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Newsies – presented by Broadway across Canada

Newsies – presented by Broadway across Canada

On Tuesday we were lucky enough to go to the opening night of Newsies at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The Disney produced Newsies centres around the fictional character of Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of a group of New York newsboys (newsies) fighting for a better life. The storyline is inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Newsies is a dynamic show with non-stop dancing and action. The show earned eight Tony Award nominations in 2012, including Best Musical, winning Best Choreography and Best Original Score.

Generally speaking I’d say Broadway isn’t typically my thing but both Susannah and I loved it! It was just over 2 hours in length (plus intermission) and was an easy watch. The cast was tightly knit and the newsies really had the audience on their side, fighting “for what’s right”. Joey Barreiroas was wonderful as Jack Kelly and the dancing in the group numbers  was awesome.

I was also really impressed by the stage design and set which consisted of 3 large multi level metal towers which could be transformed quickly into different sets. In it’s stark simplicity it was effective and functional, allowing the action to flow while each scene was being transformed.

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iphone shot of set design taken during intermission

Newsies is playing in Vancouver until July 10 at QE Theatre as part of Broadway across Canada’s 2016-2017 season.

Totally recommended family viewing. Well worth a watch.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – mini movie review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – mini movie review

I might be a wee bit biased. I am a Kiwi and love to support Kiwi films and filmmakers. I saw Wilderpeople when it debuted in New Zealand earlier this year when I was visiting home so the humour totally made sense. Back in Canada I also went to the Vancouver advance screening and I have to say that the second time round was just as good as the first. Pardon my “kiwi” in this review but this one really felt like home.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is so much more than your average coming-of-age story. Directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, What we do in the Shadows), Wilderpeople has a solid storyline, a great cast and is set in the spectacular New Zealand bush (yes, it really does look like that!). With plenty of witty dialogue and some nicely played nods to classic NZ film and TV commercials (I loved the hat off to “Crumpy” and the old truck ), there’s plenty going on. Sam Neill is a box office drawcard and is great as grumpy old Hec, but it is Rima Te Wiata who sets the movie off on the right foot. Her portrayal of Bella perfectly sets the tone of storytelling with light-hearted delivery.  Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker is wonderful. Along with a few good chuckles Wilderpeople will definitely give you the warm fuzzies.

Here is the trailer. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is only playing locally until July 13 at Cineplex Odeon International Village so you’d better get moving. Don’t miss it – it’s “majestical”.

Loving clouds

Loving clouds

Susannah and I both love clouds.

Anyone who knows us well should know this. You know that saying “stop and smell the roses”? Well we would say “look up and watch the clouds”. From contemplating life to just checking out the weather patterns, cloud watching is a great activity.

From our patio we often see nice movement as the ocean breeze pushes the clouds towards us. Last night was looking good so we set up a GoPro and did a timelapse.

Take a look. Then go outside and look up 😉

Firestone Walker craft beer launch in Vancouver

Firestone Walker craft beer launch in Vancouver

Last night we were invited to a VIP tasting of Firestone Walker Beer at Craft Beer Market in the Salt building in Olympic Village. If you are unfamiliar with Vancouver or with Olympic Village, this area began to be developed as the Vancouver Athlete’s Village the 2010 Olympic Games. Since then the area has exploded and is a condo city with restaurants, bars and great places to hang out. The historic Salt building was built in the 1930’s and was originally used as a refinery of salt shipped from San Diego. Now the building is owned by the City of Vancouver and since 2013 has been the home of Craft Beer Market and it’s array of 100+ tap beers.

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Where exactly is the Craft Beer Market located? It’s at the corner of Salt St and Walter Hardwick Ave. There is a pair of giant sparrows pretty much pointing towards it so follow their beaks and you’ll know you’re in the right place.

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Big Bird

Now on to the beer! We were treated to 4 of Firestone Walker’s beer on tap to celebrate their arrival in Canada. Our fav was the Union Jack West Coast IPA which is a lovely hoppity hopped brew, double dry hopped and with a nice citrus tang. Perfect for the West Coast palette.

Firestone Walker beer

Check out the Firestone Walker Beers if you get a chance. We enjoyed them and the whole Craft Market Experience. Many thanks to Horizon Beers for the invite!