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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

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A Tradition of Beauty: The Southern Italian Coast

A Tradition of Beauty: The Southern Italian Coast From the 15th to the 18th centuries, land ownership in Southern Italy was widely disputed. During that time, Naples, the seat of the South, being ruled by Spain, flourished; evidenced by the emergence of a school of painting influenced by Caravaggio. The political and cultural identification of the South varied widely to that which was expresse... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Godspell

GODSPELL The Exhilarating Musical by the Award-Winning Composer of Wicked   Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Book by John-Michael Tebelak   "Joyously noisy romp that goes off like an extra-long string of firecrackers" -The Wall Street Journal   Raise your spirits with this timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love. Stephen Schwartz's exuberant pop mus... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Les Misérables

LES MISERABLES  The Musical Phenomenon Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Original lyrics by Alain Boublil Based on the novel by Victor Hugo "This show has it all: gorgeous songs, a moving historical plot, and epic sets and costumes" -The Georgia Straight Come hear the people sing in this epic saga of love and redemption. The spectacular musical that has swept the world f... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Presents King Lear

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
  • Time: Various Times
  • Location: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival - Vanier Park
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Bard on the Beach Presents King Lear Shakespeare's magnificent tragedy tells the story of an aging king who divides his kingdom between two daughters but leaves out the third, failing to understand that she loves him most of all. His mistake triggers a chain of lies and betrayal - and dooms him to madness. June 18, 2015 - September 20, 2015  Vanier Park 1695 Whyte Avenue Vancouver, BC ... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Presents Love's Labour's Lost

Bard on the Beach Presents Love's Labour's Lost It's the Jazz Age, the music is live and the party is in full swing. But a rum-running kingpin and his pals have chosen to turn their backs on liquor and the ladies to follow a simpler, scholarly life. Will their plan hold fast against the temptations of three winsome and witty women? This adaptation of the play is set in 1920s Chicago and is high... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Presents Shakespeare's Rebel by C.C. Humphreys

Bard on the Beach Presents Shakespeare's Rebel by C.C. Humphreys Master swordsman John Lawley just wants to be a good father, win back his true love and arrange the fights for William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. But when he gets caught up in a deadly royal power play, he can’t escape the fight of his life. And he may be the only man who can save England… July 02 , 2015 - S... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach presents The Comedy of Errors

Double trouble has never been more delightful! Two sets of long-lost twins meet up unexpectedly, creating hilarious confusion for their friends, loved ones - and most of all themselves. June 4, 2015 - September 26, 2014  Vanier Park 1695 Whyte Avenue Vancouver BC V6J 5C3  Tickets: Various prices. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit: www.bardonthebea... Visit Website

cesna?em, the city before the city

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
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cesna?em, the city before the city Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) partner on a transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver's nose. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, opening on January 25, 2015, is a series of three unified exhibitions that connect Vancouverit... Visit Website

Enchanted Evenings Concert Series by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Spend your summer nights dining and dancing as you drink in the sights of Vancouver’s own urban oasis at this year’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Intended to stop you in your tracks, the Garden takes on added dimensions of intimacy and magic at sunset and you’re invited. Be taken away with our widely celebrated line-up of per... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Frost/Nixon

FROST/NIXON July 17 - August 7, 2015 Previews July 8 - 14 Pride goeth before destruction. Set in 1977, Frost/Nixon is a riveting portrayal of British talk show host David Frost's groundbreaking interviews with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon. A study in contradictions, Nixon was a consummate and brilliant politician whose mercurial rise to power was followed by a highly public ... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Children's Hour

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR July 16 - August 6, 2015 Previews July7 - 13 Thou shall not bear false witness. Revolving around a scandal at a girls' boarding school, Lillian Hellman's 1934 breakout hit play The Children's Hour is a heart-wrenching cautionary tale. Karen and Martha run a private girls' school in a converted farmhouse in New England. When a young student spreads a fabricated story, ... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents tis Pity She's a Whore

'Tis Pity She's A Whore July 18 - August 8, 2015 Previews July 6 - 15 Cursed is he who lies with his sister. At its heart, ‘Tis Pity She's A Whore is a complex tragedy brimming with passion, deception, intrigue and revenge. John Ford's most famous drama is re-imagined in 1930's Italy-a dark and unnerving story of moral corruption within a mafia family. Condemned by critics over the y... Visit Website

Free Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

Free Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place Come out to the North Point every Thursday evening in July and August to watch a movie under the stars, featuring great Canadian talent! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show. Beverages and popcorn available for purhcase onsite. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a date in September. This is a f... Visit Website

Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - Monday, October 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology
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Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) presents an extraordinary collection of Portuguese popular art — the largest of its kind in North America. It includes an eclectic mix of graffiti and mural paintings, puppets, figurines, carnival masks, and more. Displays reflect the national identity, history, and creativity of Portuga... Visit Website

Lost Souls of Gastown

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 8:00PM
  • Location: Cathedral Square, across from Holy Rosary Cathedral at the intersection of Dunsmuir and Richards streets
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Lost Souls of Gastown Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute gothic theatre experience. Step back in time to a violent frontier town of hustlers, thieves, vagabonds and bawdy girls. Meet Vancouver’s first madam, who built a glamorous Gastown bawdy house before the city even had a school. Catch the horror-filled tale of a long-forgotten plague t... Visit Website

New Exhibition: Mungo Thomson 'Time, People, Money, Crickets'

  • Friday, July 10, 2015 - Sunday, August 30, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Time: Noon-6:00PM
  • Location: Contemporary Art Gallery
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New Exhibition:  Mungo Thomson  'Time, People, Money, Crickets' New Exhibition Mungo Thomson 'Time, People, Money, Crickets' July 10 to August 30, 2015 B.C. Binning, Alvin Balkind Galleries and gallery façade Opening: Friday, July 10, 7-10pm Live Performance Mungo Thomson – 'Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and Violin' Presented in partnership with Vancouv... Visit Website

Off the Eaten Track presents Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour

  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Friday, October 30, 2015 (Every Thursday, Friday)
  • Venue: Off The Eaten Track
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meet in Waterfront Station
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Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour Main Street may be one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city but it is home to some of the youngest and hippest locals. Packed full of designer boutiques, funky thrift shops, and quirky restaurants, Vancouverites know that Main is the street to find the city's best culinary hidden gems. Let us show you five of the very best spots we guarantee you wouldn't ... Visit Website

Queer Arts Festival presents Sister Mary’s a Dyke?!

Sister Mary's a Dyke?!  July 21 - August 2, 2015 @7:30pm Roundhouse Exhibition Hall 181 Roundhouse Mews  Sister Mary's a Dyke?! is a new play by Toronto-based playwright Flerida Peña. It follows Abby, a Catholic school girl who discovers that not everything is at it seems at Crown of Thorns Academy. After falling in love for the first time, Abby is sent on a thrilling miss... Visit Website

Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill

Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill Tea is the world’s most popular drink. Tea has specific symbolic qualities that relate to the view of Asian philosophical traditions. Tea Zen exhibition gives a glimpse of how this fascinating drink captures the human spirit and relates to Zen. The exhibit showcases Lam Wong’s documentary in which he interviews tea farmers, te... Visit Website

the Comedy MIX presents Chris James

the Comedy MIX presents Chris James Chris James was born near the start of November in 1983 or 1984. He watched some television, spent some time on facebook, told people jokes, and now we are at today. Chris' favorite time telling jokes was during the 2011 Global Vancouver Comedy Fest, where he was lucky enough to open for Jeremy Hotz, and Todd Glass. His favorite time watching television was w... Visit Website

Theatre Under the Stars presents Hairspray

HAIRSPRAY The Giddy, Gutsy, Great-Big Broadway Sensation! Based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Travel back to 1962 Baltimore, where the loveable plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad has one plucky dream: to dance on the local TV program, The Corny Colli... Visit Website

Vancouver Foodie Tours presents World’s Best Food Truck Tour

  • Monday, June 01, 2015 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: 10:45 am
  • Location: Burrard St. @ Smithe St, beside Japadog Food Cart
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5 courses, 7 tastings, 9 stories, 2 hours of tantalizing fun. Gourmet hot dogs that'll have you panting and drooling for more. Canada Top Chef's favorite Vancouver food cart, achingly fresh seafood plucked from our waters, and chocolate chili cookies are just some of the things that will go down on this tour. Get ready to experience Vancouver street food like never before. All tastings included.... Visit Website

Vancouver Police Museum presents Sins of the City - Red Light Rendezvous

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Saturday, October 10, 2015 (Every Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Vancouver Police Museum
  • Time: Thursdays @ 5:00PM - 7:00PM & Saturdays @ 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Police Museum
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Vancouver Police Museum presents Sins of the City - Red Light Rendezvous This brand new 2-hour walking tour explores the history of Vancouver's sex trade. Leave your heels at home for this stroll through the history of the oldest profession in our city's oldest neighbourhood. Wander the streets in the footsteps of the earliest madams, and follow the trail of kinky, dirty secrets laid down by mo... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Off Leash

Imagination runs wild at Off Leash when the ensemble 'goes where no Improv actor has gone before' to create daredevil performances of edgy, innovative comedy. What can you expect at Off Leash? Expect the unexpected with a lot of laughs. No two shows or formats are the same. We're letting the ensemble run free with nothing to hold back their comedic creativity. Tickets and more info at vtsl.com ... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Throne and Games

Throne and Games is an elimination comedic improv format inspired by HBO's wildly successful Game of Thrones and the book series it is based on, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. The Iron Throne of Games sits empty. Three improv families descend on the Throne, each family feeling it has a rightful claim. Throne and Games is an improvised parody filled with betrayal, death, eliminations... Visit Website

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