Five completely non-patriotic things to do in Vancouver on Canada Day

Music docs, Irish jigs, and ribs galore

Not feeling overly patriotic this July 1? Red and white face paint got you down? Feel like taking a knee? No judgment, and no problem. There’s plenty of things to do and see in Vancouver on Canada Day that doesn’t involve attending the nation’s birthday party. Here are five of them. 

Point Blank

Lee Marvin cements his legacy of cool in John Boorman’s 1967 thriller that’s seen as a key link between vintage Hollywood film noir and the paranoid conspiracy films of the 1970s.

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July 1, 8:10 p.m. at the Cinematheque

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense captures the Talking Heads at the peak of their powers. It screens July 1 at the R
Stop Making Sense captures the Talking Heads at the peak of their powers. It screens July 1 at the Rio Theatre.

Jonathan Demme’s iconic concert documentary captures the Talking Heads at the peak of their arty powers. Shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, this is the one where frontman David Byrne wears the big-ass suit.

July 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre

10th Annual Rib Fest

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Fill the hole in your alienated heart with delicious meat. Mamie Taylor’s hosts its 10th annual rib tickler as Vancouver’s hottest barbecue masters vie for charcoal-charred supremacy.

July 1, 2 p.m. at Mamie Taylors.

Entry is free, but feeding your face will cost you ($10 rib tasters and $15 rib platters with sides).

North American Irish Dance Championships

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Vancouver is hosting the North American Irish Dance Championships. Who knew?

The jig is up July 1 to 5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.


Former Uprising Breads Bakery van driver Paul Surjadinata parks his aptly named East Van musical ensemble vanDriver at the WISE Hall lounge for an evening of gritty, witty and at times ridiculous musical carnage.

July 1, 8 to 11 p.m. at WISE Lounge

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