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VSO New Music Festival 2018

New year. New Music. Seems natural, right? And the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has a multi-concert festival to celebrate both the new and kick-off the new year. This new music festival is one of the great legacy achievements of conductor Bramwell Tovey. The concept of a wintertime festival was tested in Tovey’s previous gig with the Winnipeg Symphony and has now ... Read More »

The Philanthropists — Bonnie Mah & Anndraya Luui

THE PHILANTHROPISTS: BONNIE MAH & ANNDRAYA LUUI “It’s like tree planting.” In her first year at UBC, needing an elective, North Vancouver’s Bonnie Mah took an introductory theatre course from legendary Professor Peter Loeffler (“a very gentle soul and a true intellectual”), completing her major project on the opening of Gateway Theatre with aplomb. “But what really got me hooked ... Read More »

The Star — Bria Skonberg

THE STAR: BRIA SKONBERG “I decided to try New York. I wanted to get uncomfortable.” Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg is a star by any measure: The New York Times dubbed her “the shining hope of hot jazz,” and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her first release on Sony Masterworks, Bria, the Juno Award for ... Read More »

5 Years of East Van Panto: Q+A with Theatre Replacement’s Co-Artistic Director James Long

Co-artistic directors of Theatre Replacement, James Long and Maiko Yamamoto, are getting ready to bring their fifth East Van Panto to Vancouver audiences. This year, it’s an outrageous take on the classic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Long answers a few of our burning questions about this year’s production, and offers up his reflections on Pantos past. At this five year ... Read More »

Vancouver-based composer Rodney Sharman wins Walter Carsen Prize

Vancouver-based composer Rodney Sharman has won the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts awarded annually by the Canada Council for the Arts. Sharman was born in Saskatchewan in 1958 but came to British Columbia when his family moved to Victoria. As a young man he studied with Murray Adaskin and Rudolf Komorous; thereafter his teachers included ... Read More »