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Set Sail with Leavetown

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cruise through crisp Pacific waters on a sleek sailboat.

Cruise through the crisp Pacific waters on a sleek yacht. 

When warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like catching a wave. Soak up Vancouver’s marine scene on Leavetown’s luxurious 17-m (56-ft) Indio Navi yacht. Salty dogs cruise the waves on daylong excursions, or clear a few days to let the tides take them to beautiful Bowen Island and beyond. Pack a picnic, or request catered provisions. A skipper is provided, making it the perfect summertime excursion—even if you don’t know stern from starboard. Anchors aweigh!

Review: Metallica’s Worldwired Tour

By CHLOË LAI

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Those who dream of music that brings people together in difficult times probably don’t have heavy metal in mind, but Metallica may be the band to change that. When frontman James Hetfield opens the second-last show of the Worldwired Tour at BC Place, he starts by welcoming fans from all backgrounds.

“We don’t give a sh*t who you voted for, where you’re from, who you want to marry . . . we don’t care about differences. We care about similarities,” he says. “We just want to celebrate life and live music. Are you with us?” (more…)

Tom Petty Plays at Rogers Arena

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Mary Ellen Matthews

Put on that party dress (or shirt), because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are in town. (Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews)

Aug. 17, 2017 Every fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers knows the waiting is the hardest part. It’s been three long years since the heartland rockers last raised the roof of Rogers Arena, but the drought is finally over. The band’s 40th-anniversary tour is making a stop in Vancouver, and fans can sing along to hits such as “Breakdown” and “Learning to Fly.” Rock on.

Ultimate Alfresco: Araxi Longtable Dinner

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

Aug 20, 2017 Meals just don’t get more memorable than the Araxi Longtable Dinner, where diners sit elbow-to-elbow with 150 other guests. With spectacular Mount Currie as backdrop and Araxi’s famed James Walt as chef, this four-course dinner enjoyed alfresco has all the elements of a night to remember. It takes place at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm, chosen not just for the stunning scenery, but also because it’s where many ingredients in the family-style dishes were grown. Now that’s a fresh farm-to-table fête.

Richmond Art Gallery: Beyond the Horizon

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Evening - Keremeos, B.C." by William Percy Weston. (Photo: Lance Blomgren)

“Evening – Keremeos, B.C.” by William Percy Weston. (Photo: Lance Blomgren)

To Aug. 20, 2017 See the forest and the trees—and everything in-between—at Richmond Art Gallery’s Beyond the Horizon. The exhibit explores Canada’s vast landscape through the works of famed True North artists, and 10 secondary-school students’ responses to them. See stunning scenery by luminaries like Toni Onley, Susan Point and William Percy Weston (“Evening – Keremeos, B.C.,” pictured) alongside some of BC’s fresh talent. It’s the great outdoors, but in a way you’ve never pictured.

Must-See Movies: Vancouver Queer Film Festival

By CHLOË LAI

Revelatory documentary FREE CeCe screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Revelatory documentary FREE CeCe screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Aug. 10 to 20, 2017 Catch more than 50 fabulous films from 15 countries at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Dive into documentaries like FREE CeCe (pictured), Laverne Cox’s interview with African-American trans woman CeCe McDonald about her imprisonment following an act of self-defence. A Taiwanese filmmaker documents 20 years of conversations with her mother, a lesbian Taoist priestess, in Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua). Meanwhile, Signature Move tickles funny bones as amateur wrestler Zaynab, a young queer Pakistani woman, hides her new relationship from her TV-obsessed mother. Watch and learn—and laugh, cry or fall in love—at venues all over the city.

Vancouver Mural Festival Brightens Up City Spaces

The writing—graffiti, street art and more—is on the wall

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Visit The Arts Factory to see this nature-infused mural by Ola Volo

Visit The Arts Factory to see this nature-infused mural by Ola Volo. (Photo: KK Law)

Aug. 7 to 12, 2017 Artists are painting the town red—and every other colour of the rainbow—at the second annual Vancouver Mural Festival. Last year, the inaugural event added a splash of colour to the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood by way of 35 eye-catching murals. This year’s festival adds to that colourful legacy, transforming more than 50 additional walls around East Van into large-scale canvases. The line-up includes artists from Vancouver and around the globe, with an emphasis on graffiti artists like AA Crew, and First Nations artists such as Corey Bulpitt and Sharifah Marsden. The paint-flecked celebrations include a vibrant street festival, live musical performances, walking tours, artists talks and a beer garden. If your trip wasn’t timed quite right, don’t fret: on Saturdays, take in the city’s largest display of street art on a guided tour. Or simply download a map for a self-guided stroll of alfresco art.

Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts Takes the City by Storm

By CHLOË LAI

Conflict is the key to comedy in Burq Off! at the Monsoon Festival for Performing Arts

Conflict is the key to comedy in Burq Off! at the Monsoon Festival for Performing Arts

Aug. 6 to 13, 2017 The Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts is back for a second season, flooding the city with powerful South Asian theatre. The Vancouver premiere of classical dance drama Malavika, performed in Hindi, transports audiences to an ancient mythological kingdom. Or catch Nadia P. Manzoor’s autobiographical one-woman comedy, Burq Off! (pictured), hailed as “a gutsy, honest, hilarious must-see” by Deepak Chopra. Feeling inspired? The festival includes workshops in acting, dancing, music and more, so that someday we, too, may take the world by storm.

Vancouver Bach Festival is Back

By CHLOË LAI

Let cellist Matt Haimovitz take you to another time and place at the Vancouver Bach Festival. (Photo: Stephanie McKinnon)

Get a taste of musical magic with cellist Matt Haimovitz at the Vancouver Bach Festival. (Photo: Stephanie McKinnon)

To Aug. 11, 2017 Early Music Vancouver presents the 2nd Annual Vancouver Bach Festival at the stunning Christ Church Cathedral in the heart of downtown. Passionate performances by world-class musicians like cellist Matt Haimovitz (pictured), the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers are a portal to another place and time. Selections are rooted in—but not limited to—Bach’s work, featuring contemporary classical music, early Latin baroque music and 18th-century operatic repertoire, among others. Catch the extraordinary finale, Bach’s monumental “St. John Passion,” at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Pride Crawl Fundraiser

By CHLOË LAI

Step into Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar to try their Proud Seaman cocktail

Step into Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar to try their Proud Seaman cocktail

To Aug. 6, 2017 Fuel your Pride Week festivities with colourful cocktails at the self-guided Pride Crawl Fundraiser. A cheery rainbow of signature Pride-themed libations launches at more than 40 participating bars and restaurants, including Jamjar, Uva (pictured) and Nook. Partial proceeds from these delicious drinks benefit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, so every sip celebrates and supports social good. We’ll drink to that.

Meet a Mountie

By CHLOË LAI

Spend a summer afternoon with friendly Mounties at the Burnaby Village Museum

Spend a summer afternoon with friendly Mounties at the Burnaby Village Museum

To Aug 29, 2017 You may have heard of the Canadian tuxedo—an all-denim outfit reportedly inspired by Bing Crosby—but the true mark of a special occasion in Canada is the presence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their scarlet dress uniforms. (Trivia fans: these iconic outfits are called “red serge.”) Usually, the most you’d get is a smile and a wave as our sharply dressed federal lawkeepers ride by in a parade. All that changes for Canada 150—every Tuesday all summer long, merry Mounties pose for pictures with visitors at the Burnaby Village Museum from noon to 2 p.m. Polish your boots and straighten your smile, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the “eh” team.

Fantastic Finds at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers' Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

Love to shop local? Look no further than the idyllic Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market in North Vancouver. Searching for treasures there is a fun and picturesque way to spend a sunny Saturday. Foodies, jewellery collectors, green thumbs and BC wine enthusiasts find their bliss seaside while taking in music from live performers. Discover the best locally grown and crafted goods the region has to offer: treat taste buds to a tempting whipped matcha tea–flavoured chocolate from Solasta Chocolate, sample a signature chilli vodka from Sons of Vancouver Distillery or exfoliate with a coffee scrub soap bar from Reward Your Skin. Located in Lonsdale Quay, the market boasts a book exchange, children’s activities, kids’ clothing, handcrafted pottery and a newspaper-reading station perfect for unwinding. This vibrant market has so much mouth-watering fare and organic produce—not to mention unbeatable harbour-front views—that locals and travellers just might find the “Quay” to their hearts.