Lively City: Opera, photography and family fun

The talents of emerging professional opera singers from around B.C. will be showcased at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Burnaby Lyric Opera is bringing another Opera for a Sunday Afternoon concert to the stage on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

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The concert features highlights from famous German and Austrian operettas and features two young stars of Burnaby Lyric Opera productions: Hayley Crittenden and David Gibbons.

The two will sing excerpts from some of the most famous operetta work by Johann Strauss Jr., Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán and more.

Tickets are $15. Call 604-205-3000. Shadbolt Centre is at 6450 Deer Lake Ave.



If you love photographic art, don’t forget to drop in to Deer Lake Gallery to check out the current exhibition, Allegory.

It features the talents of photographers Julie Prescott and Kenneth Gillespie, and it’s running as part of the 2017 Capture Photography Festival.

A write-up about the show notes that the two artists have a commonality in that they “both establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver; the hidden meaning, or allegory. Both challenge the subject from completely different perspectives.”

Intrigued? The gallery is at 6584 Deer Lake Ave. It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.

For details, see www.burnabyartscouncil.orgor call 604-298-7322.



Do you have small people who love to make art?

Families are invited to drop in to the Burnaby Art Gallery on Sunday, May 14 for an In the BAG family drop-in. The drop-in runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

People of all ages are invited to check out the two ongoing gallery shows – Arts Alive, featuring works by students in Burnaby schools; and The Salish Weave Collection, featuring contemporary Coast Salish art – and then get into the gallery to create their work work inspired by the exhibitions. This month’s theme is collaborative assemblage art.

Check out or call 604-297-4422 for information. Admission to the gallery is by donation (suggested donation $5), and it’s located at 6344 Deer Lake Ave.



A young dancer from Burnaby will be onstage in Coastal City Ballet’s production of Giselle this spring.

It’s the first time in a decade that the traditional classical ballet – a favourite since its Paris premiere in 1841 – will be onstage in Vancouver.

Coastal City Ballet is a repertory company based in Vancouver that offers performance opportunities for emerging dancers, both Canadian and international.

Among their ranks for Giselle is Burnaby’s own Megan Kinders, a 15-year-old dancer whose training encompasses classical ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical and stage. She studied with Danzmode Productions from 2010 to 2015 and has since been training with Pacific Dance Arts. She has also taken part in summer intensive programs with MOVE: The Company.

Giselle will be onstage Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at the Vancouver Playhouse, with tickets ranging from $29.95 to $59.95. See or call 604-241-7292.

It then moves to the Surrey Arts Centre for a performance on Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $42. See or call 604-501-5566.


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