Capture Photography Festival

April 20, 2017
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Capture Photography Festival showcases cutting-edge art in over 100 galleries all over the lower mainland.

There are so many spaces that you can literally just wander around the city on your way to brunch or for a cocktail with friends and stumble upon outdoor public installations on billboards and sides of buildings emblazoned with innovative images. With exhibits in store windows, skytrain stations and in hidden (or not so hidden) gallery spaces the opportunities are endless.

Must do’s

Get yourself to the Contemporary Art Gallery to check out Capture’s Feature Exhibition, “Song of the Open Road”. Taking its title from a poem by Walt Whitman, the group exhibition of ten international and Canadian artists is presented across multiple platforms, both inside and outside of the gallery. If you like photography and support local artists this show is not to be missed.

Why not?

Because it’s going to be sunny at some point this week, go for a post gallery walk and head to Homer St. Café for Brunch or – gulp – maybe go find yourself a patio to sit on, grab a drink and chat about the theme of this exhibit: “What you see is most definitely not what you get”. So many places to go from there.

Must do’s

I’m a multi-tasker at heart. So I love that Gastown and South Granville BIA’s are hosting site-specific works by Karen Zalamea and Joseph Staples on the windows of retail locations throughout each neighbourhood. A perfect way to incorporate Capture into your day out.

Why not?

Check out the maps on and then plan your day out. Pop into your fave boutiques, grab a coffee or a bite to eat or maybe even a spring dress (That sun is coming right? Best be ready for it).


Coffee: Revolver

Boutiques: The Block, One of a Few, Nouvelle Nouvelle, and COS

Cocktails: Pourhouse or l’Abbatoir (they have happy hour from 5:30-6:30!)

Bite to eat: Tacofino

South Granville

Coffee: Bump n’ Grind

Cocktails: Grapes n’ Soda

Glass of wine: The Stable House

Bite to eat: Jamjar or Farmer’s Apprentice

Really must do!

If you can only make it to one exhibit in the whole festival don’t miss Modern Colour, Pictured Windows, and Fred Herzog, David Hockney, and Geoffrey James all conveniently located in The Equinox Gallery.

Especially because…

Equinox is a giant space and photography is so accessible for all, so why not bring your whole family? Kids love being in pictures and they love taking pictures (just ask my girls who keep stealing my camera every chance they get) so why not give them a chance to check out some iconic art. Ask them questions about it, I promise you’ll be surprised by their answers, they might even show you something you hadn’t noticed on your own. They see things differently those little ones.

Why not,

Go next door to the Monte Clarke Gallery. It’s a gorgeous space and they have the best dog in the world!

Everything you need to know is on Festival runs until April 30th