A no messing around guide to the coolest things to eat, drink and do in Vancouver and beyond. Community. Not clickbait.

Six Cool Art Happenings We’re Looking Forward to Checking Out in June

Kristin Lim looks ahead to the month of June to see what good things are waiting for us in the local art scene.
Launch Map

Six Cool Art Happenings We’re Looking Forward to Checking Out in June

June is an exciting month in the local art scene with plenty of new and interesting openings that are well worth checking out. Make your way around to the different galleries using this map as your guide…

Image via PatrickCruz.org

HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL? | Join artist Patrick Cruz for a sound performance and city tour aboard a moving B-line that’s been wrapped with his art. As part of Contemporary Art Gallery’s year-long public art initiative with TransLink, five Canadian artists — Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Ta?delen and Anna Torma—have been invited to create designs to wrap select buses. Cruz’s design stems from his immersive installation Stepmother Tongue (2017/2019), distinct black on white pictographs derived from a pre-coloninal Philippine language.

SUN. JUNE 16 | MEET AT 3PM | 555 Nelson St. MAP
CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

WOMEN’S WORK | The Burnaby Art Gallery has been striving to steadily acquire more works created by women for its permanent collection. Their latest exhibition, Women’s Work: New Acquisitions, features some of these new works by local and international artists, historical and contemporary, including Diyan Achjadi, Shuvinai Ashoona, Mary Cassatt, Kate Craig, Leonor Fini, Carole Itter, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Agnes Martin, Tania Willard, and many others. The show opens June 20th and runs until August 25th.

THURS. JUNE 20 | 6344 Deer Lake Ave MAP

MOONLET/MOONLIT | Known for her everyday, beautiful ceramic wares, wobble pots, and ceramic jewelry, Gailan Ngan’s current exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery shows a whole other side of her artistic practice through her latest ceramic sculptures and pinhole photographs. A favourite piece in the show is Pink Moustache, made of clay, slip, glazes, lustre, and rope.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 22 | 53 Dunlevy Ave. MAP

IT GOES ON | While at Monte Clark Gallery, go next door and see the Kim Dorland exhibition at Equinox Gallery for some seriously impressive paintings (one painting fills an entire gallery wall!). These new works continue the artist’s exploration with the landscape and human impact on natural environments. While a $22,000 painting might be out of reach, snag a woodcut print for $20 with proceeds going to charity.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 29 | (Moved) 3642 Commercial St MAP

I SEE YOU | Recent paintings and sculptures by Vancouver-based artist Steve Hubert are on view at Field Contemporary. We’re most intrigued by the “in-gallery purpose-built bar [that] hosts ceramic sculpture highlights, and a contemplative sound system sculpture called The Pop-Up Light Situation.”

NOW UNTIL JULY 17 | 17 West Broadway MAP

MOBIL ART | There’s a new artist-run, independent art school in Chinatown offering innovative art making and art history classes all taught by artists (some pretty renowned artists too!). Their mission is to offer art education to people of all ages in the studio and off-site. That’s right! They’re mobile and will bring you creative courses, workshops, and special events. Classes sound fun—we’d love to make a ceramic hanging planter or learn to create a linocut print. Check out upcoming classes for adults and camps for kids here.

Mobil Art School 268 Keefer St. #060 MAP

Four Super Tasty Spots to Catch a Canucks Game in East Van

It’s been over a decade since there’s been “can’t miss” hockey in Vancouver! As the playoffs approach, here’s a list of a few of my favourite spots with great food and full-volume sound to catch a game.

Merci Bakery is Now Open for Business

This popular Farmers Market staple is now ready to open doors at their new brick-and-mortar Commercial Drive location.

Get Into the Free Economy Spirit at The Burrow’s Brunch & Bazaar, Feb. 9th

This isn't your average brunch or shopping event: besides nourishing your body affordably and replenishing your closet (for free!), this is also the opportunity to find new homes for your old, gently used threads, have fun, and connect with other like-minded folks in the community.

Hit The Magnet for Their ‘Island Darlings’ Tap Takeover, Feb. 10th

A change of scenery is nice, but sometimes the turnaround is just too short to justify the ferry trip. This weekend, we recommend forgoing the hassle of logistics in favour of a one-stop Vancouver Island brewery tour at The Magnet.