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Things to Do Vancouver

Granville Island Stage: Once

By CHLOË LAI

The ArtsClub’s production of Once takes over the Granville Island Stage until Jul. 29 (Photo by David Cooper)

To Aug. 5, 2018 Eleven years ago, an indie film about Guy, an Irish busker, and Girl, a Czech immigrant, won hearts all over the world for its soulful songs. Now you can feel the love in person at Once on the Granville Island Stage. The Tony Award–winning musical features a multitalented cast who play every heartbreaking, foot-stomping song—including the Academy Award–winning “Falling Slowly”—on mandolins, violins, accordions and more. Plus, the pub set is a functional bar, so you can step onstage for a pre-show pint. Live music, drinks and a chance to fall in love with Guy and Girl all over again? We’ll raise a glass to that.

Seaside Social: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By CHLOË LAI

Sun, sea and sweet, sweet music at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach Park (Photo by Erik Price)

Jul. 13 to 15, 2018 Whether you’re inspired by indie rock or blown away by bluegrass, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s eclectic line-up will sweep you off your dancing feet. Jericho Beach Park comes alive with the sweet sounds of more than 50 world-class acts, including JUNO Award–winners The Dead South and Quantum Tangle, Canadian siren Neko Case of The New Pornographers, and Australian folk legend Archie Roach. Take a break from all the action to explore the artisan market, or go for a dip in the nearby ocean. The beach is so close, you can still hear the music. It’s true: there ain’t no party like a West Coast party.

Les Misérables Comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

Les Misérables plays at the QE Theatre from Jul. 10 to 15, 2018 (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Jul. 10 to 15, 2018 “Do you hear the people sing?” Chances are good you’ve heard Jean Valjean and Cosette, because Les Misérables is the world’s second-longest-running musical. The story of how a corrupt society turns people into beggars and criminals is as relevant now as when Victor Hugo wrote the novel that the show is based on, back in 1862. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

30th Annual Dancing on the Edge Spotlights Contemporary Dance

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Catch Co.ERASGA’s “Passages and Rhythms” at Dancing on the Edge (Photo by Yasuhiro Okada)

Jul. 5 to 14, 2018 Devoted to dance? Crazy about choreography? Then don’t miss Dancing on the Edge. This year, the annual festival celebrates three decades of busting a move with nearly 30 performances and over 20 innovative dance companies. Boundary-bending works such as Co.ERASGA’s Passages and Rhythms (pictured), Liz Kinoshita’s VOLCANO and Lara Kramer Danse’s Windigo are the perfect way to see contemporary dancers strut their stuff.

Comedian David Cross at the Vogue Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

Expect hilarious rants when David Cross takes the stage at the Vogue Theatre

Jul. 4, 2018 The man who brought the hilariously oblivious Dr. Tobias Fünke to life on Arrested Development is also known for his side-splitting stand-up. David Cross fills his act with rants about the current political system, observations on the vagaries of modern life, old favourites such as “squagels” (square bagels) and a whole lot more. This month at the Vogue Theatre, you can find out for yourself why Comedy Central named him one of the 100 greatest comedians of all time. Squagel, anyone?

Explore Science World’s Pixar Exhibit

By SHERI RADFORD

Find out how Pixar’s popular animations come to life, at Science World

To Jan. 6, 2018 If you’ve ever wondered how characters such as Buzz Lightyear and Elastigirl were brought to life, then this is the exhibit for you. The Science Behind Pixar explores the science, technology and math that go into making Pixar’s computer-animated films. Learn about concept art, lighting, modelling, rendering and more, at Science World. “To infinity and beyond!”

Exhibit: Cultural Tattooing at Bill Reid Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest (Photo by Aaron Leonen)

To Jan. 13, 2019 Art goes beyond skin-deep in Bill Reid Gallery’s Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest. For the exhibit’s five Indigenous tattoo practitioners, skin is more than just a canvas—it communicates history and traditions, too. They are working to revive traditional techniques, once integral to conveying identity and social status, by exploring the symbolism, oral traditions and artistry behind epidermal art. The first in the gallery’s newly renovated space, this is one exhibit that’s sure to make an impression.

Canada Day 2018: How to Celebrate in Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Perfectly punny cup from Indigo

Jul 1, 2018 Canada Day kicks off festivities across the city, many of them glorious and free. Swing over to Granville Island for live music courtesy of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, or to Creekside Park, where hopeful percussionists attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for most nationalities in a drum circle. Then dance your way down to Canada Place for crowd-pleasing concerts and a fireworks finale. Need Canuck swag? Indigo is a treasure trove of True North–themed souvenirs, from fun pillows to campsite-ready mugs.

Sounds of Summer: TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

By CHLOË LAI

Crowds gather to enjoy free concerts at David Lam Park, one of the festival venues (Photo by Jon Benjamin Photography)

Jun. 22-Jul. 1, 2018 For 10 days and nights, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival puts a swing in the city’s step, with more than 1,800 musicians playing 300 concerts—150 of which are free. Get down to the legendary sounds of heavy hitters like Robert Plant (Jun. 29), Macy Gray (Jun. 28) and the undeniably sax-y Kamasi Washington (Jun. 24), or fall head-over-dancin’-feet for one of the many hot up-and-comers. Groove on.

Seaside Stage: Bard on the Beach

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by David Cooper

Jun. 6-Sep. 28, 2018 If the last time you experienced Shakespeare was while dozing through a high school English class, then it’s time to give his plays another try. Every summer, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival breathes new life into classics such as Macbeth and As You Like It (pictured), this year’s two mainstage productions, by incorporating music and costumes from different eras. As You Like It has been transported to 1960s Vancouver, complete with more than 20 classic Beatles tunes. This just might be the summer of love.

Legendary Haida Artists Showcased at Museum of Vancouver

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Exploring First Nations art is a great way to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Jun. 21

To Jun 15, 2018 There are over 450 reasons to visit the Haida Now exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver. That’s the number of fascinating artifacts and artworks on display in the powerful showcase. Among them: works by legendary artists Bill Reid and Charles Edenshaw, plus beautiful historic pieces that highlight the Haida nation’s rich culture and traditions. Carvings, jewellery and headpieces paint a picture of day-to-day life, while photography and timelines give a sense of history. It all adds up to one engaging exhibit.

Brilliant Burlesque: Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe

By SHERI RADFORD

Catch burlesque legend Dita Von Teese’s new show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on June 15

Jun 15, 2018 Glamour and seduction combine in Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe, an over-the-top creation by the queen of burlesque. A fully crystallized gown, bespoke fetish boots by Christian Louboutin, and 1,200 pearl balloons floating down from the sky are just a few of the highlights. Dita Von Teese brings her very revealing show to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.