Ten must-see shows this spring in Vancouver
Ten must-see shows this spring in Vancouver

You’d never know it by looking outside, but spring doesn’t officially get started for another couple of weeks.  Here are ten shows across all genres that we think you must-see this season.

Vancouver's iconic diner comes to glorious life in this brand new musical from Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky.
Theatre: Vancouver’s iconic diner comes to glorious life in this brand new musical from Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky. Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical (Mar 19-29) sinks its teeth into the whimsy and heart of café owners Patrice and Bryan as they manage the hectic world of one of Vancouver’s most recognizable eateries. Image: Studio 58.
<strong>Music:</strong> The Vancouver Bach Choir teams up with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with <strong><a href="http://www.vancouverbachchoir.com/concerts/elijah/" target="_blank">Mendelssohn’s Elijah</a></strong> (Mar 28). Depicting various events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah taken from the Old Testament, this 19th century English oratorio masterpiece will appeal to lovers of classical music everywhere.
Music: The Vancouver Bach Choir teams up with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Mar 28). Depicting various events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah taken from the Old Testament, this 19th century English oratorio masterpiece will appeal to lovers of classical music everywhere. Photo: Karen Tregillas.
Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky brings the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely (Apr 2 - May 2) to the stage in this first ever theatrical adaptation. Set in 1941 Los Angeles, private dick Philip Marlowe is on the hunt for Velma, “a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”
Theatre: Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky brings the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely (Apr 2 – May 2) to the stage in this first ever theatrical adaptation. Set in 1941 Los Angeles, private dick Philip Marlowe is on the hunt for Velma, “a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.” Photo: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo.
Music: The 2015 Vancouver Symphony Spring Festival (Apr 10-18) features the music of one of the greatest composers who ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Festival not only features some of Mozart's most beloved music, it also features a screening of Milos Forman's Oscar-winning film, Amadeus.
Music: The 2015 VSO Spring Festival (Apr 10-18) features the music of one of the greatest composers who ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Festival not only features some of Mozart’s most beloved music, it also features a screening of Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning film, Amadeus.
The Chor Leoni Men's Choir brings together the poetry of Leonard Cohen and the music of choral superstar Eriks Ešenvalds in the premiere of The Dream We Carry (Apr 18 & 19). This celebration of new music will also feature the British Columbia Girls Choir, and the young men of Chor Leoni’s PROMYS Honour Choir.
Music: The Chor Leoni Men’s Choir brings together the poetry of Leonard Cohen and the music of choral superstar Eriks Ešenvalds in the premiere of The Dream We Carry (Apr 18 & 19). This celebration of new music also feature the British Columbia Girls Choir, and the young men of Chor Leoni’s PROMYS Honour Choir. Photo: Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.
Theatre: the indie rock musical Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical returns for another run as six young employees of a floundering advertising company struggle under the fluorescent lights of real life, hoping to prove once again that some things are better with a ukele.
Theatre: the indie rock musical Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (Apr 21-May 2) returns for another run as six young employees of a floundering advertising company struggle under the fluorescent lights of real life, hoping to prove once again that some things really are better with a ukulele. Photo: BettyOei Photography.
Theatre: CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud come together in an imagined meeting in the Pacific Theatre production of Freud's Last Session (Apr 24-May 30). Love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life are all on the table as the two men battle it out in a game of wits.
Theatre: CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud come together for an imagined meeting in the Pacific Theatre production of Freud’s Last Session (Apr 24-May 30). Love, sex, God and the meaning of life are all on the table as the two men battle it out in a game of wits. Image: Emily Cooper.
Ballet BC closes out its season with two new works inspired by Sergei Diaghilev’s 1913 The Rite of Spring.
Dance: Ballet BC closes out its season with Rite (May 7-9), two new works from Emily Molnar and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano are inspired by the 1913 ballet The Rite of Spring from Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. Photo: Ballet BC.
The third annual rEvolver Theatre Festival (May 20-31) returns to The Cultch showcasing new works from emerging theatre artists. With eight main-stage productions at The Cultch, the program features an eclectic mix of up-and-coming solo artists, collectives and theatre companies from Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.
Theatre: The third annual rEvolver Theatre Festival (May 20-31) returns to The Cultch showcasing new works from emerging theatre artists. With eight main-stage productions at The Cultch, the program features an eclectic mix of up-and-coming solo artists, collectives and theatre companies from Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. Photo: Emma McIntyre.
Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer gets an "extensive mid-career" look in tHow do I fit this ghost in my mouth? (May 22-Sep 7) at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition features large-scale installations created over the last fifteen years by the award-winning artist.
Art: Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer gets an “extensive mid-career” look in How do I fit this ghost in my mouth? (May 22-Sep 7) at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition features large-scale installations created over the last fifteen years by the award-winning artist. Photo: Aubrey Mayer / Canadian Art Foundation.