Things to Do In Vancouver This Weekend

title2015.08Make the most of the final week of August with music! You can learn about music in film and video games, you can tap along to it at the Tap Dance Festival, advocate for it with a motorbike ride, celebrate the culture of musicals of the 1930s, or simply go to one of the many concerts happening across the city.

 

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Friday August 28

Vancouver Tap Dance Festival

Vancouver Tap Dance Festival

Vancouver Tap Dance Festival
Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W. 41st ave)
What: Tap dancing, from its deep musical roots and brilliant contemporary blossoming, is explored in this festival and experienced from new perspectives and levels of excellence. Don’t miss two Canadian premieres of globally recognized and celebrated artists.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

Mounties

Mounties

Mounties and Old Man Canyon
Where: The Fair at The PNE
What: The Mosaic Music Series featuring Canadian music acts runs every evening at the Chevrolet Performance Stage, and is free with admission to The Fair.

The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers
Where: The Fair at the PNE
What: Since their debut in 2000, The New Pornographers have released six studio albums including their most recent, Brill Bruisers, the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup. They have been called, “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock” by NPR Music. Admission is free with entry to the Fair at the PNE.

 

Mountain Men

Mountain Men

Mountain Men
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: When Cooper, a big city lawyer, returns home to a small northern town for his mother’s wedding, he plans to be in and out without a scratch. But his deadbeat brother, Toph, has other ideas. He coerces Coop into driving to the remote alpine cabin where they spent their childhood summers to look for their father who has gone missing. Their sketchy plan goes from bad to worse, as bruised egos and buried resentments bubble to the surface.
Runs until: Thursday September 3, 2015

Violent

Violent

Violent
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Winner of the awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC film at VIFF 2014, and subsequently named the Best BC Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and at the LEO awards, Violent is the debut feature from Andrew Huculiak, drummer for the Vancouver-based band We Are the City and it was created to coincide with the release of the album of the same name. The story takes us to Bergen, Norway, and the protagonist is young Dagny, whose reminiscences of the five people who loved her most rise to the surface at the same time as she experiences a resonant epiphany.
Runs until: Thursday September 3, 2015

 


 

Saturday August 29

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CAG Family Day

CAG Family Day

CAG Family Day
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson) 12:00pm
What: On the last Saturday of every month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Today’s theme is “animal symphony,” participants will collaborate to make their own animal sound symphonies in response to Mungo Thomson’s “Crickets.”

Music for Movies, Games, and Videos

Music for Movies, Games, and Videos

Music for Movies, Games, and Videos
Where: ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards), 11:00am & 1:00pm
What: Digital Guise’s free interactive show introduces audiences to the way music is being created today for movies, soundtracks and pop culture. Using excerpts from The Simpsons, The Hobbit, and music from Mario and Zelda games, the performance demonstrates behind-the-scenes artistic integration of music and action in the making of films and video.

German Language Song Concert
Where: St. Marks Anglican Church (1805 Larch St.), 7:00pm
What: German art songs by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, Schumann, Wagner, Schoenberg and Strauss.

Late Night Movies: Taxi Driver

Late Night Movies: Taxi Driver

Late Night Movies: Taxi Driver
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Scorsese’s hallucinatory nightmare of New York at its seediest, sleaziest 70s nadir is a potent, even toxic work, but a cinematic classic all the way. In an iconic role, De Niro is Travis Bickle, a neo-noir Viet-vet trying to rise up above the scum lapping up on the streets by any means necessary. 

Kayak for the Cure
Where: Jericho Beach, 9:00am
What: A team of kayakers launch into English Bay to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

basketballJim Green Memorial Basketball Tournament
Where: Charles Bar
What: A 3 on 3 basketball tournament that raises money for people of the Downtown East Side. The yearly tournament takes place in the Woodward’s atrium and courtyard each summer, with food, drinks and music provided by Blueprint and their partner sponsors.
MINBIDMinbid Vancouver
Where: Stretch Studio (180 East Pender) 8:00pm
What: Enjoy a rare opportunity to bid on local and international underground art why sipping the finest custom cocktails and beer, and listening to live local music.

Musicals 101: The Musicals of the 1930s
Where: CBC Studio 700, 8:00pm
What: Costume parade, special dirty 30’s drinks, prizes, trivia, stories and history of the 1930s and a host of great performers performing songs from the shows of the 1930s. 

Bug Hunt
Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
What: Join the museum’s assistant curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection, Karen Needham, for a summertime bug hunt! Discover the fascinating creatures living right under our noses. This activity takes place outside, so dress accordingly.

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane
Where: The Fair at the PNE
What: “Take It Home” is Tom Cochrane’s first album of new material since 2006’s No Stranger. Happily, it reveals an artist still at the top of his game, exploring new lyrical and sonic terrain while remaining grounded in the values that have made him one of Canada’s most beloved rock ‘n rollers. Admission is free with entry to the Fair at the PNE.

Music Therapy Ride
Where: From Vancouver to Whistler
What: An annual motorcycle charity ride designed to raise funds for community-based music therapy services in British Columbia. Established by members of the Vancouver music industry in 2002 with representatives from booking agencies, radio stations, record labels, talent managers, concert promoters and recording artists. The charity ride is designed to raise funds for community-based music therapy services in British Columbia.

Vancouver Pagan Pride Day
Where: Trout Lake
What: Vancouver Pagan Pride Day is a community event held in participation with the global Pagan Pride Project. There will be vendors and info boots to connect with other Pagans or learn about Paganism.

Five Alarm Funk

Five Alarm Funk

Five Alarm Funk
Where: The Fair at The PNE
What: The Mosaic Music Series featuring Canadian music acts runs every evening at the Chevrolet Performance Stage, and is free with admission to The Fair.

Fever Feel

Fever Feel

Fever Feel
Where: The Biltmore
What: Two brothers from Calgary playing psychedelic funky and sometimes spooky ambiance.

 


 

Sunday August 30

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Pink Salmon Festival

Pink Salmon Festival

Pink Salmon Festival
Where: Vanier/ Haddon Park, 12:00pm
What: The Pink Salmon Foundation will be serving up a delicious pink salmon barbeque donated by Canadian Fishing Company and prepared by executive chefs including Robert Clark, Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk and Garrett Schack. All barbeque will be available by donation with proceeds supporting community-led salmon conservation projects across British Columbia.

Family Night at Bard on the Beach

Family Night at Bard on the Beach

Family Night at Bard on the Beach
Where: Vanier Park
What: Your family will love seeing the whimsical world of The Comedy of Errors come to life. Arrive early and enjoy family-friendly activities including crafts with Luminous Elephant, Emelle’s Westside Wheels food truck, and an exclusive pre-show talk designed just for kids prior to the performance.

Little Victor with Harpdog Brown's Travelin' Blues Show

Little Victor with Harpdog Brown’s Travelin’ Blues Show

Little Victor with Harpdog Brown’s Travelin’ Blues Show
Where: The Rio Theatre, 7:00pm
What: If you dig Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn you’re going to hate Little Victor, an untamed maverick whose raw, primitive sounds are the utter antithesis of the contemporary blues model. He is often viewed as somewhat of a renegade who performs not on the tried and true blues circuit but generally more at rock clubs.

David Gogo

David Gogo

David Gogo
Where: The Fair at The PNE
What: The Mosaic Music Series featuring Canadian music acts runs every evening at the Chevrolet Performance Stage, and is free with admission to The Fair.

 

 


 

Ongoing

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YVR Take-Off Fridays (ends this Friday)
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

Now & Then: Vancouver Lowbrow Trailblazers

Now & Then: Vancouver Lowbrow Trailblazers (ends this weekend)
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
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

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars (ends this weekend)
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 29, 2015

How to Change the World

How to Change the World

How to Change the World (ends this weekend)
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

A Modern Fairy Tale

A Modern Fairy Tale

A Modern Fairy Tale (ends this weekend)
Where: Metro Theatre
What: An LGBTQ And gender-neutral show in which classic fairy tales have been given an updated treatment. A gender-neutral wolf in love with a adult red riding hood, gay partners prince charming and a male cinder fella, and a cast of sexy fairy tale creatures.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

snailfestSnailfest (ends this weekend)
Where: Various Vancouver venues
What: An eight day long music festival featuring BC bands playing everything from experimental rock to indie pop and hardcore.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

sunday salsaSunday Afternoon Salsa (ends this weekend)
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

Yoga on Grouse Mountain

Yoga on Grouse Mountain

Yoga on Grouse Mountain (ends this weekend)
Where: Grouse Mountain, 10:00am
What: The ultimate yoga experience on the Peak of Vancouver. Stretch in the sunshine after a hike up the Grouse Grind or arrive by Skyride as you relax breathing in the mountaintop fresh air.
Runs Until: End of August, 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays)

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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

Artful Sundays

Artful Sundays (ends this weekend)
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

Film Noir 2015

Film Noir 2015

Film Noir 2015 (ends this week)
Where: The Cinematheque
What: The feverish, fatalistic world of Film Noir returns for more moody, menacing, angst-filled evenings. Celebrating one of the American cinema’s richest and most creative periods in all its stylish, seductive, and cynical glories, this year’s Noir season features 12 hard-boiled classics from noir’s 1940s/1950s heyday.
Runs until: Thursday September 3, 2015

Mountain Men

Mountain Men

Mountain Men
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: When Cooper, a big city lawyer, returns home to a small northern town for his mother’s wedding, he plans to be in and out without a scratch. But his deadbeat brother, Toph, has other ideas. He coerces Coop into driving to the remote alpine cabin where they spent their childhood summers to look for their father who has gone missing. Their sketchy plan goes from bad to worse, as bruised egos and buried resentments bubble to the surface.
Runs until: Thursday September 3, 2015

Violent

Violent

Violent
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Winner of the awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC film at VIFF 2014, and subsequently named the Best BC Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and at the LEO awards, Violent is the debut feature from Andrew Huculiak, drummer for the Vancouver-based band We Are the City and it was created to coincide with the release of the album of the same name. The story takes us to Bergen, Norway, and the protagonist is young Dagny, whose reminiscences of the five people who loved her most rise to the surface at the same time as she experiences a resonant epiphany.
Runs until: Thursday September 3, 2015

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)

Ayden

Doing the Right Thing
Where: Ayden Gallery
What: New works by artists whose names sound like robots from the 80s (and one who is a measure of liquid:  DEDOS, DEF 3, NAKS, 400ml, AKOS, MAKIK, and TAKE 5.
Runs until: Sunday September 6, 2015

The Fair at the PNE Photo:  Harris Hui | Flickr

The Fair at the PNE
Photo: Harris Hui | Flickr

The Fair at The PNE
Where: PNE Fairgrounds
What: It’s back! The rides and games of Playland, plus endless entertainment, music, farm demonstrations, strange artery-clogging carnival foods, beer gardens and a petting zoo! Watch the Superdogs race through hoops, dance, and be generally adorable. Witness the charm of the pig races (with a bonus duck race!) Wander through dinosaur, mermaid, and The Beatles exhibits. Win a house, win a car! It’s all happening here!
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

Craft Beer Fest
Where: The Fair at the PNE (Miller Drive)
What: Over 50 unique craft drafts from 30 local breweries fro tasting, sipping, slamming back, or guzzling. Breweries will swap out on September 1st for a whole new line-up of flavours.
Runs until: Monday September 7, 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

Craft Beer Fest
Where: The Fair at the PNE (Miller Drive)
What: Over 50 unique craft drafts from 30 local breweries fro tasting, sipping, slamming back, or guzzling. Breweries will swap out on September 1st for a whole new line-up of flavours.
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

CenturyHouseCentury House Artists Group Exhibition
Where: Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park (New Westminster) opening reception 2-4pm
What: A community of seniors who explore their creative side through colour, texture and light exhibit their recent work. Some are emerging as artists, their passion for paint discovered later in life, others are more accomplished in their careers.
Runs until: Friday September 11, 2015

Forests, Passages and Boreal Light

Forests, Passages and Boreal Light

Forests, Passages and Boreal Light
Where: Kimoto Gallery (1525 West 6th Ave) opening reception 2-4pm
What: A new series by Veronica Plewman with the themes of light, waterways, trees and rain.
Runs until: Saturday September 12, 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

Lively Objects

Lively Objects

Lively Objects
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: The artworks take a variety of forms—gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. Visitors can hunt for them or drift through the galleries and take their chances. Some works hide in plain sight, speaking only to those who stop to listen. Others deliberately pull focus and make a ruckus.
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

Souvenirs of Howe Sound

Souvenirs of Howe Sound

Souvenirs of Howe Sound
Where: Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
What: The exhibition tells the story of how local tourism in Howe Sound began and evolved in the context of Vancouver’s colonization and urbanization. Explore historic photographs, advertisements, and accounts from early travellers.
Runs until: Sunday November 1, 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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