Cultural Calendar

Celebrate hops at this year’s B.C. Hop Fest.| Photo courtesy of BC Hop Festival.

Autumn is here! Looking for interesting ways to kick off the crisp autumn season? There are many events, festivals, art exhibits, plays and conferences to check out around the city. Consider letting out your inner art critic at Z Gallery Arts’ latest exhibit, Intimacy. Perhaps later, lay out your lederhosen and attend the celebratory Oktoberfest festival Harvest Haus in downtown Vancouver. Or, if you’re feeling fit, stretch your legs and go for a 10km run around Granville Island to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Language, Globalization and Youth in the Asian Periphery

Sept. 27, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

C.K. Choi Building, University of British Columbia

The Institute of Asian Research will be hosting a presentation by language research professor Sender Dovchin of the University of Aizu, Japan. She will be talking about the linguistic diversity – “linguascapes” – of young adults in Mongolia’s online and offline environments. She hopes to reconsider the role of varied cultural genres and linguistic resources in a globalized context, therefore considering the important interplay between language and globalization. Check out their website for more information.

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13: The Musical

Sept. 28–Oct. 1 and Oct. 4– 8

Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver

Bring On Tomorrow Co. will present a hilarious and clever coming-of-age comedy, 13: The Musical, at the Waterfront Theatre. Yanked from his New York City life after his parents’ divorce, 12-year-old Evan Goldman has a lot going on: he’s navigating the popularity pecking order at his new small-town school and planning his epic Bar Mitzvah – all the while trying to fix his family left in disarray since his parents’ break-up. The comedy hopes to be an uplifting reminder that true friendships can be found in unexpected places. Please visit the website for tickets, cast and showtimes.

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Intimacy | Tanis Saxby

Sept. 28–Nov. 11

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver

Z Gallery Arts will be hosting the artwork of Canadian artist Tanis Saxby in her latest exhibit, Intimacy. Intimacy carries both relational and erotic associations. It’s an example of the way Saxby creates abstract forms which suggest a human experience of intimacy. The observer becomes a participant in the quest to experience an equal, open and honest coupling. In this experience, the light and space between the two forms become as important as the form itself. There will be an artist reception on Sept. 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, please check out the gallery website.

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City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

Sept. 28, 2017–Feb. 18, 2018

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver will explore the history of Vancouver’s street protests with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism – a major new photo-based exhibition showcasing rarely seen walks of resistance. Featuring over 650 images of street demonstrations, protests and riots from the early 1900s to present day, these photos capture emotionally raw and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Large digital projections and films coupled with animated sounds of protest choirs will create an immersive environment that will inspire the public to think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives. These records demonstrate the power of “ordinary people” in mobilizing public opinion and effecting change locally and globally.

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Kate Evans: Threads

Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia

The Chan Centre presents cartoonist, activist and author Kate Evans in Threads on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Revealing accounts of hope and hardship, Evans will recall her experiences at France’s Calais refugee camp as told in her acclaimed 2017 graphic novel Threads: From the Refugee Crisis. With projected images from her book as the backdrop, and live musical accompaniment by Iranian-Canadian hand drummer Hamin Honari, Evans will share a compelling reading. The evening will conclude with a thought-provoking moderated panel discussion on the power of art, both as a response to crisis and a means to inspire political and social movements. Please visit the Chan Centre website for tickets and more information.

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Culture Days

Sept. 29–Oct. 1

Various locations throughout British Columbia

Culture Days is a nationwide event celebrating and showcasing local arts and culture in Canadian communities. Here in Metro Vancouver, many municipalities and cultural centres will be hosting a plethora of interactive hands-on activities such as scavenger hunts, pottery making, meditative art and needle felting. Culture Days hopes to instill appreciation for the role artists, historians, designers and creators play in the creation of art and the enrichment of our cultural fabric.

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B.C. Hop Fest

Sept. 30, 1–6 p.m.

1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford, B.C.

Thirty of the province’s best craft breweries and their fresh hopped beer will come together at the B.C. Hop Fest, an annual festival dedicated to supporting family farms through the world class processing and distribution of high quality B.C. grown hops to brewers, culinary experts and hop heads everywhere! Eat and drink among hops still on the vine, kick up your heels to live music and talk to your favourite brew master. For tickets and further information, please visit the festival website.

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Harvest Haus

Oct. 5–14

88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Harvest Haus, the annual European food and drink festival, returns to the city for the fourth year. Held under the marquee next to B.C. Place Stadium, Harvest Haus brings folklore from the first century to the Great White North. Enjoy pretzels and apfelstrudels, sausages and sauerkraut, flammkuchens and chocolate fountains, and plenty of beer, cider and spirits with your harvest companion! For a complete list of events, check out their website.

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22nd Annual Cranberry Festival

Oct. 7, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fort Langley Community Hall

This Fort Langley tradition celebrating Thanksgiving returns to the Fraser Valley for the 22nd time. Celebrate the cranberry fruit harvest with plenty of food vendors, cooking demos, door prizes, live entertainment and family activities. Come early in the morning for the pancake breakfast, and make sure you bring home a bag of cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast!

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Turkey Trot Run

Oct. 8 (Kids), Oct. 9 (Adults)

Granville Island & False Creek, Vancouver

For the 20th time, the Turkey Trot Run returns to Vancouver to bring families of runners together in a spirit of Thanksgiving and community pride. There will be two races: a 1.1 km kids run at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 8 and a 10 km run for everyone else 13+ at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 9. Be sure to celebrate with other participants after the run with food, entertainment and door prizes!