Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: August 17, 2017

Ready yourself for the beginning of The Fair at the PNE, an interstellar tall ship performance, dancing horses, a doughnut marathon, craft festivals, and a celebration of garlic! After the weekend, be sure to cap it off by being outside for the partial solar eclipse on Monday; by 10:21am the sun will be mostly blocked out by the moon. You can watch through special glasses, a home-made pinhole camera, or just watch the effect on the shadows around you, the wildlife, and the surrounding sky as the sun’s light turns to a sliver.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: August 17, 2017

Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Russian band Iva Nova

Russian ethno-rock quartet Iva Nova plays this year’s Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver.

In the not-your-baba’s-accordion-festival department, the Accordion Noir Festival is back with more fun-filled squeezebox adventures.

This year’s lineup includes talent from as far away as Finland Russia, as well as an accordion fixer from Montreal. The event takes place Sept. 7-10 at various venues around town, with the four evenings arranged by theme. These include Accordion Drink-o-Bingo (Sept. 7), Accordion Alchemy parts I & II (Sept. 8), Accordion Community Day (Sept. 9, the same night as an album release party from local accordion sensation Geoff Berner), and Underdog Instrument Grudge Match: The Millennial Edition (Sept. 10).

Here’s some more of what to expect.

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Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

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You may soon notice a faint smell of mini donuts in the air… The Fair at the PNE is coming back to Vancouver this Saturday, August 19 and running until Monday, September 4 (Labour Day)!

Featuring rides, inventive food options, endless entertainment, and free concerts, the PNE is always a memorable occasion in Vancouver’s summer season. For 2017, the PNE is pulling out all the stops to keep you entertained with new attractions and shows here for this year only.

Check out some of the highlights to look forward to at this year’s Fair at the PNE…

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The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

The Burn Ins bring a blues-rock component to this year’s International Pop Overthrow. No shouting “Dwight Twilley!” at inopportune moments.

Pop music is alive and well. And no, we’re not talking about the Justin Bieber/Rihanna set, the kind played by folks who can afford million-dollar Hollywood Hills song doctors (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course).

We’re talking about power pop—songs played with guitar/drums/bass, with plentiful melodic hooks and harmonies. In other words, the kind of pop music that pretty much became a commercial kiss-of-death following the break-up of the Beatles.

Every year, the International Pop Overthrow brings together purveyors of this wondrous sound, and sets up in different cities with different lineups. This year, the Vancouver edition runs Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Fairview Pub (898 West Broadway). If you’re looking for a (cheap—only $10!) night out that will leave you tapping your toe and humming a new favourite song, check out one of these shows. To help, we’ve highlighted a few of the bands playing. Continue reading:
Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

Total Eclipse of the Sun: Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Vancouver

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One of the most exciting and anticipated astronomical events of the year will be happening with the solar eclipse scheduled for Monday, August 21. This is the first time in 99 years that North America will be treated with a total eclipse of the sun. Vancouver will be able to observe a whopping 86% totality of the event. So, if you don’t feel like driving down to Portland, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to observe this spectacular celestial event.

Don’t want to watch it alone? There are several science organizations around the city offering special programming and viewing parties to help you observe the eclipse.

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Total Eclipse of the Sun: Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Vancouver

Man Up’s Monthly Gender Blending Featured in the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

By Kendell Yan

Pride week may be over, but the tireless efforts of Vancouver’s bold and beautiful LGBTQ2+ creatives continue as the 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) kicks off August 10-20th! This year, the festival will screen Stay Gold, Man Up, a hyperlocal documentary by Vancouver filmmaker Ray McEachern that focuses on the gender performance spectacle, Man Up at The Cobalt.

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Man Up’s Monthly Gender Blending Featured in the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Mega Arts & Crafts Festival Happening at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

For all those crafty who love to buy and make artisan creations, a big and bold arts and culture festival is coming your way! Just when you thought the summer was winding down, there’s yet another exciting festival to add to your August calendar.

Brought to you by Vancouver Civic Theatres, Watch & Learn will be a celebration of a host of designers, artists, singers, crafters, and gourmet food and drink producers. Basically, the fest will have it all!

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Mega Arts & Crafts Festival Happening at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza