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Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 — 9:33am PDT
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The 11th Annual Queer Arts Festival (“QAF”), Vancouver’s artist-run, professional, multi-disciplinary roister of queer arts, culture and history, takes place this year from June 17 to June 28, 2019.

Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver

Queer Arts Festival Vancouver 2019

This year’s festival theme rEvolution gathers together artists who dissemble, push and transgress; art as the evolution of the revolution. QAF has assembled nearly 100 artists and more than 20 events and programming showcasing a variety of differing media on exhibit at the Roundhouse Arts Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) in Vancouver’s Yaletown.

Here are some event highlights:

Art Party! Gala Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @7:00pm

Roundhouse Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Tickets: Free
QAF opening night galas are one of Vancouver’s best attended visual arts events, making this a party you don’t want to miss!

Technical Knockouts
On now until Saturday, June 22, 2019
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Tickets: Free
A female-centred music production drop-in lab for queer, Indigenous and allied youth led by Kinnie StarrDJ O Show and Tiffany Moses. ASL interpretation available upon request.
Calling all queer, Two-Spirit, and allied poets, lyricists, performers, truth-tellers and music-makers! Want to take your passion for words and music in a new direction? The Queer Arts Festival is here to help with the return of Technical Knockouts Emerging Artist Lab; a free, creative workshop series that invites you to tell your story, experiment, and access professional resources and mentors.

Kinnie Starr
QAF’s Technical Knockouts music lab mentored by Kinnie Star

Relational Revolutions – Visual Art Exhibition
Monday, June 17 to Wednesday June 26, 2019 
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
QAF’s signature curated visual art exhibition for 2019, Relational Revolutions, posits a rumination on the theme of rEvolution and extends an invitation to recalibrate our desires, how we hope, how we sense, how we love, and above all to re-examine our relationships with each other, with the land, with time, with form and with space. Curator Elwood Jimmy, of the Thunderchild First Nation, is an artist, facilitator, cultural manager and writer. This exhibit will showcase an eclectic array of artists including Thirza Cuthand, Raven Davis, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Alexandra Gelis, Jessica Karuhanga, Lisa Myers, David Ng, Jessa Chse, and Ty Sloane.

Diaspora with the Frank Theatre
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Tickets: Pay what you can
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews)
The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an interdisciplinary, devised performance created by queer refugees and immigrants.

Queer Songbook Orchestra. Photo Tanja Tiziana
Queer Songbook Orchestra. Photo Tanja Tiziana

Queer Songbook Orchestra
Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Tickets: $30-$40
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Celebrated national chamber ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra unearth the queer backstories and personal narratives inspired by music of the past several generations. Weaving together stories told by local narrators with arrangements by Canada’s foremost composers.

Stonewall 50 Glitter is Forever
Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Tickets: Free with your Songbook ticket, otherwise $15-$20
On the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that launched modern-day Pride, Vancouver Pride Society, Zee Zee Theatre, and The Frank Theatre join QAF’s final blowout, gathering together to revel in a half- century of queerevolution. Stonewall was a riot – now, we dance!

For more information, follow the QAF on Twitter and Facebook.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 — 5:01pm PDT
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It’s Father’s Day weekend in Vancouver and local attractions and restaurants have special events planned to help you celebrate dad. Miss604 is proud to sponsor the BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival on Friday (free) and Saturday (ticketed) at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park. This event and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, June 14, 2019
Sponsored by Miss604: BC Highland Games and Festival
Vancouver Canadians Baseball at the ‘Nat
La Kermesse (School Fair)
The Price is Right Live at the River Rock
Pi Provocateurs Presents Theatre Conspiracy’s Stray
Il Mercato Italian Market
A Journey Of Self-Awareness Through Comedy
Shipyards Night Market
Richmond Night Market
The Bandmaid’s Tale
The Arts Club Presents: Matilda the Musical
Vancouver Men’s Chorus The 70s Show
Bard on the Beach

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Free Outdoor Dancing in Vancouver for Summer 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 — 11:02am PDT
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The city comes alive in the summer with a lineup of affordable festivals, concerts, and events. One of the most vibrant, is free outdoor dancing in Vancouver! Take a lesson, watch some pros, enjoy music and movement at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s plazas, Robson Square, and Jim Deva Plaza. Here are the two main organizers:

Free Outdoor Dancing in Vancouver

Salsa Dance Robson Square
Salsa at Robson Square – Photo by John Bollwitt

Dance in Transit Schedule

When: Fridays and Saturdays, July 5 to August 9, 2019
Where: Robson Square, VAG South Plaza, VAG North Plaza (šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square) and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie
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Friday, July 5 @ 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Jim Deva Plaza
The first outdoor event of this season features the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on July 5th at Jim Deva Plaza. Warm up with some Zumba and DJ MiXXX playing Top 40, some oldies, and some requests.
Saturday, July 6 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Robson Square
Carnaval del Sol Bachata edition
Friday, July 12 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm at VAG South Plaza
Tango edition
Saturday, July 13 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Robson Square
Kizomba edition
Friday, July 19 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
Bhangra edition
Saturday, July 20 @ 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Robson Square
Salsa edition
Saturday, July 27 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Robson Square
Friday, August 9 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm at at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
Urban Kiz edition with Zumba warmup

Salsa Dancing @ Robson Square, Aug. 7, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

When: July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Where: Robson Square
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver (since 2006) during the summer months of July and August.

Each event starts with a free beginner dance lesson at 3:00pm, followed by social dancing 3:30pm to 5:00pm and performances 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Then it’s a free dance for all from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 — 10:02am PDT
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The largest one day food truck festival in North America, Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, is back again! On July 27th, it will feature over 100 food vendors, live entertainment, and awesome local shopping in Downtown New Westminster.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Columbia Streat Food Truck Festival

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Downtown New Westminster
Admission is free for this festival of food along the riverfront with live music, beer garden, fashions, and more.

Food Truck Lineup and More

Aloha PokeLemon Heaven
Arturos Mexico 2 Go Lenny’s Lemonade
BC Taco Los Guerreros Mexican Foods
Beljam’s Waffles Mama’s Fish and Chips
Betty’s Greek Honey Ballz Meat and Bread Food Truck
Brazilian Roots Truck Memphis Mike’s BBQ
Bread & Cheese Mini Donuts and More
Cannoli King Mo bacon
Cazba Express Mr. Arancino
Chouchou Mr. Tube Steak
Come Arepa Old Country Pierogi
Cravings Kettle Corn Porkmafia
Dim Sum Express Porky’s Food Truck
Dogs’n’Roses Praguery Food Truck I
Dolce Amore Praguery Food Truck II
Don Churro Prebak Cookie Dough
Fat Duck Mobile Eatery Ltd. REEL Mac and Cheese
Fijian Fusion Catering Inc. Rico & Lalo Frozen Fruit Bars
Flying Fish N Chipper Roasted Revolution
Fratelli On Wheels Rocky Point Ice Cream
Frying Pan Rolling Cashew
Fusion Icy Sarcastic Bean
Govindas Veggie Bomb Slavic Rolls
Greek On The Street Super Thai
Green Coast Cafe Taco’N Todo
Guerilla Q Tacofino Pink Truck
Holi Masala Taters – The Baked Potato Co.
Hugs by Mollie’s Minis Teapressu
Hunger Management The JerkShack
Ice Cream by Mario’s Kitchen The Original Hurricane Potato
Iron Dog Books The Reef Runner
Island Time Food Truck The Schnitzel Shack
It’s All About Grill The Snow Cloud Shavery
Japanese Teriyaki Express Twisted Creamery
JJ’ Hot Cobs Ltd. Vancouver Fashion Truck
Juicy Green Express Vick & Jas’ Kitchen
Kampong – Taste Of Malaysia Watermelon Mojito Bike
Whatafood – Brazilian Street Food Whistler Wood Fired Pizza Company

Enjoy live music, brought to you by Westminster Savings and curated by the Arts Council of New Westminster. Visit the numerous beer gardens along the street hosted by our famous pubs and restaurants. Feel like shopping? Drop into the Anvil Centre’s Artisan Market for unique handmade items or visit the New West Farmers Market for delicious local eats. Looking for even more? Check out the Bubble Zone by Bobacabana, dance with Royal City Swing or find the Mexican Fiesta.

Delicious downtown restaurants will be open too, in case you’d like to stay around even longer and savour the flavours of the royal city. Follow the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest on Facebook and Twitter for more info. Check out Fridays on Front for more fun in Downtown New West this summer.

Kitsilano Showboat, 84 Years of Free Seaside Entertainment in Vancouver

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 — 3:25pm PDT
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The Kitsilano Showboat returns for its 84th season of free seaside entertainment in Vancouver! Performances run every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from June 17 to August 17, 2019.

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat

Since 1935 this summer staple has featured musical acts, plays, and dancers all near the pool at Kitsilano Beach. Here are just a few of the performances, which take place at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted:

Monday, June 17, 2019
Opening Night with the West Vancouver Concert Band
Friday, June 21, 2019
Dance to the Beat of Greece
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Special Thursday Show June 27th: Multiculturalism Day
Saturday, June 29, 2019
South Van Big Band

Click here to see what will be on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday »

Performers include Sambacouver, Vancouver School of Highland Dance, LiveWire4, Brazilian Swag, Top Line Vocal Collective, Heart and Sole, Royal City Concert Band, All for Dance, Studio Cloud 30, Wailele Wai Wai, 6oh4 Band, Bella Domingo Polynesian Dancers, Mexican Dance Ensemble… and many, many more!

Kitsilano Showboat History

In 1935, the Kitsilano Showboat was founded by Bert Emery. That same year the new Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce organized its first evening of events which included swimming, diving, acrobatics and other entertainment. As the Showboat began during the depression, performers also benefitted as they were not able to secure jobs during those hard times. Made up completely from volunteers, the Showboat has provided free entertainment for almost 70 years. The iconic outdoor stage, built in 1954, represents a Mississippi River showboat. [Source]

This summer, visit the Kitsilano Showboat at 2300 Cornwall (at Kitsilano Beach) in Vancouver, and online on Facebook and Twitter.

Best Patios in Vancouver

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 — 2:39pm PDT
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It’s patio season in Vancouver, and whether you’re under an awning next to the bustling thoroughfare or soaking up the sunshine by the water, nothing beats sipping and savouring some of the city’s best drinks and bites outside. Open Table recently released its list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining and 30 BC eateries made the list. Here are the 10 best patios in Vancouver that made the nation-wide list:

Best Patios in Vancouver

Arms Reach Bistro
Arms Reach Bistro
  • Arms Reach Bistro (4390 Gallant Ave #107c, North Vancouver)
  • Black & Blue Steakhouse (1032 Alberni St, Vancouver)
  • The Boathouse at Kits Beach (1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver)
  • Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company (1253 Johnston St, Vancouver)
  • Glowbal (590 W Georgia St, Vancouver)
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House (777 Thurlow St, Vancouver)
  • The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
    • 1011 Mainland St, Vancouver
    • 1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver
  • Miku Restaurant (200 Granville St # 70, Vancouver)
  • Provence Marinaside (1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver)
  • Robba da Matti (1127 Mainland St, Vancouver)
  • The Teahouse Restaurant (7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver)
  • The Victor – Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe St, Vancouver)

Personally, I would also add Stanley’s Bar and Grill to the list, located at the historic Stanley Park Pavilion and surrounded by the lush natural scenery of the park. You can book a reservation on Open Table there as well.

Provence Marinaside
Provence Marinaside

Across Canada, 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar in West Kelowna was ranked #1 followed by 529 Wellington in Winnipeg, Alloy in Calgary, Amsterdam Brewhouse & Restaurant in Toronto, and North Vancouver’s Arms Reach Bistro was #5 nation-wide.