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.
Ruby Slippers Theatre presents Hotel Bethlehem, an irreverent Christmas play, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from December 10 to 22.
Hotel Bethlehem is a holiday satire in the style of Faulty Towers and Monty Python. The play by Drew McCreadie gives audiences a fresh and hilarious take on the story of Christmas, one featuring shepherds contemplating sheep lotteries, Three Kings evading taxation, ridiculous Roman soldiers, and a blind census taker.
This production directed by Diane Brown features Stephen Beaver, Scott Bellis, Tim Carlson, Alex Diakun, Dustin Freeland, Sean McQuillan, John Murphy, Byron Noble, Kris Novak, Gili Roskies, and Alvin Sanders.
Live Nation has announced that Seattle-based indie-rock group Band of Horses will play a show at the Vogue Theatre on Monday, February 17, 2014, in support of its upcoming live album, Acoustic at The Ryman.
Acoustic at The Ryman, set for a February 11 release, will contain ten acoustic renditions of songs from across the Band of Horses catalog, recorded at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium over two nights in April 2013.
Live Nation has announced that Seattle-based indie-folk band the Cave Singers will play a show at the Rickshaw Theatre on Friday, February 28, 2014, in support of its fourth studio album, Naomi.
The core trio of Pete Quirk (vocals), Derek Fudesco (guitar), and Marty Lund (drums) has added long time friend Morgan Henderson (Blood Brothers, Fleet Foxes) on bass and extra instrumentation to round out the group.
Written over the span of ten months and recorded in one, Naomi captures the live performance energy that the band has developed over the past five years.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival help families get into the holiday spirit with A Holiday Celebration on Sunday (December 8) at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street). The show, featuring singer Charlotte Diamond, starts at 11 a.m.
A Holiday Celebration will also feature performances by the Hug Bug Band and Perry Ehrlich’s ShowStoppers Youth Choir. The program will include family-friendly holiday songs from around the world.
Tickets to A Holiday Celebration are $25 and can be purchased online in advance or in person at Tickets Tonight (200 Burrard Street).
Ghost Light Projects presents the Canadian premiere of Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas, the off-Broadway comedy by Brian Gianci. Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas will run at Carousel Studios (1411 Cartwright Street) from December 5 to 21.
Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas follows an 80-year-old granny who must fight off her two greedy granddaughters after she signs her last will and testament. This moral tale of family values is set against the modern-day world of materialism, blind-obedience, and our desperate need for social conformity.
Live Nation has announced that the Georgia Straight will present Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball at Rogers Arena on Friday, May 30, 2014.
The pop superstar wowed Vancouver fans during her Born This Way Ball Tour earlier this year with a show the Straight proclaimed "impossible to top".
Lady Gaga's third studio album, ARTPOP, released in November, features the smash singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want".
Live Nation has announced that Scottish alt-rock group Biffy Clyro will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, February 8, 2014, is support of its sixth studio album, Opposites.
Childhood friends Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and twins James (bass/vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) started playing music together in Kilmarnock, a town just outside of Glasgow, in 1995.
Inspired by experimental and post-hardcore acts like Braid and Karate, the group quickly honed its signature sound of off-kilter tempos, soulful choruses and feral screams.
Corporations in our Heads was developed from Augusto Boal’s technique “Cops in the Head”. After a short warm-up, the audience is asked to offer stories of their own experiences. The audience chooses the story that resonates the most and that story is brought to life. Participation is voluntary.