Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Social distancing has been reclassified as physical distancing, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We humans are social creatures. We thrive on collaboration and shared experiences with our communities. In Vancouver and all over the world, people are coming together, in spirit, and connecting digitally. Here are some more resources to help bring social closeness back into your life this weekend.

Vancouver-Based in the Digital Space
Great Resources from Around the World
Some Key Bits of Awesome for this Weekend

Vancouver-Based in the Digital Space

These local rock stars are all about giving you access to some great resources to make things a little easier. From getting your hands on some of the best food in the city, to exploring artifacts and watching films from cultures across the globe, they have you covered.

Museum Of Vancouver – #MuseumsAndChill

Although our physical location remains closed to the public, MOV (along with countless other museums and galleries across the lower mainland and worldwide) is committed to providing engaging content, valuable resources, and updated news digitally! This page contains resources and content to keep you, your family, and your friends all engaged and entertained during a time of social distancing and isolation.

Museum of Anthropology Online Collections

The MOA collections are available for you to explore from home! Watch interesting videos of Musqueam teachings, take a tour of the architecturally stunning Great Hall, and have a closer look at some of the museum’s artifacts.

VIFF Movies

While this time is taking its toll on everyone, we can still turn to the movies for solace, empathy and inspiration. VIFF is teaming up with independent distributors to offer curated online streaming opportunities: the chance to savour some of the movies we had planned to present at Vancity Theatre this spring in the safety of your own home. Our first offerings – Bacurau and The Wild Goose Lake – both played last fall’s festival and polled among VIFF’s audience favourites.

Granville Island Foodie Delivery

These days, we all have to practice responsible social distancing. So while we pause our Vancouver Foodie Tour live experience, we are pleased to introduce the Granville Island Foodie Delivery to bring the tastes, scents and magic of Vancouver’s world-famous Public Market right into your home.

Delectable delights are carefully chosen by our knowledgeable staff and wonderful market merchants. You’ll get printed stories and online access to a virtual guided tour of the history of Granville Island, Public Market vendors, and the food products themselves as you taste and sample right at home.

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF) is reaching out to film makers to request access to films previously screened at the festival. Visit the VLAFF Facebook page to watch the films that have been released and keep checking back for more!

Supporting the Arts Online

Art brings us together. It’s still true. Even when we can’t be together physically, art is still there to teach us about our ever-changing world, inspire us to new ideas, and make our temporary isolation feel a little less alone. For all the ways art helps us, right now art needs our help too. Here are a few ways to support the arts in BC from

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Great Resources from Around the World

Being honest, it’s been pretty discouraging to be online lately. This is why we’ve appreciated these great resources that open a window to some of the amazing things you can access from the comfort of home. Here are some more of our favourites:

Museums Victoria: Museum at Home

Take a virtual visit to Melbourne Museum, get your STEM fix from the couch, and delve deeper into Victoria’s immigration history. With Museums Victoria’s Museum at Home project you can connect, explore and learn more from these incredible Australian museums every day.

There’s a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online — and we have 6 picks to get you started

Two years ago, the National Film Board of Canada launched Indigenous cinema, an extensive online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors that has continued to grow. With a library that vast, it can be hard to know where to start, but CBC Arts has you covered. Check out the list of must-sees they gathered from Indigenous filmmakers and film programmers.

Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Some Key Bits of Awesome for this Weekend

For good measure, here are some performances to tap into this weekend.

Elvira Kurt’s “Laugh Together While Apart”

Understanding that laughter is good medicine at a time the world could use some relief, Elvira Kurt (comedy legend, gay icon and freakin’ national treasure) has offered to continue with her commitment to help My Friend’s House by moving her live show to live stream. All that is asked of you is to make an on-line donation to and click the link to live stream Elvira Kurt’s new comedy special.

Enjoy a night of laughter in the safety of your home and tune in to “Laugh Together While Apart” March 27 at 7pm.

Dan Mangan #Quarantunes #WeeklySideDoor Vol.2

Forced to reschedule his Nice, Nice Very Nice tour, Vancouver-based musician Dan Mangan has pivoted some of his shows into the online space, with ticket sales benefitting local charitable organizations.

Last week we raised $1,265.48 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! This week 100% of proceeds will go to Shelter Movers, who help victims of domestic abuse relocate ( I’ll be taking requests & playing tunes, streaming for an hour from my basement on March 28 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 7pm GMT!

Diesel Bird Digital Music Festival

It’s a live Canadian country, roots and rock concert from a safe social distance (and did we mention it’s free??). As musicians, touring is our life blood – our fans keep us alive! We have to do our best to take care of each other by staying away from each other. We want to give music fans an excuse to stay in and enjoy themselves. They can have an intimate music festival right from their couch.

The festival runs March 28-29 at 11am PST on Instagram Live.

The Darlings

Used as an affectionate address to a beloved person, Darling is a term used widely throughout popular art history to describe a societal wonder. Featuring four non-binary performers as they join each other to explore the format associated with drag and the subculture attached to it, this is the reclamation of the word Darling.

When faced with a quarantine, how does performance art maintain its relevance and how does an audience still seek that art? A way for people to witness new creations while staying safe in their homes, The Darlings have created a new long-form show specifically for your screens.

The show commences on March 29th at 9pm PST. There is a suggested donation of $10 but the show is free to anyone who doesn’t have the means.

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

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