Tokyo RideArchitecture and Design Film Festival
Date: November 19 to December 3
This virtual ADFF is made up of 16 films that explore racial injustice, urbanization and utopian societies. (Timely, right?) The lineup includes the North American premiere of Tokyo Ride, a feature that road trips around Tokyo highlighting the work of architect Ryūe Nishizawa.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas
Date: November 19 to January 3
Venue: Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
This one-woman Christmas rom-com follows a woman who, after a bad breakup, dives headfirst into the dating world (and, spoiler, it sucks). Audiences have three options to view the show: in-person as part of a distanced live show, livestreamed or via digital recording.
Saito KoichiDiscover Dance! Series
Date: November 26 to December 10
Check out this collab between two local dance companies: TomoeArts in Vancouver and Satsuki-kai in Burnaby. The free digital performance is a presentation of Japanese classical and traditional dance, but ranges from kabuki to shin-buyoh (modern dances to popular music, or whatever’s hip with the kids nowadays).
Vancouver OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors
Date: December 12
The COVID-era digital premiere of this opera is actually not far off the original: it was specifically composed for a Christmas Eve television broadcast in 1951. The Vancouver Opera’s Leslie Dala conducts this show (and it’s a family affair—his son, Andreas Dala, plays Amahl).
Emily CooperPanto Come Home
Date: December 17 to January 3
Our local sass-ridden holiday tradition lives on. This year’s East Van Panto begins with nostalgic artistic directors “sneaking in” to the York Theatre; festive (and safe) musical mischief ensues. The show will be performed and streamed live—even at home, watch out for the Phanto of the Panto.