The Global ComedyFest corrals some of the best and brightest comedians on the international circuit into Vancouver for a marathon of laughs, fun, and moderately uncomfortable first dates. Big names such as zany former MTV staple Tom Green perform alongside up-and-comers in more than 30 performances throughout the festival. Eschew the everyday monodimensional comedy with a combination stand-up and comedy 3-D video show featuring Canada's own Reza Peyk, Jy Harris, and Gary Fong, or opt for a night of “it’s funny because it’s true” laughs at the Gerry Dee show. The Edge of the Fest performance pushes the festival’s edgiest artists to the limits of social acceptability, while the Best of the Fest showcases top comedians such as Greg Behrendt and Peter Chao.
X92.9 flexes a muscular mix of alternative-rock legends and tomorrow’s darlings as this summer’s outdoor X-FEST Calgary fills historic Fort Calgary with good vibrations. This year’s lineup springs from the earth like a talented series of Whac-a-Mole, featuring Jane’s Addiction. Recharged, regroomed, and sporting their first new album in years, Perry Farrell and the crew rock and rampage like veteran teenagers. Returning to Calgary to thank fans and get their toothbrush back, Weezer take the fest by the scruff of its neck and stroke its chin, eliciting audiences to purr along to their deep bowl of hits. X-FEST also features appearances by warhorse punkers Social Distortion, bounding enthusiasts House of Pain, and throbbing adventurists AWOLNATION. A slew of prime Canadian rockers is also on hand to charm attendees, including The Rural Alberta Advantage and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.
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.
Smiley's food gurus pair the menu's modern twists on pub fare with custom seasonal cocktails and more than 30 beers. Pickle slaw accompanies a hot-pressed pastrami sandwich ($13), and charred chicken lounges on top of a cushy salad in safety, watched over by a spandex-clad tag-team of chili-spiced chickpeas and double-smoked bacon ($16). In the kitchen, chefs roast organic salmon in a pan and coat it with a soy yuzu glaze ($16) and fold mushrooms into ravioli drizzled with Pommery mustard sauce and pecorino ($14). Customers can wake up taste buds with a selection of weekend brunch offerings such as a short-rib hash ($14) or gargle with potable selections from the bar, including draft beers, craft brews, and classic and seasonal cocktails. Meanwhile, patrons groove to the sound waves of occasional music performers, answer trivia questions during weekly events, and discover a wormhole to an Old Western saloon in the corner pocket of the billiards table.
Since 2004, Snowbus?s fleet of 56 comfortable passenger coaches has shepherded skiers and snowboarders back and forth between Vancouver and Whistler Blackcomb. The route schedule allows mountaineers to hitch a ride out of Vancouver, schuss and slalom to their heart?s content at the world-renowned resort, and hop back aboard a bus for a movie and snack to accompanied their trip home. The service gives downhillers a way to circumvent the hassles of dealing with traffic and parking, and enables them to partake in apr?s-ski revelry without fear of drinking and driving or drinking and cartwheeling back to Vancouver.
Legendary actor, singer, author, philanthropist, and force of nature William Shatner captains generations of fans on a warp-speed ride through seven decades of his wild career in How Time Flies: An Evening with William Shatner. A fixture of television more vital than the remote control, Shatner has owned acreage in the hearts, minds, and living rooms of fans since the times of phaser prohibition. Best known for his seminal roles as James Tiberius Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and Boston Legal's Denny Crane, Shatner's inimitable chops, charming machismo, and genuine love of his fan base permeates this special evening of memoirs and bon mots. An unparalleled raconteur, Shatner enchants audiences with his live autobiography, recanting Star Trek secrets, Esperanto anecdotes, and possible dirt about Adrian Zmed, gifting the audience with his unique singing chops between orations of memories and monologues.