Celebrate Canada Day on July 1 at Canada Place. Photo: Canada Place.
Celebrate Canada Day on July 1 at Canada Place. Photo: Canada Place.

Our national day of celebration takes center stage this week, along with a celebration of South Asian arts and more dances on a ridiculously small stage.  How is that for diversity, eh?

[pullquote]Vancouver’s theatre community comes out to play this week at the 32nd Annual Jessie Awards.[/pullquote]Oh, Canada!  A mere three years away from our sesquicentennial, our annual celebration of the red and white takes place in and around, appropriately enough, Canada Place on July 1.  Billed as the largest Canada Day celebration outside our nation’s capital, the day long activities include performances on three stages, a lumberjack show, a parade and fireworks.  But all the fun is eclipsed by the annual Citizenship Ceremony where 60 new Canadians will finally be able to call the best place on earth their official home.

Growing up on the West Coast one can appreciate the joys of Indian summer, that meteorological phenomenon that can extend our all-too-short summer season into the early fall with warmth. It can also mean the Indian Summer Festival (Jul 3-12), Vancouver’s annual celebration of South Asian arts, ideas and diversity. Held over ten days, the Festival will feature everything from food to politics to performing arts and meditation.

You’ve probably heard of Dances for the Small Stage, MovEnt’s long-running dance showcase that takes place, as the title suggests, on a ridiculously small stage. What you might not know about is its smaller cousin (and we’re not just talking stage size), Small Stage point 5 (Jul 4&5), that pairs five notable local musicians with five dance artists. Now in its second year, this latest edition brings together the show’s co-curator and Juno nominated songwriter Tariq Hussain with dance dynamo Farley Johansson, The Belle Game lead singer Andrea Lo with tap dancing wizard Jennifer Bishop, and soundscape master Loscil with burlesque queen Burgundy Brixx. Other performers include Christopher Smith, Karissa Barry, Tonye Aganaba, and Stewart Iguidez.

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