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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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2014 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

With 1800 artists, 300 concerts and 35 venues, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is Vancouver's signature festival and British Columbia's biggest music and arts presentation. Over twelve days—June 20 - July 1, 2014—the world's best jazz, funk, Latin, fusion, and world music artists perform at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city. There are many fre... 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

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Red Rock Diner

RED ROCK DINER By Dean Regan Vancouver's Rock ‘n' Roll Musical ARTS CLUB CLASSIC Vancouver, 1957. Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the the biggest hits of the time- from the raucous "Great Balls of Fire" and "Jailhouse Rock" to ballads like "Diana" and "Crying." This infectious musical captures the excitement and innocence of the c... Visit Website

ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Rainbow Rock Feltmaking with Kiki van der Heiden

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Time: 11:00AM & 1:00PM (2 sessions)
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Learn how to create a felt rock filled with rainbow colours. Join visual artist Kiki van der Heiden to enjoy a story and an exploration of wool, then dive into the fun and magic of feltmaking and create a little treasure to keep or share with a friend. Materials are supplied. Sessions start at 11:00AM and 1:00PM. Free, no pre-registration necessary. Ideal for kids 4 and up, but all are welcome. ... Visit Website

Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Sunday, November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Time: Monday to Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Thursday: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum
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From swimming costumes to bikinis, bathing suits styles have fluctuated from the modest to the more revealing, all in a desire to make us fashionable by the water’s edge. As a city surrounded by water, going to the beach and owning a swimsuit is an essential part of both our wardrobe and our Vancouver identity. Drawing primarily on the collections of fashion historian Ivan Sayers, the Mari... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2014

Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. For a full informaion about te show and more i... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's beloved comedy returns to Bard! Oberon, King of the Fairies, is upset with Queen Titania. He commands his servant Puck to produce a magical nectar that will cause love at first sight. The mischievous sprite arranges for Queen Titania to fall for Bottom, a simple weaver (now transformed into an ass) while hilariously misdirecting the affections of four runaway lovers. This producti... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest

Prospero, a magician and exiled Duke, is stranded on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the slave Caliban. He conjures up a storm that shipwrecks his enemies on the island's shores. As Prospero and Ariel weave a magical web, murder plots are hatched, unlikely alliances form and romance blooms between Miranda and the son of Prospero's deepest enemy. Meg Roe, who... Visit Website

Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Sunday, June 29, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The... 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

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014 - Sunday, January 04, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology, O'Brian Gallery
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Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth looks at the diverse ways urban Aboriginal youth are asserting their identity and affirming their relationship to both urban spaces and ancestral territories. Unfiltered and unapologetic, over 20 young artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world define what it really means to be an urban Aboriginal youth today. In doing so they challen... Visit Website

East Side Pride

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Time: 11:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Grandview Park, Commercial Drive
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East Side Pride Come enjoy a day in Grandview Park to pay tribute to the historic Stonewall Riots (which took place on Saturday June 28th 1969) and browse through local artisan stalls, or visit a local community groups or non-profit exhibitors or participate in an activity. Bring a blanket and pull up a seat on the grass to listen to music from local grassroots artists and community groups. ... Visit Website

Edgewater Casino-2014 FIFA World Cup Festival

Edgewater Casino and Latincouver is proud to present the FIFA 2014 World Cup Festival Watch Brazil World Cup 2014 FOOTBALL FIESTA on 3 HUGE 18ft high def screens, spectacular sound system & luxury seating. Come cheer for your favorite Team! ★ Argentina ★ Chile ★ Colombia ★ Ecuador ★ Uruguay ★ Honduras ★ Costa Rica ★ Mexico ★ Brazil ★ All countries welcome, dress in country colours &a... Visit Website

Edgewater Casino-Canada Day Concert Series

This Canada Day marks Edgewater Casino’s inaugural Canada Day Concert Series at the Plaza of Nations. This four-day celebration hosted by Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations will be packed with live music, food and beverage vendors, and a beer garden. This free-admission celebration will feature the musical stylings of the James Rogers Band, Blues in the City, Ten Souljers, Playlist an... Visit Website

ExtraOrdinary

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Cityscape Community Art Space
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ExtraOrdinaryimage by Nicola Tibbetts June 27 - July 26, 2014 Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26, 7:00-9:00pm Artist Demo: Mould Making, Saturday, July 5, 3:00-5:00pm This exhibition of painting, sculpture and ceramic work focuses on bringing common everyday objects into an unfamiliar and mysterious realm. Ying-Yueh Chuang, Ben Lee and Nicola Tibbetts are all Capilano University art in... 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

Grandview from Commercial Dr. to Clark Dr.

This fascinating sub-area has been little explored, straddling industrial, commercial and residential precincts and displaying the transitions that continue to transform its built heritage. You will see how artists have played an important part in making the area more livable, how demographic pressures have transformed the residential landscape, and how some individuals chose this area to make th... 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

Jazz Vespers presents "Gospel Comes Home" concert series

As part of Vancouver's Jazz Festival, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church in downtown Vancouver presents its afternoon jazz concert series, "Gospel Comes Home." All concerts in this series are free. Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church  Where jazz meets the spirit. Friday, June 20, 2014 - Monday, June 30, 2014 St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson Street.... Visit Website

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
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Vancouver Farmers Markets are always in season! Join us at the markets this summer to find delicious locally made food. Enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. 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 of weekly Farme... Visit Website

Kitsilano Showboat

  • Monday, June 23, 2014 - Saturday, August 16, 2014 (Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: Kitsilano Showboat
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Kitsilano Showboat's 79th season of music and dance begins on June 23th and continues every Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat until August 16. Join in on the historic stage next to Kits Pool at 7pm. Something different every evening, but always the most beautiful view in the world. Entertaining Vancouver since 1935. Weather permitting.  June 23 - August 16, 2014 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and S... Visit Website

LOCARNO

The dangerously fun and vibrant Locarno group fuses traditional Mexican music such as Son Jarocho and Huapango, with other Latin and Worldbeat elements such as Cumbia, Cuban Son and African Sukus. Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00PM Vancouver FanClub, 1050 Granville Street Price: $12.02 Visit the website here for more information or ticket purchases. 

Miniature Train at Stanley Park

  • Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • Venue: Stanley Park Miniature Train
  • Time: 10:30AM - 4:00PM (weather permitting)
  • Location: Stanley Park Miniature Train
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The Miniature Train winds along 2 km of track through Stanley Park, and is one of the more relaxing ways to enjoy the park. Travel over trestles and through tunnels on your journey through the forest. The Miniature Train has become one of Vancouver's most popular attractions and carries over 200,000 passengers per year. Ride on the miniature train and enjoy a different theme each sea... Visit Website

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre presents Ghostown

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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An installation by Steven Nunoda June 14 – August 31, 2014 Ghostown recalls and memorializes a pivotal event in Steven Nunoda’s family history, the internment of 22,000 persons of Japanese descent during the Second World War. Combining 200 miniature tarpaper models with audio and video, the exhibit provides a focus for community remembrance. The work comments on immigrant experiences,... Visit Website

No Set List presents 'Gods Plans' by Wade Kinley

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Saturday, June 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:00PM
  • Location: Studio East
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'Gods Plans’ by Wade Kinley is an existentialist cowboy romp about two men who find themselves trapped in the desert overnight. Plagued by danger the duo are forced to face a wicked truth they did not see coming. Staring Jason Diablo, Giacomo Baessato and Caitlin McCarthy. Designed by Flo Barrett, Costumes by Christina Dao. Stage Managed by Sarah Melo. Directed by Wade Kinley. Thursday, J... Visit Website

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