Upcoming Events

July 1, 2014

Transforming by Ari Tomita


Intuitive Process & Experience
by Ari Tomita

Exhibition: Until July 31st

As a classically trained master brush artist, Ari Tomita’s background is unusual because she started out studying modern art and Western philosophy. It is not surprising that she came to North America as a cultural educator and ambassador. Before moving to the States, Tomita also practiced Zen, ikebana (flower arranging), kendo (sword), and pottery. She learned the art of professional cooking in the kitchen of the New Hokuhan, a famous restaurant in Ueno near the museums in central Tokyo. Her art has been called ‘minimal and instantaneous”.

She is perhaps the only contemporary Japanese artist with shihan certification, who has studied under a kano master, a kanji master, a Buddhist monk, and in a school of modem art.

She has invented a new method for teaching Oriental brush, and invented an ‘improv’ brush method for teaching collaborative creativity and problem solving.

Contemporary expressionist visual art that captures the creative inner self


Start: July 1, 2014 9:30 am
End: July 31, 2014 7:00 pm

July 15, 2014

Yoga in the Garden

Yoga in the Garden
Summer Yoga Series

Tuesday July 8, 15, 22, 29
Tuesday August 5, 12, 19, 26

6:00pm – 7:00pm
(Yoga participants are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the Garden beforehand, they will have access to the Garden from 5:45pm at no extra charge)


  • General – individual session: $15
  • Garden Member – individual session: $10
  • 8 Class Pass – $75

Come treat your mind and body at the World’s Top City Garden. This year the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has partnered with certified hatha yoga teach Gabriel Shamash to present “Yoga in the Garden”. Classes will be held at the Garden for 8 Tuesday evenings in July and August.  Relax, meditate and stretch while being surrounded by four classic Chinese elements of harmony: rocks, water, plants and architecture. Let the perfect balance of yin and yang restore your energy at the end of your work and/or study day.

Gabriel will lead the weekly classes and introduce special guest teachers. These 45-minute sessions will include a wide range of styles and meditation techniques, so come with and open mind and heart. Beginners will find a safe and nurturing environment to start their yoga journey while advanced practitioners can grow and deepen their practice. Please bring a yoga mat or thick towel to class.


Start: July 15, 2014 5:45 pm
End: August 26, 2014 7:00 pm

July 24, 2014

Enchanted Evenings Concert Series

Enchanted Evenings Concert Series

Offers guests a chance to enjoy al fresco dinners, wine, cocktails and other tasty delights before experiencing an exciting line-up of live performers.

Preview the menu items here and/or hear all about the different options through our box office.  Dinners need be purchased through box office 2 days in advance.

Doors open: 7:00pm
Program time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm with 15 minute intermission


  • Festival Seating: $25 General | $20 Garden Members
  • Limited VIP Reserved Front Row Seating : $35
  • Limited Exclusive Private Mountain-top Patio:  $50 (includes complimentary glass of wine or beer and personal wait staff)

For concert tickets & dinner orders please contact
Enchanted Evening Box Office at: 604-662-3207 ext 211

Monday to Friday 9 – 5pm
or online by clicking the button below


Thursday July 24th 2014
Jim Byrnes

Internationally renowned Canadian blues artist, Jim Byrnes has been mesmerizing audiences over 40 years. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards including 2014 Canada’s Male Vocalist of the Year, the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year three times, Maple Blues Award as Male Vocalist of the Year, and Canadian Folk Music Awards. Don’t miss this legend.

Thursday July 31st 2014
Vancouver Piano Ensemble

Specializing in multi piano music, the group has performed both locally and internationally, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, China, and Singapore.  In collaboration with the renowned Baynov Piano Ensemble from Germany, VPE played concerts for various combinations of pianists, including up to 32 hands on 8 pianos.  Performing this evening are: Chin Yen Lee, Susan Wong Lim, Win Rompf and Tanya Tyuleneva.


Thursday August 7th 2014
Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars 

The band has been swinging around Vancouver since the 70’s sharing their Django inspired gypsy-jazz.  Deanna Knight is their longest running chanteuse joining the band in 2002. She will charm you with her sultry vocals, passionate tangos and loads of HOT swing on a hot August night.


Below: Jim Byrnes

Below: Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars

Start: July 24, 2014 7:00 am
End: August 7, 2014 10:00 pm

August 2, 2014

Neon Marquee

Neon Marquee Art Exhibition
by Keith McKellar

Exhibition Dates:
August 2 – 31, 2014
Opening Reception:
Saturday August 2nd, 2014 from 2-4pm.
with the artist present
Hall of One Hundred Rivers (Carrall St. entrance)

Artist Proofs and Prints for Sale

Artist Keith McKellar’s obsessive romance as a Vancouver nighttime cabbie in the 1970s informed his eccentric and colourful view of people and inspired him to record the old neon signages of vintage Vancouver theatres, cafes, clubs and hotels. This exhibition features McKellar’s rendition of legendary businesses and their landmark roles in the steetscape, including Orpheum Theatre, Railway Club, Save-On Meats, Sun Tower, Ovaltine Café, Smilin’ Buddha, Astoria Hotel, Helen’s Neon Girl and more.



Start: August 2, 2014 9:30 am
End: August 31, 2014 7:00 pm
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