Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

Luciterra students. FUBAFOTO photo.

The students of Luciterra Dance Company are putting on a show.

The East Vancouver-based school’s annual winter student showcase, The White Raven Revue, takes place this Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.). The students have been working on their routines for the past four months.

We asked co-director Nikki Mae to tell us more about the show and the company.

Q: How long have you been putting on The White Raven Revue? What is your role?

A: The White Raven Revue is going into its seventh year. But this will be the first time that I and my partner, Esther Harty, are putting on the White Raven since the four founding members and original instructors (Amber Eastman, Gillian Cofsky, Laura June, and Naomi Joy Gallagher) passed the torch to us in the summer. We were in the highest level performance class that toured Luciterra’s theatrical production (I.m.)position. Esther and I co-direct the company and co-teach the classes.

Q: Where do the students come from, and what are their backgrounds?

A: Our students come from many different backgrounds and age groups. Some are looking to try dance for the first time and others are coming back to it at a later point in life. And some who want to try something different.

FUBAFOTO photo.

Q: Is it different students every year?

A: We do take on new students every term, but many of our students stay and progress through the different levels. We currently have four different classes. “Ruby” is our introductory level, which we recommend all students, no matter their experience level, start in, to familiarize themselves with our style. “Tangerine” is the next level, followed by “Saffron” and “Cobalt,” which is our most advanced level.

Q: What should people know about this year’s White Raven Revue?

A: It will feature choreography made by Luciterra (ourselves and the founders) as well as self-choreographed solos and group pieces by the students themselves. There will also be a feature performance by the instructors’ performance group, Omnika In Motion, which is an excerpt from our full-length show “Echoes.” The complete show will make its Vancouver debut at the Rickshaw February 8.

There will also be vendors, including local artists, and an exciting raffle draw full of great prizes! The show is hosted by long-time friend of Luciterra and circus artist Chris Myrdock.

FUBAFOTO photo.

Tickets to The White Raven Revue are $ 17 in advance at luciterradance.com and $ 20 at the door. Doors are 6 p.m., show at 7. Registration for the 12-week winter session is open online at luciterradance.com as well.

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Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image courtesy of ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

This year, three neighbourhoods around Vancouver will be celebrating the winter solstice with unique events and celebrations.

The highlight of the event is the ‘Labyrinth of Light‘, a meditation maze made up of more than 600 pure beeswax candles. There are two set up this year, one at Performance Works on Granville Island and the other at Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

These labyrinths invite quiet meditation as a “a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities.” It’s a mesmerizing and unique way to spend an evening, idly walking in circles through paths lined by fire. It’ll cost $ 8 to walk through the labyrinth, but the funds are used to keep the lantern festival running for years to come.

Aside from the Labyrinth of Light, the wider Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is largely a free event. Each of the neighbourhood celebrations run from 6:00pm until 10:00pm, and include processions through the streets, musical performances, lantern making, and many other forms of entertainment.

This year, the festival will take place in three neighbourhoods: Yaletown, Granville Island and Chinatown.

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image from ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

Yaletown Lantern Festival

Taking place in the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), the Yaletown festival will feature an array of indoor celebrations, with simultaneous activities and performers throughout the venue.

Starting at 6:00 pm, there will be a parade starting from The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken Street) that will lead back to the Yaletown Roundhouse.

In Yaletown, there will be a secret lantern garden, dancing, live music performances, a lantern workshop, and a labyrinth of light. More information about the Yaletown festivities can be found on the Lantern Festival website.

winter solstice lantern festival 2016

Image courtesy of ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

Granville Island Lantern Festival

Starting at 6:00 pm, there will be two lantern processions starting from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Granville Island Ocean Artworks, converging at the Water Park on Granville Island.

After the procession, indoor activities will be available from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, with hot chocolate, live music, family dancing, and a labyrinth of light.

From 7:00 – 9:00 PM, follow the Carnival Band over to Ron Basford Park where the Urban Haidas welcome the crowd and Inspired Circus weaves their fiery magic as a flaming sun sculpture lights the darkest night. There will also be an exciting fire finale at 9:10 pm, so make sure you stick around for that!

More information about the Granville Island festivities can be found on the Lantern Festival website.

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image by TOTORORO.RORO | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Chinatown Lantern Festival

This year, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival returns to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden after a yearlong break, transforming the Garden into an illuminated wonderland with hundreds of handmade lanterns, live music, light installations, and aromatic tea.

Throughout the evening, Lan Tung & Bo Peng Duo (traditional Chinese and modern music)Saul Berson Duo (jazz)Twisted Hazel (acoustic folk/fiddle), and Teacup in the Tuba (accordion/clarinet duo) will serenade the dreamlike celebration. Guests can warm up with aromatic tea and participate in a tea ceremony with the Pandora Benevolent Society.

Visitors can celebrate winter solstice by creating their own festive headdresses using organic materials such as ivy and evergreens. More information about the Chinatown festivities can be found on the Lantern Festival website.

winter solstice lantern festival

Photo credit: eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee | Flickr

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Quick Details

When: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Time: Processions start at 6 pm

Where: Yaletown, Granville Island, Chinatown

Tickets: General admission free, with $ 5 donation gratefully accepted; Labyrinth of Lights tickets available online, $ 8, with kids under 13 going free.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

Luciterra students. FUBAFOTO photo.

The students of Luciterra Dance Company are putting on a show.

The East Vancouver-based school’s annual winter student showcase, The White Raven Revue, takes place this Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.). The students have been working on their routines for the past four months.

We asked co-director Nikki Mae to tell us more about the show and the company.

Q: How long have you been putting on The White Raven Revue? What is your role?

A: The White Raven Revue is going into its seventh year. But this will be the first time that I and my partner, Esther Harty, are putting on the White Raven since the four founding members and original instructors (Amber Eastman, Gillian Cofsky, Laura June, and Naomi Joy Gallagher) passed the torch to us in the summer. We were in the highest level performance class that toured Luciterra’s theatrical production (I.m.)position. Esther and I co-direct the company and co-teach the classes.

Q: Where do the students come from, and what are their backgrounds?

A: Our students come from many different backgrounds and age groups. Some are looking to try dance for the first time and others are coming back to it at a later point in life. And some who want to try something different.

FUBAFOTO photo.

Q: Is it different students every year?

A: We do take on new students every term, but many of our students stay and progress through the different levels. We currently have four different classes. “Ruby” is our introductory level, which we recommend all students, no matter their experience level, start in, to familiarize themselves with our style. “Tangerine” is the next level, followed by “Saffron” and “Cobalt,” which is our most advanced level.

Q: What should people know about this year’s White Raven Revue?

A: It will feature choreography made by Luciterra (ourselves and the founders) as well as self-choreographed solos and group pieces by the students themselves. There will also be a feature performance by the instructors’ performance group, Omnika In Motion, which is an excerpt from our full-length show “Echoes.” The complete show will make its Vancouver debut at the Rickshaw February 8.

There will also be vendors, including local artists, and an exciting raffle draw full of great prizes! The show is hosted by long-time friend of Luciterra and circus artist Chris Myrdock.

FUBAFOTO photo.

Tickets to The White Raven Revue are $ 17 in advance at luciterradance.com and $ 20 at the door. Doors are 6 p.m., show at 7. Registration for the 12-week winter session is open online at luciterradance.com as well.

Inside Vancouver Blog

Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image courtesy of ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

This year, three neighbourhoods around Vancouver will be celebrating the winter solstice with unique events and celebrations.

The highlight of the event is the ‘Labyrinth of Light‘, a meditation maze made up of more than 600 pure beeswax candles. There are two set up this year, one at Performance Works on Granville Island and the other at Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

These labyrinths invite quiet meditation as a “a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities.” It’s a mesmerizing and unique way to spend an evening, idly walking in circles through paths lined by fire. It’ll cost $ 8 to walk through the labyrinth, but the funds are used to keep the lantern festival running for years to come.

Aside from the Labyrinth of Light, the wider Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is largely a free event. Each of the neighbourhood celebrations run from 6:00pm until 10:00pm, and include processions through the streets, musical performances, lantern making, and many other forms of entertainment.

This year, the festival will take place in three neighbourhoods: Yaletown, Granville Island and Chinatown.

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image from ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

Yaletown Lantern Festival

Taking place in the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), the Yaletown festival will feature an array of indoor celebrations, with simultaneous activities and performers throughout the venue.

Starting at 6:00 pm, there will be a parade starting from The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken Street) that will lead back to the Yaletown Roundhouse.

In Yaletown, there will be a secret lantern garden, dancing, live music performances, a lantern workshop, and a labyrinth of light. More information about the Yaletown festivities can be found on the Lantern Festival website.

winter solstice lantern festival 2016

Image courtesy of ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

Granville Island Lantern Festival

Starting at 6:00 pm, there will be two lantern processions starting from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Granville Island Ocean Artworks, converging at the Water Park on Granville Island.

After the procession, indoor activities will be available from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, with hot chocolate, live music, family dancing, and a labyrinth of light.

From 7:00 – 9:00 PM, follow the Carnival Band over to Ron Basford Park where the Urban Haidas welcome the crowd and Inspired Circus weaves their fiery magic as a flaming sun sculpture lights the darkest night. There will also be an exciting fire finale at 9:10 pm, so make sure you stick around for that!

More information about the Granville Island festivities can be found on the Lantern Festival website.

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image by TOTORORO.RORO | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Chinatown Lantern Festival

This year, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival returns to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden after a yearlong break, transforming the Garden into an illuminated wonderland with hundreds of handmade lanterns, live music, light installations, and aromatic tea.

Throughout the evening, Lan Tung & Bo Peng Duo (traditional Chinese and modern music)Saul Berson Duo (jazz)Twisted Hazel (acoustic folk/fiddle), and Teacup in the Tuba (accordion/clarinet duo) will serenade the dreamlike celebration. Guests can warm up with aromatic tea and participate in a tea ceremony with the Pandora Benevolent Society.

Visitors can celebrate winter solstice by creating their own festive headdresses using organic materials such as ivy and evergreens. More information about the Chinatown festivities can be found on the Lantern Festival website.

winter solstice lantern festival

Photo credit: eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee | Flickr

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Quick Details

When: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Time: Processions start at 6 pm

Where: Yaletown, Granville Island, Chinatown

Tickets: General admission free, with $ 5 donation gratefully accepted; Labyrinth of Lights tickets available online, $ 8, with kids under 13 going free.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Get into the Holiday Spirit at Christmas at FlyOver Canada (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Ho, ho, hold on tight! This Christmas season, come down to FlyOver Canada to fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.

After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight in search of the rest of the missing elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

Event Info:

When: November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: FlyOver Canada | 999 Canada Place
Tickets: Buy online or at the gate

Social: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

https://player.vimeo.com/video/244384460

Free Ticket Giveaway:

We’re giving away a family four-pack of tickets to this year’s Christmas at FlyOver Canada! Simply post a comment below telling us why you want to take part in this festive experience and be automatically entered to win. We’ll select one lucky winner on Wednesday, December 20th and notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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Get into the Holiday Spirit at Christmas at FlyOver Canada (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Get into the Holiday Spirit at Christmas at FlyOver Canada (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Ho, ho, hold on tight! This Christmas season, come down to FlyOver Canada to fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.

After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight in search of the rest of the missing elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

Event Info:

When: November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: FlyOver Canada | 999 Canada Place
Tickets: Buy online or at the gate

Social: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

https://player.vimeo.com/video/244384460

Free Ticket Giveaway:

We’re giving away a family four-pack of tickets to this year’s Christmas at FlyOver Canada! Simply post a comment below telling us why you want to take part in this festive experience and be automatically entered to win. We’ll select one lucky winner on Wednesday, December 20th and notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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Get into the Holiday Spirit at Christmas at FlyOver Canada (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra Relive Movie Magic in Vancouver Debut (Free Tickets!)

Submitted by China Broadcasting Film Symphony

Music lovers and film fans alike won’t want to miss an evening of Hollywood’s greatest soundtracks performed by China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra (CBFSO) at Cinema in Concert, presented by the Canada-China Culture Development Association on January 12, 2018 at The Orpheum.

In this Vancouver premiere, the 80-member CBFSO will perform themes from blockbuster favourites such as Braveheart, Casablanca, Jurassic World, Legends of the Fall, and Pirates of the Caribbean, and more, plus a selection of China’s celebrated film repertoire. While the music comes to life on stage, the iconic film scenes will light up a massive screen in the backdrop.

Submitted by China Broadcasting Film Symphony

CBFSO have recorded music for 2,000+ films, TV dramas and documentaries, and sold out venues in more than 40 countries. Leading CBFSO will be national first-class conductor, Pang Ka Pang. Considered one of the 10 most influential cultural figures in China, Pang is permanent guest conductor of National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Austria’s Mozart Symphony Orchestra, and Korea’s Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra. At Cinema in Concert, audiences will hear works by five Oscar-winning composers who together boast eight Academy Awards and 45 nominations.

Tickets from $ 29 at TicketsTonight.ca

Event Info:

When: Friday, January 12, 2018
Where: The Orpheum Theatre | 604 Smithe Street
Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: Purchase online

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY!

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the January 12th performance of Cinema in Concert happening at The Orpheum Theatre. Simply post a comment below and be automatically entered to win. We’ll select one lucky winner on Wednesday, December 20th and notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra Relive Movie Magic in Vancouver Debut (Free Tickets!)