Every week, the BC Alliance gives you a glimpse at five must-see member events. This week, we’re super-sizing it and giving you six! Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the near future:
Carousel presents this visually stunning, magical, environmentally-aware adventure from playwright Quelemia Sparrow and choreographer Michelle Olson, sure to delight kids and grown kids alike. Join the fun on April 6 at 2 p.m. for a relaxed performance, for audiences who may benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including children with autism or sensory and communication challenges.
(Vancouver: Apr. 6 & 7, 13 & 14)
Local playwright Tracey Power tackles the tale of the Preston Rivulettes, four friends who, in the thick of the Great Depression, set out to prove that hockey isn’t just a man’s game. Come out for Gateway Theatre’s electrifying show about a group of trailblazing women looking to put sexism on ice.
(Richmond: Apr. 4-13)
Japanese Hall 1928-2018: The Extraordinary Story of Community Resilience, Survival and Transformation
The Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents this walking tour on the 91st anniversary of the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall. Laura Saimoto leads this evening discussion on how a community was shattered by internment, but managed to rebuild, adapt and evolve.
(Vancouver: Apr. 9)
Reclaiming Our Roots
The Indigenous Women Artists Collective, made up of eleven Indigenous women who work out of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, present this exploration of tradition and contemporary Indigenous practices via Gallery Gachet.
(Vancouver: Apr. 5-May 25)
Isle of the Arts Festival
Gabriola’s Isle of the Arts Festival includes 40 workshops and 12 performances over ten days. Events in this opening week include electro-acoustic jazz group Hildegard’s Ghost; A Sad-Ass Cabaret, on how to turn despair into song; and readings from writers Carleigh Baker, Charlie Demers, and Roger Farr. You can also attend workshops on creativity, songwriting, egg batik, and the impressively-named “Indigo Shindigo.”
(Gabriola Island: Apr. 4-14)
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Lastly: pack it in, winter, we’re all sick of your garbage. The 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival officially launches April 4 with the Cherry Jam Downtown at the Burrard SkyTrain Station. Enjoy music from Zimbamoto African fusion, Katari Taiko, and MNGWA Band. Next week, things pick up further with Nights of Light at Queen Elizabeth Park (Apr. 12) and the Sakura Day Japan Festival (Apr. 13 and 14).
(Vancouver: Apr. 4-28)