Spring Arts Preview 2023: Your guidebook to the greatest in Vancouver dance, music, theatre, comedy, and visual arts

Ora Sawyers

Here’s the excellent issue about the word “artist”: it can mean what ever you want it to mean. Which is a further way of saying that, no matter if you are chatting Yoko Ono or Douglas Coupland, Nick Cave or Crystal Pite, Keith Boadwee or Shane Koyczan, they all belong at the same lunch table. As we return to some thing resembling normalcy right here at the Georgia Straight, we’re happy to bring you 2023’s spring arts preview.

This year’s bundle starts off with two generations of Vancouver artists—Kokoro Dance’s legendary Jay Hirabayashi and Barbara Bourget, and their multi-gifted son Joseph Hirabayashi­—offering their perspectives on the issues, and benefits, of building art in a metropolis that from time to time would seem entirely targeted on serious estate and acquiring a table at that very hot Michelin starred restaurant.

From there we look at other voices continuing to shape the arts in Vancouver: emerging playwrights, dance renegades, and companies embracing some major alterations. There are also curated critics’ picks for the spring exhibits you really don’t want to pass up.

Like what you see listed here? You should not fail to remember to check out again often over the coming times and we’ll be introducing new profiles, functions, and highlighted exhibits. Just one of these people who desires all the things at the moment? There is a resolution for that: run out and grab a actual physical duplicate of the Straight, which can be observed in our bins on the avenue, finer coffee outlets, and specially styling classic clothing retailers. No matter what your most popular technique of reading, delight in.

And bear in mind, as Joseph Hirabayashi notes in his essay, anybody can be an artist. All you have to do is lean into the phrase and make a thing your own.


Arts Selections

Spring Arts Preview 2023: Visual arts critics’ picks

Artwork is in everyone’s blood. It is element of the human situation.

Arts Selections

Spring Arts Preview 2023: Theatre critics’ picks

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As soon as pianist Vicky Chow uncovered her real contacting, she by no means appeared back.

Arts Attributes

Zahida Rahemtulla overcomes self-uncertainties and finds a universality in the Ismaili experience with The Wrong Bashir

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Arts Selections

Spring Arts Preview 2023: Tunes critics’ picks

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Arts Decisions

Spring Arts Preview 2023: Dance critics’ picks

What is actually on in dance this year? Many expressions of the human expertise.

Arts Capabilities

Individuality, collective, surveillance, society: With Initially/Last, Shay Kuebler explores the rhythm of stress

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Joseph Hirabayashi: Sorry elites, but the term “artist” is a fiction perpetuated by propagandists

By Joseph Hirabayashi

Arts Capabilities

Kokoro Dance’s Jay Hirabayashi and Barbara Bourget on the issues of surviving as an artist in Vancouver

Occasionally generating artwork demands figuring out how to circumvent the rules


Spring Arts Preview 2023: Comedy critics’ picks

Enterprising younger comedians have been making their possess comedy rooms in Vancouver.


Minor Mountain Gallery finds new lease on life in Gastown

Small Mountain, one particular of the city’s couple of comedy rooms, has a new lease on life in Gastown.

Arts Features

At the possibility of angering its resident ghost, the Firehall Arts Centre appears ahead to some huge alterations

Legendary theatre is scheduled for an upgrade to make it more accessible

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