This week's events around Metro Vancouver include Lumière Vancouver, Global Soundscapes Festival, live theatre with The Firehall's In the Beginning - A Cultural Sharing, the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, and concerts featuring Rufus Wainwright and Jill Barber.
Whether you’re looking for date ideas, free things to do or just somewhere fun to take your kids, you can’t go wrong with our updated list of live and virtual events happening around Metro Vancouver. Headlining this week’s picks are Lumière Vancouver, Global Soundscapes Festival, live theatre with The Firehall’s In the Beginning – A Cultural Sharing, the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, and concerts featuring Rufus Wainwright and Jill Barber.
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(*Events details are subject to change. Please check directly with the event organizer prior to attending.)
Braid StrEAT Experience! – Food Truck Drive-thru
Where: #97 Braid St., New West (across from the Braid Skytrain Station)
When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.: Oct. 31-Nov. 1
This Covid-friendly drive-thru offers a variety of some of B.C.’s food trucks. Partial proceeds support the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. Only debit and credit will be accepted – no cash transactions.
Winter Farmers Markets
Where: Various locations: Riley Park, Hastings Park, Burnaby
Info:eatlocal.org | artisanmarkets.ca
The winter markets feature a wide variety of farms, producers, food and coffee trucks. Stop by and support your local growers – shop local, buy local. | Riley Park, 30th Ave. & Ontario St., Saturdays until April 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Burnaby Farmers Market, 4949 Canada Way, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hastings Park, PNE Fairgrounds, 2901 E. Hastings, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. until April 25 (closed Dec. 27)
Swallow Tail Culinary Adventures: Wild Mushroom Trip 2020
Where: Meet at Rice Lake gate at the Gazebo, 4400 Lillooet Rd., North Van
When: Select dates until Nov. 15
Take a two-hour easy walking trip with a wildcraft guide through B.C.’s forest. This foray will focus on how to safely identify wild mushrooms like porcini, chanterelle, honey, wild oysters and more.
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Where: Online and outdoors
When: Oct. 28-Nov. 8
The 2020 Festival theme, This Gives Us Strength, resonates today as the Downtown Eastside community copes with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing, ongoing displacement, the fentanyl crisis, and the raw realities of bigotry and systemic racism. The 2020 Festival will feature 12 days of online and pop-up outdoor events, including music, stories, poetry, ceremony, films, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, art talks, history talks and visual art exhibitions.
Global Soundscapes Festival: Digital Edition 2020
When: Nov. 5-26
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s annual Global Soundscapes Festival is a rich feast of sound and rhythm, celebrating the intersection of Canadian cultures with musical traditions from all over the world. The 2020 edition has been re-imagined as a series of 16 brand new virtuoso filmed performances by VICO musicians and some of Vancouver’s finest chamber ensembles (Orchid Ensemble, Silk Road Music, Vashaan Ensemble, and others), and will be released online throughout the month of November.
Kids & Family Events
Halloween Storytime at Redwood Park
Where: Underneath the Redwood Park Treehouse, 17900 20th Ave.
When: Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Info: Free, must pre-register, 604-501-5100, surrey.ca
Join your child to enjoy a Halloween Storytime in the forest. Start your visit to Redwood Park underneath the tree house, enjoy a story, activities, and finish up with an outdoor nature walk.
Halloween at the Plaza: Mount Pleasant
Where: Outdoor plaza at E. 14th and Main Street
When: Oct. 31, 2-4 p.m.
Info: Free, mountpleasantbia.com
This free outdoor event includes a featured artist performing spooky songs, and individually wrapped goodie bags and hot chocolate for the kids. COVID safety guidelines will be followed to ensure the plaza remains under the maximum capacity. Please wear a mask and stay six feet apart.
Halloween Drive-Thru Truck or Treat
Where: Tradex – Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford
When: Oct. 31, noon-5 p.m.
Enjoy a spooktastic and physically distanced Halloween Drive–Thru Trick or Treat experience. Grab a bite to eat from the food trucks and enjoy some free candy.
MOO or BOO 2020
Where: EcoDairy, 1356 Sumas Way, Abbotsford
When: Oct. 31, noon-5 p.m.
Info: $5, purchase tickets online for a specific time slot, ecodairy.ca
Head to EcoDairy for a spooktacular farm carnival. Join us under the big top and enter the costume contest, have professional photos taken of your group all dressed up, visit the animals at the Petting Zoo, and enjoy tricks, treats and lots of farm fun.
Outdoor Scarecrow Stroll
Where: Art’s Nursery, 8940 192nd St., Surrey
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily until Oct. 31
Info: 604- 882-1201, facebook.com
Visit this 10+ acre nursery and enjoy a socially distanced, outdoor stroll amongst more than scarecrows and fall photo opportunities. Enjoy the beauty of nature, the creativity of the scarecrow building team and give your support to the local businesses who made the event possible with their donations.
Britannia Mine Museum: Spoo-ook-tacular Halloween
Where: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
When: Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Join us for family-friendly frights that focus on science. Bats, ghost stories and all things spooky will guarantee a ‘Spoo-ook-tacular’ time for those visitors who dare to join us.
Once Upon a Haunted Sea
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
When: Until Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: $11.90/$10.20, 604-664-9009, gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
Once Upon a Haunted Sea is a fairy-tale reboot of our annual Halloween event, and has been extended to a month-long installation for visitors of all ages to explore with safe distancing measures in place. Follow the path into the darkest depths of the sea and come out a hero with new knowledge and tools to help save the ocean from death by plastic monsters.
A Taste of the PNE Drive-Thru: Tricks-and-Treats Edition
Where: PNE Fairgrounds
When: Oct. 29-31, various times
Info: $25 per carload, tickets must be purchased for a specific time slot, pne.ca/treats
This family-oriented experience will include live spooky characters, Halloween décor, and safe trick-or-treating for the little ghouls and goblins. Admission includes the drive-thru experience as well as a trick-or-treat bag with a selection of mini PNE goodies.
South African Film Festival
When: Nov. 1-12
Info: From $10/show, or $85+ for a festival pass, vsaff.org
The South African Film Festival showcases some of the best of South African film with an award-winning lineup of features, documentaries and shorts that inspire, inform and entertain. All proceeds support Education without Borders programs in Canada and South Africa.
Where: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St.
When: Begins Nov. 1
Info: $12/$10, thecinematheque.ca
The Cinematheque celebrates the centennial of one of cinema’s boldest and most beloved maestros, Federico Fellini with an extensive retrospective, featuring many new restorations.
Where: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St.
When: Until Oct. 31
The Cinematheque serves up a J-horror primer this Halloween featuring five benchmark blood-curdlers from Japan – the land of high-art horror. Films include: Ring, Dark Water, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, House, and Audition.
Twilight Drive-in Fright Fest
Where: Twilight Drive-in Theatre, 260th Street & Fraser Hwy., Langley
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 31
Info: Prices vary, purchase tickets online, 604-856-5063, twilightdrivein.net
Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in theatre will be screening classic Halloween movies for all ages that you can enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle.
Rio Theatre: SCREAM Month
Where: 1660 E. Broadway
When: Until Oct. 31
Info: Advance tickets strongly recommended, riotheatre.ca
The Rio Theatre is serving up some of your favourite horror and Halloween films on the big screen. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the horror classics, retro Halloween hits and family-friendly favourites. Masks are mandatory in all shared spaces but they can be removed while seated. All other COVID protocols are in place.
When: Various dates, Oct. 30-Nov. 27
Take a journey through more than 20 years of Rufus Wainwright’s music from the comfort of your living room in “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective”, an 18-show series of live-stream concerts from his home in Laurel Canyon. Rufus will perform his entire studio discography in chronological order.
Where: Livestream show
When: Oct. 29, 5 p.m.
Info: From $6, each ticket purchase includes on-demand access for 48 hours post-event, noonchorus.com
This Mipso virtual concert experience celebrates the band’s new album release. Mipso is a North Carolina quartet known for combining a traditional string band format with close harmony and a variety of modern influences.
Live (Streaming) at the ‘Bolt: Monica Lee
Where: Online, and in-person
When: Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., plus every Thursday until Nov. 29
Info: Live tickets: $20, streaming tickets: $10, 604-205-3000, shadboltcentre.com
World-class artists and performers will take to the stage as part of the Shadbolt Centre’s online concert series at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. This week’s show features a performance by Monica Lee. | Upcoming shows include: Sharon Minemoto Quartet, Nov. 1 | Carmanah, Nov. 5 | Dee Daniels, Nov. 8 | Covid Chronicles, Nov. 12 | Cory Weeds & Strings Featuring Phil Dwyer, Nov. 15 | Petunia and the Vipers, Nov. 19 | Steve Maddock – The Blues Project, Nov. 22 | Mazacote, Nov. 26 | Steve Kaldestad Quintet, Nov. 29
Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New West
When: Oct 28 until Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Info: $57, masseytheatre.com
Chantal Kreviazuk – one of Canada’s most accomplished songwriters and recognizable voices – released her eighth studio album, Get to You, this summer. Heralded by the title track and first single, the album features 11 songs, all written and produced by Chantal with Dylan Wiggins.
Jazz at il Centro
Where: Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St.
When: Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Info: $45, 604-430-3337, italianculturalcentre.ca
Come to the Centre and enjoy a wonderful evening in the spacious Grand Ballroom, featuring Italian food and a live jazz concert featuring The Nightcrawlers, one of Vancouver’s most beloved jazz groups. A limited number of tickets are available for this socially distanced event, where every table can only host a maximum of six guests that are part of the same household or bubble. All other COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
Jodi Proznick Quartet
Where: Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beatty St.
When: Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Info: $17.50, frankiesjazzclub.ca
Bassist, composer and educator Jodi Proznick has won many awards including the 2019 Western Canadian Jazz Artist of the Year. Her quartet features Canadian jazz greats Tilden Webb on piano, Jesse Cahill on drums and Steve Kaldestad on saxophone. They will be performing music from their two Juno-nominated albums as well as repertoire from jazz composers.
Bard Turner Trio
Where: Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beatty St.
When: Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Info: $16, frankiesjazzclub.ca
Brad Turner is a three-time Juno award winner, and considered one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed jazz musicians. Described as a “triple threat,” Turner is also an accomplished trumpeter, drummer and composer. With Brad Turner on piano, Darren Radtke on bass and Bernie Arai on drums.
Cellarstream at the ‘Bolt
When: Sundays, Nov. 1-29 at 7 p.m.
Where: In-person and live-streamed, Shabolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.
Info: 604-205-3000, tickets.shadboltcentre.com
Enjoy a month of soulful Sundays! 35 of BC’s greatest jazz and soulful music artists perform in a ‘virtual’ residency at the Shadbolt Centre.
Where: Live from Frankie’s Jazz Club – a streamed jazz concert
When: Nov. 5, 8 p.m.
Info: Free, but donations are welcome, coastaljazz.ca
Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter. Her critically acclaimed repertoire spans a spectrum from folk, to vocal jazz, to pop, and includes songs in both French and English.
Jordan Klassen: Tell Me What To Do
Where: Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave.
When: Nov. 5-7, 8 p.m.
Info: $30, pacifictheatre.org
Vancouver’s own Jordan Klassen celebrates his new album Tell Me What To Do in this very intimate, limited seated concert. Klassen’s unique brand of ‘fairy folk’ has seen him tour around the world, finding a consistent home in the CBC Radio circuit. Masks are mandatory.
musica intima: the spirit’s dwelling
When: Oct. 30
Info: $30/adult, $10/student, musicaintima.org
Join musica intima for an exploration of life, death, and the spiritual realm. This moving concert will feature Vancouver composer Joelysa Pankanea’s haunting The First Stage, a work commissioned for musica intima in which the composer explores the journey towards the loss of her mother. The concert will be available digitally, as the ensemble performs in the Celebration Hall of Mountain View Cemetery. With Martin Fisk, marimba, and Mark Haney, double bass.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: TheConcertHall.ca
When: The fall concert schedule runs until Nov. 20
TheConcertHall.ca, a streaming service akin to Netflix, will be the VSO’s new home for the 2020-21 Season. The fall schedule includes the following shows: Nov. 1: Beethoven & Sibelius – Beethoven: Septet, Sibelius: Suite for Violin & Strings. James Ehnes, violin & leader Nov. 7: London Drugs Pops – Andrew Crust, conductor (Program TBA) | Nov. 13: Sturm und Drang: Haydn & Butler – Haydn: Symphony No. 49, Jennifer Butler: And Birds Do Sing. Otto Tausk, conductor | Nov. 20: Americana: Walker & Copland – George Walker: Lyric for Strings. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring, Andrew Crust, conductor, Measha Brueggergosman, host.
The Bergmann Duo
Where: The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
When: Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.
Joyful and energetic music including a set of Beethoven-Variations for piano duet, to mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, as well as pieces by Bach and some Spanish and Latin music.
Chan Centre Dot Com Series
This online series features six all-new performances which will be delivered 100% online. Recording from around the globe—from Spain to Montreal to the UK, as well as the Chan Centre stage, these artists harness the power of ancestral knowledge passed down through stories and song, reinterpreting and reinventing them in their own ways with a bold contemporary perspective.
Chor Leoni Inside: Live Stream Concerts
When: Every other Tuesday beginning Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Chor Leoni Inside is a weekly Facebook and YouTube livestream featuring concert and tour videos, live commentary, collaborations with renowned local artists, and interviews with music stars from around the world.
UBC School of Music Videos
Some beautiful concerts from the UBC School of Music are now available to stream online.
Vancouver Opera: Offstage
When: Every other Wednesday
Vancouver Opera Offstage is an audio podcast with host Les Dala, VO’s chorus director and associate conductor. Join Les as he chats with opera experts, artists Opera staff and others to explore the world of opera on and off the stage.
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery
When: Until Nov. 2
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, an annual artist-led, sacred event to honour our dead, moves online this year to continue to provide the opportunity to remember those who have passed. Over the past 15 years, Mountain View has hosted on-site programming and events for All Souls. In light of the public health measures currently in place for COVID-19, this year’s All Souls will be primarily made up of online events. Check the website for details.
VanPodFest Trivia Night: At Home Edition
When: Oct. 28, 7:30-9 p.m.
Info: $10/person, doxafestival.ca
Join co-hosts Hannah McGregor (Secret Feminist Agenda, Witch, Please), Lisa Christiansen (Pop This!), and Andrea Warner (Pop This! and CBC’s Pop Chat) for an evening of online trivia by Quiz Master Carlos to raise money for DOXA in support of Vancouver Podcast Festival.
Silk Threads Christmas Craft Show
Where: Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way
When: Nov. 5-8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For 34 years the Silk Threads Christmas Craft show has supported local artists and artisans. Browse a wide selection of 100% local, hand made items and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and maybe something for yourself as well!
Where: English Bay, and Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St.
When: Nov. 5-30
Info: Free, lumiereyvr.com
Lumiere is an annual event inspired by light and artistic expressions. This year’s event will showcase seven interactive art installations.
Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
When: Various dates and times
Info: $29, 604-227-7570, forbiddenvancouver.ca
Forbidden Vancouver is reopening with three walking tours to choose from, offering a chance to explore the city you thought you knew. Tours include: The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour, and the Really Gay History Tour.
Best Buy Tech Wonderland
When: Nov. 20-29, 4-10 p.m.
Where: PNE fairgrounds
Info: $20 per vehicle, net proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C., blog.bestbuy.ca
Best Buy Canada is creating a festive experience celebrating the magic of the season. This fun-filled drive-through experience for family and friends is where holiday tradition meets modern technology. Take a magical guided tour featuring displays, classic holiday tunes, epic eats, fun contests, a Santa car photo booth, and more. These classic holiday traditions are brought to life with a modern twist with the help of the latest tech from Sony, Google, Xbox, and more. Those in attendance can enter on-site contests.
The Secret Life of Spotted Owls
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
When: Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-noon
Info: Free, all ages, must pre-register, metrovancouver.org
The northern spotted owl is the rarest owl in Canada and one of our most endangered species. Join Jasmine McCulligh, Facility Coordinator for the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program, who will talk about the program and debunk some common misconceptions about owls. With a special appearance by Small Eyes, the glove-trained spotted owl.
The B.C. Bird Trail
Situated on the Pacific Flyway, British Columbia is home to a vast array of North America’s best birdwatching opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or just taking off, the B.C. Bird Trail is your guide to explore birding, conservation, and community in British Columbia.
In the Beginning – A Cultural Sharing
Where: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St.
When: Nov. 4-7
Info: $20/$15, 604-689-0926, firehallartscentre.ca
Storyteller, filmmaker and performer Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dené) and the Firehall’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer delve into the stories and history of the Indigenous peoples in the area that is now called Vancouver prior to and during colonization. Over five evolving events, Georgeson, Spencer, and moderator Kim Haxton are joined by Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers, and artists from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh homelands. Stories of the land are told by people of the land with images projected of the land and waters as well as historic and personal photos are a part of the event. Produced by the Firehall Arts Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre.
Where: Online, and in-person at the Granville Island Stage
When: Until Dec. 6
Info: Watch live: $29, watch recording: $19, artsclub.com
An Arts Club presentation by Anosh Irani. Born to circus folk who prefer trapezing over parenting, Felix quickly learns to turn life’s misfortunes into jokes. His longing for family and home is piqued at the tender age of seven, when he falls for an older woman, age eight—an event that kickstarts his journey to becoming a true buffoon. A story of love, loss, and the fate that binds us, Buffoon is a one-man show that expertly walks the tightrope between hilarity and heartbreak. Performers Kayvon Khoshkam and Andrew McNee will perform on alternating evenings.
Where: Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr.
When: Oct. 29-Nov. 21
Info: $30/$35, 604-266-7191, metrotheatre.com
With COVID Health and Safety Protocols in place, Metro Theatre raises the curtain on their season 58 opener, Five Alarm written by Canadian playwright Kristen Da Silva. As the sauce simmers, bitter rivalry, mystery and zany comedy come to a rolling boil in a small town traditional Chili Cook-Off.
Arts Club Theatre: No Child
Where: BMO Theatre Centre, 162 W. 1st Ave. Live stream and recorded options also available
When: Until Nov. 8
Info: In theatre: $53, live stream: $29, recording: $19, artsclub.com
Provocative and insightful, No Child… transports the audience to the underfunded Malcolm X High School in the Bronx, where an intrepid substitute drama teacher refuses to give up on a group of at-risk students—despite their hardened attitudes and tough-talking attempts to push her away. This play within a play, with 16 characters portrayed by one actor, is a powerful reminder of the transformative role of the arts in our lives. The show is staged in adherence to COVID safety guidelines established by the B.C. Government.
Bard on the Beach Festival: BMO Virtual Mainstage
When: Ongoing, new episodes available on a weekly basis
Bard Beyond the Beach offers original, artist-driven programming that includes spoken word, music and on-location performance segments, in imaginative formats and with advanced production values.
Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience
Where: Guests be given the venue address once tickets are purchased.
When: Various dates and times
Info: $50, limited to 12 people per show, HiddenWonders.show
Hidden Wonders, a speakeasy-style performance venue hidden behind a fake business facade in New Westminster’s historic downtown, is a seventy-five-minute interactive but non-contact magic experience. The show features effects exclusively designed for the venue as well as several of the effects Shawn Farquhar created to win two world championships and to fool Vegas’s Penn & Teller twice on their hit television show Fool Us. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.
The Odd Volume – Dumb Instrument Dance: Ziyian Kwan
When: Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Info: Free, thedancecentre.ca
The Odd Volume is an autobiographical solo that sources Ziyian Kwan’s memories of 70’s Vancouver to subvert a lifetime of internalized racism. Vignettes consider the tensions of racialization, displacement and cultural assimilation. Central to the piece are questions around Ziyian’s immigrant experience as a first-generation person of colour: what does it mean to know that one will never arrive yet always yearn to belong? Leaning into the poetic dissonance of vulnerability, the work unsilences the odd volume of one womxn’s identity and maps a road to healing.
The Flame: Scary Stories Edition
When: Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m.
Info: Free, surrey.ca
True stories told by the people who lived them. This Halloween, tune in for a night of scary stories from a variety of accomplished, local storytellers, hosted by award-winning actor and one of the creators of Mom’s the Word, Deborah Williams. The Flame features personal, true stories shared with a live audience.
A Dreadful Discussion: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Where: Online, hosted by the Vancouver Public Library
When: Oct. 31, 3-4:30 p.m.
Info: Free, please register in advance, 604-331-3603, vpl.ca
Don your costume, grab your candy and settle in for a thrilling discussion of terror. Horror author Michael Slade and ghost-story writer JJ Lee will chat in centennial celebration of the 1920 horror film Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, directed by John S. Robertson and starring John Barrymore, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella. You can watch the film via Kanopy (free with your library card) or download the novella at your convenience before the session and then join us for a group conversation via Zoom.
Anti-Black Racism and the Theatre
When: Nov. 3, 1-2:30 p.m.
Info: Free, 604-331-3603, vpl.ca/events
The Vancouver Public Library hosts award-winning actor and director Philip Akin in conversation with Luke Reece, playwright, poet, educator, and producer at Little Black Afro Theatre. Philip was a founding member and Artistic Director (2006-2020) of Obsidian Theatre Company which is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.
The Art and Alchemy of Mask Theatre
Where: Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Van
When: Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Info: $15/$12, kaymeek.com
As the essence of drama, mask has been used almost universally to represent characters in theatrical performances. It’s an inanimate device that transforms and registers empathy, non-verbal communication, and humour. Join theatre makers Susan Bertoia, Chris McGregor, and Frank Rader to learn about the delicate craft of mask.
Books & Ideas Audio Series
Listen to exhilarating conversations and ideas from some of the world’s greatest storytellers and luminaries. From the esteemed vaults of the Vancouver Writers Fest.
Visual Arts / Museums
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Where: 2212 Main Mall, UBC campus
As Vancouver’s natural history museum, you’re invited to take a journey to discover the interconnectedness of all life on Earth, and our role in preserving these delicate systems.
Belkin Art Gallery
Where: 1825 Main Mall, UBC
Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts. This exhibit features newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings and written instructions. During the exhibition, these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public, gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action. The exhibit runs until Dec. 6
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
Where: 639 Hornby St.
Info: 604-682-3455, billreidgallery.ca
Current and upcoming exhibits: Resurgence: Indigiqueer Identities, celebrates the deeply personal and profound work of four emerging artists – and their unique identities and stories as queer Indigenous people. On display until Jan. 24. Features works by Levi Nelson (Lil’wat First Nation), Jaz Whitford (Secwepemc), Morgan Whitehead (Plains Cree) and Raven John (Coast Salish/Sto:lo) | Bill Reid – Creative Journeys, permanent exhibit. Celebrating the many creative journeys of acclaimed master goldsmith and sculptor Bill Reid (1920–1998), this exhibition provides a comprehensive introduction to his life and work. | To Speak With a Golden Voice, until April 11, 2021. The gallery celebrates the centennial birthday of Bill Reid (1920–1998) with an extraordinary exhibition about his life and legacy.
Burnaby Art Gallery
Where: 6344 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby
Explore the connection between written word and visual art in Reading Art, a powerful and challenging exhibition presented by the Burnaby Art Gallery from Sept. 25 to Jan. 17, 2021. The diverse and ever-changing nature of language is on full display in Reading Art, which features works which draw inspiration from political protest, as well as classical literature such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Marcel Proust’s Swann in Love.
Burrard Arts Foundation
Where: 258 E. 1st Ave.
Three new art exhibitions will open at BAF on October 31. Two of the shows were produced by the latest participants in BAF’s Residency Program, painter and new media artist Michael Edward Miller and interaction designer and visual artist Eli Muro. During the program, the two artists worked side-by-side in the two studios at BAF’s purpose-designed facility in the False Creek Flats. Also opening is new work from Haley Bassett in BAF’s Garage; this street facing exhibition window displays art to the public 24 hours a day and showcases early-career artists. The show closes on Dec. 19.
Where: 950 E. Cordova St.
Duane Linklater: primaryuse. Duane Linklater is an Omaskêko Ininiwak artist and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. Linklater’s practice is concerned in part with the exploration of the physical and theoretical structures of the museum in relation to the current and historical conditions of Indigenous people and their objects and forms. These explorations are articulated in a myriad of forms including sculpture, photography, film and video, installation and text works. The exhibit runs until Nov. 21.
Contemporary Art Gallery
Where: 555 Nelson St.
Info: 604-681-2700, contemporaryartgallery.ca
The gallery presents three new major solo exhibitions by Madiha Aijaz, Julian Yi-Jong Hou and Althea Thauberger. * Madiha Aijaz: Memorial for the lost pages, until January 3. Co-curated by Kimberly Phillips and Zarmeene Shah, Memorial for the lost pages presents the intimate videos and photographs of Madiha Aijaz in Canada for the first time. | Julian Yi-Jong Hou: Grass Drama, until January 3. The first solo exhibition in a major public gallery by Vancouver-based artist Julian Yi-Jong Hou. | Althea Thauberger: Pagal Pagal Pagal Pagal Filmy Duniya, until January 3. Presented in a custom-built theatre in CAG’s B.C. Binning Gallery is the most recent single-channel video work by Vancouver-based artist Althea Thauberger, Pagal Pagal Pagal Pagal Filmy Duniya [Mad Mad Mad Mad Filmy World].
Deer Lake Art Gallery
Where: 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby
Natalie Robinson: Liminal Home, until Nov. 28. Liminal Home draws inspiration from the domestic space of ‘home.’ In a time of regular self-isolation and quarantining, the safe space of home has become more important than ever. In this exhibition, the familiar space is taken, twisted and made strange through the manipulation of imagery to produce new, unfamiliar environments to situate oneself in. Photos of household rooms are altered and transformed into a new reality. COVID-19 guidelines are in place at the gallery.
Where: 3642 Commercial St.
Shawn Hunt: The Beginning of Something, until Nov. 14. Shawn Hunt is a Heiltsuk artist born in Waglisla (Bella Bella), British Columbia. Hunt’s practice is directly informed by his Scottish, French and First Nations background and the visual culture and traditions that accompany it. He works with traditional Northwest Coast design principle, known as formline, to create abstract, surreal, and sculptural artworks based on ancestral Heiltsuk Cosmology. Hunt is always seeking to push the boundaries of the art form, often combining non-traditional ideas with innovative uses of materials and motifs in his work.
Griffin Art Projects
Where: 1174 Welch St., North Van
Now Bulletin: Artworks, Letters and Printed Matter from the Garry Neill Kennedy Collection 1968 – 2019. Now Bulletin is an exhibition, residency, and public program on the archive, collection, and works of eminent Vancouver artist and former NSCAD president, Garry Neill Kennedy. The exhibition runs until Dec. 12, guest curated by David MacWilliam.
Where: 350 E. 2nd Ave.
Cheap! Diligent! Faithful!, by Marlene Yuen, until Dec. 12. As our urban, cultural, technological and political landscapes rapidly shift, Vancouver-based printmaker Marlene Yuen delves into Chinese Canadian labour histories through stories both known and forgotten. Through ‘zines, comics, lovingly crafted artists books and – new for this exhibition – site-specific artworks, Yuen’s body of work comes off the pages and onto the walls. In precise and attentive craftsmanship, Yuen brings dimension to both the known and the overlooked histories of immigrant labour.
Ian Tan Gallery
Where: 2342 Granville St.
Info: 604-833-7738, iantangallery.com
Human:Nature – Kevin Lanthier. This art show featuring Kevin Lanthier’s photographic images will run Nov. 7-30. As human activity alters and controls more of the earth’s surface, wildlife are forced to adapt. Some species are displaced from these areas, some live at the fringe, and others become full-time residents of what we tend to think of as “our” spaces. As their behaviour adjusts, it can seem as though these non-human neighbours of ours take on some of our own patterns and characteristics, reflecting our own nature back to us. We’re also forced to re-examine what “natural habitat” now even means for many of them. These images present moments of day-to-day life for several commonly found species, as seen in tableau, not unlike the dioramas in natural history museums, but updated for the reality of their new habitats.
Museum of Anthropology
Where: 6393 NW Marine Dr., UBC
Info: All visitors must pre-book a ticket, 604-822-5087, moa.ubc.ca
Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience takes you on a journey through the past 150 years of Canada. It is a journey that reclaims and reinserts Indigenous voices into the collective memory of our country, challenging and shattering colonial ideas of our history. Runs until Jan. 3, 2021
Museum of Surrey
Where: 17710 56A Ave., Surrey
When: Pre-registered tours are available Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and 2-4:30 p.m.
Info: Free, register online or by phone, surrey.ca, 604-592-6956
Take a self-guided tours in a one-way direction, stopping at the Surrey Stories Gallery, Indigenous Hall and Photo Mural. The climate focused Arctic Voices exhibit is also open, as well as a community partner exhibit about family history.
Museum of Vancouver
Where: 1100 Chestnut St.
Info: All ticketing has been moved to an online ticketing system. Visitors will now be required to select a specific entrance time, museumofvancouver.ca
Current exhibits – c̓əc̓əwitəl̕ | helping each other | ch’áwatway. This micro-exhibition provides an opportunity for the 2019 YVR Art Foundation scholarship recipients to exhibit their final works. The exhibit explores themes of resilience, memory and identity, through reconnection with ancestral knowledge and lands. Runs until Dec. 9 | Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition. In partnership with the Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate, this exhibition features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers. On view until December. | Acts of Resistance. This exhibit showcases the artwork of seven indigenous artist activists, whose designs flew from the Iron Workers Memorial bridge in protest of the Trans Mountain Expansion People project. This exhibition is done in partnership with Green Peace. On view until winter 2020.
Where: 885 W. Georgia St.
Ann Goldberg: Realist paintings of everyday objects of beauty and delight. Ann Goldberg is a Vancouver-based painter concerned with issues of realism and the representation of everyday objects. Goldberg’s singular focus on the object elevates it from the ordinary and overlooked into an entity of complex beauty and contemplation. The exhibit runs until Nov. 20.
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Van
Info: Admission by donation, 604-986-1351, thepolygon.ca
Third Realm: This group exhibition spans the entire gallery, and showcases a crucial period of artistic production from 2004 to 2019 through photography, video, drawing, and installation by seminal contemporary art figures. Third Realm is on view until Nov. 8.
Where: #425 – 268 Keefer St.
Time-Lapse: Posthumous Conversations – A Geoff McMurchy Retrospective. A memorial exhibition of visual art by Geoff McMurchy, a storm force fag who blew open disability art in Canada and whose legacy includes a generation of disabled artists who thrived under his mentorship. Curated by Yuri Arajs, SD Holman and Persimmon Blackbridge in partnership with Kickstart and All Souls at Mountainview Cemetery. Opening reception, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m. The exhibit continues until Dec. 1,
Surrey Art Gallery
Where: 13750 88th Ave., Surrey
Carol Sawyer: Proscenium. Explore this playful foray into narrative, perspective, performance, appearance and truth. Runs until Feb. 14, 2021 | Don Hutchinson and Ying-Yueh Chuang: Passages. Experience whimsical ceramic works from Don Hutchinson and Ying-Yueh Chuang. Runs until Jan. 3, 2021 | Where We Have Been. View works from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection that explore place and identity. Runs until Dec. 13 | Searching for Surrey. The Colour Collective presents their vision of many sites throughout Surrey and its surrounding region. Runs until Dec. 13 | Varvara and Mar: We Are the Clouds. See yourself in the clouds in this interactive outdoor artwork. Runs until Jan. 3
Where: 515 W. Hastings St.
Elizabeth MacKenzie / Unlikeness. Elizabeth MacKenzie’s extensive drawing-based practice examines the psychological interactions that occur between images and their viewers. Unlikeness, a new installation for Teck Gallery, emerges from her ongoing drawing series of the same name. Runs until April 25, 2021.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: 750 Hornby St.
Victor Vasarely, until April 5, 2021. Victor Vasarely, a selected survey of paintings, sculptures and prints by the Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely (1906–1997), internationally renowned for his colourful abstract patterns and playful, and visually engaging aesthetic. | Organized in conjunction with Victor Vasarely is the exhibition Op Art in Vancouver — a selection of paintings and prints from the Gallery’s permanent collection that reflects the emergence of Op Art (Optical Art) in Vancouver, until April 5, 2021 | Developed in response to Victor Vasarely, the group exhibition Uncommon Language critiques and confounds Vasarely’s romantic desire for a universal aesthetic language. The exhibit features local, national and international artists from the Gallery’s permanent collection, until April 5, 2020. | The gallery has reopened with an exciting exhibition line-up: Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia. This exhibition is the most comprehensive view of the mid-century craft and design scene in British Columbia assembled to date. Runs until January 3, 2021. | The Tin Man Was a Dreamer: Allegories, Poetics and Performances of Power. This exhibition examines the ways power is constructed, experienced and communicated, until Nov. 1 | NEXT: Matilda Aslizadeh – Moly and Kassandra. An immersive video and photographic installation by Vancouver-based visual artist, Matilda Aslizadeh, until Nov. 1 | Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries. This exhibit focuses on artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by women artists based in British Columbia, until Dec. 13.
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Where: 1905 Ogden Ave.
Info: 604-257-8300, vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
Celebration 75 Years of Freedom: In honour of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, the Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society has created a temporary display chronicling the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian Armed Forces.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park. The main entrance is located off 33rd Avenue between Cambie and Main Streets
Info: 45-minute time slots must be booked in advance, bloedelconservatory.ca
Take a tropical vacation without living the city! The Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush tropcial paradise featuring more than 120 free-flying exotic birds. More than 500 exotic and tropical plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. The Vancouver Park Board is reopened the Conservatory on July 13 with new physical distancing and operational procedures in place.
Britannia Mine Museum
Where: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
The Britannia Mine Museum will once again be welcoming visitors to its historic educational tourist destination with new COVID-19 safety measures and procedures in place. Visitors can once again enjoy fun, educational exhibits, attractions and crowd favourites, like the BOOM! Mill Show.
Where: Canada Place
In accordance with the provincial government’s reopening protocols on cleaning, physical distancing and training, FlyOver Canada reopened on June 18. This attraction uses state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while the film whisks you away on a journey across Canada.
Where: 1455 Quebec St.
Info: Open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., scienceworld.ca
Science World welcomed back visitors on August 1 with enhanced safety protocols and physical distancing measures in place. Ticketing will be done through timed ticketed entry. Physical distancing protocols are in place, and face coverings are mandatory for visitors six years of age and over. Directional signage will safely guide visitors through the dome, and certain galleries will operate with limited capacity. The OMNIMAX Theatre and Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks can be reserved for a specific time, and there will be three live science shows per hour around the building for all visitors to enjoy.
UBC Botanical Garden
Where: 6804 S.W. Marine Dr.
Info: All visitors are required to book entry times in advance, botanicalgarden.ubc.ca
Re-connect with nature and plants at UBC Botanical Garden. New health and safety measures are in place to ensure the wellbeing of guests, members, and staff. Established in 1916, the UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest university botanic garden. The garden is a place where visitors of all ages can explore and learn about plants from every corner of the world.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Where: 5251 Oak St.
Info: Must pre-book online, ticketzone.com
VanDusen Botanical Garden is now open under new guidelines to ensure public, member and staff safety. VanDusen is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world.