Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for August 2013
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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August 1, 2013
Eleanor Rigby: The Untold Story is the story of a young woman in the early 1940s, who struggles between her faith and her demons as she comes to terms with her sexuality. A feast for the senses, Eleanor Rigby combines elements of live music, dance, and storytelling, as it weaves together musical styles from “Annie” to Ani (DiFranco). Come join Laedy Rae and The Ty Lowe Trio in this unique musical theatre experience as they take you on a whimsical journey through Eleanor’s life. Presented by Vancouver Pride Society. http://www.vancouverpride.ca/Pride2013/official-events/

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August 1 - 3, 2013
Vancouver Pride Society presents Pride Pavilion
Pride Pavilion – August 1st-3rd at the Vancouver Public Library In partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society, join the Vancouver Public Library for their free, family-friendly information fair! This three day event features film screenings, live performances, and lots of opportunity to learn about what the community has to offer. For more information please visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca/Pride2013/official-events/

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August 1 - 5, 2013
56th Annual Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival - Squamish
Squamish Days is a weekend full of excitement, fun & action aimed to make every member of the family smile. There are music events, children's activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10 km run, pancake breakfast & 2 world-class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world. This event showcases not only Squamish's rich heritage, but also it's strong & vibrant community spirit. We look forward to seeing you this summer. http://www.squamishdays.ca

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August 1 - 21, 2013
Concerts in the Park (at Garden City Park, Richmond) every Wednesday until August 21, 6:30-8:00pm
Plus: Outdoor Movie and Car Show in the Park at Garden City Park on August 16 (7pm-dusk) http://www.rccca.ca/city-centre-summer-events/,
www.rccca.ca/richmond-city-centre-car-show-outdoor-movie-night/

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August 1 - 24, 2013
Cates Park Concert Series - North Vancouver
Original bands will be performing free concerts on Saturdays throughout July and August in Cates Park. Looking for a way to spend a great day outside in the summer? Come to Cates and spend the day with us enjoying the immense local talent that Vancouver has to offer! For inquiries and information please call 604-924-6871, http://www.musart.ca

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August 1 - 26, 2013
Music on the Wharf - Maple Ridge
Join us for a summer music series held on Monday evenings that celebrate historic Port Haney. Concerts are held bi-weekly in July & August on the Port Haney Wharf overlooking the beautiful Fraser River. The concert series features local and regional bands. The performers cover a variety of musical styles including Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Brass Band and Western. Visit the Maple Ridge Museum website for a list of performers. There is no seating provided at this event so bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the concerts will be cancelled. http://www.mapleridgemuseum.org

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August 1 - 31,  2013
The Provincial Eating Disorders (PEDAW) campaign invites BC amateur photographers to participate in a free photo contest. PEDAW is searching for photos that capture the campaign’s subtheme, Perfect is Boring, and reflect the beauty of imperfections.  All photos will be displayed on the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves blog.  The top three winners will receive official PEDAW Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristbands and Perfect is Boring t-shirts. Deadline for submissions is August 31. Full contest information is available at: http://bit.ly/PerfectisBoring

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August 1 - 31, 2013
Waterfront Productions-Shipyard Tours!
The North Vancouver Museum and Archives is offering FREE historical walking tours of the Burrard Dry Dock shipyard Site. Costumed interpreters from the Museum are dressed as 1940s shipyard workers and talk about what it was like to build 10,000 tonne Victory Ships during WWII. For more information please visit: http://www.northvanmuseum.ca/program4.htm

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August 1 - 31, 2013
Guided tour of the Orpheum
Take a guided tour of Vancouver's historic Orpheum concert hall. See backstage and hidden places. Hear stories. Learn the Orpheum's surprising history.  Tours are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:00am, from July 2 to August 31. Arrive at the Orpheum’s Smithe Street entrance by 10:50am. Each tour takes up to 30 people and is first-come, first-served. Phone to make a reservation. The tour involves climbing stairs. 604-665-3470 for reservations (BC Entertainment Hall of Fame), http://www.bcentertainmenthalloffame.com/

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August 1 to September 3, 2013
The North Vancouver Arts Council Presents:
Talking Heads: A Contemporary Look at Headdresses
This exhibition features fourteen surface design artists who have created contemporary works inspired by historical and cultural headdresses. These artists have explored diverse cultures and historical artifacts to use as inspiration to make a creative statement about themselves and their own cultural environments. They have applied unique approaches and techniques utilizing traditional materials or re-purposed objects, resulting in truly inventive work.
FREE Family headdress making workshop: Saturday, August 24, 2-4pm
Join Brigitte Rice and Anne Marie Andrishak to creatively express yourself through the making of your own unique headdress (supplies included). www.nvartscouncil.ca

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August 1 to September 15, 2013
Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson - Vancouver
The first major exhibition of paintings by Vancouver-based Haisla artist, Lyle Wilson, revealing his evolving artistic vision and celebrating his accomplishments as a painter. 639 Hornby St, http://www.billreidgallery.ca/Exhibition/CurrentExhibition.php

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August 1 to October 10, 2013
Royal City Farmers' Market - New Westminster
Summer Market is set in gorgeous Tipperary Park, Royal City Farmers Market offers amazing fresh foods and handmade goods, as well as music, kids' entertainment, eat-on-site treats, and a beautiful setting to shop and picnic. Royal City Farmers' Market: Real food. Real fun. http://www.rcfm.ca

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August 2 - 4, 2013
FIRST-EVER BARBIE® NORTH AMERICAN MOBILE TOUR GIVES VANCOUVER AN ALL-ACCESS PASS TO BARBIE®’S WORLD! Packed up and on the move, Barbie® is touring North America to find inspiration as she searches for the perfect new home. Making a stop at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) from August 2-4, the pink-tastic mobile tour will give young fans an all-access pass to experience the best of Barbie®. Visit http://www.barbieismoving.com/tour for more details

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August 2 - 5, 2013
Abbotsford Agrifair & Rodeo - Abbotsford
'Do the Fair with Family Flare'. The pride of the valley venue will be busting at the seams again. Kid Zone area includes: an inflatable slide, Monsters Inc, jungle gym, McDonald's Sport Zone, police mini challenges, Abbotsford Fire Dept, Abbotsford Community Recycling Program, mini golf, stage acts - lots of fun. Midway, 3-day Mighty Fraser Professional Rodeo, Main Stage: all headliners to be confirmed. Tradeshow both indoors & out, over 75 exhibitors. Antique farm machinery demonstrations, West Coast Lumberjacks. http://www.agrifair.ca

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August 2 - 11, 2013
West Vancouver's Harmony Arts Festival - West Vancouver
Every summer locals and guests from across the Lower Mainland have come to relax, enjoy and take in the arts, the music and the visual diversity that is Harmony Arts. Experience the arts through exhibitions, demonstrations, studio tours, theatre, concerts, markets & hands-on activities - all for free. http://www.harmonyarts.ca

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August 3, 2013
Honda Celebration of Light - Vancouver
The Celebration of Light is not only Vancouver's biggest event, but it's also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world & attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. Owned by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2013 marks the 23rd consecutive year of the event. http://www.hondacelebrationoflight.com

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August 3 - 4, 2013
Portobello Market
VIVA Vancouver - Portobello Market. Shop at the Portobello Market on Granville Street August 3 & 4 featuring artwork, jewellery, fashion, accessories and more from Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists and producers. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 778.866.9320

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August 3 - 5, 2013
Brigade Days at Fort Langley National Historic Site
Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking. The weekend features the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1 pm Monday. Regular admission, free for annual pass holders. Complete the weekend with a free concert featuring Tiller’s Folly at 7 pm on August 5 inside the fort. Bring a chair and a picnic or purchase BBQ fare, fries & ice cream from The Full Barrel Café. 604-513-4777. http://www.pc.gc.ca/

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August 3 - 5, 2013
Tsawwassen Sun Festival - Delta
Celebrate all that British Columbia has to offer at this year's annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival at Winskill Park & the South Delta Recreation Centre. Attracting upwards of 8,000 people over this three-day period each year, the Tsawwassen Sun Festival is the largest community festival in South Delta. There's fun for the whole family including a parade, children's midway, antique fair, marketplace, slow pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors and much more. http://www.shoptsawwassen.com/sun-festival.php

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August 3 to September 22, 2013
Squamish Artcrawl 2013 - Squamish
Visuals - Squamish Valley Artists, will be hosting an event called Squamish Artcrawl, from August 3rd to September 22nd, 2013. Local venues and businesses will be transformed into galleries, hosting local artists for the duration of the event. The first and last weekend will feature studio tours. http://www.squamishart.com

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August 4, 2013
Women at Mountain View
Mountain View Cemetery Walking Tours
Presented by members of the BC Genealogical Society and the Herstory Cafe. Come prepared to walk as we go from the Hendry/Hamber mausoleum at the top of the cemetery to the grave of Robertha Marshall, a passenger on the Titanic, at the bottom end. Along the way we’ll visit the graves of Hanako Sato, Sister Frances - Vancouver’s Florence Nightingale, and Sara McLagan, the Daily World editor among others. $10 per person (cash only please); 604-325-2646

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August 4, 2013
Swing Dancing on Granville Street
VIVA Vancouver - Swing Dancing on Granville Street
Learn how to swing dance. Dance to a live swing band on Sunday afternoon in downtown Vancouver @ Viva Vancouver
All ages, Free
More details http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/www.vanswingsociety.ca

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August 4, 2013
Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival - Vancouver
The 2013 Pride Parade travels through the downtown core, along Denman Street & ends at Sunset Beach Festival site. The parade entries include colourful floats, musical marching bands, community groups and 650,000 spectators. Pride takes over the streets & rainbows fill our city at the largest one day event in Vancouver. This is the must-see event of the summer! Celebrations continue during & after the Parade at the Sunset Beach Pride Festival. Join us in the park, listen to live music & enjoy the headliners on the Festival Stage. There will be booths with products and services & a private, beachfront beer garden. http://www.vancouverpride.ca

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August 4 - 13, 2013
Tour de British Columbia (TourdeBC) - White Rock
The Tour of British Columbia is the longest ultra-endurance cycling race on earth-a challenge that truly allows riders to discover exactly how far they can go. The route captures the very best natural beauty that Canada has to offer. Cyclists will climb over 48,000 vertical meters (157,000 feet) as they make their way through several mountain ranges, past glaciers & fresh water lakes & rivers. Wildlife is abundant, bears populate much of the course & huge bison are found in the northern regions. The race starts & finishes in White Rock, but travels through dozens of BC communities & parks. http://www.tourdebc.com

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August 4, 18, 25, 2013
Imagine a city without cars, the streets reclaimed by pedestrians and turned into canvases for sidewalk chalk, a stage for musicians and performers, and even a dance floor...Dancing in the Street! With the support of VivaVancouver and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, the VSS is very excited to bring four Sunday afternoons of free live music and swing dancing to the heart of downtown Vancouver. Select Sundays, 1-4pm on Granville between Robson & Georgia. Beginner lessons at 1pm & 2:30pm (no partner or experience necessary!) For more details please visit  http://vanswingsociety.wordpress.com/events/dancing-in-the-street/

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August 5, 2013
Tiller’s Folly Concert at Fort Langley National Historic Site
Grab your lawn chair and picnic blanket for a toe-tapping good time for a free Tiller’s Folly concert inside Fort Langley NHS. Bring a picnic or purchase BBQ fare, fries & ice cream from The Full Barrel Café. For more information please visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/l

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August 5, 2013
BC Holiday is Pirate Day at Kilby Historic Site
Celebrate the holiday with a Pirate Party for the kids. Pirate games, crafts and a treasure hunt all make for a great outing. Start working on your costume now as we?l have a contest for the best dressed pirate!
Event is free with admission.
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013
Nooner Yoga by Lululemon at Canada Place - Jack Poole Plaza
Take a break from the daily grind and join us for a complimentary midday flow. Please bring your own mat and arrive early to ensure your spot. Every Wednesday in July and August @ 12PM (noon) take a break from the daily grind and join the rest of Vancouver for a midday flow near the Olympic Cauldron at Burrard Landing. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/204576963044462/

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August 9, 2013
Slumber Party
On Friday, August 9, discover science in an amazing overnight experience from dusk 'til dawn! Join us for this slumber party especially designed for children 6–12 and their adults. http://www.scienceworld.ca/specialevents

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August 9 - 10, 2013
Squamish Valley Music Festival - Squamish
A 2-day music festival engulfed in the true spirit of British Columbia. Surrounded by forests and mountains in the clean fresh air, we have multiple stages of the best and latest electronic, indie, and rock music. In a relaxed tree-lined and grass environment, there is plenty to explore with art installations including live art demonstrations and multiple food & beverage options. http://www.squamishfestival.com

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August 9 - 11, 2013
Abbotsford Airshow - Abbotsford
Abbotsford Airshow began in 1962 when the recently formed Abbotsford Flying Club decided an airshow would be an effective way to promote flying from Abbotsford Airport, which was inactive at the time. Check out our website for more information. 2013 performers include: CF-Snowbirds Demonstration Team, Canadian Forces, CF-18 Hornet Demo, The Skyhawks - Canadian Forces Parachute Team, Smoke -N-Thunder Jet Shows. http://www.abbotsfordairshow.com

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August 9 - 11, 2013
Chilliwack Fair - Chilliwack
Come help us celebrate our 141th birthday! We're focused on affordable fun - The Chilliwack Fair is a family friendly agricultural exhibition, offering all the classes, exhibits and entertainment you expect from a classic fair. Highlights: watch the Open and 4-H livestock and canine competitions, cheer your favourite cowboy at the daily BCRA rodeo, and enjoy the antique tractor pulls, the logger sports show and all the free entertainment. Visit The Field Trip Building for an informative chat with the people who grow the foods we eat. Fabulous fair eats, treats and plenty of affordable or free family entertainment. http://www.chilliwackfair.com

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August 9 - 11, 2013
Richmond Maritime Festival - Richmond
Ahoy! Landlubbers and old salts! Celebrate Richmond's traditional connections with the sea at the Annual Richmond Maritime Festival. This free family event will give you the opportunity to see a variety of maritime exhibits, enjoy live entertainment, view boats & participate in hands-on demonstrations. On the water, there will be a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure. Many boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including historic fishing boats and classic power and sail boats. Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site, http://www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca

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August 9 - 18, 2013
Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival - Whistler
When Crankworx rides into town, Whistler makes its annual transformation into the Colosseum of freeride mountain biking. In a stadium of dirt sculpted out of raw mountain, a hedonic convergence of riders & bike lovers from all around the world gathers to crown champions & revel in the mountain biking revolution. Home to hundreds of game-changing moments in freeride mountain biking's history, Crankworx is a 10-day festival of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air & vertical-dropping riding. The phenoms, the veterans, the aeronauts, the tricksters, the speed-freaks, the enduro-maestros - all the best mountain bike athletes answer gravity's call. http://www.crankworx.com

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August 10, 2013
HUB Bike Rodeo
VIVA Vancouver - HUB Bike Rodeo
HUB Bike Rodeo is an interactive cycling event fun for the whole family. Kids can bring their own bikes (or use one of our loaners) to decorate and try out our cycling skills obstacle course. Adults can learn more about biking in the city including separated lanes, bike boxes and rules of the road. More details http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/www.bikehub.ca

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August 10, 2013
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival - Burnaby
The annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival takes place in Burnaby's picturesque Deer Lake Park once again. As Metro Vancouver's premier blues and roots music event, the annual Blues & Roots festival features renowned musicians from across North America and around the world. Some of the headlining artists at this year's festival include k.d. Lang, John Mayall, Imelda May and Matt Anderson. The Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival is also a family-friendly event with a variety of children's activities. Tickets may be purchased by phone, online or at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Box Office. http://www.burnabybluesfestival.com

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August 10, 2013
SeaWheeze Half Marathon - Vancouver
Yoga. Run. Party. Please meet the SeaWheeze (aka the most fun half-marathon in the world) taking place in our hometown of Vancouver. Come get sweaty with us on the beaches, seawalls and bridges - you might just have the best weekend of your life. We have built this half-marathon route to be a challenging, fun and beautiful love letter to Vancouver. The course is dynamic and varied; from the Douglas firs and ocean views in Stanley Park to the jet-set seawall of modern False Creek, the SeaWheeze is engineered to showcase the beauty and vibrancy of this young city.
Vancouver Convention Centre, http://www.seawheeze.com

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August 10 - 11, 2013
10th ANNUAL NEW WESTMINSTER CULTURAL CRAWL
August 10 & 11, 2013 marks the launch of New Westminster's 10th Annual Cultural Crawl, with a two day city-wide Arts & Cultural experience.  Meet local artists and artisans, discover our heritage, and prepare to be delighted by our unique cultural footprint. Each August arts and cultural enthusiasts travel to New West from throughout the lower mainland to visit artists, studios, galleries, live music venues, restaurants, theatres and historical locations throughout the city, exploring the "new" New Westminster and discovering upcoming and professional talent. Full details can be found here: http://www.newwestculturalcrawl.com/index.asp

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August 10 - 24, 2013
Summer Salsa Cruise Series - Vancouver
All Aboard the MV Britannia for a night of spicy, hot Latin music & salsa dancing! Escape to a 3-level world of tropical rhythms, each playing its own unique sound. Where passionate dancing surrounds you on the beautiful waters of Vancouver. Take part in the complimentary dance lesson, sit back and watch the sultry dance show or view the scenery. http://www.salsacruises.com

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August 11, 2013 2013
Delta Community Animal Expo - Delta
The 5th Annual Delta Community Animal Expo is set for August 11, 2013. The Expo will host an interactive and educational Show Stage, Pet Look-A-Like Contest and the Tollie Fund Activity Arena. The Activity Arena will have fun games and events that you can get involved in with your pet! And no expo would be the same without.... FOOD! Bombay Joes will be hosting Indian Food! A percentage of the food sales will go toward the Tollie Fund so bring hungry stomachs! http://www.deltacommunityanimalshelter.ca

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August 12 - 16, 2013
artsumbrella Summer Camp at River District!
9:30—10:45 am
Drawing & Painting
11:00—12:15 pm
Creative Drama
Ages: 6—9
Location: River District Centre— 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Discover your imagination, develop your creativity and build your self-confidence at Arts Umbrella’s Summer Camp program at River District! Throughout the week (Monday-Friday), draw, paint and create imaginative projects inspired by great artists and fun themes, followed by creative drama and exciting theatre games! For more information contact info@artsumbrella.com or call 604.681.5268

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August 12 -1 6, 2013
Maplewood House, North Vancouver
Age group: 7-11 year olds
Price: $125/camp or $250 for both the morning and afternoon camps including a supervised lunch break
Five Artists in Five Days
9:30am-12:30pm
Campers will create works of art inspired by five famous artists. Plan to get messy indoors, outdoors and create canvas self portraits. We will explore colour mixing, image transfers, collage, and finger knitting.
DIY - Do It Yourself
1:00pm-4:00pm
Young artists will explore making art from items found around the house including fruits and veggies, food dye, flour, crayons, toilet paper, tape and flowers.
604-988-6844, http://nvartscouncil.ca/education/children-youth

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August 15, 2013
Daryl Hall and John Oates
Daryl Hall and John Oates, the number-one selling duo in music history performing live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. http://www.livenation.com/

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August 15 - 17, 2013
Rockin' River Music Festival - Mission
Come join us at Mission Raceway Park for a three day concert with a great lineup of guest performers including our guests of honour Big & Rich, Joe Nichols, kids under 12 are free with an adult except in the reserved seating area. We'll also have the biggest best beverage garden in the Lower Mainland including our famous beef on a bun and a Beer right in the garden. If you're gettin' hungry, we'll have lots of concessions to choose from. http://www.rockinriverfest.com

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August 15 - 18, 2013
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts - Sechelt
Join Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers & readers, featuring established literary stars & exciting, new voices with opportunities for writers & readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens. http://www.writersfestival.ca

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August 16 - 18, 2013
Anime Revolution 2013
Experience the Culture of Japan with Anime Revolution: spectacular artwork, costume play also known as “Cosplays”, comics, exhibits, guest panels, musical performances, gaming and much more.  More than 5,000 attendees in August 2012 , the convention will return to the Vancouver Convention Centre East building for 2013. http://www.animerevolution.ca/

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August 16, 2013
On Friday, August 16th, 2013 Scotiabank at W. 12th and Granville will host its annual Community BBQ and Fundraiser at their branch at 2804 Granville Street . All the proceeds from this years event will benefit the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (WIDHH), a local non-profit that has been serving the community for over 50 years. This free event is open to all ages and will feature live musical performances, a silent auction featuring goods and services from shops and businesses in the South Granville shopping district, 50/50 ticket raffle, delicious BBQ’d smokies, hamburgers and pulled pork and so much more.
For more information on the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing please visit www.widhh.ca

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August 16, 2013
Music Fest - Family Fun Event All Day. FREE Admission.
The Music Fest is a family carnival event to showcase local music and dance talents. There will be fun activities for all days and live performances. Prizes will be drawn throughout the day. All activities are free. There is a paid concession with carnival food.  Slocan Park is located on Slocan and East 29th Avenue, by 29th Avenue Skytrain Station. If you or your group are interested in performing in the Music Fest, please contact Joe.Wong@Vancouver.ca for more information.

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August 16, 2013
On Friday, August 16th, 2013 from 11am to 3pm Scotiabank at W. 12th and Granville will host its annual Community BBQ and Fundraiser at their branch at 2804 Granville Street. All the proceeds from this years event will benefit the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (WIDHH), a local non-profit that has been serving the community for over 50 years. This free event is open to all ages and will feature live musical performances, a silent auction featuring goods and services from shops and businesses in the South Granville shopping district, delicious BBQ’d smokies, hamburgers and pulled pork and so much more. For more information on the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing please visit www.widhh.ca. For more information on this event please contact greer.hinton@scotiabank.com or call 604-668-3771

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August 17, 2013
2013 Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival at Whistler Blackcomb.
The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival returns to Whistler’s Blackcomb Mountain for its 6th year on Saturday, August 17th at 11AM. At noon, an 11-pound wheel of Canadian cheese will be tossed down the mountain to be pursued by hordes of cheese enthusiasts and daredevils.  Everyone is invited out to see who will capture the coveted cheese wheel and earn the title of Cheese Rolling Champion.  Anyone over the age of 19 is eligible to participate in the downhill race.  Contestants are invited to wear costumes for the chance to win a $500 gift voucher to IGA Marketplace.  The festival in the Upper Village of Blackcomb is fun for the whole family and includes cheese seminars, a Cheese Market full of Canadian cheeses, activities for children and uphill races. This is a free event! http://www.canadiancheeserolling.ca/

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August 17, 2013
Fab Forts Day. Celebrate the building of our nation as smoke and fire fill the air when Fort Langley fires a cannon and historic weapons in memory of the War of 1812. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders. The event will run from 12 pm – 4 pm. The event is located at Fort Langley National Historic Site.
23433 Mavis Ave.  Fort Langley BC
6045134777, Fort.langley@pc.gc.ca, http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/activ/activ2013.aspx

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August 17, 2013
6th Annual Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge
On Saturday, August 17th hundreds of cyclists will challenge themselves to climb Cypress Mountain for pancreatic cancer research. Are you ready to ride up Cypress Mountain? Is this your first hill climb? Or will you help by pushing yourself to a personal best on the climb? The choice is yours. All you need is the determination to pedal to the top for the Cypress Mountain Challenge. Choose either a 5km or 12 km route. And enter in any of a host of different categories, including male/female age groups and four-person Corporate Challenge teams. The climb is a fun way for cyclists to challenge themselves to reach a personal best, while helping defeat a particularly dangerous form of cancer.
To register and view more information please visit http://glotmansimpsoncycling.ca/cypress-challenge

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August 17, 2013
Arts Alive Festival - Langley
If visual and performing arts are your pleasure, Downtown Langley is the place to be! The streets of Downtown Langley come alive with over 100 participants including the fine arts, artisans and crafters, a multicultural venue and an exciting children's activity area. See artists demonstrate their techniques and talented musicians being featured on three entertainment stages. This free, fun for the whole family event is a great way to spend your day. http://www.artsalivefestival.com

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August 17, 2013
8th Annual Asahi Tribute Game Reunites Japanese Canadians and Baseball Fans. The 8th Annual Asahi Tribute Game will take place on Aug. 17, 2013 at Oppenheimer Park on Powell Street. The Asahi Tribute Game is an annual celebration that brings together generations of Japanese Canadians and baseball fans at large. The story of the Asahi is one of strength and hope in the face of racial prejudice, which was prominent before the Second World War.

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August 17, 2013
Let’s Party…We’re 100!
Port Coquitlam’s year-long 100th birthday party will be in full swing Aug. 16 to 18, with a huge free outdoor music and family festival including headliners Trooper and Bobs & LoLo. Homecoming Weekend invites current and past residents to “celebrate the good times past and present” with activities and entertainment for people of all ages. The celebrations kick off Aug. 16 with free swimming, followed on Aug. 17 by outdoor music and entertainment, a beer garden, bowling at old-time prices and CP Rail vintage train rides, and on Aug. 18 by one of the region’s largest car shows.http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/Discover_Port_Coquitlam/

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August 17, 2013
7th Quayside BOARDWALK festival & sale
Join us for the 6th Annual Quayside BOARDWALK festival & sale! It is already shaping up to be the best ever with more tables, vendors music and of course thousands of re-purposed treasures for young and old alike. Reputed to be the largest outdoor sidewalk sale and festival in the Lower Mainland, the Quayside BOARDWALK festival & sale is a full day or family fun and finds. QUAYSIDE ESPLANADE along Fraser River; 604-521-6677

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August 17, 2013
Storytelling Day at Kilby Historic Site
Join Terrill and her friends under the Willow tree for an old fashioned story
Event is free with admission.
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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August 17 to September 2, 2013
Fair at the PNE - Vancouver
This 17-day annual tradition features over 500 performances, such as nightly concerts, kids shows, cultural shows, Superdogs & several great new attractions; not to mention, over 50 amusement park rides. Don't forget to pick up your Mini Donuts & enjoy the fun. http://www.pne.ca

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August 18, 2013
Yaletown Outdoor Movie Night 2013
This much anticipated event draws in thousands of visitors to David Lam
Park to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Movie featured - the 60's classic James Bond film GOLDFINGER.
Enjoy the world's most famous spy in this "license to thrill" action feature. Watch as the mint condition Aston Martin makes its debut in this fast-paced, gadget packed flick. Shirley Bassey belts out the soundtrack as Bond Girls assist Sean Connery to save the world (and Fort Knox). For more information please visit http://yaletowninfo.com/

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August 18, 2013
2013 Pemberton Slow Food Cycle Tour - Pemberton
A celebration of food, farmers and the joys of biking, Slow Food Cycle Sunday Pemberton blows the fast-food drive-through away. A pedal-powered trip through the natural buffet that is Pemberton Meadows farmland, to meet local growers and sample produce fresh from the field. The World Watch Institute reports that the average food item eaten in North America has travelled 2500-4000 km from farm to table. The distance between good food and your table is as short as a 50 km bike ride! http://www.slowfoodcyclesunday.com

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August 18, 2013
Ladner Quilt Walk & Car Show - Delta
Vintage cars will be on display along with a myriad of different types of handmade quilts while strolling downtown Ladner. There are over 10,000 visitors and more than 100 classic cares, polished and gleaming in the sunlight. The streets of Ladner Village are filled with entertainment, food and merchandise vendors. http://www.ladnerbusiness.com

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August 18, 2013
Car Show Shines in Centennial Year
Great cars, great entertainment and great times are once again in store for the biggest one-day event of the summer Sunday, August 18 at the 9th Annual Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show! There will be over 500 collector cars and trucks on display on the streets featuring several one-of-a-kind vehicles and over 75 gorgeous Pony cars in Mustang Alley.The show is once again a presentation of the Downtown Business Improvement Association and Metro Motors. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and be a part of this great community event. Visit www.pocobia.com or call 604-464-1490 for more information.

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August 19 - 23, 2013
Maplewood House, North Vancouver
Age group: 7-11 year olds
Price: $125/camp or $250 for morning and afternoon camps with a supervised lunch break
Colours & Patterns
9:30am-12:30pm
In this fine arts course, students will foster creativity while having fun. Topics include printmaking, felting and tie-dye. Come explore a world of colour.
Exploring Art and Drama
1:00pm-4:00pm
In this fun and exciting drama and art class, kids develop the characters, the props, and the scenes. Through creating a play, students will learn basic craft strategies, such as set design, and painting on found objects.
604-988-6844, http://nvartscouncil.ca/education/children-youth

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August 22, 2013
Le Diner en Blanc - Vancouver
Last year, more than 1,200 pre-registered diners arrived at Jack Poole Plaza for Vancouver's first-ever Le Dîner en Blanc - a surprise pop-up picnic event, which started in Paris more than 25 years ago. This year, more than 4,000 diners are expected to attend the chic al fresco dinner party, with the location announced just moments before the event. Attendees must dress in head-to-toe white and bring their own picnic baskets, white tablecloths, foldable tables and chairs. The result? A dazzling spectacle as stunning as the scenery. http://www.vancouver.dinerenblanc.info/

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August 24, 2013
City Chase Vancouver 2013
The City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires participants to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoints scattered in unknown locations throughout the city.  ChasePoints are designed to test teams with a variety of physical, intellectual, adventurous and humorous challenges. To conquer this 2-6 hour urban event, individuals or teams will run, walk, and use public transit to navigate their way throughout the city to collect ChasePoints.  ChasePoints are scattered in unknown locations throughout the city; participants navigate their way through the city, calling family and friends for help, accessing the Internet, scanning social media and even employing the assistance of total strangers!  The first team to complete the required ChasePoints and cross the finish line WINS! For more information visit http://scioncitychase.ca/events/vancouver

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August 24, 2013
Blim Market on Granville Street
VIVA Vancouver - Blim Market
Blim Market features over 60 artisan vendors showcasing art, fashion, jewellery, accessories and more. Fashion, dance and disability come together in the VIVA Vancouver Blim Fashion Event at 4:00pm introducing the creative work by artists with disability. Featured are pieces by Vancouver/Toyko-based Yasuhiro Tomita of Rukus. Proceeds will go to support SORD in Japan. More details http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/www.blim.ca

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August 24, 2013
Kilby Kid's Festival - Harrison Mills
Load up the kids and get out of the house for one last hurrah this summer. The Kilby Kid's Fest is a full day of entertainment for the kids including music, dance and audience participation with a Pinata Party. Face painting, several fun craft stations, Fraser Valley Mascots and a few other surprises are bound to get them all tuckered out for a quiet car ride home. Bring your blanket and picnic in the Orchard, or enjoy traditional children's features in the restaurant. Beach just down the road at Kilby Park. http://www.kilby.ca

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August 24, 2013
Komoshon Event Co. is excited to announce the launch of the Radiant Run — the first “glow” run in Canada. How many other events get your heart pumping from exercise, great music, adrenaline, and the thrill of being part of the show all at once? Come decked out in your neon, craziest, most wildly bright outfit. Cruise around various artistic light and music creations throughout the 5km course. Open to all ages and all levels. Location: UBC campus, Vancouver.
www.radiantrun.com, info@radiantrun.com, 1.866.912.3331

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August 24, 2013
Steveston Dragon Boat Festival - Richmond
Steveston Village and the waters of the Fraser River will come alive with the 4th Annual Steveston Dragon Boat Festival on August 24, 2013. More than 40 teams are expected to compete in fun and exciting races. There will also be trained instructors and steers people on site all day long to teach on-the-spot dragon boat paddling, a fun activity for all ages. Visit the website soon for a complete list of all the teams, activities, food vendors and entertainment at the 2013 event! http://www.stevestondragonboatfestival.ca/festival/

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August 25, 2013
5th Annual Garlic Festival - Richmond
Get your breath mints ready, The Sharing Farm's 5th Annual Garlic Festival is back this August 25th at Richmond's Terra Nova Rural Park. Open to all ages, this free event combines organically grown artisan garlic and garlic goods with family friendly activities like: live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors and everyone's favourite, garlic ice cream. Some of the highlights for this year's festival include - Contra dancing to the Sybaritic String Band -Cooking Demonstration by Chef Quang Dang from West Restaurant - Cob Oven eats by Steveston Pizza - The groovin' sounds of Brehdren. http://www.sharingfarm.ca

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August 27, 2013
See one of Canada's most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride. The troop of 32 horses and riders performs a variety of cavalry drills choreographed to music. Join us Tuesday, August 27 from 5:30pm to 9pm at Swangard Stadium.  For fun displays, activities and food! www.burnaby.ca/musicalride2013

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August 30, 2013
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

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August 31, 2013
Crescent Beach Concours d'Elegance - Surrey
Blackie Spit Park, Crescent Beach, August 31st, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 80 superlative collector cars & motorcycles selected by an experienced sourcing team. Entries cover a wide range of styles and makes, many rare and seldom seen by the public. This is an invitational event. Entries come from the Lower Mainland, Washington State and the BC Interior. Interested in entering? See website for entry forms. Seaside setting, close to nature trails and beachside community. Admission by donation. Event benefits Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Event is non-profit and run by volunteers. We strongly encourage sponsorship. http://www.crescentbeachconcours.com

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August 31 to September 1, 2013
Fort Farm Fest at Fort Langley National Historic Site
Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch a barrel making demonstration, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demonstrations. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders. http://www.pc.gc.ca/

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Ongoing to August 17, 2013
Stanley Park Bike Tours
Vancouver's urban forest holds a complex history of destroyed First Nations villages and squatters' cabins, military unrest and forgotten burial places, British enclaves, sports and cultural venues, and of course, renowned natural endowments, some more recent than you might think. Due to its natural popularity, Stanley Park has become an engineered landscape, with many tourist draws such as the totems, blow-down amusement parks, and preserved reminders of the raw force of nature. Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a leisurely paced cycle while digging into the storms and controversies that have formed this majestic park. Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday. http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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Ongoing to August 17, 2013
The Eastside Flea Market
The Eastside Flea is a fresh new monthly flea market in East Vancouver featuring a diverse array of vendors from handmade goods, vintage clothing & antiques, art, craftsmen items, garage sale, and more! Admission into the market is by donation, and is all ages! The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac St Vancouver); www.facebook.com/events/473318262738200/

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Ongoing to August 20, 2013
Theatre Under the Stars presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying filters the era of "Mad Men" through a wonderfully comic lens, and features some of the best songs ever written for the musical theatre. Recent revivals on Broadway have featured Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas. The creative team for HOW TO SUCCEED will include TUTS alumni Sarah Rodgers (director of previous TUTS hits such as ANYTHING GOES and THE MUSIC MAN), choreographer Shelley Stewart Hunt (BYE BYE BIRDIE, SINGIN IN THE RAIN) and music director Chris King (THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE MUSIC MAN).  Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, http://tuts.ca/

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Ongoing to August 25, 2013
Pacific Coast Terminals Summer Sunday Concerts - Port Moody
Free concerts every Sunday at 2:00 pm in July & August, featuring top Vancouver R&B, funk, soul & blues bands on the water at Port Moody's picturesque Rocky Point Park. Enjoy world-class, free entertainment. It's a perfect way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. Free prizes and giveaways with donations accepted in lieu of admission in support of Crossroads Hospice.  Rocky Point Park, http://www.summersundays.ca

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Ongoing to August 30, 2013
Enchanted Evenings.Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents The 20th Anniversary Season of the Enchanted Evenings Concert Series.
July 5: Peking Opera Relive the old time glamour
July 12: Andrea Superstein Smooth vintage-modern jazz
July 19: Vancouver Piano Ensemble Eight hands, two grands
July 26: Diane Lines Trio American classics through the ages
August 2: Rumba Calzada Move your feet and dance to the salsa beat
August 9: The Rakish Angles Toe tappin' Latin Gypsy-Grass
August 16: Silk Road Music East and West musical mélange
August 23: Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars Swing to Hot Gypsy Jazz
August 30: Jim Byrnes Get swept away in smoky, soulful blues
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

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Ongoing to August 31, 2013
Looking for an exciting and eye-opening way for your children to enjoy their summer vacation? Children can experience the Aquarium in a whole new way during our July and August summer AquaCamps program. Through hands-on activities, arts and crafts, animal observations and gallery tours, children can learn all about the wonders of aquatic life. Also, new this year for students in grades 4-8 is a five-day camp with a sleepover and field trip!
Many of the lessons provided support the lesson plans offered to students in their classrooms. The Vancouver Aquarium fosters an engaging and positive environment, which encourages students to actively learn about aquatic ecosystems, sustainability, life cycles and much more. 604-659-3552, http://www.vanaqua.org/learn/camps/aquacamps

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Ongoing to August 31, 2013
YYoga on Grouse Mountain
YYOGA have partnered with Grouse Mountain once again to bring back complimentary yoga* at the top of the Grouse Grind every Saturday from July 6th to August 31st, 2013 (weather permitting). Whether you hike to the top or arrive by Skyride, experience the breathtaking views during this 45 minute outdoor class. Mats are complimentary for the first 50 yogis! Please arrive early. 10:00AM, Saturdays from July 6th to August 31st, 2013; http://www.grousemountain.com/events/

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September 2, 2013 12-6pm
Metro Vancouver and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents: Music in the Park
FREE Family Fun! Join us for a fantastic afternoon of live musical performances at Music in the Park brought to you by Metro Vancouver and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Bring a picnic or enjoy the food carts and be inspired by art displays and demonstrations while enjoying live jazz, folk, blues and rock, gypsy and Celtic swing amongst the stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Lake. 12-6pm Labour Day, Monday, September 2, 2013
Musical performances:
12 – 1pm  David Blair (high energy acoustic dance music)
1 – 2pm  Rose Ranger  (soulful singer songwriter)
2 – 3pm  Justin O’Donohue Trio (modern and classical jazz)
3 – 4pm  Patrick Ernst Trio  (celtic and gypsy swing)
4 - 5pm    Blackberry Wood (alt-country-gypsy-circus)
5 - 6pm    High Society Band (soul, blues and rock)
https://www.facebook.com/nvartscouncil

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September 7, 2013
The awesome power of CELTIC THUNDER will be taken to the next level as the group returns to Canadian stages across the country with the MYTHOLOGY North American Tour, backed by the release of the new album and television special, MYTHOLOGY. The tour will travel to 65 cities across Canada and the United States, showcasing their perfect blend of entertainment, ideology, and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition.
Tickets: $75.00, $55.00
Groups of 10+ can save $5 per ticket! Contact groupsales@abbotsfordcentre.ca or 604-743-5030
Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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September 14 - 15, 2013
Fall Into Craft:  It is with great pleasure we update our community with our "Fall Into Craft" details!  "Fall into Craft" will be held on September 14th and 15th, from 11am - 5pm at The Cloverdale Agriplex!  We feel this venue is the most ideal venue for all of our exhibitors and guests.  There will be ample FREE parking and lots of other perks at this wonderful location.  http://greatcanadiancraft.com/2013-fall-vancouver.php

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September 14, 29, 2013
Place des Arts Family Open House
Discover Place des Arts! Enjoy fun arts activities, take a tour of the centre, participate in hands-on teacher demos, win fabulous door prizes and get a discount on class registration during the event (one per family). Programmers and teachers will be available to answer questions.
Family Day at PdA: Part of Canada Culture Days
Sunday, September 29, 1:30 – 3:30PM
Place des Arts is proud to offer our September Family Day as part of Culture Days, a free national grassroots arts and culture event that is being celebrated in every province and territory in Canada this September.Place des Arts | www.placedesarts.ca

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September 15, 2013
“Enjoy a day in the country without leaving this city”
On Sunday September 15th 2013, the Southlands Riding Club will host the 12th annual Southlands Country Fair. The Country Fair has become a popular annual tradition where citizens of the lower mainland are invited to come enjoy “a day in the country without leaving the city”. The Fair runs from 10:00-4:00 RAIN or SHINE (most events will be moved under cover if it rains).he Fair features pony rides, petting farm, old fashioned games, spectacular equestrian entertainment by Southlands Riding Club members, a Silent Auction, a local arts and crafts market, farmers market, music, book sale, face painting, hay piles, bouncy horses, delicious food enjoyed outdoors, and much more! This year we are also featuring a live performance by the Lollipop Girls, as well as a visit from a few of the Housewives of Vancouver!
The Fair is a place where young and old alike can experience the charm and magic of our unique corner of the city. Entry is by donation, parking is free, some activities cost $1.00-$5.00, while many others are free.
Each year, partial proceeds from the Fair are donated to Charity with a focus on bringing together underprivileged children, and horses. southlandscountryfair@gmail.com, 604-263-4817, www.southlandsridingclub.com

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September 15, 2013
Join us for the 4th Annual Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street – a Mount Pleasant, family friendly event that celebrates sustainability, urban gardening, healthy living and community in Vancouver. The festival will feature a local farmer’s market and nursery at Main Street and 7th Ave, three stages including the main stage at Main Street and Broadway, free popcorn & cotton candy at Main Street and 8th Ave, a Hot Art Wet City artist area, various vendors and plenty of FREE children’s activities! There will also be a smoking sausage BBQ cook-off at 2PM (a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank) at Main Street and 7th Ave and a BLIM fashion show with Liveable Laneways at 4PM. www.mpbia.ca

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September 27 and 28, 2013
The Fraser River Discovery Centre invites you to join us in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. In honour of the Fraser River, RiverFest will be held on the Westminster Quay boardwalk in New Westminster. The festival will consist of live entertainment; artists and artisans; community, environmental, and conservation organizations; and crafts and activities for children and their parents. This event is free to the public, so come celebrate with us on Friday, September 27 from 4-9PM and Saturday, September 28 from 11AM-6PM. We guarantee there will be something for everyone!
Phone: 604-521-8401, events@fraserriverdiscovery.org, www.fraserriverdiscovery.org/RiverFest

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September 28, 2013
Rose Gellert Concerts- Season Opener
Paul Marleyn, cello & Mauro Bertoli, piano
Cellist Paul Marleyn, who tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia teams up with Italian born pianist Mauro Bertoli, winner of twenty-four National and International competitions. The duo will present a dazzling programme with Beethoven’s Sonata in A major and the impressive Rachmaninov Sonata. Also included on the programme are Glazounov’s Chant du Menestrel and Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin’s Soulmate, for solo cello.
7:30pm – 9:30pm , Rose Gellert Hall, Langley Community Music School. 4899 207 Street, Langley. Adult $22, Senior $20, Student $16, LCMS Student $10
www.langleymusic.com

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Ongoing to September 3, 2013
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents:
District Foyer Gallery: Kenneth Roy Mitchell and Maxine Wolodko
District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road
604.988.6844 / exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca / nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing to September 7, 2013
Bard on the Beach presents Elizabeth Rex
"I require distraction," declares Queen Elizabeth I, when she suddenly appears in a barn where Shakespeare and his acting company are lodged overnight. She's quite serious: a former lover of hers, the Earl of Essex, is jailed in the Tower of London for treason and will die by her order at dawn. As the hour of his execution draws closer, the Queen must reconcile her responsibilities as a leader with her feelings as a woman. Charismatic actor Ned Lowenscroft, renowned for his portrayals of Shakespeare's women, becomes the Queen's sparring partner in Findley's fierce examination of devotion, power and identity. The Studio Stage provides an intimate setting for this poignant study of a sovereign in love. Vanier Park, Vancouver; http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

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Ongoing to September 14, 2013
Coquitlam Watershed Tours - Thursdays & Saturdays.  This tour showcase everything from drinking water infrastructure to giant old-growth Western redcedar and Douglas-fir. Catch a glimpse of the past as you visit the 1913 water intake tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the watershed, Coquitlam Island and Coquitlam Lake. Participants should be capable of getting off the bus 4-5 times and walking for approx. 100m on rough,unsurfaced trail at one of the stops.  Tours are 3 hours long. Free. 604-432-6430, toursreg@metrovancouver.org, www.metrovancouver.org

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Capilano Watershed tours - Fridays & Sundays.  Every summer we offer tours of our 3 protected watersheds to let you discover the pristine source of your tap water. Take in the spectacular views of the Coast Mountains, Capilano River and alpine storage lakes. Tour includes multiple  points of interest, 3 of which require participants to get off the bus for a short walk (~100m). Tours are 4 hours long. Free. 604-432-6430, toursreg@metrovancouver.org, www.metrovancouver.org

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Ongoing to September 7, 2013
Family Fun Watershed Tour of the Lower Seymour Valley. Select Saturdays & Sundays.
Take a ride on our magic school bus to the Seymour Falls Dam. Discover the  salmon hatchery, explore the old growth
forest along the Seymour River.   Learn about where your water comes through games and interactivities that are fun for the whole family. This tour includes a 1 to 2 km walk on a rough, flat, unsurfaced trail. This tour is for families only. Tours are 3 hours long. Free. 604-432-6430, toursreg@metrovancouver.org, www.metrovancouver.org

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Ongoing to September 5, 2013
Dundarave Farmers' Market - North Vancouver
Dundarave Village
As we try to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer fresh, locally grown or homemade products as they become available during the season. We offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers perennials, herbs, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Our farmers market also takes pride in supporting local crafters with their homemade items: jewellery, ceramics, wooden toys, silk handbags and more. Saturdays, http://www.dundaravevillage.ca

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Ongoing to September 8, 2013
The 18th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market - Vancouver
The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a shopping extravaganza including Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & tasty ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting May 17 to September 8, 2013. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street). http://www.vancouverchinatownnightmarket.com

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Ongoing until September 8, 2013
Ladner Village Market - Delta
Located in historic Ladner Village, this 3 block long, open-air market runs rain or shine and has over 150 vendors from all over the southern province. Visitors will have a variety of fresh produce, meat, plants, garden art, handmade jewelry, soaps, furniture and crafts. They can also sample an array of food and beverages from restaurants and market vendors. Market is open 2 Sundays per month - check website for updates. http://www.ladnervillagemarket.com

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
GRAND HOTEL Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Hotels are unique venues for social interaction, cultural production, modern and contemporary design and visual culture. The first major exhibition of its kind, GRAND HOTEL will span two floors of the Gallery, charting the evolution of the hotel from an isolate and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world. This exhibition is not to be missed in 2013! http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing until September 15, 2013
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing! http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing until September 22, 2013
Shangri-La Farmers Market
Join us in the plaza between the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and Urban Fare for the Shangri-La Farmers Market. Sample fresh local produce and products every second Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Live cooking demos at 12 noon by Executive Chef Wayne Harris. Fun for the whole family! After you have finished shopping join us at MARKET by Jean-Georges Restaurant for a special Farmers Market Brunch inspired by products straight from the Farmers Market! Parking is available under Urban Fare. http://www.marketbyjgvancouver.com/

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Ongoing until September 22, 2013
The Food Cart Fest
A weekly gathering of Vancouver's top Food Carts complimented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and more. Food Cart Fest was created to highlight the diverse and delicious culture of Streetfood in Vancouver (recently named one the top three cities for food carts in North America by Travel+Escape Magazine). False Creek, 12:00PM — 5:00PM, (Every Sunday), http://www.foodcartfest.com/

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October 5, 2013
Cirque Musica features top circus performers from around the world performing in an over-the-top arena spectacular. The show features the "clown of clowns" David Larible, who has headlined circus' in arenas and theatres across Europe, and is making his triumpant return to North America where he previously was the headliner for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In addition to David Larible, Cirque Musica will feature the world famous Wallenda Highwire Duo, the thrilling España Family, and a cast of world-renowned performers. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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Ongoing until October 2, 2013
Main Street Station Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Thornton Park (Main & Terminal), every Wednesday
Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish. Expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce, meat and cheese, baking and more! http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 5, 2013
Fort Langley Village Farmers' Market.  Join us in the Garden of the Bedford House every Saturday 10 am - 3 pm, Featuring fresh local farm produce, seasonal fresh B.C. Fruits and berries, dairy cheeses, butter & eggs, baked pies & tarts, baked breads, soups, beef jerky, honey, corn brittle, preserves, local arts & crafts, jewellery, painting and photography, face painting, and much, much more. Occasionally, we hope to have local musicians and singers entertain you on the riverfront deck. See you there! http://www.fortlangleyvillagefarmersmarket.org

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Ongoing until October 10, 2013
Granville Island Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Across From The Public Market In Triangle Square, every Thursday
Celebrating over 20 years of all things fresh straight from the farm, this is the most established market of its kind in Vancouver. Throughout the summer and early autumn months, it's the go-to place to get the freshest produce from local farmers - from the field to your table in hours. This year, bring your reusable bag to the Farmers' Market new location: Triangle Square (conveniently in between Net Loft and Public Market). It's cash only, but there are ATMs nearby. And remember, if you can, make sure to bike, walk, take transit, or the Aquabus and False Creek Ferry. http://www.granvilleisland.com

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Ongoing until October 11, 2013
THE SHIPYARDS - NIGHT MARKET
Shipbuilders Square, in the newly developed Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale, are home to what is to become the largest gathering of Food Trucks in the Lower Mainland. Fun and festivities, Live music showcasing talent from all over BC, Over 50 tents filled with local products, showcasing BC's artisans, bakers and farmers.  Friday Night Markets, http://www.northshoregreenmarket.com

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Ongoing until October 12, 2013
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market - Vancouver
Vancouver Farmers Markets returns to Kerrisdale Village this season for 14 weeks of local food fun in the heart of one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods. In the shadow of Point Grey High School and just up the street from Kerrisdale Arena, the farmers market will feature over 40 vendors selling farm produce, prepared foods and craft items from across BC. The market is situated on East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenues and there is ample street parking and close access to bus nearby. Saturdays,http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 19, 2013
East Vancouver Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Trout Lake Community Centre Parking Lot
More than a market - a community institution! This market was established in 1995 and features a great selection of organic and conventionally grown produce, nursery items as well as meat, cheese, seafood and prepared foods of all sorts. High quality local craft is available and perfect for gifts.Enjoy entertainment by acoustic musicians and kids can have their face painted or get a balloon animal from our resident balloon sculptor. On-site hot food available. Make a day of it and visit the beautiful Trout Lake park complete with an off-leash dog park and beach with picnic area.  Saturday, http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org

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Ongoing to October 20, 2013
Kitsilano Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.  Sunday, http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 26, 2013
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby
Burnaby Village Museum
Every Saturday from May through October, Burnaby Farmers' Market has a large variety of farmers selling organic & non-organic produce, fruits, berries, plants, fish, cheese & meats, as well as prepared food vendors selling breads, honey, jams, sauces, pickles, pastas, pita bread, dips, salsas, ethnic foods, baking & pet treats. Our crafters sell jewelry, pottery, furniture, iron work, natural cosmetics, photography, baby wear, herbal skin care, knitting & much, much more. http://www.artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing to October 26, 2013
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market - North Vancouver
Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment. http://www.artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing to October 31, 2013
Seabreeze Adventures is a locally owned and operated whale watching company located in Steveston. Whale watching begins in April and runs through to October 31st. We have a fleet of three, 40-foot semi-covered vessels accommodating groups of 23 passengers.  Our boats have comfortable seating inside and unrestricted outside viewing. Our vessels are coastguard certified and our captains have extensive BC and Vancouver whale watching experience.  A certified naturalist/interpreter is on board for every trip. We also offer a free round trip shuttle service for hotel guests. http://www.seabreezeadventures.ca

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Ongoing to to October 31, 2013
Downtown Food Cart Walking Tour
Explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core that is the largest in Canada! From Gastown to Granville Street, the tour will take you to the best street eating this city has to offer. In the mood for some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Australian Pies? This tour is a fantastic way to sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. Tuesday to Friday, Meeting Place: Corner of Abbot and Water; http://offtheeatentracktours.ca/vancouver/

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December 14 - 15, 2013
Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" is coming to Abbotsford!
When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with, such as “C Is For Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song”. www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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Ongoing until January 5, 2014
Foncie's Fotos - Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver presents an exhibit of the works of Foncie Pulice, the last man standing from Vancouver's great era of post-war street photography. Creator of about 15 million images over his lifetime, Foncie captured Vancouverites in action as they strode the city streets. His photographs trigger vivid memories for long-time residents who recall the particular day, the hour, their companions, the circumstances. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca









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