All Arts Events

Oct 28 Tue
Echoes of British Columbia: Book Reading
Oct 28, 7 pm
Book Warehouse
4118 Main St., Vancouver
Join Robert “Lucky” Budd for an exploration of Vancouver and BC history – as told by some of its first 20th Century settlers – to celebrate Echoes of British Columbia, the follow-up to BC Bestseller Voices of British Columbia. Echoes including more captivating tales from the province’s pioneering past. Hear jaw-dropping stories about rawhiding to the Klondike; being rescued by the legendary Chief Capoose; of riding and racing horses standing up; of homesteading, birth and murder. Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm, Book Warehouse, 4118 Main Street. Free. Further information at
Oct 28 Tue
Prison Art From 'The Big Tiger'
Oct 28, 8:30 pm
Calabash Bistro
428 Carrall, Vancouver
Thousands of men from Canada, the US, Europe and all over the world are locked away in Bangkok, Thailand's notorious hellish prisons, including the infamous "Big Tiger," enduring horrific conditions on 100-year sentences or the death penalty. Canadian activist Heather Luna-Rose, director of Luna-Rose Prisoner Support, has been visiting and bringing emotional support to these men for a decade, and has smuggled out prisoner artwork to show the world. Come see these incredible pieces, testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Heather will share stories of her ten-year long mission to bring connection and humanity to the many thrown away and forgotten human casualties of the War on Drugs. Free event, dj and drinks!
Oct 28 Tue
The Four Horsemen Project
Oct 28–Nov 2, 8 pm, 8 pm
Historic Theatre at The Cultch
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Volcano Theatre (Toronto)-Swirling animation and sonic hi-jinx make the poetry of Canada’s 1970s avant-garde scene leap off the page and onto the stage. Based on the work of Toronto’s original Four Horsemen, their outrageously fun, sonic poetry is brought to life by a stellar cast of performers. A multi-disciplinary extravaganza, this remarkable collaboration breathes life into the iconoclastic, brilliant, and delightfully irreverent work that set the whole world on its ear. Matinee Nov 2.
Oct 28 Tue
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
Oct 28–Nov 11
various Vancouver venues
Highlights include a free flamenco class (Oct 28, 7 pm, Waterfront Theatre), a performance by Centro Flamenco, Mozaico Flamenco, Los Gitanos, Flamenco Del Mar, and Flamenco Rosario (Oct 29, 8 pm, Waterfront Theatre), a performance by Carmen Romero and Kasandra "La China" (Oct 30, 8 pm, Waterfront Theatre), a performance by Madroño and Caroline Planté, a performance by Flamenco Rosario (Nov 1, 8 pm, Waterfront Theatre), a flamenco performance for children (Nov 2, 1 pm, Waterfront Theatre), a lecture and demonstration by Flamenco Rosario (Nov 5, 7 pm, Vancouver Public Library), music by Joaquín Grilo (Nov 8, 8 pm, Vancouver Playhouse), a dance workshop with Joaquín Grilo (Nov 9, 1 pm, Nov 10-11, 6 pm, Centro Flamenco), and a night of guitar-based flamenco music (Nov 9, 7 pm, St. James Hall).
Oct 29 Wed
12 Minute Max: Studio Showing
Oct 29, 6 pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie, Vancouver
Showcase of innovative new works that last for 12 minutes or less. Participating artists include Naomi Brand, Kara Nolte, Jane Osborne, and Daisy Thompson.
Oct 29 Wed
Art & Craft Social
Oct 29, 7:15-10 pm
Hot Art Wet City Gallery
2206 Main, Vancouver
The Art & Craft Social evening at Hot Art Wet City is a monthly stitch n’ bitch, crafternoon, and art jam all rolled into one. HAWC provides the chairs, tables, and space, and participants bring a small creative project to work on. The event is an opportunity to bring together a cross-section of makers, crafters, artists, designers (and all those other titles creative people give themselves), to knit, sew, collage, draw, or paint while they socialize and share. Hosted by Rachael Ashe and Kim Werker. Helps support Hot Art Wet City. Last Wednesday of every month (except December).
Oct 29 Wed
Fine Art Photo Imaging
Oct 29, 10 am–12 pm, 10 am–12 pm
Ferry Building Gallery
1414 Argyle Ave., West Van, West Vancouver
ABC Photo's Launie Fairbairn discusses traditional to digital photography with emphasis on the printing and finishing aspects of fine and conceptual photo artwork.
Oct 29 Wed
Glen Lockhart
Oct 29, 6:30-8 pm
Vancouver Public Library Dunbar Branch
4515 Dunbar, Vancouver
Author Glen Lockhart talks about Last Man Standing, his novel about the extraordinary valour of Canadian soldier Ernest "Smokey" Smith during the Battle of Italy from 1943-1945.
Oct 29 Wed
Oct 29–Nov 9
Renegade Arts Studio
125 E. 2nd
Hamlet as you've never seen... her Our rather unorthodox production of the Bard's masterpiece will re-imagine Hamlet as a young female royal in a modern world. Hamlet will be female played by a female actor. Staying true to the original dialogue, the intention is that our contemporary take will not skew the heart of this iconic tale, but rather help awaken and refresh the character dynamics, struggles, and poetry that have made this piece the timeless classic it is today. Location: The Shop Theatre, 125 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver Shows: Wednesday October 29 7pm PREVIEW Thursday October 30 7pm OPENING Friday October 31 7pm HALLOWEEN Saturday November 1 7pm Sunday November 2 2pm MATINEE Thursday November 6th 7pm Friday November 7th 7pm Saturday November 8th 7pm Sunday November 9th 7pm Directed by Kailey & Sam Spear BlackSpear Productions co-produced by Renegade Productions Inc. Cast Includes: HAMLET Libby Osler CLAUDIUS Greg Delmage GERTRUDE Katherine Young POLONIUS Toph Marshall HORATIO Chris Walters OPHELIA Starlise Waschuk LAERTES - Annette Reilly ROSENCRATNZ - Kaylin Metchi GUILDENSTERN Tosh Sutherland MARCELLA Katalina Bernards GHOST Jeffrey Renn PORTIA aka PLAYER QUEEN Priya Rajarathnam ROSALIND aka PLAYER Janette Bundic DEMETRIUS aka PLAYER James Dolby GRAVEDIGGER 1/ FEMALE ENSEMBLE Tracy Schut GRAVEDIGGER 2/ FRANCISCA Sarah Kathryn Young BARNARDO Andrew Gillingham ENSEMBLE Stephanie Cho ENSEMBLE Natasha Wehn
Oct 29 Wed
Heart of the City Festival
Oct 29–Nov 9
various Vancouver venues
The 11th annual celebration of the Downtown Eastside's culture and heritage includes 12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks, and an array of artists. Highlights include Theatre in the Raw's production of The Raymur Mothers, the Carnegie Jazz Band, Barrio Flamenco, Sawagi Taiko, Dovbush Dancers, Women in the Round, Salt Water City Stories, Roaring Comedy, Celebrating Black Strathcona, Reconciliation: Moving Forward Together, and Keepers of the Flame: A Celebration of Poetry.