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10 Breweries in Vancouver That Offer Tastings

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Are you getting tired of going to the same bar every week? A great way to enjoy a beer with friends is trying out one of the many breweries in Vancouver.

They vary in size and offerings but you’ll find anything from a quaint place to enjoy a beer tasting to a full restaurant where you can have a bite to eat along with your drinks. Here are 10 different breweries you can enjoy, check it out!

1. BRASSNECK

For an intimate, exclusive experience you need to check out Brassneck. The tasting room only serves 50 people and it’s all first come first serve so it can be difficult to get in depending on the time of day you visit.The beers on tap are always changing as they’re frequently experimenting with different styles. They also suggest not bringing large groups as it’s a pretty small space and they don’t want to have to turn you away.

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Canadian Musicians Tegan and Sara Create LGBTQ Foundation

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Canadian music duo, Tegan and Sara, have announced the launch of their own foundation to support LGBTQ rights.

The Tegan and Sara Foundation will fight for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Calgary-born sisters Tegan and Sara speak publicly about their sexuality and are both openly gay. The foundation was born out of their struggles with homophobia and sexism in the music industry. It’s also in response to the support they have received from accepting fans and stories they have heard from the LGBTQ community.

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3 Great New Fashion Stores Opening in Vancouver in 2017

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This winter 2017, Vancouver will see an onslaught of a few world-renowned fashion and clothing stores that will call Vancouver home. This is good news and bad news, but it’s mostly really, really, good news.

These new additions to the Vancouver fashion scene are only bad news if you already love these stores and the clothes are the secret weapons of your stylish mystique.

Come winter 2017, the days of having exclusive statement pieces from faraway retailers will be gone, because they’ll be here. So, the jig is up. Now everyone will have access to beautiful clothes that the international market already loves the world over. And, come springtime, everyone in Vancouver is going to be looking much more fashionable thanks to ready to ware fashion institutions like COS, MUJI and Uniqlo.

COS

The London based and universally loved COS or “Collective of Style” will finally open its doors this winter in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. And in light of this year’s brutally cold winter, the timing couldn’t be better. The fashion house is like an upscale H&M as they’re owned by the same company, but what sets COS apart is that COS is higher quality and more high fashion minded.

The store will feature COS’s full collection of menswear and womenswear, plus their beautifully designed shoes, bags, jewelry – everything. And of course, all items will feature their signature sleek European lines on ready to wear pieces. COS has been the “go to” retailer across Europe and some parts of North America for those statement staple pieces that look like a million bucks but don’t cost it.

We can all agree that Europeans have a certain je nais sais quoi, so it’s no surprise that COS is a well loved European staple for the brand’s trademark modern, clean lines and neutral palette. However as of right now, there are only a three stores in Canada, which makes Vancouver’s Gastown location the fourth. Sartorialists will rejoice, but exactly when is TBD. But with COS’s abundance of high quality fashion forward styles at a fair price point, it’s not opening soon enough.

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Check out Bad Girls the Musical

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BG Group Cover.The award winning DramaNatrix Productions is proud to present the Raw Canadian Premiere of “Bad Girls The Musical". Based on the hit prison drama series from the UK, “Bad Girls The Musical” is well balanced with comedy, riots and a love story. Our team is composed of a wide range of artist who are actively working in your community.

Set in the fictional HMP Larkhall Women's Prison, Bad Girls is the story of new wing Governer, Helen Stewart along with 12 inmates and their battle against the entrenched old guard system while also following a love story that develops between two women., Helen the Governer and inmate Nikki Wade.

Suitable for ages 18+ Sexual adult content.

The IT Girl is charming, playful, and entertaining

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The IT Girl Vancouver

In a theatre premiere in Vancouver, The IT Girl, is a highly entertaining and well choreographed musical from DramaNatrix Productions, a female partnership focused on engaging young urban audiences with fresh modern musical theatre while also emphasizing on creating more roles and opportunities for women in the industry.

The IT Girl is a story of Betty Lou Spence (played by Katie Purych), a lowly department store clerk from Brooklyn who falls in love with her charming and proper boss Jonathan Waltham (played by Jared Arthur). In an act of desperation for the failing company, Waltham (inadvertently) makes a bold move and establishes a contest to find the perfect woman - a woman with the mesmerizing, elusive, and thrilling quality known as "it". Through a series of mishaps, songs, and dance, Betty enters the contest in hopes of capturing the heart of her new employer.

The cast and crew of the musical did a great job in capturing the spirit of the 1920s department store, with a great and interesting set for such a small space. The music and lighting were also great as they helped set the atmosphere without being over-the-top or distracting. One of the most impressive parts of the production was the choreography; every actor on stage was in sync without a misstep, even in the more complex scenes. If you've looking for a fun, innovative, and quirky production, The IT Girl has everything you need.

The IT Girl is on until October 17th, 2015 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. You can pick up tickets online or at the door.

This week in (gay) Vancouver: LGBTQ shows you don’t want to miss at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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Vancouver Fringe 2014The 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival is now underway.  Here are capsule reviews of the shows with LGBTQ themes that you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival:

Ludwig & Lohengrin

Using a large white bed sheet, Rakoz dazzles us with shadow puppets and seamlessly moves from one character to the next as he tells this little known piece of Bavarian history. Never missing a beat, Rakoz manages to compress a lifetime into just sixty minutes with clarity and surprises.  Funny and poignant, this is one biography worth exploring.  Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

The Chariot Cities

There is so much going on in The Chariot Cities that it sometimes feels like it is going to collapse under its own weight, but this talented cast not only gives us some beautifully realized moments, it leaves us wanting more. Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

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Vancouver Gay Pride Guide 2014

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Vancouver Pride 2014Vancouver's Pride is in full swing this August, and it promises to be better than ever this year. There are more than a few must-see events (including the parade), and we have your full guide to everything that is Pride in Vancouver.

Vancouver Pride 2014 Events

Davie Street Block Party (August 1st)

Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Village on Davie Street between Burrard and Jervis. With 2014, we have two community blocks centered on Bute Plaza with our all-ages stage and dance floor at the rainbow crosswalks, along with a variety of local artisans and carnival games hosted by LGBTQ community groups from around Vancouver.

 

Trans & Genderqueer Celebration and Liberation March (August 1st)

DON’T HIDE YOUR PRIDE! UNCAGE YOUR RAGE! Calling trans, genderqueer, two-spirit people, and allies: lets take to the streets! On August 1st we come together for a political protest and a celebration of gender diversity!

 

Vancouver Dyke March (August 2nd)

Save the date! The 11th Vancouver Dyke March and Festival will be happening on Saturday, August 2nd. As usual, we will meet at McSpadden park around noon, march on Commercial Drive and take over Grandview Park for an afternoon of celebration with folks and family.

 

Pride Festival and Market (August 3rd)

Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront parks! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, community supporters and non-profit organizations. This is a pedestrian event for the general public to come and enjoy the day, watch live performances on the main stage, sample great food at the food zone and dance to DJ’s in the 19+ beer garden area.

 

36th Annual Pride Parade (August 3rd)

Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events!

Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world.

 

Official Pride After Party (August 3rd)

Still raring to go after the Pride Parade and Pride Festival? Hit the Lux Lounge that night and give Vancouver Pride 2014 the send-off it deserves. Featuring great DJs and spectacular Drag performances.

Spring Fling Cabaret is a showcase of local talent

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Spring Fling CabaretLeaping Thespians, Vancouver’s lesbian theatre company has teamed up with ¿Por Qué No? Productions to present a Spring Fling Cabaret.

The inaugural event for ¿Por Qué No? Productions, the showcase of local talent includes original sketch comedy by the Leaping Thespians, live musical performances from Jingo and featuring Rae Clark, burlesque performances from Jenny Magenta, Tilly the Toolbox, Lace Cadet, and the debut of Mista Peach Fuzz.  Stand-up comedy is also on the marquee with Laugh Riot girl, Wanda Roberts, plus drag king performances by Cazzwell van Dyke, Lou Slips, and more.  The evening will conclude with dancing with music from DJ She.

“We believe this life is not a dress rehearsal – it is your one and only shot, so why not live it and live it joyfully,” says organizers in a release.  “We are excited to show you the amazing talents of people we know and encourage you to explore yours too.”

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Lowest Common Denominator is more than its potential controversial subject

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Lowest Common DenominatorIt isn’t often a playwright will write with a specific actor in mind, but with Dave Deveau’s latest play Lowest Common Denominator it all started with a conversation at last year’s Jessie Awards.

“Deb [Williams] was sitting beside me when I won my award for My Funny Valentine last year and leaned across and whispered that she really wanted to work with me on a project,” says Deveau on a break from rehearsals.

Knowing Williams’ work, Deveau started to write, but it was well into the process before the award-winning playwright landed on the potentially controversial subject matter.

“I started thinking about what would happen if this middle-aged divorcee walked into a room and interrupted something,” says Deveau.

That “something” turned out to be Williams’ character Harmony, a middle-age divorcee, walking in on her seventeen year-old son Trevor, played by up-and-comer Dallas Sauer, kissing the man she had just been on a date with, played by veteran actor Shawn Macdonald.

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Gender-bending Shakespeare’s greatest male roles

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Lisa WolpeMeet the real-life Viola De Lesseps.

Forget what you might have seen in Shakespeare in Love, in early modern English theatre it was the norm for female roles to be played by young men.  Today, it is women like Lisa Wolpe, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, who turns that notion on its head as she takes on some of the greatest male roles in the Bard’s canon.

Wolpe, who is thought to hold the record as a woman playing the greatest number of men in Shakespeare’s plays, is an actor, director, teacher, playwright and producer, in addition to her artistic director role in the all-female company that she founded in 1993.  She brings her story to Vancouver in an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ style interview as part of a fundraiser for the upcoming Classic Chic Productions, itself all-female ensemble dedicated to performing the classics, presentation of The Winter’s Tale.

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