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Whether you’re looking for date night ideas, free things to do, or just something fun to do with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening in Metro Vancouver between August 18-24. selections is Meowfest.
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Here are five things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:
When: Saturday, August 20.
Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell St., Vancouver.
Tickets: $27 in meowfest.com
Meet BenBen, a famous New Westminster cat with more Instagram followers than you. Other meowdia social media influencers include @catsofinstagram ambassadors Bing Clawsby and Paw McCartney. On stage, demonstrations include procedures for cleaning your cat’s teeth, playing with your cat, and rescuing cats. Plus: The one-day event features a cat costume contest and opportunities to meet and speed date other cat lovers.
When: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August.
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville St., Vancouver.
Tickets: From $170 on ticketmaster.ca (for August 21; August 20 sold out)
The Los Angeles singer-songwriter rose to fame during the pandemic, following the release of her Punisher album in June 2020. The album’s melancholic folk and subsequent performances by Bridgers led some to call her “a patron saint of sadness.” “. According to a review of a recent concert in Manchester, “it’s a pretty hard show not to get lost in. Bridgers’ songwriting is often praised, but her voice is accomplished to match, trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick adds cinematic gravitas.” Her most recent releases are a cover of Carpenters’ 1972 hit Goodbye to Love on the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack and a single, Sidelines.
Summer Light Festival
When: Saturday, August 20.
Where: 876 Cordova Bypass, Vancouver.
Tickets: $35 in showpass.com
Light Organ Records presents the Summerlight Festival, a celebration of the local label’s 10th anniversary. The Zolas, the first band signed to the label, headlines. Other acts include Desirée Dawson, winner of SXSW’s Best Music Video of 2022 for Meet You at the Light, as well as dwi, IAMTHELIVING, Jenny Banai, Johnny Payne, Sleepy Gonzales, the Jins and surprise bands TBA.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
When: Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Location TBA, Squamish.
Tickets: $38.50 in michaelbernardfitzgerald.com
After the pandemic forced Michael Bernard Fitzgerald to rethink touring, the Calgary-based singer-songwriter came up with a new model. For his farm tours, he pitches a tent on a farm and reveals the location to ticket buyers on the day of the show. The latest Farm Tour wraps up in BC with performances in Kelowna (Aug 18), Vancouver (Aug 19), Whistler (Aug 24) and Victoria (Aug 26). As of this writing, most shows are on a waitlist, but tickets were still available for the Squamish set. Fitzgerald will also release Love Valley Rearranged (Deluxe) on August 17. The disc features tracks from his fifth album, 2020’s Love Valley, reimagined with lead vocals from female artists, including Hey Ocean!’s Ashleigh Ball, Said the Whale’s Jaycelyn Brown and Hannah Epperson.
Mercy, mercy for me
When: Until September 16th.
Where: Pendulum Gallery, 885 W. Georgia St., Vancouver.
An art exhibition that focuses on climate change, Mercy Mercy Me features works by Bettina Matzkuhn, Brian Howell, David Ellingsen, Jean MacRae, Kristin Man, and Marcus Bowcott. According to the press release, Mercy Mercy Me “considers the strategies and images that contemporary artists are developing, asking how artists might meaningfully respond to climate change, presenting issues to raise awareness and form opinions, while incorporating this serious and multifaceted subject in its general practice”.
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