It’s the York Theatre’s two-year anniversary! Share your York story!

YorkBlogThe two-year anniversary of the York Theatre is this Sunday, December 6! To celebrate we’re sending the call out to you – our friends and supporters – to submit your personal York story. Tell us about a gig you saw back when it was a concert venue, or a show you saw when it was known as the Little Theatre, or any other story –past or present – about the York. If you submit a story, you will be invited to an exclusive Cultch Rental’s Department and Heritage Vancouver Society event this February! Plus, submit your story by Dec 11 and you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the opening night of Leftovers at the York Theatre on Jan 26.

To submit your story please email marketing@thecultch.com with the subject line ‘York Memory’ or leave a comment below. Your personal story may be used in future promotional materials. Please be assured, that we would only list your first name and omit any identifying details. Do let us know if you don’t want yours included!

OUR ANNUAL VOLUNTEER BBQ: Celebrating an amazing year!

The end of the season is a special time here at The Cultch. It’s a time where we can reflect on all the amazing events that happened in our venues, and it’s also the time where we can express thanks to the people that helped make it happen – our volunteers.

On July 9, we honoured the 130+ volunteers who gave their time this past year by throwing a Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. More than 4253 volunteer hours were contributed in total for the 14/15 season.With mother nature providing some amazing set dressing, we set up the BBQ out front of The Cultch and kicked back in the courtyard. After the ‘Name Tag Follies’, some mingling, and some fun with our makeshift photo booth, everybody enjoyed some delicious food graciously provided by Choices Market.

Check out these wonderful photos from the event below and if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at The Cultch please contact zoe@thecultch.com.

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(L to R) Elaine, Sharron, Betty Lou, Selma, & Cora strike a pose in our photo booth

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Heather & Mihai enjoying some delectable food provided by Choices

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Heather Redfern (Executive Director) giving the troops her thanks!

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Nena contributed over 280 hours!

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Annalies contributed over 100 hours!

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Mona contributed over 100 hours!

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David contributed over 100 hours!

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Emma contributed over 100 hours

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(Left to Right) Jane, Kathy, Kris, Gail, and Beverly

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Just kicking back and relaxing on the courtyard

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Lyle and Heather

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Margaret has recently been volunteering upstairs in our admin office as volunteer receptionist

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June and Lisa!

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Jenn, Ed, and Moira

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Annalies & Frank (Cultch Board Members) raise a glass!

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Graham and Nena!

Success! Community Day at the York Theatre

18470255793_6fbc677be3_zOn June 21, we proudly opened the doors of the York Theatre for The Cultch’s first ever community day! Hundreds of guests of all ages came to celebrate with us! The day was filled with good food, live music courtesy of Britannia Marimba Ensemble, a craft station for families, a smudging ceremony by Bruce Robinson to commemorate National Aboriginal Day, and a live stream of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final 16 match! Here are some photos from the event taken by Roaming the Planet.

Many thanks to our performers, staff, volunteers, and YOU for making this event a big success. We couldn’t have done it without you! Please  visit the York Theatre’s page for more info and email rentals@thecultch.com for inquiries about renting the venue.

If you would like a photo of yourself or a loved one removed from this webpage, please feel free to contact ricky@thecultch.com.

Next week: rEvolver Theatre Festival hits The Cultch!

2015_revolver_bannerNext week, we’re thrilled to welcome back Upintheair Theatre for the third annual rEvolver Theatre Festival. The rEvolver Festival runs from May 20-31, and is dedicated to providing presenting opportunities to emerging theatre companies both locally and nationally. Past rEvolver Festivals have included such shows as Kayak (seen at the Firehall Arts Centre in January) and Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical which played last month at The Cultch!

This year’s festival line-up reflects the dynamic and distinct work being created in the theatre community on a national level. From the comedic to the confounding, the festival will present works that explore the dynamics of human relationships, classical myth with a musical twist, modern fable, new world orders, historic journeys and elements of risk taking.

The 2015 rEvolver Festival Mainstage is:

Excited by what you see? There are a number of different ways you can purchase tickets! With the 6-show flex pass, the passholder can see up to six individual shows, take five friends to one show, or any combination in between! If you can’t see 6 shows, you can still save by purchasing a 3-show pass instead! And of course, individual tickets are available both through The Cultch’s Box Office and at the door.

March Mayhem: A month in photos

We’re only a quarter of the way through 2015 and it’s already been a VERY busy year. We’ve barely had a moment’s rest in March, there was so much happening! Here’s just some of what went on:

The biggest event we had this month was our annual fundraising gala, in which we celebrated the Celtic Spirit of Ireland!

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Heather Redfern rocking out with auctioneer David C. Jones

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MCs Margaret Gallagher and Fred Lee addressing the attendees

There was some great entertainment throughout the evening

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You couldn’t turn around without seeing someone doing something!

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We had two great openings, first with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s TransMigration:

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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Artistic Director Santee Smith with Heather Redfern

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Cultch Ladies: Caitrin Innis (Development Coordinator), Zoe Forsyth (Concierge and Volunteer Coordinator), Nicole McLuckie (Director of Patron Development) and Cindy Reid (Managing Director)

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Members of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre giving us a smile

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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre giving us… something else

And then we had Obaaberima from Buddies in Bad Times, which the audience enjoyed talking about post-show

Kaha:wi Dance also hosted a Pow Wow Boot Camp:

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Kaha:wi Artistic Director leads the participants

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It wasn’t all fun though, as we said farewell to our fantastic Senior Design and Web Coordinator, Isa Chernets

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We did get a lot of puppy love though, as we welcomed Murphy to The Cultch family!

And to end March, we have a little tease for what’s coming up in April, as the Famous Puppet Death Scenes set was loaded in yesterday!

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There are so many crates, they’re not only over flowing outside…

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But even into the lobby as well!

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It’s a lot of work, putting a set together

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The view from above

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The set is starting to rise!

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Do you perfer the orchestra view

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Or looking down from the balcony?

It was a pretty packed month, and we can’t wait for what’s next! Remeber you can always check out our Flickr page for more great photos! Be sure you come down and join us so you don’t miss any of the fun!

This week: The 6th Annual Community Square Dance!

 

Howdy Folks,

We would like to invite you to our 6th Annual Community Square Dance on Friday, October 17 at The Cultch! Featuring live music by Shout! White Dragon, and Paul Silveria. Dancing is suitable for all ages, no experience necessary. Admission is by donation so grab your cowboy boots and mosey on over to the Historic Theatre!

Here is a little more information about the fun we have planned!

Photo booth in the Vancity Culture Lab – We are launching a Cultch Instagram account and would love to use your best pictures from tonight to kick it off. Hashtag: #TheCultch

Kid’s activities in the C-lab – Cowboy drawings, crafts, and much more!

Food, wine and beer – In the Founder’s Lounge we will be serving hot dogs, snacks, and popcorn, as well as a selection of wine and beer

Bar in the lobby – Drinks will be available for sale in the Lobby.

The Square Dance – Live music in the Historic Theatre and dancing will run from 7-10 PM. Don’t forget your cowboy hat!

Legendary ‘Kids in the Hall’ Bruce McCulloch is performing live at the York Theatre!

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Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor, writer, comedian, and film director. Photo by Nader Khouri

The Cultch is thrilled to co-present, for the first time ever, with the Firehall Arts Centre Young Drunk Punk featuring Canadian comedy icon, Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall)! This unprecedented co-presentation will be happening at the the York Theatre on October 27!

Young Drunk Punk chronicles Bruce’s journey from his wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days in 90’s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ in the Hollywood Hills. This hilarious evening of stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact.

Here’s a snippet of what the Firehall has to say about this exciting show:

 “To celebrate the launch of the new book, McCulloch is appearing for a special one-night-only performance of Young Drunk Punk, which sold out its entire run and attracted wildly enthusiastic standing ovations and rave reviews in January. It seems fitting that the two East Van cultural institutions are working together to ensure that as many fans as possible can check out this biting, hilarious and darkly surreal night of comedy in the more roomy York Theatre.” 

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Bruce McCulloch during his one-man play, Young Drunk Punk, at the Firehall Arts Centre.
Photograph by: Ameen Belbahri

 

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Bruce McCulloch’s new book Let’s Start a Riot (HarperCollins) is out in October and he will be signing copies following the show. Tickets are $42 for regular admission or $65 for a book/ticket/beer package and is available online, or by phone at 604.251.1363. Note, tickets are NOT for sale through the Firehall box office and you cannot use a Firehall pass to book tickets for this show. *You must be 19 or older to attend this event.

Recap: The 32nd Annual Jessie Awards!

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The 32nd Jessie Award Nominees!

The Commodore Ballroom was filled with theatre folk on Monday, June 23 to celebrate the end of another fantastic Vancouver theatre season at this year’s Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The room was loaded with beautiful people, great speeches, and drinks!

A huge congratulations goes out to all the winners and nominees. Some of these people may seem like familiar faces from our 13/14 season! Here’s a quick recap.

The photos are provided by @JessieAwards and @UITATheatre

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Floyd Collins by Patrick Street Production
Jeff Harrison – Outstanding Lighting Design (This is also the first Jessie received by a show at our York Theatre)

SMALL THEATRE

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James Sanders receiving the award on behalf of his dear friend Bob Frazer!

Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Realwheels Theatre
Bob Frazer – Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Adrian Muir – Outstanding Lighting Design

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Drew Facey giving his speech after receiving an award

Penelope by Rumble Theatre
Drew Facey – Outstanding Set Design

Uncle Vanya by Blackbird Theatre
Marti Wright – Outstanding Costume Design

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Patrick Sabongui accepting the award on behalf of his Jason Rothery

Inside The Seed by Upintheair Theatre
Richard Wolfe – Outstanding Direction
Jason Patrick Rothery – Outstanding Original Script

Philip Birkby (one of our fantastic on-call electricians!) – Significant Artistic Achievement

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The outstanding design team from Jack and the Bean

Jack and the Bean by Presentation House Theatre
Graham Ockley (one of our regular on-call electricians) – Outstanding Design

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The fantastic Brian Cochrane receiving his award

One of our box office staff members Brian Cochrane received the Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director!

Our Executive Director, Heather Redfern, gathered with other members from the arts community attending the Magnetic North Festival in Halifax to cheer for The Jessies

Our Executive Director, Heather Redfern gathered with other members from the arts community attending the Magnetic North Festival in Halifax to cheer for the Jessies

The Cultch’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!

On June 16, we honoured the 110+ volunteers who gave their time this past year by throwing a Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. More than 5537 volunteer hours were contributed in total for the 13/14 season.  This year mother nature was on our side and sent us some much needed sunshine so everybody could sit back and relax on our patio.  After the ‘Name Tag Follies’, some mingling, and some fun with our make shift photo booth, everybody enjoyed some delicious food.

A big thank you to Choices Market who, once again, generously donated the food and fixings!

We’d also like to thank The Georgia Straight, Mogiana Coffee, Science World, Vancouver Aquarium, the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Famoso Pizzeria, and The Vancouver Art Gallery for their wonderful prize donations. We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers who graciously give their time and energy to make The Cultch such a vibrant community venue. Now enjoy the photos below!

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Isa & Zoe’s rap band!

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Debbie & Karen enjoying some delicious burgers on the patio

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Borja, the BBQ Queen!

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Borja, Jenn G, Cindy, photo-bombed by Bob!

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Betty-Lou, Marc and Debbie the cowgirl

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Annalies looking glamorous!

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Double-hatted Brian

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Lois and Cindy looking fabulous with their boas!

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Another BBQ queen, Kathryn!

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Len, Cindy and Harm having fun with the props!

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Marcus and Astarte chilling on the patio

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Maria and Ricky the Frenchie!

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Whose hiding behind that cute and classy dog? Wendy of course!

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Isa posing with her cute little boy, Etienne!

Jonathan, Nena, Kelly and Mona, our wonderful receptionists volunteers!

Jonathan, Nena, Kelly and Mona, our wonderful receptionists volunteers!

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A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

Mies Julie opening night photos!

Last week we were proud to host the long awaited Canadian premiere of Mies Julie by Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa). Critics and patrons didn’t take long to voice their opinion about this scintillating production. The Georgia Straight wrote that “it is impossible to take your eyes off Mies Julie” and Jo Ledingham said that “it is not to be missed”!

We hope you enjoy our opening night photos below (taken by one of our wonderful volunteers, Nena Pierre) and a big congratulations to the cast, crew, and artistic team of Mies Julie.

Maureen Flemming, our Business Development Consultant with Nicole McLuckie, our Director of Patron Development, welcoming the guests

Maureen Fleming, our Business Development Consultant with Nicole McLuckie, our Director of Patron Development, welcoming the guests

Emily Stuible with her friend Emma Wolchok

Emily Stuible with her friend Emma Wolchok

Our guest speaker David Chudnovsky with Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch and Jenn Graham, Head Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator

Our guest speaker David Chudnovsky with Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch and Jenn Graham, Head Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator

Borja Brown, our Production Manager with Nosipho Bophela, Stage Manager for 'Mies Julie'

Borja Brown, our Production Manager with Nosipho Bophela, Stage Manager for Mies Julie

Marianne Landers, Frank Constanzo, Annalies Camfferman and Dyane Lynch

Marianne Landers, Frank Costanzo, Annalies Camfferman, and Dyane Lynch

Zoleka Helesi, playing Christine, with Bongile Mantsai, playing John

Zoleka Helesi, playing Christine, with Bongile Mantsai, playing John

Mark Leiren-Young with Donna Wong Juliani

Mark Leiren-Young with Donna Wong Juliani

One of our volunteers, Bob Nath, with Hilda Cronje, playing Julie

One of our volunteers, Bob Nath, with Hilda Cronje, playing Julie

Mies Julie runs until April 19, 2014  at the Historic Theatre. Tickets starts at $31 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 604. 251. 1363.