{{Giveaway}} Award-winning British Comedy Duo, James & Jamesy, Brings Holiday Cheer to Maple Ridge with “O Christmas Tea “

As part of their Vancouver Island Tour, critically and audience acclaimed British comedians, James & Jamesy, make their triumphant debut in Maple Ridge this holiday season with their uproarious Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea, on stage December 22 & 23, 2016 at 7:30pm atThe ACT Arts Centre. The 17-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners from theatre festivals across North America invite audience members of all ages to join them in their action-packed quest to save the world from drowning in tea.

Image by Thaddeus Hink

“The Christmas season is a magical time of year that brings people of all ages together; a time when we are encouraged to dream big, embrace imagination, and celebrate a child-like excitement for merriment,” says Jamesy, the quirky and playful half of London’s three-time Impresario Award-winning duo.

“O Christmas Tea brings to the stage a celebration of that joyous holiday spirit, sweeping spectators into an immersive adventure, leaving them bubbling with laughter and brimming with holiday cheer.”

Catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea. The friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over a dozen comedy awards to their name—sweep the audience out to sea in a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas.

Regarded as “one of the most popular Fringe duos ever” (CBC), the charismatic James & Jamesy have toured across North America since 2012, performing their original works – including High Tea, 2 for Tea, and In The Dark – more than 400 times to more than 40,000 audience members, earning rave reviews and lifetime fans. Among other accolades, the physical comedians are 2-time finalists for the Just for Laugh’s Best Comedy Award, and winners of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Ensemble (2016). They have also been awarded Best of Fest (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patron’s Pick (London), and Best Script (Montreal).

Photography by Kathy Knowles

About James & Jamesy (jamesandjamesy.com)

Since 2012, James & Jamesy have been fearlessly embodied by Aaron Malkin as James and Alastair Knowles as Jamesy. Together, they create award-winning performances that blend theatre, physical comedy, and dance to take audiences on fantastical trips of the imagination. Their unique humour appeals to those of all ages – from children to adults – and fosters an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging of audience involvement. Complementing performances are workshops for students and the community that educate on improvisation and physical comedy techniques, while inspiring participants to overcome fears and find freedom in new and inventive methods of self-expression.

LISTING INFORMATION:

James & Jamesy’s O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Date:

December 22 & 23, 2016 at 7:30pm

Ticket prices:

$28 Adult

$24 Senior

$15 Student

Address:

The ACT Arts Centre

11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC

Phone:

604.476.2787

Box Office: 

Online: jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea

Information: jamesandjamesy.com

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That’s my boy! #YMCCommunity

As parents, we try our best to protect our precious little ones from violence and swearing…

but on occasion, there is no avoiding exposing them to the ugliness around us.

We spell out swear words when their little ears are nearby, and fumble to change the channel when adult content, whether violent or sexual, shows up on the TV screen.

Recently, we were privileged to be witness to an argument in public where swear words were being thrown around. Ugh! No avoiding that one.

Our 5-1/2yo daughter has always been very good at not repeating “grown up” words, even when she’s angry. But our 2-1/2 yo son, OY VEY! He is the BIGGEST parrot and has the most impeccable timing when he chooses to share his new found vocabulary.

I was picking our daughter up from school the other day and I brought along the wee dude. We always stay for a little while to play with friends and chit chat with the others parents.

When it was time to go, I hollered for my munchkins to head to the van and Tyrannosaurus Toddler yelled back, “Shut the F*€% up!”

Face Palm

I nearly died!

The playground got quiet and I felt all eyes on me. I wanted to disappear. How do you react to THAT!?

I quickly went to him, advised him that these words were grown up words and not appropriate for kids to use, but the more I did this, the more he thought it was funny and shared this with the onlookers.

I scooped him up and we made tracks to the van. I’m sure a great discussion was had in my absence, but whatever.

No, I don’t teach my kids these words. Yes, I have occasionally let a few slip out. Yes, I try to correct them when they are used. No, I’m not worried that others think I’m a terrible parent.

Life happens…roll with the punches. Kids will be kids and parents will always learn as we go along.

PS- I’m sorry my kid taught yours to swear. Next up…arm pit farts!

Who knew? #YMCCommunity

So, awhile ago, I learned a lot about what people think of me…

I learned that they think I am capable if doing things that would be described as daring.

The example was, I had updated my Facebook status to reveal that I had used my boobs to get out of a speeding ticket.

Flirting with a cop

I, in fact, had not flaunted my pride and joys, but I had fallen victim to a status update chain in support of Breast Cancer Awareness that a much loved girlfriend had shared.

What did I learn from this…?

I learned, that if I actually did do this:

1) I must be looking pretty good for my age

2) I can be manipulative (not so good)

3) My husband has a hot wife

4) My friends believe that I am capable of doing things that many wouldn’t

5) I have a confidence that I was previously unaware of

Reflecting on this, it makes me think that I can do things that would normally scare me. I can do something when I set my mind to it.

The future has just become brighter to me and I’m ready to see where it leads.

A big Thank You to my friends for opening my eyes and my mind 😃

The day I got noticed. #YMCCommunity

It was a regular day and I was busily getting the kids organized and packed up to head to the mall for a little errand running.

 

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The sun was shining, so I planned for us to walk over, which was only a fifteen minute journey.

As per usual, everyone must go potty or get a bum change prior to our departure, so as not to have the “MOM, I NEED TO GO POTTY NOW!”, halfway en route. Little Miss tends to her business and the wee lad has had a poop, so a little extra work is required.

Finally, we’re all sorted and out the door.

We talk and sing merrily as we dawdle along. Checking out the bugs, learning about the trees and singing out favourite tunes.

Once we get to the mall, immediately the request to visit the play area is made, so I negotiate that we do our errands quickly, and then we go to the play area before heading home.

Oddly, people keep looking at me. I get some smiles and double takes, and attribute it to my being on the local news recently, so clearly these people have recognized me.

Double take

We carry on, finish getting what we need and head over to the play area.

Again, more stares.

A little uncomfortable, but now I understand what being a celebrity must feel like. Not that I’m calling myself a celebrity by any means, but having my face recognized is a little weird.

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I let the littles play for half an hour or so, but now it is time to head home for lunch and the little man’s afternoon nap.

When we get home, the mandatory hand washing is required. As we’re washing our hands, I take a quick glance in the mirror…

To my horror, I see a brown smear across my forehead!

When I changed Captain Poopypant’s diaper before we left, I must have got some on my hand. I recall brushing my hair from my face before I washed my hands, so that’s probably how it got there.

ERMAGHERD! THAT’S WHY EVERYONE WAS LOOKING AT ME!

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My daughter was supposed to be my wingman when it comes to stuff like this! Kids ALWAYS notice when you have crap on your face or a booger in your nose.

I certainly hope the people that we had encountered throughout the day didn’t actually recognize me from my TV appearance. I’m sure they’d be telling all their friends, “Yeah, I saw that chick from the news the other day today. She had poo on her face!”

Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

What do you do when the flame starts to fade? Add some #BedroomSpice {Giveaway}

When you first met your significant other, there was a spark…

Photo credit: Diva of Dating

Photo credit: Diva of Dating

This spark ignited into a flame as you got to know each other better. As you continue in your relationship, that flame bursts into a roaring fire. That is until…the kids come along.

Photo credit: The Sugar a Babies Online

Photo credit: The Sugar a Babies Online

Your time gets filled and energy gets depleted when caring for young children, that having a little “Mommy and Daddy Time” comes few and far between. Sleeping or getting your own things done, take priority. My husband and I haven’t had a Date Night since our daughter was born, four and a half years ago, but we do try to have some “Us Time” after the weelets have gone to bed. So what do you do to keep the fire burning? Date Night? A weekend away? What about a sex tape?! Some couples do this to spice things up when the excitement in their relationship starts to dwindle. With the current technology available to us, making your own home video is an easy accomplishment, but what happens if it gets into the wrong hands? Sex Tape from Sony Pictures releases July 18th, 2014 in theatres Sex Tape Sony Pictures has generously provided Raincity Parent a “Sex Tape” gift basket to giveaway to one lucky reader. This giveaway runs from July 9th-17th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. *Contestants may enter across other blogs, however you may only win on a single blog* a Rafflecopter giveaway “Disclosure: I am part of the Sony Pictures – Sex Tape Movie program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Our toddler’s current stage, in pictures. #YMCCommunity

Our toddler is currently going through the stage where he prefers to stay near or on Mommy.

This makes using two hands, preparing meals, going to the bathroom and utilizing child care at the gym or at Mommy functions, next to impossible.

Date night with Daddy will continue to be a no fly zone until this stage is over. Hopefully 6 months to a year.

These are a few ways that I like to describe this awesome stage of our toddlers life:

1) The barnacle.

1) The barnacle.

2) The lingering smell that just won't go away.

2) The lingering smell that just won’t go away

3) My shadow.

3) My shadow.

4) The Klingon.

4) The Klingon.

The baby koala.

5) The baby koala.

6) The Remora.

6) The Remora.

7) Gum in my hair.

7) Gum in my hair.

8) A stubborn stain.

8) A stubborn stain.

9) That song you just can't get out of your head.

9) That song you just can’t get out of your head.

 

10) The shoe streamer that goes unnoticed.

10) The shoe streamer that goes unnoticed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but sometimes this Mama needs her personal space.

Father’s Day…a shopping experience. #YMCCommunity

Father’s Day is this weekend, so I loaded up the kids and headed to the local shopping mall.

Photo credit: The Now News

Photo credit: The Now News

We arrive and hit up the play area so the kiddos can burn off some of their excess energy and build up an appetite for a bite of lunch.

There’s a pile of kids running amok and our little spazzes are terrorizing the small enclosure. Our daughter decides that she’s the only one allowed to play in the Hollow Tree and mouths off to another kid. So Mama Bear makes her appearance and demands an apology be said or we will be heading home post haste.

The apology is made under her breath and in a huff.

Then our young lad feels that he should be driving the car (as most men do) in the play area and bops the little girl sitting in the driver’s seat, in the nose a couple of times before my go-Gadget-go arm is able to stop him.

Another apology session is played out in protest, but it too is made.

The play area starts to get crazy, so I manage to persuade our spawn that it’s lunch time and if we go now, we can get pizza! The most appropriately priced meal in the entire fast food selection in the mall. Three of us can eat for $5, not $15.

We get our food, our daughter gets the job of putting the Parmesan on the slices. She proceeds to empty the entire shaker onto our food…awesome.

Lunch is had, but most of the wee lad ‘s portion, ended up on the ground and the little lady’s pizza ended up topless. I reflect back to my comment about the most appropriately priced meal in the mall.

Now, it’s time to get Daddy’s Father’s Day gift.

We hit up Cole’s and they’ve got a table stacked with books right at the front of the store marked, “Great reads for Dads”, so this makes my life a bit easier. I won’t have to spend too much time scouring the shelves while my monsters start to get bored. As I’m reading the inside leaf of a book, our son takes a swipe at the neighbouring table and a stack of books go sliding off and onto the floor with a loud crash! I pick them up and he decides to launch his bear and soother across the store.

Not exactly as shown.

Not exactly as shown.

Time to go.

I collect our daughter, who has planted her bum down in front of the magazine rack and is leafing through a Monster High and a Scooby Doo magazine, pay for the book that I had chosen and as I’m doing so, the boy rips a shelf talker off the checkout display and totally destroys it.

Good grief….

I hand the pieces to the cashier, apologize and make like the wind and break.
We head to Old Navy as fast as our daughter’s legs will move and as I’m looking for Daddy’s size, the lad pulls a stack of jeans off the shelf and onto himself. Our daughter is running around the racks playing hide and seek and laughing maniacally while the other shopper’s deke out of her way. I pick up the stack, grab a couple pairs of shorts that may or may not be the right size, and B-Line it for the checkout.

Last stop, card store.

We race to the other side of the mall and find the Father’s Day card section.
I manoeuvre the stroller so that it’s right in the middle of the aisle, and to my delight, little guy can reach both sides.

Hmmm…which side to choose? The highly breakable side containing ceramic and glass ornaments, or the rack of cards. I choose the latter. Possibly the safest (and cheapest) choice if Armageddon ensues.

I must say, that when it comes to card shopping, I make really good choices and can do so quite quickly. But not as fast as our son, who had now pulled several cards out and is on the verge of destroying them. I pry the wee lass away from her Show & Tell of the “sound” cards to the fellow patrons and we get through the checkout without too much trouble. Only a few items grabbed and replaced.

It’s now nap time as the Spazzometer starts to go off!

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Screaming through the mall, past the play area, where the volume increases because we don’t stop, we get back to the van.

Little Dude doesn’t want to get into his seat. He protests by performing his best impression of a 2×4, and won’t bend in the middle so I can click him into his seat belt. He slides down the seat and as I hoist him back in, I bonk his head into the ceiling of the van causing even more yelling and crying.

Spectacular.

When he takes a breath and relaxes, I am able to get him restrained in his moment of weakness.

The 15 minute drive home feels like half an hour from the screaming going on. But our daughter merrily sings along to the radio, completely tuning out her brother.
We get home, put the lad in his bed, I finally sit down for a minute and….

“Mom! Done! I went poo!

Aaaahhhh…the life of a parent to young kids.

Happy Father’s Day, Dear! I hope you like your presents.

#WhenToddlersAttack

#WhenToddlersAttack