Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend

This weekend is your chance to get a new perspective and hear a voice you may not otherwise with one of the many films at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The PNE is also now officially open with rides, weird foods and more; SeaWheeze is on with yoga, a run and an outdoor music festival; and Ambleside Park has the Blue Oyster Cult and Tom Cochrane.

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Friday August 16

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Where: Various Theatres
What: It started as a small volunteer project in 1989, and now the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. Each summer, the festival brings the very best in intersectional queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver.
Runs Until: Sunday August 25, 2019

Deep Into Darkness

Where: Culture Lab, Founders’ Lounge, Historic Theatre, and The Cultch
What: Dive into the mind of Edgar Allan Poe as he desperately searches for his lost love in this tragic dream within a dream. While exploring the 20+ rooms, 3 floors, and countless tales, you will unravel the mystery of this chaotic descent into madness.
Runs Until: Sunday August 25, 2019

Odlum Brown VanOpen

Where: Hollyburn Country Club
What: The Odlum Brown VanOpen, a Tennis Canada Event, is the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The tournament will showcase approximately 135 professional tennis stars from all over the world. This event has a combined purse of $200,000 USD, with $100,000 awarded to the men (ATP Challenger Tour) and $100,000 awarded to the women (ITF Pro Circuit).
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

Rock Ambleside Park

Where: Ambleside Park
What: Rock Ambleside Park is partnered with Vancouver’s Rock 101 and Ambleside Live to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. With a combined 24 platinum records, 15 gold records and 12 Juno Awards, this year’s festival will feature Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, The Romantics, The Headpins, Streetheart, SAGA, Sass Jordan and David Wilcox.
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

Waste to Wonder

Where: Metrotown at Metropolis
What: This summer, Metropolis at Metrotown hosts Waste to Wonder, the largest flip flop animal art exhibit in the world handcrafted by Ocean Sole Africa. Using 6,579 recycled flip flops, the organization has created 5 life-size sculptures of at-risk Canadian animals that will be on display in the Grand Court.
Runs Until: Sunday September 8, 2019

PrettyMuch

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: American-Canadian pop boy band, PrettyMuch are hitting the road again this summer, and bring their contagious dance moves and catchy beat to stages across America on The FOMO Tour!

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Lights

Where: Vogue Theatre
What: Lights is a Canadian singer, songwriter, author, and illustrator. She is known for her gold-certified albums The Listening and Siberia as well as singles “Drive My Soul”, “February Air”, “Ice”, “Second Go”, “Toes”, and “Up We Go”.

Frida Kahlo Exclusive Collection

Where: LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery
What: LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery presents an exclusive original collection by one of the most famous female artists in the world, Frida Kahlo. In addition, guests have the opportunity to view a collection of her husband Diego Rivera’s works.

Madskillz Vancouver

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre
What: Madskillz Vancouver is an annual festival featuring workshops and performances by hoopers, jugglers, flow dancers, prop manipulators, clowns, and ground-level circus artists. Participants and performers range from BC locals to international guests, and hourly workshops include beginner classes as well as sessions geared towards building intermediate and advanced skills or choreography.
Runs Until: Saturday August 17, 2019

The Appleseed Cast

Where: Fox Cabaret
What: The Appleseed Cast is an American rock band, based in Lawrence, Kansas, with 20 years of recording and touring. The band was founded in the early days of emo by singer-guitarist Christopher Crisci and guitarist Aaron Pillar, and quickly grew to fame.

Colter Wall

Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: After selling out the Commodore Ballroom in January, Colter is back, bringing his country-folk sound to the Chan Centre for one night only.

Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Kississippi, Retirement Party 

Where: Red Gate Arts Society
What: New York’s Prince Daddy & The Hyena take the stage at the Red Gate with Kississippi (PA) and Retirement Party (IL). This dynamic concert will have you dancing to emo, American pop/indie folk, and playful party punk.

Gay Chorus Deep South

Gay Chorus Deep South

Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre
What: After the 2016 elections, discriminatory legislation against LGBTQ people has increased exponentially as political division deepens rifts between citizens of an already troubled nation. In response to this wave of conservatism, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus decides to embark upon a tour of the American Deep South joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

The Clock, The Polygon Gallery

24-House 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.


Saturday August 17

SeaWheeze Half Marathon & Sunset Festival

Where: Starting point at Thurlow and West Hastings Streets
What: SeaWheeze isn’t your average half marathon. In fact, it may just be the most breathtakingly beautiful and ridiculously fun half marathon in the world. Over 10,000 runners descend on Vancouver to sweat it out over a weekend of yoga, running, and of course, one hell of an awesome party. Prepare to harness your powers of positivity, physicality, and mindfulness, all while taking in next-level natural beauty. Crush some goals (and maybe a few brews), and get swept away in a weekend of fun you’ll never forget.

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The Fair at the PNE

Where: Pacific National Exhibition
What: It’s not every day you can explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place. Kids of all ages love BC’s legendary Fair at the PNE!
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

Youth Drag Workshop

Youth Drag Workshop

Where: SFU Goldcorp World Arts Centre
What: Are you ready to W-E-R-Q the house down? Prior to our Youth Gala, the Queer Film Festival is hosting a Youth Workshop that explores the various facets of drag performance and art. Get ready to look and dance the part, just like some of your favorite drag queens. Plus the first 20 participants who register at the door will receive a free ticketto the Youth Gala.

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.
Runs Until: Saturday October 5, 2019

PNE Summer Concerts 2019

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Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Fair: Blue Rodeo

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What: The definition of a rebel is someone who goes against the grain. For close to thirty years now, Blue Rodeo has taken the road less traveled – and succeeded far beyond anyone’s expectations. The band emerged in the early 80’s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop. Despite sticking out like a sore thumb (or maybe because of it), their single “Try” became omni-present on radio across Canada and set in motion a three-decade long career of headlining every club, theatre and arena in Canada.

Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Tom Segura is a comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Well known for his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, Segura has also made televisions appearances that include Conan, Workaholics, Happy Endings, The Late Late Show, How To Be A Grown Up, and multiple stand up appearances on Comedy Central. He’s a funny guy, and his show is one you won’t want to miss.

Vancouver Canadians vs Boise Hawks | MLB

Vancouver Canadians vs Boise Hawks

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: The Canadians are back in town after a six-game road swing and get things started with a bang as we light up the sky above Scotiabank Field with another exciting post-game fireworks extravaganza.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC | BC Place

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs D.C. United

Where: BC Place
What: Take part in the roaring atmosphere at this Major League Soccer game and cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps as they take on D.C. United

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Where: Harbour Event Centre
What: Psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard from Melbourne Australia returns to Vancouver with new songs, a new show and new visuals.

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Burna Boy – The African Giant Tour

Where: Vogue Theatre
What: Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter Burna Boy comes to Vancouver on his The African Giant Tour

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Artist Live Painting – Josh Harnack

Where: LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery
What: Free drop in, family friendly. Be inspired and enhance your creativity and education in Art. Meet feature artist from Vancouver: Josh Harnack. Among his many inspirations, Josh lists Thomas Kinkade, Joel Rea, and the master of surrealism, Salvador Dalí, as his chief influencers. After beating cancer three times and extensively studying human behaviour, Josh has unearthed a personal understanding of humanity that he captures with his ever-evolving series of anthropomorphized animals.

Festival del Humor

Where: Massey Theatre
What: The 1st Festival of Humor! Come laugh out loud with our guests, professionals of the comedy on TVMexicana: Nora Velazquez (Chabelita), Ricardo Hill (The Teacher) and Alex Del Castillo. Do not miss it.

Madskillz Vancouver

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre
What: Madskillz Vancouver is an annual festival featuring workshops and performances by hoopers, jugglers, flow dancers, prop manipulators, clowns, and ground-level circus artists. Participants and performers range from BC locals to international guests, and hourly workshops include beginner classes as well as sessions geared towards building intermediate and advanced skills or choreography.
Runs Until: Saturday August 17, 2019

Odlum Brown VanOpen

Where: Hollyburn Country Club
What: The Odlum Brown VanOpen, a Tennis Canada Event, is the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The tournament will showcase approximately 135 professional tennis stars from all over the world. This event has a combined purse of $200,000 USD, with $100,000 awarded to the men (ATP Challenger Tour) and $100,000 awarded to the women (ITF Pro Circuit).
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

Rock Ambleside Park

Where: Ambleside Park
What: Rock Ambleside Park is partnered with Vancouver’s Rock 101 and Ambleside Live to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. With a combined 24 platinum records, 15 gold records and 12 Juno Awards, this year’s festival will feature Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, The Romantics, The Headpins, Streetheart, SAGA, Sass Jordan and David Wilcox.
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

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Sunday August 18

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Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Fair: ZZ Top

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What: ZZ Top aka “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard — but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after 50 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio.

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver Canadians vs Boise Hawks

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: There’s a lot going on during our A&W Family Fun Sunday’s at The Nat! Be one of the first 1,000 kids at the game and receive a Canadians cereal bowl just for showing up! Then add $1 frosty Root Beer Floats, a Canadians baseball game vs. Boise, a post-game Run the Bases, Bouncy Castles, dancing Grounds Crew, sushi races and three-foot hot dogs, and you’ve got yourself a Family Fun Sunday!

Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose

Where: International Village
What: Nothing to Lose follows the fierce, fat, queer cast of Force Majeure’s award winning, groundbreaking dance theatre production of the same name. The film explores the inherent movement potential of the fat body and the relationships the extraordinary cast of the production have with themselves and each other.

Fortune Sound Club

Tuxedo w/ Niña Mendoza

Where: Fortune Sound Club
What: American dance-funk duo featuring Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One returns to Vancouver.

Legends of Heroes

Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: Enjoy an afternoon of exhilarating film music featuring symphonic and choral works performed by the VPOPS Orchestra and Choir. Featuring music from Marvel’s favourite Avengers and songs from Disney’s legendary heroes and cunning villains. It’s all your favourite characters and movie themes in one show!

 

Odlum Brown VanOpen

Where: Hollyburn Country Club
What: The Odlum Brown VanOpen, a Tennis Canada Event, is the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The tournament will showcase approximately 135 professional tennis stars from all over the world. This event has a combined purse of $200,000 USD, with $100,000 awarded to the men (ATP Challenger Tour) and $100,000 awarded to the women (ITF Pro Circuit).
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

Rock Ambleside Park

Where: Ambleside Park
What: Rock Ambleside Park is partnered with Vancouver’s Rock 101 and Ambleside Live to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. With a combined 24 platinum records, 15 gold records and 12 Juno Awards, this year’s festival will feature Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, The Romantics, The Headpins, Streetheart, SAGA, Sass Jordan and David Wilcox.
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

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Ongoing

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

Vines Art Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: Vines Art Festival, Vancouver’s unique multidisciplinary eco-arts festival, features over 70 performing and visual artists at parks throughout Vancouver: Trout Lake Park, Kitsilano Beach, CRAB Park, Granville Island, Roundhouse Community Centre, and Strathcona Park – August 7th-18th, with the main event at Trout Lake Park on August 18thIn its fifth year, this 100% free, all-ages, event joins activism with the arts, not to mention it’s fun, interactive and celebratory!
Runs Until: Sunday August 18, 2019

David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby: Remember My Name

Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Interviewed by Almost Famous filmmaker (and former Rolling Stone journo) Cameron Crowe, 60s survivor David Crosby reflects on a long, heady, and often turbulent career in this candid, soul-searching doc. A long time resident of Laurel Canyon, Crosby is one of those artists who defined the hippie era – in good ways, and bad.
Runs until: Sunday August 18, 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 19, 2019

Film Noir

Where: The Cinematheque
What: Looking for decency, honesty, integrity? Paragons of virtue? Exemplary tales of moral uplift? Well, chump, you’ve come to the wrong dark, stinking alley! It’ll be seductive spider ladies, cynical anti-heroes, and sordid acts of crime — not to mention sensational cinematic style — tarnishing the silver screen in August as The Cinematheque embarks on its annual summer season of the sleazy, fatalistic nightmare known as Film Noir.
Runs until: Thursday August 22, 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

Summer Activities at Trimble Park with WPGCC

Trimble Park Playground Family Events

Where: Trimble Park Playground
What: Kids and grownups of all ages can enjoy games, crafts, splashing around in the supervised wading pool, a rock climbing/ bouldering wall, swings, slides, play structures and more at the Trimble Park Playground events with West Point Grey Community Centre. Join us 6 days per week for activities including a BBQ, run until 8pm on Family Fun Nights on Wednesdays, and 3:30pm the rest of the week. Event does not run on Sundays.
Runs Until: Saturday August 24, 2019

Deep Into Darkness

Where: Culture Lab, Founders’ Lounge, Historic Theatre, and The Cultch
What: Dive into the mind of Edgar Allan Poe as he desperately searches for his lost love in this tragic dream within a dream. While exploring the 20+ rooms, 3 floors, and countless tales, you will unravel the mystery of this chaotic descent into madness.
Runs Until: Sunday August 25, 2019

Honeyland

Honeyland

Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle.
Runs until:Saturday August 25, 2019

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Where: Various Theatres
What: Far from its humble roots, starting as a small volunteer project in 1989, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is now the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. Each summer, the festival brings the very best in intersectional queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver.
Runs Until: Sunday August 25, 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 25, 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

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The Fair at the PNE

Where: Pacific National Exhibition
What: It’s not every day you can explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place. Kids of all ages love BC’s legendary Fair at the PNE!
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 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

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.
Runs Until: Saturday October 5, 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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  1. Quality readable stuff here. I really like the Jazz article.

  2. Every one welcomes to the VIFF Screenings. Please have your seat