Playboard Magazine is Vancouver’s oldest, and only monthly live arts theatre magazine, (published since 1965). It continues to be your definitive guide to… Theatre, Music and Dance in the Greater Vancouver area. You can find your FREE copy of Playboard magazine prominently displayed and distributed in all the major theatres in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Pick one up at the Vancouver International Airport, Tourism Vancouver Offices as well as selected hotels and restaurants. Our editorial columns include articles and information on up-coming and current shows as well as features on young stars and celebrities from ballet, Broadway shows, classical theatre, symphonies and pop concerts.
ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY
The Arts Club Theatre Company (Arts Club) is Canada’s largest urban not-for-profit theatre company. Each year, over a quarter of a million people experience the best in professional theatre at its three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, as well as on tour throughout the province. Its popular productions range from musicals and contemporary comedies to new works and classics. The Arts Club season features seven productions at the historic Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at Granville and W. 12th; five productions on scenic Granville Island at the newly renovated Granville Island Stage; and four productions in the new Goldcorp Stage on West 1st Avenue. The Arts Club also expands its audiences outside Vancouver though a three-show season presented at venues around British Columbia.
Vancouver Opera was founded in 1958 by a group of visionary community leaders who believed in the value of the performing arts to the life of a great city, and who recognized the power of opera to connect people to the universal human drama. Vancouver Opera strives to be the destination performing arts organization that entertains, stimulates and enriches British Columbians, driven by programming that redefines ‘opera’ and revolutionizes its accessibility and community value.
Founded in 1986, and under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar since 2009, Ballet BC is an internationally acclaimed collaborative and creation-based contemporary ballet company that is a leader and resource in the creation, production and education of contemporary dance in Canada. Bold and innovative, the Company’s distinctive style and approach has helped it make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance in Canada.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is a not for profit society that entertains families through popular musical theatre shows while providing a vibrant outlet and training ground to develop amateur performers and technicians both young and old. TUTS values an atmosphere of inclusion and mentorship in order to build strong character and to promote positive values. In 1940, Theatre Under the Stars started when a group of local theatre people formed to produce professional quality musicals during the summer. Since then, TUTS has been a Lower Mainland tradition, delighting generations of locals and tourists alike under the stars in the pastoral outdoor setting of historic Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. TUTS provides performers and technical staff an opportunity to work in a real world theatrical venue alongside seasoned professionals.
Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second-largest ballet company and is renowned around the world for the contemporary and classical productions that encompass its repertoire.
In 2015-2016, Alberta Ballet performs its 49th season and boasts a company of 32 classically trained professional dancers from as far away as Japan and as close to its home-base of Alberta.
Alberta Ballet reaches thousands of Albertans each season from September to May, as well as performs across Canada and internationally. The company invites leading and world renowned conductors, choreographers, and other guest artists to take part in its seasons, as well as presents the best of Canada’s ballet companies including the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and Ballet British Columbia, as well as leading foreign companies,such as Houston Ballet, Pilobolus, Helios Dance Theater, and Ailey II.