Behind the scenes at IN THE HEIGHTS rehearsal

Get a sneak peek at the choreography for In the Heights from our visit with the cast in the rehearsal hall. We also chat with choreographer and assistant director Lisa Stevens about what audiences can expect!

In the Heights starts April 30 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at $29 and are available online or by calling 604.687.1644.

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FAREWELL, MY LOVELY has captivated critics

Emma Slipp and Graham Percy. Photo by Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo

Emma Slipp and Graham Percy. Photo by Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo

Vancouver critics are swooning over Farewell, My Lovely in the same way that the ladies always seem to fall for protagonist Philip Marlowe (Graham Percy). Here is a sample of what they are saying about this hard-boiled detective tale:

Farewell, My Lovely is candy for the eye and ear” —Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

“Keeps you entertained from start to finish” —Vancouver Vantage

“Nimble, clever and mirthful” —Cora Li, Vancouverscape.com

Calgary was equally enamoured with this production when it had it’s initial run there in the fall:

“New take on Phillip Marlowe is a neon-drenched charmer” —Calgary Herald

“It’s stylish. It’s slick. It’s sexy. In short, it’s a must see” —FFWD Weekly

“A play that is destined to have a long, popular life” —Calgary Sun

“The pleasure … is the dialogue and its delivery. When the actors settle into its rhythm … the flow is something to behold” —Beatroute

Farewell, My Lovely is on now until May 2 at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

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Here’s to you, California…

california-wine-fair-logoIt’s nearly time to raise a glass at our ever popular California Wine Fair, happening on Monday, April 27. The fair is presented in partnership with California Wine, an organization not only committed to showcasing the fine wines of the prolific region, but also giving back to the communities hosting the events. The fair has grown to be Canada’s largest wine festival tour, this year travelling to eight Canadian cities coast to coast.

Limited tickets are still available for $89!

Got your tickets already? Well, we realize that stepping into a ballroom packed with over 100 wineries, and stacked with 350 wines can be a little daunting to the uninitiated. So, here are a few helpful tips on how to approach the tasting:


1. Whites first, then reds—a good plan is to split the evening in two, and begin with sampling different white wines and then move on to taste reds.

2. Focus on a varietal—for example, decide to taste a single varietal that you’d like to get more familiar with such as pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon. Perhaps compare ones from several from different regions, or see how different vintners in the same region put their own mark on the varietal.

3. Ask questions—the winery staff on the floor can tell you lots about how the wines are produced, what makes their appellation or their vineyard unique, and how that impacts the wine.

4. Veer off the beaten path—California has made its reputation producing excellent cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and zinfandel wines, and there will be an abundance to try at the tasting. It’s also a great opportunity to take a risk and sample some new wineries or varietals such as Bordeaux-style blends, viognier, and sauvignon blanc.

5. Pace yourself and hydrate—when you need to take a break from tasting, grab some water, and head to the silent auction to bid on a few items. This year’s auction is packed with California wine, including magnums and double magnums; spa, golf, and wine and dine weekends; shopping gift certificates; sports memorabilia; and much more!


california-winesMust be 19 and older to attend. This is an Arts Club fundraiser, presented in partnership with BFL Canada, California Wines, US Consulate in Vancouver, Vancouver Courier, A&B Partytime Rental and Konet Systems.
All photos: Mark Halliday

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