51 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, August 27

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 51 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, August 27.



      American hip-hop artist Jidenna plays Venue, performing on his Long Live the Chief Tour.

      Fourteen-piece Cuban band Charanga Habanera, led by David Calzado, plays the Commodore Ballroom.

      South African rap group Die Antwoord plays Thunderbird Arena, performing on its Love Drug World Tour 2017.

      American pop-rockers Huey Lewis and the News perform at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

      The Adele M. Wilding Quartet performs at a Jazz Vespers show at St. Andrew's United Church.

      Vancouver blues band the Blues Piggies performs a fundraising show for the Children's Wish Foundation at the Fairview Pub.



      Journalist and author Rana Ayyub delivers a talk at SFU Harbour Centre that traces the development of fascism in India.



      Highlights of diversity and reconciliation event Harambecouver include speaker events, fashion shows, live music, public-art installations, and a celebratory procession of various communities, multicultural groups, and allies. Held at various Downtown Eastside venues.



      The Fair at the PNE features the Summer Night Concerts series, the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, the Toytopia exhibit, a craft-beer festival, magic shows, rides, the SuperDogs, agricultural displays, games, and food.

      Buddings Bear Picnic at Kingscrest Park features DJs, a 50-metre water slide, a watermelon-carving contest, and other family-friendly activities.

      Artist Renée Sala teaches kids how to make fuzzy bees from unspun wool, soap, and water at New Westminster's Upstairs River Market.



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



      Caravan Stage Company presents Nomadic Tempest, a show that celebrates the mythical saga of monarch migrants searching for a refuge on a drowned planet, at South East False Creek.



      Learn how to swing dance to the live music of Bonnie Northgraves's Jazz Hooligans at Roundhouse Turntable Plaza.

      The Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival features three days of performances and master classes at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.



      Vancouver violinist Jonathan Chan launches his contemporary-project CD Detour at the PAL Theatre.

      Hard Rubber New Music presents newly commissioned work by Jordan Nobles, Dean Thiessen, and Paul Plimley at the Woodwards Building.



      Immersive Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of A Game of You, Belgian playwright Alexander Devriendt's immersive theatre concept, at Harbour Centre.

      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.

      Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present the final performance of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Bernie Legge Theatre.

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



      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.

      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.



      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. 

      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.

      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.



      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.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      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.

      Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a heated outdoor pool, a saltwater pool, a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers.

      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.

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

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

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

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

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The End of the Road, Tai Uhlmann and Theo Angell's documentary about the unconventional community of Lund, B.C., with filmmaker Q&A session.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Akira Kurosawa's 1958 masterpiece The Hidden Fortress, in Japanese with English subtitles.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Sébastien Laudenbach's animated film The Girl Without Hands, which tells the story of a young woman who is sold to the Devil by her father, but remains protected by her pure heart. In French, with English subtitles.

      The 15th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival continues at the Cinematheque, featuring a spotlight on Cuban cinema and screenings of 69 films from 17 countries in 11 languages (with subtitles).

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, starring Florence Pugh.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Fencer, Klaus Haro's film about a young Estonian teacher who takes his fencing class all the way to an international tournament in Leningrad. In Estonian and Russian, with English subtitles.

      Free screenings at the Rio Theatre of the final two episodes of Season 7 of TV's Game of Thrones.

      Screenings at various Metro Vancouver Cineplex theatres of Castle in the Sky, Hayao Miyazaki's animated film about a young boy and a girl with a magic crystal who must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.


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