Weather Pattern #6: The Funeral Pageant

Catch an unexpected, carnivalesque procession as it makes its way across a 10.5 km route through Vancouver and Burnaby. Discover living, larger-than-life imagery that responds to the ecologies, communities, infrastructures, winds, rains and tides of this place which we call home.

This event will take place over the course of three hours and is intended to be viewed as a parade. Set up your lawn chair in a favourite spot, visit events along the way, or walk with the procession.

WHEN: Sept. 8th, 5pm – 8pm
WHERE: See Map


The procession will travel at a walking pace from west to east along the Trans-Canada Trail. Estimated arrival times are marked on the map (Weather Patterns Invite JPEG). To catch the procession, simply be on the Trans-Canada Trail at one of these estimated times.


There will be several events along this route that can be experienced, either as a witness or as a participant. Information about these events can be found on the map. Be sure to arrive on time and note that the times marked are estimates.

If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to:


This project takes place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Presented by the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts

The exhibition of a graduating project represents the culmination of a candidate's studies, and is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.

This project respects the neighbourhoods and bylaws of Vancouver and Burnaby. Participants are asked to refrain from bringing drugs and alcohol, to respect public spaces and to respect the current fire ban by not smoking on the trail.

"Weather Pattern #6: The Funeral Pageant" is the final instalment of Weather Patterns: A Performance Series, a collection of public workshop and performances that explores material performance and inquires into the creative capacity of the weather. This performance series is the graduating project of MFA candidate, Ian McFarlane. Ian is a performer, scenographer and puppeteer whose unique practice of landscape poetics, junkyard theatrics and performative alchemy explores the unexpected correspondence between the performing body and the performing-of the world. Using the disciplines of puppetry, eco-scenography and sensory ethnography as foundations for creative inquiry, Ian creates works for the theatre, outdoor spectacles and community engagement projects.

September 08, 2018