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 holiday season.
A Traditional Christmas
After the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, UBC Opera Ensemble and EnChor (Vancouver's 50-member choir for elders) fill the church with beautiful seasonal music, it's your turn. Discover how you sound backed by the orchestra and singers in a set of sing-alongs.
(Various Lower Mainland venues: Dec. 13-17)
Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan
Vancouver Art Gallery's exhibition of more than 40 works showcases Emily Carr’s most evocative forest paintings and her experiments with charcoal along side paintings by Hong Kong artist Lui Shou Kwan, whose vanguard works transformed Chinese painting.
(Vancouver: Dec. 16-Apr. 8)
Coastal City Ballet's Hansel and Gretel
Coastal City Ballet performs Hansel and Gretel, its first-ever full-length production, which debuted in 2012, just a year after the Vancouver-based company formed. The forest and gingerbread house sets are straight out of a fairytale book, and the music, adapted from Engelbert Humperdinck’s celebrated opera, emboldens the dancers to call on their acting chops.
(Vancouver: Dec. 17)
A Fernie Holiday Story
If you feel like cramming 100 years into a single night, try Tunnel Theatre Group's A Fernie Holiday Story, a scratch theatre performance that brings to life a century of Fernie's real-life history. Tickets are by donation, and all donations support the Arts Station, home of the Fernie & District Arts Council.
(Fernie: Dec. 16)
The charming musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s tale of four sisters features some of Vancouver’s strongest talent, including Michelle Creber, who won an Ovation Award for her performance in the hit FAME (and regularly wins the hearts of children everywhere as the voice of Apple Bloom in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic). You'll also see Ranae Miller, who starred in Theatre Under the Stars’ Mary Poppins. Leading the orchestra is Grammy-nominated artist Michael Creber. Co-presented by multi award-wining Bring on Tomorrow Co. and BC Alliance member Kay Meek Centre.
(West Vancouver: Dec. 27-30)
If you missed Early Music Vancouver’s two sold-out Messiah concerts earlier this month, here’s another chance to experience transcendence of the musical kind. EMV’s Festive Cantatas programme focuses on the sacred vocal music of Vivaldi, performed entirely by women at the Chan Centre. Virtuosic baroque violinist Monica Huggett leads the production, with tour stops in Portland, Seattle and Victoria.
(Vancouver: Dec. 23)
A Christmas Carol
Four-time Jessie Award-winning dynamo Rachel Peake directs Gateway Theatre's earnest take on Dicken’s holiday stalwart, adapted by Michael Shamata (artistic director of Victoria's Belfry Theatre). The Georgia Straight says: "If you’re in the mood for traditional holiday fare... you won’t be disappointed."
(Richmond: until Dec. 24)
2017 Year In Review
If anyone can find the funny in real estate, the NDP, Westbank and avocado toast, it’s Vancouver TheatreSports. The improvising ensemble’s skewering of the year's local news and trends has become a holiday tradition at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.
(Vancouver: Dec. 26-31)