Chan Centre Presents Series bridges generations and cultures for 2016-17

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      “No matter what kind of problems we might be going through, or what kind of problems the world might be going through, music is a place where we can all get along.”

      This quote from Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews inspired Joyce Hinton, co-managing director of the Chan Centre and curator of the Chan Centre Presents Series, as she shaped next year’s season.

      The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC announced its upcoming roster this morning and Hinton said, over the phone to the Straight, that the series continues to prioritize presenting performers of diverse generations and cultures.

      “I just think the performing arts are a wonderful way of igniting curiosity and breaking down barriers,” said Hinton.

      Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue kick off the season in September, bringing jazz, funk, rock, and hip-hop together in a high-energy performance.

      The season carries on with Mariza, the well-loved Portuguese fado singer, who will be performing songs from her new album, followed by Spanish flamenco singer Diego El Cigala.

      Later in the season, in March, flamenco appears again with Noche Flamenca’s Antigona. The dance theatre piece uses Sophocles’ narrative, finding connections between Greek tragedy and the darker themes of flamenco.

      Next season will also include the Chan Centre Connects Series, an outreach component that includes artist and expert talks, panel discussions, workshops, and documentary film screenings.

      The Beyond World Series in the Chan Centre’s Telus Studio Theatre focuses on multidisciplinary performances. It features novelist and slam poet Brendan McLeod, who will be looking at the nature of thought and morality, specifically around misconceptions of mental illness.

      Below, find the full series lineup.

      Subscription packages for the 2016-17 series go on sale on May 1. Single tickets can be purchased as of June 14. Call for tickets at 604-822-2697 or go online at

      Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
      September 25, 2016 

      November 2, 2016 

      Diego El Cigala
      November 20, 2016 

      Dianne Reeves
      February 22, 2017 

      Noche Flamenca's Antigona
      March 12, 2017 

      Anda Union
      March 26, 2017 

      Max Raabe and Palast Orchester
      April 9, 2017 

      Bobby McFerrin
      April 29, 2017 

      Beyond Words Series
      Brain by Brendan McLeod
      November 17, 2016 
      Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema
      February 7, 2017