Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

The VSO will join Arrival from Sweden in playing the hits of ABBA May 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nothing cheers up your friendly neighbourhood Inside Vancouver correspondent more than being able to bring readers news related to the music of one the best pop bands ever, ABBA. And this spring offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the music of the Swedish quartet.

A remount of the spectacular musical Mamma Mia!, a Swedish ABBA cover act playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and even ABBA burlesque are coming to town. See below for details.

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Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle shines a spotlight on the stories behind the songs

Ruth B is one of the singer/songwriters performing at the 2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle March 25 at the Orpheum.

With the 2018 JUNO Awards just a few weeks away, excitement is mounting for the Canadian music industry’s biggest night of the year. The March 25 event marks the first time since 2009 that Vancouver has hosted the annual awards show.

Along with the show, which will be broadcast live from Rogers Arena, a number of other JUNOS-related events are coming to the city. These include the JUNOS Cup (a hockey game with musicians facing off against former NHL players) and the 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle.

Considered by many as “the jewel of JUNO Week,” the Songwriters’ Circle presents some of the country’s best-known songwriters performing some of their favourites in an acoustic setting. In addition, the songwriters share the stories behind the songs. For more info about hosts, performers, and tickets, keep reading.

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2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle shines a spotlight on the stories behind the songs

Here come the JUNOS! What to expect on (and before) March 25.

Burnaby-raised singer Michael Bublé hosts this year’s JUNO Awards March 25. For the first time since 2009, the Canadian music industry awards show is being held in Vancouver.

For the first time since 2009, the JUNO Awards are coming to Vancouver.

Presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the annual celebration of the Canadian music industry takes place March 25 at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). A number of JUNO-related events are also planned as part of JUNO Week (March 19-25).

But the main event is the March 25 broadcast/live presentation. Host Michael Bublé and guest presenters will hand out a number of awards from 42 categories. Here’s a look at some of this year’s nominees and performers.

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Here come the JUNOS! What to expect on (and before) March 25.

Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Street Food City, a festival of local street food carts, returns for 2018 Dine Out Vancouver. Amber Sessions photo.

A full 17-day schedule of events that provide festivalgoers with unique culinary experiences. Guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more are among the events at the 16th annual edition, Jan. 19-Feb. 4 2018.

For those visiting from out-of-town, or who just want to get away from the kids for a night or two, Dine Out Vancouver is also sponsoring special hotel packages. Exclusive hotel rates and Dine & Stay packages give you the option to customize and complete your Vancouver culinary getaway. (Find out more at dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/special-room-rates and dineoutvancouver.com/hotels/dine-and-stay-packages/.)

The Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival features hundreds of restaurants each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (not including tax, gratuity and beverages). This is an opportunity to choose from almost 300 of the city’s restaurants, from fine dining to family-friendly and everything in between. The list of participating restaurants and menus will be made available to Aeroplan members on Jan. 8, 2018, and Jan. 11 to the general public. (Get a jumpstart on securing a table through advance reservations by signing up for Aeroplan now). Meanwhile, many of the events have already been announced. Here are a few.

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Enjoy 2018 Dine Out Vancouver with special room rates and dine-and-stay packages

Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

This November, Vancouver’s iconic Orpheum celebrates 90 years of entertainment. To honour the anniversary, citizens are invited to attend a 1920s themed, Orpheum 90, party presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) in partnership with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO).

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Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

Vancouver Civic Theatres Now Offering Self-Guided Tours of the Historic Orpheum

This summer Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) is offering self-guided tours of the Orpheum, one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America.

The Orpheum, a designated National Heritage Site, was built in 1927. The theatre hosts international musicians, concerts, and unique events, and is home to the beloved Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

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Vancouver Civic Theatres Now Offering Self-Guided Tours of the Historic Orpheum

Acclaimed Vancouver string quartet premieres new works this Sunday

Borealis String Quartet. Steven Lemay photo.

Borealis String Quartet. Steven Lemay photo.

A Vancouver string quartet is premiering a new program that is intended to take listeners on a sonic journey.

Presented by Borealis String Quartet, Landscapes: A Northern Odyssey features a world-premiere composition, String Quartet No. 5, written especially for the Quartet by Vancouver composer, Owen Underhill. The BSQ will perform the piece alongside two contrasting works, one from Latvian-Canadian composer Imant Raminsh, the other by Chinese-Canadian composer Xiao-Ou Hu, both Vancouver premieres. This hot classical action takes place beginning at 3 p.m. this Sunday, March 12 at the Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St.).

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Acclaimed Vancouver string quartet premieres new works this Sunday