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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 Sailor's Life for Me - Bill Roedde and the Story of Carita" Exhibition

Roedde House Museum's new exhibition: "A Sailor's Life for Me - Bill Roedde and the Story of Carita". Featuring original racing trophies, hand-drawn architectural plans of the Roedde Class sloops, and one-of-a-kind photos of Bill Roedde and of his beloved Carita, this intimate portrait of a sailor and Vancouverite is not to be missed. The exhibition will run at the museum from Augu... Visit Website

'Picture This...' Film Festival 2013

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: The Imperial
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Open Door Group is proud to present the 4th Annual 'Picture This...' Film Festival 2013: On the Road in Vancouver: An International Disability Film Festival at the Imperial (319 Main St.) on Thursday, September 12th 2013. Four years in, the 'Picture This...' Film Festival continues to flourish. Get ready for a wonderful evening of film, art, and for the first time, live musical performance. T... Visit Website

2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival

Theatre for Everyone! The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Produced annually by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society over 11 days in September, with over 600 volunteers supporting 800 performances and attracting over 30,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver's Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers. T... Visit Website

A Marco Polo Bridge Exhibition

A MARCO POLO BRIDGE: IAIN BAXTER : VENICE / SUZHOU / VANCOUVER As the first European to have visited Suzhou (in 1276), Marco Polo was positioned to make the first "Occidental" report concerning the now world-famous classical Chinese garden traditions in that city. From June 1 to November 30, 2013, as a link to crucially important Venice/Suzhou cross-cultural conjunctions, the Sun Y... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Avenue Q

Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q is packed with songs that are surprisingl... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach presents Hamlet

Hamlet Directed by Kim Collier • BMO Mainstage A ruler's ghost cries out for revenge and a towering tragedy is set in motion. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is confronted by betrayal and murder. On the verge of giving up all hope, he's still driven by an insatiable quest for truth. His struggle for answers ultimately spares no one, triggering a shocking chain of events. The production unfolds i... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach presents Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure Directed by John Murphy • Studio Stage In 1900s New Orleans, the powerful Duke Vincentio mysteriously leaves town. He appoints a harsh replacement, Angelo, who decides to enforce dormant laws that punish lechery and prostitution. Claudio's fiancée is pregnant, and given the newly-enforced law, Claudio is to be put to death. His sister Isabella begs Angelo to show m... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach presents Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Directed by Dennis Garnhum • BMO Mainstage • June 12 - September 14 Spirits are lifted, hearts are mended, and love is sought and won at the What You Will Hotel and Spa. It's 1913 and in the pampered world of a fine European spa, everyone is falling in love with someone who is not exactly who they seem. Feste, the lobby lounge singer, entertains, Toby Belch and Andrew Ague... Visit Website

Downtown Food Cart Walking Tour

  • Friday, June 07, 2013 - Thursday, October 31, 2013 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: 1:00PM-3:00pm
  • Location: meet at The Juice Truck (Corner of Abbot and Water )
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Explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core that is the largest in Canada! From Gastown to Granville Street, the tour will take you to the best street eating this city has to offer. In the mood for some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Australian Pies? This tour is a fantastic way to sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. ... Visit Website

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, Exhibition July 20, 2013 to March 9, 2014 Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, designed to complement both the James Hart: The Dance Screen and Charles Edenshaw exhibitions, presents some of the important oil paintings which resulted from Carr's trips to Haida Gwaii. Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7 Info Line: 604.662.4719 Administration: 604.66... Visit Website

Forbidden Vancouver presents Prohibition City Walking Tour

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Thursday, October 10, 2013 (Every Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Forbidden Vancouver
  • Time: 6pm-7:30pm or 7pm-8:30pm
  • Location: departs from Cathedral Square, Opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral
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Experience Vancouver's dirty history Be an undercover newspaper reporter on a mission to explore prohibition-era Vancouver. You will tackle the mysteries of our city's greatest buildings like the Sun Tower and the Dominion Building. Learn true Vancouver stories of speakeasies, showgirls, corrupt mayors and mobsters. And do battle against your fellow reporters to be crowned ‘top newshound',... Visit Website

James Hart - The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Exhibition

James Hart, Exhibition The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) November 2012 to March 9, 2014 In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for t... Visit Website

Formed in 2008, Triology is a Jazz Trio featuring three of Canada's most sought after jazz musicians. This group was fashioned after the great early jazz trios of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson, and features wonderful arrangements of classic standards, as well as original tunes by the trio members. Reservations are strongly advised. Tickets $15 available here: http://www.brownpapertickets... Visit Website

Jelly Invasion at the Vancouver Aquarium

This summer, thousands of jellyfishes are invading the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 15 different species of jellyfishes from all over the globe on exhibit, plus new shows, activities and interactive displays, there's a lot of new and exciting things to see and do. Come and see several jellyfish species rarely on display at the Aquarium! Daily, May 16, 2013 - November 12, 2013 Vancouver Aquariu... Visit Website

North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Miyuki Shinkai and Jeff Wilson District Foyer Galler

  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm / Opening Reception: Thu, Sept 5th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Location: District Hall
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2D Jeff Wilson: Paintings Jeff is a self-taught realist acrylic painter exploring a range of Canadian & Scottish urban & rural narratives.  Typical subjects include heavy machinery, signage, utility poles and alleyways, interspersed with rural themes, such as the coastlines, forests & mountains. Subjects are characteristically cropped, to give dynamic & asymmetric composition... Visit Website

Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents an insider’s perspective to the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands with its animated new exhibition Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific on display from July 24 to September 29, 2013. Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific The exhibition features works by artists from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, ... Visit Website

Storms and Bright Skies: Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes

  • Saturday, September 07, 2013 - Sunday, November 10, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Burnaby Art Gallery
  • Time: Mon - Fri 10am-4:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12noon-5pm, Closed Mondays
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Both harbinger of danger and symbol of pride, the Dutch landscape and its typical motifs, such as the canals that criss-cross the country and the windmill, have been a source of infinite inspiration for the Dutch artists who have captured their essence and character over the centuries. With over sixty works on paper from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada,Storms and Bright Skies: Th... 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 #PopUpPatio at The Westin Grand

Above the bustling intersection of Homer and Robson Streets is the sun-drenched poolside terrace of The Westin Grand, Vancouver. This summer the space will be transformed into the #PopUpPatio, a bustling rooftop patio lounge open Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests can unwind and refresh after a hard day of work in this relaxed atmosphere with soft seating, green gardens and live DJ music. Ope... Visit Website

Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art - "Al Fresco" Exhibition, September 2013

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (or by appointment)
  • Location: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
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September 2013 Al Fresco With growth related to industrialization, paintings in the 19th century began to reflect a changing relationship between people and their natural surroundings. This exhibition captures figures enjoying a tranquil escape in lush, scenic landscapes removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Included are works by Hendrik F. van Lint, Maxime Etienne Vallee, Frederik J.A.... Visit Website

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Whistling Fish Productions Presents: Claret and Amber

An imagined encounter at a railway hotel in 1941 between two Canadian icons: artist Emily Carr and author Lucy Maud Montgomery. They come head to head over drinks in the garden, discovering irreconcilable differences in their artistic vision, while both reveal their personal struggles in coming to terms with their turbulent private lives.  Show Premiere at Vancouver Fringe 2013.  Abridg... Visit Website

Vancouver Fringe Festival presents Changing Minds

  • Saturday, September 07, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Vancouver Fringe Festival
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Hilarious Canadian premiere musical at the Vancouver Fringe! Two high school seniors are popularity polar opposites: a laid back surfer boy and a nerdy bookworm girl. They’re sworn enemies until they wake up in a strange place – EACH OTHER’S BODIES!! It’s a gender bender ‘Freaky Friday’! Hilarity and confusion ensues set to the beat of high-energy pop roc... Visit Website

Vancouver Theatresports League presents The Amazing Improv Race

Vancouver TheatreSportsTM League presents The Amazing Improv Race, where teams of veteran improvisers go global in a bid for ultimate glory. With roadblocks, detours, and speed-bumps, this journey won't need passports, and won't be easy. These teams of two with eccentric back stories take on your suggestions and new cities each night. 90 minutes of high-octane competition where one misstep or a u... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Ultimate Improv Championships

UIC is Vancouver's most dangerous improv and pits two blood-thirsty teams of improvisers against each other in a non-stop timed challenge. At the end of each performance the audience votes who will be the Ultimate Improv Champion, with the winning team returning the following week to defend their title. “Ultimate Improvisers” are among the best-trained and well-conditioned athletes in... Visit Website

Waterfront Yoga at Canada Place

Come down to one of Vancouver's most stunning locations and find your inner peace with Waterfont Yoga. Canada Place with support from Lululemon Robson Street is presenting the 6th annual Waterfront Yoga program every Tuesday and Thursday through the summer. Certified Yoga Instructors will teach a variety of classes with styles ranging from Hatha to Flow to Power to Yin. Admission and mat rental i... Visit Website

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