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Richard He Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM PDT

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Featuring Franz Liszt’s virtuosic 12 Transcendental Etudes and Canada premiere of The Butterfly Lover’s Violin Concerto Solo Piano Arrangement. First prize winner of Amsterdam Virtuoso International Music Competition, Young Steinway Artist Richard He invites you for an energetic and unforgettable music evening! This concert is part of “New Perspective” Canada Tour. The idea is to find new ways to appreciate and bring life to these majestic musical compositions. In this concert, Richard He will present Liszt’s technique-demanding 12 transcendental Etudes in an unconventional order that intends to create a much more satisfied and cohesive listening experience for the audience. The Butterfly Lover’s Violin Concerto has always been one of Chinese history’s most beloved music compositions. It is the Oriental version of “Romeo and Juliet”, a love story filled with beautiful soul-touching melody and passionate rebellious spirit. To carry on Lisztian tradition, Richard He will perform the solo piano arrangement for this fantastic work which undoubtedly be an incredible aesthetic experience for western audiences. After Odyssey: Liszt Transcription, his debut record, was released in 2021, Richard put all of his attention into creating a beautiful recital program for Canada tour. Starting in Victoria, Richard will travel to seven Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton. Richard He with his remarkable skill, impassioned performance, and imaginative interpretation, is a brilliant rising star in the world of classical music. For more about Pianist Richard He please visit:
www.RichardHePiano.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-EOPz7aYd0

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BEAUTY OF THE EAST Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 6:30 PM PDT

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Juno Dance Arts Dance Academy is a Chinese traditional dance academy located in Surrey BC, providing dance enthusiasts with a full array of classes taught by outstanding, highly experienced instructors who bring with them vast expertise and deep knowledge of the art of Chinese traditional dance. Students of the Academy will perform in the inaugural dance concert "Beauty of the East," showcasing their learning accomplishments from recent years. Through their performances of Chinese ethnic minority folk dance, classical Han and Tang dance, and modern classical dance, students will take you on an epic journey through a millennium of magnificent, long-standing culture of dance.

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF UM KULTHOUM Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM PDT

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This concert is in collaboration with National Geographics Beyond King Tut exhibit. From her childhood days and acapella recitals to the apex of stardom, this program traces the life and times of Um Kulthoum from the early 1900’s in Tamay Al Zahaya in Egypt’s Delta to the 70’s of the last century when she had earned the title of the fourth pyramid of Giza. A career spanning 6 decades and a wealthy repertoire that brought to life the best of Arabic poetry and music in theatres around the globe.

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JEALOUS OF SABJIWALA Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM PST

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Abhishek Upmanyu is a stand-up comedian, writer and haiku enthusiast. He looks and sounds like a regular Delhi boy, except is harmless. He does kill though, mostly on stage, and has done so at some of the biggest stages on the stand-up circuit. Upmanyu covers seemingly everyday topics with insightful and hilarious effects.

Abhishek is among the most viral and renowned comedians on the planet. His show “Thoda Saaf Bol” boasts selling out the biggest comedy arenas across the globe. His YouTube channel has 4.11 million subscribers currently, and north of 100 million views.

Jealous of Sabjiwala. Abhishek has been working on this special for some time now, and a lot of time and effort has gone into making this one of the funniest specials you will see.

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FOR THE CULTURE Gala Concert Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 8:30 PM PST

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Brought to you by FAHMDS with SMG INC & LE VAGUE ENT.

Festival African Heritage Music Dance Society is a recipient of the 2022 Bell Performing Arts Centre Community Program Award.

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THE COMIC STRIPPERS (19+ Only) Friday, November 18, 2022 at 8:00 PM PST

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THE COMIC STRIPPERS (19+ only) 
A male stripper parody and improv comedy show

The award winning improv comedians are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits. A SHOW FOR ALL GENDERS… 19+ ONLY WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity.

A fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians) performs a sexylarious improv comedy show. They try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their hilarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance”, and they are ready to make you laugh. Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

'BEST LIVE PRODUCTION' Canadian Comedy Award Winner ★★★★★ “Extremely Funny!” - UK Fringe Review “The show is suitable for both men and women. An entertaining ride where anything goes.” – Rip It Up Magazine "One of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen." - Vancouver Sun

www.thecomicstrippers.com

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FOLLOWING A STAR Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM PST

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Crescendo Operatic Society will present "Following a Star", a production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors”, a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti; and “The Three Kings”, featuring uplifting carols sung with the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This Christmas show is extremely family friendly and the perfect start to the season. Joy, wonder and love are the theme of the season if you choose to partake in this feast for the senses.

FOLLOWING A STAR

Crescendo Operatic Society brings beautiful music, traditional carols and the Christmas story to you, to complement your seasonal festivities. First, the singers will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, which is about a poor young shepherd boy who meets three royal travellers on their way to bring gifts to a prophetic infant. The boy’s name is Amahl, and he is just like any ordinary boy, except for being crippled since birth. He is somewhat naughty and curious about the gifts that the kings carry, but what he learns during their visit is of far greater worth than gold, frankincense and myrrh. Then, you will be uplifted with glorious carols that augment a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Three Kings.
Following a Star will take you to this beautiful Christmas experience.

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A WONDERHEADS Christmas Carol Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM PST

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Praised by the CBC as “Pure magic” and the Globe and Mail as “Powerful, surprising and moving,” acclaimed theatrical imagineers the WONDERHEADS present their delightfully captivating reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with giant masks, whimsical puppets, and wondrous theatrical invention.

A feast for the eyes, ears, heart and funny bone, this astonishing production features larger than life characters, glowing ghosts, and 10-foot-tall puppets – to name just a few of the treats in store for audiences as they are whisked away with Ebenezer Scrooge on his magical Christmas Eve adventure. Prepare to laugh, cry, and be utterly enchanted this holiday season!

★★★★★ “If Pixar ever decides to go into the theatre business, they better call Wonderheads first.” - Calgary Herald

★★★★★ “Pure magic.” - CBC

★★★★★ “Nothing short of exceptional.” - Winnipeg Free Press

★★★★★ “You will laugh, you will cry, you will stand in awe.” - Edmonton Sun

★★★★★ “Whimsical and wonderful.” - Star Phoenix

Visual storytelling virtuosos the WONDERHEADS have spent more than a decade touring the world to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences who describe the experience as watching animation come to life. They have garnered five Critics’ Choice Awards and twelve Best of Fest awards, making it their business to step beyond words and into the hearts and imaginations of every audience member. In what the CBC describes as “Captivating and magical,” the unforgettable experience of a WONDERHEADS show is not to be missed.

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission.

Advisories: Some spooky moments - recommended for ages 7+. Theatrical fog/haze, flashing lights.

Video Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Dg0KfJIuY

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BUDDY'S HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS Monday, December 12, 2022 at 7:30 PM PST

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Zachary Stevenson is the leading man from the hit musical “The Buddy Holly Story” and he is the main attraction plus the MC / Host for this special Christmas Concert… Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas. Stevenson will be joined by former international tribute champion Ben Klein performing as young Elvis and Cassandra Jean Performing as Brenda Lee… Hear all the big hits plus a sprinkle of your favorite seasonal tunes performed by the case with backing provided by the Legends All-Star Band.

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RANJIT RANA Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 7:00 PM PST

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