Vancouver Tap Dance Society
2018 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival

Dates and Venues August 20 - 26, 2018 | Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St., Frankie's Jazz Club, at 765 Beatty St.

The 2018 VITF includes: a premier performance, #Tap Dance performed on Sat., August 25, at 8pm at the Orpheum Annex, two improvisational Social Tap Jazz Jams on Thurs. Aug. 23 and Sun. Aug. 26 at Frankie's Jazz Club and five-day Tap Dance Musicianship Residency. Some of the dancers and musicians have been asked to join forces in an artistic celebration and you will be able to see, experience and enjoy what happens as a result.

Tickets and information available at Aug. 25 - #TapDance at 8pm at Orpheum Annex - $30 Adults/$25 Sen/Youth; Aug. 23 & 26; Tap Jazz Jams at 8pm at Frankie’s Jazz Club - $16

Staircase Theatre
Movin’ On Up

Date and Venue August 25, 2018, Doors at 6:30pm, readings at 7:30pm | 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Live Staged Readings of two contemporary plays. Brand new, one-act plays - a celebration of emerging, local playwrights and an artistic investigation into the intersection and interaction of Vancouver’s privileged and underprivileged citizens. This year’s playwrights, Sabrina Auclair and Brahm Taylor hit close to home. Movin’ On Up will have a silent auction (proceeds to Staircase Theatre), a bar, snacks.
No Home Land by Sabrina Auclair, studies the affordability crisis through a dystopian Vancouver where the class gap is monstrous. After the housing market explodes, it puts Vancouver in an unprecedented crisis.
The What For by Brahm Taylor, is a gender flipped reimagining of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Set in Vancouver, the story follows two street-entrenched women as they pursue their dream of finding a basement suite in East Van.

Admission sliding scale tickets prices at $7, $17, and $27. Visit for info.

Kay Meek Arts Centre and Wing & Prayer Productions
Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor

Dates and Venue

September 6 - 20, 2018, 7:30pm (No performances Mondays); matinees on Saturday, Sept. 8 & 15 and Sunday, Sept. 9& 16 at 2:30pm | Kay Meek Studio Theatre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver

When three estranged sisters make the trip home to Cape Breton to care for their dying mother, their shared past resurfaces in all of its tangled intricacy. Eldest sister Agnes, battling addiction and failed ambition, is forced to revisit her most agonizing decision. Middle sister Theresa, a longtime caregiver to their mother is questioning her Catholic faith, while Louise, the youngest of the trio, is struggling towards independence.

Tickets Adult $45; Senior $42.75; Students $15 on sale now. Box Office: 604-981-6335 | Monday – Friday 1pm - 6pm Online:


United Players

The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Hare

Dates and Venue September 7 -30, 2018, 8pm; Sundays Sept 16, 23, 30 2pm matinee (no evening performance) | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery

Galileo, the scientist, is in conflict with the church over his insistence that the earth revolves around the sun. Far from being old hat, his story is an archetypal one of heroism, of adherence to facts in the face of propaganda and prejudice. Brecht rewrote this play twice in order to encompass the relevant issues of the day.

Tickets $22 - $28, available on line at or at the door. Preview: Sept.6, all tickets $14. Reservations and info: phone 604 224 8007, ext. 2 or visit


2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival

Dates and Venues September 6 – 16, 2018 | Granville Island and various other venues around the city

The Fringe Program Guide was rolled out last night (July 30) at the launch party at The Backstage Lounge on Granville Island. There will be 99 shows in this year's Festival! More than 700 performances will be featured by over 90 artists over 11 days in September. The Festival also features unique site-specific theatre where artists stage their work in their own arranged venues.

Tickets go on sale August 8. Then you can book your show tickets online or in person at the Fringe Box Office (opens September 4) or if you prefer to play the Fringe by ear, you can also use your Frequent Fringer Card at the door. The Cards can be used at any regular Fringe shows but are not valid at special events like the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All or the Artists’ Cabaret. Cardholders and their guests must each have their own Fringe Membership Card.


Broadway Across Canada

Dates and Venue September 25 – 30, 2018; Tues through Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun evening 7:30pm and Satu and Sun matinees at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Book of Mormon, which played a sold out engagement in 2016 returns to Vancouver for a limited engagement. This stage musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, the choreography of Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

TICKETS: Single tickets on sale NOW available at, or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457. Broadway Across Canada subscribers can visit or call 1-866-542-7469. Ticket prices start at $30.50


Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF)

Dates and Venues August 9 – 19, 2018 | Vancouver Playhouse, Cineplex Odeon International Village, Goldcorp Centre, Vancity Theatre, and York Theatre

Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. More than just film, the Festival also hosts performances, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more, creating a unique community space for eleven days in August.
More info:

Tickets – to be announced

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Social Sundays concert series at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Dates and Venue August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2018, 4pm to 6 pm | The Great Lawn at VanDusen

The Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) have announced a new partnership to present a series of concerts at VanDusen Botanical Garden by the VSO Chamber Players. The public are invited to participate in Social Sundays from 4pm to 6 pm each Sunday in August. The public is welcome to bring picnics, folding chairs, and blankets. Signature cocktails and other refreshments will be available for purchase at the concert site.

August 12th – String Trio: Music by Dohnanyi and Beethoven
August 19th - String Ensembles: Music by Beethoven “Kreutzer” Quintet and Dvorák “American” String Quartet.
August 26th - String Quartets: Music by Boccherini and Beethoven

Tickets FREE with regular garden admission


Theatre under the Stars
42nd Street Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin

Dates and Venue July 5 - August 17, 2018 Show: 8pm, Lobby opens: 7pm; even-numbered days in July, odd-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Fresh off the bus from small-town America, Peggy Sawyer is just another face in the chorus line in Broadway’s newest, glitziest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just get the shot at stardom she has always dreamed of…

Cinderella Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein I

Dates and Venue July 4 - August 18, 2018, Show: 8pm, Lobby opens: 7pm, odd-numbered days in July, even-numbered days in August t | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

The timeless enchantment of the fairy tale classic is given fresh life by the creators of The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Oklahoma, this Tony Award®-winning musical promises to transport the hearts of children and adults alike with a fable of Fairy Godmothers, glass slippers, and the triumph of true love.

Tickets adults $49, $40 & $30 – reduced prices for youths (13-18) and children (5-12) Purchase online


Ensemble Theatre Company
6th Annual Summer Repertory Festival

Dates and Venue July 12 - Aug 17th, 2018 | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

A selection of three plays from three writers showcases the humour, intricacies, and depths of the darker recesses of our lives. Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men, Ian Rankin's Dark Road, and Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane are brought to life by the Ensemble Theatre’s group of actors, directors, and designers. For dates & times of individual productions visit:

Tickets individual tickets are now on sale rrom $25. Available online at:

Bard on the Beach

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 6 – September 13, 2018, 7.30pm weekend matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

On a blasted heath in medieval Scotland, three women tell a General that he is fated to be the King of Scotland. The image takes hold in his mind, and so begins a chain of events that leads to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children.

As You Like It
by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 12 – September 28 | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

It’s the 1960s, and free spirits are escaping from Vancouver to get “back to the land”. This joyful celebration of love features 20 classic Beatles songs. Expect to leave the theatre with a song in your heart and a belief in our shared humanity!


Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 26 – September 9, 2018, 7.30pm weekend matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Vanier Park

Shakespeare's exploration of power and greed. A parable for our times, the story is a powerful indictment of capitalism and nihilism. A production that invites us to think about our place in a shallow world, and to look beyond the wealth of the pocketbook towards the wealth of the heart.

Lysistrata adapted by Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson

Dates and Venue July 6 – September 13, 2018 | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

It is 2018. An environmental threat hangs over Vancouver’s coastline. A company of actors respond by staging Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ outrageous story of the first-ever female strike. First staged in 411 BC, this brand-new adaptation is a bawdy romp that investigates how humour and art can take their place in the political arena.

Tickets $24 - $75 for single tickets on sale now. Order Season Packs now through the Bard website at or by calling the Box Office at 604-739-0559.