Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Cool off in the ocean between sets by the world’s top folk artists at the annual festival that takes over the ocean-front Jericho Beach Park. Among the 50 acts featured are Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Mozambique’s Wazimbo & Banda Kakana, DakhaBrakha from Ukraine, and Vancouver's own Petunia.
(Vancouver: Jul. 13-15)
Kevin Schmidt: We Are the Robots
Plan to check out Vancouver Art Gallery on Tuesday night, when admission is by donation? Don't forget to bring your favourite vinyl album. BC artist Kevin Schmidt’s exhibition features DIY Hifi (2014), at which visitors can spin their own platters in a super nifty listening room. Schmidt’s interactive light strips along the Gallery façade are also part of this exhibition. The lights change hue in response to notes played on electronic keyboards installed in the Gallery. (Vancouver: Jul. 14-28)
Kamloops Art Gallery 40th Anniversary
A gallery’s permanent collection reflects its values as well as its aesthetics. To celebrate turning 40, the KAG presents a look at its collecting history with the exhibition Through the Memory Atlas: 40 Years of Collecting. The show features works curated by outstanding BC curators Andrew Hunter, Jordan Strom, Tania Willard and many others.
(Kamloops: opening party Jul. 14; show runs to Sep. 15)
Jeneen Frei Njootli: my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money
The 2018 Sobey Art Award finalist’s latest exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery is “brilliant and personal,” says Canadian Art. Working with steel, grease paint and her possessions to leave only impressions of the objects that inspired the exhibit, the Vancouver-based artist thwarts the museum model of display and celebrates autonomy.
(Vancouver: Jul. 13-Sep. 16)
West Coast Modern Home Tour
Be energized by beautiful design during a tour of five important examples of mid-century and contemporary West Coast-style architecture. Most of these designs draw inspiration directly from the surrounding landscape, creating a seamless integration of land and building. Simplicity is key.
(West Vancouver: Jul. 14)
Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards
The Jessie Awards takes it outside this year. The 36th annual event takes place at Bard on the Beach’s BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park. In recent years, the event has been held at the Commodore Ballroom. “Looking back, previous awards ceremonies were held in theatre venues," notes the society behind the event. "The Jessie Committee decided to take the awards back to Vancouver’s professional theatre community and in addition create a model that was sustainable for the future of the Jessie Awards." Also new this year: A Jessies After Party, hosted by Tremors at Progress Lab. The Arts Club leads the nominations by a long shot with 34 nods.
(Vancouver: Jul. 16)
Symphony at Sunset
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 100th anniversary season with a gift to the city: a free concert set in spectacular English Bay featuring works by Vivaldi, Leonard Bernstein, and Star Wars composer John Williams.
(Vancouver: Jul. 14)
R2R’s First Outdoor Summer Film Series
Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth curates top-notch films for kids. Now it has launched an outdoor screening series at Ron Bamford Park, on Granville Island. First up: Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, a remarkable animated feature co-produced by Vancouver’s Bardel Entertainment.
(Vancouver: Jul. 13)