1. Potluck Hawker Eatery
Opens July 15
This new spot for Southeast Asian street food is opening with COVID-19 in mind, of course, and owner Justin Cheung has crafted some eats especially for those ordering takeout. Think fried chicken sandwiches, wings, noodles and roti canai (a pan-fried Malaysian flatbread). Potluck Hawker Eatery's food is designed for sharing, but you don't have to.
2. The Queer Arts Festival
July 16 to 26
Local artists have this digital performance thing down. The Queer Arts Festival kicks off this week and features dance, drag, burlesque, visual art and more. We're pumped for Virago Nation's Too Spirited Indigenous burlesque this Friday (read more about them here) and The Darlings' wicked drag show on the 24th.
3. To Speak With a Golden Voice
Opens July 16
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is reopening this week with To Speak With a Golden Voice, an exhibition that honours Haida artist Bill Reid's life and legacy. It's divided into four parts: "Voice" covers his radio career, "Process" examines his creative journey, "Lineage" follows those he inspired, and "Legacy" features video insights from those who knew him personally. Get the whole picture.
4. Formation's Pride Fundraiser
100 percent of proceeds from this online dance class go to Rainbow Refugee, a local community group that supports refugees seeking protection in Canada because of persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. Dancing always makes you feel good, but this strength and endurance class has a little extra power.
5. The African Descent Festival
July 18 and 19
The virtual African Descent Festival is coming in hot this weekend with a full lineup of live music, dance, a fashion show and a drum circle. Included in the list is Jully Black (pictured above), who's known as Canada's Queen of R&B Soul. Catch her and local favourites (like Sadé Awele) online.