Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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It’s been a week of reopenings around Metro Vancouver, with even more to come this week when it comes to galleries, museums and public spaces. As for events, they’re still taking place virtually in the form of workshops, art talks, musical performances, town halls, and more. Here are a few things to do in Vancouver this weekend, online:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, June 12, 2020
Virtual Town Hall on Anti-Racism in BC
Arts BC Conference 2020 | #virtualartscon
Data Impacts + Future Directions | #virtualartscon
Free ArtTalk – “Remembering the Forgotten Through Art” Jason Li
Movie Night with Miscellaneous
Will’s Jams Sports Day Facebook Live
Art Connects | Performance: Evann Siebens
7th annual Zumbathon® For Cancer
Red Truck Beer Company Live Music Nights
Doors Open Richmond
Museum of Vancouver & Vancouver Maritime Museum Opening Week

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Kitsilano Showboat 85th Season is Going Virtual

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For 84 years it has been a summer seaside staple but for its 85th season the Kitsilano Showboat is going virtual beginning Saturday, June 27th then live online every Wednesday in July at 7:05pm.

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat 85th Season

Special shows will be held on Canada Day with a children’s show and an action packed evening of nostalgic music for the parents. On June 27th the Showboat celebrates National Multicultural day with two great performances. On Wednesday July 8th the host their annual fundraiser where you can donate to help sustain Showboat through these difficult times.

  • Multicultural Day June 27, 2020 7:05pm to 8:30pm
    • Featuring North American recording artists, singer/songwriters Norine Braun and Land of Deborah
  • Canada Day July 1, 2020
    • 10:00am Children’s entertainment with Story Time by Barry
    • 10:30am Music with Marnie
    • 6:00pm The Carnival Band
    • 7:05pm MP Joyce Murray, Opening Remarks
    • 7:10pm Andrew Johns – An awesome evening of music from Elton John to Freddie Mercury.
    • 8:30 Virtual Fireworks
  • July 8, 2020 7:05pm Kitsilano Showboat Fundraiser featuring the talented and energetic Richard Lowy and Friends.
  • July 15, 2020 7:05pm Kitsilano Showboat Allstars
  • July 22, 2020 7:05pm Ilian Varkarelov – an amazing young pianist will bring the classics alive at Showboat LIVE.
  • July 29, 2020 7:05pm Land of Deborah – The engaging Land of Deborah will entertain you with an amazing repertoire of songs.

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 85 years. The iconic outdoor stage, built in 1954, represents a Mississippi River showboat.

View the full schedule online here and follow the Kitsilano Showboat on Facebook for updates and to tune in live.

Black Spaces Symposium Virtual

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Afro Van Connect has announced the Black Spaces Symposium Virtual happening July 23 to July 26, 2020.  This Symposium will consist of various panel discussions, art exhibitions and music performances all centred and designed to showcase the black experience.

Black Spaces Symposium

Black Spaces Symposium Virtual

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This Symposium is established to create opportunities for youth of African Descent to access equipment, education, training, networks and opportunities, empowering them to creatively and economically flourish; building on their unique gifts and perspective from their heritage and diaspora cultural experiences.

Black Spaces

Afro Van Connect has put together this FAQ:

What is Black Space? A Black Space is an intentionally curated and designed space for people of African Descent and their allies to collaborate, commune and create practical solutions to end racism and systemic inequalities.

Why are they important? Black Spaces give people of African Descent the space and agency to reimagine who they are, who they want to be and what impact they want to have within their local communities and the world.

Why the Black Spaces Symposium? The Black Spaces Symposium is about being and belonging. Within British Columbia there are no cultural hubs, community infrastructure, or neighbourhoods that directly serve the specific needs of people of African Descent. The intention of the Black Spaces symposium is to create the awareness of the necessity of black spaces, highlight the various resources within our community, and develop practical solutions to alleviate our inequities.

How can you support black spaces? The lack of safe spaces for people of African Descent to authentically express themselves, their issues and experiences need to be addressed before we can begin to build a strong thriving community.  Solving this problem requires all people who see the necessity for change and diversity in our city to come together and actively take part. 

Volunteer, Sponsor, Invest

The Symposium is currently seeking volunteers, sponsors and investors who are interested in assisting in ensuring that people of African Descent have the visibility, resources, and the space they need to succeed. Contact if you would like to support the Symposium.

For more information, follow Afro Van Connect on Facebook and RSVP to the event on Facebook for updates.

Local Father’s Day Gift Boxes

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As with most other celebrations this year, Father’s Day will look a little bit different without big barbecues, special events or a game of catch with the Vancouver Canadians. However, small businesses are helping you celebrate with this selection of local Father’s Day gift boxes.

Local Father’s Day Gift Boxes

Well Seasoned BBQ Package
BBQ gift basket from Well Seasoned

Well Seasoned Gift Baskets

Angie Quaale’s Well Seasoned, a gourmet food store offers seasonal gift baskets for Dad with themes like Grill Masters, Cocktails & Mixology, Snack Time, Cocktails, Breakfast in Bed, and Some Like It Hot. Order online and select your budget of $50 to $100.

Meat Bouquet

 The family-operated and community-focused Hofstede’s Country Barn in Chilliwack is making Meat Bouquets for Father’s Day. Local meats and cheeses artfully arranged to emulate a tongue-in-cheek floral arrangement. Order online for a safer and healthier shopping experience or call (604) 824-1192. 

Build Your Own Sundae

For dads with a sweet tooth, this fun offering is from Glenburn Soda Fountain in Burnaby. Order online and pick up a take-home kit to build your own sundaes, including ice cream, toppings and house made sauces. 

Abbotsford Beer
Field House Brewing in Abbotsford

Handmade & Homegrown Abbotsford Gift Boxes

 BREW PACKAGE ($55.00 + tax) 

  • Voucher for one beer and a set of two 16 oz beer glasses from Field House Brewing 
  • Voucher for one beer flight at Ravens Brewing
  • Voucher for one beer flight at Old Abbey Ales
  • Voucher for two beers at Loudmouth Brewing
  • Voucher for one cider flight at Taves Estate Cidery
  • Set of two 16 oz beer glasses from Field House Brewing 

GOLF PACKAGE ($95.00 + tax) 

  • Two passes to Fraser Glen Golf Course
  • Ledgeview Golf & Country Club sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sleeve of golf balls from Tradex 
  • Two tickets to the 2021 Vancouver Golf Show at Tradex 
  • add-on option: two midweek passes to Ledgeview Golf & Country Club ($86 plus tax) 

The gift bags feature products from several local businesses and can be purchased online, with curbside pick-up service on Thursday, June 18th from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Friday, June 19th from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Due to COVID-19 protocol, pick-up will be organized with social distancing measures in place. Items must be ordered by Thursday, June 18th at 5:00pm. 

Whistler in a Basket

The team at Whistler’s Blackcomb Liquor Store have a passion for liquor and for locals. They will handpick a gift basket packed with dad’s favs from your last trip to Whistler including; beers from Coast Mountain Brewing and Whistler Brewing Company, a bottle of Montis Distilling gin, a cone of handmade Whistler Chocohappy treats, a bar of the decorative Arts Meets Chocolate featuring a Whistler artist, Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Glaze and Eve’s
Crackers. They work with local producers as well as Edible Canada to bring unique and yummy treats to the mountains. For deliver within the Whistler area or pick-up.

Related: Shop Local Online with Coho CollectiveGranville Island Market Delivered to You Through Virtual Tours and Grocery Kits

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

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On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis during National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Art by Janine Lott
Art by Syilx artist Janine Lott available at the Kelowna Visitor Centre

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Tourism BC (“ITBC”) is encouraging communities across British Columbia to get creative with this year’s celebrations. Due to ongoing travel restrictions and limitations on social gatherings due to COVID-19, ITBC is celebrating online throughout this month and a signature experience on June 21, 2020.

Kiixin Tour Guide Wisqii
Kiixin Tour guide Wisqii leading our group through the rainforest

National Indigenous History Month was first instituted in June 2009, as a way to educate, connect and promote reconciliation in Canada. National Indigenous Peoples Day was declared in 1996, with the date of June 21 chosen to coincide with the summer solstice and the start of berry-picking and fishing season.

Get the Indigenous Tourism BC app
Get the Indigenous Tourism BC app

Both holidays invite Canadian residents not only to celebrate Indigenous culture, but also to reflect on the rich history of Indigenous peoples in BC.

For the past seven years, ITBC has hosted the Indigenous Cultural Festival in Victoria to honour BC’s 200-plus First Nations with a weekend dedicated to lively performances, engaging tours and traditional artisan goods. This year’s event has been cancelled to respect requirements for physical distancing; instead, ITBC has compiled a series of actions outlining how the public can safely pay homage to Indigenous peoples throughout the month. These include:

  • Honour physical distancing requirements in Indigenous communities. Follow local travel recommendations to protect Indigenous elders, children, resources and lands.
  • Add Indigenous tourism experiences in BC to your travel plans. Download the Indigenous Tourism BC app to find local tourism operators. Include Indigenous tourism in your travel plans.
  • Connection to Land, People and Culture. Commit to learning about the land where you live! Start with a virtual tour with Candace Campo from Talaysay Tours.
  • Support Indigenous digital economies. Resourceful entrepreneurs are now serving patrons through online orders, delivery service and virtual events. Shop online for Indigenous fashion, food, wine and art to show your support for Indigenous lands, cultures and businesses.
Kekuli Cafe Bannock
Bannock from Kekuli Cafe
  • Join a virtual gathering. Summer events might be cancelled, but virtual gatherings are going strong! Online conference and streaming tools make it easy to attend virtual powwows and drum sessions, and new means of connection are emerging daily. Follow ITBC’s social media channels to stay in-the-know about upcoming virtual celebrations.
  • Explore educational tools. Set aside time to learn about the historic keepers of our land – one suggestion is First Voices, which offers interactive language learning tools. You can also enhance your child’s homeschooling with resources that explore Indigenous perspectives on contemporary curriculum content. 
  • Browse Indigenous culture. Whether literature, film, music or artwork, Indigenous culture is rich with stories told by local artists. Browse online collections hosted by museums in BC, check #IndigenousReads for recommendations of captivating books, and search free collections of Indigenous film

Whether buying arts and crafts, visiting tourism businesses that are open and accepting guests, or following ITBC on social media to enjoy celebratory content throughout June, there are plenty of ways you can dive into the enthralling history, culture and storytelling of BC’s diverse First Nations.

Ktunaxa Language Shirts
The endangered Ktunaxa language. Shirts for sale at St Eugene Resort in Cranbrook


Tune into this event in Vancouver: The Carnegie Community Centre Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day, live online from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Join for an ancestral land acknowledgement with Elder Carleen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, live stream performances – including Carnegie’s own lexwst’í:lem Drum Group, a virtual tour of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, a virtual smudge & storytelling with Carnegie Elder in Residence Les Nelson and Museum of Anthropology Indigenous artist talks and more.

Live from the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, tune into a virtual drumming circle or workshop on art and reconciliation.

There will also be free admission at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver on June 21st.

Follow Indigenous Tourism BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more inspiration.