28 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 17 to 20

May 26 2019, 6:57 am

Summer is arriving in Vancouver this week! Get in the swing with these 27 Vancouver events happening Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 20. Queer Arts Festival, Anderson .Paak, and more!

For even more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Monday, June 17

Queer Arts Festival


What: An annual artist-run multi-disciplinary summer arts festival at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC. QAF produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Each year, the festival theme ties together a curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, workshops, artist talks, panels, and media art screenings.

When: Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 28, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver; Sum gallery – 268 Keefer St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canadians vs Eugene Emeralds

What: Vancouver Canadians face off with Eugene Emeralds in MIIB action at Nat Bailey Stadium.
When:  June 17 to 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

LANY with guest Sasha Sloan

What: Los Angeles indie pop band LANY brings their tour to Vancouver with special guest Sasha Sloan.

When: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

8X5: 2019 Jean Coulthard String Quartet Readings World Premier Concert

What: The world premieres of eight new five-minute string quartets performed by Borealis String Quartet in Rennie Museum galleries of art that inspired the quartets.

When: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Wing Sang Building – 51 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Kitsilano Showboat – West Vancouver Concert Band

What: Kitsilano Showboat’s 84th season features music, dance, and entertainment on the historic stage next to Kitsilano Pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer.

When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until August 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Definitely Dali Exhibition

What: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery’s annual Definitely Dali exhibition is back for the summer. Enjoy original artwork by the great Spanish Surrealist master, every single day until the end of September. Plus visit the monumental Salvador Dali sculptures they have positioned in the two public, outdoor spaces: Dalinian Dancer at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow St., and Space Venus at LOT 19, at the foot of Hornby St. 2 W. Hastings.

When: Daily until the end of September 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday), or by appointment: [email protected] or 604 733 3594
Where: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery – 549 Howe Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Melanie Dekker

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What: A Canadian roots music sensation, Melanie Dekker is home to Deep Cove, BC. She started making a name for herself in the A-Country clubs in Western Canada with a music diploma in hand and before long, Dekker’s world-class strumming and warm vocal style earned her radio hits in Canada and many fans. Her self-penned songs weave between emotion and sensibilities, each at a different pace and in a different place. She tours over 100 concerts yearly with six albums in tow.

When: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Guilt & Company – 1 Alexander Street (Downstairs), Vancouver
Admission: Pay-what-you-can

Tuesday, June 18

Aly & AJ

What: California pop duo Aly & AJ bring the Sanctuary tour to Vancouver with guest Armors.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8:30 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Youthless City, a Public Dialogue

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Vancouver Skyline (EB Adventure Photography / Shutterstock)

What: Hosted by the SFU Semester in Dialogue: Housing Futures, this public dialogue will explore solutions to the housing crisis through a youth perspective. Undergraduate students have spent seven weeks exploring the complexities of the housing crisis and will share the opportunities for change that they have identified through their research and dialogue with various thought leaders.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm, drop in anytime
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s – 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver (Please use the doors on the Cordova St. side, accessible through the Woodward’s courtyard.)
Tickets: Online, Free

Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline

What: Zastrozzi: The Master Of Discipline by George F. Walker is a tale of crime, passion, sword fighting, and revenge. The story follows Zastrozzi, The Most Accomplished Criminal in all of Europe, as he navigates the slippery slope of madness leading to the truth of his mother’s death.

When: Now to Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Patrolling the Port

Burrard Inlet and Port of Vancouver (Ian Ius / Daily Hive)

What: A free presentation by two members of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s marine operations and security team. Hear about the global perspective on local shipping activity, learn who oversees marine safety, and why harbour patrol officers inspect ships. Guest speakers are Captain Stephen Brown, Harbour Master and Director, Marine Operations and Safety (interim), Vancouver Fraser Port Authority; and Jason Krott, Manager, Marine Operations and Fleet, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
Where: Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre at Canada Place – 100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Jericho Folk Club – My American Boyfriend

What: Tom Rawson and Ellen van der Hoeven present an evening of humorous stories, user-friendly songs, and acoustic folk philosophy. Armed with banjos, penny whistles, and more, Tom and Ellen promise to have you singing along in no time.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Jericho Sailing Centre – 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10

Run Wild Vancouver presents: Survive Outside

What: Run Wild Vancouver hosts a special edition of the AdventureSmart Survive Outside classroom program. Attendees will hear from seasoned trail runners with first-hand experience. They will share personal stories and practical tips to help you play safely on the trails when travelling fast and light. Attendees will also learn ways to manage the (often unexpected) dynamics of running in a group, leadership skills and things to consider when adventuring with less experienced runners.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Salomon Store Vancouver – 900 Main St C4, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online, minimum $5 donation

Mad Pride | Mad Honey

What: As part of the international Mad Pride movement, Gallery Gachet celebrates mental diversity and confronts stigma with the annual Mad Pride exhibition. 2019’s Mad Pride theme is Mad Honey, with the exhibition featuring four artists: Jackie Dives, Edzy Edzed, Janice “Jujube” Jacinto and Andrew Scott.

When: Tuesdays to Saturdays from now to July 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Gallery Gachet – 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wednesday, June 19

Ultimate 90s Dance Party: Vengaboys, Right Said Fred, and Alice DJ

What: The ’90s are alive at Abbotsford Centre on Wednesday, June 19 when Vengaboys, Right Said Fred, Alice DJ and special guest Drum N DJ take the stage for an epic dance party.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Trial by Media: 2019 Speaker Series

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What: Vancouver Police Museum & Archives’ 7th annual Speaker Series. Go behind the headlines and discover what really happened inside Vancouver’s most notorious scandals, murders and sensational stories as told by local authors, historians, officers and professors. All tickets come with free admission to the museum on the day of the presentation, plus a 2 for 1 admission coupon given upon check-in at the front desk.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum & Archives
Tickets: Online, $10

Reframed: Painting and Collage by Tiko Kerr

What: Reframed features new work by Tiko Kerr. Throughout his more than 30 year-long career, Kerr has explored the concept of perception through painting. His most recent works continue along this line of inquiry while drawing on images from art history and popular culture to explore the contemporary moment of widespread unrest and trauma.

When: Wednesdays to Saturdays until August 30, 2019 (closed Saturdays of holiday weekends)
Times: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery – 2121 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation, suggested $5

Anderson .Paak

What: American recording artist and music producer Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals are bringing their “Best Teef in the Game” Tour to Vancouver. .Paak, best known for his mix of 60s funk, 70s soul, hip-hop, R&B, electronic music, and rock ‘n’ roll, won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, and a slot on Saturday Night Live performing “Tints” with Kendrick Lamar.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Price: $59.59 via Live Nation

Vancouver Startup Stories: Celebrating Indigenous Entrepreneurs

What: Seven dynamic indigenous entrepreneurs. Seven diverse and compelling stories to be told. Join Startup Vancouver on June 19th as they “Celebrate Indigenous Entrepreneurs” in collaboration with Futurpreneur BC/Yukon. Speakers will provide real-world insights, inspirational stories, actionable tips and cautionary tales that will showcase the depth of talent Vancouver has in the community of First Nations-led businesses.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: SFU VentureLabs Vancouver – 555 W Hastings Street 12th Floor Suite 1200, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

June German Beer Tasting at Vancouver Alpen Club

German Beer

What: The Vancouver Alpen Club presents German Beer Tasting Night. Enjoy German beer and learn about what makes them so special. Guy McClelland, founder and owner of McClelland, will explain the ‘Reinheitsgebot’ and the various traditions and norms associated with beer in Germany. Ticket will include five beer tasters and a traditional Bavarian pretzel.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Salish Sea Early Music Series – Late 18th-Century Quartets

What: The 2019 Salish Sea Early Music Festival is an annual festival of early chamber music, featuring some of the finest period instrument specialists from North America and Europe in chamber music from the Renaissance through the time of Beethoven on period instruments. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan is the festival’s artistic director.

When: Now to Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Knox United Church – 5600 Balaclava St, Vancouver,
Admission: By suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 and under are free.

Thursday, June 20

2019 Harry Jerome International Track Classic

What: 2019 marks the 36th anniversary of the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic. Since 1983, the event has provided an opportunity for top Canadians to compete against athletes from around the world. This one day competition is an important step in meeting critical Olympic and World Championships qualifying standards.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Science World After Dark

Science World night time

Science World night time (Songquan Deng/Shutterstock)

What: Science World After Dark features all of your favourite activities just for adults. Watch a film on the world’s largest dome OMNIMAX screen, explore six permanent galleries, discover what’s new in the Feature Gallery, and wet your whistle with a cold beer or glass of wine. Then grab your favourite childhood dinner in Triple O’s and experience exciting live science shows at Centre Stage.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mat Collective Free Yoga

What: Mat Collective’s 2019 outdoor summer yoga series features free classes at Kits Beach, on Main Street and in East Van throughout the week. In addition, there will be special events held throughout the summer.

When: Mondays to Fridays at Kits Beach, Tuesday to Saturday on Main Street, and Wednesdays in East Van
Time: Various times, check schedule for details
Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.) and East Van (520 East 1st Ave.)
Admission: Free

We Are the Body

What: Inspired by the life and faith of Richard Wurmbrand, We Are the Body follows the stories of Elsie, Micah and Richard, three prisoners of conscience confined in a Soviet jail in post-war Romania. As they communicate through the walls of their cells via Morse code, memories of the past and visions for the future provide temporary relief from the brutal reality of their existence, yet force them to question what they truly believe. An abridged version of Canadian playwright Andrew Kooman’s script, produced by Pacific Theatre apprentice Kira Fondse, and directed by Mikayla Wust. Presented in association with Pacific Theatre as part of the Stone’s Throw Festival Apprentice Series.

When: Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Rock N’ Gem Show

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Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

What: Silver Cove’s Rock n’ Gem Show Vancouver is taking over the Hillcrest Centre for the ultimate gem and mineral experience. Check out crystals, minerals, fossils, gemstones, cabochons, jewelry, beads, specimens, home décor and more.

When: Thursday, June 20 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Hillcrest Centre – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
Admission: Free

‘Looking, Not Seeing,’ a solo exhibition by William D. Higginson

What: If you’re looking for a night that’s sure to be thought-provoking and imaginative, look no further than a solo exhibition of William D. Higginson’s newest artwork. “William D. Higginson is one of North America’s leading modern Surrealists. Driven by his battle with cancer, his views on the corporate world, science and the future, his imaginative works are a unique interpretation of the everyday experiences of the 21st century; reflections and insight mixed with a sense of humour,” says a description Higginson sent to the Daily Hive.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery — 549 Howe St, Vancouver
Admission:  FREE — RSVP here
Social: @william.d.higginson

World Refugee Day Fair

What: World Refugee Day Fair is presented by Multi-agency Partnership (MAP), whose members include United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), MOSAIC, the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) and Settlement Orientation Services at Immigrant Services Society. There will be an information fair, a marketplace, panels, speeches, live music and more.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm and 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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