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Tomboy Survival Guide blends story, spoken word, music and memory: Ivan Coyote chats about the creative process

Part anthem, part campfire story, and part instructions for dismantling the gender stories we tell, Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band uncover the beauty in realizing they were handsome all along. A blend of story, spoken word, music and memory in a fearless, wry-humoured and tender insight into gender issues, defying the norm, and finding your identity. By Jasmine Proctor ... Read More »

Elektra Women’s Choir anticipates their next big trip abroad

Written by A.L. Adams It’s been 30 years since Elektra Women’s Choir was founded, and 20 since they traveled to Sydney, Australia for the World Symposium on Choral Music. Now the Vancouver-based group is ready to perform an encore—this time in Barcelona. In July 2017, Elektra will fly to Spain, joining more than 3,000 conductors, singers, and other choir professionals ... Read More »

Paul Robeson must’ve known something, ’cause his life and songs just keep rolling along

Call Mr. Robeson is the life and songs of Paul Robeson brought to the stage. Playwright and performer Tayo Aluko shares his vision with Artslandia. Written by Jasmine Proctor. Paul Robeson was a performer and activist who carried and projected a message of equality, justice, and love. His charm and vision stood as a message against oppression and racism—a message that still ... Read More »

Opening Night Fever: Romeo & Juliet with a twist

This Valentine’s Edition of Small Stage is the classic Romeo & Juliet story with a genre-blending, gender-bending, time-transcending twist. We asked each of the dancers to tell us about their typical day of opening night and about their work. To start, can you tell us about your piece in just three words? Then feel free to add a few more. Joshua Beamish: ... Read More »

Opening Night Fever: Shannon Chan-Kent, Soprano

How does your day start on opening night? Shannon Chan-Kent: I’m an early riser and typically wake up anywhere between 5:45 and 7:30 a.m. As soon as I’m up, I make myself some roasted dandelion tea and drink about a litre of water. And then, I make myself a coffee. What about pre-show jitters? Do you still get them? SCK: ... Read More »