New Year’s Eve at Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea NYEWe invite you to join the party at the Chelsea Hotel (aka the Firehall Arts Centre) to ring in 2015 on New Years Eve!

The Firehall is throwing a fabulous bohemian bash, complete with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, & of course lots of Leonard Cohen songs along wit ha sing-along to Cohen favorites at the après-show party! Your ticket includes entry to the Chelsea Hotel show, nibbles & a glass of bubbly at midnight. The perfect party for Cohen fans!
Tickets are limited – $75 per person.

Read more about Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Chelsea Hotel goes on tour

Rachel Aberle, Steve Charles, Benjamin Elliott, Marlene Ginader, and Lauren Bowler. Photo by David Cooper.
Rachel Aberle, Steve Charles, Benjamin Elliott, Marlene Ginader, and Lauren Bowler. Photo by David Cooper.

It’s written on the walls of this hotel, you go to heaven, once you’ve been to hell
—Leonard Cohen

The Chelsea Hotel cast are checking out of Vancouver and heading off on a Western Canadian adventure that will see them perform this smash hit show in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and the Lower Mainland. We are excited to be taking this Jessie-nominated show on the road and bringing it back to Vancouver in March next year for an encore run at the Firehall.

Right now the six multi-talented cast members are tuning up their seventeen instruments, warming up their vocal chords and filling the theatre with the sounds of Leonard Cohen’s iconic music as they rehearse for the tour. It’s great to have them back!

If you have friends in any of the below cities, be sure to let them know this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost is headed their way.

Read more about Chelsea Hotel.


Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon: October 30 – November 17, 2013

Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg: January 23, 2014 – February 09, 2014

Lower Mainland Tour presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company

Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver: February 18&19, 2014

Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey: February 20 – March 1, 2014

BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, North Vancouver: March 3, 2014

Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam: March 4-8, 2014

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts: March 12 & 13, 2014

Clarke Theatre, Mission: March 14, 2014

The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre, Maple Ridge: March 15, 2014

Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver: March 18 – 29, 2014

Vocal Eye at Chelsea Hotel


On Friday, October 12 at 8pm and Wednesday, October 17th at 1pm, Vocal Eye will provide live audio descriptions at performances of Chelsea Hotel.

Vocal Eye provides vocal description if theatre and performing arts to blind and low vision patrons.

“Each patron is given a personal receiver with a single earpiece and volume control that allows him or her to hear both the show
and our live audio description at the same time. The broadcast begins 15 minutes before curtain with detailed descriptions of the
set, characters and costumes. Once the show begins, the describer transmits pertinent physical action and visual detail between
the lines of dialogue. Brief program notes are provided at intermission.”

– from the Vocal Eye page on Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture website

We are delighted to be able to work with Vocal Eye on these performances of Chelsea Hotel!


Firehall Fact #29: Ours Shows

There have been thousands of shows performed at the Firehall Arts Centre. As of this post, we have had +/- 7000 performances here – that’s around 230 a year!

Each production has been special, but there are certain ones that strike a special chord with audiences and keep them coming back for more.  Some of our most popular shows have included:

  • The Stone Angel, based on the novel by Margaret Laurence during the 1993-94 Season
  • The  1995-96 Season play by Edmonton playwright Marty Chan based on his experiences:Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, which delved into culture and inter-racial relationships
  • Urinetown, The Musical, produced in the 2005-06 Season
  • Banana Boys by Terry Woo told the story of five Chinese Canadian young men as they struggle with identity and and living within two cultures during the Firehall’s 2007-08 Season
  • Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor was first on the Firehall stage during the 1997-98 Season, and came back by popular demand the following year
  • J.J. McColl’s Menopositive was first produced in the 1997-98 Season, but was so popular it has come back four times!
  • Chelsea Hotel sold out houses this year, and will be remounted next season!

People connect with the work done at the Firehall Arts Centre. The shows we present or produce are relate-able in some way; whether it’s a play about finding your place and identity, or a musical about growing older, the Firehall chooses work that shares a truth the audience can feel a part of.

We can’t do the work we do without your help. If you donate through Canada Helps before March 31 and take their quick 5 question survey, Capital One Canada will donate another $10 on top of your donation!

If you’d like to donate to our $30 for 30 Campaign through our website, click here!