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Five things to do in Burnaby this weekend: July 21-23

There’s lots to do in Burnaby this weekend, including the Burnaby Pride festival, free family-friendly summer concerts, karaoke and more.
Celebration: Burnaby Pride returns to at Burnaby Civic Square this weekend with drag performances, music and tons of fun activities for everyone. Photo Jennifer Gauthier/Burnaby Now.

It's a busy weekend in Burnaby coming up! Read on for events throughout the city.

Sounds Like Summer

Burnaby is bringing live music to public spaces all over the city this summer, and you can find two shows this Friday at Fraser Foreshore Park.

From noon to 1 p.m., listen to J.D. Miner’s original songs about “boats, trains, coffee, (and some women too), old cowboys and plenty of old-time foot stomping instrumentals.”

Then from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., singer-songwriter Norine Braun will play her ethereal music inspired by forests and the natural world.

When: Friday, July 21
Where: Fraser Foreshore Park (7751 Fraser Park Dr.)
Cost: Free

Burnaby Pride

It’s time to celebrate Pride in Burnaby and feature the diversity of the local Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual/aromantic, plus (2SLGBTQIA+) community.

Come out and revel in fantastic entertainment including live music, drag, comedy and more. There will be activities and educational booths for the whole family.

An hour before the festival starts, you can head to Civic Square at 11 a.m. for a “Move and Groove” free outdoor Zumba class for all ages and abilities, hosted by Burnaby Pride and Arc’teryx Metrotown – with a prize for Best Pride Outfit.

When: Saturday, July 22 from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Burnaby Civic Square (6100 Willingdon Ave.)
Cost: Free, for more information see the Burnaby Pride website

Kirtan at the Museum: An Evening of Mantra Meditation

As part of Burnaby Village Museum’s new South Asian exhibition, you can join Kirtan Vancouver at the museum for an evening of musical meditation.

Kirtan is “the ancient practice of call and response chanting, combining mantra and music to open one’s heart. It takes a minute to learn, and makes you feel good just as fast,” states the event’s website.

Anyone can join, as long as you bring your voice and an open mind.

Event organizers recommend bringing your own cushion for comfortable floor seating and a water bottle to stay hydrated.

When: Saturday, July 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: Free, register in advance by calling 604-297-4565 and use booking reference “Kirtan at the Museum” or 703801.

Karaoke at Great Bear Pub

Time to rock your heart out at Great Bear Pub’s Sunday karaoke night hosted by Burnaby All Stars Karaoke. It’s not just rock ’n’ roll, it’s all genres and all the fun.

When: Sunday, July 23 from 8 to 11:45 p.m.
Where: Great Bear Pub (5665 Kingsway)
Cost: Free admission

Breakdown Buildup Exhibition

Deer Lake Gallery’s new exhibition, Breakdown Buildup, spans large abstract landscapes, like those by artist Biliana Velkova, to small 2D carved prints by Erika Mashig, to little 3D monochromatic characters and hazy landscapes by Sunshine Frère.

The artists question and visualize the relationships between collapse and resilience, and ask “How can we adapt to life within this new era of unpredictability?” The exhibition runs to Aug. 20.

You can visit the exhibition’s opening reception on Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m.

When: Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Deer Lake Gallery (6584 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: Free, donations accepted