Here is what we are most excited about this fall in Vancouver.
Here is what we are most excited about this fall in Vancouver.

Okay, we know. Talking about fall, just as Vancouver is finally enjoying summer, is probably tempting the gods. With the 2016/2017 fall arts season just around the corner though, we’ve come up with ten shows, events & festivals that we think you should not miss.

The Vancouver International Film Festival celebrates 35 years.
The Vancouver International Film Festival celebrates 35 years.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] The Vancouver International Film Festival (Sep 29-Oct 14)  celebrates 35 years as it screens over 300 films from over 60 countries.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer Prize–winning comic drama, The Flick (Sep 29-Oct 29) as the opener for its Granville Island Stage. Set in a run-down movie theatre, The Flick follows three underpaid ushers who’ll do anything to keep the beloved and endangered local landmark running.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Faith-based professional theatre company, Pacific Theatre, opens its own season with the world premiere of a new play by Vancouver playwright Cara Norrish. A Good Way Out (Sept 23-Oct 15) tells the story of a hardworking mechanic trying to support his family, who saw joining a biker gang as his only option.

The Vancouver Writers Fest features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, musical accompaniment, performance and more.
The Vancouver Writers Fest features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, musical accompaniment, performance and more.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] The 29th annual Vancouver Writers Fest (Oct 17-23) unites readers and authors with seven days of readings, discussions, performances and interactive events at venues around Granville Island.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap]The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections series opens in October with Noam Gagnon’s provocative new work, This Crazy Show (Oct 20-22). Presented through the Centre’s artist-in-residence program, the piece reflects on the quest for love and acceptance, and how our identities shift and change.

Jessica Lang Dance presents The Thousand Yard Stare as part of the DanceHouse 2016/2017 season. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.
Jessica Lang Dance presents The Thousand Yard Stare as part of the DanceHouse 2016/2017 season. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

[dropcap]6[/dropcap]DanceHouse presents the Canadian debut of New York City’s Jessica Lang Dance (Oct 28 & 29).The acclaimed American dance troupe presents a program of mixed repertoire that includes their latest work, The Thousand Yard Stare. This piece for nine dancers, set to a Beethoven string quartet, honours those affected by war.

[dropcap]7[/dropcap]Carousel Theatre for Young People presents  Indo-Canadian playwright Anusree Roy’s Sultans of the Street (Oct 29-Nov 13). Presented in association with Diwali Fest, it is the story of four children from different worlds who become trapped in a world of begging on the streets of India. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Empire of the Son
Tetsuro Shigematsu lays bare his relationship with his father in Empire of the Son at The Cultch in November

[dropcap]8[/dropcap] The Cultch presents the return engagement of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre production of  Empire of the Son (Nov 1-13). Take advantage of second chances in this gorgeous story, wrapped inside an equally gorgeous production.  Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, this autobiographical piece lays bare his relationship with his father.

 

Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as it plays the music to Raiders of the Lost Ark live on stage
Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as it plays the music to Raiders of the Lost Ark live on stage in November

[dropcap]9[/dropcap] The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra goes to the movies with Raiders of the Lost Ark (Nov 5 & 6). Along with a digitally re-mastered film presented on the Orpheum’s big screen, the orchestra will play John Williams’ award-winning score live on stage.

[dropcap]10[/dropcap] Richmond’s Gateway Theatre teams up with Vancouver’s Pi Theatre with a production of Long Division (Nov 17-26). A multimedia experience about the mathematics of human connection, it is an imagined collision between seven individuals.