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.

Vancouver International Film Festival: Ever Deadly. A film by Tanya Tagaq & Chelsea McMullan

An immersive, visceral music and cinema experience, EVER DEADLY features Tanya Tagaq, avant-garde Inuk throat-singer, and was created in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Chelsea McMullan. Weaving together footage from an electric concert performance and stunning sequences filmed on location in Nunavut, this documentary explores Tagaq’s transformation of sound with an eye to colonial fallout, natural freedom and Canadian history. 
 
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival; Festival Nouveau Cinema. Special Jury Mention, Canadian Documentary Jury, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2022.
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PuSh Festival – Are we not drawn onward to new erA

Ontoerend Goed’s palindromic take on the climate crisis uses structure as metaphor, employing repetition and reversal to symbolize the need for a worldwide undoing of our actions. The play starts off with backward speech from the actors, but fear not: this strangeness is temporary, and as things become clearer the genius of the creation reveals itself.

Technically as well as formally ingenious, Are we not drawn onward to new erA turns time, movement and visuals on their heads–and, like the best works of radical art, it does so in the service of political meaning. It’s an artistic intervention in a matter of the utmost importance, and it uses temporality as a provocation. As we draw closer and closer to worldwide calamity, this work asks us to rethink human possibility.

Funded by Ontroerend Goed in coproduction with Spectra (BE)

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PuSh Festival – The Seventh Fire

The Seventh Fire is an immersive audio performance inspired by ceremony and created by Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen that sources traditional, oral Anishinaabe stories as a way to evoke ceremony in the everyday. Cooke Ravenbergen’s creation blurs time and space, bringing emotional and ancestral connection into being through deep collaboration with sound designer Mishelle Cuttler and a matriarchal creative team.
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PuSh Festival- afternow

Loud, proud and militant, the latest from dance powerhouse nora chipaumire features the shitsoundsystem, a huge speaker setup custom-made for sonic maximalism. On it plays the artist’s new opera, Nehanda, a work named for an African lion spirit venerated by the people of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. Nehanda inhabits mortal women, notably Charwe Nyakasikana, a revolutionary behind the uprising against British colonists in the late 19th century.

chipaumire’s installation features three video portraits of herself incarnating the spirit of Nehanda; the portraits are on an ongoing loop, as is the opera, which is just under four hours in length. Additionally, two of the performances will be followed by dub nights, featuring chipaumire on the mic. This is  a work you can enter at will; it loses none of its power and meaning from being open to a multitude of entry points.

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

A Manifesto for the Necessity of Live Art

The 2023 PuSh Festival has been programmed with necessity in mind. These are works we need in order to face challenging truths with empathy, embodiment, and communion…In a time of increasingly visible impacts of climate change, of war, and of the rise of fascism, the future weighs heavy with uncertainty. Several works leave us hopeful for tomorrow.

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