Cultural Calendar

School is just around the corner, so what better way to spend the rest of the summer than by attending fun-filled events? From theatre events to festivals, there will be no shortages of events this time around! Grab a few friends, go with family or even attend some of these events by yourself because you won’t want to miss them.

Bria Blessing hosts a charity event for wounded Ukrainian soldiers. | Photo by Miron Muza

Bria Blessing hosts a charity event for wounded Ukrainian soldiers. | Photo by Miron Muza

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Aug. 24–28

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

(604) 713-1800

The premise behind Papergirl, the project that combines art, philanthropy and bikes is a simple one; art should be accessible to everyone. Papergirl is an international art movement that brings artists from all ages and backgrounds together and redefines street-art. Powered by volunteers, this exciting new twist on art brings artwork to unsuspecting members of the public via pedal-power. For more information on the exhibit, please visit the website.

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Celebration of Ukrainian Independence with Bria Blessing

Aug. 26, 6–10 p.m.

St Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church

550 West 14th Ave., Vancouver

Join fellow Ukrainian-Canadians at St Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church for Ukrainian Independence Day! This important celebration and charity event includes fun Ukrainian activities for the children as well as a wonderful concert that adults will enjoy. The concerts include many well-known artists such as Bria Blessing. Proceeds will go towards injured Ukrainian soldiers wounded in conflict in Eastern Ukraine. For more information on the event, please visit their Facebook page.

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2015 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival

Aug. 27–30

Various Locations, Vancouver

(604) 253-0293

Put on your tap dancing shoes, lace up and get ready for the 2015 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival! There are many fun and exciting events happening all across the Lower Mainland. Enjoy an exciting tap-dance boat cruise, or watch one of the many shows happening! Everyone’s invited to participate, celebrate and experience the unique art that is tap dancing. For more information on tickets and scheduling, please visit the website.

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“Animal Symphony”Art Activity Day

Aug. 29, 12–3 p.m.

Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson St., Vancouver

Hosted by the Contemporary Art Gallery and in partnership with ArtStarts, every last Saturday of every month is Free Family Day. This month’s edition is all about animal sounds and symphonies! The event features free exhibition tours and free drop-in art making for kids of all ages. For more information, please visit the website.

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Epic Music in the Park

Aug. 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Edmonds Community Centre Plaza

7433 Edmonds St., Vancouver

E.P.I.C holds its 2nd annual series of free outdoor music concerts. Held at the Edmonds Community Centre Plaza, the purpose of the concert series is to bring together up-and-coming artists and professional artists to create a sense of community. This family-friendly event allows for a nice evening of music listening in the Edmonds Community. Bring a blanket, some snacks and make a night out of this amazing free event!

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Vancouver Chopin Society Presents Eric Lu

Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Tom Lee Music Hall

929 Granville St., Vancouver

Vancouver Chopin Society Presents Eric Lu for their Young Talent Concert series. Eric Lu was born in 1997 and has since performed in venues all over the world. With many awards to his name, Eric Lu comes to Vancouver to perform in the Tom Lee Music Hall. Come and watch in awe as Eric Lu astounds you with his talent at the young age of 17.

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2015 Summer Intensive Teen Exhibition

Sept. 3, 12–7 p.m.

Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson St., Vancouver

Come and join the teens of the CAG’s first annual Summer Intensive for teens. This exhibition displays the work of youth that participated in the program. The teens learned new techniques and skills by working closely with leading artists, curators and educators from the Vancouver art community. For more information on the event, please visit the website.

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Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Evergreen Cultural Centre

1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

(604) 927-6550

Evergreen Cultural Centre and Vancouver-based contemporary dance group MACHiNENOiSY team up together to offer youth the opportunity to explore dance. PROX:IMITY RE:MIX is aimed at youth ages 15-24 who are interested in being part of a dance and multi-media creation. The two week project culminates in a final performance that the students have created. For more information, please visit the website.

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Free Drive-In Movie: Stand By Me

Sept. 6, 7 p.m.

River District, Corner of East Kent Road and Boundary

8683 Kerr St., Vancouver

Do you ever miss the 80s when drive-in movies were the big fad? Do you miss the comfort of your own car while being able to watch a classic movie? If so, you’re in luck because the last instalment of Free Drive-In Movies is presented by Wesgroup! This final drive-in presents the hit classic, Stand By Me! Travel back in time to enjoy a classic drive-in movie experience with family and friends! For more information, please visit the website.

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Labour Day Fair

Sept. 7, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby

(604) 297-4557

The Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel present their Labour Day Fair! Get ready for old-fashioned fun for the family, which includes entertainers, musicians and much more. The fair has games and many vendors. The Labour Day Fair has free carousel rides for the children! This is an event your family won’t want to miss. For more information, please visit the website.

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So Long Summer Slide Show

September 8, 7 p.m.

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby St., Vancouver

Photographer David Wisdom is presenting So Long Summer Slide Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery on September 8, at 7:00 p.m. There will a selection of photographic works by local artists with musical accompaniment. The Source’s Street Photographer Denis Bouvier will be presenting along with acclaimed artists Sophia Burke, Aaron Carpenter, Adad Hannah, Doug Lander, Alex Morrison and other special guests.