Vancouver is filled with great culture. Explore it.

You know when you open up The Georgia Straight to find out what’s happening in Vancouver and end up feeling totally overwhelmed? Well Music on Main’s Culture Calendar is here to help! Artistic Director David Pay has carefully chosen a list of super events to experience in Vancouver. more…

Whether you’re looking for a theatrical diversion or a blockbuster art show, some new dance or a classical concerto, the Culture Calendar is a list of must-see events that you’ll be happy to experience. Check back whenever you’re looking for a hit of culture; Dave updates his picks whenever he hears of something intriguing. less…

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Kill Me Now

Oct 13 - 27, 2018

Firehall Arts Centre

Touchstone Artistic Director, Roy Surette directs this frank, fearless and ferociously funny play.

Quartetti – A Festival of String Quartets

Oct 18 - 20, 2018

ANNEX

Vancouver New Music brings together seven string quartets from around the world for three nights of inspiring music.

Julia Bullock, soprano & John Arida, piano

Oct 21 2018

Vancouver Playhouse

American soprano Julia Bullock captivates audiences with her versatile artistry and commanding stage presence.

Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube

Oct 27, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019

Vancouver Art Gallery

Known for her expansive multidisciplinary approach to art making, Claxton investigates notions of Indigenous identity, beauty, gender and the body.

Walking in Beauty: a concert-ritual

Nov 02 2018

The Roundhouse

Inspired by rituals from around the world, Walking in Beauty features music by Thierry Pécou (France), Katarina Livljanić (Croatia), and poetry by Laura Tohe (Navajo).

2018 Modulus Festival

Nov 02 - 06, 2018

Multiple Venues

Music on Main's 2018 Modulus Festival will take place at The Roundhouse, CBC Studio 700, and The Post at 750 in Vancouver.

Awesome Talks

Nov 03 2018

The Post at 750

Let's talk music. These dynamic talks feature artists from around the world. FREE! Ensure your seat by reserving your spot.

blazed more brightly

Nov 03 2018

Studio 700

Hear work from the beginning of modern music to Gen-X and beyond.

MalFFFunction

Nov 03 2018

The Roundhouse

Thought-provoking. Fight or flight. Glitch-inspired. See the electrifying Laura Bowler perform.

percussion music is revolution

Nov 03 2018

The Roundhouse Exhibition Hall

Join for a joyous celebration of sound, and experience the Roundhouse’s Exhibition Hall as never before. This is a free event, no ticket required.

Awesome Talks

Nov 04 2018

The Post at 750

Let's talk music. These dynamic talks feature artists from around the world. FREE! Ensure your seat by reserving your spot.

Eve Egoyan’s Solo for Duet

Nov 04 2018

The Roundhouse

Solo for Duet is a virtuosic mix of sound, image, and unspoken narrative.

echo replay

Nov 04 2018

Studio 700

The pianist casts a musical shadow ahead of himself. Witness musician Richard Uttley push past the limits of human and mechanical execution.

DOXA at Modulus

Nov 05 2018

The Roundhouse

A special documentary film showing chosen especially for Modulus 2018.

Trading Places: Un Échange

Nov 05 2018

The Roundhouse

Two of Montreal’s finest headline a night of improvisation, and together with leading Vancouver players, fill the Roundhouse with unexpected sounds.

Canteen Concert

Nov 05 2018

The Post at 750

The Modulus version of a kitchen party!

Mythos

Nov 06 2018

The Roundhouse

Standing Wave invites you to new musical places with world premieres by Anna Höstman, Keith Hamel, and Jocelyn Morlock.

DOXA presents VanPodFest 2018

Nov 08 - 10, 2018

TBA

A new festival dedicated to highlighting the power of podcasting, featuring three days of panels, hands-on workshops, and live presentations and tapings to celebrate one of the world’s fastest-growing mediums.

Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh

Nov 21 - 24, 2018

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Chotto Desh (‘small homeland’ in Bangladeshi) freely mixes Kathak dance with storytelling and mime, creating a series of worlds that run from the ordinary to the mythic.

Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra

Nov 24 - 25, 2018

Shaughnessy Heights United Church & Good Shepherd Church

Lighten the darkening days with beautiful, seasonal music. Join one of Canada’s most celebrated choirs for a family-friendly concert during the Christmas season.

 

Composers + Cocktails with Nicole Lizée

Dec 18 2018

The Post at 750

Get an insider’s perspective on creation from Composer in Residence Nicole Lizée over cocktails and conversation.

Music for the Winter Solstice 2018

Dec 19 - 20, 2018

Heritage Hall

We light up the night for the fifth year in a row to celebrate the solstice in style with holiday merriment and luminous music.

MUTED with Monica Germino, violin

Jan 28 - 30, 2019

ANNEX

Taking audiences to the thresholds of audibility, this intensely theatrical piece is conceived for small groups of listeners in intimate spaces.

Kidd Pivot

Feb 20 - 23, 2019

Vancouver Playhouse

From choreographer Crystal Pite and writer/director Jonathon Young, comes Revisor, a new dance/theatre hybrid that mixes classic farce and the forces of radical change.

 

Behind the Scenes with Claire Edwardes

Mar 28 2019

The Post at 750

Meet internationally acclaimed Australian percussionist Claire Edwardes and learn about her artistic process, what makes her tick, and her thoughts about the music she plays.

Claire Edwardes, percussion

Apr 02 2019

Fox Cabaret

Claire's award-winning performances combine a theatrical energy with charismatic and original interpretations bringing to life the varied array of music she performs.

Behind the Scenes with Claire Edwardes

Apr 04 2019

The Post at 750

Meet internationally acclaimed Australian percussionist Claire Edwardes and learn about her artistic process, what makes her tick, and her thoughts about the music she plays.

Shared Madness with Jennifer Koh, violin

Apr 09 2019

Fox Cabaret

Jennifer Koh explores virtuosity in the 21st century with works for solo violin from some of today’s most celebrated composers.

Tesla Quartet

Apr 16 2019

Fox Cabaret

These Julliard-trained musicians bring refinement to new and classical repertoire.

Emerge on Main 2019: Spotlight on Rising Musicians

Apr 23 2019

Fox Cabaret

Witness the emergence of 3 of Vancouver’s up-and-coming classical, new, and genre-bending musicians as they step into the spotlight.

Elinor Frey, baroque cello

Apr 30 2019

Fox Cabaret

Along with the beloved C Minor Suite and the gorgeous Partita in D Minor, Elinor brings to the stage new works for baroque cello commissioned from three remarkable composers.