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November 2014 Events Vancouver

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Take a look at the current and upcoming events in Vancouver during November

STICKBOY – VANCOUVER OPERA – Running until Friday, November 7th
This is one Opera not to be missed and has been receiving some incredible reviews. The subject matter is tough, gritty and is real life true story of Shane Koyczan experiences of being Bullied and being the Bully.

Website: http://www.vancouveropera.ca/whats_on/2014-2015_season/stickboy

Tickets: https://www.vancouveropera.ca/tickets/

REMEMBRANCE DAY – November 11th
This annual public holiday is to commemorate the lives lost during the World Wars 1 and 2 and of course the veterans that we have lost in battle in more recent conflicts. The remembrance day service is traditionally held at Victory Square in Vancouver.

Victory Square
Originally this was the site for Vancouver’s first court house which was built in 1891. It was torn down in 1912 and later was filled with recruiting marquees for World War I soldiers. In 1917 an Evangelistic Tabernacle covering half the site was erected.
In March of 1918 the Provincial Government leased the property to Vancouver for 99 years and it was known as Government Square. Returning soldiers used the site to demonstrate conditions in the dugouts and trenches of the war and carried out military displays firing rockets into the air, all to raise money for charity.
In 1922 the park was given the name Victory Square and in 1924 the Cenotaph was built through public subscription. The cenotaph was designed by G.L. Sharp, architect, town planner and Park Commissioner (1936-1937)

OCEAN WISE CHOWDER CHOWDOWN – November 19th
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion: Vancouver. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
All proceeds directly support Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.
Please note: This is a 19+ event

Tickets: http://www.vanaqua.org/experience/events/annual-and-upcoming-events/ocean-wise-seafood-chowder-chowdown/vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium: http://www.vanaqua.org/

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE 102nd GREY CUP FINAL – Festival November 26th to the Final on November 30th
BC Place , Vancouver, BC
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 03:00 PM

This is the grand final of the CFL hosted at BC Place in Vancouver which is the home to the the BC LIONS Check out all the festivities leading up to the main event beginning on November 26th and ending with the main event at 3pm on Sunday November 30th – Tickets – http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11004C89DA01220A.

Website: http://www.102greycupfestival.ca/

BC Lions: http://www.bclions.com/

BC PLACE STADIUM: https://www.bcplacestadium.com/

Vancouver Writers Fest 2014 October 21st to 26th

Friday, October 17th, 2014

This looks to be a great festival for anyone who loves to read and let their imagination run away with themselves, we love this kind of festival especially as we have many authors, writers and playwrights of various notoriety stay with us at the hotel.

Book sharing and library at the Sunset Inn and suites hotel.
As a side note we will like to encourage our guests who have books that they wish to donate to do so, we have a small little library in our lobby and there is always room for more books, and do not hesitate to take a book from the shelf as they are there for your reading so pleasure so go for it!

2014 Vancouver Writers Fest.
The Vancouver Writers Festival (previously the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival) is one of North America’s top literary events & attracts some of the world’s best writers. For the past 27 years, the Writers Fest has enriched our imaginations and the culture of our city and has touched and inspired thousands of lives by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation.

Internationally renowned & undiscovered authors mingle with readers of all ages in intimate & informal settings. The festival features a variety of conversations, panel discussions, on-stage interviews & musical collaborations. Whether you attend an author reading, poetry bash or passionate writers’ debate, you can count on stimulation & inspiration.

Special events in connection with the festival during November 2014
There are some very big names in attendance this year at their own special events, these include legendary Canuck singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn Monday, November 10th at 7:30pm, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
Burrard at Nelson Street which is very close to the hotel. Newfoundland singer-songwriter and front man of Great Big Sea – Alan Doyle, Thursday, November 13th at 7:30pm, Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, and finally the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black, Thursday, November 13th at 7:30pm, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Burrard Street at Nelson st.

Check the website for schedule updates & news: http://http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Introducing Vancouver Opera’s World premiere of ‘STICKBOY the Opera’.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

We are very pleased to write about this particular Opera for various of reasons. Over the years various members of the Vancouver Opera have stayed with us at the Sunset Inn and we look forward to them staying here in the future too, they really are a fantastic group of people who fit in very well here.

Also, the opera has been written by a very good friend to us all at the Sunset Inn, in the name of the Canuck spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. His face will likely be familiar to many as he became an overnight sensation due to his appearance at the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he recited his incredible Poem to the whole world called ‘We are more’.


Website : http://www.shanekoyczan.com/

Watch Shane in person recite the poem here from Vancouver itself.
We are more by Shane koyczan

Another very good friend to the Hotel also features in the Opera himself, his name is Neil Weisensel. He is one of the most prolific Opera composers of this time, is a tireless worker and his work, composition and arrangements have been included in various feature films, stage works, documentaries and Animation to name but a few.


Website: http://www.neilmusic.com/html/about.php

The subject matter of this Opera is very heavy indeed but it is a subject matter that should be addressed, the opera is focused on the matter of Bullying and it is a frank assessment of Shane’s experience of being bullied and his role himself as a bully. It is a story of survival and that all of us have felt the experience that bullying has on people, whether it is themselves or others who have been subjected to this most common and terrible ordeal. We feel it is an incredibly moving story that is not only poignant but needs to be addressed to a wider audience – and there is no bigger stage than this.

The worldwide premier of this Opera takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse On October 23rd.
The dates are as follows:
October 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30
November 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.vancouveropera.ca/tickets/

Shane was also invited to present a TEDtalk lecture at a TED Conference – the video has since gone viral on Youtube with well over 14 million viewers. Watch it here….
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Halloween Vancouver events during October

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It is that time of year again where we look towards the dark side and scare ourselves silly for the hell of it! Read about all the cool events that are happening close by and around the city!

Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Check out The Rio Theatre’s late night movies on Friday nights. A Vancouver institution.
It’s got everything you could ever want:
- Cheap tickets
- Booze
- Hyper-into-it hipsters in costume, and hopefully yourselves in costume too!
- Yummy, delicious, buttered popcorn
The Rio Theatre hosts late night movies for adults (19+ only), so you won’t have any kids kicking the back of your seat and crying (that’s just that annoying drunk guy). The movies shown are classics, the kind that you haven’t watched since you had a VCR and a non-HD TV.

Halloween Films
Friday October 17th
SHOWGURLZ 2: A Halloween Horror Drag Show 9:30pm
Rocky Horror Picture Show *All Ages* with LIVE Shadow Cast 11:55pm

Friday October 31st
Showcase from The Crypt 8:00pm
BEETLEJUICE *All Ages* Screening 11:30pm

Website: http://riotheatre.ca/

Vancouver Halloween Expo and Parade 2014
Halloween Expo Saturday Oct 18, 10 AM – 9 PM – Sunday Oct 19, 10 AM – 9 PM
The Vancouver Halloween Parade happens – Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 12pm – 3pm
This is a brand new event and we hope that it is a success as there maybe a chance it will be a regular downtown fixture.
First the Expo itself will be a two day event that includes Cosplay with some famous scary and not so scary celebrities such as the following, The Alien, The Predator, The Smoking Man from X-Files, Dragon Ball: Gohan, Pokémon: Ash and May, Naruto: Kiba, Bleach: Aizen, One Piece: Nico, Robin, TMNT: April, and the Street Fighter: Ryu There will also be lots of other attractions and stalls with prizes for you allt o enjoy.
Starting at very close by at Davie St. and Granville St, the parade will then head north on Granville St, turns west on Smithe, then south along Howe St. back to Davie. Which is conveniently just a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hotel.
It is anticipated that there will be large crowds coming to this event – and we encourage everyone to take part in costume – because why not! Bear in mind this is a family friendly event so lets not try to scare the little ones too much, well, maybe just a little bit!

Website: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/index.php?cpcode=

Regular Vancouver Halloween fixtures.
The Stanley Park Ghost Train
All aboard all aboard for the train ride of your life – once again we invite the brave and the fearless to board the annual Stanley park ghost train, nestled deep in the dark depths of the forest this is the train ride you will never forget!
Stanley Park’s famous Miniature Train becomes a Halloween-themed ride that takes you on a a journey of mystique, magic and some surprises for young and old alike, this will be pretty cool in the deep dark forest!


Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Stanley-Park-Halloween-Ghost-Train-tickets/artist/933873

Fright Nights at the Playland and PNE
Runs from October 10 to November 1
Located at one of Canada’s oldest Fairground attractions which also hosts its original wooden rollercoaster, Playland now for the rest of the month becomes a ghoulish haven for the ghosts and other scary entities such as the humans that visit there. Featuring 7 haunted houses, including a brand new house, 13 rides, The Monsters of Schlock, and The Kinshira Fire Performers plus other terrifying shows and attractions.

Website: http://www.pne.ca/fright-nights/

Major Lunar Eclipse on October 8th

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Following hot in the heels of the last Lunar Eclipse which occurred on April 15th, once again the Western Hemisphere will be treated to a second Full Lunar eclipse.

In Vancouver it was a slight disappointment as right at the high point of the event in came the clouds and ironically enough, just as the show was winding down, well, so the clouds began to race away again! Hopefully we will get a better chance of a more complete show on October 8th and it seems to be happening around the same time as the last, so that means a very late night or very early morning for some.

For accurate times and what to expect wherever you are in the world take a look at this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2014-october-8

There has been plenty of excitement surrounding these particular Lunar eclipses as they are a series of ‘Tetrad’ eclipses, this means that there will be 4 Eclipses happening over 2014 and 2015 which is quite a rare happening. Here in Vancouver we will be lucky enough to witness a full Lunar eclipse.

There are a few other type of eclipses that can be watched around the earth and they are catogorised into the following types.

Total lunar eclipse
This is the daddy of them all, it essentially means that we are right in the path of totality where the Earth is exactly in between the Sun and the Moon – if it is a clear evening you can watch the Sun set and if you look in the opposite direction, pretty much at the same time as our gorgeous Sun sets the Full Moon will also start to rise. It is quite the sight and stunning moment where the transition from day to night occurs with the two brightest objects in our sky.

Partial lunar eclipse
If you are able to witness the full Eclipse one thing you will notice is that as the Earth begins to pass in front of the Sun a bite is taken out of the Moon as the shadow of the Earth starts to remove the light of day from the disk of the Moon, unlike a Full eclipse where the Moon will completely darken and redden in colour, with a partial eclipse only a portion of the Moon is covered in the Earths shadow. Some are not very spectacular, while others may dominate much of the Moon, either way it is a noticeable difference for us down here on earth.

Penumbral lunar eclipse
This is the least spectacular of the bunch as all we are witnessing here is the Earth slightly passing in front of the Sun, for any astro boffins this is called the Prenumbral stage – when watching the full Lunar eclipse this marks the very beginnings and ending of the stages of an eclipse – to many this is not very noticeable eclipse depending on how much of the Earth is blocking the Sun.

The next eclipses of the Moon after October 8th will occur on April 4, 2015: Total Lunar Eclipse: Visible from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions in the Americas, Asia and Australia, and on Sept. 28, 2015: Total Lunar Eclipse: Visible from east Pacific Ocean, Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia.

For further in depth information on the process of how these eclipses are broken down, please click here for an illustration of the full eclipse. http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?attachment_id=4261

Vancouver International Film Festival featuring our very own Arabella Bushnell

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The Vancouver International Film Festival returns once again to Vancity and my oh my are we in for a treat this year! Our very own Sunsetter Arabella Bushnell will be featuring in her latest film which was written and directed by her husband Kris Elgstrand.

Here is the official write up of the ‘Songs she wrote about people she knows’ courtesy of #VIFF
Carol (Arabella Bushnell) is a quiet thirty something office worker, desperately trying to find a way to express herself, and her feelings. To overcome her difficulty of opening up, she tries to take a music therapy course that encourages people to sing what they feel, so it seems like they’re not actually saying it. This winds up getting Carol in trouble, as she begins leaving singing messages on peoples answering machines, including a song for her boss called Asshole Dave. Instead of firing her, Dave (Brad Dryborough) finds himself inspired to get back into music, and drags Carol along for the ride.

Written and directed by Kris Elgstrand, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows is an hilarious journey from boardroom to recording studio. Beneath all the comedy, there’s also a fantastic message about honesty and expressing yourself, and how it may affect those around you in ways you might not expect.

Arabella Bushnell is fantastic as Carol, the timid office worker who finally finds a way to express herself. Watching her character come out of her shell is just perfect, and will feel familiar to anybody who may have struggled with being shy. She’s creative, smart and beautiful, and is only held back by herself. While Bushnell is incredible in her role, Brad Dryborough is even one step further as Dave. He’s constantly bouncing off the walls, filled with more enthusiasm than talent, and becomes a guiding force to help Carol break free.

Is Songs She Wrote About People She Knows essential festival viewing?
Definitely check this one out. It’s very fun and light, with a dark little twist each time Carol sings another song, but it’s also got such a great message about being honest with those around you.

Here is a video trailer of the film.
Songs she wrote about people she knows trailer

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows screening times
Rio Theatre…………Sep 27 09:15 pm
Vancity Theatre …..Sep 30 04:45 pm

Tickets: http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f12491-songs-she-wrote-about-people-she-knows

Songs she wrote – Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/songsshewrote

Vancouver International Film Festival Website: http://www.viff.org/

September 2014 Events in Vancouver

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Here are some cool events to look out for during September.

Fairview Pub – Every Thursday Nights Jazz
One of Vancouver’s best venues for live Jazz, Rhythm & Blues entertainment. This legendary Vancouver pub is popular with locals and guests alike and features live music and drink specials at the full-service bar. Our popular Thursday Night Jazz features John Nolan Jazz trio followed by the house band. Visit us online for schedule of upcoming shows.

http://www.fairviewpub.ca

Forbidden Vancouver Presents Prohibition City Walking Tour – Every Saturdays and Thursdays
On Prohibition City you explore the strange, corrupt and colourful history of prohibition-era Vancouver. Hear of the unlikely alliance of temperance campaigners and anti-saloon activists who together convinced the province to go dry back in 1917. Discover what life was like under prohibition, with stories of blind pigs, private members clubs, corruption, bootlegging, and free-flowing medicinal liquor. And learn the stories of the city’s most notorious mayor, LD Taylor, its most beautiful showgirl and its greatest rum-runners.

http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/home/prohibition-city/

The Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market 2014 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just 1 block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 8 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests & hundreds of give-away prizes. Come & spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping & eating paradise with us!

http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

Backstage Lounge – Live Band Karaoke – Every Tuesdays
Rock out on stage with a live band and sing your favorite songs!
Every Tuesday night at the Backstage Lounge, Sami and Reuben will take your karaoke experience to the next level! Come choose from hundreds of songs. Posts your requests and confirm attendance via Facebook

Doors at 8:00pm

http://www.thebackstagelounge.com/

The PNE at Playland open until September 20th
Vancouver’s largest outdooor fairground is a must for all the thrill seekers that enjoy the fun of the fair!

.http://www.pne.ca/index.html

Vancouver International Fringe Festival – September 4th to 14th
Over 550 performances by more than 80 different groups for 11 days make the Fringe Vancouver’s most diverse source of entertainment in some of Vancouver’s best theatre venues.

http://www.vancouverfringe.com

Vancouver International Film Festival – September 25 – October 10, 2014
One of the most popular film festivals in North America & one of the largest cultural events in Vancouver. More than 150,000 people attend approximately 575 screenings of 350 films from 50+ countries. Check website for the 2012 Schedule of Films.

http://www.viff.org/

Experience the gorgeous transition from Summer to Fall in Vancouver

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The last day of August in Vancouver was greeted with some serious Monsoon type rains which in our eyes is a taster for things to come as Summer make the gradual transition towards Autumn. It was a welcome relief for the area as we have somewhat been a little parched in this parts of the world, but of course, we know that it could be much much worse as our neighbours to the south have been experiencing a real deal drought.

It is fairly typical for August to be one of our drier months. It also seems to be a regular occurrence for the rains to make a visit at this point of the Summer, why is that? Well it is the Labour day long weekend of course and the weather seems to only perform on time with the rains when a bank holiday rolls around, but hey, such is life!

Interestingly enough, as much as September tends to see a little increase in the inclement weather it can be one of the most gorgeous months in Vancouver, the weather tends to be much more tolerable as the humidity starts to wane and the nights are noticeably much more comfortable, with the days seeing a healthy amount of sunshine -the temperatures in September give or take average out around the 20C mark (to our friends who work on the good old Fahrenheit system that is 68C).

The leaves have just started the process of changing colours so on that note we will like to tell you how to maximise your stay in Vancouver well embracing the gorgeous transition between Summer and Fall. Vancouver and this area of the world does show off some spectacular falls colours – granted it is not anything like out in the East where there are predominately Deciduous trees, but saying that, we do pull of a great show here especially when visiting the stunning Stanley Park.

Not only can you see some incredible fall colours in Stanley Park, we also highly recommend that you head down to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Van Dusen Gardens which is a stunning location no matter what time of year. If you happen to be visiting Victoria be sure to check out The Butchart Gardens which is a great alternative.

Van Dusen Gardens: http://vandusengarden.org/

The Butchart Gardens: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

Queen Elizabeth Park http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

For further information on what to expect with the Fall colours, please click on this link courtesy of Tourism Vancouver http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/explore/fall-colours/

Over the next couple of months we do see the Summer tourist Season wind down, but that does not reflect on the entertainment scene in Vancouver, first of all, during the first few weeks of September there is the final big hurrah of the Summer festivals which is the Vancouver Fringe Festival – this is the perfect way to end the Summer with some Quirky comedy, music and live theatre with something for everyone to enjoy no matter the age, this is located down at Granville Island which is a cultural must see hub in Vancouver.

You can read more about the Vancouver Fringe Festival here… http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=5803

Granville Island Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

Once September winds down you will then notice that the entertainment start to focus on the more thrilling and ghostly elements as the Vancouver area and most of North America start to gear up for the Halloween season – and trust us it is fun scary and there are lost to write about but that will be for a future blog in the not too distant future……

So for now, we encourage you to come by and embrace this season of change and get out to explore nature in all its Summery to Fall glory!

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Over in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh the original and biggest International Fringe Festival is drawing to a close and will end with a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the gorgeous castle and night sky. This is by far one of the biggest performing theatre/comedy Arts festival in the world and if you are a person that is quirky and likes anything that is alternative, then you will enjoy everything that is the Fringe – this is the crowd for you!

Short History
Vancouver also has its own fringe Festival that comes to Granville Island every September – it is modeled after the Edmonton International Fringe Festival which came to Canada in 1982 (which in turn was modeled and influenced by the Edinburgh Fringe Fest).

The first Vancouver Fringe Festival was held in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. In 1995, the festival relocated to Commercial Drive. At that time, the festival introduced “bring your own venue”, in which performers stage performances at places other than those provided by the festival organizers. As of 2013, the Vancouver Fringe Festival runs 11 days in 25 venues, centred on Granville Island, with other performances around the city.

So what to expect at the Fringe, well in all honesty a little bit of everything – there will be no shortage of Theatre that is full of comedy routines, lots of Music and dance that is quintessentially all in the flair and style that is to be expected from the Fringe.

When will the Festival occur?
The Festival runs from September 4 – 14. Tickets are already on sale – Over 80 shows will be performing in just 11 days – so plenty to see all day everyday day. For Ticket information click here – http://www.vancouverfringe.com/ticket-info/

Where is the Festival held?
Predominantly at Granville Island which is huge culural hub in Vancouver and is home to many performing Arts locations, there is no shortage of theatre and comedy at any given time of year – but of course this is when it really all comes together and is really a great time of year to see out the final few weeks of Summer!

For a full guide on the Full Festival Program click here http://www.vancouverfringe.com/pdfs/2014ProgramGuide_web.pdf

August Events in Vancouver

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Lots of events to enjoy this August in Vancouver.

Ongoing events throughout the Month.
These are regular events that are continuous throughout August and are staples in the Vancouver Calender…

The PNE at Playland
Located at Hastings Park is also the home of Playland, a horse racetrack (which also bears the name Hastings Park), the Pacific Coliseum (an ice hockey arena), the PNE Forum, and the PNE Agrodome. It was formerly the site of Empire Stadium, which has been demolished and replaced with a public soccer field. It is also the location of Hastings Skatepark, a skateboard bowl located to the south of the Pacific Coliseum.
The PNE has played an important role in the history of Vancouver. From its beginnings as a showcase for the region’s agriculture and economy, it has grown immensely. This growth has resulted in many questions about the fair’s future at Hastings Park. Beginning in 1997, the city has restored a large portion of the park. Many old fair buildings have been demolished and replaced by a more natural character.

Rides at Playland/PNE: http://www.pne.ca/playland/rides-games-food/rides.html

The Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market 2014 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just 1 block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 8 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests & hundreds of give-away prizes. Come & spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping & eating paradise with us!

Richmond Nightmarket Website: http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

Bard On The Beach Shakespear Festival
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.
A custom-built Mainstage tent was erected in 2011, offering expanded seating (733 seats), a redesigned stage and more comfortable seating for patrons. The Mainstage tent is open-ended so that the actors perform against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky – a highlight of the unique Bard experience. Two productions are performed in repertory in the tent from mid June through mid September.

Bard on the Beach Website: http://www.bardonthebeach.org/