Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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This weekend we’ve got you covered – with colour dust on a fun run, with body paint for an otherwise nude bicycle ride, with popsicles at a parking lot party, or with water at a beach festival! If the heat has you craving something a little more uncovered, there’s also a nude comedy night on Saturday.

 

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Friday June 12

AydeninfloSInflorescence
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Eclectic, inspiring, and diverse works from over 12 different artists come together in the newest Ayden show. Artists will be in attendance, admission is free and the beer is only $4 on opening night!
Runs until: Sunday July 5, 2015

12 Minutes Max

12 Minutes Max

12 Minutes Max
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
What: Showcasing five eclectic contemporary dance works each lasting 12 minutes or less, by some of Vancouver’s most exciting and innovative up-and-coming choreographers. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

wishtowed50Take it Back to the fab 50s
Where: 3102 Main, 6:00pm
What: A 50s theme party fundraiser for “A Wish to Wed” which, founded in 2014, is dedicated to grant matrimonial wishes to couples challenged by the deteriorating health of one of its partners. Come dressed in your best 50s attire – make-up artists will be on site for mid-century makeovers before and during the evening.

Velopalooza
Where: Various Vancouver locations
What: A two-week crowdsource festival of bikes. Bike related events and celerations will be happening across the city – from maintenance workshops to parties to costumed group bike rides, including a naked bike ride on Saturday the 13th.
Runs until: Sunday June 28, 2015

popsiclePopsicle Pop-Up Festival
Where: The Waldorf (1489 Hastings)
What: We’re going back to the days of high tops, parking lots, Popsicles and the summer sun for this patio sunset party with two days of music.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

Ministry

Ministry

Ministry
Where: The Vogue, 7:00pm
What: One of the most influential industrial bands, Ministry is catchy, heavy, fun, and hard. Until Nine Inch Nails crossed over to the mainstream, Ministry did more than any other band to popularize industrial dance music, injecting large doses of punky, over-the-top aggression and roaring heavy metal guitar riffs.

FIFA Women’s World Cup
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: It’s some of the world’s most skilled athletes, right here in the city. At 4:00 we have Switzerland vs. Ecuador, then at 7:00 Japan takes on Cameroon.

Peter Pan
Where: York Theatre
What: This re-telling of the classic story of Peter Pan was written for especially StageCoach and features 350 children across five performances.
Runs until: Sunday June 14, 2015

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman
Where: The Biltmore (2755 Prince Edwards)
What: An American singer, songwriter and guitarist who founded proto-punk band, the Modern Lovers in 1970.

The Covenant Festival
Where: Hindenburg (23 West Cordova) and The Rickshaw
What: A three day (it started Thursday) festival in it’s first year of perhaps many with some of the best and most stark of the black/death metal, neofolk, and dark ambient.
Runs until: Saturday June 16, 2015

Meet the Makers Expo
Where: 780 East Cordova
What: The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) is inviting the public to celebrate innovative businesses in the Strathcona community, see what’s made in Strathcona and learn about the future vision of East Hastings.

SurferBloodSurfer Blood
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What: An American alternative rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida.

kcombuckKyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Where: Hot Art Wet City
What: Everyone who attends this show will receive a slip of paper, on which they can write anything… anonymously. You don’t sign it, no one looks at it. Straight into the bucket it goes and what comes out is comedy gold… hopefully. 


 

Saturday June 13

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Colour Run Photo: Montreal Colour Run 2014

Colour Run
Photo: Montreal Colour Run 2014

The Colour Run
Where: PNE Fairgrounds (2901 East Hastings)
What: A five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “color runners” are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow: Wear white at the start, and be covered in colour at the finish line.

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Sunwave Opening Party
Where: 6371Crescent St
What: An outdoor electronic music festival. Today is their opening party for events throughout the summer and features Max Ulis, K.A.S.H. and more.

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Toast the Coast
Where: Jericho Beach, 4:00pm
What: A beach-side celebration of our beautiful coastline, with live music, participatory art, games and activities. This family friendly evening will include a 9-foot floating lantern based on the design of Roy Henry Vickers, live painting, food trucks,hands-on art installations, and Jane Fonda will be speaking.

Five Alarm Funk: Red Truck Parking Lot Concert Series

Five Alarm Funk: Red Truck Parking Lot Concert Series

Red Truck Parking Lot Concert: Five Alarm Funk, Tonye Aganaba, Kutapira & Vinyl Ritchie
Where: Red Truck Brewery (295 East 1st)
What: The first of four summer concerts at the brewery, this round has afro-beat funk, powerful vocals, percussion-forward world beats, and mash-up electronica.

Heron Hatchlings 2
Where: Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon, 1:30pm
What: June is a special time of the year for herons in Stanley Park. The chicks have hatched and it’s getting noisy. Discover what juvenile herons need in order to be ready to leave the nest.

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Exposed! A Night of Naked Comedy
Where: 303 Columbia
What: It’s a comedy night, except while the performers are picturing you naked to ease their nerves, you will be actually seeing them naked. Yes, they will be totally naked. That’s what’s happening.

Cinematheque Free Open House
Where: The Cinematheque, 12:00pm
What: Tour the projection booth, library, and archive. Participate in a “Some Like It Hot” themed activity with the education department. Join the donor program, bid on film posters, then at 2:00 pm, grab a complimentary bag of the city’s best popcorn and settle into your seat for an essential cinema experience with a free screening of Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot.

Artist Talk: How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth?
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Geoffrey Farmer talks about his latest exhibition.

WiscompWisdom and Compassion: A Talk by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
Where: The Vogue, 1:00pm
What: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher and author of books on Buddhist philosophy and practice. He has lectured at Oxford University, UC-Berkeley, and Beijing University, founded a 100-year global initiative involving nearly 200 scholars to translate all the Buddha’s teachings into English, and heads monasteries and meditation centres on five continents.

The Status Quo

The Status Quo

The Status Quo
Where: The Cultch
What: At South Oregon the students are strongly divided into 4 cliques until unexpected events cause many to question their loyalties. 

Season Finale: Mahler’s Fifth
Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey conducts Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 5, a work that marked a complete departure from Mahler’s previous symphonies, but is no less significant in scope, scale and inspiration.

Strawberry-FestivalStrawberry Festival
Where: Barclay Heritage Square (1447 Barclay)
What: Join in celebrating the start of summer. Stop by at 1:00pm to catch some bargains, grab a seat in front of the band or take in the vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy a piece of strawberry shortcake and buy some raffle tickets for a chance at prizes.

Spanish Paella Party
Where: Brockton Pavillion, Stanley Park
What: An event to highlight what makes Spaniards special and different with an olive oil tasting, wine tasting, live Flamenco, DJ music and dance. There will be sangría and tapas (paella, albóndigas en salsa, chorizo con garbanzos, tortilla, ensaladilla, montaditos) from executive chef, Sandro Oliveri.

Citygate Community Jamboree
Where: Creekside Park Meadow, 10:00am
What: Dragonboat tours, crafts, food trucks, sing-alongs, science buskers, environmental talks and other family activities.

Screeching Weasel and MXPX
Where: The Commodore (868 Granville)
What: Classic early 90s American punk and skate-punk.

Catlow

Catlow

Catlow
Where: The Biltmore
What: Canadian indie-pop with guests Hot Panda and Owl Scowl

LiarsandLionsLiars & Lions
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What: A four piece with a hard rock/progressive sound, drawing influences from modern progressive metal to classic rock, and with a strong social consciousness.

Spring Dance
Where: Russian Hall (600 Campbell)
What: Learn how to square dance at the 2nd annual fundraiser to support the ongoing activities of V’ni Dansi and the Louis Riel Métis Dancers.

Popsicle Pop-Up Festival
Where: The Waldorf (1489 Hastings)
What:
We’re going back to the days of high tops, parking lots, Popsicles and the summer sun for this patio sunset party with two days of music.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

The Covenant Festival
Where: Hindenburg (23 West Cordova) and The Rickshaw
What: A three day (it starts Thursday) festival in it’s first year of perhaps many. Gathering some of the best and most stark of the black/death metal, neofolk, and dark ambient.
Runs until: Saturday June 16, 2015

 


 

Sunday June 14

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Italian Day on The Drive
Where: Commercial Drive, north of Broadway
What: A 13-block street festival celebrating all things Italian including food, dance, music, and art. Read more in Inside Vancouver blogger, Carrie Leslie’s post: Italian Day 2015

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Seek the Peak
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Sixteen km and 4100ft of bragging rights to test your fitness, stamina, strength and overall mental toughness. Face it alone or tackle the race with a team of four splitting up the legs including the famous Grouse Grind. With every upward step you take, funds will be raised for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour: Monuments, Memorials and Plaques of Brockton Point

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour: Monuments, Memorials and Plaques of Brockton Point

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour: Monuments, Memorials and Plaques of Brockton Point
Where: Stanley Park – meet in front of the Brockton Point totem poles
What: This tour features hidden histories and forgotten stories about this famous point, its monuments, memorials, plaques and landmarks, including tales about the people who lived there and visited its shores.

Mason Bees & Cherry Trees: Feeding our Urban Pollinators
Where: Britannia Learning Resources Centre
What: Learn which plants feed mason bees and what you can do to help bees of all stripes in your neighborhood. Take home some seeds to start your own pollinator garden.

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli
Where: Rogers Arena, 7:30pm
What: Andrea Bocelli entered onto the world’s stage with his hit, “Con te Partiro” (and later it’s arrangement as a duet with Sarah Brightman with the title “Time To Say Goodbye”), and has since sold 80 million records and performed countless worldwide tours. Today, Bocelli is known for being one of the greatest singing talents in the world and often called the world’s most romantic voice.

Anything Can Happen: An Evening with Anupam Kher

Anything Can Happen: An Evening with Anupam Kher

Anything Can Happen: An Evening with Anupam Kher
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings)
What: At this Indian Summer Festival event, Kher sits in the interviewee’s chair and chats candidly about life in Bollywood and his forays into international cinema. Kher, the author of the motivational book “The Best Thing About You is You!” offers insightful thoughts about celebrity, the masks that actors wear, and the clash of generations and cultures within that most intimate of units, the family. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

The Curious Flea

The Curious Flea

The Curious Flea
Where: Westminster Quay (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster)
What: Everything from Mid-Century Modern to 60s kitsch to atomic funk to steampunk to upcycled treasures and lots in between. The vendors are artists who create and curate many magical and quirky items for your viewing and shopping pleasure.

Indiekör

Indiekör

Indiekör
Where: The Vogue
What: The Coastal Sound Youth Choir sings songs from Stars, Bon Iver, The New Pornographers, Patrick Watson, The Zombies and more. Read more about this event with Inside Vancouver blogger, Shawn Conner’s post: Goosbump-Raising Choral Indie-Rock…

Chinatown Mall Pop-Up Streetwear Marketplace
Where: Fortune Sound Club
What: Unique finds from local streetwear brands, collectors and designers as well as selected local artisans.


Second Sunday Concert Series – Windsong Trio
Where: Roedde House Museum
What: A Victorian garden inspired program featuring music by Thomas Arne, Vaughn Williams, Percy Grainger, Edward MacDowell, Reynaldo Hahn and Paul Reade. There will be familiar tunes and new favourites.

Halestorm
Where: The Commodore (868 Granville)
What: A female-led American rock group from Pennsylvania.

 


 

Ongoing

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Italian Day Film Festival

Italian Day Film Festival

Italian Day Film Festival (ends this weekend)
Where: The Rio (1660 East Broadway)
What: A series of classic, inspiring, beautiful and terrifying Italian films to celebrate Italian Day.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

Scratch (ends this weekend)
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: When fifteen-year-old Anna is told that her mother is dying of cancer, she responds the only way she knows how: by ignoring the issue. Friends and family are unable to understand her reaction and Anna is increasingly frustrated by their attempts to help her. And she can’t stop itching.
Runs until: Saturday June 13, 2015

Baker’s Market (ends this weekend)
Where: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St.) 11am-3pm
What: Every Sunday, find beautifully decorated iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, croissants, breads, scones, toffees, chocolates, marshmallows, gluten-free, organic, baked goods, and much more.
Runs until: June 14, 2015 (Sundays)

We're All Pretty Bizarre

We’re All Pretty Bizarre

We’re All Pretty Bizarre
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: An art show inspired by the films of John Hughes! Expect to see interpretations of his classics such as The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Pretty in Pink and we will see what else…
Runs until: Saturday June 27, 2015

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Glengarry Glen Ross – An All-Female Production by Classic Chic
Where: The Beaumont Stage (326 West 5th)
What: An all-female production of a play about sleazy, small-time, real estate salesmen examines the way men relate to one another. Director Rachel Peake explains, “by casting women in these male roles we seek to study the nature of men’s relationships and to fit them into a broader dialogue on masculinity and femininity as divorced from male and female. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday June 27, 2015

velopaloozaVelopalooza
Where: Various Vancouver locations
What: A two-week crowdsource festival of bikes. Bike related events and celerations will be happening across the city – from maintenance workshops to parties to costumed group bike rides, including a naked bike ride on Saturday June 13th.
Runs until: Sunday June 28, 2015

Inflorescence
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Eclectic, inspiring, and diverse works from over 12 different artists come together in the newest Ayden show.
Runs until: Sunday July 5, 2015

Eastside Block Party
Where: The Waldorf, 2:00pm
What: Bands, performers, food trucks, vendors, and general summertime day drinking is every Sunday until after the dog days of summer.
Runs Until: Sunday August 30, 2015 (Sundays)

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Vancouver Night Markets
Where: Various locations in Vancouver and Richmond
What: Whether you’re thing is stir-fried tentacles, spicy tofu, custard buns, flashy iPhone cases, obscure DVDs or just poking through multitudes of trinkets under Vancouver’s refreshing summer night sky, night markets are now open! Inside Vancouver blogger, Carrie Leslie, profiles a bunch of them here: Vancouver Night Markets Open
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces-stairwells, hallways, and restrooms-in order to ask: what makes us happy?
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach
Where: Vanier Park (1695 Whyte Ave)
What: One of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals – presented in giant tents on the waterfront. This year, enjoy productions of The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespere’s Rebel, and special events all summer.
Runs until: Friday September 25, 2015

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural: works by Beau Dick
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: A collection of sacred masks and regalia revealing beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm. Created for Kwakwaka’wakw potlatches by artist and traditional Chief Beau Dick and other master carvers.
Runs until: Sunday September 27, 2015

Material Future, The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: An exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art
Where: Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr)
What: This exhibit showcases the work of a passing generation of great artists – craftspeople, illustrators, and painters, as well as that of young urban graffiti artists working today. The exhibition presents Portuguese popular art as multi-leveled, theatrical, politically astute, and individualistic providing a theatre of the nation, where art and culture are mediated through the eruption of personal, profound, and deeply felt sentiments.
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015


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