December 14 at 2:00 pm – ORPHEUM
For the 28th year, the Bach Choir, the audience and the Vancouver Symphony will join in the choruses of Handel's beloved oratorio. Bruce Pullan invites all serious singers of Messiah and all those who only sing in the shower but who love the music, and, especially, those who have never heard Messiah but would like to, to join us for this spectacular afternoon of music making. Arias will be sung by this year's list of 15 auditioned soloists. Hear the winning high school choir sing one of the choruses!
I've got good news, and bad news..
Bad news is the City of Vancouver has cut down the trees on Granville Street at around 4 feet high. (so you drunken foolios don't go tripping on the stumps)
Today, good news comes in threes.
1.) The trees are a part of work to prepare the street for a facelift. The plan is to reconstruct the entire downtown portion of Granville Street with it's fixtures: this includes the road, sidewalks and light posts. In about a year, we'll have a beautiful new Granville Street with basalt inlaid concrete, new benches, garbage receptacles, lights, banners, flower baskets... the whole nine yards.
2.) New trees will be replanted in their place. This is an important part of the plan. The new trees will require less maintenence and will not lift the sidewalk & buildings the way the old trees did. So far, the old beech trees on the 500 block are planned to remain untouched. The only downside is, while the trees acclimatize to their new home they are particularly vulnerable to vandalism. If you are out there when the new trees freshly planted, keep an eye out for them!
3.) In this preparation, they've also temporarily taken out the parking meters on the 1100 block. There is no plan to advertise this development so this is your little known secret. Use it wisely. I haven't heard word of when they are replacing the meters but I'd bet good money it won't be until the new street is in place. Free parking! Woot!
More information can be found here: http://vancouver.ca/granvilleredesign
A Holiday Shopper's Guide to the Digital World
Saturday Nov 29th @ 11 AM
Looking for something special for that musician on your list who likes recording and computers? Join us on Saturday Nov 29th at our Granville Digital Centre at 11 AM for our fun and informative workshop aimed to help you select the perfect hi-tech digital gift for that special musician on your list. Adam Lastiwka our Digital Centre Manager, will take you through the possibilities from beginner to expert and help you with your digital holiday shopping.
Andrea Taylor Fiddle Workshop
Saturday Nov 29th @ 2pm
Tom Lee Music Granville
Come to our More Music Department this Saturday at 2pm and enjoy an interactive performance and workshop with fiddler Andrea Taylor. Andrea is a teacher and performer with over 60,000 albums sold. This clinic will be well attended so arrive early.
DJ Workshop with DJ Elemental
Saturday Nov 29th @ 3pm
Tom Lee Music City Stage
Don't miss our first DJ clinic with Tom Lee Music's own Justin Landry. Known as DJ Elemental in the clubs from NY to Tokyo, Justin will take you through the basics to some of his trade secrets. Live on the City Stage Granville 3pm this Saturday.
December 7 at 2:00 pm – ORPHEUM
This wonderful family celebration includes the Bach Choir and the 10 choirs of the Vancouver Bach Children's Chorus and Youth Choir singing separately and together. Hear over 400 voices in a programme of traditional Christmas music accompanied by organ and brass, culminating in a massed choir performance of O holy Night, arranged by conductor Bruce Pullan.
December 6 at 8:00 pm – ORPHEUM
An evening of popular, beloved Viennese music with the magnificent voice of Soprano Marianne Fiset. A perfect concert to usher in the Holiday season! Conducted by Jean-Marie Zietouni.
Do you find one of the most frustrating things about christmas shopping is getting to the stores and finding parking? This holiday season, shoppers are invited to enjoy the FREE Canada Line Holiday Shopping Trolley.
Visit www.shoptheline.ca for the route map and a directory of all the Canada Line corridor businesses you can shop at from this trolley.
Pick up and drop off every 25 minutes @
• 42nd and Cambie (at median on Cambie)
• 16th and Cambie (east and west side on Cambie)
• Drake and Homer (east side on Homer)
• Library Square (east side on Homer at Robson)
• Waterfront Station (outside front entrance)
• Burrard Skytrain (on Melville at Burrard)
• Vancouver Art Gallery (west side on Howe at Georgia)
December 3 at 8:00 pm – ORPHEUM
Featuring original members of the Broadway hit show Beatlemania! The music of the Beatles like you've never heard it before! Classical Mystery Tour brings together the music of one of the greatest bands of all time with the unmatchable sounds of a live symphony orchestra. Classical Mystery Tour's own Fab Four will transport you to the exciting heyday of rock 'n' roll with thirty classic Beatles tunes played just like Paul, John, George and Ringo. Roll up for the Mystery Tour, it's coming to take you away! Tickets 604-280-4444
PLASTIC ACID - A ROCK ORCHESTRA - THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL!
- Special Holiday Show
- Featuring opening performances from David Blair and The Living
- Special performances from Maria in the Shower, Mike Bell and MC Dosia
- Featuring original music from composers Jason Nett, Martin Reisle and Mike Bell
- Plastic Acid favourites such as Train of Pounding Hours and new pieces!
- Brand new cover of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir (arranged by Mike Bell)
Tickets - available at Scratch & Zulu in Vancouver as well as online at Clubzone.com
Until the start of the New Year, ShopGranville Readers will receive an exclusive 20-40% off eye glass frames at Ottico. Brands include Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Booth and Bruce, Silhouette, Lafont and more... Ask for Myra when you go in and mention ShopGranville.
Friday Nov 28th
Early Show – Doors at 7pm - 19+
Tickets at www.clubzone.com
December 28 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm & December 29 at 7:30 pm – ORPHEUM
The Wascally Wabbit is back! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Global ComedyFest are proud to present Bugs Bunny on Broadway – a unique and extraordinary concert experience that celebrates the world's favourite classic Looney Tunes cartoons and their real classical scores. The large video screen show cartoon jewels like What's Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville , Long Haired Hare and a Corny Concerto while the Orchestra plays the classical soundtracks on stage. This roller coaster ride of a concert has sold-out the world's greatest concert halls from The Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House (and in the past, the Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth Theatre!) and created an enthusiastically-devoted international audience of animation fans and classical music lovers alike.
VSO MASTERWORKS DIAMOND: THE GENIUS OF COREY CEROVSEK
Violin wunderkind Corey Cerovsek returns home to perform the sublime Sibelius. Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra is a rarely performed gem that will rock the Orpheum. Conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto.
Do you really love to dance? Want to make a difference in the world? Are you ready to bring your friends, family and co-workers out for a night of incredible entertainment? Join thousands of people across Canada this November who will be moving to the new global beat – while raising money for a great cause. Volunteers working in partnership with grassroots organizations in developing countries. For more info www.dancefortheworld.ca.
The Georgia Straight presents this fundraiser in support of CUSO and VSO Canada’s Volunteer Partnership Fund, featuring performances by Hey Ocean!, Current Swell, and Ghost Brothers. Dec. 4, doors 8pm, Plaza Club, 881 Granville). Tix $20 at www.ticketmaster.ca/.
Harmonica Blues Clinic with Mark Hummel
Tom Lee Music Granville Downtown
Noon, Thursday, Nov 20th @ City Stage
Back by popular demand Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Clinic featuring Magic Dick, Rick Estrin, Mark Dufresne, and Rusty Zinn. Bring your lunch and enjoy these master blues players. Just like last year Mark and friends will perform and answer your questions about playing blues harmonica.