44 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, July 23

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 44 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, July 23.



      Day two of The Drum is Calling Festival, a nine-day festival of indigenous and diverse arts and culture featuring performances at various Vancouver venues by Buffy Sainte-Marie, DJ Shub, Chantal Kreviazuk, Crystal Shawanda (above), Midnight Shine, William Prince, George Leach, and Kinnie Starr.

      American singer-songwriter, actor, filmmaker, and activist Jack Johnson plays Burnaby's Deer Lake Park, with guest John Craigie.

      Final day of the three-day Mission Folk Music Festival, which features folk, world, blues, and roots artists from across Canada and around the world at Fraser River Heritage Park.

      Second day of the two-day Rocket From Russia Fest, which features performances at the Media Club by various Vancouver punk bands.



      Jog for the Bog charity run at Delta Nature Reserve features music, dancing, booths, and a pancake breakfast, with proceeds to the Burns Bog Conservation Society.

      Second annual cycling event at Second Beach illustrates that PTSD is a disorder that people struggle with around the clock, with proceeds to Honour House.



      Over three days on Granville Island 40 artists working in different disciplines will gather around outdoor and indoor stages, public spaces, terrace bars, food trucks, and the kids’ zone for Canada 150: Canada Goes Pacific. Performers today include Ouache!, Mireille Labbé, Mimosa, and Le Couleur (above). 

      The Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park features over 70 acts on four stages, and over 45 pavilions representing the diverse cultures of various nations.

      The fourth annual Thai Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza features free performances, workshops, arts and crafts, fruit carving, food, games, and prizes.



      Highlights of Playland include 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.



      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.



      Second day of the two-day African Descent Festival at Thornton Park, which features food vendors, crafts, live painting, drumming workshops, dance workshops, fashion shows, and performances by Kárà-Kátà, Dawn Pemberton, Mostly Marley, Mr. Metro, Ndidi Cascade, Mad Riddim, Mr. Fantastik, Steve Sacky, Kesseke, Jacky Yenga, Venom, Jabulile Dladla, Woodshed Supply Co, DJ Micheal Fraser, Bluetones, and Street Beat Entertainment.



      Kokoro Dance presents its annual butoh performance on the shores of Wreck Beach.



      Theatre Under the Stars presents an open-air production of Mary Poppins at Malkin Bowl.\

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Winter's Tale, in which the love of two young people becomes the catalyst for a family's healing. Held at Bard on the Beach.

      The Red Gate Revue Stage hosts the final performance of Midtwenties Theatre Society's production of This Is Our Youth.

      Broadway Across Canada presents the final performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, in which two best friends are in love with the same woman. Held at Bard on the Beach.

      Fighting Chance Productions presents Forbidden Broadway, a play that satirizes classic Broadway musicals like Les Miserables and Wicked, at XYYVR Lounge.



      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.

      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).

      Claude Monet's Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases 38 paintings that span the career of the French artist who is regarded as a master of the Impressionist movement.

      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.

      The first major Canadian exhibition of photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures, and films by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry is at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Twenty-five works by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore complement the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Persistence at the Vancouver Art Gallery draws together three recent contemporary installations by Canadian artists Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Shelagh Keeley, and Germaine Koh.



      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.

      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.

      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



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

      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.

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

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      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.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of From the Land of the Moon, Nicole Garcia's drama about a farmer's daughter whose burning desire embarrasses and shames her conservative family in the years after World War II. In French with English subtitles.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin's 1925 comedy about an unnamed prospector who seeks his fortune in the mountains, but ends up finding love instead.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film about a psychologist sent to a space station in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of director Bill Morrison's documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time, which tells the story of early 20th-century white settlement in the northern B.C. town, as told through rediscovered nitrate film prints.


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