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Visual Arts

Visitors flying into Vancouver are often surprised to discover a virtual museum of native art at the airport: totem poles, elaborate wooden masks and intricate wood and metal carvings, all tucked amid the check-in counters, customs booths and departure lounges.  This is no accident: Vancouver is serious about its art. 

The postcard perfect city on the Pacific's edge has a thriving and surprisingly diverse visual culture. First Nations artwork, both traditional and contemporary, is just the start.  A succession of pioneering artists has enriched the cultural scene over the years, from legendary Emily Carr and her expressionist canvases of British Columbia wilderness to architect Arthur Erickson, who defined an entire style of modernist building. 

Today, visitors can take in Vancouver's art at Western Canada's largest public art gallery, at edgy contemporary institutions or even inside the studios of working artists.  And museum lovers will find spaces dedicated to First Nations history and world cultures, Vancouver's rough-and-ready frontier days and modern life - not to mention plenty of kid-favourites, including hands-on Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium

Outside, Vancouver's unique architecture - a mélange of styles from Victorian to modernist, from towers of steel and glass to lush urban greenscapes - offers a provocative visual backdrop, and one that's quickly evolving as new high-rises spike the skyline.  Meanwhile, an ever-rotating ensemble of public art - both locally made and internationally renowned pieces - rewards travelers who take to the streets.
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Eastside Culture Crawl

  • November 19 - November 22
  • Various Locations
  • Admission: Free
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Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

  • December 15 - January 09
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Fright Nights at Playland

  • October 09 - November 01
  • Playland
  • East Hastings & Windermere Streets
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
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NORTHERN SWELL: A Cold Water Surf Photography Exhibit

  • October 02 - October 18
  • Shaper Studios
  • 1888 Main St - Studio A2
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3B7
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Antonio Lennert
  • Phone: 416-846-4212
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