Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend there’s music in the air as the Vancouver Opera Festival begins with shows and activities for all ages, celebrating fairy tales and fables. There’s also a festival dedicated to world music, an international art fair, dance, and some Game of Thrones comedy.

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing


Friday April 26

Art Vancouver
Where:
Canada Place
What: Art Vancouver International Art Fair attracts artists, galleries and attendees from all around the world. The 2018 edition saw a diverse mix of visual arts, brought in exhibitors from over 12 countries. Returning for the 5th year, Art Vancouver will offer a variety of entertainment such as the popular “Face of Art” runway show, art classes, artist talks and demonstrations, free guided tours and the city-wide Art Gallery Crawl. 
Runs until: Sunday April 28, 2019   

Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea
Where:
The Cultch
What: Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture celebrates its 21st year of supporting and promoting artists who identify as living with a disability with a very special concert event headlined by the incomparable singer Gaelynn Lea, a featured performance by inspirational humourist, David Roche, and a presentation by talented young painter, Mujtaba Saloojee.

World Music Festival
Where:
The Imperial & Guilt & Co.
What: A festival is dedicated to presenting local and international artists playing traditional music from around the globe. Presenting youth performers and workshops for young people to help foster the next generation of music lovers.
Runs until: Saturday April 27, 2019

Verses Festival of Words
Where:
Various locations around Commercial Drive
What: The mission of the Verses Festival of Words is to celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken or sung; to engage diverse groups in cutting-edge, live performances as both audience and participants; to present influential artists from both the oral and literary traditions, and to encourage the next generation of performers and writers. 
Runs until: Saturday May 4, 2019

The Great Leap
Where:
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
What: It’s 1989, and for a man with a past and one teen with a future, an exhibition basketball game in Beijing is a chance at something greater. Chinese coach Wen Chang is a quiet Party supporter and Manford is a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious baller skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a 3-point shot.
Runs until:Sunday May 19, 2019

Throne and Games – The Last Laugh
Where:
The Improv Centre
What: Loosely based on HBO’s popular TV series, this improv laugh-letting features myriad unexpected plot twists – all suggested by the audience. No two performances can ever be the same because of this key element. Like its TV inspiration, the audience has no idea what to expect next, and, neither do the cast. VTS improvisers are master actors – creating the plot line, developing characters and dialogue all on the spot based on audience involvement and suggestions. Warning–there may be spoilers!
Runs until: Saturday June 15, 2019

VSO: Dancing & Romancing

VSO: Dancing & Romancing (show 1 of 2)
Where:
The Orpheum
What: Acclaimed veterans of Broadway, television and movies, singers/dancers Joan Hess and Kirby Ward. You’ll be transported back to a place and time when dancing and romancing were king, with magical songs such as I Could Have Danced All Night, Singing in the Rain, All That Jazz, In the Mood, That Old Black Magic, and many more romantic, dance-filled favourites.

The 1975

The 1975
Where:
Thunderbird Sports Centre – UBC
What: Critics have been bemused and thrilled by the Manchester four-piece and their amorphous drifts between brooding art rock, crisp electronica, dancefloor R&B, and 80s gloss pop. 

Kyle Bottom and Dan Quinn
Where:
The Comedy MIX
What:A regular at his home club The Comedy Mix, Kyle has appeared at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. Dan Quinn is a natural storyteller; with tales taken from his life he has become an international headliner. 

Rufus Du Sol

Rufus Du Sol
Where:
PNE Forum
What: One of the world’s preeminent live electronic acts. The Australian three-piece, comprised of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, have released two platinum-certified albums.

Halestorm

Halestorm
Where:
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: An American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania.

VOX Singing Competition and Gala
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Discover the next generation of Canadian opera talent in an exhilarating vocal competition. Eight young singers selected during nationwide auditions will perform on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage in front of a jury chaired by Music Director Emeritus, Jonathan Darlington. The competition is hosted by the CBC’s Sylvia L’Ecuyer. While the jury deliberates, the audience will enjoy a short performance from one of Canada’s leading opera sensations, Erin Wall.

Godsmack
Where:
Abbotsford Centre
What: Late 90s nu-metalish Boston-area hard rock group Godsmack infuse a sound influenced by Alice in Chains and Metallica with percussive tribal rhythms.

Vancouver Warriors vs Toronto Rock

Vancouver Warriors vs Toronto Rock
Where:
Rogers Arena
What: Join the Vancouver Warriors for pro-lacrosse action in the final game of the season against the Toronto Rock.

Wintersleep

Wintersleep
Where:
Commodore Ballroom
What: Canadian indie rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. 


Saturday April 27

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Faust

Faust
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Gounod’s Faust is the pinnacle of 19th century French opera, it’s full of rich characterization, it’s dramatically exciting, and it’s exuberantly evocative. Faust, an aged and bitter man, sells his soul to Méphistophélès in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, an innocent young woman. By trying to have it all, he loses everything. Gounod’s sensuous and sublimely melodic masterpiece will be presented in a production not seen before in Vancouver.
Runs until:  Thursday May 2, 2019

La Cenerentola

La Cenerentola
Where:
Vancouver Playhouse
What: In Rossini’s masterpiece, La Cenerentola (Cinderella), the evil stepmother trades places with a malevolent stepfather, the fairy godmother is a philosopher, and the legendary glass slipper is replaced with a bracelet. Nonetheless, the essence of the fairy-tale remains: a magical journey from rags to riches. 
Runs until: Thursday May 2, 2019

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar
Where:
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: Divine sitar player, acclaimed composer, and one of contemporary India’s cultural gems, the six-time Grammy Award-nominated artist “embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation” (Nitin Sawhney). The spellbinding program, featuring songs from her brand-new album Reflections, draws on classical ragas as well as contemporary cross-cultural pieces that showcase the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. 

Vancouver Opera Festival Opening Day

Vancouver Opera Festival Opening Day
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver Playhouse
What: Celebrate the launch of the third annual Vancouver Opera Festival with a day of opera, art, and events at the Vancouver Playhouse, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and s?xw?? ex?n Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza). 

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Philadelphia Union

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Philadelphia Union
Where:
BC Place
What: Take part in the roaring atmosphere at this Major League Soccer game.

The Big Sing
Where:
Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
What: Singing to celebrate Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. 

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
Where:
Rogers Arena
What: With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 25 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Artist Talk by Pushpamala N

Artist Talk by Pushpamala N
Where:
Vancouver Art Gallery 
What: In partnership with Capture Photography Festival, this talk by artist Pushpamala N. discusses the Bangalore-born artist’s clever work as a photo- and video-performance artist, sculptor, writer, curator and provocateur. The talk is in junction with Moving Still: Performative Photography in India, a major exhibition of works by thirteen artists based in India whose photographic practices focus on constructing and reconstructing realities. 

The Floozies

The Floozies
Where:
Celebrities Nightclub
What: A live electronic duo. 

CAG Family Day

CAG Family Day
Where:
Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Inspired by the work of Deanna Bowen, create a mixed media collage of found images, maps and texts of Vancouver/unceded Coast Salish Territories. Trace movements and memories of yourself and family through neighbourhoods, parks and terrain, mapping your connections to the land and city.

Platinum Blonde and Chilliwak

Platinum Blonde and Chilliwak
Where:
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
What: A couple of classics.

Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks
Where:
The Biltmore Cabaret
What: A rock project by songwriter and producer Timothy Showalter from Indiana.

The Franchise Expo
Where:
Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: See the most successful franchises + brand new opportunities from every industry. 
Runs until: Saturday April 28, 2019

VSO: Dancing & Romancing (show 2 of 2)
Where:
The Orpheum
What: Acclaimed veterans of Broadway, television and movies, singers/dancers Joan Hess and Kirby Ward. You’ll be transported back to a place and time when dancing and romancing were king, with magical songs such as I Could Have Danced All Night, Singing in the Rain, All That Jazz, In the Mood, That Old Black Magic, and many more romantic, dance-filled favourites.


Sunday April 28

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International Dance Day

International Dance Day
Where:
Various locations
What: The Dance Centre presents free events celebrating the art of dance for International Dance Day: highlights include the premiere of a contemporary dance work at Scotiabank Dance Centre, bharatanatyam at the Vancouver Public Library, dance icon Pina Bausch’s The Nelken Line on Granville Island, an innovative dance/sound project from Montreal, and more.

Party on the Plaza

Vancouver Opera Festival Party on the Plaza
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A day of children’s activities and performances, with face painting, musical costumes and the Roaming Diva on stilts. For adults, the Patio Bar opens at noon with live performances all afternoon. Free to the public. The Party on the Plaza takes place rain or shine.

CBC Chamber Music Series

CBC Chamber Music Series
Where:
CBC Studio 700
What: Five short performances of chamber music inspired by fairy tales and fables. Featuring musicians from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and invited guests.
Runs until:  Sunday May 5, 2019

Classical Kids: Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Where:
Orpheum Theatre
What: The world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness.

Comedy for the Dogs (For the Blind)
Where:
Yuk Yuks
What: Featuring visually impaired comedians Megan Milton, Alex Sparling and Darryl Lennox (and a few “token able-bodieds”) Our mission is to make you laugh, raise some money and hopefully give a bit of insight into living with vision loss.

Lauren Ruth Ward

Lauren Ruth Ward
Where:
The Biltmore Cabaret
What: Lauren Ruth Ward’s music has spread like wildfire these past two years in LA after leaving her hometown of Baltimore. Her lyrics are secrets to strangers, writing about her life’s trajectory sharing both vulnerability and strength delivered with grit and vibrato.

Nina Conti
Where:
The Rio
What: British Comedy Award Winner Nina Conti improvises unforgettable puppetry using live audience members in cartoonish masks, with the help if her simian sidekick, Monkey. 

Opera Speaks with Paolo Pietropaulo
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salon
What: An entertaining and thought ­provoking discussion led by Peabody ­Award-­winning classical music journalist Paulo Pietropaulo.

 


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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 

World Music Festival
Where:
The Imperial & Guilt & Co.
What: A festival is dedicated to presenting local and international artists playing traditional music from around the globe. Presenting youth performers and workshops for young people to help foster the next generation of music lovers.
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

Faust

Faust
Where:
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Gounod’s Faust is the pinnacle of 19th century French opera, it’s full of rich characterization, it’s dramatically exciting, and it’s exuberantly evocative. Faust, an aged and bitter man, sells his soul to Méphistophélès in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, an innocent young woman. By trying to have it all, he loses everything. Gounod’s sensuous and sublimely melodic masterpiece will be presented in a production not seen before in Vancouver.
Runs until:  Thursday May 2, 2019

La Cenerentola

La Cenerentola
Where:
Vancouver Playhouse
What: In Rossini’s masterpiece, La Cenerentola (Cinderella), the evil stepmother trades places with a malevolent stepfather, the fairy godmother is a philosopher, and the legendary glass slipper is replaced with a bracelet. Nonetheless, the essence of the fairy-tale remains: a magical journey from rags to riches. 
Runs until: Thursday May 2, 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

Verses Festival of Words
Where:
Various locations around Commercial Drive
What: The mission of the Verses Festival of Words is to celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken or sung; to engage diverse groups in cutting-edge, live performances as both audience and participants; to present influential artists from both the oral and literary traditions, and to encourage the next generation of performers and writers. 
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

Dead Peoples Things

Dead Peoples Things
Where: Studio 16
What: Poignant and darkly comedic, the play follows Phyllis, a Millennial, who inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She then must work with neighbour Beatrice, a Baby Boomer who has been named executrix, to try and make some sense of the life and death of a woman she barely knew, through the things she left behind. Based on true events, Dead People’s Things is a heartrending haunting that examines loneliness and the strange contradiction between belongings and belonging.
Runs until: Sunday May 5, 2019

CBC Chamber Music Series

CBC Chamber Music Series
Where:
CBC Studio 700
What: Five short performances of chamber music inspired by fairy tales and fables. Featuring musicians from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and invited guests.
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

The Great Leap
Where:
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
What: It’s 1989, and for a man with a past and one teen with a future, an exhibition basketball game in Beijing is a chance at something greater. Chinese coach Wen Chang is a quiet Party supporter and Manford is a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious baller skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a 3-point shot.
Runs until:Sunday May 19, 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

Throne and Games – The Last Laugh
Where:
The Improv Centre
What: Loosely based on HBO’s popular TV series, this improv laugh-letting features myriad unexpected plot twists – all suggested by the audience. No two performances can ever be the same because of this key element. Like its TV inspiration, the audience has no idea what to expect next, and, neither do the cast. VTS improvisers are master actors – creating the plot line, developing characters and dialogue all on the spot based on audience involvement and suggestions. Warning–there may be spoilers!
Runs until: Saturday June 15, 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

Moving Still: Performative Photography from India

Moving Still: Performative Photography from India
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery & Annex Theatre
What: A major exhibition of works by thirteen artists based in India whose photographic practices focus on constructing and reconstructing realities. The exhibition and will showcase more than one hundred works, dating from the 1800s to the present, and examines themes of gender, religion and sexual identity using photography, an important medium in India since the mid-nineteenth century.
Runs until: Sunday September 2, 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

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

 

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    Nina Conti was cancelled awhile back.