36 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 11 to 15

Sep 11 2017, 1:04 am

Summer is almost over, so don’t let the fun slip away!

Enjoy your new week with our picks for things to do from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15, including Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, Vancouver Whitecaps, and more.

Monday, September 11

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

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  • What: All things flamenco are at this annual festival of dance, featuring both ticketed performances and free events. The traditionally Spanish art form takes on new multicultural meaning with both Canadian and international artists. The festival’s big draw this year is La Moneta at the Vancouver Playhouse, a dancer who mixes contemporary and traditional flamenco styles.
  • When: September 11 to 24
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Flamenco Festival; varies

The End of the Road 

  • What: Before the recent tragedy propelled Lund, BC (pop. 300) into national headlines, it was best known as the gateway to Desolation Sound. About as far north as you could drive up the west coast, it became a haven for war resisters and a magnet for hippies looking for they-knew-not-what. Together these drop-outs fashioned a bohemian community which is in many ways a microcosm for Boomers everywhere – albeit with less reliable plumbing. Screening followed by Q&A with Willow Goddu.
  • When: September 11
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre –1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$12

Free Intro to Tap Class

  • What: A free trial tap class with Jennifer Bishop, who has been teaching adult tap for over 30 years. The Rhythm Room has a large community of avid adult tap dancers.
  • When: September 11
  • Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Where: The Rhythm Room – #109 – 3701 Hastings Street, Burnaby
  • Price: Free. Email us to confirm attendance: [email protected]

FIRE Series: Leigh Claire La Berge + Jack Self

  • What: This three part series gathers six leading thinkers to examine architecture’s relationship with the F.I.R.E economy – the combined and interrelated domains of finance, insurance, and real estate that collectively amount to the single biggest segment of the global economy. Architecture is radically changing alongside the current economic context and this series aims to look directly into the inferno. This evening’s presentation and discussion will focus on finance.
  • When: September 11
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Steve Tornes Solo Exhibition

  • What: “Traversing with Photography” is a series that explores Steve Tornes’s travels through Iceland, the Canadian Rockies, Switzerland and local hikes. With his camera, Steve tries to capture the relationship between viewer and object. Steve is a graduate student studying Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and is involved in community driven projects.
  • When: Now to October 23
  • Where: North Vancouver District Public Library – #300 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

VanSlam Individual Playoff with feature C.R. Avery

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  • What: The top scoring poets of the summer season will compete to determine who will represent Vancouver in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA, as well as the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Featuring is C.R. Avery.
  • When: September 11
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $6-$10 sliding scale

Sarah Jane Scouten and the 5th Annual Fringe Square Dance

  • What: Head to the Vancouver Fringe Bar on Granville Island for the 5th Annual Fringe Square Dance featuring Paul Silveria & The Wooly Bears, interspersed between sets of music by Sarah Jane Scouten. No experience necessary, all dances will be taught on the spot
  • When: September 11
  • Time: 8 to 10 pm
  • Where: Ocean Art Works, in front of Ocean Concrete and next to the Creekhouse on Granville Island
  • Price: Free

Tuesday, September 12

Chef Meets Truck

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  • What: It’s time for some of Vancouver’s top chefs to trade in their restaurant kitchens for cooking space that’s a lot more mobile. The Chef Meets Truck event will go down in Yaletown on Tuesday, September 12, and there are some pretty exciting culinary match-ups. Partnering with some popular local food trucks, the chefs on tap will hop on board the four-wheeled kitchens to create sample-sized bites of top-notch eats for guests to enjoy.
  • When: September 12
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The intersection of Hamilton and Nelson in Yaletown
  • Cost: $69; tickets available online

Seattle International Comedy Competition 38 Auditions: Vancouver

  • What: The auditions for this year’s Seattle International Comedy Competition are coming to Yuk Yuks Vancouver. Featuring 15 up-and-coming comics doing their best five minutes, hosted by SICC alumni, Kyle Bottom.
  • When: September 12
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Business Excellence Series: FinTech

  • What: A range of innovative, disruptive technology has emerged to provide financial services and systems that conduct transactions and aim for greater efficiency. How do businesses evaluate these new players? What are the inherent benefits and risks? This discussion will focus on helping small- and medium-sized businesses make informed decisions in this new landscape.
  • When: September 12
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Conway Room 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

The Sound of Music – Broadway Across Canada

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  • What: The hills are alive in this new production of the timeless musical classic, featuring the most perfect family ever yodelling away in the Austrian countryside. The Sound of Music film adaptation is now over 50 years old, and this touring production will be a great way to revisit those “favourite things” of your childhood. Love it or hate it, we still have “Doe, a deer, a female deer” stuck in our heads…
  • When: September 12 to 17
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Broadway Across Canada; $40-$145

Rochester Park Grand Opening

  • What:  Celebrate the official opening of the newly renovated Rochester Park. The official ceremony and ribbon cutting will be followed by playground games and light refreshments. New features include a zipline, accessible saucer swings, tunnel slide, climbing wall, sand play area and skate park. Enhanced trails and stairways, new sports fields and grassy areas for picnicking provide something for all ages.
  • When: September 12
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: 1390 Rochester Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Price: Free

SEED: The Untold Story screening and panel discussion

  • What: SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona LaDuke and Raj Patel.
  • When: September 12
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – #200 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12-$15

Aquatic Centre Open House

  • What: Explore UBC’s brand-new aquatics facility and learn about the programs offered. There will be both wet and dry activities, coffee, snacks, and prizes to be won. Activities include an Inflatable Obstacle Course, Race the Rapids Course, Noodle Javelin, and a Squirt Bottle Obstacle Course.
  • When: September 12
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: UBC Acquatic Centre – 6080 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 13

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FC

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  • What: Hometown Whitecaps face off with Minnesota United in MLS action at BC Place.
  • When: September 13
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $34.50-$149.50

A Walk in the Forest & Uplifted – Art Exhibition Opening Reception

  • What: New works by Sue Cowan and original work by Zoe Royer.  Artists in attendance and refreshments will be served.  Show runs September 5 through October 25.
  • When: September 13
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Silk Art Gallery – 2419 Clarke Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Wild Wednesdays

  • What: Discover our incredible natural surroundings and go at your own pace as you pick and choose from our outdoor activities. Bring a picnic to make an evening of your visit. Ages 13 and under require parent participation. Rain or shine.
  • When: September 13
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

Celebrating Wild Salmon Conservation

  • What: Join Raincoast Conservation Foundation and a host of local salmon conservation groups at Patagonia Vancouver for an evening of food, music by Rick Buckman Coe, photography and story from Mike Snyder and April Bencze.
  • When: September 13
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Patagonia Vancouver – 1994 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Whistler Village Beer Festival

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  • What: The fifth annual Whistler Village Beer Festival is returning to the mountain resort for five days of festivities. The festival will be featuring more than 120 beers from 60 breweries, so there’s certainly plenty of tasting to be done. You’ll get to enjoy live music, cask nights, food, and of course drinks throughout the festival, and during the Main Event at Olympic Plaza on Saturday and Sunday.
  • When: September 13 to 17
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – Whistler Village
  • Price: $59 Flex Pass (Saturday and Sunday Main Events + 10 beer tokens) | $35 Sunday Gates Only Pass – Tickets available online

Quests and Queers: An lgbtqa2+ Game Night

  • What: Head to the Storm Crow Tavern to play some new or favourite board games with some great people while enjoying a few pints or a few chickpea fries – it’s up to you. Come as a group or fly solo and make some new friends. Hosted by the GM Tim to help anybody with any game rules or to break the ice.
  • When: September 13
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Storm Crow Tavern – 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Lights Out! 09/13 w/ comedian Sean Devlin + solo works

  • What: Lights out is a weekly meeting of experimental thinkers and intuitive doers, curated by Invisible Taste (Colin Cowan/Dan Gaucher). Featuring comedian Sean Devlin.
  • When: September 13
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: China Cloud – 524 Main Street, Vancouver

Thursday, September 14

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

  • What: The local finals of Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series is set to showcase 17 of Vancouver’s best emerging artists. Sip on gin-infused cocktails and munch on some eats at this FREE 19+ event.
  • When: September 14 at 7 pm
  • Where: Winsor Gallery – 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: FREE – just register online

Albatross Music Festival 2017

Far East Movement/Albatross Music Festival

  • What: The diverse festival is set to feature a massive lineup of international artists from Korea, China, Taiwan, United States and Canada. Regardless of your taste in music, you’re sure to find something you’ll be able to dance to at Albatross with indie rock, hip-hop, reggae, and folk artists on the lineup.
  • When: September 14 to 15
    Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 N Renfrew Street
    Price: Online, $99-$149

(Powerful) Women In Business

  • What: An evening of networking, cocktails, appetizers, laughs, and inspiring stories from Janet Austin (CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver), Meredith Powell (Co-Founder of The Next Big Thing), Brittany Whitmore (Founder, Exvera Communications), and Vivian Smith (Executive Director, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation).
  • When: September 14
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Cascades Casino, Coast Hotel & Convention Centre Summit Theatre – 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley
  • Register: Online, $50-$65

Chris Rock

  • What: Chris Rock’s career has spanned over three decades and the comedian has starred in countless television shows and movies. He has won four Emmy awards, three Grammy awards and is also a New York Times best-selling author.
  • When: September 14
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Blvd., Vancouver
  • Tickets: $65-$150, available at Ticketmaster


  • What: An all female, all hilarious night of slightly strange solo sketch comedy from the best in the city. Featuring Amy Shostak, Shirley Gnome, Amy Goodmurphy, Ese Atawo, Carla Mah and more. 
  • When: September 14
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: China Cloud – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Tickets $10 at the door

Canvas of Change 2017

  • What: See 14 of the city’s best battling it out in a live art competition that you’ll never forget at the third annual Canvas of Change. Enjoy live music, culinary delights, a live auction, a bracelet toss, and of course an epic live art challenge. Hosted by Children of the Street Society, all proceeds raised will support high-risk youth involved in Children of the Street’s Youth Art Engagement Project.
  • When: September 14
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: St. James Hall – 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: $40 –  Tickets available via Eventbrite or over the phone by calling 604-777- 7510

Westward Music Festival 2017

  • What: A multi-genre, multi-venue music festival featuring performances by Vince Staples, A Tribe Called Red, Gov’t Mule, Dear Rouge, Hannah Georgas and more. Catch these artists and many more as the perform live shows at venues such as the Vogue Theatre (open to all ages), Biltmore Cabaret, The Imperial Theatre and Fox Cabaret, with a two-day outdoor event at the Red Truck Brewery back lot.
  • When: September 14 to 17
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online. $59.50- $224.50.

Tania Willard: dissimulation

  • What: Join artist Tania Willard in a discussion of her highly collaborative practice, including BUSH Gallery, a residency space that is part of the Secwépemc Nation. The exhibition opening will follow the artist talk. Exhibition runs September 15 to November 5.
  • When: September 14
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Friday, September 15

El Grito – Mexican Independence Day 

  • What: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with El Grito. Featuring a huge screen, live mariachi, a massive dance party and more.
  • When: September 18
  • Time: 8:30 pm to 3 am
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Dear Rouge with Little Destroyer

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  • What: Dear Rouge is led by husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart. Between the two of them, they carry years of touring and recording with multiple bands and different musical ventures. Presented as part of the Westward Music Festival.
  • When: September 15
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Rainforest by Night

  • What: ​Experience a west coast rainforest beneath a crescent moon when owls salamanders and beavers are active. Ages 6+
  • When: September 15
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park
  • Price: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Deaf Inclusion in Theatre

  • What: Are you an arts organization or arts manager looking to find best practices for including d/Deaf artists and audiences? This workshop will highlight some of the common mistakes that arts organizations are making, and provide you with an insight into how to effectively partner with d/Deaf artists and participants. Join Landon Krentz, the only Deaf Arts Administrator in the entire West Coast of Canada, to develop your organizations best practices.
  • When: September 15
  • Time: Noon to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1298 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $50-$100 sliding scale. Email [email protected]ific.ca to apply.

A Game Of You

  • What: A Game Of You is an immersive theatre concept making its Canadian premiere at Harbour Centre. Features surprises, secrets, twists and memorable moments.
  • When: Now to September 16
  • Time: Various Times
  • Where: Harbour Centre – 555 West Hastings, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29 – $39



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  • What: Known for flipping tracks into re-imagine bangers, Ohio-based bass producer Crankdat makes his return to Vancouver playing at VENUE for EMBRVCE Fridays.
  • When: September 15
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Venue – 881 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

  • What: The Ron Dunkley Memorial Society Proudly Presents “British Invasion”, an uutdoor drive-in event featuring live music, dancing, and an outdoor screening of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. All proceeds to be donated to BC Professional FireFighters Burn Fund.
  • When: September 15
  • Time: Event starts at 5 pm. Movie starts at Dusk.
  • Where: Cloverdale Exhibition & Rodeo Grounds – 6050 – 176th Street, Cloverdale
  • Tickets: $25 donation for a Carload of people. Tickets on sale at RD-MS.com (Ron’s Memorial Website)
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