The Dance Centre: Discover Dance! series
Jacky Essombe

Date and Venue Thursday May 16, 2019 at 12 noon + 6pm | Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie, Vancouver

Born in Cameroon, Essombe is well known for her teaching and performances that express the cultural traditions and ancient rhythms of West and Central Africa. This interactive presentation features Essombe and her team of dancers and musicians in a program of high-energy dances, live drumming and singing. There will be an artist talkback after each show.

Tickets 12 noon show $15 & $13 students, seniors, children; 6pm show $22 &$18 students, seniors, children. Call Tickets Tonight at 604.684.2787 or online:
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Arts Club Theatre
Matilda The Musical
book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, from the novel by Roald Dahl

Dates and Venue May 16, 2019 - July 14, 2019, Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

The musical’s heroine is Matilda, a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the loveable and caring Miss. During her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey both recognizes and appreciates Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Armed with her courage and intelligence, Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny and save her classmates.

Tickets from $39 at or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644

Pacific Theatre
The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter

Dates and Venue May 17 – Jun 8. 2019, 8pm Wed-Sat with 2pm Sat matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Della believes that the secret to a good cake and a good life is simple: just follow the rules. When her best friend’s daughter asks her to make her wedding cake, she is overjoyed… until she learns that there will be not one bride, but two. Suddenly, Della is working without a recipe as her previously-unquestioned beliefs and emotions come into sharp conflict.

Tickets $20, $36 & $50, (tax not incl.) call 604.731.5518 or visit

Opera Mariposa
The Impossible Dream

Date and Venue Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm | St. Helen's Anglican Church, 4405 West 8th Ave. Vancouver

Soprano Jacqueline Ko teams up with pianist Karen Shumka to present an evening of song for a wonderful cause. Enjoy highlights from Sondheim to Schwartz, from Hamlet to Hamilton, from Madama Butterfly to Mulan -then be sure to indulge in the delicious dessert buffet, and enter to win thousands of dollars in prizes. In honour of the May 12th International Awareness Day for chronic neuro-immune diseases, 100% of proceeds will go to the ME|FM Society of BC.

Admission $25 general, $20 students/seniors/disability, $15 each for groups of 4+ Tickets at the door, at or from Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets: An Afternoon with Tchaikovsky

Date and Venue May 23, 2019 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Featured performer Sergei Saratovsky Piano

Programme Eugene Onegin: Polonaise, Symphony No. 4: III Scherzo, Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor: I Allegro non troppo, Sleeping Beauty Suite: II. Adagio, Pas d’action, Sleeping Beauty: Waltz from Act 1, Mazeppa: Cossack, Dance Symphony No. 6: IV Finale, Swan Lake: Spanish Dance

Tickets $28.50 - $44 - Purchase online at or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Women Rock

Dates and Venue May 24 & May 25, 2019 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Jeff Tyzik Featured performers Cassidy Catanzaro, Katrina Rose and Shayna Steele – vocalists

Longtime VSO collaborator Jeff Tyzik conducts a program that honours those powerful women who changed rock and popular music forever.

Tickets $16.25 - $95 (subscriber, senior, and student discounts available). Purchase online at or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434


United Players
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

Dates and Venue June 7-30, Thursday through Sunday. All performances at 8 pm except Sundays June 16,23,30 when there is a 2pm matinée only | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery

Johnny “Rooster” Byron is a gypsy squatter, a wanted man, a folk hero to some and a villain to others. The authorities want to evict him. His son wants his dad to take him to the fair. A motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs. Johnny is a giant from a bygone age, a Green Man from England’s past, and a larger-than-life character who has captivated audiences in London and New York – and who now comes for the first time to Vancouver. Come meet this “shielder of youth from more ferocious predators, fabulist, lord of misrule and summoner of spirits” and his motley, raggle taggle retinue.

Tickets $22-$28, available on line at or at the door.


30ième Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver

Dates and Venue June 13 – June 23, 2019 | Studio 16, 1551, West 7th Avenue

Every June since 1990, Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver organizes the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival), one of the most important cultural and musical francophone events in Western Canada. Audiences are not limited to the Francophone and Francophile community, but include the population of Vancouver at large as well as tourists who are interested in taking in a cultural experience that is unique on the West Coast.

Admission For calendar of events and ticket purchase details visit:

A Room Somewhere
Hello and Goodbye by Athol Fugard

Dates and Venue June 27 - July 6, 2019 (June 27/28/29/ July 3/4/5 @ 8pm, June 30/July 6 @ 2pm) | The Nest, 1398 Cartwright St. Granville Island

Set in the home of a poor white family in 1960 in Apartheid South Africa. It steps between Beckett-like absurdity and the realism of Sam Shepard or Tennessee Williams. A story of a family torn apart by a toxic mix of self-loathing, lethal patriarchy, and the violence of the country in which it is set. The domestic collides with the political, as siblings Hester and Johnnie reconnect (and disconnect) in their childhood home, rummaging through the remnants of their lives in search of redemption, a father figure, legitimacy and cold, hard cash.

Tickets $15 General: $25 Student/Senior: $22 Online at:


Theatre In the Raw

Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein, adapted from Carl Reiner's Novel

Dates and Venue May 8 - 12 & May 15 – 19, 2019 at 8pm | Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Ave.

A young man has a burning desire to be an actor. His parents have another idea in mind... and so the battle begins. Who wins out in this comic adventure?

Tickets $25; students $22. Available at:

Arts Club Theatre Company
The Great Leap by Lauren Yee

Dates and Venue
April 25–May 19, 2019; Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Set in 1989, this play follows Chinese basketball coach Wen Chang (Jovanni Sy), a quiet Party supporter, and Manford (Milton Lam), a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a 3-point shot. More than just a play about basketball, The Great Leap is a cultural exploration of family, sacrifice, and cultural and political difference.

Tickets from $29 at or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644