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For the first time since 2019 Vancouver's unique 'showboat' stage is back in action

Squamish dancers, high school ensembles and local bands are all headed to Kitsilano.
Kitsilano Showboat
Kitsilano Showboat, in operation since 1935, is basically an amphitheatre that sits at the same level as the Kitsilano Pool. Performances are planned on the sage throughout the summer of 2022. Rebecca Blissett/Glacier Media

The Kitsilano Showboat will once again see live performances this summer, starting in June with a series of five free shows.

The free, family-friendly venue has been operating next to Kits pool since 1935, and while its 2020 and 2021 seasons were pushed into the digital realm by the COVID-19 pandemic, they're back to live, in-person shows starting June 20.

"Please join us to experience a wide variety of outstanding local talent," says showboat society president Barry Leinbach. 

The Monday, June 20 show will feature the Kitsilano High School Band.

This season also includes the Eagle Mask Dancers from the Squamish Nation on June 21, Sambacouver on July 21, and the Wailele Wai Wai Hawaiian dance troupe on July 29.

"As always, we promise a great evening of fun and free entertainment," adds Leinbach.

Each year the showboat stage sees nearly 60 different performances; shows start at 7 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and will run until Aug. 20.

A full schedule for 2022 hasn't been posted yet, but is promised.