Vancouver’s Chan Centre Showcases Folk Superstars and the Queen of Mariachi

I’m With Her (Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, and Sara Watkins); Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road), one of the loveliest concert spaces in the city, is set to launch their 2018/2019 season with an exciting array of performers and artists.

The season opening concert on September 9, 2018 at 2pm will feature the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra performing the works of Tchaikovsky, as well as a work by composer-in-residence Trevor Hoffman. Pianist Libby Yu and conductor Ken Hsieh will be featured.

Here are some of the other exciting upcoming concerts and events at the Chan Centre:

A Civilized Conversation with Chelsea Handler
September 21, 2018, 8pm

Join this open and wide-ranging conversation with Chelsea Handler and Civilized Publisher Derek Riedle.

Aida Cuevas: Totalmente Juan Gabriel
September 22, 2018, 8pm

Image courtesy of Aida Cuevas

There are still tickets left for this highly anticipated performance by Aida Cuevas, the Grammy award-winning Queen of Mariachi. Accompanied by her band Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, Cuevas will be singing traditional Mexican songs by Juan Gabriel who passed away in 2016 and was Cuevas’ mentor. Songs to be performed include “La Diferencia” and “Te Lo Pido Por Favor.” This is a concert not to be missed. Cuevas, who has been singing since she was eleven years old, has had a prolific career, selling eight million copies of her 39 albums and singing for Pierre Trudeau, Gerald Ford, and Mexican presidents.

I’m With Her
September 30, 2018, 7pm

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

The popular folk group I’m With Her begins the Canadian portion of their Overland Tour at the Chan Centre. The trio, composed of Sarah Jarosz (mandolin), Aoife O’Donovan (guitar), and Sara Watkins (fiddle), will be playing songs from their debut album See You Around. The singers/musicians have received considerable acclaim (Grammy awards) for their playing, harmonies, and song writing craft. As their name indicates, the group is about female solidarity and friendship that celebrates the power of music and passionate performance.

Beyond Words: Kealoha
October 3, 2018, 7:30pm

Photo Credit: Ronen Zilberman

Those with a passion for poetics and politics will be particularly energized by this one-man show by Hawaii’s first official poet laureate. Kealoha has an engaging spoken word style that addresses many provocative and important issues, such as the environment, social activism, Indigenous identity, unity, and community. His education in nuclear physics at MIT and his cultural background give him a unique voice and perspective to offer listeners. He is the founder of HawaiiSlam’s First Thursdays, which sees roughly 500 people attend each session. The night will also feature an opening performance by local slam poets Ivan Leonce, mitcholos touchie, Valeen Jules, Anjalica Solomon, and Santiago Ureña.

Vancouver Recital Society: Evgeny Kissin, Piano
October 9, 2018, 7:30pm

This performance by pianist Evgeny Kissin is selling out quickly. Making his debut in Moscow at twelve years old, Kissin has been wowing audiences ever since with his virtuosity. He will be playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” and Rachmaninoff’s 7 Preludes from Op. 23 and 3 Preludes from Op. 32.


Further info on all concerts/events and tickets can be found on-line.


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