Best days for this self-guided tour are: Wednesday–Saturday
11:30 am Start your day with a stop at Elysian Coffee Roasters on Broadway for a cappuccino, or a caffeine fix of your choice.
12 pm Head a block east down Broadway to visit Zinnia Naqvi’s installation on the exterior of Broadway-City Hall Canada Line Station. Take in the complex forms of nostalgia at play in her Yours to Discover series, which juxtaposes photos from her family’s albums prior to immigrating to Canada alongside images of board games and books on Race Theory.
1 pm Wander over to Mt. Pleasant for a Lucky’s donut from 49th Parallel Café at Main St. and 13th Ave. The lemon meringue donut is heavenly.
2 pm Walk a few blocks north down Main to the Independent Building at East Broadway and Kingsway to watch Yumna Al-Arashi’s films that respectively celebrate Islamic and Indigenous womanhood, ritual, and landscape on the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen. The films offer hauntingly beautiful mediations of the Cholitas in Bolivia scaling the Andes in Montañas (2019), and Islamic practices in the Middle East in The 99 Names of God (2018).
2:30 pm Grab a pack to go from 33 Acres Brewing. Enjoy some tropical hazy goodness and try out my personal favourite, the Fluffy Cloud IPA.
4:30 pm Visit the Revisions exhibition in the Faculty Gallery (1st Floor) at Emily Carr University of Art + Design to see the creations of up-and-coming Vancouver-based photographers as they critically reflect on responsibility in a constantly changing world. Open for in-person viewing on Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 pm with advanced registration here.
5:30 pm End your day of exploration by enjoying a bite from the food trucks that frequent the plaza outside!