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Stepping Out at 1001 Steps

Fishing from the shore at 1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

I didn’t count, but as I descended the bluff side stairway in Ocean Park towards the beach I was confident there were close to 1001 steps, at least my knees seemed to think so. In truth, this fantastic zig-zag staircase consists of only 284 steps; all of them are marvellous. Dropping 40 metres from the trail head to the ocean, the pathway offers a short trek through a natural area to the beach, with peekaboo ocean views of Boundary Bay across to Point Roberts.

1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

People from across the lower mainland regularly flock to this pocket park known as 1001 Steps. Fitness fanatics run sets up and down the stairs at breakneck speeds, families toting chairs and coolers set their sights on the rocky shoreline and nature enthusiasts with cameras in hand seek out wildlife viewing opportunities. Personally, I enjoy a good old fashioned dawdle. I prefer to take the slow lane and soak up the nuances of the environment around me as I pound up and down the stairway.

Rocky Shoreline at 1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, after enjoying a long, slow descent, I arrived at the base of the staircase. Seeking the beach, I continued along a short trail and passed through a small underpass beneath the railway line. Emerging from the graffiti covered tunnel, I arrived on the rocky shoreline at low tide, the ideal time for beachcombing! Like a sleuthing detective, I carefully sought out and examined the plants and animals that make their home in the intertidal zone. Fascinated by the rich diversity of life, I felt like an aspiring marine biologist.

Sunset at 1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

Time passed quickly, and as the tide began to change, I returned to the shore.  As I sat on the beach, contentedly watching a family skip stones, I noticed the sun beginning to set. As it threatened to dip below the horizon; the sky began to light up in a blaze of colour. Vibrant orange dominated the skyline and reflected off the water signalling the end of another perfect day at the beach. As I gathered up my backpack, I noticed the moon rising. Delighted, I climbed back up the steps under the glow of a full moon. The number of steps no longer seemed to matter!

Rising Moon at 1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

 

Getting There:

The Ocean Park neighbourhood in South Surrey is home to 1001 Steps. Access the trail head at the end of 15A Ave., off 126A Street. Parking is limited; consider leaving the car at Kwomais Point Park and extending your walk from there. Remember, the rail line is active. Exercise extreme caution near the tracks.

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Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Russian band Iva Nova

Russian ethno-rock quartet Iva Nova plays this year’s Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver.

In the not-your-baba’s-accordion-festival department, the Accordion Noir Festival is back with more fun-filled squeezebox adventures.

This year’s lineup includes talent from as far away as Finland Russia, as well as an accordion fixer from Montreal. The event takes place Sept. 7-10 at various venues around town, with the four evenings arranged by theme. These include Accordion Drink-o-Bingo (Sept. 7), Accordion Alchemy parts I & II (Sept. 8), Accordion Community Day (Sept. 9, the same night as an album release party from local accordion sensation Geoff Berner), and Underdog Instrument Grudge Match: The Millennial Edition (Sept. 10).

Here’s some more of what to expect.

Ana Bon-Bon (Accordion Drink-o-Bingo, Sept. 7, Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.)—The Vancouver performer mixes blues, country, show-tunes, and more. She also draws on vaudeville, ’50s Hollywood, depression-era music, spirituals, and Western swing. Besides the Accordion Noir Festival, Ana hosts the weekly Sundays for Sinners jams at the Princeton Pub.

Also on the Accordion Drink-o-Bingo bill: Grayson Walker (Victoria), Shelder the Electric Clam Fish (Halifax), The Committee Clowns, and Something About Reptiles.

Antti Paalanen (Accordion Alchemy Part I, Sept. 8, St James Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova)—From Kokkola, Finland, Antti Paalanen combines a deep knowledge of Finnish folk music with throat singing and accordion set against a modern techno beat. In performance, Paalanen takes on an alter ego, “a volcanic man who raves at his accordion, kicks at the floor and snorts like a raging bull.” Nor is he just another pretty face; according to his bio, “Antti Paalanen’s artistically oriented doctoral thesis of 2015 focused on revolutionary instrument-based writing techniques for bisonoric accordion, his particular accordion of choice.”

Finnish accordion player Antti Paalanen performs at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival. Photo by Jyrki Kallio.

Also on the Accordion Alchemy Part I bill: Douglas Schmidt (Ho Chi Minh City), Giorgio Magnanensi, and East Van Phonograph Company.

Iva Nova (Accordion Alchemy Part II, Sept. 8, Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.)—From St Petersburg, Russia, Iva Nova describes their mixture of Slavic, electronic and rock influences as “ethno-extreme.” The all-female group has honed its unusual sound through 15 years of European touring. In that time Iva Nova has built a loyal following. Their songs have been described as “politically relevant yet mischievous.”

Also on the Accordion Alchemy Part II bill: Balkan Schmalkan, DJ Lykaire (Lafayette, Illinois)

For more a complete schedule and ticket info, visit accordionnoirfest.com.

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – August 18, 2017

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: August 17, 2017

Ready yourself for the beginning of The Fair at the PNE, an interstellar tall ship performance, dancing horses, a doughnut marathon, craft festivals, and a celebration of garlic! After the weekend, be sure to cap it off by being outside for the partial solar eclipse on Monday; by 10:21am the sun will be mostly blocked out by the moon. You can watch through special glasses, a home-made pinhole camera, or just watch the effect on the shadows around you, the wildlife, and the surrounding sky as the sun’s light turns to a sliver.

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Friday August 18

Nomadic Tempest
Where: The shore of South-East False Creek near Cambie bridge
What: A free, all-ages show performed on a 90-foot long Tall Ship. Nomadic Tempest is a mythical saga of monarch migrants—embodied by aerial artists—searching for refuge on a drowned planet.
Runs until: Sunday September 3, 2017

Sea to Sky Gondola Sunset Stretch with The Hairfarmers
Where: Sea to Sky Gondola
What: Extended hours mean more hiking, more sightseeing and more patio time! Tonight, listen to live music with modern rockers, The Hairfarmers.

Science World After Dark
Where: Science World
What: Technology and tinkering isn’t just for house cats! Our upcoming After Dark event is all about design and innovation in the outdoors. Come play outside in the Science Park with your friends.

Coconutz & Bananas

Coconutz & Bananas
Where: The Odyssey
What: Vancouver’s first trans-centric club night is an inclusive safe space for trans, non-binary, gender bending folks to be visible.

Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller
Where: UBC Thunderbird Stadium
What: An American singer, songwriter and rapper from Louisville, Kentucky.

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band
Where: Rogers Arena
What: American country music from Atlanta, Georgia, that brings a bit of an indie low-key and grassroots vibe back to the scene of twang.

Architectural Walking Tours
Where: Various locations
What: The Architectural Institute of British Columbia offers architectural perspectives of six Vancouver neighbourhoods including vibrant Chinatown, historical Gastown, trendy Yaletown, contemporary Downtown, lively West End and diverse Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver.
Runs until: Thursday August 31, 2017

Eco Stewards Upcycling Workshop: Fence Building
Where: Stanley Park
What: Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society and environmental artist Sharon Kallis for this special two-day invasive plant upcycling workshop in Stanley Park! Volunteer participants will learn to build fences made from invasive plant materials that will help to stabilize sensitive habitat along North Creek.
Runs until: Saturday August 20, 2017

Southlands BC Dressage Championship

Southlands BC Dressage Championship
Where: Southlands Riding Club
What: Watch horses prance and dance. This event draws riders of all ages and levels from across the province for thousands of dollar in cash and awards.
Runs until: Sunday August 20, 2017

Mew

Mew
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Danish indie art-rock.

Lord of the Schwings:A Tolkien Burlesque Night
Where: The Rio Theatre
What: A silly, sexy evening filled with all your favourite hobbits, elves, wizards, and creatures.

Kimoto Gallery Summer Mixer
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: New works by gallery artists.

Toni Onley
Where: The Visual Space
What: A retrospective exhibition that will include over 30 works of art from esteemed artist Toni Onley. Taken from the private collections of four local collectors, it is a rare chance to view and purchase many previously unseen works.
Runs until: Saturday September 9, 2017


 

Saturday August 19

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The Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNE
Where: The PNE
What: The PNE, which has been on for over a century, offers a range of new and classic family entertainment, including more than 55 thrilling rides (including Canada’s largest pendulum ride, “The Beast,”) the Summer Night Concert series (featuring headliners such as The B52s, Mother Mother, The Pointer Sisters, The Doobie Brothers and ZZ Top), a craft beer festival, mouth-watering food from around the globe, the beloved Superdogs and more.
Runs until: Monday September 4, 2017

Our Cityride Vancouver

Our Cityride
Where: David Lam Park
What: A non-competitive all inclusive mass participation ride that will be held in the heart of cities globally. The ride will be host to participants of all ages and abilities, focused around a fun and festive atmosphere with a festival of music, food trucks and activities for the whole family.

Watch & Learn Festival
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Plaza
What: A weekend of hands-on learning with some of Vancouver’s most talented artisans. Workshop tickets include weekend passes to enjoy all of the Watch & Learn Festival including Etsy Vancouver market and live music.
Runs until: Sunday August 20, 2017

Mother Mother
Where: The Fair at the PNE
What: Free with admission, The Fair’s summer concert series hosts Vancouver-based Mother Mother tonight.

Whitecaps Pride Night
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: The Whitecaps’ community includes everyone – join a night of pride and pre-game performance to showcase inclusion of the LGBTQ2+ community within the sports community.

ArtStarts Explores: Paint
Where: ArtStarts Gallery
What: Mix, stroke, mash, colour and blend our way through this fun family workshop that explores paint and painting.

Science World: Alfresco!
Where: Science World
What: A unique long-table 5-course dinner, served family style. The seasonal menu is rooted in west coast flavours—with an emphasis on fresh, local, sustainable ingredients and BC wine.

Harajuku Fashion Walk

Harajuku Fashion Walk
Where: Robson Square
What: Wear any fashion style you like, such as Lolita, punk, decora, cosplay or other creative outfits, embrace the Japanese fashion, and help spread J-fashion to the street on a walk-around with others.

BC Wildfire Benefit Concert
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Roots rock, with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.

How to Get Over a Book Launch: Workshop
Where: Vancouver Public Library Strathcona Branch
What: Appearing in the documentary “The Revival: Women and the Word” is cast member t’ai freedom ford, who is touring her first poetry collection “how to get over”. Join us for a matinee reading at the new VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch with t’ai and local poet and Vancouver Slam Master, Jillian Christmas.

Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks
Where: The Wise Hall
What: A folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at New York State farmers markets.

One OK Rock

One OK Rock
Where: The Vogue
What: Rock from Japan.

Weezel
Where: The Roxy
What: A Weezer tribute band.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair
Where: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
What: Over twenty-five vendors and artisans from within the community, entertainment from local performers, an area for children to play, information booths about the different resources available in the community, and a wide variety of goods and services for purchase.
Runs until: Saturday September 30, 2017 (Saturdays)

Quantic (Live)

Quantic (Live)
Where: The Imperial
What: British born musician, producer and DJ performs a special live show.


 

Sunday August 20

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Donut Dash 2017

Donut Dash 2017
Where: Playland
What: Vancouver’s tastiest and most filling 5K run where runners will be energized with sugary and tasty treats throughout the course, including mini donuts and more. 

Crabs, Clams, and Other Coastal Critters
Where: Stanley Park
What: Pack your rubber boots and prepare to be blown away by the bizarre life in Stanley Park’s intertidal zone. From orange armoured sea cucumbers to red feather duster worms, you might forget what planet you are on.

Garlic Festival
Where: Terra Nova Rural Park (Richmond, BC)
What: Celebrate the garlic harvest by gazing upon garlic, eating garlic, buying garlic, listening to garlic-friendly music, and not worrying about your breath at all because everyone is mowing down on arguably the most delicious addition to pretty much any meal.


 

Ongoing

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Ensemble Theatre Festival

Ensemble Theatre Festival
Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Featuring a cast of emerging and established actors performing In the Next Room, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Master Class, by directors new and returning to the festival: Keltie Forsyth, Ian Farthing, and Evan Frayne.
Runs until: Friday August 18, 2017

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny
Where: The Improv Centre on Granville Island
What: Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, and lumberjacks or other endless possibilities. As this is improv and the show is made up on the spot, no two shows are ever the same. Join us for some distinctively Canadian laughs. You’ll be nicer for it.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat
Where: Kits beach
What: Almost anything can happen at this family friendly showcase of amateur talent dating back to 1935.
Runs until: Saturday August 19, 2017

Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This festival is ready to once again illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people – telling stories of the journeys we have taken to find ourselves, each other and our place in the world. This year continues the movement of creating change through film, education and dialogue.
Runs until: Sunday August 20, 2017

Watch & Learn Festival
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A weekend of hands-on learning with some of Vancouver’s most talented artisans. Workshop tickets include weekend passes to enjoy the rest of Watch & Learn Festival including Etsy Vancouver market and live music.
Runs until: Sunday August 20, 2017

Southlands BC Dressage Championship

Southlands BC Dressage Championship
Where: Southlands Riding Club
What: Watch horses prance and dance. This event draws riders of all ages and levels from across the province for thousands of dollar in cash and awards.
Runs until: Sunday August 20, 2017

Odlum Brown VanOpen
Where: Hollyburn County Club
What: Western Canada’s largest and most celebrated tennis event. $ 200,000 in prize money for men and women, and the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on both the ATP and WTA Tours.
Runs until: Sunday August 20. 2017

Film Noir
Where: The Cinematheque
What: The Cinematheque’s annual foray into the dark, desperate world of American film noir returns with eleven lurid classics from noir’s hard-boiled heyday.
Runs until: Thursday August 24, 2017

Indigenous Plant Use
Where: Stanley Park
What: Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day Indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting.
Runs until: Friday August 25, 2017 (Fridays)

Theatre Under the Stars | Photo by Tim Matheson

Theatre Under the Stars
Where: Stanley Park
What: Enjoy a delightful dose of entertainment this summer with two Broadway musicals. Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed live at the Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS 2017 season promises song & dance in two family-friendly productions celebrating love and imagination.
Runs until: Saturday August 26, 2017

Story Walks

Story Walks
Where: The Shipyards and in Lynn Canyon Park
What: Free drop-in walks at The Shipyards are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Meet at Lonsdale Ave. and Victory Ship Way. Free drop-in walks in Lynn Canyon Park are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 6th to August 24th at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Meet across from the Lynn Canyon Café.
Runs until: Sunday August 27, 2017

Peak Yoga on Grouse Mountain

Peak Yoga on Grouse Mountain
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Enjoy 60 minute yoga classes led by YYoga instructors, every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-11:00 am. Whether you need a great post-Grind cool down or would just love to experience a different yoga venue at one of the city’s most spectacular locations, these 60-minute class are bound to enhance your physical well-being and kick start your weekend.
Runs until: Sunday August 27, 2017

Social Sundays
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Summer sounds, signature cocktails, and lawn games.
Runs until: Sunday August 27, 2017

Dance in Transit
Where: Various outdoor locations
What: A continuous supply of dancing during the warm months —at no cost. Watch it, try it, and see if you love it.
Runs until: Sunday August 27th, 2017

Love’s Labor Lost
Where: The Bernie Legge Theatre (New Westminster, BC)
What: Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present Love’s Labour’s Lost. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women, along with all other vices, for three whole years. No sooner have they agreed to their idealistic pledge than the beautiful Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.
Runs until: Sunday August 20, 2017

Architectural Walking Tours
Where: Various locations
What: The Architectural Institute of British Columbia offers architectural perspectives of six Vancouver neighbourhoods including vibrant Chinatown, historical Gastown, trendy Yaletown, contemporary Downtown, lively West End and diverse Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver.
Runs until: Thursday August 31, 2017

Nomadic Tempest
Where: The shore of South-East False Creek near Cambie bridge
What: A free, all-ages show performed on a 90-foot long Tall Ship. Nomadic Tempest is a mythical saga of monarch migrants—embodied by aerial artists—searching for refuge on a drowned planet.
Runs until: Sunday September 3, 2017

The Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNE
Where: The PNE
What: The PNE, which has been on for over a century, offers a range of new and classic family entertainment, including more than 55 thrilling rides (including Canada’s largest pendulum ride, “The Beast,”) the Summer Night Concert series (featuring headliners such as The B52s, Mother Mother, The Pointer Sisters, The Doobie Brothers and ZZ Top), a craft beer festival, mouth-watering food from around the globe, the beloved Superdogs and more.
Runs until: Monday September 4, 2017

Xi Xanya Dzam – Those Who Are Amazing At Making Things
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: Xi Xanya Dzam (pronounced hee hun ya zam) is the Kwak’wala word describing incredibly talented and gifted people who create works of art. The exhibition is both a showcase and a critical exploration of ‘achievement’ and ‘excellence’ in traditional and contemporary First Nations art.
Runs until: Sunday September 4, 2017

Pictures From Here

Pictures From Here
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Featuring photographs and video works from the early 1960s to the present that capture the urban environment of the Greater Vancouver region, its citizens and the vast “natural” landscape of the province.
Runs until: Sunday September 4, 2017

Jaad Kuujus: Meghann O’Brien

Jaad Kuujus: Meghann O’Brien
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Meghann takes materials from the natural world and transforms them into pieces of high-level human expression. Working with traditional materials such as mountain goat wool and cedar bark has given her a deep connection to the supernatural world, a connection to her ancestors. She describes working with cedar bark as, “travelling back in time” or “touching the cosmos”. Her creations have a profound impact within contemporary Northwest Coast art and beyond.
Runs until: September 2017

Sunday Art Market

Sunday Art Market
Where: Jim Deva Plaza
What: Local artists, vendors and makers, largely from Vancouver’s West End, along with musical and other live performances and artist-led workshops to drop into.
Runs until: September 2017

Panda International Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: A diverse market in Richmond, with shopping, food, beverages, and a game zone.
Runs until: Monday September 11, 2017

Flora and Fauna: A Summer Art Show
Where: The Fall Tattooing and Artist Studio
What: An artistic summer celebration of all vibrant, colourful, living things.
Runs until: Friday September 15, 2017

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Where: Vanier Park
What: What do you say to watching a live production of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice or The Two Gentlemen of Verona in a custom-built tent on the beach while sipping wine, beer, and munching on a picnic lunch themed to the play? Yes! Right? After 28 years, this festival has hit a stride of near perfection (and don’t even get us started on the amazing costumes.)
Runs until: Saturday September 23, 2017

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The first overview of the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918 – 1974), born in the Treelon area near Climax, Saskatchewan. It brings together approximately 450 of the artist’s paintings as well as several of his mural-sized works. An itinerant painter, he sold thousands of variations of essentially the same landscape painting in national parks, resorts, department stores and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s through the early 1960s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Unbelievable

Unbelievable
Where: The Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition poses provocative questions about our perception of stories by assembling iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon. Unbelievable objects include the Thunderbird totem pole that appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1906 work In the Land of the Head Hunters; contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver; and artifacts illustrating the complex narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Uninterrupted

Uninterrupted
Where: Under the Cambie Street Bridge
What: After dusk, audiences will witness the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon in a 30-minute cinematic spectacle that explores the connection between nature and our urban environments.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Be Polite

Be Polite
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working closely with the Estate of Gordon Bennett and IMA Brisbane the exhibition will comprise a selection of rare works on paper including drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s.
Runs until: Sunday September 24, 2017

Works by Anna Milton

Works by Anna Milton
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Anna has been exhibiting and selling her work internationally since her college years. She trained and worked as an art therapist for many years and is interested in symbols and metaphor that are present in visual art.
Runs until: Wednesday September 27, 2017

Shipyards Night Marlet

Shipyards Night Market
Where: Lonsdale, North Vancouver
What: Food, art, music, entertainment, shopping, a beer garden, and you can bring your dog!
Runs until: September 29, 2017

ZimCarvings
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: Patrick Sephani along with visiting artist Peter Kananji will be showcasing works from over 30 Zimbabwean stone sculptors on the beautiful garden grounds and carving stone sculptures on site.  All works will be available for purchase.
Runs until: Saturday September 30, 2017

Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair
Where: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
What: Over twenty-five vendors and artisans from within the community, entertainment from local performers, an area for children to play, information booths about the different resources available in the community, and a wide variety of goods and services for purchase.
Runs until: Saturday September 30, 2017 (Saturdays)

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The most comprehensive exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden will trace the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history. This exhibition will present thirty-eight paintings spanning the course of Monet’s long career from the unparalleled collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Twenty-five photographs by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore produced during several visits to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, France. Showing concurrently with the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden, Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio offers a contemporary perspective on the tranquility originally captured in Monet’s iconic paintings.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Persistence

Persistence
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Persistence draws together three recent contemporary installations to explore the surprising and creative ways that technologies, physical objects and natural processes endure and transform.
Runs until: October 1, 2017

Elad Lassry

Elad Lassry
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Investigating the nature of perception with a special focus on the photographic image within the digital era, the exhibition includes more than seventy works—films, photographs and sculpture—produced by Lassry over the last decade.
Runs until: Sunday October 1, 2017

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Where: Dude Chilling Park
What: Amble over and pick up some afternoon picnic supplies, groceries for the week, and Sunday dinner fixings from 25+ farms and producers. Each week you’ll find a fresh selection of just-picked seasonal fruits & veggies, ethically-raised meats & sustainable seafood, artisanal bread & prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, handmade craft, and coffee & food trucks.
Runs until: Sunday October 8, 2017

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Words and their physical manifestations are explored in this insightful exhibition, which will honour the special significance that written forms. Varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia is shown over the span of different time periods: from Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qu’ranic manuscripts, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Chinese calligraphy from MOA’s Asian collection to graffiti art from Afghanistan and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy, and Tibetan and Thai scripts.
Runs until: Monday October 9, 2017

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market
Where: Richmond, BC
What: There’s a dinosaur park! Anamatronic dinosaurs! Also – live performances, carnival games, over 200 retail stalls and over 500 food choices from around the world.
Runs until: October 9, 2017

Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah

Onsite / Offsite Tsang Kin-Wah
Where:  Vancouver Art Gallery
What:  This large-scale composition transforms English texts to form intricate floral and animal patterns. The work draws from discriminatory language that appeared in newspapers and political campaigns in Vancouver during the 1887 anti-Chinese riots, the mid-1980s immigration influx from Hong Kong and most recently, the heated exchanges around the foreign buyers and the local housing market.
Runs until: Sunday October 15, 2017

West End Farmers Market
Where: 1100 Comox St
What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Each week, shop for the best in local, seasonal produce, artisanal bread & prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, ethically raised meat, eggs, & dairy, sustainable seafood, wild crafted product, and handmade craft. Hot food & coffee on-site as well.
Runs until: Saturday October 21, 2017 (Saturdays)

Trout Lake Farmers Market
Where: Trout Lake
What: This is where you’ll find the vendors who have been doing it since the beginning; what started as 14 farmers ‘squatting’ at the Croatian Cultural Centre back in 1995 has grown into Vancouver’s most well-known and beloved market. Visitors come from near and far to sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
Runs until: Saturday October 21, 2017 (Saturdays)

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Kitsilano Farmers Market
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot
What:   A great selection of just-picked, seasonal fruits & vegetables, ethically raised and grass fed meat, eggs, & dairy, sustainable seafood, fresh baked bread & artisanal food, local beer, wine, & spirits, and beautiful, handmade craft. Kids and parents alike can enjoy entertainment by market musicians, a nearby playground and splash park, and coffee and food truck offerings each week.
Runs until: Sunday October 22, 2017 (Sundays)

The Lost Fleet Exhibit
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: On December 7, 1941 the world was shocked when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, launching the United States into the war. This action also resulted in the confiscation of nearly 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats by Canadian officials on the British Columbia coast, which were eventually sold off to canneries and other non-Japanese fishermen. The Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people.
Runs until: Winter 2017

Bill Reid Creative Journeys | Image via the Canadian Museum of History

Bill Reid Creative Journeys
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: 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.
Runs until: Sunday December 10, 2017

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: MOA will showcase its Amazonian collections in a significant exploration of socially and environmentally-conscious notions intrinsic to indigenous South American cultures, which have recently become innovations in International Law. These are foundational to the notions of Rights of Nature, and they have been consolidating in the nine countries that share responsibilities over the Amazonian basin.
Runs until: January 28, 2018

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

Emily Carr: Into the Forest
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Far from feeling that the forests of the West Coast were a difficult subject matter, Carr exulted in the symphonies of greens and browns found in the natural world. With oil on paper as her primary medium, Carr was free to work outdoors in close proximity to the landscape. She went into the forest to paint and saw nature in ways unlike her fellow British Columbians, who perceived it as either untamed wilderness or a plentiful source of lumber.
Runs until: March 4, 2018

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist
Where: North Vancouver Museum
What: An exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor. The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the George family.
Runs until: April 2018

In a Different Light

In a Different Light
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: More than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.
Runs until: Spring 2019

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