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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

"I Have to Tell My Story" at the Truth and Reconciliation Conference

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Location: First Nations House of Learning
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In April 2013, as a part of The Residential School Awareness Project Circles of Understanding, Theatre for Living, under contract to The Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society (VACPCS) facilitated a 6-day Power Play exploring issues of the impact of Residential Schools. The workshop participants were survivors of the Residential School system as well as the children of survivor...

9th Annual Interior Design Show West

The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 300 curated exhibits showcasing quality products and services to an audience of consumer design enthusiasts, industry professionals, architects and designers. The event attracts over 30,000 design aficionados over three and a half days, all of them looking to source and purchase som... 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

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

Join Vancouver Aquarium for the next After Hours, our adult-only evening, and learn all about 'The Secret Sex Lives of Animals' through special programming and shows.  Plus, explore our galleries and exhibits in peace and tranquility without kids underfoot. Food, wine and beer are also available. In addition to our current exhibits, animals and shows, the September ‘The Secret Sex Li... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Other Desert Cities

OTHER DESERT CITIES By Jon Robin Baitz A Sizzling Comedy of Family Secrets The Wyeths have wealth, fame, and a political legacy-and they preside over it all from their desert perch in Palm Springs. They also have a daughter, Brooke, who knows how to push their buttons. Home for Christmas, she reveals that she's written a tell-all memoir, which dredges up a pivotal family event that changed thei... 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

Girl Rising - Exclusive Film Screening

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Venue: Michael J Fox Theatre
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: Michael J Fox Theatre
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World Vision Canada is proud to invite you to an exclusive screening of Girl Rising, a film by Academy Award-nominated director, Richard E. Robbins, on September 19 at the Michael J Fox Theatre. The film tells the stories of nine extraordinary young girls from nine different countries, all born into unforgiving circumstances, while exploring the vital role education can play in changing their s... 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

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 Christine Breakell-Lee (Exhibition)

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: District Library Gallery
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September 18 - November 12, 2013 Opening Reception: Sat, September 21, 2:00-4:00pm District Library Gallery Lynn Valley Main Library 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm Christine Breakell-Lee Christine's paintings evoke a spectrum of emotion, often pulling from personal experience that she realizes through her process of abstraction, spontaneity a... 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

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School grew out of a unique opportunity to present the personal experiences of First Nations children who attended St. Michael's Indian Residential School at Alert Bay, British Columbia. During the late 1930s, one student at the school had a camera and photographed many of her friends and classmates there. She recently donated t... 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

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 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

Yaletown Farmers Market on Mainland Street

  • Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Location: 1100 Block Mainland from Helmcken to Davie
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The Yaletown BIA has partnered with the Vancouver Farmers Markets and VIVA Vancouver to present a weekly farmers market this summer on Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken. Attracting locals and visitors alike, the area will bustle with shoppers, food producers and growers. Market booths will feature fresh produce direct from the growers, artisan foods and baking, as well as a limited sel... Visit Website