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Where to Go Vancouver

Like a Rock: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band live at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Photo by Ken Settle)

Feb. 7, 2019 Those in the mood for some “Old Time Rock and Roll” are in luck: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are on their final farewell tour, and they’ve brought their catalogue of classics along. After five decades of chart-topping songs and sold-out stadiums, one of the world’s best-selling artists is ready to “Turn the Page” and retire from the road. Catch the “Travelin’ Man” and his band at Rogers Arena.

KISS’s End of the Road Tour Hits Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Jen Rosenstein

Jan. 31, 2019 If you’ve been waiting your whole life to “Rock & Roll All Nite,” wait no longer. This month, KISS  explodes onto the stage at Rogers Arena for the very last time. The legendary fire-breathing, blood-spitting, pyrotechnics-loving rock stars are kicking off their End of the Road farewell tour, which means this may be your last chance to see them in all their costumed glory. “Creatures of the Night,” take note: the time to rock is now.

Mind-Bending Magic: The Illusionists

By CHLOË LAI

The Illusionists dazzle audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Jan. 15 to 20

Jan. 15 to 20, 2019 The explosive entertainers behind The Illusionists have more than a few mind-blowing tricks up their sleeves. Styled as eccentric characters with names like The Escapologist and The Anti-Conjuror, these masters of deception have been astonishing sold-out audiences all over the world with their high-tech hijinks, fiery pyrotechnics and seemingly impossible physical feats. Catch their amazing act at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre—and try not to let your jaw hit the floor too hard.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Zvizdal (Photo by Frederik Buyckx)

Jan. 17 to Feb. 3, 2019 For an evening spent on the edge—of your seat, that is—head to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Now in its 15th year, the annual fest celebrates groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and visual arts in 26 works by globetrotting artists from 13 countries. This year’s line-up features six world premieres, including contemporary dance by MACHiNENOiSY, and Afrobeat-infused dub poetry by D’bi. Not to be missed: Zvizdal (pictured), a provocative documentary that follows an elderly couple who refused to leave the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Get ready to bend your boundaries.

Electric Company Theatre’s World Premiere of The Full Light of Day

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by Don Lee

Jan. 7 to 12, 2019 What do you get when you combine traditional theatre with 14 live-streaming cameras and huge on-stage projections? The Full Light of Day, a provocative new work by Electric Company Theatre. The company is known for producing innovative shows that also tell a strong story, and this new piece is no exception. A modern allegory, it focuses on a terminally ill woman who takes a huge risk to redeem her family, and it uses larger-than-life projections to smash through the customary limitations of live theatre. Catch this groundbreaking show at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Seasonal Sparkle at Capilano Suspension Bridge

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Festive holiday photo opportunities await at Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights

To Jan. 27, 2019 For that festive feeling, head to Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights. There, brilliant light displays take hundreds of thousands of twinkling bulbs to new heights—from the glittering bridge to dazzling decked-out Douglas firs, eight of the world’s tallest Christmas trees. To keep the whole family merry and bright, there’s gingerbread decorating, scavenger hunts and sing-along carols. And with partial proceeds supporting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, the real spirit of the season is celebrated, too. Very merry.

Festive, Frothy Fun: Miss Bennet at the Granville Island Stage

By SHERI RADFORD

Costume design by Amy McDougall. Photo by David Cooper

To Dec. 30, 2018 It is a truth universally acknowledged that a holiday show should wrap up love and laughter in a family-friendly package. Fortunately, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley delivers on all fronts. Set two years after Pride and Prejudice, this modern sequel captures the spirit of Jane Austen’s much-revered novel about the Bennet family. Will bookish middle child Mary finally find true love? Find out at the Granville Island Stage. Spoiler alert: it’s a Christmas show, so we predict a happy ending.

Set design by Ted Roberts, costume design by Amy McDougall, and lighting design by Conor Moore. Photo by David Cooper

Gourmet Cabaret: Bacio Rosso

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Irina Pitsur captivates audiences during their gourmet four-course meal

To Mar. 10, 2019 Circus and cabaret and comedy, oh my! Not to mention magicians, contortionists, trapeze artists and more, all performing their high-flying acts while diners dig into a four-course meal by an award-winning chef. Even the venue—an antique Belgian spiegeltent—is dressed for the occasion in red velvet, gold trim and more than 2,000 mirrors. So what is it, exactly? Bacio Rosso, a definition-defying show that’s one part gourmet, one part cabaret, one part cirque, and all fun.

Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Maureen Washington performs with the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

Dec. 14 and 15, 2018 Vancouver’s favourite hand-clapping, foot-stomping holiday concert is back. Follow your dancin’ feet over to Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas. The 90-voice gospel choir—which has performed with the likes of Barbra Streisand and Josh Groban—joins forces with award-winning Canadian jazz powerhouse Maureen Washington to belt out beloved Christmas songs in the spectacular Christ Church Cathedral. It’ll have you dancing in your seat (or in the aisles).

On the Ice: Hockey Championships and Figure Skating Finals in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Fans of figure skating and ice hockey, you’ve come to the right place (Photo ©Inhabitant/iStockphoto.com)

Various Dates Ice hockey and figure skating are the hottest tickets in town this month. From Dec. 6 to 9, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final takes place at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, with men, women and pairs from around the world competing. And from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place in both Vancouver and Victoria. Hopes are running high that Canada’s National Junior Team can bring home the hockey glory.

Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Balkan Shmalkan at Victory Square (Photo by Tom Quirk)

Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, 2018 Craving a true community vibe? The 15th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the neighbourhood’s triumphs, challenges and ongoing activist efforts with over 100 events. Take a deep dive into powerful accounts of the violence faced by Indigenous women in Material Witness. Or kick up your heels with Balkan Shmalkan (pictured)—a self-described “sweet dance party orchestra”—between performances by gospel and blues singers, fiery poets and captivating speakers. Bring a friend, or better yet, make new ones.

Where to Celebrate Diwali in Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Arno Kamolika performs a Bharatanatyam interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Shyama

Oct. 3-Nov. 17, 2018 Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, brightens long autumn nights. Fire up your cooking and mosaic-painting skills at Diwali Fest or catch one of Diwali in BC’s trailblazing performances: A Vancouver Guldasta illuminates the challenges faced by the Sikh diaspora in the ’80s, while The Believers Are But Brothers shines a light on online extremism. A fresh take on Bengali dance drama Shyama (pictured) pays tribute to its original creator, the first non-European Nobel Laureate poet. Truly dazzling.