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Events in Vancouver: Live and Virtual Things to Do, 16-22. September

Events in Vancouver: Live and Virtual Things to Do, 16-22.  September

This week’s events around Metro Vancouver include Ben Brown’s sound sculptures, Sandeep Johal’s art exhibition What If? and a Werner Herzog retrospective

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Whether you are looking for ideas for date-night, free things to do or just something fun to do with the kids, you can not go wrong with our list of events taking place around Metro Vancouver between 16-22. September. The headline of this week’s selection is Ben Brown’s sound sculptures, a free outdoor public event in Vanier Park.

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For more ideas, click HERE for our coverage of Vancouver’s Arts scene.

Here are 5 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

Ben Brown: Sound sculptures

When: Sundays to October 3rd.

Where: Different places (Vanier Park 19 September).

Info:benbrownsounds.com

In this series of free outdoor events, drummer / composer Ben Brown transforms public sculptures into percussion instruments. These “sound sculptures” include Gate to the Northwest Passage (Kitsilano), The Swimmer (Vancouver Aquatic Center) and Solo (Coal Harbor). According to a media release, Brown “aims to build an ongoing relationship with the city to rejuvenate interest in our public art and encourage us to imagine Vancouver as a more interactive and sound city.” Brown has received a Juno Award for his work with his group Pugs and Crows and is the founder of the Music ad Movement Mondays and Conundrum Performance Series. Sound Sculptures is a presentation of Vancouver New Music.

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Sandeep Johal's self-portrait, 2021, acrylic and textile on denim jacket, will be displayed as part of her exhibition at Surrey Art Gallery from 18 September to 11 December.
Sandeep Johal’s self-portrait, 2021, acrylic and textile on denim jacket, will be displayed as part of her exhibition at Surrey Art Gallery from 18 September to 11 December. Photo by Courtesy of Surrey Art Gallery

Sandeep Johal: What if?

When: September 18 – Dec. 11 (artist talk October 9 at 14-15)

Where: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88th Ave.

Info:surrey.ca/artgallery

In Sandeep Johal’s new exhibition, the Vancouver artist presents his teenage bedroom as a feminist space. The space includes her Hard Kaur series, which highlights 13 South Asian women she considers role models, pioneers, pioneers, vigilantes and rebels, and Rest in Power. The latter depicts 12 goddesses rendered in Johal’s distinct black-and-white graphic line drawing style with colorful geometric patterns and shapes. Each drawing or painting represents a woman who has been murdered, including Natsumi Kogawa in Vancouver (2016) and Maple Batalia in Surrey (2011).

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The Vancouver Maritime Museum presents an exhibit on the art of First Nations canoes, including work by Mike Billy Jr.  (the picture).
The Vancouver Maritime Museum presents an exhibit on the art of First Nations canoes, including work by Mike Billy Jr. (the picture). Photo by Caleb Ellison-Dysart

Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh-War Canoes and the Gifts They Carry Forward

When: September 16-June 2022.

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave.

Info:vanmaritime.com

This exhibition is curated by indigenous artist Roxanne Charles and shows work by indigenous artists and canoeists along with historical and contemporary images of indigenous canoe fights. Emerging and practicing artists have created works using carving, painting, weaving, clothing, beadwork, sculpture, felting, glass etching, poetry, performance and video. Canoe Cultures :: Ho’ku-melh also explores the Cano Cultures program, an initiative led by natives to teach young people how to build war canoes.


Viper Central (Patrick Metzger, Kathleen Nisbet, Tim Tweedale and Steve Charles) plays St.  James Hall on September 17th.
Viper Central (Patrick Metzger, Kathleen Nisbet, Tim Tweedale and Steve Charles) plays St. James Hall on September 17th. Photo by Jodie Ponto

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When: September 17 at 20.00

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Where: St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Ave., Vancouver.

Tickets: $ 20 on roguefolk.com ($ 10 streaming)

Viper Central has toured in North America and Europe and performed originals as well as standards. For this show, the East Vancouver bluegrass band makes the trip out to the wild West Side for a Rogue Folk Club concert. Included in the tour is Meg Tennant, a Vancouver-based singer / songwriter who released her second album, Echoed Light, in 2019. The album was chosen as one of this year’s discoveries by the music blog Roots Music Canada.


Werner Herzog's Aguirre, The Wrath of God, with Klaus Kinski, is shown as part of the Cinematheque's new retrospective of the German director's work.
Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God, with Klaus Kinski, is shown as part of the Cinematheque’s new retrospective of the German director’s work. Photo by Courtesy of The Cinematheque

Werner Herzog: Lessons of Darkness

When: Until October.

Where: Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St., Vancouver.

Tickets: $ 14/12/10 at thecinematheque.ca

In recent years, Werner Herzog has turned to documentaries such as Grizzly Man, Meeting Gorbachev and his latest 2020 Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds. This retrospective mainly contains feature films from early in the German director’s career, including Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Kaspar Hauser’s Enigma and Heart of Glass. It is the Cinematheque’s most significant Herzog retrospective since 1996.

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