5 Fresh Things to Do In Vancouver This Week (September 23-29)

Raise the Roof

September 26

Passions 2019 is a meaningful fundraiser, an exciting auction, and a perfect excuse to dress to the nines this Thursday night. The evening benefits the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, and features dishes from over 20 Vancouver restaurants (a few all-stars are Ancora, Boulevard, L’Abattoir, and Minami). For an extra $75, you get complimentary bubbly and priority access to chef stations: the perfect opportunity to show off your glam getup.

When: Thursday, September 26 6:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Works
Cost: From $225
More Info: drpeter.org

Hip Hop Home

September 27 & 28

The words “hip hop” “theatre” and “boot camp” all together might strike fear into hearts of many—but the emerging artists in AWAY with HOME are braver than most. The show’s entire cast comes from immigrant families, and have been working hard on a production that tackles ideas of home, identity, and belonging. The show has neo-soul and hip hop music, Taiko drumming, and performance poetry—you better not mess with these theatre kids.

When: Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
Cost: From $12
More Info: miscellaneousproductions.ca

To B.C. and Beyond

Opens September 28

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Transits and Returns, features work from Indigenous artists hailing from all over the world. It’s the VAG’s largest comprehensive presentation of contemporary Indigenous art since 2012, and focuses on ideas of movement and territory. Visitors can see Elisa Jane Carmichael’s ornate weaving, Edith Amituanai’s intimate street photography, and Bracken Hanuse Corlett’s blend of Indigenous Northwest Coast iconography and new media—plus work from 18 other Indigenous artists.

When: Saturday, September 28 – Saturday, February 23
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Cost: Prices vary
More Info: vanartgallery.bc.ca

Belgian Brews

September 28

Unless you’re planning a trip to Montreal’s Mile End area or Toronto’s Little Italy, Bells and Whistles is the place to go for a Zwanze Day Celebration.The casual Vancouver hangout was one of only 3 Canadian restaurants picked to serve an experimental ‘lambic’-style beer made by Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon (Belgian brewer and certified big deal). The event is first come, first served and starts at 10:00 a.m, so if you want those brewski bragging rights, you better be an early bird.

When: Saturday, September 28
Where: Bells and Whistles
More Info: bellsandwhistlesyvr.ca

Sketch and Strut

September 29

Artist Oliver Hoeller‘s Urban Sketching Intensive is sold out—but you can still tag along on his “Sketch Walk,” a casual stroll around Granville Island for restless doodlers. The walk is free and without instruction (read: no pressure!) and perfect for beginners. Are you destined to be a pencil-happy people watcher? Only time will tell.

When: Sunday, September 29 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Opus Art Supplies
Cost: Free
More Info: urbansketchers.org