Music and Movies
Down below is a compilation of different music and movie events that are happening in the city.
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Free Movies at the Vancouver Public Library
Where: Various libraries
From popular feature films to documentaries that spark ideas and conversation – we’re showing the movies you want to see! We often pair films with exciting discussions from film critics, knowledgeable guests and directors – come join the conversation
Free Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place
When: Every Thursday until Aug 30
Time: At dusk, typically between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Where: North Point at Canada Place
Back by popular demand, come and check out this year’s lineup of blockbuster hits! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase onsite. As this is a family-friendly event, no smoking or alcohol is permitted. Seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot!
This year’s movie line-up:
Please note that movies may be cancelled in the case of rain.
Free Outdoor Wednesday Summer Movies Downtown
When: Wednesday evenings until August 8
Time: Dusk, with festivities beginning starting 8:30pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 230 Hamilton Street
There’s no better way to enjoy summer than outdoor movie nights right in the heart of Vancouver. [Vancouver also hosts free outdoor weekly summer movies at Canada Place, and at Stanley Park!]
Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting ‘Sunset Cinema’, a free outdoor movie series on the plaza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. All you have to do is bring your chairs, pillows, and a sense of excitement! Bring the entire family, friends, maybe that special someone, and your four-legged companions, for a fun night out.
Take your pick between family favourites and enjoy the movie on the giant inflatable screen under the stars. Four hit films will be shown.
All you have to do is bring your chairs, pillows, and a sense of excitement!
Starlight Theatre in Richmond - Drive or Walk In
When: Every Wednesday from July 5 to August 30
Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Walk-in: Easiest to take the Canada Line to Lansdowne Station (20 minutes from downtown)
The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Drive in and watch the film like the old days, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
*Movies will be rescheduled in the case of rain or high winds
Free Outdoor Summer Movies in Stanley Park
When: Tuesdays from July 3 to August 21 2018
Time: Movies begin at dusk but get there early - it's busy!
Where: Ceperley Meadows, Second Beach in Stanley Park
To celebrate a decade of movies being shown in the park after dark, Fresh Air Cinema, Evo Car Share, and Daily Hive teamed up to let viewers pick ALL the films that will be played this summer – and over 5,000 people voted to pick the eight movies.
Here’s the schedule:
Tuesday July 10: Stand By Me
Tuesday July 17: The Lion King
Tuesday July 24: Mean Girls
Tuesday July 31: Spice World
Tuesday August 7: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Tuesday August 14: Grease
Tuesday August 21: Titanic
Click below to view sunset times and trailers for each movie!
When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday,
until Saturday August 18
Where: just south of Kitsilano Pool and west of Kits Beach
Made up completely from volunteers, the Showboat has provided free entertainment for almost 70 years. In 1935, the event included swimming, diving, acrobatics and other entertainment!
This year has lots of entertainment including plenty of dance and music performances. Check out the schedule via the button below.
Music in the Park - West End Summer Concert Series
When: Sundays 1.00pm-3pm until August 26
Where: Haywood Bandstand, Alexandra Park
1755 Beach Avenue at Vidwell
Join this summer for some fantastic live music and performances. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon revelling in these free performances. Everyone is welcome to attend.
July 8 – Ross Curran
July 15 – The Just Jazz Trio
July 22 – Silk Road Music
August 12 – Lonesome Sinners
August 19 – Rio Samaya Band
August 26 – The Just Jazz Trio
Summer Saturday Concert Series by the Seabus in North Vancouver
When: Saturdays from July 14 to the end of August
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Shipbuilders' Square
Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouve
The Summer Sessions Concerts take place every Saturday evening (5pm to 8pm) in July and August in Shipbuilders’ Square at the foot of Lonsdale July 14th, 21st, 28th, and every Saturday in August. Come early to browse the artisan vendors and get something to eat from the food trucks onsite.
Summer Sessions will feature free evening concerts, artisan vendors, food trucks and a beer garden for those 19 and over. Each week features an exciting headline act with a diverse mix of performers and musicians throughout the summer. Bring the family, bring a chair and come and have fun, as you dance under the stars through the long summer nights.
Shipbuilders’ Square is located in the Shipyards at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, just east of the Lonsdale Quay, in North Vancouver.
The Saturday Summer Sessions are presented by the City of North Vancouver.
Dances at Dusk in Stanley Park
Twice a week there are music and dance events in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park. Head to Ceperley Meadow, by Second Beach, for some fun-filled evening entertainment. Cost is... free!
Royal Scottish Country Dance
June 18 – August 13
Lively dancing to the great music of Scotland: pipes, drums, accordions, and fiddles. You can have lots of fun and get plenty of exercise dancing with the members of the Scottish Country Dance Community. Kilts and tartans optional.
Info: 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751 or visit the RSCD website.
Vancouver International Folk Dancers
June 19-August 21
Vancouver International Folk Dancers will lead you in line and circle dances from Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East.
Info: 778-580-7508 or visit the Vancouver International Folk Dancers website.
Join in! Free Drop-in Community Choir
When: Thursdays until July 19, 2018, then again from
Sept 13 1018 but check Facebook to confirm
Where: 312 Main
EVERYONE DESERVES MUSIC:
COME RAISE YOUR VOICE WITH US FOR A DOSE OF COLLECTIVE JOY!
"This is a free, drop-in, non-auditioned weekly community choir. All voices are invited to join us in song. Together we sing music from gospel, folk, popular, and contemporary traditions. It's informal, fun, playful and profound.
We're a friendly gang of welcoming people who live or work in the area, go to school at SFU or come from around the city to gather here and enjoy the community we build through music.
There are usually 25 to 35 singers each week and always a handful of new singers joining us for the first time. Participants are also welcome to come, drink a cup of tea and just listen."
This friendly choir began in 2009. It runs most Thursday evenings throughout the year. Updates can be found on their Facebook page (Together Singing).
No experience or auditions required, no cost, no obligation, drop-ins welcomed. Come with a friend or come to make new ones.
Live Music Pay-What-You-Can in Gastown
When: Dates vary; doors usually open at 8pm
Where: 1 Alexander Street, Gastown
Love live music but find the cover charges too much to afford? Willing to queue early?
Guilt & Co. offers pay-what-you-can at their funky club in Gastown. See below for upcoming bands.
Cineplex Saturday Morning $2.99 Movies
Every Saturday at 11am, at select cinemas in many cities you can see a specific movie for just $ 2.99.
In Vancouver, that cinema is Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (Address: 88 West Pender, 3rd Floor). Another easy-to-get-to location is the Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis in Burnaby (Address: 4700 Kingsway).
See the dates and movies via the button below!
Free Movies in Mount Pleasant
When: Bi-weekly on Friday nights
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Branch Library, 1 Kingsway
This is an exciting find and if you live in Mount Pleasant, you may know of it already: free biweekly movies at the Mount Pleasant Branch Library...and many are recent releases!
Voucher system in place and available at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. You may need to queue!
Free Documentaries in Mt. Pleasant
When: Monthly on Wednesday evenings
Where: Mount Pleasant Branch Library
Another exciting find...
Free documentaries, every month, at Mount Pleasant branch library.
Monthly Free Movies
When: Last Thursday of each month
Where: Peretz Centre – 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver
The Vancouver Jewish Film Centre presents a monthly film and food event! For Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
Films are scheduled on the last Thursday of each month at 1:00pm with refreshments at 12:30 pm prior to the start of the film.
For more information please call (604) 266-0245.
Frames of Mind - A Monthly Mental Health Film Series
Where: Pacific Cinematheque Cinema
1131 Howe Street at Helmcken
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month
Cost: $11 adult; $9 student/senior
While this monthly mental health film series is not really low-cost, we include it here because the content is so interesting and relevant for our readers here. After every film, there is a talk - often a panel discussion - about the film and relevant mental health issues here in Vancouver.
To find out more click on the link below, and to find out if the monthly films are of interest, join their mailing list.
St. Andrews’s Wesley – Jazz Vespers
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St., Vancouver, BC
Date: Every Sunday, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where Jazz meets the Spirit! Spend an hour listening to the area's finest jazz musicians, plus a chance to reflect on life's mysteries and beauty through spoken word. Admission is free.
See the link below to discover which musicians are playing each upcoming date.
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