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Performing Arts

When it's rainy outdoors, Vancouverites head indoors to one of Canada's most vibrant performing arts scenes.  Nearly every night of the week, the city boasts great theatre and live music, as well as progressive dance performances. 

Classical enthusiasts will find arguably Western Canada's finest symphony, opera company and ballet in Vancouver.  Theatre lovers have an embarrassment of options: from gritty, progressive works staged in alternative venues on the East Side to Broadway-style blockbusters in downtown's Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  And music fans will find a thriving indie scene, with homegrown talent filling bars, clubs and other intimate venues.  

Things heat up at festival time.  Summer is marked by outdoor Shakespeare, two weeks of live international jazz and a progressive dance festival celebrating edgy local artists.  The rest of the year brings experimental theatre, contemporary dance showcases and a full plate of folk.  Check out the options below.
 
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Axis Theatre Company presents RIP! A Winkle in Time

  • April 30 - May 17
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Bad Dog Productions presents The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • April 22 - May 03
  • Studio 1398
  • 1398 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V3R 0B5
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Broadway Across Canada presents FLASHDANCE

  • November 11 - November 16
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Broadway Across Canada presents THE BOOK OF MORMON

  • April 07 - April 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • May 28 - June 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM

  • May 16 - July 06
  • Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
  • Pacific Boulevard and Quebec Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
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Dongmei Dance presents WATER & LIFE - Chinese Folk Dance

  • June 20 - June 21
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $38.00 / $28.00
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East Side Pride

  • June 28 - June 28
  • Grandview Park, Commercial Drive
  • Admission: FREE!
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Fighting Chance Productions presents Spring Awakening

  • April 30 - May 17
  • Jericho Arts Centre
  • 1675 Discovery Street
    Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5
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FingerStyleGuitar.ca presents Tommy Emmanuel

  • May 15 - May 15
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
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Firehall Arts Centre presents BC Buds – Firehall’s Spring Arts Fair

  • May 09 - May 11
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: Free!
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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KALEIDOSCOPE – Circus in Technicolour

  • May 01 - May 04
  • PNE Forum
  • 2901 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Adults $20 / Youth (18 and Under) $13 / Students & Seniors $15 / School Group Rate (10+) $9
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: PNE Forum
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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

  • May 10 - May 10
  • Chan Centre
  • 6265 Crescent Road
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
  • Venue: Chan Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! Series: Flamenco Rosario + Mandala Arts and Culture

  • May 29 - May 29
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! Series: Modus Operandi

  • April 24 - April 24
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Vancouver Curling Club presenrts Vancouver TeenFest

  • May 10 - May 10
  • Vancouver Curling Club
  • 4575 Clancy Loranger Way
    Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: TeenFest
  • Phone: 1-778-440-7277
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Vancouver International Children's Festival 2014

  • May 27 - June 01
  • Granville Island
  • Admission: $25 per adult, $15 per child, or $8 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival presents A Circus in Wonderland

  • May 30 - June 01
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival presents Erth Dinosaur Zoo

  • May 27 - June 01
  • Big Top Tent, Granville Island
  • 1689 Johnston
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival presents Kaput

  • May 27 - June 01
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival presents Variety Show

  • May 31 - May 31
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$22.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots: Let's Have a Playdate

  • May 16 - May 17
  • Playhouse Theatre & Terry Fox Theatre
  • Contact: VSO
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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Vancouver TheatreSports League presents TheatreSports

  • September 27
  • Vancouver TheatreSports League
  • 1502 Duranleau Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4
  • Admission: $10-$15
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-738-7013
  • Venue: Vancouver TheatreSports League
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World Circus Day – Unicycle Ride

  • April 19 - April 19
  • Granville Island (at the BBQ pit near the Water Park)
  • Admission: FREE!
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