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Something Fishy Going on at Provence Restaurants in Vancouver

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Yes, the rumours are true. The two Provence French bistro restaurants are celebrating Vancouver’s love of seafood during the month of April with their Poisson d’Avril menu.

For $45, meal choices range from seared albacore tuna, wild Pacific salmon, grilled halibut, or poached ruby red trout, to name just a few of the selections. Each entre also includes dessert.

“As an inaugural member of Ocean Wise, we serve only fish that has been harvested in a sustainable and responsible manner. That still gives us plenty of choice,” states Provence’s Executive Chef and Owner, Jean-Francis Quaglia. “Poisson d’Avril is an opportunity to welcome spring with a bit of fun. This is our fifth year doing it and everyone gets in on the fun – including some of the staff and their children who have created the whimsical fish that adorn the restaurant and menus.”

The French restaurant is also enjoying a bit of old-work practical jokes during the month of April. In France, friends or family carefully place paper cut-out fish on the backs of unsuspecting people, until someone shouts ‘Poisson d’Avril!’.

During the month of April, both Provence locations will be randomly placing paper fish under plates or even on patron’s backs. Lucky winners will find prizes ranging from complimentary appetizers, meal discounts, gift certificates, or a copy of Chef Jean-Francis and Alessandra Quaglia book, New World Provence.


Enter now for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Provence to experience the Poisson d’Avril menu.

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Contest closes at 5:00pm PST, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. One random drawn winner will be announced on this blog post on or before Friday, March 29, 2013. Read the complete contest rules.

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This contest is now closed.

Congratulations Ariane, you are the lucky winner of a $50 gift card to Provence! 

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Billy Elliot the Musical, Coming to Vancouver

BillyElliotBilly Elliot the Musical is the celebration of a boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, Billy stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion inspiring his both family and community. The Tony award winning musical comes to Vancouver from April 2-7, 2013.

Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45 singers, dancers and actors. Director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall, along with music legend Elton John, has written what the New York Post calls “His best score yet!”.

Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim around the world and was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including ten Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle.

The Daily News calls Billy “So exhilarating that you feel like leaping!” Liz Smith calls the show “Absolutely awesome,” The New York Observer raves that Billy is “The best thing to happen to Broadway in a long while,” and WOR’s Dave Richardson cheers, “All I can say is WOW!”

The show is produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.  Touring production direction is by Justin Martin and choreography is by Kathryn Dunn.

The performance runs April 2-7, 2013 in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Billy Elliot plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm; Saturday matinee at 2:00pm; Sunday matinee at 1:00pm and Sunday evening at 7:30pm.

Tickets for Billy Elliot vary in range depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase and start at $35.00. Tickets go on-sale 10:00am, January 21, 2013, through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000.

Billy Elliot in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of a five city tour in Canada including dates in Ottawa January 1 – 6, 2013, Montreal January 8 – 13, 2013, Edmonton March 19 – 24, 2013 and  Calgary March 26 – 31, 2013.

CATS, America’s Favourite Family Musical Returning To Vancouver


Photo credit: 2010 Joan Marcus

After celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 11, 2011, CATS, the longest continuously touring Broadway musical in history will return to Vancouver, BC for eight (8) performances Tuesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

On May 11, 1981, CATS opened at the New London Theatre in the West End. Eight years later, it celebrated its first important milestone: after 3,358 performances CATS became the longest running musical in the history of British theatre. CATS played its final performance on its 21st birthday, May 11, 2002.

CATS opened on Broadway on October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City and continued to live up to its motto “Now and Forever.”  On June 19, 1997, it became the longest running musical on Broadway. CATS ended its 18 year run on September 10, 2000 with 7,485 performances.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting, and Best Costumes.

Five continents, 26 countries, and over eight and a half million audience members later, CATS is still America’s most loved family musical. Celebrating not only its Broadway touring legacy but the birth of the musical spectacular, CATS is still revolutionary and awe inspiring.

Performances for the Vancouver show run Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday 2pm matinees.  Tickets start at $35 (plus applicable charges), and will go on sale on Monday, December 19, 2011 through Ticketmaster by calling 1-855-985-5000 or purchasing online.

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