Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Happy New Year! If you aren’t too tuckered from the New Year celebrations and aren’t too busy wistfully gazing at the North Shore mountains from the city (seriously, have you seen the mountains lately? They have been spectacular) then there is still a lot going on to check out. Freshen up with a brisk January ocean swim, then dry off for plays, concerts, movie marathons, and the last days of holiday light displays.

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday January 1

Polar Bear Swim

Polar Bear Swim

Polar Bear Swim
Where: English Bay Beach, 2:30pm
What: As one of the world’s largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs, the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club started in 1920 when 10 hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year’s Day. Join in or just watch this annual Vancouver tradition in which thousands of brave souls (some in costume!) welcome the New Year by plunging into the icy cold waters of English Bay.

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The Rivals
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: The whirlwind Edwardian plot revolves around the bookishly romantic Lydia Languish, who adores her lover when she thinks he’s a poor ensign, but is appalled when he turns out to be a well-connected Captain. Adding to complications, Lydia finds herself beset on all sides by a retinue of eccentric, bumbling suitors and stymied at every turn by her over-bearing, formidable, and linguistically-challenged aunt, Mrs. Malaprop.
Runs until: Saturday January 23, 2016

Salute to Vienna New Years Concert

Salute to Vienna New Years Concert

Salute to Vienna New Years Concert
Where: The Orpheum, 2:30pm
What: Celebrate the ageless beauty of Viennese music at Vancouver’s 20th annual New Year’s Concert. Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas are performed by hand-picked European singers and full orchestra. Beautifully costumed dancers present romantic vignettes.

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Watch the year’s most ambitious cinematic undertaking. Inspired by the famous collection of folk tales of the same name, arthouse icon Miguel Gomes (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) announces with a title card that “this film is not an adaptation of the book despite drawing on its structure.” Indeed, it uses the framing device of the beautiful young Scheherazade telling tale after tale in order to keep her murderous husband Shahryār from killing her—but that’s where the similarities end. Over three features, Gomes channels the current struggles of economically depressed Portugal through an assortment of tales that range from farcical yarns to grounded accounts of social issues.
Runs until: Tuesday January 5, 2016

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Broken Resolutions: A Pizza Party
Where: The Biltmore
What: We all know you’re going to break them anyway, so head down to the Biltmore Cabaret on New Years Day and start 2016 on the wrong foot. Get out of the cold and into some pipping hot pizza – not too hot though because that will burn the top of your mouth!!


 

Saturday January 2

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Holiday Family Day: A Dog's Life

Holiday Family Day: A Dog’s Life

Holiday Family Day: A Dog’s Life
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Responding to Kim Beom’s book Noonchi, about a dog in search of an owner, create your own illustrated story about Noonchi using drawing materials and a small folded paper book.

Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz
Where: The Commodore Ballroom
What: A Swedish DJ and producer based in Los Angeles, California.

LOTR

The Lord of the Rings (extended) Trilogy Weekend
Where: The Rio
What: Costumes welcome and encouraged! (Or, feel free to stay comfy in your PJs – it’s a movie marathon, and a LONG one.) Be prepared for hosts, trivia, games, prizes, and more. Hobbits of all ages permitted in the balcony!
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2015


 

Sunday January 3

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Edibles & Medicinals

Mushroom Course: Edibles & Medicinals

Mushroom Course: Edibles & Medicinals
Where: Unity Yoga Tea House (1672 10th Ave), 1:30pm
What: Learn to identify wild edible and medicinal mushrooms in your local ecosystem while sampling some of the most highly revered, well-studied and health promoting medicinal mushrooms in the world. Get tips on simple, inexpensive ways to cultivate and incorporate mushrooms into your diet as food and medicine.

Toxic Sunflowers are Way Cool Because…
Where: Beatty Biodiversity Museum, 1:00pm
What: Sunflowers may seem harmless, but amazingly, they can invade and wreak havoc on ecosystems. Want to learn more about chemical warfare in the plant world? Join Kate MacDonald and Kelly Borkowski, project volunteers in the Rieseberg lab.

 


 

Ongoing

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Robson Square Ice Rink (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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

Ebinezer

Ebinezer

Seven Tyrants Theatre Presents: Ebinezer (ends this weekend)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: From the producers of last season’s Jessie nominated musical Mozart & Salieri, and 2014’s Ovation Award nominated Beggar’s Opera, comes a grotesque new version of one of the world’s best known Christmas stories. This December, EBENEZER brings Dickens’ beloved Christmas Carol rocketing to the 21st century with an original musical score and re-imagined story that celebrates the macabre aspects of the original novel. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty (ends this weekend)
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  (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this weekend)
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 (ends this week)
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

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights (ends this week)
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: Watch the year’s most ambitious cinematic undertaking. Inspired by the famous collection of folk tales of the same name, arthouse icon Miguel Gomes (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) announces with a title card that “this film is not an adaptation of the book despite drawing on its structure.” Indeed, it uses the framing device of the beautiful young Scheherazade telling tale after tale in order to keep her murderous husband Shahryār from killing her—but that’s where the similarities end. Over three features, Gomes channels the current struggles of economically depressed Portugal through an assortment of tales that range from farcical yarns to grounded accounts of social issues.
Runs until: Tuesday January 5, 2016

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

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

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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