Mailout 23 October 2020 – Festival of Contemporary

On October 2, we launched the Festival of Contemporary. It runs to October 31.

We have introduced rare, archival, unique and most moving film of 21st C Canadian artists active in song, drama and theatre, composition and collaboration, fusion and fantasy, opera and dance and cinema. And more.

We have offered the work and imagination of Canadian artists Brent Carver, Trevor Eliot Bowes, Cris Derksen, Crystal Pite and Ballet BC, Jeremy Berkman, Eliot Britton and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tobin Stokes & Margaret Atwood & Adam Fisher, William Hutt, Erin Wall, Yannick Nézet-Séguin et Pierre Tourville, kd lang, Electric Theatre Company and Kidd Pivot, Marie Clements and Brian Current, Dalannah Gail Bowen and Thelma Gibson…

Coming up? Tomson Highway, Amanda Sum, Angela Hewitt, Joanie Mitchell, Barbara Hannigan, Kevin Lau, an Octobass, Chris Albanese, Leonard Cohen, Taees Gheirati, Carolyn Combs, Measha Brueggergosman & Jennifer Tung & George Koller & Felix Deak, James O’Callaghan, Madeleine Thien, Alice Ping Yee Ho… and more.

We continue to post remarkable material at noon – every day. It’s free, and available here:  

We invite you to subscribe, and to discover magical properties.

From our friends at Vancouver Opera: 
La Voix Humaine 

by Francis Poulenc
A powerful lyrical tragedy

Digital Premiere: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:30PM

In this beautiful work, one performer and one piano create an intimate look into one night in the life of Elle as she struggles with connection, both physically and emotionally. This melodrama about unrequited love is led by an all-female all-Canadian powerhouse: soloist Mireille Lebel, stage director Rachel Peake and Vancouver Opera’s Principal Répétiteur, Kinza Tyrrell and has been re-imagined for your at-home viewing pleasure. 

For more information or to subscribe to Vancouver Opera 2020-2021 Digital Season, visit

Saying thanks during a pandemic...

On October 7, we recorded a special virtual concert for the dedicated staff and physicians at Vancouver General Hospital. It was our way of saying thanks for their courage and dedication to patient care during the pandemic. Through our friends at Vancouver Coastal Health, it will be shared with the thousands of these devoted medical personnel who work hard – every day – to keep us safe.

Special thanks to soprano Eve-Lyn de la Haye, producer Alan Corbishley, videographer Kat Britten, and Jennifer Brady, Gillian Hobbs, Jodi Hooper, and Jill Lunde of Vancouver Coastal Health for their welcome and support.

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