29 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 5 to 8

Sep 1 2017, 10:57 pm

The first week of September is here so kickstart it with a new event in Vancouver! Call up your friends and experience our 29 things to do from Monday, September 5 to Friday, September 8. FAÇADE Festival, Simple Plan, Vancouver Fringe Festival, and more.

Tuesday, September 5


FAÇADE Festival

Facade mockup on Vancouver Art Gallery/FAÇADE Festival

  • What: Kicking off the fall arts season, FAÇADE will bringing the digital art of projection mapping to downtown. The free festival will see the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery lit up for 10 days by as many artists. It’s the second year of the festival, which last year saw 35,000 people enjoy the new media festival in the heart of downtown.
  • When: Until September 10
  • Where: Georgia Street facade of Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Simple Plan

  • What: Simple Plan are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. In addition to being certified 2x Platinum in Canada, U.S. and Mexico, No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls is 5X Platinum in Indonesia, Platinum in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and certified Gold in Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls features hits like “I’d Do Anything,” “I’m Just A Kid,” “Addicted,” and “Perfect.” Featuring guests Courage My Love, Selfish Things & The Bottom Line.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $45

Free Walking Tour – Notable Francophones

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery / Facebook

  • What: Join local culture and heritage enthusiast Maurice Guibord as you visit the final resting place of some noted local Francophones.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Mountain View Cemetary – 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Marine Way Market presents Back to the Future

  • What: A fun night to cap your summer off and to celebrate the first days of the brand-new school year. Grab your lawn-chairs and head down to the shopping centre located at the corner of Marine Way and Byrne Road for this free outdoor movie in the parking lot. There’ll be food samples and pre-show fun.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Marine Way Market Shopping Centre – Marine Way and Byrne Road, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

YES with special guest Todd Rundgren

  • What: YES is a British Rock Band with a progressive, artistic, and symphonic style of music that has enjoyed worldwide success over 49 years and 21 studio albums. Featuring special guest Todd Rundgren.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$125

Bend & Breathe

  • What: Bend & Breathe is Young Ideas’ weekly pay-what-you-can yoga class. Led by instructor Alber, this class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students, but anyone is welcome to join.
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Pay-What-You-Can

Best Sommelier of Canada competition

Shane Taylor best sommelier

Shane Taylor, Best Sommelier of BC, in competition (Photo courtesy Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers)

  • What: The Best Sommelier of Canada competition is coming to Vancouver on September 5 at Rogers Arena, and it’s going to be epic, because it’s the first time in the events’ history that the competition has been held west of Ontario. Attendees can expect to see top sommeliers from across Canada come together to compete for the ultimate title of Best Sommelier Canada at the 2017 Nationals Competition for Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: 9 am to 11:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • Tickets: Online

Farewell Transmission (Jason Molina Tribute)

  • What: Farewell Transmission plays the music of Jason Molina – the dark, blues-inflected rock songs Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. – as both tribute and tonic.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 6

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver Canadians baseball

Image: Vancouver Canadians / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canadians are in the playoffs! Catch MILB post-season Devisional Series action on September 6 and 7 (Games 2 and 3). Vancouver last made the playoffs in 2014.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
  • When: September 6 and 7
  • Tickets: Online

Shylock – Bard on the Beach

  • What: BC writer Mark Leiren-Young’s 20-year old play returns Bard on the Beach, which originally premiered the work back in 1996.  Shylock’s one-man monologue about censorship, racism and the role of theatre still strikes many chords today. The provocative contemporary work has been updated to tie directly into our current political and social climate.
  • When: September 6 to 15
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Bard on the Beach; $21-$43

Talent Day – BC Tech Innovation Hub

  • What: BC’s top tech companies are looking for developers, QAs, data analysts, UX/UI designers, IT and DevOps engineers, and project managers. If you are a tech professional in one of these roles looking for your next dream job, or just looking to connect with awesome local tech employers, head to Talent Day at the BC Tech Innovation Hub, hosted by BCjobs.ca in partnership with the BC Tech Association.
  • When: September 6
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: BC Tech Innovation Hub – 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC
  • Tickets: Online, $10

The Gigantic, Enormous, Very Large, Unfathomably Sized Painting

  • What:  An ex-couple plots together to steal the largest painting (Ever.) and embarks on an absurdist crime heist…but can they escape the shadow of the worst break-up (Ever.)? A romance gone awry from the fine young minds of Vancouver’s Eternal Youth Theatre Collective.
  • When: September 6
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Admission: Pay-What-You-Want

A Married Couple at The Cinematheque

  • What: As part of Canada on Screen, The Cinematheque presents a free screening of A Married Couple (1969), Allan King’s classic (and controversial) fly-on-the-wall portrait of a conflict-filled marriage in 1960s Toronto. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm.
  • When: September 6
  • Time: 8:40 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

farmers’ markets


  • What: On Wednesday afternoons in the warm weather months at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will discover more than 50 vendors that “Make it, Bake it, or Grow it” selling the very best the region has to offer.
  • Day/Time: Every Wednesday to October 25
  • Time: 12 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

Skillet – Unleashed Tour

  • What: Skillet is an American Christian rock band from Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Two of their albums, Awake and Comatose, are certified Platinum by RIAA while Rise, is certified Gold.
  • When: September 6
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday, September 7

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017

Vancouver Fringe Festival / Facebook

  • What: Taking over most of Granville Island and beyond each year, Vancouver Fringe is a wacky festival for theatre-lovers. From novices to veterans, it’s luck of the draw for all shows, which means you can see literally anything on stage. From one-person shows to musicals to the truly experimental, it’s a great way to take in up-and-coming work and new ideas—frequently in a raw, bootstrapped format.
  • When: September 7 to 17
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $14, plus $5 membership

Women Working Together 2017

  • What: The University Women’s Club of Vancouver’s way of showcasing and celebrating the many amazing women’s groups and organizations that Vancouver has to offer. Mix and mingle with over 100 other fearless females, connect with women’s group exhibitors, and get inspired at the exclusive screening of the Oprah approved and Canadian produced documentary Dream, Girl.
  • When: September 7
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft Manor – 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Reverend Horton Heat

  • What: Throughout the band’s million plus album selling career, their music has been featured in countless TV shows, movies and commercials, it’s impossible to deny the powerful force that is the Reverend Horton Heat. They continue to electrify audiences time and time again with their incredible stage presence, rock ‘n roll charisma and contagious energy.
  • When: September 7
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $35

Accordion Noir Festival

Image: Iva Nova

  • What: Featuring artists from as far afield as St. Petersburg, Accordion Noir Festival events will take place at various locations across the city in an effort to bring a completely different perspective on accordion playing to Vancouver.
  • When: September 7 to 10
  • Where: St James Anglican Church — 303 E. Cordova St, Vancouver, Russian Hall — 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $7-$20

Le Burger Week Vancouver

  • What: Le Burger Week invites the public to head into participating restaurants (or order via Skip The Dishes, if the establishment offers it) and vote online for their favourite burger. Each restaurant will be offering a special “burger price” for participants to get in on so they can try them all. This year there are nine venues taking part in Le Burger Week Vancouver: Bellaggio Cafe, Mamie Taylor’s, ShuRaku Sake Bar + Bistro, The Pie Hole, East Side Craft House, Charqui, Relish Gourmet Burgers, Vera’s On The Drive, and Fable Diner.
  • When: Now to 7
  • Where: Multiple venues in Vancouver

Recovery Capital Conference 

  • What: Do you manage employees, work in health care, or want to learn more about addiction recovery? Then attend the Recovery Capital Conference. With over 20 speakers, two breakfasts, two plated lunches, CEU, and 20 exhibitors, this Canadian Conference will engage delegates in the collaborative practice of solution-focused care for people and their families, supported by paraprofessionals, peers, and mutual support systems.
  • When: September 7 and 8
  • Where: The Anvil Centre in New Westminster
  • Price: $499 – Tickets available via Eventbrite

Night Shift: Asian Fusion

  • What: Reimagine the future of culture and social change at MOA’s monthly cabaret party. This month, share a laugh with comedians Julie Kim and Ash Dhawan, catch a preview of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s 1 Hour Photo, and hear music from Filipinx artist Kimmortal.
  • When: September 7
  • Time: Social 6 pm / Cabaret 8 pm
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Free for UBC Students + Staff / MOA Members / Indigenous Peoples, $10 General Admission

Friday, September 8

BC Lions versus Montreal Alouettes

Jonathan Jennings BC Lions

Image: CFL / Twitter

  • What: Head to BC Place to support the Lions as they strive for Grey Cup glory. They face off with Montreal Alouettes on September 8.
  • When: September 8
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Against Me!

  • What: Against Me! is ready to release their new album, Shape Shift With Me in September. While much has changed in the lives of Grace and her bandmates—guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard—in that time period, it’s clear that those intervening years have done wonders for creativity.
  • When: September 8
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$32.50

Shaun Majumder

  • What: Shaun Majumder is a Gemini award winning actor, comedian and host with a resume that includes Unhitched, 24, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and 187 Detroit. Shaun is also a favorite of Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy festival having hosted the TV series for three seasons.
  • When: September 8
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $29.50-$39.50

Dustin Bentall with Ben Rogers & Dawn Pemberton

  • What: Guess who’s coming to town with his luscious locks of hair? Dustin Bentall, and he’s bringing along Ben Rogers & the Bloodred Yonder and Dawn Pemberton.
  • When: September 8
  • Time: 8 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver –319 Main Street,Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Dish & DUER Warehouse Sale

  • What: Local brand Dish & DUER is hosting its first official warehouse sale, and they’ll have both women’s and men’s jeans, pants, shorts, and select tops/outerwear. Coming to their flagship store in downtown Vancouver from September 8 to 10, the brand will be selling denim under its mandate of creating fashion that serves a purpose without sacrificing style. 
  • When: September 8 to 10
  • Time: 10 am to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday
  • Where: Dish & DUER Flagship Store – 118 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

The David Symons Project: Clapton Unplugged

  • What: Comprised of David Symons, Jorah “Keys” Kauffman, David Capper and Sean Preston, these Vancouver musicians will bring you back to the heyday of Eric Clapton with rich vocals and expert musicianship.
  • When: September 8
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15

KnowMads with guests The X Presidents and All Star Opera


KnowMads / Facebook

  • What: Born one day apart, Northwest hip hop duo KnowMads – Tom Pepe and Tom Wilson – began their movement almost a decade ago and have been cultivating one of the most diehard independent followings in the region ever since. They began making music purely out of love. As their passion grew, so did their fan base.
  • When: September 8
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $13
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