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Month of June

Cabins/Raven Sun, new art exhibition featuring paintings by local artist Darleyne Jeff and Kathy Wood, at Burnaby Neighbourhood House north location, 4908 Hastings St., open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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To Friday, June 21

Tatanka: Buffalo Skull Art, by artist Kim Soo Goodtrack, at Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New West. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 5 p.m., by appointment or during productions at the theatre. Info: www.masseytheatre.com or 604-517-5900.

 

To Saturday, June 29

The Melville Boys, Norm Foster’s modern Canadian classic presented by the Vagabond Players at Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park. Shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets $17, or $15 for seniors and youth. Tickets: Call 604-521-0412 or buy through www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets.

Distant Tales: an exhibition of work by Fiona Tang and Kathleen McGiveron, at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org or 604-298-7322.

 

To Sunday, June 30

NWSS grad exhibition, Our Journey to Here, at the Gallery at Queen’s Park. Gallery open Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Graduation reception Thursday, June 27, 6 to 8 p.m. Info: www.acnw.ca or 604-525-3244.

 

To Friday, July 26

Cityscapes, an exhibition by Artists in the Boro, in the Art in the Atrium gallery space at the Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave.

 

To Sunday, Aug. 11

Harry Grunsky: The Tree, a Burnaby Art Gallery off-site exhibition at the Burnaby Public Library’s Bob Prittie (Metrotown) branch at 6100 Willingdon Ave. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca

 

To Monday, Aug. 12

Full Circle Collective: Passage of Time, a Burnaby Art Gallery off-site exhibition at McGill branch of Burnaby Public Library, 4595 Albert St. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca.

 

 

UPCOMING

Friday, June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moody Park, featuring performances by Smokey Valley, Uzume Taiko, Urban Kwakwaka’wakw Group, Ache Brasil, Ronnie Dean Harris, Butterflies in Spirit and storytelling by Teepee Theatre, plus arts and crafts, info booths and more. No tickets required; just drop by.

Friday Flicks, featuring Smoke Signals, 6:50 p.m., at the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch in recognition of National Aboriginal History Month. Drop in; no registration required. Free. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

Summer Solstice Tartan Ball, featuring the music of Tiller’s Folly, The Whiskeydicks and Pat Chessell, at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia St.Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $35. Buy through www.eventbrite.ca, or see www.thecolumbia.net for more information.

 

Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22

Live at the ’Bolt: Persistence, an evening of multi-disciplinary women performers at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., 8 p.m., tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Friday, June 21 to Sunday, Aug. 25

Women’s Work: New Acquisitions, a new exhibition at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave., featuring some of the new work by women that has been acquired by the gallery. Curator’s tour on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca.

 

Friday, June 21 to Sunday, Sept. 29

WINDS, an exhibition at the New Westminster New Media Gallery featuring works by international artists David Bowen, Spencer Finch, Nathalie Miebach and Chris Welsby, third floor at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Opening reception Friday, June 21, with talks by Bowen and Welsby from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Public opening reception (with cash bar) from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Info: www.newmediagallery.ca.

 

Saturday, June 22

Indigenous Culture Conversation with Brandon Gabriel (Kwelexwecten), 2 to 4 p.m., looking at the Indigenous Artistic Resurgence in B.C. and Beyond. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org. Free, but sign up through www.eventbrite.ca.

Vagabond Players Youth Theatre Program is offering a series of theatre improv and theatre skills workshops on Saturdays in June. Today’s session: Let’s Audition – how to get that part. Workshops run from 2 to 6 p.m., for participants aged 10 to 13, at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park. There’s a drop-in fee of $10. Info: vpsytp@gmail.com.

Write On! Contest Awards, a reading by the winners of the Royal City Literary Arts Society contest, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave., hosted by Janet Kvammen and Alan Hill. Free, all welcome. Info: www.rclas.com or secretary@rclas.com.

 

Sunday, June 23

A New West Summer Night’s Dream, a free community event to mark the solstice, featuring the Noxious Obs marching band, plus performances throughout the ravine by local artists including poet laureate Alan Hill, guitarist Peter Zaenker, guitar-fiddle duet of Madeleine Elkins and Clarice Scop, circus artists Lorynne Machado and Dayna Hoffman, cellist Claire Dresselhuis and a variety of students and groups from NWSS. Free. Meet at 8 p.m. at the Canada Games Pool Parking lot for procession into the ravine – wear your whimsical summer costumes and carry a lantern. Info: newwestdreamteam@gmail.com.

Matsuri Star Talent Search auditions, 1 to 5 p.m., searching for performers of all kinds to take part in the Nikkei Matsuri at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Performers must qualify for semifinals through an audition leading up to the festival, which is on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. Audition info and sign-up at www.nikkeimatsuri.ca.

 

Monday, June 24

You Are Here: A Come From Away Story, screening at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., as part of the Last Mondays at the Movies Series. Doors at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. Tickets $9 general, or $8 students/seniors, available at the door (cash only) or online in advance at www.ticketsnw.ca. Info: www.acnw.ca/movies.

 

Tuesday, June 25

Life Drawing, with nude model, at the New West Artists Gallery, 712C 12th St., 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Non-instructional; bring easel and art supplies. Drop-in fee $12. RSVP to Lavana, lavanalabrey6@gmail.comor 604-525-4566.

Intercultural Community Arts celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 4460 Beresford St., featuring Immigrant Art Exhibition, children’s activities and multicultural performances. Free, open to all. Light refreshments offered.

 

Tuesday, June 25 to Wednesday, July 31

Surfaces, an exhibition of work by artist Karen Colville, exploring nature, landscape and perceptions, at the Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Gallery open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, by appointment (604-517-5900) and during theatre performances. Info: www.masseytheatre.com.

 

Wednesday, June 26

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Conrad Good. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

Summer Block Party, in the Town Square at UniverCity, featuring music by Stringz Aloud, food truck fare and games in the square. Info: http://univercity.ca/events-calendar/

CODENAMES comedy, an all-female, all-funny sketch and improv extravaganza, part of Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St. Show at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pay what you want; reservations recommended at 604-759-0819. Info: www.facebook.com/wayoffwed.

 

Friday, June 28

Friday Flicks, featuring Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, 5:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch in recognition of National Aboriginal History Month. Drop in; no registration required. Free. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Saturday, June 29

Vagabond Players Youth Theatre Program is offering a series of theatre improv and theatre skills workshops on Saturdays in June. Today’s session: Let’s Celebrate. Workshops run from 2 to 6 p.m., for participants aged 10 to 13, at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park. There’s a drop-in fee of $10. Info: vpsytp@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, June 30

Symphony in the Park returns to Deer Lake Park, with prelude show by VSO Orchestral Institute students at 6 p.m., and the VSO at 7 p.m. Free. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket, and spend an evening in the park. Parking is limited, so transit, walking or cycling is recommended. Info: www.burnaby.ca/vso.

 

Month of July

Paintings by artist Akemi Ito are on display at Burnaby Neighbourhood House, north location, 4908 Hastings St., during the month of July. Visit the exhibition Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Info: 604-294-5444.

 

Monday, July 1

Canada Day in Burnaby features three celebrations: Edmonds Park and Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a day of family activities and entertainment; Burnaby Village Museum, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Swangard Stadium, with a concert featuring the indie rock band Stars, vocalist Nuela Charles and the Afro-funk-Latin-soul group Coco Jafro. Doors at 5 p.m., concert at 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk. Find all the details at www.burnaby.ca/canadaday.

Canada Day in New Westminster features free family celebrations in Queen’s Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including performances by GinaLina, Seabillys and Disco Funeral, plus games, crafts and more. Canada Day on the waterfront, presented by the Hyack Festival Association and River Market, includes a market with vendors and artisans on the boardwalk from noon to 8 p.m., and music on the stage from 2 to 10 p.m., followed by the fireworks. Info: www.hyackfestival.com/july-1st-fireworks and www.newwestcity.ca/calendar-of-events.

 

Monday, July 1 to Sunday, July 28

Robert Ascroft: New West by the Numbers, at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, with opening reception on Wednesday, July 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Inter/action talk with the artist on Sunday, July 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. Gallery open 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. See www.acnw.ca or call 604-525-3244.

 

Tuesday, July 2

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Pernell Reichert Duo. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

Wednesday, July 3

GAYLarious, an annual comedy show fundraiser for New West Pride, 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Lafflines Comedy Club at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia St., hosted by Jennifer Robertson (of CBC’s Schitt’s Creek), plus a lineup of LGBTQ+ and ally comics, including some drag queen and king stand-up. Info: www.newwestpride.ca.

 

Thursday, July 4

Civic Square Family Nights, featuring Andy the Musical Scientist at 7 p.m. and the Jacky Essombe Trio at 8 p.m. At Civic Square (outside the Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and McKay). Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Antoinette Libelt Band. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

Friday, July 5

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: Moonlight, 6:30 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6

Summer Arts Festival, presented by Burnaby Arts Council and Opus Art Supplies at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Friday night market 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday festivities run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include live entertainment, performances by the Burnaby Summer Theatre troupe, artisan market, kids’ workshop, food trucks, beer garden, artist workshops and the Park’s Edge Paint Off (1 to 3 p.m.). For full details and schedule, see www.burnabyartscouncil.org. Free, no tickets or registration required.

 

Friday, July 5 to Saturday, Aug. 10

Redefining, featuring the work of Coast Salish artist Kelly Cannell, at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Opening reception Friday, July 5, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org or 604-298-7322.

 

Saturday, July 6

New West Craft, artisan market on the boardwalk outside River Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New West Craft summer Night Market, featuring more than 75 vendors and artisans, outside on the boardwalk and inside at River Market, plus live music and more, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Traditional Coast Salish Cedar Weaving, with Kwantlen elder Hazel Gludo. Learn cedar weaving in this hands-on workshop for $5, or just watch Gludo’s demonstration for free. It’s at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org, or book through www.eventbrite.ca.

 

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, at Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres., featuring Japanese book sale, activities, movie screenings, food and more, noon to 6 p.m. both days. Info: centre.nikkeiplace.org or 604-777-7000.

 

Sunday, July 7

ArtsToGo, a free art workshop for families featuring a fun paper project, noon to 3 p.m. at Royal City Centre. Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster. Info: www.acnw.ca/artstogo.

 

Tuesday, July 9

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Mohamed Assani. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

Thursday, July 11

Civic Square Family Nights, featuring Syrian Stories on Wheels at 7 p.m. and The Blues Berries at 8:15 p.m. At Civic Square (outside the Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and McKay). Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Damasco Soul System. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

 

Friday, July 12

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: But I’m a Cheerleader, 6:50 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

Jesse Waldman and Christie Rose perform at 8 p.m. in Spirit Square, outside at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets $15. Buy through tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Saturday, July 13

Matsuri Star Talent Search auditions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., searching for performers of all kinds to take part in the Nikkei Matsuri at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Performers must qualify for semifinals through an audition leading up to the festival, which is on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. Audition info and sign-up at www.nikkeimatsuri.ca.

 

Sunday, July 14

Matsuri Star Talent Search auditions, 1 to 5 p.m., searching for performers of all kinds to take part in the Nikkei Matsuri at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Performers must qualify for semifinals through an audition leading up to the festival, which is on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. Audition info and sign-up at www.nikkeimatsuri.ca.

 

Tuesday, July 16

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Ed Lam Trio. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

 

Thursday, July 18

Civic Square Family Nights, featuring Red Fox Society drum group and dancers at 7 p.m., and V’ni Dansi dancers at 8:30 p.m. At Civic Square (outside the Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and McKay). Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: the Whiskeydicks. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

 

Friday, July 19

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: Love, Simon, 6:30 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Saturday, July 20

New West Craft, artisan market on the boardwalk outside River Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 23

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Shawn Bullshields. Info: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

Thursday, July 25

Civic Square Family Nights, featuring Vancouver Puppet Theatre at 7 p.m. and magician Rod Boss at 8 p.m. At Civic Square (outside the Metrotown library branch at Kingsborough and McKay). Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

Music by the River returns to Westminster Pier Park, with a free outdoor concert and a chance for audiences to enjoy food and beverages (including wine and beer) from the concession stand. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tonight: Shadowfax Trio. Info:. https://artscouncilnewwest.org/music-by-the-river/

 

Friday, July 26

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: Call Me By Your Name, 6:10 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

Petunia and the Vipers perform at 8 p.m. in Spirit Square, outside at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets $15. Buy through tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Friday, Aug. 2

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: Carol, 6:20 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Saturday, Aug. 3

New West Craft, artisan market on the boardwalk outside River Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Thursday, Aug. 8

Family movie night at Civic Square (Kingsborough and McKay, Burnaby), with Mary Poppins Returns. Rain or shine; bring a blanket. Movie at 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

 

Friday, Aug. 9

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: The Danish Girl, 6:20 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Thursday, Aug. 15

Family movie night at Civic Square (Kingsborough and McKay, Burnaby), with Hotel Transylvania 3. Rain or shine; bring a blanket. Movie at 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

 

Friday, Aug. 16

Friday Flicks: In honour of Burnaby Pride, the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch is hosting a series of Friday night movie screenings through the summer. Screenings are free; no registration is needed. Tonight: Pride, 6:15 p.m. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Saturday, Aug. 17

New West Craft, artisan market on the boardwalk outside River Market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Thursday, Aug. 22

Family movie night at Civic Square (Kingsborough and McKay, Burnaby), with Madagascar 3. Rain or shine; bring a blanket. Movie at 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

 

Thursday, Aug. 29

Family movie night at Civic Square (Kingsborough and McKay, Burnaby), with The Wizard of Oz (1939). Rain or shine; bring a blanket. Movie at 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.tinyurl.com/CivicSquareSummer2019.

 

Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29

Drum making workshop with Kwelexwecten (Brandon Gabriel), with hands-on instruction in the contemporary method of Coast Salish drum making, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Cost $150 per person. Register early through drummakingworkshop2019.eventbrite.com. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org or 604-298-7322.

 

Thursday, Oct. 10

Conversations with Nick Cave, an evening of talk and music with the Australian music icon, at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster. Tickets $112.50, $91.50 and $79.50, including service charges and fees.Info: www.nickcave.com.

 

Friday, Oct. 11

City Stage New West Sips ‘n’ Scripts series presents Mrs. Warren’s Profession, part of its Censored: Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage series, 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Audience members can watch or take part in the reading alongside professional actors. Free, but limited seating, so register ahead at www.tinyurl.com/SipsScriptsAnvil2019 or call 604-527-4640.

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Shaun Majumder’s HATE Tour, featuring the Canadian comedian in his new stand-up show tackling themes of intolerance and prejudice, 8 p.m. at the Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets $45, plus service charges, through www.ticketstonight.ca.

 

 

ONGOING

Uptown Unplugged, the Arts Council of New Westminster’s summer street performance series, runs on Saturdays and Sundays all summer long, until Sept. 1, from noon to 2 p.m. Performers are at Westminster Centre, 555 Sixth St., on Saturdays, and Royal City Centre, 610 Sixth St., on Sundays. Performances will also be held June 22, July 6, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24 at the New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave. Follow the arts council on Facebook (@artscouncilNW) to get up-to-date performer information.

 

Vivo Children’s Choir, New West, is now accepting registrations for the 2019/20 season. Rehearsals starting on Wednesdays in September at Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queens Ave. There are three choir levels for children in Grade 2 (age seven) and up. Info and registration package at www.vivochildrenschoir.com.

 

Massey Theatre Society seeks volunteers to serve on its board of directors. Interested individuals should have one or more of the following: a passion for arts; a keen understanding and interest in the role of the not-for-profit sector in community development; experience in networking and representing the best interests of the community; an interest and understanding of strategic development and planning. Apply by Aug. 10, 2019. Contact Lynn Radbourne at info@masseytheatre.com with resume and cover letter to apply.

 

Royal City Literary Arts Society is calling for submissions for the sixth annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, open to books of poetry (not chapbooks) published in Canada, in English, in 2018. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 are awarded for the top three winners. For full information and submission guidelines, see www.rclas.com.

 

Call for young artists: If you know of any children and teens (under age 18) who are diagnosed with autism, who are talented and willing to display their artwork, you can submit for consideration in Rusart Fine Arts Co.’s second On the Spectrum art show. Free for participants and guests. Info: 604-366-1365 or email elena@rusart.ca.

 

Drop in and do art, at the New West Artists Gallery, 712 C 12th St., Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your own art supplies and paint, draw, sketch, doodle, colour or whatever you like, $2 or by donation. Info: www.newwestartists.com.

 

Calling all artists: New Westminster Environmental Partners is calling for artists to create work inspired by the Brunette River and its tributaries, for an exhibition at the Plaskett Gallery in March 2020. Artists working in all mediums are invited to submit. For info, email thenwep@gmail.com.

 

Calling all poets: Submissions sought for a new poetry anthology, A Journey across New Westminster by Word: A Poetry of Place, by New West poet laureate Alan Hill in partnership with the City of New Westminster’s arts services department. Deadline June 21, 4:30 p.m. See www.tinyurl.com/NWPoetryofPlace2019 for details.

 

Registration now open for Royal City Musical Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre Academy, for ages 12 to 18, July 8 to 13 at Massey Theatre, $300 for the week. Info and registration: www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com.

 

Artists called to take part in a group exhibition during the opening night of RiverFest 2019 (coming up Sept. 18 and 19) in the rotunda at Fraser River Discovery Centre. Theme: the working river and its natural environment. Submissions will be accepted up to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28. For full details, see www.artscouncilnewwest.org.

 

Burnaby Arts Council seeks volunteers to help out with its fundraising 50-50 draw at the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10. For full details, see www.tinyurl.com/BACBluesVolunteers2019.

 

Call for musicians to take part in the Arts Council of New Westminster’s summer music programming. The arts council strives for diversity and inclusion, so artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, artists of colour, non-binary artists, Indigenous artists and artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Details and application: www.acnw.ca/music.

 

New Westminster Photography Club meets on the first and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7 p.m. at Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park. Info: www.nwphoto.org.

 

Tickets on sale for Burnaby Blues + Roots Fest, featuring Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan and more, 1 to 10 p.m. at Deer Lake Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Earlybird single tickets $50, regular price tickets $60, four-pack tickets $200, day-of-show single tickets $70. See www.burnabybluesfestival.com for info or buy tickets through www.ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000.

 

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! is taking applications from young performers aged nine to 19 for this summer’s musical theatre sessions at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. Session 1 runs July 2 to 25; Session 2 runs Aug. 6 to 29. Info and registration: www.theimpresario.ca.

 

Writers Meet-Up, hosted by local writing organization The Other Eleven Months, Wednesdays from 5 to 8:50 p.m. at the Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. Info: www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Gentlemen of Fortune Chorus is looking for new men to join the a cappella group, focused on singing in barbershop harmony style. The chorus has moved to Burnaby and now meets Tuesday evenings at 7:25 p.m. at Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Ave. Interested potential singers and guests are always welcome at rehearsals (enter rehearsal hall from rear parking lot). See www.gof.bc.ca for details.

 

Life drawing sessions, Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the New West Artists/Royal City Arts Alliance gallery at 712C 12th St. Bring your own drawing tools and paper; cost $2. Hosted by Lavana La Brey. RSVP at 604-525-4566 or email lavanalabrey6@gmail.com.

 

Artisans and craftspeople are invited to take part in 2019 New West Craft markets, running the first and third Saturday of every month at River Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now outdoors for the summer season. Info and application: www.tinyurl.com/NewWestCraft2019.

 

Artists in the Boro is seeking applications for six-week exhibitions in the Art in the Atrium gallery space at Queensborough Community Centre. For submission information and to apply, see www.tinyurl.com/ArtInTheAtrium2019.

 

Queens Avenue United Church Bell Ringers welcomes new adult members who can read music. The group meets Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Call Virginia at 604-597-3894 or email musicatqueens@gmail.com.

 

Auditions for Maple Leaf Singers on now. The dynamic show chorus performs more than 15 times a year and rehearses Monday evenings at Burnaby Lake Pavilion. All welcome to audition. Cal 778-245-4445 or email joinus@mapleleafsingers.com. Info: www.mapleleafsingers.com.

 

Artists invited to display work in the New West Artists' new community gallery at 712C 12th St., New Westminster. Terms can be three months (January to March, April to June) or on a monthly basis. Contact president@newwestartists.com, with the subject line RCAA GALLERY PARTICIPATION 2019/Artist Name.

 

Circuit Fridays, featuring underground house music with DJ’s Darius Kramer, Dezyman and Hixz, with special guests, the second and last Friday of the month at Magnetiq Nightclub, 27 Church St., $10 at the door, doors 9:30 p.m.

 

Burnaby International Folk Dancers, meets Tuesdays at Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells Ave. Info: 604-522-7468 or burnabyfolkdance.org.

 

Queen’s Academy offers a non-profit musical theatre program in Burnaby for children aged two to 12. Registration now open at queensacademy.weebly.com.

 

Volunteers required to help the Burnaby Arts Council in a variety of capacities, including gallery attendants for Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Info and application: www.tinyurl.com/BACGalleryVolunteers.

Dance and laugh the night away with round dance and/or square dance lessons. Round dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing done in a circle; lessons Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Charles Rummel Hall, 3630 Lozells Ave. Modern square dancing is done to modern music with groups of eight people in a square; lessons Tuesdays from 7 to 8:20 p.m. at the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts St. Couples and singles welcome, no special clothes required. For info, contact Pat at 604-521-7497.

 

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 www.100braidststudios.com.

 

Email entertainment listings to jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca.

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