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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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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 Cymbeline

July 4 to September 17 Directed by Anita Rochon All is not as it appears after Imogen defies her father, King Cymbeline, to secretly marry Posthumus. The enthralling story that follows is driven by love, jealousy, betrayal and redemption and features a host of memorable characters, including one of Shakespeare's most finely-etched female leads. This season's fast-paced physical adaptation fe... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Equivocation by Bill Cain

July 2 to September 19 Directed by Michael Shamata Palace intrigue and backstage humour share the spotlight in this entertaining ode to art, politics and the dangers of negotiating both! King James' Prime Minister has charged Shag (William Shakespeare) with writing the "true history" of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The playwright struggles to figure out where fiction stops and ... 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

Canadian Masters

This exhibition showcases the variety of disciplines and subject matter being executed and exhibited across Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. From genre scenes, to first nation's communities to local and international climates, the viewer will be treated to the Canadian story that goes beyond the mountainous landscape. Included will be works by F.M. Bell-Smith, John Hammond, Frank Hans Johns... Visit Website

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program presents Love’s Labour’s Lost

  • Friday, July 25, 2014 - Saturday, August 09, 2014
  • Venue: Performance Works
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Performance Works
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Love's Labour's Lost By William Shakespeare CTYP's teen actors explore the wit and romance of Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labour's Lost. The King of Navarre and his three lords swear an oath to scholarship, vowing to adhere to a strict regimen of reading, writing, fasting, and the avoidance of women for three years. But the arrival of the Princess of France and her party has the men scrambling ... Visit Website

CBC Musical Nooners Free Concerts

  • Friday, July 04, 2014 - Friday, August 22, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Location: CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre
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The sounds of summer are here: the CBC Musical Nooners return for their fifth year! These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson). Grab your lunch, your friends, and your co-workers and join us Monday to Friday from 12:00PM - 1:00PM. This year we will host even more incredible local and international art... 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

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars

Thursday August 7th 2014 Doors open: 7:00pm Program time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm with 15 minute intermission The band has been swinging around Vancouver since the 70's sharing their Django inspired gypsy-jazz.  Deanna Knight is their longest running chanteuse joining the band in 2002. She will charm you with her sultry vocals, passionate tangos and loads of HOT swing on a hot August night. &nbs... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Cripple of Inishmaan

The CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Previews July 7, Opening July 11, 2014 A dark comedy set in a small island community off the coast of Ireland in 1934. Young "Cripple Billy" Claven is desperate to escape the poverty and boredom of Inishmaan and when a Hollywood film crew arrives on a neighbouring island to film the documentary "Man of Aran", he may have his chance. By Martin McDon... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi Previews July 8, Opening July 12, 2014 Against the wishes of her two brothers, the widowed young Duchess secretly marries her steward, Antonio. When the brothers' spy, Bosola, discovers her secret, they enact a terrible and macabre revenge. Webster's Jacobean masterpiece of jealousy, madness and murder. Jericho Arts Centre 1675 Discovery St Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5 Tick... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Normal Heart

The NORMAL HEART Previews July 14, Opening July 18, 2014 A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Fighting an apathetic government and a conflicted community, author and gay activist Ned Weeks struggles to spread awareness of an unknown and terrifying disease killing hundreds of gay men, in this large... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory

Ensemble Theatre Company brings you three more compelling plays that hold a mirror up to the dark heart and shining soul of the human condition. The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh and The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. The CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Previews July 7, Opening July 11, 2014 A dark comedy set in a small island community off the coast of Irel... 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

Ilze Bebris Archipelago’

  • Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - Monday, September 08, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: City Atrium Gallery
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North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Ilze Bebris ‘Archipelago’ City Atrium Gallery July 8 - September 8, 2014 Artist Talk: Tuesday, July 15, 12:15PM - 12:45PM North Vancouver City Hall - Atrium, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver Please join Ilze Bebris as she discusses the inspiration and process behind her work. July 8, 2014 - September 8, 2014 8:30AM ... Visit Website

Kelly Richardson - Legion

NEW EXHIBITION Kelly Richardson - Legion Opening Thursday July 10, 7-10pm The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Vancouver of Canadian artist Kelly Richardson. This survey includes a selection of recent major projects and photographic works reflecting what Richardson is best known for; her immersive projection works which create environments prompting questions of o... Visit Website

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Theatre Under the Stars presents the summertime sensation Legally Blonde: The Musical - back by popular demand - from July 12 – August 23 at 8pm at Stanley Park’s scenic Malkin Bowl. When pretty-in-pink princess Elle Woods is dumped by her boyfriend Warner, she follows him to Harvard Law School to win back his heart. Full of irresistible song and breathtaking dance, this blonde-tastic... 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

Pride in Art

The Pride in Art Community Show is a Queer Arts Festival tradition. This longstanding event showcases the talents of emerging and established visual and media artists from within the queer community: leading, fresh, innovative, political, charged, edgy, sexy, and strong. We invite you to share your queer perspectives.   Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 10:00AM - Tuesday, August 9, 2014 5:00PM ... Visit Website

QAF Planning Meeting

"Meet the people who make QAF happen, learn about the submissions process, and help brainstorm the theme for 2015. Pride in Art welcomes artists and art-lovers of all ages, orientations, backgrounds and abilities to participate in QAF's ongoing planning and preparation. QAF is brought to you by the Pride in Art Society (PiA), a registered charity. QAF is an artist-run multidisciplinary festi... Visit Website

Queer Arts Festival 2014

The Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is an annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities. QAF features a curated visual arts show, a community art show, and 3 dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, including ... Visit Website

Queer Arts Festival presents Queering the International

Jul 23 - Aug 9, 2014   QAF’s signature visual arts exhibition is curated this year by esteemed interdisciplinary artist Laiwan. Queering the International features a lineup of established and emerging artists from around the globe who are immigrant, indigenous, undocumented, displaced, and creatively working towards reconciling liberation through ideas of indigeneity, diaspora a... Visit Website

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