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What to See Vancouver

Save the City: “Heroes & Villains” Family Edition


Unlock the clues to save Vancouver from the Muck Monster.

Unlock the clues and save Vancouver from the Muck Monster.

Is your family ready for comic book–style adventure? Assemble your legion of superheroes—up to four kids aged eight to 13, plus at least one intrepid adult—and dash over to Vancouver Mysteries to play Heroes & Villains. Your mission is to stop the despicable Muck Monster from destroying Vancouver, all while discovering local landmarks like Coal Harbour and the Olympic Cauldron. Armed with your assigned superpowers, you’ll scour the downtown waterfront to find clues, complete challenges and solve puzzles that reveal your foe’s secret lair and identity before it’s too late. With great power comes great responsibility, but also great fun.

Bill Reid Gallery Exhibit: Those Who Are Amazing at Making Things


"Raven Frog Headdress" by Bob Dempsey. (Photo: David Koppe)

“Raven Frog Headdress” by Bob Dempsey. (Photo: David Koppe)

To Sep. 4, 2017 Maestro. Virtuoso. Whiz-bang. Whatever you call them, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art has their work in Xi Xanya Dzam: Those Who Are Amazing at Making Things. This not-to-be-missed exhibit features pieces by 11 recipients of BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art, including luminaries such as Robert Davidson, Susan Point and Bob Dempsey (“Raven Frog Headdress,” pictured). These impressive artists are certainly gifted, but you get the gift with all the works on display under one roof.



A+ Activities: Our Favourite Reasons to Visit UBC

Find the best places to eat, explore and be entertained at the University of British Columbia. School may be out for summer, but this lush coastal campus is packed with hidden gems for every visitor, from orchestra aficionados and art connoisseurs to golfers and nature lovers


The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

Art History

Fancy a bit of a scavenger hunt? This campus is a veritable outdoor gallery, featuring an ever-evolving collection of art installations just waiting to be discovered. The most recent addition is the Reconciliation Pole, a towering 17-m (55-ft) totem pole carved by James Hart, a Haida master carver and hereditary chief. Intricate details etched into the 800-year-old red cedar tell the story of First Nations communities’ experiences before, during and after the traumatic residential school system—thousands of copper nails are hammered into the wood, each commemorating a child who died at a residential school. Other totem poles around campus include the Musqueam Post by Brent Sparrow Jr., and the Victory Through Honour pole by Calvin Hunt and Merv Child.

For contemporary art, step into the crisp white rooms of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, where avant-garde artists and innovative exhibitions take centre stage. Download or print their info sheet to take a sunny self-guided outdoor art tour—and keep an eye out for the delightful Classical Toy Boat by Glenn Lewis, which isn’t on the list. If you’ve only got time for one destination, venture across Marine Drive to find the Museum of Anthropology tucked away amongst the trees. With one of the finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts in the world, as well as impressive exhibits spanning every culture from Asia to the Amazon, it’s an absolute must-see. (more…)

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017


Catch Kandace Springs at Pyatt Hall on Jun. 25. (Photo: Mathieu Bitton)

Catch Kandace Springs at Pyatt Hall on Jun. 25. (Photo: Mathieu Bitton)

Jun. 22 to Jul. 2, 2017 Summer starts off on a high note at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the fest fêtes the sounds of 1,800 local and international artists, including Seu Jorge’s David Bowie tribute (Jun. 22), Kandace Springs’s soulful vocals (Jun. 25) and Ziggy Marley’s reggae beats (Jun. 26). Find over 300 toe-tapping performances—including 150 free concerts—at venues across the city. The festival even jazzes up opening weekend with family-friendly activities, artisan markets and more (Jun. 24 to 25). Facing the music has never been more fun.

Abstract Angles: Otto Rogers Exhibit at Gallery Jones


"Trumpet's Song" by Otto Rogers

“Trumpet’s Song” by Otto Rogers

Jun. 8 to Jul. 8, 2017 This geometry certainly isn’t textbook. Famed Canadian artist Otto Rogers explores the principles of unity and light—drawing from his Bahá’í faith—to create meditative-yet-dynamic works that spark the imagination. Early in his six-decade-long career, Rogers was inspired by cubism and constructivism, the effects of which can be seen in bold acrylic-on-canvas pieces like “Trumpet’s Song” (pictured). Explore his graphic, textured world in New Paintings at Gallery Jones.

Natural Beauty: Vancouver Island Artists Showcased at Ukama Gallery


"Confidence" by April Ponsford.

“Confidence” by Catherine Gerus

Jun. 8 to 22, 2017 Take a walk on the wild side at Ukama Gallery, where two Vancouver Island-based artists are finding inspiration in nature. Besides a shared location, Catherine Gerus and April Ponsford have a similar interest in the outdoors, and explore it on canvas in their abstract works. While Ponsford’s pieces attempt to capture a landscape’s more ephemeral qualities, Gerus is guided by Mother Nature’s colour palette (“Confidence,” pictured). Discover where the wild things are in the Interactions exhibit.

City of Bhangra: A Musical Cultural Extravaganza


Author, poet and artist Rupi Kaur takes the stage on Jun. 14.

Author, poet and artist Rupi Kaur takes the stage on Jun. 14.

Jun. 11 to 17, 2017 The City of Bhangra Festival—the biggest of its kind in North America—delivers a body-shaking, mind-blowing crash course on South Asian beats, dance and culture. This year’s revelry brings more than 350 world-class performers to the stage, including New York Times best-selling author and poet Rupi Kaur (pictured) with singer Beya Likhari. Catch the world premiere of documentary Bhangra City, produced by local sensation Delhi 2 Dublin; join the Bhangra Funk movement with LA-based dancers Shivani Bhagwan and Chaya Kumar; and wrap up at a no-holds-barred finale party with DJs from across Canada.

Painted Panoramas: David Edwards Exhibit at Ian Tan Gallery


"The Lie of the Land", by David Edwards.

“The Lie of the Land”, by David Edwards.

Jun. 3 to 30, 2017 Lush landscapes by David Edwards blur the line between real and unreal in Ian Tan Gallery’s Re-Constructed Landscapes. The Canadian-based artist begins his painting process from photographs, stripping away and distilling the images down to their most basic elements. The results? Serene oil-on-canvas works that often feel both foreign and familiar (“The Lie of the Land,” pictured).

Vancouver International Children’s Festival: Fun for All Ages


Take the whole family out for a day of performers, puppets and more.

Take the whole family out for a day of performers, puppets and more.

To Jun. 17 For 40 years, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has been entertaining youngsters and oldsters alike with lively theatre, music, dance, circus acts, puppetry and storytelling. This year, Canadian music icon Fred Penner performs hits such as “The Cat Came Back.” RupLoops does body percussion and beatboxing. Théâtre de l’Oeil retells Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen using actors and puppets. Afrique en Cirque mixes traditional African dance and music with acrobatics and death-defying circus feats. There’s truly something for everyone, whether two or 102.

Human, Nature


Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, at MOA until Jan. 28, 2018.

Feather headdress at Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

A social philosophy known as “buen vivir” encourages human beings to nurture harmonious relationships with each other, as well as with nature. It’s this holistic approach to well-being that shapes Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, an exhibit featuring more than 100 years of textiles, jewellery, carvings, feather works and basketry. The ceremonial and everyday artifacts gathered in this exhibit come from the communities of escaped African slaves, Indigenous peoples and white settlers who stand at the front lines of today’s South American environmental conservation movement. Visit the Museum of Anthropology until Jan. 28, 2018, and let these pieces of the past fuel your hope for the future.

Double Take


"Nearby Nearby: 291 Burlap Walls" by Kelly Lycan.

“Nearby Nearby: 291 Burlap Walls” by Kelly Lycan

Things aren’t always what they seem. That’s why it’s worth taking a longer look at the Contemporary Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Song of the Open Road. Highlighting 10 artists from around the globe, the show focuses on diverse photography practices—everything from stills to moving images to archival prints. Pieces like Kelly Lycan’s “Nearby Nearby: 291 Burlap Walls” (pictured) are examined through a lens that questions whether snapshots record a moment or show an alternate reality. See for yourself until Jun. 18.

Tremendous Talent


"Protecting Posterity" by lessLIE. (Photo: Salish Weave Collection/City of Burnaby)

“Protecting Posterity” by lessLIE. (Photo: Salish Weave Collection/City of Burnaby)

Burnaby Art Gallery sheds light on contemporary Coast Salish art in The Salish Weave Collection: Works on Paper (to May 31). This exhibit celebrates both emerging and established First Nations artists, including boundary-bending artworks by Susan Point, John Marston and lessLIE (“Protecting Posterity,” pictured). Get a glimpse of this extensive private collection, which highlights artists who pay tribute to the traditional while adopting a modern approach to forms and techniques. It’s safe to say: expect the unexpected.