EVENTS

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 27 — Sunday, January 29

Tiziano Cruz (Argentina)

A Roundhouse partnership with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Fri Jan 27, 7:30pm
Sat Jan 28, 7:30pm
Sun Jan 29, 2pm
Performance Centre
TICKETS pushfestival.ca  

Cruz uses letters he wrote to his mother in 2020 as a starting point for a critique of economic, racial and institutional oppression in contemporary Argentina. What does it mean for him to use his body for art in a country where bodies like his are not supposed to exist?

Saturday, January 28 — Sunday, February 5

nora chipaumire (Zimbabwe / USA)

A Roundhouse partnership with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Sat Jan 28 – Sun Feb 5, 12-7:30pm (Closed Mon Jan 30)
Dub Nights (19+) Sat Jan 28, 9-11:30pm; Wed Feb 1, 9-11:30pm
Exhibition Hall
INFO pushfestival.ca 

This installation features a huge speaker stack custom-made for sonic maximalism. On it plays Nehanda, an opera named for an African lion spirit venerated by the people of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. afternow builds a bridge between African spirituality and contemporary art forms. Two performances will be followed by Dub Night musical performances.

Friday, February 3 — Sunday, February 5

The Elbow Theatre (Vancouver)

A Roundhouse partnership with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Fri Feb 3, 7:30pm
Sat Feb 4, 7:30pm
Sun Feb 5, 2pm
Performance Centre
TICKETS pushfestival.ca  

Alongside a Syrian-born musician, playwright and performer Itai Erdal revisits his time in the IDF so that he can share his experiences; in his guilt and anguish, one can see reflections of a nation in turmoil. Erdal is unafraid to criticize Israel–a country that he loves “with a broken heart.”

Thursday, February 9

A Roundhouse partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada

Thu Feb 9, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)
Performance Centre
TICKETS $23 at the door (discount for SAC members) or reserve online at songbirdnorth123.eventbrite.ca
INFO FB @SongBirdNorthYVR

Shari Ulrich hosts:

Stephen Fearing

Tariq Hussain

Kate Weekes

SongBird North continues its 27th season in Vancouver on February 9th with producer Shari Ulrich hosting Stephen Fearing, Tariq Hussain and Kate Weeks on the Roundhouse stage. For almost three decades now, SongBird North has been beloved by audiences for the rich variety of songwriting styles that are on display at each show, and the magical alchemy that happens when talented artists take turns sharing songs and stories about their work. It’s a one-of-a-kind evening of live music – an opportunity to get up close and personal with the music and the artists who create and perform it.

SongBird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is produced by Shari Ulrich for the Songwriters Association of Canada. The SAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation. For more information on the SAC’s mandate, activities and membership programs, please visit songwriters.ca

BACKGROUND: Since 1995, SongBird North (formerly Bluebird North) has been a mainstay in Vancouver for songwriters from across the continent, as a bi-monthly showcase that features four talented singer/songwriters of widely varying styles, on stage together, taking turns playing their original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. While the series was started in Toronto and has toured nationally, Vancouver remains its longest-standing host city. www.songwriters.ca


ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Stephen Fearing’s abiding love for his craft and ability to delight audiences are reflected in multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations and awards and an ever-expanding touring circuit throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. His 2017 album, Every Soul’s a Sailor was awarded the 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and named 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year at the CFMA’s. Fearing has become a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes and attitudes. He also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow writers through songwriting workshops. Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Rose Cousins, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. He also co-founded Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. 22 years later, with nine albums and a JUNO award to their credit, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock.

Tariq Hussain is a Juno nominated songwriter and recording artist with a music career that spans over two decades. Tariq’s latest offering is Telegrams, his sixth release and fifth full-length album. Born in rural Quebec to parents from Pakistan and Fiji, Tariq grew up on a healthy diet of Bollywood soundtracks. Then, in high school, he got his hands on a guitar and started writing songs which sounded more like Cat Stevens and Neil Young than Mohammed Rafi. In 2006, Tariq moved to Vancouver to sit in the host’s chair for CBC Radio 3 and few years later, earned his MFA from UBC’s Creative Writing program where he now teaches lyric writing. In 2009, he joined the ranks of the Vancouver based band, Brasstronaut. This critically acclaimed act has been putting out music and touring extensively in both Canada and in Europe. Tariq’s essay on how to write a hit song was published by The Walrus magazine in March 2018, and he is currently working on a creative non-fiction work (memoir) about growing up as a first generation kid who feels an undeniable pull towards pop music.

Kate Weekes – On her 4th album, Better Days Ahead finds the Quebec-based singer-songwriter exploring “the liminal space created by lockdowns and cancelled plans”. Given that Weekes’ song writing has typically been inspired by travel, Better Days Ahead required an entirely new way of writing, using internal cues to map a moment in time. Composing mainly in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec, Weekes found “the boreal forest and Canadian Shield were beautiful places to pass a challenging period.” Indeed, the wildly eclectic songs assembled on Better Days Ahead — which Weekes variously describes as “Appalachian-influenced murder-suicide ballads, anthemic folk-pop, whimsical instrumental waltzes,” and “moody, horse-riding cowboy meets British rock”— announce an artist fiercely unbound by musical convention yet precisely able to articulate her vision.

Shari Ulrich (Host / Producer) began writing songs at the end of the reign of The Hometown Band in 1977. Her first song “Feel Good” was a hit for the band. Her solo career followed from 1978 with radio hits with “She Remembers”, “Bad Bad Girl”, “Romeo”, “Every Road” and others. Since then, she has released nine albums of original material along with another 16 in collaborations with Pied Pumkin, UHF (Bill Henderson & Roy Forbes) and BTU (Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor) Her work has garnered two Juno Awards and several nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) for English Songwriter of the Year. She has been producing and hosting Bluebird North / SongBird North both nationally and locally since 1996 and at the Roundhouse since 2005.  shariulrich.com 

Monday, February 6 & Thursday, March 16

Design Workshops with Youth

A Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) residency project with Some Assembly Theatre Company

Mon Feb 6 & Thu Mar 16, 6-8pm FREE
Mezz Meeting Room (Feb 6), Room B (Mar 16)

Youth are invited to work with professional theatre artists with set/props creation for their new theatre project ‘Exploring the Importance of One’s Identity’. Contact Valerie if interested:

Valerie Methot started Some Assembly with its first RHYTAG project in 2002 as artist-as-residence at the Roundhouse. Since then, Some Assembly has engaged over 3,200 youth with professional artists on the creation and production of 32 plays to promote awareness, dialogue and positive social change regarding issues facing youth. Some Assembly is the recipient of the City of Vancouver Youth Award for outstanding contribution to the youth community and the Deryck Thomson Award for exceptional contribution to community building and wellbeing.

Some Assembly thanks the Roundhouse, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, Vancouver Coastal Health, Ministry of Children and Family Development, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, private funders, CLICK and Hamber Foundation, for funding this project and community partners Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Scene Ideas Inc., and the Vancouver School Board for their support and collaboration.

Friday, February 17

Fri Feb 17, 7-9pm (doors 6:30pm) 
Performance Centre
TICKETS By donation: e-transfer to with the names of those attending, or cash only at the door
INFO Facebook | Stephen Antle 604-349-1465

Rootsy, traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music

Join us for an evening of Hawaiian music, dance and culture, and the spirit of aloha.

Hoʻokani is a new, recreational, Vancouver band of Stephen Antle (vocals, guitars and oli) and  Greg Harrington (guitars, ʻukulele and vocals), playing rootsy traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. Music from the Hawaiian Monarchy of the 1800ʻs, through the classic periods of the 1920ʻs, 30ʻs and 40ʻs, and the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 70ʻs, right up to today. If you know Hawaiian music, think the music of Dennis Kamakahi, Kealiʻi Reichel, Frank Hewett, the Beamer ʻOhana and Kūpaoa. Think The Sons of Hawaiʻi or The Gabby Band, in Gabby Pahinuiʻs Waimanalo back yard. If you donʻt know Hawaiian music, come check us out!

Weʻre excited to be joined for this performance by our good friends Don Kellett (Hawaiian steel guitar) and Sanae Cheng, Yumi Sakamoto and Yoshi Yamamoto from Wailele Wai Wai (hula).

Saturday, February 18

A Roundhouse special event for Family Day

Sat Feb 18, 1:00pm 
Performance Centre
TICKETS $12, purchase online http://bit.ly/3kHVwRJ, phone 604-713-1800 ext 1, or purchase in-person at the Roundhouse front desk, registration #443310   
INFO Ages 5+. Everyone attending must have a ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

An all-ages multimedia physical comedy that blends tap dance, live music, puppetry and stop motion projections. 

What happens if we deny our deepest dreams and desires? Bobert is a silent character a la Charlie Chaplin who has a little red bird for a heart. His story asks us, what happens if we are to deny our deepest dreams and desires? Teetering on the brink of absolute failure, Bobert discovers his heart to be more important than he knew.

Ideas Bobert is a clown tour de force of comedy and conundrum, created and performed by award-winning, multidisciplinary artist Candy Roberts. With vintage silent film styling, shadow puppetry, stop motion animation projections, dance and live music, the wordless world of Ideas Bobert is rich with magic and creativity. Like Ginger Rogers meets Mr. Bean on the Muppet show, Ideas Bobert dances with the hilariously absurd.

“All ages will enjoy the fine clown work of the multi-talented Roberts. Anyone with a curious heart will find theirs a flutter watching Ideas Bobert” ★★★★ STARS – Winnipeg Free Press

“Charming and skillfully performed.” ★★★★ STARS – CBC Winnipeg

“Ideas Bobert is a leap into a silent-movie that you will be very reluctant to ever leave. Heartwarming and hilarious, inventive and inspiring. Truly the kind of theatre magic you can never plan for but only hope for, and will leave you with your eyes popping and your heart flying high” – Kevin Reid, The Visitorium

“This show opens young eyes and spirits to the world of self expression, growth mindset, following one’s heart, 1920’s history, clowning, many music forms and copious amounts of creativity” – Marie Whimbey, Wolf School

Sunday, February 19

A Roundhouse special event

Family Day at the Roundhouse

A Roundhouse special event

Sun Feb 19, 11am-2pm
Exhibition Hall
TICKETS Free, all ages
INFO 604-713-1800 ext 1

Looking for a free, easy-to-access option to celebrate Family Day? Grab your family go-pack for a fun-filled time at the Roundhouse.

The iconic Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre announces its free Family Day event on Sunday, February 19, 11am-2pm. Spend quality time with the whole family exploring new experiences together. We’ve programmed a host of family-friendly activities that will appeal to all ages, so pack up the stroller and bring the whole crew down to the Roundhouse.

Families can look forward to:

  • Comedic juggling and physical entertainer The Checkerboard Guy thecheckerboardguy.com performs, with audience participation, for all ages – from Littles to Tweens and all the way to Grands
  • A community-engaged, artist-led activity
  • Easy and fun crafts to make and take away, led by the Roundhouse Youth Council
  • Professional photo booth station with a free takeaway snapshot
  • Interactive play area for ages 0-5
  • Free snacks! Enjoy fresh popcorn and candy floss

“I wanted to create a space for all ages in a family to gather and spend time together, from children to parents and caregivers to grandparents,” says Roundhouse Special Event Coordinator, Stephen Adams. “It’s important to me that our holiday events offer a fun yet meaningful experience for families, that we can connect as family with the community.”


Artist Information

The Checkerboard Guy

Since 1981 David Aiken has performed as ‘The Checkerboard Guy,’ a Comic Daredevil whose manic energy, zany sense of humour and robust skill set have been his passport to the globe! His award-winning comedic variety show has been compared to Steve Martin, Pee Wee Herman and even a live action version of The Simpsons. Bottom line–his infectious energy and crazy stunts will leave you rolling in the aisles! thecheckerboardguy.com

Wednesday, March 8 — Friday, March 10

A Roundhouse partnership with Vancouver Improvised Arts and Vancouver New Music

Wed Mar 8 – Fri Mar 10
Exhibition Hall, Performance Centre
INFO newmusic.org | improvisedarts.ca

A new, annual concert series, Vancouver String Summit celebrates creative music and the power of strings. In this first iteration, local violinists, Meredith Bates and Joshua Zubot, team up with invited guests from around the continent to explore new sonic realizations within the string family, plus spontaneous improvised meetings with Vancouver’s most exciting string explorers. Because a circle is not enough, community members are invited to participate in exploring music for bowed instruments by American-Canadian composer, violinist and improviser Malcolm Goldstein with Nicolas Caloia, Émilie Girard-Charest, Jean René.

Saturday, March 11 — Sunday, March 12

Sat Mar 11 – Sun Mar 12
Exhibition Hall, Performance Centre
TICKETS Purchase at terminalcitycon.ca/tickets  
INFO terminalcitycon.ca  

Join us for the best two days of board games and role-playing games in British Columbia! With scheduled games, drop in games, a massive borrowing library of board games, a dedicated RPG room, proto-alley games, silent auction, exhibitors, and more. Both experienced gamers and those new to tabletop games are welcome.

Tuesday, March 21

A Roundhouse partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada

Tue Mar 21, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)
Performance Centre
TICKETS $23 at the door (discount for SAC members) or reserve online at songbirdnorth123.eventbrite.ca
INFO FB @SongBirdNorthYVR

SongBird North has been a regular feature at the Roundhouse since 2005. This bi-monthly showcase, hosted and produced by Shari Ulrich, features four exceptional singer/songwriters playing songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience. Each line-up brings together renowned veterans and emerging artists with an eclectic mix of backgrounds, experiences, and musical styles

Tuesday, March 28 — Thursday, April 6

A Roundhouse partnership with Reel 2 Real

Tue Mar 28 – Thu Apr 6
At the Roundhouse
TICKETS
$9 children/youth/seniors | $12 adults (special rate $7/person for Sunday Fun Day!).
Tickets are available in advance, online, and at the door. Purchase at the Roundhouse or Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St).
Buy a Festival Pass! $25 unlimited pass for one adult and one child or youth, $49 unlimited pass for a family of four
INFO r2rfestival.org

Participate in hands-on animation workshops. Watch the best and brightest international films for children, including animation, drama, and documentary. Feature length and short films will be available for in-person or at-home viewing. Reel 2 Real strives to promote diversity, racial equity, inclusivity, and social justice through film. All screenings are open to the public.

Opening Night Film & Gala Party
Tue Mar 28, 6pm, Vancity Theatre
The fun begins with an Opening Night Film Screening followed by a reception for the whole family.

Sunday Fun Day!
Sun Apr 2, Roundhouse Performance Centre, Exhibition Hall
9:30am, Pancake Breakfast
10am-2pm, Short Film Programs
10:30am-1pm, Animation Workshops

For only $7 per person, enjoy: bacon and pancakes (gluten free and vegan available), animation workshops, and hilarious and zany short films. A highly imaginative program of award-winning short animations, documentaries, and dramas will take you on adventures around the world. Then participate in hands-on animation workshops where you will learn the basics of stop motion animation.

Weekday events

Reel Focus Short Film Programs
Tue Mar 28 – Fri Mar 31, 10am-1pm 
Fri Apr 3 – Sat Apr 4, 10am-1pm 

Watch a program of funny, beautiful and imaginative short films. Each program screens twice daily, at 10:00 am and 11:45 am. The general public is welcome to all film screenings. Students in grades 4-7 may register for workshops through your child’s school only. Contact: .

Feature Focus and Talent Lab
Fri Mar 31 & Thu Apr 6, various times
Program details at r2rfestival.org 

See the very best in international cinema for young people and participate in post-screening film discussions and hands-on animation workshops. Group registration is available at reduced ticket rates. See program details on our website.

Youth Media Conference
Wed Apr 5, 10am-2:30pm, Roundhouse Performance Centre

Not open to the public. High school students will start with the screening of short films about filmmaking, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers who will talk about their film, and experience working in the creative industry. After a short break, the students will attend the Behind the Scenes Expo, where they will have direct access to representatives from post-secondary schools and potential employers who are working in B.C.’s creative industry.

Saturday, April 8

A Roundhouse special event

Sat Apr 8, 9:30am-1:30pm
Exhibition Hall
TICKETS $12/child, Ages 1-12, 60 min sessions
REGISTER Call the front desk 604-713-1800

Ages 1-3, 9:30-10:30am, 436970
Ages 1-6, 11am-12pm, 436994
Ages 1-12, 12:30-1:30pm, 436998

Hippity hoppity to the Roundhouse for our annual Eggs-tacular Easter Egg Hunt.

The event includes an egg hunt, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live animals, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Caregiver supervision is required for all children. Call to register. Drop-ins are welcome on the day of if space is available.

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