Art installations run all afternoon at Granville Island as the Vines Festival of eco arts kicks off—with events throughout the next 10 days, culminating in a giant outdoor festival at Trout Lake Park.
Here's a schedule of highlights; find the whole roster here.
Thursday (August 9): At Granville Island, find such "artivist" installations as Dalia Levy's Connective (T)issue, a knit/embroidery piece that protests the Pacific garbage patch, and create your own sea creature at a workshop (1 to 4 p.m.) held amid Marta Robertson Smyth's ocean-life imagery. In the evening head to Hadden Park (by Kits Beach) from 6 to 9 p.m., where Jolene Andrew hosts a plant walk from 6 to 7 p.m., George Rahi hosts an outdoor sound installation, and much more.
Friday (August 10): Amid the programming at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (noon to 3:30 p.m.), Lily Cryan stages the performance Sirens, a "wandering flock of bird people", and Sanctuary explores public spaces and moving bodies, choreographed and performed by Harmanie Taylor and Rianne Svelnis for the company All Bodies Dance—a troupe that mixes people with and without disabilities. Later on at Trillium Park garden (5 to 8:30 p.m.), join the environmental artists of EartHand Gleaners Society for its Forage and Fibre Walk, a "fibre discovery walk" between Means Of Production Garden and Trillium North Park to learn about the plants and history of the area—punctuated by "weaving interventions".
Sunday (August 12): At Harmony Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m., T’Uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss leads an Indigenous plant-use walk in the community garden at the village of Xwemelch’stn, now known as the Squamish Capilano Indian Reserve.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (August 13, 14, and 16): Music and performances bring Crab Park alive all evenings, with guests like Raven Spirit Dance and Eddie Van Wyck the first night, Kimmortal, Missy D, and Immigrant Lessons featured on the next two, with art installations to explore throughout.
Next Friday (August 17): Evening concerts and performances at Trout Lake spotlight young Resilient Roots artists, plus acts like electronic singer-songwriter and composer Edzi’u and dancer Olivia Davies.
Next Saturday (August 18) at Trout Lake Park: The massive all-day outdoor festival runs from 1 to 6 p.m., filling the park with eco-art installations, roaming performances, workshops, and several stages. Acts span Cree/Sioux dancer and musician Jessica McMann, the percussionists of Onibana Taiko, spoken-word artist Barbara Adler, and the Art Is Land Collective, with its woven skeletal vessel formed from local willow branches.
Next Sunday (August 19): Again at Trout Lake, Sara Cadeau closes the fest with an "Unsettling Ceremony" from 1 to 3 p.m.