Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Bah Humbug! An artists and community benefit
Tickets: Individual $10 | Household $25
When: December 15-30, 2020
Where: Online via Vimeo
Additional Info: Presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre and Full Circle: First Nations Performance.
SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre and Full Circle: First Nations Performance is thrilled to announce the holiday classic Bah Humbug! is returning online from December 15, 2020 to December 30, 2020. The performance is a video recording from a 2019 live performance, and will stream online via Vimeo with pre-recorded bonuses from the cast.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is beautifully retold in this contemporary adaptation set within Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Scrooge preys upon his desperate clientele as a heartless pawnshop operator/hotel landlord who displaces people through renovictions, until one dark Christmas Eve he is challenged by three spirits.
Bah Humbug! is led by Juno award winner Jim Byrnes, and features Tom Pickett, Kevin McNulty, Savannah Walling, and Margo Kane of Full Circle: First Nations Performance and Talking Stick Festival. The performance also features Sam Bob, a local Indigenous actor and recent survivor of COVID-19. The St. James Music Academy Youth Choir adds their rich voices to this unique adaptation. We are also pleased to welcome the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recipient Stephen Lytton to the production, alongside other cast members and musicians.
“The singing intermixed with Dickens’ words still resonate beautifully in this streaming event. But it's the stellar performances that are the standout.”, says Michael Boucher, Director of Cultural Programs and Bah Humbug!’s Director.
“It is truly a visual and aural treat more than ever before. These actors are very vulnerable. Their livelihoods are at stake and COVID-19 has really undermined their futures. Your donation means so much!”
Renowned muralist Richard Tetrault's iconic images of back alleys, ravens and Vancouver's portside provide a compelling backdrop to this adaptation. Plus, blues, gospel and industrial rock genres are interspersed with traditional seasonal favourites led by musical director Bill Costin.
Tickets are available via CanadaHelps at $10 per person, or $25 per household. We encourage you to donate further if you are able. All patrons who purchase a ticket or donate before December 20, 2020 are eligible to win one of two turkeys, provided by Rio Friendly Meats. Plus, all patrons who purchase a ticket or donate $50+ before December 25, 2020 will be entered to win an original print by Richard Tetrault. Tax receipts will be available for all additional donation amounts through CanadaHelps.
Bah Humbug! will be available to stream on-demand 24/7, worldwide. The show’s runtime is 70 minutes. We encourage you to gather your loved ones virtually for this beloved holiday classic!
We are proud to announce that all proceeds from the performances will support the actors and musicians directly, as well as Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.
Produced with the co-operation of the UBCP/ACTRA. The participation of Jim Byrnes, Tom Pickett, Kevin McNulty, Sam Bob, and Margo Kane is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance • Opera • Theatre Policy. The Musicians engaged in this production are members of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association (VMA), Local 145 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
About SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs
SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs’ (SFUW) vision is to enable and promote creativity and leading edge practices in the contemporary arts as well as public community discourse. By supporting professional activities through partnerships, SFUW engages the immediate Downtown Eastside community through unique cultural, employment, and public initiatives.
About Vancouver Moving Theatre
Founded in 1983 by founders Terry Hunter (Executive Director) and Savannah Walling (Artistic Director), award winning Vancouver Moving Theatre is recognized nationally and internationally as the producer of the flagship Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, and for pioneering high impact and innovative theatrical projects that focus on making art for, with and about the people, art forms and cultures of the Downtown Eastside.
About Full Circle: First Nations Performance
Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Kane's vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada.
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SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs
Vancouver Moving Theatre / Heart of the City Festival
Full Circle: First Nations Performance
We acknowledge that this event takes place on the Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations. Viewers may be watching from other territories.