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Must-Do List: 5 arts events to check out in New Westminster

Music, dance and Indigenous art are on the agenda in New West.
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The Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus is marking seven decades of harmony with A 70-ish Anniversary Concert on Saturday, June 11 at Massey Theatre.

Whether it’s all June-uary all the time or whether the summer sun returns this week, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a selection of offerings to keep you entertained all week long in New Westminster.

Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus at Massey Theatre

The Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus was supposed to celebrate its seven-decade mark two years ago, until a little thing called COVID-19 got in the way. Undaunted, the a cappella chorus returns in style with a 70-ish Anniversary Concert on June 11 at Massey Theatre. Walk through the past, present and future of barbershop harmony with the chorus and special guests: Lions Gate Chorus, Second Inversion quartet, and the world champion Ringmasters quartet from Sweden.

  • What: Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus – A 70-ish Anniversary Concert
  • Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster
  • When: Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $27 to $36, buy online.
  • Information: Check out the Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus website or call 604-764-2421.


New West Craft Indigenous Market

New West Craft is partnering with Shop First Nations to host an Indigenous market on the boardwalk at Westminster Quay on the traditional territories of the Qayqayt First Nation. The New West Craft Indigenous Market aims to bolster First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and small businesses by encouraging consumers to invest in Indigenous made art, goods and services. It will feature 25 vendors and live performances from storyteller Kung Jaadee and musicians Norine Braun and Francis Batiste.

  • What: New West Craft Indigenous Market
  • Where: Westminster Quay, on the boardwalk
  • When: Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Eighth & Eight artist residencies

Experience the work of the artists who’ve been part of the performing arts collaborative residencies at the Eighth & Eight arts space (Massey Theatre complex).

Check out Live Wires, featuring contemporary choreography and movement by Rachel Helten, multi-instrumental original music from Devon More and projection media from digital artist Ezequiel Peralta. It’s on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

This week, you can also see Art Cube, a performance art installation involving film, photography, video feedback, music and dance by filmmaker and digital media artist Yunuen Perez Vertti, photographer Grant Withers and dancer Silene Razo. It’s on Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Coming up on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m., you can see Bending, including original music and arrangements with tap dancer Alexandra Clancy and double bassist Noah Gotfrit.

  • What: Eighth & Eight performing arts residencies — Art Cube, Live Wires and Bending
  • Where: Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces, 735 Eighth Ave.
  • When: Thursday, June 9 to Saturday, June 25 (various dates and times)
  • Tickets: $8, plus fees, buy online.


NWSS spring dance shows

New Westminster Secondary School’s dance students offer up their spring show at Massey Theatre on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. The senior dancers present Lost in the Jungle, their interpretation of the Jumanji movies, while the junior dancers offer up A Night At the Museum.

  • What: NWSS Spring Dance Show
  • Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave.
  • When: Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $14 plus fees, buy online.


Kill the Ripper at Anvil Theatre

This darkly comic, female-led take on the Jack the Ripper story is coming to the Anvil Theatre stage June 16 through 19. Follow the lives of three working women — Kit (Jackie Hanlin), Pudding (Katrina Tietz) and Viola (Nathania Bernabe) — as they decide they must teach, arm and protect themselves when men in power refuse to take them seriously.

  • What: Kill the Ripper, a Geekenders production
  • Where: Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St., New West
  • When: Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19, with shows at 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday
  • Tickets: $25 to $35, plus service charges. Buy online.

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