XICANX: DREAMERS + CHANGEMAKERS / SOÑADORES + CREADORES DEL CAMBIO Exhibition showcases, for the first time in Canada, the rich traditions of 33 Xicanx artists. To Jan 1, Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
BEADED NOSTALGIA Exhibition exploring the use of contemporary beadwork as a way of honouring the past. To Oct 23, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
THE SUN FOUND ME AMONGST THE CLOUDS New cyanotype works created with brushes made from hair extensions, as well as hair-monotype processes, by Rebecca Bair. To Oct 22, 12-5 pm, Burrard Arts Foundation. Free.
TANIA MARMOLEJO: THE DREAM AND THE VOYAGE Dominican-born artist's first solo exhibition in Canada features new paintings inspired by her personal experience in Vancouver and the surrounding wilderness. To Oct 1, 11 am–6 pm, CICA Vancouver. $15.
WE WERE SO FAR AWAY: THE INUIT EXPERIENCE OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS Travelling exhibition uses first-person narratives and archival images to tell stories of the Inuit residential school experience. To Nov 27, Vancouver Maritime Museum. $13.50 adult/$11 senior.
THE IMITATION GAME: VISUAL CULTURE IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Exhibition surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world. To Oct 23, Vancouver Art Gallery.
TAPESTRY OF CHANGE: INUIT ART IN CONTEXT An exhibition of Inuit textiles, prints, and flat artwork from the collections. To Oct 2, Vancouver Maritime Museum. $13.50 adults/$11 seniors.
CHILDREN OF TAKAYA Works by six emerging Tsleil-Waututh artists, curated by Jonas Jones TsuKwalton. To Sep 10, Seymour Art Gallery. Free.
TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURE Eleven artists transform recovered objects into art. To Sep 3, 9 am–5 pm, Cityscape Community Art Space. Free.
MERCY MERCY ME Exhibition on art, ecology, and climate change, featuring works by Bettina Matzkuhn, Brian Howell, David Ellingsen, Jean MacRae, Kristin Man, and Marcus Bowcott. To Sep 16, Pendulum Gallery. Free.
UNINVITED: CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE MODERN MOMENT Major exhibition gathering more than 200 works of art by a generation of painters, photographers, weavers, bead workers, and sculptors. To Jan 8, Vancouver Art Gallery.
TRUE TO PLACE: STÍMETSTEXW TEL XÉLTEL Exhibition curated by artist and muralist Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:lō) examines the artistic practice of 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. To Mar 19, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
BARD ON THE BEACH Annual outdoor Shakespeare festival features performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. To Sep 24, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
AUNTIES HOLDING IT TOGETHER Exhibition of new sculptural and photographic works by Michelle Sound explores personal and familial narratives through a consideration of Indigenous artistic processes. To Oct 22, 12-5 pm, Burrard Arts Foundation. Free.
FREE ENTRANCE / CALLED TO TESTIFY BY JUDITH KALMAN Toronto-based author Judith Kalman presents the launch of her book Called to Testify: The Big Story in My Small Life. Sep 1, 6-8 pm, Massy Arts. Free, registration required.
AHFOMAD FESTIVAL 2022 Seventh annual festival brings together artists, musicians, dancers, and organizations from the Black Peoples Diaspora. Sep 2-4, 12 pm, Surrey Civic Plaza. $54.
JOKES PLEASE! Weekly standup-comedy show hosted by Ross Dauk. Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 8-9:30 pm, Cambrian Hall. $16 (plus fees).
THE RIO THEATRE BURLESQUE AND VARIETY SHOW Burlesque, drag, and variety show curated by local luminary April O'Peel. Sep 3, 8-11 pm, Rio Theatre. $30 ($40 VIP).
FIRST SATURDAY Explore working studios, ask questions, learn about techniques, and build relationships with the artists. Sep 3, 12-5 pm, 1000 Parker Street Studios. Free.
TAIWANFEST VANCOUVER: THE STORIES OF INDEPENDENCE Hear, taste, and see the stories of independence that lie behind a piece of music, a unique dish, or a fascinating art exhibit. Sep 3-5, 12-6 pm, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, Vancouver Art Gallery.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL Free and ticketed performances by local and international flamenco artists. Sep 3-25, Norman Rothstein Theatre. Free to $73.50.
POLISH FESTIVAL VANCOUVER Celebrate the richness of Polish culture, tradition, and arts. Sep 4, 1-8 pm, 115 Victory Ship Way.
TAIWANFEST VANCOUVER: HARMONIA String ensemble Harmonia highlights some of the musical stories that those in both Taiwan and southeast Asia can connect to. Sep 5, 5 pm, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, Vancouver Art Gallery.
ELEMENTAL CINEMA: DENISE FERREIRA DA SILVA AND ARJUNA NEUMAN Elemental Cinema brings together the collaborative film works of Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman. Sep 6–Dec 11, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
NORMAL GOOD Standup-comedy show hosted by Danika Thibault and Nathan Hare. Sep 6, 8:30 pm, The Lido. $13-15.
VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL B.C.’s biggest theatre festival features 11 days of boundary-pushing theatre from performance artists worldwide. Sep 8-18, various Vancouver venues.
RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH First impressions Theatre presents a musical tribute to the legendary Man in Black. Sep 8-24, Deep Cove Shaw Theatre. $29/$26.
PETER PAN GOES WRONG The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the international comedy sensation. Sep 8–Oct 16, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. From $35.
A MENNONITE TO REMEMBER: AN EVENING OF POETRY WITH SARAH ENS AND ELLIE SAWATZKY An evening of poetry with Sarah Ens and Ellie Sawatzky. Sep 8, 6-8 pm, Massy Arts. Free, registration required.
NEUROTIC EROTICA Controversial author Esme J.K. Quimby (Regan Shrumm) reads from her latest novel, 50 Shades of Grief: A Neurotic Erotica. Sep 8-18, Improv Centre. $15.
90 DAYS Western Gold Theatre presents a play about the 1972 Ugandan forced exodus of its Asian community, 50 years later. Sep 8-25, Pal Studio Theatre. $25-$34.
TALKING HEADS (LADY OF LETTERS & MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET) North Vancouver Community Players present Alan Bennett's series of solo pieces. Sep 8-24, 8 pm, The Theatre at Hendry Hall. $20/$22.
TIGHTROPE Vancouver Fringe Festival play in which 25 years of touring threaten to undo a marriage. Sep 9-18, Performance Works. $15.
THAT OTHER HUNGER Solo exhibition of work by Vanessa Brown features a series of videos, textiles, and sculptures. Sep 9–Nov 6, Richmond Art Gallery.
STAN DOUGLAS: ALLEGORIES OF THE PRESENT A selection of photographs by the eminent Canadian artist, curated by Dr. Lisa Baldissera. Sep 9–Dec 11, 12-5 pm, Griffin Art Projects. Free.
2011 ≠ 1848 Drawing inspiration from the global political unrest seen in 2011, Stan Douglas presents four large-scale photographs and a two-channel video installation. Sep 9–Nov 6, Polygon Gallery. By donation.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS IMPROV SHOW Improv comedy inspired by written secrets from the audience. Sep 9, 9:15 pm, Tightrope Impro Theatre. $20.
LAM WONG: GHOSTS FROM UNDERGROUND LOVE Solo exhibition of new works by Lam Wong. Sep 10–Nov 26, Canton-sardine. Free.
MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATIONS Celebrate the mid-autumn festival under an illuminated installation of lanterns and savour regional varieties of mooncakes. Sep 10-11, 10 am–6 pm, Chinese Canadian Museum. By donation.
MID AUTUMN MOON FAMILY DAY Event includes a mooncake demonstration, music, dance, crafts, and story time. Sep 10, 12-3 pm, Mackin Heritage Home and Toy Museum.
BOTANICAL DRAWING WORKSHOP Workshop with Mehran Modarres to develop skills in drawing plants and flowers from observation. Sep 10-17, 2-4 pm, Massy Arts. $65.
20TH ANNUAL MOON FESTIVAL: HARVEST FAIR & LOST STREAMS PARADE Celebrate the Harvest season with music by local artists, eco-arts workshops, games, food, a lantern parade, and an intergenerational dance, stilt, and acrobatic performance. Sep 10, 4-9 pm, Slocan Park. Free.
ALONZO BODDEN Yuk Yuk presents comedian and actor from Queens, New York, performing a standup show. Sep 10, 8 pm, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.
CHUTZPAH! PLUS PRESENTS NE. SANS OPERA & DANCE'S TAKE THIS WALTZ As part of the Chutzpah! Festival, a world premiere evening of music, dance, and visuals, staged by Israeli choreographer and director Idan Cohen of Ne. Sans Opera & Dance. Sep 10-11, 8 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre. $34/$40.
FALLEN CITY Interdisciplinary project fusing art and science to raise awareness of earthquake risks and to honour the lives lost to earthquakes. Sep 11, 3-5 pm, Orpheum Annex. Free to $22.22.
JAZZ FLUTE REIMAGINED: JEREMY PRICE QUARTET Jazz flutist Jeremy Price leads his quartet, including pianist Tilden Webb, bassist Jodi Proznick, and drummer Nick Bracewell. Sep 11, 8 pm, Frankie’s Jazz Club. $16.
CHINATOWN New opera tells a story of family and neighbourhood, racism and resistance, history and tomorrow. Sep 13-17, Vancouver Playhouse. $20/$40/$60.
VANCOUVER IMPROV FESTIVAL Twenty-fourth annual festival celebrates spontaneity and collaboration through the art form of improvisation, with feature acts from Halifax, Toronto, Portland, and London, England. Sep 13-18, The Cultch. $25.
WE ARE THE BEST SURVIVORS An in-person conversation on Indigenous horror in literature, film, and art with Dr. June Scudeler. Sep 13, 6-8 pm, Massy Arts. Free, registration required.
SPEAKEASY STAND-UP COMEDY A night of standup comedy hosted by Vancouver's Juno-winning Andrea Jin. Sep 14, 8-9:30 pm, Addah. $10.
TO PERFECTION Play about a former celebrity TV chef reuniting with her estranged grandchild, who comes out as non-binary. Sep 14-17, Surrey Arts Centre. From $15.
ERICA MCKEEN Writer Erica McKeen presents the launch of her debut novel Tear. Sep 15, 6-8 pm, Massy Arts. Free, registration required.
ITZHAK PERLMAN WITH THE VSO Legendary violinist returns to the Vancouver Symphony to perform music from some of Hollywood’s greatest hits. Sep 15, 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre.
WEST FINE ART SHOW Thirteenth annual art show features works by 18 artists and music by guitarist John Gilliat. Sep 16-18, 5 pm, Glass House Estate Winery. Free.
CHRIS HADFIELD AND THE VSO Canada’s guitar-playing astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield performs with the Vancouver Symphony. Sep 16, 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre.
A MINOR CHORUS: AN EVENING WITH BILLY-RAY BELCOURT Author Billy-Ray Belcourt presents the launch of his latest book, A Minor Chorus. Sep 16, 6:30-9:30 pm, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Free.
BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM'S COPPER & FIRE ARTS EVENT Family-friendly event features earth-inspired jewelry, sculpture, copper work, gemstone art, pottery and painting, with music by Coldwater Road. Sep 17, 10 am–3 pm, Britannia Mine Museum. $20 and up.
SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE OPEN HOUSE Sample a host of dance styles in a day of open classes and demonstrations. Sep 17, 11 am–5 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre. Free admission.
WHAT'S THE CRAIC? - A NIGHT OF IRISH DEVILRY Clare Voyeur presents a night of burlesque, comedy, games, and live music invoking the spirit of the Emerald Isle. Sep 17, 9 pm, Biltmore Cabaret. $25+.
ANIMAL Cirque Alfonse leads a journey of discovery through a series of slightly surreal farm fables served up with a touch of irreverence. Sep 20-24, Vancouver Playhouse. From $20.
KHOJ – A CONTEMPORARY KATHAK DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA Dance performance celebrating the power and beauty of diversity. Sep 21-24, Firehall Arts Centre. From $25.
DISCOVERY POETRY 2: CULTIVATING COMPASSION Open mic and workshop for BIPOC LGBTQ+ youth feaures readings from poets D Fretter, Fanny Kearse, Nadia Alikashani, and Alisha Davidson. Sep 21, 6-8 pm, Massy Arts. By donation.
THE PARLOUR MAGIC SHOW Monthly variety/magic show features an assortment of tricks, stunts, and unusual skills from B.C. entertainers. Sep 21, 7:30 pm, Havana Theatre. $25.
VANCOUVER JAZZ PIANO RECITAL SERIES 2022 International jazz concert pianist Rufus Lin performs as part of a monthly recital series. Sep 23, 6-7 pm, Showcase Pianos. $10.
BUNIATISHVILI PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili joins Maestro Otto Tausk and the Vancouver Symphony to open the VSO season with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Sep 23, 8 pm; Sep 24, 8 pm; Sep 25, 2 pm, Orpheum Theatre.
SOUTH ROCK ART TOUR Meet the artists and artisans creating in South Surrey and White Rock in their studios. Sep 24-25, 10 am–4 pm, Artist and Artisans Studios. Free.
MUSHTARI BEGUM FESTIVAL OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND DANCE The ancient and healing sounds of Indian classical music and dance. Sep 24, 7-10 pm, Massey Theatre. $35/$20 (kids under 12 free).
TREASURES FROM BYZANTINE MANUSCRIPTS Greece-based ensemble En Chordais combines Byzantine and art music of the Mediterranean with Greek regional idioms and contemporary music. Sep 24, 7:30-10 pm, BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts. $29.25-$45.
CHUTZPAH! PLUS PRESENTS GILI YALO As part of the Chutzpah! Festival, Israeli world-music musician combines his Ethiopian roots with soul, reggae, funk, psychedelia and jazz. Sep 24, 8 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre. $34/$40.
THE FIVE VENGEANCES A queer love story that follows a raging warrior out to avenge the murder of her love. Sep 24–Oct 1, 8 pm, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. $20-25.
CARMEN The Vancouver Symphony performs Bizet's Carmen Suite, featuring Christopher Gaze. Sep 29, 2 pm, Orpheum Theatre.
MY INDIAN SUMMER WITH JOSEPH KAKWINOKANASUM Author Joseph Kakwinokanasum presents the launch of his new book My Indian Summer. Sep 29, 6-8 pm, Massy Arts Society. Free.
ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WITH JAMES HARRY Indigenous artist talks about his most recent piece for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, followed by Q&A. Sep 30, 1-2:30 pm, Griffin Art Projects. Free.
THE OTHER SEASONS A fun alternative to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this concert pairs concertos for Ensemble Castor’s six musicians with arias and motets by the Venetian ‘Red Priest'. Sep 30, 7:30-9:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral. $36-$75.
STEWART COPELAND: THE POLICE DERANGED The Vancouver Symphony performs the Police's biggest hits, with Stewart Copeland from the Police on drums. Sep 30, 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre.