Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend is a good weekend to be an animal lover. You can toast to aquatic life at the aquarium, watch dogs with tiny little legs run a race at Hastings Racecourse, and giggle the night away at Yuk Yuks while helping the BCPSCA. Plus there’s plenty of music, dance, and theatre across the city in between all that cuteness.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing


Friday July 12

Toast to the Coast

Toast to the Coast

Where: Vancouver Aquarium
What: Toast to the Coast, the annual fundraising gala for Ocean Wise, has raised $1.2 million for ocean conservation initiatives over its 13-year history at the Vancouver Aquarium. It’s an important, unforgettable evening, where ocean lovers mix and mingle over delicious food and drinks in the company of the fascinating aquatic creatures they are determined to help protect.

Music at the Cannery | Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Music at the Cannery

Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Richmond
What: Steveston’s summertime music series returns to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Friday evenings in July and August. Concerts will take place on the Cannery’s outdoor tank deck or inside the historic building in inclement weather. The show will go on, rain or shine.
Runs Until: Friday August 30, 2019

Bill Reid Gallery | Language Matters

Language Matters

Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Water is an essential ingredient for human life—it connects us geographically, culturally, and socially while fueling our bodies and spirits. Guest curators ReMatriate Collective reveal 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.
Runs Until: Monday September 16, 2019

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Drawer Boy

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Ontario – 1972. Miles, a young theatre actor arrives in Huron County at the home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. Miles stays with them in order to gather stories about rural life and make a play about it. A compelling portrait of friendship, Michael Healey’s play is also a striking examination of the transformational power of storytelling. Already a Canadian classic, The Drawer Boy invites us to explore the blurred line between reality and fiction, and re-frames our assumptions about the art that represents their synthesis.
Runs Until: Wednesday August 14, 2019

Jane Stanton

Yuk Yuks presents Jane Stanton

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Watching Jane Stanton on stage is like having a late-night conversation with you best friend, if your best friend is one of the funniest people you know. In her short time performing comedy Jane has toured across Canada, won Vancouver’s funniest new female comic 2006 and has been featured on CBC Radio 1, XFM and the Can West Comedy Festival.
Runs Until: Saturday July 13, 2019

Yuk Yuks | Knockout Punchlines

Yuk Yuks presents Knockout Punchlines: The Improv & Stand-Up Showdown

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Sixteen comedians, four random teams, and one epic showcase of Vancouver Comedy. The Fictionals are taking over Yuk Yuks Vancouver on Friday, July 12 for a new comedy competition: Knockout Punchlines!

The Polygon | Samuel Roy-Bois

Samuel Roy-Bois: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies is a site-responsive installation – imagined as an intervention into the architectural space of The Polygon—that invokes histories of resource extraction and the forest industry on the North Shore. Roy-Bois’ rustic, handcrafted aesthetic rubs against the steel-and-glass design of the gallery and the surrounding waterfront developments, upending distinctions between interior and exterior, private and public.
Runs Until: December 31, 2019

The Polygon | Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II

Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Organized by Vancouver curator Jenn Jackson, Gilded Age II is Cwynar’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast. The exhibition features recent photographs and two videos, reflecting Cwynar’s interest in the enduring legacies of design and popular imagery in contemporary consciousness. Across Cwynar’s works, found photographs, everyday artefacts, illustrations, notes, and models unfold and challenge enduring systems of value and meaning.
Runs Until: Sunday September 22, 2019

Sonologues 2019

Sonologues 2019: Audio Installations

Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Library
What: Redshift Music presents a series of unique audio installations with the Redshift Array. This 16-speaker system spread throughout the balconies of the Library Square Promenade creates an immersive sonic environment. The series features new music by B.C. composers, including JUNO Award winner Jordan Nobles.

Summer Music Vancouver

Summer Music Vancouver

Where: Various Venues
What: Summer Music Vancouver (SMV) is Music In The Morning’s downtown summer festival, serving an exciting gap in classical arts programming in the city. With mainstage concerts at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral and daily concerts at Robson Square, SMV offers a different lens through which Vancouverites and tourists can experience the city. With our concert programming, sight-reading parties, a chamber music training institute, and free public performances enjoyed alongside a bevy of food trucks, there’s always something happening at this festival!
Runs Until: Wednesday July 17, 2019

Designer Warehouse Sale

Vancouver’s Largest Designer Warehouse Sale

Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
What: Designer Brands – Versace, Stella McCartney, Balmain, Givenchy and many more at up to 80% off. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase high quality designer brand staples for your wardrobe! Imagine adding some of the worlds most iconic labels to your collection at prices that will have you jumping for joy.
Runs Until: Sunday July 14, 2017


Saturday July 13

Hastings Racecourse | Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer – Wiener Dog Races

Where: Hastings Racecource
What: Our Dog Days of Summer are back and ALL of our dog races have been extended for two days this season! Live horse racing begins at 1:50 p.m. with the dog races occurring in-between. As always, there is no admission to enter on site. Food trucks, craft beer, and live music all afternoon while the excitement happens track side.
Runs Until: Sunday July 14, 2019

Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu Live in Vancouver

Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: American comic and creator of the hit documentary, The Problem with Apu, Hari Kondabolu is known for his appearances on The Late Show with David Lettermanand Jimmy Kimmel Live. Named one of Variety’s ‘Top 10 Comics to Watch,’ Kondabolu also has a Netflix special Warn Your Relatives.

Thai Festival

Thai Festival

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Thai Festival is about delicious Thai cuisine, performing arts, unique products and crafts, in a lively, outdoor venue in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The free event also features fashion, kickboxing, Thai massage and spa, cooking and fruit-carving demonstrations, plus plenty of prize draws. Thai Festival is brought to you by the local Thai community, as well special guests directly from the Kingdom of Thailand.
Runs Until: Sunday July 14, 2019

Born Yesterday

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Born Yesterday

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Garson Kanin’s classic of 1950s Broadway is both a comic masterpiece and a startlingly prescient glimpse of the corruption that can spread in a democracy once moneyed interests begin to take root. By turns uproarious and sobering, and packed with a cast of vibrant characters throughout, Kanin’s play reminds us that a healthy democracy depends on its inhabitants to stay healthy, and that abuse of power cannot be stemmed without an informed and engaged citizenry.
Runs Until: Thursday August 19th, 2019

Ballroom Brawl XII

ECCW Ballroom Brawl XII

Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Since their first jaw-dropping, table-smashing performance at the Commodore Ballroom in 2014, ECCW has consistently captivated fans with their raw in-your-face, off the top rope action!

RecycleFest 2019

RecycleFest 2019

Where: Trout Lake
What: For the past four years, ElectroRecycle has hosted RecycleFest, a community celebration at Vancouver’s Trout Lake Community Centre dedicated to recycling. It’s a great chance to bring your family and friends out to enjoy the fun and games. It’s definitely the best day of the year to recycle your broken and unwanted electrical small appliances and power tools!

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

Where: BC Place
What: Take part in the roaring atmosphere at this Major League Soccer game.

Steveston Heritage Experience

Steveston Heritage Experience

Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
What: The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will be served along the way.

Punk in Drublic Festival

Punk in Drublic Festival

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What:  The tour features NOFX, Bad Religion, The Real McKenzies, Anti-Flag, Chixdiggit, Last Gang, approximately 50 local craft breweries, and more. General admission includes festival admission and 6 beer sampling tokens. VIP and Special VIP passes available.

IM Chang-jung

IM Chang-jung North American Tour 2019

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Im Chang-jung is a South Korean actor, ballad singer-songwriter, and composer. He is often referred by Koreans as “the original multi-entertainer” for being active in all three fields: film, music, and entertainment. He made his acting debut in 1990 and his singing debut in 1995.

Iberico Pop-Up Shop

IBERICO Pop-Up Shop + Spanish Fiesta

Where: The Ellis Building
What: We are bringing you closer than ever to the perfect way of immersing yourself into the Spanish culture and our way of life. Our aim is to create and share a strong community bond. Of course, while having fun! If there is something that defines the Spanish way of life it is our undeniable disposition for Spanish Fiesta. We Love Spain and for that reason Arc Iberico Imports will be hosting in Vancouver an authentic Spanish fiesta with live music and a Porron drinking experience after our Iberico Pop-up shop. ¡Olé!

West Coast Rock Fest 2019

West Coast Rock Fest 2019

Where: The Red Room
What: Back for its second year, West Coast Rock Fest (WCRF) 2019 presents the Canadian hard-rock bands Villain, Rebel Priest, Redwoods, Chelsea’s Tail, Crnkshft, and Charlie Monroe Band.

Rugged Maniac: Vancouver

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race Series

Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds
What: Sign up for the best Vancouver obstacle race: Rugged Maniac! This race is coming to Cloverdale Fairgrounds with 20+ epic obstacles and 1 awesome party!

Rockin’ in the Park

Rockin’ in the Park

Where: Coal Harbour Community Centre
What: Rockin’ in the Park is a free, all-ages family event (rain or shine) with a bouncy castle, family entertainment, mini golf, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, caricature artist, and youth programs fundraising BBQ.

Small Stage

Small Stage’s Summer Series

Where: Various Locations
What:  Taking inspiration from their favourite summer flowers, Small Stage dancers will be putting the petal to the metal and pulling off moves that will make you say, “What in carnation?!” Saturdays at Bute Robson Plaza, and Sundays the North Vancouver Shipyards for outdoor performances from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

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Sunday July 14

Bastille Day

Bastille Day Festival

Where: Yaletown Roundhouse
What: Don’t miss a chance to fall in love with French culture! This Bastille Day, join us for a taste of France on the Canadian West Coast. Enjoy a day specially dedicated to French culture, food and entertainment. Open to the entire family!

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Jazz Vespers

Where: First Baptist Church
What: St. Andrew’s Wesley’s Jazz Vespers, is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Every Sunday from 4-5 PM, you’ll be tapping your toes and clapping your hands to the amazing sounds of local and international jazz giants. It’s an hour of jazz interspersed with reflections on love, faith and hope given by Rev. Dan Chambers or Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson.
Runs Until: Sunday December 29, 2019

Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd World Tour 2019 – 40 years of the Wall

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, returns in 2019 with its most ambitious and biggest production yet; a very special 40th Anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera, ‘The Wall’. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with a stunning multi-million dollar light show, large circular screen and arch plus projection, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. A Brit Floyd show really is as close as fans will get to experience the magnificence of the original Pink Floyd live shows.

Contemporary Art Gallery

CAG Exhibition Tour in French

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Join Mike Bourscheid for a free tour of the current exhibitions, Maryam Jafri’s Automatic Negative Thought and Rolande Souliere’s Frequent Stopping IV and V, in French.

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver Canadians vs. Tri-City Dust devils

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Take me out to the ballgame! Enjoy the foot-long hot dogs, the peanuts, the sushi run? It is all there for you when you watch the local minor league Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium. Join the Vancouver Canadians as they take on the Tri-City Dust Devils at A&W Family Fun Sunday.

Yuk Yuks | Laugh For Lives

Yuk Yuks presents Laugh For Lives

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Good times, great laughs & an amazing cause. Animals give us so many sources of laughter and love, it’s time we pay it back. Donations accepted, door prizes, 50/50 draw, prize raffle. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the BC SPCA.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution Tour

Where: Vogue Theatre
What: Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela are back on the road for their Mettavolution Tour! They first came to international attention when they traveled to Dublin in 2002 when Damien Rice noticed them busking and asked them to accompany him on tour. Now the dynamic Latin duo have gone from busking talent to international musical superstars – experience once of their gigs to hear just why!

Eastside Culture Crawl

Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl Brewery Tour & Fundraiser

Where: 1000 Parker St
What: Join us for the Eastside Culture Crawl’s fourth annual Art, Bike, and Beer Crawl Fundraiser and explore East Vancouver’s craft breweries in support of the ECCS and its programming. Guests will first be taken to 3 of 9 different breweries, then The Beer Crawl will culminate with a wrap-up tour at Strange Fellows Brewing. Tastings incl.

Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association | Victory Square Movie Night

Victory Square Movie Night: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Where: Victory Square
What: Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association presents this free outdoor movie event in Victory Square Park. Join us for a showing of the comedy classic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This event is free and open to all community members. Bring a blanket, some munchies, and grab your spot early!

Mafikizolo

Mafikizolo

Where: The Imperial
What: Mafikizolo is a South African singing duo consisting of Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza. They are multiple times winners of the South African Music Award, including the awards for Best Duo or Group of the Year.

Small Stage

Small Stage’s Summer Series

Where: Various Locations
What: Now that summer is in full bloom, local dance company Small Stage is back with another incredible Summer Series! Taking inspiration from their favourite summer flowers, Small Stage dancers will be putting the petal to the metal and pulling off moves that will make you say, “What in carnation?!” Join us on Saturdays at Bute Robson Plaza, and Sundays the North Vancouver Shipyards for outdoor performances from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

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Ongoing

Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019

Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019
Where: Various locations
What: Dancing on the Edge Festival is Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance and is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the Lower Mainland’s Dance Season. This year’s DOTE presents extraordinary dance productions from Canada, Brazil and Korea at various venues in Vancouver, including DOTE’s home venue, the Firehall Arts Centre.
Runs Until: Saturday July 13, 2019

Indian Summer Festival
Where: Various Locations
What: The festival returns to Vancouver bringing locally and internationally renowned artists to venues across the city. With the provocative theme of “Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,”the 2019 festival lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers from around the world.
Runs Until: Sunday July 14, 2019

Matilda The Musical
Where: Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
What: Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty to find your happy ending! Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny. Even cruel parents and a hardened headmistress can’t get in her way. From the wonderfully subversive imagination of Roald Dahl, this fun family musical will bring out the child in everyone.
Runs until: Sunday July 14, 2019

Greek Summerfest

Greek Summerfest
Where: St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church
What: Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 33rd consecutive year. The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the BBQ lamb and “loukoumades” to the dozens of live singers and dancers.
Runs Until: Sunday July 14, 2019

Summer Music Vancouver

Summer Music Vancouver

Where: Various Venues
What: Summer Music Vancouver (SMV) is Music In The Morning’s downtown summer festival, serving an exciting gap in classical arts programming in the city. With mainstage concerts at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral and daily concerts at Robson Square, SMV offers a different lens through which Vancouverites and tourists can experience the city. With our concert programming, sight-reading parties, a chamber music training institute, and free public performances enjoyed alongside a bevy of food trucks, there’s always something happening at this festival!
Runs Until: Wednesday July 17, 2019

Mom’s the Word: Nest ½ Empty

Mom’s the Word: Nest ½ Empty
Where: Granville Island Stage
What: From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes another chapter in their stories of family and fracas. The kids are grown, marriages have “evolved,” and bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. From a sold-out run and a hit tour, the moms are back again to share this nestful of insights and ribald humour.
Runs until: Saturday July 20, 2019

Dancing in the Street: Free Hustle Dance Drop In
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza)
What: A 4-week series with teachers from Hustle at RS teaching the foundations in connection, musicality, technique, form, free-styling, and more. Class will be catered towards all levels, beginners always welcome. Minimum age to participate is 13 years old.
Runs Until: Friday July 26, 2019

Small Stage

Small Stage’s Summer Series

Where: Various Locations
What: Now that summer is in full bloom, local dance company Small Stage is back with another incredible Summer Series! Taking inspiration from their favourite summer flowers, Small Stage dancers will be putting the petal to the metal and pulling off moves that will make you say, “What in carnation?!” Join us on Saturdays at Bute Robson Plaza, and Sundays the North Vancouver Shipyards for outdoor performances from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Drawer Boy

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Ontario – 1972. Miles, a young theatre actor arrives in Huron County at the home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. Miles stays with them in order to gather stories about rural life and make a play about it. A compelling portrait of friendship, Michael Healey’s play is also a striking examination of the transformational power of storytelling. Already a Canadian classic, The Drawer Boy invites us to explore the blurred line between reality and fiction, and re-frames our assumptions about the art that represents their synthesis.
Runs Until: Wednesday August 14, 2019

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars presents Mamma Mia! And Disney’s Newsies
Where: Malkin Bowl
What: A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS’ 2019 season offers two stunning musicals: one that tells the lighthearted tale of a mother and a daughter who embark on a hilarious quest to discover the identity of her true father; the other shares the stirring account of a ragged band of newspaper boys and street urchins who strike for fair pay and humane working conditions in 1899 New York City.
Runs Until: Saturday August 17, 2019

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat
Where: Kitsilano Beach Park
What: The Kitsilano Showboat operates as a community stage for amateur entertainment over the summer months at Kitsilano beach. It provides a venue for entertainers of all ages and all backgrounds from across the lower mainland. The entertainment is typically multiculturally based, representing the many roots of our society who may not otherwise have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.
Runs Until: Saturday August 17, 2019

Born Yesterday

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Born Yesterday

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Garson Kanin’s classic of 1950s Broadway is both a comic masterpiece and a startlingly prescient glimpse of the corruption that can spread in a democracy once moneyed interests begin to take root. By turns uproarious and sobering, and packed with a cast of vibrant characters throughout, Kanin’s play reminds us that a healthy democracy depends on its inhabitants to stay healthy, and that abuse of power cannot be stemmed without an informed and engaged citizenry.
Runs Until: Thursday August 19th, 2019

Robson Square Summer Dance Series

Robson Square Summer Dance Series
Where: UBC Robson Square
What: Free lessons, performances, and social dancing from 7:30 pm to late, every Friday under the domes at Robson Square. Free lesson starts at 7:30pm, followed by social dancing and demonstrations. Everyone is welcome to this outdoor dance event, no partner, no experience required.
Runs Until: Friday August 23, 2019

Music at the Cannery | Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Music at the Cannery

Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Richmond
What: Steveston’s summertime music series returns to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Friday evenings in July and August. Concerts will take place on the Cannery’s outdoor tank deck or inside the historic building in inclement weather. The show will go on, rain or shine!
Runs Until: Friday August 30, 2019

River Rock Casino’s Summer Lights Patio Party
Where: River Rock Casino Resort
What: Bring your crew Friday and Saturday nights to The Rock. Free admission, featuring live DJs and food & drink specials.
Runs until: Saturday August 31, 2019

Dog Days

Dog Days
Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Dog Days is a survey of the camera’s interactions with our canine companions. Today, dogs figure prominently in visual culture through Instagram feeds, viral videos, memes and other media, yet our photographic obsession with dogs is as old as the camera itself. Dog Days features contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs from several local archives and collections, considering how dogs have shaped, and are shaped by, human society.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Butterflies at the Aquarium

Butterflies at the Vancouver Aquarium
Where: The Vancouver Aquarium
What: Step out of British Columbia’s temperate rainforest and into the Amazon’s tropical rainforest when you enter the Graham Amazon Gallery. Discover a wide variety of butterflies, including blue morphos, giant owls and heliconians, as you stroll along the boardwalk. Keen eyes will spy them feeding on nectar, fruit and flowers, camouflaging on tree trunks, courting a mate and hitchhiking on lucky visitors.
Runs until: September 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

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: September 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

The Clock by Christian Marclay

The Clock by Christian Marclay
Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Recognised as one of the most important contemporary artworks of our time, The Clock is an audiovisual tour-de-force. Presented in a custom-built cinema within the gallery, the work montages film and television footage from the last 70 years. The time represented in each clip is synchronised with actual time, allowing The Clock to function as a 24-hour timepiece. On select Fridays, the gallery will stay open overnight for 24-hour screenings. During these overnight screenings, visitors will be able to see the evening and early morning sections of the film.
Runs Until: Sunday September 15, 2019

Bill Reid Gallery | Language Matters

Language Matters

Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Water is an essential ingredient for human life—it connects us geographically, culturally, and socially while fueling our bodies and spirits. Guest curators ReMatriate Collective reveal 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.
Runs Until: Monday September 16, 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

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach
Where: Bard on the Beach Festival Site, Vanier Park
What: Bard on the Beach, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival, welcomes you to join them for their 30th season. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront of Vanier Park, this year’s lineup includes: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare In Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.
Runs until: Saturday September 21, 2019

CAG presents Maryam Jafri | Automatic Negative Thought

CAG presents Maryam Jafri | Automatic Negative Thought
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Extending across both of CAG’s two gallery spaces, the exhibition will include the presentation of three recent series of sculptural works alongside a new video work co-commissioned by CAG and Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol in Innsbruck, Austria. The artist explores the ways the body is increasingly experienced as a site of anxiety-fueled narcissism and self-surveillance that is politically and economically produced.
Runs Until: Sunday September 22, 2019

The Polygon | Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II

Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Organized by Vancouver curator Jenn Jackson, Gilded Age II is Cwynar’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast. The exhibition features recent photographs and two videos, reflecting Cwynar’s interest in the enduring legacies of design and popular imagery in contemporary consciousness. Across Cwynar’s works, found photographs, everyday artefacts, illustrations, notes, and models unfold and challenge enduring systems of value and meaning.
Runs Until: Sunday September 22, 2019

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market
Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver
What: Fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5pm on Friday nights where you will find 100+ vendors selling fresh food and locally made products. The Friday Night Market also includes a beer garden serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea. You must me 19+ to enter the beer garden. On the Shipbuilders’ Stage there is live music until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Runs until: Friday September 27, 2019

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: With more than 130 artworks on view, this exhibition will present the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the twentieth century’s most renowned and influential artists. Including masterful works in sculpture, painting, drawing and design, it will examine the breadth of Giacometti’s practice while highlighting his place among his contemporaries in Paris and London
Runs until: Sunday September 29, 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

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: Stop by for authentically Asian snacks, street food and retailers selling unique accessories and knick-knacks at street-side prices. Some merchants are willing to bargain, so channel your inner negotiator and you’ll leave with a haul. There’s a diverse array of nightly live entertainment ranging from music and dance performances to carnival games and rides.
Runs until: Friday October 4, 2019

Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: This enchanting exhibition illustrates the role puppets have played around the world in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values from generation to generation. Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Visitors will have the opportunity to view more than 250 handcrafted puppets from MOA’s collection — the largest in Western Canada — plus, new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Italy, Java, the UK, and France revealed to the public for the first time. Enter into an immersive and theatrical world for visitors of all ages.
Runs until: Monday October 14, 2019

Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty

Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty, the first retrospective of the renowned Canadian artist. Alexander became known for her investigations of the appropriated image, the artificiality of nature and the seduction of space in the 1980s. Extreme Beauty showcases more than eighty works from this artist’s career whose practice includes photography, sculpture, collage and installation.
Runs Until: Sunday October 20, 2019

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park 
Where: Stanley Park
What: There’s more to Stanley Park than incredible scenery. It’s also recently been home to crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, logging, hunting, disease, military installations, remarkable public art, ecological catastrophes, secret construction mega-projects, poetry, scandal, and murder.
Runs until: Saturday November 30, 2019 (Saturdays)

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Jazz Vespers

Where: First Baptist Church
What: St. Andrew’s Wesley’s Jazz Vespers, is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Every Sunday from 4-5 PM, you’ll be tapping your toes and clapping your hands to the amazing sounds of local and international jazz giants. It’s an hour of jazz interspersed with reflections on love, faith and hope given by Rev. Dan Chambers or Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson.
Runs Until: Sunday December 29, 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

Samuel Roy-Bois

Samuel Roy-Bois: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies is a site-responsive installation – imagined as an intervention into the architectural space of The Polygon—that invokes histories of resource extraction and the forest industry on the North Shore. Roy-Bois’ rustic, handcrafted aesthetic rubs against the steel-and-glass design of the gallery and the surrounding waterfront developments, upending distinctions between interior and exterior, private and public.
Runs Until: December 30, 2019

Teatro Intimo Del Flamenco

Teatro Intimo Del Flamenco
Where: The Improv Centre, Granville Island
What: Karen Flamenco brings the glamour and extravagance of a large flamenco dance production onto a small theatrical stage. The one-hour production welcomes audiences of all ages with live traditional flamenco music, dance, storylines, puppetry and magic. With theatre style seating and bistro-style table seats, every audience member will get a close-up and personal experience that is very typical of a traditional Spanish Tablao.
Runs until: Saturday May 1, 2020

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