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August Special Events

Swingle Singers: Classic Reinventions

Saturday, August 6 @ 7:30 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall

Presented by MusicFest Vancouver in partnership with the Chan Centre
Vancouver audiences are in for a treat when the international a cappella phenomenon, the Swingle Singers, take to the stage of the Chan Centre!

For over four decades the unmistakable sound of "Swingle singing" has defined the art form: virtuosic vocal agility and blend demonstrated by their signature close-microphone technique, combined with high-level entertainment that has thrilled audiences around the globe. These high-energy entertainers have released over 50 recordings and have won five Grammy Awards.

While membership in the group has changed, the sound remains unmistakably "Swingle", the same sound which caught the world's attention all those years ago. Classic Reinventions includes everything from Bach to Debussy, Beatles, and Joni Mitchell. Be prepared to be amazed, because these are not your parents' Swingle Singers!

"Only after the 3rd encore was the cheering and foot stamping crowd satisfied"
Dienstag, Germany

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Tuesday, August 9 @ 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

The World’s Premiere Children's Entertainers will Celebrate Their 20th Birthday In The United States And Canada This Summer! The Fab Four from down under are back with this year's most anticipated family event. It's time for a party. The Wiggles Big Birthday party! Join The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers as they celebrate their Big Birthday in Vancouver!

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Tuesday, August 9 @ 8:00 pm | ORPHEUM

Critically acclaimed vocalist Adele's postponed Tuesday May 31st, 2011 concert at the Orpheum has been rescheduled for Tuesday August 9th, 2011 at the Orpheum.
All tickets purchased for the May 31st date will be honoured at the door on August 9th.
Refunds at point of purchase until July 7th, 2011.

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Henry Purcell's "King Arthur": A Restoration Spectacular

Wednesday, August 10 @ 8:00 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall

Co-presented by Early Music Vancouver and MusicFest Vancouver in partnership with the Chan Centre with the support of the UBC School of Music
Alexander Weimann, music director | Featuring: Suzie LeBlanc, Ellen Hargis, Shannon Mercer, Catherine Webster, Matthew White, Colin Balzer, Aaron Sheehan, Tyler Duncan, Sumner Thompson, Nathaniel Watson, and Early Music Vancouver's Baroque Festival Orchestra and Chorus

Following Early Music Vancouver's 2009 production of Henry Purcell's "The Faerie Queene", which was "set - and sung - to perfection" (Globe and Mail), Early Music Vancouver is delighted to present the composer's music from "King Arthur": a Restoration spectacular, in every sense of the word!

This stunning concert performance will feature a cast of renowned early music singers, led from the keyboard by Alexander Weimann. Join us for the largest - and most spectacular - Early Music Vancouver production ever mounted!

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Saturday, August 13 @ 7.00 pm and 10.00 pm | ORPHEUM

The Comedy Network presents Daniel Tosh and guests. Insanely popular comedian Daniel Tosh announces his all new 2011 comedy tour "Tosh Tour On Ice” to over 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The all new tour comes on the heels of his sold out Tosh Tour Twenty Ten smash tour, which ran 3 short months from September – December 2010, with over 75 shows drawing more than 175,00 fans. Host of the super successful Comedy Central series, "Tosh.0", Tosh was named as one of the “10 comics to watch” by Daily Variety. Tosh is currently one of the most requested headliners in the country. He has also quickly evolved into one of the most successful acts, having performed more than seven hundred shows in his career. Tosh’s casual style and sharp material have proven to be greatly appreciated by his audiences, young and old. This show has mature content and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Second late show added due to overwhelming demand.

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Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC's 75th Anniversary

Saturday, August 13 @ 8:00 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, MusicFest Vancouver presents Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC's 75th Anniversary, a choral extravaganza bringing together three of the city's favourite and awardwinning choral ensembles and Denmark's Touché Vocal Jazz in the stunning acoustics of the elegant Chan Centre at UBC.

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Sunday, August 14 @ 2:00 pm | ORPHEUM

This talk is a unique opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to hear Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offer his insight into how to achieve true peace within ourselves and our society. Through the practice of mindfulness we can drop the preoccupations that keep us trapped in habitual ways of thinking and reacting, and experience the wonders that are available in the present moment. From this space of openness, we have the lucidity and energy to respond with understanding and compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh will shine his light of Buddhist wisdom on the global issues and dilemmas that we are currently facing and offer a fresh perspective of how to engage in the world with an open heart and mind. This special Afternoon of Mindfulness also includes a guided meditation and healing chanting with the monks and nuns of Plum Village, a community of people dedicated to living harmoniously and being instruments of peace and compassion.

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August 16 - 20 @ 8:00 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE
August 21 @ 7:30 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE
August 20 & 21 @ 2:00 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World's No.1 Show!

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Thursday, August 25 @ 6:45 pm | VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE

The Dalai Lama Center is pleased to announce an exciting Speakers Series event with Sir Ken Robinson. The best-selling author will be giving a special evening presentation. Sir Ken provided audiences at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit both with moments of laughter and moments of contemplation as he moderated the World Peace Through Personal Peace dialogue and participated in the Educating the Heart panel discussion. He has given talks around the world and, in addition to his knighthood, he has unofficially been given the title of "creativity expert". Sir Ken is calling for a reform in the way children are taught. He says we're teaching them to become workers, not thinkers. Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources and a New York Times Best selling author. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the word’s leading cultural organizations.

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Friday, August 26 @ 8:30 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour. The "Number Ones" album collects 35 of Jackson's No. 1 hits. The tour will visit 35 cities around the world, and the songs Jackson performs will consist exclusively of tracks that appear on the album. "These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done," Jackson said, in a statement. "I will be as up close and personal as possible. These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I'll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you've made number ones for me."

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