Six Unmissable Member Events This Week: March 7 - 13

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.

 Joe Trio's performances are often pretty funny. | Image:

Joe Trio's performances are often pretty funny. | Image:

Joe Trio
Vancouver’s Joe Trio makes classical music fun. With a penchant quick and twisty repertoire, their program can swing from Haydn and Shostakovich, to their own arrangements of jazz and rock tunes. At Frank Venables Theatre.
(Oliver: Mar. 9)

Lila Downs
The Chan Centres stellar season continues with the Grammy-winning powerhouse Lila Downs. Drawing on her Mexican roots, the singer creates some of the most innovative Mesoamerican music heard today. Downs—who responded to racist comments made by Donald Trump with the headline-making protest song The Demagogue (sample lyric: "he's a quack circus act"), and whose new album celebrates iconic Latin American women—gives a talk before the show.
(Vancouver: Mar. 10)

Neighbourhood Sketchbook Project
Imagine asking 10 people in your neighbourhood to fill a sketchbook. That’s what gallery cachet did, and now you can browse these books full of drawings, writings and experimentation by the likes of fellow Downtown Eastside organizations Chinatown Concern Group, Spirit Sisters Prevention Response Team and Tenant Overdose Response Organizers.
(Vancouver: opens Mar. 9; runs to Mar. 17)

 Raven Kimono by Dahlia Drive. | Image: North Vancouver Arts Council.

Raven Kimono by Dahlia Drive. | Image: North Vancouver Arts Council.

North Shore Art Crawl 2018
A great way to explore the community, the eighth free art crawl features 280 artists showing works in 79 locations, including homes, studios, galleries, art schools and businesses. Several venues feature art activities and demos: make a scarf at fashion designer Dahlia Drive’s studio; take a block-print workshop at CityScape Art Space, or watch a cedar weaving demonstration at the Polygon Gallery.
(North Vancouver, from Deep Cove to Lion’s Bay: Mar. 10-11)

Vol. 1 – Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Inaugural Illustration Department Show
If you can think it, it can be drawn. Expect works in this inaugural show to tap into movements including pop surrealism, minimalism, and op art to communicate narratives or feelings in innovative ways. Opening night at the Beaumont Gallery features artist talks, beverages and snacks.
(Vancouver: Mar. 9-23)

The Dram
Whiskey enthusiasts are a particular sort; here’s a chance to hang out with a theatre full of them, while swilling the mountain dew to your heart’s content. Vancouver Writers Fest's annual fundraiser at Performance Works is also a opportunity to meet new artistic director Leslie Hurting—who has already announced a new Festival initiative: every year, a guest curator will be invited to program five events.
(Vancouver: Mar. 9)

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


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