Our Recommendations

Indulge your appetite for arts and culture.

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!

Our Recommendations are must-see events, some from our Vancouver home base and a few from across the globe that we think you’ll enjoy. We’re your trusted source that you’ll want to come back to every time you’re looking for something new and exciting to discover. If you’re looking for only Music on Main events check here.

Eliot Quartett

Enjoy a rare Vancouver performance by Frankfurt’s award-winning string ensemble, the Eliot Quartett.
Featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn and Dmitry Shostakovich.
7pm, Sept 22, 2023 at the Unitarian Church, 949 W 49th Ave.
Tickets are $25 available at the door and by cash only.
For more information: eliotquartett.com

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Jocelyn Morlock – Commitment and Community

Jocelyn Morlock’s rich and diverse contributions were marked by compositions of quality, spirit, humour, eclecticism and thoughtfulness. Her generosity to young composers and performers, attention to important issues including mental health, and championing of music deserving of greater recognition made a difference locally and nationally. Turning Point Ensemble responds to her tragic passing with a major concert featuring three of her works for large ensemble: Icarus, Landing (2000), Zart (2006), and Luft Suite (2015). The concert also includes the music of two composers of prime importance to Jocelyn – Nikolai Korndorf’s epic Let the Earth Bring Forth and a new version of John Korsrud’s Liquid, featuring solo clarinetist François Houle.

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The Polygon Gallery presents the North American premiere of  Jeremy  Shaw’s latest and largest production to date, Phase Shifting Index, which was created for his solo exhibition in the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Phase Shifting Index depicts seven autonomous groups engaged in embodied, movement-based belief systems that aspire to induce parallel realities. Employing various outmoded 20th-century media, ranging from 16mm film to Hi-8 video tape, Shaw presents what appears to be documentary footage as the distant future, creating cognitive dissonance within the viewers’ relation to a sense of place and time.

The dress, style and choreography of the subjects suggest found historical footage from the 1960s to the 1990s. Through variations of modern dance, popping and locking, jump-style, hardcore skanking, and trust exercises, they explore the potentials of physically altering reality.

About Jeremy Shaw
A North Vancouver-born artist now based in Berlin, Jeremy Shaw works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. Often combining and amplifying strategies of verité filmmaking, conceptual art, music video and scientific research, he creates a post-documentary space in which disparate belief-systems and histories are thrown into an interpretive limbo. Shaw has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1, New York, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, and MOCA, Toronto, and been featured in international surveys such as the 57th Venice Biennale and Manifesta 11. Shaw’s work is held in public collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and Sammlung zeitgenössische Kunst der Bundesrepublik.

Please note: this exhibition contains flashing lights.

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Vancouver Art Gallery: Fashion Fictions

Fashion Fictions surveys experimental design practices that exist at the intersection of fashion and other modes of cultural production. International in scope, the exhibition explores the increasing influence of research-based, materially driven practices on the global fashion scene, while acknowledging the proliferation of creative practices that challenge the aesthetic, material and technological conventions of fashion. The title of the exhibition is drawn from artist and technologist Julian Bleecker’s influential essay “Design Fiction” (2009) in which he extends the term first coined by critic and theorist Bruce Sterling to argue that the most innovative, transformative work is produced in the spaces between fact and fiction, the present and the near future, and the scientific and the fantastical. All of the designers in Fashion Fictions occupy these liminal spaces, using fashion as a means to unite seemingly disparate sentiments and to propose new possibilities for aesthetics, bodily forms and, more ambitiously, how we exist in the world.

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Manabu Ikeda: Flowers from the Wreckage

Manabu Ikeda: Flowers from the Wreckage features Ikeda’s meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings that are filled with astonishing images. This Japanese artist seeks inspiration from his surroundings to bring attention and awe to viewers, as a way of sending warnings about the painful reality of environmental disasters. Central to his practice are metaphors of grief and the undeniable aspects of life that are often beyond society’s control, including the fundamental forces of Mother Nature. Ikeda’s drawings also reveal human resilience and the ability to rise above devastating situations when it appears impossible.

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Special Engagement:
Featuring 15 of the world’s finest players, the remarkably versatile Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) has been performing, educating, and proudly flying the flag for jazz traditions across the globe and at their Lincoln Center home base – aka the House of Swing – since 1988. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, they animate a vast repertoire, from historic compositions by Ellington, Monk, Mingus, and Mary Lou Williams, to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works from current and former JLCO members like Marsalis, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Chris Crenshaw, and Carlos Henriquez.

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