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The must-do list: Check out these 5 arty events in New West

Shadows and Dreams brings Shakespeare back to Queen's Park with A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company is bringing an outdoor Shakespearean romp to the Queen's Park farm. A Midsummer Night's Dream is on July 31, Aug. 1, 7 and 8.

The sun is still shining, and the arts are still busting out all over.

Check out what’s happening this coming week.



July 31, Aug. 1, 7, 8

Shakespeare in the Park is back.

New Westminster’s own Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company marks its 15th anniversary production with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on this weekend (July 31 and Aug. 1) and next (Aug. 7 and 8) at Queen’s Park.

The outdoor adventure has a slightly new location this year, as it’s shifted from the bandshell to the new arts space that’s been set up this summer in the Queen’s Park petting farm. As always, it’s family-friendly and casual, so bring your own chair and come ready to enjoy yourself.

Tickets are free, but you need to reserve ahead of time



Saturday, July 31

Turn out to the open space outside Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.) for free arts and community activities, happening every Saturday in the summer from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This weekend features kids’ activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Jump Into Music session at noon for parents and kids, and performances on the busker stage at 1 p.m. (Gwen Davie) and 2 p.m. (Jason Bonhomme and Jasmine Stacey). You can enjoy Poetry in the Park at 3 p.m. and Hatha Yoga with Karma Yoga Studios at 5 p.m. 

The evening features a musical extravaganza with a series of performers from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring Ed, Salve and Friends and the CrackerJacks Band. 

Keep an eye on the Massey website for all the up-to-date details.



The Arts Council of New Westminster is presenting a summer series showcasing Indigenous artists, curated by S^yowah.

The series continues Thursday, July 29 at noon, when Elder Christy David will demonstrate ribbon skirt making at Centennial Lodge. On Friday, July 30, you can enjoy the stand-up comedy, poetry and storytelling of Mitchell Saddleback at 6:30 p.m. at Queen’s Park.

COVID-19 protocols require registration in advance for all in-person events. 



The Outlaws are riding into town – into the Gallery at Queen’s Park, to be precise.

The Outlaw Art Show features artists Gord Smithers, Kelly Haigh, David Ostrem, Ray Condo, Ian Tiles, Keith Picot, Kevin House, Rob Thomson, Grant Shankaruk, Robert Bartovsky, Tony Bardach, Clive Jackson, Brad Lambert, Dallas Cooper, Jimmy Roy and Deb Dawson.

The show opens tonight (Monday, July 26) at 6 p.m., with performances at 6:30 p.m. featuring Stephen Hamm: Theremin Man and Sinead X Sanders and Double D.

They’re promising “colour, and fun, and a healthy splash of weirdness” in the show that runs until Aug. 2, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The gallery (which is run by the Arts Council of New Westminster) is at Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park, and admission is free. 



Who can’t use a good laugh?

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy is going strong in downtown New West (in the Columbia Theatre at 530 Columbia St.) – and there’s a plethora of upcoming events to choose from.

On Wednesday, July 28, it’s Justin Nichol’s Comedy Brawl, with eight comedians going head-to-head in a playoff-style bracket. Then, from Thursday, July 29 to Saturday, Aug. 1, you can catch Ed Hill.

The club has COVID-19 measures in place to keep folks safe (check them out at if you want to know more).

Check out the full calendar of events and ticket links online or call 604-522-4500.


And don’t forget, you have just a few days left to check out this ongoing event:


Ongoing to July 31

Join an arts and tech hunt for past natural treasures as part of the City of New Westminster’s Wander Our Parks series. Throughout the month of July, you can take your smartphone to Queen’s Park to join in this immersive, interactive experience that encourages you to explore the park, reflect on its history and its future, and reimagine what it could have been. Digital activities will be available using your smartphone and QR codes. Look for the sign on the Millennium Trail, near Third Avenue, to start your exploration.

Info: email Chris Jung, program coordinator, at or call 604-515-3834.

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