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The Vancouver Art Gallery boasts a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works and features the creations of well-known international and Canadian artists such as Emily Carr and Jeff Wall, alongside a rotating selection of travelling exhibitions. Currently, the gallery hosts the first and only drawing exhibit ever to travel from Paris's illustrious Musée d'Orsay, and the nearly 100-piece collection displays some of the finest 19th-century French art to creep over the borders of Gaul. Titled The Modern Woman, the exhibit features the work of Degas, Manet, Gauguin, and Renoir, among others, and addresses the artistic tides of the late 19th century as they began to migrate away from formal portraits and turned instead to snapshots of everyday life. On display through September 6, these ground-breaking artistic renderings reflect women's rapidly changing role in society at the time, with depictions of women wandering the streets in contemporary dress, casually dining in cafés, jogging on treadmills, and preening in the boudoir.

750 Hornby Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

The Vogue Theatre presents listeners with an evening of poetic lyrics, high-octane guitar playing, and euphonic melodies from three talented acts. Hailing from Vancouver's east side, The Fugitives combine intricate songwriting with folksy musical accompaniment to craft hypnotizing live performances that tickle ears and help uptight pocket watches unwind. C.R. Avery dazzles audiences with deftly flowing spoken-word poetry, percussive beatboxing, and ear-tickling harmonica riffs, and guitar-picking mastermind Wil shreds six-stringed music makers with moody, intense songs of love and loss. In addition to individual acts, a group performance will combine all three acts into an intoxicating musical melange that, like a pig with pterodactyl wings, is greater than the sum of its parts.

918 Granville St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

One of Studio Cloud 30's missions is to bridge "the gap between music schools and major label development." The sleek studio is an open-concept facility that caters to aspiring entertainers of all skill levels. Vocal coaches train singers with tips for both live performances and studio sessions; percussion teachers drill drummers on rhythm, groove, and pocket; and acting instructors deliver one-on-one assistance for excelling in auditions for roles in theatre productions and commercials advertising stage trapdoors. The studio professes a credo of "for artists, by artists," a message of support for up-and-coming performers of all kinds.

325 Howe Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Young children are gifted with the ability to soak up new information and learn at a remarkable rate. Skills 4 Kids takes that ability and uses it to help them gain a wealth of knowledge via academic and recreational classes. Children ages three to eight can begin expanding their horizons with foreign language lessons in Mandarin and Spanish, or perfect their English speaking and writing skills in ESL classes. Small group courses in academic subjects such as reading, writing, and math build a framework of knowledge from the ground up, while yoga, music and movement classes provide an outlet for energy that doesn't involve bouncing off the ceiling.

250 Smithe Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Reserved seating is located in the mezzanine-level rows 26–28. Groups planning to sit together should purchase together; children younger than 12 months on their parents' laps get in free.

600 Hamilton Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Looming 168.8 metres above the city atop the historic Harbour Centre complex, the Vancouver Lookout?s heated indoor observation deck has afforded visitors 360-degree city views since Neil Armstrong cut the ribbon in the 1977 opening ceremony. A pellucid glass elevator pilfered from Willy Wonka?s local chocolate factory speeds visitors up the tower?s side in a scenic 40-second ride. Once they reach their lofty destination, sightseers can peruse a host of interpretive displays that identify Vancouver?s landmarks including Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains. An ensemble of knowledgeable staffers helms complimentary guided tours, doling out interesting historical tidbits. To further help guests decode what their eyes observe, a city-view guide slider clearly designates the names and locations of prominent sites. Single-visit passes grant all-day access to the observation deck, enabling visitors to watch planes landing on the sun-dappled waters of Harbour Water Airport throughout the day and return in the evening to bask in the glow of the city?s twinkling lights and prominently displayed bat signals.

555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA