Vancouver Opera Festival
Besides two featured operas (Eugene Onegin and The Overcoat) and the original chamber musical about homelessness Requiem for a Lost Girl, the second annual festival offers a Russian-themed outdoor party with circus and street performers, an intimate concert series, family programming, and for night hawks, the Opera Bar, where DJs spin for festival performers and fans.
(Vancouver: Apr. 28-May 6)
International Dance Day
Take in free outdoor dance performances by Mosaic Flamenco and urban dance students busting moves created by OURO Collective, and then step inside for dancer Lesley Telford and poet/muscian Barbara Adler's Spooky Action—inspired by Einstein's famous phrase referring to particles that are so closely linked, they share the same existence—at Scotiabank Dance Centre.
(Vancouver: Apr. 29)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Dance Victoria scores the only Canadian stop by New York's legendary contemporary dance company performing four electrifying works at the Royal Theatre.
(Victoria: May 1)
April in Paris
The most popular event on Rogue Folk Club's calendar, the 12th annual celebration features favourite gypsy jazz bands from Vancouver, Seattle, and beyond, playing for dedicated swing dancers at St. James Hall.
(Vancouver: Apr. 26-28)
The fourth annual art fair fills the Vancouver Convention Centre with works of art by more than 70 exhibitors, mostly comprising local, individual artists. But with many prominent galleries participating in Art! Vancouver’s inaugural, off-site Gallery Crawl, it may be only a matter of time before Western Canada’s only art fair becomes a must-attend event for gallerists around the world.
(Vancouver: Apr. 19-20)
Through stand-up comedy, original songs and multi-character vignettes, Sheldon Elter’s Dora Award-nominated Métis Mutt unravels his own journey. The son of a violent alcoholic, Elters pulls himself out of party animal destruction to carve out a creative life for himself. Presented by the Firehall Arts Centre.
(Vancouver: Apr. 25-May 5)