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Vancouver Performing ArtsTheatre, Ballet and Music

The 2,765-seat Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the intersection of Hamilton and Georgia streets, (604) 665-3050 or (800) 840-9227, is a top destination for visitors and home to Ballet British Columbia, (604) 732-5003, and the Vancouver Opera, (604) 683-0222 and also hosts touring shows. The adjacent Vancouver Playhouse presents professional theater, dance, recitals, some opera and chamber music; phone (604) 665-3050. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs at the Orpheum Theatre, Smithe and Granville streets, and is among the fun things to do with friends; phone (604) 665-3050 for ticket information.

Other prominent theaters presenting dramatic productions include the Arts Club Theatre, on Johnston Street on Granville Island, (604) 687-1644; the Metro Theatre, 1370 Marine Dr. S.W., (604) 266-7191; Langara College’s Studio 58, 100 W. 49th Ave., (604) 323-5227; and The Cultch, 1895 Venables St., (604) 251-1363.

Outdoor Performances

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During the summer, concerts and musicals are presented in Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl. Kitsilano Showboat at Kitsilano Beach presents outdoor variety shows and concerts Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from early July to late August (weather permitting). For more information phone (604) 734-7332.

Concert Venues

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Concerts in such genres as classical, country, pop and rock are presented year-round at the 17,500-seat Pacific Coliseum, 100 N. Renfrew St. in Hastings Park, (604) 253-2311, and Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, (604) 899-7400.

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The daily papers carry listings of cultural events and things to do this weekend, as do weekly and monthly magazines. Ticket outlets include Tickets Tonight, 200 Burrard St., inside the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre, and Collector’s Den, a Ticketmaster outlet, in the Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. Plan to make the trip out to one of these outlets, as tickets must be bought in person and sales usually end at 4 p.m.; there's a limit of four tickets per customer.

Check with your AAA travel agent for information about vacation packages, fun places to go and other things to do in Vancouver that are geared toward the performing arts.

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Travel Information

City Population

603,502

Elevation

3 m/10 ft.

Sales Tax

British Columbia has a 5 percent goods and services tax (GST) and a 7 percent provincial sales tax (PST).

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(604) 717-3321

Time and Temperature

(604) 664-9010

Hospitals

Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, (604) 874-1141; St. Paul's Hospital, (604) 682-2344; Vancouver General Hospital, (604) 875-4111.

Visitor Information

200 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC V6C 3L6. Phone:(604)682-2222

Air Travel

Vancouver International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, with one location at Vancouver International Airport and three locations downtown at 1270 Granville St., 413 Seymour St. and 1150 Station St., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (604) 606-3700 for airport location or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Via Rail passenger train terminal is at 1150 Station St.; phone (888) 842-7245 in Canada or in the United States.

Buses

The Greyhound bus terminal is at 1150 Station St.; phone (604) 683-8133.

Taxis

Taxi fares start at $3.20-$3.25 for the first kilometre (.6 mi.), plus $1.84-$1.88 for each additional kilometre. Companies include Black Top & Checker Cabs, (604) 731-1111; MacLure's, (604) 831-1111; Yellow Cab, (604) 681-1111; and Vancouver Taxi, (604) 871-1111.

Public Transportation

TransLink offers bus service as well as SeaBus and SkyTrain service. See Public Transportation for details.

Boats

BC Ferries

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