Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend, you’ll probably want to head to the Aquarium for an otter party. If you’re into running you may want to head to the Sun Run. And if you love spring blooms, there are celebrations for both cherry blossoms and tulips going on.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing


Friday April 12

Womxn and Waterways
Where:
Bill Reid Gallery
What: Explore the unique connection between womxn and water in the matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast, with special attention to the roles of child-bearers, healers, and doulas. Artists Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot/Cree), Krystle Coughlin (Selkirk), Lindsay Katsitsakataste Delaronde (Mohawk), Alison Marks (Tlingit), Dionne Paul (Nuxalk/Sechelt), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena), Marika Echachis Swan (Nuu-chah-nulth), Carrielynn Victor (Sto:lo), Veronica Rose Waechter (Gitxsan) and Water Keeper, Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) will explore water as a crucial element of creation, its historical uses for survival, and contemporary over-consumption as a threat to sensitive coastal ecosystems.
Runs until: Wednesday October 2, 2019

Viva MOMIX

Viva MOMIX (show 1 of 2)
Where:
Vancouver Playhouse
What: In honour of MOMIX’s celebrated history, Viva MOMIX distills more than three decades of work into a compilation of audience and critical favourites – the result is a confetti-coloured explosion of old and new, a mash-up of illusion, beauty, and near-stratospheric levels of invention and creativity. Choreographer Moses Pendleton’s unique blend of visual theatre combines ballet, acrobatics, and circus technique, with innovative lighting, costume and sound to create a fantastical universe.

The Young King
Where:
Performance Works
What: A young goatherd finds out that he is heir to the throne and is dazzled by the riches and finery of his new life, only to discover that everything comes at a price. The classic Oscar Wilde story, The Young King, is a coming of age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The beautiful language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company Slingsby (Adelaide, Australia), as the audience journeys to faraway lands replete with rich rewards and challenging choices. 
Runs until: Sunday April 21, 2019

Never the Last

Never the Last
Where:
Annex Theatre
What: The story follows the passionate relationship between Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, one of the most innovative composers of early twentieth century Europe, and expressionist painter Walter Gramatté. The couple’s 10 years of marriage, marked by adventure, poverty, artistic strife, and tragedy, is captured in Eckhardt-Gramatté’s 10 rarely performed violin solos. Never the Last seamlessly blends classical violin performances, movement, and text to tell the heartbreaking story of two people in love, and the ever-increasing space between them. How do you say what is impossible to say? What if you run out of time?
Runs until: Saturday April 20, 2019

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Chilliwack Tulip Festival
Where:
41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack
What: Now in its 13th year, the Festival is poised to be the biggest and best yet. The first two weeks of the festival will feature 10 varieties of hyacinths and 17 varieties of daffodils, and include one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. From the second weekend forward, an awe-inspiring 30 varieties of tulips will be in bloom, totaling more than 6.5 million bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow, planted in extra wide rows for easy viewing and convenient photo opportunities. Overall, there are 20 acres of spring beauty to behold.
Runs until: Sunday May 5, 2019

Chester Fields 2019: Something In My Eye

Chester Fields 2019: Something In My Eye
Where:
Polygon Gallery
What: Each year, students are encouraged to create original works of art. For 2019, the theme “Something In My Eye”, was inspired by the current exhibition “a Handful of Dust”. This exhibition features the 31 teen finalists shortlisted from 200 submissions.
Runs until: Sunday April 21, 2019

Cantus & Chor Leoni
Where:
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: Cantus Male Vocal Ensemble, hailed by Fanfare magazine as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” shares the stage with Canada’s beloved Chor Leoni in a collaborative concert to open the 2019 VanMan Male Choral Summit. Cantus, founded by Chor Leoni’s own Erick Lichte at St. Olaf college in 1995, arrives for its Vancouver debut in a concert which will feature the best of both ensembles and the full scope of male choral singing.

 

Elements Film Festival 2019 – Filipe DeAndrade
Where:
Science World
What: In collaboration with Science World, this year’s environmental film festival features programming for all ages including films, presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of topics impacting our planet. Friday night’s special event features Filipe DeAndrade. Join for a passionate evening of film and photography with NatGeo’s fastest rising star. Filipe takes us along on his adventures to the Serengeti, the jungles of Costa Rica and the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé
Where:
Rogers Arena
What: This past August, Bublé returned to the stage after a lengthy absence for shows in Dublin, London and Sydney where he performed for over 150,000 fans. He has already completed five sold out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career. 

Verboden Festival
Where:
Various venues
What: This music festival for post-punk, EBM and Coldwave hosts 26 live performances over 4 days at The Astoria and Rickshaw Theatre. The festival is set to feature: Boy Harsher, Light Asylum, Mr.Kitty, The Foreign Resort, Visit0r, Youryoungbody, Physical Wash, Webdriver Torso, Oceanside85, Sex Park, Seventeen at This Time, The Gathering, Voight, Total Chroma, Boys In Blush, Ivory Towers, Nouveau, Polly Dactic, Monashee, Brutes, Redress and more.
Runs until: Sunday April 14, 2019

Act of Faith
Where:
Historic Theatre
What: What happens when everything we believe to be true about ourselves or those closest to us is challenged by new information? If you aren’t religious, can you believe in a miracle? Inspired by a true story, this new play explores the mystery of faith-based healing, and the consequences of life-changing transformation.
Runs until: Saturday April 20, 2019

Gary Gulman

Gary Gulman (show 1 of 2)
Where:
Yuk Yuk’s
What: Gary Gulman grew up in Boston, MA and always knew he wanted to be a comedian. His humor has always been unique, clever and highly entertaining. Gary’s stand up appearances have been seen on every late-night show including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and many more.

VSO: Rosanne Philippens

VSO: Rosanne Philippens
Where:
Orpheum Theatre
What: This concert features three Russian revolutionary composers, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, who dealt with the political minefields of Russia and the Soviet Union in very different ways.

Graham Clark

Graham Clark & Chris James
Where:
The Comedy MIX
What: Two comedians form Vancouver. Graham Clark is a 3-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself. Chris James does standup comedy specifically, in that he tells jokes that are generally pre-prepared.


Saturday April 13

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Rialto Paw-ty

Rialto Paw-ty
Where:
Vancouver Aquarium
What: This Super Saturday, you are invited to an Otter Paw-ty! Otter lovers will never forget the day in August 2016 when a tiny sea otter pup was discovered washed up alone on remote Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park in Washington State. Named after the location of his rescue, Rialto has found his forever home at the Vancouver Aquarium. Join otter-lovers at the Vancouver launch of the book documenting Rialto’s epic road to recovery, featuring a reading of Rescuing Rialto from author Lynda Mapes. Then, stick around for a special otter enrichment session.

Sakura Days Japan Fair

Sakura Days Japan Fair
Where:
VanDusen Botanical Garden
What:
Experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, culinary demonstrations, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, guided tree talks and walks to the cherry trees, and haiku readings. We also have hands-on workshops and try your hand at calligraphy, origami and other Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations.
Runs until:Sunday April 14, 2019

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir presents Summit Concert
Where:
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: VanMan reaches its apex at the Summit Concert, where the magnificent sound of 300+ men’s voices fill the superb acoustics of the Chan Centre in a rafter-raising finale. A must for lovers of the male voice, the Summit Concert is a spine-tingling concert highlighting the warmth, tenderness, and power of men’s voices united in song.

Alana Paterson

Alana Paterson
Where:
Polygon Gallery
What: Direct, authoritative and empowering, images of a Squamish Nation youth basketball team by photojournalist Alana Paterson give voice to an emerging generation of Indigenous women and reveals the sense of strength, perseverance, and passion. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Capture Photography Festival.
Runs until: Sunday May 12, 2019

Jack and the Magic Bean

Jack and the Magic Bean
Where:
Presentation House Theatre
What: After successful runs at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City and Marionetas de la Esquina in Mexico City, our beloved new spin on the cherished classic returns to the Presentation House Theatre. From the award-winning creative team of Where the Wild Things Are, Baking Time and other quality shows for the very young. Show is recommended for families with kids aged 3 – 8.
Runs until:Sunday April 28, 2019

The Late Show – Adult Only Improv Comedy
Where:
The Improv Centre
What: Are you a grown-up? If you are, join us! This show takes the furry hand-cuffs off our improvisers to present edgy, uncensored improv comedy. With the aid of audience suggestions, our quick-witted improvisers create scenarios that explore mature themes, content and language. You never know how far this show will go and the audience are willing accomplices.
Runs until: June 29, 2019 (Saturdays)

Switchfoot
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: In the midst of an impressive career spanning more than 20 years, Native Tongue is an inspired work of insight and passion from a band that continues to find strength in our differences and hope in what binds us. The 14-song project, recorded primarily at Melody League Studios in the band’s hometown of San Diego, Calif., includes a wide array of music from the hard-hitting anthemic title-track to more reflective songs.

Zoomer Show (day 1 of 2)
Where:
Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: Travel, finance, health and fitness, retirement and reinvention – if it’s new, if it can show you how to live big, it’s at the ZoomerShow. Exhibitors featuring the latest trends, products and services.

VSO: Otto Tausk

VSO: Otto Tausk
Where:
Orpheum Theatre
What: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 has become a universal anthem for hope, joy, friendship, and optimism for the future. This extraordinary symphony, called by many the greatest piece of music ever written, was the centerpiece of an historic concert by the Berlin Philharmonic on Christmas in 1989 that celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the great Leonard Bernstein conducting. A fitting end indeed to the 2019 VSO Spring Festival: Music and Power.

Maple Ridge Earth Day
Where:
Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
What: This eco-inspired, all ages event includes a free bike draw, a repair café for bicycles, arts & entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, a special Haney Farmers Market, electric vehicles and food trucks.

Viva MOMIX (show 2 of 2)
Where:
Vancouver Playhouse
What: In honour of MOMIX’s celebrated history, Viva MOMIX distills more than three decades of work into a compilation of audience and critical favourites – the result is a confetti-coloured explosion of old and new, a mash-up of illusion, beauty, and near-stratospheric levels of invention and creativity. Choreographer Moses Pendleton’s unique blend of visual theatre combines ballet, acrobatics, and circus technique, with innovative lighting, costume and sound to create a fantastical universe.

Gary Gulman (show 2 of 2)
Where:
Yuk Yuk’s
What: Gary Gulman grew up in Boston, MA and always knew he wanted to be a comedian. His humor has always been unique, clever and highly entertaining. Gary’s stand up appearances have been seen on every late-night show including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and many more.


Sunday April 14

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Vancouver Sun Run

Vancouver Sun Run
Where:
Burrard St and Georgia St
What: Canada’s largest 10K road race. Run through a scenic course that highlights Vancouver’s downtown core, the world famous Stanley Park, and Cambie Street Bridge for the final stretch across the bridge to the finish line.

Morrissey
Where:
Orpheum Theatre
What: He’s back! Graceful, indignant mope legend is touring Canada for the first time in almost 20 years.  Morrissey’s last studio album, the critically acclaimed “Low in High School,” was released in November of 2017. Of Morrissey and LIHS, Rolling Stone Magazine said….”as philosophical alt-rock goes, the man is still peerless”. Pitchfork described the release as “returning Morrissey to his most utilitarian purpose as the spokesperson for youthful melancholy.” 

Andrew Tyson

Andrew Tyson
Where:
Vancouver Playhouse
What: American pianist Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. The recipient of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is a Laureate of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition. In 2015, he captured First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich, where he was also awarded the Mozart and Audience prizes.

Kevin Mooney Fire Hall Concert Series: Jim Byrnes

Kevin Mooney Fire Hall Concert Series: Jim Byrnes
Where:
Fire Hall #8
What: Kick back and take in Canadian Blues Legend Jim Byrnes. Warm and weathered, soaring and bright, Jim Byrnes is a modern-day master and one of Canada’s best-loved musical icons.

Spring Complexion Makeup Workshop
Where:
CurliQue Beauty Boutique
What: Achieve the perfect spring/summer makeup complexion for your skin-tone. From correct shade-matching to application, highlighting, contour and more—guests of every skin-tone from fair to deep dark are welcome.

Zoomer Show (day 2 of 2)
Where:
Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: Travel, finance, health and fitness, retirement and reinvention – if it’s new, if it can show you how to live big, it’s at the ZoomerShow. Exhibitors featuring the latest trends, products and services.


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The Tashme Project: The Living Archives

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives
Where:
Firehall Arts Centre
What: Created and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, internment in Canada during the Second World War, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. The Nisei, now in their 70s and 80s, were children at the time of internment and their stories of adventure and play are presented in sharp relief with the more common internment narratives of hardship and justice.
Runs until: Saturday April 13, 2019

Glory
Where:
Gateway Theatre, Richmond
What: The inspirational, triumphant, and incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory? Featuring electrifying swing dance choreography inspired by the jazz age, GLORY captures all the thrills, excitement, and tension of a great hockey game. Go Rivulettes!
Runs until: Saturday April 13, 2019

Salmon Girl
Where:
Waterfront Theatre
What: A young girl makes some extraordinary friendships when she dives into a magical adventure where the delicate balance of nature could change her life forever. Theatre, dance, music and puppetry create a stunning experience that shares an Indigenous perspective on the importance of salmon in the natural world.
Runs until:  Sunday April 14, 2019

Sakura Days Japan Fair

Sakura Days Japan Fair
Where:
VanDusen Botanical Garden
What:
Experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, culinary demonstrations, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, guided tree talks and walks to the cherry trees, and haiku readings. We also have hands-on workshops and try your hand at calligraphy, origami and other Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations.
Runs until:Sunday April 14, 2019

Verboden Festival
Where:
Various venues
What: This music festival for post-punk, EBM and Coldwave hosts 26 live performances over 4 days at The Astoria and Rickshaw Theatre. The festival is set to feature: Boy Harsher, Light Asylum, Mr.Kitty, The Foreign Resort, Visit0r, Youryoungbody, Physical Wash, Webdriver Torso, Oceanside85, Sex Park, Seventeen at This Time, The Gathering, Voight, Total Chroma, Boys In Blush, Ivory Towers, Nouveau, Polly Dactic, Monashee, Brutes, Redress and more.
Runs until: Sunday April 14, 2019

Never the Last

Never the Last
Where:
Annex Theatre
What: The story follows the passionate relationship between Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, one of the most innovative composers of early twentieth century Europe, and expressionist painter Walter Gramatté. The couple’s 10 years of marriage, marked by adventure, poverty, artistic strife, and tragedy, is captured in Eckhardt-Gramatté’s 10 rarely performed violin solos. Never the Last seamlessly blends classical violin performances, movement, and text to tell the heartbreaking story of two people in love, and the ever-increasing space between them. How do you say what is impossible to say? What if you run out of time?
Runs until: Saturday April 20, 2019

Act of Faith
Where:
Historic Theatre
What: What happens when everything we believe to be true about ourselves or those closest to us is challenged by new information? If you aren’t religious, can you believe in a miracle? Inspired by a true story, this new play explores the mystery of faith-based healing, and the consequences of life-changing transformation.
Runs until: Saturday April 20, 2019

Persuasion
Where: Metro Theatre
What: A performance adaptation of Jane Austen’s last novel. Persuasion features her most matured heroine, Anne Elliot. Anne gets a second chance at love with Navy now-Captain Frederick Wentworth when her family rent out their home to Captain Wentworth’s sister and her husband. Eight years after Anne was persuaded to end their engagement, they must navigate the complexities of their feelings and changing social positions.
Runs until: Saturday April 20, 2019

The Young King
Where:
Performance Works
What: A young goatherd finds out that he is heir to the throne and is dazzled by the riches and finery of his new life, only to discover that everything comes at a price. The classic Oscar Wilde story, The Young King, is a coming of age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The beautiful language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company Slingsby (Adelaide, Australia), as the audience journeys to faraway lands replete with rich rewards and challenging choices. 
Runs until: Sunday April 21, 2019

Chester Fields 2019: Something In My Eye

Chester Fields 2019: Something In My Eye
Where:
Polygon Gallery
What: Each year, students are encouraged to create original works of art. For 2019, the theme “Something In My Eye”, was inspired by the current exhibition “a Handful of Dust”. This exhibition features the 31 teen finalists shortlisted from 200 submissions.
Runs until: Sunday April 21, 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

13th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

13th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Where:
Various locations
What: The 13th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at various iconic locations across Vancouver. Don’t forget your camera! There are picnics, bike rides, performances and more. 
Runs until: Saturday April 27, 2019

BC Blossom Photo Watch | Image Credit: Yayun Cao | Note: please be mindful of traffic when photographing the blossoms!

BC Blossom Photo Watch
Where:
Across British Columbia
What: Get your cameras ready during the Festival season because here come the blossoms! Share your best cherry blossom angles on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with hashtags: #vancherryblossomfest and #TELUSPureFibre. Winning photo (with the photographer to receive an iPad and FujiFilm printer) will be selected on May 3rd, 2019.
Runs until: Saturday April 27, 2019 

In Search of Imagination: A Local Experience, by Jim Park


In Search of Imagination: A Local Experience, by Jim Park
Where:
Kimoto Gallery
What: The local landscape forms an important part of Jim Park’s practice. Park sees paint as a language; the memory of lived experience merges with the pictorial possibilities on the canvas. His paintings are records of this merging – memory, perception, and emotional experience made real.
Runs until: Saturday April 27, 2019

Jack and the Magic Bean

Jack and the Magic Bean
Where:
Presentation House Theatre
What: After successful runs at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City and Marionetas de la Esquina in Mexico City, our beloved new spin on the cherished classic returns to the Presentation House Theatre. From the award-winning creative team of Where the Wild Things Are, Baking Time and other quality shows for the very young. Show is recommended for families with kids aged 3 – 8.
Runs until:Sunday April 28, 2019

Cannery Farmer’s Market

Cannery Farmer’s Market
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
What: Steveston’s winter food and artisan market features locally baked, grown, caught, and crafted products, seasonal events and activities for all ages, and performances by home-grown musicians and entertainers. Operated by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, the market also features community organizations for special in-market events – new this year is a partnership with the Richmond Food Security Society, which will present a series of Food Skills Workshops on select Sundays, covering a variety of themes including Fish, Holiday Leftovers, Healthy Snacks, and more. 
Runs until:Sunday April 28, 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)

Capture Photography Festival

Capture Photography Festival
Where:
Various locations
What: Presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists. Each April, photography and lens-based art is exhibited at dozens of galleries and other venues throughout Metro Vancouver as part of the Exhibition Program, alongside an extensive Public Art Program, a youth-oriented Learning Program, and an Events Program that spans tours, films, artist talks, and community events. Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Capture Photography Festival is Western Canada’s largest lens-based art festival.
Runs until: Tuesday April 30, 2019 

Formulation of Time
Where:
Lipont Place
What: Photography by Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, Desiree Patterson and Sand Wan. The theme of this free exhibition is the symbolic meaning of plants’ life cycles. The photographic artworks in the exhibition will be in the format of framed or aluminum plate-mounted chromogenic prints.
Runs until:  Tuesday April 30, 2019

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Bed & Breakfast
Where:
Granville Island Stage
What: When Brett inherits a family estate, he and his partner, Drew, move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B&B. But will these big city boys face friction in their new community? With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two actors, this theatrical production is a heartfelt comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.
Runs until: Saturday May 4, 2019

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Chilliwack Tulip Festival
Where:
41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack
What: Now in its 13th year, the Festival is poised to be the biggest and best yet. The first two weeks of the festival will feature 10 varieties of hyacinths and 17 varieties of daffodils, and include one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. From the second weekend forward, an awe-inspiring 30 varieties of tulips will be in bloom, totaling more than 6.5 million bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow, planted in extra wide rows for easy viewing and convenient photo opportunities. Overall, there are 20 acres of spring beauty to behold.
Runs until: Sunday May 5, 2019

Alana Paterson

Alana Paterson
Where:
Polygon Gallery
What: Direct, authoritative and empowering, images of a Squamish Nation youth basketball team by photojournalist Alana Paterson give voice to an emerging generation of Indigenous women and reveals the sense of strength, perseverance, and passion. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Capture Photography Festival.
Runs until: Sunday May 12, 2019

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

Deanna Bowen: A Harlem Nocturne

Deanna Bowen: A Harlem Nocturne
Where:
Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Deanna Bowen’s artistic practice concerns itself with overlooked histories of Black experience, often connected to her own family in Canada and the US. Mining archives and forgotten documents, she makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures to bring traces of a complex, deeply personal and often violent past into public visibility. Bowen’s solo exhibition A Harlem Nocturne comprises two separate trajectories of new research that follow the artist’s maternal lineage in Canada.
Runs until: Sunday June 16, 2019

The Late Show – Adult Only Improv Comedy
Where:
The Improv Centre
What: Are you a grown-up? If you are, join us! This show takes the furry hand-cuffs off our improvisers to present edgy, uncensored improv comedy. With the aid of audience suggestions, our quick-witted improvisers create scenarios that explore mature themes, content and language. You never know how far this show will go and the audience are willing accomplices.
Runs until: June 29, 2019 (Saturdays)

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

Rolande Souliere: Frequent Stopping IV and V

Rolande Souliere: Frequent Stopping IV and V
Where:
Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The multi-media practice of Australia-based Anishinaabe artist Rolande Souliere entangles the visual language of hard-edged geometric abstraction with that of contemporary traffic signage to consider how colonial infrastructures mark both spaces and the people inhabiting them. Her solo exhibition Frequent Stopping IV and V presents new large-scale, site-specific work at the Contemporary Art Gallery’s two public sites: its street level façade and the nearby Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. This exhibition draws from Souliere’s ongoing body of work that creates interventions using caution tape and street barrier patterns in immersive, muscular installations.
Runs until: Friday September 20, 2019

Womxn and Waterways
Where:
Bill Reid Gallery
What: Explore the unique connection between womxn and water in the matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast, with special attention to the roles of child-bearers, healers, and doulas. Artists Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot/Cree), Krystle Coughlin (Selkirk), Lindsay Katsitsakataste Delaronde (Mohawk), Alison Marks (Tlingit), Dionne Paul (Nuxalk/Sechelt), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena), Marika Echachis Swan (Nuu-chah-nulth), Carrielynn Victor (Sto:lo), Veronica Rose Waechter (Gitxsan) and Water Keeper, Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) will explore water as a crucial element of creation, its historical uses for survival, and contemporary over-consumption as a threat to sensitive coastal ecosystems.
Runs until: Wednesday October 2, 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

Vancouver TheatreSports presents: The Late Show
Where:
The Improv Centre
What: Are you a grown-up? If you are, join late Saturday nights for The Late Show – Adult Only Improv Comedy. This show takes the furry hand-cuffs off our improvisers to present edgy, uncensored improv comedy. With the aid of audience suggestions, our quick-witted improvisers create scenarios that explore mature themes, content and language. You never know how far this show will go and the audience are willing accomplices.
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

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