THE IMITATION GAME: VISUAL CULTURE IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Exhibition surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world. To Oct 23, Vancouver Art Gallery.
KINKY BOOTS Tony Award–winning musical that celebrates compassion and acceptance. To Jul 31, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. From $43.
XICANX: DREAMERS + CHANGEMAKERS / SOÑADORES + CREADORES DEL CAMBIO Exhibition showcases, for the first time in Canada, the rich traditions of 33 Xicanx artists. To Jan 1, Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
BEADED NOSTALGIA Exhibition exploring the use of contemporary beadwork as a way of honouring the past. To Oct 23, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
GHOSTS OF THE MACHINE An exhibition about humans, technology, and ecology, curated by Elliott Ramsey. To Aug 14, Polygon Gallery. By donation.
YEOMANS TRILOGY: ENDURING SPIRITS EXHIBITION Multi-media collection of works by Haida artist Don Yeomans, wife Trace (Haida + Ukrainian), and their son Kyran. To Jul 15, Coastal Peoples Gallery. Free.
WE WERE SO FAR AWAY: THE INUIT EXPERIENCE OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS Travelling exhibition uses first-person narratives and archival images to tell stories of the Inuit residential school experience. To Nov 27, Vancouver Maritime Museum. $13.50 adult/$11 senior.
TAPESTRY OF CHANGE: INUIT ART IN CONTEXT An exhibition of Inuit textiles, prints, and flat artwork from the collections. To Oct 2, Vancouver Maritime Museum. $13.50 adults/$11 seniors.
COMMON GROUND EXHIBITION Artists Sara-Jeanne Bourget, Robin Gleason, and Mark Johnsen explore the built-up boundary between body and earth in the urban environment. To Jul 30, Cityscape Community Art Space. Free.
THEATRESPORTS Two teams of improv comedians compete for the laughs and support of audience judges. To Aug 27, The Improv Centre. $24.50-$31.50.
UNINVITED: CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE MODERN MOMENT Major exhibition gathering more than 200 works of art by a generation of painters, photographers, weavers, bead workers, and sculptors. To Jan 8, Vancouver Art Gallery.
TRUE TO PLACE: STÍMETSTEXW TEL XÉLTEL Exhibition curated by artist and muralist Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:lō) examines the artistic practice of 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. To Mar 19, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
LOVE YOUR MOTHER: JENNIE THWING Jennie Thwing uses animation, sculpture and installation to create imaginary narratives that reference the confusing world we live in. To Jul 21, Port Moody Arts Centre. Free.
START SOMEWHERE ELSE: WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION Collection exhibition centring around Krista Belle Stewart‘s video installation Seraphine, Seraphine also includes works by Rebecca Belmore, Brian Jungen, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. To Aug 14, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL 2022: HAUNTINGS Three weeks of dynamic performance, music, theatre and literary events. To Jul 8, various Vancouver venues. Free-$30, festival passes $69.
SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION Paintings, photography, and limited editions by local and international artists. To Jul 15, 10 am–5 pm, Lipont Gallery. Free.
AROUND US Photography by Olga Abeleva, Rebecca Bair, Dennis Ha, Shizen Jambor, Jake Kimble, Katie Kozak, Sylvain Sailly, and Gloria Wong. To Aug 6, 12 pm–5 am, Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF). Free.
ANYTHING GOES Tony Award-winning musical featuring many of Cole Porter‘s most famous songs. To Jul 10, 7:30-10 pm, Surrey Arts Centre. $25-34.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS TUTS presents performances of the musicals Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You, running alternate evenings. Jul 2–Aug 27, Malkin Bowl.
ARTS UMBRELLA SUMMER SESSION Summer programs in art, design, dance, theatre, music, and film for young people aged three to 19. Jul 4–Aug 26, Arts Umbrella.
WEST COAST MODERN WEEK A celebration of West Coast Modernism, a distinct architectural style with deep roots in West Vancouver. Jul 5-10, 6-8 pm, West Vancouver Museum. $0-$150.
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI IN CONCERT The Vancouver Symphony performs the epic score live with the film. Jul 6, 7, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre. Various.
34TH ANNUAL DANCING ON THE EDGE FESTIVAL World premieres, North American and Western Canadian debuts, and works-in-progress from contemporary choreographers. Jul 7-16, Firehall Arts Centre. $15 to $30.
POLAR OPPOSITES Burnaby Summer Theatre presents a theatre production for young audiences. Jul 7–Aug 25, 12:30 pm, Burnaby Arts Council Deer Lake Gallery. By donation.
KILL THE RIPPER A darkly comic female-led Victorian era revenge-fantasy set during Jack the Ripper’s infamous 1888 murder spree. Jul 7-16, 8-10 pm, Rio Theatre. $25.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR UKRAINE Classical, choral, and jazz music by Melanie Adams, the Heistek/Plato Duo, Donella & Stephen Robb, Stephen Smith, and Sarah Westwick, with proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. Jul 8, 7:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral. $10 minimum donation.
SPIRIT OF INDIA Shiamak Vancouver presents a celebration of India through music and dance. Jul 8, 7:30 pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE IN CONCERT The Vancouver Symphony performs the score live-to-picture. Jul 8, 9, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre. Various.
CEDAR BRACELET WEAVING WORKSHOP AT KHATSAHLANO Join Rita Kompst for an in-person workshop on traditional Coast Salish cedar weaving. Jul 9, 11 am–12 pm, 1-2 pm, West 4th Avenue. $50 for non-members.
CARNAVAL DEL SOL 2022 Live music, food, arts, and culture. Jul 9-10, 12-10 pm, Jonathan Rogers Park. $11.04-$16.27.
MOZAICO FLAMENCO PRESENTS RUMBA RUMBLE Bailaora Kasandra “La China” and Irish tapper Joel Hanna perform in a footwork showdown. Jul 10, 7:30-9:30 pm, Anne MacDonald Studio. $20-25.
BENDELACREME Global drag icon blends burlesque, comedy, and original music. Jul 13, Vogue Theatre. $55.
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 IN CONCERT The Vancouver Symphony performs Alexandre Desplat’s epic score live-to-picture. Jul 13-15, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre. Various.
MAINALLEY POP UP GALLERY PROJECT ReVision (the art of recycling group) and the Sculpture Society of BC present an exhibition highlighting climate disaster. Jul 14–Aug 31, MAINalley. Free.
GLINT The Dance Centre presents new works by Erika Mitsuhashi, Francesca Frewer, and Alexa Mardon as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival. Jul 14-16, 5-10 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre. $15~$35.
VANCOUVER METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra performs classics and popular works at a free concert. Jul 14, 7-9:30 pm, Jack Poole Plaza. Free.
VANCOUVER STORY SLAM Ten storytellers share original short stories. Jul 14, 8 pm, Hero’s Welcome Pub. $6.
45TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL Community-based celebration of folk and roots music features artists from Korea, Chile, Mexico, Taiwan, India, Finland, the USA, and Canada. Jul 15-17, 3-11 pm, Jericho Beach Park. $46.97-$221.58.
TD VANCOUVER CHINATOWN FESTIVAL Free, family-friendly event features a variety of multicultural food vendors and performers. Jul 16-17, Vancouver Chinatown Festival .
ROBIN HOOD Lakeside Players present a lighthearted adaptation of the Robin Hood tales. Jul 16-23, Presentation House Theatre. $22/$18/$15.
SURREY LATIN FESTIVAL Event includes a tribute to Frida Khalo, live music, Mexican and Latin food, activities for children, and salsa classes. Jul 16-17, 11 am, Surrey Civic Plaza .
VANCOUVER CLASSICAL GUITAR FESTIVAL Classical guitarists and music lovers immerse themselves in a week of concerts, masterclasses, and workshops. Jul 16-21, 2 pm, Vancouver Academy of Music. From $30.
THE VSO AT DEER LAKE The Vancouver Symphony performs a free, open-air concert in Burnaby. Jul 16, 7 pm, Deer Lake Park. Free.
FORT LANGLEY JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL Festival features 60 bands on eight indoor and outdoor stages, plus visual art and kids’ entertainment. Jul 21-24, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada.
SAL VULCANO American improvisational and standup comedian and actor. Jul 22, Vogue Theatre.
DANCE DANCE DANCE Free outdoor Latin dance classes on Friday nights. Jul 22–Aug 12, 6:30-9:30 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Free.
MUSIC IN THE SQUARE WITH SANGRE MORENA Latin and flamenco duo Sangre Morena performs in Heritage Square. Jul 22, 7-8 pm, Mackin Heritage Home and Toy Museum. Free.
SHIRLEY GNOME Comedy Here Often? presents cabaret-comedy musician performing satirical country/rock/folk songs. Jul 22, 8-9:30 pm, Biltmore Cabaret. $15 (plus service fees).
CREATE! ARTS FESTIVAL The Eastside Arts Society presents a multi-disciplinary and interactive art-making event. Jul 23-24, 10 am, Eastside Arts Society.
RONDEAU Fundraiser for Early Music Vancouver features emcee Bill Richardson, poet Fiona Tinwei Lam, and musicians David Greenberg, David McGuinness, and Lucas Harris. Jul 26, Sage Bistro. $225.
EBB AND FLOW Opening concert of the 2022 Vancouver Bach Festival is a musical celebration of water, featuring the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver poet Fiona T. Lam, and artists-in-residence David McGuinness and David Greenberg. Jul 27, 7:30 pm, The Chan Centre. Earlybird $22.50-$60.
MADE IN ITALY The Arts Club‘s musical coming-of-age story about a second-generation Italian teen struggling to find his place in Jasper, Alberta, is back by popular demand. Jul 28–Aug 21, Granville Island Stage. From $39.
A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF TUNES This Vancouver Bach Festival event explores the repertoire of Scottish tunes and their relationship with other traditions. Jul 28, 1 pm, Christ Church Cathedral. $15-$30.
HIGH PHRASE LIVE The High Phrase Podcast hosts a night of live music and standup comedy. Jul 28, 7-10 pm, Levels Nightclub. $20.
RESOUNDING HILDEGARD: ECHOES OF THE ABBESS IN PRESENT DAY Ensemble Arkora explores the connections between past and present with a project of new works by Canadian composers and ancient masterworks. Jul 28, 7:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral. $18-$75.
THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER Ensemble Arkora explores the connections between past and present with a project of new works by Canadian composers and ancient masterworks. Jul 29, 1 pm, Christ Church Cathedral. $15-$30.
LES NATIONS Vancouver Bach Festival concert featuring Contrasto Armonico led by Marco Vitale. Jul 29, 7:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral. $18-$75.
VANCOUVER STREET DANCE FESTIVAL 2022 (10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY) Free all-day family-friendly outdoor festival features dance battles, performances, workshops, and live DJ and band music. Jul 30, 11 am–8 pm, Robson Square. Free.
ONE NIGHT STAND-UP | VANCOUVER PRIDE FESTIVAL Showcase of Vancouver queer comedians as part of the Vancouver Pride Festival. Jul 30, 8-9:30 pm, Ocean Art Works. Earlybird $20/regular $25.
THE NEXT GENERATION: BAROQUE INNOVATIONS A baroque concert presented by Early Music Vancouver in the historic parlour of Roedde House Museum. Jul 31, 11 am–12 pm, Roedde House Museum. $35.