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.

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EMV Vancouver Bach Festival: Pilgrimage to Bach

The recording sessions conclude with two solo Bach performances by EMV’s summer artist-in-residence, Jonathon Adams, a Two-Spirit, nêhiyaw michif (Cree-Métis) baritone and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra led from the organ and harpsichord by Alexander Weimann. BWV 82 “Ich habe genug” (It is enough) and BWV 56 – “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” (I will carry the burden) are particularly relevant to current times.

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Early Music Vancouver: Vancouver Bach Festival

EMV’s 2021 Vancouver Bach Festival is one of the largest festivals of its type in North America and will run from July 27 – August 6, 2021. Embracing a hybrid model, this year’s Festival includes five concert films that will premiere online and in-person at The Cinematheque, seven limited audience recording sessions at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and outdoor concerts at the UBC Botanical Garden and the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Queer Arts Festival: Piano Burning

Don’t miss Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa’s upcoming performance of the legendary “Piano Burning” at the Queer Arts Festival. Rachel will perform on the piano for as long as she can while it burns. The flames engulfing the piano reframes the fire as a metaphor for the crucible of our striving toward decolonization.

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Museum of Anthropology: In a Different Light

In a Different Light presents more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

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Queer Arts Festival

For the first time, experience the performances, music, literary and workshop events of the Queer Art Festival in a dispersed and hybrid format across the Lower Mainland. QAF 2021 highlights artists upcycling and recycling apocalyptic fear and dread into art and social change.

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