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30 Day Adventures #25 Celebrating Live Theatre In Vancouver, The Jessies

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30th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Celebrates and Mourns the Vancouver Playhouse

Today’s adventure was a bit of a guilt trip. Like a large percentage of people that live in Vancouver I don’t see very much live theatre. The worst part of that statement is that I don’t even know the reason why. When friends Mark & David invited me to accompany them to the 30th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards I thought I could partially atone by celebrating all of the live theatre that took place over the last year.

Mark and David pose with a friend of theirs

The Commodore Ballroom was packed with Vancouver’s theatre community and they were ready to party. Sorry for the photo quality but it was tough to shoot with an iPhone given the lighting.

The room was packed and they were ready to party

Beverley Elliott radiant

David Marc and Mark

Mark Robbins and Rebecca Bollwitt

Marc and Beverley

In all a total of 37 awards were handed out. For a full listing of all the winners please click here. The night was filled with passionate speeches honouring family, friends, colleagues and mentors. The theme running through the evening though was the deep hurt the closing of the Vancouver Playhouse has had on the arts community. It was evident that every nominee in some way had been touched and influenced by the Playhouse. The impact of its closure can not yet be truly measured as we’ll never know the talents it could have nurtured and inspired.

The evening was not all sadness however. There was some amazing entertainment and most importantly the theatre family got to be together and celebrate each other.

opening performance

some of the ladies from la Cage aux Folles

and the Jessie goes to

Greg Armstrong-Morris

So the challenge to myself and to you is to get out there and see a live performance at least once per month. I’m up for the adventure, are you? Thanks go out to Mark for getting me out for the evening. Read his theatre reviews here.

Tomorrow’s adventure I will share with you some secret gems of UBC you may not know about. Now get out there and have an adventure.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.


  1. I love goIng to the theatre, and don’t go anywhere often enough. I have a long list of productions I’d like to see this year. Once a month? I’ll try.

  2. I love the theatre/arts too. But babysitters are expensive (sigh). We get out at least once a year, does that count?!! I’d love to go once a month 🙂

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