Cultural Calendar

The Eastside Culture Crawl will once again see artists open their doors to the public.

The Eastside Culture Crawl will once again see artists open their doors to the public.

Boo! There are plenty of Halloween-themed events, parties and festivals happening throughout the Lower Mainland this month. But if you’re not into the spooky season, not to worry, there are many other cultural events to attend, from art openings to musical concerts, film festivals, evening conversations and more. Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!


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Case of the Haunted Cannery

Oct. 22, 23, 29, and 30

Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Richmond

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is haunted by strange noises, ghosts and screams. Join fellow detectives to talk with ghoulish characters, discover clues and solve the mystery of the haunted cannery in this family-friendly event this Halloween season! For further information about this and the adult-oriented Northern Paranormal Investigations, please visit their website.


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Inclusion Art Show

Oct. 26–27

Heritage Hall, Vancouver

The 12th Annual Inclusion Art Show returns to Vancouver featuring the artistic creations of 200 artists in the city. There will be all kinds of artistic forms from paintings, photography and pottery to jewelry, textiles and glassware. At the show you can meet the artists, discover their philosophy of art and watch their creative processes at work. For artist info. and further information, check out the art show’s website.


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Heart of the City Festival

Oct. 26–Nov. 6

Downtown Eastside, Vancouver

The 13th Annual Heart of the City Festival features over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. This year’s festival features music, film, dance, storytelling, workshops and more. The festival is based around the theme of living on shared territory, celebrating and working with all the peoples living on unceded Coast Salish territories in the post-colonial era. Special features include Realms of Refuge, a miniature world depicting and imagining places of refuge, shelter and comfort, and the installation of a 27 ft. Survivors Totem Pole carved by Haida artist “Skundaal” Bernie Williams.

Ae you ready to immerse yourself in a fairy tale?

Ae you ready to immerse yourself in a fairy tale?

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Haunted Village

Oct. 27–30

Burnaby Village Museum

Bring the kids out to the Village for a spooktacular time! The Burnaby Village Museum has recreated scenes, locations and characters from some of the most famous fairy tales and storybook adventures, including Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and Frankenstein. Be sure to be in a trick or treat mood, you never know what kind of ghoulish candy you’ll find in the Village!


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Oct. 28–Dec. 10

grunt gallery, Vancouver

Five site-specific commissioned works from five female indigenous artists will be on display at the grunt gallery starting Oct. 29. These multifaceted projects will draw upon the strengths and traditions of the Indigenous peoples to create connections, foster dialogue and initiate calls to action between individuals, communities and institutions to support community building. On Oct. 28, join the artists for live artistic performances designed to complement their site-specific work.


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Walker Evans: Depth of Field

Oct. 29–Jan. 22, 2017

Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be hosting works from one of the most influential American photojournalists of the 20th century, Walker Evans. Evans was most famous for his photographs depicting ordinary Americans and life during the Great Depression era, helping to usher in the field of documentary photojournalism. Over 200 black & white and colour photos covering the 1920s to the 1970s will be on display featuring commentary and discussion. This retrospective looks at Evans’ detailed depictions of a certain space and time. Join the guest curators on the first day, Oct. 29, for a detailed tour of Evans’ career and legacy.


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An Evening with Graphic Journalist Joe Sacco

Nov. 2, 7–9 p.m.

SFU Woodwards, Vancouver

Simon Fraser University will be hosting an evening with Maltese-American graphic journalist Joe Sacco, who is known for his comics, journalism and nonfiction. Vividly depicting life, events and conflicts in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Sacco skillfully combines the techniques of journalistic eyewitness reporting with the medium of comics to produce complex, emotional stories. Sacco will be joined by Vancouver artists and historians to have a dialogue about the nature and future of nonfiction reporting among other topics. For tickets and more information, please visit the SFU website.


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Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

Nov. 3–13

Fifth Avenue Cinemas and Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver

The 28th Annual Vancouver Jewish Film Festival will be screening some of the latest cinematic offerings from or about the Jewish community. There will be films showcasing many subjects including interviews with world-renowned chefs of Israeli cuisine, stories from Holocaust survivors from the Lodz Ghetto and a documentary about the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team winning the 1977 European Cup.


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Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

Nov. 4–27, 8 p.m.

Jericho Arts Centre, Vancouver

United Players of Vancouver director Michael Fera will be putting on his adaptation of Scandinavian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Jericho Arts Centre in November. A story of pain and suffering, the play centres on a widow who has been keeping dark secrets about her husband from her son. When her son returns from abroad, it appears he has been hiding a secret of his own. For tickets, specific show times and further information, check out their website.


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Vancouver Tea Festival 2016

Nov. 5, 10 a.m–6 p.m.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical
Chinese Garden, Vancouver

The Vancouver Tea Society is partnering with the Chinese Cultural Centre to host the Third Annual Vancouver Tea Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on Nov. 5. Join tea lovers as they taste and savour one of the world’s most consumed drinks, a drink once dubbed “the elixir of life.” Attend tea workshops, listen to tea readings and sample a wide variety of tea flavours.