ART, BIKE, BEER! CRAWL BREWERY TOUR & FUNDRAISER
July 14, 1000 Parker Street Studios
The Eastside Culture Crawl’s third annual fundraiser will take participants to three of seven breweries, including Powell Brewing and Strathcona Beer Company, where they’ll get to enjoy exhibitions from local artists. There’ll also be a tour of the Crawl’s official beer sponsor, Strange Fellows. Cycle or walk.
June 8-July 12, Betamax Gallery
This mixed-use space is hosting its very first exhibition: STORYLINES, featuring the paintings by Vancouver contemporary abstract painter, Johnny Taylor. Taylor’s work blends nature and modern architecture in a response to his surroundings.
VANS PARK SERIES
July 13-14, Hastings Skatepark
Vancouver is the second global qualifying event stop in this year’s series. 2017 champion Pedo Barros will defend his title against contenders like Tom Scholar and Alex Sorgente for the chance to be one of five to compete for the World Championship in China. There’ll also be a marketplace, music, and a variety of skateboarding events.
DANCING ON THE EDGE FESTIVAL
July 5-14, various locations
The contemporary dance festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The milestone will feature nearly 30 performances from over 20 companies and choreographers from all across Canada, including
Montreal’s Paul-André Fortier/Fortier Danse-Création in his final solo creation and Vancouver’s Wen Wei Dance.
POWELL STREET FESTIVAL
August 4-5, various locations
Live music, literary events, sumo wrestling, theatre, dance, and more make up Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. The festival, now in its 42nd year, takes place at Oppenheimer Park, Firehall Arts Studio, and other surrounding venues.
PERVERTED ICE CREAM
797 Thurlow Street
This newly opened ice cream joint has been getting as much attention for its moniker and marketing campaign (their slogan is “Every Time I Come Ice Cream”) as it has for its soft serve. New flavours, like Brand Spanking (cream and chocolate swirl, black chocolate shell, crumble, and black chocolate wafer), daily.
675 East Broadway
Vancouver’s first package-free grocer has just opened its first storefront. In an initiative to diminish the accumulation of waste, Nada asks their shoppers to bring their own containers that they can fill up with a variety of high quality products (from fresh produce to personal care items) from more than 150 local and organic suppliers.
SUMMER SEVEN AT SOMA
July 7-August 31, South Main Gallery
The second annual curated festival/exhibition presents the works of seven Vancouver-based contemporary artists who are making waves in the local scene. The festival includes a group exhibition from Madison Tyrell, Mallory Donen, Marzieh Mosavarzadeh, and Sara Khan that explores the differences between handmade and digital and man-made and natural through a variety of mediums.
BARD ON THE BEACH
June 6-September 22, Vanier Park
The always-anticipated annual Shakespeare festival’s adaptations this year includes a Vancouverized version of As You Like It that features the music of the Beatles and an almost all-female cast in Timon of Athens, as well as classic workings of Lysistrata and Macbeth.
July 29, Yuk Yuk’s
This special evening of stand-up, which includes sets from comedians like Ivan Decker, Ed Konyha, and Alex Biron, will donate proceeds towards the British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.