Country’s top figure skaters coming to Vancouver for 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championship

Patrick Chan competes at the 2018 Canadian Tire

Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir—Canada’s best figure skaters are coming to Vancouver in their quests for Olympic gold.

From Jan. 8-14, 2018, over 200 skaters will compete in the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championship. The top competitors will get a spot on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams—a position that includes a ticket to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Skaters in the men, women, pair, and ice dance disciplines will compete in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. In all, Canada will send two men, three women, three pair teams and three ice dance teams to PyeongChang. Teams will also compete at the 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Here are some of the skating stars you’ll see at this year’s 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championship. (For tickets as well as ticket-and-hotel packages, scroll below.)

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Country’s top figure skaters coming to Vancouver for 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championship

Innovative West Coast dancers, choreographers at this year’s Dance in Vancouver

Aeriosa. Tim Matheson photo.

The Dance Centre presents the 11th biennial Dance In Vancouver. A showcase of BC’s contemporary dance scene, it takes place Nov. 22-25 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.).

Organized every two years, the event provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the West Coast’s most innovative and creative contemporary dancers and choreographers.  The 2017 edition features such acclaimed companies as Aeriosa, Co.ERASGA, Inverso, Wen Wei Dance, dumb instrument Dance, Radical System Art, and more.

To get the inside scoop, we talked to Julianne Chapple. A dancer, choreographer, and former artist-in-residence at the Dance Centre, Chapple performs her piece Self Portrait as part of an afternoon program Nov. 25.

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Innovative West Coast dancers, choreographers at this year’s Dance in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Gastown Cabaret Presents Showvember

Fact: You can have an insanely fun night on a weekday in Vancouver. That’s because on Tuesday, November 14th party planners April O’Peel, Sweet Munish, and Sparkle Plenty present another evening of exciting experiences with Gastown Cabaret – Showvember edition at Guilt & Company.

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Vancouver’s Gastown Cabaret Presents Showvember

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: November 9, 2017

This weekend in Vancouver, an exhibit of Salish weaving has opened up, Fuse is conjuring magic at the Art Gallery, interesting Vancouverites will be sharing their stories, the holiday season’s first major craft market is on, and there will be abundant cosplay going on at the Convention Centre.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: November 9, 2017

Cartoonists, writers of historical fiction welcome at this year’s Jewish Book Festival

The VPL’s writer-in-residence Miriam Libicki is one of the guests at this year’s Jewish Book Festival.

Writers from Canada, the US, and Israel are guests at this year’s Jewish Book Festival. Historical novelists, cartoonists, YouTube sensations with their own cookbook and YA authors will take part in readings, workshops, panel discussions, and multi-media events as part of the annual event.

The 33rd Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival takes place Nov. 25-30, with most of the events at the Jewish Community Centre (950 West 41st Ave.) and other venues in the Lower Mainland. Here are some highlights.

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Cartoonists, writers of historical fiction welcome at this year’s Jewish Book Festival

Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

This November, Vancouver’s iconic Orpheum celebrates 90 years of entertainment. To honour the anniversary, citizens are invited to attend a 1920s themed, Orpheum 90, party presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) in partnership with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO).

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Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

Teens who’ll stop at nothing to increase their Instagram followers, and other frights at this year’s Rio Grind Film Fest

Elina Löwensohn in Let the Corpses Tan

Elina Löwensohn in Let the Corpses Tan. The film screens as part of this year’s Rio Grind Film Festival (Nov. 16-19).

A rap-battle movie produced by Eminem; the 100th film from a Japanese master; and a retro-looking crime thriller are among the treats at this year’s Rio Grind Film Festival.

Presented by the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the annual event features horror, sci-fi, fantasy, cult, animation and sometimes just-plain-unclassifiable movies. Along with feature films, the festival—Nov. 16-19— includes shorts, guest filmmakers, and a special surprise screening.

Here are some highlights. (Click on titles for trailers.)

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Teens who’ll stop at nothing to increase their Instagram followers, and other frights at this year’s Rio Grind Film Fest

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