SCHEDULE / PERFORMANCES

Stay tuned for our event calendar! Our 2023 Festival will feature dazzling performances from artists far and wide. From local treasures to international gems, these captivating performers will put a smile on your child’s face and make you hoot with laughter.

  1. Animal 

    Animal is a full-length, multidisciplinary show, which brings together circus, theatre, song and dance, and is perfect for audiences of all ages! With Animal, the talented ensemble takes us on a journey of discovery through a series of slightly surreal farm fables served up with a touch of irreverence, impressive virtuosity, and Cirque Alfonse’s familiar comic touch. 

    Age/Grade: All Ages (Grades K‑12)
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  2. Africa Oyé  Performer from Africa Oyé performance, wearing a colourful outfit and smiling holding drumsticks in the air

    There’s going to be a dance party and you’re invited! Africa Oyé features songs, music, and dances from Cameroon, Benin, Guinea, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Come celebrate this beautiful expression of African culture with the talented Jacky Essombe, accompanied by her friends. 

    Age/Grade: All Ages (Grades K‑12)
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  3. The Cat Came Back  Fred Penner from ‘The Cat Came Back’ performance wearing a denim shirt and grey fedora smiling at the camera

    Sing along with one of Canada’s best-loved children’s singers and four-time Juno winner Fred Penner at this year’s Festival! 

    Age/Grade: All Ages (Grades Pre — 2) 
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  4. Ginalina  Image of Ginalina wearing a red hat smiling and looking up while holding a guitar in front of a river in the forest

    Dance and sing along in English, French and Mandarin with CBC-featured musician and 3x Juno nominated artist, Ginalina! 

    Age/Grade: 3–9
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  5. Crisis on Planet Z!  Graphic image of a planet with a rocket ship taking off with the text, ‘planet Z’. Join us for this performance on May 31st-June 5th

    The Alphabetians are celebrating 100 years of being on Planet Z when Zennifer makes a horrifying discovery: they haven’t been ‘improving’ the planet, they have been slowly destroying it! A hilarious play about a serious topic. 

    Age/Grade: 4–12 (Grades Pre‑6)
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  6. Spirit and Tradition  Image of performers from the Spirit and Tradition dance performance on stage kneeling

    Spirit and Tradition layers projected imagery, soundscape and Coastal masked dance, transporting the audience to the rich and diverse ecosystem of British Columbia’s coastal mountains and Pacific Ocean. 

    Age/Grade: 5‑up (Grades K‑12)
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  7. One of a Kind  Members of the ‘One of a Kind’ performance group outlined in a yellow edit smiling at the camera next to each other, in front of the tree

    One of a Kind is a series of stories performed by a talented, diverse group of extraordinary emerging storytellers. Each performer shares a one-of-a-kind tale from their childhood, filled with truths, cultural perspectives, challenges, laughs and adventures all accompanied by physical theatre, music and movement. 

    Age/Grade: 7‑up (Grades 2 — up)

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  8. A Story of a House That Turned into a Dot  silhouette of a girl with pigtails holding some tulips

    A captivating adventure about how long the road home is when you run away in anger. You will enjoy this delightful tale about fairness and family, beautifully told through shadow puppetry, masks and music. 

    Age/Grade: 8‑up (Grades 2‑up)
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  9. Won’Ma Africa  Image of circus performers from the Won’Ma Africa group throwing one member in the air. Join us on May 31st-June 5th for this thrilling performance

    You’ll be blown away by the breathtaking acrobatics and death-defying feats of Won’Ma Africa! Kalabanté Productions’ handful of daring acrobats perform to the pulsating rhythm of the djembes of Guinea with authentic movement and acrobatics. 

    Age/Grade: All ages (Grades K — 12) 
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  10. Living With  Image of the performers from the Living With performance wearing black and standing in shallow water with their hands up to the sky. Two members holding flowy white cloth and a fan

    Let’s groove together! Living With explores the interconnections between people and our relationship to the earth. Through thoughtful storytelling, harmonizing, dancing and drumming, we can reimagine how we interact with one another and with nature. 

    Age/Grade: All Ages (Grades K‑12)
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  11. Tricoter  Image of woman in purple leaning to the side with her arms in the air, holding a pink ball of yarn. Join us for our Tricoter performance May 31st-June 5th

    Share a special moment with your little one in a world filled with play, exploration and discovery. A delightful mix of colours, patterns, movement and texture this show is sure to capture the imagination of babies. 

    Age/Grade: Ages 0–24
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  12. Forgotten Folk Songs Workshop  Image of Ginalina wearing a red hat smiling and looking up while holding a guitar in front of a river in the forest

    Enjoy the beauty and meaning of the Mandarin language in this Family Folk workshop, and learn a treasured 18th century Chinese folk tune! Blending melody, movement, context, and a playful approach, Juno-nominated Singer-Songwriter, Ginalina, will introduce families of all ages to the song, Mò Lì Huā (“Jasmine Flower”). 

    Age/Grade: 4–12
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  13. Parents Are Still a Drag  Drag performers from the Parents are still a Drag performance smiling and holding up a young child while wearing swimming gear

    Join local drag queens Peach Cobblah & Isolde N. Barron for a drag dress-up spectacular! Add some rainbow to your day at this fun and inclusive event. It’s never too early (or too late!) to get silly and dress-up! 

    Age/Grade: All Ages
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  14. The Wild & Wonderful West Coast Workshop  Ginalina sitting beside a river with her guitar, holding up her book The Mighty River. Join us for Ginalina’s workshop, The Wild & Wonderful West Coast workshop on June 5th

    In this hands-on music and book-inspired workshop, families will explore some of the flying, swimming, running, and crawling creatures that call our backyards home. Together, we will experience what eco-diversity is, why it is vital, and how young people today are helping to protect the environment! 

    Age/Grade: 4–12
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  15. Variety Show  Image of two dancers smiling and waving scarves from the Won’Ma Africa performance on June 1st-5th

    This fun-filled evening is always a highlight for kids and adults alike. Hosted by Fred Penner, this year’s show, features Parents Are Still a Drag, Won’Ma Africa, Dancers of Damelahamid and Africa Oyé. 

    Age/Grade: All Ages
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