Internship in Canada – All work and no play?
Gaining professional experience through your internship in Canada is important. Let’s say it should be one of the most important goals. However, turning your stay in Canada into nothing else but ‘work’ is not a good way. Aside from the rich professional experience you will receive, Canada has so much more to offer. It is one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world and for a good reason. So make sure to make the best of that…learn, develop professionally as much as possible, but also grow intellectually.
Vancouver is ranked as the third most “livable place in the world” for its high standard of living and quality of life, while it is ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world. And with its borderline warm-summer Mediterranean climate, July in Vancouver is packed with exciting events this month. In order for you not to spend your internship in Canada only interning and working, we recommend that you attend some of these exciting events.
Well let’s start with the most obvious and important one! You are completing your internship in Canada right? Last year, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. This year, for its 151st birthday, there are all kinds of activities and events you can participate in throughout Vancouver and it’s going to be epic! You can start your Sunday at the Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada where British Columbia was born. From 1PM until 5PM at the Lonsdale Quay Market you can enjoy the music of Five Star Motel and VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir. And at 10PM the fireworks display with the waterfront view will light up the skyline! In case you want to really experience this pyrotechnic extravaganza, be at the Canada Palace, North Shore or Stanley Park between 10:30 and 10:50PM
33rd TD International Jazz Festival
This festival is organized by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society. The story of this society is a story of determination, passion, community and of course music. Coastal Jazz and Blues Society was founded in Vancouver, BC in 1985 and they incorporated in 1986 as a charitable, non-profit and community-based organization and since the beginning they focused on making Vancouver a centre of creation and exchange of sounds and ideas between local, national and international music communities. Today, they rank as one of BC’s largest non-profit music presenter.
The entire festival includes various programs (Indigenous Residency Programs, Educational & Outreach Programs…), free public workshops and concerts. Make sure not to miss it. You can visit coastaljazz.ca for more information. During your internship in Canada, you will most certainly meet other interns with different cultural background and heritage. So why not take that to the next level and learn more about each other?
41st Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival
If you’re a fan of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music, and would like to more about other cultures, there’s probably no better place for you than the Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. The festivities are from Friday July 13 (from 3PM until 11PM) and during the weekend from July 14 – 15 from 9AM until 11PM. The festival gathers more than 38,000 participants every year to the lovely Jericho Beach Park. The audience can experience music and culture from over 60 international, national and local acts. To learn more and get your ticked, visit thefestival.bc.ca
Mamma Mia! By Arts Club
We’re pretty sure that you’ve heard the ABBA classic ‘Mamma Mia!’ and that you also heard about the movie where Donna (an independent hotelier in the Greek islands), is preparing for her daughter’s wedding while Sophie (the bride to be) has a clever plan on finding out who her real father is. Well if you haven’t seen the movie / musical yet, make sure that you stop by at the Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage until July 8.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
If you’re a Shakespeare fan (even if you’re not) stop by at the Vanier Park to see the life productions of some of Shakespeare’s biggest ‘hits’ Macbeth, Timon of Athens, As You Like It or Lysistrata. The productions are in a custom-built tent, on the beach where you can enjoy the classics while sipping wine (or beer, whatever you prefer) and much on a picnic lunch that is themed to the play. Sounds good, right? On the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park you can see As You Like It and Macbeth and on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre (also Vanier Park) you can see Lysistrata and Timon of Athens. Make sure to do so before September 22nd.
Brewery & The Beast
No, this is not a re-enact of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot’s famous tale ‘Beauty & The Beast’ that has gone wrong. Instead, this even, a production of 17 Black Events is focused on what really matters – educating and informing guests on why is it important to become a conscious consumer. Now, more than ever, it’s important to recognize and support local farmers and food producers by purchasing their harvest in restaurants, markets and grocery stores. Guests will receive a tangible experience on how these food taste, information about the farms they come from and where can they purchase them. The goal of the event is to keep the local and regional food system thriving while continuously supporting the local restaurants and food & beverage industry. So on July 29th, go to 180 Pacific Boulevard and experience good food, drinks, music and community! This can be a bonus experience of your internship in Canada journey – bringing home a slightly different mindset and recognizing the importance of local producers and farmers!
LES MISÉRABLES by Broadway Across Canada
From July 10 – July 15 (Queen Elizabeth Theatre) journey back in time to 19-century France and hear the story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Victor Hugo’s historical novel (one of the greatest of the 19th century) also has an Oscan-winning movie version and the musical is one of the world’s most popular ones, breaking box office records for 32 years now. Fair warning…Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe won’t be making an appearance, but we’re sure that it’ll still be excellent.
Bruch Affair Food Festival 2018
The internship in Canada can’t (and shouldn’t) only be a professional experience. It’s natural that you will also ‘hang out’ with newfound friends and you might stay out late sometime. If you’re a weekend early-bird or a later-riser, on July 7 and 8 (from 10am until 4PM) come by at The Pipe Shop Venue & Shipbuilder’s Square to celebrate and indulge in everyone’s favourite meal of the day and take in the beautiful Vancouver skyline. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of food trucks and vendors serving delicious brunch dishes, refreshing mimosas, one of the best Caesars in town. Bring your friends and appetites.
The weekend of July 28 – 29, Waterfront Park in North Vancouver will become the host of the Caribbean Days Festival. Crowds of fun-lovers will have the entire weekend to dine, parade, socialize and dance in the sunshine. Over the years, the festival has grown into one of the largest Caribbean event of the calendar, with thousands of attendees that can enjoy the tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture that only the Caribbean can offer.
Carnaval del Sol
This will be the 10th annual Carnaval del Sol organized by Latincouver which promotes relationships an cultural exchange between Latin Americans and Canadians. This is one of the biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest which recreates a vibrant Latin America city plaza atmosphere. During the weekend there will live music bands (about 300 artists), Native Canadian and Latin American visual art exhibitions, traditional folk dances from various countries, dancing and culinary lessons (they’ll even bring 1 international and 10 local chefs) and a Latin American fashion show. The festival will be held at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Boulevard.
Vancouver Bach Festival
If you’re a big fan of classical music, then this is the ‘place to be’. On July 30 starting from 7:30 PM you can listen to Goldberg Variations from Johann Sebastian Bach offered by Benjamin Alard. The concert will take place at the Christ Church Cathedral. And on July 31st the EVM (Early Music Vancouver) continues its Bach theme with classical pianist Angela Hewitt. In this concert she plays Bach’s 24 preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. The concert will be held at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Chan Shun Concert Hall).
Honda Celebration of Light 2018
This event in Vancouver is occurring for the 28th time in the English Bay, in heart of downtown Vancouver. On the Second Beach, the festival will feature a Park Stage, a free-family festival site featuring food trucks, live music and sponsor activations.
The festival will last 3 days and each day fireworks (the show starts at 10 PM) will represent a different country. For example, on July 28 South Africa will be represented by Fireworks of Africa, August 1st will be ‘ruled’ by Sweden’s Unique Pyrotechnic and on August 4, South Korea’s Daen Fireworks Co. will light up the skies! Yet another way to learn more about other cultures during your internship in Canada.
SummerFest 2018: Salsa Fridays with Salsa Studio
If you love to dance and would like to learn Salsa, this is the best summer even in Vancouver for you. Every Friday between June 29 and August 31 from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM on the Waterfront Plaza, join Roger from Salsa Studio for a night easy, social and fun dance experience. The two-hour lesson will be enough to learn the foundations of this dance. And if you already have some experience, no worries. The event is open for everyone who wants to have a good time!
VSO At The Movies: Star Wars: The New Hope
If you’re a fan of the most popular Sci-Fi franchise out there (most of the internship in Canada candidates are…) then on July 12 and July 13 (starting 7 PM) the Orpheus Theatre is the place to be. You have a unique chance of seeing this 1977 movie in HD on the big screen while VSO (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) plays the soundtrack…LIVE on the stage! Hearing the ‘Main Title’ and the ‘Imperial Attack’ live is a completely different experience.
So this is a pretty nice list of events in Vancouver during July. We’re sure that everyone will find something suitable. With friends or by yourself…it doesn’t matter, a good time is guaranteed. For a basic city guide on Vancouver, make sure to read this. In case you have questions about the Internship in Canada programs, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our Contact Form is live!