Most of us are still basking in these lazy days of summer, but the 2019/20 artistic season is already shaping up to be a vibrant one in Burnaby.
Here are five shows you need to watch for this September:
SAINTS, SINNERS AND SOUVENIRS
Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper is the season-opening exhibition for Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Deer Lake Ave.).
It will offer a rare opportunity to see prints and drawings by Italian masters dating from the Renaissance up to the late 18th century, drawn from a variety of Vancouver-area public and private collections. It runs concurrently with an exhibition of early printed books from the Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection from Simon Fraser University Library’s special collections.
An opening reception is set for Thursday, Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., and the exhibition runs Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 17. Along the way you can take part in a series of related special events, including In the BAG family studio drop-ins, a printmaking activity and curator’s talk for Culture Days, and even a concert of baroque and classical music.
Check out www.burnabyartgallery.ca for all the details, or call 604-297-4422.
Kasandra “La China” brings the Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble to the stage at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for the season-opening Live at the ’Bolt event on Friday, Sept. 20.
The show will highlight the explosive spirit and grace of flamenco in what’s described as a “feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul” – and it will feature one of Spain’s hottest dancers, Ivan Vargas.
The Shadbolt Centre is at 6450 Deer Lake Ave. The show is at 8 p.m., and tickets are $18. See tickets.shadboltcentre.com or call 604-205-3000.
REVISION: THE ART OF RECYCLING
Don’t miss what’s sure to be a highlight of the Deer Lake Gallery season when this exhibition of two- and three-dimensional work opens in September. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m., and the exhibition is scheduled to run until Saturday, Oct. 26.
It’s a group exhibition that features work by a non-profit society of artists who are dedicated to saving the environment; they’re partnering with Burnaby Arts Council to present this exhibition about recycling and art. The work in the show is created by “upcycling” waste and discarded objects.
Along the way, you can also take part in a number of special events, including a workshop on making art from waste plastics, a “Found Sound” drum circle with found objects, and a closing event that includes an “Eco-Trashion” show and Bad Art Sale.
Deer Lake Gallery is at 6584 Deer Lake Ave. See www.burnabyartscouncil.org or call 604-298-7322.
VANCOUVER GUITAR DUO
Where can you possibly enjoy top-notch music, along with coffee and refreshments, for $5?
Why, at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, of course. The Shadbolt is continuing its Sound Bites concert series in 2019/20, and the Vancouver Guitar Duo kicks off the series on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with concerts at noon and 2 p.m.
The duo is made up of British guitarist Louise Southwood and Canadian classical guitarist Stanton C. Jack, offering up an eclectic mix of original duo guitar arrangements – expect everything from Renaissance and baroque lute works to Brazilian sambas and bossa novas and Spanish dances.
Tickets are just $5 in advance or $10 at the door. See tickets.shadboltcentre.com or call 604-205-3000.
SARAH SLEAN AND KEVIN FOX
One of these two artists alone would be a show worth checking out; the two together makes it an absolute must-see for music lovers. They take to the stage at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
Canadian singer Sarah Slean is a three-time Juno nominee whose voice was described by the CBC as a “19th-century Kate Bush.” She combines the sounds of cabaret, rock, pop and orchestral music with poetic lyrics and virtuosic piano playing. Kevin Fox, meanwhile, is renowned as a cellist, vocalist, arranger and composer.
The Shadbolt Centre is at 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Regular tickets are $36, and youth (18 and under) are $15. Buy through tickets.shadboltcentre.com or call 604-205-3000.
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