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Printmakers steamrolling into Steveston for Labour Day weekend

A series of arts and cultural activities will be held in Steveston Village for Labour Day weekend.
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Big Print Steveston will be held from Sept. 4 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a parking lot in Imperial Landing.

A team of local Japanese Canadian and Indigenous artists are creating seven different prints with an industrial-size construction steamroller in Steveston for Labour Day weekend.

Big Print Steveston will feature a series of four by eight-foot prints being pulled from the pavement with construction equipment in a parking lot on Imperial Landing. 

Woodblocks for the event were created during a special wood carving demonstration during the Steveston Salmon Festival. The prints are designed and cut by artists Mariko Ando, Dona Nabata, Atheana Picha, Kinichi Shigeno, Debra Sparrow, Cyler Sparrow-Point/ Isaiah Sparrow and Richard Tetrault/ Gerald Pedros.

The event will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. The final prints, along with prints from previous projects, will be displayed at 100-4300 Bayview Street by the Steveston Harbour Pier.

Big Print Steveston is presented by the Creative Cultural Collaborations Society (C3 Society) and a previous iteration of this project was held in Chinatown back in 2016.

Other arts and cultural activities happening in Steveston village over the long weekend include:

  • The 12th annual Grad Prix of Art: The annual international outdoor painting competition will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 with over 100 artists racing to complete artworks within a three-hour limit. 
  • Steveston Vintage Fair: Discover vintage treasures in Town Square Park beside the Steveston Museum and Post Office on Sunday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market: Shop local produce, unique foods and local crafts from close to 50 vendors at the Easthope parking lot across from Steveson Community Centre on Sunday, Sept. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More details for events in Steveston for the Labour Day long weekend can be found on the city's Instagram and Facebook pages.