20 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 19 to 23

Sep 18 2016, 4:52 am

Well, September keeps speeding along and fall is almost officially here. The weather has turned and Vancouver is back to its usual rainy self.

But even if Vancouver is cooling off, doesn’t mean we have to – there’s still plenty of events hotting up in the city this week. 

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from Sigur Ros to a A Good Way Out.

Monday, September 19

Sigur Ros

  • What: The Icelandic rockers are on the road promoting Kevikur, their first album not to feature founding member Kjartan Sveinsson.
  • When: Monday, September 19 at 8:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $56.50-$76.50

Dolly Parton

  • What: Country legend Dolly Parton will dazzle with songs and stories from her storied, six decade-long career. Parton has racked up an impressive 25 Number One songs on Billboard’s country chart, more than any other female artist.
  • When: Monday, September 19, at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39.50-$97.50.

A Field Guide to Lies

  • What: This promises to be an eyeopening night, as bestselling author Daniel Levitin discusses the online world of pseudo-facts and outright lies – and shows you how to recognize digital distortions – in an interview with journalist Kathryn Gretsinger.
  • Where: Frederic Wood Theatre – 6534 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, September 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Theatrewire, $26

The March Sweater

  • What: An evening of film and discovery: five original documentary shorts sharing the stories of LGBTQ2+ seniors from around British Columbia speaking of life, love and the wisdom that comes with growing older.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, September 19, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Tuesday, September 20

Saint Motel

  • What: Los Angeles-bred indie/pop band Saint Motel, whose music has been described as everything from “dream pop” to “indie prog,” will be sharing new songs from their upcoming saintmotelevision album.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 20, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $27

She Ventures

  • What: Looking for ideas for your next adventure? This night of talks from female leaders in the outdoors and travel industry, celebrating women travellers and adventurers, promises to inspire you to get outside.
  • Where: Kabuni – 1378 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 20, from 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, normal admission $10, first 100 tickets $5 each

Et al

  • What: Like drinking while sciencing? Do we have a treat for you. For one night only, vancouver’s own Nerd Nite, Anecdotal Evidence, Curiosity Collider and Cafe Scientifique are teaming up for the ultimate bar science night!
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 20, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10-$20

Writing with Junk Mail

  • What: Transform useless junk mail into a literary work of art. Love letter, poem, ransom note – whatever’s on your mind – this workshop is part treasure hunt, part exercise in constraint and part fun-with-scissors-and-glue-stick. All materials supplied, but feel free to bring scissors, junk mail and magazines.
  • Where: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Wednesday, September 21

Zero Waste Fashion

Vintage sewing machine (Vastram/Shutterstock)


  • What: Zero Waste Club Vancouver is teaming up with Repair Matters for a hands-on workshop on mending and sewing machine maintenance. Bring an item of clothing for repair and and get some expert advice from Repair Matters volunteer seamstresses.
  • Where: The Hub – 251 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, by donation

Pick of the Fringe

  • What: If you missed out on the Vancouver International Fringe Festival last week, this is your last chance to catch up! These final events will showcase select Fringe shows, chosen based on their popularity with audiences and critical acclaim.
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
  • When: From Wednesday, September 21, to Sunday, September 25, at 5 pm
  • Tickets: At Vancouver Fringe, $25 inc. tax and fees. Tickets go on sale at midnight on September 18 and a portion of the proceeds go to support the Fringe.

Word Vancouver

  • What: This free festival is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, and promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.
  • Where: Various locations around Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25
  • Schedule: wordvancouver.ca

People, Parks and Dogs

  • What: Tell the Park Board what you really think about dogs in parks at this open house on the City’s strategy to reduce conflict between Vancouver’s dogs and humans. Open to all, whether you own a dog or not – and if you can’t go, take the online survey.
  • Where: St. James Community Square, Great Hall – 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 21, from 6 to 9 pm; drop in anytime
  • Info: At vancouver.ca

Thursday, September 22

Truvelle 2017 Collection

  • What: Get an exclusive look at Vancouver bridalwear designer Truvelle’s fresh 6300 sq.ft. converted warehouse studio while viewing their 2017 collection fashion show and the debut of their anticipated new line, Laudae. Includes a raffle to win a dress.
  • Where: Truvelle Studio – 2008 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 22, from 7 pm to 1 am
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10 in advance, $15 on door.

Object Knowledge

  • What: An insider’s perspective of the Museum of Vancouver’s collection, presented by MOV Curatorial Associate, Jillian Povarchook, exploring multiple items from the museum’s early collection – a collection that has amassed 70,000 artifacts.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 22, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: At Museum of Vancouver, $15 for adults or $11 for students.

One Woman Sex and the City

  • What: A Pick Plus extra treat from the Vancouver Fringe, this tribute takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved show.
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23, at 6:45 pm
  • Tickets: At Vancouver Fringe, $25 inc. tax and fees.

Yoga + Beer = Brewga

  • What: Yes Brewga is back! Your favourite combo of yoga and beer includes a one-hour yoga session, a pint of Big Rock beer, snacks and live music – after everyone’s finished with their downward dogs.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 22, from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: Available on Eventbrite for $23.01

Friday, September 23

Huun Huur Tu

  • What: These descendents of isolated Siberian herdsmen and throat singers make serious, strangely universal music out of some of the planet’s quirkiest acoustics.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $24-$45, students get $5 off

Surreal Interactive Theatre

  • What: Surreal is an interactive, roaming theatre experience that takes place in the backstreets and alleys of Gastown. Audience members follow the story and characters, engaging directly with them to help progress the action.
  • Where: Starts at a secret location in downtown Vancouver. You’ll be sent the location after you purchase your ticket.
  • When: Friday, September 23, from 8 to 9:10 pm; more shows through September 30
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $25

The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

  • What: Fans of Zelda, listen up: the music from the famed video game series, played by a full orchestra, is coming to Vancouver. The Zelda Symphony will play all your favourite tracks from the series that was first released 30 years ago.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 23 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $42-$100

A Good Way Out

  • What: The world premiere of a fierce, compelling look into the precarious world of crime and compromise, telling the story of Joey, a hardworking mechanic who operates as the front man for a biker gang, looking for an escape that may not exist.
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 23 at 8 pm, more performances through October 15
  • Tickets: From Pacific Theatre, $36.70
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