The Vancouver Native Housing Society opened its doors Thursday (October 16) for a tour of Skwachàys Lodge, a facility that the organization says is the first aboriginal arts and culture hotel in Canada.

The newly revamped boutique hotel on West Pender Street has been open for business since August, hosting visitors in 18 rooms that feature original work from aboriginal artists.

Vancouver Native Housing CEO David Eddy said the hotel was at about 75 percent occupancy in August. Seasonal rates for the rooms, which each feature different designs, start at $149 a night.

Ottawa dance troupe Bboyizm presents Music Creates Opportunity at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from October 21 to 26. Performances start at 8 p.m. from October 21 to 25 and at 2 p.m. on October 26.

Music Creates Opportunity features a new hybrid of rocking and b-boying, brilliantly transitioning hip-hop and breakdancing from the street to the stage.

Tickets for Music Creates Opportunity start at $19 and can be purchased online in advance.

Vancouver Opera presents the world premiere of Stickboy on October 23. The opera by Neil Weisensel and Shane Koyczan runs until November 7 at the Vancouver Playhouse (601 Cambie Street).

Stickboy was written by spoken-word artist Koyczan and composed by Weisensel. The opera explores the inner life of a young boy transformed by bullying.

Tickets are available online in advance.

Dances for a Small Stage 31 takes place at the Ukrainian Centre (154 East 10th Avenue) from October 23 to 25. The live dance and music series presented by MovEnt and Music on Main will be headlined by composer John Oswald and choreographer Holly Small in their first-ever joint performance on the West Coast stage.

One Yellow Rabbit’s Denise Clarke presents her new solo show, wag, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from October 21 to 25.

Wag is a blend of monologue and movement, and presents a candid mosaic of highly personal moments. The piece is inspired by Clarke’s own “cheering up program”, which includes a playlist, dance, and way of life.

The Calgary-based dancer sold out two runs of her show, A Fabulous Disaster, in 2004 and 2006, the last times that she performed in Vancouver.

Tickets to wag are $22 to $32 and can be purchased online in advance. 

The 2014 Modulus Festival presented by Music on Main takes place across Vancouver from October 23 to 29. This year, events and concerts will be help at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street), The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), and the Ukrainian Centre (154 East 10th Avenue).

The Modulus Festival introduces leading musicians and composers to audiences in fun, intimate settings.

Théâtre la Seizième opens its 40th season with À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou at Studio 16 (1545 West 7th Avenue) from October 14 to 25.

The classic Quebecois play by Michel Tremblay was written in 1971. À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou allows audiences to experience four interpretations of a singular family drama.

Carmen returns to her family home where sister Manon, who is still obsessed with the tragic death of their parents, is living. Struggling over the need to live and to honour their parents’ memory, the two sisters confront each other with different versions of the past and the truth.

This week as part of David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour, spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan delivered a powerful video on the importance of saving the planet from climate change.

"Shoulders" features lyrics by Koyczan and music by him and The Short Story Long, all directed by Johnny Jansen and Amazing Factory Productions.

Yes, that's the same Shane Koyczan who's on the cover of this week's Georgia Straight for writing the libretto for Vancouver Opera's new work on bullying, Stickboy.

The Dance Centre presents Compagnie Gilles Jobin in QUANTUM as part of the Global Dance Connections series. Performances take place October 16 to 18 at 8 p.m. at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street).

QUANTUM is an exciting new work by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin. The piece is inspired by his residency at CERN in Geneva, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

Vancouver New Music presents the Sonic Topographies Festival at various Vancouver venues from October 16 to 19.

This year’s festival delves deeper into the theme of sustainability by showcasing ground-breaking artists, composers, and musicians from Canada, Japan, Mexico, the U.S., and New Zealand. Featured guests will tackle projects around sustainability concepts and the connectivity between nature, society, and politics.

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