Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 450 members are artists, performance groups and cultural workers at museums, theatres, concert venues, community organizations, professional associations and more. Here's what some of them are up to this week.
Tom Wilson in Conversation With Hal Wake
Tom Wilson, the musician behind Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse and Lee Harvey Oswald, found out at 53 that he was adopted, and that his biological mother was an Indigenous woman from the Mohawk Kahnawake community who fell pregnant out of wedlock. He talks about his memoir on the subject, Beautiful Scars, with Vancouver Writers Fest artistic director Hal Wake at a free event at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.
(Vancouver: Dec. 4)
A Christmas Carol
Western Canada Theatre artistic director James MacDonald directs his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’s ghost story for Christmas, promising an adventure that’s both spooky and fun.
(Kamloops: Nov. 30-Dec. 12)
A Louisiana Hayride Christmas
If y’all are hankering for Christmas tunes fringed with fiddle and swing, hop aboard. This holiday hoedown at Frank Venables Theatre features tribute acts channelling Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and others, performing hits and your favourite carols, too.
(Oliver: Nov. 30)
30 Years of Laughs: Middle Aged Magic
Artspeak celebrates 31 years of presenting articulate art with a smorgasbord of jokes, comic illusions and other menu items. Your maître d's for this evening at Russian Hall: the comedy duo Liz Milton and Tara Travis.
(Vancouver: Dec. 1)
East Van Panto: Snow White
Snow White dances with Superdogs, rides the rollercoaster, and hangs backstage with ’80s rock stars The Seven Dwarves. It’s all fun and games at the PNE... until the wicked Queen shows up. Once again, the East Van Panto gang turns up the biting satire, finger-snapping jingles and utter ridiculousness at York Theatre for the holiday season. With a script by Mark Chavez, direction by Anita Rochor, music by Veda Hille, and returning Panto fave Allan Zinyk joined by Ming Hudson, Chirag Naik and Amy Rutherford.
(Vancouver: Nov. 30-Jan. 6)
Considered by some the greatest work of classical music ever written, Handel’s Messiah can make your spine tingle, especially during the Amen chorus. Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and a great cast of soloists take on the peerless work of art.
(White Rock & Vancouver: Nov. 30 - White Rock Baptist Church; Dec 1 & 2 Vancouver Playhouse)
Building a Better Canada
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, esteemed BC-based recipients Wade Davis, David Suzuki, Trevor Linden, Sophie Pierre, and Shelagh Rogers take the stage to share their vision for what it will take to build a better Canada over the next 50 years. The event at the Chan Centre includes a performance by the pianist Robert Silverman.
(Vancouver: Nov. 29)
For more member events, check out our Member News page. To see your event on the BC Alliance website, email your press release to Nancy Lanthier at firstname.lastname@example.org.