Music & Performing Arts

Roy Barnett Recital Hall. Photo credit: Ryan Mah

UBC School of Music: Roy Barnett Recital Hall

This 255 seat recital hall in the Music Building is a centre of activity at the UBC School of Music. From Sept-April, enjoy intimate solo recitals, chamber music and a myriad of small ensemble performances by student performers. In addition there is the Wednesday Noon Hour series and other special events featuring faculty, local and visiting guest artists. Many events are free, the Wednesday series tickets are only $5. In summer, the School of Music is host to the Vancouver International Song Institute, Early Music Vancouver Festival, and UBC Summer Music Institutes.
604.822-5574 | | Photo credit: Ryan Mah

ubc opera ensemble The Merry Widow photo credit Tim Matheson

UBC School of Music: Old Auditorium

Restored and renovated in 2010, this historic 1925 theatre is home to the UBC Opera Ensemble for their rehearsals and many of their performances. The 2010 renovation included a new 60-person orchestra pit; new stage lighting and rigging systems; modern classroom technology; two rehearsal halls; expanded lobby, box office and reception spaces. Each season the UBC Opera Ensemble presents two fully staged operas at the Old Auditorium (plus one at the Chan Centre), as well their popular Opera Tea on the Stage series. This 533 seat venue is also used for large lecture classes, special events, guest speakers, and performances.
604.822-6725 |


Frederic Wood Theatre

This historic theatre showcases the leading edge of new theatre practice. Discover everything from premieres to classics of the world stage and free talks by visiting scholars. The full season of plays features graduate and undergraduate theatre students as well as the work of faculty artists-in-residence and internationally renowned performers. Tickets $2 – $22.
604.822.2678 | | Photo credit: Nancii Bernard


Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre

One of UBC’s hidden treasures, this intimate 120 seat black box theatre is a venue for work by UBC theatre students, as well as many professional productions and exciting guest speakers. Many shows are free, others range from $5 – $10.
604.822.2678 |


Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Since opening in the spring of 1997, this world class venue has earned high praise for its striking design and stellar acoustics. Inside there are three unique performance spaces: the 1200-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall, the flexible Telus Studio Theatre, and the intimate Royal Bank Cinema. The Chan Centre offers a variety of performances and events year-round, from classical recitals and jazz concerts, to avant-garde theatre and opera productions. In addition, the Chan Centre presents its own annual season of world, jazz, and folk music concerts featuring internationally-renowned artists such as Zakir Hussain, Mavis Staples, Lila Downs, and the Punch Brothers.
604.822.2697 |