Live Performances Coming to Granville Island This Spring & Summer

Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

Granville Island is famous for many things including its indoor market and scenic view overlooking False Creek as well as many different artistic and cultural offerings. Cap off a night on the town after dinner by seeing a show inside one of the island’s many live performance venues throughout the spring and summer.

Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

The Granville Island Theatre District is comprised of several distinct theatrical spaces including Performance Works, the Waterfront Theatre, and The Nest among others that all host a variety of ticketed special events ranging from theatre, dance, comedy, and more.

Here’s a taste of what’s coming to theatres live on Granville Island from now until summer:


Arts Club Theatre Company

Andrea Menard


Derived from the Michif word for “leftovers stew” or “big pot,” Rubaboo will take audiences on an intimate, moving, and joyous journey—guided by powerhouse Métis performer Andrea Menard. An acclaimed singer-songwriter and actor, Menard’s lyrical voice and masterful storytelling will envelop you in the beauty of Métis culture.

Featuring the sounds of drums and guitar, this grand musical feast includes songs of reconciliation, unity, love, frustration, and resilience.

  • March 30–April 30 @ Granville Island Stage (world premiere)

Million Dollar Quartet

Inspired by true events, this rocking jukebox musical takes you to Memphis and into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956. Witness the famed jam session that brought together rock and roll legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—for the first and only time.

Experience all the hits that made these powerhouse stars the icons they are today, including “That’s Alright,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and more!

  • June 22–August 6 @ Granville Island Stage


The Improv Centre

Photo: The Improv Centre


Check out some hilarious improv theatre with new or rotating weekly shows scheduled every month from Vancouver’s home for live comedy.

Themed shows currently scheduled throughout spring include “Friday Jr.”, “Date Night”, “Oil in the Alley”, “Ladies Against Humanity”, and “International Women’s Night”.

  • Wednesdays to Sundays nightly @ 7:30pm


Excavation Theatre

What A Young Wife Ought to Know

It’s Ottawa in the 1920s, pre-legalized birth control. Sophie, a young working-class girl, falls madly in love with and marries a stable-hand named Jonny. After two difficult childbirths, doctors tell Sophie she shouldn’t have any more children, but don’t tell her how to prevent it. When Sophie inevitably becomes pregnant again, she faces a grim dilemma.

In an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, and inspired by real stories of mothers during the Canadian birth-control movement of the early twentieth century, the play vividly recreates a couple’s struggles with reproduction.

  • March 24–April 1 @ Performance Works


Carousel Theatre for Young People

Photo: Benjie Layug


L. Frank Baum is in trouble—forty-four years old and on the eve of his greatest creative work—he is a “jack of all trades” but success eludes him. It is 1899 in Chicago and Baum is putting the finishing touches on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but putting dreams on paper is an elusive business and Baum is struggling with some definite plot problems, no title and no ending!

  • March 1-26 @ Waterfront Theatre (all ages)



Alphonse is lost, walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.

  • May 2-7 @ Waterfront Theatre (ages 5-12)


Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Photo: VICF

The longest-running professional performing arts festival for young audiences, VICF presents some of the world’s finest music, theatre, dance, puppetry, acrobatics, and storytelling as well as creative arts activities for the entire family on Granville Island.

Families come from near and far to experience this extraordinary annual arts festival created specifically for children and families. The festival is dedicated to providing creative, diverse programming that engages and delights young audiences.

  • May 30–June 4 @ Various Venues


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