Announcing our 20th season of transformative concerts and more

    August 14, 2017

    Since its opening in October 1997, the 372-seat BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts has been centre stage at North Vancouver’s Capilano University. Its prominent location at the entrance of the main Birch Building is hard to miss, but what really brings the intimate campus theatre to the fore are the stellar student performances, as well as appearances by musical, theatrical and cultural legends—from the likes of J.J. Cale, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Margaret Atwood, Loudon Wainwright III, Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, Herb Alpert, and many other luminaries.

    “I’m honoured, humbled and incredibly lucky to have welcomed artists from all over the world who have inspired and delighted audiences,” says Fiona Black, the theatre’s director of programming since its beginnings. Black developed the Cap Jazz series, which showcases renowned jazz musicians—often performing  in tandem with Cap Jazz students—as well as the Cap Global Roots series, a presentation of diverse musical voices.  “In today’s complex world, it is essential to bring communities together for live performances that keep us human, connected and sharing joy and passion,” says Black. 

    This year, The BlueShore at Cap celebrates with a 20th season worthy of its double-decade mark. Black has curated an offering that includes jazz superstars Brad Mehldau, Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin and Dee Daniels (who, fittingly performed on the stage’s very first season); and folk and roots heavyweights including season opener Sarah Slean, raucous bluesmen The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, as well as special collaborations, from the third iteration of the Black Hen Roadshow and a tribute to Tom Waits featuring John Hammond, Steve Dawson, Jim Byrnes, Jill Barber and David Hidalgo

    The BlueShore at Cap’s musical programming is also known for its strong partnerships with outside partners and venues, and this year co-presenters include The Cultch, the Chutzpah Festival and Rogue Folk Club—as well as the PuSh Festival and VIFF, who are co-presenting with The BlueShore at Cap on a one-night Cap Jazz presentation of BiRDMAN LiVE, featuring five-time Grammy®-winner Antonio Sánchez at the Vogue Theatre.  

    The theatre’s boards are also home to high-calibre student offerings. This year, Exit 22 productions (led by prominent director, actor and Capilano theatre faculty member Gillian Barber) will stage three riveting productions: Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a musical rendition of Anne of Green Gables.  

    Add in audience favourites like Winter Harp, Holiday-themed Capilano University Festival Chorus and University Singer and Cap Lunchtime Classics concerts, and visiting Arts Club theatrical performances, and The BlueShore at Cap’s 2017-2018 season is rich and varied one. 

    "The theatre has only gotten better with time, enhanced by degree, diploma and certificate programs in the performing arts—as well as the renowned professional musicians, actors and speakers who have graced its stage year after year. On its boards, in its wings and at its heart, The BlueShore at Cap has launched careers, inspired creativity and brought people together in their love of music and theatre. This season showcases our performing arts series refined over two decades—much of it infused with a student presence, whether it’s Cap’s jazz ensembles, “A” Band and NiteCap, or theatre, music and choral performers,” says Black.

    Click here for the full list of 2017-2018 performances. 

    Submitted by: The BlueShore at Cap