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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend June 25-27

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It’s going to be a HOT one! And by hot, meteorologists don’t mean ‘warmer than a usual Juneuary stretch of rain’, we’re going beyond that. From Saturday to Monday we could potentially shatter a 123-year-old record for the hottest day recorded in June in Vancouver. With that in mind, here are a few things to do in Vancouver this weekend that will hopefully keep you cool, and entertained. Don’t forget to hydrate and slather on the sunscreen if you head outside.

Things to do in Vancouver

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, June 25, 2021
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum
musica intima – morning walks
Intro to Bartending
Land Back: Global Intersections & Solidarity
Jazz Festival In-Person Shows
Vox.Infold Mixed in 4DSOUND by Sound Artist Ruby Singh
D.O.A. Live from The Rickshaw – Kinaxis InConcert Series
South Granville Food Truck Fest
Indian Summer Festival
The Polygon Gallery’s Interior Infinite
Pi Theatre Epidermis Circus
National Indigenous Peoples Day – Who We Are Film Series

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Dancing on the Edge Festival Film Pack Giveaway

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The Dancing on the Edge Festival (“DOTE”) will deliver high calibre, challenging and cutting-edge dance featuring innovative and spellbinding works starting July 8th. For its 33rd anniversary, the festival will include a presentation of over thirty online and live stage performances featuring artists from across Canada.

push/FOLD Ash, Liane Burns. Photo credit: Jingzi Zhao
push/FOLD Ash, Liane Burns. Photo credit: Jingzi Zhao

Dancing on the Edge Festival

  • When: July 8 to 17, 2021
  • Where: Digital and in-person for limited audiences, indoors and outdoors at the Firehall Arts Centre
  • Tickets: $15 to $30, available online now

This year’s festival is a hybrid model with live dance performances accompanied by films; film screenings; films online and one live stream event where performances are influenced by the tides.

“The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the performing arts community and we are thrilled to be able to provide dance artists and companies both online and live performance opportunities to support and profile their work,” says Festival Producer, Donna Spencer.

On offer will be some specially curated digital programming with recorded online performances, premieres of dance films, dance discussions, outdoor live performances in the Firehall’s Courtyard (for very limited audiences with safety precautions in place) and theatre performances with limited capacity, if permitted (Firehall Arts Centre Theatre).

Spencer also announced seven commission projects the COVID Commissions, premiering at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival. As part of a COVID commissioning project, companies/choreographers presenting commissioned works include Ouro Collective/Cristina Bucci, Raven Spirit Dance, Billy Marchenski, Immigrant Lessons/Kevin Fraser, Generous Mess, Rob Kitsos and Meredith Kalaman.

Immigrant Lessons. Photo credit: Vanessa Yuen
Immigrant Lessons. Photo credit: Vanessa Yuen

Canadian artists include Wen Wei Dance, Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler, Rachel Meyer, Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford, Dumb Instrument Dance/Ziyian Kwan with Rianne Svelnis, Alexis Fletcher/Vanessa Goodman, Future Leisure/Julianne Chapple, Company Ci/Gabrielle Martin, CAMP, Kirsten Wicklund, Shion Skye Carter & Kaiyuu, Peter Smida, Tara Cheyenne Performance/Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, O’Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies, and many more.  

Festival Film Pack Giveaway

I have a Festival Film Pack to give away that includes access to the following online performances, which will be available to steam July 8 to 20, 2021:

Flow Tide | Shion Skye Carter
Vicarious Time | Stand Up Dance/Meagan O’Shea
Dazzle | Future Leisure/Julianne Chapple
Become, this earthly plane | Kelly McInnes
Straight, No Chaser | Olivia C. Davies/O.Dela Arts
APE & APE (3.0) | Tara Cheyenne Performance/Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
MOI – the partitions | Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler
“1:1:1” (phase one) | Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford
Two | Wen Wei Dance
TUNING | Vanessa Goodman
The Threshing Floor | Rob Kitsos
ORIGINS/ How Do We Co-exist? | Immigrant Lessons
Limb(e)s | Company Ci
Excerpts | push/FOLD
the sea of my tomorrows | Meredith Kalaman

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

UNINTERRUPTED VR from a City Bridge

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The outdoor cinematic spectacle that lit up Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge in the summer of 2017, is back and on the move. This time, UNINTERRUPTED VR from a City Bridge is in Virtual Reality with synchronized, outdoor VR for small audiences.

UNINTERRUPTED VR from a City Bridge

UNINTERRUPTED VR from a City Bridge

UNINTERRUPTED brings a little community connection back – safely – to local neighbourhoods after a long year of pandemic restrictions. The site-specific work that thrilled residents and visitors alike is now swimming in 3D and touring cities throughout Metro Vancouver in VR. No need to own a headset – one will be provided for you. The event is designed so audiences of twenty can be immersed in the experience together, while apart.


  • When: July 7 – 11, 2021
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver (on garden patio)
  • Times: 4:10–5:10pm, 5:40–6:40pm, 7:10–8:10pm, 8:40–9:40pm

North Shore

  • When: July 14 – 24, 2021
  • Where: The Shipyard Commons / Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver)
  • Times: 5:10–610pm, 6:40–7:40pm, 8:10–9:10pm, 9:40–10:40pm


  • When: August 3-13, 2021
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery (on veranda)
  • Times: 4:40–5:40pm, 6:10–7:10pm, 7:40–8:40pm, 9:10–10:10pm

With breathtaking images set to an original score, and no narration, UNINTERRUPTED maps the extraordinary migration of Pacific salmon on a city bridge in a unique 30-minute visual and sound experience. With visual poetry, it inspires audiences to reflect on the intersection of urban life and nature.

Registration is free, register online in advance. Follow UNINTERRUPTED on Facebook for more info and updates.

Summer POP! Outdoor Concerts in Surrey Parks

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This summer, Surrey Civic Theatres presents Summer POP! (Performances in Outdoor Parks) with a variety of performances and activities for people to enjoy in the great outdoors.

Surrey Summer POP
Pat Chessell Band, Glades Garden (Surrey Civic Theatres photo)

Summer POP! Outdoor Concerts in Surrey Parks

When: July 9 – September 12, 2021
Where: Various Surrey parks
Tickets: Click events below for ticket link, if required. Depending on COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, select programming may be moved online.

The Glades Garden (561 172 St) will host the Main Stage for Summer POP! There will be limited tickets available for each event (health orders permitting) and seating will be BYOBC (bring your own blanket or chair).

Friday, July 9, 7:00pm
Classical Music Summer Sampler
Surrey City Orchestra Quintet and BC Chinese Music Ensemble

Saturday, July 10, 7:00pm
The Pat Chessell Band Celtic Kitchen Party
Featuring opening act Reevay

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Broadway Across Canada Returns to Vancouver with Hamilton and More

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Broadway Across Canada returns to Vancouver with scheduled performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre starting in January 2022. ANASTASIA will be the first to grace the stage followed by HAMILTON and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, with COME FROM AWAY available as a season option.  

Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus
Hamilton National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway Across Canada Returns to Vancouver

Season subscription package in Vancouver includes:

  • ANASTASIA January 18 – 23, 2022
  • HAMILTON May 24 – June 19, 2022
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR November 15 – 20, 2022

Additional show option that can be added to a season subscription in Vancouver include:

  • COME FROM AWAY August 16 – 28, 2022

All current subscribers have been contacted directly about their subscriptions to the Broadway Across Canada Season. New subscriptions are currently on sale. Single ticket on sale date is yet to be announced.

“We’re greatly optimistic about the return of Broadway to the city of Vancouver and thrilled to share the news that shows previously announced for the 2020/2021 season have been successfully rescheduled at this time,” said Shana Levin, Vice President of Broadway Across Canada“We are thankful to our patrons for their patience, flexibility and love of Broadway which has been an incredible support and inspiration during this extended intermission.  We look forward to welcoming theatergoers back to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium at the start of next year for what is expected to be an unforgettable season and the long-awaited return of Broadway.”  

Broadway Across Canada is actively working alongside colleagues at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and in collaboration with provincial and local government officials to re-open following local, provincial and federal health guidelines.  Once BAC finalizes their health and safety plan, they share all details with theatregoers.  Should there be additional changes and/or cancellations, ticket holders will be notified immediately – the value of their ticket will be safe.  

For the latest news, announcements and “backstage” access on all upcoming shows follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook #BACTouring #BACSub #BACSuperfan.