Popular Vancouver Attractions

If you're coming to spend some time in our amazing city, make sure you don't miss out on the chance to visit some of the great attractions around town. We have listed a few of our favourites below and each month we will list more exciting upcoming events. We're sure you won't run out of fun things to do anytime soon.

September Special Events

Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, Sep 24 @ 8pm Orpheum Theatre
Monday, Sep 26 @ 8pm Orpheum Theatre

One of Vancouver's most famous and loved musical exports, Jon Kimura Parker returns to play possibly the most popular piano concerto ever written, in a blockbuster season-opening concert that also features one of Tchaikovsky's greatest works.

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August Special Events

Swingle Singers: Classic Reinventions

Saturday, August 6 @ 7:30 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall

Presented by MusicFest Vancouver in partnership with the Chan Centre
Vancouver audiences are in for a treat when the international a cappella phenomenon, the Swingle Singers, take to the stage of the Chan Centre!

For over four decades the unmistakable sound of "Swingle singing" has defined the art form: virtuosic vocal agility and blend demonstrated by their signature close-microphone technique, combined with high-level entertainment that has thrilled audiences around the globe. These high-energy entertainers have released over 50 recordings and have won five Grammy Awards.

While membership in the group has changed, the sound remains unmistakably "Swingle", the same sound which caught the world's attention all those years ago. Classic Reinventions includes everything from Bach to Debussy, Beatles, and Joni Mitchell. Be prepared to be amazed, because these are not your parents' Swingle Singers!

"Only after the 3rd encore was the cheering and foot stamping crowd satisfied"
Dienstag, Germany

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Tuesday, August 9 @ 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

The World’s Premiere Children's Entertainers will Celebrate Their 20th Birthday In The United States And Canada This Summer! The Fab Four from down under are back with this year's most anticipated family event. It's time for a party. The Wiggles Big Birthday party! Join The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers as they celebrate their Big Birthday in Vancouver!

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Tuesday, August 9 @ 8:00 pm | ORPHEUM

Critically acclaimed vocalist Adele's postponed Tuesday May 31st, 2011 concert at the Orpheum has been rescheduled for Tuesday August 9th, 2011 at the Orpheum.
All tickets purchased for the May 31st date will be honoured at the door on August 9th.
Refunds at point of purchase until July 7th, 2011.

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Henry Purcell's "King Arthur": A Restoration Spectacular

Wednesday, August 10 @ 8:00 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall

Co-presented by Early Music Vancouver and MusicFest Vancouver in partnership with the Chan Centre with the support of the UBC School of Music
Alexander Weimann, music director | Featuring: Suzie LeBlanc, Ellen Hargis, Shannon Mercer, Catherine Webster, Matthew White, Colin Balzer, Aaron Sheehan, Tyler Duncan, Sumner Thompson, Nathaniel Watson, and Early Music Vancouver's Baroque Festival Orchestra and Chorus

Following Early Music Vancouver's 2009 production of Henry Purcell's "The Faerie Queene", which was "set - and sung - to perfection" (Globe and Mail), Early Music Vancouver is delighted to present the composer's music from "King Arthur": a Restoration spectacular, in every sense of the word!

This stunning concert performance will feature a cast of renowned early music singers, led from the keyboard by Alexander Weimann. Join us for the largest - and most spectacular - Early Music Vancouver production ever mounted!

For more information visit: www.earlymusic.bc.ca

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Saturday, August 13 @ 7.00 pm and 10.00 pm | ORPHEUM

The Comedy Network presents Daniel Tosh and guests. Insanely popular comedian Daniel Tosh announces his all new 2011 comedy tour "Tosh Tour On Ice” to over 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The all new tour comes on the heels of his sold out Tosh Tour Twenty Ten smash tour, which ran 3 short months from September – December 2010, with over 75 shows drawing more than 175,00 fans. Host of the super successful Comedy Central series, "Tosh.0", Tosh was named as one of the “10 comics to watch” by Daily Variety. Tosh is currently one of the most requested headliners in the country. He has also quickly evolved into one of the most successful acts, having performed more than seven hundred shows in his career. Tosh’s casual style and sharp material have proven to be greatly appreciated by his audiences, young and old. This show has mature content and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Second late show added due to overwhelming demand.

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Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC's 75th Anniversary

Saturday, August 13 @ 8:00 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, MusicFest Vancouver presents Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC's 75th Anniversary, a choral extravaganza bringing together three of the city's favourite and awardwinning choral ensembles and Denmark's Touché Vocal Jazz in the stunning acoustics of the elegant Chan Centre at UBC.

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Sunday, August 14 @ 2:00 pm | ORPHEUM

This talk is a unique opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to hear Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offer his insight into how to achieve true peace within ourselves and our society. Through the practice of mindfulness we can drop the preoccupations that keep us trapped in habitual ways of thinking and reacting, and experience the wonders that are available in the present moment. From this space of openness, we have the lucidity and energy to respond with understanding and compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh will shine his light of Buddhist wisdom on the global issues and dilemmas that we are currently facing and offer a fresh perspective of how to engage in the world with an open heart and mind. This special Afternoon of Mindfulness also includes a guided meditation and healing chanting with the monks and nuns of Plum Village, a community of people dedicated to living harmoniously and being instruments of peace and compassion.

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August 16 - 20 @ 8:00 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE
August 21 @ 7:30 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE
August 20 & 21 @ 2:00 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World's No.1 Show!

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Thursday, August 25 @ 6:45 pm | VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE

The Dalai Lama Center is pleased to announce an exciting Speakers Series event with Sir Ken Robinson. The best-selling author will be giving a special evening presentation. Sir Ken provided audiences at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit both with moments of laughter and moments of contemplation as he moderated the World Peace Through Personal Peace dialogue and participated in the Educating the Heart panel discussion. He has given talks around the world and, in addition to his knighthood, he has unofficially been given the title of "creativity expert". Sir Ken is calling for a reform in the way children are taught. He says we're teaching them to become workers, not thinkers. Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources and a New York Times Best selling author. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the word’s leading cultural organizations.

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Friday, August 26 @ 8:30 pm | QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour. The "Number Ones" album collects 35 of Jackson's No. 1 hits. The tour will visit 35 cities around the world, and the songs Jackson performs will consist exclusively of tracks that appear on the album. "These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done," Jackson said, in a statement. "I will be as up close and personal as possible. These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I'll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you've made number ones for me."

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July Special Events

Vancouver 125 Summer Live - the VSO at Stanley Park!

Sunday July 10 @ 5:15pm Mainstage (Stage A), in Stanley Park

Conductor / Performers:
Bramwell Tovey conductor

Celebrate Vancouver's 125th birthday with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! Enjoy popular classics in one of the world's most beautiful city parks, in a FREE outdoor concert designed to celebrate this special birthday with a bang! The concert will be held at Brockton Point in Stanley Park.

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Symphony in the Park - the VSO at Deer Lake

Sunday July 17 @ 7:30pm Deer Lake Park, Burnaby

Conductor / Performers:
Pierre Simard conductor



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Summer Pops: Broadway to Hollywood!

Thursday Jul 21 @ 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Steven Reineke conductor
Ashley Brown vocalist
Ryan Silverman vocalist
New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke conducts a hot program of the best from Hollywood and Broadway, for a sizzling Summer night with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Selections from Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, Titanic, Star Wars and more light up the Orpheum in this exciting musical tribute to the greatest music from Broadway and Hollywood!

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Harpists Extraordinaires: Judy Loman, then Jazz

Sunday July, 24 @ 7pm St. Andrew's Wesley Church

Conductor / Performers:
Judy Loman harp
Rennie Regehr viola
Nora Shulman flute
Christa Grixharp
Jodi Proznickbass
Rossitza Milevskaharp
Kristian Alexandrovdrums and keyboard
Enjoy an evening of Canadian masterpieces, followed by some finger-snapping jazz by some of the world's best harpists and musicians!

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International classical prize-winners, then Samba and Pop

Monday, July 25 @ 7:30pm St. Andrew's Wesley Church

Conductor / Performers:
Rino Kageyama harp
Agnès Clément harp
Cristina Braga (harpa bossa) harp
Ricardo Medeiros(Harpa Bossa) bass
Sal Ferreras(Harpa Bossa) drums
Chiara Pedrazetti(Labirinto) harp
Sean Lanigan(Labirinto) electric guitar
A rare opportunity to be entertained by top international players performing classical, samba and pop!

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World of Harp Concertos, Blues and Techno Harp

Tuesday, Jul 26 @ 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Evan Mitchell conductor
Christoph Bielefeld harp
Merve Kocabeyler harp
Katerina Englichováharp
Vilém Veverkaoboe
Baltazar Juarez harp
Ann Hobson Pilot harp
Paula Page harp
Susan Dederich Pejovich harp
A rare opportunity to be entertained by top international players performing classical, samba and pop!

Reinl Competition Prize-winners Christoph Bielefeld and Merve Kocabeyler from Germany and Turkey, international prize-winners Katerina Englichová and Vilém Veverka from the Czech republic, Baltazar Juarez, Principal Harpist of the National Symphony of Mexico, and retired Boston Symphony Principal Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, Houston Symphony and Dallas Symphony Principal harpists Paula Page and Susan Dederich Pejovich in dazzling harp concertos that will delight you with their variety and colour!

This concert is followed by a Jazz/Pop presentation, featuring Techno Concerto, written and performed by brilliant Canadian harpist Caroline Lizotte with Etienne Ratthé, and the blues played on electric pitch-bending harp with Netherlands harpist Brenda Dor-Groot and Vancouver musicians Laurence Mollerup, Michael Michalkow and Bryan Binnema.

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Gala Harp Concertos and Spindrift

Friday, Jul 29 @ 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre

Conductor / Performers:
Kyo-Jin Lee harp
Elizabeth Hainen harp
Alice Giles harp
Kristan Toczko harp

Prize-winning Kyo-Jin Lee from Korea, Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen, Australia's Alice Giles, former first prize winner of the Israel Harp Contest and host of the 12th WHC, and OSM Standard Life Competition prize-winner Kristan Toczko playing the Harp Concerto by Vancouver's own Juno Award-winning Michael Conway Baker.

This concert is followed by a Jazz/Pop presentation, featuring Spindrift: Belgian harpist Maria Palatine with the VSO's Principal Percussionist Vern Griffiths on drums.

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Berlin Philharmonic Harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Friends

Saturday, July 30 @ 4:30pm St. Andrew's Wesley Church

Conductor / Performers:
Marie-Pierre Langlamet harp
Lara St. John violin
Naoko Yoshino harp

Hear the breathtaking artistry of three phenomenal musicians from three countries. Music really is the universal language!

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Chamber Concertos and Fireworks!

Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30pm St. Andrew's Wesley Church

Conductor / Performers:
Kaori Otake harp
Mieko Inoue harp
Willy Postma harp
Belgrade Harp Quartet 4 harps

Hosted by Bill Richardson. Soak up the sounds of fabulous award-winning harpists from Vancouver, Japan, Norway and Serbia, conducted by Vancouver's own Ken Hsieh, and then walk down to English Bay for the Celebration of Light Fireworks! www.vancouverfireworks.ca

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

One of Vancouver, British Columbia's most popular tourist attractions with so many things to see and do! It offers a unique mix of adventure and culture making it a complete British Columbia experience.

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park is recognized around the globe as one of the great parks of the world! Vancouver's first park and one of the city's main tourist attractions, Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares close to the downtown core.

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Harbour Cruises

A unique Vancouver experience offering unparalleled panoramic views of the city skyline, the surrounding Coastal Mountain range and many of the area's most famous landmarks.

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Vancouver Aquarium

Home to over 70,000 aquatic species, Canada's largest aquarium is open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.

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Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain brings you uniquely British Columbian experiences that are ideal for the whole family, 7 days a week.

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Eco Tours

Come to Horseshoe Bay and discover spectacular Howe Sound, our Ocean Playground. Take an exciting high-speed Sea Safari wildlife eco-tour. Explore the islands and inlets in your own rental speedboat.

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