FridayFive: 5 festivals & shows not to miss in July

The Vancouver arts scene does not slow down just because it is summer. With a mix of dance, laughs and theatre, here are five festival & shows we think you should not miss this month:

1. Small Stages Summer Dance Series (July 1-31)

Who doesn’t like free? This summer Small Stage is taking dance to the streets of Vancouver with the Small Stages Summer Dance Series. Kicking off on Canada Day, the month long festival will include intimate, outdoor dance pieces performed by local dancers. More information at smallstage.ca.

The Small Stage Summer Series includes free performance every Wednesday at noon in Robson Square, and every Saturday at 7:00pm at the Bute Robson Plaza.
The Small Stage Summer Series includes free performance every Wednesday at noon in Robson Square, and every Saturday at 7:00pm at the Bute Robson Plaza.

2. Theatre Under The Stars (Opens July 4)

It’s a musical theatre double-header as Theatre Under The Stars presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street in repertory at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. With a history reaching back to 1940, TUTS is a Vancouver tradition for audiences of all ages. More information at tuts.ca.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street. Photo: Lindsay Elliott Photography.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street play this summer under the stars at Malkin Bowl. Photo: Lindsay Elliott Photography.

3. Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 5-14)

There is more dance in July with Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance. Dancing on the Edge celebrates 30 years with a ten-day festival featuring over thirty performances involving more than twenty companies and choreographers. More information at dancingontheedge.org.

Artists from across Canada, and around the world will dance on stages and in the streets during the ten-day Dancing on the Edge Festival.

4. Avocado Toast (Opens July 5)

Vancouver TheatreSports League celebrates summer with Avocado Toast, an affectionate and comedic look at what makes Vancouver so unique. In a series of vignettes, improvisers will lampoon our local stereotypes, all based on suggestions from the audience. More information at vtsl.com.

This summer the Vancouver TheatreSports League pokes fun at Vancouver and its stereotypes.
This summer the Vancouver TheatreSports League pokes fun at Vancouver and its stereotypes.

5. Ensemble Theatre Summer Repertory Festival (Opens July 12)

Ensemble Theatre returns to the Jericho Arts Centre for its 6th annual Summer Repertory Festival. Decidedly more serious than the usual theatre fare this time of year, this year’s shows are Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, Ian Rankin’s Dark Road, and Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.  More information at ensembletheatrecompany.ca.

Rebecca Walters and Paul Herbert in Dark Road at this year's Ensemble Theatre Summer Repertory Festival. Photo by Derek Fu.
Rebecca Walters and Paul Herbert in Dark Road at this year’s Ensemble Theatre Summer Repertory Festival. Photo by Derek Fu.

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