”

“The ability to play is something all children should have the right to enjoy,” adds Anthony, who knew Austin Smith before he lost his battle with DIPG in 2016 at the age of seven.

“He was going through more than I could ever imagine. He needed help with many simple things during his treatment that any other child would not think about, like using his own playground set in his backyard. One day while playing with him on the playground, I noticed how he was still a kid at heart and wanted nothing more than to be able to go down the slide again and again and again. The pure joy he got from the simplest acts of life has stuck with me ever since then. Austin truly was a superhero.”

Anthony hopes to raise $5,000 to support the construction of the Austin Smith Inclusive Playground.

Austin Smith Inclusive Playground

On November 15th, the first concrete was poured for the playground foundation and in the spring of 2022 the organization will host an official groundbreaking ceremony in Monticello.

“The ability to play is something all children should have the right to enjoy,” Anthony says. “I have been truly blessed in my life and I want to give back to those who are not able to experience the opportunities that I had. The Austin Smith Inclusive Playground has the opportunity to make every child feel as free as I do when I run.”

Find more information about this run on this website, and you can donate to support his efforts and the cause through GoFundMe.

Come March, I’ll certainly have more to post about Iowa!

Gateway Theatre Presents A Broadway Holiday, Win Tickets

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This December, Gateway Theatre welcomes back its first in-person, indoor audiences since February 2020 with a fun and festive concert: A Broadway Holiday. From December 16 through 23, audiences can get into the holiday mood by watching the concert at Gateway Theatre in-person, live on stage or online through on-demand stream.

Gateway Theatre Broadway Holiday - Tim Howe, Jenny Andersen, Sean Hara (L-R). Photo by David Cooper
Tim Howe, Jenny Andersen, Sean Hara (L-R). Photo by David Cooper

Gateway Theatre Presents A Broadway Holiday

  • When: December 16-23, 2021
  • Where: Gateway Theatre Main Stage (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond)
  • Tickets: Available online now
    • Pay What You Will (Preview Night) and tickets from $29 for in-person and video on-demand performances

Celebrate everything we love about Broadway, the holiday season, and most importantly, being together in-person at the theatre once again. For those who prefer to sing along in their comfort of their own home, there is a digital video-on demand version available.

“After 20 months of our theatre being in the dark, we want to celebrate our return with an uplifting concert filled with cheer and joy – much like the feeling of coming home for the holidays, ” says Barbara Tomasic, Gateway Theatre’s Director of Artistic Programs and co-creator of A Broadway Holiday. “It’s going to be a celebration of everything we love about Broadway, the holiday season, and being together in-person again.”

Creating this show together, Barbara Tomasic and Christopher King (Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Music Man) have selected festive hits from Broadway shows such as “Let it Snow, “Sleigh Ride”, and “White Christmas” that will have audiences happily singing along. Musically directed by Jenny Andersen and performed by seven talented singer-musicians playing a variety of instruments including the accordion, piano, and the kazoo, audiences will be treated to a magical musical performance. For patrons who would like to sing along in the comfort of their own home, a digital video on-demand version will be available.

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Related: Holiday Theatre in Metro Vancouver

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Family Services of the North Shore’s Christmas Bureau Toy Drive & More

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Family Services of the North Shore’s Christmas Bureau ensures that low-income and vulnerable families, individuals, and seniors living in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Lions Bay, and on Bowen Island can celebrate the holidays. This season, you can make a difference in the life of a child or teenager by contributing to the Christmas Bureau Toy Drive on December 5th and at select pop-up events around the community.

Family Services North Shore Christmas Bureau Poster

Toy Drive at Northshore Auto Mall

  • When: Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Where: Park Shore BMW (835 Automall Drive, North Vancouver)
  • What is Needed: New, unwrapped toys and ESPECIALLY gift cards for teens!

Bring your donation and drop it off from the comfort of your own vehicle, which you are welcome to dress up for the holidays! Supporters will also be able to get a physically distanced photo with Santa.

Family Services of the North Shore's Christmas Bureau Toy Drive & More

Can’t make it in person? It’s simple to donate online. Toy Drive donations will go directly toward purchasing toys and gifts for children and teens, to ensure vulnerable North Shore families are able share in the joy of the holidays with presents under the tree. The Northshore Auto Mall has generously pledged to match all Toy Drive Donations made, up to $10,000.

More Ways to Support This Season

Look for Family Services of the North Shore’s Community Pop-Ups at Park Royal on Saturday, November 27, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, and at The Shipyards on Saturday, December 4, 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

  • If you would like to volunteer with the Christmas Bureau you can find info here.
  • If you would like to receive support, call the Christmas Bureau at (604) 984-9627.

For more information, and ways to show your support, follow along on Facebook.

The Power of #GivingTuesday and Beyond

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#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

Giving Tuesday 2020

The Power of #GivingTuesday and Beyond

What does it mean to give? At its most basic definition, giving means to freely transfer the possession of something to someone. But to me that doesn’t truly speak to what it means to give.

To me, giving speaks to caring, support, and to that innate human desire to want to help one another. The act of giving back can also be an expression of someone’s values, supporting what they truly care about and the changes they want to see in the world.

In recent years, there has been such a need for support. So many individuals, families, industries, and communities have needed help. And that can be tough to witness, and it can be tough to know what to do and how to help.

But here is the good news, every day I have the privilege of witnessing the act of giving in action. Both the joy of seeing someone give and the direct impact of those gifts received.

I wanted to share some of the different ways you can give. Everyone has something to give. Yes, even if you don’t have a cent or an hour to spare right now, you can still make a difference.

The Gift of Time

Volunteers are the heart of our communities. If you have time, there are all kinds of organizations that would be thrilled to have you. You don’t need a special skill or expertise. No matter your age or skill level, there is a volunteer opportunity out there for you.

Advocacy work is another example of giving time. A shared tweet, a signed petition, or attending an advocacy event can help a cause propel its mission or reach new supporters.

Don’t forget about reaching out to your elected officials. They have the power to change policy which can have a huge impact. They want to know what matters to their constituents. Sharing what is important to you can help direct government funds to what matters to you and pass crucial policies.

GIving Tuesday 2021

The Gift of Treasure

Maybe you don’t have the time to volunteer right now, or maybe the times we are living in make volunteering a challenge. There is another way to give. You may find that you have a bit extra in your budget or may have a hidden treasure that you didn’t know could be helpful.

Monetary donations are always welcome by non-profits, and yes, even the small donations help. Monthly giving can provide consistent cash flow to an organization. A small donation, whether it be bi-weekly or monthly, can be easier on the wallet, but really add up over a year.

Considering donating in someone’s memory or in their honour, for a special occasion. Finding out their favourite cause is a unique and special way to show them that you care about them and what matters to them.

Legacy Giving is a way for you to make a lasting impact on the world, by providing for your loved ones and the causes that matter most to you. Even a small percentage of your estate can make a big difference to the causes you care about, and it is easy to include your favourite charity in your will.

Do you have an idle car, did you buy too much peanut butter, or have you been collecting hotel soaps for years? You can make space in your place and help others. Donating gifts-in-kind, or non-money items, fills real needs for many non-profits and can be a cost-effective way to support an organization.We have only scratched the surface of all the different ways that you can give. No matter what your values are, what has impacted your life, or what is important to you, there is a non-profit out there looking for support.

Here are a few of my local favourites:

  • Covenant House Vancouver
    • Yes, I do work there so of course, it was making the list. Our purpose is to serve all youth, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need.
  • Vancouver Foodbank
    • Their mission is providing healthy food to those in need and their vision is healthy communities through fair and effective food systems. The cost of living is getting higher, and more people are relying on food banks.
  • Vancouver Public Library Foundation
    • The library is a free place for everyone to discover, create, and share ideas and information. Libraries provide so much for communities beyond access to books and other important resources. They provide warmth and safety for those experiencing homelessness, a connection for a new mom, and access to community support for a senior.
  • A Loving Spoonful
    • They are a volunteer-driven, non-partisan society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV and coexisting illnesses, in Metro Vancouver and the surrounding areas.
  • WISH Drop-In Centre Society
    • Their mission is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade. Their vision is for every woman to have access to opportunities to make free, healthy, and positive choices.

I hope that you feel empowered to give and I hope that you feel like your gifts matter, because they do. I see their impact daily. I truly believe that every gift and every act of giving makes a difference. Every positive act contributes to healthier communities and to a better world. Happy giving!

Kristy Hayter