With the summer season winding down, with it goes Vancouver’s incredible line up of outdoor concerts and festivals. However, there is one more free festival that you shouldn’t miss! Set in the beautiful picturesque Deep Cove Panorama Park, surrounded by mountains, forests, and the deep clear water of the cove, The Deep Cove Daze Festival on August 28th is a fun afternoon for the whole family to enjoy!
Deep Cove Daze is the annual celebration of Deep Cove and North Vancouver put on by the non-profit Musart Cultural Society. A day of food, children’s entertainment, art, music, and beer; where the local businesses give back to their customers by helping to put on North Vancouver’s biggest arts and cultural festival.
For those with competitive spirits there are a number of events during the day for you to showcase your determination including a cardboard kayaking race, which successfully has most people drenched head to toe by the time they make it back to shore on their soggy boats. For the enthusiastic eaters that enjoy having a face full of pie, there is a pie eating contest waiting for you to sink your teeth into. However, if you’re looking for more civilized and dignified eating options the Deep Cove Daze has an assortment of food vendors and food trucks selling mouth-watering food to keep you energized for the rest of the day. To make all the delicious food go down easily there is also a beer garden that opens for the mature crowd. Here, they showcase local craft beers featuring Deep Coves very own local craft beers from Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.
All these fun activities and entertainment is set to the beautiful scenic backdrop of Deep Cove, with the grassy slopes of the park descending gently to the calm water of the cove. It is a great day trip being only a 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. However, it is recommended if you are planning to head out to this fantastic event that you take public transit or park further away from the festival site and walk as parking is limited.
For information about this event visit their website.
Summer has finally arrived in Vancouver with shimmering sunshine and warm temperatures! With so many things to enjoy during the summer months in Vancouver, among the best is The Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition. Grab your friends, and family, and head there this summer to enjoy the expanded rides, night concerts and food!
Summer Night Concerts are back this year with a great lineup of musicians and bands. Spend your evening gooving to some amazing sounds as all concerts are free with admission to the PNE! Starting at 8:30 every night, awesome performers will take the stage at this great outdoor venue. Below is a list of performers for this summer:
Saturday, August 20 at 2:00pm – KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM – Hedley, Jason Derulo, Trevor Guthrie, SonReal and Tyler Shaw
Sunday, August 21 at 8:30pm – Alan Doyle (Lead Singer of Great Big Sea) & The Beautiful Gypsies
Tuesday, August 23 at 8:30pm – The Sheepdogs
Wednesday, August 24 at 8:30pm – Steve Miller Band
Thursday, August 25 at 8:30pm – Simple Plan
Friday, August 26 at 8:30pm – Olivia Newton-John
Saturday, August 27 at 8:30pm – FOREIGNER
Sunday, August 28 at 8:30pm – Culture Club
Tuesday, August 30 at 8:30pm – MONSTER TRUCK
Wednesday, August 31 at 8:30pm – A Tribe Called Red
Thursday, September 1 at 8:30pm – Dru Hill with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao, 20th Anniversary
Friday, September 2 at 8:30pm – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: We Live For Love Tour
Saturday, September 3 at 8:30pm – Tim Hicks
Sunday, September 4 at 8:30pm – The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour
Monday, September 5 at 8:30pm – Chris Isaak
Who can forget about mentioning all the food options that PNE boasts! They have revealed the line-up of food at the fair 2016 that will offer PNE classics along with more healthy and local food options. Be sure to come hungry!
Date: August 20- September 5
Location: 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Time: 11am until late
Date: August 21- September 5
Location: PNE Amphitheatre
You have 45 minutes to escape and time is running out, will you make it out alive?
Smarty Pantz escape room is your opportunity to live in fiction and solve a mystery designed specifically for you and your friends. With 5 themes to pick from, you’ll find the right mission to tease your brain. Whether you have a Thirst for Murder, want to decipher dreams and illusions in Dreamscape and Morning Never Comes, escape a Doomed Submarine, or break into a police office in Spies and Lies, make sure to wear something you don’t mind getting dirty in – perhaps, your Smarty Pantz.
To escape on time, you’ll have to solve riddles and puzzles hidden in these themed rooms. This operation starts from the moment you step foot into their headquarters, with a lobby dressed as a 1980’s beauty parlor filled with games and props to get yourself prepared.
Once the mission starts, you are locked in the room with your group until you find a way out or until the time is up. So choose your team wisely – you can have a group of 2 to 16. The more brain power, the better. But if you’re visiting alone, don’t fret – you’ll be paired up with a group or another lonesome, so you’ll always have some help on your side. On top of that, you’ll be given two hints, but that’s all the help you’ll get.
Are you ready to escape?
Smarty Pantz is located in the heart of Gastown, only a 5-10 minute walk from the Vancouver Lookout. After you familiarize yourself with the 360 degree view, make your way down the street for some escape room fun!
If the going back to school air has gotten you feeling blue, then come join the North Shore community and celebrate this free and entertaining festival. Make sure to clear your schedule to participate in all the activities offered in this event.
There is no better way to say goodbye to summer than sliding down a record breaking water slide, and jumping in bouncy castles.
Featuring entertainment such as:
Unity Clothing Party Zone (Carrie Cates and Lonsdale)
Zen Maker Lab Floorball Tournament (1st St East)
Giant Slip and Slide (Keith Road to 4th St)
Kids Zone (1st St West)
Translink Historic Buses (Carrie Cates)
North Vancouver Community Arts Council (4th St)
Bouncy Castle (1st St West)
With a variety of stages, some of the local artists are:
Beverage Garden Stage (1st St East)
11:10 – Hubbz
3:10 – Sam Demoe
5:30 – The Young Executives
Buddha-Full Juice Stage (1st St West)
11:00 – Hard Trix & Tunnel Vision
1:00 – Stephen Spender
4:00 – Inglewood
Car Free Day Stage
11:30 – Jamus Pajamas
2:00 – Joaquin Gonzalez
4:30 – Monika Schwartzman
TUTS has returned! This summer marks the 70th season of productions put on by the theatrical society. As usual, this year’s two musicals will be put on by a dedicated group of volunteers. Theatre Under the Stars prides itself by not only providing an outlet for families and young children to get excited by musical theatre, but also by being a space where experienced actors can employ and mentor amateur performers.
As the name suggests, all performances are put on outdoors, in the Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park. Though weather during Vancouver summers can be a little unreliable, the society rises to meet any challenge, providing ponchos to guests and offering a Rain Insurance option with ticket purchases.
In its early years, Theatre Under the Stars was dedicated to operettas (short, usually humorous operas). Since then, however, it’s repertoire has grown to cover a variety of different musicals and plays. This year, it will be presenting two popular shows:
West Side Story is a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, set in New York City in 1958. Instead of being from rival families, the two leads – Tony and Maria – originate from two separate street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Engaging with topics like racial intolerance and discrimination, the story stays true to its source material while simultaneously providing more modern updates.
Beauty and the Beast is the ninth-longest running musical in Broadway history, and it was the first Disney movie to ever be turned into a musical! Telling the story of a cursed prince and a girl from the local town who must fall in love with him for the curse to be broken, the play is described as a great choice for the young and old.
Besides its regular performances, TUTS offers a number of special events and features. For example, they offer musical theatre summer camps for children between the ages of eight and eighteen, taking place in August. Finally, anyone interested in attending should note that while TUTS offers a bar and catering services onsite, guests are welcome to bring their own food and blanket and have a picnic! The schedule for shows can be found here, and tickets can be bought here.
This July come experience one of the largest LGBTQ Pride events in Canada! Beginning all the way back in August 1973 when the Gay Alliance Towards Equality set up a picnic and art exhibit in Ceperley Park, Vancouver’s Pride Week has had a long and colourful history of LGBTQ community events and celebrations. This year’s Pride is shaping up to live up to its reputation with many opportunities for people of all ages to come and celebrate the diversity and impact of Vancouver’s LGBTQ community.
Festivities begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday July 24th with the Pride Run/Walk and Picnic. This annual charitable event, set up by the Vancouver Pride Society and Vancouver Frontrunners, is a 5k course which can be run or walked starting at Sunset Beach in Downtown Vancouver. Costumes are encouraged and the most elaborate and colourful are eligible to win prizes! Tickets are on sale now, so register here ASAP!
Next up, on Friday July 29th at 6:00 PM is the Davie Street Party! Davie Street Village will be closed off between Burrard St and Jervis St for a free all ages celebration. Included are a 19+ Beer Garden and a Community Stage at the rainbow crosswalk at Davie and Bute St with performances by local artists. There will be lots of music and dancing, and every year brings crazier and more elaborate costumes, so come dressed up or with a good camera! $5 tickets can be purchased here if you would like to purchase alcohol at the event.
Pride Festivities peak on Sunday July 31st. The day starts at 11:00 AM on Sunset Beach for the Pride Festival. This annual event features more than 100 vendors and booths, as well as performances by local DJ’s, speakers and Drag Queens! It’s a great place to join in the fun but if crowds are not your thing, bring a blanket and relax on the beach or the grassy hills surrounding the festival area.
Prides main event, the Vancouver Pride Parade, begins the same day at Noon. Join upwards of 650000 locals and visitors for Western Canada’s largest parade! Dozens of businesses and organizations will be marching in what has been called one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse celebrations of the LGBT community. This year the parade will also feature Canada’s own Justin Trudeau, marking the first time a Canadian head of state marches in the Vancouver parade, so make sure you don’t miss out! For more information about the Pride Parade, or Vancouver Pride Week, feel free to visit vancouverpride.ca.
Pride Run/Walk and Picnic
Date: Sunday, July 24th
Location: Sunset Beach
Davie Street Party
Date: Friday, July 29th
Location: Davie Street
Date: Sunday, July 31st
Location: Sunset Beach
Vancouver’s largest art gallery has a new show on for the summer. Just off the heels of its largest exhibit yet, Mashup – an inquiry into modern art taking up all four floors – the gallery examines one of the true modern masters: cubist, sculptor, and undeniable genius, Pablo Picasso. In a smaller but no less thorough first-floor exhibit, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses offers a rare glimpse into six major influences in the famed artist’s life.
The attention given to each muse – describing her life, achievements and personal attachment to Picasso – lends a strong sense of agency and humanity to the various women who helped Pablo Picasso follow his inquiry into modern art and its practices. The exhibit traces the influence and importance of Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque in Picasso’s life and his artworks.
Fernande Olivier (1886-1966) (With Picasso 1904-1912)
When Fernande Olivier and Picasso met in 1904, he fell into his first great love, and you can see that experience reflected in the warm, rosy tones that attributed to his Rose Period – in direct opposition to his melancholy Blue Period from 1901-1904. She was a model for other artists, and lived a bohemian lifestyle that was characteristic to so many artists and creative types in Paris of the time. Olivier travelled with Picasso to Catalonia, Spain, where they spent time in several southern villages. While in the south of Spain, Picasso began developing the roots to cubism, a planar and active form of vision that Picasso saw as a truthful way to acknowledge how the eye flicks over what it sees and analyzes different angles at the same time, instead of one, static image. We can trace that Picasso was working through this idea of fluidity and angular forms in Tête de femme (Fernande), a pre-cubist sculpture that depicts Fernande in an angular form, as if Picasso gouged her face from the clay. The medium of sculpture, and the need to encircle it to get the full view led to the eventual triumph of cubism, where multiple angles were rendered on one flat surface. Soon after his time in Spain, Picasso developed the dynamic cubism with his friend George Braque in 1911.
Olga Khokhlova (1891-1955) (With Picasso 1917-1935)
Olga Khokhlova met Picasso in 1917 while he was working in Paris designing sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes, for whom Khokhlova was a dancer. They married in 1918. The ramifications of such a radical form of vision such as cubism and his comfortable life with Khokhlova after the First World War led Picasso to revert to less experimental artistic practices for the several years following. The art of the Greeks and Romans of antiquity developed a sense of woman and femininity that resurged in the early part of the twentieth century. Picasso worked through this neo-classicism and reapplied of the classical definition of beauty – a rounded, warm, and maternal figure – to his wife and the mother of his child, Paulo in 1921, as seen in the domestic, seated form in Seated Nude.
Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-1977) (With Picasso 1927-1940)
Picasso was developing a neo-classical vision of a woman in his mind, and while walking on the street, the very woman from his mind appeared before him. She was in the form of the seventeen year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. He introduced himself as Pablo Picasso, and Walter, unfamiliar with his works, was unfazed by his fame and reputation. Picasso observed the youthful and female forms that Walter embodied, and used them in an exploration of rounder shapes, as seen in Tête de femme (Marie-Térèse) sketch, done after a similar sculpture to his Tête de femme (Fernande), but using circles over angular forms. As Picasso was still married to Khokhlova at the time he met with Walter, he would declare his love for his young muse in code, albeit some very transparent abstract lettering. Khokhlova was able to determine that Picasso was with another woman through his work, but remained living with him until 1935 when she discovered that Walter was pregnant with his child and she filed for divorce. Picasso was averse to divorce and did not want to split up his estate to share with Khokhlova. Walter gave birth to their daughter Maya in 1935, and with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Picasso’s happiness was soon dashed.
Dora Maar (1909-1997) (With Picasso 1935-1943)
Dora Maar was a Surrealist photographer, and an active socialist in Paris. She and Picasso met in 1935. A native Spanish speaker, she and Picasso were able to communicate on a level he had been unable to with most of the women of his past. Never afraid of showing her emotions, Maar would cry and weep, and Picasso would explore raw emotion in an almost animalistic way through painting her in his Weeping Woman series. Despite his non-political stance over art making, his upset of the the violence of war – and even perhaps the political spirit of Maar – led to a highly political work in response to the Spanish Civil War, Guernica, in 1937. The animalistic, weeping forms can be directly traced back to his renditions of Maar in the height of her emotion.
Françoise Gilot (b. 1941) (With Picasso 1943-1953)
Françoise Gilot and Picasso met in 1943 while Gilot was an art student in Paris. She never agreed to sit for Picasso as a model, so Picasso settled for capturing her likeness from the activities she did around the house. They lived a comfortable life, captured in the panel Claude and Paloma, a photograph of them and their children after the Second World War. Gilot was adamant to keep her own career going and was an active artist in their time together, refusing to be a sitting model for him, and he gathered images of her from the actions she did around the house. Femme au Collier Jaune shows their strained relationship, filled with heated arguments. During one such argument, Picasso threatened to mark her as she was an angel and he was the devil and stepped towards her with his cigarette, burning her cheek. He had expected her to step away, but ever-defiant, Gilot stood there and let the burn happen. The mark did fade after some time. Gilot continues her work as an artist, and still paints today.
Jacqueline Roque (1927-1986) (With Picasso 1953-1973)
Jacqueline Roque and Picasso met in 1953, through the Madoura pottery workshop, where Roque worked and Picasso’s pottery had been produced for many years. They married in 1961, six years after Khokhlova passed away of cancer. She appeared in his works while he re-explored feminine forms. She helped Picasso keep a quiet life until he passed in 1973. A number of sketches and prints of Roque are seen in the exhibit, such as Bust with Check Cloth Bodice. Picasso had normally called his assistant when he would awaken in the mornings to request the day’s newspapers, but on the day of his death, he requested a pencil and papers, and remained sketching in his bed until he passed away. Roque was monumental in collecting his works for one of the early retrospectives of his life.
All six of these women had a profound effect on Picasso. His artistic explorations and attitudes towards life were inexplicably linked to the women he painted and loved. Picasso: The Artist and His Muses monumentalizes these women and helps us identify the shifts in the immense career of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.
The exhibit runs until October 2, 2016 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, at 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver. Don’t be afraid to grab a guided tour of the exhibit – it will make the experience that much more memorable and exciting! For further reading, other exhibitions, and their hours and rates, visit the Gallery’s website.
Musical Nooners returns for a 7th year
Spice up your life – or at least your lunch break – this summer by checking out CBC Vancouver’s free concert series Musical Nooners. Returning for its 7th year, Musical Nooners kicked off on Friday July 8th with food trucks on site and a performance from the Tourist Company and special guest Jordan Klassen. The free concerts run from noon to 1pm weekdays until August 19th – so for a lunch break out of the ordinary, bring your friends and your lunch down to CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (facing the public library between West Georgia and Robson).
A few highlights from this year’s lineup that are sure to be the highlight of your day (you can check out their full line up here):
July 12th – Kids Day
Make sure to stop by between noon and 2pm with your kids for this special day filled with activities including a craft centre, scavenger hunt and face painting. Children’s performer Will Stroet, star of the TV-series Will’s Jams on Kids’ CBC, will be on stage with interactive music in English and French. Kids (and parents) can also mingle and take photos with the popular Kids’ CBC mascots SuperWHY! and Huckle Cat.
July 19th – Dog Day
The only concert of the series where you are permitted to bring your four-legged friend. Soul/funk band Carter and the Capitals is performing with music sure to please both man and man’s best friend.
July 28th – Country Day
Make this Thursday memorable by heading down to CBC Centre (transformed to a country fair for the occasion) for some country music. Raquel Cole is performing – she was recently named one of “25 Canadian musicians under 25 you need to know” so if you don’t know her yet, attend Country Day and then impress your friends with how up to date and cultured you are.
August 3rd – Road to Rio Day
With the Olympics officially opening August 5th, Road to Rio Day is here to kick off the Olympic celebrations. In the spirit of the Olympics there will be sports-themed activities, and in the spirit of Brazil, Aché Brasil is performing – a performance consisting of music, dance and acrobatics infused with the culture and music of vibrant Brazil.
Vancouver’s largest FREE Music and Arts Festival, the Khatsahlano Festival, is happening this Saturday, July 9th. Located in the fabulous West 4th neighbourhood, this 10-block street fair extends from Burrard to Macdonald Street and features a wide array of activities for everyone to enjoy. Not only will there be multiple stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s most talented musicians, but local artisans and street performers will be exhibiting their eclectic work as well. If that isn’t enough for you, the festival will also feature a range of food options, energetic patios, giveaways, special activities, beer gardens, a dance party and much more! Kids are welcome too at “Khats Kids!” where programming from the Kitsilano Community Centre include musical performances, story time, painting bird houses, balloons, face-painting and a craft corner!
The Khatsahlano Festival is a reflection of the vibrant and laid back atmosphere of the West 4th area, where notes of 60’s hippie paradise are reminisced throughout the festival. The first music and arts festival dates back to 2007, where the theme of Woodstock was in mind when it was organized. This theme and the bright and creative spirit of the West 4th area are characteristics that will be visibly present this Saturday at the Khatsahlano Festival. Music headliners include Hannah Georgas, We Are The City and Jordan Klassen, who are all notable indie musicians from right here in Vancouver!
The festival will run all day so make sure to grab your friends and family and head to the best day of the summer in Vancouver!
Date: July 9th
Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Location: West 4th Neighbourhood, Burrard to Macdonald Street
School is out for the summer, which means vacation season is officially starting! July is especially special to us Canadians as we celebrate the birth of our country on the first. Besides this, there are also a variety of events and festivals happening in the city, so make sure you mark down these dates on your calendar!
Festivals and Celebrations
The most important day of the year! Canada Day is a great chance for everyone from all over to celebrate the birth of this great nation. There are multiple activities happening in the downtown core, such as fireworks at Canada Place, which can be viewed from the top of our lookout tower. Click here for a list of activities happening the Greater Vancouver area!
Whistler Children’s Festival
If you’re up in Whistler for the second week of July, why not attend the Whistler Children’s Festival? Hosted at the Whistler Olympic Plaza, this festival is full of kid-friendly activities from soapstone carving to yoga! With the sun coming out – and hopefully staying for the rest of the summer – this is a perfect way to spend an afternoon with family and friends!
Date: July 8th – July 10th
Time: Times may vary depending on the event, click here for more information.
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza (4144 Village Stroll, Whistler)
Indian Summer Festival
As quoted by their website, the Indian Summer Festival is “a society that is creative, diverse, inclusive and innovative.” For two weeks in July, participate in events that showcase musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers, and influential figures from all around Canada. There’s also going to be a special appearance from Vikram Vij, the talented Canadian chef that had Pierre Trudeau and Harrison Ford wait for a seat in his restaurant! He will be sharing his knowledge of the culinary arts by hosting the culinary challenge on the opening day of the festival, as well as hosting the “Dinner by Starlight” – click here for more information!
Carnaval de Sol
Celebrate Latin American culture at the biggest Latin festival in Western North America! There will be vibrant booths of Latin cuisine, music, visual art, and displays of traditional crafts. Carnaval de Sol invites its guests to also participate in creating Latin dishes, with culinary lessons led by international and local chefs and even a Latin American fashion show!
Date: July 9th – July 10th
Time: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Location: Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver)
Caribbean Day Festival
Spend your weekend learning more about the Caribbean! The Caribbean Day Festival draws in thousands of attendees, eager to celebrate the beautiful culture with family and friends. Presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC, come down to Waterfront Park to surround yourself with Caribbean food, music, and dance performances!
Date: July 23rd – July 24th
Time: 10:00am – late evening
Location: Waterfront Park (200 W Esplanade Street, North Vancouver)
The Vancouver Pride Society presents several events that happen throughout the months of July and August. On the 31st of July, join the 38th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade down Davie Street! Soak in the flashy floats, enthusiastic performers, and other attendees at one of the most popular Pride events in the year! Celebrate into the night starting at 3:00pm – 4:00am afterwards at the popular nightclub, Celebrities, on Davie Street. Click here for more events happening on the 31st!
Date: July 31st
Location: West End (Downtown Vancouver)
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Whistler)
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra dazzles its audience members throughout the year. This summer, they will play in Whistler to celebrate the Canada Day weekend! Head over to the Whistler Olympic Plaza to hear the classical music of this talented ensemble of music enthusiasts. While you’re there, also take part in the activities happening for the celebration of Canada’s birthday!
Date: July 1st – July 2nd
Time: 8:30pm (July 1st), 2:00pm (July 2nd)
Location: Whistler Olympic Park (5 Callaghan Road, Whistler)
Faded in the Park
Hosted by Vancouver’s premier events company, Blueprint, Faded in the Park is back for another year of great music! This music festival features up-and-coming artists, including Bryson Tiller, RL Grime, and Pomo. This two-day event will also feature Jack U and ZEDD as their headliners! You still have time to grab tickets, but hurry because they’re selling out fast!
Date: July 2nd – July 3rd
Time: 10:00am – late evening
Location: Holland Park (Surrey)
Folk Festival at Jericho Beach
If you’re a fan of folk music, you’re in luck! The annual Folk Festival at Jericho Beach is attended by thousands of people every year. Every year, this festival compiles different artists from around the world to bring you the best in folk music. Don’t sleep on this event, it’s going to be a good one!
Date: July 15th – July 17th
Time: 2:00pm – late evening (Friday), 10:00am – late evening (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Jericho Beach (West Point Grey, Vancouver)
Sports and Fitness
Red Bull 400
Think you have what it takes to do the Red Bull 400? For all the sports-lovers out there, this is the perfect competition for you. The Red Bull 400 is a race up the steepest hill in the Whistler Olympic Park. Contestants will be running up a ski hill with a 37 degree incline. Summer is the perfect opportunity to challenge you and a couple of friends physically, so grab a couple and head up to Whistler for the Red Bull 400!
Date: July 30th
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Whistler Olympic Park (5 Callaghan Road, Whistler)