Author: Richard Wolak

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

In celebration of the venue’s 35th anniversary season, The Firehall Arts Centre has re-mounted its hit show, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, back to the stage now to April 21 and to pay homage to the late Mr. Cohen. Featuring six artists playing seventeen different instruments, this award-winning production has toured across Canada to sold out audiences. This was my first time seeing this reknown musical which was well orchestrated. Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next...

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Chutzpah Festival February 15 – March 15

Awe-inspiring dance, extraordinary theatre, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music highlight this year’s festival with world-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists from February 15 to March 15, 2018. An eagerly anticipated and annual highlight of Greater Vancouver’s dance season is the Chutzpah! Festival’s Dance Series. The 2018 Festival presents some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world. This year’s performances again offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work. Highlights include Israeli company Roy Assaf Dance in its Chutzpah! debut with a program of intricate and nuanced works, Six Years...

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Romeo + Juliet February 21 -24

Under the artistic leadership of Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar, PROGRAM 2 will be a Ballet BC repertoire first—a fresh retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet by rising French star and returning choreographer, Medhi Walerski. This story has inspired many an artist with its tragic tale of “star-crossed lovers”. Compelling in its timelessness, the work captures audiences with its deeply human story and enduring themes of love, fate and family. Reflecting on the divisions that persist in today’s world, Ballet BC’s World Premiere will offer a thought-provoking contemporary take of the classic that profoundly resonates today. Ballet BC is thrilled to have this iconic story expertly crafted by Medhi Walerski, one...

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Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto) House Mix on February 23 and 24

Join DanceHouse in celebration of Toronto Dance Theatre’s 50th anniversary with a unique retrospective program.   Formed in 1968, Toronto Dance Theatre is a recognized pillar of the Canadian cultural scene with almost 500 Canadian dance works in their repertoire. House Mix, a rare program showcasing three decades of masterful works by current Artistic Director Christopher House, offers Vancouver audiences the chance to travel through time and witness the evolution of movement, form, and style through 25 plus years. House Mix offers up an evening of five exceptional works, including:   Martingales (2016) – Referring to a gambler’s strategy,...

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Interview with Marlon Williams

I talked with Marlon Williams this past summer at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival outdoors in Jericho Beach Park and talked with him about his music and becoming an Internationally recognized performer, here is what he had to say. Between the last time you were here and this time, are there Any changes in your musical direction? Yes since then I have recorded another album, I am exploring a whole lot more since I was there, last time I was the Vancouver International folk festival I went straight from the airport right to the festival stage and played with...

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