We love the Vancouver arts community, which makes all the happier to share this selection of arts events, performances, and exhibitions happening this fall:

  • Splash Exhibition at Pendulum Gallery Sep 21-Oct 2, 2015 Come view the impressive 33rd Annual Splash Art Collection – the exhibition is open to the public and free to visit. With AU Alumni Judson Beaumont, Paul Wong, Kate R. Henderson, Golnar Sepahi, and Anselmo Swan – plus many, many professional artists who support arts education. Pendulum Gallery, 885 W. Georgia St.
  • Smoke on the Mountain Oct 9-Nov 1, 2015 In an attempt to bring his backwater congregation into modern times – it is 1938, after all – Pastor Ogelthorpe stages a gospel sing-along, inviting the Sanders Family Singers to bring their new bluegrass sound. Join AU Instructor Kaitlin Williams in this hilarious musical full of songs and stories that will set your toes tapping and your heart soaring. Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12 Ave. – Tickets
  • Diagnosis: Diabetes Oct 10, 2015 Interactive chamber opera anyone? Participate in Erato Ensemble’s world premiere of Michael Park’s Diagnosis:Diabetes at the Orpheum Annex on October 10. Charlie is living with Type I diabetes. You will help him make decisions that will affect the outcome of the opera – and his life. Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor
  • Love Bomb by Meghan Gardiner Sep 26 to Oct 10, 2015 A world premiere musical, this Shameless Hussy production looks at sex trafficking in British Columbia. “LOVE BOMB is a rock concert within a play – and a mystery on top of that,” says writer Meghan Gardiner. Directed by AU instructor Reneé Iaci. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St. – Tickets
  • World Music for Classroom Teachers Oct 23, 2015 1-3pm Teachers. This Pro-D day join AU accompanist David DiTomaso for a fun, engaging World Music workshop. This workshop uses this popular and diverse form of music to creatively link modern languages, social studies and mathematics curriculums. For more information call David at 604-254-2315 or email musicdps@yahoo.com
  • A Doll’s House Oct 8-24, 2015 (Tue-Sat) Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is a three-act play about a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned by her condescending husband. With AU instructor Laura Jaszcz. Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. – Tickets
  • Afro-Cuban Dimensions Oct 31, 2015. 8:00 PM Afro Cuban Dimensions is a music and dance spectacle that presents an overview of the musical history of Cuba, focusing in particular on how the rhythms brought by the African slaves of various tribes fused with the music of the Spanish settlers; a fusion which had a profound influence on contemporary music. Cuba’s on going contribution to the many beats of popular dance, as well as Blues, Jazz, Country and Funk, all reflect the musical roots that Afro-Cuban Dimensions explores. With AU Board Member Sal Ferreras. Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St. – More Info


  • Ballet BC – Program 1 Nov 5-7, 2015 The first program of Ballet BC’s 2015/16 season includes: a World Premiere by Belgian – born Stijn Celis in collaboration with one of the finest male vocal ensembles in North America, Chor Leoni; the Canadian Premiere of Solo Echo by Vancouver-based Crystal Pite; and, the reprisal of Cayetano Soto’s sensational Twenty Eight Thousand Waves. With Arts Umbrella alumni Emily Chessa, Livona Ellis, Alexis Fletcher, Scott Fowler, Christoph Von Riedmann, Albert Galindo, and Nicole Ward. Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • The Amish Project Nov 6-21, 2015 In 2006, the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania forgave the man who walked into their schoolhouse and shot 10 girls. With AU alumnus Susie Coodin. Directed by Evan Frayne. Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. – Tickets

Hey AU Alumni!

Former students, instructors, assistants, accompanists – did we miss you? We’d love to share listings about any upcoming performances, exhibitions, talks, shows, or arts events. Tell us about it by email: marketing@artsumbrella.com