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Lively City: Here's what Burnaby artists are up to this week

Circle Craft Christmas Market, Arts Club Theatre holiday musical both feature Burnaby talents
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At left, Mariel Buckley performs at Shadbolt Centre Nov. 18. At right: Joanna Lovett Sterling (top) and Milklady Soap Co. are the Burnaby artisans in this year's Circle Craft Christmas Market, Nov. 10 through 14.

Live performance and in-person events are making their way back into the world as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves – and that means the Lively City files are filling up again.

Here are a few highlights featuring Burnaby artists this week:



The always-popular holiday market is back after a one-year hiatus. Its 2021 edition runs Nov. 10 to 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Circle Craft Christmas Market features Canadian artisans from coast to coast – including a couple from right here in Burnaby.

New to the market this year is Milklady Soap Co., which features hand-poured, small-batch soap created in a Burnaby studio.

Joanna Lovett Sterling is also back at the market with her jewelry offerings.

The market is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 regular, $12 for seniors and youth (aged 13 to 17), and free for children 12 and under. There’s half-off admission after 5 p.m.



The Arts Club is kicking off its 2021/22 season with a holiday musical: Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol. The production is a stage adaptation of the Dickens classic, featuring music by the country icon.

The show features two Burnaby talents: Chelsea Rose, one of the actors; and Ken Cormier, the musical director.

It’s onstage Nov. 18 to Jan. 2 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St., Vancouver). Tickets start at $43. 



The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts’ live music series continues on Thursday, Nov. 18 with a performance by rising Canadian country star Mariel Buckley.

“With no commitment to old-school country experts, nor to the neo-Nashville popstars – despite her thoughtful arrangements and hook-friendly interpretations of the traditional singer-songwriter fare – Buckley finds herself squarely on the fringes and exactly where she belongs: writing something raw and unique for the dreamers and the underdogs,” a press release says.

The following week, on Thursday, Nov. 25, you can catch award-winning soul/jazz/R&B singer Krystle Dos Santos.

Tickets to the shows are $30 for the in-person performances, or $15 for the livestreamed versions.


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