Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It’s here, it’s here – the first long weekend of the year! (I’m not counting New Years day, mostly because that seemed like forever ago.) The lead up to Family Day and Chinese & Lunar New Year is here, and 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey.  In Chinese astrology, the Monkey is an intelligent, witty, and inventive animal, and this year involves the fire of ambition, adventure, with a bit of irritability. So, enjoy these last few days of being in a sturdy Year of The Goat. It might get crazy up in here. Gear up with some heart-thumping Japanese drumming, a snowshoe grind, or with eating some unusual seafood.


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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ski from Sunrise to Sundown at 24 Hours of Winter on Grouse Mountain

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If you’ve always wanted to ski or snowboarding at three in the morning, now’s your chance during this weekend’s 24 Hours of Winter event at Grouse Mountain. Starting at 8:30am on February 6, 2016 the resort will be remaining open until 10pm the next day!

That’s a whole 24 hours of snowboarding that you can cram into your Family Day weekend! The celebration is held as a sort of “remembrance” of the 2010 Winter Olympics games held in Vancouver. And what better way to remember those awesome times than with a full day, night, and another day filled with snowy, winter activities!

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Ski from Sunrise to Sundown at 24 Hours of Winter on Grouse Mountain

5 Comedy Icons Coming to Vancouver’s JFL Northwest Fest this February

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Image from JFLNorthwest.com

This February, some of the biggest names in comedy are coming to Vancouver.

The inaugural JFL Northwest Festival rolls into town Feb. 18-Feb. 27. The 10-day blowout, at venues throughout the city, highlights some of the planet’s best-known standup comedians, as well as emerging talent from Canada and beyond. Plus there’s plenty of improv and sketch comedy, not to mention family-friendly events.

Here are five huge standup icons who will be gracing Vancouver stages as part of the festival and in its lead-up this month:

Trevor Noah: The new host of The Daily Show is possibly the hottest act coming to JFL Northwest. Noah, who hails from South Africa, is known for his razor sharp analysis of American culture and world affairs. He manages to bring out the absurd on subjects as diverse and seemingly unfunny as racial tensions in America, terrorism and even the Ebola crisis. Feb. 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre; starting at $39.50

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5 Comedy Icons Coming to Vancouver’s JFL Northwest Fest this February

Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

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The Canadian premieres of Possible Impossible and Crisálida, two co-productions from Sweden’s Memory Wax and Cuba’s Danza Teatro Retazos, are among the highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival.

From Feb. 28 – March 19, the 2016 VIDF will host dancers from Sweden, Cuba, Japan, Quebec, Ontario, and Vancouver in an impressive array of world, West Coast, and Canadian premieres. Here are some highlights.

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Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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This is the week to indulge your inner early bird. Our nearest planets are aligned – meaning if you are up early, you can catch Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter all visible at the same time if you look south just before sunrise. While you’re up, why not go to a dance party first thing in the morning on Friday? Or on Sunday, learn about the birds of Stanley park – or perhaps a Dine Out Yaletown brunch crawl on Saturday? Not a fan of waking up? Don’t worry – there is plenty to keep you out late as well.

 

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