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Events Vancouver

Getting Cheeky: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

These two musical powerhouses collaborated on a jazzy album, Cheek to Cheek

These two musical powerhouses collaborated on a jazzy album, Cheek to Cheek

A musical match-up between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga may seem unlikely, but as the Grammy Award–winning Cheek to Cheek album proves, they’re making beautiful music together. Both famed in their own right, the iconic vocalists each add their own distinctive spin to the Great American Songbook. Hear songs like “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life” and—perhaps most appropriately—“Anything Goes” as the pair promotes their jazzy album at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, May 25 and 26.

Kids in the Hall

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Kids in the Hall. (Photo: David Hawe)

The Kids in the Hall. (Photo: David Hawe)

The Head Crusher. Cabbage Head. Chicken Lady. In the ’80s and ’90s, The Kids in the Hall earned a cult following for bizarre skits featuring TV’s quirkiest characters. Now, the Canadian comedy troupe is on tour, and they’re bringing old and new material along for the ride. Join the five original cast members—and a host of alter egos—for an evening of wacky and irreverent comedy at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 20.

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: John Davis/©2010 Cirque du Soleil)

(Photo: John Davis/©2010 Cirque du Soleil)

Deep within the forest lies a magical world where anything seems possible. This extraordinary place is called Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romany language of the wandering gypsies. A young man drops from the sky into this strange world, and so begins the show. Varekai has everything Cirque du Soleil is famous for: jaw-dropping acrobatics, amazing visual effects, side-splitting comedy and powerful live music. Don’t miss it, May 20 to 24 at the Pacific Coliseum.

Double the Fun: U2 in Concert

By SHERI RADFORD

Worldwide sensation U2, on stage. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

(Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

What could possibly be better than a U2 concert? Two U2 concerts. For the first time in a decade, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are hitting the road to play indoor arenas, and each lucky city is getting a pair of shows. The North American portion of the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour kicks off May 14 and 15 at Rogers Arena.

Fred Schiffer: A Life in Photos

By SHERI RADFORD

A portrait by Fred Schiffer

Portrait of Argentinian actress Mirtha Legrand by Fred Schiffer

Fred Schiffer’s early life was anything but picture perfect: born into a Jewish family, he had to flee Austria to escape Hitler’s invading army. Later, he fled again, this time out of the tense political climate of Argentina, with wife and children in tow. The family settled in Vancouver in 1958, and Schiffer’s career as a photographer flourished. For the next 40 years, he captured on film Vancouver’s transformation from small town to big city. He also did portraits of locals from every walk of life as well as visiting dignitaries, including Louis Armstrong and Queen Elizabeth II. Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos is the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in a quarter of a century. Don’t miss this rare chance to see photos by the man dubbed the Yousuf Karsh of Vancouver. At Make Gallery to May 31.

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

EAT! Vancouver is Canada's largest food festival

EAT! Vancouver is Canada’s largest food festival

Forget your diet and remember to wear stretchy pants for the 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, taking place Apr. 26 to May 3. This feast for the senses brings together foodies, farmers, winemakers, craft brewers, distillers and artisans for eight days of eating, drinking, sharing and learning. Vancouver’s culinary culture is showcased in dinners with acclaimed local chefs, hands-on workshops, a pastry tasting and more. Good thing calories consumed while on vacation don’t count.

Pound the Pavement: Vancouver Sun Run

By SHERI RADFORD

More than 45,000 participants will participate in Canada's largest 10K road race. (Photo: ©RyanFaas/istockphoto.com)

More than 45,000 participants will participate in Canada’s largest 10K road race. (Photo: ©RyanFaas/istockphoto.com)

Losing weight isn’t easy. Each year, thousands of Vancouverites make a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, and many set their sights on the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 19). In 2014, more than 45,000 participants signed up for Canada’s largest 10K road race. Along its picturesque route, live entertainment and the gorgeous backdrop of ocean and mountains—not to mention throngs of cheering spectators—help to take competitors’ minds off the hard work of completing 10 km (6.2 mi). And running through this city’s gorgeous scenery is always better than a day at the office.

Ariana Grande at Rogers Arena

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Pop superstar Ariana Grande. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

Pop superstar Ariana Grande. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

Make no mistake about it: diminutive pop diva Ariana Grande has a voice that is larger than life. Her smash single “Problem” topped the charts in 65 countries and catapulted Grande to superstardom. The singer-songwriter is taking hits like “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder” on the road to promote her latest album, My Everything. Catch the pint-sized powerhouse at Rogers Arena, Apr. 16.

Pop-Up Exhibition at the Capture Photography Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo" by Matthew Pillsbury

“Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo” by Matthew Pillsbury

Matthew Pillsbury knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in. The celebrated New York–based photographer travelled to Tokyo and explored the bustling metropolis through his camera lens. His long-exposure snaps capture the blur of a city in constant motion and highlight a surreal contrast between technology and traditional culture. See works such as “Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo” (pictured) in Matthew Pillsbury: Tokyo at the Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Apr. 4 to 25.

Fan Expo Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: Billy Lazarou)

(Photo: Billy Lazarou)

Calling all fanboys and fangirls: want to meet Captain Kirk and Princess Leia? You’re in luck, because William Shatner and Carrie Fisher are on the roster of the fourth annual Fan Expo Vancouver, along with Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills, 90210), Lance Henriksen (Aliens; Millennium) and a trio of Walking Dead cast members: Chad Coleman, Scott Wilson and Sarah Wayne Callies. See them all—and a host of other pop-culture legends—Apr. 3 to 5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

TransMigration’s Cool Choreography

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

TransMigration pays homage to First Nations artist and shaman, Norval Morrisseau

TransMigration pays homage to First Nations artist and shaman, Norval Morrisseau

The late, great Norval Morrisseau’s bold, whimsical works take centre stage in TransMigration. The dance-theatre piece is inspired by the First Nations artist and shaman, and draws on both his life and paintings. The choreography, music and design capture Morrisseau’s brilliance as an artist, while also touching on his struggles and triumphs. Catch this feast for the eyes, and spirit, at The Historic Theatre, Mar. 17 to 21.

Nickelback at Rogers Arena

By SHERI RADFORD

Local rockers Nickelback head to Rogers Arena. (Photo: Michael Muller)

Local rockers Nickelback head to Rogers Arena. (Photo: Michael Muller)

Are you ready to rock? On Mar. 15, Nickelback raises the roof of Rogers Arena. The local boys bring their distinctive hybrid of grunge, alternative and metal to their home base of Vancouver, playing hits such as “How You Remind Me.” Though they started their career as a cover band called the Village Idiots, way back in the 1990s, they’ve come a long way since then, selling more than 50 million records worldwide. “Rockstar”? Absolutely.