Here's what's up on Burnaby's arts and entertainment scene


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:

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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. 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. Info:

Phantoms in the Front Yard, a Vancouver-based art collective, presents an exhibition of figurative work at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Gallery open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Info: or 604-298-7322.


To Friday, Sept. 27

For My Sanity and Yours, featuring artwork by Debra McKenzie, at the Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New West. Tea Talk and Treats session on Sept. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 5 p.m., during performances at the theatre and by appointment. Info: or 604-517-5900.


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:

Natura, an exhibition of work by Marney-Rose Edge, at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, with Inter/action with the artist on Sept. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. Gallery open Wednesdays 1 to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Info:


To Sunday, Oct. 20

Angela Nagy: Behind Closed Eyes, a Burnaby Art Gallery off-site exhibition at the Metrotown branch of Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave. Info:


To Monday, Oct. 21

Marianna Schmidt: Repatriated Works, a Burnaby Art Gallery off-site exhibition at the McGill branch of Burnaby Public Library, 4595 Albert St. Info:


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.




Wednesday, Sept. 11

Summer Block Party in the Town Square at UniverCity, Burnaby Mountain, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with games, food truck fare and music by the jazz trio Slinki. Info:


Thursday, Sept. 12

Tellers of Short Tales, with featured reading by author Lydia Kwa, plus open mic, Room 413A at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., 6 to 8 p.m. Info:


Saturday, Sept. 14

Vancouver Cello Quartet performs at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., the first in the new Vancouver Chamber Music series. Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets:

The Celtic Lasses perform at 7 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 7405 Royal Oak Ave., $20. To buy tickets in advance, call 604-433-0815 or email


Wednesday, Sept. 18

Riverfest pop-up art exhibition, on the theme of The Working River and its Natural Environment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fraser River Discovery Centre. Info:


Thursday, Sept. 19

In Their Words, a presentation by the Royal City Literary Arts Society, with writers presenting the work of their favourite authors. Featuring Carol  Johnson reading English poet-novelist D.H. Lawrence, Malcolm Van Deist reading Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgard, and Glenn Wootton presenting the work of Gordon Lightfoot. Free. Drop in to the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., Room 413A, 6 to 8 p.m. Info:


Friday, Sept. 20

Live at the ’Bolt: Kasandra Flamenco, 8 p.m. at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets $18. Buy through


Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22

PRIDE: For the Young Gay, the Un-Gay and the Jaded Queen in All of Us, a one-man show by Allan Morgan, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets $15 general, $10 students/youth, plus service charges. Call 604-521-5050 or buy through


Saturday, Sept. 21

Live at the Gallery, featuring the guitar duo of Matt Silverman and Sara Wazani, 7 p.m. at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free, but register at

Exploring Creativity with Collage/Mixed Media, a ParkArt workshop offered by IMPACT Parkinson’s for people with Parkinson’s and their family and friends, 10 a.m. to noon, $30. Registration and info: 604-525-2631, info@impactparkinsons.comor

The Soda Crackers, a musical group featuring bluegrass, jazz and Western swing, performs at the New West Artists Gallery, 712C 12th St., 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $25, refreshments available. Limited seating. Buy ahead at Renaissance Books, 712 12th St., or see

Exploring Truth in Creative Non-Fiction, a workshop with Christina Myers, presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., in Room 417, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members. Pre-register at Info:


Saturday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 26

ReVision: the art of recycling, a group exhibition at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. With a variety of special events including opening reception Sept. 21, noon to 4 p.m.; Art of Recycling workshops with Lori Goldberg on Oct. 5 (noon and 2 p.m.); a “Found Sound” rhythm circle with Abby Green Bull on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.; a “Eco-Trashion” workshop on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.; and a special closing event Eco-Trashion Show and Bad Art Sale, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Info:


Sunday, Sept. 22

An evening of khayal and thumris with Hindustani classical vocalist Indrani Mukherjee, 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the James Cowan Theatre at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets $40 VIP, or $30 regular. Tickets: Info:


Tuesday, Sept. 24

Vancouver Guitar Duo performs in the Sound Bites concert series at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, with performance at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door, including coffee and refreshments. Buy through


Tuesday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 6

Herringbone: The Musical, presented by Patrick Street Productions at the Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St. Info:


Thursday, Sept. 26

Sarah Slean and Kevin Fox perform at the Studio Theatre at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Buy through


Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28

Burnaby Heights Art Crawl, an inaugural event hosted as a community-building and fundraising project for Burnaby Neighbourhood House. Features VIP Art and Wine reception on Friday evening, 6:30 to 9 p.m., with wine tasting and a night of arts (tickets $25). Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the Art Crawl, with a chance to wander the Heights to check out art at participating merchant venues – for free. Info:


Saturday, Sept. 28

Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, 6:30 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Info:

Culture Forward New West, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., with a variety of events and programs around the building, including stage performances, Flight of the Green Screen, Identity art exhibition at the Community Art Space, open house at the New West Archives reading room and much more. Info:

Wildlife + Animals, an art show by My Artist’s Corner at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., with free admission and parking. Info:


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. Info: or 604-298-7322.


Monday, Sept. 30

The Tomorrow Man, screening as part of the Last Mondays at the Movies series at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., with post-film talk in the Plaskett Gallery. Tickets $9, or $8 for students and seniors. Pay cash at the door or buy ahead at Season passes also available for $65, or $60 for students/seniors. Info:


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:


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 or call 604-527-4640.


Thursday, Oct. 17

Suede Dogs, the jazz-rock duo, performs at the New West Artists Gallery, 712C 12th St., 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $20, refreshments available. Limited seating. Buy ahead at Renaissance Books, 712 12th St., or see


Friday, Oct. 18

Poppy Felting with Anne Whitmore of The Poppy Project, a ParkArt workshop offered by IMPACT Parkinson’s for people with Parkinson’s and their family and friends, 12:30 to 2 p.m., free. Registration and info: 604-525-2631, or


Friday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 27

Picture This, an art show and sale by Burnaby Artists’ Guild, at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Info:


Saturday, Nov. 16

Introduction to Neurographica, with Alina Smolyansky, a ParkArt workshop offered by IMPACT Parkinson’s for people with Parkinson’s and their family and friends, 10 a.m. to noon, $30. Registration and info: 604-525-2631, or


Saturday, Nov. 2 to Saturday, Nov. 30

Artificial Intelligence, an exhibition of work by Amy Chang, at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., with opening reception Nov. 2 at noon. Info:


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




Let Me Tell You a Story No One Told Me: The Gay Seniors Project invites seniors to work with Massey Theatre artist-in-residence Allan Morgan to bring their stories to life. Program runs Saturday afternoons from Sept. 28 to Nov. 30. Participation is free, with 12 spots available. Email or call 604-517-5900 (ask for Julian) to sign up.


The Flame New West seeks storytellers for a new season of storytelling evenings at the Plaskett Gallery – new storytellers, veteran performers and all in between are welcome to apply. Four sessions are coming up on Sunday evenings: an LGBTQ2+ edition on Oct. 20, an “adult” edition on March 1 and two regular evenings on Dec. 8 and June 14. Email with questions, pitches and more.


Artists called to submit work for a curated exhibition Love Out Loud – Images of Pride: Personal and Political, planned for November at the Plaskett Gallery. The exhibition aims to highlights LGBTQ2+ artists and their stories. Submit by Sept. 15. Info:


City of New Westminster is seeking to commission one or more professional artists or artist teams to create a single or multiple permanent site-specific artworks for the new New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre, specifically artwork that will be meaningful for Indigenous and other cultures. For full details, see


Love to sing? The Maple Leaf Singers are inviting people to audition for the dynamic show chorus. All voices welcome. Call 778-245-4445 or email For more on the choir, see


Call for Bad Art: the Burnaby Arts Council is looking for “Bad Art” for a unique upcoming show and sale. If you’re getting rid of old art, don’t throw it out; take it to the gallery up until Sept. 13 to get it into the exhibition. Two-dimensional, original paintings only. For full details, see


Spoken Ink reading series, the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., presented by the Burnaby Writers’ Society, with featured readers plus open mic. Info:


Writers meet-up, hosted by the local writing organization The Other Eleven Months, which has been hosting write-ins around the Lower Mainland for 12 years. Sessions run Wednesdays from 5 to 8:50 p.m. at the Tommy Douglas library branch (7311 Kingsway) for writers of all kinds. Drop in, no registration required. Info:


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


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


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:


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


New Westminster Photography Club meets on the first and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7 p.m. at Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park. Info:


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 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


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


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


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 Info:


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


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


Queen’s Academy offers a non-profit musical theatre program in Burnaby for children aged two to 12. Registration now open at


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:


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


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