The Verses Festival of Words returns for its fifth edition in 2015. Photo by Patrick Shannon.
The Verses Festival of Words returns for its fifth edition in 2015. Photo by Patrick Shannon.

Our picks this week on Vancouver stages include the return of the indie-rock musical Stationary, the fifth edition of our city’s spoken word festival and a concert featuring the premiere of two new pieces of music by local musicians.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (Apr 21-May 2) returns to Vancouver following its touring production in Ontario. First appearing at the Neanderthal Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2012, Stationary has seen a number of iterations of this indie-rock musical, and a show that our reviewer said in 2013 was “headed for bigger and better things”. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see this show in its previous runs you really should take this opportunity because, like the real recession, it might not be around much longer.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The 2015 Verses Festival of Words (Apr 23-May 3) gets underway with eleven days of events celebrating spoken word poetry. Now in its fifth year, the festival is the largest of its kind in Canada and features a multitude of individual performances, plus they will crown they will crown this year’s Canadian Individual Slam Champion who will represent English Canada at the World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris later this year.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Vancouver musicians Ben Wylie and Matt Horrigan premiere two new works as part of Antinomial Antiphonies (Apr 23-24). Wylie’s Antiphons attempts to create a sonic environment that can envelop the listener both physically and mentally, and Horrigan’s Kyrie puts a new twist on one of the oldest genres in Western musical history.