Visual art, Inuk throat-singing and German cabaret part of the first Vancouver Opera Festival

Tanya Tagaq, pictured here performing in Vancouver in 2011, is one of the performers at the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival. Ashley Tanasiychuk photo.

Beginning April 28 and running until May 13, Vancouver will host its first opera festival. Presented by Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Opera Festival includes three operas as well as concerts from celebrated Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and German cabaret stylist Ute Lemper, an art installation by Vancouver artist Paul Wong, and more. Festival-goers will also be able to party and talk opera at an opera bar and tent set up on the plaza outside Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.) in downtown Vancouver.

That’s not all, as we learned in a conversation with Tom Wright, Director of Artist Planning.

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Visual art, Inuk throat-singing and German cabaret part of the first Vancouver Opera Festival

Kids in Vancouver: Make A Big Splash With Peppa Pig!

Not only are most parents of toddlers familiar with the popular British animated series, Peppa Pig, but most can also hum the tune of the opening song, name all of Peppa Pig’s pals, and even mimic the accents of the cute little pig family characters. This is because the show has become a favourite amongst young boys and girls, regularly gracing TV screens in households around the world.

For the first time ever, Peppa Pig and her crew of critters will be bringing their theatrical tour to Canada, performing live on stage right here in Vancouver, BC! Find out how you and your super-fan tots can make a splash with Peppa and her pals here in the city by the sea.

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Kids in Vancouver: Make A Big Splash With Peppa Pig!

The Royal Moscow Ballet: Don Quixote (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Don Quixote can rightfully be called one of the most popular performances in the Royal Moscow Ballet’s repertoire. Perfectly synchronized, smooth and precise, there is a special charm to the performance that draws the viewer into the story. Here is the temperament, the emotion and the fascination of Old Spain wrapped up in a classic story of adventure, misadventure and love.

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The Royal Moscow Ballet: Don Quixote (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Upcoming Public Programs

Learn the basics of architectural photography with instructor Doug Williams. This course will teach you techniques for window light portraits, using flash, methods of creating abstracts, and long exposures outdoors. Review your work in the class and practice with the instructor’s one-on-one support. This course is low cost, so if you’ve got a keen interest in photography but are low on resources, this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

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Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Upcoming Public Programs

STOMP those winter blues away

Garbage cans, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps, brooms, perhaps even the bones of former Blue Man Group members – is there nothing that STOMP cast members won’t use in their quest to turn everything into a percussive instrument?

Nope. STOMP repurposes everything, including the kitchen sink, to make a thrilling, crowd-pleasing noise that will help dispel those West Coast winter blues (known around these parts as the fancier-sounding “Seasonal Affective Disorder”). The North American touring company of the long-running show returns to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, with four performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) from Jan. 13 – 15.

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STOMP those winter blues away

All Male Comic Ballet Company Returns to Vancouver

Giselle; Photo Credit: Sascha Vaughan

The holidays can be such a fun-filled frenzy of activity that I often forget what happens next. January truly can be a dreary month after the splashy sparkle of December. However, I’ve learned to make plans for the upcoming New Year, so that there’s plenty to anticipate.

The return of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, New York’s famed all male ballerinas, to Vancouver is one such event to put on your calendar for 2017.

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All Male Comic Ballet Company Returns to Vancouver

Don’t be that person who’s like, ‘Aw nuts, I missed the Nutcracker!’

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Good news, slowpokes; there are still tickets left for The Nutcracker. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet production, co-presented with Ballet BC, is in town for five performances, from Dec. 8-11 (matinee only on the 11th) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.).

For many dance fans, and folks who just plain love a Christmas-y spectacle, RWB’s Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. Besides the Tchaikovsky score, the beautiful dancing and gorgeous costumes, the ballet had been Canadian-ized to include a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.

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Don’t be that person who’s like, ‘Aw nuts, I missed the Nutcracker!’