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Where to Go Vancouver

Stop and Stare: OneRepublic in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

Aug. 21, 2017 It’s a dream come true for 1R fans when OneRepublic takes the stage at Rogers Arena this month. The American pop-rock quintet has been around for a decade now, and in that time they’ve amassed an impressive array of Grammy Award nominations, multi-platinum albums and hit singles, including “Apologize,” “Counting Stars” and “Good Life.”

Dîner en Blanc: Twice as Elegant

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Don a crisp white outfit for this pop-up picnic with an elegant twist. (Photo: Jonathan Evans)

Don a crisp white outfit for this pop-up picnic with an elegant twist. (Photo: Jonathan Evans)

Aug. 24, 2017 What happens when Parisian elegance meets flash-mob feast? Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up event that draws thousands for an all-white-attire affair. Launched 29 years ago in Paris, the posh picnic is now hosted in over 70 cities worldwide. And this year, for the first time in North America, the elegant evening will be hosted in not one, but two secret locales. Strict rules add a certain je ne sais quoi: all attire must be white; tables, chairs and accoutrements are toted in by participants; and locations remain hush-hush until just hours before. Tickets are snapped up weeks in advance, but this en blanc bash is truly a sight to behold. Bon appétit!

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.

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.

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.

Plays Well With Others: Interview with an Improv Artist

Vancouver-based improv artist Sarah Dawn Pledge is living her dream 

By CHLOË LAI

Sarah Dawn Pledge unleashes the funny at The Fictionals' Improv Against Humanity show

Sarah Dawn Pledge unleashes the funny at The Fictionals’ Improv Against Humanity show (Photo: Stephen Gray/Zemekiss Photography)

“Everybody was laughing at me, and I liked it,” says Sarah Dawn Pledge. The improv actor explains how she found her calling at age five, at a family friend’s party. Someone asked a question, and Pledge’s witty reply had the whole room of adults in stitches. “I remember having this tingly feeling, even as a kid,” she says.

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Harmony Arts Festival Comes to West Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Pull up a chair for a series of fresh-air artistry, from music to film and everything in-between

Pull up a chair for some fresh-air artistry, from music to film and everything in-between

Aug. 4 to 13, 2017 Whether you want to take in an art exhibit, listen to live music, watch a film screening or browse for handmade crafts, you’re in luck. The Harmony Arts Festival has all that and more, set against a stunning ocean backdrop. This annual festival in West Vancouver brings locals and visitors alike to the waterfront for art-focussed activities, for the budding Picasso or Beethoven in each of us.

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.

Canuck Comedy at Vancouver TheatreSports

By SHERI RADFORD

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The True North Strong and Funny

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The True North Strong and Funny

To Sep 2, 2017 Anne of Green Gables, a Mountie and a hockey player walk into a bar and order some poutine. No, that isn’t a joke, but it could be when the Vancouver TheatreSports League takes aim at the politest nation on earth. All summer long, the VTSL presents Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny, filled with vignettes and improv games lampooning beloved Canuck symbols such as maple syrup, lumberjacks, hockey and a certain boy-band-cute Prime Minister. And don’t be surprised if Bob and Doug McKenzie show up alongside Dudley Do-Right. Above all, expect the unexpected.

Theatre Under the Stars Returns to Stanley Park

By SHERI RADFORD

The Drowsy Chaperone tickles funny bones at the Malkin Bowl. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

The Drowsy Chaperone tickles funny bones at the Malkin Bowl. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Jul. 7 to Aug. 26, 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.”