Gabriola Isle of the Arts Festival
Artists in venues across the Island offer workshops in disciplines ranging from shadow puppetry to cartoon drawing (with New Yorker cartoonist Kaamran Hafeez, who moved to the island last fall) at the eighth annual Gabriola IOTA Festival. Program director Mitch Miyazawa says, "I really believe in the ways that the arts and just being creative in general bring people together on this island — and that it’s a real part of the identity of the island to be a creative person.” Also featured are performances and dance parties, such as Saturday night's Arty pARTy, at which people are encouraged to wear their smartest ARTfit, and bring something made during the festival to score a free drink.
(Gabriola Island: Apr. 4-15)
Chor Leoni VanMan Male Choral Summit
Each year, Chor Leoni’s open invitation to male singers to rehearse and perform with the choir attracts hundreds of individuals, along with international choirs. Grammy Award-winning a cappella sensation Take 6 launches this year's Summit at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The sextet appears again at the closing concert, for a solo set and for the powerful finale, featuring all 300 participants singing together on the Chan Centre stage.
(Vancouver: Apr. 6-7)
Capture: The Blue Hour
Celebrate the launch of the city-wide Capture Photography Festival at the opening of its feature exhibition. At the Contemporary Art Gallery, five artists (Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman) take the idea of the blue hour — the brief “blue” period between twilight at dawn and dusk — as the starting point to explore the idea of photography as occurring between the present and the future; or "between the movement of time."
(Vancouver: Apr. 5)
BC Book Prizes Soirée
Dive into conversations with eloquent nominees of the BC Book Prizes at the free, pre-awards show party at Cottage Bistro. Among this year’s 35 nominees: Andrew Struthers, whose book The Sacred Herb / The Devil’s Weed is both informative and hilarious, Grant Lawrence, author of Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, a title that says it all, and David Chariandy, whose novel Brother, about race and family, follows his hugely acclaimed debut Soucouyant. (Vancouver: Apr. 5)
MOA Night Shift: Quantum Futures
Cross-sector collaboration can lead to innovation. Curiosity Collider, which hosts regular events that bring together scientists and artists, joins forces with the UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute for this one-time take-over of the Museum of Anthropology’s Night Shift cabaret series. Attendees will experience the beauty of quantum physics through dance, spoken word, projection, sculpture, and virtual reality. Who knows — maybe something will trigger a breakthrough. Participating artists and scientists include: Alexander Sheyerman, Angelica Poversky, Char Hoyt, Étienne Lantagne-Hurtubise, James Day. Kathryn Wadel, Lesley Telford, Matt Horrigan, Niel McLaren and Oguzhan (Oz) Can.
(Vancouver: Apr. 5)
WEE/Francesco Scavetta - Hardly Ever
The Norwegian dance troupe's normcore fashion belies its virtuosity. The dancers whirl around the stage in astounding ways. Hardly Ever, at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, is a highly theatrical and slightly off-the-wall work that explores reality and untruths.
(Vancouver: Apr. 5-7)
Reel 2 Real Film Festival
Kids of all ages: expand your minds during the week-long celebration of films created for young audiences. Opening day at the Roundhouse Community Centre starts with a pancake breakfast, and includes a full day of films from around the world, animation and other workshops, and cool virtual reality presentations, all for $5.
(Vancouver: Apr. 8-14)
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