Mission Folk Music Fest, Beauty & the Beast, Pericles
Mission Folk Music Fest, Beauty & the Beast, Pericles

We’re hoping that we can help kick-start the season with our picks this week, featuring a trio of summer traditions across the region.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] Back for its 29th year, the Mission Folk Music Festival (Jul 22-24) follows closely on the heels of its more famous cousin in Vancouver. Featuring three days of programming (including two that are “pay-what-you-can”), this enduring festival features such acts as Canadian musician-songwriter, Shari Ulrich, Vancouver folk transplant Ari Neufeld, and Cuban salsa band, La Candela.

Vancouver soul & gospel singer, Khari Wendell McClelland, is among the many performers at this year's Mission Folk Music Festival
Vancouver soul & gospel singer, Khari Wendell McClelland, is among the many performers at this year’s Mission Folk Music Festival

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] Theatre Under the Stars presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (until Aug 20) under the stars at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. What our reviewer calls “light, bright, and fun”, the musical is based on the award-winning 1991 animated feature. Faithfully recreating the songs and characters of the film, while finding time to squeeze in a few new ones, this everything you could want in summertime family entertainment.

Peter Monaghan and Jaime Piercy in Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Peter Monaghan and Jaime Piercy in Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Tim Matheson.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Under the iconic red-and-white tents at Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is serving up a quartet of the Bard’s plays. On the smaller Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Lois Anderson directs a production of Pericles (until Sep 28) that our reviewer calls an “ingenious conception” and a reminder of “the joy and power of storytelling”.

Members of the cast of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival production of Pericles.
Members of the cast of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival production of Pericles. Photo by David Blue.