Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for June 2005

 

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June 1 - 2, 2005
Cultus Lake Indian Festival.  Come up to the lake to enjoy a day of canoe races, craft venders, salmon BBQ and the princess contest. Native canoe teams travel from all over the Lower Mainland to compete in canoes as long as 50 feet! There are 11 man races, 6 man races, doubles and singles races. There are categories for men, women, buckskins (16 & under), and even kids races. This traditional sporting fun, exciting and drug and alcohol free! Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the weekend!  604-858-6902, inez.point@stolonation.bc.ca

June 1 - 2, 2005
Library Square At 10.  Library Square turns 10 and is celebrating with 10 days of special events including author readings, music, performances and activities; 604-331-3615.

June 1 - 5, 2005
Upintheair Theatre presents THE WALKING FISH FESTIVAL.  The fish are walking for the third year as Upintheair Theatre Society give emerging writers, directors and actors the chance to professionally stage new one-act plays. The Walking Fish Festival showcases eleven plays over five days in The Playwright's Theatre Centre Studio - Festival House on Granville Island. With creative work coming from high school students to emerging professional artists, it's an opportunity to watch the evolution of theatre. Eleven one-act plays have been selected from over a hundred applicants for dramaturgical workshop, development and production. Eleven directors, 30 actors and Upintheair bring these new works to the stage.  Playwrights Theatre Centre, Granville Island; www.upintheairtheatre.com

June 1 - 30, 2005
Portuguese Heritage Month. Over half a million reside in Canada with an estimated 40,000 Vancouver residents hailing from a Portuguese region or are descendents of the Portuguese. Join us for the 1st ever, proclaimed by the Mayor of the City of Vancouver, PORTUGUESE HERITAGE MONTH; 604-684-5876, http://www.portuguesecanadian.com

June 1 to July 3, 2005
Evergreen Cultural Centre presents CLAY 2005.  You'll be amazed at how a lump of mud can be transformed into something beautiful! The Fraser Valley Potters Guild showcases examples of the freshest and most exciting work being produced in the Lower Mainland in Clay 2005, taking place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre Art Gallery, Coquitlam; www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

June 1 to September 18, 2005
Sunday Hosts at Pacific Spirit Park Centre.  A warm smile and a wealth of park knowledge are the trademarks of the volunteer Sunday hosts. Group members are waiting to answer your questions and provide trail maps at the Park Centre, located at 4915 West 16th Avenue. If you are interested in becoming a Sunday host, please call 604-730-2611 or e-mail pspsociety@telus.net;

June 1 to September 5, 2005
Burnaby Lake Nature House.  Mmmm - which trail should I explore? What plant is that? Get your questions answered by friendly park naturalists and volunteers at the Burnaby Lake Nature House. Pick up a park map, report bird sightings or learn about the parks flora and fauna through fun and interactive displays. Stroll through the butterfly garden and discover which plants attract these colourful insects. Find out about upcoming nature programs and the Burnaby Lake Park Association.  The Nature House is located at the end of Piper Avenue off Winston Street; 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

June 1 to September 5, 2005
Campbell Valley Visitor Centre, Langley.  Drop by the Campbell Valley Visitor Centre and meet the volunteer hosts. These dedicated local naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts will provide you with information on park features and trails. Check out displays by various park groups, play at the kids corner or report wildlife sightings. The Visito

June 2 - 16, 2005
Jazz Festival Sessions at VPL. Informative and entertaining series about the music at the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  Vancouver Public Library, 604-331-3603.

June 2 - 16, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents JAZZ FESTIVAL SESSIONS. Celebrating 20 years of creative music at the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Rober Kerr, Ken Pickering, John Orysik. VPL - Central Branch;  604-331-3602.

June 2 - 30, 2005
Farmer's Truck Market, Granville Island. Meet your friends in the parking lot in front of the Arts Club Theatre just east of the Public Market. Buy directly from the charming producers of the freshest B.C. foods. Thursdays only; www.granvilleisland.com

June 2 to September 25, 2005
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.  Bard on the Beach is a professional summer Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver.  The irresistible magic of the city, sea and mountains provides the magnificent backdrop to our productions.   For Information call 604-739-0559 or visit www.bardonthebeach.org

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2005
Every Saturday in July hosted in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard Chinatown Arts & Cultural Festival: The World in the Heart of Chinatown  Discover whats exciting in the heart of historic Chinatown this summer! The Chinatown Arts & Cultural Committee presents four colorful and diverse cultural showcases every Saturday in July (July 2, 9, 16, 23) at the Sun Yat Sen PARK courtyard in order to further enhance Vancouver Chinatowns role as the host of arts and cultural events in the City, promote the diversity of art forms, and strengthen neighborhood collaborations. Donations gratefully appreciated.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

June 3, 2005
Shona Le Mottee with Corinne.  Fiddler Shona Le Mottée started playing at the age of seven on the Island of Jersey, in the English Channel. At age   nine she moved to Vancouver, Canada where she continued to develop her music under fiddling greats such as Alasdair Fraser, Buddy MacMaster, Bruce Molsky, Daniel Lapp, and Martin Hayes. St. James Hall, 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver;

June 3, 2005
The VPL and Banyen Books present a presentation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul.  We all ache to feel and express the joy of being fully alive, to find the marriage of meaning and matter, to unfold and be all that we are while offering something to the world. In her previous books, Oriah Mountain Dreamer journeyed into the deepest longings of the soul. Now, in What We Ache For, Oriah offers us practical ways to cultivate our creativity, that impulse of every human soul to unfold by touching the truth about ourselves and the world and co-creating meaning from the life we are given. 7:30 pm, free, VPL - Central Branch; http://www.banyenbooks.com/EVENTS.HTM

June 3, 2005
Tim O'Brien.  Over the last 30 years, Tim OBrien has become one of the most respected and beloved singers and musicians in the ever-growing Americana explosion. Nominated for three Grammys and the winner of the 1993 International Bluegrass Music Associ­ation Male Vocalist of the Year, he is well known for his pitch-perfect voice and amazing talent with multiple instruments. Throughout his career he has played every­thing from swing to traditional, bluegrass to country. St. James Hall, 3214 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver;

June 3 - 4, 2005
Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. Teams of 10 join in a 12-hr. run, walk or jog in a effort to raise funds for the fight against cancer.  White Rock Centennial Park, 778-855-2889, http://www.bc.cancer.ca

June 4, 2005
Farme refreshments will be served at the Nature House. Meet at the Nature House, end of Piper Avenue, south of Winston Street. 6  8 am.  Presented by the Burnaby Lake Park Association.  Everyone welcome. Free, registration not required; 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

June 4, 2005
Pitt Meadows Day.  Come and join the fun. There will be a parade, childrens activities, entertainment, a salmon BBQ, the crowning of Miss Pitt. Meadows, fireworks show. A day of fun for the whole family held in Harris Road Park

June 4, 2005
PUBLIC HIKE to Celebrate the 10th Birthday of Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park.  This short hike will follow the Woodland Walk trail ending at a beautiful creek and an old growth Douglas Fir. The elevation gain is only 200 meters with a 7 km return distance. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. Estimated return time is 1 pm. Please phone 604-464-9255 to register. Sponsored by the Burke Mountain Naturalists. www.bmn.bc.ca

June 4, 2005
Spring Bake Sale. Bake sale for grown-ups; stock up on treats from a select group of Vancouver bakers, with mini-makeovers and hand massages; proceeds to the Food Bank.  Vancouver Museum, http://www.thereshegoes.ca

June 4, 2005
Vancouver Children's Choir presents Brother Sister Sun Moon.  Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver; 604-682-6363.

June 4, 2005
Vancouver Food Bank presents SWEET BASIL JAZZ NIGHT BENEFIT CONCERT.  St. Andrew's-Wesley Church, 1012 Nelson Street, Vancouver; 604-876-3601.

June 4, 2005
Yarrow Days.  Yarrow celebrates their community in June with an array of activities like a parade, entertainment, games, and crafts for sale.  Held at Yarrow Central Park; 604-823-6008.

June 5, 2005
13th Annual Coho Bon Voyage.  Join this annual Bowen Island salmon celebration. Release young salmon, take a guided tour of the Terminal Creek Fish Hatchery and find out about the ecological importance of small creeks. Meet at the hatchery. From the ferry dock, walk to the hatchery on park trails.  11 am  3 pm.  Information: call 604-947-0630, e-mail manana1@shaw.ca or visit www.bowenhatchery.org Presented by GVRD and Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club. Everyone welcome. Free

June 5, 2005
1st Annual Gastown Motorcycle Show & Shine.  This is the first ever ALL MAKE Motorcycle Show n Shine to take place in the heart of Vancouver. Event includes an expo zone which will feature exhibitions by Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Titan, harley-Davidson. A motorcycle fashion show will feature the latest in motorcycle chic for all ages and attitudes. More than 250 motorcycles will be on display including choppers, cruisers, vintage bikes, sport bikes, fat boys, softtails, rat bikes, sidecars, drag bikes, scooters and more; www.gastown.org

June 5, 2005
HSBC Childrun.  A fun-filled morning of exercise, healthy food and family entertainment! Childrun is celebrating their 20th year helping kids with Cancer. Come out and show your support for the Pediatric Oncology Department at BC Childrens Hospital. Sign up as an individual or as a team and raise funds. Run/ Walk 5KM or Foresters 1KM Kidzone.  BC Childrens Hospital, 604-875-8444, www.childrun.com

June 5, 2005
Little Mountain/Riley Park Festival. Celebrate community spirit with friends and neighbours.Browse the craft tables, enjoy main stage music, visit the food fair and enjoy the thrill of seeing your children experience festival delights; 604-257-8545.

June 5, 2005
Slugfest at  Richmond Nature Park. Slippery, slimy, wonderful slugs. This is your day! Fun and games for slugs and their people. Contests include beauty, heavy weight, largest and smallest. The Grande finale own material or someone else's. It doesn't matter who wrote it, we wanna hear it; 604-331-3691.

June 7, 21, 28, 2005
Stephen Schecter: And God Picked up His Pen And Wrote.  Lecture series by professor of sociology at Montreal University focuses on the Bible as literature.  Jewish Community Centre,  604-257-511.

June 8, 2005
Bugs for Dinner - Talk and Tasting at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

June 9, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents INSIDE KENYA: CREATING TOMORROW.  he Vancouver Public Library presents Sandra Harper, author of Inside Kenya: Creating Tomorrow, stories of twelve extraordinary Kenyan lives.  VPL - Central Branch, 604-331-3602.

June 9 - 12, 2005
Vancouver Garden Show at VanDusen.  Whether youre a novice gardener or total green thumb, the Vancouver Garden Show at VanDusen is the place for you. The Show is filled full of gardening ideas, displays, demonstrations, and presentations by local and international experts.  VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 604-878-9274, www.vancouvergardenshow.com

June 10, 2005
Cops for Cancer "2005 Tour de Coast" is a fundraiser for children with Cancer. Money raised goes towards support for "Camp Goodtimes" which is a summer camp for children living with Cancer. Police officers from the SW Coastal areas of BC are involved in ongoing fundraising such as this, and invite your support! Each $15 tickets includes: Admission and 1 Complimentary Beverage! Appys served at 7-8pm. A fashion show, including the lovely BC Lions Cheerleaders starts at 8pm! Get tickets at the door, or call Lisa at 604-717-3349, Ext#1837. Hope to see you there!! Shark Club Bar and Grill in Vancouver. 

June 10 - 11, 2005
60th Anniversary Celebration of the end of WWII.  An evening of sentimental favourites and great music that includes The White Cliffs of Dover, We?ll Meet Again, In the Mood, and much more. Starring Bramwell Tovey, mezzo-soprano Sandra Stringer, and the Vancouver Bach Choir; Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4444. 

June 10 - 12, 17 - 19, 2005
Day out with Thomas.  All aboard for Thomas the Tank Engine.  25-minute ride with Thomas.  Meet Sr. Topham Hatt, Thomas & Friends.  Storytelling and Video Viewing.  Live Music.  Imagination Station.  Arts & Crafts and more.  Temporary tattoos of Island of Sodor Friends.   Thomas Gift Shop.  Food Vendor. West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish;  www.wcra.org

June 10 - 12, 2005
Aldergrove Festival Days.  With events like "telephone booth races" you know that this is a festival like no other. Come and catch a slo-pitch game or a parade. Or just enjoy the stories told by Aldergroves old-timers as they sip lemonade from their porches.  604-856-9292, http://www.aldergrovefestivaldays.com

June 10 - 12, 2005
Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival.  The 10th Annual Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival will be held in various locations around Gibsons Landing on the beautiful Sunshine Coast; www.coastjazz.com

June 10 - 27, 2005
Deep Cove Stage Society presents: Out of Order.  Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver; 604-929-3200, www.DeepCoveStage.com

June 11 - 12, 2005
Annual Craft Market.  Visit Granville Island the second weekend in June when dozens of artisans from across BC sell their wares in the Market Courtyard. This event is a hot spot for lovers of handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry, woodcrafts, artisan glass and more; 604-666-5784, www.granvilleisland.com

June 11, 2005
Family Day at Carousel Theatre.  You and your family are invited to celebrate Carousel Theatres 30th season of producing theatre for young people and their families in BC. Join us for hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, games, prizes, a 50/50 draw, a raffle, and a special Kids Kabaret. Free. (604) 669-3410.

June 11, 2005
Hawk Eyes and Rabbit Ears. Some say that if a drop of water falls in the forest, a hawk could see it, a coyote could smell it and a rabbit could hear it. Discover a sense of wonder as you explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of nature with your child. Find out about animal super senses as you test your own. Join in outdoor fun and senseational activities.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park. To register call 604-421-5225.

June 11, 2005
World Naked Bike Ride. Protest against car culture happens in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Spain, Paris, Amsterdam.  Sunset Beach, Vancouver; 604-255-3855, http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org

June 12, 2005
21st Century Flea Market: From shabby chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159, http://www.21cpromotions.com

June 12, 2005
5TH ANNUAL WALK TO CURE DIABETES.  For the first time in history, a cure for a chronic disease is within reach. Be a part of history by participating in the Walk To Cure Diabetes. Nationally this event has raised over $42 million to fund research for a cure for this disease that impact over two million Canadians. If you would like more information on participating in this event contact Angela at 604-320-1937 or by email at ahomer@jdrf.ca.

June 12, 2005
Incredible Edible Tour of farms, food and beverage processors, and wineries;  For more information: http://www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca/

June 12, 2005
Multifest at the Cambie Community Centre, Richmond; 604-233-8399.

June 12, 2005
PAW POWER 2005.  9th Annual Fundraising Walk to benefit B.C. Guide Dogs for the Blind.  FUN, FUN, FUN For the whole family including dog and kid games: Weiner Bobbing, Egg Relay, Musical Matts, Most Vocal Dog, Best Trick and much more. Great Prizes to be won.  Lumbermans Arch, Stanley Park, 604-940-4504, www.bcguidedog.com

June 12, 2005
The Festival Coquitlam Teddy Bear Picnic, held at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam,  has grown to be the largest Childrens Festival in the Tri-City area. It is an affo around the world having French as one of their official language. Held at different venues in Vancouver, 604-736-9806, http://www.lecentreculturel.com/e/e_festival.htm

June 14,  July 12, August 9, September 13, 2005
Stories Around the World. Kids Around the World Children's Museum presents local poet Jacinda Oldale as she shares stories from here, there & everywhere! Featuring fabulous faves and new jewels selected to enhance our children's awareness about the wonderful world around them. We will explore tastes and textures from cultures around the globe.  Trout Lake: Under the willow tree that is between the covered picnic area and the swings (at the playground near the beach).  http://www.kidsaroundtheworld.ca

June 16 - 24, 2005
Le centre culturel francophone de Vancouver presents FESTIVAL D'ETE.  Every year in June, Vancouver vibrates to the rhythms of the 'Festival d't francophone de Vancouver'. Its program is aimed primarily at Francophone music for the benefit of all Vancouverites who have an interest in the French language.   Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, 604-736-9806, www.lecentreculturel.com

June 16, 2005
Othello Tunnel Day Trip - Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

June 17, 2005
Tom Jones With Tower of Power, GM Place; 604-280-4444.

June 17 - 18, 2005
Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery presents National Aboriginal Day Carving Demonstration.  In celebration of National Aboriginal Day on June 21st, Coastal Peoples is pleased to host an interactive event at the gallery on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th, featuring the artwork of talented Tlingit artist, Mark Preston. Everyone is welcome to observe the artist's carving techniques in semi-precious metal and learn about the origin of his distinctive style of art.  Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver, www.coastalpeoples.com

June 17 - 19, 2005
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.  From its beginning as a rain ceremony on southern China's river banks to Vancouver's own multicultural celebration on the shore of False Creek, dragon boat racing and its attendant festivities have changed considerably over the centuries. Today, through continuing such ancient traditions as the Taoist Dragon Blessing Ceremony, we honour what today's dragon boaters like to call "the spirit of the dragon", which is the spirit of coming together and working as a team for a common goal; 604-688-2382, http://www.adbf.com

June 17 - 19, 2005
10th Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.  Family event features cultural displays, entertainment, the raising of the midsummer pole, craft exhibits, Scandinavian foods, a beer garden, and a special "Live" Tribute to ABBA; 604-294-2777, www.scandinaviancentre.org

June 18, 2005
4th Annual Korean Heritage Day Festival.  The Korean Heritage Day Festival is an annual event that offers everyone, of Korean heritage or other, first-hand experiences of authentic Korean cuisine, traditional dance and arts. Town Centre Park, Coquitlam; 604-524-8871 or 778-772-9591.

June 18, 2005
COUNTRY STYLE PARADE AND PARTY IN THE PARK.  The Country Style Days Parade and Party in the Park come together on Saturday, June 18th. The Langley Parade starts at 10:00am along the Fraser Highway; come cheer on the floats, marching bands, horses and clowns! "Bicycle decorating" and "Best Dressed Pet" contestants will be part of the parade, and the Party in the Park will follow. Douglas Park will be filled with interesting displays, live entertainment, delicious food and children's rides and activities. For information call 604-514-2800.

June 18, 2005
Father`s Day -BC Family Fishing Weekend, LaFarge Lake, Coquitlam; http://wlapwww.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/recreational.html

June 18, 2005
Le centre culturel francophone de Vancouver presents CHILDREN'S FEST.  Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, 604-736-9806, www.lecentreculturel.com.

June 18, 2005
RAILWAY DAYS.  At various locations in Fort Langley model railways and art displays will be set up. For more information call 604-574-7278 or 604-888-8835

June 18, 2005
Sapperton Street Festival. Bike stunts, entertainment and activities.  The Bike Zone will feature the Flow Show, which is a high-energy circus like show of jumps, stunts and mountain bike tricks. The zone will also feature Penny Farthings, Tricycles, unicycle races, and more!  604-785-4074, http://www.imagineeredevents.com

June 18, 2005
Whalley Community Festival. Entertainment including Jim Byrnes, Kid's Zone, Food & Cultural Fest, displays and lots of fun for all ages.  North Surrey Recreation Centre, 604-502-6343, http://www.whalleyfestival.com

June 18 - 19, 2005
Desert Plant Society of Vancouver Annual Show and Sale.  VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 604-888 - 6850, http://www.cactus-mall.com/dpsv

June 18 - 19, 2005
Pacific Rim Kite Festival. Vanier Park, Vancouver.  Two days of kite flying backdropped by the Coast Mountains, English Bay and downtown Vancouver.  Featuring world record holder  Ray Bethell (http://www.raybethell.com/), performing with 3 kites at once in a beautiful aerial ballet.  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, info@bcka.bc.ca

June 18 - 19, 2005
Squamish Mountain Bike Festival.  A 67km mass start mountain bike race through the streets and trails of Squamish. Race is limited to 800 participants and sells out early.  604-898-3519, http://www.testofmetal.com/

June 18 - 19, 2005
U2 Can Raku.  The Potters Guild of BC proudly presents a weekend of ceramics on Granville Island. This event is a way of helping people in the community create their own ceramic masterpieces. Pre-made blank ceramic pieces will be sold for the public to decorate. Ocean Art Works; (604) 254-4008.

June 18 - 21, 2005
Folk Festival.  Presenting a variety performances every evening.  Admission by donation.  Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver;  604-984-4484, http://www.centennialtheatre.com

June 18, 25, July 5, 27, August 31, 2005
Wetland Guide to Who Eats Who.  Come canoe the quiet waters of Burnaby Lake and enjoy the evening air, slow current and calm ripples of the canoes wake. Below the waters tranquil surface is an eat-or-be-eaten world where animals and Lemonade on a 1921 railcar, tools, cars, and other fatherly things.   Port Moody Station Museum, (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum

June 19, 2005
16th Annual Father's Day Show n' Shine.  The B.C. Oldsmobile Club is holding their 16th Annual Father's Day Show n' Shine at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver, 2 blocks west of Lonsdale on Esplanade.  Free, 10 am, www.bcoldsmobileclub.ca.

June 19, 2005
B.C. Family Fishing Day & Watershed Tours Kick-off.  Join the LSCR and the Seymour Salmonid Society as we host the fourth annual B.C. Family Fishing Day at Rice Lake and launch the 2005 watershed tour season. Its no mistake that this fun event falls on Fathers Day, and what better way to spend time with your dad! Try your luck at one of our games or crafts, fish, see fly fishing and fly tying demonstrations, take a hatchery or forest tour, or visit the many booths. Prizes will be awarded for various activities. See you there! Proceeds from the BBQ lunch sale will go to a local community group.  Free.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

June 19, 2005
Carnivorous Plant Show and Sale at the Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

June 19, 2005
Westside Cycling Classic.  The Westside Cycling Classic, the fourth race in the province wide SISU BC Cup Race Series, will take place in Vancouver on Sunday June 19th. With the backdrop of the coastal mountains and Pacific Ocean, several hundred of the best riders in the Pacific Northwest are expected to challenge the extremely hilly 13.5km loop around the University of British Columbia, the beaches of Spanish Banks and the very popular and vibrant Point Grey Village; www.teamwedgewood.com

June 21, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY.  To mark National Aboriginal Day, Vancouver choreographer Karen Jamieson will workshop a new dance drama she is developing with members of the urban Haida community. This work both builds upon and extends an earlier piece by Jamieson and the Haida in the village of Skidegate, which culminated in a multi-media performance of "The Percy Gladstone Memorial Dance," on January 22, 2005. In Skidegate, Karen Jamieson worked with a core group of Haida dancers to create a unique theatrical event, including original songs and dances for which new masks were commissioned. Here at MOA, Jamieson collaborates with local Haida to bring a new dimension to the work; www.moa.ubc.ca

June 21, 2005
Strange Days Festival. Members from The Doors and The Cult, with Vanilla Fudge and Pat Travers Band.  The Doors of the 21st Century features original Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, with former Cult frontman Ian Astbury; Vanilla Fudge, with all four of the original members and Pat Travers Band open.  Pacific Coliseum, 604=280-4444.

June 21, 2005
Vancouver Public Library presents GOOD LUCK LIFE.  The VPL and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society present Rosemary Gong reading from her new book, Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture. Why are dragons so ubiquitous to the Chinese? What's the most dangerous day of the year? What's the significance of making jooing - sticky rice wrapped in bambo leaves - in the month of June? How did dragon boat racing originate? The answers to these questions and more can be found in Good Luck Life, a culmination of Gong's efforts to acquaint herself with her cultural heritage after practicing and observing Chinese celebrations while growing up Chinese in America. It details historical facts, legends, common practices and celebratory foods; 7:30pm, free, 604-331-3602.

June 22 - 26, 2005
Applause! Musicals in Concert presents ON THE TOWN.   Paving the way for his other New York musicals, West Si 432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

June 24, 2005
Flamenco Rosario presents the Vancouver Flamenco Festival at the Vancouver Playhouse; Tickets 604-280-3311.

June 24, 2005
Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents Diana Krall. Orpheum Theatre, www.coastaljazz.ca

June 24 - 26, 2005
Abreast In A Boat Celebrating 10 Years.  10 Years Abreast Celebration Paddles Up! We are inviting every breast cancer team around the world to come for an incredible weekend of paddling, celebration and surprises. Paddling will take place in False Creek, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The traditional flower ceremony will be quite a sight hundreds of us raising fuchsia flowers to celebrate our lives and to honour those who can no longer paddle with us. The premier paddling event will be the Scotiabank Breast Cancer Trophy Race!  604-534-3660, www.abreastinaboat.com

June 24 - 26, 2005
Can-Am National Car Show.  Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995, http://www.lynden.org

June 24 to July 3, 2005
TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Some of the biggest names in jazz take the stage at various venues in the Vancouver area. In addition, a 2 free, 2-day New Orleans-style street festival is held in historic Gastown and at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Presented by the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society; 604-872-5200, www.coastaljazz.ca

June 25, 2005
Driven to Perform.  BC Place Stadium.  Join us for fashion shows, entertainment, the best in performance cars and bikes, plus the loudest sound systems to hit the streets. Tickets are available at the door. For more information go to www.driventoperformevent.com.

June 25 - 26, 2005
8th "Art in the Park" by Lynton Studio.  TRICE FARMS GARDEN CENTRE 24565, Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge Guest Artist Ron Hedrick and Stave Fall Art Group Over 30 artists participating. Watercolours, Oils, Acrylics, Pottery, Wearable Art, Stained Glass, Jewellery, Garden Art, Glassworks, Aromatherapy and Natural Body Products. Something for Everyone! $1.00 Children under 12 free

June 25 - 26, 2005
TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival - Free Gastown Stages.  Two stages featuring local and international artists.  1:00pm - 8:00pm, www.coastaljazz.ca

June 26, 2005
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k Run/Walk.  Half-Marathon, the third largest competitive run in the city of Vancouver, and the worlds most scenic. Stanley Park, www.canadarunningseries.com/svhm

June 26, 2005
Trans Canada Trail Challenge 2005:  Celebrate the Trans Canada Trail at this non-competitive adventure for cyclists, walkers, runners and equestrians. Choose between 15 and 55 km of trail. Event check-in begins at the Chilliwack Military Base at  8 am.  Participants start at the Vedder River Crossing in Chilliwack and travel to various checkpoints, including Matsqui Trail Regional Park. The final stop is Douglas Taylor Park in Abbotsford. Proceeds help to construct and maintain the Trans Canada Trail.  Matsqui Trail regional park, 604-942-6768, www.trailsbc.ca (http://www.trailsbc.ca)

June 28, 2005
Low Tide Loungers. Finish the school year with a splash. Discover beach features and creatures during this marvellous low tide. Park interpreters will be on site with displays and activities for drop-in visitors. Look for our tent at Centennial Beach. For $1, make a souvenir craft to take home and leave the beach animals on the beach.  Boundary Bay Regional Park; 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.com Cammidge House Committee Events Fund to enhance Cammidge House and support community events and park activities. Look for park entrance signs off Boundary Bay Road.  Information: 604-250-8671. Everyone welcome. Free, registration not required;

July 1, 2005
Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum. Another auspicious birthday is celebrated: Canada is 138 years old. This is Burnaby's official celebration, and the public is invited to join the festivities free of charge. 11:00am-4:30pm. Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. Phone 604-293-6500. Recorded Info Line 604-293-6501

July 1, 2005
Canada Day Celebration.  Celebrate Canada's birthday at Richmond Park (behind Eastburn Community Centre) with children's activities, games, entertainment, information booths and, of course, birthday cake for everyone! Bring a picnic or sample some tasty treats. Free admission. Friday, 11:00am-2:30pm, July 1. If the weather's wet, the party moves indoors to Eastburn Community Centre. Phone 604.525.5361 or 604.525.1671 for more information. Co-sponsored by Eastburn/Edmonds Centres and local community agencies.

July 1, 2005
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS.  All day event, entertainment, 8AM breakfast, 3PM cake located in the Aldergrove Kinsmen Heritage Park. For more information call Diane @ 604-857-0555

July 1, 2005
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS.  Entertainment & activities for the whole family at Fort Langley National Historic Site (604-513-4777) and Langley Centennial Museum (604-888-3922)

July 1, 2005
Canada Day On the Bay. This celebration for the peninsula, hosted by Rick Forchuk, will take place on the waterfront and will include a citizen reaffirmation ceremony, children's activities, multicultural performances and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.  White Rock, 604-536-1940, http://www.expresscomputers.com/canadaday/

July 1, 2005
Canada Day.  Granville Island celebrates Canadas birthday with activities for everyone. There is lots of free family fun from live jazz, to special promotions, demonstrations and a variety of events island-wide. Highlights this year include the 6th annual Canada Day Island Parade and the official Canada Day Ceremonies on the Mound; (604) 666-5784.

July 1, 2005
Celebrate Canada Day (Friday, July 1) with free admission at the Maritime Museum! Families enjoy the Alcan Childrens Maritime Discovery Centre and the historic RCMP vessel St Roch, as well as special activities only on Canada Day. Entrance to the Museum, all exhibits, special activities and entrance to the Museum are free to the public. A special family craft activity area will be open from noon to 4 pm.

July 1, 2005
Squamish, Canada Day Celebrations.  Official ceremonies, children's races, canine demonstrations, birthday cup cake, face painting... and a lot more.  Held at Squamish Pavilion and Squamish Junction Park; 604-892-9244.

July 1, 2005
Steveston Salmon Festival.  Bull Head Derby at Garry Point Park, Chowder Contest, and Flower & Garden Show. These are just a few of the events that are happening around Salmon Festival time.  Held in Steveston, 604-718-8080.

July 1, 2005
Telegraph demos, quilting demos, face-painting, dancing, children's crafts & concession. Port Moody Station Museum, (604) 939-1648, http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum

July 1, 2005
Vancouver, Canada Day Celebration.  Held in various locations around Greater Vancouver, including Canada Place, Granville Island, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, ...604-666-7200.

July 1 - 4, 2005
25th Anniversary Celebration at Minter Gardens.  2005 is the 25th Anniversary of Minter Gardens opened by Brian and Faye Minter on Mothers Day 1980. Join us for a weekend of celebration. Visit www.mintergardens.com for more details on the schedule of events.

July 1 - September 2, 2005
Music in the Garden: Enchanted Evenings Series. In its twelfth season, the Enchanted Evenings series expands to showcase new talent along with your favorite performers from July 1 to September 2. The 2005 repertoire includes classical, Asian, world, Indian, and fusion music. All shows start at 7:30pm and end approx. 8:30pm on Friday nights. Tickets are $15 non-members and $12 members. Call 604 662-3207 to reserve advance tickets or purchase them at the door.

July 2 - 10, 2005
Canada Cup.  The Canada Cup gets underway Saturday, July 2 and winds up Sunday, July 10 with opening ceremonies, special promotions, prize draws and family entertainment in between - all adding to the value and festival atmosphere of this very special sports spectacular!  Held at Softball City 2201 -148th Street , South Surrey; (604) 536-9287, http://www.softball.bc.ca/softcity.html .

July 2 - 23, 2005
5th Annual Chinatown Arts & Cultural Festival.  At the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard - performances, artisan marketplace, childrens crafts, and food tasting from around the world. Donations appreciated; 604-662-3207, www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

July 3, 2005
Lions Club Big "M" Car Show at the Steveston Community Centre, Richomd; 604-718-8080.

July 6, 17, 19, August 14, September 11, 2005
Canoeing at Deas. Deas Island Regional Park. Canoe the serene, sheltered waters of Deas Slough to Ladner Marsh. Find the historical sunken rum-runner, the Aubrey B. Imagine the war canoes paddled from the north coast, during the once abundant salmon runs, as you hear stories of Deas past. Gain insights to the local features as you paddle by farmland, eagle nests, herons, bog orchids, fishing boats, rich estuary wetlands and more. Basic canoeing instructions will be provided with time to practice before the expedition; 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

July 8, 29, August 12, 26, September 4, 2005
Life on a Lake. Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Paddle your way along marshy shores. Just as you use special equipment to explore this watery habitat, animals and plants have special adaptations to live in, on and around the lake. Find out what it takes to survive in this watery world; 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

July 15, 22, August 5, 19, 2005
Beaver Evening Paddle.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Evening is a good time to spot beavers going to work on the night shift. Glide along the calm headwaters of the Brunette River, stopping beside beaver lodges, canals and scent pads. Learn about one of Canadas signature species as you enjoy an evening paddle; 604-432-6359 or www.gvrd.bc.ca

Ongoing until June 5, 2005
North Shore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Festival & Conference. Explore the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding the rapidly growing recreational sport of mountain biking; http:www.nsmbfc.com

Ongoing until June 22, 2005
Senses.  Billed as the song and dance concert that arouses all your senses, this show has an added theme of celebrating the beauty and artistry of Chinese womanhood. Senses, the show, will feature each evening a pair of dancers, two singers (a tenor and a female Chinese folk singer), nine female musicians, and six accompanying dancers. The headlining female lead dancer is Tang Jia Li, famous not only because of her dancing agility but also because of her exquisite beauty and elegance as seen through her well-known and artistic library of nude photography (visit www.tangjiali.com). Through specially orchestrated music that fuses the best of the East with the best of the West, Senses will showcase to the audience a different side of Chinese stage art and culture. Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver, 604-602-0616, www.centreinvancouver.com

Ongoing until July 10, 2005
Surrey Art Gallery presents Reasonable & Senseless: A Technical Disaster. he notion of contemporary, critical electronic arts and a reckoning with the technical disaster has been fuelling a discussion amongst a handful of Canadian artists on both eastern and western seaboards. In this context we have been remotely discussing the role of the artist as watchdog, soothsayer, prophet or recalcitrant gravedigger; 604-501-5566, www.arts.surrey.ca

Ongoing until July 10, 2005
Arts Club Theatre presents MISS SAIGON.  War, Love, Sacrifice and Hope This hugely popular show is the second musical by Boubil and Schnberg - the same team that created Les Misrables. An American soldier named Chris has a brief and passionate affair with an innocent Vie instructors with dance, music and drama recitals as well as visual and ceramic arts exhibitions. Gala show: June 9, time to be announced For more information, contact the box office at 604-205-3000. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.

Ongoing until July 24, 2005
Vancouver Whitecaps Women's Soccer at Swangard Stadium.  Call 604-669-9283 or http://www.whitecapsfc.com/index.html for game schedule.

Ongoing until June 30, 2005
Practice Your French. Learn, practice and improve your French with the participation of volunteers. Every Thursday.  French Cultural Centre, 604-736-9806.

Ongoing until August 30, 2005
Vancouver Museum presents Skateboarding in Vancouver: a look at the colourful and controversial history of skateboarding in this city and beyond. See skateboards and equipment from all eras of the sport from the surf-inspired sixties to the electric eighties to the fine-arts inspired nineties. Learn how skateboarding has been shaped by this city and how skateboarding has shaped it. 604-734-7368.

Ongoing until September 3, 2005
Mission City Farmers' Market. Assortment of baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles and preserves, crafts, garden art, plants and nursery stock; Every Saturday, 604-864-1261.

Ongoing until September 5, 2005
Wang Du.  The Vancouver Art Gallery will be the first venue outside Europe to present this exhibition of sculptural works by Wang Du, a Chinese-born (b. 1956) artist living and working in Paris since 1990. Wang Du is recognized as a master of manipulating and deconstructing images related to the mass media. In each work he painstakingly reproduces the original two-dimensional image in three-dimensional form, often utilizing the extreme foreshortening and cropping that are a part of media representation.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 5, 2005
Franz West: As a leading European artist, Franz West has made an important contribution to sculpture at the turn of the century. West's work emerges out of the history of Viennese Actionism with its emphasis on the human body, the grotesque and subversive humour. Franz West features over 30 works from the past three decades and focuses on West's Passtück (or Adaptive) sculptures; Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Ongoing until September 11, 2005
Men's Whitecap Soccer at Swanguard Stadium, Burnaby; www.whitecapssoccer.com

Ongoing until September 30, 2005
UBC Music presents Wednesday Noon Hours, An hour of music presented by various artists. Program changes weekly.  12 pm, UBC Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC, Vancouver;

Ongoing until September 30, 2005
Heritage West End of Vancouver Walking Tour. Explore and discover local people, architecture and history. Tours meet daily at the Wall Centre Hotel Fountain, 2pm.  Rain/shine Thursdays -Tuesday.  No tour Wednesday. $5 per person, $10 per family.  Tour is approximately 2 hours.  Simply show up-look for the man in the bowler hat.  For more information email jcgray@sfu.ca  or visit www.sfu.ca/~jcgray

Ongoing until October 8, 2005
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market.  Held Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, May 7th to October 8th, in Historic Downtown Abbotsford, this market is a showcase for BC growers, artisans and entertainers in a street fair setting.  Being designed not only as a shopping place but also as a social community venue, the market will feature cooking demonstrations, musicians, and performance artists.  For further information check the website at: www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com 

Ongoing
Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The Imprentice. The Imprentice isnt about Money, Money, Money, Money its about Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny when an all-powerful host, with impossibly bad hair, runs a competition where a group of improvisers must employ all their formal training, their street-smarts, their improv-chutzpah in this ultimate boardroom battle. Who will hear those dreaded words Youre fired! and which one will be hired to be the Improv Apprentice. It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,  www.vtsl.com
 
 







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