Must see entertainment in Vancouver

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    Bard on the Beach

    Watching Shakespeare performed while the sun sets over the mountains beyond the tented main stage is a Vancouver summertime highlight. There are usually…

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    Theatre Under the Stars

    The charming Malkin Bowl provides an atmospheric alfresco stage for the summertime TUTS season, usually featuring two interchanging Broadway musicals. It…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Rio Theatre

    A huge public fundraising campaign in 2018 saved this beloved theater and cinema venue from possible redevelopment, proving just how important it's become…

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    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…

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    Arts Club Theatre Company

    Vancouver's largest, most popular and most prolific theater company, the Arts Club stages shows at three venues around the city. A new artistic director…

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    Fox Cabaret

    One of North America’s last remaining porn cinemas has been transformed (and fully pressure-washed) into a brilliantly eclectic independent nightlife…

  • Biltmore Cabaret

    One of Vancouver's favorite alt venues, the intimate Biltmore is a firm fixture on the local indie scene. A low-ceilinged, good-vibe spot to mosh to local…

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    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…

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    Orpheum Theatre

    Opened in 1927, Vancouver's grandest old-school theater has a gorgeous and beautifully maintained baroque interior, making it the perfect place to catch a…

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    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). Their on-field…

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    Vancouver Canadians

    Minor-league affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Canadians play at the charmingly old-school Nat Bailey Stadium. It's known as 'the prettiest…

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    BMO Theatre Centre

    The studio venue of the city's Arts Club theater empire hosts more challenging and intimate productions in a space that's cleverly and sometimes…

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    Fresh Air Cinema

    Screening outdoor, admission-free movies at venues around Metro Vancouver every summer, the company's Stanley Park events often draw thousands of blanket…

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    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    The city's orchestra plays classical and popular music concerts (think movie music) around the city and beyond. Venues range from the palatial Orpheum…

  • 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…

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    This once-abandoned church has been a gathering place for performers and audiences since being officially designated a cultural space in 1973. Following…

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    Vancouver's only flamenco cafe is a great place to chill on a summer evening. If it's really warm, bask in the sun with a beer outside. But be sure to…

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    Pat's Pub

    The Downtown Eastside's most-accessible dive bar started a century ago and, in recent years, it's dusted off the jazz chops that saw Jelly Roll Morton…