Museum of Vancouver Happy Hour Choir Series: West End Chamber Choir & Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Explore feature exhibitions and enjoy live music performed in our auditorium. Two of Vancouver’s dynamic choirs share an evening of singing and engagement (Museum of Vancouver, Apr. 25)

Anoushka Shankar Divine sitar player, acclaimed composer, and one of contemporary India’s cultural gems, the six-time Grammy Award-nominated artist “embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation” (Nitin Sawhney) (Chan Centre, UBC, Apr. 27)

Pantayo (Toronto) +Gamelan Bike Bike (Vancouver) presented by Vancouver New Music. Pantayo is an all-women lo-fi R&B gong punk collective based in Toronto that combines percussive metallophones and drums from kulintang traditions of the Southern Philippines and synth-based electro grooves, to create a sound shaped by their experiences as Diasporic Filipinas (The Annex, Vancouver, Apr. 27)

Leila Lustig: 75th Birthday Celebration While Leila has composed for all media, her main focus is on writing for the human voice and most interested in exploring the possibilities of the human voice in atypical combinations with other instruments (Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall, Victoria, Apr. 29)

I Am in Need of Music presented by Elektra Women's Choir (Shaughnessy Heights United Church, Vancouver, May 4)

Take 5 Presented by Vetta Chamber Music (West Point Grey United Church, Vancouver, May 9-10)

Vancouver Chamber Choir: Youth & Music 2019 - Music’s Future This biennial event — co-sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre BC Region — highlights the finalists and winners of our 14th Young Composers’ Competition, while Jon Washburn’s Vancouver Chamber Choir and Carrie Tennant’s Vancouver Youth Choir celebrate the wonderful combination of Youth & Music (Shaughnessy Heights United Church, Vancouver, May 10)

Axe Capoeira (Frank Venables Theatre, Oliver, BC, May 10) 

Heartbeat Laudate Singers and Guitarist Adrian Verdejo present Romancero Gitano, tango, premieres and more. (Pyatt Hall, Vancouver, May 4, and Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, North Vancouver, May 11)

The Looking Glass Phoenix Chamber Choir, with guest conductor Kathleen Allan, explores reflections on identity, technology, and self-perception in the digital age (St. John's Shaughnessy Church, Vancouver, May 11)

Jazz and Strings An evening of jazz with the Miles Black trio and guests accompanied by the strings of the Surrey City Orchestra (The Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, Surrey, May 11)

Vetta Downtown Presented by Vetta Chamber Music (Pyatt Hall, Vancouver, May 12)

JazzSundays: Steve Maddock Quartet North Van Arts presents a sensational performance from well-known vocal talent, Steve Maddock and his Quartet (Club #45 Anavets, North Vancouver, May 12)

Symphony at the Annex 3: Amoroso VSO presents Jocelyn Morlock’s musical inspirations: Kaija Saariaho, Nikolai Korndorf, and W.A. Mozart, plus two of her own works. (Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, May 18)

Kate Liu, piano recital The remarkable artist who won the bronze medal and the prestigious prize for best mazurka performance at the 2015 Warsaw International Chopin Competition will make her long-awaited and much anticipated Vancouver debut (Vancouver Playhouse, May 19)

Cantonese Opera Extravaganza A live performance showcase of exquisite Cantonese opera performances (Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, May 25)

Scandinavian Treasures: Songs of the North This choral concert from Vancouver Cantata Singers explores music from five different Nordic countries: Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway (Scandinavian Cultural Centre, Burnaby, May 25)

From the Old World to the New: Concert with Cathedral Organist Denis Bédard This musical voyage starts in Europe with works by Italian and German composers, arrives on this continent with works by American composers, and ends in Vancouver with the second half of the concert devoted to works by Denis Bédard (Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver, May 24)

Lions Share Chor Leoni's extravagant fundraiser (Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, Vancouver, Jun. 8)

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Various venues, Vancouver, Jun. 21-Jul. 1)

News & Announcements

Vancouver Opera Festival: Fairytales and Fables The third annual Festival features two mainstage operas, special events, speakers, family events, and more (Various Vancouver venues, Apr. 27-May 5)

Bamboo Theatre: The Cantonese Opera Festival Vancouver Cantonese Opera presents a two-day bilingual festival inspired by historic festivals held in China where travelling opera troupes roamed the countryside and performed in temporary, open-air bamboo stages built by villagers. The Festival includes a free Behind the Scenes workshop May 18 and a Extravaganza showcase of exquisite Cantonese opera performances May 25

42nd Vancouver’s Folk Music Fesitval 2019 Early Bird Tickets on Sale! Discount weekend passes are available to May 10, 2019! Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, Jul. 19-21)


Music Talks with Neil Ritchie Gain a deeper understanding of the music you love through insightful lectures by entertaining and knowledgeable speakers, stimulating discussions and some great on-screen performances.
Apr. 23: Fred Astaire — The supreme dancer who introduced more great songs than any other singer.
Apr. 30: Carole King — A teen-age hit writer who later wrote classic songs and became a superstar singer/pianist.
(West Vancouver Memorial Library)

Opera Speaks: Relaxed Performances - Where to begin? Relaxed performances are designed to make the experience of going to the theatre more accessible. The discussion will begin with an detailed explanation of the purpose behind relaxed performances followed by an exploration of the entire process from the initial idea, to community partnerships, and the practical considerations for performers and audiences (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, May 2)

Cantonese Opera “Behind the Scenes” workshop Featuring a hands-on workshop with interactive demonstrations this FREE workshop is presented by Vancouver Cantonese Opera (Vancouver Central Library, Vancouver, May 18)


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