1. Ola Dada's Live Comedy Taping
Get your laughs immortalized at local comedian Ola Dada's first ever album taping this Wednesday. The Nigerian-Canadian comic's resume includes CBC Gem's New Wave of Stand Up, Just for Laughs Northwest and local shows all around the city. The late set is already sold out, so grab tickets for 6:00 p.m. while you still can (and make it back home at a reasonable hour, which in itself is a bit of a stand-up miracle).
2. The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
September 4 to 26
Outside and online, the Vancouver International Flamenco Fest is all Canadian this year. Live performances will take place at the Waterfront Theatre and at the Picnic Pavilion at Granville Island. If you can’t have fun at a flamenco show, seek treatment.
3. Le Burger Week
September 1 to 14
This nationwide celebration of burgers is doubling down this year—Le Burger Week is really two weeks, starting this Wednesday. Participating restaurants are flipping their best burgs (including veggie and vegan options), each adding their own twist to the classic. For example, there's Fable Diner's pizza burger (pictured above), which kind of feels like your two favourite superheroes getting married.
When: Wednesday September 1 to Tuesday September 14
Where: Various restaurants around the city
More Info: leburgerweek.com
September 2 to 12
This stereotype-smashing fest celebrates Taiwanese and Korean arts and culture: think dance, comedy, music, visual art inspired by fermentation, the whole nine. There's online events and live performance, including a show by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. See the full schedule here.
When: Thursday September 2 to Sunday September 12
Where: Various venues
More Info: vancouvertaiwanfest.ca
5. Live Music on Buying Local
The Firehall Arts Centre's Music in the Courtyard series continues this week with Made in Canada: An Agricultural Song Cycle. The agricultural operetta tackles some of the largest issues faced by temporary foreign workers in B.C. and across the country (there's more on that in our interview with director Pedro Chamale). The songs are rich with mariachi influences and likely the most fun you'll have while learning this week.
When: Thursday September 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
Cost: From $20
More Info: firehallartscentre.ca