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Local Youth Bring Disney Musical Performances to Stage

The Children's Theatre of Richmond Association (CTORA) is excited to announce that their 2018 program runs in November and December with two musical productions from Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. 

Incredibly talented youth performers, including Disney stars, perform these popular musical productions with collaboration from Vancouver Aquarium to provide support and the three-dimensional (3D) backdrop in The Little Mermaid Jr. production. Tickets on sale now from $20.00 to $49.50 (excludes applicable service fee and taxes). 

2018 Show Schedule:
The Little Mermaid Jr.
Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25
6:30pm (approx. 2 hours)
Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster
Starting from $20.00- Order online with assigned seating

Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8
6:30pm (approx. 2 hours)
Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Starting from $21.50- Order online with assigned seating

Lily Yuan, CTORA founder and producer, shares, "Last year's production of Aladdin was a huge success, so we expect The Little Mermaid Jr. and the Beauty and the Beast Jr. to sell-out quickly this year. We not only have a talented team of young performers and renowned directors, we have also incorporated original art with digital technology to bring audience a stunning, lively, and one-of-a-kind performance stage."

Following last year's sold-out  Aladdin  musical production, this year's  The Little Mermaid Jr.  and the  Beauty and the Beast Jr.  are expected to sell-out quickly.

Following last year's sold-out Aladdin musical production, this year's The Little Mermaid Jr. and the Beauty and the Beast Jr. are expected to sell-out quickly.

World Class Talent and Experience Bring These Productions to Life
As a non-profit organization that leads in providing talented youth performers the opportunity to share their passion for art and culture, CTORA welcomes three (3) award-winning and local youth performers to join this year's musical productions:

Zoey Siewert as Ariel, The Little Mermaid Jr. (in Nov 25 show)
Performance credit: Universal NBC's Nina's World; ABC's Once Upon A Time.

Zac Siewert as King Triton, The Little Mermaid Jr. (in Nov 25 show)
Performance credit: Marvel's (short-series) Black SpidermanChopped Canada Junior.

Jaedon Siewert as chef Louis, The Little Mermaid Jr. (in Nov 25 and 26 shows)
Performance credit: Universal's Aliens Ate My Homework; ABC's Siren.

More than 30 talented performers will take the stage this year with returning performers to include:

Neil Hong as Prince Eric, The Little Mermaid Jr.
Victoria Kazantseva as Ursula, The Little Mermaid Jr.

With more than 22 years of global musical theatre production experience, Emma Swords is the creative director behind this year's The Little Mermaid Jr. Swords' previous musical theatre production experience include: Oliver, Mulan, Aladdin, Les Misérables and West Side Story.

Internationally renowned choreographer Harry Zhao, who has represented China in World Sports Dance Open, will bring his Latin flair to work with Swords in creating electrifying choreography for The Little Mermaid Jr. Beauty and the Beast Jr. is directed by Joseph Spitale with assistance from Emily Matchette. Spitale is no stranger to the stage as he has participated in many internationally-acclaimed theatrical productions for Tokyo DisneylandTheatre Under the Stars, Les Misérables, Lincoln Centre in New York City, and more.

Canadian surrealist artist Michael Abraham has generously offered to hand-paint props and backdrops to create a lively experience for audience. Props and backdrops created by Abraham will include Ursula's cave, mirrors from the mermaids, and much more. As well, a Vancouver-based digital media company, FStar Media, has utilized 3D mapping technology to showcase the 20 animated backdrops that bring the show to life.

Another local construction company, Kiewit, has created a ship to accommodate up to nine actors and help bring the audience on a journey into the beautiful sea world.

"This year's show embraces technology and mixes it with traditional art, while celebrating the culture and talents of the young generation in our community," adds Yuan.

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About Children's Theatre of Richmond Association
Founded by Lily Yuan, the Children's Theatre of Richmond Association (CTORA) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to support young artist and youth in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver community. Young performers are casted each year to perform in annual musical productions that showcase their artistic talent and passion, while providing an opportunity to learn from some of the best artists and musicians in British Columbia. Past musical productions include: Aladdin Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., the Little Mermaid Jr., and more. For more information, visit: www.ctora.ca

Chefs' Table Society of BC's Slow Fish Dinner Returns

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Lovers of local seafood and social times rejoice as the Chefs' Table Society of BC's Slow Fish Canada Dinner returns for the 5th year to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 6pm-9pm. 

This annual event allows seafood lovers to gather and indulge in local sustainable seafood in the most interactive way.  

With only 100 tickets available, be an early bird! Purchase tickets before September 9 for $99 + taxes and fees here. (Tickets from September 10 onward are $109 + taxes and fees).

Like all Chefs' Table Society events, the proceeds from this event along with earmarked funds will be used to fund a scholarship; in this case, one that will be awarded that night.

Meet the chefs while you eat:
It's a kitchen party! Move from kitchen to kitchen and enjoy sustainable seafood. Credit Meighan Makarchuk

The evening starts with Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) culinary student-prepared canapés, and Frizzante Rosé from Salmon-Safe winery St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery.

Next, attendees move through the school's eight professional teaching kitchens to meet the visiting chefs, who each offer a tasting-sized portion of local sustainable seafood delicacies.

Leading the event committee is Chefs' Table Society chef Darren Clay, executive culinary chef instructor at PICA, and Poyan Danesh, culinary director at Ocean Mama Seafood.

This year's participating chefs:
Julian Bond, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Andrea Carlson, Burdock and Co.
Welbert Choi, Forage
Warren Chow, Juniper
Jason Harris, Colette Grand Café at Holt Renfrew
Edgar Kano, Four Seasons Hotel
Greg McCallum, Le Crocodile
Mark Singson, Food Art and Music (Top Chef Canada Finalist Season 6)

Dishes will include the chefs' creative interpretations of how to serve sustainable local sturgeon, arctic char, Humpback Shrimp, Honey Mussels, Spiny Scallop
Geoduck, Albacore tuna and Octopus.

Wines paired with each dish will be from the portfolio of Peacock & Martin, and several Salmon-Safe BC wineries.

The intention of the event aside from raising funds is to raise awareness for Slow Fish Canada (a Slow Food initiative) and its role in protecting our oceans. Slow Food has been working in the field of sustainable fish for many years, raising awareness among seafood-lovers through the biennial Slow Fish fair in Genoa and developing projects to support responsible artisanal fishing communities. The quality and variety of the ocean's bounty will be in the spotlight at this special Slow Fish dinner.  

Tickets include reception, flavourful seafood dishes paired to wines, sweet treats from James Coleridge of Uno Gelato and a rare chance to interact with eight acclaimed chefs. 

With limited tickets available, seafood lovers are advised to act quickly, as this exciting and delicious event sells out every year. Tickets can be purchased here.  

About The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia
The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia is a registered, non-profit society composed of BC's leading chefs and culinary professionals. It is a chef-administered, province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. The Society supports innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture BC chefs, producers and the local food industry. The Chefs' Table Society secures apprenticeships for and bestows bursaries to emerging local chefs and also finances culinary education programs in BC schools. For more information or to become a member visit chefstablesociety.com. Get social with the chefs on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

About Slow Fish Canada
Slow Fish Canada is a campaign that focuses on issues related to fisheries, and encourages only the seasonal consumption of wild salmon, discourages the consumption of any form of farmed salmon, and is committed to the restoration of wild salmon stocks. Learn more about the Slow Fish Movement at  www.slowfood.com/slowfish/. Follow Slow Food Canada on Facebook and  Twitter.

 

Best Sommelier of BC Returns January 29

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Best Sommelier of BC Competition Returns to Vancouver

New competing category for 2018 BC Aspiring Sommelier

Hosted by The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), the fourth annual Best Sommelier of BC Competition returns to Rogers Arena on January 29th, 2018.

[Vancouver, BC] This annual competition attracts some of the best and brightest sommeliers from across the province to compete for the title of BC's Best Sommelier 2018 . This incredibly challenging competition includes both a written and practical examination. The practical exam will be held live as the top three sommeliers from the written portion compete for the 2018 title. Ticket packages available for CAPS Members and the public to view the competition and join the post-competition celebration dinner and announcements.

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The winner will be announced at the post-competition Dinner, hosted by CAPS BC, at the Encore Suite at Rogers Arena (doors open at 4:30pm).

To be eligible to compete, individuals must be accredited members of CAPS BC and must earn at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment as a sommelier. Competitors must also be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Those sommeliers (or up-and-coming sommeliers) wishing to compete can still apply, and the entrants to date are listed here, in alphabetical order by last name:

Christina Hartigan, Botanist
Michael Hiram, AnnaLena
Matthew Landry, The Stable House Bistro
Shane Lobsinger, Sonora Resort
Adam Mehew, Yew at Four Seasons Hotel
Scott Mitchell, AnnaLena
Sean Nelson, Vij's
Jayton Paul, Hawksworth Restaurant
Todd Prucyk, Hawksworth Restaurant
Tereza Roux, Wedgewood Hotel
Peter Van de Reep, Campagnolo
Jesse Walters, Burdock & Co.

Esteemed judges for this year: Barbara Philip, Michaela Morris and Sebastien Le Goff. Emcee is DJ Kearney and Shane Taylor, winner of 2017 Best Sommelier BC Competition.

Competition Details

9:00am-11:00am- Preliminary competition, including written exam and blind tasting, with all candidates. This portion happens behind closed doors.

12:00pm-4:30pm- The Top 3 Competitors will be announced, and then immediately compete live for Best Somm BC 2018. This portion is open to the public for viewing.

Location: Captains Room, Rogers Arena (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

 

Champions Dinner Details

4:30pm-8:00pm- Cocktail hour, dinner served, and winners announced.

Location: Encore Suite, Rogers Arena  (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

 

Ticket Prices:

CAPS Members:
$65 - Live Competition Viewing + Reception & Dinner Package
$40 - Reception/Dinner Only

Non-Members:
$75 - Live Competition Viewing + Reception & Dinner Package
$50 - Reception/Dinner Only

For the LIVE Competition Viewing ONLY - $10 at the door (first come-first serve seating). Doors open at 12:00pm and the competition begins at 12:30pm.

In addition - for the first time, CAPS BC is happy to announce the 2018 BC Aspiring Somm Competition.

This event is open to any member of CAPS BC who earns at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment in any role as well as has an interest in participating in future Best Sommelier of BC competitions. The event mimics theBest Sommelier of BC format to give aspiring sommeliers the opportunity to understand what the competition is really all about. Competitors must also be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. This event runs concurrent to the Best Sommelier of BC, from 9:00am-12:00pm on Monday, January 29th at Rogers Arena. The 2018 BC Aspiring Sommelier Winner will be announced prior to theBest Sommelier of BC announcement on Monday evening.


About Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers:

Established in 1989, the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is a pan-Canadian association, which brings together individuals within the sommelier profession, restaurant services, and other sectors of the wine industry.

As a not-for-profit organization, CAPS aims to promote and educate the sommelier profession through professional development and networking events related to the wine and spirits industry. Visit: http://sommelierscanada.com/ 

Events to Plan for in the Lower Mainland in 2016

What’s Happening in 2016 What's happening for events in Vancouver?

We find the best way for you to know about a client or project is to meet them in person, and the best way to do that is to hold an event, so everyone is hosting something.

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We have gathered all of the events in Vancouver and area that we know of for 2016.

Note: this is for planning purposes and will change - check back often.

 

January 19-February 7: PuSh Festival

January 25: IVSA New Product Salon (trade)

January 25: Taste the World (public event)

January 26: Trade Conference Ticket Sales for Vancouver Wine Festival

January 27: Food and Wine Dinner (media)

January 28: Taste BC

January 29: Chinese Restaurant Awards (night one)

January 30: Chinese Restaurant Awards (night two)

February 5: Big Night

February 13-14: Chinatown Spring Festival-Cultural Fair

February 14: Chinese New Year Parade

February 16: Wines of Chile Tasting (media)

February 17: BC Home and Garden Show Opening Night

February 17-21: BC Home and Garden Show

February 18: Travel & Lifestyle Event (media)

February 18-28: Talking Stick Festival

February 19-21: Winterruption

February 18-March 13: Chutzpah! Festival

February 20-28: Vancouver International Wine Festival: Italy

March 4-6: Festival du Bois

March 7: 3rd Annual Curry Cup hosted by Chefs' Table Society of BC

March 9: Eastside Beer Festival

March 20: Barn Burner BBQ in Chilliwack

March 22: Locals Only BC at Edible Canada

March 21-April 17: Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26: BC Distilled

April 1-3: The Fraser Valley Food Show

April 4: Meet the Maker (Trade and Media only)

April 4: Lick Your Plate Launch Party (Vancouver)

April 1-28: Capture Photography Festival

April 6-10: Vancouver Cocktail week

April 7: Elixir Spirits Festival

April 9: Dinner Party YVR featuring Serendipity Winery

April 10: Avocados from Mexica Avocado Showdown

April 9-14th: Eco Fashion Week

April 13: Okanagan Falls Winery Association Spring Release Party

April 17: Garagiste Wine Festival

April 21: Lifestyle & Fashion Event (media)

April 23: Vaisakhi Day Parade

April 25: California Wine Fair (trade & consumer)

April 28: Wines for Waves featuring Serendipity Winery

April 29: Vintage 2015 (media preview)

April 29-May 1: EAT! Vancouver

May 5-15: DOXA Documentary Film Festival

May 6: Rosé Revival

May 9-10: Summit 2016: Hospitality Industry Conference & Marketplace (Kelowna)

May 10: IVSA New Product Salon-Victoria

May 13: Spot Prawn Gala: Celebrating 10 Years of the Spot Prawn Festival

May 14: Spot Prawn Cooking Classes at PICA

May 15: 10th Annual Spot Prawn Festival hosted by The Chefs' Table Society of BC

May 17: IVSA New Product Salon-Vancouver

May 18: Dish 'n Dazzle for the BC Hospitality Foundation

May 18: Bloom BC VQA Spring Release (Victoria)

May 19: Bloom BC VQA Spring Release (Vancouver)

May 26-29: Art! Vancouver

May 26-29: Half Corked Marathon

May 28: Vancouver International Tequila Grand Tasting

May 29: Blue Grouse Estate Winery Open House

June 3: Liberty Wine Provence Rosé Wine Tasting

June 4: Provence Rosé wine tasting at 39th & Cambie BCLDB

June 11-12: 4th Annual Heard It Through The Grapevine

June 13- Wine Tasting (trade only)

June 21: Les Dames Wine Launch

June 23: Night at the Aquarium

June 23: Totem Distillers Launch

July 7: Champagne & Caviar

July 7: Vancouver TheatreSports opening reception performance

July 11: BC Hospitality Foundation Vancouver Golf Tournament

July 12: Summer Sizzler TMAC BC Chapter

July 16: Deighton Cup

July 20: Silk Road Vancouver ParTEA Opening

July 21:Vancouver TheatreSports Opening Reception Performance

July 24: Brewery & the Beast (Vancouver)

August 17: Best of Craft BC

August 18: Diner en Blanc

August 28: Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene Release Tasting (Everything Wine)

August 28: Black Hills Estate Winery Winemakers Dinner (Black + Blue)

August 29: Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene Seminar

August 30: Black Hills Estate Winery Long Table

August 31: Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene Release (Marquis Wine Cellars)

August 31: Black Hills Estate Winery Winemakers Dinner (Zest Japanese Cuisine)

September 7-8: Top Drop Vancouver

September 10: Naramata Bench Tailgate Party

September 11: BBQ Off the Bypass

September 13: Chefs' Table Society and Yaletown BIA Chef Meets Truck

September 15: Dinner by Design

September 16: Dinner by Design

September 18: Chefs' Table Society of BC Slow Fish Dinner

September 19: BC Hospitality Foundation Victoria Golf Tournament

October 4-7: Eat! Vancouver

September 30- October 8: Harvest Haus

October 24: Italian Wine Tasting (Consumer & Trade)

October 31: Portugal Wine Tasting (Trade, Consumer, Media)

October 31: IVSA Liquor Industry Conference

November 10-20: Cornucopia Whistler

What event did we miss here? Let us know: info @ townhallbrands.com