Khatsahlano: the Massive (and Free!) Music & Arts Street Party is Coming to Kitsilano

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Image sourced from the Khatsahlano Facebook page

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, Kitsilano’s popular West 4th Avenue shuts down to host Khatsahlano, a massive street party that spans 10 city blocks! It’s Vancouver’s largest free Music & Arts Festival and it’s one excellent party.

Created just 7 years ago, the Khatsahlano Street Party features multiple stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top music performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers.

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Khatsahlano: the Massive (and Free!) Music & Arts Street Party is Coming to Kitsilano

The first-ever “Symphony at Sunset,” a free open-air concert, will be held at Sunset Beach Park July 14th

To kick-off the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 100th anniversary, the Vancouver Park Board and VSO are collaborating to present a free, open-air concert at Sunset Beach Park on July 14th. This “Symphony at Sunset” concert will bring symphonic music to the Vancouver public set against the sweeping views of English Bay.

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The first-ever “Symphony at Sunset,” a free open-air concert, will be held at Sunset Beach Park July 14th

Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

One of Vancouver’s biggest music festivals of the year kicks off Friday, June 22. The TD International Vancouver Jazz Festival runs until July 1.

Along with ticketed concerts, there are numerous free shows, from all-day events downtown and David Lam Park to sets in smaller venues. Here, we’ll look at some of the acts playing free shows in the first days of the festival, June 22-27.

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Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

Sweeping David Milne Exhibition Launches at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Image: David Milne, “Reflected Forms,” 1917, watercolour on paper, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Women’s Committee Cultural Fund, Photo: Stephen Topfer, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

With the summer’s often scorching heat, a day at the gallery is a welcome respite. The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) has recently launched incredibly exciting and ambitious programming that runs into September 2018.

Particularly noteworthy is their David Milne: Modern Painting exhibition, a wide-ranging and shifting look at the work of one of Canada’s foremost artists of his time.

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Sweeping David Milne Exhibition Launches at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

You can start this weekend with an adult beverage in-hand at a Playland with absolutely no children to dodge, then plan to wander into a pocket of the Jazz Festival – watch for their shows and free concerts across the city. Meander along False Creek where dragon boaters will be colorfully competing to live entertainment and family-friendly activities and, to top it all off,  take your pick of a drag show for charity, two races (one up a mountain), a basketball game and/or a film festival to round out the days.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem launches the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale with a provocative take

The Vancouver Biennale has revealed the first installation in its 2018-2020 exhibition, with “Paradise Has Many Gates”, by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem. Currently located at Vanier Park, the installation is designed in the architectural form of an Islamic mosque and is made out of chain-link fence – which is more commonly used to keep the unauthorized out or the imprisoned in.

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Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem launches the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale with a provocative take

Vancouver Health & Wellness Events to Attend in July 2018

Image: Altitude Blog

Summer is running season in Vancouver, and it is with some personal irony that this month’s wellness events list is mostly run related.  The reason I say this is because I am not a runner. At all. But that’s the beauty of Vancouver, there’s something for everyone. And for my fellow non-runners, don’t worry, there’s some fun outdoor activities happening for us as well!

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Vancouver Health & Wellness Events to Attend in July 2018