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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 Greater Vancouver Chinese-Canadian Artists Invitational Exhibition

  • Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Thursday, August 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM, closed on Mondays
  • Location: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum
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The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver is now entering its 41st year. In an attempt to bring together the artworks of Greater Vancouver’s renowned Chinese-Canadian artists, we will be hosting its first annual Greater Vancouver Chinese-Canadian Artists Invitational Exhibition. The purpose of this exhibition is to provide the public an opportunity to enjoy the artworks and to promot... 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

Ballroom Dance: “Robson Square Summer Dance Series”

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 - Friday, August 29, 2014 (Every Friday)
  • Time: 7:30PM – 11:30PM
  • Location: Robson Square
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Since 1991, DanceSport BC has put on a social ballroom dance event every Friday during the summer months. With more than 500 attendees a night, people of all ages gather for a fun-fill night of dancing. Whether you are a dance professional or have two left feet; on your 100th date or your first; with a group of old friends or getting to know a new city, these dances are for you. Every Friday, J... 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

BLUE MONDAYS

The legendary Blue Mondays live blues show has moved from the Jazz Cellar to the gorgeous and centrally located Vancouver FanClub from 7-9pm on Mondays. Enjoy a delicious meal while listening to some of Vancouver's Blues greats including: soul singer Nadine States, multi-Grammy-award-winning guitarist Ken R. Emmerson, harmonica player Harpdog Brown and of course, Rob Montgomery and Friends.

Book Signing: MY HOMETOWN, MY FURUSATO by Chuck Tasaka

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • Time: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Chuck Tasaka, author of the popular Hanatarebozu: Runny Nosed Brats of Greenwood, launches his newest book exploring a family history of Greenwood-Midway. Tasaka narrates the trials and tribulations of families who settled in Greenwood – Midway, originally as pioneers in the late 1800’s and then some forcibly during internment in the wake of WWII. The author presents everyday people a... 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

Cates Park FREE Summer Concerts

  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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Cates Park Summer Concerts When: Saturdays 4-7pm from July 12 to August 23, 2014 Where: Cates Park, North Vancouver The Cates Park Concerts are free outdoor concerts, held each summer in picturesque Cates Park, North Vancouver. This concert series showcases local bands, featuring talented young artists performing on the outdoor stage from 4-7pm on Saturdays in July and August. Each concert fe... 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

Cork & Distillery Dinner

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the last Wednesday)
  • Venue: The Refinery
  • Time: 7:00PM
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Come join in, to taste The Refinery's way through a history of tapas. The evening will begin with an assortment of classic tapas with wines from their respective regions, and exploring how they have changed over the years. This experience will conclude with contemporary Spanish tapas as seen on menus around the world. Cork & Distillery Dates & Themes > May 28, 2014 ... Visit Website

Exhibit Opening: Victorian Vancouver Family Portraits

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

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

Fort Farm Fest

Fort Farm Fest August 31 – September 1, 10 am – 5 pm Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch our cooper make a barrel, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes. Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demos. August 31... Visit Website

Free Waterfront Zumba® at Canada Place

Get fit and have fun at this outdoor, Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow dance party every Monday this summer at the North Point. No dance experience or partner is needed for this fun fitness class that is guaranteed to have you smiling. For full event details, visit http://www.canadaplace.ca/Events/Summer_Series Mondays, July 7, 2014 - August 25, 2014 (*No class on August 4. Classes will be cancel... Visit Website

Gateway Theatre presents The Fire of Desire

The Fire of Desire 赤室解禁 Based on the classic 1900 play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler (better known by its French title La Ronde), The Fire Of Desire updates the setting to present day Hong Kong, where five men and five women (all played by the same two actors) explore their frustrations and perspectives on love, marriage, and sex in ten different scenes, each scene taking place in a room with a... Visit Website

Gateway Theatre presents The Isle

The Isle 小島芸香 The Isle, written by leading Hong Kong playwright Paul Poon, depicts one couple's encounter on a remote island where their past and present overlap. As they ask the question "do we stay or leave?" a battle of wills unfolds that leads to a surprising and dramatic finale. Witty and touched with pathos, Poon's play is a compassionate yet skeptical take on enduring love. ... 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

Guided Visit in Mandarin with Olivia Qiu

A guided visit of the exhibitions on display in Mandarin led by artist Olivia Qiu. Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art.   Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 3:00PM Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC Admission: FREE   For more information, please vi... Visit Website

Guided Visit with Jaclyn Bruneau

CAG Visitor Assistant Jaclyn Bruneau leads a tour of current exhibitions. Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art. Saturday, August 23, 2014 3:00PM - 4:00PM Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street. Free Admission For more information, visit the website here.

Guided Visit with Shaun Dacey

CAG Curator of Learning and Public Programs Shaun Dacey leads a tour of current exhibitions. Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art.   Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 4:00PM Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC Admission: FREE   For more i... Visit Website

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