Popular Vancouver Attractions

If you're coming to spend some time in our amazing city, make sure you don't miss out on the chance to visit some of the great attractions around town. We have listed a few of our favourites below and each month we will list more exciting upcoming events. We're sure you won't run out of fun things to do anytime soon.

June Special Events

Songs of the Earth

Saturday June 4 @ 8pm in Orpheum Theatre
Monday, June 6 @ 8pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Bramwell Tovey conductor
John Mac Master Tenor
Allyson McHardy Mezzo-soprano

The beauty and power of nature are celebrated in this "eco-concert" that features Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Songs of the Earth), a song-cycle on a symphonic scale that venerates the sacredness of nature. Maestro Tovey conducts.

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Last Night of the Proms

Wednesday June 8 @ 8pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Dal Richards conductor/vocalist
Vancouver Bach Choir

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Last Night of the Proms, a beloved concert tradition originating with the BBC Symphony's Promenades series, and still going strong so many years later. Last Night of the Proms is a fun-filled spectacle brimming with popular light classics and patriotic tunes such as Jerusalem and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, and Big Band Classics from the 40s and 50s. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts and hosts with his trademark wit and flair. And don't miss a special appearance by Vancouver music legend Dal Richards and his band!

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Melodies from the New World

Friday, June 10 @ 10am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm in Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, June 11 @ 10am, 11:30 am in Terry Fox Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa and Linda children's entertainers

Travel on a magical journey to the "New World" through the beautiful music of Dvorak played by a mixed quartet. Hear birdsong, native melodies, and train sounds while we stomp and tiptoe to the classics!

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Titans! Mahler and Tchaikovsky

Saturday, June 11 @ 8pm in Orpheum Theatre
Monday, June 13 @ 8pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Bramwell Tovey conductor
James Ehnes Violin

The VSO's GRAMMY® and JUNO® partner James Ehnes makes his welcome return to play Tchaikovsky's fantastic Violin Concerto. And be prepared to be blown away by Maestro Tovey and the VSO performing Mahler's titanic Symphony No. 1.

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May Special Events

Power & Beauty: Brahms & Sibelius

Sunday May 1st @ 2 pm in Orpheum Theatre
Monday May 2nd @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Kazuyoshi Akiyama conductor
Augustin Hadelich Violin

Augustin Hadelich is an exciting young musician who makes his VSO debut performing the lyrical, brooding and beautiful Sibelius Violin Concerto. This concert also features the magnificent First Symphony of Johannes Brahms.

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Alessio Bax Plays Mozart

Saturday May 7th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre
Monday May 9th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Kazuyoshi Akiyama conductor
Alessio Bax paino

Making his VSO debut, Italian pianist Alessio Bax performs a beautiful Mozart piano concerto. Bax is an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, and a gifted interpreter of Classical piano works.

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Natalie MacMaster

Wednesday, May 11th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Pierre Simard conductor
Natalie MacMaster violin

Sensational Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster performs live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! A multiple Juno-award winning artist, Natalie MacMaster's passionate, electrifying performances never fail to thrill audiences wherever she goes. Join Natalie and the VSO for an exciting evening of Cape Breton style Celtic fiddling at its very best!

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A Russian Celebration!

Saturday, May 14th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, May 16th @ 8 pm in Centennial Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk piano

An all-Russian concert with Bramwell Tovey and sensational pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, who performs Rachmaninoff's spectacular Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Bach & Haydn: The Musical Masters

Friday, May 20th @ 8 pm in Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Saturday, May 21st @ 8 pm in Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC

Conductor / Performers:
Kenneth Slowik conductor/harpsichord
Alexander Gavrylyuk violin
Christie Reside flute

Internationally-renowned Baroque specialist Kenneth Slowik conducts a beautiful program that features Bach's famed Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

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Sweet!

Friday, May 22nd @ 8 pm in Roundhouse Community Centre

Conductor / Performers:
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Janice Jackson Soprano

Our final concert, with Maestro Tovey at the helm, features music composed in the style of the suite. Like a fine evening with a sampling of tapas and wines, this concert will be a veritable smorgasbord of sounds to tickle the ears, and inspire the imagination. A special feature of this concert will be the premiere of Tim Brady's new work for ensemble and soprano, We're Hardcore, a setting of poetry from Canadian rock icon Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.

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Tales from the Vienna Woods

Thursday, May 26th @ 2 pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Pierre Simard conductor
Christopher Gaze host

The very best of the Musical City, featuring Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Piano Concerto No. 21, excerpts from Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Strauss's Tales from the Vienna Woods and Blue Danube Waltz, and Von Suppe's Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna.

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A Night at the Cotton Club, with Byron Stripling

Friday, May 27th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, May 28th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Jeff Tyzik conductor
Byron Stripling Trumpet
Carmen Bradford vocalist
Ted Levy tap dancer
Robert Breithaupt drums

Welcome to the Cotton Club! It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing — and man, this concert swings! The extraordinary Byron Stripling will bring down the house with Minnie the Moocher, St. Louis Blues, Dinah, and more jazz and blues classics!

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The Mischievous Adventures of the Rascally Rhythm

Friday, May 29th @ 2pm in Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Tania Miller conductor

That rascally rhythm! Find out why this musical concept is so important, with Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller leading the way.

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April Special Events

Sarah Chang with the VSO!

Saturday & Mondy Apr 2nd, 4th @ 8 pm in Orpheum Theatre

Violinist Sarah Chang is truly a superstar in the world of classical music. A dazzling performer and one of the top violinists of her day, Sarah Chang always plays to rave reviews and standing ovations! She will perform one of the greatest concertos of any kind, the Brahms Violin Concerto. Johannes Brahms was a Romantic era composer, but one whose writing still favoured the classical purity of Beethoven and Mozart. This concerto rests firmly in both the Romantic and Classical worlds, rather Beethoven-esque in scale and ambition, and remains of the greatest works ever written for violin and orchestra.

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Angela Gheorghiu in her Vancouver Debut

Sunday, April 3rd, 7:30pm, Orpheum

Hailed as one of history's greatest singing actresses, the extraordinary Angela Gheorghiu makes her long-awaited Vancouver debut, performing with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Gheorghiu will thrill you with her interpretations of opera arias from Massenet's Chérubin, Boito's Mefistofele, Handel's Rinaldo, O mio babbino caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and more. Don't miss this once-in-a lifetime evening with the most glamourous and gifted singer of our time.

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The Music of Love!

Thursday, Apr 7 @ 2pm Orpheum Theatre

Pierre Simard - Assistant Conductor
This is Pierre Simard's second season as Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of both the Vancouver Island Symphony (BC) and the Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville (QC). Having served as Associate Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, he also performs as guest conductor with major orchestras in Milwaukee, Toronto, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Victoria, Hamilton, Okanagan, Hot Springs (AR), Trois-Rivières, Québec's Les Violons du Roy and Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain. Recipient of many honours, Pierre Simard was awarded the Canada Council's Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Conducting, recognizing his work on a national scale. He is also grantee of the Québec Music Council, the Québec Arts Council and the Montreal Mayor's Foundation.

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A Century of Broadway 2

Friday, Apr 8 & Saturday, Apr 9 in 8pm Orpheum Theatre

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Christiane Noll, Vocalist

Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

Part Two of Jeff Tyzik's amazing tribute to Broadway focuses on music from Guys and Dolls, Music Man, Les Misèrables, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, and many more Broadway favourites.

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Benefit Concert

Sunday, Apr 10 @ 2pm Koerner Recital Hall,
Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut Street)

Sara Davis Buechner has been celebrated as a pianist of noteworthy accomplishment, virtuosic mastery, artistic sensitivity and extraordinary versatility. A major prizewinner of many of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions - Reine Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna - she established her early career by winning the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. Read more

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Benefit Concert

Saturday, Apr 30 @ 8pm Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, May 1 @ 2pm Orpheum Theatre
Monday, May 2 @ 8pm Orpheum Theatre

With his poetic style and dazzling technique, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as a rising star among the new generation of violinists. Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold medallist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, his versatility across the entire spectrum of the violin repertory is astounding. About his recent recital at the Frick Collection, the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Hadelich stands out amid gifted young violinists for his prodigious technique, gorgeous tone and the ability to deliver well-known works with a distinctive interpretive flair."
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

One of Vancouver, British Columbia's most popular tourist attractions with so many things to see and do! It offers a unique mix of adventure and culture making it a complete British Columbia experience.

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park is recognized around the globe as one of the great parks of the world! Vancouver's first park and one of the city's main tourist attractions, Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares close to the downtown core.

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Harbour Cruises

A unique Vancouver experience offering unparalleled panoramic views of the city skyline, the surrounding Coastal Mountain range and many of the area's most famous landmarks.

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Vancouver Aquarium

Home to over 70,000 aquatic species, Canada's largest aquarium is open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.

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Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain brings you uniquely British Columbian experiences that are ideal for the whole family, 7 days a week.

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Eco Tours

Come to Horseshoe Bay and discover spectacular Howe Sound, our Ocean Playground. Take an exciting high-speed Sea Safari wildlife eco-tour. Explore the islands and inlets in your own rental speedboat.

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