History’s First Opera Masterpiece Comes to Vancouver’s Chan Centre

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The grey skies and rain of this season make for the perfect atmospheric weather for a night of dramatically moving and passionate opera in one of Vancouver’s loveliest performing venues.

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) presents Monteverdi’s timeless Orfeo at the end of this month in a production that brings together an impressive roster of local and international talent.

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History’s First Opera Masterpiece Comes to Vancouver’s Chan Centre

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend features a great variety for everyone of all ages, including culinary events, comedy, music, and hockey!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Montreal chanteuse Lhasa honoured in Vancouver premiere of Danse Lhasa Danse

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Danse Lhasa Dansers Roxanne Duchesne-Roy and Rocky Gagné. Credit: Jean-François Leblanc

Just over three years ago, Montreal lost one of its best husky-voiced torch singers: Lhasa de Sela. Known professionally as Lhasa, her music had a gypsy quality to it – loaded with Spanish, French and English lyrics paired with klezmer, Mexican folk and middle eastern rhythms.

After a 21-month long fight with breast cancer, 37-year old Lhasa’s gravelly, passionate voice stopped on January 1, 2010. Her sudden absence from Canada’s world music and folk circles was and is felt. During her too-short career Lhasa’s awards included a Juno, a Felix and a BBC World Music award.

Lhasa left behind her legions of fans and three albums – La Llorona, The Living Road and Lhasa.

On January 18, Vancouver Lhasa and dance fans alike will be treated to Danse Lhasa Danse courtesy of the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. A tribute to Lhasa’s music, Danse Lhasa Danse features seven dancers, four singers, and five instrumentalists together on one stage. The evening combines concert and dance performance, alongside poignant audio clips of Lhasa herself and is a powerful tribute for the world music dynamo.  Continue reading:
Montreal chanteuse Lhasa honoured in Vancouver premiere of Danse Lhasa Danse

Back to School for a UBC Day Out

Photo: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

It’s one of Canada’s largest campuses – with dozens of faculties serving 48,000 full-time students – but the University of British Columbia is also among Vancouver’s best day out destinations, combining a surprisingly diverse array of attractions and activities.

Most start at the Museum of Anthropology. Perhaps B.C.’s best cultural attraction, it showcases a kaleidoscopic array of Northwest Coast First Nations artifacts, including a forest of totem poles and a menagerie of bright-painted carvings.

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Back to School for a UBC Day Out