THE BURRARD HOTEL
Vancouver has some very cool hotels, from the lavish resort style to the simple B&Bs, but most people that know me, know in this lovely city of ours, my fave hotel is the Burrard Hotel! Located at Burrard and Helmcken, it’s a wicked-retro boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver which was originally built in the 1950s. Since then the hotel was recently renovated and now features modern rooms with funky mid-century designs! Add the best little (unknown) courtyard, free cruisers, free wifi and a funky feel that is loved by all ages. I love it so much I got on board to shoot their newest promo video. Watch, enjoy and next time you want a stay-cation or have friends coming to town, make sure to call The Burrard!
PHRIKE FILMFEST 72 HOUR FILM COMPETITION
BC BuzZ is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Phrike FilmFest! What is “Phrike” well it’s pronounced freak-ee and it takes its name from the Greek goddess of horror, which is meant to inspire and embody the spirit of this competition. A competition like no other in Vancouver….and there’s 5000 reasons for that.
New Image College (BC BuzZ sponsor) is proud to announce the first annual “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition”; a thrilling, no holds barred race which will challenge fledgling and professional filmmakers of all ages to bring their own unique horror-themed short films from script to screen in less than 3 days. Participants will then have the opportunity to vie for a $5,000 cash prize, the Grand Goblin Award and more, at this year’s inaugural “Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo” on October 18-19, at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver, where qualifying films from the “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition” will be premiered for the public, and judged by a panel of their peers.
Participants must register no later than October 7th, 2014 (registration has already begun) and will begin their filmmaking challenge on October 11th when top secret packages will reveal assigned elements such as dialogue lines, scene shots and props which they must incorporate into their 13 minute-or-less spine-tingling horror flicks.
Judges at the first annual “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition” will include Actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies), Creature & Effects Designer Tom Woodruff, Jr. (Aliens, Terminator), Actor Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Actor Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie), Executive Producer Rob Labelle (Motive, Watchmen), Film Critic Thor Diakow (Breakfast Television) and veteran Talent Agent Murray Gibson. The public will also get a chance to vote online for their favourite scary short film.
For information on how to participate and register for the “Phrike FilmFest 72 Hour Film Competition”:
Saturday Shots of Squamish Music Festival!
Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014 - Pre Fest!
It happens once a year in a small community halfway up the Sea-to-Sky highway. It has gone from 6000 people in it’s first year to upwards of 35,000 this year. It has seen everyone from the unknowns of the rock world to the Eminem’s of the rap world. It is smack dab in the middle of mountains, forests and the ocean. It is one my favourite Canadian events and it’s happening next weekend in my backyard!
Squamish Valley Music Festival kicks off in only days and I got to sit back with the creator himself Paul Runnals to chat about what to expect at this year’s party.
Get ready BC for some happy times, in a big field with some awesome music. Eminem, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Roots, Nas and about 70 other musicians will headline this sweet event in Squamish.
SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL!
Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival is teaming up with the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada – Squamish, BC, to provide Festivalgoers and locals alike with the most exciting and jam-packed weekend of the summer! Whether you’re in town for the Festival, just visiting for the weekend, or are a member of the community, there is something for everyone to enjoy this August 8, 9, & 10.
Sea to Sky Gondola
The Squamish Valley Music Festival is excited to announce their partnership with the new Sea to Sky Gondola to provide Festival guests with the opportunity to ride the gondola 880m above beautiful Squamish. Throughout the Festival weekend, pop-up bands will be performing at the Summit Lodge at the top of the gondola. This 9,000 square foot viewing deck offers fresh local cuisine and beverages on a patio that overlooks Howe Sound on one side and Sky Pilot Mountain on the other. The views are breathtaking and it has been noted that the Squamish Lodge deck could be one of the best patios in all of Canada. Sea to Sky Gondola will be offering Festival guests $5.00 off gondola rides when they show their Festival wristband or coupon at the ticket window before 1:00pm each day. A complimentary shuttle will pick up and drop off guests at the Squamish Adventure Centre.
Squamish Adventure Centre
Open for all of your tourist needs and desires, the Squamish Adventure Centre will be the epicenter for extreme thrill and excitement this Festival weekend. Located just over 1km away from the Festival grounds on Loggers Lane, visitors are welcome to stop by to rent a bike, book an activity, ask a question, grab lunch at Caffé Garibaldi, shop The Squamish Store (with a 10% discount for Festival wristband holders), or catch your Sea to Sky Gondola shuttle.
Tourism Squamish Visitor Street Team
Tourism Squamish will have its Visitor Street Team deployed for the entire Festival weekend. The Street Team will be roaming around the Festival grounds and camping areas to provide guests with Squamish insider tips and local recommendations. Tourism Squamish will also have extra agents available at the Visitor Information center to accommodate all information requests and activity bookings.
On the Street Festival
The 3rd annual On the Street Festival returns once again to Cleveland Avenue in Downtown Squamish to celebrate summer and bring the community together. On Friday, August 8 from 5:00pm-8:00pm, the streets will be abuzz with live music performances and late night shopping. Saturday and Sunday will feature a pancake breakfast from 9:00am-12:00pm, music on the street, a Kids Fun Zone with a bouncy castle, an Art Market, street entertainment, and sidewalk sales. Visitors and locals will also enjoy local produce, amazing handcrafts and delicious food trucks at the Squamish Farmers’ Market, on Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Mornings on the Farm
Within walking distance from the Festival grounds, Mornings on the Farm will host live pop-up music performances from Festival artists, a coffee shop, a juice bar, and an ice cream shop, all open for business at 7:00am to help ensure a relaxing start to your day. Mornings on the Farm will be open from Friday to Sunday, and can be found at 1861 Mamquam Road.
The 2014 Squamish Music Festival is the largest outdoor music festival in Canada, and will take place at the Logger Sports Grounds and Centennial Fields in Squamish, British Columbia, August 8, 9 & 10, 2014 and will feature over 70 performers including headliners Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire and EMINEM.
Keep your eyes & ears open to as we BuzZ about the best party in BC!
10 Days to Go!
Theatre Review: Bard on the Beach - The Tempest
I’ve been enchanted.
As my second LIVE performance at Bard on the Beach, Tempest wove it’s magic with ease.
A combination of comedy, fairy tale romance, tragedy, supernatural elements and historical intrigue, Meg Roe left nothing to chance.
Every element was perfectly positioned to play its part, whether in character, prop, lighting or music.
And so, the opening scene unfolds.
A ship cast out into a tempest with a crew crying out as they cling for their lives. A ship’s rope doubled for the boat and a string quartet enriched the musical ambiance and lyricism. The lights and sounds were timed perfectly, providing for the perfect storm.
Of-course, as with any storm, surviving is key.
I suppose that’s what’s unique about the tale.
The storm isn’t quite as frightening as you’d think. Prospero, an exiled duke from Milan had instructed a mischievous spirit (Ariel) to put the Tempest into motion (and cause a shipwreck) in order to separate the King’s son from his crew.
Prospero’s intent is solely to unite his daughter Miranda with the Prince (Ferdinand), and as expected, they are quickly smitten.
Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By Jessica Hugh
2014 marks the 25th year of Vancouver’s Shakespeare Festival, the Bard on the Beach, and opening night was nothing short of exceptional. Despite knowing who Shakespeare was due to a brief introduction in highschool, I’ve never been to a staged production. What’s more is although I’ve enjoyed many movies with his characters intertwined in love, hate, desires, and misfortunes, nothing could have prepared me for my first live performance.
Taking place on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival kicked off it’s Silver Jubilee with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The evening had been overshadowed by the potential for downpour, yet not a cloud was in sight on the first day of Summer. It was the perfect way to kick-off the Summer Solstice.
Once inside the Village, there was a reception area where guests could purchase snacks + beverages, browse a gift shop, enter to win some neat prizes, and view various historical chronologies of the Organization. I finally made my way to our seats and was instantly drawn to the stage. A marbled white facade with arches that gave way to various platforms descending towards the audience, offset by a large wrought iron (upside down) umbrella on the left-hand side. I was totally intrigued.
Guests were welcomed by Artistic Director Christopher Graze who made certain introductions, of which was to B.C’s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon who was ushered in with a bagpipe serenade. A Vancouver International Wine Festival representative also stepped on stage to present $170,000 to the organization, as they are a major supporter of the Art’s.
Yet, the show is what truly stole the night…
All of my pre-conceived ideas as to what live performances entailed were laid to rest just as the smoke screen started to rise.
Here in the opening act I was drawn into enchantment and adventure. It’s characters brought to life by their intriguing stories and costumes that hinted of steam punk, goth, ornate victorian, and pure sass. Costume Designer Mara Gottler certainly brought a dark sex appeal to the stage yet in a playful and comical way.
As the evening progressed, I was further enthralled with the contemporary spin on this classic. There was an ever present mingling of modern musical hits such as Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, making the performance even appealing to Millennials who may find Shakespeare a tad boring for their liking.
Vancouver Performer Saving Kittens with Comedy!
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- David Newberry - Vancouver
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- Derrival - Langley
- Altered By Mom - Vancouver
- The Wild Romantics - Nanaimo
- Damn Fools - Vancouver
- Jodi Pederson - Vernon
- Goodwood Atoms - Vancouver
- Shred Kelly - Fernie
- Jon Bryant - Surrey
- Good For Grapes - Surrey