Join PAL Vancouver’s Patricia Duval with special guest vocalist Lorraine Foster at the PAL Theatre on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30pm for a gorgeous spring night to remember! With Bill Costin on piano, Tim Stacey on bass, and Buff Allen on Drums, A Night to Remember…Here’s to Life celebrates pop tunes from the 50s to the 70s – from the iconic songs of Judy Garland to the mesmerizing jazz of Shirley Bassey. For tickets to Here’s to Life please click here: www.artspoints.com.
“Here’s to Life… A Night to Remember” will definitely be a celebration. Let’s live it up together.” – Patricia Duval
For ten years PAL Vancouver was Joy’s home. She electrified our hallways and theatre with her warmth and humour; and united PAL residents, bringing out our best selves. Your important founding contribution to THE JOY COGHILL LEGACY FUND will assist PAL Vancouver in many tangible ways including:
PAL Vancouver provides rental assistance in 70% of its 99 suites, ensuring residents in need do not pay more than 33% of their incomes on rent. As residents age their incomes continue to fall and your investment makes it possible for PAL to provide increasing scales of rental assistance.
PAL maintains a standard of excellence attending to all areas of the facility including outfitting individual suites with fixtures such as grab bars and railings as needed to provide safety and comfort to residents. In addition, the PAL Theatre provides accessibility and affordability to nonprofit groups and independent local producers.
Annually, PAL must raise $300,000 to sustain our operations and the integral rental assistance program at its core. Your JOY COGHILL LEGACY FUND gift will help us reach this crucial goal.
In the spirit of mentorship integral to Joy’s life work, your donation will also ensure that PAL will continue to promote creative growth through strong intergenerational relationships. PAL residents will continue to produce plays, perform as actors and musicians, and create new cultural work with the same passion, insight, and intensity as at any other time in their professional lives.
To join PAL friends in building the JOY COGHILL LEGACY FUND, please contribute online at www.palvancouver.org in memory of Joy; or mail your “PAL Vancouver” donation with “in memory of Joy” on the memo line, to 300-581 Cardero St., Vancouver, BC, V6G 3L3.
Thank you in advance for playing such a crucial role in the determined ensemble that is PAL Vancouver’s family.
JOY COGHILL brought the house down with laughter and applause at the UBCP / ACTRA Awards Gala. She received a standing ovation. Joy reminded everyone in attendance about the art of listening; shared X-Files memories; and expressed how much she cherished working with the renowned Canadian director Anne Wheeler. Anne, who presented the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement to Joy, spoke about her memories of directing Joy: “When working with greatness, you just clear the path, make it safe and get out of the way.”
PAL VANCOUVER IS 10 YEARS OLD… WATCH US GROW!
The following speech was presented at the UBCP/ACTRA Awards Ceremony on November 12, 2016. Mike Klassen is the president of the PAL Vancouver board of trustees.
PAL Vancouver is part of a larger Canada-wide association which supports people in the performing arts community from coast to coast to coast – particularly low-income seniors and persons with disabilities.
Our mission is to provide longstanding members of Vancouver’s performing arts professions with affordable housing within a vibrant and creative community setting.
In May we hosted a filled to capacity event in the PAL Theatre featuring representation from all levels of government, gave awards to our founders, and celebrated Joy Coghill‘s 90th birthday!
In July, we held a grand, fully sponsored, Canada Day gathering of nearly 500 people from the Coal Harbour community, and grilled hundreds of pancakes and sausages as our way of saying thanks to our neighbours.
In August, our spectacular float in the Vancouver Pride Parade was only slightly overshadowed by the appearance of someone named Justin Trudeau.
We also held an honorary art auction in Joy Coghill’s name.
At to top it all off, we got to speak to all tonight at the UBCP/ACTRA Awards, and we are greatly honoured.
In 2016, we have raised some of the most significant funding in support of rental assistance at PAL since the year of our inception, including an incredibly generous contribution by the UBCP board of $50,000!
These contributions go to keeping our rents affordable, our housing safe and welcoming, and our theatre accessible to those who use it.
Every donation we receive safeguards PAL’s low-income and disabled residents against the real threat of homelessness.
At PAL, our aim is to support a community – your community – that has given so much, and continues to give to all of us – with your talent, and how you help us to understand each other through your powerful performances on stage and screen.
We also do it because we have a waiting list that has had too many people on it for too long, and we are making every effort to change that.
As a board we set a big goal last year of being able to make an announcement on new housing by the end of 2016. Though we are not quite there yet, I can assure everyone that those conversations are happening, and when, not if, it happens, you’ll be among the first to know!We have had an astounding 10 years thanks to the support of our benefactors and volunteers, as well as the provincial government and City of Vancouver.
I ask you all to watch PAL closely as we continue to grow both here in BC and across Canada —- Thank you.
Undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers, Alfie Zappacosta has amassed an impressive song catalogue over the past 40 years, including “Start Again”, “Passion”, When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way”.
Come and hear the distinctive baritone voice, masterful guitar playing, and sophisticated stylings that have given Alfie Zappacosta the slickest jazz chops this side of Steely Dan.
Alfie Zappacosta will be performing at PAL Studio Theatre with his long-time friend and exquisite piano player, Andrew Glover. Glover is credited with a huge body of work which extends to Europe and the US.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to hear these two incredibly accomplished artists playing in a great venue for a great cause. Playing a special benefit to support PAL Vancouver, a unique social housing and theatre complex in the heart of Coal Harbour. Proceeds will help provide rental assistance for residents in need. Tickets for this unique blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music are limited to 100 seats, and include a complementary drink and appetizers.
You would not be amiss to compare Alfie Zappacosta to a vintage VQA wine. Very rarely accessible but when he does perform it’s for a discerning crowd who are extremely familiar with quality.” – Keith Sharp Music Express
Classic Chic – An all-female ensemble dedicated to performing the classics. ‘Cause why should the boys have all the fun?
“It is requir’d you do awake your faith”
Classic Chic Productions presents
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Wolpe
L.A. Women’s Shakespeare is about putting on honest, thoughtful productions of Shakespeare’s plays, without being limited by gender, and in the meantime, doing their part to even out the cosmic scales from all that time Shakespeare’s women were played by men. And the fact that the company has, at its center, what is simply one of the best Shakespearean actors of this generation is reason to anticipate, and delight in, every new production.
Sharon Perlmutter, critic for Talkin’ Broadway VANCOUVER, BC…The Winter’s Tale, opening July 26 and presented by Classic Chic Productions (CCP), promises fire and ice aplenty, at the direction of master interpreter of the Bard, Lisa Wolpe. The epic and romantic fairy tale features a large all-female ensemble on this inaugural production for Classic Chic, a newly formed Vancouver women’s theatre collective. “The Winter’s Tale offers beautifully defined, strong, classic roles for women in Hermione, Paulina, and Perdita,” says Wolpe, an acclaimed actor and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC).
“This play features some of the greatest male characters ever written – the tyrant King Leontes, the seductive King Polixenes, the tortured Antigonus, the delightful villain with a deft sleight of hand and a song-and-dance, Autolycus. Classic Chic is opening up fascinating opportunities for women to play everything from Clowns to Kings.”
A punch in the gut, the play delivers the tales of the suffering and rebirth of its women, but ultimately this is a sacred story of a triumphant emergence from darkness into light. Bursting with music, dancing, swordplay, and circus skills, The Winter’s Tale spins an eloquent text ranging in scope from powerful tragedy to vaudevillian light comedy.
The nucleus behind Classic Chic Productions, Christina Wells Campbell, artistic director; Corina Akeson, production manager; Joanna Redfern, communications and Michelle Martin, fundraising, all accomplished in theatre, are dedicated to performing the classics.
“There are great roles in theatre that women have traditionally not had the opportunity to play but appeal to them as actors and human beings,” says Wells Campbell, quoting from their mission statement. “With Classic Chic we are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities, and audiences, too.”
Wolpe has played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history, always to superlative reviews. She recently received the Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the LA Theater Community and was awarded the Key to Harlem and a Congressional Certificate of Merit for her work with the Harlem Shakespeare Festival in 2013. While in Vancouver, she will perform her one–woman show Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender at the Orpheum Annex, July 16, presented by Railtown Cultural Eclective, and also offering a crossgender acting workshop.
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