9 thing to do in Vancouver this week: June 15 to 21

Jun 15 2020, 7:13 am

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home. 

Another week means more things to do to add to your calendar. From the Vancouver Art Gallery reopening to a Japanese Book Sale, and workouts, here are some ideas to help keep you busy this week.

Tagore Songs – 2020 summer online workshop

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What: Immerse yourself in classical music and poetry by a renowned literary Nobel Prize recipient in Indian history, Rabindranath Tagore. Learn the deep meanings and feel the music. Tagore Songs is a collection of Bengali lyrics and tunes, simply ‘listen and repeat’ to enjoy the experience. For registration or further information, please contact [email protected] or (778) 918-7250.
When: Every Saturday, until July 11
Time: 4 pm to 5 pm
Where: Online, $50 for seven sessions

Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery

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What: After closing its doors to the public in response to COVID-19, the Vancouver Art Gallery is reopening on June 15. It will offer advance access for members and donors and special hours for frontline workers from 10 am to 5 pm on that day. June 16 onwards, the public can visit during their regular hours from 12 pm to 5 pm. Just make sure to buy your tickets online, and follow their safety protocols.
When: Monday, June 15 onwards
Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

Vancouver Visual Art Foundation – Art Downtown


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What: Art Downtown is a summer program created to help support local artists and share their art with the community during these stressful times. This project allows artists and the public to connect, inspire each other and share creativity. Between June and September, artists will be presenting their work and techniques at Lot 19 and Cathedral Square, downtown Vancouver.
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Lot 19, 855 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3N9

Maritime Museum of British Columbia – Tea & Talks

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What: Join in for a live virtual talk on The History of the Royal Navy in Esquimalt, BC: 1812-1914 with Dave North. Learn more and participate from the comfort of your home on a rainy weekday afternoon. Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique objects from their collection and build a discussion around it.
When: Thursday, June 18
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Online, $5 + GST per person

VIFF Creator Talk: Little Fires Everywhere – Liz Tigelaar (Showrunner)

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What: Join Little Fires Everywhere showrunner, Liz Tigelaar as she talks about how she adapted Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel into the hit Hulu series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and how she went about making it, and why certain changes were made in the screenplay as opposed to the book’s original plot.
When: Thursday, June 18
Time: 5 pm
Where: Online, $10

e-Volver Festival

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Up in the Air Theatre

What: Live performances by nine acts featuring contemporary dance, dark comedy, drag art, board and video game roleplay, an interactive DJ set, and more. It will all be done digitally, expressing a new side of the performing arts.
When: Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 27
Time: Link with time on booking a free ticket
Where: Online

the SHIFT | Cardio & Strength Workout


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What: Trilby from misfitstudio will lead people through an incredible movement class for the body, heart and soul. The workout begins with intentional intensity – jumping jacks, climbers and fluid, dance-like movement to get the sweat pouring. It ends with a cool-down phase with some gentle yet strengthening mat work.
When: Saturday, June 20
Time: 1 pm to 2 pm
Where: Online, $10 suggested donation

BC Parks – Hiking at Cypress, Mount Seymour 


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What: If you’ve been waiting to hike up these trails and take in the gorgeous view, now is the time to do so. In response to Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, many provincial parks are now open for hikes, as long as visitors are symptom-free and maintain physical distance from other parties.
When: June onwards
Time: Check website for updated hours
Where: Mount Seymour Provincial Park – Mt Seymour Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L3

Japanese Book Sale

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Nikkei Centre / Website

What: If you ever wanted to learn more about the Japanese culture or its language, now is the time to do so. At this affordable Japanese language book sale, you’ll find many numerous used Japanese novels, manga, and children’s books. Take your pick and cozy up at home during this rainy week with a new find. Any book is $2.00
When: Until Saturday, June 27
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent , Burnaby BC

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