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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

2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Friday, October 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver International Film Centre
  • Location: Vancouver International Film Centre
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Vancouver International Film Festival September 25 - October 10, 2014 As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe. The international line-up includes the pick of the world's top film fests and many undiscovered gems.  The last 32nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival presented 515 public s... Visit Website

A Planning Tour of Vancouver's West End

  • Sunday, September 07, 2014 - Sunday, September 07, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Location: Meet in Barclay Heritage Square
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Join Gordon Price, Director of the SFU City Program and long-time resident, for a planning tour of Vancouver's West End. The West End reveals about eight different architectural stages, from fine wooden mansions to functional wooden walk-ups, not to mention all those highrise towers, in which can be found the origins of Vancouverism. But how did it all come about – and why? Gordon Price... Visit Website

A Soldier’s Journey

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Location: 847 Hamilton Street
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A Soldier's Journey: From Home Front to Front Line Join tour guide, Isaac Vanderhorst, and follow in the footsteps of a World War 1 soldier from the time he leaves home to sign up, to the train station, where his journey to the Western Front begins. As you walk by the Beatty Street Drill hall, the parade grounds where he prepared for war and the war memorial where he and all soldiers who lost t... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents 4000 Miles

4000 MILES An Uplifting Story of Growing Up and Growing Old By Amy Herzog   "Altogether wonderful drama...illuminates how companionship can make life meaningful" -The New York Times Nicola Cavendish stars in this touching, vividly rendered story about a sprightly 91-year-old New Yorker and her 21-year-old grandson. Leo, who has just cycled across the country, shows up un... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Educating Rita

EDUCATING RITA A Big-Hearted Comedy about Life Lessons   By Willy Russell   "Like watching a flower blossom in time-lapse photography" -Variety Feisty working-class hairdresser Rita is plenty street-smart but not book smart. Not yet. Determined to improve herself, she enrolls in Dr. Frank Bryant's literature course-and enters his life like a breath of fresh air. W... 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

Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival

The third annual "Best Catch" Sustainable Seafood Festival will help you discover which seafood choices are best for the planet, and demonstrations by top local chefs will show you what is tastiest for the plate! Enjoy musical acts, kids' activities and learn from sustainable seafood exhibitors inside our historic cannery building.   Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 11:00AM - 4:00P... 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

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.

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

Chef Vikram Vij: Dragon in the Garden

An extraordinary evening in support of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Saturday, September 13, 2014 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm   A World-class Chef in a World-class Garden  Join us for DRAGON IN THE GARDEN as celebrity chef, Vikram Vij, serves specialty dishes inspired by the breathtaking Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The night promises excellent live entert... Visit Website

CHRIS THILE & EDGAR MEYER

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents a unique collaboration by masterful musicians Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, September 16, 2014 at 8:00PM at the Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Road.) "The most impressive musicians are often versatile, but few match the breadth of [this] brilliant mandolinist," notes The New York Times of Thile. While double bass player, Meyer, was hailed in... 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

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

Etsy: Made in Canada

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Robson Square
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On September 27th, from 10am-5pm, Etsy Vancouver in collaboration with the Emily Carr Etsy Team will be hosting the Vancouver edition of the Etsy 'Made in Canada marketplace' at the ice rink in Robson Square in downtown Vancouver! In this first ever nation-wide Etsy pop-up market, we will be showcasing Vancouver's most talented artisans, artists and makers. Come and support your local handmade ... Visit Website

Guided Visit in French with Lindsay Lachance

A guided visit of the exhibitions on display in French led by UBC Theatre Studies PhD student Lindsay Lachance. Guided visits are free and open to the public, providing opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art.   Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 3:00PM Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC Admission: FREE  ... Visit Website

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