The 21st season of Winter Harp returns to St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street) on Saturday (December 20) at 7:30 p.m.
Winter Harp features musicians and singers clad in medieval attire performing festive carols set to Celtic, medieval, world, and Spanish tunes.
Performers include Kim Robertson on Celtic harp and vocals, Janelle Nadeau on pedal harp and vocals, Roger Helfrik on recorder, plucked psaltery, and vocals; Lauri Lyster on percussion and vocals, Jeff Pelletier on flute, bass flute, recorder, and wooden piccolo; Joaquin Ayala on nyckelharpas, bass psaltery, and organistrum; and Lori Pappajohn on Celtic harp and vocals.
For more than 10 years, Early Music Vancouver has presented cantatas as Christmas, showcasing more than 35 works. This season, Boston Early Music Festival director, lutenist, and conductor Stephen Stubbs will lead the group of soloists, the 28-piece Baroque orchestra, and the Early Music Vancouver vocal ensemble in three of Bach’s six Christmas Oratorios.
SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Vancouver Moving Theatre present Bah! Humbug! at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street) from December 11 to 13, and 16 to 20. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on December 13 and 20 start at 2 p.m.
Bah! Humbug! returns for the fifth year starring Juno Award-winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge. This festive Woodwards tradition also features First Nations actor Margo Kane as the narrator and gospel and glues singer Tom Pickett as Bob Cratchit. These Vancouver performers are joined by a cast of professional community actors from the Downtown Eastside.
Music for the Winter Solstice takes place at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) on December 12 at 8 p.m.
Music on Main celebrates the winter season with a concert inspired by the solstice. Join friends for a gorgeous programme including works by Avro Part, Alfredo Santa Ana, and Music on Main’s composer in residence, Caroline Shaw.
Performers include Shaw on vocals and violin, Steve Maddock on vocals, Rachel Iwaasa on piano, and COULOIR (Ariel Barnes on cello and Heidi Krutzen on harp).
Steam Whistle's Unsigned Vancouver concert series returns with a show at the Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday, December 4.
The night will begin with the ethereal orchestral sounds of Skye Wallace, followed by a dirty blues, guitar-filled performance by Miss Quincy.
Dead Soft, named by the Georgia Straight as one of the best bands of 2014, will close with its blend of heavy pop-rock grunge.
Richard Jordan Productions presents Dylan Thomas: Return Journey at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from December 9 to 21.
Bob Kingdom stars in Anthony Hopkins’s directorial debut. The play paints a remarkable portrait of Dylan Thomas and offers a chance to experience the electrifying presence of his last great lecture tour on route to the White Horse Tavern.
Chelsea Hotel runs at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from December 13 to January 3.
Celebrating the songs of Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Hotel is an unforgettable cabaret of loves won and lost. This musical was created by Vancouver’s Tracey Power and Steve Charles, and features six performers playing 17 instruments.
Cohen’s songs transport the audience to New York’s infamous hotel—a place full of music, enchantment, desire, and passion.
Chelsea Hotel stars Kayvon Kelly, Tracey Power, Steve Charles, Rachel Aberle, Ben Elliott, and Marlene Ginader.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
Live Nation has announced that Canadian producer and musician Daniel Lanois will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in support of his latest studio album, Flesh And Machine.
Lanois has been playing, recording, and producing music for four decades. He helped push the ambient genre forward into new territory as Brian Eno's protégé, recorded landmark albums for U2 and Peter Gabriel, and helped revitalize the sonic dimensions of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
With Flesh And Machine, it is the first time Lanois has truly deployed every weapon in his arsenal and attempted to break virgin ground in support of his own music.
Pacific Baroque Orchestra presents Nachtmusik today (November 28) at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) and Sunday (November 30) at 2:30 p.m. at Rose Gellert Hall (4899 207th Street, Langley).
Nachtmusik features a programme spanning two centuries of music, from Boccherini’s Night Music of the Streets of Madrid, through Biber’s Night Guard Serenata, to Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Trio KV 166,
Both concerts feature guest soloist Ed Reifel on various percussion instruments.
Theatre Replacement presents Cinderella: An East Van Panto at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive) from December 3 to 28.
Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return for this retelling of the classic fairy tale. This family-friendly show features upside-down holiday cheer.
Tickets to Cinderella: An East Van Panto start at $19 and can be purchased online or by calling the Cultch’s box office at 604-251-1363.