Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: July 6, 2017

The name of this weekend is diversity! The Indian Summer Fest brings themes of war and peace from the East, there’s a Greek festival, a Latin American festival, Theatre Under The Stars begins, the MOA has an Indigenous art exhibit with insight from contemporary Indigenous artists and community members, and there’s a few street parties on both sides of town – the Khatsahlano fest in Kitsilano, and Car Free Day on Commercial Drive.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday July 7

Indian Summer Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This year’s festival theme is ‘Tales of War and Peace’. Artists are important voices in the larger community, allowing us to step into the worlds they create, while also addressing the pressing questions of the one we inhabit. This year’s line-up includes an outstanding array of award-winning artists who have the courage to say what they think, to hold up a mirror to ugly truths, but also to transcend, offer hope and celebrate creation when the world looks dispiriting.
Runs until: Saturday July 15, 2017

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars
Where: Stanley Park
What: Enjoy a delightful dose of entertainment this summer with two Broadway musicals. Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed live at the Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS 2017 season promises song & dance in two family-friendly productions celebrating love and imagination.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Be Polite

Be Polite
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working closely with the Estate of Gordon Bennett and IMA Brisbane the exhibition will comprise a selection of rare works on paper including drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

The Legend of Zelda Escape Room
Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
What: Participants work in teams of six to solve a mystery in a huge area, all within a set time limit. The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora and Kokiri tribes. The items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games.
Runs until: Sunday July 9, 2017

VSO: Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions

VSO: Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions
Where: The Orpheum
What: The VSO presents Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, performed live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. This is the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before.

Problem Child
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: Written by one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, George F. Walker, this play follows R.J. and Denise, two dysfunctional parents from the wrong side of the tracks, who are trying to get their baby out of the system and back in their arms
Runs until: Saturday July 8, 2017

Playland Nights

Playland Nights
Where:
Playland
What:
In addition to the craft beers, wines and Playland inspired cocktails – including Candy Floss Martinis, Candy Appletinis and Snow Cone vodka drinks, guest DJs will be spinning under the twinkling lights of Playland. Watch out for the axe-throwing station and other special activations and surprises that will accompany the already exciting features Playland offers.

Greek Summer Festival

Greek Summer Festival
Where: Boundary Road at East 29th Ave
What: A free, familyfriendly festival that features Greek food and great multicultural entertainment.
Runs until: Sunday July 16, 2017

Parcels and Fugue States

Parcels and Fugue States
Where: 149 West Hastings
What: Two award-winning Canadian writers, Pasha Malla and  Anosh Irani, discuss their most recent novels in this event hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of the Banff Centre’s Literary Arts program.

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The first overview of the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918 – 1974), born in the Treelon area near Climax, Saskatchewan. It brings together approximately 450 of the artist’s paintings as well as several of his mural-sized works. An itinerant painter, he sold thousands of variations of essentially the same landscape painting in national parks, resorts, department stores and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s through the early 1960s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Indigenous Plant Use

Indigenous Plant Use
Where: Stanley Park
What: Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day Indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting.

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Twenty-five photographs by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore produced during several visits to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, France. Showing concurrently with the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden, Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio offers a contemporary perspective on the tranquility originally captured in Monet’s iconic paintings.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret

Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret
Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: An arts-based community-engagement project created by Katie Sly, which has making and holding space for art addressing bisexuality, pansexuality, and polysexuality on the east coast since 2014. For the purposes of this project, bisexuality, pansexuality, and/or polysexuality are sexual orientations that describe attraction to persons of more than one gender.

In a Different Light

In a Different Light
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: More than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.
Runs until: Spring 2019

Works by Anna Milton

Works by Anna Milton
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Anna has been exhibiting and selling her work internationally since her college years. She trained and worked as an art therapist for many years and is interested in symbols and metaphor that are present in visual art.
Runs until: Wednesday September 27, 2017

Dali & Hopper
Where: The Cultch Culture Lab
What: An original play about a group of young adults who deal with love and self-acceptance through the role their subconscious plays in their reality.

Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert
Where: Lafarge Lake (Coquitlam, BC)
What: A free concert featuring the anointed music of Art Lucier and the Reviver band. It will involve church leaders and First Nation elders. The event will include apologies, speeches, celebrations, music and dance.

Whistler Children’s Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival
Where: Whistler, BC
What: Creative workshops, entertaining performances, and fun activities for kids. The party kicks off on Friday with an all ages Pyjama Party featuring performances from Norman Foote and local fan favourite, Ira Pettle.
Runs until: Sunday July 9, 2017


 

Saturday July 8

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Khatsahlano Street Party
Where: Kitsilano
What: Multiple stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair, spanning from Burrard to MacDonald Street also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed beer gardens.

Here is Where We Meet

Here is Where We Meet
Where: The Orpheum
What: Two Grammy award-winning giants come together in a rare concert that brings the best of classical Indian music and jazz to Vancouver. Dr. L Subramaniam, revered in India as the ‘Emperor of Sound,’ is one of the world’s pre-eminent violinists. Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts has made more than five hundred recordings with artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley and Thelonius Monk to Frank Zappa and The Rolling Stones. Experience a rare evening with maestros who embody the instruments they speak through, accompanied by a roster of outstanding musicians from two continents.

City of Angels
Where: Performance Works, Granville Island
What: The place – Los Angeles.  The time – the late 1940s. A New York crime novelist agrees, at the behest of a Hollywood producer, to adapt his latest novel into a screenplay but how much is he willing to sacrifice for a taste of fame and fortune?  As the disillusioned author’s marriage falls apart, we see, simultaneously, the adventures of his detective presented as if in black and white film.
Runs until: Sunday July 17, 2017

FUBAR Roller Jam

FUBAR Roller Jam
Where: Robson Square
What: The Robson Square Skating Rink will be transformed by host DJ Alibaba into a classic roller rink with skating for families, old-school soul, funk and R&B music, and a fun retro vibe. The event will also feature dance and musical performances, face painting, prize draws, and more fun activities. Proceeds from the event will go to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon.

Taco Fest

Taco Fest
Where: Swangard Stadium
What: All-ages, music and taco festival! Alcohol is available for those of a legally acceptable age. Tacos are available for all. Hosted by local burlesque personalities, April O’Peel & Melody Mangler.

Downtown East Side Women’s Fair and Flea Market
Where:
200 block of Columbia
What:
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is proud to present this year’s fair in partnership with the City of Vancouver, creating safe vending spaces for women in the DTES, celebrating neighbourhood creativity, repurposing donations to reduce waste, and promoting sustainable consumption.

Fin de Fiesta

Fin de Fiesta
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: This evening will feature Flamenco Rosario’s Professional Training Program dancers, performing Reflexiones choreographed by Rosario Ancer and Centro Flamenco dancers, performing works choreographed by Rosario Ancer, Veronica (Bonnie) Stewart, Afifa Eidher and Sula Boxall.

Carnaval del Sol

Carnaval del Sol
Where: Concord Pacific Place
What: Two days of live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry in celebration of Latin American Culture. More than 350 artists will be joining the festivities from various Latin American countries.
Runs until: Sunday July 9, 2017

Mad Hatter Steampunk Costume Summer Tea Party
Where:
803 East 16th ave
What:
Musical entertainment, tea party, baked goods by donation.

Shawn Mendes
Where: Rogers Arena
What: A Canadian singer and songwriter who gained popularity through Vine.

Vancouver’s Ultimate Trivia Championship: IQ Mania
Where: The Biltmore
What: IQ 2000 is pulling out all the stops for their inaugural once-a-year trivia extravaganza.

Juluau
Where: Library Square
What: A pig roast and Tiki drink party.

Big Yoga for Big Sisters
Where: Heywood Park, North Vancouver
What: An all levels, all ages, fun filled yogathon event to raise much needed funds for mentoring programs at Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. Solo yogis and teams can register online, raise a minimum of $ 100 per person, and enjoy a day outdoors on the mat. 6 classes, 6 styles, one day.


 

Sunday July 9

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Car Free Day: Commercial Drive

Car Free Day: Commercial Drive
Where: Commercial Drive
What: 13 years ago, the first Car Free Day began as a grassroots initiative by Grandview-Woodlands residents who were concerned about the Gateway highway widening project and the effects of increasing automobile traffic in the neighbourhood. Instead of staging a traditional protest, the founders of Car Free Commercial Drive created a street festival where locals could engage and rethink the range of uses for neighbourhood streets.

VSO Free Concert

VSO Free Concert
Where: Deer Lake Park (Burnaby, BC)
What: Classical favourites and two of the most famous and beloved John Williams movie themes. Come early, bring your blankets and picnics for a beautiful night with the VSO at Deer Lake Park with your Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Art is the Only Language I Have

Art is the Only Language I Have
Where: Spanish Banks
What: Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will be Indian Summer Festival’s artist-in-residence for 2017. Shyam will interact with the Vancouver public by setting up his easel, or to be more specific, his carpet (Bhajju works seated on the floor) at several public places. Painting on top large format photos of Vancouver cityscapes, Bhajju will infuse them with the forests, animals and supernatural beings from his own storytelling tradition.

Robson Square Salsa
Where:
Robson Square
What:
An annual series of free outdoor salsa dances. Learn, have fun, and show off your moves.
Runs until: Sunday August 13, 2017


 

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Free Canadian Screenings

Free Canadian Screenings
Where: The Cinematheque
What: A full week of free screenings creates the centrepiece of our year-long Canada on Screen program, featuring many of Canada’s greatest film (and television) works. Vancouver audiences can experience seven of the Top 10 Canadian films of all time.
Runs until: Friday July 7, 2017

Problem Child
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: Written by one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, George F. Walker, this play follows R.J. and Denise, two dysfunctional parents from the wrong side of the tracks, who are trying to get their baby out of the system and back in their arms
Runs until: Saturday July 8, 2017

Million Dollar Quartet
Where:
Arts Club Theatre
What:
Inspired by true events, this rocking jukebox musical takes you into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956, to witness the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll legends Presley, Cash, Lewis, and Perkins—for the first and only time.
Runs until: Sunday July 9, 2017

The Legend of Zelda Escape Room
Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
What: Participants work in teams of six to solve a mystery in a huge area, all within a set time limit. The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora and Kokiri tribes. The items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games.
Runs until: Sunday July 9, 2017

Whistler Children’s Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival
Where: Whistler, BC
What: Creative workshops, entertaining performances, and fun activities for kids. The party kicks off on Friday with an all ages Pyjama Party featuring performances from Norman Foote and local fan favourite, Ira Pettle.
Runs until: Sunday July 9, 2017

Indian Summer Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This year’s festival theme is ‘Tales of War and Peace’. Artists are important voices in the larger community, allowing us to step into the worlds they create, while also addressing the pressing questions of the one we inhabit. This year’s line-up includes an outstanding array of award-winning artists who have the courage to say what they think, to hold up a mirror to ugly truths, but also to transcend, offer hope and celebrate creation when the world looks dispiriting.
Runs until: Saturday July 15, 2017

Canada 150 Art Show
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: 150 pieces of original Canadian artwork by fifty plus artists from Vancouver and the region. The theme is not maple leaves, hockey nor Tim Hortons, instead it is diversity; featuring works by both emerging and established artists, who do what they do, devoted to their professional practices.
Runs until: Saturday July 15, 2017

Means of Production
Where: CityScape Community Art Space (North Shore)
What: Through weaving, rug hooking and stitching, five textile artists explore the value, meaning, and metaphorical possibilities of methodically making work by hand in a digital age of increasingly rapid advancement. The title draws on Marx’s theory of alienation, which asserts that our humanity is created through production – essentially we are what we make.
Runs until: Saturday July 15, 2017

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century City
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: Explore housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.
Runs until: Sunday July 16, 2017

Greek Summer Festival

Greek Summer Festival
Where: Boundary Road at East 29th Ave
What: A free, familyfriendly festival that features Greek food and great multicultural entertainment.
Runs until: Sunday July 16, 2017

City of Angels
Where: Performance Works, Granville Island
What: The place – Los Angeles.  The time – the late 1940s. A New York crime novelist agrees, at the behest of a Hollywood producer, to adapt his latest novel into a screenplay but how much is he willing to sacrifice for a taste of fame and fortune?  As the disillusioned author’s marriage falls apart, we see, simultaneously, the adventures of his detective presented as if in black and white film.
Runs until: Sunday July 17, 2017

Robson Square Salsa
Where:
Robson Square
What:
An annual series of free outdoor salsa dances. Learn, have fun, and show off your moves.
Runs until: Sunday August 13, 2017

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny
Where: The Improv Centre on Granville Island
What: Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, and lumberjacks or other endless possibilities. As this is improv and the show is made up on the spot, no two shows are ever the same. Join us for some distinctively Canadian laughs. You’ll be nicer for it.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars
Where: Stanley Park
What: Enjoy a delightful dose of entertainment this summer with two Broadway musicals. Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed live at the Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS 2017 season promises song & dance in two family-friendly productions celebrating love and imagination.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat
Where: Kits beach
What: Almost anything can happen at this family friendly showcase of amateur talent dating back to 1935.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Live Carving of Stó:lō Welcome Figures

Live Carving of Stó:lō Welcome Figures
Where: Tourism Chilliwack Visitor Centre (Chilliwack, BC)
What: Terry Horne, artist and Chief from Yakweakwioose
band, is carving two Stó:lō Welcome Figures at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre.
Runs until: August 2017

Story Walks

Story Walks
Where: The Shipyards and in Lynn Canyon Park
What: Free drop-in walks at The Shipyards are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Meet at Lonsdale Ave. and Victory Ship Way. Free drop-in walks in Lynn Canyon Park are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 6th to August 24th at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Meet across from the Lynn Canyon Café.
Runs until: Sunday August 27, 2017

Dance in Transit
Where: Various outdoor locations
What: A continuous supply of dancing during the warm months —at no cost. Watch it, try it, and see if you love it.
Runs until: Sunday August 27th, 2017

Xi Xanya Dzam – Those Who Are Amazing At Making Things
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: Xi Xanya Dzam (pronounced hee hun ya zam) is the Kwak’wala word describing incredibly talented and gifted people who create works of art. The exhibition is both a showcase and a critical exploration of ‘achievement’ and ‘excellence’ in traditional and contemporary First Nations art.
Runs until: Sunday September 4, 2017

Pictures From Here

Pictures From Here
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Featuring photographs and video works from the early 1960s to the present that capture the urban environment of the Greater Vancouver region, its citizens and the vast “natural” landscape of the province.
Runs until: Sunday September 4, 2017

Sunday Art Market

Sunday Art Market
Where: Jim Deva Plaza
What: Local artists, vendors and makers, largely from Vancouver’s West End, along with musical and other live performances and artist-led workshops to drop into.
Runs until: September 2017

Panda International Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: A diverse market in Richmond, with shopping, food, beverages, and a game zone.
Runs until: Monday September 11, 2017

Flora and Fauna: A Summer Art Show
Where: The Fall Tattooing and Artist Studio
What: An artistic summer celebration of all vibrant, colourful, living things.
Runs until: Friday September 15, 2017

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Where: Vanier Park
What: What do you say to watching a live production of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice or The Two Gentlemen of Verona in a custom-built tent on the beach while sipping wine, beer, and munching on a picnic lunch themed to the play? Yes! Right? After 28 years, this festival has hit a stride of near perfection (and don’t even get us started on the amazing costumes.)
Runs until: Saturday September 23, 2017

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The first overview of the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918 – 1974), born in the Treelon area near Climax, Saskatchewan. It brings together approximately 450 of the artist’s paintings as well as several of his mural-sized works. An itinerant painter, he sold thousands of variations of essentially the same landscape painting in national parks, resorts, department stores and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s through the early 1960s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Unbelievable

Unbelievable
Where: The Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition poses provocative questions about our perception of stories by assembling iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. Unbelievable objects include the Thunderbird totem pole that appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters; contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver; and artifacts illustrating the complex narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Uninterrupted

Uninterrupted
Where: Under the Cambie Street Bridge
What: After dusk, audiences will witness the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon in a 30-minute cinematic spectacle that explores the connection between nature and our urban environments.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Be Polite

Be Polite
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working closely with the Estate of Gordon Bennett and IMA Brisbane the exhibition will comprise a selection of rare works on paper including drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Works by Anna Milton

Works by Anna Milton
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Anna has been exhibiting and selling her work internationally since her college years. She trained and worked as an art therapist for many years and is interested in symbols and metaphor that are present in visual art.
Runs until: Wednesday September 27, 2017

Shipyards Night Marlet

Shipyards Night Market
Where: Lonsdale, North Vancouver
What: Food, art, music, entertainment, shopping, a beer garden, and you can bring your dog!
Runs until: September 29, 2017

ZimCarvings
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: Patrick Sephani along with visiting artist Peter Kananji will be showcasing works from over 30 Zimbabwean stone sculptors on the beautiful garden grounds and carving stone sculptures on site.  All works will be available for purchase.
Runs until: Saturday September 30, 2017

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The most comprehensive exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden will trace the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history. This exhibition will present thirty-eight paintings spanning the course of Monet’s long career from the unparalleled collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Twenty-five photographs by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore produced during several visits to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, France. Showing concurrently with the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden, Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio offers a contemporary perspective on the tranquility originally captured in Monet’s iconic paintings.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Persistence

Persistence
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Persistence draws together three recent contemporary installations to explore the surprising and creative ways that technologies, physical objects and natural processes endure and transform.
Runs until: October 1, 2017

Elad Lassry

Elad Lassry
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Investigating the nature of perception with a special focus on the photographic image within the digital era, the exhibition includes more than seventy works—films, photographs and sculpture—produced by Lassry over the last decade.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Where: Dude Chilling Park
What: Amble over and pick up some afternoon picnic supplies, groceries for the week, and Sunday dinner fixings from 25+ farms and producers. Each week you’ll find a fresh selection of just-picked seasonal fruits & veggies, ethically-raised meats & sustainable seafood, artisanal bread & prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, handmade craft, and coffee & food trucks.
Runs until: Sunday October 8, 2017

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Words and their physical manifestations are explored in this insightful exhibition, which will honour the special significance that written forms. Varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia is shown over the span of different time periods: from Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qu’ranic manuscripts, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Chinese calligraphy from MOA’s Asian collection to graffiti art from Afghanistan and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy, and Tibetan and Thai scripts.
Runs until: Monday October 9, 2017

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: There’s a dinosaur park! Anamatronic dinosaurs! Also – live performances, carnival games, over 200 retail stalls and over 500 food choices from around the world.
Runs until: October 9, 2017

Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah

Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah
Where:  Vancouver Art Gallery
What:  This large-scale composition transforms English texts to form intricate floral and animal patterns. The work draws from discriminatory language that appeared in newspapers and political campaigns in Vancouver during the 1887 anti-Chinese riots, the mid-1980s immigration influx from Hong Kong and most recently, the heated exchanges around the foreign buyers and the local housing market.
Runs until: Sunday October 15, 2017

West End Farmers Market
Where: 1100 Comox St
What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Each week, shop for the best in local, seasonal produce, artisanal bread & prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, ethically raised meat, eggs, & dairy, sustainable seafood, wild crafted product, and handmade craft. Hot food & coffee on-site as well.
Runs until: Saturday October 21, 2017 (Saturdays)

Trout Lake Farmers Market
Where: Trout Lake
What: This is where you’ll find the vendors who have been doing it since the beginning; what started as 14 farmers ‘squatting’ at the Croatian Cultural Centre back in 1995 has grown into Vancouver’s most well-known and beloved market. Visitors come from near and far to sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
Runs until: Saturday October 21, 2017 (Saturdays)

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Kitsilano Farmers Market
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot
What:   A great selection of just-picked, seasonal fruits & vegetables, ethically raised and grass fed meat, eggs, & dairy, sustainable seafood, fresh baked bread & artisanal food, local beer, wine, & spirits, and beautiful, handmade craft. Kids and parents alike can enjoy entertainment by market musicians, a nearby playground and splash park, and coffee and food truck offerings each week.
Runs until: Sunday October 22, 2017 (Sundays)

The Lost Fleet Exhibit
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: On December 7, 1941 the world was shocked when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, launching the United States into the war. This action also resulted in the confiscation of nearly 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats by Canadian officials on the British Columbia coast, which were eventually sold off to canneries and other non-Japanese fishermen. The Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people.
Runs until: Winter 2017

Bill Reid Creative Journeys | Image via the Canadian Museum of History

Bill Reid Creative Journeys
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: Celebrating the many creative journeys of acclaimed master goldsmith and sculptor Bill Reid (1920–1998), this exhibition provides a comprehensive introduction to his life and work.
Runs until: Sunday December 10, 2017

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: MOA will showcase its Amazonian collections in a significant exploration of socially and environmentally-conscious notions intrinsic to indigenous South American cultures, which have recently become innovations in International Law. These are foundational to the notions of Rights of Nature, and they have been consolidating in the nine countries that share responsibilities over the Amazonian basin.
Runs until: January 28, 2018

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

Emily Carr: Into the Forest
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Far from feeling that the forests of the West Coast were a difficult subject matter, Carr exulted in the symphonies of greens and browns found in the natural world. With oil on paper as her primary medium, Carr was free to work outdoors in close proximity to the landscape. She went into the forest to paint and saw nature in ways unlike her fellow British Columbians, who perceived it as either untamed wilderness or a plentiful source of lumber.
Runs until: March 4, 2018

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist
Where: North Vancouver Museum
What: An exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor. The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the George family.
Runs until: April 2018

In a Different Light

In a Different Light
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: More than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.
Runs until: Spring 2019

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