Hottest arts shows in Vancouver this summer

Dec 19 2017, 3:58 pm

Clear skies and warm temperatures make for a great theatre season. Head indoors into the A/C or outdoors for some arts and entertainment under the stars. Whether it’s a Disney classic or dance festival, the stage will be as busy as the rest of Vancouver this summer. Behold the list of the hottest arts shows to check out before Labour Day.

Dancing on the Edge Festival

30 choreographers, 10 days and over 70 performances make up this sprawling celebration of contemporary dance, now in its 27th year. This year’s festival features artists such as Paul-André Fortier, Heather Dotto and Cai Glover.


Carly Ronning and Nathan Piasecki in Oliver! Photo Credit: Tim Matheson.

Carly Ronning and Nathan Piasecki in Oliver! Photo Credit: Tim Matheson.

The classic Dickens novel takes the stage to follow the famous orphan Oliver Twist on his misadventures through foggy London.


Erin Walker in Hairspray. Photo Credit: Tim Matheson.

Erin E. Walker in Hairspray. Photo Credit: Tim Matheson.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Hairspray is a bright, colourful tale of one girl’s dream to dance on TV and the racial tensions that complicate the era.

VINES Art Festival


Vines Art Festival is an opportunity for artists and the community to tangle and grow together through a day of outdoor exploration. Visual artists describe the land; performers build on this description – all to connect artistic visions with the community.

A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

Photo: Geekenders Facebook / Zemekiss Photography

Photo: Geekenders Facebook / Zemekiss Photography

Described as ‘Star Wars meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show’, this show has the lovable Geekenders combining the irreverence of musical theatre and vaudeville with tasteful and fun striptease.

  • When: July 8 to 19
  • Where: Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Brown Paper Tickets

Ensemble Theatre Festival

Photo: Ensemble Theatre Company Facebook

Photo: Ensemble Theatre Company Facebook

This year’s festival features a trio of compelling shows: “The Children’s Hour,” “Frost/Nixon” and “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.”

  • When: July 6 to August 8
  • Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Ensemble Theatre Company

The Lovers Cabaret presents: Six Word Stories

The innovative format debuting here features choreographers creating a 15-20 minute piece in their favourite style of dance, ranging from contemporary ballet to hip hop to salsa, following a six word story.

  • When: July 9 to 11
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: The Lovers Cabaret

Disney presents: The Lion King

Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

The monumentally successful Broadway adaptation of Disney’s classic film graces the kingdom of Vancouver for a short time only.

  • When: On until July 12
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Broadway Across Canada


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