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Things to Do Vancouver

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.

Melancholia Dreamland at Art Beatus Gallery

By CHLOË LAI

“Tangled” by Simone Guo (Photo courtesy Art Beatus)

To Jun 22, 2018 For many, the natural world is an escape from everyday life. It’s a sentiment we share with traditional Chinese landscape painters of centuries past, who sought refuge from social and political unrest in the permanence of mountains, rivers and trees. In Melancholia Dreamland, award-winning Vancouver artist Simone Guo uses acrylics and mixed media to tap into—and reimagine—this age-old idea. Rather than recreating the real world, Guo says she “paints landscape as a concept,” producing colourfully compelling works such as “Tangled” (pictured). Find your sanctuary at Art Beatus.

Mamma Mia! Hits Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Mamma Mia! fans will be chanting “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” until Aug 12 (Photo by David Cooper)

To Aug 12, 2018 “Mamma mia, here I go again.” Leave your cynicism at home, because every ABBA fan’s favourite musical is back in all its superbly silly and sequinned glory. It’s impossible not to smile and sing along when the first bars of “Dancing Queen” or “Does Your Mother Know” fill the air—but to truly join in, you’ll have to wait until the two sing-along performances on Jul. 28. This fun-in-the-sun musical is getting toes tapping at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Fun fact: the 15-week run of Mamma Mia! is the theatre’s longest-running production ever. “My my, how can I resist you?”

Vancouver’s Craft Beer Circuit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
May 2018

From left: Craft Lager, Filthy Dirty IPA, Trash Panda IPA and Ruby Tears NW Red Ale, at Parallel 49 (Photo by KK Law)

From easy drinking to just plain experimental, a bevy of brews can be found around Vancouver. Explore the options in hop-heavy neighbourhoods like Brewery Creek or East Village, where craft breweries are all a hop, sip and jump away. Start with local stalwarts like Brassneck and Parallel 49. For an even larger concentration of breweries, tap into Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 25 to Jun. 3). This frothy celebration of beer, live music and special events culminates with a festival where 100 breweries pour over 300 beers and ciders. We’ll raise a glass to that.

Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! Comes to Metro Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

The S. Caleb Carinci Asch equestrian acrobats are, quite literally, lit.

May 17 to Jun. 10, 2018 It takes a certain kind of human—the word “super” comes to mind—to leap through a flaming hoop onto a galloping horse, juggle a world-record-breaking number of ping-pong balls with their mouths, or contort themselves into human pretzels. The incredible performers at Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! do all that and more, led by a larger-than-life ringmaster who’s headlined every circus show from Cirque du Soleil to the Ringling Brothers. Don’t miss crowd favourites Duo Guerrero, internationally acclaimed high-wire walkers who perform their death-defying balancing act while wife Aura sings to her husband, Werner—sometimes while doing the splits. Talk about going above and beyond.

Show dates and locations:

May 17 to 21: Guildford Town Centre, 10355-152 St., Surrey.

May 25 to 27: Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Place Way, Tsawwassen.

May 31 to Jun 3: Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Rd, Richmond.

Jun 7-10: Tradex, 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford.

Stars on Ice Skates Into Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir photo by Julie Larochelle

May 17, 2018 Summer’s nearly here but Vancouver is as cool as ever, thanks to Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt. This national tour features a star-studded cast of Canada’s most-decorated figure skaters, including three-time world champion Elvis Stojko. It’s also the perfect opportunity to gaze adoringly at Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (pictured), whose steamy ice dance routine won the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics just a few months ago—and melted hearts across the country. Feel the magic in person at Rogers Arena.