Coal Harbour Music Festival
The inaugural festival features a solid line-up of Vancouver jazz, world and soul musicians in free twilight concerts, a free family day, and two ticketed shows all at one of Vancouver’s loveliest venues: the rooftop PAL Studio Theatre in Coal Harbour. Performers include Jim Byrnes, Dawn Pemberton, Gordon Grdina, Van Django, and others.
(Vancouver: Aug. 15-29)
Award-winning artist Durrah Alsaif's sculptures, installations and photographs at Deer Lake Gallery wink at Western perceptions of Saudi Arabia, where she lived until 2008. Car parts are dunked in glittering gold and women's heads are swathed in coverings so thick they can't move. (Burnaby: opening Aug. 18; runs to Sept. 15)
Rumble Theatre’s festival of emerging talent sees a young company of 38 taking over the Italian Cultural Centre to stage three, hip Canadian plays: Selfie, about consent, by Christine Quintana, Theory, about free speech, by Norman Yeung, and Tiny Replicas, a comedy about gay couple trying to have a baby, by Dave Deveau. Tickets are priced right: Pay-What-You- Decide.
(Vancouver: Aug. 16-25)
Cultivate Theatre + Music + Art Festival
Cultivate is a new festival that combines the Gabriola Theatre Festival, which ran for nine years, and the Gabriola Music Festival, which started just last year. Featuring seven theatre performances, two evenings of music, artist fair, and family shows, Cultivate's own description is island-life incarnate: "a celebration of community, love, compassion, inclusivity, and mindfulness."
(Gabriola Island: Aug. 16-18)
Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
The Festival's gala performance features, among others, Toronto's Travis Knights, a principal dancer in the film Bojangles, with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, and a featured tap dancer at Vancouver's Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Knights hosts another festival highlight: The Tap Jazz Jam at Frankie's was a sell-out last year, so it's a two-nighter this year.
(Vancouver: Aug. 20-26)