This week we celebrate women and Celtic culture in Vancouver while a feline killer is hunted down on the North Shore.
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates International Women’s Day with Toronto artist Heather Hermant’s show ribcage: this wide passage (Mar 3-8), the true story of Esther Brandeau, the first Jewish woman to land in Canada. Arriving in Quebec in 1738, Brandeau passed herself as Jacques La Fargue, a Christian male labourer who was eventually found out and brought before the authorities. As Jewish migrants were forbidden in the colony at the time, she was ejected from the country. In this interdisciplinary urban ink production, Hermant brings to life the historical archives that illustrate Brandeau/La Fargue’s journey through performance, video and live music.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]North Vancouver’s Presentation House presents Cat Killer (Mar 5-15), a hybrid of live theatre and a video guide experience. Based on true events in the early 1990s that saw more than 400 cats mysteriously go missing in Ottawa, this thriller unfolds with the aid of hand-held cameras and live performance that takes the audience on a immersive promenade journey as they search for an answer to what happened.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]The 11th annual CelticFest Vancouver (Mar 6-17) gets underway as concert venues, pubs, clubs and city streets come alive with the sights and sounds of Celtic culture. Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration, the festival offers up traditional and contemporary Celtic culture from music to dance to theatre. The highlight of the festival is the popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of downtown Vancouver on March 15.