Vancouver has a rich, diverse cultural life, owing to the 60
who make their home here.
Dance: There are several professional dance troupes in
including Ballet British Columbia, Judith Marcuse Dance Projects
Kokoro Dance Theatre. For information on events contact:
Music: includes the Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver
Association, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Men's Choir,
CBC For information contact TicketMaster at 280-4444.
Newspapers: There are three dailies: The Vancouver Province
Vancouver Sun report news in English. The Ming Pao daily reports
news in Chinese. Many Vancouver areas have weekly newspapers. The
best is Business in Vancouver. Others include the Kerrrisdale
the North Shore News, and the Richmond news. The most popular
downtown area weekly is the free-of-charge, Georgia Straight.
Theatre: includes the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts,
Elizabeth Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse
as well as Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Theatre, and the Vancouver
Cultural Centre. For information contact TicketMaster at 280-4444.
Universities: University of British Columbia and Simon
Fraser University are the two local large universities. There are
many colleges throughout the city and suburbs including Capilano
College, Douglas College, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,
Kwantlen College, Langara College, and Vancouver City College.
Writers: It has been estimated that over 1,200 writers now
live in BC.
Local well known BC writers include:
Jeannette Armstrong, Okanagan Nation Band member, whose
include Enwhisteekwa: Walk in Water, Slash, Breath Tracks, and
Neekna and Chemai.
Luanne Armstrong, author of the well-known young adult
Nick Bantock, author of the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy and
Wife, as well as many popular children's books.
Anne Cameron, award winning author of Bright's Crossing,
Betty, Dreamspeaker, Kick The Can, Selkie, A Whole Brass Band, The
Whole Fam Damily, and many others.
Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X: Tales For an
Culture, Polaroids From the Dead, Microserfs, and Shampoo Planet.
Sara Ellis, Librarian, and award winning author of
children's and young
adult fiction including the Baby Project, Back of Beyond, Mud and
Pick-up Sticks, Putting Up With Mitchell, and Next Door Neighbors.
William (Bill) Gibson, the science fiction writer who
coined the term
"Cyberspace," and author of Burning Chrome, The Difference Engine,
Idoru, Johnny Mnemonic, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Neuromancer, Virtual
Light, and others.
Laurence Gough, well known mystery writer and author of
Deaths, Fall Down Easy, The Goldfish Bowl, Heartbreaker, Hot
Killers, Memory Lane, Sandstorm, and Serious Crimes.
John Lent, a popular Okanagan writer of prose and poetry,
Face In the Garden, Frieze, Monet's Garden, and Wood Lake Music.
Bill Richardson, former Librarian (MLS, UBC 1980), winner
Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and Canada's self-proclaimed
Poet Laureate, Bill Richardson has authored numerous books
Canada Customs, Queen of all the Dustballs, and the wonderful
Brothers Bed and Breakfast series.
Kit Pearson, former Librarian, and internationally
acclaimed and award
winning young adult novelist, has authored award winning books
Awake and Dreaming, the Daring Game, A Handful of Time, the Lights
Go on Again, Looking At the Moon, and the Sky is Falling.
Jane Rule, author of Contract With the World, Desert of the
was made into the feature film Desert Hearts, A Hot-Eyed Moderate,
Memory Board, Outlander, Theme for Diverse Instruments, This Is
For You, The Young in One Another's Arms, and others.
L.R. Wright, winner of the Edgar Award, and author of
mysteries with Sechelt, BC public librarian, Cassandra Mitchell,
the heroine. Books include The Suspect, (her first, and to my mind
best), A Chill Rain in January, Fall From Grace, Love in the
Zone, Sleep While I Sing, Strangers Among Us, and A Touch of
Now to 30 August. Tony and Tina's St. Wedding. St. Andrew's
Wesley Church, 1012 Nelson. Reception at Chardonnays Restaurant,
Restaurant, 808 West Hastings Street. TicketMaster: 280-4444.
4,5,8,9 June 1997. Vancouver New Music Festival with the
Broadcasting Corporation's Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver New
Music Ensemble, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. 876-3434.
10 June - 21 September 1997. Bard on the Beach.
are performed in tents in Vanier Park in Kitsilano. Love's Labour
and The Winter's Tale. 737-0625.
12-16 June 1997. Vancouver International Art Exhibition.
Trade and Convention Centre. 661-7373.
15-23 June 1997. Canadian International Dragon Boat
Creek/Plaza of Nations. 688-2382.
15-29 June; 01 July - 03 August. Phantom of the Opera. Ford
the Performing Arts. TicketMaster: 280-4444.
21-30 June 1997. Du Maurier International Jazz Festival.
locations. 682-0706; 1-888-get-jazz; firstname.lastname@example.org
01 July 1997. Canada Day. Various celebrations. Fireworks
p.m. at Canada Place, 999 Canada Place.
01 July 1997. Steveston Salmon Festival. Outstanding
multicultural cuisine's, Japanese dancing and martial arts
22 July - 02 August 1997. Vancouver Chamber Music Festival.
information phone 602-0363.
25 July - 04 August 1997. Vancouver International Comedy
For information phone 683-0883.
03-12 July. Dancing on the Edge, the Festival of Independent
Firehall Arts Centre. 689-0926.
05 - 15 September. Vancouver International Fringe Festival.
information phone 873-3646.
26 - 29 September. The Moon Festival. This world renowned
the moon, in the heart of Chinatown features an outstanding
to learn about the culture of Vancouver's Chinese community. There
wonderful lanterns, story telling, and much more, all at no
charge. Dr. Sun
Yat-Sen Classical Gardens. For information phone 604-662-3207.