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With so many exciting arts and culture events happening you can feel overwhelmed. The Music on Main Team is here to help! We’ve carefully chosen a list of wonderful digital and live events to discover and experience. Whether you’re looking for a theatrical diversion or a blockbuster art show, some new dance or a classical concerto, our recommendations is a list of must-see events whenever you’re looking for a hit of culture. Make sure to check back often, as we are always scouting fun events that we think you’ll love!
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City Opera: Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
We are excited to present the Canadian premiere of composer Missy Mazzoli’s contemporary masterpiece Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, on stage February 29 to March 3, 2024 at the York Theatre. The opera tells the extraordinary life story of the complex, multifaceted Eberhardt, using her own journals as a basis for the libretto. The role will be brought to life by mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, one of Canada’s brightest stars in classical music.
Isabelle Eberhardt lived during an age of adventure. The early 20th century was a time of great upheaval the world over, but women were still restricted by traditional gender roles. But Isabelle was not a woman to be restricted, and she did much of her writing and travels in the guise of a man. In her short life, she left us a legacy of daring tales and profound, powerful insights in her writing. Unfortunately, her name has buried in the shadows of time. Librettists Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek have done great service in bringing awareness to this remarkable person—and City Opera could not be more excited to be the first company in Canada to share this story!Learn More
Plastic Orchid Factory presents: DIANA ROSS DREAM by Aisha Sasha John
“Montreal, summer 2015: I fell asleep to a question and was answered in the form of a dream: Diana Ross on Broadway in a sea of rose gold costumed dancers—a dream of spiritedness and belonging so vivid as to announce itself as instruction, as a call.” — Aisha Sasha John
In the 1978 film The Wiz, Diana Ross plays Dorothy to Michael Jackson’s Scarecrow. For these new friends—along with the others they meet along the way—getting what they need is facilitated by these chance fellowships that reveal themselves as vital. In DIANA ROSS DREAM, Black being-together is sanctuary. Our togetherness, precious and fortifying, creates the condition for the total expression characterizing the aliveness to which we’ve been called. Presented by plastic orchid factory, in partnership with the Electric Company Theatre.Learn More
Ballet BC presents NOW
The season continues with an evening featuring a new commission from LA-based emerging voice Micaela Taylor, the return of The Statement from the brilliant Crystal Pite, and a follow-up world premiere from Out Innerspace, a Vancouver-based duo making waves around the world. An all-West Coast program celebrating the exceptional work of some of today’s top women choreographers.Learn More
Vancouver New Music, Parallel 06: Ioana Vreme Moser
The Parallels series returns in spring 2024 with guest artist Ioana Vreme Moser, a Berlin-based, Romanian sound artist engaged with hardware electronics, speculative research, and tactile experimentation.
In her practice, she uses rough electronic processes to obtain different materialities of sound. She places electronic components and control voltages in different situations of interaction with her body, organic materials, lost and found items, and environmental stimuli. From these collisions, synthesized sounds emerge to carry personal narrations and observations on the history of electronics, their production chains, wastelands, and entanglements in the natural world.
The concert on March 16 will feature a solo performance by Ioana Vreme Moser, and a collaborative installment-style performance featuring participants from Sizzling Semiconductors, a 3-day workshop taking place in advance of the concert. With guidance from Ioana workshop participants will construct oscillating instruments from scratch to investigate the multifaceted history of electronic parts, semiconductive stones, their presence in electronic devices, and environmental decay.
Sizzling Semiconductors is presented in association with Vancouver Hack Space.Learn More
Fashion X Electcronics: INTERWEAVE
Join us for an unforgettable evening where the realms of fashion, music, and dance intertwine. Embrace the fusion of creativity and expression in a setting that celebrates innovation and the uncharted synergy between fashion, music, and movement.
“Interweave”: A multi-sensory show where fashion, movement, and music come together though wearable instruments.
Instrument building meets fashion. This is the very first event of FXE. We are combining movement with fashion, electronic music, and wearable instruments. Our hope is to create a multi-sensory experience and to push the boundaries fashion and electronic music.
The Cultch and Urban Ink present: Les Filles du Roi
Adapted from the award-winning musical by Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac,Les Filles du Roi (The King’s Daughters) tells the story of a young girl and her brother whose lives are disrupted when les filles du roi arrive in ‘New France’ (now Montreal) in 1665.
This musical epic, told in English, French and Kanien’Kéha (Mohawk), had its theatrical premiere in 2018 at The Cultch’s York Theatre to stellar reviews.Learn More