Here's what's up on New Westminster's arts and entertainment scene

ON NOW

To Saturday, Aug. 10

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

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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.

 

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. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca.

 

To Friday, Aug. 30

Beneath the Surface, featuring work by Jerry Stochansky, at Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Gallery open Tuesdays to Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m., during performances at the theatre and by appointment. Info: www.masseytheatre.com or 604-517-5900.

 

To Tuesday, Sept. 3

Masks From My Mind, an outdoor exhibition at Deer Lake Gallery (6584 Deer Lake Ave.) featuring the work of sculptor Peter Lattey. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org.

 

To Thursday, Sept. 12

Flower Power, a New West Artists show at the Network Hub, second floor, River Market, 810 Quayside Dr. Drop in weekdays between noon and 5 p.m. Info: www.newwestartists.com.

 

To Saturday, Sept. 14

City Squares, an exhibition of work by John Steil, Judy Villett and Martha Jablonski-Jones, at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, fourth floor, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 10, 1 to 3 p.m., with refreshments and a chance for visitors to make their own art. Artists’ talk Sept. 10, 10:30 p.m. Gallery open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on regular Sundays. On the weekend of the New West Cultural Crawl (Aug. 10 and 11), it’s open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Info: www.douglascollege.ca/artsevents.

 

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. Free. Info: www.newmediagallery.ca.

 

To July 2020

Nikkei, a year-long exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, explores the personal stories of individuals and families of Japanese descent: unique stories of arrival, heroism in the face of racism, the resilience of community and the experience of generations. The core exhibit will rotate through more than 30,000 photographs, 35 metres of textual records, 500 oral history recordings, 100 film reels and more than 2,500 artifacts and artworks. The Nikkei Centre is at 6688 Southoaks Cres. See www.nikkeiplace.orgfor details.

 

UPCOMING

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.

December Avenue, live, 7 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., in the final show of their Canadian tour. Info: www.masseytheatre.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4

The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare, presented by Shadows and Dreams Theatre at the bandshell at Queen’s park, 2 p.m. Free, family-friendly.

 

Saturday, Aug. 4

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

 

Monday, Aug. 5

Open mic night, 7 to 10 p.m. at 100 Braid Street Studios. Sign-up starts at 7:15 p.m. Open to all ages. Cash bar and snacks available. Info: www.100braidststudios.com.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Poetry in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, featuring Andrew French and Angelica Poversky, plus open mic. In the event of rain, it will move into Centennial Lodge across the road. Info: www.rclas.com.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Aug. 25

Annette Nieukerk: Allegory and Grace, at The Gallery at Queen's Park, with opening reception Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Inter/action artist talk on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. Gallery open Wednesdays 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Info: www.artscouncilnewwest.org.

 

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.

New West Cultural Crawl opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. at 100 Braid Street Studios. Get a sneak peek at artists on the Crawl and plan your route for the weekend. Cash bar available. Info: www.newwestculturalcrawl.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 10

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park, featuring Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan, The War and Treaty, William Prince and Southern Avenue. Gates at noon, show from 1 to 10 p.m. Single tickets $60, four-pack tickets $200; day of show single tickets $70. Children under 12 free with adult ticket purchase, but reserve a free ticket through the box office at 604-205-3000. General tickets available at www.ticketmaster.ca. Full details at www.burnabybluesfestival.com.

Fence Walk and Talk, 1 p.m. at 335 East Sixth Ave. and 805 Cherry St. Meet artist Margaret Halsey and learn more about her fence portraits of dogs and cats. Free, part of New West Cultural Crawl.

PechaKucha New West – the Pride Edition, 7 to 10 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth St., as a kickoff to Pride week. Tickets $12 (including service charge) at www.ticketsnw.ca. Partial proceeds to New West Pride.

OpenStage New West, noon to 4 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, with family-friendly performances by emerging artists and an open mic session, plus interactive arts activities. Free, open to all.

 

Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11

New West Cultural Crawl, featuring a self-guided tour of studios, galleries and other venues displaying the work of more than 150 artists over five neighbourhoods. Info: www.newwestculturalcrawl.com.

 

Sunday, Aug. 11

Fence Walk and Talk, 1 p.m. at 335 East Sixth Ave. and 805 Cherry St. Meet artist Margaret Halsey and learn more about her fence portraits of dogs and cats. Free, part of New West Cultural Crawl.

Exhibition opening: Identity, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Art Space at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., featuring work from Clarissa Argueta, Eden Fine Day and P.J. Patten.

 

Monday, Aug. 12

The Art of Queer, an art show and spoken word performance, 6 to 8 p.m. at Centennial Lodge, Queen's Park. Entry by donation if you can, free if you can't.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Poetry in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, featuring Tolu Olurontoba and Kyle Hawke, plus open mic. In the event of rain, it will move into Centennial Lodge across the road. Info: www.rclas.com.

 

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.

OpenStage New West, noon to 4 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, with family-friendly performances by emerging artists and an open mic session, plus interactive arts activities. Free, open to all.

Festival del Humor, 8 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets through www.ticketstonight.ca.

 

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Poetry in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, featuring Elaine Woo and Kyle McKillop, plus open mic. In the event of rain, it will move into Centennial Lodge across the road. Info: www.rclas.com.

 

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.

 

Saturday, Aug. 24

OpenStage New West, noon to 4 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, with family-friendly performances by emerging artists and an open mic session, plus interactive arts activities. Free, open to all.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Poetry in the Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park bandshell, featuring Carlie Blume and more (TBA), plus open mic. In the event of rain, it will move into Centennial Lodge across the road. Info: www.rclas.com.

 

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 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.

 

Arts Council of New Westminster has issued a call for artists to exhibit at The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2020. Submissions will be accepted up to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. For full details about the gallery and how to submit, see www.acnw.ca/gallery.

 

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 resumé and cover letter to apply.

 

Registration open for Arts + Tech Summer Camp, offered for eight- to 12-year-olds from Tuesday, Aug.6 to Saturday, Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, $275 for the week. Info and registration details: www.newmediagallery.ca/programs.

 

Piva Modern Italian Restaurant offers Dinner Jazz at Piva, every Wednesday night starting June 26, for an eight-week run, featuring the Will Clements Trio and other local jazz musicians from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dinner reservations recommended at https://pivarestaurant.ca/reservations/

 

Series tickets now on sale for the Arts Club on Tour three-show series coming to Anvil Centre, New West, for 2019/20. Featuring Bed & Breakfast on Oct. 8; The Shoplifters on Jan. 14; and Kim’s Convenience on Feb. 18. Subscriptions start at $99 for three shows. Info: www.anvilcentre.com/attend.

 

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. Deadline Oct. 1. For full information and submission guidelines, see www.rclas.com.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 are invited to submit expressions of interest in taking part in the International Artists Day Anonymous Art Show, coming to 100 Braid Street Studios Oct. 25 and 26. The show features 12x12 works, signed only on the back. Works will be juried. For full details and submission guidelines, see www.100braidststudios.com/iad-call-to-artists

 

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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