48 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, September 1

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 48 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, September 1.



      Australian alt-rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Kingsbury.

      The Beach Boys perform at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series.

      Paul Brandt, the Washboard Union, Kadooh, and the Wild North perform at Fort Langley National Historic Site as part of the Summerset Music & Arts Festival.

      Jazz vocalist Maria Ho--backed by Chris Sigerson (piano), Marcos Flo (bass), and Buff Allen (drums)--leads her quartet at Frankie's Jazz.

      Indie-folk singer-songwriters from Australia and the U.S., Elspeth Tremblay and Paige Allbritton, play Guilt & Co.



      The first annual BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Charity Motorcycle Poker Run starts with a pancake breakfast at Ladner Legion, travels through the Fraser Valley, and ends at Tsawwassen Legion, with proceeds to BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.




      The 2019 PNE Fair features midway rides, pig races, drag shows, agriculture displays, cooking demonstrations, Superdogs, and the Summer Night Concerts series.

      The two-day Kerrisdale Antiques Fair at Kerrisdale Arena features more than 250 tables of vintage, retro, and antique collectibles.



      World Baseball Softball Confederation

      The 2019 Americas Softball Olympic Qualifier at Surrey's Softball City sees 12 teams competing for two berths at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.



      The Anxiety Show at Kino Cafe is an alternative comedy show featuring Fringe Festival acts that focus on creating conversation around real issues.



      Jean Marie Coyle

      Art show and reception at Pacific Arts Market features the works of Jean Marie Coyle and Michelle Kaiser.

      The three-day TAIWANfest 2019 features music, food, and visual arts in downtown Vancouver.



      Nick Preston

      As part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, preview performance at Havana Theatre of The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical, about two millennial best friends forced to navigate ethics in a world that rewards the most unethical behaviours.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of Coriolanus, Shakespeare's examination of what it means to be loyal to a parent, to a leader, and to a country.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by the 2007 spaghetti-western version of Shakespeare's work.



      Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 100 works that examine themes of gender, religion, and sexual identity.

      Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 130 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from the artist’s pre- and postwar career. 

      Gilded Age II at the Polygon presents both early and new works by Sara Cwynar, in which found photographs, everyday objects, illustrations, notes, and posed models form disparate associations.

      The Clock by Christian Marclay is a 24-hour video at the Polygon that montages film and television footage from the last 70 years.

      Metalmorphosis at Visualspace Gallery is a sculptural exhibition from metal artists Kye-Yeon Son and Brian Hoyano, curated by Barbara Cohen.

      Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Dog Days at the Polygon is a photography exhibition featuring contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs of man's best friend.

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.



      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.

      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC illustrates the role puppets have played in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values.

      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      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 printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

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

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

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

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

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

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

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

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



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Toxic Beauty, director Phyllis Ellis's exposé of the multi-billion-dollar cosmetics industry, with discussion to follow.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of On the Starting LineThe Awakening of the Ants, and We the Stones as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

      Screening at SFU Woodward's Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema of Asfixia as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Parts 3 and 4 of Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk’s gargantuan late-’60s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s monumental War and Peace.



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