Billie Eilish performs in Vancouver as live shows return to BC

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Live music is finally back in BC, including a long-awaited performance from Grammy Award-winning Billie Eilish.

The American singer-songwriter performed Thursday night at Rogers Arena for her happier than ever tour after it was postponed two years ago at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans from across the province traveled to Vancouver for the show. Amy Schweitzer, who traveled from Kelowna, told CBC’s Stephen Quinn she was looking forward to seeing the “diverse” and “unique” singer’s performance.

“Just to be in her presence, I’ve seen so many videos online of her performing and it feels like an unreal experience,” she said.

It’s not the only live music to return after two years of pandemic restrictions.

Students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria spoke to CBC’s Robyn Burns about preparing for their first live show, Shrek: The Musicalwhich is scheduled for May 6.

Yasmin D’Oshun, right, and Jeremy James Sinclair, both sophomores at the Canadian College of the Performing Arts, give their first live performance in May. (Robyn Burns/CBC)

“For me, acting is about discovering the fundamental truth of what it is to be a human and letting it know to an audience who may not know how to experience these feelings on a daily basis,” said the director. student Jeremy James Sinclair. noted.

This weekend, Prince George is hosting the 2022 edition of the Coldsnap Music Festival and an Indigenous music and culture festival in Lytton will be part of the first Ignite the Arts festival in Penticton.

Meeka Morgan, artistic director of ‘Q’əmcín 2 Rivers Remixtold CBC Radio that it has been a difficult and crisis-filled two years, but healing through the arts has kept him going.

“The work itself is really what got us through the devastation and continues to do so,” she said.

The ‘Q’əmcín 2 Rivers Remix Indigenous Music and Culture Festival will be part of the first Ignite the Arts Festival in Penticton. (pentictonartgallery.com)

Ian Tostenson, president of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, told CBC the return of these events was great and helped businesses that have struggled over the past two years.

“Anything that brings people out like the sun, concerts, hockey games, all those sorts of things, invariably a person is going to stop at a coffee shop, go for lunch, go for a snack, maybe stay downtown, having a cocktail, so that makes a big difference.”

Schweitzer said the gig would be different from what she was used to, but she was still looking forward to it.

“It will definitely be weird because this will be the first big gathering I’ll be attending, technically, but everyone has to be vaccinated to get in, which makes me feel a bit safer.”

The province lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions in mid-February, allowing indoor and outdoor gatherings, as well as indoor seated events, to return to full capacity as long as participants wear masks and BC vaccination cards are used.

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