Wrapping up July with Pride Week in Vancouver and plenty of activities in the picks of the week.
Pride: #ChooseYourPride this week as Vancouver Pride has adapted a hybrid pride season of virtual and in-person events including #VanPrideFest at Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant, Pride Lounges around the city, and decentralized Pride Parade from July 30–August 1, 2021.
Shorts: Celebrate Vancouver Pride at MOA with an exploration of underrepresented queer stories from Indigenous, Black and people of colour through a series of short films by Love Intersections, a Vancouver-based media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour.
Symphony: On July 31st Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Pride Society bring Symphonic Pride to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. Curated by VSO Assistant Conductor Andrew Crust the program includes music from ABBA, Lizzo, The Righteous Brothers, Nina Simone, and Schubert, as well as a brief History of Queer Musicians in a medley featuring music from Handel to Freddie Mercury to Janelle Monáe.
Arts: Queer Arts Festival (QAF) 2021 returns with Dispersed – it’s not easy being green, running until August 13, a hybrid digital and in-person suite of visual art, performance, music, literary and workshop events in a dispersed format across the Lower Mainland
Stage: The Arts Club Theatre returns to the stage, with I, Claudia running until August 15th at the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.
Drink: Until August 1, Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge cools your palate as participating cafes are rolling out their best iced summer drinks to complete for the title of favourite Iced Summer Drink.
Monsoon: The South Asian Arts Society’s sixth annual Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, comes online from August 1 – 31 with a host of digital events, performances, talks and music
Hawaii: For a limited time, until August 15th, take a trip to the tropics as Fly Over Canada presents Hawaii from Above, a soaring, sense-awakening journey over islands.
Masterpiece: The success of the stunning Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition at Vancouver Convention Centre, has meant it has now been extended to September 7, 2021 giving you even more time to see this amazing spectacle of Van Gogh’s masterpieces
Shakespeare: Carousel Theatre for Young People‘s annual Teen Shakespeare Program returns with a week of live performances of The Tempest from July 31 to August 7 featuring audiences outdoors in Ron Basford Park located next to Performance Works on Granville Island.
Gallery: Interior Infinite, The Polygon Gallery’s first feature exhibition curated by Assistant Curator Justin Ramsey, the group show exploring is on view from until September 5, 2021.
Rides: Playland is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday to provide plenty of thrills and fun for the whole family.
Music: The Firehall Arts Centre’s Music In The Courtyard series returns for the summer, kicking off July 30th with M’Girl an ensemble of Indigenous women with stories and songs on the gifts received from Mother Earth.
Markets: For your farm fresh produce and supplies Vancouver Farmers Markets at Riley Park, Trout Lake, Kitsilano, West End and Mount Pleasant are now open until the autumn with Downtown opening this week and False Creek market opening soon.
Magic: Running August 3-22 at Presentation House Theatre, The Magic Hour is an immersive, walk-through, theatrical experience; a light-charged story of finding beauty in small moments and possibility within domestic isolation.