Things To Do

Things to do In Vancouver

Due to the current restrictions on events, I have modified this post to be a list of local things to do.

Check out this great list of discounts being offered by local tourist attractions all over Greater Vancouver, thanks to Tourism Vancouver.

North Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Open 11-6pm from May 1 to September 6, 2021. pre-purchasing your tickets online is highly recommended.

Are you a BC Resident? BC Residents with valid BC identification receive a complimentary annual pass when purchasing a regular priced ticket. The annual pass includes admission to Canyon Lights and other select seasonal events.

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Vancouver

The Arts Club

Online and In-person classes for ages 2-22

There are so many fantastic programs for kids including virtual offerings, such as online writing classes and creative dance. They will also be holding in person classes, with strict safety measures in place. These include: creative drama classes, parent & me visual art classes and creative dance. Most of these classes are directed to their youngest students (2-6).  Browse the schedule and register via email  registration@artsumbrella.com or call the Student Services team during business hours at: 604-681-5268 | Granville Island or 604-535-1127 | Surrey

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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents the Western Canadian premiere of Indigenous History in Colour from February 3–May 9, 2021. This solo exhibition by Luke Parnell is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories, conceptual art, and traditional formline design. Indigenous History in Colour’s multidisciplinary analysis of the shifting perspectives of Northwest Coast art in modern history challenges contemporary discourse on notions of reconciliation and representation today.

Indigenous History in Colour invites audiences to engage with the vibrant and dynamic qualities of Indigenous art, while also looking beyond the surface of popularized perspectives,” says Beth Carter, curator of the Bill Reid Gallery. “Inspired by oral traditions, history, pop culture, and Bill Reid, Parnell’s playful juxtapositions and bold commentary shine a spotlight on the work still needed to bring about authentic reconciliation for Indigenous peoples.”

For full details, visit billreidgallery.ca.

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Fly Over Canada

Reopening June 18TH!!!

Book your tickets online to reserve your ride, plus save 10%!

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PI Theatre

 Pi Theatre is thrilled to present its 2021 Provocateurs Presentation Series with Macbeth Muet, an innovative interpretation of Shakespeare’s play performed by two actors using elaborate sound design, physical theatre, and the manipulation of inanimate objects to represent the play’s characters; and the Canadian premiere of Frequencies, a mixed reality techno confessional performance. Each production, a display of sheer theatrical invention, includes cutting-edge technology and will be presented virtually, live in real-time from Montreal and Halifax.
Tickets start at $15 and are available online at www.pitheatre.com.
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The Firehall Arts Centre 

NEW: COVID COMPASSION PRICING
The COVID Compassion Pricing will range from $15 to $35 for all performances. If patrons can afford a $35 ticket, they can choose to pay that; if $15 is more financially feasible, patrons can choose that ticket price or any other amount up to $35. Performances at the Firehall Arts Centre take place Tuesdays to Sundays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm. The matinee performances on Wednesdays at 1:00pm will remain a Pay-What-You-Will admission. Available online at firehallartscentre.ca or by phone at 604.689.0926

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Science World 

Looking for something fun to do with the kids while stuck at home over the holidays? Get up to snow good with Science World’s Winter Activity Pack! Catch the magic of the auroras with citizen scientists, travel across the tundra with a celebration of polar bears and create your very own winter decorations all from the comfort of your home. Donations go to support Science World, a non-profit organization.

As a part of your pack, you’ll be able to:

  1. Watch the Science Theatre at home. Chasing Steve is a documentary about a group of unwitting Alberta aurora chasers who discover a new phenomenon in the night sky and name it. Get the popcorn ready and use the password Aurora to stream this Science Theatre show at home.
  2. Revel in some at-home experiments. Enjoy some fun-filled winter-themed activities with household ingredients including:
    1. The science of light helps to keep you extra-visible on dark Canadian winter nights – learn how to Identify the difference between visible and invisible and much more.
    2. Ice Cube Towers. Create chilly architecture and investigate how liquids and solids interact.
    3. Grow Your Own Crystals. Try “planting” this overnight garden.
    4. Musical Bottles.Check out how the speed of vibrations affects pitch in this musical experiment.
  3. Watch the Polar Bear Cam. A virtual Tundra Buggy trip in Churchill, Canada to see polar bears as they wait for winter sea ice to form on Hudson Bay. Courtesy of our friends at Polar Bears International.
  4. Make some Bird-tastic Winter Decorations. Printable ornaments featuring our favourite local feathery friends.
  5. Go on Virtual Arctic Field Trips. Watch the sun set on the Arctic Henge located in one of Iceland’s most remote northern villages, watch snow coverage from space and check out the glittering glaciers and steep-walled fiords of the Auyuittuq National Park.
Starting Feb 11:
Science World Presents Arctic Voices The Exhibition That Takes Visitors On An Immersive Journey Into The Arctic.

Developed by Science North, in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Arctic Voices invites you to marvel at the sights and sounds of this tremendous and fragile region. Dance with auroras, hop on ice floes and learn just how deeply connected our everyday lives are to the Arctic through this feature exhibition that will leave you awestruck and inspired.

Arctic Voices will allow visitors to explore the impact of the changing climate in the far North through many lenses, including the land, sea, and ice. They will connect with the remarkable animals that live in the Arctic, the resilient people that inhabit this region, and the dedicated scientists who are helping to reveal what makes this place so unique.

Starting February 8, Science World will be open 7 days a week, 10 am to 5 pm with enhanced safety measures in place.

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Vancouver Convention Center

Imagine Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience – March 19 – August 29, 2021 (extended)

A spectacular and immersive exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, will take viewers on a unique journey inside the artist’s paintings.

Imagine Van Gogh, is an exhibition where one can admire The Starry Night, Irises and Sunflowers, or be drawn into the intimacy of his Bedroom in Arles.

An experience that brings viewers to the heart of its images, Imagine Van Gogh is accompanied by the music of the great composers Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie.

Open Daily 9am – Midnight

 

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Reserve your tickets online to walk around the gardens. Public art and other classes are available throughout the year. Check out their website for current events and classes.

Events To Look Forward To

2022 Wellness Show 

February 12 & 13 2022 Vancouver Convention Centre. Click for more information and updates

Virtual

Arts Club Theatre

The Arts Club Theatre Company today announced a series of free panel discussions in June that will feature a variety of prominent Vancouver theatre artists.

Titled In Conversation: This Is Something Else, the series will comprise three live online panels that take a deeper dive into the stories explored by the Arts Club­–produced investigative podcast This Is Something Else: Consciously Eclectic Histories of the Arts Club. Created and hosted by Andrew Kushnir, the 5-part podcast has garnered national attention and acclaim.

Each In Conversation panel is designed to complement the podcast and invite audiences to reflect on different key themes that have shaped the local theatre ecosystem. Carmen Aguirre, Marie Farsi, and Omari Newton are confirmed to facilitate; panelists will be announced shortly.

Tuesday, June 1, 5–6 PM (PDT) – Theatre As an Agent of Social Change

Tuesday, June 15, 5–6 PM (PDT) – Beyond Panels: The Radical BIPOC Creators Changing the Face of Canadian Theatre

Tuesday, June 29, 5–6 PM (PDT) – Theatre Within Walls: The Battle for Venues in Vancouver


All events are free, and RSVP is required. Panels will be held as Zoom Video Webinars. Closed-captioning will be available.

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BCAITC – Free Cook-A-Long: Kick off to Summer

Celebrate summer! Enjoy a FREE cooking lesson with Chef Trevor Randle and learn about BC foods and agriculture with a virtual webinar from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Monday, June 21.

Chef Randle will provide expert instruction as he guides you online through three BC grown, quick, and budget-friendly recipes:

BC beef rancher Ricky Seelhof from Woodjam Ranch and a local blueberry farmer will also join Chef Randle to provide fun insights on farming in BC. Plus, webinar participants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 3 prize packages valued at $300+ each!

Register here.

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Some Assembly Theatre Company

Uprooted

UPROOTED (you tube video) is a digitally adapted theatre production that stems from conversations with over
one hundred diverse youth who are anxious about climate change. What was to be presented live in May 2020, this
production has been re-staged and filmed at the York Theatre due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Written by youth
with professional playwright Valerie Methot, and produced by a team of youth and professionals across Canada,
UPROOTED strengthens response to climate change and promotes mental health management.
Three friends on an annual camping trip must suddenly face a threat to the BC forest they love. Will they take a
stand for future generations and protect what they view as sacred? Watch UPROOTED now

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Breakwater

The World Premiere of a New Digital Play Written & Directed by Valerie Methot in collaboration with Diverse Metro Vancouver Youth.

Performance Dates: June 30 at 4:00pm | July 8 at 7:00pm | July 11 at 3:00pm

Tickets: By Donation at www.someassembly.ca  Reserve your spot for the virtual presentation of BREAKWATER followed by community dialogue at info@someassembly.ca

Teddy Bear Picnic

The 2021 Teddy Bear Picnic will bring entertainment to families at home this year with virtual performances by local children’s entertainers including Charlotte DiamondWill’s JamsKelly HainesPenny Pom PomMusic with MarnieKung Jaadee,  Mr. I and Janina Russell. The event takes place over two days on June 12 and 13, 2021.

The festivities will get started in advance on May 15 by engaging children online with a Teddy Bear themed activity and contest:

Teddy Bear Drawing Workshop & Contest with Penny Pom Pom
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Join artist and musician Penny Pom Pom for a drawing workshop for kids on Saturday, May 15 where they’ll learn to draw a Teddy and get excited for next month’s Teddy Bear Picnic concert. Watch for the workshop video on Festival Coquitlam’s Facebook page. Post your Teddy Bear pictures and share what your bear is doing to make the world a kinder place to enter a contest with fun prizes!

Teddy Bear Picnic Virtual Concert Performances
Saturday, June 12, 4 pm & Sunday, June 13 at noon

The virtual Teddy Bear Picnic concerts featuring the very best in children’s entertainment will go live online on June 12 & 13. Entertainer extraordinaire Tony Prophet will act as MC for the 34th annual Teddy Bear Picnic with the help of Coquitlam’s very own Mr. I.Highlights include:

  • Charlotte Diamond, ventriloquist Kelly Haines and Bollywood dancer Karima Essa will perform on Saturday, June 12 along with Haida story-teller, Kung Jaadee.
  • Will’s Jams, Music with Marnie, Janina Russell, Mr. I and Penny Pom Pom perform on Sunday, June 13
  • Local groups will showcase performances and demonstrations by their talented students including Club Aviva, Yuen’s Martial Arts, Tri-City Dance and Mellado Dance.
  • Mayor Richard Stewart will give an opening speech on Sunday, June 13.
How to watch:
Visit Festival Coquitlam’s Facebook page or FestivalCoquitlam.ca for more details on the Teddy Bear Picnic virtual concerts. There will be two video concert releases:

  • VIDEO 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 12th – Released at 4pm
  • VIDEO 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 13th – Released at 12 noon.

Virtual Teddy Bear Parade
Saturday, June 26, 2021 – 9:00am to Sunday, June 27, 2021 – 5:00pm

Festival Coquitlam is holding an At Home Teddy Bear Virtual Parade within the Tri-Cities on June 26 & 27.

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

May 31 to June 13, 2021

2021 Festival will feature dazzling performances from artists far and wide. From local treasures to international gems, these captivating performers will put a smile on your child’s face and make you hoot with laughter.

The Festival will be offering pay-what-you-can pricing this year. We know parenting can be challenging on a good day and because of the pandemic, life has gotten a lot more stressful. We’re here to help.

Now more than ever, there is an incredible need to experience the joy of the arts! It’s a chance to forget your worries for a moment and focus on what’s important in life, to dance, to be silly and to connect with your kids

Click here to purchase tickets

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has renewed their popular TD All-Access Pass program that allows full-time Secondary and Post-Secondary students to subscribe to TheConcertHall.ca for half-price.

A full year of access to the VSO’s performances, will now cost a student only $64.99 + taxes. There are other subscriptions that provide access for different periods of time. For more information on subscriptions, visit theconcerthall.ca/pricing.

To register for the TD All-Access Pass, all students need to do is fill out a form and within 48 hours, once the Customer Service team verifies their full-time student status, a coupon code will be emailed to them.

  • The Music Room is a new virtual education space hosted in the TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS
  • Families and Educators are invited to discover symphonic music geared to youth, curated education materials, and get backstage access to learn directly from the VSO’s musicians and maestros
  • Families can subscribe for just $59.99 for the full season
  • Educators can subscribe at the classroom, school or district level

Vancouver International JAZZ Festival

Streaming June 25 – July 4.

Performances by British Columbia’s plethora of talented artists; streams from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Paris; free online workshops; club performances; and a continued partnership with North Shore Jazz. Click here for more information and tickets.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has renewed their popular TD All-Access Pass program that allows full-time Secondary and Post-Secondary students to subscribe to TheConcertHall.ca for half-price.

A full year of access to the VSO’s performances, will now cost a student only $64.99 + taxes. There are other subscriptions that provide access for different periods of time. For more information on subscriptions, visit theconcerthall.ca/pricing.

To register for the TD All-Access Pass, all students need to do is fill out a form and within 48 hours, once the Customer Service team verifies their full-time student status, a coupon code will be emailed to them.

  • The Music Room is a new virtual education space hosted in the TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS
  • Families and Educators are invited to discover symphonic music geared to youth, curated education materials, and get backstage access to learn directly from the VSO’s musicians and maestros
  • Families can subscribe for just $59.99 for the full season
  • Educators can subscribe at the classroom, school or district level

2nd Annual Day of Music

Hosted by Vancouver Symphony President & CEO Angela Elster. With special guests interviews and performances from across the province of BC. Over one thousand musicians from across British Columbia came together to celebrate creativity, resilience and the Joy of Music. Over 100 virtual performances are now streaming for free to the public. #DayOfMusic

Sun & Storm

June 4, 2021 at 7:30pm the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will release Sun and Storm, a new virtual performance celebrating women’s voices.

An unprecedented performance by three incredible women in music, Sun and Storm features the world premiere of Storm Within, a VSO co-commission from composer, Vivian Fung, featuring VSO principal flute, Christie Reside, and conductor Tania Miller. Maestra Miller will also lead the VSO in a performance of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony. The commission of “Storm Within” is made possible with the generous support of the Hugh Davidson Fund at the Victoria Foundation. The performance will be released in TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS.

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Events To Look Forward To

2022 Wellness Show 

February 12 & 13 2022 Vancouver Convention Centre. Click for more information and updates

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Tina Evans