Singer Lila Downs brings a taste of Mexico to Vancouver

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Celebrated singer Lila Downs is bringing a little bit of Mexico to Vancouver. Downs returns to the Chan Centre April 26, where the Mexican-American songstress will perform her fusion of Mexican folk, rock, R&B, blues and jazz.

The show is part of a tour in support of her new album Balas Y Chocolate (Bullets and Chocolate).

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Singer Lila Downs brings a taste of Mexico to Vancouver

Dance music takeover in Vancouver this weekend!

French pop band Yelle, pictured at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Oct. 25 2014, is one of the acts coming to the 2015 Seasons Festival. Kirk Chantraine photo.

French pop band Yelle, pictured at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Oct. 25 2014, is one of the acts coming to the 2015 Seasons Festival. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The Seasons Music Festival has kicked into high gear. Now in its fifth year, the festival began April 1 and runs all weekend until Monday April 5. Featuring some of the biggest and fastest-rising names in contemporary dance music, the festival takes place in clubs around town and, for two raging nights, at the Pacific Coliseum in East Vancouver.

So what are some of the highlights?

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Dance music takeover in Vancouver this weekend!

Vancouver’s Best Dance Classes for Singles

Photo credit: Justin Lee

Photo credit: Rhythm City Productions

By Amy Watkins

It takes two to tango but only one to sign up for dance lessons in Vancouver. You don’t need to be in a duo to dance as solo spinners can drop in to a class and pick up the moves… and possibly a new partner.

Offering classes like sexy salsa and classic ballroom, the city’s dance floors are home to teachers who can show you moves from fancy footwork to beginner friendly boogies. Here are our favourite types of classes to meet people, learn something new and dance the night, or day, away in Vancouver…

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Vancouver’s Best Dance Classes for Singles

Proud political satire returns to Vancouver

Andrew Wheeler and Emmelia Gordon in Proud. Pink Monkey Studios photo.

Andrew Wheeler and Emmelia Gordon in Proud. Pink Monkey Studios photo.

It’s an election year in Canada, so what better time to welcome a scathing satire of Canadian politics than now?

In Proud, award-winning Toronto playwright Michael Healey has written a comedy about this country’s notoriously controlling head of state, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The play was so popular in Vancouver last year that the Firehall Arts Centre is bringing it back April 7 – 25.

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Proud political satire returns to Vancouver

The messier side of life in Vancouver and more in B.C. film series

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A scene from Mina Shum’s Double Happiness.

Looking for a way to spend a Monday night in Vancouver? The series The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia continues with screenings at Cinematheque (1131 Howe in downtown Vancouver) on March 30, April 13 and April 20.

The films include a look at the messier side of life in Vancouver, a documentary about the worst terrorist incident in Canadian history and one of the most talked-about Canadian films of the 1990s.

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The messier side of life in Vancouver and more in B.C. film series