Dancing in the Rain at the 2014 CBC Music Festival in this Edition of Monday Moving & Grooving

Well, seeing as I spent the better part of a week sharing festival teases from the CBC Music Festival at Burnaby‘s Deer Lake Park, I thought it would be a little remiss of me not to share an actual taunt from day (shot on an iPhone by a couple of the kids accompanying us) from Spoon and Tegan & Sara!

While it may have been a little damper of a day than we would have liked, raining out many of the earlier performances and  having to make many schedule their day to be able to hang in with the weather, it was an utter blast of a day, soaking in some great Canadian music!  I even managed to sneak backstage to shake hands with Jian Ghomeshi!  The man has lovely soft hands!

So for this Monday Moving and Grooving, I do hope you enjoy a bit of dancing in the rain!

Catch more from #CBCMusicFest here on the CBC Music Blog!


Emme   xoxo

CBCmusic.ca Festival Ignites this Summer at Deer Lake Park

Well, for those of you that have been reading along here for awhile, you will know I have a particular love for outdoor music festival, especially those of the one-day roots variety.  One of my favourite summer venues for such events is Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, which has been upping the summer ante the past few years, with acts all through the summer with their Concerts in the Park.  Hands down the best of those has always been the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival, an event I am very much looking forward to on Saturday August 9th this summer.  It has competition however, in the spot of Deer Lake Concert in the Park front runner in my heart though this summer.

You see … CBC is hosting a brand new rootsy summer festival this summer at Deer Lake Park, CBCmusic.ca Festival!

2014 CBCmusic.ca Festival

Quite excited to catch this second ever CBCmusic.ca Festival (anywhere in Canada) next Saturday June 14th, 2014!  The line up includes two stages with the details as follows:

Courtyard Stage

Lake Stage

Summer music loving at Deer Lake Park!

Summer music loving at Deer Lake Park!

I just have one beef with CBC … why oh why do you not have Doug Paisley in this lineup, especially as Doug is in Vancouver that night playing.  Means I am now torn!  Do I leave CBCmusic.ca Festival to catch Doug or do I miss Doug?  I feel this is a conundrum that could have been avoided by putting Doug in the lineup!

I may end up spending the day swooning and flushed, not from the sun, but from the gentlemen whose company I will be keeping.  Not only will I be accompanied by Big Daddy T and that cutie pants of the Vancouver music scene elite, Rob Jones, but I am hoping to steal the company of debonaire VanCity artists, Denis Nokony; and then the man I most enjoy flirting with at the CBC is one of the day’s hosts: Jian Ghomeshi!  Will happily swoon for the other CBC Hosts too: Stephen Quinn (a voice I always delight in listening to), Gloria Macarenko, Tom Power, Grant Lawrence, Renee Filippone, and Rich Terfry.

So Jian?  I know you are fan of Doug Paisleys too … so why oh why is he missing from this line up??? He is in Vancouver that day!!!

For logistical details on the day, check out the CBCmusic.ca Festival page, by clicking here.  You can also find our advice on how to prepare for similar one-day music festival events at Deer Lake, by clicking here. Oh and get your tickets by clicking here (children aged 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult)!

Summer music loving at Deer Lake Park!

Good times at Deer Lake Park!

And as I mentioned, I am doing my best to catch as many acts at Deer Lake Park as possible this summer, although sadly I missed City and Colour.  Other acts include:

Stay tuned this week, as we rock out daily here to some of the coming acts at the CBCmusic.ca Festival next weekend!

Sultry Musical Kisses,

Emme  xoxo

Kisses and Nuzzles from the Paynes Prairie Wild Horses!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a beautiful moment filled with love, nuzzles and kisses that I enjoyed last week with the wild horses of Florida‘s Paynes Prairie.


Wild Horses kissing on Paynes Prairie

The Kiss!


So very magical!


A long kiss between wild horses on Paynes Prairie.

… still kissing …


Happy Valentine’s Day!


A wild colt's kiss on Paynes Prairie

A child’s love!



Emme   xoxo

PS A big thank you to Ford Canada for the Ford Escape that got me here, and to Roam Mobility for keeping me connected along the way!

Vancouver Theatre Lover Trick or Treat: Win Tickets to Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre

Who says adults can’t Trick or Treat!!! <she says stomping her feet, hands on hips, and pouting>  Well, I say you can!  Here at least. I have 5 pairs of theatre tickets to giveaway to 5 lucky adult Trick or Treaters to Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre Vancouver!


Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre Vancouver

Moon Over Buffalo at Metro Theatre Vancouver, November 2 to 30, 2013.


If you have happen to have caught Lend Me A Tenor at Metro Theatre Vancouver last season (easily my favourite play of the Season), you’ll know that you are in for a treat, as this in another Ken Ludwig play.  Translation: This is bound to be an evening filled with the laughter of romance meets a comedy of errors! Here’s a little as to the storyline, care of Metro Theatre:

Moon Over Buffalo centres on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950′s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with only five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s alleged indiscretion with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinée, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong as confusion surrounds everyone who enters the theatre: the Hays’ stage manager, their lawyer, their visiting daughter and her clueless fiancé, and Charlotte’s aging, deaf mother who hates every bone in George’s body. The show must go on, of course, but at curtain time one question remains: exactly which play are they performing?

Now for the Trick or Treat!

If you are inclined to perform this sort of Trick for me …



… I am sure I can find you a treat!

As for entering the contest to win one of the five pairs of tickets, for my own amusement and a bit of seasonal surprise this is a reader’s choice commenting entry.  You simply must:

  • Comment below with a TRICK!  You decide how to define that.
  • For a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th entry: Share this contest on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (one extra entry for each platform shared on), just be sure to include a link to this post, the hashtag #MoonOverBuffalo & my handle (so I am sure to see it). So, as an example:

For Twitter: Show @EmmeRogers a trick #Vancouver, to enter to win a treat … tickets to #MoonOverBuffalo at @MetroTheatre! http://ht.ly/qnMjh 

For Facebook & Google+: Show Emme Rogers a trick #Vancouver, to enter to win a treat … tickets to #MoonOverBuffalo at Metro Theatre!  http://emmerogers.com/win-tickets-to-moon-over-buffalo-at-metro-theatre-vancouver

  • I will then throw the names of all commenters and Twitter, Facebook and Google+ sharers into a hat, and randomly draw the name of the winner of the tickets, at the times mentioned below.

For the winners of this laughter filled Treat, I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Moon Over Buffalo at the Metro Theatre, starting with the first pair of tickets at 10 am Sunday November 3rd to one lucky winner.  The next pair of tickets will be given away Monday November 4th at 10 am, and then again Tuesday November 5th at 10 am, Wednesday November 6th at 10 am, and the final pair on Thursday November 7th at 10 am. The tickets will be for one of the performances on the first full weekend of the Show with the winners choice of Thursday November 7th, Friday November 8th, or Saturday November 9th at 8 pm.


Cast of Moon Over Buffalo at the Metro Theatre Vancouver.

A sneak peek at what’s to come from Moon Over Buffalo, care of the Metro Theatre.


For those of you that don’t win, you should still be in for treat by purchasing tickets to Moon Over Buffalo from the Metro Theatre Vancouver Box Office. They have a special deal on their Thursday night Show. The Show runs now until November 30th, 2013, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm on November 17th and 24th.


Emme  xoxo

A Van Sexy Date Pick: Rocky Horror Show in Vancouver with Fighting Chance Productions

Fighting Chance Productions' Rocky Horror Show in VancouverFor anybody familiar with the Rocky Horror Show and Fighting Chance Productions, you’ll know that Fighting Chance Productions is the ideal theatre company in Vancouver to put on the Rocky Horror Show, as they always bring a tonne of energy, enthusiasm and fun to their Shows! And they are definitely not afraid to interact with the audience and ad lib a little, which is a definite must for the Rocky Horror Show.

Now for those of unfamiliar with the Rocky Horror Show, it is a somewhat bizarre musical in the form of a  humorous tribute to the Science Fiction and Horror B Movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, which  attained cult fame from the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when the audience began to verbally and physically engage with the Show in the theatre. It is for this reason that I will explain a bit of what goes on in the story, so that you as the audience knows how to respond in the theatre.

The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist alien unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. I did mention the word bizarre earlier, did I not.

Okay, so the cast of characters to know about … the Narrator (played by Sean Allen) for whom you are encouraged to listen to intently for cues and talk back to, Brad (played by Will Hopkins) who is our super straight edged groom-to-be, Janet (played by Erika Thompson) is our rather proper straight laced bride-to-be, brother-sister duo of creepiness Riff Raff (played by Ray Boulay) the handyman and Magenta (played by Jessa Brynn) the maid, Columbia (played by Kelli Ogmundson) a groupie of Frank’s, and of course Dr. Frank N. Furter the pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist (played by Seth Gordon Little). And now for the …


Front Row at Rocky Horror Show in Vancouver

This photo from Fighting Chance Productions bears the question … do you dare sit in the front row?

Rocky Horror Virgin Cheat Sheet:

  • Wear Party Hat throughout in whatever fashion you see fit.
  • When you hear the name “Brad”, yell “ASSHOLE!”
  • When you hear the name “Janet”, yell “SLUT!”
  • Toss Confetti when Brad and Janet enter for the first time after “Science Fiction Double Feature”.
  • Throw Playing Cards when you hear the line, “Cards for Sorrow, Cards for Pain” during “I’m Going Home”.
  • Blow your Noisemaker when Frank is bringing Rocky to life!
  • Toss Rice when Frank and Rocky get married.
  • Don’t be shy, get up and do the Time Warp at the Show’s end!

Finally one of the most crucial ingredients to a rockin’ Rocky Horror Show is all in your date for the evening!  Mine was a new Brit friend, Jai!  Great gal and a lot of fun!  Find out for yourself … just go and ask her about her rubber cock!

For your convenience and the cast’s safety, all props thrown in the production must be from the $5 Rocky Horror Prop Bags that Fighting Chance Productions is selling on site, before the Show. I highly recommend you purchase one.


Fighting Chance Productions' Rocky Horror Prop Bags

Inside Fighting Chance Productions’ $5 Rocky Horror Prop Bags.


Now I must blow a few kisses of amour to the cast who had me smiling all night.  I was especially taken in by Sean Allen (the Narrator) for his witty repartee; Seth Gordon Little (Dr. Frank N. Furter) who made a mighty fine pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist, who could really strutt his stuff; Ray Boulay (Riff Raff) and Jessa Brynn (Magenta) for being outstandingly creepy; Kelli Ogmundson (Columbia) for her sweet earnest; Erika Thompson (Janet) and Will Hopkins (Brad) for playing dorkily oblivious so well; and Hal Rogers (Rocky) for … well … all of him!!!  mmm … mmm … mmm!!!  Thoroughly enjoyed the band under the musical direction of Kerry O’Donnovan. Would have love to have been a fly on the wall for rehearsals for this. Ryan Mooney really outdid himself on directing this one.  And the choreography! Oh the choreography! Anna Kuman ~ you did a great job with the dancers.  I think this was perhaps my favourite part, and oh how I wanted to join them!


Vancouver does the Time Warp at Jericho Arts Centre

From Fighting Chance Productions’ pics, Vancouver does the Time Warp at Jericho Arts Centre!


Thank you Fighting Chance Productions for another fun night!

If you too wish to partake in the bizarrely absurd, you can catch the Rocky Horror Show in Vancouver at Jericho Arts Centre now until Saturday October 26th, thanks to Fighting Chance Productions in Association with Renegade Arts Centre, with performances MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, at 8 pm Tuesday – Saturday night, and a special additional performance MIDNIGHT on Friday October 25th. Get your tickets by clicking here!



Emme  xoxo