Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach will join City Opera or a Free Opera Chorus Sing-Along at the Carnegie Centre On Friday May 3. City Opera Vancouver reverses its seven-year tradition of bringing music and artists to the … Continue reading
Brilliant fiddler and singer / songwriter Laura Cortese is known for her velvety vocals, endless creative energy, and highly visible work as a supporting musician. The San Francisco-born, Boston-based performer has embraced the constant travel of the modern troubadour. In fact, she maintains, it is the people she meets who are her greatest inspiration, including her newest songs. At home in any number of styles, Cortese has travelled the world as a solo artist and as a supporting musician (on fiddle, vocals, and bass) including appearances with Rose Cousins, The Low Anthem, Uncle Earl, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Band of Horses, and – as part of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. Her showmanship, charm and virtuosic technique have made her a favourite among musicians and music lovers alike, at home in New England or overseas in the UK, Ireland and Denmark. www.lauracortese.com
1/4 Life Crisis with Alison Lynne Ward is a hilarious, energetic one-woman show about the challenges and disappointments faced by twenty-somethings (and up) navigating their way through life. FRIGID Festival New York Audience Choice Award Winner 2010. “…hysterically funny and honest…. Ward strikes just the right balance between boldness and fragiity, whimsey and frustration. …impeccably well written and entirely relatable.” – Theatromania, Toronto.
8:00 p.m. May 23 – 25 Preview: 8:00 p.m. May 22
Matinée & Talkback: 1:00 p.m. May 25
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver, Tickets: 604-224-8007 ext. 3
Same sex marriage is legal these days and gay people don’t get fired from their jobs like they used to — but the growing number of queer parents and openly queer youth means young people are facing homophobia like never before. Moved by stories of depressed queer teens and kids with queer parents feeling isolated and ostracized, award-winning lesbian singer-songwriter and musical comedienne Kate Reid embarked on her most audacious recording project yet. She conducted 74 interviews with queer parents, queer kids and straight kids of queer parents to create Queer Across Canada, a pioneering collection of songs for queer families bursting with a spirit of celebration of the rainbow spectrum.
Kate’s hilarious stage presence and her sometimes witty, sometimes-heartbreaking songs about LGBT life have endeared her to audiences across the country, helping spread the gospel of acceptance and welcome. She was voted “Discovery of the Year” in the 2009 Critic’s Poll published in the Canadian folk music magazine Penguin Eggs. She earned a standing ovation during her debut Canadian festival performance at Guelph’s Hillside Festival and has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Toronto Independent Music Award.
Queer Across Canada CD Launch 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7pm) June 8th St. James Hall 3214 West 10th Ave.
The Matchmaker of Montréal follows Elise Fortin as she leaves her middle-class life and engages renowned Montréal matchmaker Martha Boisvert to aid in Elise’s quest to become the richest woman in the world. Ruthlessly executing Martha’s plan, Elise achieves her financial goal, while alienating everyone around her in the process. Greed, politics, and love abound in this comedic and exciting tale of romance and intrigue. Directed by Sarah Phillips, The Matchmaker of Montréal is the first in a trilogy of comedies by playwright Shaul Ezer, which will pluck you out of the everyday and drop you into a larger-than-life romantic romp. The show boasts some of Vancouver’s most estimable talent, including: David Adams, Lisa Bunting, Robert Moloney, Kirsten Robek and Juno Ruddell.
Entertainment Vancouver’s editor spoke with the playwright about this, his first play.
Listen in to the audio clips below as Shaul Ezer explains the genesis of what will be a trilogy — the next in the three play series will be “The Concierge of Vancouver.”
David Adams is also featured in this new production. Check out the video of Entertainment Vancouver editor’s coffee chat recently — it’s now on You Tube.
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8:00 p.m. May 23 to June 2 Firehall Arts Centre