What better way to spend a long summer evening than at the world-famous Kitsilano Showboat, where the cream of local talent can be enjoyed in a unique and stunning setting?

This weekend will see some truly outstanding local talent performing at Showboat.

Two of the Lower Mainland’s top concert bands will take to the stage at Kits Beach on Friday July 7th, starting with the Royal City Concert Band from New Westminster. Under the baton of Bob Rebagliati, the band performs popular and classic repertoire and contemporary music to give audiences an appreciation of newer arrangements and composers.

Next up is the West Vancouver Concert Band, which plays everything from jazz to show to classical, with all stops in between. The band marked its 50th anniversary in 2019, but hasn’t been active recently due to the pandemic.

Dance is the theme for Saturday July 8th, starting with the perennially popular Halau Kia’ Oka Hula ensemble. Also known as Josie de Baat’s Polynesian Dance Studio, they’ve performed dances from Hawai’i, Tahiti and New Zealand at the Showboat for more than 30 years.

The focus then shifts to Scotland with the Dunvegan Dance Academy, formerly known as the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers. They are a non-competitive Scottish and Highland dance school who have been performing throughout the Lower Mainland for over 60 years.

Shows start at 7 pm – and admission is free! 

Kitsilano Showboat is a beloved Vancouver institution that dates back to 1935, when it was launched to keep unemployed entertainers performing for audiences that couldn’t afford entertainment. Since then generations of local performers have treated audiences to shows spanning the whole entertainment gamut, all set against the magnificent backdrop of English Bay and the North Shore mountains.  

Last modified: August 11, 2023

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