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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/

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!

Events to enjoy in March 2014

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The event season is really beginning to to get going during the month of March, here are some of the highlights to look out for that we feel you will enjoy, we welcome back some regular annual events that are staples of the Vancouver calender, and as always March brings with it a Celtic twist for you all to enjoy and get your Jig on!

CELTIC FEST 10th ANNIVERSARY
When? March 8th-16th
Yes it IS that time of year again when many of us look to our Celtic roots and immerse ourselves in the Celtic culture with Song, Dance and an extra special amount of frivolity as it is done Celtic style.
Celtic Fest is celebrating its 10th anniversary so we are in no doubt that this years shenanigans will be big and you will be treated to 9 days worth of great Music, Theatre and a great Parade to really get you in the swing of things…….it promises to be the biggest and best this year around and we are sure it will be awesome. There will be more details on the big parade down below under the St Patricks Day celebrations….

The Festival will be occurring at various venues throughout the city, please click on the link below for further information…
Celtic Fest: http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/

STANLEY PARK HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS
When? Sunday March 9th, 2014
In memory of E. Pauline Johnson (also known in Mohawk as Tekahionwake –pronounced: dageh-eeon-wageh, literally: ‘double-life’) was a famous Canuck writer originally from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Ontario. In later life she was a West End resident in Vancouver until her death on March 7th 1913. She was widely known for her written works of poetry and her performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage. While living in Vancouver – she was well known here for her appreciation of Stanley Park and had written various stories regarding the Park, specifically on Deadmans Island and the famous Siwash Rock where her Ashes were scattered after her untimely death to Breast Cancer at the age of 51. Her funeral was noted as one of the largest seen in Vancouver at that time and was held on what would have been her 52nd birthday.

Pauline Johnson will also be remembered at the 17th annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner, we have written more about this event further along the page….

To commemorate her life and works, there will be a walking tour in Stanley Park in her memory and the walking tour will happen come rain or shine – all you need to do is show up with a cash donation of $10 which will go towards the Stanley Park Ecological Society.

Stanley Park History: events, walking tours, exhibits & programs: http://stanleyparkhistory.wordpress.com/

Stanley Park Ecological Society: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/

ST PATRICKS DAY
When? March 16th
With Celtic Fest bowing out on March 16th – this can only mean one thing, a finale to end all finales and an excuse to be Irish on the one and only St Patricks Day!
A huge Parade as always will be making its way through the streets of Vancouver with Green and lots of Shamrocks, Green Beer and plenty of Guinness all courtesy of the Celtic Fest Finale and of course St Paddy!

There are some great Irish Bars in Vancouver for you to choose from that will of course be taking part in the celebrations, here is a little information on each of the downtown Irish bars…
The Blarney Stone

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Vancouver, the Blarney Stone throws a huge St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17 with green beer, Irish Dancers, full Irish menu, and live music.
This year, the entire street closes down for an all-day party that runs from 9am to 2am on Tuesday, March 18. The event is all ages until 6pm.
Website:http://blarneystone.ca/

Doolin’s Irish Pub
Doolin’s teams up with Vancouver CelticFest for five days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March 12 – 17, and includes live bands, Celtic Folk Singers, dancers, Irish food, and more.
Website:http://www.doolins.ca/

The Irish Heather
One of Gastown’s favourite neighbourhood bars, the Irish Heather is a classic location for tossing back Guiness and Irish Whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day!
Website:http://www.irishheather.com/

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Vancouver’s largest Irish pub and eatery, Ceili’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and a huge crowd.
Website:http://www.ceilis.com/home?sid=63178

St. Patricks Day Club Crawl 2014
Aimed at students–tickets are $25 and include transportation between venues–this St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl starts at downtown Vancouver’s famous Roxy Nightclub or the Blarney Stone and gets you “front of the line” entrance to three more nightclubs (all entrance fees are included in the $25 ticket), plus party favours, prizes and contests.
Website:

Now in its 10th year Gung Haggis Fat Choy is now happening on March 16th.

GUNG HAGGIS FAT CHOY
When? March 16th
A familiar event with an unusual connection – this event marries the Chinese New Year and the celebration of the famous Bard Robert ‘Rabbi’ Burns. Now running in its 17th consecutive year the dinner will not only mark and ring in the Chinese New Year (the year of the Horse), there will be poetry read over dinner not only from the great Bard himself but will pay homage to Pauline Johnson.
Website:http://www.gunghaggis.com/2013/12/24/2014-gung-haggis-fat-choy-dinner-tickets-now-on-sale/

TEDtalks
When? March 17th-21st
The infamous TEDtalks come to Vancouver this month and they are in celebratory mood, TED talks are 30 years old and will be welcoming the masses at the Vancouver Convention centre, we expect the city to be pretty busy for just this conference alone.
Website:http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014

VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL IS BACK!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Get ready to be entertained down at Granville Island this week as the exciting, hilarious and most entertaining of all the alternative independent Festivals is about to begin…welcome back Vancouver Fringe Festival. The festival runs from September 5th to the 15th.

Website: http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

The Fringe is a fantastic way to explore Vancouver’s own Granville Island and to really make the most of its Arts culture that is spread all around the Island, and this is one of the best ways to see out the Vancouver summer with a bang.
This year promises to be quite the bonanza with over 80 performers taking part this year in just 11 days.

Here is a sneak peak of how the festival will unfold during the 11 days of fun!

FRINGE FOR ALL September 5th
It all opens with a fantastic opening sneak peak to all the acts that will be happening over the festival. Each act will entertain you with a 2 minute quick fire act, so you can decide just from this snippet alone on what you will like to see…Hosted by David C. Jones who will do his best to see how many artists he can cram in in one evening.

ST. AMBROISE FRINGE BAR
If you like to have a wee tipple before, during and after plays then you will not be upset to hear that there will be a permanent bar to wet your whistle.
There will be nightly entertainment here too, so check it out, the bar will be located in the cool area of Railspur Alley, you must be 19 and over to be able to attend the bar.

For further information on the programming guide, please click on the following link http://www.vancouverfringe.com/program-guide/

And of course, as it is located down at Granville Island, be sure to check out the whole area, it is full of regular entertainment all year round courtesy of the Buskers that like to entertain you.

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

The public market runs all year round from 9am till 7pm.

And if you want some awesome food, go to The Sandbar restaurant which is just to the east of the market under Granville Bridge……ask to be seated upstairs in the balcony area, you will be treated to some stunning views.

The Sandbar Website: http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

Sunset Inn Newsletter http://www.hebsmarketing.com/Sunset_Inn/07_July_2013/index.html

Must see events during February 2013

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

It may be low season in the city as we write this blog, but the Vancouver is slowly waking up from its slumber for 2013, please see below some of the events that we feel you should be aware of…Spring is coming and so are the fun festivities…

FAMILY DAY in BC!
As promised by Christy Clark – BC will get an extra long weekend coming their way this coming February. Known as Family Day. This is not a Statutory Holiday, so there should be very little disruption in Vancouver, apart from an extra lay in bed and more time to visit Vancouver…cannot be bad!?!?!

When? Feb 11th Where? Throughout BC

http://www.statutoryholidays.com/family-day.php

ROBSON SQUARE ICE RINK
This is the final few weeks to get your Ice Skates on and enjoy the rink for free…@Robson Square just by the VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery). So make a day of it, have a wee skate and check out some amazing Art, you can even squeeze in a little shopping if the enthusiasm takes you…as Robson St is the Shopping district after all.

Come on down to Robson Square Ice Rink every Friday and Saturday evening for live entertainment from 6 to 9 pm.

When? right through Feb Where? Robson Square (close to VAG under Robson St) Cost? Free (Skate Rentals) $4

http://www.robsonsquare.com/

http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

WINTERRUPTION 2013 FESTIVAL ON GRANVILLE ISLAND
An all ages festival that is now in its 8th year. This is an excellent and fun festival for all the family to enjoy down at the famous Granville Island…here the family can enjoy Theater, Food and Live Music, showcasing some fine local artists and talents.

When? February 22 – February 24 Where? Granville Island

http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption

EVIL DEAD – THE MUSICAL
Get ready to be scared out of your socks and be prepared for a an alternative musical of blood and gore….it will be the perfect treat for your loved one this Valentines Day Weekend….seems an obvious choice for a romantic night out at the Theater.

When? Feb 14th – 16th Where? Waterfront Theater, 1412 Cartwright Street

http://www.evildeadtour.com/vancouver/buytickets/