ACE Productions
End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter

Dates and Venue April 26 - May 20, 2017 – 8pm (2pm matinees on May 6, 13 & 20) | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.

This gritty play with music is based on the true events of Judy Garland's last comeback attempt in England in 1968. End of the Rainbow is a true account of an all too mortal goddess on the eve of her destruction and is revealing in a way seldom found in the tabloids. End of the Rainbow gives the audience a glimpse into her relationship with her fifth husband Mickey Deans.

Tickets $25 general, $29 seniors & students (+service fees). Purchase online:

VSO 2017 Spring Festival
The Planets: An HD Odyssey

Date and Venue Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Bramwell Tovey Featured performers James Ehnes viola, Elektra Women's Choir directed by Morna Edmundson

Programme Gavin Higgins' Velocity; William Walton's Viola Concerto; Gustav Holst's The Planets

James Ehnes performs Walton’s Viola Concerto.In the second half, take a voyage through the solar system through Holst’s fantastic The Planets, enhanced by spectacular updated video footage and imagery from NASA missions shown on the big screen as the orchestra performs this epic work.
Video presentation of The Planets: An HD Odyssey was created by filmmaker Duncan Copp and produced by the Houston Symphony.

Other concerts in the Spring Festival Series: Songs and Serenades on April 22, Henry V on April 29, Enigma on April 30 & Last Night of the Proms on May 1

Tickets $19 - $95 - (subscriber, senior, and student discounts available). Purchase online at or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434


Firehall Arts Centre
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell

Dates and Venue April 29 – May 20, 2017, Tues at 7pm; Wed-Fri at 8pm; Sat at 4pm & 8pm; Sun at 3pm & Wed at 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre| 280 E. Cordova

The music of Canadian icon singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is reimagined in this musical experience. Influential female recording artist, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Millennial culture celebrates the repurposed and the upcycled. Mitchell’s music stands the test of time and once again she is the voice of a generation.
Note: Joni Mitchell will not be performing in ths show

Tickets from $23 – purchase online at or call 604.689.0926


Vancouver Opera Festival
Verdi’s Otello, Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

Dates and Venues April 28 to May 13, 2017, 7.30pm + weekend matinees | Vancouver Playhouse and Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Full-scale productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, featuring tenor Antonello Palombi in the title in his Canadian debut, and Jake Heggie’s modern classic Dead Man Walking, with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch as Joseph De Rocher, will be presented at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Award-winning set designer Erhard Rom is the scenic designer for both productions. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, at the Vancouver Playhouse, will feature a cast of emerging stars, sets designed by Vancouver’s Drew Facey and contemporary costumes by Canadian fashion designer Sid Neigum

Tickets $45 and up, available at the VO Ticket Centre 604-683-0222 or online at

Vancouver Opera Festival
Ute Lemper

Date and Venue Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

German singer and actress Ute Lemper makes a rare Vancouver appearance, for a performance of her show “Last Tango in Berlin”, with support from the Goethe Institute. Backed by a trio (piano, bandoneon, bass), Ute Lemper explores the backstreets of Berlin, Paris, New York and Buenos Aires in songs by Weill & Brecht, Brel, Piaf, Ferré and Piazzolla.

Tickets available at the VO Ticket Centre 604-683-0222 or online at

Tanya Tagaq

Date and Venue Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8pm | Vogue Theatre

In collaboration with Music On Main, VO presents Tanya Tagaq, the Polaris Prize-winning throat singer, in performance. Nunavut-born Tagaq combines Inuit tradition with modern electronica, industrial and metal influences in a vocal performance.

Tickets for Tanya Tagaq - purchase at Ticketly 1-888-732-1682 or online at:

Frida Kahlo Productions and Richard Jordan Productions, Produzioni Fuorivia
La Merda

Dates and Venue May 2 - 13, 2017, 8pm (2pm matinee on May 7) | Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street

La Merda is a proclamation mapping the dark and sometimes disturbing train of thought of a young woman obsessed with finding fame at any cost. She sings and howls a stream of consciousness that reveals - with rage and poetry - revolting human secrets, and a modern society that is powerful, desperate, vulnerable, and cutting. A three part monologue performed completely naked.

Tickets from $20. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or

Ballet BC
Program 3

Dates and Venue May 11-13, 2017 at 8pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Ballet BC concludes its 31st season with a triple bill of inspired choreography by two prominent Israeli choreographers and Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar (pictured). PROGRAM 3 features world premieres by choreographers Emanuel Gat, Emily Molnar and the Ballet BC premiere of Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin.

Tickets range from $21.25 to $91.25 (plus applicable charges) purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 or online at



2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Dates and Venues May 4-14, 2017 | The Vogue Theatre, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, The Cinematheque, The Orpheum Annex, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, and the Museum of Vancouver

The 16th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent documentaries to Vancouver audiences. This year the spotlight is on Troublemakers: film-makers who upend the applecart, wreak havoc and generally disrupt business as usual with a selection of films that resist, rage on and fight for real change.

Admission Evenings and Weekends: $13; Weekday Matinee (weekday films starting at 5 pm or earlier): $11; Opening: $22 film and party; 15; Museum of Vancouver: $15; Student/Senior tickets for all screenings: $2 discount; Membership: $2; Festival Pass: $195 (Includes membership; valid for all film screenings including opening and closing night film and party). 5 Ticket Pack: $60; 10 Ticket Pack: $110. Purchase tickets online at or Community Box Office: April 22, 23, from 12pm to 5 pm at DOXA office (#110–750 Hamilton Street). For information call: 604.646.3200

Opera Mariposa
Here I Stand

Date and Venue Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30pm | Marpole United Church, 1296 West 67th Avenue, Vancouver

Join soprano Jacqueline Ko and friends for a journey across the musical spectrum in support of a great cause! In Mariposa’s fifth annual charity benefit show, Jacqueline performs alongside pianist Angus Kellett and guests to explore music ranging from pop to Puccini, from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann to the hit musical Hamilton. The show honours the May 12th International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (ME/CFS & FM), and a portion of every ticket sale supports the ME/FM Society of BC.

Tickets $25 General, $20 Students/Seniors/Disability Benefit , $15 Groups of 4+ Tickets at the door, at or from Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006



Realwheels Theatre
Comedy on Wheels

Dates and Venue May 18 – 20, 2017, 8pm | Performance Works (Granville Island); 1218 Cartwright Str.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Comedy on Wheels will showcase members of the disability community in performances that capitalize on one of our greatest assets – the ability to use humour and storytelling to cope with life’s challenges.

Tickets May 18, PWYC, May 19, $20, May 20, $25. Available online at


Pacific Theatre
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley

Dates and Venue
May 19 - June 10, 2017, 8pm Wed – Sat with 2pm matinees all Sat and Sun | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Pacific Theatre closes its 2016-2017 season with John Patrick Shanley’s latest work, Outside Mullingar. The play is a charming story of Ireland and the prickly, brooding people who have lived off its land for generations. People like Rosemary and Anthony, a pair of introverted misfits whose families have lived next to each other for as far back as anyone can remember. They pass the years squabbling over property lines, while their ageing parents wonder about what will happen to their land when they die.

Tickets $23.95 - $34.95, (taxes and fees not incl.) call 604.731.5518 or visit

Standing Wave
WILD music by Anna Pidgorna, libretto by Val Brandt

Date and Venue Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 8pm | Annex, 823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver

The centrepiece of the concert is an excerpt from work-in-progress, Wild Dogs, a new one-act chamber opera based on Helen Humphreys’ novel of the same name. Wild Dogs is being commissioned and developed by Standing Wave in partnership with Robert Carey’s black bachx opera in cooperation with Music on Main. The story tells of a group of strangers who gather at the edge of a field to call their dogs who have joined a feral pack in the woods. Lily, a brain-damaged young woman dares to enter the woods alone to find her only friend – her dog.

Tickets $25 regular / $15 students & seniors at or at the door (box office opens at 7:00 pm). For more info visit or call 604.683.8240


rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017

Dates and Venue May 24-June 4, 2017 | The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

A line-up that is both innovative and diverse. The fifth annual rEvolver Theatre Festival will present new works created by emerging and early mid career artists. The festival features nine mainstage shows at the Cultch, and three offsite shows. Companion events to be announced shortly. Full schedule visit

Tickets Early Bird passes available now, single tickets on sale April 15 at


The Queer Arts Festival

Dates and Venue June 17-29, 2017 | Roundhouse Arts Centre, Vancouver

The Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver’s annual artist-run, multi-disciplinary festival, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun is one of the top five festivals of its kind worldwide. Since 2008 it has been an essential platform of the avant-garde, presenting challenging work that pushes boundaries and stimulates dialogue.

Tickets prices vary according to event. For details visit:



Arts Club Theatre Company
The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich

Dates and Venue
April 20 – May 14, 2017, Tues – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat and Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Theatre Centre, West 1st Avenue

The Piano Teacher follows a renowned classical pianist named Erin who, after experiencing great loss in her life, is unable to find solace in the music that once brought her so much joy. As she struggles to play her beloved instrument, an unconventional piano teacher helps release her past and a new friend invites possibilities for the future.

Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit


Arts Club Theatre Company
Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty by the Mom’s the Word Collective

Dates (2 weeks added) and Venue April 6 – May 20, 2017, Mon – Thurs 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, (matinees on Wed at 1.30pm, and Sat at 2pm) | Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street

From the creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have matured, and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and humour.

Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit