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Where to Go Vancouver

Explore the Cambie Bridge Video Installation, “Uninterrupted”

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Uninterrupted" film turns Cambie Bridge into a walk-in theatre.

“Uninterrupted” film turns Cambie Bridge into a walk-in theatre.

Watching Pacific salmon fight their way up the mighty Adams River is already popcorn-worthy, but Uninterrupted brings it to new heights: the underside of the Cambie Street Bridge. Beginning Jun. 28 and running all summer long, this 30-minute film projection appears after dusk, and captivates onlookers with a wild salmon migration that covers the near-half-mile (0.8-km) surface of the bridge. Head to Coopers’ Park on the bridge’s north side to catch the spectacle. Our review? Two thumbs up.

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.

Bittergirls: The Musical Comes to Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Celebrate solidarity in singlehood with Bittergirl: The Musical. (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Bittergirl: The Musical, at the Granville Island Stage. (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Jun. 15-Jul. 29, 2017 When you’re down in the dumps after being dumped, why not turn that heartache into art? Written by three unlucky-in-love gals from Toronto, Bittergirl the play led to Bittergirl the book and now Bittergirl: The Musical. This funny, feisty show bursts onto the Granville Island Stage with hilarious vignettes and girl-group hits such as “Be My Baby,” “I Will Survive” and (of course) “Where Did Our Love Go.” Who knew heartbreak could be so entertaining?

Andina Brewing Joins the Local Beer Scene

By TIM PAWSEY

Sample a few of the unique beers at Andina Brewing. (Photo: KK Law)

Sample a few of the unique beers at Andina Brewing. (Photo: KK Law)

The latest addition to the city’s burgeoning beer scene, Andina Brewing makes beer with a difference. The Amaya family, who hail from Columbia, take great pride in blending their native culture with that of their adopted home. The brewery is the first in Canada to use Patagonia Malt—and the results are impressive: Totuma, a well-balanced, refreshing Kölsch; the heartily hopped but also gently honeyed Monita Blonde IPA; Melcocha Andean Mild Ale, with a hint of molasses; and easy-drinking, copper-toned and malty Ay Ay Ay. Sample them all and more, including wines and cocktails in the tasting lounge, which also serves excellent Columbian bites. Don’t overlook the revolving selection of ceviches, with plantain chips. Vivid yellow, with its 18-m- (60-ft-) tall mural of “La Pola” girl, Andina’s building is hard to miss—and already a popular East Van landmark.

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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

By CHLOË LAI

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

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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.

Million Dollar Quartet Comes to Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

By SHERI RADFORD

Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins burst into life at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. (Photo: David Cooper)

Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins burst into life at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. (Photo: David Cooper)

To Jul. 9, 2017 Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins walk into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956 and end up making memorable music together. Inspired by real events, Million Dollar Quartet reimagines and expands upon this legendary jam session, filling it with conflict, camaraderie and all the jukebox hits you’d expect. Crowd-pleasers abound, including Lewis’s “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Perkins’s “See You Later Alligator,” Presley’s “Hound Dog” and Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Catch this burst of sweet nostalgia at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Summer Jam: Truck Stop Concert Series

By CHLOË LAI

Enjoy summer with live music, local brews and good company.

Enjoy your summer weekend with live music, local brews and lots of good company.

Jun. 17, 2017 At Red Truck Beer, you don’t just drink—you party. The fun-loving brewers are hosting their third Truck Stop Concert Series this weekend, where two stages and 1,500 partygoers fuelled by food trucks and local craft beer transform the brewery parking lot into a bona fide party zone. Electronica kings Cut/Copy fly in from Australia to rock the headline with tunes from their upcoming album, as well as fan favourites from In Ghost Colours and Free Your Mind. Arrive early to catch killer opening acts like the rapidly rising Youngblood—named one of Vancouver’s top 10 acts in CBC Music’s Searchlight competition last year—and the wild, charismatic Band of Rascals.

City of Bhangra: A Musical Cultural Extravaganza

By CHLOË LAI

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.

Blast from the Past: Def Leppard

By SHERI RADFORD

Catch Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla at Rogers Arena. (Photo: Kazuyo Horie)

Catch Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla at Rogers Arena. (Photo: Kazuyo Horie)

Jun. 6, 2017 Are you ready to rock out to “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” then party like it’s the ’80s again? It’s bound to be a headbanging good time at Rogers Arena when Def Leppard (pictured) takes the stage after opening acts Poison (with all the original members) and Tesla. Expect some Hysteria and maybe even some Pyromania.

Frothy Fete: Vancouver Craft Beer Week

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Celebrate the incredible diversity of Vancouver's craft beer scene. (Photo: DLINCA/istockphoto.com)

Celebrate the delicious diversity of Vancouver’s craft beer scene. (Photo: ©DLINCA/istockphoto.com)

Jun. 3-4, 2017 Want to tap into the local brewing scene? Head to the eighth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week, a sudsy celebration of beer, live music and special events. The 10-day beer-chanalia culminates at the VCBW Festival, which brings more than 100 craft breweries and cideries—and over 300 unique pours—to a single venue. There, hopheads can raise a glass to art installations, food trucks, pinball, DJs and more. Cheers!

Craft Beer Circuit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Join the most rewarding brewery crawl in town.

Join the most rewarding brewery crawl in town.

Excitement is brewing in Vancouver’s East Village. The area is home to six craft breweries and a small-batch distillery—all just a hop, sip and jump away. Now there’s extra incentive to tour the area’s artisanal offerings thanks to The East Village Brewery & Distillery Passport. Pick up the map and passport at venues like Odd Society Spirits, Storm Brewing and Powell Street Craft Brewery, and start sipping. Once stamps to all seven locations have been collected, souvenir-savvy imbibers are rewarded with a free growler. We’ll raise a glass to that.