Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Don’t miss out on the last few days for this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival, plus lots of art and music-related events this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Super Bowl weekend (go Seahawks)!

 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival (Last Weekend!); January 16 – February 1 @ 277 restaurants across Metro Vancouver
Restaurant menus $18/$28/$38; other pricing in effect for special events
It’s the tastiest time to visit Vancouver! Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city, and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences. Menus and reservations on the website. Don’t miss the return of Street Food City this week! Get your special event tickets from Tickets Tonight!

2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (facebook)

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival; January 20 – February 8 @ various venues across Metro Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
Over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking local, national and international work in the live performing arts – theatre, dance, music, and multimedia performance. Get your tickets from Tickets Tonight!

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Friday January 30th

 

 

Vancouver Art Gallery - FUSE x PuSh | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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FUSE x PuSh; 8:00PM-1:00AM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
$20
Artists from the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival descend upon the Gallery for an unforgettable evening of interdisciplinary performances, set amidst the Chinese contemporary art in Unscrolled and the legacy of Emily Carr in Landon Mackenzie’s Wood Chopper and the Monkey.  Take out a selection from the Human Library, experience an interactive installation by Hong Kong Exile and listen to the lyrical stylings of Sonic Elder before heading to the Courtroom Bars.  More info at the link.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne; doors open 5:30PM, show at 7:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
Show only $12.75, dinner and show $39.25
Born in Spokane but raised in New Orleans, the Blues Boss’ powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino and Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett worked the chitlin circuit on the strolls in dozens of American cities.  As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and small jazz bands met the roots of rock and roll, Wayne is unapologetic about the music he plays.  Get tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Vancouver Chopin Society - Alexandre Tharaud | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Chopin Society: Alexandre Tharaud; 7:30PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St at Dunsmuir St), downtown Vancouver
$44.25; other pricing in effect
Alexandre Tharaud has not only distinguished himself as one of France’s leading pianists but  has made a name for himself on the international stage as an artist of unique vision and originality, heralded for his brilliantly-conceived programs and bestselling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau, and Ravel to music inspired by Paris cabaret of the 1920’s.  Get tickets from Tickets Tonight!

A Tribute to Brazil with “A” Band & NiteCap; 8:00PM @ Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way), North Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
Following the excitement of the World Cup and with the Rio Olympics looming, Brazilian fever is spreading around the world like wildfire. This musically rich, complex and fascinating country has provided the world with some of the most influential music of all time.  Capilano’s own “A” Band and NiteCap will take you on a journey through this vast, sensual and exciting musicscape.  The evening will feature some of the best Brazilian jazz of the last decades from luminaries such as João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Jorge Ben and Caetano Veloso and more.

HR MacMillan Space Centre | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Ocean Cruising Adventures Speaker Series: Olive Odyssey, A Mediterranean Sailing Adventure; 7:30PM @ HR MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$15, full series pass $50; other pricing in effect
Anne Brevig, circumnavigator and author of 9 Years on the 7 Seas, has lined up another group of fascinating voyagers who will share their stories and photos.  Today’s speakers: National Geographic adventurers of the year, Julie and Colin Angus, retrace the ancient maritime routes of the Phoenicians with their infant son searching for the secrets of the olive tree.

Concerts at Grace: Arnt Arntzen Trio with Georgina Arntzen; doors 7:00PM @ Grace Memorial United (803 E 16th Ave), Vancouver
$19.62, dancing only after 9PM $11.34; other pricing in effect
The Arnt Arntzen Trio specializes in danceable swing music!  Covering ground from early New-Orleans Jazz, sultry swing inspired by Duke Ellington, Count Basie blues, and a little bit of Western Swing thrown in for good measure.  Georgina has had an illustrious career as part of Gina Dean and Scoundrel, multiple stints as Klondike Kate, and singing with the vocal trio The Hot Mommas. And yes, she is Arnt’s mum.

Piñata - Meaghan Kennedy & Ali Bruce | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Piñata Opening Reception; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St at E 6th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Old movies, soap operas, and sitcoms keep these artists company.  Romance from daytime TV to the late night drive-in, onscreen couples inspire many of the good and bad habits we bring into relationships, or work hard to avoid mimicking, and some of them deserve to get hit over the head.  We all know the feeling of being love sick—nothing else matters, you could get smashed in the head with a big stick and who even cares!  So go on, hit them with your best shot.  Featuring pinatas by Meaghan Kennedy and art by Ali Bruce.

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

Phantasmagoria - Circus of Dreams | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Loose Leaf Collective (facebook)

Phatasmagoria: Circus of Dreams; doors 7:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$18.25
The gates open and your curiosity compels you to venture within.  Inside, the sights and beings are dizzying. The acts are both perplexing and intoxicating.  Just as you rationalize what you’ve witnessed, something else captivates you entirely.  Presented by The Loose Leaf Collective, a group of 23 students in theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and design.  On through January 31.  Get tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Vancouver Canucks | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres; 7:00PM @ Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way), downtown Vancouver
Regular season schedule game against the Buffalo Sabres.  Come cheer on our Canucks!  Tickets available at Ticketmaster (outlet at Tickets Tonight).

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.

SPARK FWD 2015 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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SPARK FWD 2015; times vary @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
Single tickets $7.50-20.00, full pass $175
Vancouver’s premier event on advanced imaging & visual effects is back.  From its earliest days, cinema has used visual magic to produce illusions and trick effects that have startled and wowed audiences. Today, these visual effects have evolved into multi-faceted digital tools with diverse interest groups. SPARK FWD is pleased to bring together the world’s most talented visual effects artists, inventors, thinkers and supervisors to Vancouver to share their priceless experience and inspire the visual effects community. On through January 31.

Richmond Art Gallery: Close Listening Opening Day; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate), Richmond
Free admission
Organized and circulated by the Ottawa Art Gallery, Close Listening brings together the works of four painters who are reconsidering the possibilities of abstraction through inventive approaches to their material.  Collectively, they explore the medium of painting by means of non-traditional techniques, including assemblage, sculpture, video and installation, while challenging the definition of the act of painting.  Featuring Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton, and Jinny Yu.

Double Space Fundraiser & Art Auction | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Double Space Fundraiser & Art Auction; 7:00PM @ CBC Studio (700 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$15 cash at the door, 19+ only
A music and art filled event to promote and raise funds for this year’s UBC BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition Double Space, opening in April of 2015.  Featuring a silent auction with works by UBC’s students and faculty, an exciting selection of raffle prizes, a live band, DJ Mr.Soul’Plesant, a live painting battle, a cash bar, desserts by Sweethouse, and more!

Strangers: Global Street Portraiture; 7:00PM-10:00PM @ Lost + Found Cafe (33 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Local Vancouver photographer Brian Fisher is deburing his collection of street photography, Strangers: Global Street Portraiture. Prints will be on sale with a portion of the proceeds to The Dirty Wall Project.

 

 


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Saturday January 31st

 

 

4th Annual Stayed On Freedom | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Marcus Mosely Chorale

4th Annual Stayed On Freedom: A Celebration of Black History Month; 7:30PM-9:30PM @ St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (100-1022 Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
$30, 6 adults special $150; other pricing in effect
The evening will feature a rich tapestry of musical styles drawn from the Black tradition.  Featured guests are Eleanor Collins, Dawn Pemberton, Will Sanders and vocal groups TriVo and What It Is.  This event is a fundraiser for Leon Bibb’s anti-racism school program A Step Ahead Foundation.  Check the website for more info.

Multicultural Textile Symposium; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Chinese Cultural Centre Museum (555 Columbia St), Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free admission, pre-registration required
Interwoven stories about textiles, costumes, cultures.  Each symposium speaker will present on different topics.  Click the link for more info.

Phantasmagoria - Circus of Dreams | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Loose Leaf Collective (facebook)

Phatasmagoria: Circus of Dreams; doors 7:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$18.25
The gates open and your curiosity compels you to venture within.  Inside, the sights and beings are dizzying. The acts are both perplexing and intoxicating.  Just as you rationalize what you’ve witnessed, something else captivates you entirely.  Presented by The Loose Leaf Collective, a group of 23 students in theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and design.  Get tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Powder Blues | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues (facebook)

Powder Blues; doors 5:30PM, show 7:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
Show $23.75, dinner and show $49.75
For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading blues band.  The sound is a mix of swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll and r & b with an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at their concerts. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a feel-good groove that makes people dance and shout.  Click for more info; get tickets at Tickets Tonight!

Vancouver Classic Guitar Society: Jeffrey McFadden; 7:00PM @ Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
One of the finest guitarists of his generation, Jeffrey McFadden has given World Premieres of works by numerous composers and has been a featured performer at several international music festivals.  Winner of numerous awards, he is frequently heard on CBC Radio and NPR (USA) both as a soloish and ensemble player.  More info at the link.

5th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Balsamic hot chocolate at Terra Breads – Photo Credit – Rebecca Aftergood (twitter)

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.

Vancouver Giants | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Giants Super Bowl Party; 7:30PM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
Kick off Super Bowl weekend at the Coliseum with a Super Bowl Party at the game.  There will be lots of family activities for football and non-football fans!  The Giants hope to get another foot up in the BC Division as they take on the Blazers at the Coliseum.  Emotions always run high during this match up, so it is sure to be a nail biter.

Contemporary Art Gallery: Family Day; 12:00PM-3:00PM @ Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
Free
On the last Saturday of every month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to their current exhibitions.  More info at the link.

Nat Bailey Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Valley Gold Bee Co at the Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium – Photo Credit – Angela Leung (facebook)

Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Terminal City Rollergirls: Riot Girls vs The Faster Pussycats; doors 10:30PM @ Central City Area (10240 City Parkway), Surrey
$5 cash at the door; bring your own chair
Season 9 is just around the corner, so it’s time to get warmed up with the most action packed pre-season yet!  TCRG will showcase their eager recent Fresh Meat graduates in a scrimmage of their own alongside Free Agents.  Derby fans can then catch their new favourite players and returning vets in six house team scrimmages.  We recommend taking public transit as parking is limited.

Downtown Gallery Tours | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Euclid by Carole Ittler (1979) – Photo Credit – SFU Art Collection

Downtown Gallery Tours; 1:00PM-3:00PM, meet @ Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
Free
Check out an afternoon of guided curator tours at Audain Gallery (Geometry of Knowing Part 2), Satellite Gallery (Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982), and the Contemporary Art Gallery.  More info at the link.

 

 


 

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Sunday February 1st

 

Mount Seymour - Superbowl Sunday Party | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Mt Seymour (facebook)

Superbowl Sunday Party In The Rock Chute; 12:00PM-10:00PM @ Mount Seymour (1700 Mt Seymour Rd), North Vancouver
Free admission
Grab your friends and family and head up the mountain!  There will be six big screens to enjoy the game.  Don’t miss out on the incredible drink and food specials, and enter to win amazing prizes!

Super Bowl XLIX Extravaganza; doors 2:30PM @ The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission, 19+ only
Still don’t have plans for the big game?  Watch Super Bowl XLIX on The Vogue’s big screen for free!  The staff will be serving up adult beverages, hot dogs and delicious game-themed snacks. There will also be sports trivia during half-time where you could win major prizes!

Vancouver Canucks | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild; 12:30PM @ Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way), downtown Vancouver
Regular season schedule game against Minnesota Wild.  Come cheer on our Canucks!  Tickets available at Ticketmaster (outlet at Tickets Tonight).

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes fellow chocolate lovers, the festival is back! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

River Rock Casino Resort | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – River Rock Casino Resort (facebook)

River Rock’s Bud Light Super Bowl Party; 1:30PM @ River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Road), Richmond
$22.99; 19+ only
Watch the game on the big screen in River Rock’s Show Theatre.  Cheer on your team, feast on a tailgate style buffet, and be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes.  With special hosts Kiah and Tara Jean from JACK’s Morning Glory and presented by Bud Light, you can be sure it will be a Super Bowl party to remember. Tickets available at Ticketmaster (outlet at Tickets Tonight).

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

River Market at Westminster Quay | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – River Market (facebook)

Fun and Play with Vazzy; 11:00AM & 1:00PM @ River Market, Westminster Quay (810 Quayside Dr), New Westminster
Free admission, ideal for 5+ (all ages welcome)
Vazzy introduces a parade of acoustic musical instruments through traditional French-Canadian music, songs, dance and “joie de vivre”!  Fiddle, foot percussion, harmonica, oud, mandolin, doumbek, bodhran, spoons, bagpipe, and tambourine intermingle at the party.  Meet a special little guest telling a story and dancing up a storm, form a hands-on percussion orchestra, and be part of the act… Be ready to play, sing, and dance!

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Gulf of Georiga Cannery Farmers’ Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

 

 

 


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