Special Events of Interest, Theatre, Festivals, and more!
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Transits and Returns presents the work of 21 Indigenous artists whose practices are both rooted in the specificities of their cultures and routed via their travels. These forces of situatedness and mobility work in synergy and in tension with one another, shaping the multiple ways of understanding and being Indigenous today.
Within the exhibition, these dual realities are explored through themes of movement, territory, kinship and representation, with many artworks inhabiting multiple categories. The resulting presentation foregrounds the creative sovereignty of each artist to determine their own articulations of the world, while also exploring the resonances between them. Tickets $22.86 ONLINE
Experience the popular attraction in a whole new light while you explore the park as it transforms the suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, Treetops Adventure, canyon and rainforest into a twinkling West Coast winter wonderland. Along with these and other interactive light displays, the 250-year-old Douglas-firs at Treetops Adventure light up from top to bottom, making them the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world. For general information, including the free shuttle schedule to and from Canada Place, please visit ONLINE. Tickets: $53.95 General, $48.95 Senior ONLINE
The festival started back in 2003 with 57 restaurants offering three course menus at set price-points. Since then, it has grown to include more than 250 restaurants offering menus at $20, $30 and $40, along with over 80 culinary events, including a street food celebration, tasting tours of neighbourhoods, cooking lessons, and dinners that pair what’s on your plate with exotic beverages, art, or even a movie. The list of restaurants offering Dine Out™ Vancouver menus is released on the festival’s website right at the beginning of January, and you’ll want to make your reservations right away as they get snapped up quickly! More info ONLINE
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh) presents its 16th annual edition from January 21 to February 9, 2020 at various venues across the Lower Mainland. Featuring 27 works from 24 companies from nine countries — including six world premieres — the festival line-up is dedicated to creative risk-taking and dynamic interdisciplinary collaboration. PuSh 2020 is a poignant reminder of art’s power to bring communities together and effect change. Single tickets start at $15 ONLINE
The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 47th time on Sunday, January 26th, 2020. This signature event of Vancouver's Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed. The parade will begin at 11 am. The Year of the Rat in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Saturday, January 25th in 2020. Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the festivities!
Tickets to all public events at Canada's premier wine show, February 22-March 1, are now on sale. A number of events are already sold out, but there are many amazing events still available. This year, the spotlight is on France, highlighting wines from 10 iconic wine regions through special events and the theme section of the Tasting Room. Tickets/Events ONLINE
Broadway Across Canada 2020/2021 Vancouver Season
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
DEAR EVAN HANSEN (February 25 - March 1, 2020)
The Tony® and Grammy® Award-Winning Best Musical. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
FINDING NEVERLAND (April 7 - April 12, 2020)
Originally directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
WICKED (July 9 - July 26, 2020)
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
CHICAGO (September 15 - 20, 2020)
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (October 28 – November 1, 2020)
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.
ANASTASIA (January 19 - 24, 2021)
From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
COME FROM AWAY – SEASON OPTION (March 9 – 21, 2021)
This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
HAMILTON (June 22 - July 25, 2021)
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment intheatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
Housing a permanent collection of more than 10,000 artworks and featuring an ongoing rotation of world-class visiting exhibitions, the Vancouver Artgallery is a must-see stop for locals and visitors to Vancouver. Visit their web site for full details on current and upcoming events. www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
The ultimate flying ride experience, FlyOver Canada delivers an awe-inspiring trip across Canada from coast to coast, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to reveal some of Canada’s most awe-inspiring sights. Conveniently located at Canada Place in the heart of downtown Vancouver. www.flyovercanada.com
The Bill Reid Gallery is named after Bill Reid (1920 – 1998), the acclaimed Haida master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, spokesman and one of Canada's greatest artists. The Gallery is devoted to understanding and appreciating contemporary Aboriginal art of the Northwest Coast. 639 Hornby St. 604.682.3455 http://www.billreidgallery.ca/
When the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (affectionately named "The Cultch" by its patrons) opened its doors for the first time, it was for a successful two week run of the Anna Wyman Dance Company. Since then, The Cultch's dedication to presenting contemporary theatre, dance and music have developed its reputation as one of Vancouver's finest cultural treasures. Its warmth and dedication to the arts have earned its place in the heart of the Vancouver community. Check out What's On and more: http://thecultch.com
Your source to entertainment, Tickets Tonight is Vancouver's only day-of, half-price ticket booth, and is a full-service Ticketmaster outlet. Located in the main Touristinfo Centre at 200 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver, Tickets Tonight sells tickets to select independent productions, special events and to all shows sold by Ticketmaster. Visit www.ticketstonight.ca
Vancouver’s annual international fire works competition takes place at English Bay, in the West End. Four nights of world class displays, two of which fall within Pride week. Starts from 10pm
JULY 25, JULY 29, AUG 1, 2020
Summer 2020: http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/
No charge to attend, but be prepared for very large crowds.
Upgrade discounts available.
Shows at the various venues on Granville Island.
Visit www.vtsl.com for up to date programming information.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 604-280-4444 or The Arts Club Box Office at 604-687-1644