58 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, August 13

Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 58 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, August 13.

 

CONCERTS

English pop-rock singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry plays the Orpheum Theatre, touring in support of latest solo album Avonmore.

Edmonton folk-roots singer-songwriter Scott Cook plays the WISE Hall.

Deep-listening concert Quiet City #35 at the Red Gate Revue Stage features performances by Gretchen Snakes, High Plains, and Wild Card.

New York City-based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Two Feet plays Fortune Sound Club.

Local Chicago tribute band West Coast Chicago plays hits like “Saturday in the Park” and “If You Leave Me Now” at the Fairview Pub.

 

BENEFITS

Cyclists take on a five-km or a 13-km climb on Cypress Mountain at the annual Cypress Challenge, with proceeds to the B.C. Cancer Agency and Pancreas Cancer B.C.

 

ETCETERA

The 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Heritage Shipyard celebrates Richmond’s historical connection with the sea through music, painters, potters, stilt performers, puppets, storytellers, wooden boats, games, interactive exhibits, food, and roving performers.

The Abbotsford International Air Show features a full aerial festival, a kids’ zone, static displays, food vendors, and a fireworks celebration at Abbotsford Airport.

The Eastside Flea Summer Market at the Ellis Building features over 50 local vendors, five artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, and pinball.

See live birds of prey in action as their handlers interpret their behaviour at the Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Rural Park Farm Centre.

 

KIDS’ STUFF

Ride a 1,000-foot-long waterslide down Lower Lonsdale Avenue at North Van’s Slide the City, which also features food trucks, artisans, a family zone, and live music by the Boom Booms, the Tourist Company, Peach Pit, the Spillionaires, Adam Woodall, Kristle Dos Santos, Dirty Mike and the Boys, and Alex Maher.

Highlights of Playland include midway games, fair food, an arcade, a shooting gallery, a climbing wall, a haunted mansion, family rides like Teacups and Merry-Go-Round, and extreme rides like Corkscrew, the Beast, Hell’s Gate, Revelation, and Wooden Roller Coaster.

 

SPORTS

The Vancouver Canadians take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The Odlum Brown VanOpen tennis competition at Hollyburn Country Club provides players the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on both the ATP and WTA Tours.

 

COMEDY

Evening of improv comedy at Havana Theatre draws inspiration from movies, suggested Youtube videos, or other prerecorded sketches.

 

ARTS ETCETERA

Final day of the Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts, which features a spotlight on South Asian theatre, including presentations, workshops, and a production of Malavika in Surrey. 

Final day of the Harmony Arts Festival, an all-ages celebration of art that includes visual-art exhibits, an art market, outdoor concerts on two stages, food vendors, and drop-in activities for kids and adults on the West Vancouver waterfront.

The West Coast Tagore Festival at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre is a multicultural celebration featuring poets and performing artists from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre features more than 100 visual and performing artists, exhibitions, sales, performances, and workshops.

The New West Cultural Crawl invites the public to explore New Westminster and check out art by professional and emerging artists who reside in the city.

The third annual Vines Art Festival sees visual and performing artists, along with eco-conscious community leaders, herbalists, urban farmers, and woodcarvers, celebrate the Coast Salish landscape through earth-inspired art and performance at various Vancouver locations.

The family-friendly Tibet Festival at VanDusen Botanical Gadens features traditional dance performances, talks on cultural practices, a market bazaar, and Tibetan food.

 

MUSIC

Pianist Shoshana Telner performs classical music by Brahms, Hummel, and Liszt at St. Mark’s Anglican Church as part of the Blueridge Chamber Fest.

Roedde House Classical Series presents a tribute to Emily Dickinson featuring soprano Catherine Laub and pianist Stephen Smith at Roedde House Museum.

 

THEATRE

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents a version of William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, set in 1959 Italy, where a group of actors and filmmakers celebrates the wrap of their latest movie.

Theatre Under the Stars presents The Drowsy Chaperone, director Gillian Barber’s musical that sees characters spring to life in a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents a version of William Shakespeare’s drama The Merchant of Venice set in modern-day Venice.

Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of David Pownall’s Master Class as part of the Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Festival.

Peninsula Productions presents Sea of Stories, a musical about life in small-town Canada, at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse.

Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present a performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre.

 

GALLERIES

Pictures From Here at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists Roy Arden, Karin Bubaš, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Mike Grill, Arni Haraldsson, Fred Herzog, Barrie Jones, Evan Lee, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Henri Robideau, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Paul Wong, Cornelia Wyngaarden, and Andrea Fatona.

Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist’s creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases 38 paintings that span the career of the French artist who is regarded as a master of the Impressionist movement.

Xi xanya dzam at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art features traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, contemporary prints, sculptures and jewellery by Primrose Adams, Dempsey Bob, Rena Point Bolton, Mandy Brown, Joe David, Robert Davidson, Alvin Mack, Mary Michell, Earl Muldon, Susan Point, and Norman Tait.

The first major Canadian exhibition of photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures, and films by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry is at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Twenty-five works by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore complement the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Persistence at the Vancouver Art Gallery draws together three recent contemporary installations by Canadian artists Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Shelagh Keeley, and Germaine Koh.

 

MUSEUMS

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC examines the physical traces of words, both spoken and recorded, that are unique to humans. 

In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands

Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.

 

ATTRACTIONS

The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

Edgewater Casino offers 24-hour gaming, over 60 table games, a poker room, a high-limit section, 500 slot machines, restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment, including concerts and televised UFC events.

At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor.

Big Splash Waterpark in Tsawwassen, formerly Splashdown, features newly renovated pools and hot tubs, new slides such as Kamikaze and Solar Splash, a sports bar and grill, and complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Vancouver.

Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a heated outdoor pool, a saltwater pool, a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers.

The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada’s Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

Soar from coast-to-coast across the Canadian landscape with a 25-minute ride featuring effects such as wind and scents at FlyOver Canada.

Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

 

MOVIES

Screening at Vancity Theatre of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, a documentary by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana that explores the influence of Native American music and musicians on rock and pop.

Zodiac Double Bill at the Rio Theatre features screenings of the serial-killer flicks The Zodiac Killer and Zodiac.

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival–which celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops–continues at various Vancouver venues.

Film scholar Michael van den Bos presents a selection of film clips at the Vancity Theatre that feature traditional and contemporary folk music from dramas, comedies, bio-pics, and documentaries.

Screenings at the Cinematheque of Vincent Sherman’s Affair in Trinidad and Joseph H. Lewis’s Gun Crazy as part of the annual Film Noir series.

Urbanarium Walking Tour from Robson Square explores how Vancouver manages to stand in for cities from around the world in TV and film.

 

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