Hot off its 2018 Broadway premiere, Gateway Theatre presents Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee making its Western Canadian debut February 6th in Richmond. Garnering attention on Broadway for being the first play produced by a female Asian-American playwright, and for its subversive take on white male privilege, this one-of-a-kind theatre piece’s edgy social commentary will be recognized by Vancouver theatregoers as from the same playwright as SpeakEasy Theatre’s award-winning production of The Shipment.
GQ described Straight White Men as “a look into what happens when we view straight white masculinity not as a default, but as a specific condition of these characters’ lives,” while The New York Times called it “undeniably powerful” and a “smart and thorny Broadway anomaly.”
In acclaimed playwright Lee’s play, Ed and his three adult sons have come together to celebrate Christmas. The boys enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and Chinese takeout peppered with a little casual homophobia, some light misogyny, and a dash of racism. But their holiday cheer is complicated by the presence of eldest brother Matt. Once the alpha male, Ivy League-educated pride of his family, he is staying with Ed while working a low-paying job for a community organization.
Where audiences might expect a straight-up satire of middle-class white privilege, Straight White Men veers into more universal territory as Matt’s family, and the audience, begin to wonder why the prodigal son isn’t living up to his full potential. Or is he? Featuring:Kim Villagante, Raven John, Peter Anderson, Daniel Martin, Carlo Marks, and Sebastien Archibald.
The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver will host the 27th AnnualJCC Sports Dinner on March 11th with new title sponsor, RBC. The highlight of the evening is the Keynote Speaker, and this is the first time the event will feature an active player: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.
RBC JCC Sports Dinner with Drew Brees
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver (655 Burrard St, Vancouver) When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 reception 5:30pm, dinner 6:30pm Tickets: Tables and a limited number of individual tickets will be available mid-February. This event usually sells out so stay tuned!
Brees is a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, 2008 & 2011 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Superbowl XLIV Champion & MVP, and the NFL’s passing yards leader. Off the field Brees is widely recognized for his charitable commitments and philanthropic endeavours.
Previous speakers include: Joe Montana & Jerry Rice, Shaquille O’Neal, Howie Long, Sir Charles Barkley,
Emmett Smith, Vincent Edward ‘Bo’ Jackson, Scotty Bowman and many others.
This year’s Jack Diamond Award recipient is Noah Cantor, a 12-year CFL veteran who played with the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions and winning 4 Grey Cup championships. After retiring from football, Noah went on to build the successful 12-location restaurant chain, Vera’s Burger Shack, however he is most proud of the work he does as an RBC JCC Sports Dinner Committee Member, junior girls basketball Coach and flag football coach.
Celebrating professional and local athletes, the Sports Dinner raises much-needed funds to provide scholarships and programs for members of the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these services.
Over 900 of the city’s top executives and sports enthusiasts will be in attendance as the dinner has become a
place that connects business professionals with media personalities, government representatives, professional sports
alumni, benefactors, and community leaders.
Live Auction and Prizes
Live auction highlights include a brand new Cadillac XT4, courtesy of Dueck Auto Group, tickets to the Euro 2020 semi finals in London, courtesy of James & Jaclyn Dayson (including airfare and luxury hotel), and a fully stocked premium home bar, courtesy of Legacy Liquor Store.
You can also enter the #TBT contest. Every Thursday, tag your throwback pics with #DueckLovesJcc. Follow @JCCSportsDinner and tag @dueckgm. Prize draw Thursday, February 6, 2020 for a luxury summer weekend in Whistler at the Westin Resort & Spa, including a weekend rental of a brand new Cadillac XT4 Crossover from Dueck Auto Group!
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have announced that Covenant House Vancouver will be the club’s new 50/50 fundraising program partner. All proceeds from the 50/50 program at Whitecaps FC home matches during the 2020 season will be donated to improve the lives of Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth.
Whitecaps FC partner with Covenant House Vancouver for 50/50
Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver’s purpose has been to serve all youth with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need. The organization’s Continuum of Care model includes a daily drop-in centre, a 63-bed residential crisis program, transitional living resources, life-skills training, and substance and mental health support.
“Covenant House Vancouver is honoured to have been chosen as the 50/50 program recipient,” said Allison Briggs, development officer of community giving for Covenant House Vancouver. “The 50/50 program donations will directly impact youth who are either at-risk or experiencing homelessness in our community. This funding will ensure young people’s immediate needs are met; having a warm bed, nutritious food, access to counselling and so much more. All of us at Covenant House Vancouver are incredibly grateful for the support from Vancouver Whitecaps FC and their dedicated fans.”
Whitecaps FC have participated in various Covenant House Vancouver initiatives throughout the years. Players, executives and staff have participated in several Sleep Out events, spending a night on the street to demonstrate their commitment to alleviating homelessness. The club has also hosted an annual #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign to raise funds via raffles, auctions and donations. As a result of the club’s community efforts, well over $335,000 has been donated to Covenant House Vancouver to date.
I’ve spent some of my most miserable nights at Covenant House, so that youth don’t have to. When you’re trying to sleep on a piece of cardboard in a back alley Downtown while freezing rain pelts down on your cheeks, many thoughts go through your head. I thought about Covenant House’s crisis program, community support services, and how they life up youth through their Right of Passage Program. I also thought about the hot coffee that they would be serving at 5:00am when us Sleep Out participants could pack up and go home after the campaign.
How fortunate we were to get up and go home, and how one night could make such a big difference (raising over $300,000 for the cause). I’ll never forget one night we did the sleep out and a Covenant House youth felt bad for us, she brought her own blanket downstairs to give to us. That is compassion. It’s contagious.
I’m thrilled to not only be a season ticket holder of the Whitecaps (since 2011) but to support Covenant House through the 50/50 at matches this season. See you at BC Place!
Do you own a business in New Westminster? You could get a big boost in this year’s Level-Up My Brand contest by winning up to $18,000 of value-in-kind of marketing, branding services and prizes.
New Westminster has a special place in my heart, having spent every Sunday in Sapperton in my formative years. It’s been incredible to see the city grow and evolve over the last few decades. Initiatives like this are a big help!
Level-Up My Brand in New Westminster
Included in the list of prizes is a personal lunch with Jonathon Cote, Mayor of New Westminster; branding sessions; web design; vehicle wraps; personalized promotional items; signage; financial advice and videography services.
Free to enter, New Westminster based businesses of all sizes are encouraged to enter online by February 29, 2020. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2020 at a gala event at 100 Braid Street, where 10 entrants will compete in a trade show for the final prize.
First-year Level-Up My Brand winner saw Stefania Butkovic of Mindful Mutts winning a $12,000 prize over the 30 entries received. “Winning Level-Up My Brand helped bring me more clients than I could even handle!” says Stefania Butkovic, Mindful Mutts. “And that’s a good thing! Winning this prize landed me first media attention with the local newspaper. Plus, signage I could never afford and professional services I can’t even believe I lived without.”
2020 Level-Up My Brand Prizes Include over $18,000 in value-in-kind prizes and services only (no cash):
Lunch with the Mayor of New Westminster, Jonathan Cote (priceless)
Branding audit from Webb Creative ($1,000 value)
Vehicle wrap/vinyl signage by Canawrap ($500 value)
Storybrand Script Consultation by Jon Glen Branding & Marketing Consultant ($2,000 value)
Promotional product (swag) package from Patterson Brands ($2,500 value)
Print/Digital Advertising from New West Record ($2,500 value)
Purpose discovery, design philosophy and brand voice consultation from WestCoast Brand Management ($2,000 value)
Video production from Crow Motel ($2,000 value)
Website audit and planning from Hutzalak Consulting ($1,000 value)
Accounting consultation with Seymour Gardner Accounting ($500 value)
Print and packaging services from Glenmore Printing ($750 value)
New Westminster Chamber of Commerce membership for any size business plus unlimited access to all events for one person (approximate $2,000 value)
Office party package from Amaranthus and Steel & Oak ($750 value)
Level-Up My Brand was created by Rich Patterson, Patterson Brands and Katherine and Matt Webb of Webb Creative in 2018 to help support the local New Westminster business community. Follow the Level-Up campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more info.