Culture Days

North Shore Culture Days returns on September 28, 29, 30, 2018. 

Since 2009, artists and cultural organizations in cities and towns across Canada have come together and invited the public to participate in free interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.  Culture Days activity organizers in North Vancouver and West Vancouver are offering a variety of creative experiences in community activity hubs all across the North Shore. 

Visit the national Culture Days website for more information or browse the hubs on the North Shore below.


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North Shore Culture Day Hubs

This year there are seven hubs ranging from West Vancouver across to Deep Cove. 

Hub 1 Mid Lonsdale

Jazzy tunes for Kids by SaxALaMode

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture invites you to join our Jazz Teacher, Mr. Guy, and his band for many teachable moments on the fun of jazzy music designed for ages 8 and under.

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 9:00am – 9:45am 
Where: Centennial Theatre Lobby, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

North Vancouver City Library’s Spokes ’N’ Words

For those that love stories & bike riding, check out ‘City of North Vancouver Library book bike’. Librarians will be doing ‘storytime’ at 11.  

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Centennial Theatre Lobby, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
 

‘Squirm and Squeal’ with Ginalina 

Does your preschooler love to move, squeal and squirm? SO does Ginalina!!
Join JUNO nominated children’s music performer in the Studio at Centennial Theatre and move to the music.

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 10:00am – 10:45am  
Where: Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
 

Centennial Theatre - OPEN House in the Studio

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture invites you to come see the newest performance space available on the North Shore!

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
 

World Beats: International Songs by the Silver Harbour Choir

Join us for a thirty minute journey where songs from around the world will carry you through several countries, exploring the beats and rhythms, melodies and harmonies brought to you by the Silver Harbour Choir.  Please stay and enjoy a refreshment and feel free to tour our beautiful arts facilities.

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 10:30 – 11am
Where: Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre, 144 East 22nd Street, North Vancouver

Sneak Peak Tour: Opening of AFK Exhibit; Transformations

Join us at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art for an informative gallery tour. 
Guests will have an opportunity to view and learn about Indigenous work from across Canada. Selected from the Artists for Kids permanent collection, these works have been curated to explore the Indigenous Principles of Learning and highlights work from Indigenous People across the country.

When: Friday, Sept. 28; noon – 5pm and Saturday, Sept. 29; noon – 5pm
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Sneak Peak Tour: Opening of AFK Exhibit; Transformations

Join us at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art for an informative gallery tour.
Guests will have an opportunity to view and learn about Indigenous work from across Canada. Selected from the Artists for Kids permanent collection, these works have been curated to explore the Indigenous Principles of Learning and highlights work from Indigenous People across the country

When: Friday, Sept. 28; noon – 5pm and Saturday, Sept. 30; noon -5pm
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art; 2121 Lonsdale

Truth and Reconciliation Week

We invite you to join us at Capilano University for the Truth and Reconciliation Week keynote address by The Honourable Steven Lewis Point, OBC, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Truth and Reconciliation Week begins September 24 and all week there are free activities for all.  For more information visit capilanou.ca or call David Kirk, First Nation's Advisor at 604-984-1762.

When: Friday, September 28; 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing

Culture Days’ Food Workshop for Adults

Join us as we celebrate Culture Days by learning about different cultures' foods. Come learn how to create a traditional appetizer or dish from Persian, Mexican, Italian community members.
In this fun, casual workshop, participants will have an opportunity to meet one another, eat, learn about each dish, and take home recipes.  Free of charge. Registration required. Contact Shideh Taleban at staleban@cnv.org    or visit www.nvcl.ca/calendar#/?i=2  

When: Friday, September 28th, 6-8 pm
Where: North Vancouver City Library, 3rd Floor Program Room

GIRLS WITH GRIT: Yoga & Soul-Resilience

For girls 8 - 10 years old.  North Vancouver Recreation and Culture invites you to join us for an inspiring hour of yoga, mindful meditation and awesome crafts. Free but participants Must Register - call 604-987-Play (7529) visit https://econnect.northvanrec.com/ereg/Start/Start.asp and enter code #409651.

Where: Mickey McDougall Performing Arts Studio, 23rd St E, North Vancouver
When: Sunday, September 30; 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hub 2 Lower Lonsdale

North Shore Celtic Ensemble - 20 years: Join us in Celebration!

Come enjoy a dynamic and entertaining performance of the North Shore Celtic Ensemble. It is no accident this inspired group of fiddlers has had a successful 20-year-run as one of North Vancouver’s best known youth ensemble. Bring your instrument and join them for a BIG finale. Visit the NSCE website www.nsce.ca for music and information about the event.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29; 11 am – 12 pm
Where: Lonsdale Quay Outdoor Plaza

Public Art Walking Tour

See Bears, Camels, Sculptures, Mosaics and More on a unique Public Art Walking Tour. North Vancouver has over 150 pieces of Public Art.  Join us for a guided tour of the some of the many pieces in the Central Lonsdale area! 

Participants must be able to walk at a comfortable pace for approx. two hours. Free tour but registration is required (no drop-ins please).  Register at www.nvrc.ca/programs-memberships/find-program/public-art-walking-tour-3; Code: 409315

When: Friday, September 28; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: Register for start location (close to Victoria Park)

Poets in the Kitchen

A food and poetry performance, where audiences come learn how to prepare delicious salmon themed dishes, and experience amazing spoken word art and music.
Come celebrate local artists, and local fare. Enjoy our current exhibition, Journey of a Salmon, and mingle with our community over snacks.

When: Saturday, September 29; 1:00 -4:00 pm
Where: CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

Public Tour of Current Exhibitions

The Polygon Gallery hosts public tours by donation of current exhibitions. Visit thepolygon.ca to find out what’s on!

When: The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Where: Saturday September 29; 2:00 pm

Middle Eastern Dance Performance & Workshop with AMED Dance at Lonsdale Quay Market

Feel fresh and fantastic with our FREE and FUN dance workshops (Persian, Arabic, Belly Dance and Samba). So easy to follow along and join in.  All cultures and all ages welcome. Weather permitting. Presented by the Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (AMED). dancebysoul.com 

When: Saturday, September 29; 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market Outdoor Plaza

Tales of an Urban Indian

Tales of an Urban Indian, featuring Craig Lauzon of Royal Canadian Air Farce, is a deeply personal and darkly comic telling of the life of Simon Douglas, an Indigenous man born on a reserve in British Columbia in the 1970s and raised both on the reserve and in the city of Vancouver.  Sold out across Canada, this show is staged entirely on a moving transit bus -- it's one ride you won't want to miss! Pre-registration is required at boxoffice@phtheatre.org.

When:  Saturday, Sept. 29; 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Departing from Presentation House Theatre. 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver BC

SFU Giddha Club

Join the SFU Giddha Club and learn about the roots, heritage and culture of Punjab through the traditional folk dance Giddha, a traditional dance performed by women at special events, weddings and festivals.      

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 11:00 am -12:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market, 123 Carries Cates, North Vancouver

A Musical Journey with Boris Sichon

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture welcomes you to an interactive musical experience good for children and adults.  Join Boris Sichon and explore the world of music.  Boris Sichon is a multi-instrumentalist. He has performed in 40 countries on five continents.  Come out and discover how together, music can move you.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 2:00 -3:00 pm
Where: Rogers Plaza (if raining inside of John Braithwaite Community Centre)

Community Engaged Arts at Mountainside Secondary – North Vancouver Community Arts Council.

Curious to know more about all our programs and projects over the past year, and excited to see what we will be working next? Join us at CityScape Community Art and learn more about our community engaged programs we are spearheading. Hear from music therapist Tatyana Dobrowolski who has facilitated our Rythym & Word music therapy program at Mountainside for the past 5 years. Also learn about our brand new Embodied Mycology project at Mountainside Secondary, which will be led by interdisciplinary choreographer Isabelle Kirouac and visual artist and mycologist Willoughby Arevalo. 

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 3:00-5:00 pm
Where: CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

Hub 3 Lynn Valley Village and Area

Behind-the-Scene at the Archives

Discover what your archives has to offer! Meet the archivist, explore the state-of-the-art storage areas and become acquainted with your community's stories. Bring a research question and see where it takes you.

When: Friday, Sept. 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: North Vancouver Museum & Archives, 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver

Shaketown Walk

A guided walk with NVMA curator Karen Dearlove around Lynn Valley's historic Shaketown. History, community stories and archival photographs will reveal the area's early life. Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.

When: Saturday Sept. 29; 10:00 to 11:00 am
Where: Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Road, Lynn Valley

RNB Dance

Come watch RNB Dance perform and try some moves.
Watch a variety of dance styles and learn more about being a part of RNB. Dance, Friendship, Physio and Nutrition, Recreational and Competitive classes. A family friendly atmosphere with the compassion to be your best in every way.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 12:00 -2:00 pm
Where: Lynn Valley Village, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver

Mountaineering Memories

Unique pieces from the North Vancouver Museum & Archives’ BC Mountaineer Club's and Alpine Club of Vancouver's collections will be displayed and the stories they hold revealed.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29; 1 to 2pm AND 3 – 4pm
Where: Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Road, Lynn Valley

The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver's North Shore

Author David Crerar will present stories from his book, "The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: a Peak Bagger’s Guide". The history and secrets of the peaks will be revealed. Call 604 990 3700 x8016 to pre-register.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29; 2 to 3pm
Where: Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Road, Lynn Valley

A Musical Journey with Boris Sichon

Join Boris Sichon and explore the world of music.  North Vancouver Recreation and Culture welcomes multi-instrumentalist Boris Sichon for an interactive musical experience good for children and adults. Let us take you on a musical journey.

When: Sunday, September 30; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre, 2300 Kirkstone Rd, North Vancouver

The Human Library @ NVDPL

The Human Library is designed to provide a safe, neutral space to explore your curiosity through respectful conversations with people in your community. Meet real people, each with diverse life experiences in different areas of arts and culture, who will be “loaned” to you for twenty minute sessions. 

When: Sunday, September 30; 1:00- 4:00 pm
Where: North Vancouver District Public Library (Lynn Valley), 1277 Lynn Valley Rd

Keep the Beat” with the North Shore BC Registered Music Teachers

Come and hear students and teachers play on their instruments. We'll then invite you to come on up and get your fingers on the piano, you'll be improvising in no time. Wrong notes accepted. No experience necessary! Just have fun exploring your inner musician while sharing the joy of creating music.  http://northshoremusicteachers.com/

When: Sunday, September 30; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Lynn Valley Shopping Centre, 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Youth Film Screening & Reception

Come out and support local youth filmmakers. View their incredible work and learn more about the process of filmmaking and stay for the reception following the screening.  Space is limited.

When: Sunday, September 30; 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Where: Community Room at the North Vancouver District Public Library in Lynn Valley

Hub 4 Deep Cove and Parkgate

Music in the Morning

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture welcomes Siobhan Walsh with her soulful voice and jazzy tunes.  We invite you to drop by and enjoy music in the morning at Parkgate Community Recreation Centre.

When: Friday, September 28; 10 -11 am
Where: Parkgate Community Recreation Centre lobby, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver
 

DIY Instrument Workshop

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture invites you to Tap, Shake, Bang, Beat, and Strum along with us! Celebrate Culture Days at Ron Andrews by making your own instruments from household and up-cycled items. Drop-in.  Parents must accompany children

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre, 931 Lytton St
 

Deep Cove Stage Society

Come and see how the magic of live theatre is created.  Join the Deep Cove Stage Society for backstage tours, hands-on lighting demos - you are the lighting tech, and set construction demos.

When: Sunday September 30, 12 – 4 pm
Where: Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver

Reduction | Reconstruction: Drawing Through Erasure

Do you find yourself erasing mistakes more than creating finished works? Join us for a free drop-in workshop that focuses on creating out erasure. Be inspired by the process of Arnold Shives’ paintings in his exhibition, And They Faded into the Landscape, and use similar techniques in an artwork of your own.  All ages welcome, no experience required

When: Sunday September 30, 2 – 4 pm
Where: Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver

Hub 5 Upper Lonsdale, Queens, Delbrook and Edgemont

CIZE with Jennifer Carlyle Greene

It’s Dance, it’s Sweat, It’s the Future of exercise.

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 10:15-11:15 am
Where: Kahlena Movement Studio, 3120 Highland Boulevard

Monika's Art Boutique Presents Making Mandalas

A teacher will be onsite to help you paint your own mandala and visitors will have the opportunity to see the show by Celina Miller whose work focuses on mandalas.

When:  Friday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept 29, and Sunday, Sept 30; 12:00 – 4:00 pm each day
Where: Monika's Art Boutique, 3063 Lonsdale Avenue   mabartstudio.com

Simonson Dance with Karen Kobel

Join us for an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware. Learn a full warm up, followed by floor work, Pilates ab work, strengthening, toning, and build on choreography.  Simonson Technique, created and developed by master teacher Lynn Simonson.

When: Friday, Sept. 28; 7-8:45pm
Where: Kahlena Movement Studio, 3120 Highland Boulevard

Fall Felting with Helen Murphy

Celebrate Fall by joining Helen for a fun Wet Felting Workshop. Create a piece of art from sheep’s wool, hot water, friction and your imagination. This event is great for all ages.  The possibilities are endless!

When:  Saturday, Sept. 29; 10:00am-12:00pm; 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Road
 

Kids Yoga with Kylie Railton

Come enjoy a Kids Yoga your children will love.  Your child will learn basic yoga poses in an environment of creativity and laughter! Asanas, salutations and breathing will be covered. We will be focusing on meditation, mindfulness, breathing, and yoga flow.  Class is open to children ages 5 and up.

When: Saturday, Sept.29; 10-11:00 pm
Where: Kahlena Movement Studio, 3120 Highland Boulevard

Upcycling Crafts with Denise Corcoran

Join Denise for an exciting Upcycling Craft Workshop. Denise will guide you through the steps to turn everyday items into treasures and keepsakes. You will be amazed at what you can create!

When:  Saturday, Sept. 29; 10:00am-12:00pm; 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Road
 

Family Yoga with Jessie Arielle Smith

Come to breathe, stretch and connect with one another. This Yoga experience is aimed for children age 3-10 and their parents.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 10-11:00 pm
Where: Kahlena Movement Studio, 3120 Highland Boulevard

Watercolour Workshop, Falling for Autumn Leaves with Artist Cherie Summers

September is the perfect time of year to explore all the beautiful colours of the season. Bring your supplies and enjoy an afternoon getting inspired painting with watercolour in a relaxing and supportive environment.  A variety of pictures, paintings and leaves gathered from the natural environment will be provided as well as demonstrations to assist you with composition, colour and painting techniques. Some experience required. 
The workshop is free but pre-registration is required.  Code: 409708 https://econnect.northvanrec.com/ereg/Start/Start.asp             

Where:  Delbrook Art Studio, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Rd
When:   Sunday, Sept. 30; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Hub 6 Capilano, Pemberton and Harbourside

Gong Sound and Soul Healing: Autumn Celebration of Light and Dark

Enjoy a sound journey into a deep experience of self-care, allowing the Sacred Gong to balance the fiery energies of summer and the earthy energies of fall. Experience the reflective aspects of the Autumn Equinox and invite new possibilities into your life!

When: Friday September 28; 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Yoga for Pre-Teens: Finding Your Inner Power

Inviting anyone aged 9-13 to join us in an exploration of yoga to foster positive self-image, make friends and develop leadership skills! No prior yoga experience necessary.

When: Saturday, September 29; 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Yoga Stories for Kids

Poses will be taught through a half hour of imaginative storytelling, leading the group through yoga asanas as the story progresses. Parents are invited (and encouraged!) to stay and participate as well.

When: Saturday Septemer 29; 1pm-1:30pm
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Mother’s Sharing Circle: Stories of Putting Down Roots in a New Land

As immigrant mothers, we have unique stories of how we put down roots in a new land. We invite you to join us for a sharing circle where you can tell your stories in a safe, caring space. We will end with a Meditation of Gratitude for our children and all we have in our lives.

When: Saturday Sept. 29; 2pm-3:30pm
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Kome Fashion Show

You won’t want to miss local designer Kjaer Neletia Pedersen’s 2018 Fall Collection.
Timeless, Unique, Simply Beautiful pieces for all sizes.  Space is limited, please RSVP to Kjaer at 604-612-6070 to reserve your seat.

When: Saturday Sept. 29; 2pm
Where: 195 Artist's Studios, 195 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver

Colour Your Mandala Meditation

Select a black and white mandala line drawing that represents a symbol of balance, wholeness, centeredness, and harmony and use felt pens or pencil crayons to colour your own personal mandala. After 45 minutes of meditative colouring, we will do a 10-minute sitting meditation.

When: Saturday Sept. 29; 5:00-6:00 pm
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Show

Come for a hilarious look at the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system. Comics are all alumni of the SMH Comedy Program.

When: Saturday Sept. 29, 7pm-9pm
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Gong Sound Bath

Join Donna for a free Gong Sound Bath & Meditation. Vibrational healing modalities, such as the gong and crystal bowl, help to balance the body by transforming blocked energy. This is a beautiful, calming session and chance to restore your mind, body, and soul.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 11:00-11:45 am   
Where: Studio 202, 1761 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver

Introduction to Kudalini Yoga and the Art of Joy

Come for a quick overview Kundalini energy (your life force!) and how this yoga works to balance your nervous and glandular systems, awakening you to deeper levels of yourself. Learn how Kundalini yoga positively affects your community and life.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:00 – 2:15 pm               
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Gina Leon Art Show

Gina Leon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in West Vancouver. She is a Vancouver based actress, visual artist and art teacher. She earned a BFA at the University of Toronto in theatre and art history and an MFA in acting at the New School For Drama in NYC.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30 1:30-3 pm
Where: Studio 202, 1761 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver

Mindfulness in Sport: a way to Develop Self-Awareness and Promote Independence

Mindful practices such as meditation and yoga are being incorporated in athletic programs from the youth level through to the professional ranks. Athletes will come away from this session with simple practical strategies that can be implemented into any training regime.

When: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 – 3:30 pm               
Where: The Yoga Root, 106-850 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver

Zumbini – Music, Drums, Dance

Join Milica for fun with your little one (0-4yrs). Zumbini combines music & movement to create the ultimate bonding experience! Sing, dance and play together while developing your little one's social, cognitive, emotional and motor skills. www.studio202community.com

When: Sunday, Sept. 30; 4-4:45 pm
Where: Studio 202, 1761 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver

Hub 7 West Vancouver

Open rehearsal with Ambleside Orchestra

Ambleside Orchestra and conductor Nicolas Krusek invite you to find out what happens behind the scenes at an orchestra rehearsal. Listen to thrilling classical orchestral music while learning about the process.

When: Saturday, September 29; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Kay Meek Centre Studio Theatre

Ballet Class for Kids

Join this fun and inclusive class, where kids from ages five to eight can learn and enjoy the basics of ballet while giving them an opportunity to exercise their creativity. Parents Welcome.

Where: Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts, 1457 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
When: Sunday, September 30, 10:30 – 11:30 pm

Demystifying the Approach to Enjoying Art

Art is for everyone! It doesn’t need an intellectual approach, only an intelligent one. Join multimedia artist Susanna Blunt for an interactive exploration in learning how to look at and appreciate art and get beyond the intimidation factor. Bring a book or image of a piece of art you like, love, hate, or would like to know how to approach better.

Where: The Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave at Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver
When: Sunday, September 30, 2:00 –4:00 pm

For more info: https://ferrybuildinggallery.com/programs_events/art_sundays

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