35 Vancouver arts events happening online in May
BRIMMING BY COMPANY 605 The Vancouver International Dance Festival presents a dance work created and performed by Josh Martin. To May 1, 4 pm, www.vidf.ca. Free.
VERSES FESTIVAL OF WORDS Canada's largest alternative literary festival. To May 1, 6:30-10:30 pm, www.versesfestival.ca. General admission $13.99.
GOT CRAFT? SPRING VIRTUAL MARKET Market featuring over 65+ makers and small shops from across Canada. To May 2, www.shop.gotcraft.com.
DIGITAL CARNIVAL Z Hybrid media-art festival headlined by speculative sci-fi exhibit UNION. To Jun 5, www.digitalcarnival.ca. Free or pay what you can.
THE PIANO MEN Richard Sera and Andre Kunkel take dueling pianos to a whole new level. To May 21, 7 pm, www.surrey.ca. Free.
SILKROAD ENSEMBLE: HOME WITHIN Home Within uses the counterpoint between image and sound to create an impressionistic reflection on hope and unity in the face of tragedy. To May 31, 7 pm, www.chancentre.com. $0-$20.
PARĀŚAKTI: THE FLAME WITHIN New online production explores the Goddess Parāśakti’s narratives through sublime classical Indian music and dance. To May 31, 7 pm, www.chancentre.com. $0-$20.
SANSEI: THE STORYTELLER Interdisciplinary dance piece explores the internment and dispossession of Japanese-Canadians. To May 31, 7 pm, www.chancentre.com. $0-$20.
MARINA THIBEAULT: ELLES SOLO Digital production of ELLES honours groundbreaking female and non-binary composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. To May 31, 7 pm, www.chancentre.com. $0-$20.
THE HUMAN VOICE City Opera Vancouver presents an online adaptation of Cocteau and Poulenc, starring Isaiah Bell. To Dec 31, www.cityoperavancouver.com. Free.
FVWS ONLINE SPRING SHOW The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society hosts an online exhibition featuring new water-media paintings by local artists. May 1, www.fvwatermediasociety.com.
TALKING STICK FESTIVAL 2021 - SPRING AWAKENING Nimkish hosts performances by Compaigni V’ni Dansi, Michelle Heyoka, Zach Saunders, Eagle Ex Machina, and Justin Percival. May 1, www.fullcircle.ca. Free.
MUSIC AND MEDITATION LIVESTREAM Indian and Western classical music with guided meditation. May 1, 7 pm, www.wemeditate.com. Free.
CRAZY 8s ONLINE GALA SCREENING SHOWCASE AND VIRTUAL AFTERPARTY Unveiling of six brand new short films made in just eight days. May 1, 8 pm, www.crazy8s.film.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BURLESQUE FESTIVAL ANTI-SHOWCASE Burlesque celebration highlights the resilience of burlesque artists across the continent. May 1, 7 pm, www.vibf.ca. $35.
LOCKED UPSIDE DOWN Digital circus film following three artists who use hand balancing and contortion to express their experiences navigating this pandemic-stricken world. May 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, www.lockedupsidedown.ticketleap.com. $12-30.
CARMEN: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Vancouver Opera presents an online, filmed adaptation of George Bizet's Carmen. May 1-30, www.vancouveropera.ca.
THE BOY IN THE MOON Play based on Ian Brown’s memoir about his struggle to raise a child with a severe disability. May 6-8, www.thecultch.com. Tickets from $29.
LONGING... The Vancouver International Dance Festival presents an online performance by Bharata Natyam dance artist Vidya Kotamraju. May 6-7, 7 pm; May 8, 4 pm, www.vidf.ca. Free.
DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL Streamings of documentary films from around the world. May 6-16, www.doxafestival.ca.
WVML LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: FROM BACH TO PIAZZOLLA Accordionist Jelena Milojević and the Bergmann Duo celebrate the centenary of tango composer Astor Piazzolla. May 7, 7:30 pm, www.westvanlibrary.ca. Free, YouTube Live.
ONE-PAGE SCORE PROJECT All-new compositions by 20 musicians who have sonically interpreted graphic scores created by students from the University Transition Program. May 7, 11 am, www.newmusic.org. Free.
LIVE FROM THE STUDIO WITH ALANNAH CLAMP Griffin’s current artist-in-residence Alannah Clamp gives an artist talk live over Zoom. May 8, 1-2 pm, www.griffinartprojects.ca. Free.
THE WISDOM CODES WITH GREGG BRADEN Gregg Braden discusses his book The Wisdom Codes. May 11, 10-10:30 am, www.banyen.com. Free.
DIGITAL DANCE: MARIA AVILA Flamenco dancer Maria Avila explores the act of creating within the confines of the pandemic with a short film. May 11, 5 pm, www.thedancecentre.ca. Free.
BREESHIA WADE: GRIEVING WHILE BLACK Author Breeshia Wade discusses her book Grieving While Black, an exploration of grief from the perspective of a Buddhist end-of-life caregiver, grief coach, and doula. May 12, 7 pm, www.banyen.com. Free.
FUN CITY: WRITING COMEDY IN TROUBLED TIMES ONLINE EVENT Local comedians Daniel Chai, Andrea Jin, and Ed Hill talk about writing for comedy. May 13, 7 pm, www.vpl.ca. Free.
LISTENING. TOGETHER. Music on Main presents five days of online performances and artist talks. May 14-18, www.musiconmain.ca. Free.
WENDY GARLING: THE WOMAN WHO RAISED THE BUDDHA Author Wendy Garling discusses her book The Woman Who Raised the Buddha. May 15, 11 am–12 pm, www.banyen.com. Free.
MAD PRACTICE: SANITY SKILLS FOR CRAZY TIMES A mental health Zoom meet-up with performing artist JD Derbyshire. May 15, 1-2:30 pm, www.gatewaytheatre.com. Pay what you can.
WAIT: A LOVE LETTER TO THOSE IN DESPAIR Buddhist teacher Cuong Lu discusses his new book, Wait. May 16, 10-11 am, www.banyen.com. Free.
INTERMEZZI IN MUSICA 2021 Cellist Elinor Frey and her collaborators play music by Jean Baur, Antonio Vandini, Luigi Boccherini, and J.S. Bach. May 16, 11:30 am–1 pm, www.eventbrite.ca. $10-$20.
MOVIRTUAL: A SEAT AT THE TABLE ARTIST TOUR WITH PAUL WONG Tour MOV’s latest feature exhibition, A Seat at the Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia. May 18, 5:30-6:30 pm, www.museumofvancouver.ca. $1-$10 Sliding Scale.
VAN DJANGO Acoustic string ensemble composed of violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche, and bassist Brent Gubbels. May 27, 7:30-10 pm, www.shadboltcentre.com. $10 online streaming ticket.
A NEW NORMAL A new play by Shelley Picard about discovering one's purpose. May 28, 7:30 pm, www.gallery7theatre.com. $20/person.