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Events Vancouver

Wanderlust Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Wanderlust Festival. (Photo: Jon Chiang/Wanderlust Festival)

Wanderlust Festival. (Photo: Jon Chiang/Wanderlust Festival)

The West Coast is known as a mecca for Zen-seekers who also like to work up a sweat. Each summer, Wanderlust (Jul. 30 to Aug. 3) takes over Whistler for five jam-packed days of yoga and meditation classes, guided hikes and runs, inspiring lectures, live music and superb local food. To get into the spirit ahead of time, pick up a copy of Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self (Rodale Books; $28.99) at local bookstores. Written by Jeff Krasno, co-founder of Wanderlust, the book overflows with ideas, recipes, writing prompts and exercises, all aimed at guiding the reader toward mindful living, creativity and enlightenment. Feeling inspired yet?

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. (Photo:  Joe Perez)

Gorgeous views from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. (Photo: Joe Perez)

Said the Whale. Hawksley Workman. Blind Pilot. Adam Cohen. Phosphorescent. Taj Mahal. That’s just a small sample of the bands scheduled to perform at the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 17 to 19). Every year, this seaside fest takes over Jericho Beach Park for three days of fun in the sun, attracting 40,000 folks who want to shop at the artisan market, eat mouth-watering food from around the world and, most of all, hear great music.

Pemberton Music Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

From Jul. 16 to 19, the mountains of Pemberton are alive with the sound of music. Simply swap out Julie Andrews’ warbling notes with lively hip-hop from Kendrick Lamar and Missy Elliott, blues-infused rock from The Black Keys and cheeky alt-rock from Weezer. With the scenic Mt. Currie as backdrop, the four-day Pemberton Music Festival features five stages with over 80 acts that range from crooners to comedians. It’s an event worth adding to your list of favourite things.

O2X: Rise Higher

By SHERI RADFORD

Participants test their limits in the O2X race

Participants test their limits in the O2X race

In an adventure race on a mountain, it’s impossible to improve upon Mother Nature’s challenges. What O2X (Jul. 11) does is craft a course that starts at the base and goes all the way to the peak, using only natural obstacles: riverbeds, ravines, rockfaces and, of course, elevation gain. The race has already been a success in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York, and now it’s coming to Grouse Mountain, attracting everyone from occasional exercisers to hardcore CrossFitters—anyone who wants to push themselves out of their comfort zone. The race ends the way all good events should: on a mountaintop, with live music, local food and copious amounts of beer.

50 Things We Love About Kitsilano

By SHERI RADFORD

Kids can't resist the allure of Kids Beach. (Photo: KK Law)

Kids can’t resist the allure of Kids Beach. (Photo: KK Law)

1. The elegant, art deco–style Burrard Bridge, which marks the eastern boundary of the Kitsilano area. The region is also bounded by the ocean on the north, Alma Street on the west, and 16th Avenue on the south. (more…)

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Buddy Guy

Performer Buddy Guy

Summer comes a few days early this year, as the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival kicks off Jun. 18, enveloping the city with cool tunes and hot shows. The hottest tickets? Buddy Guy (pictured; Jun. 19), Erykah Badu (Jun. 23), Pink Martini (Jun. 27) and The Roots (Jun. 30). And because all good things must come to an end, the fest wraps up on Canada Day (Jul. 1).

6th Annual Vancouver Draw Down

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Budding artists at the Vancouver Draw Down

Budding artists at the Vancouver Draw Down

Delighted by design? Enchanted by illustration? Then make your mark at the 6th annual Vancouver Draw Down (Jun. 20), a day-long celebration of creativity. Sketch and scribble at over 30 free hands-on workshops found in art galleries, museums, community centres, parks and more. Plus, keeners prime their skills to Jun. 19 with the online daily drawing challenge. So go ahead: dare to doodle.

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

By SHERI RADFORD

An interactive installation at MOV's The Happy Show

An interactive installation at MOV’s The Happy Show

On the surface, Stefan Sagmeister seems like a genuinely happy person, with his quick smile, ready laugh and easy-going charm. In reality, the award-winning designer has struggled with depression, weight gain, alcohol and drugs. He says he developed Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show in order “to create something meaningful.” It uses bold design and entertaining information—plus gumball machines, a giant inflatable monkey and quotes tucked away in the downstairs bathrooms—to delve deeply into the universal human desire for happiness. Visitors’ reactions have been unequivocally positive. Sagmeister recounts one with particular delight: “I got a letter from a 13-year-old boy who kissed his first girl—a girl he’d had a crush on for two years—because the show somehow gave him the power to go up to her.” The show has also inspired “many many many marriage proposals.” Catch the wave of happiness to Sep. 7 at the Museum of Vancouver.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Every summer, colourful tents pop up for Bard on the Beach

Every summer, colourful tents pop up for Bard on the Beach

All the world’s a stage—but perhaps none is more picturesque than seaside Vanier Park, where open-air tents pop up every summer for Bard on the Beach (Jun. 4 to Sep. 26). The popular Shakespeare festival features four different shows: The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel. Lectures and family nights, plus a peekaboo panorama of ocean and mountains, make this fest a dream that doesn’t end midsummer.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Hits Vancouver

Don your best red-and-white gear and get ready to cheer for Team Canada as FIFA fever sweeps the country

By SHERI RADFORD

Canada vs. Japan, Oct. 2014 in BC Place Stadium. (Photo: Bob Frid/©CanadaSoccer)

Canada vs. Japan, Oct. 2014 in BC Place Stadium. (Photo: Bob Frid/©CanadaSoccer)

From Jun. 6 to Jul. 5, the world’s largest women’s sporting event takes over the country from coast to coast, as Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton together host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. A total of 24 teams are participating, but (we confess) we’ll be rooting hardest for Team Canada to emerge triumphant in the final match, taking place here in BC Place Stadium on Jul. 5. (more…)

Getting Cheeky: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

These two musical powerhouses collaborated on a jazzy album, Cheek to Cheek

These two musical powerhouses collaborated on a jazzy album, Cheek to Cheek

A musical match-up between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga may seem unlikely, but as the Grammy Award–winning Cheek to Cheek album proves, they’re making beautiful music together. Both famed in their own right, the iconic vocalists each add their own distinctive spin to the Great American Songbook. Hear songs like “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life” and—perhaps most appropriately—“Anything Goes” as the pair promotes their jazzy album at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, May 25 and 26.

Kids in the Hall

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Kids in the Hall. (Photo: David Hawe)

The Kids in the Hall. (Photo: David Hawe)

The Head Crusher. Cabbage Head. Chicken Lady. In the ’80s and ’90s, The Kids in the Hall earned a cult following for bizarre skits featuring TV’s quirkiest characters. Now, the Canadian comedy troupe is on tour, and they’re bringing old and new material along for the ride. Join the five original cast members—and a host of alter egos—for an evening of wacky and irreverent comedy at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 20.