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Events Vancouver

Celine Dion comes to Rogers Arena

By HANNAH POAROS-MCDERMOTT

Our hearts will go on, thanks to Celine Dion (Photo by Brian Purnell)

Apr 17 to 18, 2020 After a 16-year residency in Las Vegas, Canadian superstar Celine Dion is taking her inimitable vocals on the road for her Courage World Tour, hitting Vancouver along with almost 100 other cities—near, far, wherever you are. The multi-award-winning diva fills Vancouver’s Rogers Arena with captivating power ballads, love songs and up-tempo hits from throughout her 35-year career. Definitely don’t think twice about snagging a ticket.

Funny Business at Improv Ecology

By SHERI RADFORD

See improv artists Gorilla Theatre perform in Vancouver as part of Improv Ecology

Oct. 14 to 20, 2019 Looking for laughs? You’ll find them at Improv Ecology, the International Theatresports Institute’s 2019 conference and festival. That’s a long way of saying that funny folks are descending on the city. Improv artists from six continents are meeting to discuss and hone their craft—and perform it in front of lucky Vancouverites and visitors. The 50 performances feature improvisers not normally seen outside their home countries. Usually business isn’t a laughing matter, but in this case it definitely is. 

Chutzpah! Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Chutzpah! Festival features performances by musicians Yemen Blues (Photo by Tim Matheson)

Oct 24-Nov 24, 2019 Have you heard the one about the festival that grows every year? It’s no joke—but the Chutzpah! Festival is filled with jokes, as well as dance, drama and music, all by internationally renowned performers. This year’s celebration of Jewish culture features comedians Sandra Bernhard and Iris Bahr, musical storyteller Daniel Cainer, musicians Yemen Blues (pictured) and a screening of The Rescue: A Live Film Concerto. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy all the entertainment on offer, but you can’t be a putz or totally meshuggeneh, either.

Literary Festivals in Vancouver

BY CHLOË LAI

Sep. 2019

The central branch of the Vancouver Public Library is a hub for literary events throughout the year (Photo © Rebecca Brown/dreamstime.com)

Local bookstores and libraries host author readings and book launches year-round, but autumn is literary festival season. Here are five events that celebrate the written word in all its forms. Fair warning: your list of must-read books is about to get a lot longer.

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Fiery Flamenco Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Manuel Liñán Company performs Baile De Autor

Sep 13-29, 2019 There’s no need to fly to Madrid or Barcelona to experience the raw emotional power of Spanish dance. The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival features artists from around the world, including Manuel Liñán Company performing Baile De Autor, which offers a glimpse into the creative process; and La Caramelita Company performing Nritya, which explores the connections between flamenco and India; as well as Canadian performers such as Flamenco Rosario. The best part? No passport required.

Truly Elevated Dining: Dinner in the Sky

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Award-winning chef Ned Bell (right) at Dinner in the Sky

Aug. 4 to Sep. 3, 2018 Suspend your disbelief: Dinner in the Sky really does whisk diners 30 m (100 ft) above picturesque Ambleside Park. Hoisted to heart-stopping heights by crane, the “dining room” has 360-degree ocean, mountain and city views. For additional thrills, the adventurous can lean their seats back for a fresh perspective. Award-winning chef Ned Bell (pictured at right) is along for the ride, so the gourmet and gravity-defying menu highlights local and sustainable fare. One thing’s certain: it’ll be a meal to remember.

25 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities

Live music, outdoor movies and bathtub races—here are 25 of the best things in life that truly are free, and a few that come pretty darn close

Sunset Beach is home to ocean views and public art, including “217.5 Arx x 13,” a steel sculpture by French artist Bernar Venet (Photo by KK Law)

By CHLOË LAI

1. Braving the crisp waters of English Bay to reach the floating dock waterslide, which rockets you right back into the waves from whence you came.

2. Clambering all over public art pieces from the Vancouver Biennale, like the curved “217.5 Arc x 13” at Sunset Beach, cast-bronze “A-maze-ing Laughter” figures at English Bay and oversized “Public Furniture | Urban Trees” at Spanish Banks Beach.

3. Hiking the 2,830 steps of the Grouse Grind, locally known as the best way to build buns of steel, and gaining a new appreciation for the scenic (and sweat-free) gondola ride down Grouse Mountain afterwards. (more…)

Non-Stop Fun: Vancouver Pride Weekend 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver

Aug. 3 to 5, 2018 Forget sleep: Vancouver Pride‘s finale weekend has events from dusk to dawn—and dawn to dusk. Hopelessly devoted to drag? Sing along to hit songs at Grease the Drag Show Remix, or head to Parq to meet RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni. Fuel up at the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast (Aug. 4), dance all night at Celebrities, then join rainbow revellers at the 40th annual Pride Parade (Aug. 5) and Sunset Beach Festival (Aug. 5). Now that’s a party marathon to be proud of.

Feel-Good Festival: Wanderlust Whistler

By CHLOË LAI

Photo courtesy Wanderlust

Aug. 2 to 5, 2018 Ever wondered what it might be like to meditate on top of a mountain? Head up to Whistler for Wanderlust. This four-day celebration of all things wellness includes guided meditations, yoga classes—hosted on stand-up paddleboards, aerial silks, slacklines and good old-fashioned mats—mindfulness-themed wilderness walks and more. And for music that moves your soul, find your zen on the dance floor, where local and international acts keep the good vibes going late into the night. Pure bliss.

Fireworks Festival: Honda Celebration of Light 2018

By CHLOË LAI

Fireworks light up English Bay (Photo by Rishad Daroowala/Tourism Vancouver)

Aug. 1 and 4, 2018 Summer nights kick off with a bang at the Honda Celebration of Light, when fireworks light up the sky over English Bay. Gaze up in awe as pyrotechnic pros from Sweden (Aug. 1) and South Korea (Aug. 4) compete for bragging rights by setting off stunning displays synchronized to music. Arrive early, because the party fires up in the afternoon: outdoor stages showcase hot acts like R&B queen Jully Black and fun-fuelled Five Alarm Funk. Plus, daredevil pilots blaze death-defying trails overhead during the nightly airshow. Talk about explosive entertainment.

David Milne Exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“White Trees in a Green Valley” by David Milne (Photo by Leif Norman)

To Sep. 9, 2018 Have paintbrush, will travel. A phrase that neatly sums up David Milne’s half-century career, which took the prolific painter from New York to European battlefields to the Canadian wilderness. The artist is famous for his “war watercolours,” created as an official war artist in WWI, which used an innovative drybrush technique to quickly craft the vibrant works. See pioneering paintings such as “White Trees in a Green Valley” (pictured) at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s David Milne: Modern Painting.

Toto’s 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour Kicks Off in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

It’s gonna take a lot to drag us away from you, Toto

Jul. 30, 2018 It was way back in 1978 that Toto burst onto the scene with the hit single “Hold the Line.” Their fourth album, the aptly named Toto IV, was released a few years later and featured the two biggest songs of their career: “Africa” and “Rosanna.” Now, the pop superstars are celebrating four decades in the music biz with their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour. Don’t miss the North American leg of the tour, kicking off at The Centre in Vancouver. Rock on.