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Whether you’re looking for date-night ideas, free things to do, or just something fun with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Aug. 4-10. Headlining this week’s picks is the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival.
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Here are 5 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:
Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival
When: Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
Where: Deer Lake Park, 5435 Sperling Ave., Burnaby
Tickets: $50 at burnabybluesfestival.com
Kathleen Edwards and the War on Drugs headline this year’s edition of the annual festival. Both are on their fifth albums — singer/songwriter Edwards released hers, Total Freedom, in 2020, following an eight-year sabbatical from the music industry that saw her open a coffee shop in Stittsville, Ont. Philly indie-rockers War on Drugs dropped its record I Don’t Live Here Anymore last year. Other acts on the bill include the Soul Rebels, Ruby Waters, Balkan Shmalkan, and Robert Connely Farr.
Crime Scenes: Night Moves
When: Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m., and Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver
In an ongoing Thursday night series at VIFF Centre, novelists with Crime Writers of Canada introduce ’70s films. On Aug. 4, Sam Wiebe does the honours for Arthur Penn’s 1975 classic Night Moves, with Gene Hackman as Harry Moseby, a former pro footballer turned private eye investigating nefarious goings-on in Florida. On the same evening, AJ Devlin delivers the 911 on Sydney Pollack’s The Yakuza. Other films in the series include Mikey and Nicky, Taxi Driver, The Late Show, and Saint Jack.
MusicOnMain: Summer Pop-Up Concert Series
When: Aug. 9-12 and 16-18 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mount Pleasant Park, Vancouver
Music on Main’s Summer Pop-Up Concerts features live free music out-of-doors. Performers include Microcosmos String Quartet, Vancouver Youth Choir, B.C. Chinese Music Ensemble, and Vashaan Ensemble. In other Music on Main news, young musicians with the Kessler Academy and under the mentorship of the Microcosmos Quartet perform music from Ukraine and Poland Aug. 7 at Pyatt Hall.
Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts
When: Aug. 5-31
Where: Various locations
Tickets and info: monsoonartsfest.ca
This year, Monsoon Festival’s main event is the premiere of Dooja Ghar (The Other House), a locally developed site-specific play based on the Punjabi story Mirza Sahiban. In the tragic love tale, Mirza, a valiant warrior, defies all odds to save his lover Sahiban from a forced marriage — only to be tragically betrayed by her. Updated by playwrights Paneet Singh and Andy Kalirai, Mirza Sahiban features actors Kalirai, Rami Kahlon, and Arkie Kandola. As well, the seventh edition of the month-long celebration of South Asian arts and artists features free workshops and dance lessons and an outdoor celebration in Vancouver’s historic Punjabi Market.
Vines Arts Festival
When: Until Aug. 13
Where: Vancouver parks
The eighth edition of the annual arts and land justice festival features over 100 performing and visual artists. Events include Forged By Us, an evening led by artists of the Downtown Eastside Aug. 4 at Oppenheimer Park, and We, The Many, which focuses on 2SLGBTIQIA+ history, Aug. 5 at Sunset Beach. The sixth-annual Resilient Roots, featuring work by Indigenous artists and mentors, takes place at Grandview Park on Aug. 11 and When We Were, with musicians Tonye Aganaba and KeAloha, celebrates intergenerational legacies and knowledge Aug. 12 at New Brighton Park.