Itai Erdal and DJ Dawe in Hyperlink. Photo by Diane Smithers.
Itai Erdal and DJ Dawe in Hyperlink. Photo by Diane Smithers.

Located in an East Vancouver heritage fire station built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre has been presenting an eclectic mix of theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances for 35 years.

For its 2017/2018 season, artistic producer Donna Spencer has programmed works with a nod to the past, and an eye on the future.

“For our 35th anniversary season, the Firehall is bringing back some old favourites, welcoming back artists we have worked with in the past, and introducing new work that tells powerful stories as we look back to the future,” says Spencer in a media release.

Opening the season is Shay Kuebler’s Feasting on Famine (Sep 27-30), one man’s journey through the extremes of body building and health fitness in a society where a single man can consume the daily caloric intake of a family of five.

In October, Itai Erdal, TJ Dawe, and Rachel Peak collaborate in Hyperlink (Oct 4-14), answering the question, “is it Facebook love or is it real love?”.

Also in October is Happy Place (Oct 20-29), a co-production between Touchstone Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre and Dwali in B.C., celebrating the courage, compassion, and humour of seven women living amidst each other in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

First produced at the Firehall in the 1990s, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Nov 11-Dec 2) is the story of the impact of the ‘60s scoop-up of native children on one family.

First up in the new year is a remount of The Pipeline Project (Jan 10-20), a timely piece combining oil, First Nations land claims, and climate change.

The provocatively titled Shit (Jan 27-Feb 10) from award-winning Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius is the story of three women who dare to defy gender demarcations.

Chick Snipper and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg come together in A Shared Evening of Dance (Feb 22-25) as the two friends in dance come together to create two very different works.

March sees the return of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Mar 18-Apr 21) in honour of the Firehall’s anniversary and Mr Cohen’s death.

Métis Mutt (Apr 25-May 6) is a combination of music, comedy, and storytelling recounting  the journey of a young Métis man finding his way out of a destructive circle.

Through text and movement, Serge Bennathan asks us to consider these powerful forces in Contes Cruels (May 24-27).

Closing the season is the premiere of C’mon Angie from playwright Amy Lee Lavoie. The provocative piece asks us to consider the definition of rape and who is at fault when it occurs.

For more information on the Firehall Arts Centre 2017/2018 season visit