Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is colourful and culturally rich (Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic).

Culturally rich and alive with energy, Commercial Drive – better known to Vancouverites as The Drive – boasts 22 blocks packed with quaint boutiques, eclectic restaurants, live music and performance bars, theatres, cafes, specialty food shops and bakeries, as well as Vancouver’s officially designated Little Italy.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

The return of last year’s sensation Hot Brown Honey!

Hot Brown Honey returns to Vancouver from Mar 15 –  30. The cabaret of politics, dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease, and song was a smash hit when it played the York Theatre last year, and it’s coming back to the Commercial Drive venue for another run.

Reviewing the show last year for the Vancouver Sun, Jerry Wasserman wrote: “It’s an immensely clever and entertaining show that blatantly sugar-coats, or rather honey-coats, its serious political message. Fighting the power, the Honeys promise, never tasted so sweet.” Find out more below.

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The return of last year’s sensation Hot Brown Honey!

The world premiere of a new Quebec comedy & more Vancouver theatre highlights in February

Théâtre la Seizième presents the world premiere of Le Soulier, a new play by Quebec playwright David Paquet.

A student production of a Moliére classic, a drama about a shooting in an Amish school, and the world premiere of a comedy by celebrated Quebec playwright David Paquet are among February’s theatre highlights. There’s lots more—including the PuSh Festival, on until Feb. 3—so check out the below for something, or some things, you’d like to see.

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The world premiere of a new Quebec comedy & more Vancouver theatre highlights in February

Acclaimed musical about Canada’s residential schools returns to Vancouver

Scene from Corey Payette’s Children of God. Emily Cooper photo.

One of the most acclaimed Vancouver plays of the last few years is coming back to the York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive).

Corey Payette’s Children of God premiered in 2017 in Vancouver. The musical stunned theatregoers with its punishing yet humane depiction of the effects of residential schools on individuals as well as the nation. Following a national tour, the show returns to Vancouver for a three-week run, Feb. 20-March 10.

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Acclaimed musical about Canada’s residential schools returns to Vancouver

Love and Legacy with Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole Coming to Vancouver this January

By Rachel Rosenberg

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole is an award-winning singer and hula dancer, who has appeared on stage with her family since the age of three. Descended from seven generations of activists and artists, all of whom continue to inspire her, her love-infused performances utilize an incredible range that blends baritone chanting with Hawaiian-style falsetto. As a modern transgender Hawaiian, her spellbinding performances unify traditional Hawaiian culture with contemporary sensibilities. We spoke to Kaumakaiwa about what inspires, recharges, and excites her.

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Love and Legacy with Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole Coming to Vancouver this January

Provocative theatre from Belgium—magic, music and a planet devoid of humanity

The World Without Us imagines a post-human world.

This month, the Cultch—Vancouver’s favourite purveyors of provocative Belgian theatre _presents two shows: The History of the World (Based on Banalities) and The World Without Us.

One is a full-scale production featuring magic, music and a story about family; the other is a monologue (or “zero-logue,” as performer Karolien De Bleser puts it) guiding us through a post-human world.

The History of the World runs Apr 25 – May 5 at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.), while The World Without Us runs April 17-29 at the Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St.). Find out more below.

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Provocative theatre from Belgium—magic, music and a planet devoid of humanity

Australia’s Hot Brown Honey headlines Femme January

One of the hits of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is coming to Vancouver.

Hot Brown Honey has had two successful runs at the standard-bearing Fringe, including an award for 2016 Total Theatre Award for Innovation. Originally scheduled for just two weeks, presenters the Vancouver East Cultural Centre has added a week of shows. It now runs Jan 9-27, at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.).

In addition, the Cultch is billing Hot Brown Honey as part of a month of programming. Femme January, as its called, includes a couple of other shows.

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Australia’s Hot Brown Honey headlines Femme January