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Spooky POPS: A Halloween Spectacular with the VSO

Enjoy the spooky, spectacular sounds of opera and cinema’s most haunting music. Celebrated VSO guest conductor John Morris Russell, who heads up one of the world’s most respected pop orchestras, the Cincinnati Pops, combines works new and old to evoke the thrill of the Halloween spirit. Ranging from select pieces from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Phantom of the Opera, excerpts ... Read More »

New Prime Minister, New Drama: A political performance preview from Artslandia Vancouver

All politics aside—no, seriously, put them aside, just for a second. Artslandia salutes Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for his contribution to the field of…drama! Having a former drama teacher in Canada’s top office is a prospect that has flummoxed some politicos, but Artslandia can’t help but enthusiastically welcome a change in leadership that inevitably brings a heightened national ... Read More »

The Humanity! DanceHouse premieres Hofesh Shechter’s ‘barbarians’

“Loud, visceral rage” is how DanceHouse producer Jim Smith alluringly describes Hofesh Shechter’s barbarians, the show that will open DanceHouse’s 2015/16 international season at the Vancouver Playhouse November 13 & 14. The Guardian calls it “juicy, nervy” and a “wittingly unsettling commentary.” Showing human intimacy in different lights, the piece gives Vancouver audiences the best that contemporary dance can offer, as evidenced ... Read More »

A Letter from our Artslandia Ambassador Erick Lichte

The leaves are turning, the days are getting a bit cooler and it’s actually raining (here and there). Clearly, it’s fall, the time when the local arts groups are back in full swing with their concerts and preparations for this exciting arts season. My own choir, Chor Leoni, is staring down a crazy schedule for this fall and winter with ... Read More »

Ballet BC’s Program 1 is a First-rate Showcase of Contemporary Ballet

Ballet BC is now thirty years old, celebrating three decades of creative brilliance, and the company’s birthday gifts are manifold: a bold new logo and website, and a triumphant 2015/16 season kicking off with three can’t-miss works. Program 1—playing for one weekend only, November 5, 6, and 7, at the the Queen Elizabeth Theatre—includes a world premiere, a Canadian premiere, ... Read More »