Vancouver Writers Fest 2023

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This October the Vancouver Writers Fest will welcome more than 125 authors from across the globe and feature more than 85 engaging in-person events.

Vancouver Writers Fest

  • When: October 16 – 22, 2023
  • Where: Various Locations across Granville Island and Lower Mainland Schools
  • Admission: Tickets available online now

Now in its 33 year, the festival connects people to exceptional books, ideas, and dialogue.

The festival welcomes CBC Commotion host and bestselling author of Son of ElsewhereElamin Abdelmahmoud, as this year’s Guest Curator. Abdelmahmoud’s curated events include Blackness as a Portal, exploring relationships of Black writers to Blackness from different vantage points; On the Edge focusing on environmental decline and inequality and Using Pop Culture, which examines how pop culture can serve as a connector.

Other events include Between the Pages, a conversation with the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists; a discussion with Naomi Klein about her new book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World, blending tragi-comic memoir with political and cultural insights; Matt Galloway of CBC’s The Current weighing on the climate crisis with noted thinkers Rebecca SolnitChris Turner and John Vaillant; and an exploration of identity, colonialism and ecology with Cherie Dimaline, acclaimed author of The Marrow Thieves.

Iconic Festival offerings such as the Poetry BashLiterary Cabaret and Afternoon Tea continue, and this year patrons can bookmark their Festival season with four special events, including: Canadian actor and stand up comedian Brent Butt in conversation with Charles Demers on October 3rd, and political satirist and TV personality Rick Mercer in conversation with singer Jann Arden on November 18th.

Youth Events include workshops, keynotes and discussions with bestselling and beloved children’s authors and illustrators including Jon KlassenKirsten PendreighTui T. SutherlandCrystal SmithTanya Lloyd KyiBen ClantonAlan Barillaro and Michelle Kadarusman.

For a full lineup of events, visit the Fest online.

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Shipyards Festival & Car Free Day North Vancouver

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The Shipyards District Business Improvement Area (SDBIA) presents much-anticipated return of North Vancouver’s Shipyards Festival on September 23rd. The annual event will showcase musical acts across two distinctive stages, host a beer garden, food trucks, vendors, and more.

Shipyards Festival 2023

Shipyards Festival

  • When: Saturday September 23, 2023 from 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Where: Lower Lonsdale, The Shipyards and Carrie Cates in North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Headlining the Shipyard Festival will be SonReal, a JUNO Nominated singer, songwriter, and rapper known for his dynamic stage presence as well as Miina, a fresh project by the band previously known as Carmanah. North Vancouver’s beloved artist, Tourist Company, is set to make a return to the stage after an extended hiatus. Other must-see acts include Sol, Garret T. Willie, Ruin Garner, Michaela Slinger, Lady Sinncere, and many more.

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the sitewide license, allowing those 19+ to sip on beverages from house-hold brands such as North Point Brewing, Streetcar Brewing, Swandive, Strongbow, and Olé. 

Families venturing to the Shipyards Festival also have the opportunity to check out the Seaspan Family Zone, located in the Pipe Shop. This family-friendly zone will host many activities, including bounce houses, face painting, glitter tattoos, and arts and crafts.

Car Free Day North Vancouver

The Shipyards Festival isn’t just about the music either! It’s a community celebration that welcomes friends, family, and loved ones from near and far. Car Free Day North Vancouver, presented by TransLink, will be a large component, happening at Carrie Cates Court (12:00pm to 10:00pm) where attendees will be able to enjoy even more music, learn about new sustainable transportation options, and shop local vendors.

Music Lineup

The Common Stage: Presented by Lonsdale Quay Market
SonReal, Sol, Garret T. Willie, Noxious Obs Society, Lady Sinncere, Eagle Ex Machina, Raw Honey, Emilyn, and Cate Bateman

Shipbuilders Square Stage: Presented by WAVE 98.3
Miina, Run Garner, Michaela Slinger, Norine Braun, Ayla Tesler-Mabé, DM Elektrik Co., Ruthie Ha, and Clara Sanchez

Car Free Day Stage: Presented by TransLink 
Tourist Company, Devours, Project Vancity, Adam Mah, Dani Camacho, Glisha, Logan & Nathan, and more to be announced. 

Seaspan Family Stage
Katie Brock and Mike Battie

Burrard Dry Dock
Kiérah and Sweetpan

Cates Deck: Presented by Vancouver’s North Shore
Etienne Siew, Jessica Benini, Silent St. J, Joe Abbott, and Francis Baptiste

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Things to do in Vancouver’s West End: Win a Tour

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This is the third installation of a three-part summer series, in partnership with the West End BIA, showcasing all the wonderful, delicious, and engaging things to do around this iconic Vancouver neighbourhood.

Vancouver West End Ground Mural Davie Denman - Miss604

West End Car Free Day

You can get a great taste of the neighbourhood on Sunday, September 24, 2023 during Car Free Day. Festivities run from 12:00pm to 7:00pm all along Denman Street from Robson to Davie.

Things to do in Vancouver’s West End

Public art is abundant in the West End, with Vancouver Biennale sculptures and legacies, and new Vancouver Mural Festival pieces brightening up every corner of the community. The latest major art piece in the West End is a ground mural, Crossing Paths by artist Jake Johnston, on Davie Street past Denman at Morton Park.

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Weekend Events in Vancouver Things to do September 15-17, 2023

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This weekend you can visit a Pow Wow in Langley, a comedy festival in Stanley Park, a beer and music festival in Delta and so much more! Find the big list of events and things to do around Metro Vancouver below and follow the September list for more inspiration throughout the month:

Friday, September 15th | Saturday, September 16th | Sunday, September 17th

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Weekend Events in Vancouver
Things to do September 15-17, 2023

Friday, September 15, 2023

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15th Annual Indigenous Business Award Recipients

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The BC Achievement Foundation has announce the recipients of its 15th annual Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises. It is one of five programs led by BC Achievement, an independent foundation that honours excellence and inspires achievement throughout the province.

Indigenous Business Award Recipients 2023
2023 Indigenous Business Award Recipients

Indigenous Business Award Program

Now in its 15th year, the Indigenous Business Award program shares remarkable stories of Indigenous business excellence – while setting an inspiring example for the next generation of entrepreneurs. In addition to providing an authentic space to showcase successes and drive change, the awards help build stronger connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous economies in the province. It counts over 220 business leaders within its alumni.

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