The Merchant of Venice -reviewed

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Bard on the Beach has taken on a modern rendition of The Merchant of Venice this year. Helmed by Nigel Shawn Williams and starring Olivia Hutt (Portia), Charlie Gallant (Bassanio), and Warren Kimmel as Shylock, the Merchant focused on the difficult themes of intolerance and patriarchy over it’s comedic attributes. Continue reading

Bard on the Beach rounds out 2017 season with a test of friendship in Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 28th season with The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Directed by Scott Bellis, Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively tale of friendship, love and loyalty, with two very funny clowns and a loveable Basset hound that just might steal the show! The Two Gentlemen of Verona plays on the Howard Family Stage from June 29 to September 17. Continue reading

Inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival has stunning line-up

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Vancouver Opera’s first Vancouver Opera Festival is featuring three main shows, Otello, Dead Man Walking, and The Marriage of Figaro. The full three-week festival has a lot of exciting shows going on, so check it all out below.

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Superb singers and stunning designs feature in this year’s exciting Vancouver Opera Festival

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Three dazzling new opera productions are at the core of the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival, April 28 to May 13, 2017.

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Vancouver International Dance Festival 2017 lineup announced

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Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) kicks off its 17th year of connecting Vancouver audiences with the power and breadth of contemporary dance in a four-week line-up that showcases world-renowned artists from the United States, Japan, and Denmark alongside seasoned and emerging Canadian artists from Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. From March 1-25, 2017, at various Vancouver venues, VIDF will present 14 captivating companies, including anticipated performances by San Francisco’s internationally-lauded troupe Alonzo King LINES Ballet; a Canadian premiere from Japan’s Dairakudakan and Denmark’s Kitt Johnson; west coast premieres from Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance and Montreal’s Compagnie Virginie Brunelle; world premieres from Vancouver’s-own Kinesis Dance, Karen Jamieson & Margaret Grenier, Rob Kitsos/Jane Osborne/Kim Stevenson, among many others. Continue reading

The Just for Laughs Showcase brings lots Vancouver-specific jokes to Biltmore Cabaret

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My next show during JFL NorthWest is the Just for Laughs Showcase – and they’re back tonight at Yuk Yuk’s! Continue reading

Diverse cultural traditions showcased in 10th anniversary of Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

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Marking 50 years of Indigenous dance revitalization, Dancers of Damelahamid and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC announce the 10th anniversary Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. A celebration of Indigenous stories, song and dance from Canada and abroad, this season’s festival will feature a Pacific Islander artist from Hawai’i, the anticipated return of Cree hoop dancing, and the world-premiere of Dancers of Damelahamid’s newest work, Interweavings from February 28 to March 5. Continue reading

Top Five: JFL NorthWest comedy festival events

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Vancouver’s comedy festival, JFL NorthWest, presented in association with SiriusXM, returns for a second year of mid-winter laughs from Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 25, 2017 at multiple venues across Vancouver.

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Throwdown defeats the Winter Blues, February 1 – 14

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This is often the time of year when the winter blues set in – the holidays are over, the weather is blech, and you’ve received your credit card bill from December. The best antidote? A good dose of laughter.

February 1 through 14, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) rocks the laughs with its annual festival, Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre), welcoming TheatreSports™ teams from around the world who bring their A-Game to head-to head matches with each other and local teams comprised of some of VTSL’s top improvisers. Continue reading