LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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Girl meets boy; boy meets girl; girl rejects boy; girl finds herself thriving without a man and then falls for one anyway; boy becomes successful in life and gains the trust of girl; star-crossed man and woman beat all odds to be together… We can all think of at least ten films immediately for each of these plotlines. They’re popular because they’re real, so many of us see ourselves in these moments. But many of us can also see ourselves in these moments when the genders aren’t strictly binary, and when the relationships are same-sex.

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LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Six acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival (starts today!)

Harlequin Gold, a new local band, plays the Rickshaw Theatre Sept. 14 as part of Westward Music Festival. Photo: Spencer Watson.

For the third year in a row, Vancouver has its own multi-band, multi-venue music festival. Westward Music Festival returns Sept. 12-15. Some of the acts include Black Mountain, Owen Pallett, Joseph, and Titus Andronicus.

Concentrated mostly in downtown Vancouver, Westward takes place at various venues. This year, promoter MRG Concerts has partnered with the Yaletown Business Improvement Association expand the event into the Yaletown district. Westward Yaletown will be a FREE outdoor concert series running Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

For more info, and some suggestions, see below.

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Six acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival (starts today!)

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend celebrate the full moon of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! Our stone satellite won’t be the only thing brightening the slowly lengthening darkness as our hemisphere tilts into autumn, there’s also a light-up Facade Festival, the Fringe Festival, a music festival, and a flamenco festival. Want company? Head to the library on Saturday and borrow a dog. Really.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Cyclists, this is your weekend. The Gran Fondo is on, allowing an uninterrupted ride up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Or, if you prefer neon garb and blinky lights to padded shorts and clip-in shoes, Bike the Night is the place to be in Vancouver. There’s also many events to cycle to; the Fringe Festival, a ballet about social media dating, Marc Maron, Bon Iver, rugby, supercars, and the Facade Festival.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Façade Festival to Illuminate Vancouver Art Gallery in September

Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Façade Festival 2019, a free, outdoor public art and cultural event featuring commissioned works by contemporary artists, both established and emerging, taking place from sunset to midnight each night September 8th to 14th, 2019.

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Façade Festival to Illuminate Vancouver Art Gallery in September

DIY lantern workshops lead up to the 17th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

renfrew ravine moon festival 2019

Image from Still Moon Arts Society | Facebook.com

The annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is back for its 17th year this upcoming Saturday, September 14th!

This popular, family-friendly event is held in the Renfrew Park neighbourhood in east Vancouver. The event itself will feature tons of live music, entertainment, beautiful art displays, food, and other surprises.

Each year, the festival attracts around 5,000+ locals and visitors to enjoy the fantastic displays of colour, light, and music that pay homage to the Renfrew Ravine: one of the last vestiges of both open stream and urban forest in the city.

Leading up to the event, there are multiple DIY lantern workshops that will lead you in the creation of your own beautiful illuminating lantern for the event itself. If you’re planning on taking part in the 2019 Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, make sure to check out one of these lantern workshops ahead of time.

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DIY lantern workshops lead up to the 17th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

Last week’s to see Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010 (installation view), single channel video, duration: 24 hours © the artist. Courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

The Clock is in its last weeks at The Polygon Gallery.

Christian Marclay’s cinematic tour-de-force is a 24-hour film montage with clips from decades of movies and TV shows synchronized with actual time on a 24-hour clock.

This means that those wishing to see The Clock are restricted to viewing the portion of the 24-hour film during the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m.—gallery hours. However, the Polygon has scheduled two more 24-hour screenings, so you can see, say, midnight or 6 a.m. (or both, if you’ve had enough coffee). The remaining 24-hour screenings are Sept 6 and 13; The Clock is scheduled to close Sept. 15. Find out more about Marclay’s piece below.

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Last week’s to see Christian Marclay’s The Clock