Vancouver International Jazz Festival
The 33rd annual jazz festival features more than 300 performances, including international headliners like Robert Plant and Macy Gray. Exciting free shows include Red Baraat, the Brooklyn-based, hard-driving bhangra/funk/hip-hop party act, California rapper/singer Raashan Ahmad, fronting a groovy, jazzy, seven-piece band, and Hornby Island-based Tony Wilson's tribute to Canadian jazz guitarist Sonny Greenwich.
(Vancouver: Jun. 22-Jul. 1)
I Am Not A Girl
Kia Rae Vance stars as lesbian Erica and then as Eric in this play at The Cultch that is based on interviews about transgender identity. It's the first production by Vancouver company Instant Theatre, which hosts a free panel discussion featuring four trans-spectrum individuals, June 24.
(Vancouver: Jun. 21-26)
Heritage Vancouver Garden Tour
Lovers of enchanting landscapes, here’s your chance to scope out a collection of thoughtfully curated private gardens on Vancouver’s west side, including iconic architect Arthur Erickson’s Japanese-inspired hideaway.
(Vancouver: Jun. 23-24)
Brent Hayden: Time in Frames
Mission-raised Brent Hayden is the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist and 2007 World Champion in the 100m Freestyle Swimming competition. Photographs by the fastest swimmer in Canadian history often feature the zen quality of vast waterscapes. An artist statement on his mostly swimming-news website reads: "There is a moment just before the official blows the whistle, while the crowd is going crazy, I stare down my lane towards the wall at the other end. The noise becomes drowned out by the sound of my own breath and heartbeat. For a moment, my world is still, and this is where I feel the most alive. My goal is to capture this moment in my photography. When you look at my images, I hope you can take a moment to listen to your own heart beating." Check Hayden's work out at the Rock Family Gallery at the Mission Arts Centre.
(Mission: opening reception Jun. 23; runs to Jul. 7)
National Indigenous Peoples Day
BC events celebrating Indigenous Peoples include a pow wow in Penticton; a free barbecue, sharing activities, and performances at Holland Park in Surrey; free entry into the Bill Reid Gallery, which features the tattoo exhibition Body Language, and in New Westminster, a near day-long festival with performances by Uzume Taiko, Ache Brasil, and more, free bannock, and a variety of arts and craft activities.
(Various cities: Jun. 21)
Art of the Garden
Explore the impressive garden grounds of Van Dop Gallery, which is situated inside a gorgeously renovated heritage house. Then explore inside the house, where an exhibition of paintings by Carol Arnston, as well as "50 under 50"—a selection of original works of art under $50—are on display.
(New Westminster: June 23)
The Shuffle - Port Moody Art Walk
Art studio crawls are a great way for visitors and neighbours alike to get to know a community. Discover Port Moody’s vibrant artistic culture during an early evening event that features artist displays, live performances and refreshments at 13 venues, all of which are within walking distance of Port Moody’s "Gallery Row."
(Port Moody: Jun. 22)