Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos I think you'll love. If you have a Vancouver event you'd like to submit for consideration, send an email to email@example.com.
Read on for this week's lineup.
1. See the Talking Stick Fest's Spoken Word Spectacular
Full Circle First Nations Performance is celebrating 20 years of its Talking Stick Festival with an event in each season (the winter, spring and summer events were all held online). The last event, called Feasting Our Words, begins this week with (in-person!) spoken word performances from poets Joseph A. Dandurand, Nicola I. Campbell and Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin. There will also be live music from Rocky Mountain Badlands duo Blue Moon Marquee.
2. Get Immersed in Art at Imagine Picasso
Opens October 27
Whether it's just for the photo op or a genuine appreciation of the art (who cares!) Vancouverites cannot get enough of these massive art projection installations. Following the success of Imagine Van Gogh, Imagine Picasso opens this week. There's over 200 of the iconic artist's paintings in this exhibit, projected onto 9 huge origami-esque paper structures.
3. Grab Tickets to the Heart of the City Fest
October 27 to November 7
This Downtown Eastside community festival is bursting with talent. Highlights include a reading from author Grace Eiko Thomson, an extraordinary archival collection of Chinese Canadian social movements from Sid Tow Chan and a ground-shaking performance from Indigenous grass dancers.
When: Wednesday, October 27 to Sunday, November 7
Where: Online and throughout the Downtown Eastside
More Info: heartofthecityfestival.com
4. Catch Arno Kamolika on Your Lunch Break
Local artist Arno Kamolika is a specialist in the classical Indian style of Bharatanatyam dance—it's a rhythm-heavy form that draws inspiration from poetry, music, mythology and spirituality. She's joined on stage this week by BC-based musicians Curtis Andrews (mridangam), Shankhanaad Mallick (vocals), and Sharanjeet Singh Mand (sitar). The lunchtime show on Thursday sounds like a good break from your daily routine (and so does a post-show happy hour).
5. March in the Parade of Lost Souls
It's back! The Parade of Lost Souls has a lighthearted take on all things macabre (for example, bringing your own shrine to the dead is highly encouraged). Along with 3 hourly parades starting at 7:00 p.m., this year's festivities include workshops in a flash mob, the Time Warp dance and "phoenix making" (BYO fabric scraps to contribute to a huge phoenix puppet).