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Events Vancouver

Theatre Under the Stars Returns to Stanley Park

By SHERI RADFORD

Catch a show in the heart of Stanley Park. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Catch a show in the heart of Stanley Park. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Jul. 7 to Aug. 19, 2017 Grab your favourite umbrella and head to Stanley Park for a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” outdoor experience, as the world’s favourite nanny graces the stage of Malkin Bowl all summer long. Theatre Under the Stars presents the musical Mary Poppins, based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, on alternating nights with the Jazz Age musical parody The Drowsy Chaperone. The pairing is “practically perfect in every way.”

Pictures From Here: Photo Exhibit Captures the Spirit of the City

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour" by Rodney Graham. (Photo: Rodney Graham/303 Gallery, New York)

“Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour” by Rodney Graham. (Photo: Rodney Graham/303 Gallery, New York)

To Sep. 4, 2017 See the city through the lens of famed local photographers in Pictures From Here at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibit highlights the emergence of photo-conceptualism, a movement that brought the city international attention as a centre for contemporary art. Skilful snaps by luminaries such as Fred Herzog, Roy Arden, Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham (“Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour,” pictured) act as a counterbalance to the lyrical landscapes that had dominated the Canadian art-making tradition. Now that’s a fresh perspective.

Brewery & The Beast: Ultimate Meat Fest

By SHERI RADFORD

Savour flame-grilled meats and local brews at Brewery & The Beast.

Savour flame-grilled meats and local brews at Brewery & The Beast.

Jul. 23, 2017 Calling all carnivores: only one event each summer combines perfectly prepared proteins with liberal lashings of local libations. When Brewery & The Beast returns to Vancouver this month, it brings with it more than 50 acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including Kissa Tanto, Hawksworth, Forage, Café Medina and Torafuku. Each one cooks, cures, roasts or barbecues various cuts of meat to mouth-watering perfection. And if you want to feel virtuous about such a day of debauchery, rest assured that partial proceeds go to charity.

Vancouverites Get Muddy at Rugged Maniac

By SHERI RADFORD

The muddier, the merrier, at Rugged Maniac

The muddier, the merrier, at Rugged Maniac.

Jul. 15, 2017 Do you have what it takes to be a Maniac? Find out when Rugged Maniac returns to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. This 5K obstacle race is filled with waterslides, fire jumps, trampolines, tunnels and mud—lots of mud. The day involves more than just a wacky race: participants and spectators alike can listen to live music, ride a mechanical bull, try outstanding food and beer, and take part in pie-eating and strength contests. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a couch potato, you’re sure to find something to test your mettle.

Gathering of Canoes Lands at Vanier Park

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Welcome the incoming canoes at Vanier Park. (Photo: Takaya Tours)

Welcome the incoming canoes at Vanier Park. (Photo: Takaya Tours)

Jul. 14, 2017 History buffs, take note: Gathering of Canoes digs paddles deep into Vancouver’s past. For millennia, the coastal waterways were highways for local First Nations peoples, and this Friday, it’s possible to witness a traditional canoe landing at Vanier Park. Watch as up to 30 canoes request permission to come ashore on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories, just one stop on a 10-day journey that travels time-honoured routes along the Sunshine Coast. Afterwards, celebrations make a splash with musical performances, family-friendly activities and an afternoon feast.

Vancouver Folk Fest’s Fortieth Birthday

By CHLOË LAI

World music and a stunning seaside backdrop make for a memorable festival. (Photo: Erik Price)

World music and a stunning seaside backdrop make for a memorable festival. (Photo: Erik Price)

Jul. 13 to 16, 2017 This weekend, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival celebrates its 40th birthday at Jericho Beach Park with 40,000 fans, as well as a spectacular line-up of roots and folk musicians from Canada and around the world. Soak up the sweet sounds of the Barenaked Ladies, Kathleen Edwards, Blind Pilot, Mbongwana Star and others. With multiple seaside stages featuring orchestral indie-pop, didgeridoo, Inuit indie and impromptu sing-alongs, there’s plenty to dance about. Shop the artisan market, sample global cuisine, then hula-hoop over to the Little Folks Village for kid-focused crafts and performances. After all, birthday parties are a family affair.

City of Angels: Vancouver Premiere of the Award-Winning Broadway Show

By CHLOË LAI

Head over to Performance Works on Granville Island for the Vancouver premiere of City of Angels

Head over to Granville Island to catch the Vancouver premiere of City of Angels

Jul. 8 to 17, 2017 Murder. Betrayal. Deception. Laughs? Award-winning Broadway musical comedy City of Angels simultaneously embraces and satirizes the film noir genre of 1940s Hollywood. Storylines collide as crime novelist-turned-screenwriter Stine struggles to recreate his gritty characters for a major movie studio, all while falling prey to the temptations of fame. Staging this Vancouver premiere are veteran performers—not to mention Jessie and Leo Award-winners—with credits spanning Broadway classics, hit TV shows and feature films. Mark your calendar, kid. This is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Phantom of the Opera Comes to Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Experience the everlasting magic of Phantom of the Opera. (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Experience the everlasting magic of Phantom of the Opera. (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

JUL 12-23, 2017 It’s the longest-running show in Broadway history, with 12,166 performances and counting. It has worldwide gross receipts of more than $5.6 billion. And it’s returning to Vancouver. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera fills the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with “The Music of the Night.”

Carnaval Del Sol Shines in Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Samba Fusion dancers dominate the stage with magnificent headdresses

Samba Fusion dancers dominate the stage with magnificent headdresses

Jul. 8 to 9, 2017 Dust off your dancing shoes and brace yourself for a full-blown fiesta. From Jul. 8 to 9, Carnaval Del Sol—the largest Latin carnival in the Pacific Northwest—floods False Creek with dazzling performances, unforgettable food, awesome art and even a Street World Cup Soccer Tournament. Get swept up in Samba Fusion’s (pictured) Brazilian Samba–inspired moves, Wil Campa’s 13-piece Afro-Cuban band, Las Estrellas de Vancouver’s intoxicating mariachi music, and other acts from Puerto Rico to Argentina. With cooking demos, Zumba and drumming workshops, there are lots of ways to keep the salsa in your step for weeks to come.

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fireworks light up Coal Harbour.

Fireworks light up Coal Harbour.

Jul. 1 to 2, 2017 This year, Canada blows out 150 candles—and everyone’s invited to the birthday bash. For the country’s largest sesquicentennial celebrations outside of Ottawa, head to Canada Day at Canada Place for festivities that include five stages of music and performances, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, a parade and more. Take in famed Canuck musicians like Sam Roberts, Hey Ocean! and Dragonette, explore the armed forces exhibits, and help welcome 150 new Canadians in a group citizenship ceremony. It’s not to be missed—this party’s been a century and a half in the making.

YVR Food Fest: Savour the Flavours

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sip, sample and stroll in the sunshine at YVR Food Fest.

Sip, sample and stroll in the sunshine at YVR Food Fest.

Jun. 29-Jul. 3, 2017 For an alfresco festival that’s good enough to eat, dig into YVR Food Fest. Back for its sixth year, the five-day festival is the perfect way to explore the city’s food scene in the company of a few thousand of your closest friends. Tie one on—a bib, we mean—at events like Gather, a collaborative long table dinner (Jun. 30); a Texas-style Canada Day Cookout (Jul. 1); and the flagship Street Food Showdown (Jul. 2), featuring more than 80 food carts, restaurants and breweries in one scenic spot. Now that’s one way to keep things fresh.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2017

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Enjoy your Shakespeare shows with a side of ocean and mountains.

Enjoy your Shakespeare shows with a side of ocean and mountain views.

Jun. 1 to Sep. 23, 2017 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. The popular Shakespeare festival features four different plays, such as The Winter’s Tale and The Merchant of Venice, and even transports wisecracking Much Ado About Nothing to 1950s Italy. Also taking centre stage: lectures, live music and family nights, plus a peekaboo panorama of ocean and mountains. It’s a theatre-goer’s dream that lasts far longer than a midsummer’s night—it goes all summer long.