Dancing on the Edge 30th Anniversary opens July 5, 2018

Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance, Dancing on the Edge Festival is coming to Vancouver venues July 5 -14, 2018.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Dancing on the Edge Festival’s longevity serves as a powerful reminder of the contributions of dance, to our past and future of the Arts in the community. Building on its 30 years of history the30th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival will bring dance in all shapes and forms to Vancouver audiences.

Festival Founder and Producer Donna Spencer announced that this year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than twenty innovative companies and choreographers. Artists from across Canada, from Belgium and South Korea will take to stages and streets during the ten-day festival, performing in full length and mixed bill programs, as well as site-specific works.

Highlights of this year’s lineup include performances by visiting companies including;
Montreal’s Paul-André Fortier/Fortier Danse-Création
Belgium’s Liz Kinoshita,
South Korea’s Dab Dance Company
Montreal’s Lara Kramer Danse


BC choreographers are well represented too, performing a mix of new works and audience favourites include; Wen Wei Dance, Company 605, Lesley Telford/Inverso Productions, Co.ERASGA/Kasandra Lea, Kokoro Dance, Mascall Dance, Noam Gagnon/Vision Impure, and many more performances for the 30th anniversary. 

Outdoor site-specific work includes;

Gail Lotenberg of LINK Dance Foundation’s choreography Crosswalk Hustle, a new installation in “The Intersections Series” where pedestrians and vehicle traffic meet in a choreographed routine (performances at Davie & Bute and Commercial Drive &1st Ave),

Dances for a Small Stages Summer Series brings four short works to Granville Island ranging from tap to hip hop, from contemporary to flamenco.

Dancing on the Edge Festival kicks up its heels with a opening 30th Anniversary Party by-donation, community celebration on July 5th at Firehall Arts Centre.

For a full line-up and schedule of events, plus ticket information visit dancingontheedge.org

Speaking Of Dance Conversations 2017-18

Speaking of Dance Conversations
 is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance. Presented by Dance House with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, the series is a study of the place dance holds within culture and society.  Moderated and presented by noted local writers, artists and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a platform for everyone to share and develop their own observations and interpretations, and engage in conversation.

All of the series’ conversations are free, open to the public, and are scheduled to be held at Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, within SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. 

The first of the Speaking of Dance Conversations is coming up next week on October 24th at 7pm. 

Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison

The evening will be moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor at The Georgia Straight,  in conversation with Jarkko Lehmus (Tero Saarinen Company, Circo – Center for New Circus, Finland), Charlie Wu (ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, TAIWANfest Managing Director), and others.

The upcoming events in the series are;

Marshall McLuhan: Global Village
Date: 21 November 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC, Author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography)

Vancouver and Toronto’s Cultural Scenes in the 70s: A Comparison
Date: 20 February 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Pia Lo (Globe Dancer) 

Creative Arts Therapies: Arts and Health Care
Date: 13 March 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Peta Schur (Cofounder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara)

Tap Dance and Jazz Music: the Evolution of an Art Form
Date: 10 April 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Sas Selfjord (Vancouver Tap Dance Society)

The complete list of speakers and guests will be announced in advance of each Conversations date, check for details at dancehouse.ca/speaking-of-dance

Uncover the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival ’17

Shake a tail-feather and get your tickets now for the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.  Canada’s most prestigious and long-running burlesque festival, showcases Vancouver’s long history with the art of burlesque and cabaret dancing. In the 1940’s Vancouver nightclubs rivaled the hotbeds of Montreal and San Francisco as a mecca for burlesque.  Since 2006, the Burlesque Festival has been bringing burlesque to a new generation.

This weekend, March 31 – April 1, 2017, a series of workshops help the sharing of knowledge and skills between burlesque generations. Learn how to get the most of a costume budget with Nasty Canasta, find your fierceness with Sassy von Stradler, feel the music and movement with Bazuka Joe, whip out your Wild Side with burlesque legend Camille 2000 or many other performers passing in their experience.

The public can start the weekend on Thursday March 30th with Tit Talks 2017, a TED Talks style session to Teach, Inspire and Transcend. Then experience their favourite burlesque performers or discover the artform for the first time at The International Cabaret on Friday March 31st and Vancouver Uncovered on Saturday April 1st at Vancouver Playhouse.

Get your tickets for Vancouver International Burlesque Festival online at vibf.ca now

Kinky Boots on Tour

Broadway Across Canada’s Kinky Boots wrapped it’s tour stop in Vancouver this weekend selling out most shows at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  The Tony Award winning musical, adapted from the 2005 British film of the same name, has a timeless theme of diversity and inclusiveness that stands out as topical in the current political environment.

J Harrison Ghee as Lola | photo: Matthew Murphy


Loosely based on a real-life story, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, (Curt Hansen) the 4th Generation in Price & Son shoe factory, who longs to break away from the family business and his father’s expectations to live his own life with fiance Nicola in London.  When his Father passes, Charlie is forced to accept the realities of being responsible for the livelihoods of the small town factory’s staff, many of whom he has known his whole life.   In a chance meeting with Lola (J. Harrison Ghee), a London drag queen, he falls upon an unusual niche market that he hopes will save the factory and the employees.
After accepting that footwear is in his blood, the pressures of being responsible for the factory workers take their toll on his relationships.  Both Charlie and Lola try to shake off the expectations placed upon them by society and their fathers, leading them to the inevitable epiphany that moves the musical’s story along to it’s rousing climax.

The book by Tony award winner, Harvey Fierstein, brings plenty of laughs and heart without being too heavy handed with the production’s theme.  The contrast between the Price and Son factory folk and Lola and her troupe of drag queens provide the opportunity to enforce the message of accepting other as they are. Cindy Lauper’s music and lyrics, much like her own pop career, swing from quiet heartfelt ballads to over-the-top dance-pop production numbers.  Lola and the drag queens give Director / Choreographer Jerry Mitchell the obvious opportunity for colourful over the top dance numbers but these were almost expected from the performers. It is the factory pieces or when two sides of the cast combine that really awoke the audience, seeing the contract of the drably garbed staff keeping up with the long legged, high-kicking queens.

While Kinky Boots has closed in Vancouver, it continues on Tour around Canada and the US.  It was also announced this week, that J Harrison Ghee will be making his Broadway debut when he takes over the role of Lola in the New York production in March.

If you can catch Kinky Boots on tour, Broadway or in London’s West End, I hope you’ll come away with a bit of joy in your heart.

Picks of the Week – January 25, 2017

Can you believe it’s the final weekend of January already!? Let’s see what entertainment we can find for the picks of the week

Push: The 2017 PuSh Festival continues to bring international cutting edge performing arts from around the globe to venues around the city.

Stage: The Nether, delves into the darkness of the internet at Firehall Arts Centre until January 28th.

Winter: Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is underway with snow sports, and evening entertainment all around the village until January 29th.

Theatre: William Faulkner’s southern gothic novel plays out in the Arts Club “As I Lay Dying” at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 12th

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 continues with round 2 hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Country: Canada’s favourite country rock group, Blue Rodeo plays a pair of gigs at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday and Saturday

Rock: At the Commodore Ballroom, Big Wreck bring their rock act to the stage on Friday evening.

Dine: The tastiest festival of the year; Dine Out Vancouver Festival gets underway Friday, offering hundreds of events and restaurants participating in the set-price menu options, until February 5th

90s: XYYVR takes it back to the last century on Friday night with Eye Roll: Another F*(%#*ng 90s Party hosted by Peach Cobblah and Valynne Vile

Sunwave 2015 kicks off June 4

This Saturday, Sunwave 2016 kicks off with Open Air, the start to a season of great electronic music events.  Throughout the summer, the 3rd Annual Sunwave brings exciting electronic music, cold craft brews and good times for all.  Koerner’s Pub at UBC is the place to be, with one of the largest open air patios in Vancouver, spend your days soaking up the sun and fun.

It all begins this Saturday June 4, with OPEN AIR – featuring Jay Tripwire, MYTE, K.A.S.H, Tienn, Rob Caruk and Jackson.

The rest of the summer’s schedule:

Jun 18 – WAVE II
Tyler Stadius, Jay Zoney, Cato Kane, Chris Drinovz, Mike Mimoni & Kai

Jul 2 – WAVE III
Featuring Max Ulis, K.A.S.H, Jesse Bru, Marc Gerrard, Mi Di, & Sladien M

Jul 16 – WAVE IV
Featuring James Hopkins, Briser Gonzalez, Ryan Wells, Mike Mcsuede, NIMA & Zareh

Aug 6 – WAVE V
Featuring K.A.S.H, Oliver Nickels, Derrick Vnuk, Chris Drinovz, Iain Howe & Breno Mos

Featuring Rennie Foster, K.A.S.H, Nancy Dru, Joel West, Ryan McKinnon & Mike Arnold

Day Passes are on sale now for $10
Season Passes (all 6 shows) are $40

Koerner’s Pub is located at 6371 Crescent Road (UBC)

Check out the 2015 Sunwave teaser

CelticFest 2016 is coming

celticfestFrom March 10 to 17, Vancouver will be even greener as the 12th Annual CelticFest brings the Emerald Isle to the city.

While Ireland is often most associated with the Celtic culture, CelticFest celebrates culture from all of the Celtic Nations; Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall & Brittany.  The Celts shares their culture with the parts of the new world too, with Canada having a strong connection in the Maritimes.
Bringing the Celtic Arts & Culture to the West Coast, CelticFest features, theatre, dance, music and more. Highlighted by the Celtic Village, music stages, entertainment and food stalls, March 12 – 13 on Granville Street and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, along Howe Street from Davie to West Georgia Streets on Sunday March 13th

Some of the other highlights of CelticFest include;

  • Moll, a comedy play, presented by Standing Room Only Theatre March 10, 12, & 14 at St James Hall
  • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – Friday March 11 at St Andrew’s Wesley Church
  • CelticFest Ceilidh, music, dance and drinks – Saturday March 12 at The Imperial
  • Sharon Shannon, Irish accordionist & fiddler – Sunday March 13 at St James Hall
  • Whiskey Tastings at Doolin’s Irish Pub – Whiskey 101 – Monday March 14, Whiskey 201 – Tuesday March 15, Advanced Whisky Tasting – Wednesday March 16

The week is packed with many more free and ticketed events, to see all that CelticFest has to offer, check out celticfestvancouver.com