Heritage Week 2019

Celebrating our cultural heritage and historic places

February 18 – 24, 2019


Heritage Week offers a chance to explore heritage across BC and Canada. In 2019, the theme is “Heritage: The Tie That Binds”. Heritage in all its forms has the power to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Gathering places like community places, religious buildings, public squares and parks, and traditional sites, as well as cultural objects such as artifacts, memorabilia and family items are tangible touchstones with the past that connect us to history and can serve as a base for engaged communities. Intangible heritage, which includes languages, food, traditional rituals, music, dance, storytelling and more, is at the heart of family and community.

In celebration of our past and our future, Heritage Week offers a chance for all Canadians to visit museums, historic sites and cultural centres and connect with others in learning about and celebrating cultural heritage.

2019 Events

Places That Matter Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 20th
6pm – 8:30pm. 6pm: Displays, open house, music and refreshments, 7pm: Program.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
FREE, all are welcome to attend

After a wonderful turnout during Heritage Week 2018, we are reprising this popular event. Join us to learn about some of the special places recognized in the Places That Matter project, and hear about them from the people and organizations involved in bringing their history forward. The Places That Matter project highlights the lesser-known places, people and events that have shaped Vancouver. This free celebration includes displays from a variety of organizations, institutions and individuals related to Places That Matter sites and local history, a short program of storytelling, as well as live music and refreshments. We will also have updates on the project and new ways to get involved.

Musical Performance at 6:15pm by Gene Ramsbottom, clarinet and Gregory Cukrov, bassoon

Community Displays: Chinatown Storytelling CentreChinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, Illustrated Vancouver (Jason Vanderhill), Mt Pleasant Heritage Group, Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Out for Lunch Noon Hour Concerts at the Vancouver Art Gallery, SFU Special Collections, SFU Bill Reid Centre, Vancouver Historical Society, Vancouver School Board Archives, and more.

Thank you to our Event Partners: Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association and Cartems Donuts

Oakridge Community History Walking Tour
Sunday, February 24th
10am – 12pm
Register here, $20

Join Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC for a tour of Oakridge – a neighbourhood on the brink of significant redevelopment. In the post-war period, this area was the hub of Vancouver’s Jewish community, home to many families and community organizations. Visit architectural landmarks including the Jewish Community Centre, King David High School, modernist homes, and Temple Sholom synagogue, and learn how these spaces provided the foundations for a vibrant community.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Heritage Week 2018! We've created a short video with some highlights from the week. Enjoy!