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Arts Clubs, Festivals & Social Events

Vancouver International Film Festival
This annual festival screens more than 250 international feature films and hosts a Film and Television Trade Forum. Its purpose is to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema and to stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada.

Celluloid Social Club
Monthly screenings of independent shorts, feature films & videos, hosted by Ken Hegan.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival, taking place on the waterfront in Kitsilano at Vanier Park. Two productions are performed in repertory from early June through late September. 

Vancouver Fringe Festival
This annual event celebrated its 20th year
of offering "Theatre for Everyone" in 2004. Each September, about 100 theatre groups and performers from across Canada and around the the world perform for 11 days in diverse venues, from theatres to garages to unconventional spaces.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Diverse and innovative programming has grown this festival to be more successful each year. In 2004, over 460,000 people took in 400 concerts at over 40 venues during the festival's ten-day schedule.


Access Artist Run Centre
206 Carrall Street, 604-689-2907

New work in contemporary visual arts, featuring primarily emerging artists in the formative stages of their careers.

233 Carrall Street
Admission: Free

Artist-run centre stablished in 1986. Presents exhibitions of contemporary art, events, talks and readings.

Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
Admission: Free

A non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, documentation and dissemination of information about contemporary visual art. The community-rooted gallery offers exhibitions, publications, artists’ talks, lectures and tours. These programs provide the conditions for dialogue, connection and new understandings of collective meanings and values. 

Charles H. Scott Gallery & Concourse Gallery @ ECIAD
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, 604-844-3809

Exhibits contemporary art reflecting the range of disciplines currently explored by the Institute's curriculum. Showing regional, national and international works and solo exhibitions that offer in-depth analysis of an artist's production. The Concourse Gallery focuses on student exhibitions. 

Helen Pitt Gallery
882 Homer Street, 604-681-6740
Admission: Free

Artist–run center dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and critical issues outside of the commercial art mainstream.

Or Gallery
103-480 Smithe Street, 604-683-7395
Admission: Free

Artist-run center presenting innovative contemporary art.

Pendulum Gallery
885 West Georgia
Admission: Free

A downtown building atrium mandated as a dedicated public arts and culture space, where 'art stands out as important to daily life'. The gallery is named after Alan Storey's Pendulum sculpture, the atrium's meditative attraction. Hosts a wide variety of exhibitions in natural light at street level.

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, 604-662-4719
Admission: Adult $11; by donation Thursdays

Western Canada's largest art gallery hosts the collected works of Emily Carr (1871-1945) who painted scenes of British Columbia's forests and native culture.

Western Front Society
303 East 8th Avenue, 604-876-9343

One of Canada's first artist-run centres. For over 30 years, it has developed an international reputation as a centre for experimental art practice and performance. Five programs focus on the production and presentation of exhibitions, performance art, new music, media art, and an arts magazine.


Vancouver Museum of Anthropology
6393 Northwest Marine Drive, 604-822-3825
Admission: Adult $9; Student/Senior $7; Children Free.

Known for its beautiful architecture on a cliff-top setting, this museum collects cultural objects from around the world, with emphasis on the achievements and concerns of the First Peoples and British Columbia's cultural communities.

Vancouver Museum
1100 Chesnut Street, 604-736-4431
Admission: Adult $10; Senior $8; Youth (under 19) $6; Children (under 4) free.

Collections highlight the history of the Lower Mainland; First Nations history; Pacific Rim with emphasis in China, Japan, and Oceania; and World Heritage artifacts.

Roedde House Museum
1415 Barclay Street, 604-684-7040
Tour Admission: Adult $4; Student/Senior/Child $3
Special Events: Salon Concert Series or Sunday Tea

The Roedde family founded Vancouver's first book bindery in 1886, and this house was built for Gustav and Mathilda Roedde in 1893. The house has since been restored with authentic furnishings portraying middle-class life in the 1890s. Located in Barclay Heritage Square (bounded by Barclay, Nicola, Haro and Broughton Streets), the house is part of a site where there are nine original houses dating from 1890.

Performing Arts & Theatre Groups

Arts Club Theatre Company
Stanley Theatre & Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, 604-687-1644
Admission: Adult $17.50-$58

This company is a non-profit charitable organization that operates two Vancouver theatres year-round, and tours productions throughout BC. Productions include popular musicals and contemporary comedies, new works and classics.

Vancouver Opera
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, 604-683-0222
Admission: Adult $89-$115; Student/Senior $25-95.

"Sensational singing, world-class conducting and spectacular productions—all this and more lie in store for you. We invite your group to join us in experiencing the power and majesty and romance of opera."

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Orpheum Theatre & other venues, 604-876-3434
Admission: Adult $25-$75.

Founded in 1919, the VSO now performs 140 concerts per season at twelve venues in the Lower Mainland: the Orpheum Theatre, St. Andrews Wesley Church, Roundhouse Community Centre, Stanley Park, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, Centennial Theatre, Michael J. Fox Theatre, Massey Theatre, South Delta Baptist Church, Peace Portal Alliance Church and the Bell Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Playhouse Theatre Company
Hamilton @ Dunsmuir, 604-873-3311
Admission: Adult $38-$62

Celebrating its 41st anniversary, this company produces a diverse mix of plays both from classical and contemporary repertoire. Has more than 7500 season subscribers, and an average of over 15000 patrons per production.

The Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, 604-606-6400

The primary information and resource centre for dance in BC, operating in an $11 million state-of-the-art facility opened in September 2001. The Dance Centre supports and promotes local dance activities and performances. Check the calendar for information about coming events.

Vancouver TheatreSports League
New Revue Stage on Granville Island, 1601 Johnston Street, 604-687-1644
Admission: Adult $10-$16; Student/Senior $10-$12

'Highly theatrical fusion of comedy and tragedy coupled with the enthusiasm and excitement of professional sport.'

Science Centres

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
845 Avison Way at Stanley Park follow signs to the Vancouver Aquarium
Admission: $15.95 Adult; $11.95 Youth, Student & Senior; $8.95 Child

A vast exhibit of interactive marine galleries including: The Wild Coast (interact with dolphins, harbour seals, sea otters, and sea lions); Arctic Canada (beluga whales & interactive exhibits); The Amazon Rainforest (giant freshwater fishes of the Amazon,  sloths, snakes, spiders, piranhas, and an electric eel); Tropical Pacific Gallery (black-tipped reef sharks and stone fish); Pacific Canada Pavilion (marine life from the Strait of Georgia - herring, salmon, crabs, kelp, sea stars, wolfeels, anemones); BC Hydro Salmon Stream Project (winds from the Aquarium, through Stanley Park and into the waters of Coal Harbour); Treasures of the BC Coast (giant pacific octopus & moon jellies); Ribbiting Experience (over 150 varieties of frogs of all sizes & colours).

The Aquarium also takes part in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation conservation activities.

Science World
1455 Quebec Street, 604-443-7443 or 604-443-7440
Admission: $17.75 Adult; $13.50 Child for all-access pass w/ OMNIMAX film

This landmark centre hosts special exhibitions and features a 400-seat OMNIMAX Theatre, a variety of Centre Stage shows and five permanent galleries: Eureka!, the Sara Stern Search Gallery, Kidspace, Our World, and Visual Illusions. 

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street, 604-736-5665
Admission: Variable

Featuring planetarium laser/music shows, Virtual Voyages Motion Simulator, observatory and interactive space & technical presentations.

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