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Vancouver is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. There’s always something exciting happening, no matter what time of the year it is. The stages are always hot here, too, when it comes to theatre. From improv to locally produced to touring productions, there is no shortage of works to enjoy, no matter what your taste. Take a look at three not-to-miss productions this season and, of course, be sure to book your stay with us here at Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel. We’re conveniently located in historic Mount Pleasant — which is a hub for the arts as it is — with gorgeous rooms and suites, on-site amenities including a courtyard and fitness solarium, and fantastic rates. Make your reservations today.


Taking place at various theatres running out of the Cultch from October 30 to November 17, this series of stage productions showcase three different stories of war to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI. The Believers Are But Brothers is a one-man show that explores online extremism; SmallWaR has performer Valentijn Dhaenens reflecting upon letters sent home from soldiers at war; and Three Winters has modern, millennial actresses put on a play about mid-century women, who enact the WWII men in camps, performing Shakespeare.


Running at the historic Stanley Theatre until November 18, Sweat is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The plot follows three women and lifelong friends who work in the same factory, and the different paths their lives have taken. An examination of a community and identity in the midst of America’s changing landscape.


Relying on sharp wit, creative impulse, and audience suggestions, two teams compete against each other in improv matches. TheatreSports is a Granville Island institution and they have shows — no two ever the same! — throughout each week. Take a look at their schedule here
posted by: on: July 20, 2018

Vancouver has a deep love for the vintage experience. Pop into one of our many vintage stores – including Main Street’s own Front & Company, and you’ll see dozens of Vancouverites picking through the best of the past to reclaim it for NOW. That spirit of recognizing the best the past has to offer is reflected in these upcoming shows!


Vancouver’s Arts Club is a fantastic theatre that brings you hit musicals on Vancouver’s Granville Island. From now until August 12, you can see their production of Mamma Mia!, the feel-good musical about a daughter, a mother, the men who loved her, and Abba’s greatest hits! Features hits like "Dancing Queen," "The Winner Takes It All," and "S.O.S.” – this show will have you dancing and singing along!


On August 20th, classic shock-rocker Alice Cooper will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The writer of such classics as “School’s Out,” “Feed My Frankenstein” and “Poison,” Alice Cooper was one of the forefathers of heavy metal, combing shocking stage antics with revved-up rock anthems. He’s older now – wiser – but no less of a rock GOD.


When grunge hit it big, alternative rockers Alice In Chains was one of the hottest bands around. Writing dark and soulful songs that spoke to a generation. Many thought the band was sunk when lead singer Layne Stanley passed in 2002, but Stanley was not the only secret to their success – they reformed with new singer Jerry Cantrell and have been releasing critically-acclaimed, chart-topping hits ever since. See them play all their hits on August 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

If you want the real Vancouver experience, book accommodations at the Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant, we offer an alternative view of the city that more closely reflects the rebel spirit that’s always lived here. Book your stay today and discover the REAL Vancouver.

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Children are the future – that’s an undeniable fact. The question is whether or not our future will be informed by children with vibrant, healthy imaginations or not. Events like the Vancouver Children’s Festival go a long way to addressing this question, providing a safe place for kids to explore, play, and discover new possibilities!
The Vancouver Children’s Festival takes place on Granville Island, and features a metric tonne of fun, games, and upbeat performances that will make your spirit soar.
Baking Time: A delightful fairy tale romp through the world of baking, join Bun and Bap as they traipse through an enchanted forest of baked goods! Even better, as you watch this show the delicious smells of baking will fill the room, because the show ends with the unveiling of delicious bread! Yum!
Les Parfait Inconnus: These six clowns from Quebec put on a high energy, combination rock show/circus performance with incredible musical performances and death-defying stunts!
I.aM.mE Dance Crew: The reigning champions of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, these break-dancers combine incredible athleticism with a positive message that your whole family can get into.
The Path of Dreams: A spellbinding tale told with bewitching puppets, The Path of Dreams tells the story of a young Innu boy in the North of Japan who plunges into the dream-world in search of his grandmother’s lost necklace and his lost culture. Absolutely captivating.
Full schedule and details for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival can be found here!
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posted by: on: June 18, 2018

We all know downtown Vancouver is beautiful, but you might not know that downtown Vancouver isn’t the cool part of town. No, if you want to go where the city’s hipsterati reside, you need to visit Mount Pleasant. It’s the perfect place for cocktails at the Cascade Room, followed by a hangover brunch (with mimosas, of course!) at Slickety Jim’s Chat & Chew, or any other fun adventures.
No place in Mount Pleasant captures the spirit of the place quite like the Fox Cabaret. A decade ago, The Fox was actually an adult theatre, a piece of local colour that made the area feel exciting but which you would NOT want to enter. Today, it’s been reclaimed as one of the city’s premier venues for dancing, musical acts, and more, turning that seedy past into something sexy cool. Here are some of the upcoming events you might want to check out!


Indie rockers YACHT do things their own way. Core members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans create challenging, provocative pop music that will still make you DANCE. Touring in support of their new EP, “Strawberry Moon,” they’re coming to the Fox Cabaret on February 5. Get tickets here!


The Fox is also great for dance parties, and this February they are celebrating with not one, but TWO themed Valentine’s parties.
First up is the 80s vs 90s Valentine’s Prom on February 11. Dress up in your era of choice and dance like an awkward teen again! The DJ will spin the hits of both eras, which will make for a truly inhibition-free night of dancing.
Then, on February 14, there will be An Affair to Remember – a swanky cocktail party with swinging hits from the time of the Rat Pack, Dinner Clubs, and vintage Hollywood Glamour.


Want to laugh? Every Wednesday, the top floor of the Fox (it’s called “The Projector Room, in honour of the bar’s history) hosts Vancouver’s funniest comedians for a low, low price. Not only that, i’s an inclusive, safe room that celebrates diversity while making you gasp for air. You must check it out when you’re in town.
Visiting Mount Pleasant? Book a stay at the Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel for convenience, comfort, and savings.