Where to celebrate the life and music of Gord Downie in Vancouver

Gord Downie. David Bastedo photo.

Even non-Canadians probably noticed a pall over the country these past couple of days.

On Oct. 17, we lost one of our greatest poets and chroniclers. Gord Downie, frontman for Kingston band the Tragically Hip, was 53 when he passed away from brain cancer.

Fans of the singer and the group he helped form over three decades ago were, and still are, bereft. There have been gatherings and impromptu musical tributes to Downie, in his hometown of Kingston and across the nation. Fans are still coming to terms with their grief. No doubt we can expect many tributes to Downie and his music in the weeks and months to come.

In the meantime, there are a couple of events in Vancouver that will allow people to grieve together, to share stories, memories and music. One is a screening of the new documentary about the Tragically’s Hip’s final tour; another is a chance to sing one of the band’s greatest songs with others.

CTV is screening Long Time Running, the new doc about last year’s final Tragically Hip tour, this evening (Oct. 20). But those looking for a more communal experience, not to mention the chance to see it on a big screen, can do so at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) Oct. 21 at 4:15 p.m. The theatre is urging interested parties to buy advance tickets online, as they are expecting the show to sell out.

Gord Downie receiving the Order of Canada.

The Impromptu Rock Choir is gathering twice next week to pay tribute. On Tues., Oct 24, the choir—open to everyone—gathers at The Wise Hall & Lounge in East Vancouver to sing the Tragically Hip song “Ahead By a Century”. On Wed. Oct 25, the choir moves to St. James Community Square in Kitsilano. Organizers suggest arriving at “7.15-ish” (p.m.), with singing to begin at 7:30. “No singing experience is needed, and no need to read music either!” we are assured.

Got a Gord Downie/Tragically Hip open-to-the-public event in Vancouver to share? Please let us know in comments.

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Where to celebrate the life and music of Gord Downie in Vancouver

Where to celebrate the life and music of Gord Downie in Vancouver

Gord Downie. David Bastedo photo.

Even non-Canadians probably noticed a pall over the country these past couple of days.

On Oct. 17, we lost one of our greatest poets and chroniclers. Gord Downie, frontman for Kingston band the Tragically Hip, was 53 when he passed away from brain cancer.

Fans of the singer and the group he helped form over three decades ago were, and still are, bereft. There have been gatherings and impromptu musical tributes to Downie, in his hometown of Kingston and across the nation. Fans are still coming to terms with their grief. No doubt we can expect many tributes to Downie and his music in the weeks and months to come.

In the meantime, there are a couple of events in Vancouver that will allow people to grieve together, to share stories, memories and music. One is a screening of the new documentary about the Tragically’s Hip’s final tour; another is a chance to sing one of the band’s greatest songs with others.

CTV is screening Long Time Running, the new doc about last year’s final Tragically Hip tour, this evening (Oct. 20). But those looking for a more communal experience, not to mention the chance to see it on a big screen, can do so at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) Oct. 21 at 4:15 p.m. The theatre is urging interested parties to buy advance tickets online, as they are expecting the show to sell out.

Gord Downie receiving the Order of Canada.

The Impromptu Rock Choir is gathering twice next week to pay tribute. On Tues., Oct 24, the choir—open to everyone—gathers at The Wise Hall & Lounge in East Vancouver to sing the Tragically Hip song “Ahead By a Century”. On Wed. Oct 25, the choir moves to St. James Community Square in Kitsilano. Organizers suggest arriving at “7.15-ish” (p.m.), with singing to begin at 7:30. “No singing experience is needed, and no need to read music either!” we are assured.

Got a Gord Downie/Tragically Hip open-to-the-public event in Vancouver to share? Please let us know in comments.

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Where to celebrate the life and music of Gord Downie in Vancouver

It’s Entertainment Season – Enter to Win a Stay in Vancouver

Photo credit: Rishad Daroowala

The season of rainfall, cozy layers and colourful gumboots has arrived in Vancouver and, when the natural light dims, Vancouver takes advantage of long nights by turning up the lights, volume, and entertainment indoors and out! Shake off the precipitation, leave your umbrella at the door, and step into sparkling theatre, passionate dance, roaring sport, and concerts that rattle the floorboards.

The Vancouver Opera’s Turandot & The Wedgwood Hotel

We are ringing in Vancouver’s Entertainment Season by giving away tickets to see some of the most opulent performance in the city, along with a luxurious stay right downtown. If you thought the Vancouver Opera‘s Turandot was a ride of the senses, they have three more productions coming up this spring, and we’d like to send you to one! Then shed your opera glasses and leave your shoes at the door of your Wedgwood Hotel room. Stroll through a front lobby fit for a operatic masterpiece into your room of classic elegance.

Enter on the Entertainment Season Sweepstakes page, and you could win!

>>ENTER TO WIN HERE<<

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It’s Entertainment Season – Enter to Win a Stay in Vancouver

It’s Entertainment Season – Enter to Win a Stay in Vancouver

Photo credit: Rishad Daroowala

The season of rainfall, cozy layers and colourful gumboots has arrived in Vancouver and, when the natural light dims, Vancouver takes advantage of long nights by turning up the lights, volume, and entertainment indoors and out! Shake off the precipitation, leave your umbrella at the door, and step into sparkling theatre, passionate dance, roaring sport, and concerts that rattle the floorboards.

The Vancouver Opera’s Turandot & The Wedgwood Hotel

We are ringing in Vancouver’s Entertainment Season by giving away tickets to see some of the most opulent performance in the city, along with a luxurious stay right downtown. If you thought the Vancouver Opera‘s Turandot was a ride of the senses, they have three more productions coming up this spring, and we’d like to send you to one! Then shed your opera glasses and leave your shoes at the door of your Wedgwood Hotel room. Stroll through a front lobby fit for a operatic masterpiece into your room of classic elegance.

Enter on the Entertainment Season Sweepstakes page, and you could win!

>>ENTER TO WIN HERE<<

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It’s Entertainment Season – Enter to Win a Stay in Vancouver

Thrill the World Vancouver 2017: Annual Zombie Dance Flashmob (Yes, you read that correctly)

thrill the world vancouver 2017

Image from Vancouver Film School | Flickr.com

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking from the dark… It’s one of the world’s most recognizable dance numbers and one of October’s standout events… Thrill the World Vancouver is coming to Olympic Village Square on October 28, 2017!

Have you ever wanted to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? Now’s your chance! Thrill the World is an annual dance event in which participants simultaneously emulate the zombie dance seen in the music video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller’!

The annual performance is a world-wide phenomenon and takes place on the same day in locations such as England, Italy, Japan, America, and more. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the global community while dressing up like a zombie and dancing… Best of all, anyone can join the fun!

thriller vancouver dance 2016

Image courtesy of Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Last year, over 129 zombies participated in the dance, raising over $ 2,800 + 103lbs of food for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank. This year organizers hope the dance will attract even more people zombies!

For those interested in participating in the dance, you can join organizers and other participants for Thrill Day on October 28, 2017 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Creekside Community Centre Gym (main event dance at 3pm at the Olympic Village Square)!  If you want to make sure your zombie dancing feet are close to perfect, you can either attend a dance rehearsal or watch the how-to videos online.

‘Thrill Day’ starts at noon at the Creekside Community Centre Room. You can register at the event, or you can register online. If you want to get a little gory, you can also get  zombie makeup done by professionals from Blanche MacDonald (first come, first serve).

Bonus: your zombie makeup should last for the rest of the night, perfect if you’re going to a Halloween party after!

thrill the world vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of Vancouver Film School | Flickr.com

If you just want to watch the dance… the Thriller dance flashmob will be happening at the Olympic Village Square by the giant bird sculptures. The dance will officially begin at 3pm sharp.

Quick Details

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: Dance starts at 3:00pm sharp, dancers should arrive well before 2:30pm.

Location: Olympic Village Square

Cost: By donation, $ 40 per person suggested (to participate in the dance), which includes dance rehearsals and basic zombie makeup. All proceeds go towards charity.

More info: www.ttwvancouver.ca

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Thrill the World Vancouver 2017: Annual Zombie Dance Flashmob (Yes, you read that correctly)

Girleen, the Irish teenage bootlegger gives as good as she gets in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West

Cave Canem’s production of The Lonesome West at Pacific Theatre opens tonight.

The production of a new Martin McDonagh play is always cause for a celebration—at least, by fans of the Irish playwright.

McDonagh, whose work has been called “scabrous,” “morbid” and “depraved” by the press, tends to be a polarizing figure. Then again, critics are loving his new movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (In a five-star review, the Guardian called it a “violent carnival of small-town America.”)

The Lonesome West (1997), which opens tonight (Oct 19) and runs until Nov. 11 at Pacific Theatre (1440 12th Ave. W) is the third in McDonagh’s trilogy of plays set in the Western Ireland town of Leenane. (The other two are The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Skull in Connemara). In The Lonesome West, two brothers express grief over their father by more or less trying to kill each other.

The play is the first production from new local theatre company Cave Canem. We talked to Vancouver actor Paige Louter about her role as Girleen, the teenage bootlegger.

Inside Vancouver: Martin McDonagh is considered by some to be a very male playwright. Would you go along with that?

Paige Louter: Yes. He’s very masculine in his themes, and most of his characters are men.

He’s interested in violence and aggression, and a lot of things that we think of as stereotypically male. But he also writes really good female characters. I get to deliver some of the best insults in the show. And I get to be vulnerable in way some of the male characters don’t.

Girleen, my character is one of his more successful female roles. In his most recent play, there’s another teenage girl and I don’t think he wrote that one as well.

IV: Is it fair to say you get to deliver some of the best insults in an insult-filled show?

PL: Yes. Yes, I would definitely say that.

IV: Have you played anyone like Girleen before?

PL: Girleen is kind of unique in terms of what I’ve done before. The range of where she starts and where she ends up, the toughness and the vulnerability—I’ve done all of those things before, but to have those compressed into one character is an exciting challenge.

IV: How did being born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario prepare you for this play? Is it at all similar to the town where The Lonesome West is set?

PL: In some ways it (Leenane) is kind of representational of the kind of terrible people you can find anywhere. Hamilton certainly has its share of gritty, kind of horrible people.

IV: Is there a big Irish population there?

PL: Not particularly. I’ve found that there are a lot of Irish people in Vancouver. I lived in Ireland for a year. Anytime I told anyone I was moving to Vancouver, everyone seemed to have a cousin or friend living there.

IV: Did anything about living in Ireland prepare you to do this?

PL: Yeah. I think understanding a lot of the cultural references. Certainly, having the sound of the accent in my head really helped. And I got to intern with the company where The Lonesome West premiered. And I know the theatre where the show first went up. That definitely fed into my process, and preparation.

IV: One review mentioned of the play mentioned “expressive, deliberately goofball fight sequences.” Is that something that is part of this production?

PL: Yes. Most of the fighting takes place between the two brothers, Valene and Coleman. It’s kind of brutal but also very funny. It’s two grown men fighting over the pettiest things. You look at John (Voth) and Kenton (Klassen, who star as the brothers) and you know they couldn’t do real damage to each other if they actually wanted too. It’s always about something totally unimportant, like who gets a bag of chips. I love the fights in this show—they’re hilarious.

IV: Do you have a fight choreographer?

PL: Josh Reynolds is our fight choreographer. He’s blocked the scenes. I’m the show’s fight captain. We run before we do them and make sure everything’s safe.

IV: Another thing I’ve seen mentioned is the set, which is the brothers’ kitchen. Have you seen it yet?

PL: The set is already loaded in. It’s great to have it there, it totally informs how we feel about the space. (It’s very rural, west of Ireland. This is what this would look like if these two grown men lived here in squalor.

The Lonesome West runs at Pacific Theatre until Nov. 11. Tickets start are $ 36.50 ($ 20 on Wednesday) and are available at pacifictheatre.org.

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Girleen, the Irish teenage bootlegger gives as good as she gets in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West

Thrill the World Vancouver 2017: Annual Zombie Dance Flashmob (Yes, you read that correctly)

thrill the world vancouver 2017

Image from Vancouver Film School | Flickr.com

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking from the dark… It’s one of the world’s most recognizable dance numbers and one of October’s standout events… Thrill the World Vancouver is coming to Olympic Village Square on October 28, 2017!

Have you ever wanted to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? Now’s your chance! Thrill the World is an annual dance event in which participants simultaneously emulate the zombie dance seen in the music video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller’!

The annual performance is a world-wide phenomenon and takes place on the same day in locations such as England, Italy, Japan, America, and more. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the global community while dressing up like a zombie and dancing… Best of all, anyone can join the fun!

thriller vancouver dance 2016

Image courtesy of Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Last year, over 129 zombies participated in the dance, raising over $ 2,800 + 103lbs of food for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank. This year organizers hope the dance will attract even more people zombies!

For those interested in participating in the dance, you can join organizers and other participants for Thrill Day on October 28, 2017 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Creekside Community Centre Gym (main event dance at 3pm at the Olympic Village Square)!  If you want to make sure your zombie dancing feet are close to perfect, you can either attend a dance rehearsal or watch the how-to videos online.

‘Thrill Day’ starts at noon at the Creekside Community Centre Room. You can register at the event, or you can register online. If you want to get a little gory, you can also get  zombie makeup done by professionals from Blanche MacDonald (first come, first serve).

Bonus: your zombie makeup should last for the rest of the night, perfect if you’re going to a Halloween party after!

thrill the world vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of Vancouver Film School | Flickr.com

If you just want to watch the dance… the Thriller dance flashmob will be happening at the Olympic Village Square by the giant bird sculptures. The dance will officially begin at 3pm sharp.

Quick Details

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: Dance starts at 3:00pm sharp, dancers should arrive well before 2:30pm.

Location: Olympic Village Square

Cost: By donation, $ 40 per person suggested (to participate in the dance), which includes dance rehearsals and basic zombie makeup. All proceeds go towards charity.

More info: www.ttwvancouver.ca

Inside Vancouver Blog

Thrill the World Vancouver 2017: Annual Zombie Dance Flashmob (Yes, you read that correctly)