This week in (gay) Vancouver: new music, an old trick and some queer Tango

The VSO returns for another festival of new music, the Arts Club teams up with PuSh and the local Latin ballroom scene just got a whole lot sexier.

The second annual Vancouver Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival (Jan 15-18) is dedicated to showcasing works by contemporary composers. The festival welcomes back contemporary ensemble Standing Wave to once again open the four day long festival, and Vancouver’s own Phoenix Chamber Choir makes their VSO debut.  Core VSO musicians Christie Reside and Nick Wright will also be featured playing progressive concertos by Canadian composers. Each evening will include a pre-concert talk with the composers and a short pre-concert performance by young artists.

The PuSh Festival gets an early start with the Arts Club Theatre Company co-presentation of Bullet Catch (Jan 15-Feb 7).  Billed as a “theatrical event unlike any other” the centerpiece of this evening of the mystical is the bullet catch itself, an act so dangerous that even Houdini didn’t dare try it and one that has claimed many lives since its inception in 1613.

Tango Quiero (Jan 17), the queer Tango scene has really started to sizzle in the past few months, following on the successes of Montreal and other cities. Not So Strictly Ballroom host a free lesson and then plays popular and old-school music ranging from merengue to the waltz – and obviously lots of tango. Newcomers are always welcome and a partner is not required.

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