The Talking Stick Festival, Vancouver Civic Theatres, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival are hosting the Indigenous Summer Stage at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza) on June 24th. The free and lively outdoor stage will feature Indigenous artists spanning multiple genres and nations.
Indigenous Summer Stage in Downtown Vancouver
When: Friday, June 24, 2022
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QE Theatre Plaza) 630 Hamilton St
Hosted by Elaine Bomberry the lineup includes Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolfpack) at 4:30pm; Zach Saunders at 5:05pm; Eden Fine Day at 5:40pm; Caitlin Goulet at 6:10pm; Norine Braun at 6:40pm; and Murray Porter at 7:10pm.
The Talking Stick Festival is known as the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America. From June 12 to July 3, 2022. Performances are a mix of Full Circle-produced events and partnerships with other notable local performing arts organizations. Other events inlucde:
Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience is coming to Vancouver in October, and we’ll be the first Canadian city to host the highly anticipated exhibition! Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.
Beyond King Tut in Vancouver
When: October, 2022
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place)
Tickets are timed and dated, and advance purchase is strongly encouraged with sellouts expected. Prices start at $31.99 for adults and $23.99 for children ages 5-15 (plus ticketing fees). Package rates for families, seniors (on Tuesdays) and groups are available, as well as VIP Tickets, which include a flex ticket for entry, merchandise and entry to the award-winning “Tutankhamun: Enter the Tomb” VR companion experience voiced by Hugh Bonneville.
National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut will take visitors on a time-traveling journey flooded with sight, sound and intrigue through the world of King Tut—the boy who reigned as pharaoh of Egypt more than 3,000 years ago—and the discovery of his tomb and treasures in 1922.
The discovery of the intact tomb of King Tut captured the imagination of the world, and the mysteries surrounding the tomb still resonate today. Drawing from the storied archives of the National Geographic Society, the exhibition combines the power of cinematic storytelling and soaring imagery made possible with state-of-the-art projection mapping to invite visitors into the golden king’s world like never before.
Beyond King Tut is produced by Paquin Entertainment Group and Immersive Experiences. Paquin Entertainment Group’s exhibition portfolio includes the acclaimed Beyond Van Gogh and Beyond Monet exhibitions that have attracted more than 3 million visitors around the world.
The North American debut of the award-winning virtual reality experience “Tutankhamun: Enter the Tomb” will be presented alongside Beyond King Tut as an optional add-on experience. Created by immersive cinematic storytelling company CityLights and voiced by lauded English actor Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), the groundbreaking experience whisks guests through a photorealistic version of King Tut’s tomb and all its treasures, just as archeologist Howard Carter and his financier Lord Carnarvon found it when they first peered inside in 1922.
In addition to the premiere of Beyond King Tut, National Geographic is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in November 2022 with content including a documentary and a National Geographic magazine feature.
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This Saturday Family Services of the North Shore (“FSNS”) is excited to once again host Beer by the Pier, welcoming friends and neighbours to come together to sip, snack, mingle, and most importantly, raise funds to support those in the community that need access to critical mental health services.
Featuring local craft breweries, delicious wine, amazing food, a silent auction, and live music, funds raised at the event will support vulnerable children and youth on the North Shore struggling with their mental health.
Beer by the Pier Supports Family Services of the North Shore Programs
“Our business loves everything about Beer by the Pier and the ways we were able to align our business objectives while helping our community.” Oliver Webbe, CEO, Presenting Sponsor Darwin Properties Ltd.
Beer by the Pier is raising funds for FSNS’s Child and Youth Programs which include their Thrive Family Programs, PROUD2BE LGBTQ2S+ support, Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness program, and Child & Youth Counselling.
Family Services of the North Shore is committed to making a deep and lasting impact, with the vision of a healthy community where everyone can live full and meaningful lives. They fulfill this through counselling, support, education, and volunteer engagement opportunities. Their programs and services include:
LGBTQ2S+ counselling, groups, and support for children and youth, parents and caregivers through PROUD2BE
Counselling for all ages and stages of life with our caring, experienced therapists
Resources and support for eating disorders and disordered eating through Jessie’s Legacy
Free drop-in programs for parents and caregivers with children 0-6 years through Thrive Family Programs
Regular connection, resources, and grief support for family caregivers and seniors through Seniors and Caregivers Connect
Holiday gift baskets, grocery support, and connection through the Christmas Bureau
A few summers ago, John and I were walking back from a sporting event at BC Place at dusk. The city was buzzing with activity and we came across the free outdoor movies in Downtown Vancouver. Folks were seated at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square with their food truck fare enjoying the film surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city at night. It was a really cool scene that made me appreciate where I live.
When: Every Thursday from July 7 – August 18, 2022
Activations start at 4:00pm each night, with the film screenings starting at sundown
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
“The return of Summer Movie Nights marks the beginning of an exciting event-filled summer,” says Nolan Marshall III, President & CEO of the DVBIA. “Our Placemaking and Public Spaces team is committed to creating vibrant and inclusive events and activations that will enhance the downtown core and its community. We have welcomed thousands of movie-hungry visitors to the square in previous years, and we expect to exceed those numbers this year.”
Activations include hula-hooping, mini-golf, stilt walkers, drum circles, choirs, and more. Thursday, July 28 will feature a special pride take-over by Van Vogue Jam with drag performances, go-go dancers, and music by DJ Black Cat from Toronto. Food trucks will be on-site every week, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.
Film Schedule – Every Thursday
July 7, 2022 Mean Girls
July 14, 2022 Jumanji (1995)
July 21, 2022 Spiderman: No Way Home
July 28, 2022 (PRIDE) Moulin Rouge
August 4, 2022 Space Jam (1996)
August 11, 2022 Jurassic Park (1993)
August 18, 2022 (Audience Vote Night) – Dune or Godzilla vs. Kong
Follow the Summer Movies Nights Instagram account for updates.
The Jessie Awards (The Jessies) will take place June 27th, celebrating the very best of Vancouver theatre from the 2021-2022 season.
The Jessie Awards 2021-2022
When: Monday, June 27th at 7:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: Join the mailing list to get access to the Zoom link
The Jessie Richardson Award Society is a non-profit charitable organization that exists to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community by producing the annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The society was formed in 1997, and took over the production of the Awards Ceremony from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, who had presented it since its beginning in the 1982-83 season.
You can view the full list of nominees online here. They include, but are not limited to:
Large Budget Division
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
Craig Erickson Wakey, Wakey Pacific Theatre
Genevieve Fleming Clean/Espejos Neworld Theatre
Alexandra Lainfiesta Clean/Espejos Neworld Theatre
Sarah Roa Mary’s Wedding Firehall Arts Centre
Ensemble Cast ‘da Kink in my Hair Arts Club Theatre Company
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING COMEDIC ROLE
Sam Bob White Noise Savage Society & Firehall Arts Centre
Columpa Bobb White Noise Savage Society & Firehall Arts Centre
Farren Timoteo Made in Italy Arts Club Theatre Company
Ensemble Cast A Broadway Holiday Gateway Theatre
Ensemble Cast Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol Arts Club Theatre Company
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION – PLAY
Clean/Espejos Neworld Theatre
Made in Italy Arts Club Theatre Company
Wakey, Wakey Pacific Theatre
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION – MUSICAL
‘da Kink in my Hair Arts Club Theatre Company
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol Arts Club Theatre Company
Small Budget Division
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING DRAMATIC OR COMEDIC ROLE
Aaron Craven Snowflake Mitch and Murray Productions
Pippa Mackie Juliet: A Revenge Comedy Monster Theatre
Emma Slipp Bunny The Search Party
Elizabeth Thai we the same Ruby Slippers Theatre
Ensemble (Ivy Charles, Melissa Oei, Tracy Jennissen) Beautiful Man Pi Theatre
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORT DRAMATIC OR COMEDIC ROLE
Ghazal Azarbad Bunny The Search Party
Natasha Burnett Snowflake Mitch and Murray Productions
Nathan Kay Bunny The Search Party
Richard Meen Beautiful Man Pi Theatre
Carly Pokoradi Juliet: A Revenge Comedy Monster Theatre
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION – PLAY
Beautiful Man Pi Theatre
Bunny The Search Party
Juliet: A Revenge Comedy Monster Theatre
Snowflake Mitch and Murray Productions
we the same Ruby Slippers Theatre
Theatre for Young Audiences
Samantha Levy Le merveilleux voyage d’Inès de l’Ouest Théâtre la Seizième
Melissa Oei Like It or Not Green Thumb Theatre
Matheus Severo Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls Carousel Theatre for Young People
Rae Takei Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls Carousel Theatre for Young People Ensemble (Anis Pellin & Isabelle Bartkowiak) Clementine – A (True) Story Kleine Compagnie Theatre Society
Clementine – A (True) Story Kleine Compagnie Theatre Society
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls Carousel Theatre for Young People
Le merveilleux voyage d’Inès de l’Ouest Théâtre la Seizième
The Society has previously announced that the awards will be on pause after this event and will be on hiatus until further notice. Find full details about the awards on the Jessies website and follow the society on Facebook for updates.