20 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 27 to July 1

Jun 27 2016, 9:36 pm

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet and it’s almost Canada Day! Time to get the week off to a great start ahead of Friday’s festivities.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from a five-course vegetarian dinner and drinks, to a classic horror movie to chill you to the bone.

Monday, June 27

Family Matters Vegetables

  • What: Five course dinner with cocktail pairings and snacks, showcasing the best of what’s vegetarian, including seasonal, local and wildcrafted edibles. Think smoky miso, toasted sesame, caramelized cream, apple foam, blue cheese, black truffle…
  • Where: Grape and Soda – 1541 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 27, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, priced $110

The Laugh Gallery

  • What: Vancouver comedian Graham Clark hosts one of the longest-running shows in town. The best part of the show may very well be the oddball audience prizes that Clark himself finds at flea markets and garage sales around the city.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 27, at 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $5

Sarah McLachlan

  • What: The Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents the multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, best known for her intimate vocals and engaging lyrics.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 27, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On the door, priced $79-$140 inc. fees

Tuesday, June 28

3339 – Remembering Terry Fox

  • What: This performance of Mark Haney’s 3339 chamber music tells the most mythic of all Canadian tales – the story of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope – on the 35th anniversary of his death.
  • Where: Celebration Hall in Mountain View Cemetery – 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 pm and again at 9 pm
  • More info: facebook.com, entry is free

Literary Pub Trivia

  • What: With questions written by local literary luminaries and fabulous prizes to be won, the board of Word Vancouver invites you to come out to test your literary knowledge against the biggest book nerds in the city. Maximum team size is six.
  • Where: Sunset Grill Vancouver – 2204 York Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 28, from 7 to 9 pm
  • More info: facebook.com, tickets on the door priced $10 or $28 to add a burger, a glass of beer or wine and a gratuity.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • What: The Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents the Tedeschi Trucks Band, a 12-piece tour-de-force, that has quickly become the vanguard of modern roots music, led by one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 28, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, priced $69-$118 inc. fees

Student Hiring Fair

  • What: Find your dream job, explore a new career, get professional advice and start planning for the future at the YWCA’s student hiring fair. All services are free.
  • Where: One Stop Career Shop – 980 W 1st Street Unit 109, North Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 28, from 2 to 5 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Fuggles & Warlock Brewmaster’s Dinner

  • What: Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks push traditional styles of beer to the limit, and at this event, executive Chef JJ Fraser will create a special four course menu designed to cut or compliment while maintaining a balance of flavours for both food and beer.
  • Where: CRAFT Beer Market Restaurant – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 28, welcome beer at 6 pm, first course at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, totally free, priced $60, includes five beers, four courses, taxes and gratuity.

Wednesday, June 29

Grandview-Woodland Community Plan open house

  • What: A chance to find out more and tell the City what you think about its plans for Grandview-Woodland area, stretching from Broadway to Burrard Inlet, and from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street, with Commercial Drive at its heart.
  • Where:  Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 29, from 5 to 9 pm
  • More info: On vancouver.ca, totally free


  • What: The Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents three phenomenal artists – Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs – in support of their new album, case/lang/veirs, with 14 new songs full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms.
  • Where:  Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 29, from 5 to 9 pm
  • More info: On Ticketfly, priced $79-$140

Whitecaps vs Toronto FC

  • What: Back at BC Place after a couple of games away, the Vancouver Whitecaps are facing off against Toronto FC in the finals of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship.
  • Where:  BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 29, at 7 pm
  • More info: On Ticketmaster, priced $27-$142

THRIVE TALKS with Aimee Brown

  • What: As part of a series of talks featuring successful female artists, Aimée Brown will speak about her personal journey with a focus on her artist residencies. Perfect for artists who want to know more about residencies and how to apply.
  • Where: THRIVE Studio – 2414 Main Street
  • When: Wednesday, June 29, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
  • More info: On Eventbrite, priced $25

Thursday, June 30

All Together Now

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

  • What: The Museum of Vancouver is open late on Thursdays so this is an ideal time to see its latest exhibition of the weird and wonderful stuff collected by the residents of Vancouver, including artistic taxidermy, artificial eyeballs and antique corsets.
  • Where:  Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: On display through January 8, 2017
  • Tickets: At the MOV, usual museum entry is $15 full price or $11 for students; last Thursday evening of the month by donation instead.


  • What: Multidisciplinary artist Georgina Lohan’s latest exhibition was conceived as a project of speculative fiction and uses porcelain sculpture to explore themes of evolutionary psychology and quantum theories of spacetime.
  • Where:  Craft Council of British Columbia – 1386 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 30, Georgina Lohan will give a talk at Carousel Theatre, from 6 to 6:45 pm, then exhibition will be open at the Craft Council from 6 to 8 pm; exhibition runs through Thursday, August 11
  • More info: On craftcouncilbc.ca/ccbc-gallery/exhibitions/origins, entry totally free

The Jessica Stuart Few

  • What: Playing Vancouver as part of the Enchanted Evenings Concert Series, this internationally-acclaimed koto-toting jazz-folk power trio has an undeniably fresh sound, featuring a 13-stringed harp harmonies, double bass, guitar and drums.
  • Where:  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 30, doors open at 7 pm, concert runs from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $30

Purple Rain & Under the Cherry Moon Double Bill

  • What: Due to overwhelming demand, there’s even more Prince showing at the Rio this week, both cult hits with killer soundtracks. First up is Purple Rain, based loosely on Prince’s life story. Next is Prince’s directorial debut Under the Cherry Moon.
  • Where:  Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 30, Purple Rain doors at 7 pm, movie at 7:30 pm, Under the Cherry Moon doors at 9:35 pm, movie at 9:45 pm
  • Tickets: At the Rio, priced $10 in advance, $12 at the door, for one film, or watch the whole double bill for $13 in advance or $15 at the door.

Glitter is Forever

  • What: The Queer Arts Festival‘s final blowout! Revel in community, effervescent refreshments, karaoke and drag, with performances by Rose Butch, Alma Bitches and Grimm. Hosted by the infamous Shanda Leer, with karaoke in between the acts.
  • Where:  The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 30, from 8 pm to 1 am
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, priced $8.50

Friday, July 1

Canada Day

Canada Day revellers at Canada Place (Canada Place)

Canada Day revellers at Canada Place (Canada Place)

  • What: O Canada! It’s that time of year again – when we let our hearts swell with pride as we celebrate the True North Strong And Free. Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday at events all over the city!
  • Where: Various locations across Metro Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 1, all day long
  • More info: See our handy guide to Canada Day events in Metro Vancouver
See also

Fiesta Blanca

  • What: Kick off Latin American Week at this red carpet event featuring live Latin music by El Caracol and huge number of DJs spinning the best of today’s Latin music. Don’t forget to come glamorously dressed in white from head to toe.
  • Where: Lux Lounge – 1180 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 1, from 9 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: universe.com, $15 online, $50 for group of five, $20 on door


  • What: This classic 1976 Brian De Palma horror movie kicks off the De Palma Series at VIFF Vancity Theatre. Among the many movies being included in the series, look out for Carlito’s WayScarface and of course, The Untouchables.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 1, at 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: At VIFF, $12 full price, $10 for students
DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

+ Listed