Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It’s a weekend of festivals, a weekend of art, and a weekend of gender exploration. For the next few days you can walk out of a beer festival haze and into a beach tent full of Shakespeare performances, or perhaps consider gender norms through choral performance and theatre. There are also two music festivals, Elvis impersonators, art shows, and of course, an amazingly sunny forecast to look forward to.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday June 5

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach
Where: Vanier Park (1695 Whyte Ave)
What: One of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals – presented in giant tents on the beautiful waterfront. This year, enjoy productions of The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespere’s Rebel, and special events all summer.
Runs until: Friday September 25, 2015

Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Rookies & Legends
Where:12 Kings Pub (395 Kingsway), 6:00pm
What: It’s no secret that BC’s craft brewing community is growing. Our province’s rich lineage of influential veteran breweries is balanced with a bubbling crop of exciting new brewers. 12 rookie breweries and 12 established veterans raise their glasses together to offer samples of their finest creations.

We're All Pretty Bizarre

We’re All Pretty Bizarre

We’re All Pretty Bizarre
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: An art show inspired by the films of John Hughes! Expect to see interpretations of his classics such as The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Pretty in Pink and we will see what else…
Runs until: Saturday June 27, 2015

Free Outdoor Screening: Pane e Tulipani
Where: Beaconsfield Park
What: Bring your blanket at dusk to the north-east corner of Beaconsfield Park for a beautiful Italian movie with English subtitles, screened on a big screen in the park. Presented by the Italian Film Festival.

LevitationLevitation Music Festival
Where: Various Vancouver venues
What: The founders of Austin Psych Fest have put together a lineup that showcases some of the best and most exciting psychedelic, pop, electronic, shoegaze, metal and experimental music being made today. One from the list for tonight’s festivities: the darkly atmospheric and noisy A Place to Bury Strangers headlines at the Rickshaw.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

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Smiths Karaoke
Where: Fox Cabaret (2321 Main)
What: Bring your finest ennui and compete with your friends for the person who cares the least about caring the most. Your prize? Nothing. Because nothing really matters.

MusicWaste

Music Waste Festival
Where: Various Vancouver venues
What: An independent music festival highlighting the region’s innovative and underground music, art, and comedy. Absent of corporate sponsorship, Music Waste is beholden only to its volunteer-organizer’s passion for culture and the growth of its community.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

EtsyPaper1Etsy Craft Party: Paper Takes Shape
Where: West Elm (2947 Granville), 6:00pm
What: Get crafty, glittery, and creative with making your own 3D geometric paper mobiles. Snacks will be provided, as will an Etsy Vancouver Swag Bag full of local handmade goodies.

Femme City Choir Presents: The 2nd Annual FEMME-STRAVAGANZA
Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial)
What: Femme City Choir is an all-genders, queer and trans* centred femme-fabulous singing extravaganza. The choir is a community choir, with singers of all levels, and is non-auditioned.
Runs until: Saturday June 6, 2015

Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell
Where: The Commodore (868 Granville), 8:00pm
What: Previously the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster and currently a radio show host for CILQ-FM in Toronto, Kim Mitchell may be best known for the 80s hit, “Go For Soda.”

Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell
Where: The Media Club (695 Cambie)
What: The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers with classic songs including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and Skin Deep.

VMC-MEN-2015The Vancouver Men’s Chorus: MEN
Where: Performanceworks
What: MEN blazes a trail through the burly-brawny, sometimes brainy, clever, yet always hearty narrative of our lives with big singing and bold moves.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

Scratch
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: When fifteen-year-old Anna is told that her mother is dying of cancer, she responds the only way she knows how: by ignoring the issue. Friends and family are unable to understand her reaction and Anna is increasingly frustrated by their attempts to help her. And she can’t stop itching.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

 


 

Saturday June 6

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Vancouver Spartan Race: SPRINT
Where: Mount Seymour
What: Five kilometers of a muddy, challenging, and competitive obstacle race! Groups of ages 5-10, 11-13, and adults are all welcome (and will compete separately.)

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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross – An All-Female Production by Classic Chic
Where: The Beaumont Stage (326 West 5th), 7:30pm
What: An all-female production of a play about sleazy, small-time, real estate salesmen examines the way men relate to one another. Director Rachel Peake explains, “by casting women in these male roles we seek to study the nature of men’s relationships and to fit them into a broader dialogue on masculinity and femininity as divorced from male and female. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday June 27, 2015

Mini Maker Faire
Where:
PNE Forum
What:
A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of makers making things. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. 
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

VintageVegasVintage Vegas
Where: The Emerald (555 Gore), 9:00pm
What: Award winning Elvis Tribute Artists, Eli Williams and Aaron Wong bring their dynamic, entertaining, and all out Rock & Roll Tribute to the King of Rock & Roll to the Emerald Supper Club for a night of classic Vegas entertainment.

Landfill Activity Day
Where: 5400 72nd street, Delta
What: Spend a day at the dump! No, really. They have scenic tours and pretty cool bird-control hawks and falcons to intimidate crows and seagulls away from the facility. Read Inside Vancouver blogger, Remy Scalza’s post all about it: Spend a Day at the Vancouver Landfill

Vancouver Arts Lip Sync Battle
Where: CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton)
What: Cheer on your favourites as they battle for the ulimate prize: to be crowned Vancouver’s Arts Lip Sync Champion. There’s door prizes and.. all the popcorn you can eat!

Italian Day Film Festival

Italian Day Film Festival

Italian Day Film Festival
Where: The Rio (1660 East Broadway)
What: A series of films to celebrate Italian Day. Tonight will be one of the most influential spaghetti westerns of all time, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone), followed by an aesthetic horror, Black Sabbath (Mario Bava).
Runs until: Festival runs until Saturday June 13, 2015

Jubilate Vocal Ensemble presents Requiem for Peace
Where: Shaughnessy Heights United Church (1550 West 33), 8:00pm
What: This work is dedicated to the millions of civilians who are caught in the crossfire of warring nations, trapped in horrible situations beyond their control. Jubilate will sing pacifist poetry from around the world in twelve languages. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

VCBW2015Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival
Where:PNE Centre Grounds, 2:00pm
What: Now the largest craft beer festival in Canada, this is the week’s closing party with over 100 breweries pouring over 400 beers. Stihl Timbersports Western Canada Finals will be there with women, men, and rookies sawing, chopping, and flinging timber high into the air.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Taguchi Bonsai Club Spring Bonsai Show
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Come look at the tiny trees! Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. It’s careful skill, patient pruning, and a result that can make you feel like a giant.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Femme City Choir

Femme City Choir

Femme City Choir Presents: The 2nd Annual FEMME-STRAVAGANZA
Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial)
What: Femme City Choir is an all-genders, queer and trans* centred femme-fabulous singing extravaganza. The choir is a community choir, with singers of all levels, and is non-auditioned.

BCPoleFit20152BC Pole Fitness Championships
Where: Airport Mariott Hotel
What: BC’s best and fittest pole dancers compete in a completely amazing display of being able to hold yourself up on a pole gracefully in as many ways as you can imagine.

100 in a Day
Where: All over Vancouver
What: Hundreds of Metro Vancouverites unite, each taking one small action to improve their city—all on one day. This is the second installment of 100in1Day Vancouver, a global festival of civic engagement that inspires an action-driven approach to change, where people put in place the projects and changes they want to see in their city. 

Bernstein's Candide

Bernstein’s Candide

Bernstein’s Candide
Where: The Orpheum
What: Written during the same period as Bernstein’s West Side Story, Candide is based on Voltaire’s satirical work from the 1700s, and tells the story of a naïve young man’s globetrotting adventures through brilliant music and hilarious dialogue.
Runs until: Monday June 8, 2015

Daniel Wesley

Daniel Wesley

Daniel Wesley
Where: The Commodore (868 Granville), 8:00pm
What: A local of White Rock, this is mellow, reggae-influenced alternative rock.

Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly
Where: The Vogue
What: This pop/soul/R&B influenced an American singer and songwriter slowly gained recognition after starting to post videos on YouTube at the age of 14. When she was 16, Kelly auditioned for American Idol. After being eliminated from the show, Kelly began to work on her own music.

MEC Bikefest North Shore
Where: Inter River Park
What: A celebration of cycling for all those who share in the joy of riding on two wheels. These signature MEC events offer cyclists of all types an opportunity to participate in skills clinics, demos, workshops and other exciting activities.

Artisan Fair
Where: River Market, New Westminster, 11:00am
What: Artisans, makers and shakers show off and sell their hand-crafted wares.

 

 


 

Sunday June 7

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WaterOne

Whistler Water One Climb
Where: The Grouse Grind, 8:00am
What: Wear blue and flood the Grouse Grind- all in an effort to bring clean drinking water to over 10,000 people in Kenya. With an after-party (at 10:30am) featuring social entrepreneur Taylor Conroy.

Mini Maker Faire
Where:
PNE Forum
What:
A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of makers making things. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. 
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Dark Star: HR Giger's World

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World
Where: The Rio
What: Brenda Sallin’s new documentary delves deep into the life and art of famed surrealist H.R. Giger, whose dark creations (including designing Ridley Scott’s ALIEN) have a far-reaching influence in film, music, body art and more.
Runs until: Monday June 8, 2015

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival
Where:PNE Centre Grounds, 2:00pm
What: Now the largest craft beer festival in Canada, this is the week’s closing party with over 100 breweries pouring over 400 beers. Stihl Timbersports Western Canada Finals will be there with women, men, and rookies sawing, chopping, and flinging timber high into the air.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Battle-of-the-BarbersSMBattle of the Barbers
Where: Fortune Sound Club (147 East Pender)
What: Vancouver’s one-and-only annual barbering event. Created and hosted by London School, the Battle of the Barbers is a chance for all levels of professionals to compete head-to-head for bragging rights, a killer trophy, and a bevy of products and prizes.

Vhine Und Szong

Vhine Und Szong

Vhine Und Szong
Where: The Cultch
What: Attention Lounge Lizards – come satisfy your craving for tunes from Veda Hille while savouring your favourite glass of wine or beer. With special guests Geoff Berner and The Fits.

Shania

Shania Twain
Where: Rogers Arena, 7:30pm
What: Country music Canadian sweetheart – you all know who she is. Rising to fame with her debut album Shania Twain (1993), Shania became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of Come On Over (1997), which became the best-selling country album of all time, and the best-selling album released by a female artist. Most recently, Shania performed 105 shows during her two-year Las Vegas residency.

TylerOakley

Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party
Where: The Vogue
What: Armed with a quick wit and fabulous hair, Tyler Oakley has won the hearts of over five million YouTube subscribers with his weekly videos. Tyler’s sassy vlogs have earned him two Teen Choice Awards, inclusion as one of The Advocate’s 40 Under 40 Emerging Voices, and an invite to the White House for a meeting with the President.

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Teenage Bottlerocket
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What: Energetic, likable pop-punk from Laramie, Wyoming. They have have done an arena tour in Europe, played Warped Tour, and done shows in Australia and Brazil.

Taguchi Bonsai Club Spring Bonsai Show
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Come look at the tiny trees! Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. It’s careful skill, patient pruning, and a result that can make you feel like a giant.


 

Ongoing

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week (ends this weekend)
Where: Various locations across Vancouver
What: It’s a week of beer! Actually, it’s more than a week of beer. But when you’re having fun with a drink in hand, sometimes things go a little longer than you anticipated, am I right?
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Levitation Music Festival: The Black Lips

Levitation Music Festival: Black Lips

Levitation Music Festival (this weekend only)
Where: Various Vancouver venues
What: The founders of Austin Psych Fest have put together a lineup that showcases some of the best and most exciting psychedelic, pop, electronic, shoegaze, metal and experimental music being made today. On Saturday the Black Lips headline at the Malkin Bowl, Tobacco headlines at the Rickshaw, Dead Meadow headlines at the Electric Owl, and Jonathan Toubins Soul Clap is at the Cobalt. On Sunday there are bands such as the Black Angels, Anciients, King Tuff, LA Witch, and Ryley Walker.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

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Anti-Spectacle Art Show (ends this weekend)
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender, Tinseltown) opening reception 7:00pm
What: New works by artists Jim Carrico, Jamie Bizness, Sai Win Myint OO, and Peter Ricq.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Music Waste Festival (ends this weekend)
Where: Various Vancouver venues
What: An independent music festival highlighting the region’s innovative and underground music, art, and comedy. Absent of corporate sponsorship, Music Waste is beholden only to its volunteer-organizer’s passion for culture and the growth of its community.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

City of Bhangra Festival Photo: Joe Carlson

City of Bhangra Festival
Photo: Joe Carlson

City of Bhangra Festival (ends this week)
Where: Various locations in Vancouver and Surrey
What: Celebrate colourful Bhangra with hundreds of international artists. Today SETI X, documentary filmmaker and Punjabi hip hop artist takes us on a journey to cultivate social change through film, live music, and spoken word at the Fluevog’s on Water street.
Runs until: Tuesday June 9, 2015

Italian Day Film Festival
Where: The Rio (1660 East Broadway)
What: A series of classic, inspiring, beautiful and terrifying Italian films to celebrate Italian Day.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

Scratch
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: When fifteen-year-old Anna is told that her mother is dying of cancer, she responds the only way she knows how: by ignoring the issue. Friends and family are unable to understand her reaction and Anna is increasingly frustrated by their attempts to help her. And she can’t stop itching.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

Baker’s Market
Where: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St.) 11am-3pm
What: Every Sunday, find beautifully decorated iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, croissants, breads, scones, toffees, chocolates, marshmallows, gluten-free, organic, baked goods, and much more.
Runs until: June 14, 2015 (Sundays)

We’re All Pretty Bizarre
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: An art show inspired by the films of John Hughes! Expect to see interpretations of his classics such as The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Pretty in Pink and we will see what else…
Runs until: Saturday June 27, 2015

Glengarry Glen Ross – An All-Female Production by Classic Chic
Where: The Beaumont Stage (326 West 5th)
What: An all-female production of a play about sleazy, small-time, real estate salesmen examines the way men relate to one another. Director Rachel Peake explains, “by casting women in these male roles we seek to study the nature of men’s relationships and to fit them into a broader dialogue on masculinity and femininity as divorced from male and female. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday June 27, 2015

Eastside Block Party
Where: The Waldorf, 2:00pm
What: Bands, performers, food trucks, vendors, and general summertime day drinking is every Sunday until after the dog days of summer.
Runs Until: Sunday August 30, 2015 (Sundays)

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Vancouver Night Markets
Where: Various locations in Vancouver and Richmond
What: Whether you’re thing is stir-fried tentacles, spicy tofu, custard buns, flashy iPhone cases, obscure DVDs or just poking through multitudes of trinkets under Vancouver’s refreshing summer night sky, night markets are now open! Inside Vancouver blogger, Carrie Leslie, profiles a bunch of them here: Vancouver Night Markets Open
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces-stairwells, hallways, and restrooms-in order to ask: what makes us happy?
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

Bard on the Beach
Where: Vanier Park (1695 Whyte Ave)
What: One of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals – presented in giant tents on the waterfront. This year, enjoy productions of The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespere’s Rebel, and special events all summer.
Runs until: Friday September 25, 2015

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural: works by Beau Dick
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: A collection of sacred masks and regalia revealing beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm. Created for Kwakwaka’wakw potlatches by artist and traditional Chief Beau Dick and other master carvers.
Runs until: Sunday September 27, 2015

Material Future, The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: An exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art
Where: Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr)
What: This exhibit showcases the work of a passing generation of great artists – craftspeople, illustrators, and painters, as well as that of young urban graffiti artists working today. The exhibition presents Portuguese popular art as multi-leveled, theatrical, politically astute, and individualistic providing a theatre of the nation, where art and culture are mediated through the eruption of personal, profound, and deeply felt sentiments.
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below or tweet me directly at @lextacular


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