Bring Your Imagination to Life at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival

April 27, 2015

Press Release For Immediate Attention

Vancouver, BC (April 27, 2015) – The 38th Annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF) takes place May 25 – May 31 on Granville Island with immersive performances that invite audiences to participate in the creation process. Twelve professional performing artists from as far-reaching as Australia, The Netherlands and Scotland will be performing 103 shows in seven of Granville Island’s indoor theatre venues. The Festival’s Activity Village makes it easy for the whole family to be creatively adventurous together with such activities as string games, photo booth, bicycle spin-art, origami, circus skills, the Twist & Toddle play area and much, much more. The Festival expects 25,000 children and adults in attendance.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include three interactive experiences that invite the audience to participate in the creation process. Two of these shows are local productions commissioned by the VICF – Me on the Map by Neworld Theatre and Big Bad by Boca del Lupo. The third show, I Think I Can from Australia, is a miniature railway town that works with a set of audience questions and a puppeteer to bring a unique story to life.

There are five special evening performances including two Pyjama Night Shows and (new for 2015!) the opportunity to join VICF at the Opening Night Celebration & Party.

Festival Passes are now on sale, starting at $15 per child/senior and $25 per adult including tax and service charges. The Saturday night Variety Show Fundraiser tickets are $23 per child, $28 per adult. All passes include an Activity Village wristband.

For access to the arts Activity Village only: purchase an Activity Wristband for $8 per person (sold onsite only).

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at, by phone at 1.877.840.0457, in advance at Tickets Tonight, Plaza Level, 200 Burrard Street, Vancouver or during the Festival at our on-site box office located between Festival House and the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.



Les Parfait Inconnus (Quebec) – Is it a rock concert? Is it a clown show? Is it a circus? No, it’s all three! This off-the-wall circus troupe features jugglers, acrobats, and musicians, who together weave daring circus acts, live music, theatre, and comedy into a playful extravaganza. Come on a creative and exciting adventure with the circus for an hour of sheer delight. All Ages


Manxmouse (Netherlands) – Get ready to fall in love with this most adorable mouse! Join Manxmouse on an exciting adventure where he meets tigers, hawks and dastardly pet-shop owners. This timeless tale of kindness, friendship, and bravery against all odds will capture the hearts of its audience with its imaginative use of found objects, puppetry, and music. Based on the beloved children’s novel by Paul Gallico, this moving and funny play about being different and facing your fears will resonate with kids and adults alike. Ages 5 and up

Potato Needs A Bath (Scotland) – There’s going to be a party, and Potato isn’t ready because he’s all muddy again! Onion is practicing his guitar, Aubergine is wearing her new necklace, and Peach is bouncing on the bed with excitement. What a dilemma! This whimsical puppet show features a charming cast of fruits and veggies and is presented by the fairy godmother of children’s theatre, Shona Reppe. Preschoolers will love this warm and inviting show, which is an ideal introduction to live theatre for the little ones. Ages 3 to 5


Me On The Map (British Columbia/ON) – Don’t miss the city’s first kid-co-created multi-media installation performance! This participatory theatre show for kids is all about civic engagement and collective, ethical decision-making. Audience members get in on the act by supplying ideas in advance for a new Vancouver public space – will it contain waterparks? urban forests? a hospital? Just when we think we’ve got an agreement, the developers show up with a big surprise. The audience must then work together to redesign the space. The kids decide and deliberate: If we can’t have it all, how do we be fair and still have fun? Ages 5 and up

Big Bad (British Columbia) – Students, teachers, and parents alike will thoroughly enjoy this multi-sensory, multimedia production devised by Boca Del Lupo’s Sherry J Yoon + Jay Dodge. Drawn from conversations with children in Vancouver classrooms and the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood; Big Bad looks at childhood fears in a funny, meaningful and energizing way. On this shared journey, the audience experiences the classic tale from each character’s unique perspective, leaving with a sense of empowerment in knowing that often the things we are afraid of aren’t as big and bad as we make them out to be. Ages 5 and up

I Think I Can (Australia) – This unique show allows small groups to collaboratively develop the story of a character in a miniature railway town, working with a puppeteer to bring the story to life. Each character’s story contributes to the larger collective story and the town’s Newspaper Editor posts everything online for participants to view afterward with family, friends and classmates. Ages 4 and up


Michel Lauzière (Quebec) – Get ready to be amazed and howl with laughter! Michel Lauzière is a true original – an inventor, acrobat, comedian and musician all rolled into one. He has dazzled audiences around the world with his on-stage exploits, including playing classical music with his unique horn suit and popular music with water guns, dishes or anything he can find. Lauzière is a master at drawing his audience into his world of unusual comedy. All ages


Will Stroet and the Backyard Band (British Columbia) – Get ready to boogie! The award-winning entertainer and star of ‘Will’s Jams’ on Kids’ CBC has a high-energy musical show with fun actions and sing-a-long choruses. Kids will be cheering for libraries, loving their bikes and rallying for vegetables – all while they’re on their feet and dancing away to Will and his band. Ages 2 to 9

The Good Day Sunshine Band (British Columbia) – A musical celebration of spring! This group of multi-talented musicians, a sub-group of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), will engage audiences with lively arrangements of pieces from the Beatles, 60’s pop and their own musical traditions. Kids will love this show full of groovy folk, pop and traditional music performed on instruments from all across the globe: Persian tar, Chinese violin, Vietnamese dan bau, Celtic harp, accordion, percussion and more! All ages

Bon Débarras (Quebec) – Prepare to move! Reinventing traditional French-Canadian folk music, this versatile trio’s infectious beat gets kids tapping their toes and stomping their feet. On their guitars, banjos, mandolins, accordions, washboards and harmonicas, these multi-instrumentalists play music full-tilt. Integrating foot percussion, a Québécois music tradition, jig, and body percussion, this cross-cultural music experience sounds fresh and modern, crossing boundaries and appealing to all ages. All ages


There’s a Whale in The Puddle (Ontario) – We are thrilled to present Inuit poet, storyteller and throat singer Taqralik Partridge, who brings lively stories and tales from Canada’s north to this year’s Festival stage. Weaving real-life stories, rhyme, words, imagery and her evocative Inuit throat singing, she’ll recount an Inuit legend, The Owl and the Raven, and two of her own stories: The Little Boy and The Giant and There’s a Whale in That Puddle. Both of these stories are about kids in the north who find extraordinary treasures in ordinary places. Ages 4 to 10

Anne Glover’s World of Story and String (British Columbia) – Anne has wowed audiences from Tokyo to Honolulu with her engrossing, irresistible, magical and comic stories. A polished, engaging entertainer with a humourous wisdom and infectious enthusiasm, Anne creates mind-bending string figures that magically appear out of a loop of string: a turtle, a snake, a bird, a rocket… is there anything she can’t make? You’ve never heard stories told like this, and a simple shoelace will never look the same! Don’t miss her! Ages 4 and up


Opening Night Celebration & Party – Join us for our Opening Night Celebration and Party on Monday, May 25 at 7:00pm. This year will feature a performance from Les Parfaits Inconnus. Light snacks will be served afterwards.

Variety Show Fundraiser – The Festival’s annual showcase on Saturday, May 30 at 6:30pm is always a highly anticipated event. This year’s tour de force features comedian Michel Lauzière, the captivating Inuit storytelling of Taqralik Partridge, the zany circus antics of Les Parfait Inconnus, the uplifting fusion beats of the Good Day Sunshine Band as well as toe-tapping, sing along tunes from Will Stroet and The Backyard Band. And is hosted by local musician Tom Jones. Tickets $28 adult, $23 child (includes tax and service charge).

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support: CMHC Granville Island, Port Metro Vancouver, BC Hydro Power Smart, Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites Vancouver, Great-West Life, Sun Life Financial, Lamar Transit Advertising, Tickets Tonight, My City Photos, Fortis BC, Encorp, RBC Foundation, Westminster Savings Credit Union, KIND, Milk Mobile, Vancouver Foundation, CN Rail, Vancouver School Board, City TV – Breakfast Television, The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Courier, Fairchild Media Group, The Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Province of BC through BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, Canada Council for the Arts, and Metro Vancouver.

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society presents contemporary, inter-disciplinary arts including performance and interactive arts activities that speak to the various ages of our audience. Our inclusive programming is culturally diverse and representative of regional, national and international artists.

Media interview requests please contact:

Jeanette Miller | Communications Manager
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
t: 778.786.1495 | c: 778.552.2949