46 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, July 16

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 46 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, July 16.



      American pop-rock bands Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows coheadline on their A Brief History of Everything Tour, with guests Rivers and Rust, at Rogers Arena.

      It's the last day of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and your last chance to catch artists like Jim Byrnes, the Sojourners, Belle Game, Shawn Colvin, and Willie Thrasher. Held at Jericho Beach Park.

      American soul-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Ben Harper and his band tour in support of his latest studio album Call It What It Is. Held at the Commodore Ballroom.

      Caravan World Rhythms presents 12-person Afro-Colombian fusion band Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra at the Red Room Ultrabar.

      Vancouver folk-revival singer-songwriter Devan Christodoulou, with guest Zach Kleisinger, hits the stage at the Belmont Bar.



      Urbanarium City Tours presents a two-hour walk that explores how Vancouver manages to stand in for cities from all over the world in movies. Held at Robson Square Ice Rink.



      Highlights of Playland include midway games, fair food, an arcade, a shooting gallery, a climbing wall, a haunted mansion, family rides like Teacups and Merry-Go-Round, and extreme rides like Corkscrew, the Beast, Hell's Gate, Revelation, and Wooden Roller Coaster.

      Family-friendly fun at Summer Series on the Drive includes salsa-dancing and Zumba classes. Held at Grandview Park.



      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Hillsboro Hops in Minor League Baseball action. Held at Nat Bailey Stadium.



      Instant Theatre Company presents a night of comedy by four new improv duos at the Havana Theatre.

      Vancouver TheatreSports League presents an evening of laughs by amateur improvisers at the Improv Centre.



      Highlights of the Dancing in the Street Kick-Off Dance include swing-dance lessons taught by Rhythm City Productions, live music, and open social dancing. Held at Roundhouse Turntable Plaza.



      Classical violinist Zina Schiff performs works by Handel, Schubert, Achron, and Kodaly at the Dunbar Ryerson United Church.



      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents a version of William Shakespeare's drama The Merchant of Venice set in modern-day Venice. Held at Bard on the Beach.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents an open-air production of The Drowsy Chaperone at Malkin Bowl.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Winter's Tale, in which the love of two young people becomes the catalyst for a family's healing. Held at Bard on the Beach.

      It's your last chance to catch the Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Million Dollar Quartet at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Take in a peformance of City of Angels, the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical that satirizes the glamour and decadence of 1940s Hollywood. Held at Performance Works.

      Broadway Across Canada presents Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Fighting Chance Productions presents Frobidden Broadway, which satirizes classic Broadway musicals. Held at the XYYVR Lounge.

      The Red Gate Revue Stage hosts a performance of Midtwenties Theatre Society's production of This Is Our Youth.



      Twenty-five works by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore complement the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Pictures From Here at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists Roy Arden, Karin Bubaš, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Mike Grill, Arni Haraldsson, Fred Herzog, Barrie Jones, Evan Lee, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Henri Robideau, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Paul Wong, Cornelia Wyngaarden, and Andrea Fatona.

      Xi xanya dzam at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art features traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, contemporary prints, sculptures and jewellery by Primrose Adams, Dempsey Bob, Rena Point Bolton, Mandy Brown, Joe David, Robert Davidson, Alvin Mack, Mary Michell, Earl Muldon, Susan Point, and Norman Tait.

      Claude Monet's Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases 38 paintings that span the career of the French artist who is regarded as a master of the Impressionist movement.

      The first major Canadian exhibition of photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures, and films by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry is at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

      Persistence at the Vancouver Art Gallery draws together three recent contemporary installations by Canadian artists Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Shelagh Keeley, and Germaine Koh.



      Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC examines the physical traces of words, both spoken and recorded, that are unique to humans.

      Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands

      The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.



      Soar from coast-to-coast across the Canadian landscape with a 25-minute ride featuring effects such as wind and scents at FlyOver Canada.

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor.

      Big Splash Waterpark in Tsawwassen, formerly Splashdown, features newly renovated pools and hot tubs, new slides such as Kamikaze and Solar Splash, a sports bar and grill, and complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Vancouver.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      Edgewater Casino offers 24-hour gaming, over 60 table games, a poker room, a high-limit section, 500 slot machines, restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment, including concerts and televised UFC events.

      Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



      Marie Clements's non-fiction musical The Road Forward explores the rise of Indigenous activism from the early days of the C20th through the Native Brotherhood and its Vancouver newspaper. Screened at the Vancity Theatre

      The Vancity Theatre hosts a screening of Bentley Dean and Martin Butler's film Tanna, in which a pair of star-crossed lovers challenge tribal tradition.

      The Cinematheque presents the Vancouver premiere of The Ornithologist, the fifth feature from Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues.

      The Rio Theatre is hosting a double-feature showing of Jeff Bridges flicks The Last Picture Show and Starman.

      The Cinematheque presents Desert Hearts, Donna Deitch's positive and passionate depiction of lesbian romance in mainstream cinema.

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