Here's what's up on New West's arts and entertainment scene in August

Month of August

Anna Tsybulnyk has an art exhibition at Burnaby Neighbourhood House North House, with work inspired by classical art, Ukrainian fairy tales and Canadian landscapes, 4908 Hastings St. Info: 604-294-5444 or email

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To Saturday, Aug. 11

Tricksters Laugh, an exhibition of work by Geronimo and Alanna Edwards, at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Info:


To Sunday, Aug. 12

An Evening of One Acts, featuring Aaron Sorkin’s Hidden in This Picture, and John Mighton’s Possible Worlds, presented by Vagabond Players at Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park, shows Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Info:


To Sunday, Aug. 19

Jeff Ladouceur: Pearl Path, an exhibition of contemporary comic drawings by the New York-based Canadian artist, at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Gallery open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m., by donation. Info: or 604-297-4422.


To Saturday, Aug. 26

Repeat After Me: An Exploration of Pattern, an exhibition of work by Lex Ireton at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, with opening reception Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Inter/Action with the artist on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. Gallery open Wednesdays 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursdays through Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Info:


To Friday, Aug. 31

Life, Death and Other Dreams, an exhibition of work by Clarissa Argueta, as Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and during performances at the theatre. Info:

Burnaby Artists Guild art display at the office of MLA Janet Routledge, 1833 Willingdon Ave., open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.). Drop in to check out the work or call 604-775-0778 for info.


To Saturday, Sept. 8

Landlocked? and Flotsam, a double exhibit of work by Tiki Mulvihill, at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, fourth floor north at Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., with free collage workshop, plus artist’s talk during closing reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.


To Sunday, Sept. 30

GYRE, a new exhibition at New Westminster New Media Gallery, exploring the infinite through light and sound, featuring works by Nicolas Bernier, Daniel Iregui and Chul Hyun Ahn. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with late openings until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Gallery is on the third floor at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Info:





Friday, Aug. 10

Movie Matinee: From Book to Screen, featuring Wonder, at the Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway, 2 p.m. Free, but space is limited so arrive early. Parents or caregivers must accompany children under 10. Info:

Film screening of Murder on the Orient Express, 6 p.m. at the Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. Free, but space is limited, so register online at


Friday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 12

New West Cultural Crawl, with Friday night opening reception at Anvil Centre, 5 to 7 p.m., and two days of self-guided tours of artist studios at various venues in New Westminster, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free, all ages, family-friendly. Check out for all the details.


Saturday, Aug. 11

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park, featuring headliner Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. Single tickets $50 regular. Day of show single tickets $60. Children under 12 free with ticketed adult. Info:


Sunday, Aug. 12

Port Royal Community Garden Society and Artists in the Boro offer their annual Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art in the Garden event as part of the New Westminster Cultural Crawl. Decorate your own hat with help from the volunteers, take part in kids’ activities, check out the art and enjoy tea, treats, sandwiches and mini-quiches under the garden canopy – all free. Art display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tea from noon to 3 p.m. The Port Royal Community Garden is across from 83 Star Cres. in Queensborough, a short walk from the Q2Q ferry. For more information, call the Queensborough Community Centre at 604-525-7388.


Thursday, Aug. 16

Outdoor movies at Civic Square, Burnaby (outside Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and MacKay), featuring Mulan. Free. Info:


Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17

Truck Stop: An Outdoor Circus by Machine de Cirque, 7 p.m. at Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets $10. Shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, plus a 4 p.m. show on Aug. 17. Featuring acrobatics, music and hilarity. Info and tickets:


Saturday, Aug. 18 to Saturday, Sept. 15

Jawahir: Jewels, an exhibition of the work of Durrah Alsaif, at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., with opening reception Aug. 18 at noon. Info: or 604-298-7322.


Wednesday, Aug. 22

Painting for Parkinson’s 2018, a free community event at 100 Braid Street Studios, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., bringing together those affected by Parkinson’s disease with family, friends, neighbours and the community. No painting experience necessary; participants will bring home a 12 X 12 canvas of their own at the end of the session. All welcome. Art supplies and refreshments included. Register at

Movie night in Charles Rummel Park, 8 p.m., with screening of Coco, at 3630 Lozells Ave. Rain or shine. Bring your own blanket. Info: 604-420-2675.


Thursday, Aug. 23

Outdoor movies at Civic Square, Burnaby (outside Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and MacKay), featuring Cars. Free. Info:


Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25

Safe and Sound Music Fest, featuring R&B and hip hop artists from the local and international scene, headlined by Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, Alina Baraz, Sabrina Claudio, Goldlink, SonReal and more, at Westminster Pire Park. Tickets priced from $59.99 up to $249.99, with one- and two-day passes available, general admission or VIP. Info and tickets:


Sunday, Aug. 26

Gord’s Guitars, with Gord Grdina, taking audiences on a journey through the history of guitar with Arabic, classical, country, blues, jazz and rock styles. For all ages. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (45 minutes each time) as part of the ArtStarts series at River Market. Info:


Thursday, Aug. 30

Outdoor movies at Civic Square, Burnaby (outside Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and MacKay), featuring Coco. Free. Info:


Friday, Aug. 31 to Saturday, Nov. 3

Burnaby Art Gallery presents Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads, a retrospective of the work of Canadian artist and master printmaker Anna Wong, at 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Special events include curator’s tour on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.; In the BAG Family Sunday studio drop-ins on Sept. 16 and Oct. 21; multilingual tours on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.; and a panel discussion on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Info: Gallery admission by donation.


Saturday, Sept. 8

A choral workshop, 9 a.m. to noon at Olivet Baptist Church, hosted by New Westminster Ministerial Association to teach two new choral pieces – one of general Thanksgiving and one for Christmas season – that singers can take back to their own churches. Cost $15. Info and pre-registration: Doug McSavaney, Sign up by Sept. 1.



Arts Council of New Westminster is calling for artists interested in exhibiting at The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2019. Submissions open until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. For all the application details, see


Tiny Crafts at River Market, with a chance to take part in free, family-friendly quick craft activities at a variety of locations: craft postcards at Craft Café, create pompoms at Cosy Yarns, make a tiny soap at Jolene’s Natural Soaps, write a poem at Great Wall Tea, write a letter to the fairies at The Wylde Wood Collective. Ongoing and open whenever shops are open. Info:


Poetry in the Park runs Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Queen’s Park bandshell, until Aug. 29, with feature poets and open mic. For info, see


Royal City Literary Arts Society seeks submissions for the fifth annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, open to Canadian writers who had a book published in English in 2017. With cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100. Info:


Uptown Unplugged concert series runs Saturdays at Westminster Centre, 555 Sixth St., and Sundays at Royal City Centre, Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street, every weekend until Sept. 9, noon to 2 p.m. Info:


Poetry New Westminster, presented by Royal City Literary Arts Society on Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. (except holiday weekends) at the Heritage Grill back room, 447 Columbia St. Each Sunday features two poets and an open mic. Search for Poetry New Westminster on Facebook for the latest schedule.


Paint and Sip Nights at 100 Braid Street Studios, offering a night of beverages, refreshments and a chance to receive step-by-step instruction from a professional artist to create your own painting. Each night costs $35, or $60 for two adults registering together, and runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. A variety of upcoming themes are offered. See


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