What's on in Metro Vancouver

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Josh Ritter in concert.

Josh Ritter in concert. (WENN)


Summer Cinema Series

July 29 through Sept. 2

Second Beach

Stanley Park


Sponsored by Chevron, this outdoor movie series features flicks every Tuesday night at dusk, with the next movie being Mean Girls, followed by Dumb and Dumber on Aug. 5. These movies are free and no reservation is required. For all the dates and movies, visit summercinema.ca.


Queer Arts Festival 2014: ReGenerations

July 25-Aug. 9

Roundhouse Community Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews


The festival brings together queer art and artists in 27 nations, featuring 18 days of exhibitions, performances and workshops. This year’s theme, ReGenerations, is a reframing of the Nazi term “degenerate art” according to a new release, as dictators through history have banned artists and their works of art in fear of the power that they hold. The festival features Alien Sex, a work-in-progress, multi-generational, and multi-genre collaboration between artists. Other events include the festival’s signature visual arts exhibition, “Queering the International.”


Josh Ritter

July 31

Commodore Ballroom

868 Granville St.


Ritter is an American singer-songwriter touring to promote his latest album, the Beast in its Tracks. Ritter tours a lot and has gained a strong following due to his live shows, plus one of his songs being used during the end credits for the HBO show, Six Feet Under. With guests Lake Street Dive.

Music in the Park

July 25

Maple Grove Park

6875 Yew St.


This free event features live music by Rainy Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This community event is sponsored by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society.


Pride Week Launch

July 28

North Lawn, City Hall

453 West 12th Ave.


The City of Vancouver raises the Pride Flag, reads the Pride Week proclamation and hosts a barbecue from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Pride Week is loaded with events, including a run/walk event July 26 in Stanley Park at 9:30 a.m., followed by a picnic at Brockton Oval starting at noon, complete with music, volleyball and a beer garden. Vixens of Wonderland will be at the Lux Theatre on July 31 from 8-10 p.m. with a sultry, burlesque take on Alice in Wonderland. The Trans Film Night will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Rio Theatre.

Caribbean Days Festival

July 26-27

Waterfront Park

200 block West Esplanade

North Vancouver

Hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of B.C., this two-day event includes a street parade on July 26 at 10 a.m. starting at Sixth Street and Lonsdale Avenue. The children’s carnival parade is at 1 p.m. on July 27. Both days feature a music festival with a mix of reggae, calypso, soca and other international music. The music runs from 1 to 6:15 p.m. on July 26 and 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on July 27. This is a free event.

Honda Celebration of Light

July 26 and 30

English Bay


The U.S. kicks off the annual fireworks competition, followed by France for the first two of the three nights. (Japan is on Aug. 2.) Each night starts at 10 p.m. and the fireworks run for about 25 minutes.

Mount Pleasant Park Festival

July 26

West 16th Avenue and Ontario Street


Mount Pleasant Community Centre is coming back to Mount Pleasant Park to bring people a free family evening from 6-10:30 p.m. The Lego-themed event will have plenty of activities for all ages. At dusk, they’re playing The Lego Movie on a giant inflatable screen. Bring your lawn chair, picnic basket, and friends and family. Come early to save a spot on the grass for the movie.


Chris Tucker

July 26 (8 p.m.)


601 Smithe St.


With the Rush Hour series on hiatus, Chris Tucker continues to keep audiences in stitches with his stand-up act. Tucker keeps it classy at his live shows, treating audiences to family-friendly anecdotes from his time on the set of films like Friday before turning to current events and pop culture, and impersonations of his grandmother or his late friend Michael Jackson.


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