Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend you can see Nosferatu backed by a live choir, check out some fancy cars at the auto show, cheer on some national soccer or make waves at a Canucks game. There’s also performance that works with projections on nudity, a tale re-told with a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley, and the marketing extravaganza you’ve no-doubt seen information for everywhere, Shen Yun is finally happening.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing


Friday March 22

The Orchard (After Chekhov)
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: It’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. With the bank calling and money low, will the Basrans be able to save their beloved orchard? Inspired by the playwright’s own childhood, this fresh adaptation confronts life, loss, and the Canadian immigrant experience with humour and beauty.
Runs until: Monday April 22, 2019

Multiple Organism

Multiple Organism
Where: Culture Lab
What: A genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
Runs until: Saturday March 30, 2019

Resilience: Through Laughter

Resilience: Through Laughter
Where: Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
What: Corrine Hunt’s experience with adversity takes us on a personal path through her latest mixed-media exhibition. Resilience is one of the most important aspects in our lives, and laughter can often be an antidote – the art of coping – with life’s circumstances that challenge our very being. In facing these challenges, Corrine pushed through with grace, perseverance and strength to give new purpose and pleasure to her art form.
Runs until: Friday April 26, 2019

Shen Yun

Shen Yun
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Travel back to the world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away.
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

Vancouver International Auto Show

Vancouver International Auto Show
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
What: A personal opportunity in a hassle free, no sales pressure environment to fact find and close the information loop by learning about (and, in some cases, driving) an incredible variety of vehicles. More than 500 vehicles will be on display from the world’s best manufacturers, including test drives of clean energy vehicles (Presented by Toyota and CEVforBC – Electric Vehicle Experience Test Drives).
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

Boca del Lupo presents Envision
Where: Performance Works
What: An adventure of nine immersive micro excerpts of new contemporary work by women of colour, multiracial, Indigenous and Metis artists.

Festival du Bois
Where: Mackin Park (Coquitlam, BC)
What: A weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture–the largest in BC. Come enjoy amazing music, dance, traditional food and shows for kids.
Runs until: Saturday March 23, 2019

Sonic Boom Festival
Where: The Annex
What: A four day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians.
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

VSO Music Director Otto Tausk

VSO Music Director Otto Tausk (show 1 of 2)
Where: Chan Centre
What: Mozart was one of history’s greatest composers, and hearing his final three symphonies performed together in one concert is a transcendent musical experience and a unique insight into one of the greatest creative geniuses the world has ever known.

Ella Vos

Ella Vos
Where: The Biltmore
What: A classically trained pianist, Vos worked as a keyboardist for BØrns before deciding to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter after the birth of her son in 2015. 

Vancouver Warriors vs. Colorado Mammoth

Vancouver Warriors vs. Colorado Mammoth
Where: Rogers Arena
What: Join the Vancouver Warriors for pro-Lacrosse action against the Colorado Mammoth.

The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Icelandic musical phenom Björk vowed to never act again after her heartrending, Cannes-winning performance in Lars von Trier’s devastating Dancer in the Dark. It feels like a miracle, then, that her ethereal onscreen presence can be experienced anew thanks to the rediscovery and re-release of The Juniper Tree, her first feature-film role. 
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019


Saturday March 23

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Nosferatu
Where: The Orpheum
What: With some of the most iconic imagery in film, Nosferatu is brought to life with a newly imagined score for choir and small ensemble by Andrew Downing. 

Live Painting

Live Painting
Where: LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery
What: A family-friendly live painting event where you can meet the artist and watch them demonstrate their technique.  

Steve Hoffstetter

Steve Hoffstetter
Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Hofstetter, who has a whopping 100 million views on YouTube, is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. His book Ginger Kid is a top 5 pick on Amazon and debuted at number one in its category.

VSO Music Director Otto Tausk (show 2 of 2)
Where: Chan Centre
What: Mozart was one of history’s greatest composers, and hearing his final three symphonies performed together in one concert is a transcendent musical experience and a unique insight into one of the greatest creative geniuses the world has ever known.

Royal Canoe

Royal Canoe
Where: The Biltmore
What: A Canadian indie pop band from Winnipeg and Steinbach, Manitoba.

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames
Where: Rogers Arena
What: It’s a Western Canada hockey face-off.

Hot Fruit

Hot Fruit
Where: 1410 Venables
What: A dance party that is QTBIPOC centred. This is an event for us to sweat and hold community. Not really into dancing? Have to work early? From 9-10:30 there will be a more relaxed community space for drawing, talking, and singing along.


Sunday March 24

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Canada Mens Soccer vs. French Guiana

Canada Mens Soccer vs. French Guiana
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: Canada, perfect through their first three qualifying matches, need a result to clinch their spot among the top-six nations in the qualifying stage. From 34 nations in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, six nations will advance to Group A alongside pre-qualified nations Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and USA.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Where: Rogers Arena
What: It’s a hockey game.


Ongoing

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Jesus Freak

Jesus Freak
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: The Campbell family prides themselves on their West Coast open-mindedness; from pot to political resistance, nothing is off the table. But when their daughter Clara comes home and announces she’s become a Christian, their tolerance is put to the test.
Runs until: Saturday March 23, 2019

Marine Life | Image by Erin Gleig

Marine Life
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: The story revolves around an environmental activist who falls in love with her opposite. Incorporating magic realism, humour and live music, Marine Life explores themes of environmentalism, creativity, mental illness and personal responsibility in a delicately dark romantic comedy, set against a backdrop of apocalyptic proportions.
Runs until: Saturday March 23, 2019

Gross Misconduct
Where: Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC)
What: Now in his early fifties, Deke has been in Millhaven Prison without a cellmate for the past twenty years. He is surprised and annoyed when Corey, a twentysomething rich kid, joins him in his cell. Deke is convicted for killing his sister Abigail’s rapist, and “newbie” Corey is in prison for sexual assault.
Runs until: Saturday March 23, 2019

Festival du Bois
Where: Mackin Park (Coquitlam, BC)
What: A weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture–the largest in BC. Come enjoy amazing music, dance, traditional food and shows for kids.
Runs until: Saturday March 23, 2019

Anne Low: Chair for a Woman

Anne Low: Chair for a Woman
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Low’s artistic research is typically rooted in a close looking at historical objects, materials and surfaces, especially those created immediately prior to the Industrial Revolution. She is concerned with the specific conditions under which such objects are produced and consumed—particularly by women—and the domestic spaces they defined.
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

Aslan Gaisumov

Aslan Gaisumov
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: This exhibition brings together two works never previously shown together and, in so doing, offers a new means through which to consider many of the concerns that have shaped the artist’s practice over the past eight years.
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

Sonic Boom Festival
Where: The Annex
What: A four day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians.
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

Vancouver International Auto Show

Vancouver International Auto Show
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
What: A personal opportunity in a hassle free, no sales pressure environment to fact find and close the information loop by learning about (and, in some cases, driving) an incredible variety of vehicles. More than 500 vehicles will be on display from the world’s best manufacturers, including test drives of clean energy vehicles (Presented by Toyota and CEVforBC – Electric Vehicle Experience Test Drives).
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree
Where: The Cinematheque
What: Icelandic musical phenom Björk vowed to never act again after her heartrending, Cannes-winning performance in Lars von Trier’s devastating Dancer in the Dark. It feels like a miracle, then, that her ethereal onscreen presence can be experienced anew thanks to the rediscovery and re-release of The Juniper Tree, her first feature-film role. 
Runs until: Sunday March 24, 2019

Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver International Dance Festival
Where: Various locations
What: A diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists and local favourites, presenting three weeks of endlessly enriching performances, workshops, and a host of dance activities
Runs until: Saturday March 30, 2019

Hot Brown Honey

Hot Brown Honey
Where: The York Theatre
What: Packing a punch of hip hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system.
Runs until: Sunday March 30, 2019

Multiple Organism

Multiple Organism
Where: Culture Lab
What: A genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
Runs until: Saturday March 30, 2019

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: Showcasing for the first time in MOA’s history a presentation of all-women artists, this exhibition features the artworks of nine Aboriginal women, who are all celebrated artists from tiny remote communities across Australia’s deserts and tropical north. Encompassing a wide range of subjects from the natural to sublime and from minute organisms to vast celestial bodies, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the immutable tension between the universal and the specific, and discover the power of traditional Indigenous knowledge in an increasingly digital world.
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

Spring Break at the Space Centre

Spring Break at the Space Centre
Where: HR Macmillan Space Centre
What: Do you have a young space enthusiast in the family? Join us over Spring Break for some special activities and programming focused on exploring the sun and exploring the moon. 
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

Redpatch
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Between 1914 and 1918, over four thousand Indigenous men volunteered to fight and die for Canada in WW1. Redpatch tells a part of this story through the eyes of a soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island. From his childhood home to the battlefields of France, follow him as he endures the horrors of the Great War in a new play that uses dance, myth, and mask to tell both a universal and a personal tale.
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

Shen Yun

Shen Yun
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Travel back to the world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away.
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”
Where: Waterfront Theatre
What: Join best friends, Gerald and Piggie, on a day where anything is possible! Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, it’s the perfect adventure for young audiences .
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

Fitness For All

Fitness For All
Where: 1100 West Georgia Street
What: Chinese contemporary art collective Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) has produced a five-piece set of exercise equipment specially designed for the Vancouver public. The artists’ decree suggests that establishing a more collective self-awareness fosters inclusivity and collaboration within a community.
Runs until: Sunday March 31, 2019

The Orchard (After Chekhov)
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: It’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. With the bank calling and money low, will the Basrans be able to save their beloved orchard? Inspired by the playwright’s own childhood, this fresh adaptation confronts life, loss, and the Canadian immigrant experience with humour and beauty.
Runs until: Monday April 22, 2019

Resilience: Through Laughter

Resilience: Through Laughter
Where: Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
What: Corrine Hunt’s experience with adversity takes us on a personal path through her latest mixed-media exhibition. Resilience is one of the most important aspects in our lives, and laughter can often be an antidote – the art of coping – with life’s circumstances that challenge our very being. In facing these challenges, Corrine pushed through with grace, perseverance and strength to give new purpose and pleasure to her art form.
Runs until: Friday April 26, 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

Hastings Park Farmers Market

Hastings Park Farmers Market
Where: Hastings Park
What: Find a weekly selection of locally grown fruit and veggies, farm fresh meat, eggs and dairy products, fresh baked sourdough bread and treats, craft beer, wine and spirits, artisanal prepared food, local crafts, hot coffee and food trucks.
Runs until: Sunday April 28, 2019 (Sundays)

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Sixty paintings and sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European permanent and long-term loan collections. Identifying France as the artistic centre of international modernism from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, these works—which are diverse in subject matter, style and scale—were created by leading artists of the period, intended both for private collections and public display.
Runs until: Monday May 20, 2019

Affinities: Canadian Artists and France

Affinities: Canadian Artists and France
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Looking at the significance that French art and culture has held for Canadian artists over the past 120 years, this exhibition of works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Collection focuses on influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the twentieth century.
Runs until: Monday May 20, 2019

Counternarratives: Paintings by Archibald Fairbairn

Counternarratives: Paintings by Archibald Fairbairn
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: The watercolour paintings of Archibald Fairbairn (1888 – 1979) document the beauty of totem poles and communities during the early 20th century. This exhibition juxtaposes an idealistic painter’s postcolonial gaze with critical discourse from contemporary Indigenous voices.
Runs until: Sunday June 2, 2019

Displacement

Displacement
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: This exhibition comprises internationally acclaimed Victoria-based artist Mowry Baden’s work from the late 1960s to the present. Baden is known for producing intricate, sometimes humorous sculptural works and installations that borrow from the fields of perceptual psychology, science and architecture, and often solicit the audience’s participation.
Runs until: Sunday June 9, 2019

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowd-sourcing technologies, and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.
Runs until: July 2019

Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: With humble beginnings in Vancouver, Greenpeace has grown into a large organization with offices in 40 countries. The NGO has protested numerous causes: whaling, deforestation, mining, genetic testing, and nuclear testing. Explore this exhibit that goes from their first voyage from Vancouver to Amchitka to protest Nuclear testing on an old fishing vessel to how cities, government, and industry today are developing new policies, technologies, and sustainable practices to ensure the preservation of our environment.
Runs until: Monday September 9, 2019

Shake Up: Preserving What We Value

Shake Up: Preserving What We Value
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: The exhibition will bring to light the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. Beyond scientific discoveries, knowledge of earthquakes and natural disasters has been passed down through generations throughout many cultures, including those of the Northwest Coast First Nations. Also as part of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to see the majestic poles of the Great Hall undergo conservation, many for the first time in 40 years.
Runs until: Fall 2019

How Far Do You Travel

How Far Do You Travel
Where: Select B-Line TransLink busses
What: Five Canadian artists — Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Tasdelen and Anna Torma — are being commissioned to graphically wrap the exterior of a series of articulated buses traveling on major routes in Metro Vancouver.
Runs until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

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

 

Sonic Boom festival of new classical music starts tonight!

Rodney Sharman is the Composer-in-Residence at this year’s Sonic Boom Music Festival.

Each year, the Sonic Boom Music Festival showcases the best of contemporary classical (new) music in the province. The festival spotlights a BC Composer, Featured Artist(s) and Ensemble, as well as a mix of ensembles of one to four players performing dozens of new works by both emerging and established West Coast composers.

The 32nd festival takes place on March 21-24. As usual, there’s an eclectic lineup of concerts (at two downtown venues, Pyatt Hall and the Orpheum Annex, both at 843 Seymour St.) as well as a student composer master-class. See below for more details.

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Sonic Boom festival of new classical music starts tonight!

The 6th Annual BC Distilled: The Premium Spirited Event in Vancouver

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BC’s artisan distillery industry continues to grow and excel, winning medals at national competitions for the quality of their products.

Fans of spirits like vodka, gin, and whisky can rejoice at the return of the sixth annual BC Distilled Festival that features a public tasting as well as other spirit-related events.

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The 6th Annual BC Distilled: The Premium Spirited Event in Vancouver

Make your weekend ROCK at the Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show this March 22 – 24

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For the intense collector, the enthusiast, and just those who are curious, the Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show is worth the visit this weekend.

Featuring 100+ vendors from across the country, this is Western Canada’s largest gem show, with all that you could ask for in the gem, mineral, and jewellery world.

The Vancouver Gem & Mineral show is taking place this Friday, March 22nd and running until Sunday, March 24th!

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Make your weekend ROCK at the Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show this March 22 – 24

Around-the-Clock Activities Return to Grouse Mountain for 24 Hours of Winter

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Ever wanted to ski down a mountain with the sunrise? This Saturday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 24th, you can see the sunset and the sunrise during Grouse Mountain’s annual 24 Hours of Winter event.

The event runs through Spring Break in Vancouver, so if you have some kids with lots of energy to burn, this is the perfect activity! During the event, the mountain will remain open for 24 consecutive hours of winter activities on the slopes at the Peak of Vancouver.

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Around-the-Clock Activities Return to Grouse Mountain for 24 Hours of Winter

Filming in Vancouver: Harry and Meghan, Frankenstein, Motherland, and The Turning

Hey, is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? No, it’s Tiffany Marie Smith and Charlie Field in Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal.

While last week was full of comings and goings, and although this week is a little calmer, there’s still plenty going on to chat about–with quite the cast of characters.

Although the Charmed reboot has been filming here, there’s a very different kind of witch-based TV series that’ll be coming to shoot in town.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—or rather, the TV movie about them—will call it a wrap.

Elsewhere in the city, Frankenstein becomes a detective in a new adaptation of the classic tale.

And a horror feature will be zipping in to shoot only for a few days.

So if you want to know more about all of these shows, here’s the rundown of what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene this week.

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Filming in Vancouver: Harry and Meghan, Frankenstein, Motherland, and The Turning

Put some spring in your step – April 2019 Vancouver Wellness Events

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Can you feel it? Spring is in the air my friends! The temperatures are warming up, the sun is staying out longer, and Vancouver’s cherry blossom trees are starting to bud and bloom in all their sakura pink glory. I’m sure you’re just as relieved as I am to see these telltale signs of spring. And its just going to keep getting better as we slide into April. Put some spring in your step at these great Vancouver wellness events!

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Put some spring in your step – April 2019 Vancouver Wellness Events