Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Couldn’t afford to go to the TED conference this week? No problem – these tickets are all well below the $10,000 range. Get your fill of brains, quirk, music and new experiences at one of the diverse festivals starting up this weekend. You can laugh ’til you hurt at a comedy festival, take in some Indigenous, Jewish, or Middle-Eastern culture, and wash it all down with wine from BC and all over the world. (Or just run around with some puppies in Stanley Park. That is also an option.)

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday February 19

JFLNorthwest

JFL Northwest Comedy Festival
Where: Various locations
What: NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs have joined forces to present JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s comedy festival presenting some of the best in stand-up, sketch, and improv. The inaugural 2016 festival includes names such as The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry.
Runs until: Saturday February 27, 2016

Talking Stick Festival

Talking Stick Festival

Talking Stick Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This festival of extraordinary Indigenous performance and art features some of the best emerging and established Indigenous artists Turtle Island has to offer. It provides a stage for artists from a variety of artistic expressions – theatre, storytelling, writing, music, spoken word, dance and visual arts. It celebrates the traditional performance of many communities, as well as the contemporary and interdisciplinary work of Indigenous creators.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

Chutzpah!

Chutzpah!

Chutzpah!
Where: Various locations
What: This multi-disciplinary Jewish performing arts festival welcomes outstanding internationally-celebrated dance, music, comedy and theatre artists from as far afield as Mexico, Germany, Cuba, Italy, USA and Israel as well as some of Canada’s finest. Expect anything from stand-up comedy to theatrical drama to rich global music to explosive and elegant dance.
Runs until: Sunday March 13, 2016

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TED2016: Dream.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
What: Today is the final day of TED2016, where science, education, entrepreneurship, mathematics, writing, performance, health, activism, music, analytics, psychology, smart people and and ideas in general all come together for a week of networking and inspiring talks.

Notes From the Araxes Basin

Notes From the Araxes Basin

Notes From the Araxes Basin
Where: Various Locations
What:  Vancouver-based musicians and composers will collaborate with virtuoso soloists from Turkey, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lebanon and Iran, and visiting Canadian ensembles from Victoria and Montreal, to present traditional, contemporary and intercultural music of the Middle East and Canada.
Runs until: Monday February 29, 2016

Science World After Dark: Animal Mating

Science World After Dark: Animal Mating

Science World After Dark: Animal Mating
Where: Science World, 6:00pm
What: Science for adults only! Drink adult beverages, discuss adult things, play and explore throughout Science World (Including the Animals Inside Out Exhibit) without kids crawling around everywhere.

Winterruption
Where: Granville Island
What: The festival gathers art, music, dance, theatre, film, family fun, gastronomy, outdoor celebration and more into one big celebration of over 40 events.
Runs until: Sunday February 21, 2016

PostSecret: The Show

PostSecret: The Show

PostSecret: The Show
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: An immersive, poignant journey through the humour and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, painful and sexual secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, became six best-selling books and are currently in a Smithsonian art exhibition.
Runs until: Saturday March 5, 2016

Exhilarating Soundscapes

Exhilarating Soundscapes

Exhilarating Soundscapes
Where: Various locations
What: French composer Darius Milhaud’s The Creation of the World is rich, exotic music written for a ballet based on African folk mythology. The Third Symphony of American composer Philip Glass is a fascinating piece of sonic architecture for string orchestra, and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks is a beautiful neo-classical Chamber concerto.
Runs until: Monday February 22, 2016

One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody

One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody

One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody
Where: Waterfront Theatre (Granville Island)
What: World renowned “professional geek,” Charles Ross is bringing the final installment in his trilogy of trilogies to Vancouver! One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody, written and performed by Charles Ross and directed by TJ Dawe, is a spoof of Christopher Nolan’s take on the mythology surrounding Batman.
Runs until: Sunday February 21, 2016

BC Home and Garden Show
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: Everything you need to start those home and garden projects for the year. Get inspired, buy supplies, or find people who can do all that stuff for you.
Runs until: Tuesday February 23, 2016

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JFL Northwest Presents: The Lady Show
Where: Little Mountain Gallery, 7:30pm
What: The Lady Show is a hilarious night of sketch comedy, monologues, standup comedy and awkward dance numbers. Featuring comedian and actress Robyn Edwards (FOX’s Second Chance), Fatima Dhowre (Sirius XM Radio), Morgan Brayton (OUTTV’s Morgan Brayton and Other People) Katie-Ellen Humphries (Winnipeg Comedy Festival) and Erica Sigurdson (CBC Radio’s The Debaters).

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: A conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships, and our most intimate experiences of self. Theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus Youssef and James Long sit at a table and play a game they made up, called winners and losers.
Runs until: Saturday February 27, 2016

Heritage Week:Spending the Night: Vancouver’s Historic Hotels Walking Tour
Where: Vancouver Heritage Foundation, 10:00am
What: Where one chooses to stay can be as much a part of the travel experience as the destination itself. Vancouver’s historic hotels speak of the way early travelers experienced our city, and how design was integral to the type of clientele the hotel was hoping to attract.

BrightBlue

Bright Blue Future
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: Bright Blue Future explores one pivotal night in the lives of four twentysomethings and the decisions they make that will affect their futures forever. This glimmering new play by Vancouver playwright Sean Harris Oliver speaks to the unique struggles faced by the young millennial generation.
Runs until: Saturday March 5, 2016

Happy Hour: ReEngaging Vancouver's Water

Happy Hour: ReEngaging Vancouver’s Water

Happy Hour: ReEngaging Vancouver’s Water
Where: Museum of Vancouver, 6:00pm
What: A lively discussion about what’s possible for Vancouver’s public realm, one that engages the water surrounding Vancouver in new ways. At this event presented by HCMA, people will discover the informed research and creative process behind Coal Harbour Deck (on display in Your Future Home), a project that reclaims Vancouver’s water for a new type of urban space.

The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: A Canadian rock and roll band formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2006.

Jumpin' Jazz Time

Jumpin’ Jazz Time

Jumpin’ Jazz Time
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse
What: Children and families will enjoy move-along, sing-along fun on the A-Train.

JamCity

Jam Over the City
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Ready your board or skiis and your buddies and head up the hill to the terrain park! An MC will be presiding over with prize giveaways, and video footage will be compiled weekly for the Grouse Mountain blog.

What Does the Unconscious Know About Capitalism?: One-Way Feminist Speculations on Affect, Anxiety, and Love in the Age of Neoliberalism
Where: SFU Harbour Centre room 7000, 7:00pm
What: Free public lecture by Alessandra CapperdoniFollowing Lacan’s notion of anxiety in Seminar X and the idea that “the unconscious is a kind of knowledge” (Soler) which is extimate to the subject, this paper invites a rethinking of anxiety as being structurally embedded in the working of late capitalism and to bring Lacanian psychoanalysis in conversation with different theorists of the social and the political (Simmel, Benjamin, Lukacs, Foucault, Agamben, Esposito, Irigaray, Braidotti, and Butler).

Sumac

Sumac

Sumac
Where: The Biltmore
What: With Guests ENDON, Black Spirituals and Molten Lava.

Master Class
Where: Marpole United Church (1296 West 67th)
What: Master Class was written by Emmy Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, and the show has been named Best Play by the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Set during a series of masterclasses that Maria Callas held at Julliard near the end of her career, Master Class allows audiences to witness firsthand as the world’s most famous soprano strives to pass on her legacy to a new generation of singers.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

 


 

Saturday February 20

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MashUp

MashUp

MashUp
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Exploring how artists incorporate found images, objects, sounds and words into their work, starting with the movement’s emergence at the turn of the twentieth century and showing how it has become a dominant force in our world today. It will feature 371 works by 156 artists, filmmakers, architects, musicians and designers, such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Juan Gris, Hannah Höch, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik, Jean-Luc Goddard, Frank Gehry, Dara Birnbaum, Stan Douglas, Hito Steyerl, Isa Genzken, DJ Spooky and Tobias Wong, among many others.
Runs until: Sunday June 12, 2016

Vancouver International Wine Festival photo: Rob Gilbert

Vancouver International Wine Festival
photo: Rob Gilbert

Vancouver International Wine Festival
Where: Various locations
What: For noted oenophiles and the casual wino alike, Canada’s premier wine show is a celebration of informative, educational and entertaining wine experience. From educational seminars, wine tastings and minglers to wine and food grazing events, lunches, winery dinners and the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, you’ll be sure to find something to please your palate.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki

Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki

Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki
Where: The Cinematheque
What: In a career spanning nearly five decades, Suzuki, now 92, amassed a body of work ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries. In the 1990s, retrospectives in Europe and North America brought long-overdue attention to Suzuki’s films in the West and spurred a new generation of cult followers, most notably Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera
Where: The Orpheum, 8:00pm
What: A score to the 1925 silent film by innovative Canadian composer Andrew Downing (not the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.) It is a multimedia work that interweaves a screening of Rupert Julian’s dark & haunting 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera, with live performance by chorus and chamber ensemble.

An Evening with Charles Lloyd

An Evening with Charles Lloyd

An Evening with Charles Lloyd
Where: The Vogue, 8:00pm
What: Since 1960, legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd has lent his adventurous, lyrical sound to everyone from Cannonball Adderly and Keith Jarrett to The Beach Boys. His early experiments blending jazz and rock charted a path that led to the electric fusion of Miles Davis and Headhunters, while his exploration of spirituality and transcendental meditation added a new depth to his sound.

Dash for Dogs

Dash for Dogs

Dash for Dogs
Where: Stanley Park, 9:00am
What: This fun and non-competitive race takes you through the beautiful trails in Stanley Park.  After the run there will be a social event with pancakes, prizes, and good tunes! This is a race for people to support dogs, you don’t need a dog to run.

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The Lost Girls Burlesque
Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: Had enough of cheap chocolate, secret admirers, and smarmy love notes? Let’s be real, it’s a pain – here is just the thing to help you forget the whole ordeal!

Farewell to Icons Vintage Market

Farewell to Icons Vintage Market

Farewell to Icons Vintage Market
Where: The Biltmore, 11:00am
What: We’re here for a good time, not a long time. There’s one last ICONS Vintage Market featuring records, vintage, handmades, housewares, and other treasures.

Harajuku Fashion Walk

Harajuku Fashion Walk

Harajuku Fashion Walk
Where: Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 1:30pm
What: Wear any fashion style you like: Lolita, Punk, Decora Cosplay and so on. Embrace the Japanese fashion and spread J-fashion from the street. Meet people, take photos, and have fun.

ReCharge 2016

ReCharge 2016

ReCharge 2016
Where: Croatian Culteral Centre, 7:00pm
What: Burners unite. The goal of ReCharge is to bring ideas, sketches & models to the Vancouver community for inspiration and encouragement and support. Gaining extra funds from the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society (GVIAS) and it’s surrounding community helps bring the visions to life for our other regional Burning Man events such as BiTF & Dustcovery, as well as Burning Man.

Ritual Dictates
Where: The Media Club, 7:00pm
What: Picking up on inspiration from their respective previous bands Allfather and Angel Grinder, Justin (Klandestine, ex 3 Inches of Blood) and Ash (Revocation, Trailight, ex-3 Inches of Blood) are continuing down the heavy metal path while fusing their eclectic influences of classic rock and roll, punk, black metal and grind into interesting new places.


 

Sunday February 21

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Historic Stanley Park: From British Enclave to Urban Oasis Walking Tour

Historic Stanley Park: From British Enclave to Urban Oasis Walking Tour

Heritage Week: Historic Stanley Park: From British Enclave to Urban Oasis Walking Tour
Where: Stanley Park, 9:30am
What: Historian Maurice Guibord leads a walking tour and illustrated lecture on Stanley Park. After centuries of use by local First Nations, Stanley Park was transformed into an ode to British gardens, where Vancouver’s settler population could feel at home. It has become one of the most famous city parks in the world, drawing thousands of tourists every year to its dense trails and expansive seawall. On this walking tour, explore elements of its early First Nations history along with some of the sites that launched the park as an Edwardian recreational enclave.

St. Roch Engine Room Tour

St. Roch Engine Room Tour

St. Roch Engine Room Tour
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 12:30pm
What: An opportunity to take part in a special guided visit of a unique part of the Museum not normally open to the public; the engine room and main hold of RCMP Arctic Schooner St Roch.

Dare to Wear Red
Where: Hycroft, 2:00pm
What: Costume Historian Ivan Sayers explores the many facets of crimson couture in a live fashion show featuring historic and vintage period dresses and accessories.

Talking Stick Festival Case Study: Vancouver Art Gallery and Protocols

Talking Stick Festival Case Study: Vancouver Art Gallery and Protocols

Talking Stick Festival Case Study: Vancouver Art Gallery and Protocols
Where: Audain Gallery (149 West Hastings), 4:00pm
What: This panel discussion looks at the roles and responsibilities of arts institutions today when working with Indigenous cultural material. Through a critical examination of a recent performance at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE, presenters bring forward questions and strategies regarding protocol, permission and re-enactment.

queerbeer

Queers and Beers Winter Edition Craft Beer Party
Where: The Cobalt, 5:00pm
What: A perfectly balanced & thirst-quenching afternoon of tasting craft beers, meeting new folks, and warming up with nice frothy pint!

Something Old Something New

Something Old Something New

Something Old Something New
Where: The Annex
What: VSO’s Bramwell Tovey conducts Something Old, Something New, a romp through new music inspired by older works of music and art.

Fragmented Forests
Where: Stanley Park, 1:30pm
What: Stanley Park is an island of forest on the edge of a city, surrounded by ocean, and isolated from other forests. Take a guided walk with the Stanley Park Ecology Society to learn about the challenges faced by fragmented forests like this one, their management, and what you can do to support them.

Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez
Where: The Vogue, 6:30pm
What: Melanie has spent the past few months celebrating the release of her debut album, Cry Baby, on a hugely successful sold out North American headline tour. The shows earned rave reviews from The New York Times which noted that “Ms. Martinez’s voice — whispery, sardonic, tearful, furious — was joined by high-pitched singalongs, throughout verses and choruses,” while The Boston Globe calls Melanie “an anti-pop force to reckon with.”

Macbeth

Macbeth

Macbeth
Where: The Rio Theatre
What: Director Justin Kurzel’s thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times reimagines wartime for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, whose all-consuming passion and ambition eventually drives him to madness. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine.
Runs until: Monday February 22, 2016

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton
Where: The Biltmore
What: The two original founders of The Be Good Tanyas, have joined forces once again to create a new band. This is the first time in fifteen years that the two have led a group together. Holland and Parton will be presenting fresh arrangements of Be Good Tanyas material, as well as songs from their separate catalogs.

 


 

Ongoing

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Walking on the Line

Walking on the Line

Walking on the Line (ends this weekend)
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

Bigmouth photo: Maya Wilsens

Bigmouth
photo: Maya Wilsens

Bigmouth (ends this weekend)
Where: The Cultch
What: The sell-out hit of the Edinburgh Fringe from one of Europe’s hottest theatre companies. In a performance that has received universal critical acclaim, Valentijn Dhaenens weaves together seminal speeches from everyone from the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, paying tribute to 2,500 years of oration.
Runs until: Saturday February 21, 2016

Winterruption (ends this weekend)
Where: Granville Island
What: The festival gathers art, music, dance, theatre, film, family fun, gastronomy, outdoor celebration and more into one big celebration of over 40 events.
Runs until: Sunday February 21, 2016

Voices of the Corridors

Voices of the Corridors

Voices of the Corridors: Repression of the Self, Repression of a Movement, Oppression of a People (ends this weekend)
Where: Gallery Gachet
What: A curated art exhibition in which collective members engage themes regarding contemporary disability and mental health activism by way of their diverse and politicized community– based art practices.
Runs until: Sunday February 21, 2016

Cross Vancouver

Cross Vancouver

Cross Vancouver (ends this weekend)
Where: Various locations
What: A photo based exhibition of works spread across 15 Transit shelters. These images captured by Korean artist Seung Woo Back during his Residency at the Vancouver Biennale are reflections of the deindividualized nature of Vancouver’s urban landscape which now reflects the shift towards a global singular identity.
Runs until: Sunday February 21, 2016

BC Home and Garden Show
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: Everything you need to start those home and garden projects for the year. Get inspired, buy supplies, or find people who can do all that stuff for you.
Runs until: Tuesday February 23, 2016

chewchew

I Chew Chew Chew You
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What: Pizza Punks zine and Hot Art Wet City bring you a group art show tribute to your favourite food: pizza! Show pizza how much you love it with this Valentine’s show. Paintings, drawings and digital works depicting the beauty that is pizza.
Runs until: Saturday February 27, 2016

JFLNorthwest

JFL Northwest Comedy Festival
Where: Various locations
What: NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs have joined forces to present JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s comedy festival presenting some of the best in stand-up, sketch, and improv. The inaugural 2016 festival includes names such as The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry.
Runs until: Saturday February 27, 2016

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: A conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships, and our most intimate experiences of self. Theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus Youssef and James Long sit at a table and play a game they made up, called winners and losers.
Runs until: Saturday February 27, 2016

Games People Play

Games People Play
Where:
Kimoto Gallery
What:
Board game art by Michael Soltis.
Runs until: Saturday February 27, 2016

Talking Stick Festival

Talking Stick Festival

Talking Stick Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This festival of extraordinary Indigenous performance and art features some of the best emerging and established Indigenous artists Turtle Island has to offer. It provides a stage for artists from a variety of artistic expressions – theatre, storytelling, writing, music, spoken word, dance and visual arts. It celebrates the traditional performance of many communities, as well as the contemporary and interdisciplinary work of Indigenous creators.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki

Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki

Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki
Where: The Cinematheque
What: In a career spanning nearly five decades, Suzuki, now 92, amassed a body of work ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries. In the 1990s, retrospectives in Europe and North America brought long-overdue attention to Suzuki’s films in the West and spurred a new generation of cult followers, most notably Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

Vancouver International Wine Festival photo: Rob Gilbert

Vancouver International Wine Festival
photo: Rob Gilbert

Vancouver International Wine Festival
Where: Various locations
What: For noted oenophiles and the casual wino alike, Canada’s premier wine show is a celebration of informative, educational and entertaining wine experience. From educational seminars, wine tastings and minglers to wine and food grazing events, lunches, winery dinners and the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, you’ll be sure to find something to please your palate.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

pride-and-prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Relive the wit and charm of one of literature’s most beloved romantic comedies in this elegant and lavish production.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

postmistress

The (Post) Mistress
Where: BMO Theatre Centre
What: Set in the fictional Northern Ontario town of Lovely, The (Post) Mistress is a fun and quirky one-woman cabaret-style show, peppered with original music. Marie-Louise is the town’s postal worker. She is charismatic, effervescent, and seems to know everything about everyone in Lovely-and is eager to share all the gossip with the audience.
Runs until: Sunday February 28, 2016

FoodTruckFeb

Food Truck February
Where: Vancouver Farmers Markets
What: Experience a world of local street food while shopping for the best selection of seasonal produce the city has to offer.
Runs until: Sunday February 29, 2016

Unsung Heroes Festival

Unsung Heroes Festival

Unsung Heroes Festival
Where: Blue Water Cafe
What: A month-long festival was originally created to bring awareness to local and unique seafoods, and to avoid species that are over-fished or harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds. Try whelks, limpets, barnacles, and other delicious seafood you may have never heard of!
Runs until: Monday February 29, 2016

Gathering: Chinese New Year Folk Art by Gao Jing

Gathering: Chinese New Year Folk Art by Gao Jing

Gathering: Chinese New Year Folk Art by Gao Jing
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
What: This show incorporates personal experiences with rich understanding of Chuang Guandong (New Year paintings), and presents them on traditional scrolls.
Runs until: Monday February 29, 2016

Notes From the Araxes Basin

Notes From the Araxes Basin

Notes From the Araxes Basin
Where: Various Locations
What:  Vancouver-based musicians and composers will collaborate with virtuoso soloists from Turkey, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lebanon and Iran, and visiting Canadian ensembles from Victoria and Montreal, to present traditional, contemporary and intercultural music of the Middle East and Canada.
Runs until: Monday February 29, 2016

MetaWorld Vol.1

MetaWorld Vol.1

MetaWorld Vol.1
Where: The Beaumont
What: A selection of mixed media work from Vancouver based visionary artist Stazi Q aka MetaStazi.
Runs until: Monday March 1, 2016

PostSecret: The Show

PostSecret: The Show

PostSecret: The Show
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: An immersive, poignant journey through the humour and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, painful and sexual secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, became six best-selling books and are currently in a Smithsonian art exhibition.
Runs until: Saturday March 5, 2016

BrightBlue

Bright Blue Future
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: Bright Blue Future explores one pivotal night in the lives of four twentysomethings and the decisions they make that will affect their futures forever. This glimmering new play by Vancouver playwright Sean Harris Oliver speaks to the unique struggles faced by the young millennial generation.
Runs until: Saturday March 5, 2016

SoarOverChina

Flight of the Dragon
Where: FlyOverCanada
What: A fully immersive experience including wind, mist, and even scents. Follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon, then stay seated and take off again to experience
FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada.
Runs until: Sunday March 6, 2016

Dana Claxton: Made to be Ready

Dana Claxton: Made to be Ready

Dana Claxton: Made to be Ready
Where: SFU Audain Gallery
What: Claxton’s new photographs and video works in Made To Be Ready are informed by her attention to Indigenous womanhood and sovereignty. Drawing on the ideas of Anishinaabe writer and scholar Gerald Vizenor, particularly his notion of survivance which unifies survival and resilience as a means of resistance, Claxton’s photos picture Indigenous women commanding their own mediation of cultural, political and spiritual ways of being and doing.
Runs until: Saturday March 12, 2016

Chutzpah!

Chutzpah!

Chutzpah!
Where: Various locations
What: This multi-disciplinary Jewish performing arts festival welcomes outstanding internationally-celebrated dance, music, comedy and theatre artists from as far afield as Mexico, Germany, Cuba, Italy, USA and Israel as well as some of Canada’s finest. Expect anything from stand-up comedy to theatrical drama to rich global music to explosive and elegant dance.
Runs until: Sunday March 13, 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

Ghost Passages of the McKenzie Shipyard

Ghost Passages of the McKenzie Shipyard

Ghost Passages of the McKenzie Shipyard
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: Through a varied collection of painting, photography and sculpture, Vancouver-based artist Tracy McMenemy seduces the viewer into endless and ongoing passage of time in her latest series, Ghost Passages of the McKenzie Shipyard. McKenzie Barge and Marineways was a landmark along the Burrard Inlet in Deep Cove, BC; an epicenter of industrial development in the North Vancouver community since 1932.
Runs until: Sunday April 3, 2016

Rennie

Group Exhibition from the Rennie Collection

Group Exhibition from the Rennie Collection
Where: 51 East Pender
What: Bringing together a variety of practices and media, this survey aims to reveal the chaos of the world by addressing enduringly pertinent issues, from migratory displacement to an in-depth examination of identity and history.
Runs until: Saturday April 23, 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)

I Didn't Know I Didn't Know It

I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know It

I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know It
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The first solo exhibition in Canada by British artist duo John Wood and Paul Harrison. Their practice unfolds as a way of observing the human condition, an ongoing investigation into the world that surrounds us, the objects we encounter and use daily, and our fundamental engagement with the physical universe in all its sometime or seemingly futile existence.
Runs until: Sunday April 24, 2016

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

Your Future Home: Creating a New Vancouver

Your Future Home: Creating a New Vancouver

Your Future Home: Creating a New Vancouver
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: In response to mounting concern about a rapidly changing region, this exhibit will immerse visitors in an experience that spotlights 20 visions for tomorrow’s city, while focusing on four topical issues: housing affordability, residential density, ease of transportation, and quality of public space.
Runs until: Monday May 16, 2016

MashUp

MashUp

MashUp
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Exploring how artists incorporate found images, objects, sounds and words into their work, starting with the movement’s emergence at the turn of the twentieth century and showing how it has become a dominant force in our world today. It will feature 371 works by 156 artists, filmmakers, architects, musicians and designers, such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Juan Gris, Hannah Höch, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik, Jean-Luc Goddard, Frank Gehry, Dara Birnbaum, Stan Douglas, Hito Steyerl, Isa Genzken, DJ Spooky and Tobias Wong, among many others.
Runs until: Sunday June 12, 2016


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