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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 Vancouver Fringe Festival

September 4 - September 14, 2014   The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Over 11 days in September, almost 90 different theatre artists and companies come together to share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyon... Visit Website

AKOS: Corey Bulpitt

AKOS presents the monumental works of spray can art by Haida artist, Corey Bulpitt. This solo exhibition is a remarkable, natural fusion between Hip Hop and Haida cultures. AKOS is Corey Bulpitt's graffiti tag. Taakeet Gaaya, his Haida name, translates to "Gifted Carver". Both names reveal two art forms that have successfully come together through this exhibition. For over 20 years, Bul... 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 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

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 the facts may lead - without losing his head in t... 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

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

Disaronno Contemporary Terrace

This summer, Disaronno will be taking over the hottest patios & terraces across the city as part of the Disaronno Contemporary Terrace program. Each event will feature the refreshing Disaronno Sour and live music/DJ's, showcasing the brand's personality and promoting the Disaronno Sour as the perfect summer cocktail. V Thursday, September 4, 2014 @ 5:00PM - 8:00PM The Lamplighter 92 Water...

Dressed in Drama

"Dressed in Drama", an exhibit of Peking Opera theatrical costumes, shoes, head-pieces and jewelry, last seen 10 years ago in Toronto, is Vancouver's chance to appreciate gorgeous pieces of art sewn with great consideration to design and colour. Collection of William Lau, acclaimed Chinese-Canadian artist specializing in the art of Peking Opera. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Sunday, No... 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

Meat Loaf Jesus

Meat Loaf Jesus "On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with red roses?" "Yes." "I bet you say that to all the boys." An suburban, adolescent tale of friendship, family, experimenting, and looking for love against the backdrop of 80's Edmonton and one of the most iconic albums ever produced: Bat Out Of Hell. Mark and his Mom have relocated to ... Visit Website

Off the Eaten Track presents Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour

  • Thursday, July 03, 2014 - Friday, November 07, 2014 (Every Thursday, Friday)
  • Venue: Off The Eaten Track
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meet in Waterfront Station
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Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour Main Street may be one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city but it is home to some of the youngest and hippest locals. Packed full of designer boutiques, funky thrift shops, and quirky restaurants, Vancouverites know that Main is the street to find the city's best culinary hidden gems. Let us show you five of the very best spots we guarantee you wouldn't ... Visit Website

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions June 28 to October 19, 2014 This exhibition comprises recent acquisitions to the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection. Featured works present the figure as an actor staged within a landscape steeped in cultural significance. Ranging from historic to contemporary, On Stage includes work by Kati Cambell, Angela Grossman, Ken Lum, Michael Morris, Lawrence Pau... Visit Website

Streets

  • Thursday, September 04, 2014 - Friday, September 26, 2014 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: Wednesday - Saturday 12:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Hot Art, Wet City
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Bringing street art inside! A group art show featuring local wheatepaste and stencil artists iHeart, Joy, Slingshot, Wrk(less), and MW Bowen. September 4 - 26, 2014 Wednesday - Saturday 12:00PM - 5:00PM Preview: Thursday, September 4, 2014 5:30PM - 8:00PM Opening Reception Friday, September 5, 2014 7:00PM - 11:00PM Hot Art, Wet City 2206 Main Street Free Admission Visit the website here fo... 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

Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller June 21 to September 21, 2014 Lost in the Memory Palace, a selected survey, takes as its focus Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's work from the mid-1990s to today. Presenting key early installations such as The Dark Pool (1995) and The Muriel Lake Incident (1999) and recent works including The Killing Machine (2007) and Exp... 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

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection June 28 to October 19, 2014 The Vancouver art gallery has the most important collection of Canadian art in British Columbia. Featuring works from the Gallery's permanent collection, Painted Past traces the history of painting in both Canada and the province. The exhibition includes works by such artists as BC Binning, Emily Carr, ... Visit Website

Vancouver Foodie Tours presents World’s Best Food Truck Tour

  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: 10:45 am
  • Location: Burrard St. @ Smithe St, beside Japadog Food Cart
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5 courses, 7 tastings, 9 stories, 2 hours of tantalizing fun. Gourmet hot dogs that'll have you panting and drooling for more. Canada Top Chef's favorite Vancouver food cart, achingly fresh seafood plucked from our waters, and chocolate chili cookies are just some of the things that will go down on this tour. Get ready to experience Vancouver street food like never before. All tastings included.... 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

Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits

  • Monday, September 01, 2014 - Friday, November 28, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Venue: Roedde House Museum
  • Time: Various Times
  • Location: Roedde House Museum
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In its 128-year history, the city of Vancouver has seen immense change and amidst its iconic city of glass buildings, it's hard to see visible traces of an older history. Opening on Saturday August 30th at the Roedde House Museum, a new exhibit called "Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits" will tell the story of three families from distinct cultures who were foundational pioneers in Vi... 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