Vancouver Pride Society has announced its full schedule for the 2021 #ChooseYourPride celebrations. While acknowledging that Pride doesn’t look the same for all community members, the organization is hosting more than 60 events including in-person and digital experiences taking place July 3 to August 3, 2021.
Vancouver Pride Events 2021
When: July 3 to August 3, 2021 Where: Various locations across Vancouver and online Tickets/Registration: Ranging from $0–$10 available online starting June 28, 2021 at 10:00am
As one of the first in-person Summer festivals since COVID hit in 2020, Vancouver Pride Society will bring the pandemic-friendly VanPrideFest to Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant from July 30 to August 1, 2021. The series of free open-air programming with community partners offers ten different time slots dedicated to the specificities of the local 2SLGBTQAI+ community. The event is free but registration is required so organizers are able to comply with all provincial health orders.
For the first time this year, organizers are bringing a series of COVID-safe Pride Lounges to Vancouver Downtown, which will pop across from Jim Deva Plaza, Stanley Park Brewpub, and šxʷƛ̓ ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Attendees will be able to book a time slot for up to six people within their bubble in advance and enjoy drinks under the summer sky with lounge-style entertainment.
While we are now free to move about the province and leave our region for recreational purposes, there’s a great lineup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend as usual! Here’s what’s happening around town this Friday to Sunday:
After a year of innovation, digital recording and virtual performances, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (“VSO”) and Vancouver Civic Theatres (“VCT”) welcome back the first live audiences to the historic Orpheum Theatre in over a year for four performances on June 19 and 26, 2021.
VSO Hosts First In-Person Concert of 2021
When: Saturday June 19 at 10:10am & 2:40pm & Saturday June 26 at 10:10am & 2:40pm
Following the announcement of BC’s successful move to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Reopening Plan, the VSO will perform four concerts for fifty person audiences, in compliance with provincial health orders. The audience will include front-line workers, members of the media, special guests, and lucky members of the public who can enter a draw to win seats at the performances.
“There has been so much sacrifice this year on so many fronts. We are grateful to everyone who is working to bring us all through this pandemic. The VSO lives to connect people through music. We are overjoyed that are we now taking the first steps towards normalcy,” says Angela Elster, President & CEO of the VSO.
The four concerts, taking place in the morning and afternoon of June 19 and 26, each feature a different program. Highlights include a performance by the iconic Canadian singer/songwriter Steven Page, a quartet for four violas including VSO’s new principal violist Hung-Wei Huang, and a concerto for seven wind instruments and string orchestra by Swiss composer Frank Martin.
The VSO and the VCT will follow all government guidelines and will ask audience members to maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times when inside the theatre. There will be additional health and safety guidelines provided to guests before the concert. Performances will be recorded for distribution at a later date.
BC youth are invited to submit BC-grown recipes and cooking videos for a chance to win cash prizes in the Field to Fork Challenge. The second annual campaign is presented by 4-H British Columbia (“4-H BC”), BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (“BCAITC”), and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries.
Field to Fork Challenge
Submissions Judged Under the Following Categories:
4-H BC Junior Members (born 2008-2011)
Enter now to August 31, 2021
4-H BC Senior Members (born 2001-2007)
Enter now to August 31, 2021
BC Junior-Level Students (grades 4-7)
Enter now to September 30, 2021
BC Senior-Level Students (grades 8-12)
Enter now to September 30, 2021
Winners will be selected based on recipe choices, use of BC ingredients, evidence of thorough study, food and kitchen safety, and presentation.
10 Cash Prizes Available in Each of the Above-Noted Categories:
1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200
4th to 10th Place: $100 each
In addition to winning cash prizes, top-placing entrants will have the chance to attend the Field to Fork Challenge Virtual Conference on November 13, 2021. Conference attendees will cook BC grown recipes under the expert instruction of Chef Trevor Randle, enjoy virtual farm tours, learn about BC agriculture from farmers in the field, and enjoy other fun activities. Recipes from top-placing entrants will also be featured in the Field to Fork Challenge Recipe book, to be available in print and online for all to enjoy.
Last year’s Field to Fork Challenge was a huge success! Participants had a chance to cook and form an appreciation for locally-grown agriculture. The Challenge entrants created an array of recipes from Hungry Hiker Skillet to Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats to Rhubarb Strawberry Pie.
“We are delighted to partner with 4-H BC again this year,” said Pat Tonn, BCAITC Executive Director. “We are able to offer this amazing food and agriculture Challenge province-wide! We invite educators, school administrators, and parents in all regions of BC to encourage students to participate and submit entries of their favourite recipes.”
This morning the Government of BC updated their BC Restart Plan to confirm we can move into Step 2 starting June 15, 2021.
On May 25th the BC Restart Plan for Summer 2021 – Step 1 was revealed, re-opening restaurants and recreational travel within our own health regions. June 15, 2021 has been identified as the first possible date we would advance to Step 2, the criteria being: “at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.”
Recreational travel within BC allowed BC Transit and BC Ferries offers increased service as needed
Indoor and outdoor dining for groups up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble) Liquor served until midnight Banquet halls can operate with limited capacity and a COVID-19 Safety Plan Consultation with sector associations begins for next steps on easing restrictions
Offices and workplaces
Continued return to the workplaceSmall, in-person meetings allowed Employers must continue to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and daily health check in place
The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1, 2021.
The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7, 2021.