China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra Relive Movie Magic in Vancouver Debut (Free Tickets!)

Submitted by China Broadcasting Film Symphony

Music lovers and film fans alike won’t want to miss an evening of Hollywood’s greatest soundtracks performed by China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra (CBFSO) at Cinema in Concert, presented by the Canada-China Culture Development Association on January 12, 2018 at The Orpheum.

In this Vancouver premiere, the 80-member CBFSO will perform themes from blockbuster favourites such as Braveheart, Casablanca, Jurassic World, Legends of the Fall, and Pirates of the Caribbean, and more, plus a selection of China’s celebrated film repertoire. While the music comes to life on stage, the iconic film scenes will light up a massive screen in the backdrop.

Submitted by China Broadcasting Film Symphony

CBFSO have recorded music for 2,000+ films, TV dramas and documentaries, and sold out venues in more than 40 countries. Leading CBFSO will be national first-class conductor, Pang Ka Pang. Considered one of the 10 most influential cultural figures in China, Pang is permanent guest conductor of National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Austria’s Mozart Symphony Orchestra, and Korea’s Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra. At Cinema in Concert, audiences will hear works by five Oscar-winning composers who together boast eight Academy Awards and 45 nominations.

Tickets from $ 29 at

Event Info:

When: Friday, January 12, 2018
Where: The Orpheum Theatre | 604 Smithe Street
Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: Purchase online


We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the January 12th performance of Cinema in Concert happening at The Orpheum Theatre. Simply post a comment below and be automatically entered to win. We’ll select one lucky winner on Wednesday, December 20th and notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

12 Girls Band performs at the Orpheum Feb. 19.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Also known as the Lunar New Year, it begins Feb. 16, 2018, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Here are a few ways to celebrate in Vancouver.

The Chinese New Year Parade (Feb. 18, 11 a.m.)—The annual parade features the largest assembly of traditional dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups collaborate on the parade, which draws over 100,000 spectators each year. The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott. It’s presented by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver.

Chinese New Year at International Village (Feb. 16-18, 88 West Pender St.)—The Chinatown mall (and home to Vancouver’s first cat café) offers Chinese New Year merchandise, music and entertainment, including multicultural live stage performances. Exhibition and sales booths on the main and upper levels will showcase festive items, souvenirs, and gift wares. The three-day event includes an opening celebration with a ceremonial opening and lion dance, attended by officials from three levels government, consulates, and local celebrities.

Poly Culture and the VSO Present: The 12 Girls Band (Feb. 19,  Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.)—The 12 Girls Band performs with the VSO in a celebration of the Lunar New Year. The 12 Girls Band is an all-female Chinese musical group that combines elements from Chinese traditional folk music with modern sound, lighting and designs. An internationally-renowned phenomenon, The 12 Girls Band has performed around the world. They are the first Chinese music group to be nominated for a Grammy Award. For tickets, visit

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The Sleepy Girls X-Mas is a Drag Carol for All Ages in Vancouver

By Kendell Yan

If you haven’t been to a Sleepy Girls Show yet honey, then get those slay bells polished and sissy on down that snow-dusted lane to The Blenheim (Formerly the Displace Hashery) on December 17th because this is one you aren’t going to want to miss.

Since January, Dust (AKA David Cutting) has been hosting The Sleepy Girls Show once a month with a rotating cast of some of Vancouver’s most talented drag performers including Peach Cobblah, Rose Butch, Shay Dior, Misty Meadows, Ilona, Dee Blew, and Maiden China (yours truely). Each episode of the show has a different theme, ranging from “One Hit Wonders!” to “Sleepy Girls Save the World,” the latter being a fully scripted narrative theatre experience.

Sleepy Girls cast photo courtesy of Chase J Hansen

This month, Sleepy Girls will be another scripted show, this time with a holiday twist! “X-MAS: Days of Christmas Past” is a musical romp in the style of A Christmas Carol but with a very queer and comedic spin. The story sets off with Dust retelling a true story about going home to see a problematic family over Christmas, hilarity ensues, there are Christmas ghosts and a medium. Yes, it’s all true. I guarantee it.

Because the venue is an all-ages space, they’ve managed to create an environment that makes space for youth to participate in the drag community, and the stage has seen the debut of many new queens, some of which are still completing their high school education. This is a crucial part of the show. The privilege of creating opportunities for queer youth to express themselves in front of an accepting and encouraging audience is unparalleled and empowers children to grow into their identities on and off stage.

To find out how Dust resolves her family anguish over the holidays, and how ghosts can be the embodiment of holiday hoopla, you’re going to have to come down to the Blenheim on December 17th and enjoy the show! Special guests include Gluttony, Peah Emm, and Anita D, with music by DJ Girl Fieri. Pizzas are half price (bless!) at 8:30, and the show starts at 9:30 for just $ 10!

What: X-Mas: Days of Christmas Past
Where: The Blenheim (Formerly the Displace Hashery), 3923 West 4th Ave
When: December 17th. Dinner at 8:30pm. Show at 9:30pm.
Why: Because the holidays are for musical romps, carb loading, and using makeup to cover up our discomforts and grievances at family affairs.

Kendell Yan (aka Maiden China, Mx Cobalt All Star 2017) is a queer, second-generation POC who navigates the hyphen of mixed ethnicity LGBTQ2+ living in Vancouver. Kendell has a penchant for drag Queens and Kings that borders on obsession, and he favours events that encourage free expression, inclusivity, and love in all flavours.

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The 12 Productions of Christmas, Day 12: Noelle

The nostalgic Woodwards’ Windows at Christmas at Canada Place.

It’s day 12 of The 12 Productions of Christmas! Today’s spotlight is Noelle, currently filming in Vancouver.

The production  Noelle tells the story of Nicole Claus, Santa’s daughter, who is forced to take over the world’s most magical job after her father retires and her brother backs out at the last minute. The Disney film stars Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, and will be released in theatres in 2019. Filming locations to date include fashionable West 4th Avenue and historic Abbott Street in Gastown.

The attraction  Christmas at Canada Place is one of Vancouver’s anchor holiday events, bringing families together at the city’s downtown waterfront for a lively street festival that raises funds and awareness for Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children initiative. Event favourites include the nostalgic Woodward’s Windows, the dazzling Avenue of Christmas Trees, crafts and holiday movies for kids, and a spectacular lighting show. Admission is free. Merry Christmas!

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