56 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, June 23

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 56 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, June 23.



      The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival continues to July 1 at various Vancouver venues. Performances today include the Emanuele Cisi Quartet at Frankie's Jazz, Nels Cline & Scott Amendola are Stretch Woven at the Ironworks, Victor Noriega at Tangent Cafe, and the Terminal City Brass Band (above) at Ouisi Bistro.

      Icelandic indie-rock band Kaleo plays the PNE Amphitheatre.

      Jamaican reggae artist Freddie McGregor plays Venue, with guest Mostly Marley.

      Local prog-funk band Air Stranger plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests The Escapes, Clay Ravens, Westwinds, and Nicole Audrey.

      English riot grrrl duo Kamikaze Girls plays the WISE Hall, with guests Pet Blessings, Russian Tim & The Pavel Bures, and Poor Baby.

      Experimental R&B and soul artist serpentwithfeet plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guest Katie Gately.

      Night 3 of Covenant Festival IV at the Rickshaw features black- and death-metal music by headliners Blasphemy and guests Black Witchery, Antichrist, Gloam, and Goathammer.

      Classic Tribute Concert Series at New Westminster's Columbia Theatre features performances by Shooting Star (tribute to Paul Rodgers & Bad Company) & LoveStruck (tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan).



      At the 13th annual GearUp4CF, riders can choose from the 50km and 100km bicycle rides in Vancouver, with proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.



      Dragon Boat BC

      Over 200 dragon-boat teams from across Canada and around the world take part in the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, which also includes live music, visual arts, children’s activities, and culinary offerings.

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

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

      The two-day Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at the Scandinavian Community Centre features cultural displays for each of the Nordic countries, along with artisans, Scandinavian food, a Viking village, activities for kids, and all-day entertainment.



      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.

      Teddy Bear Picnic at St. Andrew's Park features Music with Marnie, face-painting, a bouncy castle, clowns Dilly and Donna, and a teddy bear clinic.

      The McBride Main School Summer Carnival at Sir Richard McBride Elementary features pony rides, carnival games, silent auction, cake walk, marketplace, prizes, food, and music.

      The Strawberry Festival at Barclay Manor features local musicians, bouncy castle, horse-driven carriages, local vendors, and strawberry shortcake.



      Comedian Lachlan Patterson performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      The Comic Strip at Seven Tyrants Theatre, hosted by Kyle Bottom and David Thomas Newham, features comedy by Simon Kind, Steev Letts, and headliner Graham Clark.

      Graeme Achurch and Nathan Hare host a monthly sketch-comedy show, Soda Fountain, at Little Mountain Gallery.



      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.

      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.

      Join Contemporary Art Gallery executive director Nigel Prince for a guided tour of The Blue Hour as part of the downtown galleries tour with Audain Gallery and Or Gallery.

      Little Chamber Music’s fourth annual Summer Solstice at Mountain View Cemetery features choreography for community dancers by Daelik and music commissioned from electronic composer Michael Red.



      Launch of the book "Oh Not So Great”: Poems from the Depression Project at Chapters Coquiitlam includes a reading by author Rob Taylor.

      Author Stephen Hui signs copies of his new book 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia at North Van's Mountain Equipment Co-op.



      The 90-member Young People's Symphony Orchestra from San Francisco's Bay Area, led by music director and conductor David Ramadanoff, performs at Chan Shun Concert Hall.

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



      Shimon Karmel

      Performance at the Orpheum Annex of Reborning, a dark comedy by Zayd Dohrn that takes an unsettling look at work, latex, loss, and the power of creation.

      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.

      Final 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 the final performance of 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.

      Vagrant Players Theatre Society presents the final performances at Pacific Theatre of Kill All Politicians, a one-act comedy about the politics of friendship.

      World premiere at Studio 16 of This Is Now, a new Canadian musical written and scored by Vancouver's Kate MacColl.

      Performance at the Cultch of I Am Not a Girl, which tells the story of Erica, born into a large family in the 1970s, who questions who she is, including her gender.

      Performance at PAL Theatre of playwright Freyda Thomas's adaptation of Moliere's The Learned Ladies.

      The Queer Arts Festival presents the world premiere of Lesley Ewen’s new multimedia performance, Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts), at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.



      David Milne: Modern Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery features close to 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-presented photographs, drawings, and memorabilia.

      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.



      Opening at Richmond's Lipont Place of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which focuses on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories through more than 120 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations.

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

      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.

      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.



      Screening at the Cinematheque of Ingmar Bergman's The Touch, starring Bibi Andersson as a Swedish housewife who jeopardizes her nominally happy marriage to a provincial surgeon (Max von Sydow) by embarking on an affair with a volatile Jewish-American archaeologist (Elliott Gould).

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Indian Horse, about a seven-year-old in late 1950s Ontario who is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools. 

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