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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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2016 Vancouver International Children's Festival

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: $22+ Adults, $12.50+ Children
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Chutzpah! 2016: Avishai Cohen Quartet

  • May 07 - May 07
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Chutzpah! 2016: Ballet Kelowna

  • May 04 - May 06
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Co.ERASGA presents Collected, Traces and Still Here

  • September 14 - September 17
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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Elektra Women's Choir presents In the Abbey Garden

  • May 07 - May 07
  • Ryerson United Church
  • 2195 W. 45th Ave.
    Vancouver, BC V6M 2J3
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Fighting Chance Productions presents American Idiot

  • July 29 - August 11
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Fighting Chance Productions presents Facing East

  • April 23 - May 14
  • Jericho Arts Centre
  • 1675 Discovery Street
    Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5
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Fighting Chance Productions presents Heathers: The Musical

  • July 28 - August 10
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Fighting Chance Productions presents Virgins

  • May 17 - May 21
  • Jericho Arts Centre
  • 1675 Discovery Street
    Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5
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Jubilate Vocal Ensemble presents Coast to Coast

  • May 07 - May 07
  • Canadian Memorial United Church
  • 1806 West 15th Ave.
    Vancouver, BC
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Sharon and Bram at the Orpheum

  • September 18 - September 18
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Seymour Street at Smithe
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $22.99 / $29.99 + fees
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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Thor | Thierry Smits

  • May 05 - May 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $30 / $22
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Theatre Under the Stars presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast

  • July 06 - August 19
  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: $25 - $40
  • Phone: 1.877.840.0457
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Theatre Under the Stars presents West Side Story

  • July 07 - August 20
  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: $25 - $40
  • Phone: 1.877.840.0457
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Circus Incognitus

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Michael Kusugak

  • May 31 - June 04
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vetta Chamber Music presents 30th Anniversary Gala Concert with Angela Cheng

  • May 27 - May 27
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • 690 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2L1
  • Venue: Christ Church Cathedral
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Arts Club Theatre Company presents Rock of Ages

  • June 16 - July 30
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Venue: Arts Club Theatre Company - Granville Island Stage
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Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Valley

  • April 07 - May 07
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Venue: Arts Club Theatre Company - Granville Island Stage
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Ballet BC presents Program 3

  • May 12 - May 14
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Broadway Across Canada presents Newsies

  • July 05 - July 10
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Broadway Across Canada presents The Book of Mormon

  • August 23 - September 04
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Opera Mariposa & Mariposa Theatre Wing present People Like Us

  • May 14 - May 14
  • Marpole United Church
  • 1296 West 67th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC
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The Dance Centre's Global Dance Connections Series: 2015/2016 Subscriptions

  • October 15 - May 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Vancouver TheatreSports League presents TheatreSports

  • April 08 - May 28
  • Vancouver TheatreSports League
  • 1502 Duranleau Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-738-7013
  • Venue: Vancouver TheatreSports League
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