Early Music Vancouver Announces Its 50th Season

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) recently announced its 50th Anniversary, 2019 Vancouver Bach Festival and 2019/20 Main Season programs. 

Dedicated to sharing period music using the instruments and performance traditions for which it was originally composed, EMV is celebrating the anniversary with a season of renowned masterworks and illustrious guest artists. The season’s program includes such diverse works as Benjamin Bagby’s one-man musical telling of Beowulf; masterworks for choir and orchestra by Bach, Handel, and Purcell; early romantic creations by Chopin, Faure, and Schubert; 20th century solo piano pieces by Shostakovich; and world premieres challenging contemporary composers to write for Baroque and period instruments.

As in recent years the 50th anniversary season will host a stellar line-up of returning favourites and international artists, and collaborations with similar music and cultural organizations from Vancouver and abroad. 

Chor Leoni presents Sea Songs & Shanties on February 22, 2020

“This season is a balanced reflection of both our past and future. It promises more opportunities than ever for engagement, enrichment, and education via time travel through almost a thousand years of rich musical history,” says Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director of EMV. “With the support of our growing audiences, donors, staff, and volunteers, we have put together an offering overflowing with some of the world’s most esteemed artists specializing in period performance. The opportunity to program such diverse music, stunning talent, and ambitious collaborations is a rare privilege; one for which I continue to be deeply grateful.” 

Running July 30 to August 9, the fourth annual Vancouver Bach Festival will bring an all-encompassing celebration of classical music to downtown Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The 15-concert festival features evening and afternoon performances at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver and Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC. 

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra presents Handel Messiah’s November 30 Photo: Jan Gates

EMV’s Main Season running from September 28, 2019 to May 3, 2020; includes the Masterworks Series, mainly performed at Chan Centre, and the Cathedral Series, presented at Christ Church Cathedral. 

On April 5, 2020, EMV hosts its 50th Anniversary Gala, offering a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, and excerpts from Haydn’s Creation with the participation of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. The concert will feature the largest-scale period instrument orchestra ever assembled in Vancouver, demonstrating the recent growth of the regional period instrument scene on the West Coast.

For the dates and details of all of Early Music Vancouver’s Bach Festival and 2019/20 Main Season visit earlymusic.bc.ca

Picks of the Week – April 24, 2019

Can you believe it’s already the last weekend of April?! All this fun packed into the picks of the week makes time fly!

Dead Peoples Things : Eileen Barrett (left) and Meaghan Chenosky (right) photo: Tina Krueger Kulic

Things: Until May 5th at Studio 17, Zee Zee Theatre presents Dead People’s Things a poignant, darkly comic tale based on true events is a reflection on the stories behind the things we collect as we go through life.

Out: Until May 4th, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, Bed & Breakfast is a comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

Choir: Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents the Happy Hour Choir Series with West End Chamber Choir and Rhythm ‘n’ Roots on Thursday April 25th.

Blossoms:  As the petals drop it’s the last week to celebrate the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival before it comes to a close April 28th.

Photography: Look around and you’re sure to see an example of the lens based art that the Annual Capture Photography Festival brings all corners of the city throughout April.

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Fundraising: This Friday, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture Celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a special fundraising evening featuring Gaelynn Lea in concert

VTS: Throne and Games – The Last Laugh

Improv: Starting April 26th VTS , Throne and Games – The Last Laugh will feature some familiar characters along with a myriad of unexpected plot twists as suggested by the audience.

Blues: Experience East Coast Canadian Blues as Guitarist Matt Andersen and The Mellotones take to the stage at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC on Thursday evening

Jack & the Magic Bean
pic: Emiliano Leyva

Marionetas: North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina present Jack and the Magic Bean, at Presentation House Theatre from April 11th to 28th

Sweetener: Pop Princess Ariana Grande brings The Sweetener World Tour to Rogers Arena on April 27th

Box: The Vancouver Warriors lacrosse season comes to a close on Friday night when Toronto Rock comes to Rogers Arena

Retro: Platinum Blonde and Chilliwack bring their biggest hits from their heyday to the Molson Canadian Theatre stage at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Saturday night.

Anoushka Shankar photo: Anushka Menon

Sitar: Saturday April 27th, The Chan Centre For Performing Arts at UBC welcomes sitar player and daughter of the late Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar performing songs from her new compilation album Reflections

Pitch: Saturday afternoon, Whitecaps FC hope to add another win to the column when they play host to Philadelphia Union at BC Place.

Opera: The Vancouver Opera Festival – Fairytales & Fales opens on April 27th with performances of the mainstage operas Faust and La Cenerentola  (Cinderella) plus many more events until May 5th

Picks Of The Week : April 17, 2019

Get a jump on an Easter holiday weekend full of entertainment picks this week!

Mariza

Folk: Tonight, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC presents Portugal’s brightest star, Mariza, the internationally lauded fadista — a performer of Portugal’s traditional soul music, fado.

Kicks: Tonight, Whitecaps FC continue to look for their first win of the season as they host MLS league leaders LAFC at BC Place

Blooming: The city is in bloom as swaths of Cherry Blossoms paint the town pink, celebrate them all during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival until April 28th.

Okanagan: On stage at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until April 21, The Orchard (after Chekhov) is Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. 

Out: Until May 4th, at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, Bed & Breakfast is a comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

King Richard and His Women
photo: Daniel Deorksen

Royal: King Richard and His Women are onstage at Seven Tyrants Theatre’s Tyrant Studio upstairs at The Penthouse Cabaret until April 19

Run: Hop to it and head to Jericho Beach Park for the Big Easter Fun Run and Egg Hunt, a 10k, 5k, 3k, 1k run on Saturday Apr 20th

Eggs: From Friday to Sunday bring the whole family to Van Dusen Gardens’ Eggciting Easter Hop. Hunt for eggs, take photos with the Easter Bunny and grab a bite from the food trucks on site to have a picnic on the great lawn

Never The Last – Anton Lipovetsky, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon. Photo/Art by Bold Rezolution Studio.

BioDelinquent Theatre presents the emotional world premiere of Never the Last, as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex until April 20th.

Accessible: Until April 20th, The Cultch Historic Theatre welcomes Realwheels Theatre’s Act of Faith a multi-disciplinary premiere by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights, Janet Munsil

Photography: Look around and you’re sure to see an example of the lens based art that the Annual Capture Photography Festival brings all corners of the city throughout April.

Water: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways until October 2, 2019

Picks of the Week – March 20, 2019

Finally, Spring has arrived, with record breaking temperatures this week to wake us from our Winter slumber and get out and enjoy these picks of the week.

Conduct: The Gateway Theatre spring production, Gross Misconduct, tackles the topics related to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, running until March 23rd.

Blooms: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31

Diva: If you missed it last night at the Chan Centre but you’re in Victoria tonight, catch Piaf! The Show, a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf as performed by Anne Carrere at The Royal Theatre

Mclaren Senna

Cars: Does spring make you want to drop the top on a convertible and get out on the road in a new car? Find out what’s new on four wheels at the Vancouver International Auto Show, on until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival keep the city moving as it brings world of dance to stages around town until March 30th.

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Composer: The 2019 Sonic Boom Festival brings four days of new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by some of the province’s most talented musicians at Pyatt Hall and Orpheum Annex March 21 – 24

Musical: Until Saturday, you can stumble outta bed and head to The Blueshore at CapU to catch 9 to 5: the Musical, Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of the 80s film.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Chrissie Hall

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Francophone: Festival du Bois celebrates its 30th year of bringing francophone and French Canadian music and culture to BC audiences. Running from March 22-24, open to all ages at Mackin Park, Maillardville, Coquitlam

Puppet: The Cultch brings Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.’s Multiple Organism to the Vancity Culture Lab March 19-30, with nudity, projections, puppetry original music, and more to this eclectic work

Pucks: As the end of the season draws near, Vancouver Canucks play host to Ottawa tonight and Calgary on Saturday at Rogers Arena

Picks of the Week – February 13, 2019

This week brings us St Valentine’s Day as well as the BC Family Day long weekend so there’s plenty of activities to find in the picks of the week

Thank You For Being A Friend

Puppets: Tonight, Thank You For Being A Friend, the ultimate Golden Girls experience brings everyone’s mature, Miami matrons to the stage in puppet form


Cocoa: Warm up from the snow before the Annual Hot Chocolate Festival wraps up for another year, tomorrow, February 14th

Opera: Take your Valentine on a trip to Paris, the setting of Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème, playing February 14, 16, 19, 21 & 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Love: Find your way to your Valentine’s funnybone as Vancouver TheatreSports presents Romance Week, wraps up its improv fun.

Orphan: Everyone’s favourite orphan is onstage at the Micheal J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, as Align Entertainment presents Annie, until February 16

Circlesongs: The genre-defying, Grammy award winning Bobby McFerrin brings his circlesinging improvisational singing style to the Chan Centre stage on Sunday

Pop: spend your Valentine’s with Justin Timberlake as be brings his The Man of the Woods to Rogers Arena for two shows on Thursday and Friday

Yoga Play at Gateway Theatre

Yoga: You’ll bend over backwards to get into Gateway Theatre for the comedy Yoga Play before it closes February 16th

Hello: Find out Dolly Levi makes her match in The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 24th.

Crime: Torquil Campbell delivers a tour de force performance in the criminal biographical play True Crime is now At the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 24th.

Five-Fingers: From true crime to a petty-crime comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Much Ado About Nothing photo: Emily Cooper

Ado: Catch the final show in The Cultch’s 2019 Femme Series; Much Ado About Nothing, before it closes this weekend.

Lacrosse: Vancouver Warriors return to Rogers Arena on Saturday to play host to Saskatchewan Rush

Picks of the Week – January 9, 2019

The holidays have past but still a few remnants of the season live on to keep up feeling a bit festive into January

Lake: This week is the last to visit Harrison Hot Springs Village’s Lights on the Lake sasquatch-themed illuminations.

Lights: Hop the Millenium SkyTrain Line to Lafarge-Douglas Station and enjoy the last weeks of Metro Vancouver’s largest winter light display – Lights at Lafarge until January 20th.

Laughs:  with a new year, comes a new venue for Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, as they move Queerprov Fruit Bowl  to The Junctioni for an evening of laughter tonight, Jan 9th

Bowie: The 4th Annual Bowie Ball – A Celebration of the Life & Music of David Bowie brings an evening of bands benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society to the Rickshaw Theatre on Saturday night

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return to home ice, hosting Arizona Coyotes, on Thursday January 10th

Soul: British alternative R&B singer NAO takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday with her funky vocals

The Full Light Of Day
photo: Don Lee

Electric: The Electric Company Theatre, in association with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, presents the world premiere of a provocative new work, The Full Light of Day, at the Vancouver Playhouse from January 7 – 12

Comedy: Just For Laughs Presents Bert Kreischer – Body Shots World Tour for two shows at The Vogue Theatre on Sunday, at 7pm and 9:30pm

Improv: Beat those post-Holiday blahs by beating it with laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, until January 27th.

Warriors: Saturday night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse host the Saskatchewan Rush.

Country: Before it takes off on a USA Tour, get a preview of the story behind country music’s biggest love story as Kitty Night Productions Johnny and June a toe tappin’ musical story of June and Johnny Cash on January 12th at Biltmore Cabaret

 

 

Picks of the Week – December 19, 2018

There’s less than one week until Christmas, if you’ve completed all your holiday tasks, there’s plenty of entertaining activities in the picks of the week to fill your time

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Merry Kiss-mas
VTSL

Improv: Vancouver Theatresports presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy, parodying all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in a holiday TV special or film at Improv Centre until Christmas Eve.

Life: Look in on the life of George Bailey as Gateway Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, a new musical adaptation featuring tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, running until December 31st

Pride: Catch the follow up to Pride & Prejudice with Miss Bennet : Christmas at Pemberley at The Arts Club Granville Stage until December 30

Vancouver Christmas Market Photo: Lindsay Elliott

Market:  The Vancouver Christmas Market celebrates its 9th year as it returns to Jack Poole Plaza, with dozens of food sellers and shopping vendors, until December 24, 2018

Date: Until December 30, spend your date night watching Blind Date at The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage, each night is a unique show as a new audience member is the date in each show.

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

FaceOff: Vancouver Canucks play their last home game of 2018 on Saturday when they host Winnipeg at Rogers Arena

Lacrosse: The National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Warriors play host to Calgary Roughnecks at Rogers Arena on Friday night

The Daisy Theatre’s Esme Massengill as Esme Scrooge in Little Dickens

Puppet: You’re in for some madcap marionette merriment as Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre presents Little Dickens, a take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, at The Cultch Historic Theatre until December 22nd.

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Carols: Let the music of the season move you as the VSO presents their Traditional Christmas Concert at St Andrew’s-Wesley Church, December 20 – 22

Sing: Early Music Vancouver fills the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC with the sounds of Festive Cantanas: Monteverdi Christmas Vespers on December 23rd.

Lights of Hope

Lights: Light up your nights by visiting some of the Festival light displays around the city like; Bright Nights, Van Dusen Festival Of Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Canyon Lights, Glow Langley, Christmas at Canada Place and many more