Mandala Arts and Culture presents the fifth annual Gait to the Spirit Festival. This three-day celebration of classical Indian dance takes place October 31 to November 2 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street).
The festival features three mainstage performances. Meenakshi Srinivasan will perform on opening night at 8 p.m. Known for her grace and elegance, Srinivasan is one of India’s new bharata natayam sensations.
On Saturday (November 1), Janaki Rangarajan will bring her refreshing approach to bharata natyam to the Vancouver stage at 8 p.m. The following day, Toronto’s Nivedha Ramalingam and Vancouver’s Sujit Vaidya Nivedha will perform in a pay-what-you-can matinée.
The Firehall Arts Centre presents Urinetown: The Musical from November 1 to 29. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning musical features 16 local performers and five musicians at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).
Urinetown imagines a future with drastic water shortages and a large corporation with a monopology on all toilets forces citizens to have to pay for the privilege to pee. The dark dystopian vision of our future is offset by writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ delightfully witty and irreverent humour which sends up everything from evil tycoons to musicals themselves.
Flamenco Rosario presents the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival from October 28 to November 11.
The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival showcases the growing local and national flamenco community in music, song, and dance. This year’s festival will feature flamenco legend Joaquin Grilo along with other local and international artists.
Hailing from Jerez de La Frontera, Spain, Grilo will perform at the Vancouver Playhouse for one night in Grilo in Concert. He will be accompanied on stage by guitarist Juan Requena and singer Jose Valencia.
Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians presents the 11th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Over 90 events take place at more than 25 locations throughout the DTES from October 29 to November 9.
This year’s festival theme is “keeping the home fires burning” and includes 12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks, walking tours, and artist showcases.
Chor Leoni presents their 22nd annual Remembrance Day concerts, A Great Service from November 8 to 11. The November 8 concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church (529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster). The November 11 concerts will take place at 1 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver) and at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street).
The choir will perform works by Holst and Schmitt, as well as Agnus Dei by Ghedini from Mass in D and Dies Irae by Stroope. Along with the choir, concerts will feature a reading from Christopher Gaze, organist Ellen Ay-Laung Wang, and pianist Ken Cormier.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers open their 2014-15 season with Frank Martin Mass, Baroque Heritage, and Modern Age at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) on Saturday (October 25) at 8 p.m.
The concert explores choral masterpieces and features Frank Martin’s Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir. This work is universally regarded as one of the great choral masterpieces of the 20th century. The concert will also include works by Bach, Stravinsky, Block, Poulenc, and Orban.
Tickets to Frank Martin Mass, Baroque Heritage, and Modern Age are $25 to $30 and can be purchased online in advance.
Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala makes his Vancouver debut at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on Friday (October 25) at 8 p.m.
Heralded as one of Spain’s most electrifying and innovative performers, El Cigala has transfixed audiences around the world with his deeply emotional performances that seamlessly blend flamenco, tango, Latin jazz, bolero, and son.
“Vancouver possesses a thriving hotbed of flamenco culture and I am thrilled to bring one of the great voices of our century here,” Joyce Hinton, Chan Centre’s co-managing director, stated in a news release. “Diego’s earthy and richly emotive voice is guaranteed to resonate strongly with audience members.”
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.