Nominated for two 2010 Juno Awards for Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year, indie songstress Carly Rae Jepsen originally claimed fame in 2007 as a finalist on Canadian Idol. Performing gold-certified singles "Bucket" and "Tug of War" off her debut album and tracks off her latest studio release, Curiosity, Jepsen charms audiences with her pop sensibility, bubbly personality, and confessional lyrics about unpaid library fees. Solo guitarist Matt Webb from Vancouver-based pop-punk band Marianas Trench kicks off the evening with catchy ditties from his debut EP. Webb rouses crowds with his simple, ’80s-inspired rock songs, surprising Marianas Trench fans with a different sound and crowd slip 'n' sliding techniques.
The Spiral Dive Trilogy follows the exploits of WWII Canadian fighter pilot Jack Harding through his vexing journey of spitfire instruction and deadly aerial dogfights, all the while pursuing a proscribed romance. A three-part play written and directed by Kenneth Brown, Spiral Dive: Episode One flies on stage at the Workshop West Theatre, a company with more than 30 years of history in Canadian theatre. This is a general admission ticket, so seating is first come, first served.
The Edmonton Capitals, an independent pro team in the new North American Baseball League, chase the North Division title with speedy sprints, awe-inspiring pitches, and backwind-generating swings. Grouponites get to cheer on the Caps from reserved grandstand seats, where they can bring along their own mitts to catch pop flies. In addition to showcasing some of baseball’s most promising talent, this season’s roster includes stars from the big leagues such as former Florida Marlins outfielder Todd Linden. Sporting a .263 average over 70 games, right fielder Tom Collaro has posted 49 RBIs and sent 12 homers to the moon via Pony Express, and former Anaheim Angels pitcher Lou Pote has fanned 90 batters over 85 innings with lightning-speed fastballs. A Thirsty Thursday promotion presented in part by Hudsons Canadian Tap House will keep throats primed for screaming with $3 beers, not included with this Groupon.
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant spans three floors across which revellers absorb live music, authentic Irish flavours, and frothy beverages at one of the restaurant's six bars. Anchored in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district, Ceili's preps partiers' palates with a hearty selection of regional brews (up to $6.75) and European lagers (up to $7.75), each served in a proper drinking glass to evoke the beer's true flavour quality and sweating behaviours. Raise a Limerick chicken tender in reverence as a local Celtic band induces toe-tapping overtures on one of the restaurant's stages ($11 per plate), or use the bangers and mash to inspire maniacal triangle solos as a rock band plays in the upstairs area ($14.50).
Camaraderie prevails at this cheery establishment, whose gourmet pub grub keeps sports fans, DJ fans, and fan fans well energized. Snack champs can begin with yam fries ($5.75), wings in a dazzling array of flavours ($9.50), or classic poutine ($9). For heartier fuel, those inspired by the elegantly framed photos of sheep may turn to the Black Sheep lamb burger ($11.25) or the Jack the Ripper, whose entirely benign ingredients include spicy blackened chicken with bacon, aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and a crispy, nonmurderous pickle ($11.50). Salads, soups, and internationally inspired edibles almost complete the picture, but Black Sheep grazes in more than culinary pastures. Games beam vigorously from large flat-screen TVs, and on Friday nights, DJs, like snake charmers, turn even the shy into slithery dancers.