Shine Bright New West Anvil Centre

Music, Magic and Merriment

Shine Bright New West returns this year bigger and brighter bringing everyone together in the spirit of the season. Enhancing the full roster of activities and light displays throughout the city, the Anvil Centre will have window performances for all to enjoy along with eight separate live performances of music, dance, and magic that will take place on Level 1 and 3.

The free window performances on Anvil Centre’s Level One will add theatre, music & laughter to your walk as you enjoy the light displays throughout downtown New Westminster. They will include local musical duo, Ed & Salve Dayo in an all-ages sing-along, Quayside voices will warm you with their pop and seasonal songs, actor Ryan Leslie Fisher will have you laughing with his Dandy show, New West Poet Laureate, Elliott Slinn and storytellers from Culture Chats will bring their poetry and stories to life!

The ticketed seated theatre performances taking place throughout the holiday range from a jazz trio, a Latin flavored musical group, a master illusionist, along with an interactive puppet show, a performance of Capoeira, family performances with children’s music, a live looping performance of percussion and rhythmic rhymes and a rollicking Ceilidh with a Celtic folk band joined by Highland dancers. All of these shows are ticketed events that are on sale now at TicketsNW!

Following is a list and description of the ticketed performances:

Ticket prices:  Afternoon shows:  $20 for adults & $10 for students

Evening shows:     $35 for adults & $25 for students & seniors

Thurs., Dec. 16, 7:30 – 9:30pm @ Anvil Theatre
Equal parts reverent and celebratory, the spirit of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) reverberates through the “Mexican-flavoured party starter” that is Vancouver’s Locarno. Undeniable grooves have made them festival favourites throughout North America, but like fellow stylistic cross-pollinators Los Lobos, Locarno keeps adding new layers to their traditional roots. Led by Tom Landa on vocals, guitar, and the 8-stringed jarana, the band’s early Afro-Cuban and son jarocho folk-inspired sound has exploded outwards to include influences from African soukous, Mexican marimba music, Venezuelan joropo, Brazilian forró, and a host of bold, idiomatic Latin styles.

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The Kerplunks
Sun., Dec. 19: 2:00 – 3:00pm @ Anvil Ballroom
The Kerplunks are Canadian children’s entertainers bringing high-energy, colourful performances to the stage. The Kerplunks play catchy self-penned original tunes guaranteed to get kids engaged, singing along, and joining in on the actions. They have enjoyed a 14-year career playing some of Canada’s finest festivals, theatres, and schools. This multi-award-winning band provides a unique live performance with a full four-piece multi-instrumental band, playing a variety of upbeat musical styles that even parents enjoy. You’ll hear engaging songs that get the whole family on their feet moving and joining in on the actions

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Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders
Weds., Dec 22, 7:30 – 9:30pm @ Anvil Theatre
Faces that disappear from drivers’ licenses. Paintbrushes that paint on their own. Photographs that literally come to life right before your eyes. Brace yourself for a whole new take on magic and step into Vitaly’s world.

Hailed as “one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world” (Chicago Tribune), Vitaly Beckman stumped Penn & Teller on their hit TV show Fool Us and starred in his own 16 week Off Broadway run. Blending art and illusion with his captivating style, Vitaly Beckman’s one-of-a-kind theatrical experience retraces his journey from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision. During this journey, the audience rediscovers along with Vitaly the importance of finding beauty and wonder in everyday life and in all living things.

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Thurs., Dec 23, 2:00-3:00pm @ Anvil Theatre
RupLoops is an interactive, live looping performance, using vocal percussion, rhythmic rhymes with an arsenal of eclectic instruments from around the globe. Rup Sidhu utilizes his diverse skills as a musician to create a pulsating, entertaining and engaging musical experience. He is a gifted educator and performer and has deep passion for intercultural work and intercultural sounds. RupLoops’ show will take you on a journey of sound exploring anatomy, geography, and culture. With a mix of hip-hop and global sounds, RupLoops’ tunes into themes of home, identity, culture, justice, dignity, and celebration.

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Seasonal Celebration with Kellie Ventriloquist and Puppets
Weds., Dec 29, 2:00-3:00pm @ Anvil Theatre
Ventriloquist and family entertainer Kellie Haines has a BA Specialized Honours in Drama and is a multitalented entertainer with a background in theatre, clowning, singing and dance. She performs at festivals, including the Vancouver and Surrey International Children’s Festivals, schools across Western Canada and as a puppeteer/singer for television. Kellie wrote and performed two popular running musicals: Frogs in Space-Kamilla’s Quest and Rocket Magraun-Space Bird! at the HR MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium, opened A Space to Play at the Vancouver Kid’s Fringe to rave reviews and in 2019 was invited to represent Canada at Vent Haven Ventriloquist Convention in Kentucky. Kellie’s lively and interactive shows delight audiences of all ages.

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Triology (Miles Black, Bill Coon and Jodi Proznick)
Weds., Dec. 29, 7:30-9:30 pm @ Anvil Theatre
Formed in 2008, Triology is a Jazz Trio featuring three of Canada’s most sought-after jazz musicians. This group was fashioned after the great early jazz trios of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson, and features wonderful arrangements of classic standards, as well as original tunes by the trio members.

The trio consists of Bill Coon, an amazing and fluid guitarist, with over 25 years of experience working with many jazz greats including Heath, Eddie Daniels, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.  Jodi Proznick is an award-winning bassist and leads her own quartet along with being a member of many other amazing jazz ensembles and  Miles Black is a highly accomplished pianist and composer with over 30 years of experience.

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Axé Capoeira
Thurs, Dec 30, 2:00-3:00pm @Anvil Theatre
Grupo Axé Capoeira began in Recife, Brazil in 1982. Today, as Canada’s first academy of Capoeira, it continues to rise as one of the world’s leading Capoeira organizations.  Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music.  It was developed in the 1500’s by African and Indigenous slaves in Brazil as a form of self-defence from their oppressors.

It is marked by its agile and tricky movements that may be executed anywhere from an upside-down position to a gravity defying kick. It has a strong acrobatic component in some styles and is always played with music. The word Capoeira is an indigenous word meaning ‘tall grass’. If slaves managed to escape, they would often use this grass to hide in and ambush their masters.

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Blackthorn with Shot of Scotch Vancouver Highland Dancers
Thurs, Dec 30: 7:30pm-9:30 pm @Anvil Theatre
Blackthorn is a Canadian Celtic folk band with an extensive repertoire that is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. From lively jigs and reels to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation that features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery of a colourful variety of instruments.

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Highland Dancers
Shot of Scotch Vancouver is a non-profit society dedicated to honouring and expanding the Highland dance tradition through performance and education. Shot of Scotch Vancouver Striving to create new, exciting, contemporary dance pieces while maintaining a high standard of technique, Shot of Scotch Vancouver remains true to the deep Scottish roots of the century’s old art form of highland dance.

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Shine Bright New West @Anvil Centre Family Monoprinting Workshop

(All Ages)

Create your own design in this free, family drop-in printmaking workshop. The workshop involves rolling out or drawing with ink on a surface or plate and printing your composition onto paper. This can include cards, gift tags, or original prints. All supplies included. Instructor: Stéphane Bernard and Luca Seccafien.
Anvil Centre Main Level 604.527.4640
Wednesday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
December 22
Drop-in Fee: Free


Shine Bright New West @Anvil Centre – Family Sky Lantern Workshop (All Ages)

In this hands on workshop, explore storytelling, celebrate the year of the tiger and decorate your own sky lanterns. Open to anyone wanting to drop-in, learn and light up the sky! All supplies included. Instructor provided by ACSEA Asian-Canadian Shine Bright Community

Christmas Trees (All Ages) Special Events Association.

Anvil Centre Main Level Sunday, January 23, 2021 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Drop-in Fee: Free

All safety protocols including a vaccine card and presenting photo ID will be in place prior to entering the venue.