District 13 Presents ‘Hunger Games: the Musical’ as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival

District 13 presents Hunger Games: The Musical by Mark Vandenberg, September 10 – 20 as part of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. The pop culture parody of Suzanne Collin’s famed novel and hollywood film sees the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, compete


Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain Unite in Vancouver Premiere of ‘Blackbird, Fly’ as part of Chan Centre’s Beyond Words Series

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents the Vancouver premiere of Blackbird, Fly, an uplifting performance interweaving movement, narrative, Haitian folklore, and hip hop, September 25 at 7:30pm in the Telus Studio Theatre. The provocative duet, featuring charismatic spoken-word

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Award-Winning Choreographer Joe Laughlin Traces Life’s Poignant Moments in Emotionally Resonant World Premiere

From JOE INK and celebrated Vancouver Choreographer Joe Laughlin comes the world premiere 4OUR, on stage at the Scotiabank Dance Centre October 1 – 3, 2015 at 8pm, with a preview performance September 30. The 13th full-length production from JOE


Clap Along If You Know What Happiness Is To You

If you go to Stefan Sagmeister’s Happy Show at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and don’t have Pharrell’s ‘Happy‘ playing in your head, you’re a better (more mature) person than I am.  As soon as you walk into the exhibit,

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Monty Python meets Dr. Seuss in infectiously fun ‘High Tea’ from James & Jamesy

An outrageously funny theatrical adventure is set to take sail at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre. From September 24 to October 4, 2015, 13-time “Best-of-Fest” winners James & Jamesy will delight audiences with High Tea, an aquatic escapade brimming with


Vancouver International Flamenco Festival Celebrates 25 Years Inspiring Passion

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (Flamenco Festival) celebrates a 25 year legacy of inspiring passion and profound appreciation for traditional, contemporary and cutting-edge flamenco. The 2015 season takes place September 12-27, with free and paid events at various venues on Granville Island


Bard On The Beach Presents ‘Opera & Arias’

From Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival comes the annual Opera & Arias concerts, on stage August 24 and August 31 in Bard’s Mainstage Theatre tent in Vanier Park. This live performance will feature highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan classics

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Robert Lynds Gallery Exhibits Solo Show from Mixed Media Artist Jeff Mair

From mixed media artist Jeft Mair comes a new solo exhibition titled Urban Dystopia displayed September 10 until October 10, 2015 at the Robert Lynds Gallery (RLG) in Vancouver. Combining elements of painting, installation, and sculpture, Mair – whose work


New Exhibition Explores Northern Forests, Waterways, and Light

Vancouver’s Kimoto Gallery presents Forests, Passages and Boreal Light, a new series by artist Veronica Plewman on display August 20 – September 12, 2015. “The word ‘boreas’ is Latin for north, and ‘boreal’ pertains to the north. For me the



Hairspray: Have a blast rooting for the underdogs

Hairspray – the Broadway Musical is a story of underdogs: the girl with the larger-than-life personality trying to make it onto a TV dance show, and African-Americans struggling for equality on the air. It manages to weave its important messages into

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Nettle’s Tale popup shop is a Breath of Fresh Air for Swimwear

Looking for bathing suits is every woman’s worst nightmare.   No matter how good you feel about yourself, as soon as you step into the changing room you will inevitably feel like Shamu.  Naturally, I had some dread when I



Frost/Nixon Interesting for Political History Buffs

In repertory at Jericho Arts Centre is Frost/Nixon, one of the three productions running, all of which are produced by the Ensemble Theatre Company. This play is based on the story of talk show host David Frost becoming the first



‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore: Violence, Incest, and Blood. Oh my!

What if Romeo and Juliet had been brother and sister? There you have the basic plot for ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, currently on stage at Jericho Arts Centre, produced by Ensemble Theatre Company. John Ford’s play was first published in



Oliver! An outdoor sing-along for the whole family

“Please sir, I want some more” (come on, I had to!) is one of the most recognizable literary quotes of all time. As I repeated the line all day in my terrible British accent, I realized my knowledge of Charles

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Vancouver Queer Film Festival Celebrates Canada, Latin America, DIY Gender, and Queer Youth Culture

Commemorating 27 years, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) will feature over 80 films from 20 countries, with a particular focus on Canadian queer films, DIY Gender, queer youth culture, and queer films from Latin America. This anticipated festival will run



Shakespeare’s Rebel: Romance, intrigue, and swordplay

Salt Spring Island-based playwright C.C. Humphreys has adapted his novel Shakespeare’s Rebel for the stage, and it premiered at Bard on the Beach on Sunday night. It’s a disjointed though consistently rollicking show, and I enjoyed myself in spite of


Colin Mochrie Returns to Vancouver TheatreSports League

Get ready for two evenings of extreme laughter when legendary improviser Colin Mochrie returns to Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL), August 20 and 21. Mochrie, one of Canada’s best known improvisers and a VTSL alumnus, will perform in three special shows


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Les Miz: Strong performances from young cast members

Les Misérables – one of the longest-running musicals in history – has triumphantly returned to Vancouver. The Arts Club‘s 2009 run of the same production (with several cast members returning for the current staging) was extended several times due to a unanimously

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The City of Burnaby Presents ‘Symphony In The Park’

One of the City of Burnaby’s signature events, Symphony in the Park is a memorable evening featuring the incredible musical talents of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). This free event takes place Sunday, July 12 at 7pm outdoors at Burnaby’s


Queen Elizabeth Park Zip Line Takes Flight

Residents and visitors alike can now add some zip to their summer bucket list in Vancouver! In celebration of Queen Elizabeth Park’s 75th anniversary later this year, the Vancouver Park Board and Greenheart International Development Corporation have installed a temporary


Squamish transformed by Biennale artists

As part of the Vancouver Biennale International Artist Residency Program, four international rising young art stars from Syria, India, Australia and Canada transform the cultural face of Squamish, Canada’s outdoor recreation capital. On Saturday July 4th between 6:30 PM and


There’s still true talent in the music industry: The Roots live in Vancouver

I’m ashamed to admit that my knowledge of the Roots centers around The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Say Yes to the Dress. Their performance of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ with Mariah Carey was perfect and



This Great Stage of Fools

Bard on the Beach’s King Lear officially opened on June 25 and Vancouver Vantage was there to take in opening night. This tragedy with comedic interludes features gifted actors who truly owned their characters, luscious costumes and dramatic fight scenes. 


Early Music Vancouver Presents ‘Dido and Aeneas’ as Part of 2015 Summer Festival

For the first time in its 45-year history, Early Music Vancouver (EMV) will present Henry Purcell’s iconic Baroque masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30pm at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. As part of