Summer begins, the longest day of the year brings a long list of entertainment picks
Briefs: It’s your last chance to see the seductive mix of circus, drag, dance, burlesque, music, and comedy, as Briefs Factory International from Australia, with Zee Zee Theatre presents Dirty Laundry at The Cultch until June 25.
Beatles: If you’ve never seen a Bard on the Beach production, As You Like It is a great place to start, bringing both the Beatles and the Bard together in a magnificent mash up full of song, dance and fun running on alternate nights with Julius Caesar throughout the summer.
Aging: The Canadian Premiere of the award-winning The Window Outside by Belinda Lopez – taking a look at how aging, illness and care-giving effects the family dynamic – onstage at Presentation House Theatre until June 25
Judy: The Massey Theatre celebrates legendary Hollywood movie star and musical performer Judy Garland in a retrospective of her career by classis film historian Michael van den Bos; Get Happy! Celebrating Judy Garland takes place on Thursday June 22
Carole: Until August 6th, you’ll ‘Feel the Earth Move’ and more as you hear some of pop’s greatest hits and the story of Carole King in The Arts Club presents Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
Yaletown: Every Wednesday to Friday Lunchtime (12:15-2pm) & After Work (5:30-7:30pm) until June 30, Let’s Hear It For Yaletown! brings FREE LIVE Jazz Music and Swing Dancing to Bill Curtis Square (behind Yaletown-Roundhouse Station)
Jazz: The 38th Vancouver International Jazz Festival, returns to stages around the city from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, July 2, with a selection of 140+ free and ticketed performances, kicking off with free Downtown Jazz concert outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Flea: It’s the last week to catch United Players’ production of A Flea In Her Ear classic farce involving a complex series of mistaken identities, clandestine assignations and misplaced but explosive jealousies, all happening at breakneck speed, only until June 25th at Jericho Arts Centre
Food: Vancouver Foodster takes food lovers on Tasting Tours of North Vancouver, tonight June 21, and through Squamish on Saturday June 25
Pop: North America’s #1 Abba tribute act, ABBA Revisited recreates the magic of ABBA with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship taking their audience on a musical journey back in time at Massey Theatre on Friday
Gallery: Until September 24th, The Polygon Gallery presents the North American premiere of? Jeremy? Shaw: Phase Shifting Index, the artist’s latest and largest production to date, created for his?solo exhibition in the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Talking: The 22nd annual Talking Stick Festival 2023: Summer Reverb, continues until July 2nd, honouring National Indigenous History Month, continues at diverse locations within the city of Vancouver
Lies: Pi Theatre brings its 2022-2023 season to a close by presenting the world premiere of Truth & Lies from June 22 to 25 at the newly renovated Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall, located in the Vancouver Opera Production Centre
Comedy: British-Irish funny man Jimmy Carr brings his Terribly Funny tour to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC on Saturday June 24
Amusement: Scream and shout and get twisted all about as you take in the thrilling rides, food and fun at Playland, now open weekend throughout June
Market: A kaleidoscope of colours, fantastical characters, and mouth-watering international foods combine at the 2023 Richmond Night Market, North America’s largest event of its kind runs weekends until October 9, 2023
Shipyard: Across the lower mainland, the 2023 Shipyards Night Market runs Friday nights until September 15th at the Shipyards in North Vancouver.