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2012 Special Events at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival January 28-29 Historic Boot Camp & Historic Half Marathon February 18-19 Spring Break March 10-25 Easter Egg Hunt April 8; Easter Egg Hunt 1 pm Victoria Day May 21 Learn to Camp Weekend June 16 (pre-registration required) Aboriginal Day at Fort Langley June 23 Canada Day July 1 Parks Day July 21 The 2012 Prospera Valley Granfondo July 22 Ride into History Jul... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Clybourne Park

  • Thursday, September 06, 2012 - Sunday, October 07, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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The winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for best play, this biting contemporary satire skewers the conventions of political correctness in shockingly entertaining fashion. In Chicago, 1959, an African-American family moves into a house in Clybourne Park, to the mortification of its all-white residents. Fast-forward 50 years, and now the neighbourhood is predominately black. When young white newlywed... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Master Class

Inspired by the legendary Maria Callas, this Tony Award-winning play opens in a master class at Juilliard, where the world's greatest soprano is more interested in teaching life lessons than opera. The tempestuous yet vulnerable diva muses on her past-her transformation from stocky to sleek, triumphs at La Scala, feuds with rival singers, and a doomed affair with billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Not... Visit Website

Burnaby in Motion at the Burnaby Village Museum

As part of the Culture Days and Celebrate 120 activities, celebrate Burnaby's transportation heritage with a weekend of transportation-related fun. The Museum's exhibits will be open, including the Interurban 1223, with activities, entertainment, and demonstrations throughout the 10-acre site.  Vintage and modern-day riding toys are available for all ages, transportation-related crafts for k... Visit Website

Canada Culture Day at The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre (Maple Ridge)

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre
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Celebrate Canada Culture Day and the launch of the ACT's 10th Anniversary season launch. From 1-4PM, there will be free arts program demonstrations and workshops, free entertainment, cake and arts group displays. At 4PM, the season begins with SECRETS by Maple Ridge resident and world renowned magician Shawn Farquhar.  Prepare to be amazed. Tickets only $10 for students/children and $... Visit Website

Culture Days & Recycled Creations at North Vancuver Museum & Archives

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Sunday, September 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Location: Presentation House
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Celebrate Culture Days at the North Vancouver Museum and Archives at 209 West 4th Street! On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30th, drop-in from 12:00-4:00pm for Recycled Creations and explore environmentalism through art!  Reboot your knowledge about the environment with recycled robots, bottle-cap magnets and bright coloured tetra pak purses. Put a fun new spin on the motto, “Re... Visit Website

Culture Days Weekend 2012

  • Friday, September 28, 2012 - Sunday, September 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: various venues
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Culture Days weekend Vancouver, BC September 28-30, 2012 Join Canadians in hundreds of cities and towns across the country during the third annual Culture Days weekend! On September 28, 29 & 30, 2012, participate in activities that celebrate the creative expression of your community. Culture Days features free, hands-on, interactive activities and "behind the scenes" ... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Chelsea Hotel

Leonard Cohen's powerful and inspirational music and lyrics are the heartbeat for Chelsea Hotel, an illusory world full of enchantment, desire, passion and love. Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a Writer checks into New York's infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face ... Visit Website

Interior Design Show West

The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada's annual premiere residential design show featuring 200 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media. Launched in 2004 by Jason Heard under the original name of Design Vancouver, Jason recognized a gap in the West Coast Design market and created ... Visit Website

Layers: Exploring Nature’s Uniqueness through Printmaking, with Brent Clowater

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Experiment with printmaking and explore your own Sense of Place. Learn how to create a series of multi-coloured layered prints using found textures from the BC landscape - seashells, driftwood, leaves and more - and add a personal touch by embellishing the images by hand. You’ll leave the workshop with a one-of-a-kind book of prints created by you and your friends. Please bring a smock or c... Visit Website

Madonna World Tour 2012

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Sunday, September 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Time: 8:00PM
  • Location: Rogers Arena
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The announcement of Madonna's 2012 World Tour follows an extraordinary week which included a monumental extravaganza of a performance at the Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime which was seen in over 200 countries by over a billion people. "Madonna's track record as a world class entertainer and touring artist speaks for itself. Her artistry, talent and creative productions get bigger and bet... Visit Website

Michael Kolk, Classical Guitar Recital

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Spirit of Life Lutheran Church
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Winner of numerous first place prizes in North American guitar competitions and recognized at an early age for his exceptional musicality, Michael Kolk has performed in Europe, the USA, and Canada. Originally from Vancouver, Michael now lives and teaches in Toronto, where he made his orchestral debut with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in 2011. On the program: Narvaez, Bach, Giuliani, Debuss... Visit Website

North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents: Sans Brush at CitcyScape Community Art Space

  • Friday, September 28, 2012 - Saturday, October 20, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: CityScape Community Art Space
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Sans Brush Sept 28 - Oct 20, 2012 Opening reception: Thursday September 27th @ 7:00PM-9:00PM This group exhibit ignites a technical curiosity by exploring the unconventional process of painting without a brush and how alternative tools and methods affect the various elements, such as texture, depth and shape. Twenty-five artists are highlighted, displaying diverse styles. Their paint applicati... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents The Spitfire Grill

  • Friday, September 21, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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A young woman leaves prison, only to learn that a second chance isn't easy to come by. From the beloved film, an uplifting and inspiring story of personal redemption and the reawakening of a small Wisconsin town.  

Playland Amusement Park

Get ready for another season full of fun as Playland opens for the 2012 season! This year you'll get a full season of ATMOSFEAR as well as all your favourite rides like the classic wooden roller coaster, the Corkscrew, Revelation, Hellevator and Drop Zone. And don't miss all the midway games and your favourite foods like cotton candy and mini-donuts. If you don't have your season pass yet, visit ... Visit Website

River District Farmer's Market

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Location: River District Centre
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The River District community is proud to present Southeast Vancouver’s first Farmers Market on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00am at the Kerr Street Plaza (located at the foot of Kerr Street and East Kent Avenue). The market will run once-a-week on Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm for a 6 week period during the autumn harvest season (from September 15th - October 27th, 2012). ... Visit Website

Rogers Arena Tours

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2011 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Location: Rogers Arena
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For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's a... Visit Website

Secret Seed Sculptures: ArtStarts on Saturdays, Special Visual Art Edition

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 11am & 1pm (2 sessions)
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Check out a special visual art edition of ArtStarts on Saturdays! Transform seeds, dried plants and clay into magic seed pod sculptures! These works of art will grow into marvelous flowers and herbs in the Spring. Explore the shapes, colours and textures of seeds while Madame Beespeaker tells stories about helpful insects in the garden and what they can teach us about living in harmony with nature... Visit Website

Starlight Children's Foundation's 7th Annual Walk & Run for Smiles

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 9:00AM
  • Location: Pacific Spirit Regional Park at UBC
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The Starlight Children's Foundation's 7th Annual Walk & Run for Smiles, takes place on Saturday, September 29th at 9AM, at Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Regional Park. The annual event raises both awareness of the pain, fear and isolation experience by children with a serious illness and funds to support the Foundation in its effort to help children and families across BC. With a mascot... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Blind Date

One of the most daring and exhilarating undertakings in the scope of contemporary theatre. There's nothing like the thrill of a first date...anything can happen! In Blind Date, you'll experience all the excitement and awkwardness of love as Mimi, a Parisian temptress, goes on a blind date with a different man every night - plucked right out of the audience.

The Cultch presents White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

30-year-old Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour's arresting and allegorical work dissects the experience of a whole generation in this wild, original play. Each night an acclaimed Canadian actor, who has never before seen or read this play, is handed a sealed envelope. They open it and begin. Neither actor nor audience knows what lies ahead on this metaphorical journey into extreme experience.

The Missing Rice Bowl - Drawings of Chinatown & East Hastings Cafes

An exhibition of drawings - Chinatown & East Hastings Cafes, by artist Keith McKellar Opening Reception with artist in attendance Saturday, September 8, 2 - 4 pm at Hall of One Hundred Rivers Keith McKellar (Laughing Hand) has survived as an itinerant artist composing, showing, and selling his famous drawings in the street from Vancouver to California, Taiwan and Japan for thirty years. His... Visit Website

Theatre UBC presents The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Saturday, October 06, 2012 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Telus Studio Theatre
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The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson By Linda Griffiths, director Sarah Rodgers Telus Studio Theatre An extravagant and inspired epic, The Duchess takes us into a wonderland where Kings and Queens dance the Black Bottom, Faerie creatures demand blood, and Empires are given up for love. The play tells the story of the woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated his throne, Wallis Simpson. It travels i... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM; Tuesdays 10:00AM-9:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
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September 29th, 2012 marks the opening day of the Vancouver Art Gallery's TRAFFIC exhibition, featuring Conceptual Art in Canada from 1965-1980. For more detailed information visit http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_traffic.html

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