Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Here we are at the last weekend before Winter Solstice, Christmas, Yule, and hopefully for most of you, some time off work to chill however you see fit. Feeling festive or not, there’s plenty to do, from celebrating Keith Richards’ 72nd birthday to a musical built on the songs of Leonard Cohen, to classic holiday ballet and Christmas everything all over the place.

 

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Friday December 18

Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where: The Centre in Vancouver (777 Homer)
What: Now in it’s 7th year, Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker will feature performances by both local and international professionals, including Principal Dancers from the San Francisco Ballet as well as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, with choreography by the iconic Anna-Marie Holmes. Musical accompaniment for these world-class performances will be performed by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, led by the incomparable Leslie Dala, with lighting design by Canadian Pierre Lavoie.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen photo: David Cooper

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
photo: David Cooper

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: The powerful and inspirational music of multiple award-winning Leonard Cohen is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the cultural icon. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and honesty of his lyrics, the audience is sure to be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost.
Runs until: Saturday January 9, 2016

wild-thingsWhere the Wild Things Are
Where: Performanceworks
What: When the rambunctious boy Max is sent to bed without supper, he finds himself transported to a faraway island inhabited by mighty Wild Things. Max earns their respect and becomes their king, setting off on a playful romp through the night. In this highly interactive production, the audience helps to transform Max’s bedroom into the various landscapes of his adventures from a rolling ocean to a forest.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

haram_calendarHaram
Where: The Fox Cabaret, 8:00pm
What: Filtering Arabic music from great composers like Farid Al-Atrache and Oum Khalsoum through Vancouver¹s creative improvising community, Haram’s music constantly shifts directions while building to euphoric crescendos.This cross-cultural, boundary annihilating music will appeal equally to world, jazz and avant-garde indie audiences.

keithmassKeithmas VI – A Food Bank Fundrager
Where: The Rickshaw
What: They said it wouldn’t last but they were wrong. Back for it’s sixth year bigger and badder than ever Keithmas returns to raise an almighty ruckus. Keith Richards will turn 72 this year on Friday Dec 18th and you can be there to celebrate in the company of 9 or so incredible bands playing their collective asses off doing the Stones/Keef songbook and drinking an ungodly amount of Jack Daniels.

ugly sweaterThe Original Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
Where: The Commodore Ballroom
What: The Ugly Christmas Sweater movement is about basking in the hideous warmth of an ugly sweater, having fun and doing good, and creating smiles.

Christmas with Chor Leoni
Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
What: Capturing all of the joy and beauty of the festive season, Christmas with Chor Leoni takes favourite carols, Renaissance motets, and sing-alongs, adds a dash of doo-wop and barbershop, and wraps it all in one sound. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Vadim Gluzman

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Vadim Gluzman

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Vadim Gluzman
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 8:00pm
What: This year, the VSO is thrilled to welcome one of the world’s greatest violinists, the extraordinary Vadim Gluzman, to perform this timeless classic — on his amazing 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius violin (incredibly, an instrument that was created some thirty years before Vivaldi wrote the famous set of concertos that Gluzman will perform).
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

mixednutsMixed Nuts
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: A classic holiday performance reinvented with a twist. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy AUDC’s modern and engaging retelling of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Mixed Nuts is more than just a ballet with a variety of dance styles from hip-hop, to ballroom, to the classic grand pas-de-deux.
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

 


 

Saturday December 19

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heritage holidayHeritage Holidays at Fort Langley
Where: Fort Langley Historical Site
What: Storytelling, crafts, a blacksmith demonstration, tree decorating, and roasted chestnuts await at Fort Langley.
Runs until: Monday January 4, 2016

Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue
Where: The Vogue
What: Starring Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, the show will feature a few brand-new Christmas Classics from 2013′s “Quality Street” as well as careful selections from his back catalog of hits and near misses.  Nick will appear solo and backed by Los Straitjackets who will bring along some Yuletide treats of their own.

Winter Solstice “Hot + Noisy” Chinatown Mahjong Social
Where: Chinatown Plaza (180 Keefer), 2:00pm
What: Mahjong, games, dumplings, and the Vancouver Chinese Seniors Singing Club – organized by the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown.

empireHow the Empire Stole Christmas
Where: The Media Club
What: Star Wars Christmas burlesque. If you’re not interested already just by that, you won’t ever be.

KissmasYaletown Kissmas
Where: Bill Curtis Square, Yaletown
What: Yaletown will be alive with public displays of affection as attendees get their smooch on in front of the Kiss Camera (and of course, selfies are welcome). Guests can also try their luck in the Yaletown Kissmas Money Booth for a chance to walk away with a variety of great prizes.

Winter Harp

Winter Harp

Winter Harp
Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
What: Harps, medieval instruments, flute, singers and percussion combine to perform festive carols and stories to warm your heart and wrap you snugly in the Christmas spirit. The concert is also a feast for the eyes with breathtakingly beautiful costumes and rare and intriguing instruments. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

rappdecRapp Battlez Holidaze Edition
Where: The Fox Cabaret, 7:30pm
What: Vancouver’s best comedians battle each other in high concept, no-holds-barred spit fests! Hosted by The Sunday Service’s Taz VanRassel and Ryan Beil.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Vadim Gluzman
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 8:00pm
What: This year, the VSO is thrilled to welcome one of the world’s greatest violinists, the extraordinary Vadim Gluzman, to perform this timeless classic — on his amazing 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius violin (incredibly, an instrument that was created some thirty years before Vivaldi wrote the famous set of concertos that Gluzman will perform).
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

Mixed Nuts
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: A classic holiday performance reinvented with a twist. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy AUDC’s modern and engaging retelling of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Mixed Nuts is more than just a ballet with a variety of dance styles from hip-hop, to ballroom, to the classic grand pas-de-deux.
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015


 

Sunday December 20

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Festive Cantatas: Praetorius Christmas Vespers

Festive Cantatas: Praetorius Christmas Vespers

Festive Cantatas: Praetorius Christmas Vespers
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC)
What: The unique program recreates a joyful Christmas Vespers service as it might have been heard in 17th-century Germany, with internationally-renowned conductor David Fallis directing an ensemble of more than 50 performers, including some of North America’s most accomplished musicians specializing in early 17th-century music.

Medicine Wheel Ceremony
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 12:00pm
What: People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season. The Medicine Wheel Ceremony is held for the winter solstice. Drumming, singing, and prayers will be shared.  The ceremony concludes with a pot-luck (the sharing of food).

Celebrating Solstice
Where: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, 1:30pm
What: The chestnuts are roasting and holly has been hung. But where do these traditions come from? Explore the history and customs of mid-winter festivals on this two hour walk. See the plants that have played pivotal roles in traditions and decorations that we associate with the holiday season. Hear stories from different cultural traditions surrounding the shortest day of the year.


ChristmasPresChristmas Presence
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: An eclectic gathering of musicians and actors for a night of music, stories, poems, and readings for the holiday season.

The Big Elf Run
Where: Stanley Park
What: Get into the festive spirit in the 1st Annual Big Elf Run! This holiday themed fun run offers both a kids 1km Wee Elf Run and a 5km Elf Run & Walk around scenic Stanley Park. In true elfism practice, the event rallies around fun & creating happiness through a toy, book & clothes drive, and by donation toy assembly station & gift wrapping stations. DJs, dancing, Winter Wonderland Park, free hot chocolate & warm beverages and more.   

Blues for Christmas

Blues for Christmas

Blues for Christmas
Where: The Commodore Ballroom
What: This year’s line-up features Jim Byrnes, David Gogo, Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars, Dalannah & Owen, Billy Dixon Soul Train Express, Johnny Ferreira and the Swing Machine, Incognito, Steve Kozak West Coast Allstars, Murray Porter Band, The BobCats, and Brainchild. Show proceeds go to the Drew Burns Commodore Musicians Fund administered by Access To Music Foundation, providing funding for musicians in need and those pursuing future music studies.

joyJOY! A Sensational Celebration
Where: Canadian Memorial United Church (1806 West 15)
What: With music ranging from gospel to contemporary to traditional, a full orchestra, 40-voice choir and children’s choir, this Sunday you can celebrate Christmas with this free production.

Rock Til You Drop Vancouver Food Bank Drive
Where: The Rickshaw
What: With Chilled Clarity, Uncle Sid, Strip and Mike Machado Trio.


 

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War for the Holidays

War for the Holidays

War for the Holidays (ends this weekend)
Where: Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
What: Set in the tumultuous period of the First World War, War for the Holidays  immerses each small audience (20 person limit per show) back precisely 100 years to Christmas in 1915, when the First World War raged in France and the suffrage movement swept through the home front. Get ready to sit right at the table and be a part of this family Christmas.
Runs until: Friday December 18, 2015

Match Girl (ends this weekend)
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: The story was first published in 1845 and tells the tale of a young girl selling matches in her bare-feet on a cold New Year’s Eve. The audience will follow 6 match girls through several scenes taking place outside Pacific Theatre’s Heritage building. There will be live-music, as well as an opportunity to enjoy some hot beverages after the show.
Runs until: Friday December 18, 2015

Christmas Carol Ships (ends this weekend)
Where: Downtown Vancouver
What: Experience holiday lights while cruising the inlet! Carol Ships ‘Parade of Lights’ Society began over 50 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 50 decorated boats, with in excess of 100,000 lights, and carries over 30,000 people during the month of December festival.
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker (ends this weekend)
Where: The Centre in Vancouver (777 Homer)
What: Now in it’s 7th year, Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker will feature performances by both local and international professionals, including Principal Dancers from the San Francisco Ballet as well as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, with choreography by the iconic Anna-Marie Holmes. Musical accompaniment for these world-class performances will be performed by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, led by the incomparable Leslie Dala, with lighting design by Canadian Pierre Lavoie.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre (ends this weekend)
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: Returning after two sold out runs, The Georgia Straight called this show “one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge of the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. But no two performances will be the same, making this a performance to see more than once.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

christmasqueenVancouver TheatreSports presents: Christmas Queen 2 (ends this weekend)
Where: Granville Island
What: VTSL’s popular improvised fairy tale sees the larger-than-life, blue-haired Christmas Queen drop in on ol’ Santa and create a little chaos in the week leading to the BIG DAY. Will Rudolph guide the sleigh that night? Will all the toys be finished on time? Why has the Queen got Santa locked in a store room? All the twists and turns of the plot and the answers to these questions and more are determined by the audience. Along the way, the audience can expect to meet the quirky inhabitants of the North Pole who must band together to rescue Santa and save their jobs.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

Vancouver Winter Wonderland

Vancouver Winter Wonderland

Vancouver Winter Wonderland (ends this weekend)
Where: PNE Forum
What: New this year – a 10-day indoor holiday extravaganza filled with activities, attractions and arts and crafts and photo opportunities featuring Santa and his reindeer. There is also a three storey tall interactive walk-through snow globe!
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

A Traditional Christmas with the VSO

A Traditional Christmas with the VSO

A Traditional Christmas with the VSO (ends this weekend)
Where: Various locations across Metro Vancouver
What: Metro Vancouver’s most beloved Holiday music tradition plays to sold out houses in Burnaby, the North Shore, Surrey, Delta, and downtown Vancouver.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

everythingEverything Must Go (ends this week)
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What: A collection of work from past shows. Lots of hidden gems, a few new pieces and some lost treasures we’ve dug out of storage. Great prices on great work. Plus prints, cards and more for your gift giving pleasure.
Runs until:Wednesday December 23, 2015

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton)
What: The aroma of mulled wine, authentic savoury foods and sweet baking dominates this market of activities, events, and of course, holiday shopping for unique gifts! There’s something to suit all your loved ones, yourself, and your secret Santa recipients.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Peak of Christmas

Peak of Christmas

Peak of Christmas
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Sleigh bells ring and choirs sing high above the city! Grouse Mountain presents a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities. Bring your family to Santa’s workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through the mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on an outdoor mountaintop ice skating pond surrounded by snow-topped trees.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Robson Square’s 12 Days of Christmas
Where: Robson Square
What: The 12 days of Christmas are a festive time of year at the Robson Square Ice Rink.  Bring your family and friends down this holiday season for a music series featuring local musicians who will perform your holiday favourites
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Winter Art Market

Winter Art Market

Winter Art Market
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Find presents reflecting current and past exhibits and support the museum by shopping! Featuring a selection of the year’s most popular items, sourced from the Northwest Coast and all around the world. Unusual gifts and original artwork for all ages and budgets.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Metrotown
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
What: Santa returns to the highly popular Winter Wonderland set complete with digital game kiosks and an interactive 70-foot column of magical dancing lights. New this year, shoppers are able to choose their favourite snowflake pattern to illuminate the giant light curtain. Photos with Santa are by donation (minimum of $2.00 per photo) with all proceeds going to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

its-a-wonderful-lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” – the Arts Club’s acclaimed holiday production is back. George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.
Runs until: Saturday December 26, 2015

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story, The Musical
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy-save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 2015

peter-and-the-starcatcherPeter and the Starcatcher
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: How did Peter Pan become, well, Peter Pan? This story of the celebrated character with the never-ending childhood traces his journey from lonely orphan to beloved boy hero. Audiences are transported to a magical, whimsical world filled with swashbuckling pirates, magic amulets, and singing mermaids.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 2015

Traditional Fondue Dinner

Traditional Fondue Dinner (after a snowshoe day!)

Traditional Fondue Dinner
Where: At the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, 5:00pm (Squamish, BC)
What: Gather your friends and family and enjoy a traditional fondue dinner at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola – a warm way to end a day of snowshoeing, tubing or exploring the backcountry.
Runs until: December 11, 12, and 27, 2015

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours
Where: Vancouver Trolley
What: A holiday mash-up of a Christmas lights tour and karaoke party in one! Join the Vancouver Trolley Company on a tour of lights, boisterous sing-alongs, and probably some pretty amusing memories. Bring your weirdest and most fun friends and family members to this one.
Runs until: Wednesday December 30, 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

Festival of Lights | photo: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Festival of Lights
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: Weave your way through a twinkling winter wonderland where decorated trees shimmer over glistening ponds, fireflies dance, and hot cocoa warms you from the inside out.
Runs until: Thursday December 31, 2015

Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: There is a ghost presence in this new, funny, sad rumination on life, love and death from artist Laurie Anderson – in fact several. Explicitly, this a film about grieving for Anderson’s beloved (and evidently unusually gifted) dog, Lolabelle. Anyone who has ever had a pet will empathize with her sorrow, and the yearning to memorialize a private, loving, if mute, relationship. Then there are Anderson’s more complex feelings towards her mother, who also passed away during this period.
Runs until: Thursday December 31, 2015

Robson Square Ice Rink
Where: Robson Square
What: Ice skating downtown – whether it’s balmy or snowing! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Runs until: Friday January 1, 2016

radicarolA Christmas Carol: On the Air
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: We all know that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable, bitter old miser who hates irrational things like happiness, generosity, and Christmas. A tale almost as old as time, Pacific Theatre is giving this beloved holiday story new life by transforming it into a live 1940s radio show.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

bright-nightsBright Nights at Stanley Park
Where: Stanley Park
What: The Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights this holiday season. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones for a ride on the Bright Nights Train to experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers. The show can also be viewed from the plaza by donation.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Where: The Metro Theatre
What: Join us as we spin the magical tale of a cursed princess rescued by a tech savvy prince into a modern musical pantomime featuring everything you have come to love about our Christmas productions:   glittering costumes, sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, and tons of audience participation.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

940x320_TicketTonightCirque du Soleil presents Kooza
Where: The Cirque tents!
What: KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
Where: The Waterfront Theatre (Granville Island)
What: The hit family musical is back by popular demand! When James is shipped off to live with his wretched aunts he longs for a real family. All seems lost until he discovers a magical peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. Together with Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure. James and the Giant Peach is a heartwarming musical that celebrates what it means to find a home.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
What: Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 ft) go on a snowy owl prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card in the winter pavilion while singing along with the holiday band.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

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Enchanted Nights at Bloedel
Where: Bloedel Conservatory
What: Walk through a miniature world of artisan fairy and sprite villages with magical lights, holiday music, and live entertainment set amongst the dome’s tropical plants and exotic birds. The fun continues outside on the Queen Elizabeth Park plaza. Grab a treat, take a pony ride, and snap a selfie at the highest viewpoint in the city! Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2015

creaturehourCreatures of the Hour
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender) opening reception: 7:00pm
What: New works by Kristian Adam and others.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2015

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto
Where: York Theatre
What: Theatre Replacement steps way off the beaten path for this year’s edition with a weird and wonderful rendition of Hansel and Gretel. Complete with a gingerbread house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witchthat will lure you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a holiday treat.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

dickensA Dickens Christmas
Where: Britannia Mining Museum
What: Experience the warmth of the holidays with A Dickens Christmas at the Britannia Mine Museum. The historic machine shop is transformed into a nostalgic Christmas display. Explore a village based on A Christmas Carol, sit with Santa in the North Pole, make your own holiday crafts and more.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Christmas at Flyover Canada
Where: FlyOverCanada at Canada Place
What: This Christmas FlyOver Canada will light up the season. First help Santa find his elves throughout Canada, and end with a special flight over Santa’s North Pole.
Runs until: Tuesday January 5, 2016

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a survey exhibition of recent works by Korean artist Lee Bul, one of the most important artists of her generation. Early drawings and models are paired with ambitious sculptures revealing Bul’s visually and conceptually compelling practice.
Runs until: Sunday January 10, 2015

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It's a Good Day

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It’s a Good Day

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It’s a Good Day
Where: Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery (312 Water)
What: Coastal Peoples Gallery is proud to present renowned Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt who will showcase a selection of innovative and progressive new works from her latest jewelry and mixed-media collection. Corrine Hunt is recognized as the co-creator of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic medals.
Runs until: Saturday January 16, 2016

Kim Boem

Kim Boem

Kim Boem
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada of work by Korean artist Kim Beom. Comprising a survey spanning over twenty years and made across a range of material and form, the exhibition presents characteristically humorous and inquisitive takes on the way we come to see and know things.
Runs until: Sunday January 17, 2016

Embracing Canada

Embracing Canada

Embracing Canada
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: For over a century the natural world and our relationship to it was a major subject for Canadian artists. Through paintings in the 1800s by Cornelius Krieghoff, Zacharie Vincent and others, Embracing Canada begins with early depictions of Indigenous peoples. European settlers in the Canadian landscape are also depicted by the artists such as Charlotte Schreiber and Homer Watson, who are associated with the founding of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1880, as well as the artists associated with the expanding Canadian Pacific Railway including Frederick M. Bell-Smith. As the exhibition progresses, artists’ paintings of Canada shift toward the landscape itself rather than human activity within it, as demonstrated by extraordinary works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. They and other figures such as Emily Carr, David Milne and Jock Macdonald, who begin to define a unique modern Canadian style.

Traces That Resemble Us
Where: The Monte Clark Gallery and The Cinematheque
What: Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, Traces That Resemble Us invites twelve prominent Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery.
Runs until: Saturday January 30, 2016

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Gund collection includes magnificent nineteenth-century masks, feast bowls, argillite carvings and other objects from across the region, including from the Haida, Nuu-chahnulth, Kwawaka’wakw, Tlingit, Heiltsuk and Nuxalk First Nations.
Runs until: January 31, 2016

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions
Where: 221A (221 E Georgia) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Not readymades, but ready-to-be-mades. These objects and images that have been called, for the moment, “art” seem too strange and slick to have simply been picked from the mundane cache of the “real world;” they smack of a virtual well of potential forms that is somehow both more generic and at the same time more customized.
Runs until: Saturday February 6, 2016

Walking on the Line

Walking on the Line

Walking on the Line
Where: Centre A
What: Through large-scale re-assemblages of his ongoing photographic documentation of urban environments and architectural structures, Seung Woo Back investigates the precarious nature of the medium of photography, while offering an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective regarding our relationship to our built environment.
Runs until: February 20, 2016

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Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Photo: Jason Shafto

Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Stories of the only place in Canada protected from mountaintop to seafloor. Thirty years after the Haida took a stand at Lyell Island, this unique place exists as an unprecedented example of cooperative management, between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.
Runs until: March 27, 2016

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out
Where: Science World
What: Body Worlds creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.
Runs until: Sunday March 28, 2016

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains, ghosts and spirits haunt the island of Taiwan. Taiwan’s urban and rural life cycles are filled with rituals and ceremonies of various faiths ranging from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity, Chinese folk religions and animistic beliefs of Taiwan’s Aboriginal peoples. While religion affects, challenges and intermingles with the secular world, myths, legends and fairytales add other layers to the spiritual world of Taiwan.
Runs until: April 3, 2016

Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Runs until: Saturday April 23, 2016 (Saturdays)

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: May 2016

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