Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend Vancouver Pride kicks off on Friday night with an outdoor disco downtown! And then you can paddle a light-up kayak to watch the Celebration of Light fireworks on Saturday and keep the bright colours flying for Caribbean days on Sunday.

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Friday July 26

Pride Premiere

Where: Šxʷƛənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (850 W Georgia Street)
What: Music, dancing, drag, protest and celebration; it’s the official kick-of of Vancouver Pride!

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

The Clock, The Polygon Gallery

24-Hour Friday Night Screening of The Clock

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: On select Fridays throughout summer 2019, The Polygon will stay open overnight for 24-hour screenings of The Clock, providing the chance to see the evening and early morning sections of the film.

Harris Anderson

Yuk Yuks presents Harris Anderson

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Described as one of Canadian comedy’s most exciting up and comers, Harris has been crafting a style that combines voices, impressions, and sharp observations that will leave you wanting more. He fits easily into most overhead luggage areas and has excellent manners.
Runs Until: Saturday July 27, 2019

Ali Wong – The Milk and Honey Tour

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: San Francisco native Ali Wong is a comedian unafraid to leave no stone unturned as she confronts taboo topics with hilarious consequences. Sex, her marriage, pregnancy and more sex are topics she frequently sinks her teeth into, tearing into feminism and sexism with an unmatched voraciousness. She may seem like a demure mom of one when she first meets the eye, but Wong brass, bold, lewd and taking the comedy scene by storm.

Squamish Constellation Festival

Where: Hendrickson Field
What: The Squamish Constellation Festival will shine the light on excellent music from British Columbia, Canada, and beyond with 3 days + nights of music, art, food and fun featuring two stages and more than 40 acts of multiple genres including Jessie Ryez, Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Half Mood Run, Wintersleep, Current Swell and more! Join us in Hendrickson Field amidst the stunning backdrop of the Squamish Chief.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

Alec Soth: Artist Talk and Book Signing

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: For the first time in Vancouver, widely acclaimed contemporary photographer Alec Soth will give a talk discussing his development as a photographer, with a special emphasis on photobooks and storytelling. The talk will be followed by a book signing. Soth’s latest publication, I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating (Mack, 2019), will be available at the Gallery bookstore.

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Bard on the Bandstand: Comedy of Errors

Where: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
What: Run away to the circus for an evening of fun and games, a tale of mistaken identities, rivalries, twists of fate, and of course, love and redemption! Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7:00 PM. Bring the whole family, a lawn chair, a blanket, and a donation for the Friends in Need Food Bank.
Runs Until: Saturday July 27, 2019

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival

Where: Fort Langley Community Hall
What: This year’s festival features an impressive line-up of jazz bands and buskers! A diverse line-up of swinging world-class jazz bands will be performing on two outdoor stages from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with buskers performing at 6 hubs throughout the area. Visitors are welcomed into 13 artists’ studios and galleries throughout Fort Langley for a self-guided ArtWalk – open for everyone to watch demonstrations and enjoy original works of art in many genres and mediums.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019


Saturday July 27

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Honda Celebration of Light

Where: English Bay
What: The Honda Celebration of Light is a week-long festival based in Vancouver, British Columbia, featuring the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition. For it’s 29th year it will feature the thrilling line-up of pyrotechnic performers featuring competing teams from India, Canada, and Croatia. Performing for the first time in Vancouver, India and Croatia are set to take to the skies above English Bay.
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019

The Winter’s Tale

Where: Performance Works Outdoor Stage
What: For 29 summers, Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program has been providing pre-professional theatre training to teens 13-18 in an intensive six-week program. Over the years, many participants have gone on to grace some of Canada’s top stages including the Stratford Festival, Canstage, The Belfry Theatre, Bard on the Beach, and the Arts Club Theatre Company. This summer the talented teens of CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program take on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – a story of love, jealousy, and atonement, where things aren’t quite as they seem… A fantastical tale, full of tricks and turns, that is sure to delight the entire family.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 2019

March on Pride

Where: Emery Barnes Park
What: This march is for everyone. This march will centre and celebrate queer, trans and Two-Spirit people of colour and will be organized by Black folks working in solidarity with Black and Indigenous resistance on Turtle Island.

Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour

Where: Rogers Arena
What: This iconic boy band is the first to top the U.S. charts in three different decades and their Vancouver show is one you won’t want to miss.

Bowen Island Dinner & Celebration of Lights Fireworks Boat Tour

Where: Vancouver Water Adventures
What: Your date-night won’t get better than this. Departing from our Granville Island location, all the fun of the Bowen Island Dinner Tour, ending with the amazing Celebration Of Light Fireworks display with front row seats in English Bay. The Vancouver dinner cruise of all dinner cruises with fireworks to end the amazing night! This tour sells out fast, so be sure to book early!
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019 (Fireworks nights only)

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Caribbean Days 2019

Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
What: This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar. With tens of thousands of attendees, it is possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC, period. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

LTX 2019 x Dreamhack

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: LTX is all about providing attendees a truly hands-on experience with cool technology! It also serves as a meet-up so fans can hang out and chill with the entire Linus Tech Tips crew. At the event, you can expect a meet-up, on-stage presentations, Q&A’s, triple-headed VR setup, a follow up to 16K gaming, a retro gaming area, PC building or cooling tutorials, a LAN, and tons of other activities and swag for people to win! For the first time ever, DreamHack is coming to Vancouver! We are thrilled to be partnering with DreamHack for LTX 2019.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

Vancouver Water Adventures

Light the Night Kayak Tour – Celebration of Light

Where: Vancouver Water Adventures
What: Light your own path as the sun goes down– literally! Watch as your equipment comes to life, and streaks through the water with colourful light. Quickly becoming one of the most popular Paddleboard and Kayak experiences around the world, this guided tour is a fun way to discover Vancouver at night all while seeing the stunning fireworks show unfold before your eyes!
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019 (Fireworks nights only)

Richmond Maritime Festival

Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Steveston
What: Celebrate Richmond’s historical connection with the sea at the 16th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival, a free family event at a National Heritage Site. Over two days, land lubbers and sea-goers of all ages will enjoy activities that delight one and all. Discover local lore, visit beautiful wooden boats, create works of art, bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the tasty treats. Take in music, painters, wood carvers, potters, stilt performers, puppets, story tellers and much more!
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

BC Lions

BC Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

Where: BC Place
What: The BC Lions are a professional Canadian football team competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League. Don’t miss them face off against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on home turf!

Contemporary Art Gallery

CAG Family Day | Assemblage

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: On one Saturday per month, CAG invites all ages to drop-in for free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Inspired by Maryam Jafri’s sculptural works, create your own assemblage using found materials and clay forming surprising connections in three dimensions.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

Where: Columbia St, New Westminster
What: The largest one-day food truck festival on the continent is returning to Downtown New West. Over 100 food trucks, numerous beer gardens, live music and much more.

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Maple Ridge Country Fest

Where: Albion Fairgrounds
What: A good ol’ fashioned country festival with horse shows, a blueberry pie eating contest, a 4-H Show, and arts and garden area, country music, a beer garden, kid’s activities, food trucks, antique vehicles, backyard farming demos, a petting zoo and much more!

Vancouver Vegan Festival

Where: Creekside Park
What: An all-ages celebration of vegan food & culture located at the beautiful, waterfront and mountain-view, Creekside Park. This free community event features 150 vegan vendors, DJs, inspiring speakers, Yoga, and more.

Block Rockin Beats

Where: Hotel at the Waldorf
What: Electric Love is excited to launch the first edition of “Block Rockin Beats” on the #ELF weekend. Expect one action packed day focused on outdoor music, activities & amazing festival vibes. It’s the outdoor “Block Party” you never knew you needed…until now!

Bard on the Beach

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks

Where: Bard on the Beach
What: See The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare in Love or All’s Well That Ends Well, then enjoy an exquisite salmon barbecue* from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment! Visit the PIXSTAR photobooth and more before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019 (Fireworks nights only)

Lonsdale Farmers’ Market

Where: Lonsdale Quay
What: Stroll the boardwalk and take in ocean and city skyline views from North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay while you check out fresh, locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and nifty crafts created by local growers, bakers, and crafters.
Runs Until: Saturday October 26, 2019 (Saturdays)

Tia Brazda

Where: Frankie’s Jazz Club
What: Tia Brazda’s jazz-pop gems and bold style have made a sparkling impression at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while remaining daringly modern. Her new album Daydreamdebuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz chart and sees her going in new directions, with influences of soul, bossa nova, and pop.

Harris Anderson

Yuk Yuks presents Harris Anderson

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Described as one of Canadian comedy’s most exciting up and comers, Harris has been crafting a style that combines voices, impressions, and sharp observations that will leave you wanting more. He fits easily into most overhead luggage areas and has excellent manners.
Runs Until: Saturday July 27, 2019

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Bard on the Bandstand: Comedy of Errors

Where: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
What: Run away to the circus for an evening of fun and games, a tale of mistaken identities, rivalries, twists of fate, and of course, love and redemption! Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7:00 PM. Bring the whole family, a lawn chair, a blanket, and a donation for the Friends in Need Food Bank.
Runs Until: Saturday July 27, 2019

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Sunday July 28

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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Snack ‘N Snap

Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – Grand Court
What: Snack ‘N Snap your way through Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court with its latest food-themed exhibit from July 11-28, 2019. Featuring larger-than-life food art displays, sampling from sweet & savoury snack retailers, pop-up treat carts, Workshop Wednesdays to make your own tasty treats, and multiple contests and giveaways, this is a free family-friendly exhibit not to be missed!
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

Norah Jones

Norah Jones

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Norah Jones is one of the most popular contemporary jazz and jazz-influenced singers of our time. Her debut album Come Away With Me was released in 2002 and sold 22 million copies worldwide. The release of her 2016 album, Day Breaks, proved that Norah Jones still has a remarkable talent and is firmly rooted in jazz. Continuing to prove herself as this era’s quintessential artist, her unmistakable unique sound is something that can’t be missed!

Brewery and the Beast

Where: Concord Pacific Lot
What: Brewery & The Beast is an experience our guests can feel good about. Food, drink, music, and community. The finest ingredients are the highlight of inspired dishes prepared by the best chefs in each city. The Phillips Brewing Company offers a diverse selection of their award-winning beers to pair with chefs’ dishes. Craft cider and premium wines are also featured for pairing with the cuisine of the day, along with a variety of quality non-alcoholic options to enjoy, and live music from The Electric Timber Company provides the soundtrack.

Ensemble Theatre Company

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Brunch: The Pawnbroker

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: For most of us, remembering the Holocaust requires effort; we listen to stories, watch films, read histories. But the people who came to be called ‘survivors’ could not avoid their memories. Sol Nazerman, protagonist of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker, is one such sufferer. Join us for this latest installment of our Sunday Brunch Reading series for an exploration of the ideas, themes, period of a play or a playwright’s work.

Vancouver Civic Theatres

Guru Randhawa & Jasmine Sandlas – High Rated 2019

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Indian singer, songwriter and music composer Guru Randhawa joins Indian artist and performer Jasmine Sandlas for a double-header concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Randhawa is associated with Punjabi, Bhangra, Indi-pop and Bollywood music. He is known for songs like “Lahore”, “Patola”, “High Rated Gabru”, “Daaru Wargi”, and more. Sandlas is an independent artist who has been featured on the TEDx Talks, MTV Coke Studio and Spoken Word platforms.

Summerfest 2019

Summerfest 2019: Isla Noir

Where: Lonsdale Quay
What: Enjoy live Sunday entertainment each week during SummerFest between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This week, we have Isla Noir. Isla Noir is a talented singer/songwriter from Australia. She’s lived in half a dozen countries and doesn’t expect to give up her nomadic lifestyle any time soon.

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival

Where: Fort Langley Community Hall
What: This year’s festival features an impressive line-up of jazz bands and buskers! A diverse line-up of swinging world-class jazz bands will be performing on two outdoor stages from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with buskers performing at 6 hubs throughout the area. Visitors are welcomed into 13 artists’ studios and galleries throughout Fort Langley for a self-guided ArtWalk – open for everyone to watch demonstrations and enjoy original works of art in many genres and mediums.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

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Caribbean Days 2019

Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
What: This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar. With tens of thousands of attendees, it is possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC, period. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

LTX 2019 x Dreamhack [photo]

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: LTX is all about providing attendees a truly hands-on experience with cool technology! It also serves as a meet-up so fans can hang out and chill with the entire Linus Tech Tips crew. At the event, you can expect a meet-up, on-stage presentations, Q&A’s, triple-headed VR setup, a follow up to 16K gaming, a retro gaming area, PC building or cooling tutorials, a LAN, and tons of other activities and swag for people to win! For the first time ever, DreamHack is coming to Vancouver! We are thrilled to be partnering with DreamHack for LTX 2019.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

 

Squamish Constellation Festival

Where: Hendrickson Field
What: The Squamish Constellation Festival will shine the light on excellent music from British Columbia, Canada, and beyond with 3 days + nights of music, art, food and fun featuring two stages and more than 40 acts of multiple genres including Jessie Ryez, Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Half Mood Run, Wintersleep, Current Swell and more! Join us in Hendrickson Field amidst the stunning backdrop of the Squamish Chief.
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

Richmond Maritime Festival

Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Steveston
What: Celebrate Richmond’s historical connection with the sea at the 16th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival, a free family event at a National Heritage Site. Over two days, land lubbers and sea-goers of all ages will enjoy activities that delight one and all. Discover local lore, visit beautiful wooden boats, create works of art, bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the tasty treats. Take in music, painters, wood carvers, potters, stilt performers, puppets, story tellers and much more!
Runs Until: Sunday July 28, 2019

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Ongoing

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Honda Celebration of Light

Where: English Bay
What: The Honda Celebration of Light is a week-long festival based in Vancouver, British Columbia, featuring the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition. For it’s 29th year it will feature the thrilling line-up of pyrotechnic performers featuring competing teams from India, Canada, and Croatia. Performing for the first time in Vancouver, India and Croatia are set to take to the skies above English Bay.
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019

Bowen Island Dinner & Celebration of Lights Fireworks Boat Tour

Where: Vancouver Water Adventures
What: Your date-night won’t get better than this. Departing from our Granville Island location, all the fun of the Bowen Island Dinner Tour, ending with the amazing Celebration Of Light Fireworks display with front row seats in English Bay. The Vancouver dinner cruise of all dinner cruises with fireworks to end the amazing night! This tour sells out fast, so be sure to book early!
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019 (Fireworks nights only)

Vancouver Water Adventures

Light the Night Tour – Celebration of Light

Where: Vancouver Water Adventures
What: Join us on our special Celebration of Light Tours and see the fireworks at English Bay! Light your own path as the sun goes down– literally! Watch as your equipment comes to life, and streaks through the water with colourful light. Quickly becoming one of the most popular Paddleboard and Kayak experiences around the world, this guided tour is a fun way to discover Vancouver at night all while seeing the stunning fireworks show unfold before your eyes!
Runs Until: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 (Fireworks nights only)

Bard on the Beach

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks

Where: Bard on the Beach
What: See The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare in Love or All’s Well That Ends Well, then enjoy an exquisite salmon barbecue* from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment! Visit the PIXSTAR photobooth and more before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.
Runs Until: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 (Fireworks nights only)

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program presents The Winter’s Tale

Where: Performance Works Outdoor Stage
What: For 29 summers, Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program has been providing pre-professional theatre training to teens 13-18 in an intensive six-week program. Over the years, many participants have gone on to grace some of Canada’s top stages including the Stratford Festival, Canstage, The Belfry Theatre, Bard on the Beach, and the Arts Club Theatre Company. This summer the talented teens of CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program take on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – a story of love, jealousy, and atonement, where things aren’t quite as they seem… A fantastical tale, full of tricks and turns, that is sure to delight the entire family.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 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

Ensemble Theatre Company

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Superior Donuts

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship in this soulful play filled with humour and humanity.
Runs Until: Friday August 16, 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

Sunday Afternoon Salsa

Sunday Afternoon Salsa

Where: UBC Robson Square
What: Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver during the summer months of July and August. Try the free lesson at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is!
Runs Until: Sunday August 25, 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

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: Recognized 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 synchronized 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

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: Monday September 30, 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

Lonsdale Farmers’ Market

Where: Lonsdale Quay
What: Stroll the boardwalk and take in ocean and city skyline views from North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay while you check out fresh, locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and nifty crafts created by local growers, bakers, and crafters.
Runs Until: Saturday October 26, 2019 (Saturdays)

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

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

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

Emily Carr | Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Emily Carr in the Rotunda

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the finest collection of art by Emily Carr (1871–1945) in the world. Our collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s. This installation in the Gallery’s rotunda reflects Carr’s direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape—for her, a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. This installation brings together four of Carr’s iconic paintings: Big Raven (1931); Red Cedar (1931); Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky (1935); and Above the Gravel Pit (1937).
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

VIFF Screenings

Where: Vancouver International Film Centre
What: Year-round VIFF presents some of the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model.
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 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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