In 2010, City Opera gave the young tenor Isaiah Bell his professional debut as Madwoman in Britten’s ‘Curlew River’. Ten years later, Isaiah gave the world premiere of a brand-new take on Poulenc’s ‘The Human Voice’, created on video during COVID. In May 2023, we present the Vancouver premiere of his own ‘The Book of […]

Joni Mitchell: BOTH SIDES NOW, at 78 Joni Mitchell, just because. Here she was on 24 July, at the Newport Folk Festival, coming back.

NUKARIIK / Karin and Kathy Kettler: CANADA IN ALASKA

“Karin and Kathy Kettler, the Canadian throat-singing sisters who together are known as Nukariik, carry on the traditions of the elders from their mothers’ village in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, which is located in northern Quebec.”


“In the Haida culture, the cedar tree is known as the ‘tree of life’. Traditionally, when babies were born, they were placed in cedar boxes. When people died, their bodies were also placed in cedar boxes. The bark of the trees has many other uses as well. It can be woven into ropes, baskets and […]

Kent Monkman: mistikôsiwak (WOODEN BOAT PEOPLE)

  “Kent Monkman is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist. A member of Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory (Manitoba), he lives and works in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, Canada). “Known for his thought-provoking interventions into Western European and American art history, Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities […]

Teiya Kasahara: Making THE QUEEN IN ME

Teiya, eloquent and impassioned and personal, tells how it came to be. Fascinating.

Kye Marshall & Amanda Hale: POMEGRANATE

“A fateful trip to Pompeii’s ruins ignites the fantasies of two young women, Suzie and Cass. The pair is transported from 1977 to 79 AD, where sexual freedom can be found in the looming shadow of Mount Vesuvius—but not for long. The timeline shifts to 1981 and the Fly by Night, a Toronto lesbian bar, […]

The Students of Jamieson Elementary: SANDWICHES

Our future. Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary is a K to 7 public school in Langara, Vancouver. “At Jamieson, every intermediate student learns to play a violin, cello, or bass as part of their regular school studies. Our school and community place a high value on the music programs in the school. Our dedicated and […]

Jeremy Dutcher: MEHCINUT

Here, the original music video, which features Jeremy Dutcher playing piano on stage at the Aga Khan, with dancers choreographed by Brian Solomon, as well as Indigenous figures and activists, such as filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, A Tribe Called Red, fellow Polaris winner Lido Pimienta and more.

Brian Current: GOULD’S WALL

Background, in ground, above ground at Tapestry. You’ll know that Brian was also composer of MISSING in 2017, a show we commissioned and co-pro’d with Pacific Opera Victoria, and which has received 22 performances to date.

Jon Vickers. Beethoven. Fidelio: IN DES LEBENS

One of the great heldentenors of our — or any — time was Canadian Jon Vickers. This addition to the Festival is for benefit of young singers who never had a chance to bear witness. Here is the gold standard.


A new song cycle. Baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erika Switzer perform the World Premiere of ‘Everything Already Lost’ by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan, with poetry by Jan Zwicky. ‘Everything Already Lost’ performance begins at 13:06 Presented by Music on Main Filmed Monday, August 10, 2020 in partnership with The Chan Centre for the Performing […]