A visceral music storytelling show centred about the Battle of Vimy that probes difficult yet necessary questions about how and why we grieve.
Often called the “battle that made Canada,” Vimy Ridge resulted in over 10,000 Canadian casualties. Through direct storytelling, verbatim theatre, and live music, Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives examine misconceptions and varying perspectives around the battle, while drawing parallels to other formative events in our nation’s past. Featuring inventive musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs - which were recognized with the 2022 JUNO nomination for Best Traditional Roots Album - Ridge is a vivid, kinetic ride through history, as well as an intimate, personal examination of our connection to the past that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives.
“Riveting... The way history was meant to be told.” — Entertainment Vancouver
“Serves to give the sacrifices of those who served and died a human dimension beyond mythology.” — Vancouver Sun
“Patriotism and respect for military service is essential, but context is required. Ridge, a monologue with music created by Brendan McLeod and his band The Fugitives for Vancouver’s Chan Centre, was a poignant (and occasionally pointed) rumination on the soldier’s plight and the Battle of Vimy Ridge.” — The Globe and Mail
Required Safety Protocols
There are no required safety protocols, but this is subject to change in accordance with BC public health and/or municipal guidelines.
Masks are not required, but we strongly encourage patrons to continue to wear masks during events, now optional, for the benefit of all in our community. We recommend the use of masks rated N95 or higher.