Brian Paterson

Brian Paterson studied acting at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Ryerson University Theatre School. He is head of digital at Laura Murray PR, an arts and culture marketing agency in Vancouver.

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Andrew Bailey, Jayson McDonald, and Tara Travis are Phantom Signal. (Contributed Photo)

Close encounters of the comic kind

There is nothing better than being in on a secret. This weekend, audiences can feel like part of an inside club with cozy, comedic performances in nooks across the city.

Parking Lot by Greg Girard, one of the many photographs featured in the Capture Photography Festival. (Submitted Photo)

Capture Photography Festival celebrates the still image

Capture Photography Festival kicks off its fourth year of festivities this Saturday, bringing its largest-ever celebration of lens-based art and still imagery. Throughout the month of April, more than 100 exhibitions, installations and special events will pop up in communities, galleries and public spaces across the Lower Mainland.

Damien Atkins. (David Cooper Photo)

Angels in America brings fresh revelations

Early in my conversation with director Kim Collier, it became clear how it is difficult to describe Angels in America without rattling off long lists of adjectives (“Huge, epic, smart, powerful theatre,” she tells me).

Japan's Dairakudakan. (Hiroyuki Kawashima/Supplied_

Festival welcomes a world of dance

The Vancouver International Dance Festival kicks off Wednesday night, launching into its 17th annual celebration of the kinetic and expressive art form.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. (Supplied)

Rarely heard voices fill February’s first weekend

Discoveries await musically adventurous Vancouverites this Saturday evening, in two concerts that bring unusual sounds and voices. The two programs reach across time and place to offer important questions about race, culture and diversity.

Nicola Lipman, Stefania Indelicato, Kaitlin Williams will perform in the Classic Chic production of Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather next month. (Emily Cooper photo)

Corleone: Renaissance racketeers and female felons

In addition to everything else, Shakespeare was a great adaptor. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear all draw on existing writing; the histories of Rome and England gave us such plays as Julius Caesar, Richard III, and Antony and Cleopatra.

Bleeding Heart Collective presents The Fighting Season at The Cultch Vancity Culture Lab Jan. 10 to 21. (Emily Cooper/Handout photo)

'The Fighting Season' explores medicine on the front lines

In the middle of a war zone, it must be a difficult thing to be a healer. This complexity is at the heart of The Fighting Season, an acclaimed three-person play that explores the experience of Canadian military medical personnel in Afghanistan.

Margo Kane from her production of Bah! Humbug! (Handout)

Dickens in the Downtown Eastside

Of all the tales we tell at this time of year, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the finest: a deeply human story of redemption; a reminder that compassion, generosity, and joy can transform both ourselves and the world around us.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. (Handout photo)

Colourful characters burst onto Christmas stages

With Christmas just one month away, Vancouver theatre companies are diving head first into the holidays. City stages will soon be spilling over with an advent calendar’s worth of storybook stalwarts, colourful cartoons, and glowering ghosts. The tales they tell range from beloved seasonal favourites to edgy spins on Christmas classics.

(Photo by Emily Cooper)

Theatrical thrills and chills in store for Halloween

From Frights Nights to haunted houses to killer clown corn mazes, there is no shortage of thrills and chills available to Lower Mainlanders in October. This year, frightening theatrical productions are one of the hottest trends of the season, taking audiences far beyond the traditional theatre walls.

Jon Paterson, Kurt Fitzpatrick and Tara Travis. Photo by Lindsey Cantrell

Vancouver Fringe veteran says ‘just jump in’

Every year waves of Fringe Festivals sweep across Canada. Beginning in Montreal in May, the shows gain momentum through Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and more, before ultimately breaking in Vancouver.