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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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“Paintings & Porcelain” World Premier Exhibit by Water Poon (Ah Shui) & Ah Ngau

Exhibit runs May 1-30, 2014 Opening Reception: May 2, 2014 @ 2:00PM - 4:00PM Two prominent artists, Water Poon (Ah Shui) and Ah Ngau, come together to produce a gorgeous exhibit of paintings and porcelain sculptures. Hong Kong and Vancouver-based, Water Poon (Ah Shui) spotted Ah Ngau's studio while driving, stopped the car and fell in love with Ah Ngau's delicate porcelain figurines. The por... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Kim's Convenience

KIM'S CONVENIENCE By Ins Choi A Soulpepper Theatre Company Production (Toronto) The Depth of a Salesman Soulpepper Academy alum Ins Choi's hilarious and touching debut play set in a Regent Park convenience store was the smash hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. Mr. Kim, the store's Korean owner, grapples with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Monty Python's Spamalot

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book and lyrics by Eric Idle Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle A New Musical Lovingly Ripped Off from the Motion Picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail Whether or not you've seen the movie that inspired it, Spamalot will make you laughalot. Favourites old and new-the Knights Who Say "Ni!" and the Laker Girls among them-appear in this highly irreverent and ir... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Sunday, July 06, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
  • Location: Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
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TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and... Visit Website

Dream Invaders: John Sabourin Solo Exhibition

May 16 - June 6 Opening 10 am, Friday, May 16 Dream Invaders marks the third exhibition by Fort Smith artist JohnSabourin that the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver has had the pleasure to present. His work is always eagerly anticipated here at the gallery and by his legion of fans. John explores his Dehcho-Dene First Nation heritage and that tradition continues with this current body of work. The v... Visit Website

Forbidden Vancouver presents Prohibition City Walking Tour

  • Saturday, April 05, 2014 - Saturday, November 15, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Forbidden Vancouver
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Location: departs from Cathedral Square, Opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral
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Experience Vancouver's dirty history In 1917, Prohibition hit Vancouver harder than a slug of bathtub gin, knocking the city to its knees. Saloon doors swung closed for good, forcing law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity. These ain't the kinda stories you'll hear on tour buses, nor the kind you'll read in guide books. Throw yourself at the mercy... Visit Website

Gu Xiong: a journey exposed

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
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May 7 - August 23, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, May 9 @ 7PM - 9:00PM International Artists' Panel: Saturday, May 10 @ 2PM - 4PM The 2nd Summer exhibition of the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art opens. Entitled “Gu Xiong: a journey exposed”, the show, curated by Astrid Heyerdahl, will showcase the work of Gu Xiong, a transcultural artist with a strong sense of global interco... Visit Website

Microscapes - Agates Up Close at Britannia Mine Museum

Microscapes are back again with more stunning full-colour photos of agates. This exhibit in the Machine Shop will showcase how beautiful and artistic rocks can look up close. This year we look at the beauty of agates. Explore Britannia Museum's new exhibit Microscapes - Agates Up Close, with beautiful and artistic views of rocks and minerals.   On display in our Machine Shop from May 9 to ... Visit Website

Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Rewilding Vancouver Remember. Reconnect. Rewild. February 27, 2014 - September 1, 2014 The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, vide... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents Espresso

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 - Saturday, June 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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ESPRESSO by Lucia Frangione May 16-June 14 Three fiery women - Vito's estranged daughter, his pit-bull of a second wife, and the family's wrinkled matriarch - find humour and grace in the aftermath of a violent car crash that threatens to take from them the one man they all love. "The espresso - she's life. Quick, black, bitter in the mouth. Don't expect sweet."

Rosemary Burden 'Butterfly Factory' Gallery

  • Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - Monday, July 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: North Vancouver City Hall - Atrium Gallery
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Rosemary Burden has deconstructed pages of Shakespearean writings to create a 30-foot wide ‘Butterfly Factory’ . This installation addresses the idea of repetition, art versus craft, and the oft-discussed possibility of the disappearance of the printed paper book in light of the emerging use of electronic books. It also speaks to the plight of the monarch butterflies whose habitat ... Visit Website

Science World presents "Journey to the South Pacific - OMNIMAX® Film"

Journey to the South Pacific Take an adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua and join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes you on encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth, highlighting the importance of liv... Visit Website

Scorned: Emily Carr

Scorned: Emily Carr March 1 to May 26, 2014 Scorned: Emily Carr engages in dialogue with the concurrent exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, presenting works that demonstrate Carr's interest in the denatured landscape-an occasional, but notable, subject of her work. The exhibition includes drawings and paintings from the Gallery's permanent collection, as well as a small selection o... Visit Website

Spur 2014: Signal vs. Noise

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
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Welcome to Spur, Canada’s national festival of politics, art and ideas. Join today’s most provocative thinkers and scholars, artists and activists, journalists and entrepreneurs – from across the country and beyond – to share ideas worth spurring into action. Spur 2014: Signal vs. Noise We live in a world in which information is everywhere but facts are unclear, in ... Visit Website

Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green

Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green April 30 to September 14, 2014 Morgan Green introduces breathtaking examples of hollow-form jewelry in her solo exhibition Ts'msyen Transforming. The exhibition reveals sophisticated works of art and personal adornment, in which Green honours the values, classical art and design of the Ts'mysen people, while using classic European gold smithing, bronze casti... Visit Website

Unmoored: Vancouver's Voyage of the Komagata Maru

In 1914 Vancouver was a burgeoning, multicultural port city and a hub for migrants searching for new opportunities. On the cusp of the Great War, Vancouver waged its own internal battle to determine what type of city it wanted to be. A flashpoint was the arrival of the Komagata Maru - a steamship carrying 376 British Indian passengers who were denied entry into Canada. This modest-sized exhibitio... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Offsite: Babak Golkar

April 25 to September 28, 2014 Vancouver-Based artist Babak Golkar will present several large terracotta pots at Offsite. Each vessel is uniquely designed to contain a scream, providing a unique location for viewers to release excess feelings encountered in the everyday. Both clever and playful, Golkar's installation takes a critical look at the effects of increased expectations and anxiety in ... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Gorilla Theatre

It's the law of the jungle at The Improv Centre! Beginning April 17th, Vancouver TheatreSportsTM League presents the internationally renowned Gorilla TheatreTM created by Keith Johnstone. Our performers will beat their chests as they battle it out directing each other in scenes, songs and stories. You, the audience, will decide if their scenes deserve your approval and of course, a banana. The di... 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

Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art

  Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art Audain Gallery, MOA This exhibition features over 80 Afro-Cuban artworks collected by Chris and Marina von Christierson. Curated by Cuban poet, art critic and curator Orlando Hernández, the exhibition was first shown at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. It explores the ties that link the histories and cultures of Cuba and Africa, and incl... Visit Website

YALETOWN FARMERS MARKET

  • Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Thursday, October 02, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Yaletown Neighbourhood
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YALETOWN FARMERS MARKET Back by popular demand! Discover a traditional outdoor farmers market with fresh produce direct from the growers, artisan foods and baking, as well as non-food merchandise. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value... Visit Website