Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 — 7:37am PDT
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It’s a weekend of festivals in Vancouver, with Dancing on the Edge Festival, Indian Summer Fest, Greek Summer Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival and much more listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Coquitlam Summer Concert Series
PoCo Grand Prix
Across the Nation Celebration: Parking Lot Bash at Central City
Music at the Cannery
Vancouver Canadians Nooner at the Nat
Tell Me Your Nightmares
Adult-Only Nights at Playland
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
Plan Z Theatre presents Still the Kettle Sings
Phantom of the Opera at the QE Theatre
CBC Musical Nooner Concert Series
Dancing on the Edge Festival
Indian Summer Fest
Greek Summer Fest
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Canada Cup International Softball Championship

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Vancouver Queer Film Festival Tickets: Win Tickets

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 — 11:21pm PDT
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The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (“VQFF”) has released its complete festival lineup for the 11-day festival, taking place August 10-20. Curated by Artistic Directors Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah, more than 50 films will be featured along with 7 visiting filmmakers/directors, 19 local directors, and numerous local performing artists and free events, in addition to parties and talkback sessions.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

When: August 10-20, 2017
Tickets: For sale online starting July 13th
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, Cineplex Odeon International Village, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre and a new Festival venue, the York Theatre on Commercial Drive.

vqffVQFF opens at the Vancouver Playhouse with the 2017 Sundance Award-winning film, I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma). Following this screening is the Festival’s Opening Gala Party, which will take place under the stars at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and celebrate the many ways our fabulous and diverse communities love and resist.

This year’s Festival will feature an in-person talkback with New York-based filmmaker Jac Gares, who directed this year’s Centrepiece Gala Film, FREE CeCe!. Co-produced with Laverne Cox, FREE CeCe! boldly confronts the epidemic of violence against trans women of colour, and uplifts the story of CeCe McDonald, who survived a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis in 2011.


The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is also thrilled to host Doris Yeung, writer, director and executive producer of Taxi Stories, the most ambitious film of the Festival, filmed in three countries and featuring a mostly non-actor cast. In addition, VQFF audience members will be joined by Philippines filmmaker Samantha Lee, whose film, Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas), won the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila; and New York City poet and author, t’ai freedom ford, whose work is featured in The Revival: Women and the Word.

Visiting Canadian talent includes Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer and producer, Fawzia Mirza, for the screening of Signature Move; emerging filmmaker Francis Luta, who will speak with audiences after his film Project Gelb; and award-winning writer, playwright, performer and filmmaker, Steen Starr, whose short documentary Older than What? tells the story of twelve queer and trans elders responding to ten questions about aging, visibility, and social change.

Festival favourite The Coast is Queer, an evening dedicated to local talent, will screen on Friday, August 18 at the York Theatre. Featuring nine stellar short films from some of BC’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers, our annual local programming covers documentaries, romance, fantasy, and drama.

Finally, the Festival’s Artist in Residence for 2017 is the prolific and multi-talented Vivek Shraya. The filmmaker, visual artist, musician, and author will spend the Festival’s opening weekend with audiences at events featuring a breadth of work from her diverse portfolio.

The complete Festival lineup can also be viewed online »

The VQFF is presented by Out On Screen, a charitable organization that illuminates, celebrates and advances queer lives through film, education and dialogue. Follow the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win Tickets

I have 3 pairs of tickets to give away to a lucky Miss604 reader so that they can enjoy the festival. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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The tickets are good for any film but are subject to availability. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Update The winner is Susannah!

Nomadic Tempest in Gibsons

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 — 8:08am PDT
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Every time I hop on the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale ferry I forget 1) how quick the trip is to the Sunshine Coast and 2) just how gorgeous the entire area is. Mountains dipping straight down into the sea, evergreen-covered islands, white sailboats, blue skies, and an abundance of arts, culture, and festivals. Now the Sunshine Coast is about to get even more cool, and even more creative, when Nomadic Tempest comes to Gibsons July 26-29.

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What started as the only theatre company caravan of gypsies, jugglers and musicians being pulled down the backroads of B.C. by Clydesdale horses in the 1970’s has grown and evolved, travelling to more than 20 countries. Today, the 25-person company of actors, musicians and artists perform on a massive tall ship called the Amara Zee. This flat-bottomed replica of a Thames River barge sails into ports to entertain crowds. Continue reading »




That’s right, spectators will line Gibsons harbour as an aerial, acrobatic spectacle takes place aboard a tall ship! Presented by the Caravan Stage company, Nomadic Tempest is about a mythical band of monarch butterflies forced to migrate because of climate change. Aerial artists, actors and singers in brilliant colours cavort high above the audience in this unique experimental rock opera sung in many languages.

Click here to read my full story via FestivalSeekers »
Click here to plan your trip to the Sunshine Coast »

Tickets range from just $5 to $25 and shows start each night at 9:30pm, July 26-29, 2017.


Photographer Mark Benson, Gibsons

Want to read the Top 5 Tips for Photographing Maritime Scenes that I learned from Gibsons photographer Mark Benson? Click here to read my full story via FestivalSeekers and plan your trip to the Sunshine Coast today!

Symphony by the Sea in Nanaimo

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 — 7:50am PDT
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The Vancouver Island Symphony and guest artists will perform at Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park for Symphony by the Sea, happening August 12th. Now in its 23rd season, this family-friendly event in a seaside park is the perfect way to spend a warm summer night in the Harbour City.


Symphony by the Sea in Nanaimo

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where: Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
Admission: Instead of an entrance fee, donations will be collected to help support the event and future special events by the Vancouver Island Symphony.

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Calvin Dyck, Vancouver Island Symphony Concertmaster and producer of Symphony by the Sea, is returning with the baton, and his violin, for this popular event. Calvin promises that there is music for everyone in this show. There will be Star Wars themes, music from “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, featuring the trumpeters of the Vancouver Island Symphony. The concert will also feature the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra performing the famous “Tango Jealousy” by Jacob Gade complete with choreography and red tango dresses. As well, Calvin will bring a bit of circus fun to Maffeo Sutton Park – there will be a medley of tunes from Cirque de Soleil with a surprise Circus act on a 24-foot Tripod!

Maffeo Sutton Park Nanaimo


You’ve planned your visit and you’ve got your lawn chair and blankets ready for Symphony by the Sea, but what will you do for the rest of your weekend getaway? I was in Nanaimo with FestivalSeekers recently and I was able to put together my Top 5 Ways to Soak Up Urban Culture in Nanaimo:

1) Visit the Nanaimo Museum
2) Take the kids to a workshop at the Nanaimo Art Gallery
3) Sip and savour the Nanaimo Bar Trail self-guided tour
4) Do the self-guided heritage walk, starting at the iconic Bastion
5) Enjoy Symphony by the Sea!

Click to read my full story about Nanaimo’s urban culture via FestivalSeekers »
Click here to book your stay and plan your visit to Nanaimo

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Nanaimo's Kris Kringle Craft Market

Feastival Nanaimo

Plan Your Visit

Make sure to check out Symphony by the Sea, have a drink at one of Nanaimo’s many restaurants and pubs on the water, and then enjoy a relaxing place to stay a mere steps away from it all. Book your overnight stay in Nanaimo »

A Day of Laughter with A-Maze-Ing Laughter and Vancouver Biennale

Monday, July 10th, 2017 — 9:36am PDT
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Join Vancouver Biennale on July 13th to celebrate one of Vancouver’s most engaging pieces of public art, A-maze-ing Laughter at English Bay.

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A Day of Laughter

When: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Morton Park (Denman near Davie, English Bay)
Details: RSVP for the Facebook event

Mayor Gregor Robertson will proclaim the official DAY OF LAUGHTER in honour of visiting Chinese artist Yue Minjun. If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll certainly recognize his face because its featured prominently on the fourteen giant smiling bronze men that make up the most iconic public art installation in the city, A-maze-ing Laughter.

A-maze-ing Laughter

The day will include a noon-hour Laughing Yoga class, that will celebrate this great work of public art by amplifying the message that happiness is a basic human right and laughter fundamental to our good health.

The Day of Laughter will mark Yue Minjun’s first time in Vancouver and first visit to his sculpture in situ at English Bay. Follow and share on social media with Vancouver Biennale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and using the tags #VanBiennale #VBDayofLaughter.

A-maze-ing Laughter

This is a free public event sponsored by the Vancouver Biennale, West End Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Win Tickets to Bard-B-Q & Fireworks at Bard on the Beach

Monday, July 10th, 2017 — 8:19am PDT
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Take two of the best parts of summer in Vancouver and combine them for one spectacular evening! Bard on the Beach is once again offering its Bard-B-Q & Fireworks nights where you can enjoy a Bard mainstage show, dinner, and a private view of the Honda Celebration of Light from their grounds at Vanier Park.

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks at Bard on the Beach

July 29, August 2 & 5 at 5:00pm

See Much Ado About Nothing or The Two Gentlemen of Verona followed by an exquisite salmon barbecue* from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment! Visit the PIXSTAR photobooth, take in the award-winning Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band and more before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.

Bard on the Beach 2017 Season

Much Ado About Nothing
June 1 – September 23 on the BMO Mainstage

The Winter’s Tale
June 8 – September 22 on the BMO Mainstage

The Merchant of Venice
June 22 – September 16 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
June 29 – September 17 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

September 6 – 15 on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre


Special Events

Check out the full list of special events this season, from the Bard-B-Q fireworks, to Chor Leoni, Family Nights, Wine Wednesdays and more!

View the full schedule online here »

Tickets for Bard on the Beach’s 28th season are now on sale beginning at $21. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection as many performances sell out in advance. Order online through the Bard website or call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559.

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Enter to Win Bard-B-Q Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to see Much Ado About Nothing on the Mainstage followed by Bard-B-Q dinner and then the private viewing of the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks from the Bard grounds (August 2, 2017). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, July 17, 2017. Prize is for the August 2, 2017 event and connect be exchanged for another night.

* Alternate food options are available. Please call the Box Office if you have an allergies or food concerns. Dinner will be served outdoors.

Update The winner is Andrea Hersog Lisa Livingstone-Munday!