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.
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.
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.
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
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.