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Queen’s 60 years of service to Canada

A gala event to mark 60 years of service to Canada Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012) Cantonese Opera Gala Type: Theatre Free A special performance of more than 100 professional and amateur musicians, actors and actresses together present a phenomenal Cantonese opera show. Date and time November 3 2012, noon to 3:00 p.m. Add to my calendar Location Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir Vancouver Contact 778.862.2133 info This celebration is to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada and to celebrate and honour her 60 years of service and dedication to this country. The gala is a collaboration of the presenter and several Cantonese opera and music groups in Greater Vancouver and Calgary.  More than 100 professional and amateur musicians, actors, actresses and supports together present a phenomenal Cantonese opera show. All performers shall dress in colourful opera costumes with vibrant makeup. "Cantonese opera is a traditional art form that dates back to the 13th century and blends music, singing, acrobatics, acting and martial art. The art was imported from Northern China and slowly migrated to the South, where it was adapted to the local Cantonese Dialect and took on a milder less shrill tone than what's typically heard in Peking Opera." Susanne Ma in Metro August 16, 2012. Cantonese opera made it first presence in Vancouver, BC about 125 years ago when the city was incorporated. Chinatown was the centre of this art which was the most propular entertainment in Chinese communities. It flourished since 1980 and each year there are more than 100 performances in theartres and community auditoriums in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby. Greater Vancouver becomes the most important place for Cantonese performances outside of China and Hong Kong.  . Event Details. Location: 601 Hamilton Street