Things to Do this Weekend in Vancouver: July 27, 2017

Vancouver’s first Indigenous Fashion Week has kicked off, and is on through the weekend alongside Spirit Week at VIFF VanCity Theatre, a feminist electronic art symposium, family weekend at the VAG, Japan’s entry into the Celebration of Light fireworks competition, and Canada’s largest food truck festival.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday July 28

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: This debut fashion week will showcase collections from 40 Indigenous fashion designers from across Canada, presented exclusively by models of First Nation/Métis/Inuit descent and aims to connect all Canadians with contemporary Indigenous regalia that highlights innovation of world class Indigenous artists and designers in traditional Coast Salish territory.
Runs until: Saturday July 29, 2017

Spirit Pride
Where: St. Andrew‘s-Wesley Church
What: An LGBT spirituality conference welcoming the community, friends, family and allies.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Spirit Week: Films of Faith and Transcendence

Spirit Week: Films of Faith and Transcendence
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Spiritual awakening comes in many shapes and forms, and it is not the preserve of any particular religion. This week, VIFF Vancity Theatre explores how the human experience touches transcendence in ways large and small, through religious faith, through heightened states of perception, through sublime works of art, through silence and contemplation. Finally, in Obit, we consider what it is that makes a life remarkable in retrospect, as seen through the eyes of the obituary writers at the New York Times.
Runs until: Thursday August 3, 2017

Unceded Traditions Unceded Territory

Unceded Traditions Unceded Territory
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A celebration of the enduring nature of the original peoples of these lands through showcasing Indigenous performance.
Runs until: Saturday July 29, 2017

In the Valley Below
Where: The Biltmore
What: Primal-rock influenced Jeffrey Jacob on vocals and guitar, and the folk inspired Angela Gail on vocals and keyboard.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran
Where: Rogers Arena
What: Global superstar and multi-GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran is on tour with hits such as Shape of You and Thinking Out Loud.

The Teen Shakespeare Program presents Romeo and Juliet
Where:
Carousel Theatre
What:
The annual Teen Shakespeare Program stages outdoor, all ages productions on Granville Island with a festival-style village, concession, and activities for the kids. Admission is free but seating is limited, with premium seating available in advance for $5 per seat.
Runs until: Saturday August 12, 2017

Current: A Pacific Northwest Feminist Electronic Art Symposium
Where: VAL Villa
What: The goal of this symposium is to foster and disseminate feminist content through the cross-pollination of ideas, and intergenerational knowledge sharing. By offering free, public, all ages panels and accessible workshops, we wish to cultivate growth within the local community, and create a more equal landscape within the growing Electronic Arts ecology.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Playland Nights
Where: Playland
What: It’s Playland like you (or maybe just I) have always wanted it. Adults only, no kids, alcohol available. And rides!

Warped Art Show | Above art by Jordan Westre

Warped Art Show
Where: Hive
What: A visual study of the metaphysical; largely the formulation of its properties, and the influence of introspection. Collectively, the diverse abstract and conceptual compositions from four different artists will assist in presenting distorted truths and memories, allowing viewers to ponder existence and challenge traditional notions of “reality.”

Lil Pump

Lil Pump
Where: The Vogue
What: Rap from Miami, Florida.

Stalker

Stalker
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Tarkovsky’s immersive, deeply mysterious masterpiece has been given a vivid new restoration! In a post-apocalyptic police state, two men, a writer and a scientist, engage the special skills of a Stalker to guide them through the forbidden Zone, a damp, fecund, overgrown wasteland where the rules of nature no longer apply. At the Zone’s centre is the Room, a place where the deepest desires of one’s heart are said to come true.
Runs until: Monday July 31, 2017

The 24 Carrot Show

The 24 Carrot Show
Where: The Rio
What: Gender fluidity, sexy activators, and captivating performers in a musical journey into the Fou Fou Ha dimension filled with clown antics, burlesque numbers, and interactive games hosted by none other than Jamie Dewolf.
Runs until: Saturday July 29, 2017


 

Saturday July 29

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Honda Celebration of Light: Japan

Honda Celebration of Light: Japan
Where: English Bay
What: Three companies representing their country each perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music. Cited as being the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, this year the competitors are Japan, the UK, and Canada. Tonight the Akariya Firework team from Japan performs. (The UK and Canadian teams will perform on August 2 and 5.)

Sanctuary Benefit Concert
Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church
What: Before the fireworks, join a night of community, inspirational music, and messages of inclusion, hope, and love. Special musical guests include award winning gospel singers Marcus Mosely (BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee), The Marcus Mosely Chorale, and Vancouver’s own Universal Gospel Choir directed by Lonnie Delisle. Funds raised will go to Vancouver-based Foundation of Hope, supporting service organizations that work directly with LGBTQ+ refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and migrants, and to Affirm United, works for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in communities of faith.

Family FUSE Weekend
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Get inspired by new ideas, hunt for different perspectives and scout out a range of artistic styles with artists, dancers, musicians, performers and educators.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Caribbean Days

Caribbean Days
Where: North Vancouver
What: The Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming), and dancing in the sunshine to tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Story Time with Mary Poppins
Where: Indigo Broadway & Granville
What: In celebration of the 2017 production of Mary Poppins, running July 7 – August 19 at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl, TUTS offers children an opportunity to meet the star, Mary Poppins (played by Ranae Miller) who will read from the Disney storybook, sign autographs and take photos with young fans.

Roguish Raccoons
Where: Stanley Park
What: Adorable and crafty, the raccoons that inhabit Stanley Park are not shy about being spotted. This unusual urban behaviour is just the beginning of their story. Join a walking exploration into the lives of our roguish raccoons and other park regulars.

So There I Was…
Where: The Biltmore
What: A lineup of killer comics each with their own funny, unique and unbelievable story of the times they may have taken something they shouldn’t have.

Columbia StrEAT Festival
Where: Columbia Street (New Westminster, BC)
What: It’s the largest food truck festival in Canada, with over 150 vendors, and it’s easily accessible from two SkyTrain stations. Savour your street food under our shaded patios, feel the breeze by the Riverfront, and grab a refreshing drink at one of the beer gardens while listening to local live entertainment.

Night Nation Run
Where: PNE Fairgrounds
What: A musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, all set to the latest in Electronic Dance Music. Run, walk, skip or dance your way through this electrifying adventure with music carrying you every step. Your journey will take you through an illuminated racecourse to multiple on course DJ stages, finishing with an explosive main stage after party featuring top EDM DJ’s and special guest celebrity performers.


 

Sunday July 30

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Northwest Coast Fashion: Style in a Different Light

Northwest Coast Fashion: Style in a Different Light
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Meet three Northwest Coast Indigenous fashion designers who are transforming the world of contemporary couture with inspired works that draw on their heritage. The designers will showcase recent works on live models and discuss their visions of Indigenous design.

A New World: Anime Evolution

A New World: Anime Evolution
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: Performing classics and surprises from throughout the thirty year history of Final Fantasy by composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Hitoshi Sakimoto. The New World Players chamber ensemble will be under the direction of acclaimed conductor Eric Roth.

The Sleepy Girls Show: Coming Out
Where: Displace Hashery
What: There is a time in life where sharing your deepest secret with the world becomes a reality. These moments are scary, they are paralyzing, they can also be isolating, and beautiful. Everyone’s story is different. This month the Sleepy Girls are  telling coming out stories, through songs, and monologues. 

Man Up Amateur Hour: Rookie of the Year
Where: The Cobalt
What: Pack it, strap it, tape it, tuck it, bind it, boost it, paint it on and then take it all off (or don’t!) Queer performers of any gender, race, colour, size, age, ability, and experience level are welcome for Amateur Hour. 

3Teeth
Where: Venue
What: Goth industrial from LA, with local guests, Left Spine Down.

Birds of a Feather: Hummingbirds Headline
Where: Stanley Park
What: The Anna’s hummingbird is now Vancouver’s official City Bird, but it isn’t the only one causing a buzz about town. Get the scoop on the best hummingbird hangouts in Stanley Park and the great distances they fly in their yearly migration.


 

Ongoing

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Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: This debut fashion week will showcase collections from 40 Indigenous fashion designers from across Canada, presented exclusively by models of First Nation/Métis/Inuit descent and aims to connect all Canadians with contemporary Indigenous regalia that highlights innovation of world class Indigenous artists and designers in traditional Coast Salish territory.
Runs until: Saturday July 29, 2017

The 24 Carrot Show

The 24 Carrot Show
Where: The Rio
What: Gender fluidity, sexy activators, and captivating performers in a musical journey into the Fou Fou Ha dimension filled with clown antics, burlesque numbers, and interactive games hosted by none other than Jamie Dewolf.
Runs until: Saturday July 29, 2017

Unceded Traditions Unceded Territory

Unceded Traditions Unceded Territory
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A celebration of the enduring nature of the original peoples of these lands through showcasing Indigenous performance.
Runs until: Saturday July 29, 2017

The Drum is Calling Festival

The Drum is Calling Festival
Where: Various Locations
What: Immerse yourself in this nine-day festival of Indigenous and diverse arts and culture. Highlighting the festival will be stellar performances from iconic artists such as singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, PowWowStep creator DJ Shub, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, country sensation Crystal Shawanda, Juno Award winner William Prince, rising R&B star George Leach, genre-defying artist Kinnie Star, literary giant Tomson Highway, and powerful spoken word poet Shane Koyczan.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Spirit Pride
Where: St. Andrew‘s-Wesley Church
What: An LGBT spirituality conference welcoming the community, friends, family and allies.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Family FUSE Weekend
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Get inspired by new ideas, hunt for different perspectives and scout out a range of artistic styles with artists, dancers, musicians, performers and educators.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium

Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium
Where: Vancouver Aquarium
What: During Shark Week, Aquarium visitors can dive into the world of sharks and stingrays, learn about their unique characteristics, gain a better understanding of the challenges they face in the wild, as well as how to help through fin-tastic programs and activities.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Caribbean Days

Caribbean Days
Where: North Vancouver
What: The Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming), and dancing in the sunshine to tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Current: A Pacific Northwest Feminist Electronic Art Symposium
Where: VAL Villa
What: The goal of this symposium is to foster and disseminate feminist content through the cross-pollination of ideas, and intergenerational knowledge sharing. By offering free, public, all ages panels and accessible workshops, we wish to cultivate growth within the local community, and create a more equal landscape within the growing Electronic Arts ecology.
Runs until: Sunday July 30, 2017

Stalker

Stalker
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Tarkovsky’s immersive, deeply mysterious masterpiece has been given a vivid new restoration! In a post-apocalyptic police state, two men, a writer and a scientist, engage the special skills of a Stalker to guide them through the forbidden Zone, a damp, fecund, overgrown wasteland where the rules of nature no longer apply. At the Zone’s centre is the Room, a place where the deepest desires of one’s heart are said to come true.
Runs until: Monday July 31, 2017

Spirit Week: Films of Faith and Transcendence

Spirit Week: Films of Faith and Transcendence
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Spiritual awakening comes in many shapes and forms, and it is not the preserve of any particular religion. This week, VIFF Vancity Theatre explores how the human experience touches transcendence in ways large and small, through religious faith, through heightened states of perception, through sublime works of art, through silence and contemplation. Finally, in Obit, we consider what it is that makes a life remarkable in retrospect, as seen through the eyes of the obituary writers at the New York Times.
Runs until: Thursday August 3, 2017

The Teen Shakespeare Program presents Romeo and Juliet
Where:
Carousel Theatre
What:
The annual Teen Shakespeare Program stages outdoor, all ages productions on Granville Island with a festival-style village, concession, and activities for the kids. Admission is free but seating is limited, with premium seating available in advance for $5 per seat.
Runs until: Saturday August 12, 2017

Robson Square Salsa
Where:
Robson Square
What:
An annual series of free outdoor salsa dances. Learn, have fun, and show off your moves.
Runs until: Sunday August 13, 2017

Ensemble Theatre Festival

Ensemble Theatre Festival
Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Featuring a cast of emerging and established actors performing In the Next Room, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Master Class, by directors new and returning to the festival: Keltie Forsyth, Ian Farthing, and Evan Frayne.
Runs until: Friday August 18, 2017

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny
Where: The Improv Centre on Granville Island
What: Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, and lumberjacks or other endless possibilities. As this is improv and the show is made up on the spot, no two shows are ever the same. Join us for some distinctively Canadian laughs. You’ll be nicer for it.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Theatre Under the Stars | Photo by Tim Matheson

Theatre Under the Stars
Where: Stanley Park
What: Enjoy a delightful dose of entertainment this summer with two Broadway musicals. Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed live at the Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS 2017 season promises song & dance in two family-friendly productions celebrating love and imagination.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat
Where: Kits beach
What: Almost anything can happen at this family friendly showcase of amateur talent dating back to 1935.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Live Carving of Stó:lō Welcome Figures

Live Carving of Stó:lō Welcome Figures
Where: Tourism Chilliwack Visitor Centre (Chilliwack, BC)
What: Terry Horne, artist and Chief from Yakweakwioose
band, is carving two Stó:lō Welcome Figures at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre.
Runs until: August 2017

Indigenous Plant Use
Where: Stanley Park
What: Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day Indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting.
Runs until: Friday August 25, 2017 (Fridays)

Story Walks

Story Walks
Where: The Shipyards and in Lynn Canyon Park
What: Free drop-in walks at The Shipyards are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Meet at Lonsdale Ave. and Victory Ship Way. Free drop-in walks in Lynn Canyon Park are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 6th to August 24th at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Meet across from the Lynn Canyon Café.
Runs until: Sunday August 27, 2017

Peak Yoga on Grouse Mountain

Peak Yoga on Grouse Mountain
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Enjoy 60 minute yoga classes led by YYoga instructors, every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-11:00 am. Whether you need a great post-Grind cool down or would just love to experience a different yoga venue at one of the city’s most spectacular locations, these 60-minute class are bound to enhance your physical well-being and kick start your weekend.
Runs until: Sunday August 27, 2017

Dance in Transit
Where: Various outdoor locations
What: A continuous supply of dancing during the warm months —at no cost. Watch it, try it, and see if you love it.
Runs until: Sunday August 27th, 2017

Xi Xanya Dzam – Those Who Are Amazing At Making Things
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: Xi Xanya Dzam (pronounced hee hun ya zam) is the Kwak’wala word describing incredibly talented and gifted people who create works of art. The exhibition is both a showcase and a critical exploration of ‘achievement’ and ‘excellence’ in traditional and contemporary First Nations art.
Runs until: Sunday September 4, 2017

Pictures From Here

Pictures From Here
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Featuring photographs and video works from the early 1960s to the present that capture the urban environment of the Greater Vancouver region, its citizens and the vast “natural” landscape of the province.
Runs until: Sunday September 4, 2017

 

Jaad Kuujus: Meghann O’Brien

Jaad Kuujus: Meghann O’Brien
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Meghann takes materials from the natural world and transforms them into pieces of high-level human expression. Working with traditional materials such as mountain goat wool and cedar bark has given her a deep connection to the supernatural world, a connection to her ancestors. She describes working with cedar bark as, “travelling back in time” or “touching the cosmos”. Her creations have a profound impact within contemporary Northwest Coast art and beyond.
Runs until: September 2017

Sunday Art Market

Sunday Art Market
Where: Jim Deva Plaza
What: Local artists, vendors and makers, largely from Vancouver’s West End, along with musical and other live performances and artist-led workshops to drop into.
Runs until: September 2017

Panda International Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: A diverse market in Richmond, with shopping, food, beverages, and a game zone.
Runs until: Monday September 11, 2017

Flora and Fauna: A Summer Art Show
Where: The Fall Tattooing and Artist Studio
What: An artistic summer celebration of all vibrant, colourful, living things.
Runs until: Friday September 15, 2017

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Where: Vanier Park
What: What do you say to watching a live production of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice or The Two Gentlemen of Verona in a custom-built tent on the beach while sipping wine, beer, and munching on a picnic lunch themed to the play? Yes! Right? After 28 years, this festival has hit a stride of near perfection (and don’t even get us started on the amazing costumes.)
Runs until: Saturday September 23, 2017

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The first overview of the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918 – 1974), born in the Treelon area near Climax, Saskatchewan. It brings together approximately 450 of the artist’s paintings as well as several of his mural-sized works. An itinerant painter, he sold thousands of variations of essentially the same landscape painting in national parks, resorts, department stores and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s through the early 1960s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Unbelievable

Unbelievable
Where: The Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition poses provocative questions about our perception of stories by assembling iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. Unbelievable objects include the Thunderbird totem pole that appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters; contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver; and artifacts illustrating the complex narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Uninterrupted

Uninterrupted
Where: Under the Cambie Street Bridge
What: After dusk, audiences will witness the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon in a 30-minute cinematic spectacle that explores the connection between nature and our urban environments.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Be Polite

Be Polite
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working closely with the Estate of Gordon Bennett and IMA Brisbane the exhibition will comprise a selection of rare works on paper including drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Works by Anna Milton

Works by Anna Milton
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Anna has been exhibiting and selling her work internationally since her college years. She trained and worked as an art therapist for many years and is interested in symbols and metaphor that are present in visual art.
Runs until: Wednesday September 27, 2017

Shipyards Night Marlet

Shipyards Night Market
Where: Lonsdale, North Vancouver
What: Food, art, music, entertainment, shopping, a beer garden, and you can bring your dog!
Runs until: September 29, 2017

ZimCarvings
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: Patrick Sephani along with visiting artist Peter Kananji will be showcasing works from over 30 Zimbabwean stone sculptors on the beautiful garden grounds and carving stone sculptures on site.  All works will be available for purchase.
Runs until: Saturday September 30, 2017

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The most comprehensive exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden will trace the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history. This exhibition will present thirty-eight paintings spanning the course of Monet’s long career from the unparalleled collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Twenty-five photographs by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore produced during several visits to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, France. Showing concurrently with the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden, Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio offers a contemporary perspective on the tranquility originally captured in Monet’s iconic paintings.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Persistence

Persistence
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Persistence draws together three recent contemporary installations to explore the surprising and creative ways that technologies, physical objects and natural processes endure and transform.
Runs until: October 1, 2017

Elad Lassry

Elad Lassry
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Investigating the nature of perception with a special focus on the photographic image within the digital era, the exhibition includes more than seventy works—films, photographs and sculpture—produced by Lassry over the last decade.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Where: Dude Chilling Park
What: Amble over and pick up some afternoon picnic supplies, groceries for the week, and Sunday dinner fixings from 25+ farms and producers. Each week you’ll find a fresh selection of just-picked seasonal fruits & veggies, ethically-raised meats & sustainable seafood, artisanal bread & prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, handmade craft, and coffee & food trucks.
Runs until: Sunday October 8, 2017

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Words and their physical manifestations are explored in this insightful exhibition, which will honour the special significance that written forms. Varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia is shown over the span of different time periods: from Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qu’ranic manuscripts, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Chinese calligraphy from MOA’s Asian collection to graffiti art from Afghanistan and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy, and Tibetan and Thai scripts.
Runs until: Monday October 9, 2017

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: There’s a dinosaur park! Anamatronic dinosaurs! Also – live performances, carnival games, over 200 retail stalls and over 500 food choices from around the world.
Runs until: October 9, 2017

Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah

Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah
Where:  Vancouver Art Gallery
What:  This large-scale composition transforms English texts to form intricate floral and animal patterns. The work draws from discriminatory language that appeared in newspapers and political campaigns in Vancouver during the 1887 anti-Chinese riots, the mid-1980s immigration influx from Hong Kong and most recently, the heated exchanges around the foreign buyers and the local housing market.
Runs until: Sunday October 15, 2017

West End Farmers Market
Where: 1100 Comox St
What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Each week, shop for the best in local, seasonal produce, artisanal bread & prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, ethically raised meat, eggs, & dairy, sustainable seafood, wild crafted product, and handmade craft. Hot food & coffee on-site as well.
Runs until: Saturday October 21, 2017 (Saturdays)

Trout Lake Farmers Market
Where: Trout Lake
What: This is where you’ll find the vendors who have been doing it since the beginning; what started as 14 farmers ‘squatting’ at the Croatian Cultural Centre back in 1995 has grown into Vancouver’s most well-known and beloved market. Visitors come from near and far to sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
Runs until: Saturday October 21, 2017 (Saturdays)

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Kitsilano Farmers Market
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot
What:   A great selection of just-picked, seasonal fruits & vegetables, ethically raised and grass fed meat, eggs, & dairy, sustainable seafood, fresh baked bread & artisanal food, local beer, wine, & spirits, and beautiful, handmade craft. Kids and parents alike can enjoy entertainment by market musicians, a nearby playground and splash park, and coffee and food truck offerings each week.
Runs until: Sunday October 22, 2017 (Sundays)

The Lost Fleet Exhibit
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: On December 7, 1941 the world was shocked when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, launching the United States into the war. This action also resulted in the confiscation of nearly 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats by Canadian officials on the British Columbia coast, which were eventually sold off to canneries and other non-Japanese fishermen. The Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people.
Runs until: Winter 2017

Bill Reid Creative Journeys | Image via the Canadian Museum of History

Bill Reid Creative Journeys
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: Celebrating the many creative journeys of acclaimed master goldsmith and sculptor Bill Reid (1920–1998), this exhibition provides a comprehensive introduction to his life and work.
Runs until: Sunday December 10, 2017

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: MOA will showcase its Amazonian collections in a significant exploration of socially and environmentally-conscious notions intrinsic to indigenous South American cultures, which have recently become innovations in International Law. These are foundational to the notions of Rights of Nature, and they have been consolidating in the nine countries that share responsibilities over the Amazonian basin.
Runs until: January 28, 2018

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

Emily Carr: Into the Forest
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Far from feeling that the forests of the West Coast were a difficult subject matter, Carr exulted in the symphonies of greens and browns found in the natural world. With oil on paper as her primary medium, Carr was free to work outdoors in close proximity to the landscape. She went into the forest to paint and saw nature in ways unlike her fellow British Columbians, who perceived it as either untamed wilderness or a plentiful source of lumber.
Runs until: March 4, 2018

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist
Where: North Vancouver Museum
What: An exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor. The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the George family.
Runs until: April 2018

In a Different Light

In a Different Light
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: More than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.
Runs until: Spring 2019

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One Response to Things to Do this Weekend in Vancouver: July 27, 2017

  1. Great list of activities to do! We are visiting Vancouver from Texas this week. A few days here and we already love it. We will see what options on this list we can participate it. Thank you!