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CONTENTS ARTSL ANDIA ANNUAL 2017–2018 | VOLUME 3

performing arts guide MUSIC Chor Leoni Men’s Choir . . . . . . . . . 24 Elektra Women’s Choir. . . . . . . . . . 26 Friends of Chamber Music . . . . . . 27 Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir . . . . . . . . 28 Music on Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Vancouver New Music . . . . . . . . . . 30 Vancouver Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Vancouver Recital Society . . . . . . . 34 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra . 35

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THE ART OF A COVER This year’s cover artist, Scott Sueme, talks colour, form, memory, and connection from his East Van studio.

PAST PERFORMANCES A brief look at a few historic performances that played a part in shaping the companies of today.

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PERSONALITIES Movers and shakers from various spheres of the performing art world trace their impressive evolutions from dreamer to luminary.

TRAVEL SECTION Looking to expand your cultural horizon? Get the lowdown on our capital city’s offerings.

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DANCE Arts Umbrella Dance Company . . 38 Ballet BC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 CatchingART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 The Dance Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 DanceHouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Dance Victoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

THEATRE Anvil Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Axis Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Evergreen Cultural Centre. . . . . . . 50 Full Circle: First Nations Performance . . . . . . . 52 Kay/Meek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Massey Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Pacific Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Presentation House Theatre . . . . . 56 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts . . . . 58 Surrey Civic Theatres . . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Cultch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Théâtre la Seizième . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Touchstone Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Vancouver TheatreSports™ League . . . . . . . . . 64 White Rock Players’ Club. . . . . . . . 65

cover Summer Sounds by Scott Sueme.

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In this and other recent works, Sueme explores a fundamental study in form, shape, and colour. “The simplicity of the composition reflects a sense of ‘quiet’ that allows the viewer to observe the harmony and simple pleasures that bring often-overlooked joy.”

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elcome to Artslandia 2017–18! I can’t believe we’re already on our third issue. Our inaugural year, 2015, was a time of introductions, as I arrived in Vancouver and worked to connect my new home with my passion project, Artslandia. Our sophomore year, 2016, was a time of results and refi nements, as the passion and the project established a stronger local crew and proved we were here to stay. Presently, 2017 feels like a year of expansion. We’ve forged a sparkling new partnership with the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and extended our reach to include arts centres all over the Metro area: Kay Meek Centre in West Van, Anvil Centre and Massey Theatre in New Westminster, and the Coast Capital Playhouse, home of the White Rock Players’ Club. Those who know me know I’m always eager to connect (preferably at Prado over an apricot cookie) and discuss ways we can champion the arts together. I tracked down Scott Sueme after falling in love with his Waldorf Hotel mural, and he graciously agreed to paint our cover art. The piece is entirely his vision, the nuanced colours and shapes a perfect complement to Artslandia’s third-issue vibe. I’ll enjoy looking at it all year. I also reconnected with brilliant local illustrator, Edward Juan, who collaborated with Artslandia years ago in Portland, to draw custom portraits of some of Vancouver’s fi nest artists. (Arts within arts, eh?) What a joy to refresh a creative connection with someone who’s helped Artslandia from the start. I’m so grateful for these artists’ work and for all the other excellent contributors who’ve made this issue possible. I dedicate it to you, the creators of our vibrant Vancouver arts scene, and the citizens of this more ephemeral place called Artslandia. In this issue’s Past Performance feature, you’ll see that we pay tribute to a few arts groups celebrating milestone anniversaries: DanceHouse is turning 10, the Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre is 50, and Friends of Chamber Music has been going strong for an incredible 70 years! Artslandia considers these institutions’ longevity inspiring—after all, we’re just toddling.

Illustration by Edward Juan.

Elsewhere in our city, big changes are afoot. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Bramwell Tovey and Arts Club Artistic Director Bill Millerd have announced their retirements, leaving formidable shoes to fi ll. Meanwhile, under Kim Gaynor’s new leadership, Vancouver Opera’s added to their year-round schedule a new festival format; the Civic Theatres have transformed into more welcoming creative commons; and as Emily Carr University leaves Granville Island, rumour has it that even more performing art spaces will fi ll in that already-teeming area. But the arts are like that, aren’t they? Always welcoming in and ushering out, always changing the scene. Artslandia, like Vancouver, truly is a show that goes on and a community that experiences, appreciates, and celebrates.

KATRINA LAURA KETCHUM Associate Publisher

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WE ARE ANNUAL Artslandia is Metro Vancouver’s most comprehensive printed performing arts guide. Skim these pages to plan your special nights out for the whole year or dive deep to become an expert on the scene.

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WE ARE ONLINE On artslandiavancouver.com, you can read and share articles, fi nd detailed performance and event information, browse our directory of arts groups, and even enter giveaways!

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DAVID GORDON DUKE

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A.L. Adams has been writing about life and art for more than 10 years. Adams’ hands-on experience also includes producing music and performing as a solo musician and actor.

David Gordon Duke holds multiple degrees in musicology. He is Academic Coordinator of the School of Music at VCC and writes for The Vancouver Sun, Classical Voice North America, and American Record Guide.

Edward Juan is an illustrator and printmaker based in Vancouver. He’s worked in editorial, animation, and interactive media. He also owns the lifestyle company Forest & Waves.

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Jasmine Proctor is a writer, theatre-fanatic, and Shakespeare fangirl. She is a recent Simon Fraser University graduate and has a B.A. in English and communications.

Scott Sueme is a Vancouver-based artist. As a painter, designer, and graffiti writer, he specializes in installation painting and murals. His work can be seen at Kimoto Gallery.

Rob Trendiak is an award-winning, published photographer based in Vancouver. Though his portfolio is diverse, Rob has a unique talent for portrait and headshot photography.

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Jerry Wasserman is an actor, critic, emeritus professor of English and theatre at UBC, and editor of Modern Canadian Plays. He is editor and producer of Vancouverplays.com.

Jamin Zuroski is of Namgis First Nation and Polish descent. He lives in Victoria, B.C. on the land of the Coast Salish peoples. His art includes murals, canvas, cedar, and glass.

Emma Warford is a writer living in Vancouver. While completing a B.A. in English literature at UBC, she picked up her pen to write for The Ubyssey and hasn’t put it down since.

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s we approach the end of the Bramwell Tovey era at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, it’s natural to speculate about the maestro’s plans. After a decade in Winnipeg and nearly two here on the West Coast, will he want another music directorship? Or, is he planning the sort of career Leonard Bernstein created after the New York Philharmonic as a globetrotting conductor? Tovey has always enjoyed plum assignments away from home. The New York Phil loves him; he performs for enormous crowds at the Hollywood Bowl; he has a longstanding relationship with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and he’s been working a fair bit in Australia. In recent seasons, Tovey’s also conducted the Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia orchestras, and he recently led Walton’s fl ashy Belshazzar’s Feast at the ultra-prestigious Tanglewood. There’s more than conducting to his career; Tovey as composer has been regularly producing remarkable works. Lenny Bernstein famously said, “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” Freed from administrative yokes, will Tovey fi nd just a smidgen more time for composing—even if it’s on planes to here, there, and everywhere? We hope so. .

Friday, September 22nd is the 18th and fi nal time that I’ll lead the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s opening night of the season. It’s been quite a ride. As I prepare to step away, I can’t help but ruminate on the feeling of surrendering the reins and the responsibility of such a renowned organization. In one respect, it’s a great relief. Being the person most identified with the VSO has its moments of awkwardness. Dashing to the corner store to buy groceries, unkempt and unshaven, only to be engaged in conversation by a subscriber desperately keen to chat about Sibelius’ underperformed symphonies (welcome to my life) is kind of funny, but perhaps not to be missed. But, most of the time, it’s an enormous honour to be recognized around town and to be surrounded by such enthusiasm for the value of VSO’s contribution to our city. At the Orpheum, audience members experience the fruits of our labours, the sum of the parts, the quality of sound, the mélange of colours as our musicians bring a composer’s score to life. Standing on the podium, I hear all that too, but there is even greater beauty in the details. This orchestra is a community of real people with extraordinary talents dedicated to making the VSO the Grammy and Juno Award-winning ensemble that has toured China, Korea, the United States, and Canada since the turn of the millennium. Memories like snapshots: I see Marcus Goddard, assistant principal trumpet, with Jocelyn Morlock, one of the VSO’s two outstanding composers; I see violinist Rebecca Whitling, whose group Standing Wave has done more for Canadian composers than almost any other chamber ensemble in the country; Nick Wright, our brilliant new concertmaster, who was in a titled chair at the London Symphony Orchestra before joining us; Beth Orson, our English horn player, with whom I fi rst worked in New York in the ‘80s. Each musician has a fascinating backstory. That’s the thing about live performing arts—whether theatre, dance, opera, or music—the performers are the people that, through their artistry and dedication, inspire us. They bring to life the work of composers, authors, choreographers, and other creators, and then they call us together to witness moments of beauty and revelation that stay with us our whole lives, challenging, giving truth and meaning to those unspoken narratives within each of us. Artslandia celebrates the performing arts in our city in countless ways, the foremost of which is directing the community’s focus to the wellspring of cultural excellence in our midst. Our go-to destination for information and insight into myriad performing arts presentations, Artslandia has added a welcome honour and new dimension to my parting season by selecting me as their 2017–18 ambassador. I look forward to sharing my thoughts in the months ahead. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 concludes with one of the most powerful and life-enhancing passages in all of music. I’ve chosen this work for my fi nal concert as VSO Music Director on June 18, 2018. Words will fail me that night. Best to let the music speak for itself… In the meantime, very best wishes for the year ahead to Vancouver’s world-class performing arts community. It’s a pleasure to serve as your ambassador and, like everyone else, I’ll enjoy everything on offer in company with Artslandia.

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f Vancouver’s walls could talk, they might tattle on artist Scott Sueme for his high school antics. Sure, these days the prolific, local painter handles perfectly legal and prominent projects—but back when he was a kid living in East Van and commuting to the West side, he admits he may have written a bit of graffiti. “I got into skateboarding,” he explains, “and skateboarding culture sort of fit hand-in-hand with graffiti writing... and b-boying, and all those sorts of things.” In the breezy studio space Sueme shares with other local artists, soft hip-hop trickles out of some nearby speakers. Several paintings are neatly laid out, and on one main working wall, the artist hangs his various pieces in progress so he can stand back and survey his creations while developing them further. As we chat, Sueme dons a charcoal-gray painting smock and begins adding cool grays to a piece he’s calling Harbour, perhaps because of the way shapes on three sides frame a cream-colored negative space to the panel’s lower left, like cliff rocks around calm water. “At the time, I didn’t realize I was

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art trailblazers, like Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly, and his high regard for one instructor, geometric abstractionist Elizabeth McIntosh, pulled him into pursuing painting beyond a hobby. After two years of study, he took off to travel the world, painting murals in every city he could: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Amsterdam, and Cape Town, where he secured an artist’s residency. In a way, it’s not sur prising that Sueme’s selfexpression sprang from exploring. The disciplines of skateboarding, b-boying, and Sueme’s other sport, taekwondo, all view mastery less as an immediate goal than as a natural expansion within a creative state of flow. “Usually, I keep things pretty open,” he says. “I do a quick draft in Photoshop...once I have that, I kind of sketch it onto the panel and look at it...Once I’ve completed my initial sketch, and it’s fully painted, I’ll...see if I want to change it. I’ll keep painting over areas and reworking until it feels done.” Why does each viewer interpret Sueme’s art differently? The artist

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even drawing...I just thought I was doing graffiti,” Sueme laughs. It wasn’t until three years later that I was like, ‘Oh, I actually like doing art!’” After high school, Sueme studied graphic design at Emily Carr University, inspired by his dad who worked in the print industry. Gradually, his enthusiasm for abstract

credits the memory and colour associations of every individual. Each one of us has a unique relationship, he says, with certain shades and shapes, forged from our lived experience: “For example, I use offwhite and red a lot, a colour combination which seems to have a ‘lifeguard’ or a ‘nautical’ sense to it. But what if you showed that to someone »»

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»» who’s never been to a beach before? Would they have the same impression? I don’t know.” Other evocative colour combinations for Sueme include sports team colours and a set of shades that, to him, says “Vancouver”: verdant green and an almost too bright sky blue. For fresh visual inspiration, Sueme enjoys taking a walk through the city, camera in hand, without looking for anything in particular, scanning scenery and signage until something catches his eye. He posts and browses a lot of photos on Instagram to stay conversant with new aesthetics and with his nearly 10,000 fans. But pure popularity isn’t the goal,

businesses, Sueme spent 14 days in the summer of 2016 participating in the Vancouver Mural Festival, transforming the exterior of the building that headquarters Hootsuite with an eyepopping new design. The upgrade is hard to miss: melon tones cluster around the front entrance, offset by a pointed green shape and a bold black curved line, above which the colours fade skyward into calm blue hues. More accustomed to 2-D conceptions, Sueme relished designing around the building’s many facets, and lately, he fi nds himself thinking in 3-D. For a showing at Kimoto Gallery in Vancouver next spring, he says, “I think I’m defi nitely going to explore

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he says; it’s more about harmony and connection. “I consider a lot of things art,” he pauses, adding another stroke of gray to his panel before continuing the thought. “Art, in a general sense, is just creative expression, so whatever that could be, in a sport or in a design—it can exist in almost all mediums, even in a conversation. But I think an artist’s role in society is to kind of mingle and bridge the gap between all different practices and professions.” Between his exhibitions in local galleries and various commissions for

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a sculptural element. I’m trying to figure out how to translate my work into a sculptural form...and also maybe doing silk-screening or a series of monoprints.” He’s considering hitting up one of his studio mates, a ceramicist, to help him shape a vision. “I have an idea in mind that kind of… tells a story in another way,” is all he can currently say. What will that look like? We’ll have to wait and see. Whatever the medium, Scott Sueme tends to go with the flow. .

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Scott Sueme is a Canadian artist raised and currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since attending Emily Carr University in 2006, Sueme has been working as a painter and graphic artist. With his beginnings in graffiti subculture, Sueme has since ventured into design, fi ne art painting, and installation painting. In recent works, Sueme explores a fundamental study in form, shape, and interactions of colour. The colour palette ranges from high contrast to subtle neutral and off-white. The selection of these colours aims to capture the zeitgeist of our modern landscape—a fresh take on primary tones and in-between values. The result looks at a new association with colour, memory, and how we personally identify with them. Sueme works on top of underpaintings that vary in complexity; forms are brought forward and then pushed back, creating equality between foreground and background. The simplicity of the compositions reflects a sense of ‘quiet’ that allows the viewer to observe the harmony in various marks, colour, and composition. The message? As the world becomes more developed, we begin to fi nd satisfaction in wanting less. When we decide to tune out the noise, we are left with the simple pleasures that bring us often-overlooked joy.

Scot t Sueme w ill ex hibit his next collection in the spr ing of 2 018 at K imoto Ga ller y, 152 5 West 6 t h Avenue, Va ncouver. Visit k i motoga ller y.com for open i ng recept ion a nd ex h ibit ion dates.


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gRaeme DuFFy THE IMPROVISOR Is being funny a function of nature or nurture? For TheatreSports veteran Graeme Duf fy, voted T he Georgia Straight’s Best Improv Comic of 2015, it began with his Glasgow-born parents’ Scottish sense of humour: “We grew up laughing. Being funny had a lot of currency in my family.” During what he calls “my waiter/bartender phase” in the early 2000s, Duffy started taking acting classes. At a friend’s suggestion, he auditioned for TheatreSports’ Improv Training Program (now called Rookie League). “I didn’t even know I wanted it. I just thought it’d be something to do.” To his surprise, he “got the bug,” took the program three times, and is now in his thirteenth year on the mainstage. What makes a good improvisor? “A desire for collaboration, a keen eye for observation, a willingness to take risks, and a deep understanding that failure is okay. Comedy is never going to come from a joke. Comedy comes from a truth, surprise, and a release of tension. If an audience thinks you’re trying to make them laugh, they won’t.” Duffy’s TheatreSports success keeps him busy performing three to seven shows a week at The Improv Centre, doing corporate training (TheatreSports’ Improv for Business), and teaching at the Improv Comedy Institute. He also develops shows for the company such as the popular Throne and Games, OK Tinder, and Western World. Of his favourite improv partner, Colin Mochrie, Duffy says, “he has a beautiful way of being joyful onstage,” and even involved Mochrie in his all-time best improv onstage when he proposed to his girlfriend before a full house at the Vogue. She accepted. “My life couldn’t have worked out better if I’d planned it—which is improv, right?” .

"IF AN AUDIENCE THINKS YOU’RE TRYING TO MAKE THEM LAUGH, THEY WON’T."

RaCHeL PeaKe CaRmen aguiRRe

THE DIRECTOR

The last step on Rachel Peake’s journey from Hodgeville, Saskatchewan (population 200) to becoming one of Vancouver’s most in-demand directors occurred at Studio 58, where she studied acting after completing an honours degree in drama at the University of Alberta. “Kathryn Shaw [Artistic Director of Studio 58 at Langara College] insisted I was a director, not an actor. I thought directors had to be 40! She told me not to waste any time and just get started.” Peake has not wasted time. It’s nearly impossible to list her accomplishments without becoming breathless. She interned at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and has directed theatre and music from Vancouver Island to Gros Morne, Newfoundland. She’s directed new plays for Solo Collective, burlesque for Realwheels, and Angels in America for Studio 58. For Théâtre la Seizième, en français, she won two Jessie Richardson Awards. She directed an allfemale Glengarry Glen Ross for Classic Chic and the acclaimed productions of Stickboy and The Marriage of Figaro for Vancouver Opera. Peake recently added Associate Artistic Director of Citadel Theatre to her impressive resume, commuting between Vancouver and Edmonton to fi ll the role. “I love words. I grew up with my dad reading Shakespeare to me. But I also love the duality of working on text-based and music-based shows. When I spend a lot of time on one, I long to get back into the other.” For her immense success, Peake generously credits various mentors and colleagues and calls it “pure luck” that she got her fi rst gig. Anyone who’s experienced her work would beg to differ, but we can all agree that her success illustrates, without a doubt, that good things come to those who hustle. .

“I THOUGHT DIRECTORS HAD TO BE 40!”

THE REVOLUTIONARY As a child in Chile, Carmen Aguirre watched her socialist mother perform agitprop (agitational propaganda) theatre about land reform for the indigenous Mapuche people. Though Canada had accepted her family as political refugees, she returned with her mother to South America to join the Chilean resistance against Pinochet. Therein lies the topic of her bestseller, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, and the subject of much of the writing, acting, and directing she does in Vancouver’s Latinx (the gender-free notation of Latino/a) theatre scene. She describes herself as “an outspoken woman of colour” but temporarily rejects the activist label: “The content of my work is activist, but I’m not out there organizing right now.” Aguirre began playwriting while studying acting at Studio 58. “I quickly realized it’s a racist industry, and I had to create my own work,” the body of which is now more than 25 plays. Like her memoirs, her autobiographical plays are funny and fierce, with The Trigger, Blue Box, and The Refugee Hotel, which she recently directed for Studio 58, among the best of them. Her playwriting is always political but never, she insists, didactic. “All my writing has universal themes. In specificity, there’s truth.” Named one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanics in Canada and awarded the Latincouver Inspirational Award for Achievement in Arts and Culture, Aguirre is adamant about securing Latinx roles for Latinx actors and more Latinx plays and performers in our theatres. “I pray for a post-racial society in which everyone can play everything. But right now, while I’m still seeing so many all-white shows on Vancouver’s stages for no reason, I think we need to be diligent about this stuff.” .

"I HAD TO CREATE MY OWN WORK."

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CaRmen aLaTORRe THE DESIGNER Carmen Alatorre worked “FANTASY, for United Airlines for 13 STYLIZATION, years and never dragged BRIGHT anyone off a plane. She COLOURS. I LIKE did, however, get free EXPRESSING MY fl ights from her hometown of Mexico City, MEXICANITY.” where she studied art history and theatre. One fl ight brought Alatorre to Canada to earn her M.F.A. in costume design at UBC where she had the privilege of studying with renowned costumer Alison Green. “Mexico was starting to get really politically complicated,” she recalls. Alatorre’s design work couldn’t be more eclectic. She brought her talent to a couple of musicals in 2017—the Arts Club’s Bittergirl and 42nd Street for Studio 58—after winning a Jessie Richardson Award for Crazy for You and an Ovation Award for The King and I. She’s proved her well-rounded excellence in interpreting political and forum theatre. And the lush, detailed garb of Shakespeare’s days? Not only were her designs for The Winter’s Tale at Bard on the Beach pure magic, but the costumes for Bard’s Pericles generated one of her two Jessie nominations for 2016–17. “Bard is defi nitely a treat,” she says. “I like designing stylized shows with the freedom to go over the top, because you don’t have to worry about historical accuracy. Artistic shows that let you explore—those are every designer’s favourite.” Alatorre designs around 100 costumes a year, and her aesthetic stems mostly from her cultural roots: “I tend toward fantasy, stylization, bright colours. I like expressing my Mexicanity.” Still, like a true lover of change, she has also embraced her adopted Canadian culture, even going so far as to make a virtue of Vancouver’s gloomy weather. “It’s conducive to creativity,” she laughs. “You don’t want to go outside.” .

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maRCuS yOuSSeF THE PL AY WRIGHT Montreal-born Marcus Youssef wears multiple hats: playwright, actor, artistic director, educator, and political activist. He’s a frequent performer in the plays he authors, many co-produced by Neworld Theatre, which he’s run since 2005. Given his belief that “The minute politics are absent, you aren’t living in the real world,” Youssef tries to keep art and politics equally weighted in his work. Collaboration is one of his primary political principles. He co-founded Progress Lab 1422, a creative space in East Van shared by four cuttingedge companies and, since earning his M.F.A. in creative writing from UBC, has implemented the Bachelor of Performing Arts programs at four Vancouver-area colleges. He also co-writes many of his plays, including A Line in the Sand, The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil, Peter Panties, and Winners and Losers, the two-hander Youssef and James Long wrote and performed to rave reviews in 18 cities across Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. His current collaboration, King Arthur’s Night with Niall McNeill, his Peter Panties co-creator, features four actors whose lives include Down syndrome, plus six neurotypical actors. Youssef stars as Merlin in the production, which has dates across Canada in 2017–18. “At the centre of all my plays is a question about difference: who do we imagine ourselves to be and not be—and what does that tell us about ourselves?” Youssef’s plays for teens, such as Jabber currently touring with Green Thumb Theatre, are no exception. Youssef is currently writing the 2018 East Van Panto a nd a commissioned Arts Club play. With these projects, like all his work, he hopes to meet his own challenge for theatre artists: “Be relevant, necessary, immediate, and interesting to someone who is not an insider.” .

“AT THE CENTRE OF ALL MY PLAYS IS A QUESTION ABOUT DIFFERENCE.”

PeTeR JORgenSen THE TRIPLE THREAT Peter Jorgensen is a doublyimpressive triple threat. In addition to the accomplished singer, dancer, and actor he became after studying at New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy in the 1990s (“AMDA actually called it The Triple Threat Program.”), he’s become an award-winning director, choreographer, and musical theatre producer. Jorgensen’s major roles as a performer across Western Canadian stages include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Josh Baskin in Big: The Musical, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, and Don Juan in Don Juan. In 2017, he’ll reprise his Lumière in the Arts Club’s Beauty and the Beast. He and actress wife Katey Wright established Patrick Street Productions in 2008 with Sondheim’s Into the Woods. “I caught the bug all over again, but [this time] as director and producer. It was terrifying and thrilling.” Jorgensen staged their eighth Patrick Street show in 2017, A Little Night Music. As a director and teacher—Jorgensen has run the Arts Club’s Musical Theatre Intensive since founding it in 2002—he approaches musical theatre organically. “I teach and direct music as behaviour. Your performance should be an inevitable result of the music you’re performing. We’re singing because we’re trying to say the unsayable. Music gets us beyond the text. Great musical composition amplifies the situations and experiences of the characters. As a choreographer, I employ movement as a tool for storytelling.” His favourite show so far is Patrick Street’s winner of multiple awards, The Light in the Piazza. “I learned more from Piazza about what I love about musicals and what musicals can do than from any other show. I just love the reach of it.” .

“I TEACH AND DIRECT MUSIC AS BEHAVIOUR.”


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LiVOna eLLiS THE DANCER The 2017–18 season is ripe for Livona Ellis’ comeback to Ballet BC after surgery for a torn meniscus. But, at least she doesn’t face the common ballet dancer’s worry about bleeding toes. “We mostly dance contemporary and don’t often use pointe shoes. [Artistic Director] Emily Molnar believes strongly in classical technique. We were all classically trained and have to be able to do those classical ballets. We just choose not to. It’s nice to be creating something new and not replicating the past.” As a kid in gymnastics, Ellis loved the floor routines best, which led her to dance with Arts Umbrella when she was 11. By 13, she had joined their professional intensive program and performed with the junior company. At 19, she got her Dance Diploma from Vancouver Community College and began apprenticing with Ballet BC. Now in her eighth year in the company, Ellis appreciates an environment where “it feels like everyone is on the same level. Choreographers can come in and create however they want, with whomever best suits their work. Everyone has a chance during the season to excel in their strong suit and strengthen other areas. Emily runs the company like a collective. She even takes class with us. She’s amazing!” A typical day entails seven-and-a-half hours of dance, often rounded out by a session of physio or yoga, five or six days a week, 42–47 weeks a year. But the perks include performing in dance capitals around the globe—Montreal, Birmingham, New York City—whilst following her passion. “I danced in so much pain last year because of my knee. But, I do it anyway because it’s what I love.” .

“IT’S NICE TO BE CREATING SOMETHING NEW AND NOT REPLICATING THE PAST.”

Wen Wei Wang THE CHOREOGR APHER Wen Wei Wang always wanted to dance, nurturing a longtime obsession throughout his youth in China. “Whatever dance I saw, I would remember all the steps.” Trained at some of his home country’s most highly regarded institutions in a combination of Chinese and classical Western dance, Wen Wei fi rst made his way to Vancouver during Expo ‘8 6. “I fell in love. The country was so beautiful!” Returning in 1991, his audition for Judith Marcuse brought a two-year stint with her company, followed by seven years with the esteemed Ballet BC. With every passing year, his signature style—a fusion of Chinese, Western classical, and contemporary dance—took shape. “I didn’t fit into anyone’s shoes. Maybe I was young and naive, but I wanted to have my own company. I knew I’d never be the best dancer in the world. I just wanted to be a creator.” In 2003, Wen Wei’s burning desire crystallized into Wen Wei Dance. He’s continued his dance career while expanding his choreographic accomplishments, earning an Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography and the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award. His recent creations include those for SFU, Arts Umbrella, and Ballet BC. Wen Wei Dance recently premiered Dialogue, featuring six male dancers in an exploration of physicality and distinctive transcultural sensibility. “I believe dance can communicate, have deep meaning. It’s not just about beautiful movement. When I came to Vancouver, I couldn’t speak English. I observed bodies, got a job because of my body. Bodies can speak.” In 2018, Wen Wei plans to tour Dialogue and begin a new, all-female piece. His goal: continue creating work that’s “honest and truthful.” And passionate. “You can have everything, but if you don’t have passion, you have nothing.” .

“I COULDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH. I OBSERVED BODIES... BODIES CAN SPEAK.”

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BRia SKOnBeRg THE STAR Jazz t r umpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg is a star by any measure: The New York Times dubbed her “the shining hope of hot jazz,” and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her fi rst release on Sony Masterworks, Bria, the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Skonberg took up trumpet in grade seven, encouraged that her hometown of Chilliwack had a Dixieland Jazz Festival that incorporated local youth. She went on to study jazz trumpet at Capilano University and train vocally with Vancouver jazz luminaries Kate Hammett-Vaughan and Mary Jo Bischoff. “After being featured with the Dal Richards Orchestra at the 2010 Olympics, I decided to try New York. It was the most challenging thing I could do. I wanted to get uncomfortable.” Since hitting the Big Apple, Skonberg has racked up accolades aplenty, including a Swing! Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and recognition by DownBeat and Hot House magazines. Skonberg draws inspiration from hot swing era players such as Charlie Shavers and Clark Terry, “and trumpeters who were also vocalists: Chet Baker (his voice was so consistent on both instruments), Louis Armstrong, Valaida Snow, and a lot of great singer-trumpeter combos like Anita O’Day with Roy Eldridge, and Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown.” Her 2017 itinerary includes the Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festivals, plus dates across the U.S., France, Hungary, and Scotland, with regular stops in British Columbia to visit family and dip back into what she calls Vancouver’s “spirited jazz scene.” “I hope to return home to the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Capilano U, and my high school band’s 20 th anniversary in 2018. We’re planning a big party!” .

“I DECIDED TO TRY NEW YORK. I WANTED TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE.”

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PaUL LaROCQue THE VISIONARY Paul Larocque’s enthusiasm for arts education is infectious, with Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Chor Leoni’s MyVoice program among the benefactors of his endless drive. “I’m very passionate about providing profound life experiences for children through high-quality arts education, so they can learn to live creative, authentic, and courageous lives.” Originally from Toronto, Larocque majored in fi lm theory and communications at the University of Windsor before coming to Vancouver in 1995 as Arts Umbrella’s Director of Special Events. After moving on to serve as the Director of Programming, he helped start the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach program, focused on “helping young people fi nd their voice,” before moving on to his appointment as Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Of his involvement in planning for the gallery’s new building, Larocque affi rms, “It’s such an important project. I learned so much.” In 2016, he rejoined Arts Umbrella as President and Chief Executive Officer and got to work. His vision for Arts Umbrella, which is “to see it entrenched in the community for many generations of young people, recognized around the world for what it has accomplished, and seen as a model for other communities,” has led him to expand the organization’s facilities on Granville Island. He’s also orchestrated programs with Metro Vancouver school boards, community centres, and neighbourhood houses to ensure that no child is denied access to the arts because of cost. Larocque’s other great passion is Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, with whom he has sung baritone since 2004. “I really love being part of the greater sound, that combined voice. It’s very inspirational.” .

“I REALLY LOVE BEING PART OF THE GREATER SOUND.”

JOCeLyn mORLOCK THE COMPOSER “I wanted to be a scuba diver, an astronaut, something adventurous,” says Jocelyn Morlock of her childhood in Winnipeg. She might have dreamed of becoming a renowned, award-winning composer had she realized the career path was available to her, centuries after powdered wigs were in vogue. “I started playing piano when I was eight and would make things up. But I didn’t know any composers were alive. I saw that movie Amadeus and fell in love with classical music.” Morlock studied piano performance at Brandon University but switched to composition after developing tendonitis in her hands. Recharting her course, she earned her master’s and doctorate from UBC’s School of Music. “I’d rather be in the audience than on the stage.” Her favourite part of composing? “Taking an audience on some kind of emotional journey,” she says without hesitation. Now Composer-in-Residence for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Morlock creates works for full orchestra, unexpected combinations of instruments, and even solo instruments. Among her career highlights, the National Arts Centre Orchestra performed her composition My Name is Amanda Todd as part of the Canada 150 multimedia commission, Life Refl ected. Composing for dancers is a special delight for Morlock: “They tell you what kind of movement they want to do. You write it. Then, they test drive it. It’s almost as if the music is in black and white, and when the dancers start moving to it, now it’s in colour.” And, true to the spirit of adventure that gripped her as a child, she’s even experimented with electronic music. Still, her love of classical music is closest to her heart: “I’m not taking away the cellos for electric guitars.” .

“I’M NOT TAKING AWAY THE CELLOS FOR ELECTRIC GUITARS.”


THE PHIL ANTHROPISTS In her fi rst year at UBC, needing an elective, North Vancouver’s Bonnie Mah took an introductory theatre course from legendary Professor Peter Loeffler (“a very gentle soul and a true intellectual”), completing her major project on the opening of Gateway Theatre with aplomb. “But what really got me hooked was the fi rst student play I saw: Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. I didn’t necessarily get it, but I was fascinated.” Meanwhile, a deep appreciation for the arts took shape for fellow UBC grad, Anndraya Luui, at a much younger age. “My mother took me to the symphony, the ballet, the theatre. When you’re a kid, you think it’s normal, that everyone does it.” What the ubiquitous “everyone” does not have is impresario David Y.H. Lui as their second cousin. “Whenever he’d bring one of his Dance Spectaculars to Vancouver—the Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey—his mother always had three tickets for her use, so we often got to see David’s shows.” Mah graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in organizational behaviour and Luui with a Bachelor of Arts in English. The two didn’t know each other in school but are now colleagues in Vancouver’s philanthropic community. Luui worked for several years in retail and marketing. Mah works in pensions and benefits. But each woman’s fascination with the arts and interest in philanthropy and community participation kept growing and ultimately led both to charitable callings. In 2001, dance aficionado Luui became actively involved with various arts groups, including the trailblazing Centre

“IT’S LIKE TREE PLANTING.”

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annDRaya Luui

A. She currently serves on the boards of DanceHouse, The Dance Centre Society, The Dance Foundation, and Wen Wei Dance, and is a prominent supporter of the PuSh Festival and The Cultch. In 2013, she received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Philanthropy from the City of Vancouver. With priorities of public outreach and audience development, Luui works with Kids Up Front and The Cultch to provide arts experiences for underprivileged youth and marginalized groups. Mah, ever the theatre buff, has been an Arts Club board member since 2011 and has helped provide scholarships for 15 students through the company’s LEAP program for young playwrights. UBC theatre students can thank her for the endowed Dream Catcher Scholarship. And, in addition to fi nancial support for new play development to the Arts Club and Touchstone Theatre’s Flying Start program, Mah is a benefactor of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, of which she says, “Getting that ethnic voice onstage is important. And all their plays are new plays.” She adds, “People ask why we need new plays when we’ve already got, say, Angels in America. Well, even Angels started as a new play. Maybe there’s another Angels in America to be written.” Mah has a straightforward rationale for her philanthropy: “I have everything I need, and I feel I should give back to the community that has given me so much pleasure and challenged me to think. People in theatre struggle; there’s not a lot of money. I can step up and do my part.” Luui’s take is more metaphorical, but no less pragmatic: “It’s like tree planting. You may not be around in 30 years to see how they’ve grown. You just do what you can.” .

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M USIC Chor Leoni Men’s Choir .......................... 24 Elektra Women’s Choir ........................... 26 Friends of Chamber Music ...................... 27 Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir ......................... 28 Music on Main ...................................... 29 Vancouver New Music ............................ 30 Vancouver Opera ................................... 32 Vancouver Recital Society ...................... 34 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra .............. 35


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CHOR L EONI MEN ’ S CHOIR Men singing like angels. A moving inspiration for what our world could be. –Christine Lattey, Chor Leoni Patron

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hor Leoni Men’s Choir is one of the most popular choirs in all of North America. The choir’s 25th season features a collaboration with the most awarded a cappella group in history, as well as a year of vibrant, diverse, and daring performances. It is no wonder Vancouver loves its lions. Heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet,” Take 6 brings their intoxicating mix of gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to launch Chor Leoni’s VanMan Male Choral Summit. The festival continues at the Chan Centre, where Take 6 will perform with over 300 male singers, including Chor Leoni’s MYVoice youth program, as part of the VanMan Summit Concert. Chor Leoni sings its 25th annual Remembrance Day concert in November and offers radiant Christmas performances for the holidays. Chor Leoni 25 marks the ensemble’s silver anniversary and will include both past and future favourites. Beloved Mane Event summer shows at Bard on the Beach round out this silver season. Artistic Director Erick Lichte promises that every note this season will be sung from a place of gratitude for the support Vancouver has given its singing lions for a quarter century. .

ONE L AST SONG November 11, 2017 West Vancouver United Church Sat 1:30pm St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Sat 8:00pm

C/4: C ANADIAN CHOR AL COMPOSITION COMPETITION February 23, 2018 The Annex Fri 8:00pm

CHRISTMAS WITH CHOR LEONI December 15 & 18, 2017 St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Fri & Mon 4:30 & 8:00pm December 16, 2017 West Vancouver United Church Sat 1:30pm

VANMAN MALE CHORAL SUMMIT TAKE 6 IN CONCERT April 6, 2018 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Fri 8:00pm SUMMIT CONCERT April 7, 2018 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Sat 7:30pm

CHOR LEONI 25 April 28, 2018 West Vancouver United Church Sat 1:30pm St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Sat 8:00pm CHOR LEONI IDOL May 6, 2018 The Blackbird Public House Sun 7:00pm MANE EVENT June 25 & July 2, 2018 BMO Mainstage Tent, Bard on the Beach Mon 3:00 & 8:00pm

KNOWN FOR Riveting and diverse performances, spellbinding and power f ul singing, and great entertainment. Recognized as one of the vanguard male vocal ensembles in North America and presenter of the annual VanMan Male Choral Summit.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Chor Leoni concerts have reserved seating at all venues including churches, so purchase early for best selection. Attending the Remembrance Day concert? Bring tissues, as it gets quite emotional.

CHORLEONI.ORG 604.263.7061 TICKETS: $10–$70 Left: Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. Photo by Phil Jack.

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EL EK T R A WOMEN ’ S CHOIR Blend, pitch, tuning, shape, dynamics—all the marks of choral excellence. –Roger Priddle, Elektra Patron

KNOWN FOR Consistent excellence, a rich palette of sound, and strong leadership. Encouraging and creating opportunities for women composers and increasing the body of outstanding choral repertoire written by women.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Elektra’s Artistic Director, Morna Edmundson, has penned a variety of Listener’s Guides that are available online and worth a read before the show to gain knowledge about composers, music, and more.

ELEKTRA.CA 604.739.1255 TICKETS: $15–$35 Left: Elektra Women’s Choir. Right: Morna Edmundson. Photos by David Cooper Photography.

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CHEZ NOUS: CHRISTMAS WITH ELEK TR A December 2, 2017 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Sat 7:30pm December 3, 2017 Highlands United Church Sun 3:00pm FIRE FLOWERS March 3, 2018 St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church Sat 7:30pm

TAPESTRY INTERNATIONAL: CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S CHOIRS CHOR AL THREADS May 4, 2018 St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church Fri 7:30pm CELEBR ATION CONCERT May 5, 2018 Christ Church Cathedral Sat 7:30pm


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It was an exceptional experience. The concert left me with a sense of joy and well-being. –Friends of Chamber Music Patron

BORODIN QUARTET October 17, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Tue 8:00pm

EMERSON STRING QUARTET February 11, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm

PAVEL HA AS QUARTET October 22, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm

SZ YMANOWSKI QUARTET & RICHARD O’NEILL, VIOL A February 18 & 20, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm & Tue 8:00pm

CMS STRING TRIO November 7, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Tue 8:00pm TAK Á CS STRING QUARTET December 12, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Tue 8:00pm DIDEROT QUARTET January 12, 2018 Christ Church Cathedral Fri 7:30pm Bach to the Future: The Legacy of the Fugue; Co-presented with Early Music Vancouver EYBLER QUARTET January 13, 2018 Christ Church Cathedral Sat 7:30pm Private to Public: Journey of the String Quartet; Co-presented with Early Music Vancouver

VIENNA PIANO TRIO March 4, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm QUARTET TO DI CREMONA April 3, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Tue 8:00pm CMS CL ARINET, PIANO & STRINGS April 17, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Tue 8:00pm

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riends of Chamber Music are celebrating an amazing anniversary: 70 years of bringing music to Vancouver! The Friends consistently present the fi nest small group ensembles, fostering a meaningful connection and exchange between musicians and audience alike. They can’t wait to share their selections for this special season. One major highlight is the acclaimed Szymanowski Quartet from Poland teaming up with Emmy-winning violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill to perform all six of Mozart’s fabulous and rarely heard string quintets. More headliners include the multiple Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet, the celebrated Takács Quartet, the dynamic Vienna Piano Trio, the critically acclaimed Pavel Haas Quartet, and two exciting and varied groups from NYC. In addition, the venerable Russian Borodin Quartet will play Shostakovich quartets and the Quartetto di Cremona will present an all-Italian program. In 2018, the Friends will co-present two “authentic instruments” string quartet concerts with Early Music Vancouver, and the 64th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition. Chamber musicians blend their individual talents and hone a unique ensemble sound through years of practice, allowing this extraordinarily personal music to be rediscovered again and again by ever more Friends. .

KNOWN FOR Presenting touring chamber music ensembles from all over the world with selections ranging from Mozart to Beethoven to Bartok to Shostakovich and supporting burgeoning talent with their annual Young Musicians Competition.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Watch for musicians playing both modern and historical string instruments. Can you hear the difference between modern and centuries-old (and very valuable) ones made by Stradivari, Amati, and del Gesu?

FRIENDSOFCHAMBERMUSIC.CA 604.437.5747 TICKETS: $50 Left: Emerson Quartet. Photo by Lisa Mazzucco. Right: Szymanowski Quartet. Photo by Florian Graser.

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GOOD NOISE VA NCOU V ER GOSPEL CHOIR

Two hours of the purest joy. Praise, joy, tears, and worship–all in one afternoon! –Good Noise Patron

KNOWN FOR Its dynamic vocal sound, excellence in performance, and a commitment to sharing the “good noise” that is gospel music, as well as the out s tanding musicians that accompany the choir.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Tune up your voice and bring along your dancing shoes! Good Noise concerts are family friendly and invite audience participation— a great chance to introduce children to live music.

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ince 2004, the mighty sound of the 90-voice Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has connected the passion and power of gospel music with music lovers. This season, Artistic Director Gail Suderman and the choir will offer the concert experience that audiences have come to love—an inspired celebration of joyous music and a renewed sense of hope. With passion and emotion, along with the glorious voice of Canadian jazz vocalist Maureen Washington, Good Noise kicks off their season with Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas. From the music of Bob Marley to Bob Dylan, spirituals to gospel, and folk to reggae, Good Noise will bring a diverse range of music to Songs of Justice, Songs of Freedom, Songs of Hope. This Black History Month concert also features the 140-voice Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir. To complete the season, Jazz Meets Gospel sees the return of world renowned multi-instrumentalist and singer Daniel Lapp in a grand celebration of all things gospel and jazz. Known for his trademark energy and warmth, Lapp joins Good Noise and the dynamic high school choir ViBE in this VIP Young Artist Concert in support of music education. .

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GOOD TIDINGS! A GOOD NOISE GOSPEL CHRISTMAS December 15 & 16, 2017 Christ Church Cathedral Fri & Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm SONGS OF JUSTICE, SONGS OF FREEDOM, SONGS OF HOPE February 25, 2018 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Sun 3:30pm JA ZZ MEETS GOSPEL June 2, 2018 Christ Church Cathedral Sat 3:00 & 8:00pm


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MUSIC ON M A IN I wish most classical concerts were as inclusive of the traditional and the sonically adventurous. –Music on Main Patron

AUSTR ALIAN STRING QUARTET September 19, 2017 The Annex Tue 8:00pm JANE COOP, PIANO October 1, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm ISCM WORLD NEW MUSIC DAYS 2017 November 2–8, 2017 Various venues MUSIC FOR THE WINTER SOL STICE December 14 & 15, 2017 Heritage Hall Thu & Fri 8:00pm FREDERIC RZEWSKI’S SONGS OF INSURREC TION WITH DA AN VANDEWALLE, PIANO January 22 & 23, 2018 The Fox Cabaret Mon & Tue 8:00pm

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS’ TEN THOUSAND BIRDS DIREC TED BY VICK Y CHOW, PIANO March 3, 2018 The Roundhouse Sat 8:00pm QUASAR: DE SOUFFLES ET DE MACHINES March 27, 2018 The Fox Cabaret Tue 8:00pm KIYA TABASSIAN, SETAR & MA ARJA NUUT, VIOLIN & VOICE April 3, 2018 The Fox Cabaret Tue 8:00pm NICHOL AS WRIGHT, VIOLIN April 10, 2018 The Fox Cabaret Tue 8:00pm

EMERGE ON MAIN: SPOTLIGHT ON RISING MUSICIANS April 17, 2018 The Fox Cabaret Tue 8:00pm ONE NIGHT STAND: NICOLE LIZÉE April 24, 2018 The Fox Cabaret Tue 8:00pm ROBERT SILVERMAN, PIANO 80 TH BIRTHDAY CELEBR ATION May 29, 2018 The Annex Tue 8:00pm

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usic on Main has a reputation as storytellers for the post-classical age, connecting artists from around the world with each other and with Vancouver audiences. Its 12th Annual Concert Series begins with the Australian String Quartet featuring Dale Barltrop, concertmaster for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and continues with leading Canadian pianist Jane Coop. The ISCM World New Music Days 2017, co-hosted by Music on Main, will be the largest gathering of contemporary music in Canada’s history, and beloved favourite Music for the Winter Solstice returns to brighten the year’s darkest days. Taking the stage in the new year is Frederic Rzewski’s Songs of Insurrection with Daan Vandewalle (piano) and John Luther Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds, directed by homegrown talent Vicky Chow (piano), whom the Los Angeles Times calls the “new star of new music.” The popular series A Month of Tuesdays features saxophone quartet Quasar, Montreal’s Kiya Tabassian (setar) with Estonia’s Maarja Nuut (violin & voice), VSO concertmaster Nicholas Wright (violin), Emerge on Main’s Spotlight on Rising Musicians, and Nicole Lizée’s One Night Stand. The season closes with legendary Canadian pianist Robert Silverman’s 80th Birthday Celebration. Discover great music. Escape your to-do list. At Music on Main, you’re always welcome. .

KNOWN FOR Great music in casual and stimulating environments, with top-flight musicians, an ear for contemporary music, and refreshing concert formats.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Music on Main concerts often feature a bar. Arrive early to grab a drink before the music, and then take the opportunity to mingle with the musicians after the show.

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VA NCOU V ER NE W MUSIC Fabulous. I have never heard anything quite like it in all my many years of concert going. ––Vancouver New Music Patron

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rom the revival of ancient instruments by two of Japan’s most celebrated musicians, Sumire Yoshihara and Kazue Sawai, to the mesmerizing, synergistic audiovisuals of Michaela Grill, Karl Lemieux, and Philip Jeck, Vancouver New Music’s 2017–18 season is poised to explore a vast sonic territory! This fall, Vancouver welcomes the world as host to ISCM World New Music Days 2017. As part of this celebration, enjoy a concert of new works for string ensemble from an international roster of composers, performed by some of Vancouver’s fi nest musicians. Immerse yourself in the shimmering sounds of rarely performed pieces by spectral composers Gérard Grisey and Giacinto Scelsi alongside a new commission by emerging Vancouver-based composer Mariah Mennie. Be sure not to miss the fi rst ever Vancouver appearance of Grammy-award winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion. The quartet’s curiosity and eclectic taste have led to a series of unlikely collaborations that have produced exciting new art. VNM offers Vancouverites opportunities for hands-on sound exploration too! Take part in an improvisation workshop with Uri Caine, create a one-page graphic score for the Plastic Acid Orchestra, or go on a Soundwalk to hear the city in a whole new way. . GRILL /JECK /LEMIEUX (AUSTRIA /UK /C ANADA) October 7, 2017 The Annex Sat 8:00pm; Pre-show chat 7:15pm NEW WORKS FOR STRING ENSEMBLE & VEE November 3, 2017 The Annex Fri 7:30pm ISCM World New Music Days 2017

PAR ALLEL 01 URI C AINE & ENSEMBLE (USA /C ANADA) November 25, 2017 Roundhouse Sat 8:00pm; Pre-show chat 7:15pm ONE-PAGE SCORE PROJEC T WITH PL ASTIC ACID ORCHESTR A January 2018 SPEC TR ALISM February 24, 2018 The Annex Sat 8:00pm; Pre-show chat 7:15pm

SUMIRE YOSHIHAR A & K A ZUE SAWAI (JAPAN) March 17, 2018 The Annex Sat 8:00pm; Pre-show chat 7:15pm THIRD COAST PERCUSSION (USA) April 21, 2018 The Annex Sat 8:00pm; Pre-show chat 7:15pm FALL & SPRING SOUNDWALKS See website for dates, times, and locations

KNOWN FOR Introducing Vancouver to new music and sonic art through progressive programming, live performance, community workshops, and Soundwalks around the city.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Music is all around us! Join one of VNM’s free Soundwalks several times throughout the season. Engage with your present soundscape through active listening and a guided tour.

NEWMUSIC.ORG INFO@ NEWMUSIC.ORG TICKETS: $15–$35 Left: Third Coast Percussion. Photo by Tammy Laramore.

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Vancouver Opera’s first Opera Festival has achieved a pinnacle of excellence. ––Monika Forberger, Entertainment Vancouver

KNOWN FOR Redefining opera by mixing t r a di t i o n w i t h inn o v a t i o n. Revolutionizing and creating engagement around classic and contemporar y works through year-round programming and their annual Vancouver Opera Festival.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Not fluent in Russian or Italian? VO presents operas with English surtitles when possible. Central seats have better viewing angles for reading.

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ancouver Opera continues its tradition of unparalleled artistry by challenging and engaging modern audiences to redefi ne their expectations of opera. This past spring, the 2017 inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival delighted over 20,000 attendees with operas, workshops, discussions, musical spectacles, and a multimedia art installation. On the heels of the fi rst Festival’s success, VO looks forward to a second upcoming Festival of diverse productions in addition to providing innovative and engaging programming year-round. “My goal is to make sure Vancouver Opera produces opera throughout the year, while at the same time making programming innovations necessary to thrive as a modern opera company,” says General Director Kim Gaynor. VO’s 2017–18 season begins in October with Puccini’s fi nal and greatest opera, Turandot, and Donizetti’s effervescent romance, L’Elisir d’Amore, in January. The 2018 VO Festival, April 28–May 12, includes Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin and the highly anticipated Vancouver premiere of Rolfe and Panych’s The Overcoat—a musical tailoring, co-produced with Toronto’s Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera. This full lineup rounds out the year to create an exciting array of productions that will continue the opera’s legacy of bringing the world’s stories to the Vancouver stage. .

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TUR ANDOT October 13, 15, 19 & 21, 2017 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu–Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm By Giacomo Puccini; Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ L’ELISIR D’AMORE January 21, 25 & 27, 2018 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu & Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm By Gaetano Donizetti; Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ EUGENE ONEGIN April 29, May 3 & 5, 2018 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu & Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Sung in Russian with English SURTITLES™

THE OVERCOAT— A MUSIC AL TAILORING April 28 & 29, May 2, 4–6, 9–12, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Wed–Sun 7:30pm; select Wed, Sat & Sun 2:00pm Music by James Rolfe; Libretto by Morris Panych; Sung in English with English SURTITLES™ REQUIEM FOR A LOST GIRL See website for date, time, and venue; Music by Marcel Bergmann All shows subject to change. See website for current information.


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VA NCOU V ER RECI TA L SOCIE T Y

I can’t believe the world-class talents that Leila brings. Every concert is a gem. —Vancouver Recital Society Patron

KNOWN FOR Presenting elite soloists and chamber groups. VRS hosts world famous names such as Yo-Yo Ma, and they also take great pride in premiering future “stars” of the next generation of classical music!

ARTSL ANDIA TIP The longer you follow VRS concerts, the more rewarding your experience. Long-term subscribers delight in watching talents that debuted with VRS mature into world class acts.

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ancouver Recital Society is one of the premier concert presenters in North America. Founded in 1980 by Leila Getz, VRS has earned a reputation for fi nding and presenting the next generation of classical superstars before they achieve fame. Celebrated musicians who have made their Canadian/Vancouver debuts with VRS include Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joshua Bell, and Bryn Terfel. Over the years, VRS has built one of the most loyal audiences on the continent thanks to the quality of its concerts and willingness to take risks on presenting young, up-and-coming performers. The 2017–18 season will feature debuts of brilliant newcomers, such as the Verona Quartet, cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Edgar Moreau, and pianists Zhang Zuo, Schaghajegh Nosrati, and Yekwon Sunwoo (Gold Medalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition). VRS also presents artists at their career heights— Yo-Yo Ma, Murray Perahia, and Yefi m Bronfman to name a few—along with a bevy of other well-known, prestigious artists from around the world. This season will feature the stellar talents of Yuja Wang, Sir András Schiff, Nicola Benedetti, and Paul Lewis. .

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VERONA QUARTET September 17, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm YEKWON SUNWOO, PIANO October 1, 2017 Chan Centre Sun 3:00pm ZHANG ZUO, PIANO October 15, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm GEORGE LI, PIANO October 22, 2017 Chan Centre Sun 3:00pm ALBAN GERHARDT, CELLO & STEVEN OSBORNE, PIANO November 5, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm PAUL LEWIS, PIANO November 19, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm

SHEKU K ANNEH-MASON, CELLO & ISATA K ANNEH-MASON, PIANO December 3, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm TAR A ERR AUGHT, MEZZO-SOPR ANO & JAMES BAILLIEU, PIANO January 14, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm NIKOL A J ZNAIDER, VIOLIN & ROBERT KULEK, PIANO February 4, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, PIANO March 4, 2018 Chan Centre Sun 3:00pm SCHAGHA JEGH NOSR ATI, PIANO March 18, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm

BENEDET TI EL SCHENBROICH GRYNYUK TRIO April 8, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm SIR ANDR ÁS SCHIFF, PIANO April 10, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Tue 7:30pm EDGAR MOREAU, CELLO & JESSIC A X YLINA OSBORNE, PIANO April 15, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm INON BARNATAN, PIANO April 22, 2018 Chan Centre Sun 3:00pm YUJA WANG, PIANO May 4, 2018 Chan Centre Fri 7:30pm PAUL LEWIS, PIANO May 13, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Sun 3:00pm


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VA NCOU V ER S Y MPHON Y ORCHES T R A The VSO, under the direction of Bramwell Tovey, displayed... fastidious brilliance from start to finish. –The Globe and Mail

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS TIME TR ACKS: THE VSO’S SEASON OPENER September 22 & 23, 2017 Orpheum Fri & Sat 8:00pm L ANG L ANG! WITH THE VSO September 25, 2017 Orpheum Mon 8:00pm TERR A AND BEYOND WITH CHRIS HADFIELD AND DANNY MICHEL October 6 & 7, 2017 Orpheum Fri & Sat 8:00pm THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS November 4 & 6, 2017 Orpheum Sat & Mon 8:00pm VSO AT THE MOVIES: JUR ASSIC PARK November 18 & 19, 2017 Orpheum Sat 7:00pm; Sun 2:00pm

A JANN ARDEN CHRISTMAS WITH THE VSO December 6, 2017 Orpheum Wed 8:00pm VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS WITH PHILIPPE QUINT December 15–17, 2017 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Fri & Sat 8:00pm Massey Theatre Sun 2:00pm OT TO TAUSK CONDUC TS BR AHMS AND DVOŘ ÁK January 13–15, 2018 Orpheum Sat–Mon 8:00pm BEETHOVEN: PASTOR ALE AND PIANO February 16 & 17, 2018 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Fri & Sat 8:00pm C ARMINA BUR ANA March 17, 2018 Orpheum Sat 8:00pm

ZUKERMAN PL AYS MOZART March 26, 2018 Orpheum Mon 8:00pm THE HOT SARDINES WITH THE VSO April 25, 2018 Orpheum Wed 8:00pm BEETHOVEN AND BRUCKNER WITH BR AMWELL TOVEY May 11–12 & 14, 2018 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Fri & Sat 8:00pm Bell Performing Arts Centre Mon 8:00pm PETER GRIMES June 9 & 11, 2018 Orpheum Sat & Mon 8:00pm RESURREC TION: THE SEASON FINALE June 16–18, 2018 Orpheum Sat & Mon 8:00pm; Sun 2:00pm See website for complete season listings.

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ne of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institutions, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 99th season in 2017–18. Led by Music Director Bramwell Tovey, the VSO performs over 150 concerts per season to more than 260,000 people at the historic Orpheum downtown and throughout the Lower Mainland. Through the VSO School of Music, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler, and extensive education and community programs, the VSO reaches over 50,000 children each year. This fall, the orchestra tours B.C.’s Southern interior and will visit Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto in May 2018. The VSO welcomes Music Director Designate Otto Tausk for two sets of concerts in October and January, setting the stage for next season when the Dutchborn maestro will preside over the orchestra’s 100 th anniversary! Throughout 2017–18, the VSO will mark the extraordinary contributions that Bramwell Tovey has made over the course of the past 18 years. Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his charismatic personality on the podium. Circle the date, May 31, 2018, for a not-to-be-missed gala concert that will celebrate Maestro Tovey’s tenure as the longest serving music director in the orchestra’s 99-year history. .

KNOWN FOR P r e s e n t i n g h i g h-q u a l i t y per formances of classical to contemporary music including jazz, pops concerts, kid’s shows, and even great movies with live orchestral accompaniment. Developing and delivering inspirational education and community programs.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP In addition to performances at the Orpheum, the VSO performs throughout Metro Vancouver and Whistler annually. You don’t have to travel far to find an exceptional VSO concert in your own community.

VANCOUVERSYMPHONY.CA 604.876.3434 TICKETS: $25–$90 Left and Right: Music Director Maestro Bramwell Tovey with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Photos by Albert Law.

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With graduates in major companies around the world, Arts Umbrella Dance Company is making an important contribution to the future of dance. –Emily Molnar, Artistic Director, Ballet BC

KNOWN FOR Being a vanguard in the development of relevant and wide-reaching dance performance and education. AUDC’s holistic and integrative approach is extraordinary and nurtures young dancers to their full potential.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP AUDC dancers have performed works by world renowned choreographers such as Crystal Pite and Sharon Eyal. AUDC performances are a chance to get a taste of the best of the international contemporary dance world.

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ophisticated, dedicated, and inspired, the Arts Umbrella Dance Company is a pre-professional repertory company whose membership springs from the Arts Umbrella professional training and post-secondary programs. Artistic Director Artemis Gordon developed the company to offer students an opportunity to train, rehearse, and perform at a professional level in preparation for a career in dance or further dance education. AUDC dancers have collaborated with Ballet BC and Nederlands Dans Theater, and performed works by Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Mats Ek, and Aszure Barton, among others. They have also performed with companies worldwide and participated in exchanges, tours, festivals, and collaborations in Amsterdam, Rome, New York, Montreal, and Japan. “What is most extraordinary about AUDC is the roster of international choreographers that come to Vancouver to create new works with our dancers,” says Gordon. “This insight—of the work being done on the international stage—is rare, even for most professional companies.” The 2017–18 season includes the Sunday Performance Series, in which AUDC performs new and innovative worksin-progress by leading Canadian choreographers; Mixed Nuts, AUDC’s modern retelling of the beloved classic, The Nutcracker; and Season Finale, presenting works by renowned international choreographers. .

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MIXED NUTS December 8–10, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse SUNDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES #1 January 14, 2018 Venue TBA SUNDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES #2 February 11, 2018 Venue TBA SUNDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES #3 March 4, 2018 Venue TBA SUNDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES #4 April 15, 2018 Venue TBA SEASON FINALE May 24–26, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse


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KNOWN FOR Embracing excellence in the practice of contemporary ballet, with its wide diversity of technique and style. Ballet BC actively fosters collaborations and presents a diverse repertoire of Canadian and international work.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Ballet BC Up Young Patron members enjoy access to special ticket pricing, social events, and insights into Ballet BC’s extraordinary work—both onstage and off.

BALLETBC.COM 604.732.5003 TICKETS: $35–$100 Left: Kirsten Wicklund and Andrew Bartee in LOCK. Right: Racheal Prince and Darren Devaney in Twenty Eight Thousand Waves. Photos by Michael Slobodian.

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ounded in 1986 and under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company. Bold and innovative, Ballet BC’s distinctive style and approach have helped it make an exceptional and valuable contribution to the development of dance in Canada. The Company regularly performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre in addition to touring nationally and internationally. Ballet BC’s 2017–18 season consists of three extraordinary programs, featuring works by highly acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers, including their Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto, Johan Inger, Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar, Emily Molnar, and a full-length retelling of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet by Medhi Walerski. For the holidays in December, Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet’s spectacular retelling of The Nutcracker in an extravagant production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The season closes with the remount of Cayetano Soto’s striking Beginning After, the eagerly anticipated return of Bill by longtime creative partners Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and a world premiere by Ballet BC’s own Molnar in collaboration with the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir. .

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PROGR AM 1 November 2–4, 2017 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu–Sat 8:00pm Choreography by Cayetano Soto and Johan Inger ROMEO AND JULIET February 22–24, 2018 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm Choreography by Medhi Walerski PROGR AM 3 May 10–12, 2018 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu–Sat 8:00pm Choreography by Cayetano Soto, Emily Molnar, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar ALBERTA BALLET’S THE NUTCR ACKER December 28–30, 2017 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Thu–Sat 7:30pm; Fri & Sat 2:00pm


Ballet BC is constantly challenging itself and its audiences with exciting and groundbreaking concepts in choreography. –Pamela McDonald, Ballet BC Board of Directors

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I was so touched... the CatchingART dancers are captivated by the magnificence and subtleties of their art form. – Dr. Susan L. Tasker (UVic), CatchingART Patron

KNOWN FOR Providing aspirant dancers with professional learning opportunities and resume performances. Building student confidence and proficiency through performance, classes with professional choreographers and master teachers, and collaborations with live musicians.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP It takes a village! The season comprises professional musicians, composers, choreographers, and teachers who give generously of their time, knowledge, and passion to the company—both on and off the stage.

CATCHINGART.CA 604.984.2783 TICKETS: $20 & UP

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n organization committed to creating leaders within the emerging generation of Canadian dancers, Pro Arté Centre’s CatchingART continues to nurture young dancers who aspire to a professional career. Over the program’s six-year past, CatchingART alumni have gone on to dance in companies and programs around Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including Juilliard, Les Ballets Jazz, Ballet BC, Ballet Theatre UK, Alberta Ballet, RudraBéjart, Rambert, Twyla Tharpe Dance, and Ballet Jörgen. CatchingART provides priceless professional learning opportunities and experiences. Last season saw CatchingART performing shows and charity functions alongside the Lions Gate Sinfonia, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Pandora’s Vox, Espiritu Vocal Ensemble, Yarilo Music, Ann Mortifee, and Education without Borders, in addition to their annual Platform Performance Series with guest choreographers. CatchingART is also involved in local school performances to promote education through the powerful language of dance. Artistic Director Astrid Sherman shares, “We have an incredible opportunity to be a voice and catalyst for change by using dance to make positive social comments.” With repertoire ranging from classical to modern, pure joy to social commentary, CatchingART will enlighten your mind, steal your heart, and make you a lover of dance forever! .

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YARILO MUSIC: P U L S E October 21, 2017 The Annex Sat 8:00pm LIONS GATE SINFONIA: REMEMBR ANCE November 11, 2017 Centennial Theatre Sat 7:30pm PL ATFORM PERFORMANCE SERIES November 2017 Kay Meek Centre, Roundhouse & Victoria venue TBA Choreography by Astrid Sherman, Stephana Arnold, Candice Michelle Franklin, Desirée Dunbar, and Jill Hennis

PANDOR A’S VOX & ESPIRITU VOC AL ENSEMBLE: ONLY JOY ALOUD December 1 & 2, 2017 Kay Meek Centre Fri 8:00pm; Sat 2:00 & 7:30pm LIONS GATE SINFONIA: MOZART’S BIRTHDAY! January 27, 2018 Centennial Theatre Sat 7:30pm PRO ARTÉ GAL A May 27, 2018 Kay Meek Centre Sun 7:00pm


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T HE DA NCE CEN T RE The calibre of dancers you bring in is phenomenal. We love being surprised by the performances. –Dance Centre Patron

GLOBAL DANCE CONNEC TIONS CONTEMPORARY DANCE SERIES JOSHUA BEAMISH/ MOVETHECOMPANY September 20–23, 2017 Scotiabank Dance Centre Wed–Sat 8:00pm COMPAÑIA SHARON FRIDMAN October 12–14, 2017 Scotiabank Dance Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm NICOL A GUNN January 17–19, 2018 Scotiabank Dance Centre Wed–Fri 8:00pm Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival DAINA ASHBEE February 1–3, 2018 Scotiabank Dance Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

WEE/FR ANCESCO SC AVET TA April 5–7, 2018 Scotiabank Dance Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm R ACHID OUR AMDANE April 19–21, 2018 Scotiabank Dance Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm AERIOSA May 24–26, 2018 Scotiabank Dance Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm DISCOVER DANCE! NOON HOUR SERIES HISTORIC AL PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE, VANCOUVER TAP DANCE SOCIET Y, FL AMENCO ROSARIO, OURO COLLEC TIVE, MANDAL A ARTS AND CULTURE, ARTS UMBRELL A DANCE COMPANY September 2017– April 2018 Scotiabank Dance Centre Thu 12:00pm

EVENTS SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE OPEN HOUSE September 16, 2017 Scotiabank Dance Centre Sat 11:00am–5:00pm DANCE IN VANCOUVER November 22–25, 2017 Scotiabank Dance Centre Wed–Sat 8:00pm Co.ERASGA, Lesley Telford / Inverso, Wen Wei Dance, Ziyian Kwan / dumb instrument Dance, and more INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY April 29, 2018 Various venues

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rom cutting edge contemporary works to the rich traditions of dances from diverse cultures, The Dance Centre is dedicated to the development of the art of dance in British Columbia in all its expressions and forms. The scope of its work is unparalleled in Canadian dance, encompassing resources and programs supporting choreographers, as well as public performances and events that inspire, stimulate, and entertain audiences. The Dance Centre’s beautiful building, Scotiabank Dance Centre, is regarded as Canada’s flagship dance facility and is a hub of activity, drawing thousands of people every year. The Global Dance Connections series features boundary-busting contemporary dance from as far afield as France, Spain, Norway, and Australia, in addition to Canada’s own Joshua Beamish, Daina Ashbee, and Aeriosa. Dance In Vancouver is a biennial platform of B.C. dance, showcasing some of the province’s brightest talents. The popular Discover Dance! noon hour series presents dance styles from many cultures, including fl amenco, tap, classical Indian, and more; and annual Open House and International Dance Day events offer further opportunities to experience dance. .

KNOWN FOR A passionate commitment to dance of all kinds, nurturing the development of creators and performers, and engaging a diverse community through public events.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP In addition to ticketed performances, The Dance Centre offers many free events. Be sure to check their online schedule regularly for a variety of studio showings and talks throughout the season.

THEDANCECENTRE.CA 604.606.6400 TICKETS: $14–$36 Left: Compañia Sharon Fridman. Photo by Ignacio Urrutia. Right: OURO Collective. Photo by Teppei Tanabe.

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KNOWN FOR Presenting large-scale, international dance that captivates, challenges, and inspires new and returning audiences alike. Co-presenting the free dance dialogue series, Speaking of Dance Conversations.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP After each Friday night performance, there is a party! Stick around after the show for refreshments, share your thoughts about the performance, and meet the artists fresh from the stage!

DANCEHOUSE.CA 604.801.6225 TICKETS: $35–$75 Top: Dorrance Dance. Photo: Christopher Duggan. Right: Morphed, Tero Saarinen Company. Photo: Mikki Kunttu

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his season marks DanceHouse’s 10th anniversary with five presentations from local, national, and international artists. There is so much to celebrate! Up fi rst will be the Western Canadian premiere of Morphed, the internationally acclaimed work by renowned Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen. Next, DanceHouse celebrates Canada’s 150th with the world premiere of Wells Hill, a new work from Vancouver’s own emerging choreographer Vanessa Goodman. Toronto Dance Theatre honours its 50th anniversary with the retrospective program House Mix, showcasing five diverse works by choreographer Christopher House. And back by popular demand, Betroffenheit—an awardwinning collaboration by Kidd Pivot Artistic Director and choreographer Crystal Pite and Electric Company Theatre Co-artistic Director Jonathon Young—returning once more to the DanceHouse stage following two international tours. Closing out the season, in a celebration of style and form, DanceHouse welcomes the New York tap sensation Dorrance Dance led by acclaimed choreographer Michelle Dorrance. Each presentation offers opportunities to engage with the artists and their work through roundtable discussions, masterclasses, and more. Producer Jim Smith says, “It’s with great gratitude to everyone involved that I look forward to celebrating what we’ve collectively achieved and the next 10 years!” .

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TERO SA ARINEN COMPANY (FINL AND) MORPHED October 27 & 28, 2017 Vancouver Playhouse Fri & Sat 8:00pm AC TION AT A DISTANCE (VANCOUVER) WELLS HILL November 23–26, 2017 Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Thu–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:00pm TORONTO DANCE THEATRE (TORONTO) HOUSE MIX February 23 & 24, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Fri & Sat 8:00pm

KIDD PIVOT & ELEC TRIC COMPANY THEATRE (VANCOUVER) BETROFFENHEIT March 16 & 17, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Fri & Sat 8:00pm DORR ANCE DANCE (USA) TRIPLE BILL April 13 & 14, 2018 Vancouver Playhouse Fri & Sat 8:00pm


I’m so proud of DanceHouse and the international calibre of dance it brings to the city. –Brian Rowland, President, DanceHouse Board of Directors

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Ten years ago, DanceHouse presented their inaugural show featuring the mesmerizing bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS by internationally acclaimed Canadian choreographer and dance artist, Marie Chouinard. The fi rst of many works that would bring Chouinard’s creations and her Montrealbased dancers, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, back to the DanceHouse stage in 2010 and again in 2015, featured an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Ten dancers employed various devices such as crutches, harnesses, and prostheses, among other things, to liberate, restrict, and in some cases, create movement. Dancers Kirsten Andersen and Carla Maruca (shown) manifest the work’s explorations of the human body as a refl ection on the human condition. As DanceHouse celebrates their landmark 10th anniversary this year, Artslandia is proud to share with you the seminal performance that started it all.

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On February 29, 1968 (a leap day), Surrey Arts Centre set the stage for its illustrious run of 50 years with a production of Brigadoon by Surrey Musical Productions. Leap ahead (pun intended) to spring 1996, when six co-writers and co-stars debuted their now world-renowned tour de force on parenthood: Mom’s the Word. Over the next 20 years, the Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre has played host to the original, a sequel, and a remix of no-holds-barred insider views of the ecstasies and absurdities of motherhood—including side-splitting confessionals on diaper soup and sex after children—while the series garnered awards and acclaim for performances on three continents. The next installment of the franchise, Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty, will be presented October 10 to 22, 2017, as part of the Arts Club Series in a celebration of exceptional lives, growing older, and noteworthy milestones—including the Surrey Arts Centre’s golden anniversary in 2018.

Prior to May of 1948, Vancouver’s chamber music scene was a smattering of visits by a few established quartets and occasional performances by locals. A band of enthusiasts great and small changed that when they formed Friends of Chamber Music and presented their fi rst concert. Critics and audiences alike were very pleased. With concert expenses of $327.58 and $249 in ticket sales of $1 per person plus a few donations, the show boasted a profit of $20.62. Fast forward to July 1969, when the Friends invited the Borodin String Quartet from the USSR to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s cycle of (then) eleven quartets as part of their 21st season. Shostakovich was the musical laureate of the Soviet regime during the Cold War, so hosting these concerts was a daring move. The heralded quartet from Moscow even added Shostakovich’s twelfth quartet, written only months before the Vancouver performances, to this fi rst North American quartet cycle of the Soviet composer. This season, the Borodin Quartet returns to open Friends of Chamber Music’s 2017–18 70 th platinum jubilee anniversary. Now is your chance, friends, to experience this longstanding quartet in its continuing musical splendour. .

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Left: bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS. Choreography and photo by Marie Chouinard. Dancers: Kirsten Andersen and Carla Maruca. Middle: Cast and creators of Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty. Photo by Emily Cooper. Right: (TOP): Borodin Quartet. Photo by Andy Staples. (BOTTOM): Borodin Quartet concert poster and photo (1969). Photos courtesy of FCM.

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A N V IL CEN T RE

We felt very welcome and well-taken care of, from your front desk staff to technicians and beyond. –Christine Quintana, Artistic Director, Delinquent Theatre

KNOWN FOR Its contemporary design, innovative architec ture, and an easily accessible location. Anvil Centre has become one of the hottest performing arts venues and cultural hubs in central Metro Vancouver.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Plan a day trip to New Westminster’s revitalized waterfront park, River Market, and Front Street Mews before the show! You’ll find some exceptional dining options right around the theatre.

ANVILCENTRE.COM/THEATRE 604.636.4448 TICKETS: $10 & UP

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nvil Centre is a stunning and extraordinary place to enjoy the transformative power of the arts. At the centre of Metro Vancouver, it is easily accessible for regional visitors. Nestled right in the middle of New West’s thriving arts hub, Anvil is more than just a centre for performances—it’s a place where links are constructed, and artistic expressions are bridged across genres. Experience this unforgettable new theatre destination and take in the Centre’s New Media Gallery, which is fast gaining an international reputation for leading-edge art created in a world transformed by technology. In the distinct new Anvil Theatre, fi nd a stage for a diverse array of talent, art, and performance in a warm and elegant modern setting. The Anvil Centre Theatre, hosting some impressive performances in its three-year history, will continue to shine this upcoming year with yet another solid season. With performances of Royal Canadian Theatre’s The Hound of the Baskervilles and Funny Money, Arts Club on Tour’s Mom’s the Word 3, Misery, and the award-winning Onegin, and the ever-popular VSO’s Tiny Tots concert series, the centre will once again bring quality performance to the mainstage. .

Left: Onegin, The Arts Club Theatre Company. Photo by David Cooper. Right: Dance Machine, battery opera. Photo by Trung dung Nguyen.

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MOM’S THE WORD 3: NEST ½ EMPT Y October 8, 2017 Sun 7:30pm Arts Club on Tour THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES October 20 & 21, 2017 Fri 7:30pm; Sat 3:30 & 7:30pm Royal Canadian Theatre RING OF FIRE November 10, 2017 Fri 7:30pm The magnetic relationship that was Johnny and June JINGLE December 21–23, 2017 Thu–Sat 7:30pm A swinging holiday concert with Tony Barton MISERY January 7, 2018 Sun 7:30pm Arts Club on Tour

ONEGIN February 18, 2018 Sun 7:30pm Arts Club on Tour DANCE MACHINE Spring 2018 battery opera FUNNY MONEY April 6 & 7, 2018 Fri 7:30pm; Sat 3:30 & 7:30pm Royal Canadian Theatre PATRICK STREET PRODUC TIONS May 2018 TINY TOTS CONCERT SERIES October 21 & December 16, 2017 March 10 & June 16, 2018 Sat 10:00 & 11:30am Vancouver Symphony Orchestra The venue for all performances is the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. See website for complete season listings.


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A XIS T HE AT RE We enjoyed every minute of it. Educational, entertaining, original, beautiful, and... I could go on! –Axis Theatre Patron

TH’OWXIYA: THE HUNGRY FEAST DISH October 17–21, 2017 Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, B.C. February 9–17, 2018 Massey Theatre, Frederic Wood Theatre & Talking Stick Festival; By Joseph A. Dandurand ROBINSON CRUSOE + FRIDAY January 21–May 21, 2018 National tour across Canada to various venues in the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia; By Colin Heath

SOMEBODY LOVE YOU, MR. HATCH March 23 & 24, 2018 Studio 1398, Granville Island March 25–May 12, 2018 Provincial tour across British Columbia to various schools and communities; By Eileen Spinelli; Adapted by Chris McGregor ALL MY FRIENDS ARE ANIMAL S March 2018 Russian Hall Group bookings by donation; By James Gordon King; In association with Babelle Theatre One-off performances and weekly rates available for school and public performances. Contact Axis Theatre for full schedule availability, booking, and pricing.

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xis Theatre Company has a rich 41-year history of creating original plays by commissioning Canadian playwrights, staging adaptations, excelling in dramaturgy, and developing scripts. They champion theatre for young audiences (TYA) and strive for varied physical theatre aspects to dominate their productions. Axis Theatre receives international recognition as one of Canada’s leading TYA companies by creating inspiring plays and establishing long-lasting relationships with exceptional artists and organizations, while encouraging audiences to celebrate theatre, ask questions, be entertained, and embrace new ideas. They promote and sell their productions through juried and unjuried showcases in B.C., across Canada, and in the United States. General Manager Daune Campbell enthuses, “This is one of the fi rst seasons in a long while where I wish I were going on the tours—the locations and venues will be stellar.” Axis employs a high number of emerging Canadian artists and designers, giving them exceptional professional mentorship and providing the resources and knowledge for success. This work has been rewarded with positive reviews, feedback, and numerous awards, including B.C. Touring Council Artistic Company of the Year (2017), two 2017 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Artistic Creation and Outstanding Design, as well as nominations for performance and ensemble work. .

KNOWN FOR Educating and engaging young audiences through their own brand of physical theatre. Axis Theatre tours B.C. every year, performing in theatres and schools across Canada, and often showcases their work internationally.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Want to see one of their shows, but it’s not in a theatre near you? Ask a local school if you can attend—an experience you’ll never forget.

AXISTHEATRE.COM 604.669.0631 BOOKING: Contact Axis Theatre for availability and pricing Left: Braiden Houle and Chelsea Rose Tucker in Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish. Photo by Jayda Paige Photography. Right: William Ford Hopkins and Sarah Roa in Robinson Crusoe + Friday. Photo by Tim Matheson.

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From the art gallery to live theatre events, it’s culturally rich. –Gerard, Evergreen Cultural Centre Patron

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Providing Coquitlam and the tri-cities community with engaging, quality entertainment, exhibitions, and ar ts programs including professional theatre, dance, and music presentations, art exhibitions, arts education, and public programs.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Come early and enjoy the lovely setting of Lafarge Lake before the show. One lap takes only about 15 minutes at a leisurely stroll. During the holidays, experience the Lights at Lafarge!

EVERGREENCULTURALCENTRE.CA 604.927.6555 TICKETS: $15–$42 Left: Beverley Elliott in Sink or Swim. Photo by Jordan Lloyd Watkins. Right: The cast of Onegin, The Arts Club Theatre Company. Photo by David Cooper.

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e are so excited to kick off our 21st season,” exclaims Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Executive Director Jon-Paul Walden. “After a stellar 2016–17 season, our staff has lined up another terrific docket of entertaining shows and programs.” Highlights of the Evergreen’s Theatre Series include the Arts Club’s huge hits Mom’s the Word 3, Onegin, and Stephen King’s Misery. Rounding out the season’s theatrical offerings are End of the Rainbow, a biographical musical about Judy Garland; intimate holiday musical Memories of a Christmas Ornament; and Almost, Maine, a small-town love story under the northern lights. For those seeking more intimate and minimalist theatre works, the Indie Series presents four compelling stage actors, each performing their original works. While their performing arts presentations are the cornerstone of the Evergreen’s performing arts season, says Walden, there’s even more to experience. The Centre houses a 1,500-square-foot public art gallery and several studios for workshops and classes. “Attend a performance. Visit the Art Gallery. Participate in a visual or performing arts program, or even be in a show yourself—the Evergreen is the arts centre for everyone to enjoy.” .

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END OF THE R AINBOW September 19–23, 2017 Evergreen Cultural Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm Ace Productions MOM’S THE WORD: NEST ½ EMPT Y October 24–29, 2017 Evergreen Cultural Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat & Sun 3:00pm Arts Club on Tour C AMPGROUND November 16–18, 2017 Evergreen Cultural Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm By Lucas Myers MEMORIES OF A CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT December 12–16, 2017 Evergreen Cultural Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm Rooney & Punyi Productions

MISERY January 23–27, 2018 Evergreen Cultural Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm Arts Club on Tour LIT TLE OR ANGE MAN February 22–24, 2018 Evergreen Cultural Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm SNAFU ONEGIN March 6–10, 2018 Evergreen Cultural Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm Arts Club on Tour SINK OR SWIM April 12–14, 2018 Evergreen Cultural Centre Thu–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm By Beverley Elliott

ALMOST, MAINE May 8–12, 2018 Evergreen Cultural Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm Northern Lights Collective in association with Pacific Theatre SUITC ASE STORIES May 17–19, 2018 Evergreen Cultural Centre T hu–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 3:00pm By Maki Yi in association with Pacific Theatre The venue for all performances is Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. See website for complete season listings.


Andrew Dadson

October 13 to December 31, 2017

Lyse Lemieux

October 13, 2017 to March 25, 2018

Brent Wadden

January 12 to March 25, 2018

Capture Photography Festival April 6 to June 24, 2018

Anne Low

July 6 to September 16, 2018

Dove Allouche

September 28 to December 30, 2018

Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6B 6R5 604 681 2700 contemporaryartgallery.ca @CAGVancouver


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FULL CIRCLE: FIRST NATIONS PERFORMANCE

Talking Stick is a rare window into a world of rich history and cutting-edge art. –Remy Scalza, Inside Vancouver

KNOWN FOR Creating opportunities for Aboriginal ar tist s through outreach and ensemble programs. Producing Western Canada’s premier Indigenous performing arts festival, the annual Talking Stick Festival.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP If you are an emerging or established artist looking to showcase your work or develop your skills, apply to be a Talking Stick Festival artist.

FULLCIRCLE.CA 604.683.0497 TICKETS: $15–$35

Select shows are Pay-What-You-Decide Left: Salmon Girl by Raven Spirit. Photo by Chris Randle. Right: Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, Gwaandak Theatre. Photo by Mark Rutledge.

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roudly located in the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, Full Circle: First Nations Performance is devoted solely to celebrating the Aboriginal arts. Full Circle’s flagship, the Talking Stick Festival (TSF ), is the only annual multidisciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America. A gathering place for all Nations, it encompasses 12 days of local, national, and international performances in dance, theatre, visual arts, fi lm, music, storytelling, and any combination thereof. This year, the TSF is proud to feature Sokalo—a powerhouse of dance, music, and song performed by world-renowned Québécois percussive dancers, [ZØGMA], who’ll share their urban heritage and cultural diversity inspirations through this intense, rhythmic work. From the Yukon, Gwaandak Theatre will bring Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, the story of how the gold rush and the Alaska Highway changed connections between land and sky told through theatre, dance, and music. For youth and family audiences, Vancouver-based Raven Spirit Dance will present their visually stunning Salmon Girl. Other season highlights include the annual Celebration Powwow, a Métis Kitchen Party, and late night music. Keep your eye out for Indian Acts—year-round pop-up programming that serves as a platform for whatever is new and “now,” including staged readings, musical concerts, dance performances, and works in development. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to discover and explore Aboriginal culture through the arts! .

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TALKING STICK FESTIVAL February 14–25, 2018 INDUSTRY SERIES February 2018 Dialogue, workshops, and networking sessions INDIAN AC TS/ KNOWLEDGE SHARING Ongoing Workshops, masterclasses, and talking circles MOCC ASIN TREK: ARTS ON THE MOVE! September 2017–October 2018

ABORIGINAL ENSEMBLE PROGR AM Interactive workshops, storytelling, and professional training on tour throughout B.C. QWUM QWUM SNOW-I-ITH (STRONG TEACHINGS) Interactive workshops, storytelling, field trip program, subsidized community tickets, poster design, and colouring contests


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K AY/MEEK What an incredible season—just try and keep us away! –Kim Mailey and Victoria Rogers, Kay Meek Patrons

RESONATE ARIEL BARNES & MANITOBA CHAMBER ORCHESTR A September 30, 2017 Sat 7:30pm SUNDAY SERENADE October 29, 2017 Sun 3:00pm COLLEC TIF9: VOLKSMOBILES November 12, 2017 Sun 3:00pm HANDEL’S MESSIAH December 3, 2017 Sun 3:00pm Presented with Early Music Vancouver PARKER + PARKER January 14, 2018 Sun 3:00pm BR ASSFIRE February 11, 2018 Sun 3:00pm

AN AF TERNOON AT THE OPER A April 15, 2018 Sun 3:00pm NEW ORFORD STRING QUARTET May 12, 2018 Sat 7:30pm PL AY MOM’S THE WORD 3: NEST ½ EMPT Y October 6 & 7, 2017 Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2:00pm Arts Club on Tour COMING UP FOR AIR November 16–25, 2017 Various showtimes MISERY January 5 & 6, 2018 Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2:00pm Arts Club on Tour ONEGIN February 16 & 17, 2018 Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2:00pm Arts Club on Tour MARION BRIDGE May 10–26, 2018 Various showtimes

AMPLIFY WICKED GRIN: TOM WAITS REVISITED October 13 & 14, 2017 Fri & Sat 7:30pm ALEX CUBA November 17, 2017 Fri 7:30pm BOOKER T. JONES February 2, 2018 Fri 7:30pm DEE DANIEL S WITH NITEC AP February 23, 2018 Fri 7:30pm ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO March 23, 2018 Fri 7:30pm HAYA BAND April 22, 2018 Fri 7:30pm The venue for all performances is the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. See website for complete season listings.

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he 2017–18 season marks Kay Meek Centre’s most extensive and diverse program lineup yet, including more music and theatre by local and internationally renowned artists and world-class arts experiences for the communities of West Vancouver and the North Shore. “The brand new Resonate series could be the hottest ticket in town next season, thanks to Ian Parker and a host of outstanding artists. The response is already amazing!” says Executive Director Rob Gloor. The first-class soloists, orchestras, and chamber ensembles that will perform as part of the classical music program include cellist Ariel Barnes, trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann, and Montreal’s cutting-edge string band collectif9. The Amplify series will bring together a broad array of musical styles through concerts of international stars including John Hammond, Alex Cuba, Dee Daniels, and the incomparable Booker T. Jones. The Theatre series, Play, will include Arts Club on Tour performances, plus independent productions starring luminaries Bernard Cuffl ing and Nicola Cavendish. The casual and entertaining Cabaret series will grow this year to five performances in the Studio Theatre’s intimate jazz club setting. Special programs will include Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia, a new Play Reading series, plus Festival Film Nights featuring awardwinning cinema from around the world. .

KNOWN FOR World-class arts experiences in West Vancouver. Providing a space for artistic excellence for youth, professional artists, and community groups to celebrate being part of the vibrant cultural fabric of the North Shore.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Plan to attend a Cabaret night in the intimate Studio Theatre! This venue provides the space for captivating jazz ar tists and enter tained audiences to connect.

KAYMEEK.COM 604.981.6335 TICKETS: $25–$65 Left: Alex Cuba. Photo by CBR Photography. Right: collectif9. Photo by Danylö Böbyk.

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M A SSE Y T HE AT RE

Not only incubates fresh, local talent but is a place with an excellent heritage of theatrical greatness. –Paul Dubois, Massey Theatre Patron

KNOWN FOR Opening in 1949 as British Columbia’s largest theatre. The Massey has become a cherished space to experience the arts and is home to the Royal City Musical Theatre.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Massey is just 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver in the heart of New Westminster. Check their website frequently as new performances are added to the season throughout the year.

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ith over 68 years of history in the Metro Vancouver area, the grand Massey Theatre is a landmark where professional artists share the stage with community-based performers, vibrant festivals, and dedicated students each season. Committed to cultural and artistic diversity, the Massey showcases a range of artistic presentations that run the gamut of artistic disciplines. Music, dance, theatre, and comedy—each year brings new and strong performances of innovative and diverse offerings. The Massey is committed to showcasing indigenous artists and their stories to audiences through its new series, which celebrates indigenous perspective and talent. This season, experience internationally acclaimed artists such as the exquisite global talents at International Guitar Night, an explosive evening of acoustic guitar, and the venerated Montreal dance theatre company Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. performing Victoria, a dazzling production that addresses old age, loss, and death with humour and compassion. Hear Juno Award-winners Burton Cummings and Stephen Fearing with Oh Susanna. Fearing is a gifted storyteller and musical nomad with the ability to enthral audiences. Enjoy family-oriented performances, symphonies, and musical theatre, including a production of Cabaret by Royal City Musical Theatre. Delight in endless entertainment at the Massey! .

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MUSHTARI BEGUM FESTIVAL OF INDIAN CL ASSIC AL MUSIC & DANCE September 30, 2017 Sat 6:00pm AN EVENING WITH THE R AT PACK October 6, 2017 Fri 7:30pm BURTON CUMMINGS October 12, 2017 Thu 7:30pm VIC TORIA BY DULCINEA L ANGFELDER October 27 & 28, 2017 Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2:00pm ARNEL PINEDA IN CONCERT November 4, 2017 Sat 7:00pm

VANCOUVER WEL SH MEN’S CHOIR December 3, 2017 Sun 2:30pm

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT January 20, 2018 Sat 7:30pm

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHRISTMAS December 9, 2017 Sat 7:30pm

STEPHEN FEARING WITH OH SUSANNA January 27, 2018 Sat 7:30pm

VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS December 17, 2017 Sun 2:00pm Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

MASSEY MADNESS FAMILY ARTS FEST February 10, 2018 Sat All day

THE NUTCR ACKER: ROYAL CIT Y YOUTH BALLET December 23, 2017 Sat 2:00 & 7:00pm SINBAD, THE PIR ATES AND THE DINOSAUR January 5 & 6, 2018 Fri 7:30pm Dress; Sat 3:30pm Royal Canadian Theatre Company

C ABARET ROYAL CIT Y MUSIC AL THEATRE April 2018 The venue for all performances is the Massey Theatre in New Westminster. See website for complete season listings.


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PACIFIC T HE AT RE Beautiful stories that just get into you through your cracks and remind you what it is to be human. –Julia Siedlanowska, Pacific Theatre Patron

THE CHRISTIANS September 15– October 7, 2017 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By Lucas Hnath

ALMOST, MAINE November 24– December 16, 2017 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By John Cariani

THE LONESOME WEST October 20– November 11, 2017 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By Martin McDonagh

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE December 17 & 19–23, 2017 Pacific Theatre & Matsqui Centennial Auditorium Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 8:00pm

WRIT TEN ON THE HEART October 29, 2017 Holy Trinity Anglican Church Sun 2:00pm By David Edgar

RUINED January 26– February 17, 2018 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By Lynne Nottage

AN ALMOST HOLY PIC TURE February 21– March 3, 2018 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By Heather McDonald BAR MIT ZVAH BOY March 23–April 14, 2018 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By Mark Leiren-Young SIDESHOW COMEDY IMPROV April 20 & 21, 2018 Pacific Theatre Fri & Sat 8:00pm TOLKIEN May 11–June 9, 2018 Pacific Theatre Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm By Ron Reed

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acifi c Theatre occupies a distinctive place in Vancouver—not only because its home is in the historic Chalmers Heritage Building, nestled just off the busy South Granville neighbourhood, or even because of its one-of-a-kind, alley-style theatre, with the audience sitting on each side of the action like fl ies on the wall. Pacific Theatre was dubbed “theatre that matters” by local critic Colin Thomas because of its special mandate: exploring the spiritual side of the human experience. Because of this, every play, from the whimsical and utterly charming Almost, Maine to the intriguing historical drama Tolkien to the gut-wrenching drama of Ruined, gets to the heart of what it means to be human: how we forgive, redeem, and love one another. “I went into this year’s season selection resolved to stretch our limits, to fi nd ways to make certain shows happen. And…we got lucky. Everything lined up, and we got everything we wanted,” says Founding Artistic Director Ron Reed on the outlook for the coming season. “You’ll be delighted, challenged, entertained, provoked, and moved by what I think is the strongest season of plays we’ve offered in many a year.” .

KNOWN FOR Producing work that provokes deep questions and leaves audiences thinking. Sparking post-show, on-the-drive-home discussions that patrons have grown to expect.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP The theatre has an alley (a.k.a. traverse) stage that you may get to walk across to get to your seat. This intimate configuration guarantees that you’ll be close to the action.

PACIFICTHEATRE.ORG 604.731.5518 TICKETS: $20–$36.50 Left: Carl Kennedy and Corina Akeson in A Good Way Out. Photo by Damon Calderwood. Right: Rebecca deBoer and John Emmet Tracy in Outside Mullingar. Photo by Jalen Laine Photography.

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It was an amazing show, stimulating all of the senses! You all did a fabulous job. –Ema Wilson Visagie, Presentation House Theatre Patron

KNOWN FOR Innovative programming and quality professional shows in a wonderfully intimate space. A well-loved historical theatre on the North Shore where people come to watch, listen, and play.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Leap up with ease for those standing ovations from the newly installed theatre seats. And remember, you can bring your drink with you into the show!

PHTHEATRE.ORG 604.990.3474 TICKETS: $10 & $30 Left: Sleeping Beauty Dreams. Photo courtesy of Marionetas de la Esquina. Right: Raes Calvert in Where the Wild Things Are. Photo by Chris van der Schyf.

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resentation House Theatre (PHT) is the north shore’s professional theatre company, where ideas play and grow into quality performing arts for all ages. For nearly 40 years, friends, family, and strangers have gathered here to enjoy innovative programming and quality professional shows in this wonderfully intimate space. PHT’s 2017–18 season touches on big issues with humour, pathos, imag ination, marionettes, and even juggling! The performances will encompass a world of ideas—from the land of Wild Things to the heart of Mexico City, ancient traditions to new immigrants, conformity to breaking free—with themes that are universal and deeply personal. “The mind at play is ageless, boundless,” says Artistic Director Kim Selody. “This is a place for generations and cultures to come together and play with ideas through theatre, music, and dance. It’s a great way to make friends and reach across generations, beliefs, and diverse cultures— to understand.” And audiences can enjoy it all from brand new, comfortable seats installed in the summer of 2017, for a comfy new future in a well-loved historical home. “You are welcome anytime,” says Selody, “to come watch, listen, and play.” .

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FIRST WELCOME HYCH’K A /HUY CHEXW A September 30, 2017 Waterfront Park, North Vancouver Sat 11:00am–5:00pm Presentation House Theatre with Mortal Coil Performance Society WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE October 11–22, 2017 Presentation House Theatre THE DOUBLE A XE MURDERS October 25– November 5, 2017 Rusticate Theatre SINK OR SWIM November 8–12, 2017 Happygoodthings Productions

THE NEW CONFORMIT Y November 22– December 3, 2017 Cause & Effect Circus

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS

SLEEPING BEAUT Y DREAMS January 25– February 4, 2018 An international collaboration with Mexico’s Marioneta de la Esquina

A C AELESTR A CHRISTMAS December 16, 2017

SALMON GIRL February 14–17, 2018 Raven Spirit Dance SEQUENCE March 15–26, 2018 Realwheels Theatre INNER MIGR ANT April 26–28, 2018 DynamO Théâtre (Montreal) and Teatro O Bando (Portugal)

COOL YULE! December 14, 2017

BODACIOUS! A monthly reading series created to encourage, inspire, and empower women’s voices in the lively arts The venue for all performances is Presentation House Theatre. See website for complete event details.


BEST ADVICE FOR EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS: GO EXPERIENCE VISUAL ART, DANCE, NEW MEDIA, MUSIC, MUSEUMS, AND SCIENCE. LET IT INFORM YOUR WORK

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AS CREATIVE PARTNER FOR THE FRINGE NEW PLAY PRIZE

ARTISTIC AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE CENTRE

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[Produced by VACT, presented by The Cultch, and developed with PTC]

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THANK YOU NOTES FROM PTC ARTISTS

MOST PRODUCTIVE WORKING HOURS: EARLY MORNING AND LATE EVENING

FAVORITE OBJECT: AN ANTIQUE MIRRORSCOPE USED FOR PROJECTING POSTCARDS IN PERSONAL PERFORMANCE PROJECTS

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PTC PROVIDES A HOME FOR WRITERS TO CREATE, HAVE DEEP CONVERSATIONS, AND REIMAGINE HOW THEATRE MIGHT BE MADE

OUR SPACE IS BRIGHT, OPEN, AND ALWAYS A BIT OF A WORK-IN-PROGRESS. IT TRANSFORMED FROM A REALLY UNAPPETIZING SPACE INTO A HOTBED OF CREATION BECAUSE WE DREAMED IT INTO REALITY AND WEREN’T AFRAID OF A LITTLE ELBOW GREASE. THAT’S THE SPIRIT THE ARTISTS HERE TAKE INTO THEIR WORK. HAVING SO MANY DIFFERENT ARTISTS WORKING IN OUR STUDIO, SHARED HUB, AND MEETING ROOMS MEANS THERE ARE LOTS OF CHANCE ENCOUNTERS TO SPARK CREATIVITY.

PERSONAL CREATIVE PRACTICES: DRAMATURGY, DIRECTING, AND PERFORMING

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HOW DOES YOUR SPACE INVITE AND ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION?

FAVOURITE SCRIPT: CLOUDLESS BY JOSÉ TEODORO

It’s unproduced and one of the most beautiful scripts I’ve ever read

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SH A DBOLT CEN T RE FOR T HE A RTS Great venue to watch live music. Sprawling lush grounds with the Deer Lake as a backdrop. –Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Patron

KNOWN FOR Award-winning, multipurpose community arts facility located in Burnaby’s picturesque Deer Lake Park. Offering a wide range of performing arts programming in music, dance, and theatre.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Create your own series by choosing three or more shows and receive à la car te pricing, or attend opening night on Wednesdays for $15 (excludes Arts Club and The Lounge Series).

SHADBOLTCENTRE.COM 604.205.3000 TICKETS: $15–$49 Left: 40 Days and 40 Nights. Electric Company Theatre. Right: In Circulation. Company 605. Photo courtesy of Company 605.

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ince 1995, the award-winning Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, located in Burnaby’s beautiful Deer Lake Park, has offered year-round arts classes, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and special events, bringing over 300,000 people to the Centre annually. The Shadbolt’s vibrant and busy Artist-in-Residence Program mentors hundreds of artists and has produced over 40 nationally and internationally touring world premieres. This year’s dance artist-in-residence, Alvin Tolentino of Co.ERASGA, will premiere new work— Collected, Traces, and Still Here—in addition to leading masterclasses and youth workshops. Sparks will fly in the 2017–18 season with electrifying performances by response dance, Company 605, and pataSola Dance in the Sole Series. The Lounge Series will hum with New North Music, Folk Fabulous 2, Ndidi Onukwulo, and Maya Rae. Get turned on by the innovative Independent Series with Evalyn Parry, Ghost River Theatre, Alley Theatre, and the West Coast premiere of Daniel Brooks and The Electric Company’s 40 Days and 40 Nights. Returning audience favourites Burnaby Lyric Opera and Arts Club on Tour are sure to dazzle with their new seasons. Light up your life! Make a connection! There’s much to discover at the ‘Bolt! .

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LIVE AT THE ‘BOLT: THE FEVER C ABARET September 21–23, 2017 Thu–Sat 8:00pm

MISERY February 3 & 4, 2018 Sat & Sun 8:00pm Arts Club Series

FOLK FABULOUS II September 28, 2017 Thu 8:00pm

NDIDI ONUKWULU February 9, 2018 Fri 8:00pm

WORKSPACE III October 25–28, 2017 Wed–Sat 8:00pm the response.

METAMORPHOSIS BUTOH February 21–24, 2018 Wed–Sat 8:00pm pataSola dance

NEW NORTH COLLEC TIVE November 2, 2017 Thu 8:00pm MOM’S THE WORD 3: NEST ½ EMPT Y November 4 & 5, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00pm Arts Club Series SPIN November 16–18, 2017 Thu–Sat 8:00pm IN CIRCUL ATION November 22–25, 2017 Wed–Sat 8:00pm Company 605

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE February 24– March 3, 2018 Burnaby Lyric Opera ONEGIN March 13 & 14, 2018 Tue & Wed 8:00pm Arts Club Series TOMORROW’S CHILD March 14–17, 2018 Wed–Sat 8:00pm MAYA R AE April 4, 2018 Wed 8:00pm

COLLEC TED, TR ACES, AND STILL HERE April 18–21, 2018 Wed–Sat 8:00pm Co.ERASGA O’WET/LOST L AGOON May 2–5, 2018 Wed–Sat 8:00pm Alley Theatre 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS May 22–26, 2018 Tue–Sat 8:00pm Electric Company Theatre LIVE AT THE ‘BOLT: FEVER RISING June 22 & 23, 2018 Fri & Sat 8:00pm The venue for all performances is Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. See website for complete event details.


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An all-around fun place to go and see a show or play. –Surrey Civic Theatres Patron

OH, C ANADA, WE SING FOR THEE! September 22, 2017 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Fri 8:00pm

NOTHING UP MY SLEEVES December 1, 2017 Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall Fri 7:00pm

MOM’S THE WORD 3: NEST ½ EMPT Y October 11–21, 2017 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Tue–Thu 7:30pm; Fri & Sat 8:00pm; Sat & Sun 4:00pm Arts Club On Tour

MISERY January 10–20, 2018 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Tue–Thu 7:30pm; Fri & Sat 8:00pm; Sat & Sun 4:00pm Arts Club On Tour

THE C ANADA SHOW October 22, 2017 Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre Sun 2:00pm GOD IS A SCOT TISH DR AG QUEEN October 26, 2017 Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall Thu 8:00pm C AMPGROUND November 24 & 25, 2017 Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre Fri & Sat 8:00pm

GOOD LOVELIES WITH GUEST DESIRÉE DAWSON January 27, 2018 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Sat 8:00pm ONEGIN February 21– March 3, 2018 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Tue–Thu 7:30pm; Fri & Sat 8:00pm; Sat & Sun 4:00pm Arts Club On Tour

ANNIVERSARY GAL A WITH BC WORLD MUSIC COLLEC TIVE March 14, 2018 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Wed 6:30pm Gala; 8:00pm Concert TAMI NEIL SON April 15, 2018 Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall Sun 8:00pm PERK UP, PIANIST! WITH SAR AH HAGEN May 12, 2018 Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall Sat 8:00pm MY FUNNY VALENTINE June 28, 2018 Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall Thu 8:00pm See website for complete season listings.

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n Leap Day in 1968, Surrey Centennial Arts Centre threw open its doors and welcomed the public with a production of Brigadoon by Surrey Musical Productions. Since then, Surrey Civic Theatres has leapt into its mission to be a welcoming place for artists and audiences alike. Through the years, the auditorium became the Main Stage with all the features of a professional theatre, and the black box Studio Theatre was built. The venue also became home to Surrey Art Gallery. Most recently, Centre Stage at Surrey’s new City Hall was added to the fold—its innovative design creates a dual purpose venue that is both council chambers and performance space. Each year, Surrey Civic Theatres—with the Arts Club Series as its anchor—presents an eclectic blend of highquality professional theatre, music, dance, comedy, and even magic. It’s a place to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired—a place to connect with friends and family. Surrey Civic Theatres is offering some of its presentations packaged in series form—Arts Club, Canada 150, Classical Coffee Concerts, Comedy, Family, Staged Readings, and Surrey Spectacular. This is Surrey Civic Theatres’ 50th anniversary season and it’s gold. .

KNOWN FOR Showcasing eclectic, professional per formances by a variety of local and international artists. A vibrant meeting place that brings people together to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired through the arts.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Arrive early and enjoy the Surrey Art Gallery for a full experience or head to Browns Socialhouse (City Centre and Guildford) and get 15% off food with your show reservation.

SURREY.CA/THEATRE 604.501.5566 TICKETS: $15–$49 Left: Caitriona Murphy, Andrew McNee, and Josh Epstein in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Onein (2016). Photo by David Cooper. Right: Cast and Creators of the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty (2017). Photo by Emily Cooper.

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T HE CULTCH Consistently rich theatre…surprises and delights us in ways we could never anticipate. –Peter, The Cultch Patron

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS THE GOBLIN MARKET October 3–14, 2017 York Theatre The Dust Palace (New Zealand) 1 HOUR PHOTO October 3–15, 2017 Historic Theatre Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver) ENCOUNTER October 17–22, 2017 York Theatre SINDHOOR/NATYAVEDA Navarasa Dance Theater (India/USA) Presented with Diwali in BC THE SOCIET Y FOR THE DESTITUTE PRESENTS TITUS BOUFFONIUS November 22– December 3, 2017 Historic Theatre Rumble Theatre (Vancouver) EAST VAN PANTO: SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARVES November 29, 2017– January 6, 2018 York Theatre Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

LIT TLE DICKENS: THE DAISY THEATRE December 5–22, 2017 Historic Theatre Ronnie Burkett (Toronto) HOT BROWN HONEY January 9–20, 2018 York Theatre Briefs Factory (Australia) BL ACK BOYS January 16–20, 2018 Historic Theatre Buddies in Bad Times Theatre/Saga Collectif (Toronto); Presented with Zee Zee Theatre DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL January 30– February 3, 2018 Historic Theatre Project Arts Centre (Ireland) Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival UNDERL AND February 6–17, 2018 York Theatre Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary)

BROKEN TAILBONE February 13–24, 2018 Historic Theatre Nightswimming (Toronto) PSS PSS February 20– March 4, 2018 York Theatre Compagnia Baccalà (Switzerland) THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD BASED ON BANALITIES April 25–May 5, 2018 York Theatre Kopergietery and Richard Jordan Productions; In association with Summerhall and Big (Belgium) O’WET/LOST L AGOON May 8–12, 2018 Historic Theatre Alley Theatre (Vancouver); In association with Full Circle: First Nations Performance See website for complete season listings.

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ith three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various secondary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver, The Cultch is one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative cultural hubs, offering dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts and bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands. In 2017–18, The Cultch renews its commitment to bringing diverse shows to its stages by continuing to make its Democratizing our Stages project a priority. Executive Director Heather Redfern says this project “is about not only diversifying the work on the stage but also bringing diverse audiences into all of the spaces to experience that work.” To this purpose, The Cultch will continue to present powerful local performances as well as groundbreaking international shows. Highlights of the 2017–18 season include new works by all-time Cultch favourites, such as Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, VACT’s 1 Hour Photo, Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s Underland, and Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre. The lineup also includes innovative offerings from around the globe, including Hot Brown Honey, Black Boys, and Encounter. .

KNOWN FOR Offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. A diverse and innovative arts and cultural institution located in East Vancouver.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP The Cultch has three live stages: Vancity Culture Lab (C-Lab), Historic Theatre, and York Theatre. Each offers a distinctly superb experience. Check your tickets ahead of time to be sure of the venue.

THECULTCH.COM 604.251.1363 TICKETS: $22 & UP Left: Hot Brown Honey. Photo by Dylan Evans. Right: Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tjomas Olajide, and Tawiah M’Carthy of Black Boys. Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh.

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T HÉ ÂT RE L A SEIZIÈME

Theatre that is essential to Vancouver, for the quality of its productions, its bold choices, and unique point of view. –Théâtre la Seizième Patron

KNOWN FOR Being the only francophone professional theatre company in B.C. A dynamic creative centre that commissions new works and presents critically acclaimed and engaging shows from all over Canada.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Surtitles in English are offered for select per formances. For an immersive French-language experience, make it dinner and a show! Café Salade de Fruits offers excellent French cuisine only steps from the theatre.

SEIZIEME.CA 604.736.2616 TICKETS: $10–$39 Left: Pourquoi tu pleures. Photo by Yves Renaud. Right: Bibish. Photo by David Ospina.

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ienvenue au Théâtre la Seizième! The company has been presenting inspiring, engaging, and thought-provoking theatre since 1974. The upcoming season focuses once again on remarkable works that examine the most profound human experience and the changing realities of the world around us. The season opens with Unité modèle, wherein two real estate agents play the part of the perfect couple to better sell us a lifestyle in their dream condo. Not without problems, however. This play deals with gentrification and access to homeownership, two issues that are all too familiar for Vancouverites. The following play is Bibish de Kinshasa, a guided tour of the Congo through the eyes of author Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu. Part fiction, part documentary, and part cooking show, this unique play examines in a casual ambiance the idea of emigration and the divide between Africa and the West. This season also brings us the latest from Christian Bégin and Les Éternels Pigistes (Après moi) with Pourquoi tu pleures. This dark comedy sees a family steering through the sticky situation of dividing an inheritance “according to need.” Finally, the season closes with Des Arbres in which a couple, confronted with the idea of having a child, grapple with the potential consequences and social responsibilities of parenthood. The play provides an intimate glimpse at the challenges that humanity is presently facing. .

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UNITÉ MODÈLE BY GUILL AUME CORBEIL October 17–28, 2017 Studio 16 Tue–Sat 8:00pm English surtitles Tue–Thu & Sat BIBISH DE KINSHASA BY MARIE-LOUISE BIBISH MUMBU November 28–December 2, 2017 Studio 16 Tue–Sat 8:00pm English surtitles Tue–Thu & Sat POURQUOI TU PLEURES BY CHRISTIAN BÉGIN February 16 & 17, 2018 Waterfront Theatre Fri & Sat 8:00pm English surtitles DES ARBRES BY DUNC AN MACMILL AN May 8–12, 2018 Studio 16 Tue–Sat 8:00pm English surtitles Tue–Thu & Sat


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TOUCHS TONE T HE AT RE A breath of fresh air…well-acted and well-produced…and above all, it has plenty of heart. –Joe Hinks, Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance

HAPPY PL ACE October 19–29, 2017 Firehall Arts Centre Tue–Sat 8:00pm; Sat & Sun 22, 28 & 29 2:00pm By Pamela Mala Sinha; Directed by Roy Surette; Produced in association with Ruby Slippers Theatre INSIDE/OUT January 17–21, 2018 Performance Works Wed–Sat 7:00pm, Sun 2:00pm By Patrick Keating; A Neworld Theatre production; In association with Main Street Theatre and Urban Crawl; Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

C’MON, ANGIE! May 31–June 10, 2018 Firehall Arts Centre Tue 7:00pm; Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sat 4:00pm; Sun 3:00pm; Wed 1:00pm, Pay-What-You-Can By Amy Lee Lavoie; Directed by Amiel Gladstone; Produced in association with the Firehall Arts Centre; A Flying Start Play

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ouchstone’s 2017–18 season ushers in a new era for the company with the return of Roy Surette as Artistic Director following acclaimed tenures at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre and Montreal’s Centaur Theatre. Surette is energized to reinvigorate Touchstone’s commitment to reflecting relevant issues of today with provocative, compelling plays that fi nd light and love in dark places. The season opener, Happy Place, draws us into the experiences of seven women living together in the most extraordinary circumstances, offering a glimpse into the lives of inpatients fi lled with courage, humour, and startling revelations. Next, Inside/Out follows actor Patrick Keating’s journey as a child growing up in Montreal, getting into drugs and crime, entering the juvenile detention system at the age of 16, and serving a total of three sentences, including one for bank robbery. Keating’s understated delivery and timing make for many a darkly funny tale. C’mon, Angie!, a world premiere by a dazzling new playwright, brings audiences to the morning after a one-night stand. As the details of the night before slowly unravel, questions of consent lead to a highly charged confrontation, pitting a man and woman against each other in a riveting struggle to accept the truth. Touchstone Theatre: Essential. Canadian. Plays. .

KNOWN FOR Showcasing new and challenging material, as well as atypical play structures, and an outstanding reputation for providing a safe space and testing ground for some of Canada’s most important playwrights and plays.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Are you a high school student or do you know someone who is? Touchstone’s goPL AY program offers a wide range of local theatre free of charge!

TOUCHSTONETHEATRE.COM 604.709.9973 TICKETS: $22–$36 Left: Roy Surette. Photo courtesy of Touchstone Theatre. Right: Happy Place. Laara Sadiq, Diane Brown, and Colleen Wheeler. Photo by Tim Matheson.

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VA NCOU V ER T HE AT RESPORTS ™ L E AGU E

It’s different every time you go and always a laugh a minute. –Tannis, VTSL Patron

KNOWN FOR Vancouver TheatreSports is the place to see first rate improv comedy! Their ever exciting range and variety of programming mean that there’s always something fresh to bring on the laughs. ™

ARTSL ANDIA TIP It’s rare to find a theatre venue with a view like The Improv Centre. Arrive early and enjoy a drink on the deck overlooking the Marina.

VTSL.COM 604.738.7013 TICKETS: $8–$29.50

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veryone likes to laugh; it’s good for you, and in times like these, we need a laugh. Vancouver TheatreSports™ League has been providing Vancouver with the best in theatricbased improv comedy for more than 35 years. Alumni include superstars Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Improv actors are the daredevils of the theatre world. They playmake on the spot (much like a jazz musician riffs on a musical theme), brainstorm ideas, direct themselves, and act in character all at once, without the safety net of a predetermined script or prior rehearsal. Every performance at VTSL is a world premiere since the improvisers rely on audience suggestions to drive the action. Improv comedy falls into two basic styles: short form and long form. VTSL treats audiences to both varieties. Shows range from classic, short form TheatreSports™ matches to themed presentations that incorporate both long and short formats in a more theatrical presentation. Short form is the quick-witted, fast-paced sprint race of the comedy world. Long form scenes are connected by one unifying narrative. While every performance is completely different, each and every one is pure comedy gold—always high energy and entertaining. Patrons leave with sore sides and tears in their eyes from laughing too hard! .

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ONGOING SHOWS

FEATURE SHOWS

THEATRESPORTS Tue & Wed 7:30pm; Wed 9:15pm; Fri & Sat 9:30pm

MONTHLY FEATURE SHOWS Thu–Sat 7:30pm

#NOFILTER Thu 9:15pm OK TINDER Fri & Sat 11:15pm ROOKIE LEAGUE Sun 7:30pm

CHRISTMAS QUEEN 4 November 23– December 23, 2017 Wed–Sat 7:30pm YEAR IN REVIEW December 26–31, 2017 Tue–Sun 7:30, 9:30 & 11:15pm THROWDOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRESPORTS FESTIVAL January 25– February 4, 2018 The venue for all performances is The Improv Centre on Granville Island. See website for complete event details. All shows are subject to change.


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WHI T E ROCK PL AY ERS’ CLU B Panto has been a family tradition since we were wee, and now we come with our children too! –WRPC Club Patron

THE WOMAN IN BL ACK October 13–28, 2017 Coast Capital Playhouse Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:30pm

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNT Y April 13–28, 2018 Coast Capital Playhouse Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:30pm

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-PANTO December 1–30, 2017 Coast Capital Playhouse Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:30pm

NINOTCHK A June 8–23, 2018 Coast Capital Playhouse Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:30pm

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER February 9–24, 2018 Coast Capital Playhouse Wed–Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:30pm

The venue for all performances is the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock.

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he White Rock Players’ Club will open their exceptional 73rd season with a ghost story, The Woman in Black. Prepare to be spooked as a lawyer’s haunting tale of having been cursed comes to life when he hires an actor to tell his story through his most terrifying memories. Next up, WRPC’s ever-popular holiday pantomime continues its run of over 60 years with The Hunchback of Notre-Panto, a farcical modern take on Quasimodo’s story. Start the new year with Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner. True to the sex-farce genre, it’s full of twists and turns of lusty plots, busty mistresses, cover-ups and covers off—a real “who’s who” of who’s whose lover. In April, August: Osage County takes centre stage. Tracy Lett’s powerful black comedy stars a sharp-tongued, pillpopping, cancer-affl icted matriarch whose daughters return home after their father’s sudden disappearance. Season 73 will close with a Parisian summer romance, featuring soviet spies, royal treasures, and French pastries. Melchior Lengyel’s Ninotchka delivers a sharp and unfortunately timely critique of Cold War era politics. WRPC’s long history of bringing challenging and exciting theatre productions to audiences in White Rock and beyond continues! .

KNOWN FOR Creating a vibr ant theatre community in White Rock, WRPC is a theatre company driven by a tight-knit group of artists whose hearts skip to the beat of the stage.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP WRPC is in the heart of White Rock and just a two-minute drive from the beach. Bump into actors getting pre-show sushi at King Sushi or at Sawbucks Pub for a drink after.

WHITEROCKPLAYERS.CA/ARTS 604.536.7535 TICKETS: $10–$22 Left: Death of a Salesman (2015). Photo by Vanessa Klein. Right: Private Lives (2016). Photo by Fred Partridge.

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Chef Kenta Takahashi

Fromage

Blanc

ENDS A MEAL IN PERFECT HARMONY BY A.L. ADAMS

| PHOTOS BY ROB TRENDIAK

LIGHT. DELICATE. AIRY. A balanced blend of six flavours of dairy, the cheesecake that

pastry chef Kenta Takahashi creates for Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar may look simple, but its texture and taste are carefully calibrated to pair with any seasonal fruit. Pictured here with raspberry and red currant, the chef suggests it would be equally piquant with grapefruit, rhubarb, or pear. “Cut some of the lemon juice from the recipe if you go with a more acidic fruit,” Takahashi suggests. Since moving to Vancouver five years ago from Shizuoka, Japan (the green tea capital of the world), Takahashi has been surprised by the sophistication of the Canadian palate. “I thought I might be doing cupcakes,” he admits, but instead, he found a thriving French pastry scene with a growing generation of diners who favour the clean, minimalist qualities he treasures in Japanese food. Of his signature style, Takahashi says, “It’s fusion—but not confusion.” As dessert is the last part of a meal, the chef insists it’s imperative that it finishes smoothly—not too heavy or too chunky. This mousse-like cheesecake and seasonal fruit are sure to strike the perfect final notes without stealing the show. . 66

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Dessert Wine Pairing 2013 MICHELE CHIARLO NIVOLE, MOSCATO D’ASTI PIEDMONT, ITALY MOSCATO D’ASTI is a slightly efferv-

escent, aromatic dessert wine from the northern Italian region of Piedmont, which is most famous for Barolo. Not overly sweet, the muscat grape is full of ripe peach, melon, and floral aromas of lavender and rose. Texturally, the wine is a lovely match, with just enough acidity to provide freshness. As the fromage blanc is an airy dessert, the bubbles present in the wine create a continuation of this ethereal dimension, never becoming overly sweet or heavy.


FROMAGE BLANC CHEESECAKE SOUFFLÉ WITH CHEESE MOUSSE & FRESH FRUIT

KENTA TAKAHASHI Pastry Chef

STRUCTURED AS A TWO-LAYER CHEESECAKE, THIS LIGHT, BAKED SOUFFLÉ IS TOPPED WITH A SMOOTH MASCARPONE CHEESE MOUSSE AND GARNISHED WITH SEASONAL FRUIT.

CHEESECAKE SOUFFLÉ 3 ounces cream cheese

CHEESECAKE SOUFFLÉ

CHEESE MOUSSE

1. Preheat the oven to 280 F. Soften the cream cheese by hand or with a spatula in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cornstarch.

1. Bloom (submerge) gelatin sheets in a bowl of iced water. In a separate bowl, use an electric hand mixer set on high to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, slowly bring the milk to a boil. Remove the milk from the heat and gradually whisk it into the bowl with the egg yolk mixture. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium heat while whisking continually, until smooth and boiling.

2. In another bowl, use a spatula to soften the cream cheese. Mix in the mascarpone, Greek yogurt, sour cream, and lemon juice. Using a spatula, fold half of the whipped cream into the mixture. Gradually add the remaining whipped cream and refrigerate.

3. Add ½ of the heated mixture into the bowl with the cream cheese and mix well. Add the remaining ½ of the mixture that’s unheated and the lemon juice into the bowl. In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the egg whites and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, until soft peaks form in the shiny meringue. 4. Use a spatula to fold ¹⁄³ of the meringue into the cream cheese mixture. Gradually add the remaining meringue until you have a smooth, evenly mixed batter. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with large round tip. Use the pastry bag to pipe the batter to ²⁄5 height in a round silicone mould. Place the filled mould into a large baking pan or dish and fill the pan with approximately one inch of boiled water. 5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 280 F. To test for doneness, press your finger into the top of the soufflé. If it springs back up, it’s done. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Freeze the soufflé for approximately 2 hours. Remove the frozen soufflé from the mould and add to a pan lined with parchment paper. BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR 845 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC boulevardvancouver.com @blvdyvr

3. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a temperature of 245 F over high heat to create a syrup. If the sugar sticks to the bottom of the pan, add more water.

2 medium eggs, separated and at room temperature 4 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch ²⁄³ cup milk Juice of half a lemon

CHEESE MOUSSE 2 sheets of 2g gelatin ²⁄³ cup heavy cream 1 ounce cream cheese 3 ounces mascarpone 2 ounces Greek yogurt 3 ounces sour cream Juice of half a lemon 2 medium egg whites ½ cup sugar

4. Use an electric hand mixer to whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form in the meringue. Set the mixer speed to high and gradually pour the syrup into the meringue while mixing. After all of the syrup has been added, slow to medium speed and continue to blend until the mixture cools down to room temperature. 5. Drain the bloomed gelatin and squeeze out the excess water by hand. Allow to dry on a paper towel. In a small bowl, combine ¼ of the mixture with the gelatin. Heat in the microwave to a temperature of 105 F to 125 F. Using a spatula, fold the remaining meringue into the whipped cream and cheese mixture. 6. Pour the melted gelatin into the bowl while whisking very quickly to create a mousse-like texture. Transfer the mousse into a pastry bag with a large round tip. Use the pastry bag to pipe the mousse to half the height of the round silicone mould. Use the spatula to flatten on top.

¼ cup water

YIELD: 8 SERVINGS

ASSEMBLY 1. Remove the frozen cake from the mould and flip it upside down. Allow dessert to defrost. 2. Sprinkle icing sugar on top. Serve with fruit (raspberry or red currant pair well), jam, sorbet, and cookie crumbles.

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DUNBAR RYERSON UNITED CHURCH

823 Seymour St. 2nd Floor Vancouver, BC 604.665.3050

2195 W. 45th Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.266.5377

ANVIL CENTRE

EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTRE

777 Columbia St. New Westminster, BC 604.636.4448

BLACKBIRD PUBLIC HOUSE, THE

1205 Pinetree Way Coquitlam, BC 604.927.6555

FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE

905 Dunsmuir St. Vancouver, BC 604.899.4456

280 E. Cordova St. Vancouver, BC 604.689.0926

BELL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

FOX CABARET

6250–144 St. Surrey, BC 604.507.6355

BMO MAINSTAGE TENT [AT BARD ON THE BEACH]

Vanier Park 1695 Whyte Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.873.7000

CENTENNIAL THEATRE 2300 Lonsdale Ave. North Vancouver, BC 604.984.4484

CENTRE STAGE AT SURREY CITY HALL [SURREY CIVIC THEATRE]

13450 104th Ave. Surrey, BC 604.501.5566

CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

2321 Main St. Vancouver, BC

FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE [AT UBC]

6354 Crescent Road Vancouver, BC 604.822.2678

GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS [AT SFU WOODWARDS]

149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver, BC 778.782.9286

HERITAGE HALL 3102 Main St. Vancouver, BC 604.879.4816

HIGHLANDS UNITED CHURCH 3255 Edgemont Blvd. North Vancouver, BC 604.980.6071

[AT UBC]

HISTORIC THEATRE

6265 Crescent Road Vancouver, BC 604.822.2697

[AT THE CULTCH]

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL 930 Burdett Ave. Victoria, BC 250.383.2714

COAST CAPITAL PLAYHOUSE 1532 Johnston Road White Rock, BC 604.536.7535

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1895 Venables St. Vancouver, BC 604.251.1363

HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH 1440 W. 12th Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.731. 3221

IMPROV CENTRE, THE 1502 Duranleau St. Vancouver, BC 604.738.7013

KAY MEEK CENTRE 1700 Mathers Ave. West Vancouver, BC 604.981.6335

MASSEY THEATRE 735 8th Ave. New Westminster, BC 604.521.5050

ORPHEUM 601 Smithe St. Vancouver, BC 604.665.3050

PACIFIC THEATRE 1440 W. 12th Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.731.5518

PERFORMANCE WORKS 1218 Cartwright St. Vancouver, BC 604.687.3020

PRESENTATION HOUSE THEATRE 333 Chesterfield Ave. North Vancouver, BC 604.990.3474

QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE 650 Hamilton St. Vancouver, BC 604.665.3050

ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC 604.713.1800

RUSSIAN HALL 600 Campbell Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.254.9932

SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE 677 Davie St. Vancouver, BC 604.606.6400

SHADBOLT CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Burnaby, BC 604.205.3000

ST. ANDREW’S-WESLEY UNITED CHURCH 100–1022 Nelson St. Vancouver, BC 604.683.4574

ST. JOHN’S SHAUGHNESSY ANGLICAN CHURCH 1490 Nanton Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.731.4966

STUDIO 1398 1398 Cartwright St. Vancouver, BC 604.639. 5497

STUDIO 16 1555 W. 7th Ave. Vancouver, BC 604.736.6979

SURREY ARTS CENTRE [SURREY CIVIC THEATRE]

13750 88th Ave. Surrey, BC 604.501.5566

VANCITY CULTURE LAB [AT THE CULTCH]

1895 Venables St. Vancouver, BC 604.251.1363

VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE 600 Hamilton St. Vancouver, BC 604.665.3050

WATERFRONT THEATRE 1412 Cartwright St. Vancouver, BC 604.687.3005

WEST VANCOUVER UNITED CHURCH 2062 Esquimalt Ave. West Vancouver, BC 604.922.9171

YORK THEATRE [AT THE CULTCH]

639 Commercial Drive Vancouver, BC 604.251.1363


SECTION COVER PAINTING: ZUROSKI, Jamin (Victoria, B.C.), Self-Sustainability, 2014, Acrylic; H. 12 x W. 12 inches (canvas). Gifted to a silent auction fundraiser, private collection. Artist Statement: The Eagle represents courage, freedom, bridging worlds, healing, and grace. The Salmon represents strength, loyalty, and the inner voice.

A NEW SCENE VICTORIA What Vancouverites will love in Victoria, B.C.

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Dance Victoria does not shy away from introducing us to challenging, experimental works. –Dance Victoria Patron KNOWN FOR Bringing world-class dance to the opulent Royal Theatre and supporting the development of new dance from its beautiful studios in Victoria. Awarder of the Chrystal Dance Prize for international collaboration.

ARTSL ANDIA TIP Enjoy their parties, film nights, and artist talks. For those aged 30–45, Night Moves memberships provide evenings of dance (at a discount!), plus entry into exclusive, catered after-parties.

DANCEVICTORIA.COM 250.595.1829 TICKETS: $29–$95 & UP

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iveting. Relevant. Exceptional. Dance Victoria will turn 21 this year, and as ever, these presenters plan to bring an abundance of riveting, relevant dance performances to our capital city! They’ve secured the only Canadian date this season for modern dance legends Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and in their Dance at the Royal series, they’ll host many more world-class companies, including Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, ODC/ Dance, Company Wayne McGregor, and Ballet Hispánico. Special presentations will include Alberta Ballet’s classic The Nutcracker and Dancers of Damelahamid’s contemporary indigenous work, Flicker. Movers and shakers can partake in Dance Days, a festival offering over 70 free dance classes all over town during the fi nal two weeks of January. Participants can try a new dance style or take in Rough Cuts at Dance Victoria Studios, a rare opportunity to see the West Coast’s most innovative dance artists up close and personal. Dance Victoria is also the home of the Chrystal Dance Prize, Canada’s richest dance prize for international collaboration. Each year, the award of up to $50,000 supports new works by independent dance artists living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, or the Yukon who wish to work with a dance artist(s) (dancer, choreographer or interpreter) outside Canada. .

Left: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jacqueline Green & Jamar Roberts. Photo byAndrew Eccles. Right: OCD/Dance in Dead Reckoning. Photo by RJ Muna.

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FEATURE SHOWS ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET November 17 & 18, 2017 Royal Theatre, Victoria Fri & Sat 7:30pm ODC/DANCE February 2 & 3, 2018 Royal Theatre, Victoria Fri & Sat 7:30pm COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR March 16 & 17, 2018 Royal Theatre, Victoria Fri & Sat 7:30pm BALLET HISPÁNICO April 6 & 7, 2018 Royal Theatre, Victoria Fri & Sat 7:30pm

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS ALBERTA BALLET & VIC TORIA SYMPHONY December 1–3, 2017 Royal Theatre, Victoria Fri & Sat 7:30pm; Sat & Sun 2:00pm DANCERS OF DAMEL AHAMID January 19, 2018 McPherson Playhouse, Victoria Fri 7:30pm ALVIN AILEY AMERIC AN DANCE THEATER May 1, 2018 Royal Theatre, Victoria Tue 8:00pm DANCE DAYS January 19–28, 2018


TRAVEL

VICTORIA 93 kilometers from Vancouver

WHAT BRINGS YOU TO TOWN

Ah, Victoria! So walkable and picturesque, with its iconic green copper parliament dome, its bustling harbour, its quaint flower-basket lampposts, and its charming cobblestone streets. Our province’s capital is so alluring as a tourist destination that many visitors may wonder how to seek out Victoria’s amazing arts. Luckily, Artslandia offers the following guide for guests and locals alike!

By Jasmine Proctor. TOP: Boathouse Spa at The Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Photo courtesy of The Oak Bay Beach Hotel. BOTTOM: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Photo by Katrina Ketchum.

As soon as you set foot in the city, see what’s playing at the ROYAL THEATRE and the MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE (affectionately referred to as “The Mac” by locals). Both situated in the heart of Victoria’s downtown, these historic theatres host some of the city’s most enticing performances by PACIFIC OPERA VICTORIA, the VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY, DANCE VICTORIA, and more. If you come to Victoria for an upscale experience—tea with all the cakes, so to speak—you simply must attend one of these theatres, where velvet curtains and rococo filigree frame a perfect performance.

Check out the BELFRY THEATRE, a thriving professional theatre company in Victoria’s urban village of Fernwood that produces 12 contemporary plays a year of mostly Canadian content. Right across the street from the Belfry, you’ll find another gem: THEATRE INCONNU. This alternative theatre group has been active in Victoria since 1978 WHERE TO EAT WHERE TO SHOP and has produced more than 120 Start your dining experience off right by Victoria is chock full of quirky shops to shows in the Victoria area. Be sure to checking out JAM CAFE in Victoria’s Old Town, where satisfy any shopper’s fancy. RUSSELL BOOKS is a bookcatch one! you can satisfy your morning sweet tooth with lover’s paradise, with stacks upon stacks of new, Alongside theatre, Victoria boasts oh-so-sweet red velvet pancakes, or relive your used, and out-of-print books. Unleash your inner thriving music and dance scenes. childhood by chowing down on some green eggs child at CHERRY BOMB TOYS, where action figures BALLET VICTORIA performs year-round and ham. (Yes, you read correctly—and your name bump elbows with model cars. For a window into with programming to suit each season. doesn’t even need to be Sam). NORTH 48 does diner the city’s past, visit boutique stores near DANCE VICTORIA brings the world’s best food with a twist, taking influences from around WADDINGTON ALLEY, the first “planked” street in Vicdance front and centre while also the world to make concoctions such as rockfish toria that’s still lined with wooden bricks. Wander creating and premiering new works in curry and foie gras poutine. BE LOVE, hands down on over to the historic Hudson building, and you’ll their Quadra Village studios. ›››› the ‘it’ vegan place, uses organic, local, and plantfind the VICTORIA PUBLIC MARKET, filled to the brim based ingredients to create menu items like their famous Green Bowl. Looking to catch dinner and a show? NORTHERN QUARTER offers locally sourced food and libations alongside unique performances throughout the week.

WHERE TO DRINK When in Victoria, do as the Victorians— drink tea! THE TEAHOUSE AT ABKHAZI GARDEN serves high tea and offers a selection of pastries and salads to round out the experience. Coffee more your thing? Enjoy some locally roasted, fair trade brew while relaxing on an outdoor patio overlooking Rutledge Park at ROUNDHOUSE CAFE. For a caffeine fix in an Instagram-worthy setting, look no further than the rustic brick-walled, string-lit UNION PACIFIC COFFEE COMPANY. IRISH TIMES pub serves up two levels of Irish culture—world famous Irish Coffees and a range of musical performances from Celtic to blues. Take a quick jaunt down the street, and you’ll find yourself at BARD & BANKER. Soaked in history, this former Bank of British Columbia now features a vast array of locally crafted beers and scrumptious food made from scratch.

with fresh seafood, local meats, handmade baked goodies, beautiful flowers, and a boutique selection of artisan goods.

WHERE TO STAY Pleasingly eccentric and totally retro, HOTEL ZED is a true blast from the past, complete with VW shuttle vans, typewriter stations, and a psychedelic exterior design. Take advantage of the hotel’s free rental bikes to explore the city in style. Looking for the full Victorian experience? Check in to ABIGAIL’S HOTEL, where a vintage bed-andbreakfast meets a small luxury hotel, all within the confines of a beautiful 1930s Tudor mansion. THE OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL is an ocean lover’s dream, nestled right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Fall in love with the scenery while you experience the resort’s famous oceanfront spa and outdoor mineral baths. Or, how about a dinner and a show? Oak Bay's annual theatre season offers a range of shows—from murder mysteries to classic crooner hits—all in the beautifully appointed David Foster Foundation Theatre.

SEASIDE MINERAL BATHS

ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA

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›››› The 100-plus member VICTORIA CHORAL SOCIETY fastidiously performs many styles of symphonic choir music from baroque to contemporary, and the memorably named THE CHOIR performs their own original arrangements of folk, pop, and indie music. Among the can’t-miss shows offered around town, the annual VICTORIA SYMPHONY SPLASH, performed each summer in the city’s inner harbour, is high on the list.

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTING SERIES WINTER, 2018

Where performances abound, festivals follow. INTREPID THEATRE offers popular festivals, including the 11-day UNO FEST that kicks off summer with contemporary solo theatre performances from across North America. (Every opening-night performance at UNO is pay-what-you-can, so don’t hesitate!) Later in summer, Intrepid produces the VICTORIA FRINGE FESTIVAL. One of the oldest Fringe theatre festivals in Canada, Victoria’s version presents a mix of eclectic spoken word, drama, musicals, dance, comedy, and more.

UNO Fest SOLO PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL MAY, 2018

OUTstages QUEER THEATRE FESTIVAL JUNE, 2018

In a city brimming with history and with beauty, there’s another attraction around every corner. So, whatever you do in Victoria, it’s bound to be downright delightful. .

With patisseries in Victoria, Kitsilano, and Granville Island, Bon Macaron is devoted to the creation of France’s most fun and elegant dessert: the macaron. Owned by David Boetti & Yann Fougère, both originally from France, Bon Macaron opened its doors in 2012. With over 50 flavours ranging from the traditional to the most creative sweet & savoury, everyone will find something to their taste! All macarons are naturally gluten-free; some dairy-free options as well.

VICTORIA

1012 Broad St Victoria, BC 778.265.0850

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2823 W. Broadway Vancouver, BC 778.379.6065

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GRANVILLE ISLAND

545-1689 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC 778.379.6065

Queer Songbook Orchestra — part of OUTstages

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Only performance stop in Canada!

MAY 1, 2018 ROYAL THEATRE • VICTORIA TICKETS: 250-386-6121 (from November 20) DANCEVICTORIA.COM

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Yannick Lebrun. Photo © Andrew Eccles

Once you’ve had your fill of galleries and theatres, wander outside and find plenty of lush, scenic spots. Stroll along the harbour and watch the sailboats glide past. Enjoy a bit of forest charm at downtown’s BEACON HILL PARK, a lush 200-acre oasis that includes a lake, footbridges, fountains, and an ever-popular petting zoo. For more gorgeous flowers and flowering trees, take a trip just outside the city to THE BUTCHART GARDENS. Should you miss the full blooms of spring and summer, September in Victoria brings a bouquet of a different kind: The VICTORIA WINE FESTIVAL offers up tastings of a vast array of wines from around the globe.

Photo by Guntar Kravis

Victoria’s tribute galleries to great Canadian painters are another of the city’s must-see destinations. THE ROBERT BATEMAN CENTRE showcases the artist’s realistic paintings of nature, and the historically preserved childhood home of beloved impressionist Emily Carr encompasses an impressive collection of her paintings and writings at the eponymous EMILY CARR HOUSE. Many of the cities historic sites do double duty as art repositories, including the ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA , a 19th century mansion housing the largest public collection of artwork in British Columbia.


Watch this space.

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The cast of Corleone at @pacifictheatre captured by @diigee

Artslandia smART car with mural by @kristofirdean

Children of God post-show talk with @urbaninkvan @thecultch

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Lobby art installation at @evergreenarts

The Marriage of Figaro @vancouveropera with set design by @drewfacey

Bird’s-eye view of @scottsueme’s workspace

View of @catchingart dancers from the wings

Oh, Canada: The True North Strong and Funny @vantheatresports

Model design of public alley art space by @tangibleint and @tilt_labs

Inside the historic Orpheum with @pinkmartini and @vsorchestra

@kirstenwicklund at Artslandia Magazine launch party

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