In 2006, a small group of women met over a plate of nachos to discuss a dream that they shared: launching Vancouver's first all-women roller derby league. Seven years later, the Terminal City Rollergirls has blossomed into a flat-track institution, with more than 60 active participants, four full teams, and its own training program that teaches aspiring competitors the tricks of the trade. The league's teams— the Riot Girls, the Bad Reputations, the Faster Pussycats, and Public Frenemy—square off in bouts overseen by Terminal City's in-house referees, who call major fouls by putting players in the penalty box and recognize good play by throwing smiley-faced stickers into the crowd.
The 2012 Karate Canada National Championships bring together the country’s top martial artists to compete in head-to-head and individual events in a quest for the national title. Dozens of karate students from British Columbia divided up into three age groups will compete against interprovincial peers in the kumite events, sparring in simulated combat, scoring points, and trying to capture their opponent’s pudding cup without them noticing. Kata events showcase pupils attempting various forms, scoring points through the linked perfection of a series of movements. All events take place at the Richmond Olympic Oval, whose signature wavy roof and grand glass facade lends the space a charmingly natural air, garnering it the superlative of “Dreamiest Building” at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
Running for three weeks every January and February, the PuSh Festival brings more than 100 performances and events to Vancouver and showcases new and innovative theatrical pieces. Performed by award-winning Mexican touring ensemble Teatro Linea de Sombra, Amarillo weaves a mesmerizing tale of a lost man travelling between Mexico and Amarillo, Texas. The performance makes use of multimedia imagery to add dimension and keep audiences from becoming distracted by neighbouring gum chewers or compulsive aria singers. The Idiot, one of Vancouver magazine's entertainment picks, presents Fyodor Dostoyevsky's acclaimed novel in a musical format, produced by Neworld Theatre and Vancouver Moving Theatre. The play tells the story of the preternaturally good-willed Prince Myshkin and the chaos he unleashes on the circles of Russian society. Performed on a slowly rotating stage, El pasado es un animal grotesco —Spanish for "the past is a grotesque animal"—follows the lives of four young Argentineans. Taking place across a ten-year span, the show demonstrates how the characters enter adulthood while dealing with both their country's economic crisis and the need to crisply project everything they say.
Indie electropop duo Uh Huh Her lights up the stage with hypnotic, pulsating beats on a night that celebrates the release of its new album, Nocturnes, and draws attention to October’s National Breast Cancer Prevention Month. The pair’s dance-friendly vibe and swoon-friendly looks belie the sophistication of the melodies featured on their debut LP, a collaboration that draws from their former jobs as piano movers and diverse musical backgrounds. While ivory-tickler Camila Grey channels her classical training into soft and seductive synth phrases, Leisha Hailey keeps the rhythm with aggressive bass licks honed during her time in ‘90s indie duo The Murmurs. Supporting songsmith Jarrod Gorbel kicks off the night with a set of earnest tunes that will have punks pogo-ing in slow, poetic cadences while he recites lyrics of quiet lament tattooed across his arms.
Though Canada has traditionally been a hockey country, support for its national soccer teams continues to grow. The women's national team has been exciting fans coming off of a groundbreaking 2012 season, winning the Country's first summer Olympic traditional team sport medal since 1936. With this success, they have been awarded Team of the Year by the Canadian Press and CBC. The team continues to perfect their skills in the hopes of winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 that their country will be hosting.