GODSPELL is a hit!

The reviews are in! Vancouver critics love this exuberant and rocking show. Here’s a small sample of the fantastic things they are saying about Godspell:

“A healthy dose of love-will-conquer-all” —Shawn Conner, The Vancouver Sun

“A fresh new approach…The music and dancing is grand” —Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

“Energetic? In overdrive! Talent? Galore! Music? Fun, fun, fun!” —Monika Forberger, Entertainment Vancouver

The cast of Godspell. Photo by David Cooper

The cast of Godspell. Photo by David Cooper

“Its invigorating message still comes across loud and clear” —Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents!

“Stand-out staging and choreography and visual zing” —Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews

“Packed with great dance numbers, creative touches, and a lively cast” —Ariane Colenbrander, Vancouverscape.com

“Pure musical theatre” —John Jane, Review Vancouver

Godspell is playing now until August 1st at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29 and are available online or by calling 604.687.1644.

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A home-grown toast

BCChefmeetsGrape p2bHere at the Arts Club, we’re very proud Canadians, not only supporting our local actors and playwrights, but also hosting fundraisers to show off the amazing wines and cuisine made right here in BC.

As we’re spending today celebrating all things Canadian, we’re excited to fill you in about our late summer ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

La Pentola BCChefmeetsGrape2014-24Early bird tickets are currently on sale for only $80. It’s an incredible dealguests spend the evening sampling award-winning wines from 90 VQA wineries as well as the opportunity to mingle around chef stations as teams from 15 top restaurants prepare elegant plates. It’s a double threat of fantastic wine paired with haute cuisine!


BCChefmeetsGrape2014-67Why not grab a bottle of fine BC wine tonight? BC vineyards are renowned for crisp white wine varietals and perfect served chilled for the current heat wave. We’ve a few suggestions to match any Canada Day get together that all took home top honours at the recent Best of Varietal Wine Awards at the Okanagan Wine Festival:

  • Best Gewürztraminer
    Wild Goose Vineyards – Mystic River Gewürztraminer 2014
    This Gewurztraminer is made in a dry, elegant style, reflecting both the terrior and the maturity of the plants. Features intense floral, citrus, mineral and rose petal notes. Good acidity helps to carry the flavors for a lingering wonderful finish.
  • Best Pinot Blanc
    St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery – St. Hubertus Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2014
    This is a great wine with delicate ripe pear, apple and peach aromas. Perfect on the beach paired with steaming crabs or cedar planked salmon.
  • Best Pinot Gris
    50th Parallel Estate – Pinot Gris 2014
    Think lush nectarine, mandarine orange, grapefruit, ripe white peach skin in the warm sun. Richly aromatic. Perfect with salads, salmon, chicken or pork and ham dishes.
  • Best Unoaked Chardonnay
    Blasted Church Vineyards – Unorthodox Chardonnay 2014
    Citrus and tropical fruit aromas with a pronounced musque nose. Pair with grilled Mahi Mahi or swordfish and a fresh fruit salsa; or try lemon herb chicken or pork tenderloin with chutney.
  • Best Viognier
    Sandhill Wines – Viognier Osprey Ridge Vineyard 2014
    A fresh yet highly structured, white wine for any occasion. Great texture, beautiful ripe tropical fruit, and bright acidity to keep it all in balance.

Cheers, and Happy Canada Day!

chefmeetsbcgrape2ChefmeetsBCGrape is an Arts Club fundraiser presented with the Wine of British Columbia. Supported by the Get Home Safe program, Vancouver Courier, A&B Rentals, and CISL650AM. Must be 19+ to attend.

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We love our volunteers!

Every day at the Arts Club we feel immense gratitude for our 75 volunteers, but once a year we hold a party in their honour with snacks, drinks, prizes, and a performance! This year, volunteers were invited to attend Godspell, and both the party and the show were a smash hit!

Proud to be an Arts Club volunteer. Photo by Mark Halliday

Proud to be an Arts Club volunteer. Photo by Mark Halliday

The party kicked off with a reception with food, drinks, and great conversation. Later, we were joined by members of our Board of Directors (also volunteers!), as well as Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Peter Cathie White who doled out incredible door prizes and spoke about the important role our volunteers play at the Arts Club. These volunteers are our  biggest champions and dedicate their time, enthusiasm, and unique skills to the company. They are an integral part of what we do, and we are so grateful for their continuing support. This season has been full of big events and challenging new roles and our volunteers took these on with aplomb. From reception duties, to serving and checking coats at our special events, to sealing envelopes for mailing (yes, we still send mail!), to archiving our costumes, and more recently, taking to the stage in One Man, Two Guvnors, our volunteers helped us every step of the way!

Serving hors d'oeuvres at our Artistic Director's Circle receptions. Photo by Mark Halliday

Serving hors d’oeuvres at our Artistic Director’s Circle receptions. Photo by Mark Halliday

Our Board of Directors chair, Ross Paul, presented the Manulife Volunteer of the Year Award to long-time volunteer Nancy Meyer. Nancy has dedicated hundreds upon hundreds of volunteer hours to the Arts Club over the years, and volunteers both with our special events and in our offices on a weekly basis. THANK YOU Nancy! Of course, no volunteer appreciation event would be complete without a heartfelt thanks to our incredible sponsor, Manulife Insurance. Manulife provides the support we need in order to run our volunteer program, host volunteer events, and ensure that we have the volunteer support we need to run our programs! Over the past few years Manulife’s help has enabled us to expand our Volunteer Program, adding new positions, benefits, and more, and we look forward to continuing this fabulous partnership for years to come!

THANK YOU Nancy Meyer!

THANK YOU Nancy Meyer!

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