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A new season is upon us, and Vancouver’s arts groups pull out all the stops to provide the best quality experience for a sophisticated audience this fall. Centre Stage has a lot in store: Amir Ali Alibhai of the Alliance for Arts and Culture will share with readers the current state of the arts, and how your attendance keeps things humming along. Plus, our preview of the upcoming season will unravel the best options for season’s tickets, series pick and mix tickets or individual performances coming up this fall. Check out the ads in this eight-page feature for websites and up to the minute info. Come inside—there’s a seat waiting just for you!


“The Boys are Back” Haydn ♦ Turina ♦ Schumann Sarah Davis Buechner, piano Victor Costanzi, violin Joan Blackman, violin Yariv Aloni, viola Eugene Osadchy, cello

October 8 at 8pm West Point Grey United Church 4595 West 8th Avenue (at Tolmie) Tickets $28/$23/$12


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Laura Mennell in the arts club Tear the Curtain! Photo by Brian Johnson

WAM! WORLD ART MARKET Museum of Anthropology September 18 + 19, 2010; 10 am - 5 pm WAM! Admission $7 (includes entry to MOA) MOA members free UBC Museum of Anthropology 6393 NW Marine Drive Vancouver BC 604.822.5087

Image: (detail) Melanesie by Moses Jobo, Vanuatu

Lovers of the Arts, Unite! By Amir Ali Alibhai Executive Director, Alliance for Arts and Culture


ancouver enjoys a vibrant cultural scene that is second to none in Canada and holds its head up high in national and international circles. The fall of 2010 marks the beginning of a new season, with a flurry of opening nights, gala fundraisers and special events that will keep us busy right through the winter. The past twelve months have been especially challenging for the artists and arts presenters in our midst, with unprecedented cutbacks in arts funding from several provincial sources. BC Gaming funds have dried up by as much as 55 per cent by some calculations, and the BC Arts Council’s resources have been reduced. There has been some good news in recent weeks, and the arts community is, to quote one arts activist blog, “guardedly grateful” for the return of some funding. But much work needs to be done to create for British Columbians a stable, sustainable and transparent arts funding policy. That is a work in progress. The arts community’s greatest resource is its audience — and that’s you!

Now is an important time for you to increase your show of support for the artists who sing, dance, paint, write and otherwise tell our stories. Buy a season’s subscription to your favourite series. Make your next home decorating purchase a work of art from a local gallery. Take a horizon-expanding adventure by attending a performance that you’d usually consider “too out there.”

Become a regular donor — many arts organizations have programs for regular monthly support. If you own a business, however small, consider becoming a sponsor. Every arts group has sponsorship opportunities that even the smallest business can afford. If you work for a larger firm, encourage your employer to support local arts through cash and in-kind sponsorships or employee incentive programs. You can keep our artists on stage, on screen, in print and on our gallery walls while we all work towards a coherent, transparent and sustainable arts funding policy for British Columbia’s future. And while we’re doing that together, enjoy the show!

The Vancouver Chopin Society 2010-2011 concert season

Concert I - Alexander Gavrylyuk Saturday, October 30, 2010 8 PM, MageeTheatre Beethoven Chopin Liszt Stravinsky Rachmaninov

Sonata in C minor Op 13, Pathetique Polonaise in A Major, Op.40 No.1 Impromptu No.1, Op.29 Nocturne in D flat Major No.2 Op.27 Mephisto Waltz No.1 Petroushka suite Preludes No.1, 5, 2 Op. 23

Concert 2 – Ingolf Wunder Saturday, February 26, 2011 8 PM, Magee Theatre Mozart Liszt G. Wunder Chopin

Sonata in B-flat major KV 333 Soirees De Vienne Sonus Miraculi Waltz in A-flat major Op.34, No. 1 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise Op. 22

Concert 3 – Elisso Wirsaladze Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:30 PM, Vancouver Playhouse Mozart Prokofiev Chopin Schumann


Fantasy in C minor KV 475 Sonata in C minor KV 457 Sonata No. 2 Polonaise Fantasie in A flat Major, Op 61 Fantasy in C Major, op. 17

Concert 4 – 16th International Chopin Competition Laureate Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:30 PM (Vancouver Playhouse) The number of laureates, first place and other prize winners of this competition in Warsaw, who have gone on to international careers, is unparalleled, and advanced reports suggest that the competition this year will be the most exciting in decades, because of the exceptionally high calibre of the contestants.

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Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC has a reputation for acoustic perfection that rivals Carnegie Hall in New York. Drink in the sights and sounds of the line-up for this season, which includes a series called The Live Sessions, where the studio audience becomes a living part of a recorded show. On Sept. 23 it’s Jon and Roy at the Telus Studio Theatre, 7 pm; then Art Napoleon performs at 7 on Sept. 30. The fun continues with Hayley Sales on Oct. 7 at 7 pm. Squeezed in between you’ll find Crash Test Dummies going acoustic and taking the stage at the Chan Shun Concert Hall, Oct. 2 at 8 pm, then a visit from former first Canadian lady Margaret Trudeau on Oct. 17 is sure to enlighten, as she talks about her new, revealing book. It’s all there for you, at the Chan.

Get into the dance spirit! The 9th annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place from 11 am to 5 pm on Sept.

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Performances at 12 noon Scotiabank Dance Centre 677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver

Visual Delights

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, and you won’t want to miss a beat of this audio/visual extravaganza! Full program details will be up on the website beginning Sept. 12, but here’s a taste of what’s in store, cinematically. Africa Today: Pride and interest in Africa has increased dramatically this World Cup year, and filmmakers are again ahead of the curve. Best of Cannes: New in VIFF

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GREASE is the word, and it hits the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Oct. 26 through 31, with evening performances and a couple of matinees on the 30th and 31st. Starring Eddie Mekka (Carmine from Laverne & Shirley) as Vince Fontaine, it’s the uplifting story of “bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy, who fall in love all over again to the tune of your favourite songs: Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and We Go Together, as well as additional songs from the hit movie: Grease, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want. Catch GREASE, like you‘ve never seen it before! Live from Brooklyn, it’s Mickey Rooney! Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver proudly presents a much-anticipated visit from this icon of stage and screen. Along with his wife Jan, Rooney shows off his autobiographical musical entitled: Let’s Put on a Show! One night only, Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm, the show is highlighted by film clips, humour and anecdotal memories. Not many performers can say they have an 80-plus year career, and this living legend will reminisce about everything from his (short-lived) marriage to Ava Gardner to a tribute to Judy Garland. Don’t miss out on seeing this charmer and his lovely wife give it their all.

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centre stage fall 2010, programmers bring the best of Cannes to Vancouver this festival. Canadian Images: The Festival boasts the largest concentration of Canadian film of any festival in the country. VIFF’s Dragons & Tigers program is the largest annual exhibition of East Asian films outside of Asia. It highlights the cutting edge, emerging talent and continued excellence in East Asian cinema.


8pm • Friday, September 24, 2010 Ryerson United Church

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary season opens with the Mass for Pope Marcellus by Palestrina, the great Italian Renaissance master. Also Samuel Barber’s signature choral work Reincarnations, Béla Bartók’s poignant Slovak Folk Songs and the vivacious Gypsy Songs by Johannes Brahms, conducted by John William Trotter with pianist Terence Dawson. Artistic Director Jon Washburn will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30pm in celebration of the Choir's 40th anniversary.


UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) has a lot going on this fall for all ages to enjoy. For example, World Art Market— WAM! takes place Sept. 18 and 19, from 10 am to 5 pm; ticket fee includes Museum entry. Inspired by long-established worldwide markets and bazaars, MOA’s first annual World Art Market will showcase the art, craft, music, dance and cuisine of indigenous peoples. There are also many delightful permanent exhibits to explore, many with aboriginal roots, like Welcome Figures and Carved Doors by Musqueam carver Susan Point and the pinnacle: Haida artist Bill Reid’s acclaimed sculpture, The Raven and the First Men. And of course there is the Koerner Ceramics Gallery to intrigue the eye. With Festival Cinemas—which includes the Park Theatre on Cambie and the Fifth Avenue on Burrard—going out is a pleasant experience, indeed. As well as high quality cinematic screenings including independent films not offered elsewhere, you can enjoy the comfy “love seats” now in place, where the armrest goes right up to facilitate snuggles with your popcorn mate (how romantic!). The Park Theatre is Vancouver’s first independent theatre to have Digital 3D; from James Cameron’s Avatar to Pixar’s Toy Story 3, cinematic viewing can be thoroughly enjoyed. Cash in on a Festival membership today, for further savings.

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The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has partnered with FarmFolkCityFolk to explore Vancouver’s passion for backyard farming and local food. A large-scale photographic exhibit captures the current momentum behind local food production and urban agriculture. The exhibit Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food, is a visual feast of 39 Brian Harris photographs set across four seasons that opened late August and runs to Jan. 2, 2011. Visitors will gain insight into alternate styles of growing food like house-lot farming and farming co-ops. Family workshops will take place Oct. 2 and 3. Details will be outlined on the Museum of Vancouver’s website:, where you’ll find info on many other happenings.

SEP 30 - OCT 15, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

(USA, 88 min.) “Tamra Davis has surpassed the art world’s expectations with [this] definitive documentary, that superbly sets out the life and times of [Basquiat] with never-seenbefore first-hand footage of the artist; source and anecdotal interviews and quotes from almost every player in the 1980s art scene in New York...”—Moving Pictures <JEANM>


Made in Dagenham (UK, 113 min.) When 300 female machinists went on strike for the same wages as their male counterparts, they set in motion a groundbreaking revolution that led to the introduction of the UK’s Equal Pay Act in 1970. Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) stars as the indefatigable Rita O’Grady who fought for nongendered justice; Nigel Cole directs. “A political movie that’s touching and a lot of fun but doesn’t sugar-coat the facts.”—Elle <MADEI>

The Ugly Duckling

(Russia/France, 75 min.) Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, the first full-length film from renowned Russian animator Garri Bardin features music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. The moral of Anderson’s story takes on new relevance in contemporary Russia where growing intolerance has filtered even into children’s entertainment. <UGLYD>

Aftershock (China, 135 min.) The most popular Chinese blockbuster in history. After the giant 1976 Tangshan earthquake, a survivor struggles to heal the traumas that haunt her and her children. Master storyteller Feng Xiaogang creates an epic for the ages: an adventure-disaster movie and familypolitical melodrama in one extraordinary package. <AFTER>



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(Canada, 90 min.) Sharply realistic and exuberantly funny, Carl Bessai’s film combines four stories about grown men and their dads. Spanning different Canadian cultures and juggling a cast of finely drawn characters, this is a warm, boisterous comedy. <FATHE>

Think Global, Act Rural

(France, 113 min.) Want to know how to really save the planet? Coline Serreau’s “radical and exhilarating” (Le Nouvelle Observateur) documentary-cum-manifesto offers a good beginning. Serreau returns to her roots, quite literally, to dig deeply into the highly politicized world of organic agriculture, with help from some very knowledgeable and witty international experts. <THINK>

Kinshasa Symphony

(Germany, 95 min.) Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer’s film shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world— Kinshasa, in the war-riven Democratic Republic of Congo—have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. “An ode to joy.”—The Economist <KINSH>

Poetry (South Korea, 139 min.) Lee Changdong follows Secret Sunshine with another portrait of a woman who can’t quite cope with her immediate reality. Mija (veteran star Yun Junghee, back from retirement) is bringing up her grandson in a new dormitory town outside Seoul. On impulse, she joins a poetry-writing class and tries to see things through fresh eyes. But then she discovers that her grandson is probably guilty of a serious crime... Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes 2010. <POETR>

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Fab at 40! The Vancouver Chamber Choir leaves no “tone” unturned with its stellar line-up to ring in 40 years of choral delights. Debuting at 8 pm on Sept. 24 at Ryerson United Church, Music of the Masters, Great Choral Music has Terence Dawson on piano and John William Trotter as conductor. Barber, Bartok and Brahms works are explored, and the repertoire runs the gamut from sacred music to Slovak folk songs. Jon Washburn gives a pre-concert talk at 7:30 in celebration of the Choir’s anniversary. On Oct. 15 at 8 pm, the regal church is also the setting for NOVA, Rising Choral Stars, featuring the choir tackling the works of rising composers, with a tuneful and rhythmic Caribbean Mass from Cuba, and an amusing British ditty called Weather Report! And don’t miss the Solitude Trilogy on Nov. 5 at the Chan Centre, a wonderful evening which culminates with Tarik O’Regan’s world premiere that brings strings and harp to a rising crescendo. Vancouver Bach Choir welcomes its new music director, Leslie Dala, for its 80th season, and the choir is as excited as you are to usher in the year’s offerings. Performing at the Orpheum Theatre, in all its grandeur, the choir kicks off in December with Christmas with the Bach Choir on Dec. 5. This traditional family concert includes all the choirs in the Bach Choir organization—the Adult, the Children’s Chorus and the Youth Choir. Four hundred voices join in a program of music for choirs, organ and brass. Music Director Dala makes his debut, conducting Christmas Cantala. There are several other holiday concerts in store in mid-December. Check out the website for ticket packages.

Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir is turning 30 this year. Hard to believe, but the choir has managed to combine experience with new energy to continue delivering the best in allmale chorus to the city and beyond. As well as an ambitious concert tour of northern B.C. this year, 13 local concerts will be performed. Partnering with the Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir and outstanding Welsh tenor, Eifion Thomas on Oct. 30, the Welsh Men’s Choir opens the season with a bang. As well, they are in the midst of recording and producing


Sarah Davis Beuchner performs with the Vetta Chamber music

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8 pm • Friday, November 5 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts The beautiful acoustic of the Chan Centre will resonate with Gabriel Fauré’s luminous Messe basse, Schubert’s haunting Song of the Spirits over the Waters, Brahms’ Four Songs for women’s voices, horns and harp, and the world premiere performance of Solitude Trilogy for choir, strings and harp by the brilliant young British composer Tarik O’Regan. There will be a pre-concert talk by John William Trotter at 7pm.

8 pm • Friday, December 17 (NEW! Family concert) 3:30 pm • Saturday, December 18 3 pm • Sunday, December 19 Ryerson United Church Back by popular demand, A Dylan Thomas Christmas features the poet’s famous story A Child’s Christmas in Wales read by Russell Roberts and illustrated with Christmas carols and songs. Also, Hugo Distler’s Lo, how a rose e’er blooming and Jon Washburn’s piece The Star. Saturday’s family concert is a new feature: a shorter program, particularly well-suited to families with children nine or older. The family concert will be performed once only, so don’t miss out!

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Schubert, Fauré, Brahms, O’Regan

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Classical Music

Vancouver music lovers can’t get enough of the works of Polish prince Frederic Chopin, and the Vancouver Chopin Society certainly delivers this season with four masterpiece performances. Concert One on Oct. 30 at 8 pm features world class pianist Alexander Gavryluk, a sensational young Ukrainian who will open the series by enthralling audiences in this recital that takes place at Magee Theatre. On the program you’ll find Beethoven, plus Chopin’s Polonaise in A Major, along with Liszt, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov. The remaining three concerts take place next year, but you can cash in on all four by purchasing a subscription to this can’t-miss collection of events.


A Festive 40th Anniversary Christmas

8 pm • Friday, December 3 Orpheum Theatre The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s gala 40th anniversary Christmas concert with the world premiere of Stephen Chatman’s Magnificat, an earlier rendition of the Magnificat by Vivaldi, a new orchestral version of Jon Washburn’s A Silver Christmas, and a rousing carol sing with former singers of the last 40 years. There will be a pre-concert talk (Meet the Composer) with Stephen Chatman at 7pm.


Rachmaninov and Raminsh

8 pm • Friday, April 22 Orpheum Theatre The Vancouver Chamber Choir and its guests perform wonders from the Slavonic Liturgy by the Russian master Sergei Rachmaninov and then a world premiere of the latest new work by British Columbia’s Imant Raminsh, The Mystical Bond - a multilanguage tribute to universal brotherhood. John William Trotter will give an introduction to both works in a free pre-concert talk at 7pm.

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Nothing could be better than taking in Vetta! Yes, The Boys are Back at Vetta Chamber Music, and it all gets started Oct. 8 at 8 pm at West Point Grey United Church. Founders and original artistic directors Victor Costanzi and Eugene Osadchy return for a special 25th year celebration and are joined on stage by Joan Blackman, and Sarah Davis Beuchner, a concert pianist, among others. A showcase of Haydn and Schumann will stimulate chamber music aficionados! And what do two violins, a cello and a viola represent? A string quartet that’s music to your ears… Beethoven’s Ra-

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charge for his second decade, and the offerings are aplenty. Opening night commences Sept. 25, and matinee Sept. 26, evening Sept. 27, with the Masterworks Gold Series and Avan Yu on piano. It’s a night of Saint-Saens and Ravel at the Orpheum that is sure to appeal to lovers of romantic French classics. You’ll want to hear Han-Na Chang tackle Elgar on Oct. 2 and 4, as this Masterworks Diamond performance features cello in all its glory, with the rich Dvorâk Symphony No. 7 as its pinnacle. Weekday matinees of Tea and Trumpets appeal to the mature crowd, with a Gilbert & Sullivan Celebration Oct. 7. There’s something for everyone with the VSO; buy a full or partial subscription and don’t miss a note!

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Live Theatre

sumovsky Quartet No. 1 in F Major gets the royal treatment Nov. 26 at 8 pm at West Point Grey. Don’t miss it. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is raring to go with the new season. Maestro Bramwell Tovey is back to lead the

For old-fashioned theatre at a beachside setting, head down to Jericho Arts Centre for a United Players of Vancouver production. This season offers a wealth of Canadian premieres including The Power of Yes by David Hare, running currently to Sept. 26. An exploration into capitalism and the mortgage breakdown that began in September, 2008, this intriguing play answers the questions of what happened, and why. From Nov. 12 to Dec. 5 you can be a passenger on the journey of Mrs Klein, an account of Melanie Klein, an admired British psychoanalyst, as she (and her daughter) cope with the unexpected death of her son in a climbing accident.

The Arts Club’s Stanley Theatre is the setting for Tear the Curtain! Produced by Electric Company Theatre, currently to Oct. 10, this stylish thriller is inspired by the “reel “ story of the Stanley Theatre. It’s a multi-media spectacle featuring your favourite film noir archetypes: the mob boss, the femme fatale, the hardboiled detective and his Girl Friday. Don’t miss the glamour, intrigue and suspense! At the Granville Island stage, they’ve got physical comedy at its finest Sept. 23 to Oct. 23 with Don Quixote. Roy Surette directs this adaptation from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, based on an immortal quest that has captivated readers with its courage… and madness, amidst masks, magic and mayhem!

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre is pitching Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs as its season debut, Oct. 7 to 23 on the Main Stage. It’s 1937 Brooklyn, and 14-year-old Eugene Jerome is very ambitious – he’d love to be a pitcher for the New York Yankees. But, sharing a household with three other teenagers, an asthmatic aunt and nagging parents is never easy, and he and the rest of the Jerome family face a series of life changing events that paint a tremendously funny, moving portrait of family life. Studio B has Sexy Laundry sizzling on stage Nov. 11 to 20. Alice and Henry have checked into a swanky hotel for the weekend. Armed with a copy of “Sex for Dummies” and some racy lingerie, Alice is


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determined to revive the romance in her and Henry’s 25-year marriage, with truly comedic results. Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company is going all out this season, beginning with The Fantasticks, Oct. 2 to 23. With supporting characters portrayed by Christopher Gaze and Jeff Hyslop, you know this is going to be good! The Fantasticks tells the story of a young man and the girl next door, whose parents have built a wall to keep them apart. The youngsters nevertheless contrive to meet and fall in love. Next up is Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, running Nov. 27 to Dec. 23. The play takes you back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen. The lives and loves of three couples are played out in the famous station tearoom, using the words and songs of Noël Coward to create a breathtaking, delightfully funny and tear-inducing show.


THE GRAND BOUNCE New solo album from The Tragically Hip frontman. IN CONCERT Sept.22 at the Vogue Theatre.

Headlines Theatre isn’t afraid to explore “outside the box,” and its upcoming presentation, Us and Them (The Inquiry), is being performed in various venues around Metro Vancouver Oct. 22 to Nov. 28. This is the first phase of a multi-layered, two-year long project that will build into Headlines Theatre’s 30th anniversary production, Us and Them: The Play. A unique venture, all events are by donation and theatre-goers are invited to join in to experience an intimate evening of theatre without a play—i.e.: no actors, no script. Using the open theatrical dialogue method, Artistic Director David Diamond will be the conductor and through audience participation will explore humanity’s need to create the “other.” Sound intriguing? Check out the full series of public events on the website.


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