Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Contemporary takes on classics is what it’s all about this weekend. For performance, there’s the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival. In art, there’s an exhibition of Indigenous tattoo artists reclaiming traditional techniques. For food and music, head to Italian Day on The Drive. Even cheese gets a new take with a vegan cheese tasting workshop.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday June 8

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 Macbeth, Timon of Athens, As You Like It or Lysistrata in a custom-built tent on the beach while sipping wine, beer, and munching on a picnic lunch themed to the play? Yes! Right? And don’t even get us started on the amazing costumes.
Runs until: Saturday September 22, 2018

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Explore the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment on the Northwest Coast. These five contemporary Indigenous artists are at the forefront of the revival of Indigenous tattooing in BC. They are reclaiming traditional techniques and traditional rights to be tattooed, and building awareness of the significance and protocols around the tattooing traditions.
Runs until: January 13, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Where: Surrey Arts Centre
What: BC’s most promising young dancers will breathe life into this romantic tale of frolicking fairies and mistaken identity.

Victim Impact

Victim Impact
Where: The Cultch
What: In the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, former notary public Rashida Samji drew family, friends, and their communities into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012. This is a live documentary investigating mysterious aspects of this case, following it through the courts and down the money trail.
Runs until: Sunday June 17, 2018

Teen Angst Night
Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst.

Home Away from Home

Home Away from Home
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: In a new gallery space dedicated to highlighting community and emerging artists, this exhibit highlights stories of the Cultural Sharing Program at the Carnegie Community Centre as represented by the individuals who participate.
Runs until: Sunday September 9, 2018

We Three

We Three
Where: The Bee Stage
What: Three characters explore colour, shapes, music, friendships and being true to one’s self through a gentle, immersive first play experience for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Runs until: Sunday June 17, 2018

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: Canadian football.

Indigenous Plant Use
Where: Stanley Park
What: Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of local 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.


 

Saturday June 9

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Cabin Fever | Image from the Series “Ice Huts” by Richard Johnson (cropped)

Cabin Fever
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: This exhibition traces the tradition of the cabin in Canada and the United States—from the settlement of the frontier to depictions showing how this humble architectural form has been appropriated for its symbolic value and helped shape a larger cultural identity.
Runs until: Sunday September 30, 2018

Peter Grimes
Where: The Orpheum
What: A murder mystery in a seaside town that wrestles with themes of isolation and persecution set to music inspired by Verdi. This piece of musical theatre that is as fresh today as at its premiere in 1945.

Breakout Festival
Where: PNE Amphitheater
What: An all hip-hop and R&B music festival. Featuring Migos, Tory Lanez, 6Lack and more.
Runs until: Sunday June 10, 2018

Social Distortion

Social Distortion (show 1 of 2)
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound; a brand of Californian hard rockabilly/punk.

Indigenous Storytelling:  Ḵayx̱ Sx̱wex̱wiy̓ám̓ (Legends of Mink)
Where: Public Library, Collingwood Branch
What: Listen to and share stories of mink, the trickster, with Indigenous storyteller in residence T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss.

Xavier Rudd | Image by Raf Wetere

Xavier Rudd
Where: Malkin Bowl
What: An Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who incorporates socially conscious themes into his songs such as spirituality, environmentalism and the rights of Indigenous Australians.

HammerFall

Hammerfall
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Swedish metal.

Taste of Italia

Taste of Italia
Where: Italian Cultural Centre
What: Celebrate Italian cuisine as part of the celebrations for Italian Heritage Month with this buffet of Italian treats.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Orlando City

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Orlando City
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: It’s a soccer game.


 

Sunday June 10

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Italian Day on The Drive

Italian Day on The Drive
Where: Commercial Drive (south of Broadway, north of Adanac)
What: A vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 150 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations.

BC Buddhist Festival
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park
What: A free family event including a Buddha bathing ceremony, meditation workshops, speeches from 6 different monks/nuns, vegetarian food trucks, live music, singing and dancing performances from 15 different countries.

Mid Main Art Fair | Artist: Louise Nicholson (cropped)

Mid Main Art Fair
Where: Heritage Hall
What: Check out the work of local artists.

Yoga is Yours
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
What: A celebration of yoga, music and Vancouver, in support of non-profit Viinyasa Yoga for Youth. Yogis and newcomers are invited to a by donation, all-level community class lead by lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador Ryan Leier, accompanied by special musical guest Xavier Rudd.

The Vegan Wine and Cheese Project: Sip + Savour
Where: Be Fresh Local Market
What: Sample vegan-friendly wines and cheeses with a cheese demonstrations and take-home recipes.

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.

Social Distortion

Social Distortion (show 2 of 2)
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound; a brand of Californian hard rockabilly/punk.

Ya Helwa
Where: The Rickshaw
What: A Middle Eastern and belly dance showcase with performances by the Helwa Dancers, students, and featured guest, Mohamed Salah from Egypt.


 

Ongoing

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C’mon Angie

C’mon Angie
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: The morning after a one-night stand, questions of consent lead to a highly charged confrontation. For Reed, it was a sexual fantasy played out in real time. For Angie, it was a violation. The details of their night together unravel as they struggle to unpack the truth of what happened.
Runs until: Saturday June 9, 2018

I Feel You: The Films of Lucrecia Martel 
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Born and raised in the tropical northern province of Salta — the locale of most of her films — Martel came to international prominence in 2001 with her dazzling, dreamlike first feature La Ciénaga, winner of the prestigious Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and flashpoint for a New Argentine Cinema still gaining ground in the early aughts.
Runs until: Sunday June 10, 2018

Breakout Festival
Where: PNE Amphitheater
What: An all hip-hop and R&B music festival. Featuring Migos, Tory Lanez, 6Lack and more.
Runs until: Sunday June 10, 2018

Haida Now

Haida Now
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890. Local Haida artists will share their insights and knowledge about the art pieces, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a powerful way to engage with the worldview and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation for the role museums can play in the reconciliation movement.
Runs until: Saturday June 16, 2018

Bombhead | Untitled by Carel Moiseiwitsch (image rotated for the screen)

Bombhead
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: A thematic art exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art. Encompassing the pre- and postwar period from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, BOMBHEAD brings together paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs, film and video that deal with this often dark subject matter.
Runs until: Sunday June 17, 2018

Victim Impact

Victim Impact
Where: The Cultch
What: In the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, former notary public Rashida Samji drew family, friends, and their communities into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012. This is a live documentary investigating mysterious aspects of this case, following it through the courts and down the money trail.
Runs until: Sunday June 17, 2018

We Three

We Three
Where: The Bee Stage
What: Three characters explore colour, shapes, music, friendships and being true to one’s self through a gentle, immersive first play experience for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Runs until: Sunday June 17, 2018

The Blue Hour

The Blue Hour
Where: Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery
What:Making reference to the brief period of twilight at dawn and dusk when temporal linearity appears to momentarily hover in a state of suspension, this photography exhibition presents works by five Canadian and international artists – Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman – that collectively act as a proposition to consider the futurity of the photographic image.
Runs until: Sunday June 24, 2018

Mamma Mia!
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Based on the Songs of ABBA, an island paradise in Greece sets the stage for the ultimate feel-good show. A daughter’s quest to find her biological father before her wedding brings together three men from her mother’s past. Who will walk her down the aisle?
Runs until: Sunday July 22, 2018

Bark: A Closer Look
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Three artists emphasize the amazing textures, shapes and abstractions of a tree’s bark.
Runs until: Sunday July 29, 2018

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The work of two women artists practicing in British Columbia in the early twentieth century. This exhibition draws on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape. Like Carr, much of Gunterman’s oeuvre reflected her engagement with the wilderness around her which she documented with images of friends, campsites, trappers, prospectors, miners and the day to day of pioneer life.
Runs until: Monday September 3, 2018

Home Away from Home

Home Away from Home
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: In a new gallery space dedicated to highlighting community and emerging artists, this exhibit highlights stories of the Cultural Sharing Program at the Carnegie Community Centre as represented by the individuals who participate.
Runs until: Sunday September 9, 2018

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 Macbeth, Timon of Athens, As You Like It or Lysistrata in a custom-built tent on the beach while sipping wine, beer, and munching on a picnic lunch themed to the play? Yes! Right? And don’t even get us started on the amazing costumes.
Runs until: Saturday September 22, 2018

Cabin Fever | Image from the Series “Ice Huts” by Richard Johnson (cropped)

Cabin Fever
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: This exhibition traces the tradition of the cabin in Canada and the United States—from the settlement of the frontier to depictions showing how this humble architectural form has been appropriated for its symbolic value and helped shape a larger cultural identity.
Runs until: Sunday September 30, 2018

Sea Snaps
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: A display of work by Maria Steernberg. This exhibition highlights the beauty of Vancouver’s maritime setting and our beautiful coast line through a series of themes; the working waterfront, cruising, nature and disaster.
Runs until: Sunday October 7, 2018

Vancouver Farmers Market - Dude Chilling Park

Vancouver Farmers Market – Dude Chilling Park

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Where: Dude Chilling Park
What: Vancouver’s easy-going Sunday market located on the east side of Dude Chilling Park – the gathering place for a diverse crowd of young families, artists, dog owners, and quirky neighbourhood personalities.
Runs until: Sunday October 7, 2018

Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past in Latin America

Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past in Latin America
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: This premiere exhibition illustrates how Latin American communities use traditional or historic art forms to express contemporary political realities. Featuring art and multi-sensory installations from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Ecuador and Chile, with special attention to marginalized communities.
Runs until: Monday October 8, 2018

Culture at the Centre

Culture at the Centre

Culture at the Centre
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Five Indigenous-run cultural centres in BC will be showcased representing six communities: Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre (Musqueam), Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Squamish, Lil’wat), Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre (Heiltsuk), Nisga’a Museum (Nisga’a), and Haida Gwaii Museum (Haida). Covering a wide geographic expanse from Vancouver to the Nass River Valley, this marks the first time the participating communities will come together to share their diverse cultures in one space.
Runs until: Monday October 8, 2018

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 20, 2018 (Saturdays)

Kitsilano Farmers Market
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre
What: At Kitsilano Farmers Market, shoppers will find 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 handmade craft.
Runs until: Sunday October 21, 2018 (Sundays)

Riley Park Farmers’ Market
Where: Riley Park
What: 30+ vendors each week – 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: Saturday October 27, 2018 (Saturdays)

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Explore the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment on the Northwest Coast. These five contemporary Indigenous artists are at the forefront of the revival of Indigenous tattooing in BC. They are reclaiming traditional techniques and traditional rights to be tattooed, and building awareness of the significance and protocols around the tattooing traditions.
Runs until: January 13, 2019

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

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below.

 

 


 


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