Mid-July and the weather has finally felt like summer, catching up with all the summer activities in these picks of the week.
Edge: Canada’s oldest and longest running contemporary dance festival, the 2022 Dancing on the Edge Festival (DOTE) continues until July 16th, welcoming audiences to both indoor and outdoor live performances.
Summer: The 12th Indian Summer Festival (ISF), Vancouver’s ‘festival for the curious mind’, running until July 17, 2022, with both ticketed and free events and a carefully curated line-up guided by the theme of ‘Inner / Outer Climates’, hosted on Granville Island and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Boots: You’re in for a good time, at The Arts Club production of Kinky Boots. the hit Broadway musical by Cindy Lauper and Harvey Fierstein is on stage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre until July 31
Kill: The Geekenders’ Kill The Ripper, a reimaging of Jack the Ripper, told from the female perspective, by acclaimed Canadian playwright Fairlith Harvey, plays at Rio Theatre from July 7-16
Stars: Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is back at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Part with the hilarious Shakespearean themed comedy Something Rotten! and the Queen jukebox musical We Will Rock You on alternate evenings until August 27.
Symphony: Saturday afternoon, join the VSO for the 33rd Annual Symphony in the Park at Deer Lake Park with a program including many of the most popular and recognizable compositions and movie scores.
Opera: Sunday afternoon, join Vancouver Opera for its first Opera in the Park at Deer Lake Park – a day of family fun with an evening opera performance.
Baseball: The Vancouver Canadians host their inaugural Indigenous Peoples Night on Thursday, July 14, with pre-game traditional music and dance, an on-field welcome ceremony led by Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations leaders. As well, 20 residential school survivors and their families have been invited to the game and 20 athletes from the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council will take the field with the C’s starting lineup as part of the Baseball Buddies program.
Chinatown: This weekend, the 20th Anniversary Vancouver Chinatown Festival returns to the streets of Chinatown. Spend July 16 & 17 with your family and friends taking in the century-old neighbourhood’s history, culture, entertainment, shopping, activities and amazing food.
Trio: The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) has a host of new exhibitions now open and running through the summer: Kids Take Over, RESTLESS: Recent Acquisitions, and Everything Under The Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruft are a trio of new exhibitions giving visitors to VAG plenty to view through to September 11th
Movie: Summer Movie Nights are back in Downtown Vancouver, Jumanji plays this Thursday evening with activations starting in front of the Art Gallery at 4pm, and the movie screens at sundown.
Collection: Now held over until August 23rd, Per Diem: The Gerd Metzdorff Collection at Griffin Art Projects, takes an intimate look at one of Vancouver’s most quietly influential collectors.
Photo: Until August 6th, The Burrard Arts Foundation’s latest photography exhibition, Around Us, in partnership with Project Society, features work from nine Canadian contemporary artists that explore abstract, adjacent, and/or satirical notions of the self.
Canta: Rice and Beans Theatre invites audiences to check out a free reading of Canta Karaokê by Jessie Liang and discussion on Friday, July 15 starting at 7pm (followed by a karaoke party!!) or watch the livestream from home
Ghosts: North Vancouver’s The Polygon Gallery opens its latest exhibition in one week, running until August 14, 2022, Ghosts of the Machine is a new group exhibition by curator Elliott Ramsey that looks at the relationships between humans, technology, and ecology.
Canoe: Vancouver Maritime Museum recognizes National Indigenous History Month with two new exhibitions opening, We Were So Far Away and Tapestry of Change – both exploring Inuit stories and communities. As well, the ongoing exhibition Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh has been extended until August 15.
Curated: Until March 19, 2023 the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents the Canadian premiere exhibition of True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel. A group exhibition, curated by artist and muralist Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:l?), examining the artistic practice of 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists
Art: MOA presents its newest exhibition this week: Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio features artworks by 33 Mexican-American artists from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York and Texas, most exhibiting in Canada for the first time, on exhibit until January 1, 2023
Tower: The Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) latest exhibition A Minaret for the General’s Wife by award winning Toronto-based Turkish-Canadian artist Erdem Tasdelen is on display until July 31, 2022.