Theatre Review: Dissolve at CBC Studios
Celebrate & Support Your Local Theatre!
I wanted to add this to BC BuzZ to show support to a very good friend of mine, Aaron Craven who runs Mitch & Murray Productions. His story is not unlike many others in the business and I felt it was perfect timing (as the Jessie Award nominees were just announced yesterday) to share with the community and get the word out and support as much as you can.
EVERYONE HAS THE MICROPHONE
Why I Produce Theatre by Aaron Craven
I love actors.
As a kid growing up in the eighties, my favorite Harrison Ford movie was not “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It was “Witness”, a drama about a big city cop hiding a murder witness in a rural Amish community.
The special effects and spectacle of “Raiders” didn’t captivate me nearly as much as the simple, beautifully drawn performances in “Witness”. Long before acting became my profession, the craft held a powerful mystique for me, the audience member. This connection between performer and audience continues to be the motivating force in my career.
I’ve worked with hundreds of actors through the years as a director, coach and fellow actor. I’ve endeavoured to mentor and help many young actors gain a foothold in the business and I continue to be humbled by the bravery and vulnerability that actors cultivate in themselves. Many non-actors look at the profession as a narcissistic plea for attention against overwhelming waves of rejection. In truth, this breed of actor usually quits the profession by their thirties and the remaining few of this kind are the jaded, bitter veterans. We actors treat them like the drunk uncle at Thanksgiving – just let him mutter his stories, he’ll tire himself out and fall asleep.
The “real” actors, the steadfast pros, are those committed to the process of storytelling. Those, who, despite all obstacles, hold a candle for the timeless act of connecting with an audience and impacting them. That is what fuels our pursuit of the craft, and to my fellow “lifers”, you are the most charming souls I’ve come to know.
This love of craft has fueled me to create a theatre company in my hometown of Vancouver. Like many artists, I’ve spent time in other markets for career reasons but Vancouver will always be home to me. In the past, I’ve started some heated dialogue about the city’s arts and entertainment culture, but I’m in a different phase now, one of positive resolve. Wallowing in cynicism about a Liberal party victory, the BC Film industry, or Vancouver’s cultural shortcomings is something I refuse to do. I don’t want to be a drunk uncle.
BC BuzZ: Fan Expo Vancouver 2013
BC BuzZ got geek’d up a couple weekends ago for this year’s Comic Book-Cosplay-SciFi-Anime-Cartoon festival, better known as Fan Expo.
With over 20,000 freaks and geeks and nerds (we all have a little nerd in us) walking around in crazy costumes and screaming for autographs, this event is a must-see. We cant wait to see how big it is next year. But for now, enjoy the sights and sounds of this year’s festival with Michael Rooker (interviewed by our own Lauren Stope), The Soska Twins & much much more!
Fan Expo Vancouver 2013
By Lauren Stope
On the same weekend that KD Lang was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame and made her now infamous call for all Canadians to “let their freak flags fly”, BC Buzz and I found ourselves surrounded by a whole lot of freaky flags a-flying.
The Vancouver Fan Expo was held at the Convention Centre April 20 and 21.
Last years event was such a success it was relocated to a larger space to accommodate the fans of all things comic, cosplay, anime, sci-fi and other *nerdly pursuits. Outside the Convention Centre a winding, three hour long, frenetic lineup was packed with furry creatures and costumes so well made they could have walked off a movie set. Thors, Banes and zombies as far as the eye could see.
Kudos to everyone that put such a huge effort into their elaborate costumes (but not you pink wig guy. That’s not a costume - you’re just lazy.)
Entering the event hall and joining the masses is an overwhelming experience. I was hit with a slightly chemical smell from all of the body paint, latex, glue, etc and I’m pretty sure R2D2 ran over my foot. Between the celebs (Elvira is still a babe at 61) and the attendees the people watching at Fan Expo can be overwhelming.
If you didn’t experience the Fan Expo this year here’s what you need to know….
Avoid bathroom breaks unless you want to wait in line and get faux fur stuck to your shoes.
There are Ghost Busters Associations of BC and Canada. Who knew?
You can literally make ANYTHING out of Lego.
Jen and Sylvia Soska, the Twisted Twins, are surprisingly sweet and incredible spokeswomen for the Canadian film industry.
Michael Rooker is really funny but slightly insane.
And Tom Savini does not like you.
What struck me most was that people of all ages, sizes, makes and models knew that this was their chance to be Poison Ivy or Captain America for a day. And they owned it - posing for pictures and in some cases even signing autographs. I saw two girls dressed as Pikachu and Meowth who couldn’t walk more than a few feet without being stopped by admirers.
Most days of our life the alarm goes off earlier than we want, we put on a uniform or outfit we might not want to wear, and we go to a workplace where we keep our love of vinyl toys or Star Wars or Stan Lee or graphic novels to ourselves.
I think its incredibly cool and exciting that for two days of the year the freaks come out in full force and loudly, proudly, let their freak flags fly.
*a term of endearment…truly.
BC BuzZ Episode of Fan Expo with interviews coming soon!
BC BuzZ: Lydia Hol - Boats (Acoustic) @ The Burrard Hotel
Not long ago BC BuzZ got to hang out with one of our new folk faves, Lydia Hol at The Burrard Hotel. After a quick chat, some funny moments and mini photo shoot with our friend-photographer Laura Biffen, Lydia decided to serenade us in the courtyard with her song “Boats”. Stay tuned to for a full episode with Lydia, but until then enjoy the video and hit up www.lydiahol.com for upcoming shows and more. by Aaron Alexander
BC BuzZ: 2013 Squamish Valley Music Festival - Pre Fest
Well the sun is shining, the warmth is on its way and the music can just barely be heard rolling over the mountains on its way to the Sea to Sky. It may be early but there is a buzz going on here in BC and that buzz is this year’s Squamish Valley Music Festival……yes I know, what happened to “Live at Squamish” you ask, just a name change, that’s all. Different name, same venue, bigger and better party…..oh and they moved it a couple weeks earlier for a little more heat! Once again BC BuzZ got to chill with the brains (Paul Runnals & Allan Regan) behind the festival and find out what’s new, what to expect and when can we put our Squamish dancing shoes on (can you tell I’m excited). This year’s installment along the Sea to Sky features: Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pretty Lights and much much more. As they have said in the past…it’s going to be happy times in a big field with great music!!
Virgin Mobile presents Squamish Valley Music Festival: August 9 & 10, 2013
BC BuzZ: The True Heroines
What do you get when you mix Mad Men, Glee, Heroes and the Original Batman Series? One helluva fun ride called The True Heroines……and we got to sit down with the Heroines recently to talk about the launch of their new web series, cabaret, Vancouver entertainment scene & more! Check out new episodes of The True Heroines at www.thetrueheroines.com every Wednesday. Plus if you get a chance, make sure to check them out live, at a stage near you!
Support Your Local Kickass Cabaret & Web Series!
The TRUE HEROINES Web Series Launch!
We couldn’t be happier for our friends The True Heroines as their brand spankin’ new web series kicks-off with episode one today!
The True Heroines is an original episodic sci-fi musical dramedy produced for the web. It explores the lives of three seemingly “normal” suburban 1950’s housewives that happen to have superpowers (invisibility, super speed and super strength). Together, they evade the evil corporation that gave them these powers, while having regular flashbacks to their former lives as cabaret dancers. Full of song and dance, the series is bursting with action, excitement and humor – all wrapped up in a very sexy package.
We sat down with the three heroines (all of which we couldn’t be more proud of, congratulations girls you earned it!!!): Paula, Fiona & Jovanna a little while ago to get the full picture of what they do, who they are and how they have built this amazing project from countless sold-out cabaret shows to a full-fledged series starring some of Vancouver’s best in the acting scene! Our BC BuzZ episode is coming soon, but first enjoy a taste of episode numero uno from the one & only True Heroines:
The ‘core’ True Heroines are three triple-threat beauties with extensive experience in dance, singing and acting. They are: Fiona Vroom (Supernatural, Tower Prep), Jovanna Huguet (Package Deal, Mr.Young) and Paula Giroday (Once Upon a Time, Fringe). The web series features an impressive cast that includes some of Vancouver’s best-known actors – including Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), Neil Grayston (Warehouse 13, Eureka), Daniel Cudmore (Twilight Saga, X-Men), Gina Chiarelli, Zak Santiago, Leah Gibson (Arctic Air) and Brendan Penny (Motive). The series is written by Nicholas Carella and directed by Michelle Ouellet (both of Sociable Films).
Support Your Local Kickass Cabaret & Web Shows!
Theatre Review: 2 Pianos 4 Hands at The Stanley
2 Pianos 4 Hands hits all the high notes for a great evening of entertainment!
Created, directed and performed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt.
2 Pianos 4 Hands is Ted and Richard’s hilarious re-collection of their pursuit to become world-class pianists. You’ll meet their kooky piano teachers, ruthless music directors, pushy parents and a few other eccentric notables along the way.
You don’t need to be a pianist to enjoy this play…if you’ve ever strived to achieve an insurmountable goal, 2 Pianos 4 Hands will strike a chord.
As you’re led down a rather twisted memory lane, expect plenty of shtick, physical comedy, and of course a work of art at the keyboards.
The set is simple-2 Pianos, 2 Men, and a couple of picture frames used to create shadows of relevant characters. Ted and Richard portray each other, their younger selves, their piano teachers and an array of other people who influence their story. Watching the duo morph from one character to the next is often as hysterical as the characters themselves.