Exclusive Vancouver preview of new cabaret-style dance performance

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This June, performers with one of Vancouver’s premiere music-and-dance series are going to Ottawa as part of the 2015 Magnetic North Theatre Festival. To prepare for the occasion – one of the biggest in its 10-year history – Dances for a Small Stage is presenting an exclusive preview of the show they’re taking to Ottawa for Vancouver audiences June 2 – 4 at The Emerald.

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Exclusive Vancouver preview of new cabaret-style dance performance

Cinematheque spotlights the man behind Alien, H.R. Giger

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Cinematheque shines a spotlight on the man responsible for one of the most horrific creatures to ever come to the big screen.

From May 28-31, the theatre is screening a documentary about the Swiss surrealist who terrorized millions with his design for the creature in Alien, alongside the original 1979 movie itself. This double-bill is a treat for anyone who is a fan of horror, science fiction, and fantasy art – especially if their taste runs towards the perverse.

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Cinematheque spotlights the man behind Alien, H.R. Giger

Cirque du Soleil in Vancouver for Five Days Only!

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Image courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

For five days only Cirque du Soleil is returning to Vancouver and bringing their astounding acrobatics, costumes, and gravity-defying tricks to the city in their show Varekai

Opting for something more concrete than the usual multi-coloured tents set up below the skytrain near Main Street, Cirque du Soleil will instead be performing at the at the Pacific Coliseum from May 20th – 24th with multiple shows running throughout the day.

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Cirque du Soleil in Vancouver for Five Days Only!

Sun, Sand and Shakespeare: Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach fest is back

Photo credit: Bard on the Beach | Flickr

Photo credit: Bard on the Beach | Flickr

The Bard is back.

Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s summer Shakespeare festival – returns this June 4 for its 26th season. The festival presents some of the playwright’s best-known works, plus original creations, against a backdrop of sea and sky at waterfront Vanier Park.  On tap this year: King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost and an original production, Shakespeare’s Rebel.

Of course, the setting for all this drama is almost as epic as what’s on stage. Plays are performed inside soaring, red-and-white striped tents with stadium-style seating. The tents are open-ended, meaning gorgeous vistas of English Bay and the distant Coast Mountains are part of every performance. They form the core of Bard Village – a little patch of Elizabethan England transported to current-day Vancouver. Inside the gates, you’ll find a concession, bar and even a boutique for Shakespeare bric-a-brac, all linked by a network of boardwalks.

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Sun, Sand and Shakespeare: Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach fest is back

Visit 30 countries in 2 days at Burnaby’s European Festival 2015

Delhi 2 Dublin |Photo sourced from EuropeanFestival.ca

Delhi 2 Dublin |Photo sourced from EuropeanFestival.ca

Want to explore Europe without leaving Metro Vancouver? Over the last weekend in May, you can experience the food, music, and dancing of up to 30 different countries at the annual European Festival in Burnaby.

On May 30 and 31, Swangard Stadium at Central Park will be the site of a mash-up of European culture. The 18th annual festival features continuous entertainment on two stages with musical performances ranging from Spanish flamenco guitar to Slovenian polka to a Balkan brass band.

Turkey is the featured country this year, and the Vancouver Turkish choir will also be performing.

The headliners on Saturday night are Delhi 2 Dublin, a Vancouver-based band that Hour Magazine called “the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”.

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Visit 30 countries in 2 days at Burnaby’s European Festival 2015