LIVE at Squamish
Catch some of the biggest names in Canadian indie music including the Tragically Hip, City and Colour, the Sheepdogs, Chromeo, Mother Mother, Kathleen Edwards, Wintersleep and more as you soak in jaw-dropping mountain views at Live at Squamish (through Sunday, liveatsquamish.com). Don’t care for crowds? See 54-40’s Neil Osborne, Jessie Farrell, the Dal Richards Orchestra and more at North Van’s Shipbuilders’ Square (through Sunday, cnv.org), or find Headwater in the lovely Firehall Arts Centre courtyard (Sunday, firehallartscentre.ca).
Purge all of your rage, and maybe even immortalize yourself in 3D, as metal legends Metallica perform a thundering show that spans their entire 30-year catalogue – and shoot their 3D megamovie at Rogers Arena (Saturday, ticketmaster.ca). Big on rock, short on dough? Check out their Monday film shoot for just $5 – tickets go on sale Sunday at 9 a.m., all proceeds to the Vancouver Food Bank (metallica.com).
Watch the human body pushed to its limits – and gravity astonishingly defied – at Quidam, the long-running Cirque du Soleil show about a little girl who wanders away from her apathetic parents and into a colourful world of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, musicians and more (in Kelowna through Sunday; in Abbotsford Aug. 29-Sept. 2; and in Victoria Sept. 5-9, cirquedusoleil.com).
Test your mind and body with physical, intellectual, and often hilarious challenges at City Chase – an urban adventure that has teams of two criss-crossing the city and making decisions on the fly. All funds raised go to Right to Play – and the winner lands a trip to Africa (in Vancouver on Saturday, mitsubishicitychase.com).
Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival
Hop aboard a scale model of a Viking ship, learn about B.C’s shipbuilding past aboard the Silver Ann, brush up on your knots and see beautifully crafted cedar strip canoes and kayaks at the 25th Wooden Boat Festival on Granville Island – a salty fest that also comes with boat races, maritime music and more (through Sunday, vancouverwoodenboat.com).
Reality Check: Money, Power and Protest
Explore the American Dream’s darker underbelly at Reality Check: Money, Power and Protest, a pre-U.S. election film series that includes Hoop Dreams , You’ve Been Trumped , Kivalina V. Exxon, How To Start a Revolution and more. Hoop Dreams producer Frederick Marx will be on hand to talk about film’s power to spur change (at Vancity Theatre until Aug. 29, viff.org).
Want films al fresco? Take in free weekend screenings of The Lorax in Revelstoke, Mission, Surrey and North Van, Night at the Museum in Tsawwassen, Shrek in Oliver, and Back to the Future in Burnaby (facebook.com/OutdoormoviesBC), as well as the Matthew Broderick classic WarGames in Victoria (freebfilmfest.com).
Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival
Kick off your Fringe season with more than 370 performances, from Shakespeare’s Henry V to Homewrecker Hot Dogs: The Hillbilly Hip-Hopera at the 26th annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival. Where to start? Faves include Japan’s Ryuzanji Company, Britain’s Jem Rolls, Second City alum Christel Bartelse, SNAFU Dance Theatre, the new kid-friendly FamilyFest and more (until Sept. 2, victoriafringe.com).
Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival
Enjoy great summer reads without lifting a finger at the Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival, a day of readings, spoken word, workshops, music and more by local scribes including Evelyn Lau, Barbara Adler, and dozens more (Saturday, sites.google.com/site/summerdreamsfest). On the other side of the strait, don’t miss veteran scribe Wayson Choy at a traditional Chinese banquet Sunday (downtownvictoria.ca).
Kayak For A Cure
Enjoy a morning paddle and help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, then join a sunny beach party at Kayak for a Cure (at Jericho Beach Sunday, kayakforacure.org). More of a landlubber? Lace up for a BC Kidney Walk – happening in Vancouver, Port Alberni, Kelowna and Kamloops Sunday (kidney.ca).
Kamloops 200th birthday
Celebrate two rivers, two peoples and two centuries as Kamloops marks its 200th birthday with a pancake breakfast, singing voyageurs, Celtic music, walking tours, artisan demos and more (kamloops.ca/200years). More blasts from the distant past? Make like an old-time prospector at the Fraser River Gold Panning Championships – open to all ages (through Sunday, yukondan.com), or explore Steveston’s salmon-heavy history on a Heritage Vancouver walking tour (Sunday, heritagevancouver.org).