Kitsilano Showboat opens for its 2015 summer season on Monday (June 22), with 30 nights of free entertainment through to August 15.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the amateur theatre, and there’s good reason to catch a show.
Quite simply, Kitsilano Showboat is one of Vancouver’s most charming summer traditions. Even though I grew up in East Van, my family trekked over to the West side a few times every summer for a picnic dinner leading up to the show.
Later, when I lived in Kitsilano, I would wander down on weekday evenings to catch a few acts. From teenage tap dancers to senior jazz musicians, eight-year-old pop-stars-in-the-making to big bands, there was always something to enjoy.
Here are five reasons why I love Kitsilano showboat–and why you will too.