Your Guide to Kitsilano Showboat Summer 2014

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Image: Arian Colenbrander

Image: Arian Colenbrander

The Kitsilano Showboat kicks off its 79th season on Monday, June 23. Offering free, live entertainment every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm until August 16, the Showboat is a beloved staple of Kitsilano summers.

This year opens with The Stave Falls Scottish Dancers on stage at 7pm on June 23. The poor guys were rained out last year, so let’s cross our fingers for clear skies and sunshine this time around! (All performances are weather permitting.)

Other highlights of the season include a flamenco African fusion show in tribute of Nelson Mandela on August 8 and simulcasts of the music for each night of the Celebration of Light (July 26, July 30, and August 2).

Canada Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but the Showboat is still going to celebrate the big day. Beginning at 3pm, the afternoon includes a YogaButtons all-ages class and festive cake, followed by an evening of onstage entertainment: Polonez Polish Folk Dance, a performance of O Canada, and Bob Liley and the Sanctuary All Stars.

The Showboat stage has been a landmark in Kitsilano since 1935 and has played host to a variety of acclaimed entertainers and performance artists. Its scenic backdrop adds to the spectacle and makes it one of the season’s must-attend events. Suitable for all ages and free for everybody, it makes for a lovely summer evening. Grab an ice cream or coffee and head on down for opening night this Monday.

Last modified: June 20, 2014

6 Responses to " Your Guide to Kitsilano Showboat Summer 2014 "

  1. Fred says:

    A calendar displaying the shows in the 2014 season would be very helpful.

  2. Julie says:

    Where is the schedule for the 2014 season?

  3. Taraneh says:

    Kits Showboat puts up details on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kitsilanoshowboat

  4. Sheila says:

    Kits Showboat 2014 schedule now posted on their website at http://kitsilanoshowboat.com/programm.html

  5. Lyn Bryant says:

    What happened to the performance, August 13/’14 ? We came in from Richmond
    with two boys ages 8 & 12 to a blank stage with no one around knowing what had happened

    /an explanation please !
    With thanks, Lyn Bryant

  6. Kitsilano.ca staff says:

    From Sheila Kirby: “There was a distinct chance of rain on Wednesday, August 13th, so the show was cancelled around 4:00 pm. It was announced on Facebook, Twitter and the answering machine. That was a night when the weather did get better, but the safety of the performers, their equipment and costumes required a decision be made in the afternoon.

    Hopefully you had a nice evening at the beach nonetheless. Sorry for the inconvenience – weather is a hazard for outdoor venues! We hope you come again next year for the 80th Anniversary season.