For Your Entertainment

14 Sep

It’s (the middle of!) September and the seasonal shift is palpable. Whether you’re heading back to school or just putting on a jacket for the first time in months, life is always a little bit different after Labour Day.

As a part-time student, September does mean back to school for me (I started another writing class last night). But on a more exciting note, September means Vancouver is alive with arts and culture thanks to two world class festivals that share an acronym: VIFF.


One international theatre festival
One international film festival
Several very entertaining weeks.


Theatre for Everyone at the
Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Live theatre holds a special place in my heart. I love the Fringe Festival in particular because (a) tickets are cheap and (b) you never really know what you’re going to get. This year’s festival features 754 performances over 11 days, so there is ample opportunity to enjoy some live theatre.


Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Vancouver International Fringe Festival


Sadly, this post is a little late (my apologies), as the Fringe Festival officially wraps up on September 16. However, Pick of the Fringe (extra performances of the 10 most popular shows from the festival) runs September 19 to 23, so you still have time to get out and see a show!

When the Fringe lineup is released, I typically search the program for comedies and musicals. Of course, there many other genres to choose from. Check out the program here or download the Fringe Festival iPhone app to find all the show descriptions and schedules.


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Last weekend I saw two shows:

CAPSLOCK: The Musical is topical comedy about an office romance in the age of electronic (mis)communication. A mini-orchestra shares the stage with a very talented cast, making the show feel like real musical theatre. They sang, they danced, they misinterpreted emails. Thoroughly entertaining and good for a few laughs.

Opera for Heathens is a one-man, two-guitar showcase of almost every musical genre from the past 300 years. Kevin Armstrong played his heart out and sweat like a rock star on the tiny stage at the back of a coffee shop on Granville Island. I particularly enjoyed his renditions of Mozart and Rossini.

I’m hoping to get out and see at least one more show before Sunday night (maybe Weak Sauce or The Bike Trip)… And I’m definitely going to see The Post Secret special event on September 23! If you’ve never heard of Post Secret, I highly recommend that you check it out here.


Popcorn for Everyone at the
Vancouver International Film Festival

A movie theatre is a great place to escape when the days start getting cooler and darker. The Vancouver International Film Festival gives cinephiles an opportunity to rise above the insipid summer blockbusters and watch some fascinating films that you really can’t see any other time of year.


Vancouver International Film Festival 2012

Vancouver International Film Festival 2012


Starting September 27, the VIFF will present over 380 films from all around the world, in every genre you can imagine. As I flipped through the sneak preview guide last night, I started to feel the usual film festival anxiety (it contains descriptions of about 200 of the films). There are so many to choose from! I ended up circling about twenty-five films that looked fascinating, touching, funny, romantic, and/or thrilling.

Now I just have to win the lottery so I can quit my job and become a full-time movie-goer.

A more realistic strategy is to choose a day or two when I’ll have time to see a movie, check what’s playing, and head to the theatre.

More popular films will likely sell out, so it’s a good idea to buy tickets in advance. The full Program Catalogue will be released on Saturday September 15 and there is supposed to be a VIFF 2012 iPhone app as well.


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Here are some of the films that stood out to me in the sneak preview guide…

Antiviral (Canada/USA)

As Luck Would Have It (Spain)

Cartoon College (USA)

The Comedy (USA)

The End of Time (Canada/Switzerland)

The Great Northwest (USA)

More Than Honey (Switzerland/Germany/Austria)

The Mountain Runners (USA)

Persistence of Vision (USA/UK/Canada)

Random Acts of Romance (Canada)

Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema (USA)

Step Up to the Plate (France)

This Ain’t California (Germany)

Two Little Boys (New Zealand)

When the Bough Breaks (China)


I hope your transition into the last quarter of the year is going smoothly and you have some time to get out and be entertained over the next few weeks!



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One Response to “For Your Entertainment”

  1. Colleen September 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Wow sounds like there is no such thing as being bored in your life!! A little culture in ones life is a good thing!! Enjoy!!!!

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