Vancouver Pride with Queer as Funk

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Enjoy a night of love, joy, and powerful music as Queer As Funk launches their debut studio album during Vancouver Pride this summer.

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Queer As Funk has been a cornerstone of the BC music scene for over a decade, known for their electrifying performances that fuse funk, soul, Motown, and R&B. Their music is a beacon of inclusivity – the band openly and joyously celebrates the 2SLGBTQl+ community in Vancouver.

Vancouver Pride with Queer as Funk

  • When: Friday, August 2, 2024 at 8:00pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available online now

Alongside their commitment to social justice, over the last 11 years Queer As Funk has also earned a reputation as a powerful and entertaining band. Their tight horn arrangements, groovy rhythms, and powerful vocals have won over fans at music festivals and Pride events across Canada.

This concert marks the release of Queer As Funk’s first studio album. Recorded at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver BC with Liam Moes, the album gives fans the opportunity to bring the dance party home and increases visibility and representation of queer artists in the wider music industry.

Joined by the soulful Sojourners, the evening promises a blend of exciting, vibrant music, and heartfelt community celebration. Follow the band on Facebook for more info and updates.

Canada Place Summer Series Free Activities

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Join in free, family-friendly fun with the Canada Place Summer Series featuring weekly Waterfront Yoga, Zumba®, and MSINGI classes through July and August, 2024.

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Summer Series at Canada Place

Zumba® at Canada Place provides participants the opportunity to practice Zumba® in one of Vancouver’s most stunning waterfront locations. Join these fun fitness classes on Mondays this summer, with no dance experience or partner required.

  • When: Every Monday from July 15 to August 26, 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    • No class on BC Day – August 5, 2024
  • Where: North Point, Canada Place (999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
  • Registration: Free, just show up!

MSINGI at Canada Place is an all-ages, inclusive, outdoor fitness/movement class. This new, innovative format combines the fundamentals of fitness with rhythmic and dynamic fusions of music, set to Afro beats. Make sure to bring a water bottle and wear clothes you can move in.

  • When: Every Tuesday from July 16 to August 27, 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: North Point, Canada Place (999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
  • Registration: This free class does require advanced registration

Waterfront Yoga at Canada Place will be a great way to unwind as you stretch and breath in the fresh air and gorgeous views. Led by Stretch Vancouver, this outdoor yoga class requires no previous yoga experience. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat.

  • When: Every Wednesday from July 17 to August 28, 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: North Point, Canada Place (999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
  • Registration: Free, just show up! Arrive between 5:15pm-6:00pm to register for a spot

Follow Canada Place on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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CREATE Eastside Arts Festival 2024 Giveaway

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Eastside Arts Society presents the 4th edition of its newly expanded, immersive summer arts event, CREATE! Eastside Arts Festival this month. Enjoy a series of events (from doodles and music, to weaving and printing) in the Eastside Arts District, in addition to its traditional all-day outdoor festivities at Strathcona Park. You can also enter to win a prize package!

CREATE Eastside Arts Festival 2024

CREATE Eastside Arts Festival 2024

  • Dates: July 22-28, 2024
  • Location: Various Eastside Arts District (EAD) studios, breweries, and performance venues, and Strathcona Park
  • Tickets: Some free, some ticketed events. View them all online here.
    • Art workshops are $35 for youth/adults and $20 for flamenco and children’s workshops. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult.

The festival offers arts workshops, live music and dance performances, a beer garden, public art activations, an art shop, and inspiring opportunities for art lovers of all ages and abilities to explore and discover.

Featured Events

Community highlights include CREATE! pop-up art workshops at Off the Rail Brewing, Luppolo Brewing, and Strange Fellows Brewing from July 22-26 and studio art workshops at 1000 Parker Street, The Mergatroid Building, and The Arts Factory on July 28.

Canadian musical artist Paul Pigat will be at the Firehall Arts Centre on July 25; legendary Canadian singer songwriter Art Bergmann at the Rickshaw Theatre on July 26; there will be a roving piano and dance performance from Mascall Dance on July 26; live mural painting by Eastside Culture Crawl co-founder Richard Tetrault from July 22-26; and so much more.

On Saturday, July 27, the festival returns for a full day of festivities at Strathcona Park, with a series of outdoor art-making workshops taught by EAD artists, including: weaving, summer florals, introduction to flamenco (all abilities), crochet, charcoal drawing, and a BIPOC expressive art workshop. For the first time this year, CREATE! will partner with 604 Records and Light Organ Records to present a live music concert stage at Strathcona Park (July 27 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm), featuring Haleluya Hailu, Fur Trade, and Sarah Jane Scouten.

The 9th annual Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl Brewery Tour Fundraiser, also on July 27th, will benefit the Eastside Arts Society’s yearly activities and community events.

Enter to Win

I have a prize package to give away! Here’s how you can enter to win:

Win a CREATE Arts Festival Prize Package

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Getting to Know The Sneaky Artist

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Artist, writer, and podcaster Nishant Jain, known as The Sneaky Artist, ‘sits in public spaces with a sketchbook and fountain pen, making secret drawings of city life.’ It was fitting that my first encounter with him took place at Robson Square.

This vibrant public space, often a bustling thoroughfare for me as I beeline through on my way home from Whitecaps matches at BC Place, set the stage for our morning meeting.

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I found a seat at the lone shaded table, recently vacated by city workers on a coffee break. Settling in, I scanned the square slowly, panning like a surveillance camera, trying to spot The Sneaky Artist before he found me. It was one of those seasonably warm summer mornings in the city, where the lack of rain has created sticky film on the sidewalks and surfaces, and the pavement radiates heat by 10am. 

A familiar downtown scene unfolded: the Law Courts on one side, Robson Square rink and UBC campus below, and the Vancouver Art Gallery behind me.

There was a bicycle courier on the steps thumbing through his phone, while two friends in flowy skirts sitting in direct sunlight having a lively conversation over iced coffees. On the shrub-covered hill – an island in the middle of all the concrete – sat a figure with a large sketch-pad and pencils. Everytime they looked up I thought about the words “Placed Upon the Horizon (Casting Shadows)” which is on the south facade of the gallery in front of them, and behind me.

“Rebecca?” Nishant found me and greeted me with a hug. It’s been a very long time since I met someone I had only previously chatted with on social media. He and I have been avid users of Threads, Instagram’s X alternative that launched in the summer of 2023, and connected there through Likes and Comments. The Sneaky Artist has over 333,000 followers on Instagram (and nearly 68,000 on Threads) both with the tagline “secretly drawn art of the world.” 

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Drone Show at English Bay Ahead of Celebration of Light Fireworks

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This summer in Vancouver the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks will included a drone show at English Bay each night July 20, 24 and 27.

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Drone Show at English Bay Ahead of Celebration of Light Fireworks

At 10:00pm each night the fireworks will begin from barges located in English Bay. Ahead of each show at approximately 9:50pm, attendees can watch a dazzling, choreographed drone display, sponsored by the BC Honda Dealers Association.

The performances will feature 200 drones and will be conducted under a special flight operations certificate issued by Transport Canada, ensuring safety and compliance. Drones are each capable of displaying millions of colours, and will perform in tightly choreographed formations, creating complex geometric shapes, logos, and images that will dance against the night sky’s black backdrop.

Archangel Fireworks is partnering with North Star Drone Shows, a leader in drone show production across Canada, to deliver all three drone shows. North Star Drone Shows offers an impressive portfolio, having produced shows for notable events such as the NBA Draft Sizzle, LAFC Show, Paris Hilton Show, Candy Crush Show, Super Bowl Instagram Videos, NASCAR, and Caesars Hotel.

The event welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening on all three festival nights at 7:40pm.

Fireworks Teams

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Saturday, July 20, Portogal
Team Macedos Pirotecnia

Wednesday, July 24 – Malaysia
Team Pyro Tact

Saturday, July 27 – United Kingdom
Team Pyrotex Fireworx

Music simulcasts can be heard on CFMI Rock 101. The winning team will be announced on Wednesday, July 31.

Everything is free to attend and watch, from wherever you can get a good view of English Bay and the fireworks barge. For a premium experience, you can reserve a seat with exclusive VIP and family-friendly viewing options including the Scotiabank Lounge, Inukshuk Point and the Concord Pacific Grandstand. There are also VIP private cabanas and larger group hosting patio spaces available to rent. Tickets to all three viewing areas can be purchased online.

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