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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interesting things going on in the community...

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Feb 03 - May 06, 2018

Vancouver Art Gallery

The first major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s paintings to be shown in Canada. Spanning three decades of the artist’s career—from his monumental paintings of the 1980s to new, never-before-seen works.


Mar 03 - Jun 17, 2018

Vancouver Art Gallery

A thematic exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art.

A Month of Tuesdays 2018

Mar 27 - Apr 24, 2018

The Fox Cabaret

Join us for five concerts, with top flight musicians, great music, and a casual yet engaging atmosphere.

Raven Spirit Dance: Earth Song

Apr 20 2018

Evergreen Cultural Centre

Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. These are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching.

Third Coast Percussion

Apr 21 2018


This breathtaking program is written specially for Third Coast Percussion, and brings together over 125 bells from around the world to create a beautiful and completely unprecedented sound world.

Emerge on Main: Spotlight on Rising Musicians

Apr 24 2018

The 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.

The Overcoat – a musical tailoring

Apr 28 - May 06, 2018

Vancouver Playhouse

A spectacular new musical treatment of Gogol’s beloved story, The Overcoat – a musical tailoring is a reimagining of Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling’s landmark movement theatre piece of the same name.

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

May 01 2018

Vogue Theatre

Guitarist and songwriter, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash takes the stage with folk singer and songwriter, Judy Collins.

Music for a Night in May

May 04 2018

Vancouver East Cultural Centre

An evening of new music for string quartet and voice with music by Alfredo Santa Ana and words by Colin Browne. After a long dark winter, one longs for the scent of earth and new growth…

BC Cider Festival

May 06 2018

Pipe Shop

This tasting event will feature 20+ cideries from BC, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad.

Russian White Nights: Opera Arias from 18th century St. Petersburg, Featuring Soprano Karina Gauvin

May 06 2018

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Join one of the world’s reigning sopranos in Baroque and classical repertoire, Karina Gauvin, for a programme of virtuosic opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg.

Program 3 – Ballet BC

May 10 - 12, 2018

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Celebrate spring with these inspiring, compelling works.

Kantatefeier! A Cantata Celebration

May 12 2018

Christ Church Cathedral

This concert features favourite Bach cantatas and motets with an exciting ensemble of the West Coast’s renowned period instrument performers, plus a special commission by composer, Jocelyn Morlock.

Concert 1: Paul Lewis, piano

May 13 2018

Vancouver Playhouse

Take an exciting musical journey into the works of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven with Paul Lewis at the helm.

Robert Silverman, piano: 80th Birthday Celebration

May 29 2018


Join us for an evening that promises great music in a friendly, celebratory environment with one of the greats playing a few of his favourites.

Maestro Bramwell Tovey: A Gala Celebration

May 31 2018

Join the VSO, Maestro Bramwell Tovey, and an all-star roster of guests for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Maestro Tovey’s unprecedented 18-year tenure as VSO Music Director.

The PantoLand Academy

Jul 03 - 13, 2018

The Cultch

Theatre Replacement will once again be offering two five-day creative summer camps for children based on the East Van Panto. 70 local kids will be invited into this whacky and wonderful world.

The Kessler Academy

Aug 30 2018

Pyatt Hall (VSO School of Music)

The Microcosmos Quartet leads the fourth annual performance of The Kessler Academy: an orchestral performance by rising young string professionals and advanced students.

2018 Modulus Festival

November 2018

The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Music on Main's 2018 Modulus Festival will take place in early November 2018 at The Roundhouse and other venues in Vancouver.