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This week in BC: Drool over vintage rides at the Vancouver Collector Car Show, get rodeo rowdy at the Williams Lake Stampede, listen to the soothing sounds of violin virtuoso Jonathan Chan at Up Close and Personal, and more
Feeling adventurous? Put your best foot forward and Run the Wild Side Trail in Tofino on June 22. This second annual marathon features a 22-km run and a 10-km run/walk at Ahousaht on Flores Island, along with a barbecue lunch and live music by the Soul Shakers, a Victoria-based R&B band. Prepare to get up early, though, ’cause boats depart the First Street Dock in Tofino at 7 a.m., with the run starting at 9 a.m. Pre-register for $25 online or by phone at 250-913-0022.
Seems vintage wheels are not a niche interest, judging by the 15,000 folks revving up for the Vancouver Collector Car Show, Sale & Auction, running June 22 and 23 at the PNE Fairgrounds. Over 12 acres of indoor and outdoor space will set the stage for the largest celebration of collector cars that Vancouver has ever seen, with over 600 vehicles, 200 vendor booths, 120 autos up for auction and lots of live entertainment.
It’s hard to know what the bigger draw will be when a 22-year-old master musician and a priceless 300-year-old violin come together in Up Close and Personal, a classical cabaret and rooftop garden party held on June 23 at Vancouver’s PAL Studio Theatre. Of course, music fans will want to see Vancouver virtuoso Jonathan Chan and guests perform pop tunes, classics and jazz standards, but just as many will want to check out his rare 18th-century Montagnana violin, during two performances, at 2 p.m. (which includes the garden gala) and at 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver is a multi-culti city, but for one day each year, everyone becomes a Greek. On June 23, thousands of Lower Mainlanders will have one mission in mind: to discover the Grecian formula for fun at Greek Day on Broadway, Kitsilano’s biggest annual street celebration. Taking place between MacDonald and Blenheim, this cultural carnival features live music, dance performances and games, but the most popular pursuit is gobbling up all the Greek eats, everything from souvlaki to gyros, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
So you want to make a musical? If you’re aspiring to be the next Andrew Lloyd Webber or Rodgers & Hammerstein, here’s one great place to start: Vancouver’s In Tune Conference, taking place from June 20 to 28 at various venues around Granville Island. Thespians can explore the creation of original Canadian music theatre with nine days of master classes, workshops, panel discussions and showcases, along with a Canadian songbook cabaret featuring rarely heard treasures performed by Vancouver luminaries.
“Ten hot days of the coolest music in town” is how organizers describe the TD Victoria International JazzFest, running June 21 to 30 at various local venues. Forget the idea of Victoria being a place for “the newly wed and the nearly dead,” because B.C.’s capital will be rocking to some of the biggest names in the biz, including Serena Ryder, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yanofsky, Five Alarm Funk and Esperanza Spalding. Go online or call 250-388-4423 for tickets.
Bert and Ernie would be mortified! That’s because “full puppet nudity” is in store at Avenue Q, a Broadway musical for adults running from June 20 to August 3 at Vancouver’s Granville Island Stage. And full frontal shots are only one of the shockers you’ll see at this Tony-winning show, set in a seedy section of New York that bears a twisted resemblance to Sesame Street — but (be warned) with simulated sex and porn. Tickets are available online or by phone at 604-687-1644.
You don’t judge a book by its cover, so why judge a wine by its label? That’s the message of Undercover, a wine lovers’ roundup where patrons will pick their faves based solely on flavour rather than fancy labels. Held June 27 at Vancouver’s Villa Amato Ballroom (88 East 1st Ave), this summer sip-off pours more than 80 varieties of budget wine, all priced at $19.99 or less. Tickets for the 7 p.m. soiree are $37 per person, with funds supporting the Shooting Stars Foundation.
At odds for ages, traditional medicine and alternative therapies are increasingly recognized as being equally valid approaches to holistic health. So expect to find them both showcased under one roof at the Vancouver Health Expo, running from June 28 to 30 at the PNE. You’ll find guest speakers, food vendors, cooking displays and wellness exhibits, along with a run-down on remedies ranging from reflexology and aromatherapy to herbal aids and even cryogenics. Doors open at 10 a.m., with tickets available online or at the gate.
Some things just get better with age, and the Williams Lake Stampede is one of them. Celebrating its 87th year from June 28 to July 1, it’s one of B.C.’s biggest and best-loved rodeos, featuring top cowfolk from around the world competing in everything from bull riding and barrel racing to bareback bronc riding and steer wrestling, at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds. Buy tickets at the gate or call 250-398-8388 for more details.
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