Entertainment

Top Choice Performing Arts in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Bard on the Beach

Watching Shakespeare performed while the sun sets against the mountains beyond the tented stage is a Vancouver summertime highlight. There are usually three of Shakespeare's plays, plus one Bard-related work (Rosenc…
Top Choice Live Music in Downtown & West End

Commodore Ballroom

Local bands know they've made it when they play Vancouver's best mid-sized venue, a restored art-deco ballroom that still has the city's bounciest dance floor – courtesy of tires placed under its floorboards. If you…
Top Choice Live Music in Main Street

Fox Cabaret

Formerly one of North America’s last-remaining porn cinemas, its new owners have transformed (and fully pressure-washed) this independent nightlife venue, ditching the dodgy flicks in favour of live music, DJ nights…
Top Choice Cinema in Downtown & West End

Pacific Cinémathèque

This beloved cinema operates like an ongoing film festival with a daily-changing program of movies. A $3 annual membership is required – organize it at the door – before you can skulk in the dark with other chin-str…
Top Choice Theater in Commercial Drive

Cultch

This once-abandoned church has been a gathering place for performers and audiences since being officially designated a cultural space in 1973. Following comprehensive renovations a few years back, the beloved Cultch…
Theater in Fairview & South Granville

Stanley Theatre

Popular musicals dominate early summer (usually the last show of the season) at this heritage theater, but the rest of the year sees new works and adaptations of contemporary hits from around the world. Officially c…
Cinema in Downtown & West End

Vancity Theatre

The state-of-the-art headquarters of the Vancouver International Film Festival screens a wide array of movies throughout the year in the kind of auditorium that cinephiles dream of: generous legroom, wide armrests a…
Theater in Downtown & West End

Orpheum Theatre

Opened in 1927, Vancouver's grandest old-school theater venue has a gorgeous and beautifully maintained baroque interior, making it the perfect place to catch a rousing show with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, wh…
Theater in Yaletown & Granville Island

Granville Island Stage

The Granville Island arm of Vancouver's leading theater company, this intimate, raked-seating venue is the perfect spot to feel really connected to the action on stage. Cutting-edge homegrown shows as well as new ve…
Soccer in Yaletown & Granville Island

Vancouver Whitecaps

Using BC Place Stadium as its home, Vancouver's professional soccer team plays in North America's top-tier Major League Soccer (MLS). They've struggled a little since being promoted to the league in 2011, but have b…