Eat. Drink. Play., Camp Cry Baby, and Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver
Eat. Drink. Play., Camp Cry Baby, and Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

This week we celebrate with food and drink at the Firehall Arts Centre, laugh with Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville, and enjoy the music at the annual Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates foodie revolution happening in it’s own backyard with Eat. Drink. Play. (Jun 16).  This annual fundraiser brings together East Van restaurateurs, craft brewers, small-batch distillers, and performers for an eclectic summer evening.  The event takes over the Firehall’s entire premises, filling its theatre, lobby, studio, courtyard, and even dressing rooms with food, drink and an eclectic mix of dance, music, and performance.

Mike Gill, Meghan Gardiner and Meghan Gardiner in Dead Metaphor. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Meghan Gardiner (centre) revives her Jessie-nominated performance as Helen from the recent Firehall production of Dead Metaphor as part of Eat. Drink. Play. Photo by Emily Cooper.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville, the minds behind the wildly inventive musical Ride The Cycle, are in town for Camp Cry Baby… (Jun 16 & 18).  Promising a night that “combines the surreal humour of The Muppet Show, the topical brilliance of Jon Stewart and the musical flair of The Rocky Horror Picture Show“, this theatre-comedy hybrid features a mix of established and emerging local artists from Vancouver and our provincial capital.

Camp Cry Baby...
Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville comes to town with Camp Cry Baby: Or how I stopped worrying that I would ever own a two bedroom tear down on Hastings Street, and boarded the Neo Liberal love bus to friendly Manitoba.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] The Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (Jun 16-25) kicks off this week with its annual celebration of Francophone vocal music. Now its in 27th year, this year’s festival includes Ariane Moffatt and Yann Perreau, alongside a sea of new talent on the Francophone music scene in Vancouver and across Western Canada.

Singer songwriter Yann Perreau performs at this year's Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver.
Singer songwriter Yann Perreau performs at this year’s Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver.