my favourite things in no particular order, here is a running list of some things that make my life sweet. check back often as I'll keep adding to the list. click on the logos to learn more. xo
Pacific Theatre is my favourite theatre ever. I have performed in their productions a number of times (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Doubt, Godspell) and I now work for them on staff as the Community Engagement Manager. I love my job and I love that I get to work for PT both on and offstage. I highly recommend any PT production to anyone who likes quality theatre. Email me at work at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of my many other jobs is working as an instructor and teacher's assistant at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island. I love sharing theatre with kids and I am thrilled to work for an organization with such an outstanding reputation for children's education. Check 'em out if you have kids and are looking to expose them to the creative world!
Artisan is my church. I appreciate Artisan's understanding and focus around creativity and the artist's life and how that connects to faith. The pastors and community are the best and have become my dear, dear friends. Artisan meets on Sundays at 10:30am at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
WTF is my favourite podcast. Marc Maron is a fantastic interviewer. I only started listening to him three months ago and now I'm obsessed. I subscribe to his newsletter, bought his premium app, and am a dedicated WTF'er. Give him a listen. I recommend the Dane Cook, Bob Goulob and Conan O'Brien episodes for a start. You can download for free off Itunes - or just buy the app - you'll want it.
ITSAZOO is an emerging artist theatre company run by some dear friends and fellow Phoenix Theatre graduates. I have had the privilege of performing with them many times. They specialize in site-specific theatre and some of my most challenging and rewarding acting roles have come from work I've done with them. I recommend their shows to anyone looking for a unique theatre experience.
Peter and Chris are good friends of mine. They're also a hilarious and talented comic duo. The Peter 'N Chris Show is a world wide hit! If they're ever playing near you, make sure you see their show - and get tickets early, they sell out. Check out their website for dates and funny stuff - they even write cartoons!
This is the incomparable Eva Markvoort. If you don't know her story, you can read more about her here. If you haven't seen the film 65_redroses, you need to and can find out how here. If you aren't an organ donor, sign up now. Read here to learn how you can donate so that one day CF (Cystic Fibrosis) stands for "Cure Found"! Eva is amazing, and an inspiration daily. Love, love, love.
I love all of Main St shopping - but if I had to choose my favourite neighbourhood store, it would have to be much&little. Located at Main and 10th, this shop is full of beautiful artisan pieces and quirky housewares that you won't find anywhere else. Everything is very high quality, so it's not cheap - I like to go in and look. Even a window shop fills me up much more than a little!
East is East is one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Try the feast platter - I recommend the eggplant, peas and paneer or alu gobi. The chicken and lamb are also very popular. Locations in kits on west broadway and on main st. Oh, and get the chai!
Full House Reviewed is THE FUNNIEST website EVER. I must say that I think it's especially funny to me as an avid fan of the show. If you grew up in the 90s watching Full House and you know who Comet is - then you should read this blog. But only if you're not wearing any makeup - bc you'll laugh so hard you will cry and it will melt off your face.
You Made it Weird is one of my other all-time favourite podcasts. At first, I didn't like it because I have a strong allegiance to Marc Maron (see above) and Pete Holmes openly admits that he stole the idea for YMIW from WTF. But once I listened to a couple episodes I got really into it. It's actually very different from WTF. Pete's episodes are much, much longer - and they also have a bit more structure. He always talks about Comedy, God and Sex (or relationships) with each of his guests. I always enjoy the lengthy conversations and almost always laugh out loud. Also, if you like the podcast you should check out Pete's new tv show - info on the website: www.peteholmes.com
Stop Podcasting Yourself is another of my fave podcasts, and this one is special because it is a local Vancouver podcast and often features my friends as guests. Graham Clark and Dave Shumka are great and silly. I listen to this podcast while I'm doing the dishes, or cleaning the house. The other day I even called in with my first "overheard".