Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver’s annual film festival is known for its focus on films and the people who make them, rather than the celebrity parade that can bombard other festivals. It also boasts the world’s largest roster of Canadian films. Opening night features The Hummingbird Project, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek and Alexander Skarsgård, about the obscurity of high-frequency stock trading. After 16 days and 380 films—including more than 10 feature films made in BC—the closing night gala features the much-anticipated The Front Runner, directed by Jason Reitman and starring Hugh Jackman as presidential nominee Gary Hart. Also of note: VIFF’s M/A/D stream, which features a plethora of films that celebrate human creativity.
(Vancouver: Sept. 27-Oct. 12)
Dove Allouche: Negative Capability
French artist Dove Allouche is interested in Earth’s primordial elements. His work at the Contemporary Art Gallery involves mushroom spores, dark caves and other concealments, and innovative forms of image production to bring them to light.
(Vancouver: Sept. 28-Dec. 30)
Inspired BC Screening
This screening at China Cloud of five new episodes of web series Inspired BC includes a profile of BC Alliance member Jeanne Krabbendam, who paints luxurious images that hover between representational and abstract. Other artists profiled include, illustrator and tattooist Katie So, mural painter Sandeep Johal, sculptor Anyuta Gusakova, and choreographer Serge Bennathan. (Vancouver: Sept. 27)
Firehall Arts Centre opens its new season with a premiere by Vancouver choreographer Vanessa Goodman/Action At A Distance. Never Still explores three circulation systems—global water cycles, communication technology, and fluids within the body—in a work for five dancers. With ambient music by Loscil and lights by James Proudfoot.
(Vancouver: Sept. 26-29)
This national event is all about celebrating the creative potential that’s inherent in all of us. You’ll see artists performing and creating, but you’re also encouraged to participate in all kinds of free, interactive activities. Thousands of events in British Columbia can be searched at bc.culturedays.ca (BC-wide: Sept. 28-30)
Poetry in Transit Launch
Fans of those poems you see in buses and Skytrains can listen to poets read from works selected for the next collection of “poetry car cards,” during this weekend’s Word Vancouver, at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch. Host Evelyn Lau introduces readings by Susan Alexander, Aidan Chafe, Linda Crosfield, Leef Evans, Emily Nilsen, and David Zieroth. Festival-goers are also invited to board the “Poetry Bus,” a vehicle displaying all 10 of the 2018/19 poems. Poetry in Transit is presented by the Association of Book Publishers of BC. (Vancouver: Sept. 30)
West End Heritage Tour
Check out 15 gems on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s newest heritage tour. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Mole Hill Housing Society, historic residences like the Queen Charlotte Apartments and Kensington Place, the Modernist office of Vancouver Parks Board, heritage churches, private gardens and more, here is your chance.
(Vancouver: Sept. 29)