SONGFIRE Festival of Song


Vancouver International Song Institute

in collaboration with

City Opera Vancouver | Chor Leoni | Elektra Women's Choir
Erato Ensemble | Music on Main | Phoenix Chamber Choir
The Silk Purse | Turning Point Ensemble



SONGFIRE Festival of Song

May 22 - June 28, 2010

"A language is a flash of the human spirit, the vehicle by which the soul of each culture comes into the material world. Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind."
- Wade Davis, world-renowned anthropologist and ethnobiologist

When words are fused to music, another level of magic ignites. All across the planet, SONG is the mysterious and beautiful way we share stories and understanding from heart to heart.


From May 22-June 28th the air in Vancouver will shimmer with the sounds of words fused to music at the SONGFIRE Festival of Song. Some of our city's great music collectives are participating, featuring renowned Vancouver artists and international guests. SONGFIRE lights the fuse for a month of stunning, passionate, soaring Song!

Experience City Opera's innovative pairing of 15th-century Japanese drama with 20th-century opera and dance; Turning Point Ensemble's bold merging of music, theatre, dance and technology; Erato Ensemble's re-creation of a turn-of-the-century Paris Salon; the choral harmonies of Chor Leoni, Elektra, Phoenix Chamber Choir and the Lyric Singers; world premieres at the TransCanada Songbook curated by Music on Main; and the creative explosion of song, theatre and learning from Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI).

SONGFIRE Theatre Apprenticeship Program

The Theatre of Art Song breaks new ground in the presentation of Art Song, bringing the highest standards of artistic integrity to the creation of a new canon of multi-media works for the SONGFIRE Theatre and Film company.

In 201, VISI announces its Apprentice Program for Singers and Pianists with Advanced degrees in Voice, Piano, or Collaborative Piano Performance, and extensive training in one or more fields including Opera, Music Theatre, Theatre, and Creative Writing. A maximum of 12 singers and 4 pianists will be accepted to this 3-week program leading to a full production.

Festival Information

The Festival of Song takes place at UBC, SFU, Silk Purse, Bard on the Beach, the Cultch, St. Andrew's Wesley, and other venues across Vancouver.