50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, July 1

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, July 1.

       

      CONCERTS

      Canada Day Cook Out at the Olympic Village Event Grounds features music by Camaro '67, Leisure Club, Gang Signs, Supermoon, Jessicka, and Jody Glenham and the Dreamers, with the Common People DJs between sets. 

      Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium with fireworks, family activities, and music by Steven Page, Side One, Kokoma, and Will Stroet.

      Canada Day Block Party at the Waldorf features a beer garden, barbecue, and music by Cyril Hahn, Walter TV, Mat the Alien, Peach Pit, Little Destroyer, Slow Jam Sundays, Michael Red, Wmnstudies, Tank Gyal, Chapel Sound, Funk Schwey, BB, Wyatt Parker, Syd Woz, the Tanglers, Dj Kookum, Roxy Motorola, Alex Little and the Suspicious Minds, Ryoshi, Chill Rose Place, Re/Gen, and Slender Glen.

      Richmond Canada Day in Steveston features music by Wintersleep, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Groove and Tonic, Cheersea, and Watasun.

      Surrey Canada Day at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre features performances by Hedley, Magic!, Chilliwack, Good for Grapes, Sway, and DJ Flipout.

      Canada Day at Lonsdale Quay features live music by the Blueberries, VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir, the Adam Woodall Band, and Tiffany Derosiers as Celine Dion.

      OWN Canada Day celebration at the Caprice Nightclub features performances by DJs Relik, Adlib, Lokoboy, Physik, Freeky P, and Arems.

       

      BENEFITS

      Ride Out at the Ellis Building features bikes, craft beer, prizes, food trucks, pool, pinball, live music by Cloudhood, and art by Bree Sopatyk, with proceeds to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

       

      ETCETERA

      Canada Day festivities at Crab Park include a First Nations opening ceremony, speakers, a water park, face painting, and music by the Jesse Waldman Trio, Sinead Sanders with Double D and Sandy Bone, and the Mike Van Eyes Group.

      Canada Day festivities at Granview Park include live aboriginal performances, live bands, children’s games and activities, a giant inflatable slide, and community booths.

      Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a community festival at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park featuring live music, food, beverages, family-friendly activities, and fireworks.

      The Robson Street Business Association and West End Business Improvement Association present a Canada Day celebration on Robson Street with music, entertainment, treats, and giveaways.

      Canada Day Celebration at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver features Vancouver's largest outdoor-yoga event, performances by local jazz artists, kids' games, and a concert by the Vancouver Pops Orchestra.

       

      FOOD & DRINK

      YVR Food Fest presents a Canada Day barbecue accompanied by live music at Olympic Village.

      Great Canadian BBQ at H2 Rotisserie and Bar features a barbecue of tenderloin steaks, prawn and scallop skewers, salmon fillets, or beef burgers, accompanied by a salad, corn on the cob or vegetables, and a Nanaimo bar or butter tart.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      Playland features 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.

      Run Canada Day at UBC's Wesbrook Village features two adult races and one kids' race, with post-run activities including free hot dogs and a Canada Day cake.

      Highlights of the family-friendly Canada Day on Granville Island include a full day of entertainment, a parade, music, food, and kids' activities.

      North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration at Waterfront Park includes live performers, crafts, food trucks, games, and activities for all ages.

       

      SPORTS

      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Eugene Emeralds in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

       

      COMEDY

      Calgary comedian Chris Gordon performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Local comedian Ross Dauk performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

       

      MUSIC

      Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at Creekside Park and help set a Guinness World Record for “Most Nationalities in a Drum Circle” of a recognized orchestral piece of music lasting at least five minutes.

       

      THEATRE

      Axis Theatre presents Joseph A. Dandurand's Th'owxiya, The Hungry Feast Dish, in which six storytellers from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets spin the tale of a young man who must appease an angry goddess, at UBC Botanical Gardens. 

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Bittergirl: The Musical, which charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue, at Granville Island Stage.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Million Dollar Quarteta jukebox musical inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Bard on the Beach presents Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, set in 1959 Italy, that sees a group of actors and filmmakers celebrate the wrap of their latest movie.

      Aenigma Theatre presents the final performance of Copenhagen--director Tanya Mathivanan's version of Michael Frayn's play in which scientists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr try to reconcile the choices made during World War II--at Studio 16.

       

      GALLERIES

      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).

      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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      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

      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.

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      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.

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

      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.

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

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of writer-director Brett Haley's drama The Hero, in which Sam Elliott plays an ailing Hollywood cowboy star who's grappling with his own mortality.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Bad BatchAna Lily Amirpour's thriller about a young girl who is abandoned in a post-apocalyptic desert and falls prey to a community of cannibals.

      The Cinematheque celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with screenings of the Canadian films Mon Oncle Antoine, Goin' Down the Road, and Jesus of Montreal.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Tommy Wiseau's cult movie The Room, about a banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Nowhere to Hide, Zaradasht Ahmed's documentary which sees Iraqi male nurse Nori Sharif record his life as his home province of Diyali becomes a battlefront for ISIS.

       

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