March 2011 Archives

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On April 17, 2011, well-known Canadian singer/songwriter Susan Jacks will host and perform in a fundraising concert entitled "Susan Jacks &  Friends - for LIFE,"

Susan received a kidney transplant in February, 2010 and was fortunate that her brother Billy (whose name was used for her international hit song "Which Way You Going Billy?") was a perfect match. Susan says she feels blessed that she was able to find a match and she now devotes her spare time and energy to promoting the need for organ donation and supporting the work of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Additional artists Craig McCaw, Satwant Singh, Virginia Blatchford, and singers from the show Music Hop will be joining Susan in her celebration of kidney transplantation. 

For tickets or more information, visit The Kidney Foundation of Canada's website.




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CBC Radio's flagship blues show Saturday Night Blues is turning 25 this year! They're celebrating by hosting a special concert live in Vancouver on April 16th at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Holger Petersen, the show will bring some of Canada's best blues, swing, and roots artists together:

Colin James, Colin Linden, Tom Lavin and Donna Grantis. Along with special guests Shakura S'Aida and Jim Byrnes.
 
You don't want to miss this great concert! 
An Exploration of Fundamentalism, Feminism and Expression
with Farzana Hassan 

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April 16, 2011 - 8 pm
UBC Chan Centre

About Farzana Hassan:
A committed Muslim, women's rights activist, author of Islam Women and the Challenges of Today and past president of the Muslim Canadian Congress, Hassan regularly criticizes fundamentalism and extremism in her religion. As she has said, "fighting Islamic extremism and opposing terrorism is a crucial way of countering the rising tide of Islamophobia."

Is the niqāb a symbol of religious expression, or a tool of oppression? Farzana Hassan, outspoken and controversial commentator on Islam and Muslim issues, believes that the face-covering veil traditionally worn by Islamic women represents the latter.
Vancouver Recital Society presents an unforgettable evening with multiple Grammy award-
winning cellist Yo Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. 
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About Yo-Yo Ma
Whether performing a new concerto, revisiting a familiar work from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, reaching out to young audiences and student musicians, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Yo-Yo Ma seeks connections that stimulate the imagination. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his recording projects. In each he works to expand the cello repertoire through both performances of lesser-known twentieth-century music and the commissioning of new works. Mr. Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble.
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March 29th - April 1st, 2011

Don't miss this chance to be part of the excitement of a live television and radio taping in Vancouver of everyone's favourite radio comedy show - The Debaters. 

Steve Patterson hosts Canada's wittiest minds as they go head-to-head on current topics in CBC Vancouver's studio from March 29th to April 1st.  Admission is free, but you must request your tickets for the Debaters by email. Please visit the The Debaters' website for instructions to request for your tickets.

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Marking its 33rd year with Wines from Spain and a Global Focus on Fortified Wine, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival runs from March 28th to April 3rd, 2011

Arguably one of the most important wine events in North America, this year's event will bring 177 participating wineries from 15 countries, amounting to more than 1,650 different wines on pour. 

The Festival will offer seven days of tastings, seminars, and wine focused events hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre and top Vancouver restaurants and hotels. For tickets, go to www.playhousewinefest.com. Sponsored in part by CBC.







On Tuesday, March 15, join CBC Vancouver in celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year with Safa.

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Safa (Farsi): inner purity, sincerity, sincere affection

Featuring: Amir Koushkani (persian tar and voice), François Houle (clarinets) and Sal Ferreras (percussion). 

Three players brought together by good fortune and a deep love for music. Safa mixes traditional Persian themes with jazz improvisation in a combination that sounds like it should have been obvious all along. 

Inspired by the profound passion of an ancient Persian repertoire, drawn into the realm of memory, evocation and delight, these three individuals bring to this project contemporary improvisations and neo-traditional settings that unfold in rhythmic play and timbral contrasts. Their work is at times playful, at times humorous, and at other times imbued with an intense rapture that delivers us into another world from which to view the beauty of our own gift of life.

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March 19, 2011
8:00 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre

The Rachmaninoff Vespers, or All Night Vigil, was premiered in Moscow in 1915 when Russia was at war and revolution was on the horizon. Rooted in the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church, it has become an icon of Russian music. 

The work is unaccompanied and its rich sonorities will be wonderfully showcased by the 150-voice Vancouver Bach Choir. Soloists are fast-rising stars of the operatic world, Barbara Towell, mezzo and John Arsenault, tenor. The programme includes unaccompanied works written specifically for the Bach Choir by Vancouver composers, Jordan Nobles and Iman Habibi, and a newly commissioned work by Owen Underhill. For tickets, visit the Vancouver Bach Choir's website


Chor Leoni presents Kidz Concert

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March 19, 2011
1pm & 7:30 pm
Old Auditorium at UBC

Come along with the lions as Chor Leoni presents Kidz Koncert, a show filled with music and fun that's suitable for the kid in all of us. With music ranging from Puff the Magic Dragon to Sesame Street, a cool new song about thunder (which may be a bit scary in a fun way), to lullabies by Brahms and Billy Joel, Kidz Koncert aims to be a concert that grandparents can bring their grandkids to, and eveyone have a great time.

Special guest is Vancouver author, Robert Heidbreder, who has penned such children's classics as Drumheller Dinosaur Dance and Don't Eat Spiders (very wise advice for kids of all ages!) He'll read from his works during the concert and be available afterwards for a book signing.

For more information, visit Chor Leoni's website.

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