Canada Place hosts free outdoor movies on a giant inflatable screen, and free zumba

Photo courtesy of Canada Place

Photo courtesy of Canada Place

Canada Place is always a hub of activity on Canada Day, but the action also continues throughout July and August. Take a walk alongside the sails and you’ll find free entertainment–as low-key or as lively as you want it.

Every Thursday night starting July 9, the Fresh Air Cinema gets into gear. A three-story-tall inflatable screen will be erected at the north point of Canada Place; in this giant space, around 1,000 people can kick back and watch a movie. It’s a spectacular setting, with the ocean and mountains as the backdrop.

The films are free, and you can bring whatever you need to make yourself comfortable: blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Popcorn and beverages will be available to purchase, and there’s no alcohol or smoking permitted as it’s a family-friendly event.

Each film features Canadian talent. Here’s the line-up:

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Canada Place hosts free outdoor movies on a giant inflatable screen, and free zumba

Pokemon Symphony Coming to Vancouver this July

Pokemon Symphony Vancouver

Image courtesy of Yoshikazu TAKADA | Flickr.com

And now for something completely different… If you thought going to the symphony was a bit on the boring side, we’ve got some exciting news for you. On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 theme music from the popular Pokemon TV show and video game series will be performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Vancouver.

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Pokemon Symphony Coming to Vancouver this July

Star Wars burlesque returns

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Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photography.

A popular burlesque take-off on one of pop culture’s most enduring franchises returns for a run this July.

A Nude Hope is a tribute to Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker and company in a way you’ve never seen them. From a Death Star dance to a roller-derbying R2D2 and a biker chick Chewbacca, the production entertains with a show that has been described as “Star Wars meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show.” A Nude Hope, which premiered at the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver two years ago, is coming back for an 11 performance run at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre July 8 – 19.

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5 reasons to love Kitsilano Showboat on its 80th anniversary

Kitsilano Showboat | Facebook photo

Kitsilano Showboat | Facebook photo

Kitsilano Showboat opens for its 2015 summer season on Monday (June 22), with 30 nights of free entertainment through to August 15.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the amateur theatre, and there’s good reason to catch a show.

Quite simply, Kitsilano Showboat is one of Vancouver’s most charming summer traditions. Even though I grew up in East Van, my family trekked over to the West side a few times every summer for a picnic dinner leading up to the show.

Later, when I lived in Kitsilano, I would wander down on weekday evenings to catch a few acts. From teenage tap dancers to senior jazz musicians, eight-year-old pop-stars-in-the-making to big bands, there was always something to enjoy.

Here are five reasons why I love Kitsilano showboat–and why you will too.

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5 reasons to love Kitsilano Showboat on its 80th anniversary

Emerging Vancouver artists present their work at Launch! Festival Friday night

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Sarah Jickling, one of the performers at the 2015 Launch! Festival. Bethany Menzel photo.

This Friday night, the Launch! Festival once again spotlights some of Vancouver’s most talented emerging artists.

Each year, Launch! selects a number of applicants from different artistic disciplines to showcase their work. Those selected also receive advice and guidance from professionals in their respective disciplines, which include music, theatre, film and dance.

For the Launch! Festival 2015, 10 artists have been chosen to perform and/or show their films on June 19 at the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St.). Here are some expected highlights.

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Emerging Vancouver artists present their work at Launch! Festival Friday night