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UBC Pride Presents: Outweek 2014

UBC Pride Week has officially started!

Known as ‘OUTWEEK’ UBC Pride has once again planned a week full of laughing, (un)learning and love! This year, OUTWEEK is focusing on the tensions and power at play within attempts at forming communities like Pride UBC and spaces of solidarity that reflect the realities of queer lives, power and identities. Queer U started things off on Saturday, and the week will end with a dinner and party on Friday!

We’re particularly excited for the dinner and dance on Friday, which will follow a completely FREE performance by Rae Spoon! As a talented musician, writer and face for the transgender community, Rae Spoon has produced an impressive 10 solo and collaborative albums over the past 10 years. The UBC Department of Critical Studies In Sexuality (CSIS) and the Jane Rule Endowment Fund have very generously funded Rae Spoon’s performance, and UBC Pride extends a HUGE thank you to them!

Accessibility: If you plan to attend an event, please take a look at the event-goers section of this accessible events checklist. All OUTWEEK events are free and include snacks. UBC Pride wants everyone to participate in OUTWEEK as much as possible; if there is anything they can do to facilitate your participation, or if you have any questions or feedback, please contact prideubc [@]


UBC Thunderbirds on CiTR Sports

Friday, February 7

Canada West Conference

Ice Hockey (Men’s)

Saskatchewan Huskies (14W-9L-1RT) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (9W-13L-2RT)
Face-off 7:00 PM | Live on 101.9 FM
Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre — Thunderbird Arena

Theatre at UBC’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (1896)

by Joshua Gaybert-Doyon

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is a play that finds humour in the most serious dilemmas, and Theatre at UBC, whose production of the play opened on January 23rd, carry the melodrama and pastoral boredom of the work with charm. Between the laughter, however, moments of genuine dread peek out of this play, and they’re powerful. The play is a tragicomedy, and Theatre at UBC does an impressive job at creating a really textured and complex world.

I’ll start off by saying that this is an exceptionally good script. Chekhov is a undoubtedly a phenomenal writer. As enjoyable and easy to watch as it is, Chekhov poses some challenges with this play. As an oft-quoted Chekhov quote reads, ““The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” Dancing symbols, interrogations into the nature of the soul, and gloomy confrontations with death are all featured. Director Kathleen Duborg, a UBC MFA directing student, does a tremendous amount with the script, balancing the melodrama as well as the play’s denser aspects. (more…)

Welcome to Chinatown – D.O.A. Live Album Release Party | Feb 7

945465_743490318999277_28689246_n  Canada’s legendary punk pioneers, D.O.A., have a brand new live album: Welcome to Chinatown – D.O.A. Live.

Come out to the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1P1) February 7th, 2014 at 8:00 pm for the release party of this iconic new album!

Advanced tickets – $16 +S/C available at

Tickets at the door – $20

This event is 19+ so don’t forget your ID.

Welcome to Chinatown has captured the true essence of what critics have hailed as perhaps Canada’s all time most thrilling live band, so be sure not to miss out!


Sponsored by CiTR 101.9 FM!



Joel RL Phelps + The Backhomes + Speller | Feb 13

71446_10200464786501747_2008898358_n This February 13th, 2014 CiTR presents JOEL RL PHELPS/TheBACKHOMES/SPELLER  @ The Cobalt

Doors at 9 pm – $8

Need more convincing? Check out the Joel RL Phelps album review here, and a review of The Backhomes here!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Sponsored by CiTR, 101.9 FM!

The Great Digital Film Festival 2014

The Great Digital Film Festival 2014 showcases your favourite films at any participating Cineplex location through to February 6th, 2014. Arts Reporter Dannielle Piper attended the festival on its opening night at Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver. Listen to Dannielle on The Arts Report between 5-6pm February 5th, 2014.

The Great Digital Film Festival is a one week only event that began on January 31st, 2014 and runs until February 6th, 2014. The festival allows fans the opportunity to view their favourite science-fiction, fantasy and anime films in digital and on the big screen. A total of twenty-one films will be shown throughout the duration of the festival.

Some of the films being showcased include popular superhero movies such as The Avengers (2012) and Superman (1978) as well as cult classics such as Akira (1988) and Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975). Three of the films featured in this year’s lineup even have ties to British Columbia. Battlestar Galactica helped spawn the 2004 television series of the same name whose filming took place in Vancouver. Similarly, Flash Gordon also obtained a series which was produced in Vancouver from 2007-2008, while the sequel to Tron, Tron: Legacy, was shot here in April 2009. (more…)

UBC Thunderbirds on CiTR Sports

Saturday, February 1

Canada West Conference

Volleyball (Men’s)

(10W-10L) Saskatchewan Huskies 0 — 3 UBC Thunderbirds (14W-6L)
Final | Venue: War Memorial Gym

UBC Thunderbirds men's volleyball on CiTR 101.9 FM Sports

Ben Chow is a key power attacker on the UBC Thunderbirds varsity men’s volleyball team.

Volleyball (Women’s)

(8W-12L) Saskatchewan Huskies 0 — 3 UBC Thunderbirds (18W-2L)
Final | Venue: War Memorial Gym

UBC Thunderbirds women's volleyball on CiTR 101.9 FM Sports

Kirsty Setterlund is the key playmaker on the UBC Thunderbirds varsity women’s volleyball team.

UBC Thunderbirds on CiTR Sports

Friday, January 31

Canada West Conference

Ice Hockey (Women’s)

(7W-15L-3RT) Mount Royal Cougars 2 — 3 UBC Thunderbirds (19W-5L-1RT)
Final | Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre — Thunderbird Arena

UBC Thunderbirds Women's Ice Hockey on CiTR 101.9 FM Sports

UBC Thunderbirds women's varsity ice hockey on CiTR 101.9 FM Sports

4’33″ Special Guests this Monday. Tune in!


Gregory Gan, your host of 4’33” (every Monday at 6 p.m.), a program dedicated to bringing new music to CiTR listeners, is happy to announce that on Monday, February 3rd, 6-7pm, composer and media artist Adam Basanta and sound artist and ethnographer Jennifer Schine will join me in the studio for a chat about Music from the New Wilderness, a performance work that uses music, sound and voice to explore rural geopolitical and environmental issues, from the transformation of resource-based economies into eco-tourism economies, to the early histories and contemporary realities of indigenous peoples.

This multidisciplinary production, presented by Western Front New Music, will run between February 11-15, at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Event info here


Arts Review: PuSh Mainstage

PuSh is Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival, presenting dynamic, challenging and ground-breaking art from across the world every January. CiTR Arts Reporter Brenda Grunau attended three PuSh performances over the past two weeks, and penned the following review:


The Inheritor Album is a series of pieces exploring inheritance and succession through dance. Vancouver’s 605 Collective delivers a powerful, athletic, and driving performance, accented by the sketches and animations of Miwa Matreyek. The fast pace of the choreography was captivating, and chose freedom and expression over the stuffy precision of classical dance. The audience entered the theatre to Caribou’s Sun, setting the mood for original sound design by Kristen Roos. Movements of group joy, the race of time, the passing of physical characteristics and people, and the breakdown, death and rebirth of bodies sparked a different, visceral experience of transition and succession. The work of Matreyek complimented the dancers perfectly, creating shapes and lines for the dancers to relate to, or punctuating a piece with large, filmed wriggling arms, or chaotic, intense drawings of buildings and machinery. 605 Collective was mesmerizing, and highly recommended! Performances run until February 2.

Read on for reviews of One and The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi. (more…)