Chan Center for the Performing Arts announces 25th anniversary season

Curator-in-residence and CBC broadcaster Jarrett Martineau says that the globe-spanning selection of performers reflects exceptional talents.

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Oscar-winning Cree songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie is among the artists who will be performing at the 25th Anniversary Season at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts.

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Curator-in-residence and CBC broadcaster Jarrett Martineau says that the globe-spanning selection of performers reflects exceptional talents.

“Our Chan Presents series celebrates some of the most dynamic artists of our time,” says Martineau.

“It lifts up the voices of women, Black and Indigenous artists, and space-shifting storytellers that reimagine where music can go, what it can do, and who it can reach. I’m proud that we’ll be interweaving luminous voices from the past, present and future. These iconic voices draw on ancient traditions and reimagine them into new futures, representing the music of a world to come.”

Who is opening the 25th Anniversary Season?

Legendary folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie will kick-off the season on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 pm Since her by her 1964 debut by her It’s My Way! introduced the Indigenous musician to audiences, her music and her message have been unwavering in its support for equal rights, environmentalism and pacifism. Her song by Ella Universal Soldier still remains razor-sharp in its anti-war expression. Sainte-Marie is a vital creator still reaching new audiences as her 2015 Polaris Music Prize win de ella made clear.

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Who closes the season?

The Journeyed Compass with Dinuk Wijeratane & Friends will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8 pm Fusing Middle Eastern and South Asian music into a unique blend, the group of Sri Lankan composer and pianist Wijeratane with Lebanese violist/composer Layale Chaker and Syrian clarinettist and composer Kinan Azmeh aim for their program to spark a reimagining of what “home” means to listeners.

Are there any African artists coming?

Oumou Sangaré, the so-called Songbird of Wassoulou, will present her Grammy-winning Malian pop mixed with meaningful social messages on Sunday, Oct. 23, 8 pm Vocalist Fatourmata Diawarai, known for mixing such genres as funk and blues with Afropop will play on Friday, April 14, 8 pm

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Will there be any literary events?

The pairing of novelist David Grossman’s novel Falling Out of Time with music from Grammy-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov to created a moving tale of a journey through grief and renewal following the death of a child will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 pm Author Grossman says the collaboration reflects that “there is one place, or rather, one dimension, where we can feel, if only for an instant, both the absolute nihility of death and the full abundance of life. That dimension is art.”

Where can you buy tickets?

Subscription packages go on sale on June 30 and single tickets on July 13. Students and self-identifying Indigenous peoples are eligible for 50% off tickets. Purchases can be made at the ticket office at [email protected] or 604.822.2697. For more information, visit

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