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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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“Roller Derby Saved My Soul” at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Comedy, Physical Theatre, Solo Show, Superhero on Roller Skates A shy comic book geek discovers roller derby and finally becomes the superhero she's always wanted to be. "(Kenny) celebrates the hero in all of us, and makes us want to go out, lace up a pair of skates, and like this play, kick some ass."  Friday, September 5, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014 False Creek Gym 13... Visit Website

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

Beverley Elliott's ...didn't see that coming

HappyGoodThings presents the world premiere of ...didn't see that coming, Beverley Elliott's funny and moving collection of autobiographical stories which take the audience on a comedic romp from small town Ontario to Vancouver's gay bars and red carpets. This touchingly personal and satisfyingly irreverent exploration of humanity is directed by her friend and colleague of 30 years, Jessie Award ... Visit Website

Cannibal: The Musical

A musical comedy sure to tempt your taste buds from the twisted mind of Trey Parker of South Park and Book of Mormon fame! A singin', dancin', flesh eatin' toe tapper! It's the story of the sole survivor of an ill-fated trip through the Rockies, who was searching for gold and love. He and his companions lost their way and resorted to unthinkable horrors....with music! It includes a human campfir... 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

CODA (Children of Deaf Adults)

One man leads you through the journey of being the ears for his family. As son and interpreter for his Deaf parents, Tim struggles to find where he belongs between the Deaf and hearing worlds. In this touching and comedic piece of growing up with Deaf Parents, CODA, Children of Deaf Adults, brings to light the gifts and pitfalls of having Deaf parents.   Saturday, September 6, 2014 -&nbs... Visit Website

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

Hastings Racecourse

Few sports offer as much excitement or international appeal as thoroughbred racing. That's one reason Hastings Racecourse has been capturing the imagination of Vancouverites and visitors alike since 1889. Featuring live thoroughbred racing and simulcast racing from many of the world's most prestigious tracks, Hastings is a legendary location with spectacular mountain and waterfront racing views. ... 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

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

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

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

Richmond Summer Night Market

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00PM - 12:00AM (midnight)
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May 16 - October 13, 2014 The Richmond Summer Night Market gets quite busy on the weekend, with the lineup for hurricane potatoes stretching across the park. It's a good idea to get there early or late if you want to avoid the crowds. This night market also offers rides, live entertainment, and tons of booths to shop from. Hours or Operation Friday - Saturday @ 7:00PM - 12:00AM(midnight) Su... Visit Website

Sins of the City walking tour

Experience the world of a cop in the 1920s when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs, booze and organized crime. Your 90-minute walking tour takes you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This is a must-see tour for anyone looking for the edgier side of this great city! Sins of the City tours leave pro... 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

The Chariot Cities at the Vancouver Fringe

  • Friday, September 05, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Time: Various Times
  • Location: Revue Theatre
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The Chariot Collective presents The Chariot Cities, a new play by Harrison Mooney with original music by Bryan Binnema. Part folk concert, part family drama, it is a story of getting clean, coming out and going home.   Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 14, 2014 Revue Theatre 1585 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC Admission: $14.00 plus a one-time $5.00 Fringe Membership  ... Visit Website

The International Summer Night Market

  • Friday, May 09, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
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May 9 - September 14, 2014 The International Summer Night Market (iSNM) is an annual tradition that has built its reputation as a truly diverse event over the past five years and is now recognized as a world class landmark attraction in Richmond, BC, Canada. The Night Market presents multiple types of attractions suitable for all ages! Excite your taste buds with exotic mouth-watering delig... Visit Website

Trout Lake Farmers Market

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park
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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 Farm... Visit Website

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