SPRING SPEAKEASY SESSIONS

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IT’S TIME TO GET TOGETHER AGAIN!

Shake out those “glad rags” (evening clothes)! The Roaring 2020’s are here to stay at Evergreen, and so is our new socially-distant series of speakeasy-inspired, in-person live events. Join us for a brand-new line up of talented local performers, rescheduled shows from our Fall Sessions, and two special speakeasy performances we’re calling The Swing Sessions! 

While we optimistically plan for the new year, Team Evergreen will continue to present our Speakeasy Sessions with safety as our top priority. We encourage all visitors to read our safety plan before joining us in any of our spaces. A gentle reminder that we are selling tables – not tickets! – to our speakeasies to ensure social distancing, so there will only be 14 tables available per show. Don’t wait – our Spring Sessions are going to be “berries” (great), and we can’t wait to reconnect with you in a safe and accessible way. All tables are on sale now!


 

OUR 2021 SPRING SPEAKEASY SESSIONS: 


 

VALENTINE’S DAY with KEN LAVIGNE

February 14, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

Singer Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. Ken Lavigne is a singer, composer, communicator and consummate entertainer. Recognized early for the outstanding timbre of his lyric tenor voice as well as the ease and agility with which he sings. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

WILL’S JAMS: Rocks & Roots!

February 20, 2021 | 3:00 + 7:00pm

Will Stroet of Will’s Jams is the ultimate star of kindie rock! A  JUNO-, WCMA- and CFMA-nominated musician,CBC Kids,Universal Kidsand KidoodleTV star, educator and dad, he’s well loved for his original rock, folk, and blues music with witty wordplay and catchy choruses. Since 2005,Will’s performed 2,000 shows for young audiences across Canada and China. His bilingual music in English and Frenchinspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world. Will’s 10th album, Rocks and Roots,” has been nominated for a 2020 CFMA and WCMAand is a celebration of nature, the outdoor and trying new things. 

*Table for 2: $36  |  Table for 4: $60


 

THE BERGMANN DUO:

Music for 287 Strings, 10 Pedals, and More!

February 24, 2021 | 10:30am + 2:30pm

Join internationally acclaimed and celebrated pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann for another Musical Morning at Evergreen! Join us for an uplifting classical program led by the Bergmann Piano Duo and special guest Harpist, Miya Otake, for a fantastic program made for 10 pedals and 287 strings!

This concert includes a speakeasy-version of our regular morning receptions – coffee, tea and treats on us!

*Table for 2: $52  |  Table for 4: $92


 

SANSEI: The Storyteller 

February 27, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

…he dances, and says more with the movement of his fingers than many actors do with reams of dialogue.”   Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald.

Created and performed by Kunji Mark Ikeda.  Sansei: The Storyteller examines one of Canadas darkest moments. On December 7, 1941, an attack on Pearl Harbor triggered the internment and dispossession of tens of thousands of Japanese Canadians living along Canada’s west coast. Through an engaging blend of dance, spoken word, historical audio, family interviews, and unexpected humour, Kunji Mark Ikeda weaves an illuminating tale that is profoundly personal. Sansei: The Storyteller offers Ikeda’s observations about the Internment, his discovery of where he came from, and how his family navigated their histories. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

THE COMIC STRIPPERS: Fully Clothed!  

March 06 + 07, 2021 | 7:30pm

Intimate – but not interactive – some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians take on your suggestions and create spontaneous comedy sketches right before your eyes.

In this stripped down two person version of the show, members from the cast shed their characters, keep their shirts on, and the laughs going. Designed for more intimate settings and smaller venues, this is your chance to get to know the real comedians underneath the bow ties. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

MONSTER THEATRE’S JULIET: A Revenge Comedy

March 20, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

What if Juliet… doesn’t kill herself?
JULIET: A Revenge Comedy is a fast-paced, action adventure comedy that follows Juliet on the literary adventure of the century. Juliet, played by Canadian Comedy Award nominee Pippa Mackie, refuses to die for someone she just met two days ago. She recruits a team of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters (all played by Fringe comedy veteran Carly Pokoradi) to find out why they’ve been forced to die! Can they alter their fate?! The show includes: quill fights, barge chases and killer snakes!
 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

KELLIE HAINES: A Birdie Told Me So 

March 27, 2021 | 3:00 + 7:00pm

Eight year old Kellie doesn’t feel like she fits in until she receives a gift that talks on its own! Kellie meets Magrau, a chatty puppet who makes people laugh.

When Magrau signs them up for the school talent show Kellie is mortified. The advice from Magrau? Never give up! Kellie learns that success is like learning how to ride a bike – you’re going to fall down a few times on your way. This multi-media show opened to rave reviews at the Vancouver International Puppet Festival in 2018 and has toured in British Columbia and Alberta. This production is inspired by Kellie’s own experiences having Tourette Syndrome, performing at her school talent show on stage where her symptoms of TS went way and she found her talent.

*Table for 2: $36  |  Table for 4: $60


 

FOREV CIRCUS

April 17, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

Everything in this show, performed by husband and wife team Santé Fortunato and Alexandr Yudintsev, has subtle meaning based on their story of how they met and fell in love. Rose petals saved from their actual wedding day, a letter that Alexandr wrote to Santé before he asked her to be his wife, and even real footage from their time touring North America with Cirque du Soleil before they got married. 

Forev Circus features contortion, juggling, hula hoop, diabolo, cyr wheel, aerial hoop and much more. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

VITALY: An Evening of Wonders

April 24, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

Hailed as “one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world” (Chicago Tribune), Master illusionist Vitaly lit up Times Square, starred in his own 16 week off- Broadway run and even fooled Penn & Teller on their hit TV show Fool Us. From bringing photos and paintings to life to making audience faces disappear from their own driver’s licenses, brace yourself for a whole new take on magic and step into Vitaly’s world.

Blending art and illusion with his captivating style, Vitaly Beckman’s one-of-a-kind theatrical experience retraces his journey from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision. Join Vitaly and rediscover the importance of finding beauty and wonder in everyday life and in all living things.

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

ZODIAC TRIO 

April 25, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

The Zodiac Trio’s story begins in New York in 2006 when three young musicians from the Manhattan School of Music decided to join forces in an unconventional ensemble, and spearhead a career dedicated to the clarinet-violin-piano instrumentation.

Now one of today’s premiere clarinet-violin-piano ensembles, the Zodiac Trio is known for presenting masterpieces for their unconventional instrumentation alongside hidden gems, arrangements, and the occasional duo/solo in a concert experience marked with a special gusto, virtuosity and energy. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

BLUE MOON MARQUEE 

May 02, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

The Blue Moon Marquee is a Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea, British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves.

Blue Moon Marquee is primarily a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

DAWN PEMBERTON & GAVIN YOUNGASH

May 22, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

Vancouver soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton is the secret weapon of funk and soul groups all over Western Canada, with a deep musical foundation rooted in tradition. Dawn spent her formative years surrounded by a family of multiinstrumentalists and developed a true love of music as a young girl.

In addition to regularly collaborating on the projects of her peers and having an educated background in jazz voice and piano, Dawn is a talented and passionate songwriter in her own right. A staple of the West Coast music scene, Dawn can be found tearing it up as a vocalist, arranger, and go-to for live performances and studio sessions.

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

JOËLLE RABU & NICO RHODES: Piaf & More! 

June 12, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

With a music career spanning over 3 decades, Canadian singer-songwriter-actor Joëlle Rabu is being drawn back to the stage as she joins forces with her son, award-winning pianist Nico Rhodes.  

Piaf and More’ is a musical revue combining some of those iconic ‘chansons réalistes’ of the Piaf era, as well as contemporary storytelling ballads sprinkled with intimate conversations of life’s sorrows and humour.

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125

 

AND INTRODUCING… OUR NEW SWING SESSIONS! 


The Swing Sessions are a shift from our usual programming to invite our audiences to try something new + enjoy the smooth rhythms of Afro-Soul and R&B. Join us for a new series featuring emerging, BIPOC artists whose musical influences carry generations of sound with them. Re-connect with the arts this spring through the percussion of drums and guitars from the Latin American Coasts of Colombia and El Salvador. 
All Swing Session tables also go on sale December 07, 2020! 

These new Swing Sessions are the first in a new line of youth-focused programs to inspire the “Flaming Youth” of the 2020’s to get together in a safe + accessible way, where everyone is welcome and the unbelievable talent of BC’s BIPOC artists are celebrated as an integral part of our arts & culture community. Don’t wait to grab your tables – we have a feeling this exciting addition to our Spring Sessions are going to sell out fast! 


 

R&B AFRO-SOUL NIGHT: Sadé Awele & TRS  

March 25, 2021 | 9:00pm

Headliner: Sadé Awele is a Nigerian-born singer who is inspired by her Yoruba and Ibo heritage, which you experience in her music, one that ranges from afro-soul to conscious alternative R&B, neo-soul and contemporary R&B. Her music is certainly in a category of its own. Described by Exclaim! Media as an artist that needs to be heard in 2020, Sadé is the afro infused R&B artist you’ve been waiting for. Having won AFAM’s female artist of the year award, she has captivated spaces with her timeless lyrics and jazzy tone. She writes and performs any genre she likes without setting any boundary, relying on her emotions and intuitions.

Opening Act: TRS is an Ethiopian-Canadian artist born and raised in Vancouver BC. She has been musical in nature her whole life, and began to explore her voice, instruments, and songwriting from a very young age. She began performing as a solo artist by playing at Fortune Sound Club in 2019, and Her style often alludes to elements of the hip hop, soul and R&B classics that came before her, including sounds from the likes of Lauryn Hill, D’angelo, Aaliyah, Timbaland, J Dilla, and Sade. With her rich tone and smooth delivery paired with expressive and raw storytelling spanning love, loss, and everything in between, her music is made to make you feel.  

*Table for 2: $52  |  Table for 4: $92


 

AFRO-LATIN & INDIGENOUS RHYTHMS: John González & Kin Balam

April 15, 2021 | 9:00pm

Headliner: John González is a Colombian-Canadian accordion player, hand percussion player and teacher who specializes in Cumbia & Vallenato. He started playing the accordion when he was 10 years-old; his particular style of playing is heavily influenced by his teachers, travel, and broad cultural experiences.

He is also a community organizer of cultural events, where people from different cultures enjoy the diversity of dance and music, both Indigenous and contemporary.  He performs regularly around Vancouver and the Islands with his band Breaking Boundaries. Through the accordion John expresses the sounds of sacred chants, the Colombian accordion tradition and the sounds of two native indigenous flutes (Millo and  Gaita) accompanied by a strong percussion element.

Opening Act: Kin Balam (Balam Axayacatl S. Antonio) is a  Salvadorian-Canadian of Pipil Lenca Nahua heritage, guitar player, percussionist, singer, and composer. He started playing music at the age of three, using a drum stick to follow the tempo to all the different music that his family shared to him. One of the first styles that called his attention was Cumbia music, and he also studied classical guitar, trio music, and Afro-Latin rhythms on the congas. 

His musical project, Kin Balam, or Path of the Jaguar, portrays the struggles, beauty, history and warrior spirit of his journey in music and through life. His biggest inspirations before his 20’s  were Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Silvio Rodriguez. After his 20’s, he dedicated mainly to rap before coming back to the guitar to focus on flamenco music and to the study of his native Indigenous traditions from El Salvador, which involves the creation of native instruments. 

*Table for 2: $52  |  Table for 4: $92


 

SPRING SPEAKEASY TABLE PRICES 


 

We will be selling tables – not tickets – to each of our Spring Speakeasy performances.

We will be offering tables for groups of 4, and tables for groups of 2 to each show. Tables set specifically for groups of two will have the option to purchase additional seats (max. 2) to their table.

You will need to call our Box Office to purchase additional seats, so we can plan our event seating to ensure proper distance between each bubble of visitors joining us for the show. We know this complicates the process of buying more seats, but by starting our table prices for groups of two we’ll be able to ensure more members of our community can afford to join us for an in-person experience. 

*Add-On Seats are Available for Tables of 2!
To add additional seats to your table, contact the Box Office: 

 

604.927.6555

 

SO… WHAT EXACTLY ARE THESE SPEAKEASY SESSIONS? 

 

Our Speakeasy Sessions highlight a variety of performing arts disciplines to bring our audiences back to the theatre in an exciting new way.

Featuring a great mix of “spiffy” (neat) local artists, and peppered with some “keen” (appealing) Evergreen Regulars, each one of our artists will perform two, one-hour shows with no intermission on the same day; a matinee and an evening performance. Enjoy a live performance safely in an intimate setting with a small, distanced group of other arts lovers in our theatre. We’ll have enhanced safety procedures in place during all performances, which are constantly updated to reflect new health orders and safety measures recommended by WorkSafe BC and the Province of British Columbia. Each show also has scheduled sanitization breaks carried our by our staff after the audience in the theatre, and between the two performance times.

Our amazing Tech Team, alongside our Joint Health and Safety Committee, has re-imagined our Studio Theatre to create a safe space for you and your family to reconnect with the arts. To set the mood for our new, Speakeasy-inspired fall events, our regular theatre seating has been changed into a flat floor, ‘cabaret-style’ seating arrangement. This new look will help us ensure proper physical distancing between our patrons, and it also lowers our theatre capacity so that our in-person events meet the guidelines set by BC’s Public Health Officials. We hope that these changes to our fall events will maximize your enjoyment of the night’s performance, while helping to minimize your time with audience members outside of your own group. 


 

Image: David Mann, our General Arts Manager

A MESSAGE FROM THE “BIG CHEESE”

If you can call yourself a regular audience member at Evergreen, then you’ll recognize our General Arts Manager, David Mann. David oversees all the arts programming at our centre, and is the mastermind behind our new collection of events. Here’s a little message from the Mann himself: 

“Live Performance is Back at Evergreen!

I am thrilled to bring our loyal patrons a new series of Performing Arts presentations designed for our new collective reality in the 2020/21 season. The Evergreen Speakeasy Sessions are designed to create a fun opportunity to safely enjoy live performance experiences again!

Things were looking pretty bleak – and awfully quiet! – when we had to cancel all the shows that were booked from mid-March to the end of our 2019/20 Season and through next May. But things are changing! With full Covid-19 safety measures in place and socially-distanced cabaret-style seating in our Studio Theatre, we are offering a unique series of shows this fall, with another Speakeasy series to follow in the new year.

-David Mann

 

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