A South African grocery store was the setting for a touching tribute to Nelson Mandela. On December 7, a Johannesburg location of Woolworths was treated to a flash mob of singers from the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The Grammy Award-winning choir, who last performed in Vancouver in 2012, posed as grocery store employees and customers before breaking out into an a cappella version of Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a song written by musician Johnny Clegg in 1987 as a call for Mandela’s freedom during his incarceration.
The “impromptu” performance left many customers in the busy grocery store in tears and deeply touched.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers presents A Christmas Reprise on Saturday (December 21) at 2 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral (646 Richards Street).
The 11th-annual holiday concert evokes a warm festive feeling with traditional and contemporary Christmas repertoire. This year’s program will end with Franz Biehl’s arrangement of Ave Maria.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers perform under the direction of Paula Kremer.
Tickets to A Christmas Reprise are $18 and can be purchased online in advance, by phone at 604-730-8856, and at the door if available.
Preview performances are scheduled for December 23 and 26 at 8 p.m., and regular performances are December 28, January 1 to 4, 7 to 11, 14 to 18 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on December 29, January 5 and 12.
Uncle Vanya is set in the countryside during late 19th century Russia. Vanya, who manages an estate, and his friend Astrov are smitten with the beautiful Yelena, who is Vanya’s new sister-in-law. Meanwhile, Vanya’s neice Sonya is in love with Astrov, but the young doctor is blind to her affection.
Mount Pleasant will get a new beacon for the festive season thanks to a public art installation.
The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, Liveable Laneways Society, and the Lee Building will flip on the light switch of a large-scale representation of a tree, created by the Liveable Laneways Society, architect and artist Jasminka Miletic-Prelovac, and her colleague Robert Sutherland.
The tree, mounted on the western exterior side of the historic Lee Building, is made from white chloroplast attached to chicken wire and decorated with lights donated by BL Innovative Lighting.
The former Buschlen Mowatt Gallery at 1445 West Georgia Street will be used as a showroom next year to commemorate Canadian war vets in Afghanistan.
Foster Eastman, founder of Axis Hair Salon, told the Straight that he will rent the space for another seven months as he gets ready to launch a new exhibit there in April.
"We’re going to create a mural with 162 panels to represent every soldier that’s died," he said.
It will be launched shortly after Canada officially withdraws its troops from Afghanistan.
If you're walking down Granville Street, you might notice some new art adorning the City of Vancouver's electrical boxes.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design students have debuted 11 new public art pieces between West Cordova and Drake streets.
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association paid the $20,000 cost of the WRAP project.
Simon Fraser University student Kurt Mehnert captured this self-portrait at the book tower in a Prague library.
Mehnert won the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s third annual photo contest with this shot, taken during a Capilano University field school.
In an SFU news release, Mehnert states: “While the photograph of the Book Tower looks like it is a never-ending hole of books, it is in fact an illusion viewed from the mirror below.”
In any case, it's an impressive selfie.
Bah! Humbug! returns for a fourth year with Juno Award-winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge. The seasonal benefit for community arts in the Downtown Eastside runs from December 12 to 14 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Bah! Humbug! is a twist on the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, as Scrooge own a pawn shop on Hastings Street. This all-ages show highlights the parallels between the economic disparities of Victorian-era London and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Along with Byrnes, the Max Reimer-directed production features First Nations actor Margo Kane, gospel and blues singer Tom Pickett, and actor Steve Maddock.
Vancouver vocal ensemble musica intima presents light for the Child, a holiday concert, from December 14 to 21.
Performances are scheduled for December 14 at Knox Presbyterian Church (403 East Columbia Street, New Westminster), December 16 at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver), December 20 at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street), and December 21 at Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue). All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Light for the Child includes timeless holiday classics, such as Benjamin Britten’s Jesu, as thou art our saviour, and contemporary works. Rare pieces by Kristopher Fulton, Michael Conway Baker, and John Burge will also be featured.