Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From art and board games to poetry and cultural festivals, there are so many events happening this weekend we couldn’t list them all!  Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Discovering Big Band Music in Vancouver

Photo credit: Fred Dunn | Flickr

Photo credit: Fred Dunn | Flickr

Did you know Vancouver has a big band?

In fact, the Metro area is home to multiple jazz ensembles specializing in big band music – the kind of horn-heavy, danceable tunes popularized back in the day by famous acts like Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Dal Richards Orchestra – helmed by none other than 96-year-old local legend Dal Richards – is probably the best known of the local big band acts.  But pop into the right bar or pub on any given weekend and you might just be blasted by a wall of saxophones, trumpets and trombones pumping out some serious swing music.

That’s what happened to me when I stopped in Pat’s Pub on Hastings Street recently.  For the uninitiated, Pat’s is one of the best – and most underrated – music venues in the city. Housed in the Patricia Hotel on an otherwise downtrodden stretch of Hastings, the pub opened back in 1914 as a jazz club.

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Discovering Big Band Music in Vancouver

Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber.

It’s the middle of March, and all the cool kids are down in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Maybe that’s why the next week or so is heavily weighted with what the music industry likes to call “legacy acts” such as Yes, ZZ Top, The Wailers (March 14 at the Commodore) and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

But, while March’s concert schedule may be a field day for classic rock radio listeners, Vancouver is getting some hip indie-rock and -pop acts as well. Here’s a look at some of the top concerts in the last two weeks of this month.

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Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

Five can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival

Sidra Bell Dance New York. Photo courtesy Chutzpah! Festival.

Sidra Bell Dance New York. Photo courtesy Chutzpah! Festival.

The annual Chutzpah! Festival is a showcase of international Jewish performing arts. Each year, the festival attracts internationally renowned performers in the fields of dance, comedy, theatre and music.

This year’s Chutzpah happens Feb. 22 – March 9 at various venues around town, and features some world-class entertainment. Let’s look at some highlights.

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Five can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival

Seven must-see concerts for February!

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. The New Zealand band opens for Imagine Dragons at Rogers Arena Feb. 10. Kirk Chantraine photo.

This February is a hot month for concerts in Vancouver – from what is sure to be one of the biggest arena spectacles of the year (Miley kicks off her 38-city Bangerz tour here on Valentine’s Day) to the city’s own blues-rock duo the Pack A.D. playing a hometown show. If you like love music, you’re going to find something to love this month.

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Seven must-see concerts for February!