Broadway Across Canada Returns to Vancouver with Hamilton and More

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Broadway Across Canada returns to Vancouver with scheduled performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre starting in January 2022. ANASTASIA will be the first to grace the stage followed by HAMILTON and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, with COME FROM AWAY available as a season option.  

Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus
Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway Across Canada Returns to Vancouver

Season subscription package in Vancouver includes:

  • ANASTASIA January 18 – 23, 2022
  • HAMILTON May 24 – June 19, 2022
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR November 15 – 20, 2022

Additional show option that can be added to a season subscription in Vancouver include:

  • COME FROM AWAY August 16 – 28, 2022

All current subscribers have been contacted directly about their subscriptions to the Broadway Across Canada Season. New subscriptions are currently on sale. Single ticket on sale date is yet to be announced.

“We’re greatly optimistic about the return of Broadway to the city of Vancouver and thrilled to share the news that shows previously announced for the 2020/2021 season have been successfully rescheduled at this time,” said Shana Levin, Vice President of Broadway Across Canada“We are thankful to our patrons for their patience, flexibility and love of Broadway which has been an incredible support and inspiration during this extended intermission.  We look forward to welcoming theatergoers back to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium at the start of next year for what is expected to be an unforgettable season and the long-awaited return of Broadway.”  

Broadway Across Canada is actively working alongside colleagues at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and in collaboration with provincial and local government officials to re-open following local, provincial and federal health guidelines.  Once BAC finalizes their health and safety plan, they share all details with theatregoers.  Should there be additional changes and/or cancellations, ticket holders will be notified immediately – the value of their ticket will be safe.  

For the latest news, announcements and “backstage” access on all upcoming shows follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook #BACTouring #BACSub #BACSuperfan.

Feedback Wanted for the Surrey Transportation Plan

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The City of Surrey launched the third phase of public engagement for the new Surrey Transportation Plan which will outline a long-range vision for a Surrey of a million residents, articulate a decision-making framework, and identify transportation priorities for the next 10 years.

Surrey Transportation Plan

Between June 15 and July 30, 2021, the City is asking citizens to participate in a survey to provide feedback on a draft vision statement, and potential impacts and trade-offs related to four primary indicators (Bold Moves). The draft vision is: Connecting a million people and places with convenient and green transportation choices for all. The four primary indicators are:

1. Put safety first

Value human life above all else in the transportation network by building streets that prioritize safety over the movement of vehicles.

2. Support 15-minute neighbourhoods

Complete the walk and bike networks for all Surrey residents that live within an easy walk or roll of their daily needs.

3. Connect communities with rapid transit

Build a Rapid Transit Network that supports and connects all of Surrey’s communities.

4. Invest in green transportation choices

Strengthen the multi-modal grid by prioritizing walking, cycling and transit before personal vehicles.

The new plan will replace the current transportation strategic plan developed in 2008 and focus on growing the transportation network, tackling the climate crisis, prioritizing safety, balancing equity and leveraging new technology. 

Feedback Wanted

The City is seeking public input on the proposed draft vision, and Bold Moves including potential trade-offs, to help them prioritize key transportation investments over the next 10 years. Take the survey online for your chance to win a $100 gift card.

Indian Summer Festival 2021

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The 11th Indian Summer Festival (“ISF2021”) is on now until July 17th with most events available to stream on digital channels, and premieres at 7:00pm every Thursday and Saturday (except July 1st).

Indian Summer Festival 2021

Indian Summer Festival 2021

This year, the festival offers live digital event premieres (where audiences can interact through chat functionality) with an on-demand digital platform that makes it possible for events to be viewable until the end of the festival. The festival sees a stunning global cast of talent from beatboxers to tabla maestros, novelists and actors.

A Digital Pass to access all online events at the festival is $50. Individual tickets to all events are available on a sliding scale of no fee, $10 or $20.

“For this 11th year for the 2021 Indian Summer Festival, we thought that our theme should be “Shapeshifting,” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Artistic Director. “It’s something that we’ve all had to do in the last year, and shapeshifters have existed in almost every culture.” The festival has elements of music, performing arts and literary discussions . “So we can experience the true transformative power of the arts,” adds Rao. “The arts give us levity, solace and help us make sense of our predicament and imagine our futures.”

Event Lineup

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 7:00pm (available to stream until July 17)
Anoushka Shankar – The Musical Journey of a Shapeshifter

Wednesday, June 23 – Saturday, July 3, 2021
VOX Infold (Lobe Spatial Sound Studio, 713 East Hastings, Vancouver)
This special project is a rare chance to experience the music of powerhouse vocal ensemble Vox Infold in the form of an immersive sound experience. Presented at the groundbreaking Lobe Spatial Sound Studio and using Lobe’s 4DSOUND system, this is music not just as sound but as a profound experience of space and dimension. Consider it a healing sound bath. Advance booking required and experienced as an individual or in a ‘household bubble.’ With Dawn Pemberton, Inuksuk Mckay, Russell Wallace, Tiffany Ayalik, Tiffany Moses, Shamik Bilgi and Ruby Singh.

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June is Attractions Month in Vancouver

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To ring in June as the unofficial “Attractions Month in Vancouver”, the city’s exceptional attractions and sightseeing businesses have put together an array of exclusive offers available for reservations now. Locals who also book a stay at participating downtown hotels will receive an attractions voucher valued at up to $75, for their adventures in and around the city. 

Attractions Month in Vancouver

#LoveToExplore is the next phase of the #LoveVancouver promotion launched earlier this year by Tourism Vancouver, designed to inspire residents to rediscover our world-renowned city and the incredible experiences available right here at home.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Photowalk

I haven’t been to the North Shore in months so I thought for my own local attraction experience, I would head over to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Right now, you can get a free child admission for every adult admission to the park. Reservations required: Email info[at] or call (604) 985-7474 and quote TVAN135).

Capilano Suspension Bridge 2021
Had a lot of fun with my sister – and it’s easy to avoid crowds with all the protocols in place
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Capilano Suspension Bridge 2021

Vancouver’s world-class attractions and unique experiences are critical to the rebuild of the city’s visitor economy. Tourism Vancouver states that prior to the pandemic, anchor attractions in Vancouver welcomed over 6 million visitors per year and generated an estimated $256 million in gate revenues. More than ever, the city’s tourism industry depends on residents taking advantage of these special offers and supporting local businesses throughout this upcoming summer.

Residents looking for up-to-the minute information are encouraged to connect with the Tourism Vancouver Virtual Visitor Centre. Members of the team are ready to connect through the “Live Chat” feature and share fresh ideas to help planning their trip to Vancouver this summer.

Jazz Festival Adds In-Person Shows

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With the recent announcement from BC’s Provincial Health Office regarding the move into Step 2 of British Columbia’s Restart Plan, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival welcomes small in-person audiences to indoor concerts at two venues: Performance Works and The Ironworks.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival's Virtual Program for 2021
The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival welcomes small in-person audiences to indoor concerts at two venues: Performance Works and The Ironworks.

Jazz Festival Adds In-Person Shows

At Performance Works, audiences of 40 will be permitted at the free daytime shows (2:30pm, June 25-July 4) and the evening ticketed events (8:00pm, June 25-July 4, 2021).

Daytime FreeEvening Ticketed
Cat Toren’s HUMAN KINDSnotty Nose Rez Kids
Turner/Ryga Quintet – Tribute to Charlie Parker Dálava 
Jillian Lebeck Trio Khari Wendell McClelland
KUYA Quintet Blue Moon Marquee
Emad Armoush’s RayhanTonye Aganaba
Itamar Erez Quintet  Peggy Lee Band
Quatuor André Lachance Ludic
Dawn Pemberton Dee Daniels
San Pedro Cinco Jill Barber
Jasmine Jazz ft the Jodi Proznick Trio
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At The Ironworks, audiences of 25 will be permitted at the free daytime shows (4:30pm, June 25-July 4) and the evening ticketed events (9:00pm, June 25-July 4, 2021). 

Daytime FreeEvening Ticketed
Alvaro Rojas’ Music for 22 Josh Zubot Quartet
Burrows/Carter/Loewen/Reed Grdina-Houle-Loewen
Jeff Younger’s Dreaming Skies The Watermill Project
Chris Gestrin’s Shadows Quartet Paul Plimley Trio
Stop Time III Longhand Trio Plus Zubots
Wawona Limbs of the Stars
Lisa Cay Miller/Ben Brown/Feven Kidane Tommy Babin’s Benzene
Torsten Müller’s Particle Storm Talking Pictures
Eli DavidoviciLoewen/Carter + Not For Proper 
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Events at the Western Front, Tom Lee Music and Pyatt Hall, as well as the International Streaming Series, will remain virtual.

Seating arrangements and physical distancing will be in full compliance with PHO guidelines and will be strictly enforced. Festival safety plans are available on the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society website’s Attending a Show page along with helpful information about pre-sales, registering for tickets, and more. 

Patrons must register for these tickets in advance in order to comply with contact tracing and safety protocols. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the venue. Tickets will be available to the general public on Saturday, June 19 at 10:00am. Registration and ticket purchases can be made online by navigating to the individual show page.

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s signature Festival, celebrates its 35th edition this summer from Friday, June 25 to Sunday, July 4. The 2021 Festival includes performances by British Columbia’s plethora of talented artists; streams from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Paris; free online workshops; club performances; talks; and a continued partnership with North Shore Jazz. All streamed performances will be available to view on Coastal Jazz & Blues Society’s YouTube channel from broadcast date to 11:59pm PT on July 6, 2021.

For more information and the latest updates, follow Coastal Jazz on Facebook.