Dan’s Legacy Presents Trans Extravaganza

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Dan’s Legacy invites youth to a celebration of gender diversity with art, fashion, and performances at Trans Extravaganza.

Dan's Legacy Trans Extravaganza

Dan’s Legacy Presents Trans Extravaganza

Where: Red Gate Arts Society (1965 Main St, Vancouver)
When: February 1, 2020 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted). For ages 13-25. Scent reduced, universal washroom, ASL interpretation, accessible, and allies welcome!

This event is a celebration of the Q2STNBI community, with opportunities for queer, two-spirit, trans, non-binary and inter-sex youth to learn more about the resources available to them, discover identity pride and increase their confidence by developing leadership and organization skills.

“The Trans Extravaganza is an event designed and hosted by the youth taking part in our Queer Femme art therapy program,” says Barbara Coates, Dan’s Legacy’s executive director. “The youth felt the group was missing diversity and not meeting the needs of the community in the way we had intended. We hope this event will help queer youth discover identity pride, increase their confidence, and become more aware of all the resources available to them in the community.”

Some of the challenges queer and trans youth face are: acceptance from family and community; knowledge of and access to appropriate medical and mental health services, clothing that is reflective of their identity; instruments that help with body dysphoria, and gender-confirming
procedures not covered by provincial healthcare.

The event will have speaker panels, workshops on Two-Spirit medicines and ceremonies, mindfulness and medical information, and a quiet space for people to rest and create art. Entrance is free but donations to Dan’s Legacy are gratefully accepted. Funds raised help Dan’s Legacy provide trauma and culturally informed counselling to at-risk youth in Metro Vancouver.

If you cannot attend the event but want to support Dan’s Legacy, text DANS to 45678 to make an automatic $10 donation.

About Dan’s Legacy

Dan’s Legacy provides therapeutic counselling and life-skills intervention programs to youth affected by trauma-based mental health and addictions issues. In the past four years Dan’s Legacy has helped over 300 youth meet their educational, housing and life-goals. Follow Dan’s Legacy on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to learn more about their work in our community.

Miss604 is a proud social media sponsor of Trans Extravaganza and the Chef’s Charity Dinner for Dan’s Legacy BC

Anywhere But Here, Date Night Giveaway with Baru Latino

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Electric Company Theatre presents the world premiere of Carmen Aguirre’s spellbinding new work, Anywhere But Here, from February 4–15, 2020 at the Vancouver Playhouse.  Set in 1979 on the desert border between the United States and Mexico, Anywhere But Here is a psycho-social-spiritual-physical journey that represents the inner turmoil of exile. 

Anywhere But Here
Magical realist work by Carmen Aguirre celebrates Latinx culture
and marks theatrical debut of Juno Award-winning hip hop artist Shad 

Anywhere But Here

Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
When: February 4–15, 2020
Tickets: Available online now from $19.99 »

Directed by Juliette Carrillo with set design by Christopher Acebo — an acclaimed Chicanx duo making their Canadian debut — this haunting blend of dark comedy and magical realism is a vibrant celebration of Latinx theatre that chronicles the many paths and timelines, real and imagined, we take to discover the truth — the truth about who we are, and where we may be headed. 

Produced in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre and presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the play introduces a host of fantastical characters who have experienced the pull of home, the ache of displacement, and the harsh realities of the borderlands in Trump’s America.

The stellar cast is a borderless group comprised of Augusto Bitter, Alen Dominguez, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Shawn Lall, Nadeem Phillip, Christine Quintana, Michelle Rios, AJ Simmons, and Manuela Sosa. All of these gifted actors have a direct connection to immigration as first- or second-generation immigrants to Canada with roots in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Pakistan.

Juno Award-winning hip hop artist Shad will make his theatrical debut with his rap pieces, co-written with Aguirre.

Follow Electric Company Theatre on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Date Night Giveaway

I have a Date Night package to give away that includes two tickets to Anywhere But Here on February 6th and $50 for dinner at the award-winning Baru Latino (2535 Alma, Vancouver).

Baru Latino

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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The winner may claim up their gift certificate at the Baru Latino between February 6-28, 2020 with valid ID. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, January 27, 2020.

UPDATE The winner is: ANNA!

Send a CandyGram in Support of A Loving Spoonful

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It’s that time of year! You can surprise someone special and support a great cause when you send a CandyGram in support of A Loving Spoonful.

Candy Grams 2020

Send a CandyGram in Support of a Loving Spoonful

CandyGrams are $10 and they include:

  • A specially designed Valentine’s Day gift pouch (that is re-usable!)
  • Two delicious 3D Heart gummies by Spoonful’s Candy Creations
  • Dare Bear Paws mini-fruits fruit snacks
  • McDonalds Coupon for a Big Mac or another Entrée
  • Postage for anywhere in Canada (CandyGrams are sent using Canada Post)
  • Even more goodies to be announced soon!

Each CandyGram purchased means 2 meals can be provided for individuals and families in need, and all additional donations made with CandyGram purchases will be used to purchase meals, produce, milk, yogurt, juice and bread for people in need.

On Sale: Monday January 13th, 2020
East Coast* Deadline: February 5th, 2020
West Coast** Deadline:  February 6th, 2020
Metro Vancouver Deadline: February 9th, 2020

*For Mailing Purposes East Coast is:  SK, MB, ON, QC, NS, NB, NL, PEI, YT, NU, NT
**For Mailing Purposes West Coast is: AB and BC outside of Metro Vancouver

A Loving Spoonful, a charity that supports individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and in many cases co-existing illnesses. They deliver ready-made and nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS who are unable to provide food for themselves because of medical or health conditions. With your help, they hope to provide 8,000 meals to people living with illness!

Follow A Loving Spoonful on Facebook and Twitter (tag: #candygram) for more information.

Broadway Across Canada Vancouver Shows for 2020-2021

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Broadway Across Canada has unveiled their upcoming 2020-2021 Season. Five theatrical productions will take centre stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre beginning next fall including the Vancouver premiere engagement of the Broadway Musical, HAMILTON

Broadway Across Canada Vancouver Shows for 2020-2021

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

2020 will close out with DEAR EVAN HANSEN (February 25 to March 1, 2020), FINDING NEVERLAND (April 7 to 12, 2020), and WICKED (season option, July 9-26, 2020).

Kicking off the 2020-2021 Broadway Across Canada Season will be CHICAGO (September 15 to 20), Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. Next is JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (October 28 – November 1, 2020), in a new mesmerizing production to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

This is followed by ANASTASIA (January 19 to 24, 2021), a dazzling show that will transport you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Next up is season option COME FROM AWAY (March 9 – 21, 2021), a Best Musical winner all across North America. Closing the season is HAMILTON (June 22 – July 25, 2021), the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.

Four show Season packages start at $215 and are available for renewing subscribers today at 10:00am online, by phone at 1-866-542-7469. New subscriptions are available beginning January 23, 2020 at 10:00am.  Come From Away is available as a Season option at an additional cost.  

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

Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley

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This weekend is Parks Canada’s 11th annual Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley. Discover French-Canadian culture — past and present — through interactive presentations and treats like maple taffy and poutine. Reflect on the role of French-Canadian trappers, interpreters and voyageurs played in shaping the history of Fort Langley and Canada.

Fort Langley Maple - Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival
Fort Langley Maple Taffy

Vive les Voyageurs Festival at Fort Langley

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley)
When: Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: Regular admission fees apply ($7.90 per adult and $6.60 per senior), while admission is free for youth (17 and under) and annual pass holders.

It’s a great time to purchase the 2020 annual passes at the early bird price, just $16.05 per adult and $13.49 per senior.

All ages will have fun learning more about ‘la culture canadienne-française’ at Vive les Voyageurs. There’s room to explore, fun hands-on activities and a dedicated children’s play area and the festival is even better. New this year, kids won’t want to miss the “Tiny Boat Races” activity at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Families will also enjoy interactive presentations like the Métis jig workshop and French-Canadian music performances.

lelәm’ at the fort café will offer poutine, tourtière, hot drinks and heritage-inspired treats, while outside visitors can watch hot maple syrup poured on snow transform into tasty taffy.

Fort Langley National Historic Site reflects the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. Many of the Hudson’s Bay Company workers—including those who came to work at Fort Langley—were French-Canadian. Many developed legendary reputations for their work transporting furs by canoe across the wild reaches of the country. They helped negotiate trade with Indigenous communities, and navigated great rivers carrying bundles of fur over portages.

Follow Fort Langley National Historic Site on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Saints and Sinners Tour with Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party

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It’s just like a flyer plastered around A&B Sound in Whalley in my formative years! The Saints and Sinners Tour with Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party will hit Canada this summer. Starting June 26th in Penticton it will head around BC then east before culminating in St. John’s NL on July 30th.

Saints and Sinners Tour

Saints and Sinners Tour with Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party

Tour Dates in BC:

  • June 26, 2020 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
  • June 27, 2020 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
  • June 29, 2020 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre

With over a dozen Gold and Platinum certified albums, hundreds of thousands of concert tickets sold and some of the most incredible hits among the line-up, the tour will be a once in a lifetime rock music spectacle. Every night will be a new experience for fans with a rotating, surprise line-up for each show and each band could not be more excited about hitting the road on this amazing tour. 

The Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket (where available) will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund and their work providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

VIP Packages and Artist’s Presale start Tuesday January 21st at 10:00am. Tickets on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00am.

For $99 you can upgrade your tickets to the VIP package that includes:

  • Once in a lifetime photo opportunity with you and all four bands!*
  • Exclusive VIP Commemorative Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Laminate **
  • Exclusive Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Lanyard 
  • Limited Edition Pin-Pack (includes 4 Pins, 1 from each band)
  • Exclusive Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour Drink Koozie
  • Front of the line access to the venue for VIP pass holder ^
  • Early access to merch booth for VIP pass holder^

 * Photo will be with you or your group, and all bands on the tour
** VIP Laminate is your access ticket to the VIP event
^ Unavailable in Ottawa & St John’s

For more information about the BC dates, follow Live Nation West on Twitter.