1. Call In
July 1 to August 22
Boca del Lupo's Red Phone might be the most unique kind of theatre to come out of the pandemic. This audience-to-audience performance takes place in a vintage phone booth that also contains a teleprompter. One by one, audience members have scripted 5-minute conversations with each other. It's a super cool opportunity regardless of whether or not performing is your thing—the anonymity of the phone booth allows performers to really dive in to characters. It's been called the "the theatrical equivalent to singing in the shower."
Photo by Cody Briggs.2. Listen Live
Local trio Stella Soul is recording their newest album, Cherry St., live this week. Tune in for free on Thursday to hear Kentya, James and Cam's soulful sound. For the full show experience, check out all the new merch on their site—if you attended a virtual concert and didn't get a T-shirt, did you really go?
3. Totally Toast
Saturdays in July
If there were ever a time to come to a restaurant in costume, it's now—with a max capacity of 40, the chances of you seeing anyone you know at Fable Diner's 80s brunch buffet are pretty low. Then again, the world deserves to know that you spent quarantine perfecting your 1980s look. Book a time, don your best power suit, and chow down on avocado bennies, loaded french toast, charcuterie and more. Or get takeout; no pressure to leave the house, folks.
4. Masks and Markets
Sundays through October 25
Check out the Brentwood Farmer's Market (wear a mask, keep your distance, you know the drill) for farm-fresh produce, body care, and brownies. Pictured above is flavoured rice wine from Snowgoose Brewery, the first of its kind in Vancouver. Market organizers have made the open-air grocery story COVID-19 friendly—there's limited capacity, hand sani stations, and PPE for vendors.
5. Watch This
The Native Women's Association of Canada has collaborated with local band Small Town Artillery to create this multimedia project in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Trauma Below video was created using virtual reality technology, and combines images of the Highway of Tears with key facts about cultural genocide. It's a good week to educate yourself on some of the violence that Canada is built on—you can learn more and donate to the Native Women's Association of Canada here.
More Info: Trauma Below video