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Events Vancouver

Janet Jackson: Unbreakable Tour

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Be a part of the rhythm nation at Janet Jackson’s show on Sep. 26.

Sep. 26, 2017 It’s music to fans’ ears. Janet Jackson is hitting the road to promote her Unbreakable album—again. The last tour was postponed so the Grammy Award–winning singer could add “mom” to her already impressive resume. Now, the rebooted State of the World tour brings chart-topping hits from across the acclaimed artist’s career, plus hit singles like “No Sleeep” and “Dammn Baby” to Rogers Arena.

Art: Masters of the Northwest Coast

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Get a glimpse of something truly spectacular at the Masters of the Northwest Coast exhibit.

To Sep. 30, 2017 There’s no denying that the Pacific Northwest is easy on the eyes. There are stunning coastlines, majestic mountains and, of course, eye-catching First Nations art. To see works by some of the best Indigenous artists in the West, head to Douglas Reynolds Gallery for Masters of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit features masks, sculptures, jewellery, carvings and more by famed artists like Bill Reid, Beau Dick and Robert Davidson. Pure eye candy.

Vancouver Fashion Week: Evan Clayton

Collections by local designer Evan Clayton hit the catwalk at Vancouver Fashion Week

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(L) The Devil In Miss Jones collection was inspired by the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. (R) Evan Clayton.

(L) The Devil In Miss Jones collection was inspired by the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. (R) Evan Clayton.

Sep. 18 to 24, 2017 Vancouver-based fashion designer Evan Clayton is only 25, but he already has a wealth of experience under his—presumably very chic—belt. His show-stopping collections have ruled the runways at Vancouver Fashion Week for eight seasons, been featured on British Vogue online, and graced the catwalk in Vienna, Austria. (more…)

Westward Music Festival Hits Downtown Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Get down with homegrown heroes A Tribe Called Red at the Westward Music Festival.

Get down with great sounds from A Tribe Called Red at the Westward Music Festival.

Sep. 14 to 17, 2017 If your favourite kind of music is “every kind!” then the Westward Music Festival is your jam. Fourteen genre-busting events feature local and international greats like electro-mashup legends A Tribe Called Red (pictured), rapper Vince Staples, R&B artist Charlotte Day Wilson and punk rockers PUP. Spread across downtown venues within easy reach of each other—one of them open to fans of all ages—this party really is the best of all worlds.

The Sound of Music Returns to the Stage

By SHERI RADFORD

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be alive with The Sound of Music from Sep. 12-17.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be alive with The Sound of Music from Sep. 12-17.

Sep. 12 to 17, 2017 Few folks recall that The Sound of Music started out as a Rodgers & Hammerstein show on Broadway, because the 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews captured hearts so completely. Now the beloved story of Maria, a plucky nun-turned-governess, and Captain von Trapp is returning to its live-theatre roots. It takes over the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for six days, filling it with timeless tunes such as “My Favourite Things” and “Edelweiss.”

Artist Collab: Northwest Coast Meets New Zealand

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Find the beautiful results of Singletary and Gardiner's perfect pairing at Spirit Wrestler Gallery.

Find the exquisite results of Singletary and Gardiner’s powerful pairing at Spirit Wrestler Gallery.

Sep. 9 to 30, 2017 Two heads are better than one. For proof, go no further than Spirit Wrestler’s Pacific Currents: New Collaborations in Glass and Jade. This creative collab crossed cultures and an ocean, bringing together two far-flung artists: Preston Singletary, a Northwest Coast First Nations glass artist; and Lewis Gardiner, a New Zealand–based Maori jade artist. The result? Traditional stories and designs that find form in innovative new artworks. Now that’s a dynamic duo.

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 2017

By SHERI RADFORD

Fire up the party with flamenco performances, classes and workshops at Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. (Photo: Audrey Bow)

Fire up the party with flamenco performances, classes and workshops at Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. (Photo: Audrey Bow)

Sep. 11 to 24, 2017 There’s no need to fly all the way to Madrid or Barcelona to experience the raw emotional power of Spanish dance. The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival features international artists, including headliner La Moneta of Spain, as well as Canadian performers such as Calle Verde (pictured), Flamenco Rosario and Christina Tremblay. The best part? No passport required.

Stand-Up Guys: Demetri Martin & Chris Rock

By SHERI RADFORD

Get a dose of the best medicine when jokesters Demetri Martin and Chris Rock take the stage.

Get a dose of the best medicine when jokesters Demetri Martin and Chris Rock take the stage.

Sep. 9 and 14, 2017 Two funny folks are causing lots of laughs in Vancouver this month. On Sep. 9, Demetri Martin (above left) brings his trademark deadpan delivery to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. On Sep. 14, Chris Rock (above right) takes over the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, filling it with his abrasive but hilarious observations on modern life.

Vancouver International Fringe Festival Gets Real

By CHLOË LAI

Katherine Ferns confronts pas challenges with dark humour in her Fringe show, In Stitches. (Photo: Andy Hollingworth)

Katherine Ferns uses dark humour to unpack her real-life challenges in her Fringe show, In Stitches. (Photo: Andy Hollingworth)

Sep. 7 to 17, 2017 For theatre shows that range from weird to wonderful, there’s only one place to go: the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. More than 700 shows take the stage on Granville Island and beyond. Catch Katharine Ferns’ international hit, In Stitches (pictured), a dark comedic romp through her real-life struggles with mental illness, addiction and domestic violence. Because truthful theatre is stranger—and funnier—than fiction.

35 Things Kids Love About Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD + Photos by KK LAW

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

  1. Splashing around in seaside Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool.
  2. Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain.
  3. Putting the pedal to the metal at Richmond Go-Karts.
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Dynamic Duo

By SHERI RADFORD

Party all night long with Lionel Richie

Party all night long with Lionel Richie

Sep 3 You’ll be dancing on the ceiling (oh, what a feeling!) when Lionel Richie takes the stage at Rogers Arena. Joining the Grammy-, Oscar- and Golden Globe–winning artist—in what might be pop music’s most perfect pairing—is the best-selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey. Their aptly named All the Hits Tour is filled with the songs you know and love, from Richie’s “Endless Love,” “Penny Lover” and “All Night Long (All Night)” to Carey’s “Always Be My Baby,” “Touch My Body” and “We Belong Together.” Consider it a stroll down memory lane complete with a hit-parade soundtrack.

Sundae Saturdays at Beta5

By SHERI RADFORD

Love s'mores by the campfire? They're even better in a sundae.

Love s’mores by the campfire? They’re even better in a sundae.

To Sep. 30, 2017 What’s the sweetest day of the week? Saturday. That’s when Beta5 holds its summer ice cream socials. Enjoy a new sundae each week: mango bubble tea, mint chocolate chip, apple pie and green tea latte are just a few of the options worth risking brain freeze for. The ice creams and toppings are all crafted in-house with the same attention to detail that has made Beta5’s chocolates, cream puffs and éclairs so popular. The weekend can’t come soon enough.