Broadway Across Canada presents Riverdance, an internationally acclaimed performance that celebrates the evolution, richness and magic of Irish dance and song and its influences on other cultures around the world, Apr 26 – 30. Tom Wood, one of the nation’s leading adapters of classic stories, wows audiences again with his adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ epic tale, The Three Musketeers. Experience the action Apr 2 – 24, as the group of swashbucklers embark on a courageous adventure filled with duelling, treason, passion and above all, friendship.
Head to Whistler from Apr 15 – 24 to celebrate the end of the season at the 16th annual Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival. For 10 days and nights the village comes alive with concerts, all-night parties, fashion shows, art exhibits and mountain sports.
Returning Apr 13 – 16 at venues around the city, the Halifax Comedy Fest showcases top comics from across Canada. From pub shows to galas, this year’s lineup includes Bob Marley (a favourite at the 2009 fest), Trevor Boris (Video on Trial), Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Jen Grant (Comedy Now) and several other big names.
Get up close and personal with stories and 190 artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the legendary “unsinkable ship” at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, running until Apr 30. ChocolateFest is a celebration of delicious chocolate throughout the month of Apr, with 25 Winnipeg restaurants and bakeries offering chocolate creations for $5. Don’t miss Tour de Chocolat at The Forks Market Apr 16 & 17.
This month Toronto welcomes the return of some beloved beasts as the Disney musical The Lion King roars back to the Princess of Wales Theatre on Apr 19. The award-winning stage show is a feast for the eyes—thanks to impressive sets, innovative costumes and exciting choreography—and the ears, with its well-known songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. And for more action-packed family fun, the Toronto Blue Jays have flown back to the Rogers Centre for another Major League Baseball season. Featuring a core of highly touted young talent, the team starts the spring with realistic hopes of contending against such rivals as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
April brings milder temperatures to our ski areas’ abundance of snow (which continues to accumulate) and ensures that spring skiing/boarding rules the mountains (as do the on-slope barbecues and live music). Also two new art focused exhibits open at the Whyte Museum–White Mountain: A Tribute to Phil Michaud and Reckonings: Michael Cameron & Karen Maiolo, Apr 9 – Jun 12.
On Apr 6, Vancouver turns 125 years young with a birthday celebration that includes cake and live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza, outside the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Join over 51,000 participants on Apr 17 for the annual Vancouver Sun Run, the second largest 10K run in the world. It’s not just for medal-worthy athletes, walkers and baby stroller-pushing parents are also out to compete.
Bigger and bolder than ever, the Calgary Underground Film Festival returns to the Plaza Theatre Apr 11 – 17, showcasing all things cult and controversial from Canada and beyond, including the Alberta premiere of the Sundance hit Tucker & Dale vs Evil, a dark comedy/horror spoof filmed right here in the city. Starting Apr 2 at the Glenbow Museum, take a look through the lens of world-renowned portraitist Yousuf Karsh in the Regarding Heroes exhibit, which includes some of Karsh’s most iconic images, including his legendary and definitive portrait of Winston Churchill.
The Royal BC Museum is exploring a youthful Emily Carr in its groundbreaking exhibit The Other Emily, continuing through the fall. The exhibit includes large portraits of Carr by contemporary painter Manon Elder alongside 20 of Carr’s own monumental canvases depicting the forests and landscapes of British Columbia.
From Apr 28 – May 2, local and international writers gather at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. This literary affair offers daily events that include dynamic discussions with writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, Giller Prize winner Elizabeth Hay, and Governor General’s Award winners Miriam Toews and Dianne Warren. The fifth instalment in a series of biannual national festivals runs Apr 26 – May 8. Prairie Scene features 500 established and emerging artists from Saskatchewan and Manitoba who present 80 music, theatre, dance, art, literary, film, and culinary events. Names to expect: comedian Brent Butt from Corner Gas, rock and rollers Bachman & Turner and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.