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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Canada on Screen

Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2017

The Cinematheque

A year-long program celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and its rich cinematic heritage.

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

Oct 28, 2017 - Feb 04, 2018

Vancouver Art Gallery

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive presents the latest findings of this ongoing research project that deftly reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional artist Natalie Brettschneider.

Concert 1: Paul Lewis, piano

Nov 19, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Vancouver Playhouse

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

Wells Hill

Nov 23 - 26, 2017

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

With this special Celebrate Canada 150+ event, Vanessa Goodman brings together seven exceptional dancers. Splicing themes of technology and communication, based on the sweeping philosophies of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould.

Handel’s Messiah

Dec 01 - 02, 2017

Vancouver Playhouse

Join the PBO, Vancouver Cantata Singers and conductor Alexander Weimann for EMV’s very first presentation of Handel’s greatest known work in the intimate atmosphere of the Vancouver Playhouse.

Music for the Winter Solstice

Dec 14 - 15, 2017

Heritage Hall

Celebrate the winter season in style with warm tidings and luminous music featuring Music on Main’s Composer in Residence Nicole Lizée, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, violinist and vocalist Wallgrin and vocalist Carman J. Price.

Frederic Rzewski’s Songs of Insurrection

Jan 22 - 23, 2018

The Fox Cabaret

Frederic Rzewski’s latest work transcends the world of contemporary music and takes you on a journey through uprising.

Metamorfosi – Ensemble Constantinople with Suzie Leblanc

Feb 23 2018

Christ Church Cathedral

Ensemble Constantinople invite Canadian treasure, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, to revisit and explore new avenues and Italian composers often unknown to the general public.

John Luther Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds

Mar 03 2018

Roundhouse Performance Centre

Directed by homegrown superstar pianist Vicky Chow, this John Luther Adams piece exists in its own world with its own physical space and time.


Mar 15 - 17, 2018

Vancouver Playhouse

A collaboration between Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre, Betroffenheit immerses audiences into the world of shock and bewilderment that encompasses us in the wake of a disaster.

Quasar: De souffles et de machines

Mar 27 2018

The Fox Cabaret

Quasar saxophone quartet brings their unique style and deeply original programming to the Vancouver stage.

Kiya Tabassian, setar & Maarja Nuut, violin & voice

Apr 03 2018

The Fox Cabaret

See what happens when a fiddler/singer from Northern Estonia joins forces with an Iranian-born and Montreal-based setar player.

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Apr 08 2018

Vancouver Playhouse

This performance marks the debut of leading soloists, violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, and pianist Alexei Grynyuk as a trio in Canada.

Nicholas Wright, violin

Apr 10 2018

The Fox Cabaret

Nicholas Wright, concertmaster for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, joins soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen and pianist Grace Huang to bring the timeless music of “Ravel and the Apaches” to life.

One Night Stand: Nicole Lizée

Apr 17 2018

The Fox Cabaret

Spend a memorable night getting to know a unique Canadian musical voice, Music on Main’s Composer in Residence Nicole Lizée.

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.

Yuja Wang, piano

May 04 2018

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Yuja Wang’s prodigious talent has taken her around the globe and it’s  been 8 years and a career “explosion” since Yuja’s last performance in Vancouver.

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.

2018 Modulus Festival

Nov 04 - 10, 2018

The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Music on Main's 2018 Modulus Festival runs November 4-10, 2018 at The Roundhouse and other venues in Vancouver.