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April 7th. 2018

Cabaret & Tasty Cocktails; Channel Your Inner Liza Minnelli in New West This Weekend

The Royal City Musical Theatre is proud to present the Tony Award Winning Musical Cabaret at the Massey Theatre April 12-29. Set in 1931 Berlin in the seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub. Cabaret has been stunning audiences with its bawdy humour, decadent nightlife and complicated romance ever since. Join us for cocktails in New West, and a devastatingly relevant work of art which remains both entertaining, and an unsettling wake up call.

As you prepare to come and leave your troubles outside – we’ve compiled a stunning guide of things to do in New West you can peruse to plan your trip that’s all about following your heart while the world loses its way. Join us in New West for the Cabaret – life is beautiful at the Cabaret.

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A Night of Cabaret And Cocktails in New West

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Im Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret! Before the show starts, arrive in New West and enjoy some divine decadence darling.

Start by sipping on delicious cocktails in the Java Jazz Bistro in Uptown New West. A great way to start the evening in one of New West’s best-hidden gems. Or, since as Cabaret tells us, Twosies beats onesies, but nothing beats threes. Come in from Downtown New West, and drop into one or two of the pubs like Judge Begbie’s and the Terminal Pub for mixed drinks. Try the Black Widow or the Vanilla Cinnamon Bourbon Old Fashioned at Terminal Pub – it’ll have you can-canning before you know it.

If alcohol isn’t your scene, wander up the Front Street Mews under the enchanting lights and stop in the Old Crow Coffee Co. Where there’s always a rotation of art displays, comedy shows, and photography exhibitions.

Spending An Enchanting Cabaret Weekend in New West

Black Window Cocktail - Terminal Pub Leave your troubles outside! Life is disappointing? Forget it! Wilkommen to New West for the weekend darling. Arrive in New West ahead of the show and stay for a treat. Start your trip off with some creative fusion cocktails and snacks at Wild Rice or El Santos, or grab dinner at Stefanos before dancing into your night of Cabaret above. Friday and Saturday nights feature live dancing and music to get you in the spirit.

Spend the night at the Inn at the Quay a fantastic West Coast style hotel with romantic views of the river. If it’s a date night with romance in mind, explore the date night special. Or, in true Kit Kat Klub fashion, try something risqué and delve into the Tryst with a Twist package.

In the morning wander through downtown, and poke around the scandalous pub and saloon past of New West with the Neartuit App – and the Not-So-Sober walking tour. Or embrace your inner Cabaret girl and experiment with a pole, exotic, or aerial dance class at Ava Fitness.

As night falls, cozy up and sip on cocktails in the Starlight Casino RedBar Lounge while you sway along to the live weekend entertainment. Or if you’ve timed it just right, and you’re staying for a week-long jaunt, you can take in a Way Off-Broadway show in the Heritage Grill’s back room. Fresh theatre from the fringes featuring storytellers, poets, comics, minstrels and puppeteers.

Get Your Tickets to See Cabaret in New West Today From www.ticketsnw.ca or Call 604-521-5050!

In here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful! Welcome to New West.

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March 27th. 2018

New West Lady Boss; Art & Community Spaces at the Craft Cafe

Sarah Campbell – Staff Writer

Taryn_Cheremkora_CraftCafeWandering through the New West River Market, it’s hard to miss the brilliant colours and warm atmosphere of the Craft Cafe. As I approach the community table at the front of the shop, Taryn’s busy behind her desk, cleaning and organizing, a space full of artists can get a little messy. As we sit down to chat she laughs and calls out to passersby, and I can feel the sense of camaraderie amongst the business owners here. She grows even more animated as the conversation falls on art and her wonderful students. The next thing I know, Taryn has pulled out a rubber fish and I’m learning how to make detailed fish prints with calligraphy ink! 

Taryn Cheremkora and her mom Carol joined the River Market community officially in July 2017. Opening up shop with a range of creative curiosities from artists in France, Italy and where possible, in BC. Their goal? To create a community space without pressure! A creative outlet for young and old to experiment with crafting, playing around with different methods, textiles and colours. Locals coming together at the Quay to have fun and express themselves away from screens and everyday stress.

Building a Community Art Space for New West Locals

Art and community spaces have long been a theme in the Cheremkora women’s journey to Craft Cafe. Lifelong New Westminster locals, both Taryn and Carol built their careers in the arts. Taryn studied fine arts at Emily Carr. Since graduating she has continued to paint, draw, and practice, even developing her own unique card line available in store. Carol recently retired as a Public Arts Programmer. Used to working with the public and designing classes, it was a natural fit for the mother-daughter duo to begin a studio which combined workshops and retail space. In fact, community spaces and programs are what gave the Craft Cafe its start, both Taryn and her sister winning the River Market ONE Prize for their community art projects!

Craft_CafeWhy Crafts, With a Fine Arts Background?

According to Taryn, fine arts is what inspired her to move towards crafting. While studying art, she began to feel that fine arts had become intellectual and intimidating for everyday people. A creativity barrier for most people, who believe they need proper lessons and skills to participate. Crafting, on the other hand, is accessible to everyone! It’s low-pressure so she can create a safe space for kids and adults to try new things, to follow instructions or just to sit down and be creative. A place to colour outside the lines.

Build a Community; Taryn’s Advice to Others

It’s all about creating a support system and following your gut. You can and should ask everyone and anyone for their advice and expertise and really listen to what they have to say. But you’ll need to recognize, that at the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what’s relevant to you and your business. Besides, you can’t prepare for everything! You’ll never believe what comes out of the woodwork when you finally do get started. All you can do is start, and build the right support system so you can deal with it as it comes.

Craft_Cafe_SignWhat’s Next for the River Market Craft Cafe

Craft Cafe offers a variety of workshops and classes which range from drop-in child and adult programs to more structured classes. They are very excited to announce several new activities which are set to launch this spring! That’s not all for this power duo though. As we were chatting Taryn let slip some big plans this year. I can’t say anything now, but stay tuned in on @TourismNewWest and @CraftCafe to be the first to hear the exciting announcements and promotions to come over the next few months!


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Local Staff Writer at Tourism New West. Obsessed with boardgames, bad jokes, and craft beer. Self-proclaimed coffee-addict on a quest to find the world’s best cup of java – suggestions welcome!

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March 20th. 2018

Spring Break For the Whole Family; Your Guide to Spending it in New West This Year

The weather is changing and the sun is finally peeking out from behind the clouds. This can only mean one thing, Spring Break is upon us! There are a million things to do with your family in New Westminster this year, so we’ve rounded up just a few highlights below.

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Swim Parties and Matinee Movies in Uptown New West

Heroes and Villains and Disney themed public swims are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fun things to do in New West this break. Round up the kiddos for matinee movies Uptown hosted by The New West Public Library. Or, head to the Moody Park Arena for family, public, and loonie skates throughout the Spring Break! This and much, much, more is available to do throughout the city this year, for a full list of awesome events click to download this year’s Spring Break Brochure.

Celebrate Easter in Queens Park with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny

Children between 3-10 years old? Queen’s Park is hosting Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for an Easter celebration with the petting farm, and loads of other fun activities for your kids to enjoy! Join in the family fun at New West’s flagship park Sunday, April 1st from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Call 604-777-5121 for more details on this free event.

Drop in and Explore the Fraser River at the FRDC

No need to worry about pre-registration here! Drop in at The Fraser River Discovery Centre March 20-24 to explore BC, and follow Simon Fraser’s journey down the Fraser. Kids aged 2-12 will receive passports to document their experiences as they learn about a different stop every day of this Special Spring Break program. Check the FRDC website for details and other exciting events.

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Craft The Day Away at The Craft Cafe on Sundays

The River Market Craft Cafe is hosting self-directed drop-in sessions on Sundays 11-1pm until March 25 ages 6-11. They provide access to the basic supplies like paper, cutting and pasting materials, paints, markers, and crayons, so your kids can express themselves and let their creativity run free!

Get a Little Spooky With the Ghostly New West Tour

This one’s for the older kids and parents, as the minimum age requirement is 12 years old. Explore the paranormal in BC’s original capital on a 90 min hair-raising walking tour through history. Listen to the spine-tingling stories of BC’s legendary Hanging Judge, the haunted tattoo parlour, and more right here in New Westminster. Click here for tickets and further information.

Insider Tip!

Looking for Day camps for your kids Spring break? New West has some great ones which range from arts and crafts to coding, the circus, dance classes and cheer schools! Read all about it and take a look at the brochures in our blog post: Arts, Music, & The Circus; Your Guide To Spring Break Day Camps in New Westminster.

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March 18th. 2018

Arts, Music, & The Circus; Your Guide To Spring Break Day Camps in New Westminster

Winter Break has only just ended (or so it feels) and Spring Break is here again. Looking for something fun for your kids to do for their 2 weeks off? We’ve been preparing a great list of Day Camps so whether your child enjoys art, music, sports, coding or even the circus we’ve got you covered right here in New West!

Lights, Camera, Action Musical Day Camps for Kids

Stars are born! Kids can dance, sing and act at all levels this Spring break with musical theatre day camps at The Dance Matrix, and The Stage New West. Also included: costumes, scenery, prop making, trips to the park, and more! Or, if your child is more Rock’n’Roll inclined, check out Music Box New West’s Rock Band Camp (March 26 to 30), for ages 6-10.

Jumping, Hopping and Tumbling Athletic Kids Day Camps

Uniquely New West, Kids can bounce off to join the circus this break at The Vancouver Circus School in the River Market. All skills welcome as Spring break classes offer something for everyone, including aerials, trampoline, juggling and more! Or kids can tumble, parkour, and cheer their way through the break with Royal City Cheer Tumbling Parkour Spring camps.

Draw, Sketch, Sculpt and Paint, Art Day Camps for Kids & Teens

100 Braid Street Studios is offering themed art classes for kids aged 5-12, featuring Canadian Artists week and Famous Artists Week with a variety of techniques and mediums offered in the afternoons. more details at 100braidststudios.com. For teens, the New West Public library is hosting the Spring Break Monster Mashup, March 10, 12 and 17. Teens pair up with local artist Thyrza Segal to refresh old painting with fantastic new monsters and creatures. See www.nwpl.ca for details.

Artists, Coders, and History Buffs Welcome at Anvil Centre Day Camps

Kids can explore a variety of camps in the heart of Downtown New West this break. The list includes; Painting, Drawing, Sculpting, as well as Mini Coding: Game Design; Theatre, Cartooning, Graphic Novel, Music Makers, Rock Star Music Camp and Artist Focus Day Camps. Heritage and Culture programs are also available, allowing your child to explore Crafts From Around the World and Adventures in History. Get the full list, and download your brochure today at www.anvilcentre.com.

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March 14th. 2018

The 5 Best Ways to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in New West This Weekend

Kelly/CarlosObryans_NewWestThis year St. Paddy’s Day falls on a Saturday and New West is THE place to celebrate. New West has plenty of bars and pubs featuring live music and festivities, so we’ve rounded up just a few ways you can celebrate the night in New West!

Hop Aboard the 19+ Adults only PaddleWheeler Pub Night

Celebrate on the Fraser River with a side of Green beer at the 3h PaddleWheeler St. Patty’s Day Cruise. Hop aboard and celebrate all things Irish! Get your drink on with Willie the bartender, as he mixes up great drink specials. Groove the night away with dance party favourites and Celtic selections, and check out the Irish Pub-Style features from the PaddleWheeler Galley between songs. Spots are limited and going fast! Click here for more info and to book your tickets today.

Get Lucky at Kelly/Carlos O’Bryan’s Pub

Steel&Oak_DistrictTapHouse_NewWestThe countdown is on! New West’s newest Irish pub promises a hopping beer infused night of fun this St. Paddy’s Day. Their Countdown to Green contest ends Saturday so be sure to drop in beforehand and enter for your chance to win a variety of Irish themed goodies, just ask your server for details!

Dress Up at Hops Pub

Wear your best St. Paddy’s Day costume for a free shot at Hops Pub on Saturday. Celebrate with fantastic food specials and on tap Guinness, as well as DJ from 6 pm till late.

Party at Sapperton District Tap House 

Put a little craft beer in your St. Paddy’s plans at the District Taphouse’s Paddy’s party. Woop it up with Irish food and drink specials, prize giveaways and DJ Salim spinning 9 pm onwards!  Follow @sapdistricttap on Instagram for more.

Learn a Little Something at the New Westminster Museum

The New West Museum and Archives are hosting Bottoms Up: The Cultures of Drink in the Royal City Exhibition until March 25th! Take a look at New West’s Saloons, breweries, distilleries, afternoon teas, soda fountains and stories through the years. Click here for more info.

Insider Tip!

The City of New Westminster teamed up with New West Tourism to launch the ‘not-so-sober’ drinking tour on the Neartuit app (for IOS or Android). Download the app today to take a self-guided walking tour through the streets of New Westminster to discover historical saloons and popular modern-day watering holes.

Other great pubs and destinations in New West include The River’s Reach Pub, The Union Jack Public House, Terminal Pub, PaddleWheeler Pub, and Judge Begbie’s Tavern.

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December 28th. 2017

Ring in 2018 in New Westminster


Wondering where you can ring in 2018 in New West? We’ve rounded up a few things you might want to consider to celebrate the New Year!

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Want to ring in the new year with the kids but don’t want them up past their bed time? December 31st, between 6pm and 8pm, you can join Lionel and the rest of the BP crew in a New Year’s countdown and balloon drop every hour on the hour. No reservations required, goodie bag for every kid too!

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

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Billy Dixon and his Soultrain Express + Big City Soul! Advance tix are only $60, $75 at the door. More details and to buy your tix online see the event’s website here.

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Ring in the New Year on the dance floor until 4am! MagnetiQ brings you a party you won’t forget with 4 DJ’s spinning the best of Latin, Afrobeats, RnB and Dancehall music. Indulge in a buffet between 10pm and Midnight and party favours for everyone!

Heritage Grill & Judge Begbies
The Golden Mile is back with 3 rooms to celebrate in; Rockabilly with WHEELGRINDERS in the Heritage Front Room, Electric blues with MIKE MACHADO TRIO in Begbie’s Tavern, and THE DRAG SHOW in the Heritage Back Room

DINNER AND DRINKS

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Enjoy 4-course dinner, live music, and close with a tequila toast to ring in the new year.

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Ring in the New Year across from the New West Skytrain! Balloons will drop at midnight and every guest will enjoy a champagne toast!

Starlight Casino Redbar Lounge
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Starlight Casino in Queensborough, where you can enjoy dinner, music and more. The RedBar Lounge has live music by Infamous Players, a 4-course dinner, party favours, balloon drop and a midnight toast!

Sapperton District Taphouse
Come celebrate New Years Eve with the new bar in town! Indulge in a 3-course set menu from 6pm-7:30pm. After dinner, drink and dance from 9:30pm-3am to a live DJ and complimentary champagne at midnight of course.

2018 is #MadeInNewWest

 

 

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November 2nd. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Nov 3-5, 2017

The first weekend in November is kicking off with concerts, plays, and a craft market! Check out our pick for the top 6 things to do this weekend.

Friday, November 3


Quayside Voices – West Coast A Cappella

Expect to feel like you’re at a private show right in Quayside Voicess living room @ 100 Braid St Studio. They’ve got NEW arrangements and a couple of fan favourites lined-up for the night.


Concord Floral

Experience the exciting re-imagining of Boccaccio’s medieval novella The Decameron. This thought-provoking play is written by one of Canada’s best young playwrights, Jordan Tannahill.

Saturday, November 4


New West Craft

Get your Christmas Shopping started at this bi-monthly local craft market!


Exhibit Opening: Bottoms Up

Explore New Westminster’s saloons, breweries, distilleries, afternoon teas, soda fountains and other drinking habits, places and stories.


Royal City Rumble

A dramatic 30 athlete wrestling show in the middle of your local mall, featuring Mayor Jonathon Coté, and wrestlers from across the world.

Sunday, November 5

Enjoy a New West brunch & morning walk with Family + Friends

Head to the New West Quay and enjoy a morning walk & brunch at one of the many restaurants along the Fraser River.
[Angelina’s, The Boathouse, River Market, El Santo, Old Crow Coffee Co., just to name a few]

Weekends are #MadeInNewWest

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October 27th. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Oct 27 – 29, 2017

This Weekend in New West

From spooky tours to ghoulish games here’s the top 5 things to do in New West this weekend for Halloween!

Friday, October 27

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Fright Night on the Fraser

Party aboard a spooky cruise along the Fraser River.

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One Man Stranger Things: A Parody

just in time for season two! Prepare to turn the upside-down upside down.

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Monster Bash: Halloween Party
 at Magnetiq Nightclub

Call all ghouls & monsters to dress up and dance the night away. Best costume will go home with a prize!

Saturday, October 28

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Creepy Carnival at the FRDC

Perfect family friendly event with games, photo booth, puzzles + prizes.

Sunday, October 29

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Ghostly New Westminster Tour

Learn the ghostly history of New Westminster’s past.

 

Halloween is #MadeInNewWest

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October 6th. 2017

What to do this Weekend in New West | Oct 6-8, 2017

Check out a play or two, cruise to the Cranberry Festival & shop the fall collections at New West Craft this long weekend!

 

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Vagabond Players: Little Shop of Horrors

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable crush Audrey. The plant, Audrey Two, has plans that are far greater than Seymour can imagine as it grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore who offers fame, fortune, the girl he loves, and an escape from skid row in exchange for feeding its growing appetite for BLOOD.  Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world cult classic hit musical that also spawned the 1986 film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis.

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New West Craft

October 7 | 11AM – 4PM

New West Craft is a handmade market hosted by the Arts Council of New West. New West Craft aims to provide a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans and makers to share their work with the community. New West Craft takes place on the first and third Saturday of every month at the River Market.

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Fort Langley Cruise for the Cranberry Festival with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

October 7 | 9:30AM – 5PM

The lush Coast Mountain Range provides a breathtaking canvas as you travel, with fascinating narration to the Birthplace of British Columbia. A unique view of Barnston Island and the Golden Ears Peaks are only a few of the highlights on your way.

We’ll travel under the latest addition to cross the Fraser River “The Golden Ears Bridge” as well as the newly constructed “Port Mann Bridge” the widest bridge in the world. Enjoy leisurely eating your delicious lunch which is included before we dock in Fort Langley.

There will be ample time to visit The Fort Langley Historic Site of Canada, browse the boutiques & antique shops in Gasoline Alley or just stroll around the quaint village soaking up the old time ambiance.

When you return to the paddlewheeler you can enjoy your relaxing return voyage to New Westminster.

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Moms the Word 3

October 8 | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show from the moms you love is both hysterical and deeply touching.

Long weekends are #MadeInNewWest

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October 2nd. 2017

Live Shows in New West | October 2017

Cozy up to with some live entertainment this month in New West! 

 

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Vagabond Players: Little Shop of Horrors

October 5 – October 27 | 8 PM – 10 PM

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable crush Audrey. The plant, Audrey Two, has plans that are far greater than Seymour can imagine as it grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore who offers fame, fortune, the girl he loves, and an escape from skid row in exchange for feeding its growing appetite for BLOOD.  Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world cult classic hit musical that also spawned the 1986 film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis.

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Moms the Word 3

October 8 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, buty it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show from the moms you love is both hysterical and deeply touching.

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Grease Sing-a-long

October 19 | 7 PM – 9 PM

Have you ever been to a film musical and had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never had the occasion to do so? This fully interactive screening of the classic film with on-screen subtitles is fun for everyone…Pink Lady, T-bird or general musical fan.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

October 20 & 21 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

French-Canadian Sherlock Holmes and a terminally confused Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a gormless young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.

Hound of the Baskervilles is probably Sherlock Holmes’ greatest mystery, but in this version COMEDY rules the day as three amazingly, talented actors – plus one wandering fireplace – bring all the characters to life in an hilarious spoof that nonetheless stays true to the story’s fascinating plot.

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One Man Stranger Things: A Parody

October 27 @ 8:00 PM – October 28 @ 9:30 PM

Stranger Things burst into popular consciousness in July 2016, referencing 80s movies, kid culture, the supernatural and Eggo waffles. Charles Ross and TJ Dawe grew up in the 80s, addicted to adventure movies, and went on to co-create a series of one man parody shows of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Batman, which continue to tour the world. One Man Stranger Things: A Parody (World Premiere!) will recreate and spoof season one of Stranger Things, reminding audiences why they loved it, right in time for season two (Premiers October 27th Netflix).

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Victoria by Dulcinea Langfelder

October 27 | 7:30 pm & October 28 | 2 pm

Victoria is a wheelchair-bound 90 year-old suffering from the loss of memory, autonomy and just about everything else, Langfelder melds tragedy with humour. This multi-disciplinary work dazzles audiences with its humour and compassion while addressing old age, vulnerability, loss and death. She and her creative team sought to open dialogues and change attitudes towards old age, others’ as well as our own. Victoria proposes a positive image and reassures people who feel excluded, be it by aging, solitude, illness, handicap… socially or politically.

An uplifting affirmation for caregivers and family members.  A valuable exploration of aging today.

 

Live performances are #MadeInNewWest

 

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