Presented through a cultural partnership with CMHC Granville Island

Pop Up Dances 

Featuring Salome Nieto, Kat Single-Dain of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, Carla Alcántara, Chengxin Wei, Company 605, Raven Grenier, Babyface Brass, Alex Wells, Kelly McInnes, Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack). Hosted by Nick Gold (Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg).

Saturday, September 23 & Sunday, September 24, 12pm - 4pm | FREE

Granville Island Venue Partners: Origins CoffeeRon Basford Park & Granville Island Theatre DistrictDundarave Print ShopArts UmbrellaOcean Artworks 

Expect the unexpected as intriguing and exhilarating dances pop up in unusual spaces across Granville Island. In celebration of New Works 30th Anniversary, Pop Up Dances will feature 30 performances over the two days involving more than 30 artists!

Pop Up Dances are site-specific performances that celebrate dance in all its forms. From Indigenous Hoop Dance to tap and contemporary dance, Pop Up Dances is a smorgasbord of creativity that audiences of all ages will enjoy. This outdoor event will take place rain or shine and is free to attend.

How to Pop Up

As an audience member, there are a few different ways to take in Pop Up Dances. Come on down to Granville Island this weekend and start exploring! 

Join a Hosted Audience Experience 

Audiences are invited to join Pop Up Dances host Nick Gold (Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg), who will expertly guide the group across Granville Island to each of the five site-specific performances. If you want to be sure not to miss a show, alongside Nick's brilliant commentary, this is the Pop Up style for you!

Hosted experiences depart from Ron Basford Park at 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The full route (.4km over 65 minutes) includes five stops to take in the five performances, and finishes at Dundarave Print Workshop. The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible, with very limited seating at each venue. Please reach out to, 604.893.8807 or message us on social media if you have further questions about access. 

Find Nick Gold (Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg) and the Pop Up audience, in real time, by clicking the button above. Note this button will NOT be live until September 23 and 24 at 12pm, when the first show begins! 

Explore the Island on Your Own

Come on down to Granville Island anytime, and pop in to the next show of your choice! Audience members are welcome to step in and out of the hosted experience, or make their own way to the next performance of their choosing. 

This is a great way to take in as much Pop Up Dance as you want, or even circle back to see your favourite shows again! 


Meet the artists, and learn more about the site-specific works they will be sharing, below!

And don't forget to keep an eye on our social media, where we'll do our best to keep you updated throughout the weekend! 

Meet the Artists

Top photo: Kat Single-Dain / Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, photo by Nayana Feilkov.