Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Bah Humbug with Jim Byrnes

Bah! Humbug! 2014

December 11-13 & 16-20th, 7:30 pm. 2:00 pm Matinees December 13 & December 20, 2014

Visit this webpage for details of the 2015 show!

Information on last year's show:

Bah! Humbug! returns for a fifth year featuring Juno-Award Winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge. Don't miss this festive, seasonal Woodward's tradition! Each show features a turkey draw and an audience sing-along of holiday favorites!

With a script that is fine-tuned annually in response to the current issues affecting Vancouver’s DTES, Bah! Humbug! is Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol reconceived: a modern-day, sushi-loving Ebenezer Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, where he is timing Bob Cratchit’s late arrival to work on his iPhone.

Richard TetraultCrows Alley #1, Richard Tetrault

Directed by Max Reimer, Bah! Humbug! features Juno award-winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge, actress Margo Kane as the narrator, and gospel and blues singer/actor Tom Pickett as Bob Cratchit. These Vancouver favourites are joined by a cast of professional and DTES community actors. Musical performances are diverse and include pop songs, folk, blues, gospel and industrial rock along with traditional seasonal favourites, directed by Neil Weisensel.

This year, Strathcona-based artist Richard Tetrault, responsible for over 40 public mural projects in the city, will be providing large scale projections of his mono-prints and linocuts of the back alleys, ravens, and houses of East Vancouver. The angelic sounds of the Downtown Eastside’s beloved Saint James Music Academy Youth Choir will fill the theatre rafters, and the audience will also be invited to sing along with the cast.

From the songs of Nine Inch Nails to Buffy Sainte Marie, musical performances are diverse and include pop songs, folk, blues, gospel and industrial rock along with traditional seasonal favourites.

Still from Bah! Humbug! 2013, Sam Bob as The CarverPhoto: David Cooper. Bah! Humbug! 2013, Sam Bob as The Carver.

This imaginative all-ages production offers a bittersweet twist on a cherished classic that celebrates the transformative power of human redemption. Now more than 150 years old, Dickens’ timeless story remains relevant today, especially in light of parallels between the economic disparities of Victorian London and Vancouver’s DTES.

Commissioned and co-produced by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, Bah! Humbug! supports the flagship Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, which partners each year with forty-plus Downtown Eastside arts and non-arts organizations.

filePhoto: David Cooper. Bah! Humbug! 2013, Tom Pickett as Bob Cratchit.

“At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, Scrooge confronts spirits of the past, present and future.  Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under city sidewalks, they bring the old pawn broker face to face with memories he cannot bear and relationships he cannot heal,” says Savannah Walling, Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, “Dickens’ haunting ghost story is filled with social satire, heartbreak and compassion. We hope that our music filled adaptation shines the light of truth on this old tale and today’s Downtown Eastside.”

filePhoto: David Cooper. Bah! Humbug! 2013, Margo Kane as The Narrator.


Tickets: $29.00 general, $15.00 students & seniors.

Visit this page to see info on the 2015 BAH! HUMBUG! show


When: December 11-13th and December 16-20th, 7:30 pm. Saturday matinees December 13th & 20th at 2:00 pm. 

We have a no latecomers policy. We reserve the right to sell tickets that are not picked up 5 minutes in advance of showtime.

Run time: 1 hour, 35 minutes. No intermission.

Where: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Vancouver Moving Theatre with support from SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Proceeds from Bah! Humbug! support the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.

Get your Hope in Shadows Calendar at Bah! Humbug! Hope in Shadows builds a better city by sharing stories, creating work, and bridging communities. Each year, hundreds of vendors sell the Hope in Shadows calendar, creating accessible employment for people who are impacted by poverty. You can create positive change in your community through one simple act: buy a calendar from a vendor. 

Hope in Shadows vendors will be offering calendars for sale ($20 in cash or credit) in the lobby during Bah! Humbug! on the following evening shows:

Friday, Dec 12 & Saturday, Dec 13, 7:30 
Friday, Dec 19 & Saturday, Dec 20, 7:30

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