PAL Vancouver | 300-581 Cardero St. Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3 604-255-4312



Beginning in 2004, two years before PAL Vancouver’s doors opened, Theatre Cares  supported our new 111-suite facility with an extremely generous gift of $13,000. The history of Theatre Cares is one of volunteerism and generosity, helping vulnerable citizens in Vancouver starting in 1991, when the devastating consequences of HIV/Aids cast grief upon every arts discipline.

Today Theatre Cares raises funds for vulnerable citizens both at home and abroad with the enduring support of the Arts Club Theatre Company and Bard on the Beach. In 2017, Theatre Cares contributed $6,000 to PAL’s annual operating fund, sustaining our integral rental assistance program to ensure residents in need do not pay more than 33% of their incomes on rent. As PAL residents age their incomes continue to fall and PAL is committed to supporting them at the most financially, physically and emotionally vulnerable time of their life. 50% of PAL residents who receive assistance have incomes below $18,000 annually.

In addition to PAL, Theatre Cares supports AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living BC, The Actors Fund of Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, dedicated to the relief of the HIV/Aids pandemic in Africa.

Once again, PAL Vancouver expresses our tremendous appreciation to Theatre Cares and the staff and audiences at Bard on the Beach and the Arts Club Theatre Company for playing such leading roles in the dedicated ensemble that is PAL’s family.

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Watch the New PAL Music Video “This Place”!

Watch the New PAL Music Video “This Place”!

The music and lyrics to “This Place” are by PAL Residents Judy Ginn Walchuk ( and Jim Walchuk. The video was directed and produced by Judy Ginn Walchuk over almost five months and stars 60 PAL Residents who represent the wide variety of artists who make their homes at PAL – our dancers, actors, musicians, visual creators, background performers, animators, hair dressers, make-up artists – on television, film, and stage; in nightclubs; at the opera and much more.

As you will see, highlights include Soup Social, PALS Chorus, our Pride Parade Float, and shows like “Comfort Cottages” in the PAL Theatre. Our co-founders Joy Coghill and Jane Heyman make appearances, along with the crochet club, and the many visual arts exhibitions at PAL.

Extra credit goes to Jim Walchuk for sound engineering and musical arrangement; Marlee Walchuk ( for videography; and Marlee and Judy for their massive job editing the footage to include dozens of vintage photographs of our residents.

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For ten years PAL Vancouver was Joy’s home. She electrified our hallways and theatre with her warmth and humour; and united PAL residents, bringing out our best selves. Your important founding contribution to THE JOY COGHILL LEGACY FUND will assist PAL Vancouver in many tangible ways including:

  • PAL Vancouver provides rental assistance in 70% of its 111 suites, ensuring residents in need do not pay more than 33% of their incomes on rent. As residents age their incomes continue to fall and your investment makes it possible for PAL to provide increasing scales of rental assistance.
  • PAL maintains a standard of excellence attending to all areas of the facility including outfitting individual suites with fixtures such as grab bars and railings as needed to provide safety and comfort to residents. In addition, the PAL Theatre provides accessibility and affordability to nonprofit groups and independent local producers.
  • Annually, PAL must raise $300,000 to sustain our operations and the integral rental assistance program at its core. Your JOY COGHILL LEGACY FUND gift will help us reach this crucial goal.

In the spirit of mentorship integral to Joy’s life work, your donation will also ensure that PAL will continue to promote creative growth through strong intergenerational relationships. PAL residents will continue to produce plays, perform as actors and musicians, and create new cultural work with the same passion, insight, and intensity as at any other time in their professional lives.

To join PAL friends in building the JOY COGHILL LEGACY FUND, please contribute online at in memory of Joy; or mail your “PAL Vancouver” donation with “in memory of Joy” on the memo line of your cheque, to 300-581 Cardero St., Vancouver, BC, V6G 3L3; or donate by telephone: 604-620-4315 (Karen Woodman, Donor Relations).

Thank you in advance for playing such a crucial role in the determined ensemble that is PAL Vancouver’s family.



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Alfie Zappacosta plays benefit concert Dec. 7

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Come and hear the legendary Alfie Zappacosta —

Undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers, Alfie Zappacosta has amassed an impressive song catalogue over the past 40 years, including “Start Again”, “Passion”, When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way”.

Come and hear the distinctive baritone voice, masterful guitar playing, and sophisticated stylings that have given Alfie Zappacosta the slickest jazz chops this side of Steely Dan.

Alfie Zappacosta will be performing at PAL Studio Theatre with his long-time friend and exquisite piano player, Andrew Glover. Glover is credited with a huge body of work which extends to Europe and the US.

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to hear these two incredibly accomplished artists playing in a great venue for a great cause.  Playing a special benefit to support PAL Vancouver, a unique social housing and theatre complex in the heart of Coal Harbour. Proceeds will help provide rental assistance for residents in need. Tickets for this unique blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music are limited to 100 seats, and include a complementary drink and appetizers.

You would not be amiss to compare Alfie Zappacosta to a vintage VQA wine. Very rarely accessible but when he does perform it’s for a discerning crowd who are extremely familiar with quality.” – Keith Sharp Music Express


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Learn about “The Winter’s Tale”

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Classic Chic – An all-female ensemble dedicated to performing the classics. ‘Cause why should the boys have all the fun?

“It is requir’d you do awake your faith”

Classic Chic Productions presents
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Wolpe

L.A. Women’s Shakespeare is about putting on honest, thoughtful productions of Shakespeare’s plays, without being limited by gender, and in the meantime, doing their part to even out the cosmic scales from all that time Shakespeare’s women were played by men. And the fact that the company has, at its center, what is simply one of the best Shakespearean actors of this generation is reason to anticipate, and delight in, every new production.

Sharon Perlmutter, critic for Talkin’ Broadway VANCOUVER, BC…The Winter’s Tale, opening July 26 and presented by Classic Chic Productions (CCP), promises fire and ice aplenty, at the direction of master interpreter of the Bard, Lisa Wolpe. The epic and romantic fairy tale features a large all-female ensemble on this inaugural production for Classic Chic, a newly formed Vancouver women’s theatre collective. “The Winter’s Tale offers beautifully defined, strong, classic roles for women in Hermione, Paulina, and Perdita,” says Wolpe, an acclaimed actor and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC).

“This play features some of the greatest male characters ever written – the tyrant King Leontes, the seductive King Polixenes, the tortured Antigonus, the delightful villain with a deft sleight of hand and a song-and-dance, Autolycus. Classic Chic is opening up fascinating opportunities for women to play everything from Clowns to Kings.”

A punch in the gut, the play delivers the tales of the suffering and rebirth of its women, but ultimately this is a sacred story of a triumphant emergence from darkness into light. Bursting with music, dancing, swordplay, and circus skills, The Winter’s Tale spins an eloquent text ranging in scope from powerful tragedy to vaudevillian light comedy.

The nucleus behind Classic Chic Productions, Christina Wells Campbell, artistic director; Corina Akeson, production manager; Joanna Redfern, communications and Michelle Martin, fundraising, all accomplished in theatre, are dedicated to performing the classics.

“There are great roles in theatre that women have traditionally not had the opportunity to play but appeal to them as actors and human beings,” says Wells Campbell, quoting from their mission statement. “With Classic Chic we are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities, and audiences, too.”

Wolpe has played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history, always to superlative reviews. She recently received the Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the LA Theater Community and was awarded the Key to Harlem and a Congressional Certificate of Merit for her work with the Harlem Shakespeare Festival in 2013. While in Vancouver, she will perform her one–woman show Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender at the Orpheum Annex, July 16, presented by Railtown Cultural Eclective, and also offering a crossgender acting workshop.

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