April 20, 2023 edition - It's all about the ART


There’s some pretty cool stuff going on around Vancouver; you just need to know where to look.

And lucky for you, you’re an avid subscriber of the Georgia Straight newsletter, so you know exactly where to look. Well… you will. Once you’ve read this newsletter.

Because we’re covering everything from the homegrown musical stylings of Jill Barber and the empowering friendship of girl group NADUH to a 48 hour film festival (that’s 48 nonstop hours) to a D&D improv show that has been running for well over a decade.

So yeah, we’d say it’s a good one. But we’ll let you be the final judge of that.

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Jill Barber overcomes the darkness to reconcile her two very different personas on Homemaker

As big life questions go, it’s one that’s a matter of perspective: “Are you happy with what you’ve got, or fixated on all you don’t have?” Complicating things is that making peace with the voices within isn’t always easy.

Vancouver-based chanteuse Jill Barber understands that battle all too well, to the point where the struggle ended up inspiring her rich and deeply rewarding latest album, Homemaker.


Spring savings are calling in Whistler

Wake up from winter, get out and play!

Here’s to longer days and endless ways to play in Whistler this spring. Where else can you ski, bike, and golf all in the same day? And after all that adventure why not cap things off with après on a sunny patio, indulging in a spa session, and digging into spring-inspired dining deals.


Arts organization eatART to lose its studio space at the end of April

The Energy Awareness Through Art Foundation (eatART), which has partnered with student projects across Vancouver since 2006 to create large-scale and energy-aware sculptures, is losing its 3,000-square-foot studio space at 577 Great Northern Way at the end of this month.


Action! Run N Gun returns for its ninth year of 48-hour movie-making madness

For 48 hours every year, Vancouver’s film community erupts into activity. Whether they be hobbyists or professionals, hundreds of filmmakers scramble for locations, equipment, and packs upon packs of energy drinks in the mad dash to do the unthinkable: make a movie in just one weekend.

Featured arts listings

  • Spring Group Show: Check out a collection of contemporary and historical artists at the Petley Jones Gallery in celebration of spring’s arrival. | To May 2 | Free | Petley Jones Gallery

  • Check out The Cultch's Femme Festival—Vancouver's biggest celebration of female-identifying artists! Experience circus, comedy, and plays across three stages in East Van.*

  • The Legend of Georgia McBride: An Elvis impersonator is thrust into the role of a drag queen in this tale of epic performances, stunning outfits, and a Florida dive bar. | April 20 to May 21 | $35 | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

  • RISE–A Circus Inspired Play: This mix of dance, music, and circus makes for an adventurous night of theatre, featuring everything from faeries and spirits to a giant robot. | April 21 and 22 | $55 | Vancouver Playhouse

  • Some Assembly Theatre presents The Identity Bureau, Apr. 28-May 2. This bold new production explores the importance of respecting people's identities. Get tickets.*

  • Art Vancouver May 4-7, 2023. Discover a world of art. Connect with exhibitors showcasing art from across the world. Experience creativity at this one-of-a-kind event.*

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Experience a luminous showcase of world-class voices and rich harmonies as Chor Leoni and its star ensemble The Leonids come together for The Turning: Chor Leoni & The Leonids, on May 11 at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United.

Tickets available at ChorLeoni.org.


Autonomy, empowerment, friendship: NADUH redefines what it means to be a girl group today

“If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends.” The iconic Spice Girls line is sampled on the chorus of “On Venus,” a laid back R&B track with a G-Funk-inspired beat, from girl group NADUH’s 2022 debut EP, HOMIESEXUAL.

Featured music events

  • Nikki Lane: The American hellraiser Nikki Lane will be performing at the Hollywood Theatre for her Denim and Diamonds Tour with support from Leroy from the North. | April 21 | $25 | Hollywood Theatre

  • Tanukichan: The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter will be in Vancouver with Winter for an early show at the Fox Cabaret. | 7pm | April 22 | $17.50 | Fox Cabaret

  • They Might Be Giants: The alt-rock band founding fathers from Brooklyn will be performing at the Commodore Ballroom this Saturday. | 8pm | April 22 | $35 | Commodore Ballroom

  • Dust off those cowboy boots! The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is back May 19-22. Enjoy food, rodeo events, live music, rides, and much more.*

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The Critical Hit Show has ‘the best audience in the city’

Fans of Dungeons & Dragons will want to be at the Rio Theatre on April 26.

That’s when the Critical Hit Show, which has been running intermittently at the Rio for over a decade now, will have its next show, combining table-top role playing games (TTRPGs) with improv to make for a truly magical night.

The Rest of the events

  • Bring Back the '90s!: We’re taking a trip back in time to a world of lava lamps, boy bands, and mixtapes at the Improv Centre’s themed show, running until May 26. | To May 26 | $26 | The Improv Centre

  • Burlesque Long Form: A collection of top notch Vancouver burlesque performers will take to the Rio Theatre‘s stage for 10-minute acts. | April 22 | $30 | Rio Theatre

  • Bike The Blossoms returns on Saturday, Apr. 22nd! Ride under tunnels of blossoms in East Van. Begins and ends at Trout Lake.*

  • Portobello West Spring Market: Check out 65+ local BC vendors of quality handmade family fashion, jewelry, art, home decor, skincare, pet accessories, gourmet treats, wine and spirits, and more. | April 22 and 23 | $5 | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

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