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For 35 years, the Firehall Arts Centre has been a cultural beacon for the Vancouver arts community, producing and presenting thought-provoking, compelling and highly entertaining pieces of work in the heritage building at the corner of Cordova and Gore. Artistic Producer Donna Spencer recently announced the 2017/2018 season.

“For our 35th anniversary season, the Firehall is bringing back some old favourites, welcoming back artists we have worked with in the past and introducing new work that tells powerful stories as we look back to the future.”

September 27 to 30
Feasting on Famine (Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler)

One man’s journey through the extremes of body building and health fitness. Feasting on Famine explores the symmetry between the human body, the corporation and the excess of capitalism in a world where one man consumes the daily caloric intake of a family of five.

October 4 to 14
Hyperlink (a collaboration between Itai Erdal, TJ Dawe and Rachel Peak), 
an Elbow Theatre Production

How do we navigate the multiple streams of technology in order to find true human connection? TJ Dawe and Itai Erdal bring two very different personalities to answer the question, “Is it Facebook love or is it real love?”

October 20 to 29
Happy Place (written by Pamela Mala Sinha), 
a Touchstone Theatre Production in association with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Diwali in BC

Happy Place explores and celebrates the courage, compassion and humour of seven women living amidst each other in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

November 11-December 2
Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (by Drew Hayden Taylor), 
a Firehall Arts Centre Production

First produced by the Firehall in the ‘90s, this play will make you laugh and cry as Taylor creates the story of the impact of the ‘60s scoop-up of native children on one family.

January 10 to 20, 2018
The Pipeline Project (created by Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring, Quelemia Sparrow and Chelsea Haberlin; Itsazoo/Savage Society)

Peak Oil, First Nations land claims and climate change are all explored in this provocative and comedic foray into a firestorm of debate.

January 27 to February 10, 2018
SHIT (written by Patricia Cornelius), 
a Firehall Arts Centre Production

From Australia’s award-winning playwright, SHIT asks “What of the women and girls who defy gender demarcations, who transgress the boundaries and restraints of social order and expectation?” Out of control girls – angry, nasty girls – are a sight to behold. This is a work about these girls.

February 22 to 25, 2018
A Shared Evening of Dance with Chick Snipper and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Two friends in dance get together to create two very different works.

March 18 to April 21, 2018
Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (created and directed by Tracey Power with musical arrangements by Steve Charles), 
a Firehall Arts Centre Production

The Firehall brings its hit show back to the stage in celebration of its 35th anniversary season and to pay homage to the late Mr. Cohen. Featuring six artists playing 17 different instruments, this production has toured across Canada to sold out audiences.

April 25 to May 6, 2018
Métis Mutt (written and performed by Sheldon Elter)

A comedic, heartbreaking and unpredictable performance piece – told through music, comedy and inventive storytelling – recounting the journey of a young Métis man finding his way out of a destructive circle.

May 24 to 27, 2018
Contes Cruels (Cruel Tales; produced by Les Productions Figlio)

Courage and love are the super powers of the hero in Grimm’s Tales and countless texts and poetry — saving people, spirit, honour and humans through text and movement.

June 1 to 10, 2018
C’mon Angie (written by Amy Lee Lavoie), 
a Flying Start/Touchstone Theatre Production in association with the Firehall Arts Centre

In this premiere production, C’mon Angie asks us to consider the definition of rape and who is at fault when it occurs.

Early Bird Passes for the Firehall Arts Centre’s 35th anniversary season are now on sale (online and by phone at 604.689.0926). Early Bird Passes must be booked before August 1, 2017. Visit Firehall Arts online for full ticketing details and pricing. Steve Charles and Lauren Bowler in Chelsea Hotel photo by David Cooper.

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