60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, June 16

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, June 16.



      Husband-and-wife folk-pop duo Tow'rs plays the Fox Cabaret.

      Local post-punk dance-rock band Sex With Strangers plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Douse, Club Sofa, and Strange Breed.

      Acoustic string ensemble Van Django performs music rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930s Paris at the Silk Purse Arts Centre.

      Vancouver folk-rockers Echo Nebraska celebrate the release of their new album Hold Up to the Fire at the Roxy, with guests Coldwater Road.

      Pure Heroine at the the Railway Stage & Beer Café features performances by Vancouver acts Indigo Royals, Rio By Night, and Ché Aimee Dorval.

      The Alan Matheson Quintet performs at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre's Hot Club Swing.

      The Phonix performs funk and R&B hits of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s at the Backstage Lounge.

      Patrice Michaud & Daniel Bélanger perform on the Unis TV Stage as part of the 29th Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver. 

      The West End Car Free Day Festival features performances on Denman from Davie to Robson by Apollo, Body Part, Bratpack, Diana Boss, DJ D. Dee, Giorgi Holiday, Mama Rudegyal, Mira & the Mothership, Missy D, My!Gay!Husband!, Nina Mendoza, Softieshan, Strictly Afrobeats, Tambura Rasa, Tank Gyal, the House of the Brave, and the Phonix.



      The Richmond Night Market features dozens of food stalls, a dinosaur park, paddle boats, a baby playground, music, martial arts, and dancing.

      The B.C. Highland Games and Scottish Festival at Coquitlam's Percy Perry Stadium features two days of piping, drumming, singing, dancing, whisky tasting, British food, cultural displays, children’s activities, massed pipe bands and Scottish music.

      Sins of the City Walking Tour at the Vancouver Police Museum takes participants on a journey into Vancouver's sinful past.

      Explore behind the scenes at the historic Commodore Ballroom with writer and musician Aaron Chapman as your host.

      The Health and Wellness Fair on the Drive at Britannia Community Centre features health screenings, presentations by medical specialists, vendor displays, giveaways, and a kids' zone.



      Learn, discuss and share information on small-space living with local artists, planners, historians and activists at the Richmond Art Gallery's Home Made Home Symposium.



      Children's entertainer Will Stroet performs at Studio 16 as part of the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver.

      Playland at the PNE features over 30 rides, including the Revelation, the Hellevator, the Beast, Hells Gate, the Flume, and the 60-year-old wooden rollercoaster.



      The B.C. Lions take on the Montreal Alouettes in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium.



      American actor and comedian Kevin Hart performs at Rogers Arena on his Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour.

      Canadian comedian Dan Quinn performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Victoria-born comedian James Ball performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Addictive Comedy at New Westminster's Massey Theatre supports addiction recovery.



      The 2018 Queer Arts Festival at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre features a boundary-pushing array of performances that articulate the experiences of diverse creators.

      Sarah Milroy, chief curator of McMichael Canadian Art Collection, reveals the artistic journey of Canadian painter David Milne at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Douglas Coupland’s new radical art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium, Vortex, takes an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, immersing viewers in the ocean-plastic pollution crisis.

      Wander up and down South Granville Street and take in artist talks, artist demos, pop-up shops, and art exhibitions at the South Granville Art Walk.

      The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art reopens its doors with a weekend of family-friendly events, including storytelling, tea and bannock, and live performances.

      The Burnaby Chalk Art Experience at the Bonsor Recreation Complex includes chalk-art creations, live music, face painting, and art activities such as exploring clay and building bugs.

      Local artist Priscilla Yu unveils her murals at a community event at Victoria Square that includes live music by artist Cassandra Bangel, kids' activities, a Dim Sum Express Food Truck, and cake. 

      Seinfeld Burlesque at the Rio Theatre features Clare Voyeur as Jerry, Kitty Glitter as George, Queen Baby as Elaine. and Trés Zukko as Kramer.



      The Karen Flamenco Dance Company and students at the Karen Flamenco Academy present a Spanish dance adaption of the classic fairy tale Cinderella at the Vancouver Playhouse.



      Singers of Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing present an evening of opera and Broadway for charity at Marpole United Church.

      The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presents a festival of traditional, contemporary, and intercultural music from the Middle East and Canada at the Waterfront Theatre and other venues.



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      Theatre Conspiracy presents the world premiere of Victim Impact, a play based on the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, at the Cultch.

      Bard on the Beach presents a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Crow’s Theatre artistic director Chris Abraham, in Vanier Park.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Once--Enda Walsh's musical about a struggling Dublin street musician who chances upon a girl who challenges him to go for his dream--at Granville Island Stage.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mamma Mia!, a feel-good musical featuring the music of ABBA, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents the world premiere at the Bee Stage of We Three, Meghan Gardiner's play about three characters who explore colour, shapes, music, friendships, and being true to one’s self.

      Performance at White Rock's Coast Capital Playhouse of Ninotchka, Melchior Lengyel's critique of Cold War-era politics, set in Paris and featuring soviet spies, royal treasures, and joie de vivre.

      Sidekick Players present Andrew Wreggit and Rebecca Shaw's comedy The Wild Guys, about four men who set off on "wildman" weekend in the forest, at Tsawwassen Arts Centre.

      Chalene Scott directs Camelot, The Musical, based on the myth of King Arthur, at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre.



      Bombhead at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a thematic exhibition exploring the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art.

      The Blue Hour at the Contemporary Art Gallery features photographs by Joi T. Arcand (above), Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman.

      Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman is a new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring the paintings of Carr with 48 photographs by U.S.-born photographer Gunterman.

      Shigeru Ban, a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location, features the full-scale version of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House.



      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.

      Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past In Latin America at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC exhibition illustrates how Latin American communities use traditional or historic art forms to express contemporary political realities.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s.

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

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

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

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.

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

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



      As part of the Vancouver Irish Film Festival, screening at Vancity Theatre of The Drummer and the Keeper, director Nick Kelly's film about an unlikely friendship between a party animal newly-diagnosed with mental health issues and a goalkeeper with Asperger Syndrome.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning drama of faith and vengeance, The Virgin Spring.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki's animated 1997 adventure about a prince cursed by a demonized boar god who must journey to the west to find a cure.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of the thriller The Girl in the Fog, about an enigmatic detective investigating the sudden disappearance of 15-year-old girl.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Ingmar Bergman's pared-down chamber piece set in a hospital maternity ward, Brink of Life.


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