All Arts Events

Oct 23 Thu
2014 Vancouver Writers Fest
To Oct 26
Granville Island
This year, one of the themes of the Vancouver Writers Fest is that of discovery. Every year Festival-goers attend an event to see one author, and leave having discovered someone new. Our 2014 Festival, however, may be unprecedented in terms of the number of international authors you’ve not yet heard of but are bound to become entranced with. Karl Ove Knausgaard, an acclaimed novelist in his native Norway, was unknown to English-speaking readers until his Min Kamp (My Struggle) books, a series of six autobiographical novels, began appearing in translation. Now his work is reviewed widely, he has been compared to Proust, and British novelist Zadie Smith is quoted as saying she needs his next book “like crack.” The Icelandic novelist, poet and lyricist Sjón may not be on your radar, but with fans like Junot Díaz, David Mitchell and A.S. Byatt, you will want to check him out. Dutch author and actor Herman Koch made waves with his novel The Dinner, which was translated into 21 languages and sold over one million copies throughout Europe. He is at the Festival with a new novel, Summer House with Swimming Pool. It took Irish novelist Eimear McBride six months to write her novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, and nine years to find a publisher. Called a “genius” by fellow Irish writer Anne Enright, McBride’s novel won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction this year. In addition to discoveries, you will re-encounter some favourites who’ve joined us at Festivals past, all of whom are back with new works of fiction ready for you to devour. Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jane Smiley, Sarah Waters and Tim Winton are just a few authors whose books you may be lining up to get signed. We’re also hosting a few noteworthy celebrations. This year, Talonbooks will publish Peacock Blue, the collected works of poet Phyllis Webb, and Brian Brett will host a tribute with Phyllis in attendance. Jean Baird has organized a benefit to raise funds for the continued restoration of Al Purdy’s hand-built A-frame cottage, and to support residencies for Canadian writers. And the great British Columbia publishing house Harbour is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an event at the Festival.
Oct 23 Thu
2nd Annual Fall Festival of the Arts
To Oct 31
White Rock Centre
15261 Russell Ave
Two-month, community-wide festival features music, performances, art exhibitions, artist auctions, and a gala.
Oct 23 Thu
A Dream Play
To Nov 1
SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings, Vancouver
Presented by SFU School for the Contemporary Arts by August Strindberg in a new version by Caryl Churchill Directed by James Fagan Tait Abstract and fast flowing, the play replicates the disjointed shape of a dream, following a god's daughter Agnes, and her experience when she descends to earth to find out what it is like to be human.
Oct 23 Thu
A Toi, Pour Toujours, Ta Marie-Lou
To Oct 25
Studio 16
1545 W. 7th, Vancouver
Théâtre la Seizième presents director Craig Holzschuh's version of Michel Tremblay's play about a singer who returns to her family home.
Oct 23 Thu
Above and Below
To Nov 22
Monte Clark Gallery
2339 Granville, Vancouver
new paintings by Derek Root
Oct 23 Thu
Adi Parker
To Dec 17
Leigh Square Community Arts Village
2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
artist-in-residence Adi Parker creates abstract art from recycled fabrics
Oct 23 Thu
Ai Weiwei New York Photographs 1983–1993
To Nov 30
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
1825 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver
227 black-and-white photographs taken by the artist during the decade that he resided in New York City
Oct 23 Thu
to Jan 25, 2015
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
639 Hornby, Vancouver
spray-can art by Haida artist Corey Bulpitt
Oct 23 Thu
Art Party!
To Nov 8, 10 am–5 pm, 10 am–5 pm
Seymour Art Gallery
4360 Gallant Ave., North Van, North Vancouver
‘ART PARTY!’ is a fundraising exhibition supporting the non-profit Seymour Art Gallery. All original artwork by more than 40 established and emerging local artists will be sold at $100, $200 or $300.
Oct 23 Thu
Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit
To Nov 2
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden [Vanier Park], Vancouver
examples of swimwear worn in Vancouver from the 1890s to the 1980s, drawn from the collections of fashion historian Ivan Sayers, who has one of the largest and most comprehensive private collections of historic clothing in Canada