Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Follow the action all over the city this weekend; we’ve got sports in Kitsilano, arts all over Mt. Pleasant and The Drive, music downtown, festivals in Chinatown and the West End, and a giant water fight in Stanley Park!

 

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Friday August 7

symphonyLive Symphony Performance
Where: Burrard Landing (1055 Canada Place), 7:00pm
What: A free event in collaboration with The Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Oratorio Society, VMO will be performing the Finale (Ode to Joy) from Beethoven Symphony No.9.

Now & Then: Vancouver Lowbrow Trailblazers

Now & Then: Vancouver Lowbrow Trailblazers

Now & Then: Vancouver Lowbrow Trailblazers
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) Opening reception at 7:00pm
What: New work from local low-brow artists that got their start before the turn of the 21st century: Jim Cummins, Ken Gerberick, Mark Pilon, Nicole Steen, Vicki M, Andrea Tucker and Holly Ruth Anderson. These artists laid the groundwork for today’s young Vancouver artists working with illustrative, humorous and populist styles. Part history lesson, part celebration, this show reminds us that contemporary pop surrealist art has deep roots in our city.
Runs until: Saturday August 29, 2015

KitsFest

KitsFest

KitsFest
Where: Kitsilano
What: A sports and healthy living community festival that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness for all ages and walks of life at every event. This contagious positive spirit helps to build stronger community environments and shares success by giving back to the community through legacies such as our park facility upgrades and special events.
Runs until: Sunday August 9, 2015

JCSuperstarJesus Christ Superstar
Where: Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright)
What: It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal.
Runs until: Saturday August 22, 2015

ArcticNoise

ArcticNoise

ArcticNoise
Where: Grunt Gallery (350 East 2nd)
What: A media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection, on-site research obtained from a trip to Igloolik, and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North,” Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work. 
Runs until: Saturday August 22, 2015

PrincessOnce Upon a Princess
Where: Pacific Theatre (1440 West 12th), 6:30pm
What: Emily’s life is a bit of a disaster. That is, until she stumbles upon a magical book in her grandpapa’s library. As pages fly and fairy tales intertwine, she must navigate the chapters and discover their true meaning in order to get all of her favourite characters back into their proper stories before the clock strikes midnight. Featuring Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Belle, Mulan, and more.

GamingBonus Stage
Where: The Rio Theatre, 7:00pm
What: A night of gaming-inspired burlesque, debate (The Capital Wasteland vs Silent Hill: Which is the worst place to live), games (with prizes), and a costume contest.

Enlightened Encounters

Enlightened Encounters

Enlightened Encounters
Where: The Fox Cabaret, 8:00
What: An intimate concert by two great artists presenting the classical music of Northern India and Pakistan. Featuring Mohamed Assani on sitar and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla.

1001 Grams

1001 Grams

1001 Grams
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: In this deadpan, pseudo-scientific comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer, a scientist is forced to contemplate how much a human life truly weighs, just as the weight of life is pushing down on her shoulders.
Runs until: Thursday August 13, 2015

How to Change the World

How to Change the World

How to Change the World
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: The Greenpeace story is vividly and dramatically told in Jerry Rothwell’s riveting documentary, a movie that reminds us of the central role Vancouver played in the foundation of the modern environmental movement, as well as the often difficult path that movement has followed over the years.
Runs until: Saturday August 29, 2015

Perogy Night
Where: Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
What:Since the fall of 1995, the cathedral has been offering a delicious selection of Ukrainian foods prepared fresh by the wonderful volunteers of our Parish. There is usually a line up of our hungry patrons, so getting there early is highly recommended!

 

 


 

Saturday August 8

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waterfightVancouver’s Largest Waterfight
Where: Lumberman’s Arch (Stanley Park), 1:00pm
What: Who wants to have a waterfight this summer? Raise your hands, and pull your trigger finger, cause we’re going to get soaked!

Salsa Cruise

Salsa Cruise

Salsa Cruises
Where: Off the coast of Downtown Vancouver
What: A 3-level cruise on the cool water surrounding the lights of downtown with each level pumping its own spicy tropical rhythms. This cruise serves up Mexican cuisine and features Salsa dance lessons.

derbyDerby Night in Canada
Where: Royal City Curling Club
What: Roller Derby, with Toronto’s CN Power, Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls, and Calgary’s CRDA All Stars.
Runs until: Sunday August 9, 2015

kipwingerKip Winger
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What: Singer from the band, Winger goes solo.

Vancouver Chinatown Festival
Where: Chinatown
What: One of Vancouver’s largest multicultural festivals! Includes a day market, walking tours, a kids corner, multicultural stage performances,  youth talent show, and activities. This year’s theme is “flair for fashion.”

 

LustforYouthLust For Youth
Where: Hindenburg (23 West Cordova)
What: Synth-pop from Denmark with guests Spectres, Koban, and Flowers & Fire

Tom Segura

Tom Segura

Tom Segura
Where: The Biltmore, 7:00
What: A comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, though he was raised in too many places to list. His television credits include Conan, Comedy Central Presents (half-hour special), Showtimes’ Russell Peters Presents, and Live at Gotham! When he’s not on tour Tom continues to perform at the top comedy festivals in the world, including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Festival – Las Vegas, The South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Global Comedy Festival in Vancouver. 

 


 

Sunday August 9

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Chariot Fest of India

Chariot Fest of India

Chariot Fest of India
Where: Beach Ave, 11:30am
What: Dance, theatre, yoga, meditation, puppets, face painting, veggie cooking demos, clowns, feasts, and more!

golden dumplingThe Golden Dumpling
Where: Various restaurants
What: An open air street food and drink event that invites Vancouver’s top restaurants to dish out fresh takes on the filling-and-wrapper format. An expert panel of judges will taste their way through entries from 15 restaurants battling to fill, wrap, steam and fry their way to the top.

Artful Sundays

Artful Sundays

Artful Sundays
Where: 1661 Napier, 12:00pm
What: An annual outdoor, visual arts market featuring local artists, live music, special events, artist demonstrations, workshops, and more.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

CTF-bannerVancouver Chinatown Festival
Where: Chinatown
What: One of Vancouver’s largest multicultural festivals! Includes a day market, walking tours, a kids corner, multicultural stage performances,  youth talent show, and activities. This year’s theme is “flair for fashion.”

Dennis Polisky & The Maestro’s Men
Where: Stanley Park, 6:00pm
What: A versatile polka band formed in 1996. The leader and clarinetist Dennis Polisky was inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to performing Polka melodies, they are also known to perform lively swing, big band and traditional standards.

Mountain View Cemetery Walking Tour – Early Pioneers
Where: Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser), 10:00am
What: In this free tour, visit the oldest section of the cemetery and hear interesting stories about some of Vancouver’s early immigrants.

Pinoy Fiesta

Pinoy Fiesta

Pinoy Fiesta
Where: Memorial South Park (41st & Prince Albert)
What: A Filipino cultural festival held all day with performance, dance, a marketplace, and demonstrations.

 

 


 

Ongoing

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Queer Arts Festival | photo: Kiss & Tell

Queer Arts Festival | photo: Kiss & Tell

Queer Arts Festival (ends this week)
Where: Various locations
What: Featuring a curated visual arts show, a community art show, performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, music, dance, theatre, literary, and media arts. QAF produces, presents and exhibits work with a curatorial vision favouring innovative, challenging, thought-provoking art that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue.
Runs until: Friday August 7th, 2015

Ensemble Theatre Company’s Summer Theatre Festival (ends this weekend)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery)
What: Enjoy six weeks of summer theatre with the theme of “truth, lies, and consequences.” This year will be productions of “Frost/Nixon,” a portrayal of a talk show host’s groundbreaking interviews with disgraced former US president, Richard Nixon; “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” a controversial and unnerving story of moral corruption within a mafia family; and “The Children’s Hour,” a story around a scandal at a girls’ boarding school.
Runs until: Saturday August 8, 2015

Henry V: Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program

Henry V: Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program

Henry V: Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program (ends this weekend)
Where: Performance Works Outdoor Stage (Granville Island)
What: For 25 summers, Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program has been providing pre-professional theatre training to teens 13-18 in an intensive six-week program. During the program, teen actors are treated as professional artists and receive training in voice, movement, and text analysis toward a fully-staged public performance.
Runs until: Saturday August 8, 2015

playgroundPlayground (ends this weekend)
Where: Ayden Gallery opening reception: 7:00pm
What: A kid-friendly interactive art show with works by Carley Stadelmann, J Nasty, Theme, Patrick Bravo, Flavia Chan, Simon LaPlante, Ron Williams, Saicker and Ben Knight.
Runs until: Sunday August 9, 2015

1001 Grams
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: In this deadpan, pseudo-scientific comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer, a scientist is forced to contemplate how much a human life truly weighs, just as the weight of life is pushing down on her shoulders.
Runs until: Thursday August 13, 2015

Summer Mix Photo: Kevin Boyle

Summer Mix
Photo: Kevin Boyle

Summer Mix
Where: Kimoto Gallery (1525 West 6th)
What: Fresh new artworks from a selection of 24 of Vancouver’s finest and most talented artists. The contemporary artworks on display provide a plethora of styles and range in mediums, including: paintings on canvas, panel and paper, trans-mounted photographic pieces and both sculptural and mixed media works.
Runs until: Saturday August 15, 2015

kits showboatKitsilano Showboat
Where: 2300 Cornwall
What: Founded in 1935 as a community project and was a place where entertainers could display their talents, the show grew annually, attracting more and more talented entertainers each year and bringing joy to the audience. Read more by Inside Vancouver blogger, Carolyn here: 5 Reasons to Love Kitsilano Showboat…
Runs until: Saturday August 15, 2015

Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown

Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown

Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown
Where: Centre A (229 East Georgia) opening reception: 5:00pm
What: The South Asian community has a rich oral history and vibrant print culture that points to a century long presence in Vancouver’s Chinatown that is not reflected in the official archives. A trio of young Asian artists seek to re-imagine the existence of South Asian history in the space of an early, emerging Chinatown.
Runs until: Saturday August 15, 2015

les-miserablesLes Miserables
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Come hear the people sing in this epic saga of love and redemption. The spectacular musical that has swept the world features goosebump-raising songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “On My Own,” and the rousing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Experience music from the heart that reaches straight toward the heavens!
Runs until: Sunday August 16, 2015

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars
Where: Stanley Park
What: Now in its 69th season, Theatre Under the Stars presents musical theatre performed on an outdoor stage in Stanley Park by emerging and armature performers. This year’s shows are Oliver!, A British musical based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and Hairspray, a romantic musical comedy by cult movie master, John Waters. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday August 22, 2015

ArcticNoise
Where: Grunt Gallery (350 East 2nd)
What: A media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection, on-site research obtained from a trip to Igloolik, and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North,” Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work. 
Runs until: Saturday August 22, 2015

Jesus Christ Superstar
Where: Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright)
What: It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal.
Runs until: Saturday August 22, 2015

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Where: YVR Airport, 9:00am – 3:00pm
What: Local DJs, live musicians, caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots, face painters and other entertainers bring YVR to life over the summer. Attendees can try delicious food samples and take advantage of great deals from airport shops and restaurants. Aviation buffs can stop by the Public Observation Area for interactive displays, quizzes and behind the scenes videos or take a tour to learn about YVR’s history, art and operations.
Runs until: Friday August 28, 2015

Now & Then: Vancouver Lowbrow Trailblazers
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) Opening reception at 7:00pm
What: New work from local low-brow artists that got their start before the turn of the 21st century: Jim Cummins, Ken Gerberick, Mark Pilon, Nicole Steen, Vicki M, Andrea Tucker and Holly Ruth Anderson. These artists laid the groundwork for today’s young Vancouver artists working with illustrative, humorous and populist styles. Part history lesson, part celebration, this show reminds us that contemporary pop surrealist art has deep roots in our city.
Runs until: Saturday August 29, 2015

How to Change the World
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: The Greenpeace story is vividly and dramatically told in Jerry Rothwell’s riveting documentary, a movie that reminds us of the central role Vancouver played in the foundation of the modern environmental movement, as well as the often difficult path that movement has followed over the years.
Runs until: Saturday August 29, 2015

sunday salsaSunday Afternoon Salsa
Where: Robson Square, 3:00pm
What: You can dance if you want to. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson) opening & performance, 7:00pm
What: A survey of the LA-based artist’s work produced during the past five years, including key works in film, sound, sculpture, performance complemented by an extensive monographic publication.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 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)

Artful Sundays
Where: 1661 Napier, 12:00pm
What: An annual outdoor, visual arts market featuring local artists, live music, special events, artist demonstrations, workshops, and more.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015 (Sundays)

fcfestFood Cart Fest
Where: 215 West 1st ave, 12:00pm
What: Now with more food carts than ever, there is also ping pong, DJs, kids activities, giant open air markets and a new licensed live music patio.
Runs until: September 6, 2015 (Sundays)

Tea Zen
Where:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
What:
Tea Zen exhibition gives a glimpse of how the tea captures the human spirit and relates to Zen. The exhibit showcases Lam Wong’s documentary in which he interviews tea farmers, tea lovers, artists, tea masters and a Zen monk, and the exquisite calligraphy scrolls written by master calligrapher, Don Wong.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

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

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art–from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century. The remarkable breadth of the exhibition showcases the outstanding quality of works by figures such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi and Titian alongside other lesser-known masters.
Runs Until: Sunday October 4, 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

Salt Mist Seasons

Salt Mist Seasons

Salt Mist Seasons
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This display of watercolour prints and original paintings by Rosemary Hanna is inspired by the fishing boat Salt Mist. The show follows the ship through different seasons and traces the marinescapes from Vancouver and the southern Gulf Islands up the coast of British Columbia.
Runs until: October 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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